An email released by WikiLeaks shows how the Democratic Party purposefully "elevated" Trump to "leader of the pack"
By: Ben Norton
Republican Donald Trump, a far-right demagogue who campaigned on a slew of bigoted, xenophobic policies, has won the 2016 presidential election in a shocking victory few people predicted.
What was not often acknowledged in Trump’s heated race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, however, was how her campaign fueled his rise to power.
An email recently released by the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks shows how the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party bear direct responsibility for propelling the bigoted billionaire to the White House.
In its self-described “pied piper” strategy, the Clinton campaign proposed intentionally cultivating extreme right-wing presidential candidates, hoping to turn them into the new “mainstream of the Republican Party” in order to try to increase Clinton’s chances of winning.
The Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee called for using far-right candidates “as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right.” Clinton’s camp insisted that Trump and other extremists should be “elevated” to “leaders of the pack” and media outlets should be told to “take them seriously.”
A Farewell to Groundhog Day?
As a Voluntaryist, I don’t support government, which I believe to be an outdated, uncivilized, and unethical method of organizing society that will hopefully one day be looked back upon as a barbaric relic of unenlightened times in the same way that chattel slavery is viewed today.
Now, the most common response to such a stance is that I can’t complain if I don’t participate; I can leave if I don’t like it; or that I am wishing for some type of Utopia that can never exist.
I won’t go into addressing these points here, as I have done so extensively in other articles I have written and collected up into an actual book. I am here to teach, and I see that this particular set of election cycle rituals that now culminates in the Blackest Inauguration Day Ever is a unique opportunity to plant some Better Idea seeds.
Sometimes people need to feel shaken up or even threatened before they can convince themselves to pay attention to the details—you know, where the devil lives.
Judging by what I have heard people talking about and by what I have read on social media, it seems there are a good number of folks who are genuinely distressed about what is happening today. Near panic even, judging by the tone.
Good. That means at least some of you will be receptive to ideas that you may not have taken seriously before. I’m not happy you are distressed, but I think it may be for the best that you are, because now I can make some points that would not have made any headway a few months ago.
First, a little more bad news. Some of what I write hear will make you react. Anger. Ridicule. Try to suppress the emotion a bit and concentrate on the words. Give them a chance. See if there is some sense in them. By all accounts, I am not considered by others—or myself—to be a total whack job. Give me the courtesy of hearing me out and then judge the merit of the ideas. If your first impulse is to tell me I’m stupid when I present an idea that goes against what you have come to believe, then take the next step and make yourself explain to yourself why the idea is stupid. You know—reasons.
So let’s jump on in. My target audience today are the folks who are stressing out about that Trump guy who is now president.
Offensive idea #1: You are responsible for him being president.
What’s that? You didn’t vote for him? You voted for Hillary?
The system in which you participated presented you with two choices. You loved one and hated the other. So what? If you play, you are not guaranteed to win, and this time, you lost. Your game, your rules, your results. Voters love to tell nonvoters that they have no right to complain, but nonvoters (who don’t vote on principles) are not part of the system and have every right to complain about the system. Nonvoters have the right to complain about Trump and would have had the right to complain about Hillary. Nonvoters are a part of government every bit as much as they are a part of the KKK (assuming, of course, they are not members). Can I not complain about the KKK’s methods because I am not a member? Does that make any sense under the sun?
But if you are a member of a club—whether it’s a voting or KKK-ing klub—then you abide by the rules or you get out. Sure, you can try and change the rules, but good luck with that. The KKK will continue its form of aggression and the government will continue with its brand of aggression. If you remove the aggression, then you take away the raison d'être of those organizations, and they disappear. Poof. Gone.
I have seen articles and heard people talking about the necessity to repeal presidential powers that exist because now the Wrong Guy is in charge and will abuse them.
Again—your system is designed around giving superhuman powers to individuals, and then hoping that those powers are only used for good, by good guys and gals who get elected by the Chosen Voters.
Fail, fail, fail. This is a horrible idea. A doomed system.
You see, part of this learning process is to come to grips with the sad fact that you are believing in fairy tales. This is reality: If you dangle power, you attract sociopaths. Eventually the system ensures that only sociopaths can climb the ladder to grab the power.
Even if you (and you don’t) get someone wonderful and good and shiny into power, you run the risk—every time—of allowing a creeping horror to grab that power.
Now what? You want to rage against all the idiot voters who allowed such a thing to happen? To what end? Those are the rules. That’s how the game is played. You lost.
But by playing, you gave substance to the illusion of justly granted powers. You cringe at the Trumpster’s position because you legitimize the power he has now taken.
That’s on you. You did that. I certainly didn’t.
You see, no matter what candidate wins, I feel a bit like you feel right now. Every time. Another sociopath has grabbed the reins and will assume superiority over the plebes.
The thing that saves me is that the government is ‘them,’ and I am me, and ne’er the twain shall meet. Their assumption of authority over me is false. They do have superior firepower, so I have to adjust my life accordingly in order to survive in a society run by thugs, and I do so.
How much worse to actually believe that the mafiosos have the rightful authority to command you. At least when the thugs are saying the right things and you can ignore the violence they wreak upon the world, you can feel happy happy. But when the thugs are all mean-y sounding, then that just goes beyond the pale. Droning innocent people overseas is just a given, but when the executor in chief uses crude language then that crosses the line.
Yes, snap out of it. The KKK’s mission is to kill, if they deem it necessary, in order to protect the integrity of the white race. The US government’s mission is to kill, if they deem it necessary, in order to protect the integrity of the American nation.
And they deem it necessary to kill a whole lot more than does the KKK.
Now you can be all offended at the parallel I’m drawing between government and the KKK, but just listen to the same stuff I’m hearing: Trump is emboldening the racists, practically inciting them to violence!
So again, a question to ponder: You don’t see the parallel between the US government and the KKK? You’re making the case against yourself, but you are blind to it?
And why don’t you care about the thousands who have been killed by drones over the last couple of decades? No, really, I want an answer. Your organization has been on a continuous killing spree and yet you are still a proud card-carrying member. Why? Why do you support this behavior?
No, don’t tell me you don’t. You consider government to be a ‘we’ proposition. It represents you. It kills in your name.
This is tough love, trust me. But you need to hear it.
You don’t get to pick and choose government programs to support. You can’t be proud of your government for providing welfare and healthcare and whatever pet projects you support and this disavow yourself of the murdering part. If you voluntarily pay taxes to support your government, then you are giving the OK for them to use your money and support as they see fit.
I see people all stressed out about what ‘we’ are doing overseas. Killing innocents. They feel guilty. I don’t know why people do this to themselves. It’s horrible.
The solution is to grow up. Part of being an adult is accepting responsibility for your actions. If you support government, you are part of it. If you feel bad about what ‘we’ are doing, you have to take responsibility for the fact that you feel bad about what you are doing. The ‘you’ is an inseparable part of ‘we.’ And if you are doing something that you really don’t want to do, then why do you continue to do it? That sounds a bit like mental illness, doesn’t it?
I keep killing people, and I hate that I’m doing it, and I feel real bad, but what can I do?
If this is your mindset, I am here to tell you that you need help. Because you are sick. This is an intervention, and the first step to healing is admitting you have a problem. The next step is to do something about it. You know, like you. Not someone else. Not by clicking a vote button on a computer terminal. Not by complaining about how it’s all someone else’s fault, but by stopping the behavior that you yourself despise.
It’s common sense.
So what, then? Stop voting? That won’t change anything. Doing nothing is worse than doing something, right? I can try and change the system. My voice counts.
No, it doesn’t. And while you continue down this road, you stress yourself out by being one of the ‘we’ people who are doing horrendous things. You fool yourself by believing you are an integral part of the machine and can change its direction.
The plain fact is, you own a single share of WalMart and think you can bend the board of directors to your will. Ain’t happening. You are less than a cog in a huge engine of destruction.
“But that’s the system we have here!,” you scream. “It would be chaos without it!”
If this was the year 1855, you would be railing for the continuation of slavery, because your lack of imagination could not under any circumstances conceive of a society where the slaves were freed. Where would they go? Who would protect them from the mob? Maybe they’d get together and attack us! Etcetera.
You really want to make utilitarian arguments to validate your continued support of unethical violence? Because you think things would be worse without it? That’s your argument?
A substantial portion of slaves thought they were best off being slaves because they also couldn’t imagine being set free in the society that surrounded them. SO I guess it was a mistake to end slavery? Of course everyone looks back at those years and clucks their tongues and shakes their heads over that barbaric peculiar institution.
But they would never have lifted a finger to try and end it. Because everyone was better off with things the way they were. Don’t go and upset the applecart. Better the devil you know than the one unknown.
Another question: What organization baked slavery into the nation’s society? Government. What organization baked Trump into the nation’s society? Government.
Government is the institution that makes problems in society, and then it is expected that government solve them. And then it is discovered that the solutions involve the creation of more problems. Who’s gonna fix those? Wait, I know the answer to this one…
Disconnect. You want a motto to live by? How’s this:
Not my monkeys. Not my circus.
The system survives through your support. You want to make your voice actually heard? Disconnect. Drop out. Quit. When the organization requires participation, then nonaction becomes action. You don’t have to do anything in order to do something.
Grow up. Take responsibility for your own life and your own actions. Don’t hope that some thug in a suit a few hundred miles away will do things for you that you won’t even do for yourself. The things you consider important enough to vote on are things that have been given to you by government. It is heroin, and you keep coming back for more fixes even though you don’t really get the highs anymore and, in general, you feel like shit most of the time.
Get clean. Take care of yourself and those around you. You are not going to ‘fix’ the problems in society by clicking a box on a computer screen. That is about as lazy an action that I can imagine. Sorry you had to hear it from me, but there it is.
If you really start looking around, you are going to discover that there are more and more people waking up to the fact that government is unethical, false authority that is funded through unethical aggression.
Taxation. Is theft. When one person takes away property from another through threats of violence, that is theft. No one can ethically take the property of another without that person’s consent. This is stuff they teach you in kindergarten, for the love of Cthulhu. If it’s unethical for any person to do something, then it can’t be ethical even if a bunch of other people vote and say it is. None of those individuals have the right, so how can they delegate that right that they don’t have to others? They can’t.
I really shouldn’t have to be telling you this. You know it’s true.
But you ignore the truth. You ridicule the truth. You rage against it.
Those tantrums need to stop. You need to grow up. Your childish dependence is what is slowly grinding down society into the pathetic mishmash that is all around us. Don’t be part of the mob. Quit. Do the right thing. Take care of yourself. If you want to take care of others, then do that too. Cut out the middleman. Do it yourself, and those who actually need help will receive more. Stop being lazy, expecting others to fix the things you want fixed. They take your money and don’t do anything effective with it, but you keep throwing money at them. Stop yourself. It’s three card monty and you are playing the part of the rube. Snap out of it.
In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. Until he decides to do something different.
You can weep and gnash teeth about this Inauguration Day, or you can decide to do something different and finally put an end to the endless loop. I know to you it seems like this one is Especially Horrible, but to me it is just the same ol’, same ‘ol. Other than Bill Murray, everyone else thought that the day’s events were fresh and exciting and unique. To Bill, they definitely were not.
I and others like me are the Bills, watching the endless loop. A bit bored, but trying to do the right thing, bringing others into the fold, so that eventually the cycle can be broken and progress can be made.
Step out of your comfort zone. Do something meaningful. Do the right thing. Stop supporting aggression. Be a peaceful person. Do your best with what you have. Be strong. Go against the flow if it’s the right thing to do. Don’t conform to systems of oppression. Examine your own actions and beliefs. Throw out what doesn’t make sense. Reinvent yourself. Be an individual and help others to do so. Teach your children well.
That is how you can help change the world for the better.
P.S. I find it ironic that I will no doubt lose friends over a position that is dedicated to nonaggression, because I know this will do nothing but infuriate some readers.
"That guy's an idiot. Offensive. Can you believe he actually is against the initiation of force against peaceful people? 100% of the time? How dare he!"
But, like hitting in baseball, failing a majority of times is to be expected, and when the successes come—and they do come—they are sweet.
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