It Is Time To Drain The Swamp!

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There comes a time in the affairs of a people when the covenants that bind them as a nation lose their force and foundation, where the power of the State no longer resides with the people and its decisions no longer reflect their wishes,

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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33 Responses to It Is Time To Drain The Swamp!

  1. deenastryker says:

    Hi Sandy,

    Great post. Do we have your permission to republish it on Opednews.com?

    🙂 Deena Stryker

  2. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    The USA never freakin’ was about equality and social justice, no more than any other freaking government since the beginning of civilization has ever been. Y’ALL, hear, hear: The British government REPEALED the Tea Act and the Massachusetts Government Act, offered the colonists self-governance and representation in the parliament (Carlisle Peace Commission of 1778), thus undermining every f-ing stated reason for the revolution. So why wasn’t that good enough? Because the crown did not revoke the limits placed on westward expansion by the colonists. Didn’t we–duh–ever wonder why the Indians fought beside the Brits against the colonists???? And then the assholes used the Iroquois Great Law of Peace as the model for the United States Constitution. Burn in hell, USA and your lies.
    No, the only difference now is that the mask is slipping and all I can say is it’s been far too long coming.
    P.S. Hi, Disaffected. 🙂

    • kulturcritic says:

      F**ing Elaine~ she’s our gal!! 😉

    • Disaffected says:

      Hi F’lainey. I will NEVER understand this two track comment thing you’ve got going here kC! DING DONG, the WICKED CLINTON WITCH OF THE WEST IS DEAD!!!

      • kulturcritic says:

        Thank the buddha!! 😉

        • F. Elaine Anderson says:

          Hi, DA! Nice to hear from you. 🙂
          ?Two track? Uh . . . Didn’t mean to be obscure. Just saying this has never been the great bastion of democracy that we were propagandized to believe it is. That’s a clever mask, a mask woven of lies. From the beginning, the spirit of empire has driven the founding, development, expansion and policies of the USA.
          And now we have a real emperor at the helm. Woo-hoo for us. Just in time to feed the rot.
          All hail, civilization.

          • kulturcritic says:

            Loveit… Hail Caesar. Hail Donald

          • Disaffected says:

            No, two track is in reference to the commentary layout. One by clicking on the article, and one by other means. Can’t debate the vicissitudes of empire right now. For now, it’s quite enough to celebrate that one extremely terrible existential foe has been vanquished before moving on to the next. DRINK UP AND DANCE MY FRIENDS, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE!!!

  3. Disaffected says:

    Looks like the Dems and their sympathizers are back in the only mode they’ve ever been effective at – protest:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/11/11/anti-trump-protesters-pepper-sprayed-demonstrations-erupt-across-us/93633154/

    I used to think that accusation was unfair when I too identified with them, but 8 years of Obama and a close call with getting 4 more of Queen HRC has really clarified things for me. I’m certainly no fan of the police state either per my many comments here in that regard, but any violent protests against Trump at this point in time reflect nothing more than spoiled children acting out. His presidency might well turn out to be an unmitigated disaster, just as HRC’s certainly would have been like Obama’s before her; but he at least deserves the chance to be inaugurated to find out. He’s an old school, larger than life showman, so his most outlandish statements were likely just for effect. In any case, presidents don’t get to rule by decree alone (although HRC certainly would have given it a shot!), so he’ll be toning it down considerably now that he actually needs the support of some of the same people he just got done pissing off.

    • F. Elaine Anderson says:

      DA-
      Not that it matters, my friend, but it sure looks to me like you got suckered into sincerely believing there was a difference between the two candidates. That’s Power’s game. Haven’t you noticed that yet? They make you believe the stakes in choosing between the two are enormously high, make you feel that you are ’empowered’ by your dutiful participation in the false aura of legitimacy that they call the ‘democractic’ process.
      No, the outcome of this so-called ‘election’, or any other one for that matter, is irrelevant. The pres of the united states is always a marionette in the hands of global corporate power, and Donnie WILL be just that, same as Hilly woulda been. Only difference is, he’ll make the slide into authoritarianism–that we’ve seen building speed over the last few years–so much simpler for them. He already has the character of a tyrant, as well as the requisite lack of principles and the physical and emotional stamina necessary to do the job.
      I must say though, I can’t help but admire whatever brilliant strategist figured out this particular maneuver for the powers that be. My mouth is hanging open! The Right–the ONLY element in the u.s. with the will and the gumption and the ideological unity to fight back against the police state–has just been thoroughly pacified. Emasculated, if you will, darlings. Their good guys are in control now; they can drop their guard. All three branches of government are in their hands. Their man is at the helm. Whatever happens, they’ll support him, because he’s theirs, and they actually think they put him there.
      The Left, as you pointed out, (and I will add to your observation: further weakened by the carbohydrate brain-fog of veganism and their classic ideological hair-splitting) will continue to engage in those random and ineffectual tactics that have about as much impact as the whining of a child. Deep Green Resistance is unique among them for actually promoting a real strategy. It won’t bring down civilization, as they claim, but it is an entirely viable plan for waging effective resistance in any situation of a great imbalance of power. However, they have so isolated themselves from the rest of the Left by their applications of extreme radical feminist theory–they even chased away their own very admirable strategist, Aric McBay, for refusing to toe the rad fem party line–that they can no longer be expected to assume leadership.
      The 1% is now thoroughly prepared to cling to their power in the chaos of the coming collapse. CIA, by the way, has had a division dedicated to assessing the impact of environmental breakdown on the national security since at least the early 1990’s. Their prophets of doom hit the bullseye. They got translators who can read the writing on the wall. But, hey . . .
      What, me worry?
      Yeah, you got that right, brother! I like being on the winning team. The factor that they so utterly fail to understand–and it happens to be the decisive one here–is that (as someone has so aptly put it) nature bats last. AND, owns the ballpark. She always wins in the end. But whether she’ll do so this time with any homo sapiens sitting in the bleachers cheering her on remains yet to be seen . . .

      • kulturcritic says:

        OK Elaine, I buy your analysis.  But then, tell me why Soros is working diligently to create a color revolution in cities across the USA to undercut Trump and delegitimize his presidency.  Is that so he goes running anxiously for the illuminati?

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        • F. Elaine Anderson says:

          Because George Soros had direct personal experience with the Holocast. Heil Trump, the Fourth Reich begins and America is about to become great again.

          • Disaffected says:

            The Fourth Reich crap is just hyperbole, at least as far as getting any worse than it already was. Hell, I feared HRC MUCH MORE in that regard, as she was always feeling the need to burnish her “tough on defense” credentials. Trump shouldn’t need to prove anything in that regard. In fact, he might need to resort to that much less, simply because of the fear factor that he might be bat shit crazy.

      • Disaffected says:

        F’Laine,

        No disagreements there whatsoever. I wasn’t suckered at all. I just plain hate HRC, Obama, and the Dems brand of “lie to your face while stabbing you in the back” brand of politics, as well as their blatant use of identity/gender politics to cover their tracks. Yes, Trump will be a disaster as well, mainly because there simply ARE NO answers to the question how to make America great again, a position I’ve held for pretty much ever. But he’ll be in a position (and definitely has the temperament) to bring things to a head (a crash) very quickly, which in my opinion is a good thing.

        Here’s a great video I picked up over on NakCap. Listen especially to the Mark Blyth portions, as he focuses on the economic and practical reasons for Trump’s victory, while Schiller (apt name), mostly just drones on about purely hypothetical political issues, which she may or may not even have a clue about. Blyth is particularly insightful across the board.

        • F. Elaine Anderson says:

          I agree with you, DA – God damn civilization, and the sooner the better.
          I would only add that everything you say about Dem’s applies equally to Repub’s.

          Re: the video
          Schiller is a poly sci prof, an apologist for the status quo. (A liberal apologist—–of course, we realize, though, that they’re rampant on both sides of that phony line. That’s the whole game.) Consequently, she simply can’t manage to read the graffiti on the wall. She did however, make a valuable suggestion: get locally involved in non-governmental projects—of course, her United Way suggestions were pretty hokey, but the basic premise is valid. There IS some power in withdrawing from participation in the overall system and its values, and starting to prepare at the family, neighborhood and community level for whatever is coming: learn how to develop local economies, set up bartering systems, start to live independently (take a baby step even– bring home a pot of basil from the Safeway store and put it your kitchen window.) Work in units that are small enough to apply REAL direct democracy–which, as I see it, absolutely requires personally knowing every member in your group. In other words, re-tribalize ourselves as best we can. Stay the f*** away from organizations any bigger than that.
          Blythe definitely has his finger on the pulse of what’s rumbling.
          Some of the student questions are scary. Carbohydrate brain-fog, perhaps. But then, teaching students to think never has been the foundation of the relationship of education to civilization.

          • Disaffected says:

            F’Lainey,

            Agreed. Hey, on a personal note, I just completed the second installment of a “sleep study” evaluation (I couldn’t sleep the first time due to all the wires and shit they hook up to you), where my Dr.’s and my suspicions were confirmed: I have moderate sleep apnea which was causing my blood oxygen levels to plummet and my red blood cell count to skyrocket in response. Slept about 6 hours last night hooked up to a CPAP machine and feel better than I have for months, if not years, trying to sleep 8-10 hours a night in a futile attempt to make up for lack of quality sleep with quantity. Long story short, Dr. thinks this is also what’s contributing to my rather stubborn weight gain of late, since low blood oxygen levels by definition indicate my metabolic engine is not fully stoked, so looking forward to getting all that turned around. Meanwhile, workouts have NEVER been better, low blood oxygen levels and all, so things are gradually turning around for THIS almost 60 year old bag of human meat.

            Funny story: young impudent primary care Dr. was finishing up his exam a few months with a young intern along for the ride. We were just discovering the complications from this sleep apnea thing, and I was a bit distraught, so evidently he’s thinking I’m on my final lap before I take the final dive into the grave. Tells me to lie back on the table so he can do his abdominal tap, tap, tap to see if all my major parts are in place and there’s no aliens growing in there. Tells intern to observe and feel, thinks maybe I exhibit symptoms of constipation, and makes wisecrack about getting more fiber in my diet. Intern complies and gives me a wide-eyed incredulous look as he replies, “not sure that’s constipation.” “Bet your ass it’s not,” said I, as I got up to get dressed.

            And on the carb front, I’m now wed to (and loving it!) the cabbage/onion mix and Ezekial sprouted grain bread as a source of fiber and low impact carbs, with turkey, white cheeses, eggs, yogurt, rolled oats, extra virgin olive oil, and real butter as the other primary caloric sources. Much of this is D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet derived, by the way (I’m an AB+). He, and almost everyone else in the nutrition industry, agrees with you on the low refined carb bit, with the major difference of opinion centering on exactly how much of an acknowledged bad thing we can allow ourselves and still remain “healthy.” I’m not ready to get religiously intense on that subject just yet, although I do acknowledge that the groundwork is definitely being laid for indicting the western cheap carb laden diet as a major cause of all our “deathcare” ills. But then again, most of us have known that for years, just as we know the real reasons for its continuance: CORPORATE PROFITS!

            Anyway, back at you F’lainey. I’ve spewed as much nonsense as I’m currently capable of for now.

            DA

            • F. Elaine Anderson says:

              I used to have sleep apnea before I went paleo. BTW, I’ve been carnivore for nearly a year (basically zero plant foods)

              • Disaffected says:

                Total carnivore, eh? I’ve tried that, but I just can’t maintain it. Not enough fiber and variety for me. Blood Type diet advises against for +ABs as well as well. What’s your Blood Type? Maybe that ‘splains it?

                • F. Elaine Anderson says:

                  Have no idea. I guess I once knew–back many lifetimes ago, I actually went so far as to get married once, have a baby, (now my best ally — my big, wonderful, funny, happy warrior of a son.)
                  Everybody who switches to carnivore has to go through a transition period, some longer than others. I find it of a stretch to believe that we contemporary carnivores — and every one of the traditional Innuit, as well — are all of the same blood type, but I don’t suppose anyone has ever made a study. Carnivores get no respect.
                  Most likely, our Neanderthal genes are dominant. Read recently that homo erectus (no doubt a male scientist came up with that name) ate 65% meat to 35% carbs. Neanderthals didn’t waste their time with anything less than big game meat. BTW, there were some vegan humaniods; ugly as sin. They went extinct, dropped off the evolutionary charts. (These tidbits gleaned from the special issue of Scientific American that was on the stands about a month or so ago.)
                  If your blood type theory were right for you, you would not still be suffering the health problems that you do. If you were eating, and drinking (!), what is truly right for your body, your own body (and not some governmental or institutional authority or author or doctor) would tell you so.
                  Have you ever wondered if you actually get something out of being in poor health? There must be a reason why you keep doing what perpetuates your problems. Or are you just trying to make sure you die before they start killing us off for our dissident opinions? Personally, if I get a choice in the matter, I choose die with my boots on (if I had any boots), strong and defiant, than to waste weakly away from following the dietary outrages that civilization/agriculture has inflicted on us all. But to each their own choices. I’ve made mine.
                  I don’t mean to sound arrogant when I talk about dietary issues, and I do understand the concept that everyone’s body is (slightly) different, but I also know that the proof is in the pudding: if your dietary guidelines were right for you, your health would show it. Regardless of your age, regardless of how many issues you need to resolve. According to mainstream med research, all the aptly named diseases of civilization are linked to insulin resistance/chronic inflammation (which comes first, the chicken or the egg-they don’t know). But they do know the cause of IR and chronic inflammation— sugars, which—ahem!—come from plants . . . And THAT research we can be sure was not funded by the same sons of demons from the sugar industry that paid Harvard scientists back in the 60’s to lie and shift the blame for heart disease from sugar onto animal fats.

                  • Disaffected says:

                    Good points all, and I’m well aware of the issues with sugar. I buck my Dr.’s advice pretty much constantly and I’m still doing pretty well, other than the BP and the sleep issues. Not sure how much of that is “purely” hereditary, as my mom’s side of the family are all pure disasters in that regard. My weight’s higher than their charts say it should be, but I quit paying attention to that shit long ago, and I’m MUCH thinner and healthier than all of my relatives and nearly all of my counterparts up here in LA LA land. I must admit, the beer’s a “problem” for me, inasmuch as I just plain like to drink it, but I’ve moderated that greatly as well, and I no longer feel it’s a problem for me in my day to day. I will admit that some of that is due to sheer boredom from living in the industrial west with no real purpose for living whatsoever. I’ve worn out the urge to buy shit and for the most part to be entertained by shit, but I guess I’m still easily distracted by the spectacle. My main goals are all health oriented now. I want to retain all the muscular gains I’ve made in the last two years, which have been substantial, while still taking off at least 15 pounds to start. I think that alone will cure my BP issues as well as my sleep issues potentially too. All for now, as I think we’re running out of right margin.

        • Disaffected says:

          This one’s particularly funny to watch with or without the sound turned down purely as a display of body languages. A WHOLE LOT of body language and emotion (almost comically so at times) coming from Schiller, while Blyth seems almost stymied in his understatedness throughout. Blyth seems to almost explode from a self-imposed box of introspection whenever he senses a target of opportunity, while Schiller can hardly contain herself from expounding on every little this or that that passes through her somewhat vacuous little mind. Even conceding that Schiller is not as stupid as she appears here, I think this video displays and states as much about the differences of opinion between the US left and right as any I’ve seen yet.

        • Disaffected says:

          I think the one quibble I would have with that video is Blyth’s hypothetical at ~43:00 regarding Trump cozying up with Putin, which I think was done mostly for effect, is that that contention is (at this point at least) merely a totally unsubstantiated talking point of the HRC left. I’m surprised Blyth fell for it, although maybe he was just trying to be fair.

          • F. Elaine Anderson says:

            I think the one fundamental difference between your point of view and mine is that you still honestly believe there’s a difference between left and right.

            • Disaffected says:

              Not at all. The one fundamental difference between my point of view and yours is that I KNOW FOR SURE that whatever we’re being told is utter bullshit regardless, and that I prefer to hear the HONEST view upfront. I think that’s only fair, don’t you? The left lies to you and then fucks you in the ass hard afterward, while the right just flat out fucks you in the ass hard up front with no apologies. Take your fucking as you will, it’s a fucking all the same. Not sure which I prefer just yet, although the masochist in me seems to cry out for the latter.

              • F. Elaine Anderson says:

                J, you too funny. If I ever publish my anti-civ fantasy trilogy, The Atlantean Anarchists, I will send you a copy signed with a kiss. Only it will be invisible because I don’t believe in wearing lipstick.

      • Disaffected says:

        F’Lainey,
        I think you overestimate the advantages of owning all three branches of government (see Obama and the Dems in 2008). It actually puts the spotlight on the sneaky little vermin and makes them own up to their rhetoric. Case in point, the Rs are already conflicted about exactly what to do with ObamaCare, something the pundits had long been predicting, as it was essentially a GOP program “sold” to us by the Dems with faux hysterical opposition by the Rs. I predict the Rs are about to be very uncomfortable with all that political power they’ve just picked up. Just like the Ds, their stock in trade is always obstructionism that they can then blame on the opposition. That opposition has now been effectively neutered. Not a great place to be for an R party who now has to actually deliver and be accountable for results which probably won’t be good for anyone other than the 1%, just as they’ve always been. Just another step toward the inevitable collapse and revolution IMO.

  4. Disaffected says:

    In summary, I think this election came down to a simple catch phrase that I used to hear in the military a lot, which is: Lead, follow, or get the FUCK out of the way! Even discounting HRC’s overwhelming and completely disqualifying felonious criminal corruption, her and the Ds have had 8 years straight years to lead, and 8 straight years before that to follow (and oppose or enlighten), and failed miserably at both. So now, in spite of overwhelming advantages in financial support and the advantage of being the incumbent party with at least a barely passable record to run on, they still get shown the door by essentially a third party outsider candidate whose own campaign staff had largely written him off as well, it is FINALLY time for them to once and for all GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY or be steamrolled into extinction. GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE!!!

  5. Disaffected says:

    More from Mark Blyth, this time as a solo act (thank god!). He explains the Trump phenomenon and ties it to larger global issues and political movements. This is not just a local American brand of “insanity,” in fact we’re a bit late to the game. It’s a direct reaction to and against globalization and the emerging Neo-Liberal socioeconomic consensus:

  6. F. Elaine Anderson says:

    DA- GREAT news from you on the health front! cool, cool, cool.
    We’re gonna have to see if we can nudge Sandy into posting more often. That’s something to hang in there for, waiting for his next thought-provoking blog post, and commenting on it. Which is not just preaching to the choir… but to whichever minions of the powers that be happen to be monitoring this site, as well. Who knows–might make a convert. Especially when things start getting ghoulish.
    You might want to consider taking up writing fiction. while you’re waiting for something to get excited about. Not only is it enormously entertaining, you can have the satisfaction of helping the craft the counternarrative. Sandy knows.

  7. Disaffected says:

    Ok, back again (I just know you all were anxiously awaiting that!). Had weird computer shit going on here, which always makes me paranoid that the Spooks are up to some nefarious shit. Couldn’t access kulturCritic for two days form home or from work, and then all things Google (other than their news feed, but that was truncated as well) went missing for the better part of a day. I know, I know, I’m paranoid as hell, but dammit, the freaking bastards ARE out to get us, sooner or later anyway.

    The news is all “boo-hoo, how could the Dems possibly have lost,” which I imagine is a refrain we’ll be hearing 24/7 now until inauguration day and the awful reality of a Trump Prez finally sinks in on all of HRC’s now orphaned little “snowflakes.” Speaking of which, I think that’s turning out to be the pejorative term for what I’ve variously labeled femmes, feministas, FemNazis, etc. previously. As I explained to a friend at work today who inquired about the term, “snowflakes” are delicate little politically correct creatures; usually, but not always females, and commonly, but once again not always, of a relatively younger age grouping; i.e., millennials.

    Likewise, in my various and sundry readings of the election analyses out there (other than the PC liberal fringe at Salon.com, which I only read so that I can throw metaphorical grenades into their thoroughly “femmy” comment boards), I’m heartened to hear that my situation (thoroughly disgusted with the Dems, but not yet ready to fully support a nut case, even in opposition) was fairly typical and in all likelihood cost The Bitch Who Have Been Queen her coronation. So I’m mostly just happy as a pig in shit, so to speak, even allowing that The Donald had to win.

    All that said, we here in the US (and thus, the rest of the world too) await the same certain outcomes under a Prez Trump as we would have under a Queen HRC. The great wealth pump of empire, enabled by the miracle of unparalleled cheap fossil fuel energy, for which the US was just fortunate enough to find itself in the position of first mover status, is literally failing beneath our feet as we speak. And once the economics of that fail in earnest – and all the evidence is that we’re on the cusp of that now – there simply will be no reconstructing industrial society in any form that will continue to support even a fraction of our current ~7.2B people. Make of that what you will, but any way you slice it, it isn’t good.

    Just a quick shout out and link to another blog I’ve been reading a lot of lately. Steve Ludlum, aka Steve from Virginia, is one of those guys you read the first time and just KNOW he’s got it going on. Like Sandy, he posts sporadically, but they’re always worth the wait. Cheers!

    http://www.economic-undertow.com/author/steveludlum/

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