John Pilger’s Brightening, Frightening, Dissenting Voice “The Issue Is Not Trump, It’s Us”

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I have lost almost all my friends, but I agree with every word of this brilliant essay by John Pilger.


“The seedbed is Obama’s Weimar Republic, a landscape of endemic poverty, militarized police and barbaric prisons, the consequence of a “market” extremism which, under his presidency, prompted the transfer of US$14 trillion in public money to criminal enterprises in Wall Street.

Perhaps his greatest “legacy” is the co-option and disorientation of any real opposition. Bernie Sanders’ specious “revolution” does not apply. Propaganda is his triumph.

The lies about Russia — in whose elections the U.S. has openly intervened — have made the world’s most self-important journalists laughing stocks. In the country with constitutionally the freest press in the world, free journalism now exists only in its honorable exceptions.

The obsession with Trump is a cover for many of those calling themselves “left/liberal,” as if to claim political decency. They are not “left,” neither are they especially “liberal.” Much of the United States’ aggression towards the rest of humanity has come from so-called liberal democratic administrations such as Obama’s. The U.S.’ political spectrum extends from the mythical center to the lunar right. The “left” are homeless renegades Martha Gellhorn described as “a rare and wholly admirable fraternity.” She excluded those who confuse politics with a fixation on their navels.”


He even quotes Yevtushenko.

Quoting Yevtushenko is always a sign of a healthy mind.


“We even paid her an occasional small fee,
but we wouldn’t accept her as a writer,
because our moral guardians
had decided
she wasn’t normal.
who are so revoltingly normal,

Y.Y. 1959

9 thoughts on “John Pilger’s Brightening, Frightening, Dissenting Voice “The Issue Is Not Trump, It’s Us””

  1. As I approach my 60th birthday, I am dismayed to see the present destruction of modern western civilization through Political Correctness and the Thought Police. My God, look at the unraveling of Law and Order in Sweden, whereby a Police Chief has to risk his entire career just to let the public know the mass unraveling of security taking place because he is not allowed to publish the facts; those facts: the crime wave being created by migrants through current immigration policies. Even though he points out that not all migrant refugees are responsible, an increase in crime of several hundred percent by one segment of the population should and cannot be swept under the carpet. Typical reaction as we see all over western civilization by the lunatic leftist media, total character assassination ….shoot the messenger…WTF up people…when the same attack dogs from the insane Leftist media corps pull the same line of attack across Europe and America, what other proof is required to expose the Globalist Agenda; In Pike’s Letter of 1871, he clearly laid out the need to create WW3 by creating a clash of civilizations [Islam vs. Christianity] as the last chess move to achieve One World Order. This is how the elites have maintained their evil agenda for hundreds of years…..divide and conquer through future planning….the current migrant crisis was planned 150 years ago, these people know what they are doing, and the prize all along….ruling the world under a Satanist doctrine. We need to see the forest through the trees….Muslims and Christians are both the victims and the pawns in this struggle. How many millions more must by die…The evil Elite have not only instigated major conflicts throughout history through the use of False Flag events, they have supported both sides of the conflict to ensure their win no matter the outcome. The answer is simple, stop the fighting between us for two minutes and look at who is pouring the gasoline on the fire? The US backs ISIS in Syria, fermenting a migrant crisis, millions of people still following 7th Century religious dogma, flood into Western Civilization, tipping point is reached, clash of civilizations takes place, society collapses, in steps the New World to save us all! WTF up, yes I pray for world peace, but the only safeguard we have at this point in our history, borders….language….culture as coined by Dr. Micheal Savage. We live in a multicultural world that has been able to somewhat live in harmony through the protection of borders, language and culture. This allows for citizenry to live peaceably under a system of harmony within their borders. Only an idiot could not predict the result by flooding Western Civilization with Millions of people still adhering to 7th Century cultural values. I support the right of people to adhere to these principles, I do not support the right for them to immigrate to another country and demand that their new country accept their ancient archaic culture. When in Rome…..In the past, immigrants were excited to assimilate into and accept the tenants of Western Civilization as part of their social contract. My ancestors did not show up in the New World demanding rights including welfare, education and health care. Compare that to the reality of today….many show up to our shores with one hand stretched out asking for everything for free, and the other carrying a bullhorn screaming how their rights are being violated. WT F up people…we are all playing into the game by design….the answer….end the mass migration and instead, send the support and resources to set up safe zones….None of the Gulf States, Nor China, Nor South Korea, Nor Japan, to name a few accept refugees, not a word said around the world….but when a western civilization tries to protect their sovereignty….of course, they are nothing but racists, xenophobes, we have heard it all….WTF up people, stop focusing on what divides us, and start focusing on what unites us….is anyone listening

  2. I’ve been reading Pilger for years and he’s had this Obama administration pegged from the get-go.
    When you own the press – i.e. when the Washington lobbyists who “sponsor” politicians are the same moguls who own the media, it’s easy to deliver that same slick variety of “news” that maintains the illusion of the Obama honeymoon phase never having ended. Then along comes Trump and any criticism, the independents might have legitimately come up with to highlight the outgoing president’s abundant shortcomings, disappear as they pounce on the orange man saying, “Ya see – Obama is a saint compared with THIS guy.”
    Truth is – he’s not. He’s a quietly belligerent, lying, warmongering, albeit silver-tongued asshole who has the convenience of the Trump smokescreen to hide behind. Which would be great if anyone believed his puppet press. But they don’t. And that’s on him.
    He championed the era of fake news and journalistic illegitimacy to the degree that half the US populace has more faith in the press releases coming out of Russia than they do their own media.
    Nice job, Barack.
    You fucked it, mate.
    Give the orange man a go.
    Can he truly screw it any more than this?

  3. Thanks for sharing this excellent well written that speaks the truth about this false left-right identity paradigm that fuels most who focus attention to the real “fake news” of all the mainstream networks and publications. I “identify” with what he says mostly because it’s what I’ve observed all along.

  4. obama…Deporter in chief. Droner in chief. Wall-Streeter in chief. Saudi booster in chief. Leftists need to stop voting for insiders. Of course, normally the choice is an insider one degree to the left, and an insider one degree to the right.

  5. Wow, what a brilliant piece of writing you have brought us. Pilger is so incisive, so fearless in speaking truth to power.

    Thank you, Celia, for this. And I will always be your friend!

  6. Celia, if you have lost most of your friends then they weren’t truly your friends to begin with. Now you can get new friends who respect you.

    Being a friend doesn’t always mean agreeing with someone, it means being respectful of their opinions and their right to disagree.

  7. Celia, when you say you have lost most of your friends are they Face Book type friends or let’s meet for drinks after work type friends?

    I get a sense that many have had a rude awakening from a long sleep and just want to hit that snooze button one more time. Being from an older generation, I have fewer friends today regardless of the political scenery. Real life events tend to weed out the good from the bad in my experience.

    Thank you for updating us, I enjoy your posts.

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