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Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

By Eric Zuesse.

Eric Zuesse, as originally posted at The Saker

Barack Obama was the only U.S. President who at the United Nations defended nazism racist fascism and Holocaust-denial. It received almost no reporting by the press at the time (or subsequently). But his successor President Donald Trump could end up being removed from office because he said that racist fascists are just the same as are people who demonstrate publicly against them. Trumps politically stupid (not to say callous) remark became viral, and apparently the press (which had ignored Obamas defense of nazism at the U.N.) just wont let go of Trumps statement unless and until he becomes replaced by his even-more-far-right Vice President, Mike Pence.

Why is there this intense press-coverage of Trumps support of racist fascism, when there wasnt of Obamas (which was actually far more meaningful)? The answer comes closer if we ponder first a different question: How could the Republican Party, which is right-wing at its core, condemn a Democratic Party President who goes out of his way at the U.N. to protect todays nazis? That wouldnt be politically practical for Republican politicians to complain about (a Democrats being too far to the right); so, they didnt do it. Similarly, no Democrat will criticize a Republican for being too leftist. There may be a few exceptions, but thats the general rule: Successful politicians dont offend their base.

But that still doesnt fully answer why the press ignored it when Obama defended nazism at the U.N. The rest of the answer comes when we recognize that Americas press gets its cues from the two political Parties. If the opposition (and not just the Presidents own Party) is hiding something egregious that a President is doing or has done (such as happened there with Obama, and with many other conservative policies that Obama executed), then the press will hide it, too. Republicans werent calling attention to Obamas defense of nazism, because theyd then be offending some of their own supporters. (Democrats werent calling attention to it, because a Democrat was doing this, which didnt fit the progressive storyline.) And, if the opposition isnt pointing it out, then neither will the press. The matter will then just be ignored which is what happened. This was thus bipartisan non-reporting, of what Obama did. There was a lot of that while Obama was President.

In other words: Americas press are tools of, and are led by, the same people who actually, deep down, control both of Americas political Parties the billionaires. They control both politics, and also the press. Numerous social-science studies have shown that the wealthier a person is, the likelier that person is to be politically conservative at least to the extent that political conservatism doesnt threaten his or her particular business and financial interests. As Americas billionaires have come to control Americas politics, this country has been moving farther and farther to the right, except on the relatively few issues (such as immigration, gay rights, etc.) where their own economic interests are served better by a progressive position (or, at least, by a position that seems to most people to be progressive).

Trumps problem here is that hes too obviously playing to his Partys base. Obama didnt need to do that, because he had massive support from billionaires, and he was a much better liar than Trump, good enough to keep many progressive voters with him even after he had already shafted them in his actual policies. For example, when Obama dropped the public option as soon as he became elected, he was excused for it because most Americans thought he was simply being practical and avoiding an unnecessary conflict with the opposite Party in Congress. This view ignored that he gave up on it even as being a bargaining-chip to get concessions from congressional Republicans to drive new legislation to be more progressive. Obama had no interest in progressivism. Actually, Obama didnt want to offend his mega-donors. He thus handed the task of drafting the Obamacare law to the conservative Democrat, and public-option opponent, Max Baucus, instead of to the progressive Democrat and public-option supporter, Ted Kennedy, who desperately wanted (and expected) to have the opportunity to draft it.

Both Trump and Obama (in their actions, if not also in their words) are proponents of what Benito Mussolini called Corporationism big-corporate control of the government, which Mussolini more-commonly referred to as fascism. President Trump has been widely condemned both here in the U.S. and around the world (which his predecessor President Barack Obama never was), for his recent blatant statement equating the worst of fascists, which are racist fascists, as being comparable to the people who in Charlottesville Virginia had marched and demonstrated against racist fascists and who were violently attacked and one of them killed by racist fascists, against whom they had been protesting. Trump was equating anti-fascists with fascists, and he even equated racist fascists ideological nazis with the people who were protesting specifically against nazism. Apparently, the press wont let go of it. They treat this event as if top-level U.S. nazism were unprecedented in todays post-WW-II America as if this nation were still anti-nazi (as it had been in FDRs White House), and as if this incident with Trump says something only about Trump, and not also, and far more meaningfully, about todays American government, including Trumps own immediate predecessor-in-office, and also about Americas current press-institution, and about what it has become.

As this reporter had headlined on 24 November 2014, “U.S. Among Only 3 Countries at U.N. Officially Backing Nazism & Holocaust-Denial; Israel Parts Company from Them; Germany Abstains . Obama and his friend and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power were unapologetic about having done that at the U.N., and Obamas U.N. representative continued in that vein. As I headlined a few months later, on 21 June 2015, “Americas U.N. Ambassador Continues Standing Up for Nazis . Both of those two news-articles were submitted to all of the U.S. and also to much of the European mainstream and additionally to some of the alt-news international-news media, but each of the two articles was published only in around a half-dozen of only alternative-news sites. The newsmedia (especially the mainstream ones) werent nearly as concerned about Obamas blatantly racist-fascist, and specifically anti-Russian, actions, as they are concerned today, about the current U.S. Presidents bending-over-backwards to retain his support from Americas racist-fascist or nazi voters, whom he apparently considers an essential part of his base. (Why else would he even say such a thing?)

Whereas Obama was imposing an actual nazi international campaign (via a violent anti-democratic coup, followed by an ethnic-cleansing campaign to cement it) in which his U.N. Ambassador played her necessary role, Trump was politically supporting an important portion of his voting-base, but not doing anything in actual policy-fact at the U.N. or anywhere else such as Obama had done. But the press focuses on Trump as if he were initiating the acceptability of nazism in the U.S. body-politic. Trump wasnt.

Obama had done something truly remarkable: he was the first U.S. President, since the pre-Civil-War U.S. had ended and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln courageously led this nation clearly and explicitly away from its deeply racist past, to support publicly, and to carry out in policy a clearly racist policy-initiative, a blatant ethnic-cleansing military campaign. It aimed to remove from Ukraines voter-rolls the residents of the areas of Ukraine where from 75% to 90% of the voters had voted for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom Obama in February 2014 had just overthrown by hiring racist-facist gunmen to drive out of power that man whom those people had so heavily voted for, in what now turned out to have been Ukraines final democratic nationwide election. Unless Obama eliminated those voters ethnic Russians the far-right politicians whom he had placed into power after the U.S. coup wouldnt last through the first Ukrainian national election after the coup. Ethnic-cleansing was the only way to make Obamas coup-regime stick; so, thats what he wanted his Ukrainian stooges to do, and they tried their utmost to do it (and theyre still trying).

With all of the decades that have passed after World War II, not only Americans but also publics elsewhere, including publics in nations that America considers to be allies, such as Israel, seem to have lost any consciousness they might have had in the wake of Hitlers defeat, about what racist fascism what the ideology (and not just the German political party, where it had an initial capital letter) nazism actually was, and what it meant. It wasnt just anti-Semitic fascism that had been defeated in that war, but anti-Korean fascism, and anti-Chinese fascism, and anti-Russian fascism, and more forms of racist capitalistic dictatorship, the nazi ideology, which were defeated in WW II. During John F. Kennedys Presidency, the U.S. federal government very reluctantly started to deal with this countrys deepseated residual institutional racism against Americas Blacks; but, still, the ethnocentrism in America even among Blacks and Jews remained so pronounced, so that President Obama on 28 May 2014 could, without shame or any political embarrassment, tell the graduating class of future U.S. military leaders at West Point:

The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come.

But the world is changing with accelerating speed. This presents opportunity, but also new dangers. We know all too well, after 9/11, just how technology and globalization has put power once reserved for states in the hands of individuals, raising the capacity of terrorists to do harm. Russias aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while Chinas economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice a generation ago.

It will be your generations task to respond to this new world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and prosperity around the globe.

Now, this question isnt new. At least since George Washington served as Commander-in-Chief, there have been those who warned against, foreign entanglements that do not touch directly on our security or economic wellbeing. Today, according to self-described realists, conflicts in Syria or Ukraine or the Central African Republic are not ours to solve. And not surprisingly, after costly wars and continuing challenges here at home, that view is shared by many Americans.

A different view from interventionists from the left and right says that we ignore these conflicts at our own peril; that Americas willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate safeguard against chaos.

He said that all nations other than the U.S. are dispensable. He said that the BRICS countries and rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums, and that It will be your generations task to respond to this new world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and prosperity around the globe. He said that conflicts in Syria or Ukraine or the Central African Republic are … ours to solve. He derided self-described realists who didnt share his international idealism, of his own nations seeking out, instead of warning against, foreign entanglements that do not touch directly on our security or economic wellbeing. He said that Americas willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate safeguard against chaos, and that George Washington was wrong.

He was saying that Hitler and Hirohito were right; that they had merely led the wrong countries.

This man, who had just led the bloody coup and instigated the ethnic-cleansing campaign that forced two regions of the former Ukraine to secede from Ukraine and to seek instead Russias protection (and he then instituted sanctions against Russia for providing that protection to them), was there and then lecturing Americas future military leaders, to instruct them that they would have the right to invade dispensable countries, and to apply force around the world, in order to deal with the BRICS countries and rising middle classes [that] compete with us, and governments [that] seek a greater say in global forums. (He wanted none of that freedom for them.) He said that ignoring George Washington is the ultimate safeguard against chaos, and is somehow in accord with Americas values, even if not of George Washingtons values.

The ultimate insult was that this was coming from a man who considered himslef to be a Black as if he were somehow in the tradition of Martin Luther King, who had urged America to quit its invasion of Vietnam. Instead, Obama invaded and wrecked Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen.

Well, that wasnt actually quite the ultimate insult: the ultimate insult was that Blacks continued to believe in him, and never turned against that nazi. They evidently keep what some of them call (as if it were a racial trait) White mans values.

Values are not a racial trait, but stupidity and small-mindedness are the human norm everywhere, and no nation is indispensable far less, is any the one indispensable nation: not ancient Rome, not Germany, not Japan, not the U.S. none, at all.

That statement by Obama to Americas future military leaders, was only verbal, but its underlying value-system is clearly fascist. When Obama defended racist fascism at the United Nations, it wasnt by any such mere speech, but by his actual actions, at the U.N., carried out there by his friend and U.N. Ambassador, Samanta Power, as I reported on 24 November 2014. To an intelligent person, actions speak far more convincingly about a person than that individuals mere words do. Obamas defense of nazism at the U.N. was a stunning action by him (via his agent), which made unequivocally clear what his actual values were. Obama there and then set a new precedent, established a new low, as to how bad an actor in the international community, the U.S. had become the depths to which this nation has sunk, after it had performed such an important and very positive role in helping to defeat nazism during World War II this was a complete reversal of Americas position, on the basic issue of that war, which issue was nazism itself.

Trumps foreign policies seem to be mainly aiming to out-do his predecessors. But, in no way is Trump yet the nazi that Obama proved himself to be. Trump could turn out to be that bad, if the people who are urging him to intensify Americas war against Russia and/or against Iran have their way. The neoconservatives (the foreign-policy ideology thats sponsored by Americas billionaires of both the Republican and the Democratic Parties) seem still to be basically in control. Trump nonetheless could turn out to be the idealist that Obama, Hitler, and Hirohito, were, but theres at least the possibility that he will instead turn out to be one of the self-described realists whom Obama had derided. Trump hasnt yet exposed his true self, to the extent that Obama did during his eight years. But the newsmedia are already calling Trump a White racist. First (and even before Trump was elected), Democrats, and most billionaires, and their newsmedia, demagogued that Trump is unfit for the Presidency (and that the super-neoconservative Hillary Clinton must be elected instead) because Trump is Putins stooge. Now, its because Trump is a nazi, or because hes insane, so theyre urging that Trump be replaced by his Vice President Mike Pence. It seems that the people who cheered-on Obamas nazism (except when they said that Obama was being too cautious about it) dont like Trump, at all.

But, are Americas billionaires really that eager to replace Trump by Pence? One might wonder how far this campaign will go.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of Theyre Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRISTS VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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