This Ain’t a Dream No More, It’s the Real Thing
Jeffrey St Clair, Counterpunch, Jan 20 2017
We have a new type of rule now: not rule by one man or rule by aristocracy or plutocracy, but rule by small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision. They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past: there will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident; inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.
– William S Burroughs
Trump’s team wanted tanks and missile launchers to roll down the streets of DC in the inaugural parade. Unfortunately, all of the tanks and missile launchers have been deployed for pipeline protection dutyin North Dakota. Liberals sneered at his request, alleging that Trump was trying to imitate the Soviet parades of yesteryear. In fact, the precedent had been set by JFK (above). DC’s high-end hotels are booked for the inaugural weekend, and there’s word the demand for Russian hookers exceeds supply. While the Trump dossier seems like a fabulation, it has apparently inspired a renewed interest in golden showers, which many Trump voters had erroneously believed referred to the gilt shower heads at Trump Tower. The whole affair has given fresh new meaning to trickle-down economics. Trump’s inaugural ball event planner said the festivities will exude a “soft sensuality.” Soft sensuality, the rosé of inaugural urines, served warm not chilled. Putin the Fact-Checker says he doesn’t believe Trump met with Russian prostitutes, “although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world.” The latest rhetorical question from Rachel Maddow is, “Will Trump pull troops because Putin has something on him?” Let’s hope so! In any case, it’s refreshing to see that Putin has a sense of humor. Some of the grimmer Soviet leaders, such as Putin’s old boss at the KGB Yuri Andropov, might not have seen the comedy in Obama sending Pindosi troops to Russia’s doorstep in Poland and Norway this week in retaliation for snooping into John Podesta’s inbox. This is when those Hitler analogies the Democrats like to throw around come home to roost. For his part, Trump dismissed the counsel of Mad Dog Mattis and doubled-down on his wise contention that NATO is obsolete, a statement which caused many Neo-Cold War Jedi to “feel a great disturbance in the Force …”