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Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech from the Original German


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Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech from the Original German

Juan Cole

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. So here is a plain English translation of some key passages.


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Unfortunately the leftists have contributed to the false negative picture of the US. I have noticed that Chris Hedges often claims the half of Americans are in poverty. The actual percentage I believe is around 14%. So we have those trying to promote socialism and those trying to promote right wing fascism both describing economic situation of the US in false terms making it seems that people are less well off then they really are. Bernie Sanders also needs to be criticized for not mentioning automation as a major loss of factory jobs and putting too much blame on free trade. Half truths are not the same as truths.


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It all depends on how you define poverty. In view of today's job market, the many Murkins who have no savings to see them through periods of unemployment are one pay check away from poverty. Wages that continue to spiral downward are the major driver of much poverty. The working poor have been around for decades and their ranks are growing.

Sanders never blamed anything on "free trade". Sanders HAS blamed rigged trade that will be more rigged under Trump. Sanders did mislead us by praising the GM bailout when you consider that GM used the money to 1) close US factories, 2) buy back stock, and 3) expand production in China to the extent that Buicks made in China are now in US dealers' showrooms.


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Apparently Juan Cole has joined the "America is Already Great " crowd. Good for him, I guess.


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To equate Trumps base with skin heads is a real Cunard. Despite that grand GDP Blacks suffered tremendously from Clinton on up, ie under democrat control. When a Black Panther today can throw his support to Trump and call John Lewis the overseer of the Black Community's destruction..t tells me you are seriously out of touch in Michigan and politics..Having Code pink initially antiwar run around as female organs tells me also the womens movement is out of touch..what wars were they protesting ..what of their concern for women in Saudi Arabia under Obama.?
You guys are late to the show..


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Speaking of "late to the show", Trump's greatest hypocrisy is that he and his band of elite appointees have had the financial means and no obstacles for decades to do all the wonderful things for the 99% that Trump is saying they will do now that he is POTUS. If they didn't do it prior to 2017, why does anybody think they will work to better the plight of the 99% now that Trump is POTUS.?


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By the way Juan
You were wrong on Libya intervention too..same lofty words to substitute for underhanded CIA regime change..
I bet they were glad to have you shilling at home as well..
You were wrong then and wrong now..
I hope regime change comes too every school of Journalism that have done nothing but perpetuate and rubber stamp foreign policy along with the MSM
You kill with words indeed..


am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on, and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has saved them from being crushed. I can still remember when I was a teenager how disappointed I was that Soviet tanks were allowed to put down the Prague Spring and extirpate socialism with a human face. Our multilateral world has more spaces in it for successful change and defiance of totalitarianism than did the old bipolar world of the Cold War, where the US and the USSR often deferred to each other’s sphere of influence.


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The truth is much of America has been hurt by decades of Democratic and Republican policies that shift most of the economic gains to the very few at the top. Supporting these parties and their NeoLiberal / NeoConservative / Fascist ideologies is killing the People, the Planet, and the Peace.


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Germanophobe.


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As interesting as this is, Trump lifted the majority of his speech from the Batman film where Bane is speaking. His troops have taken over Gotham and are intending to burn it all to the ground. That is what Trump, the RP, and his deplorables have in mind for us, the country, and the planet. Cole, you need to get out more, take in a film Subscribe to Netflix. Stop crying the blues over HRC losing.


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Great article Juan Cole. Understanding his veiled comments is important and they are many. Thank you,I enjoyed and learned.


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President Trump has not appointed a Cabinet, but a Board of Directors to head a new Trump Enterprise, America Inc.


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You nailed it, Juan! Bravo. Where do we turn, now? Michael Moore nailed it, too. The Democratic Party must be vacated and replaced. Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZ8B7fSMTc


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"The great German corporations, too, were said to be expressions of “the people” (Hence the German automobile company Volkswagen, now led by perfectly nice people but not so much in the 1930s)."

"Perfectly nice people?" Lest we forget, VW recently paid $14.7 billion to settle an emissions scandal that was exposed to the public a couple of years ago. http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/09/news/companies/volkswagen-emissions-scandal-arrest/index.html

'The United States has 5% of the world’s population. But its gross domestic product (GDP), at $18.5 trillion, is 22.5% of the GDP of the entire world in nominal terms! ... Trump has taken the most flourishing economy in the world, which admittedly has large internal inequalities, and made it an economic graveyard by his gloomy rhetoric."
Sound like "American exceptionalism" to me, Juan! You are celebrating the very consumerism that is now catapulting the planet towards disaster.

As for our "flourishing economy" Trump was able to mockHillary's claim that "America is already great" because he knew that we knew that it wasn't and isn't. And it won't be until planet and people eclipse profit, with security and justice for all. Wall Street has been going gangbusters, but this wealth hasn't exactly been trickling down to the rest of us - you'll find it in all those offshore accounts.

"Likewise, US education is not the vast wasteland Trump depicts. The US ranks in the middle of industrialized countries on math and reading. But much of the shortfall is because of the lack of funding for schools in poor districts (since local schools are funded by local taxes, the school system reflects America’s vast class and racial inequalities).
Would Juan have us believe that Hillary and her cabal would have done what Bill and his gang never did - magnanimously fund our poor school districts?

Past administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have consistently advanced the ruthless greed of corporate capitalism at the expense of the rest of us both here and abroad. Trump's fascism does threaten to further exploit people and the planet and suppress and silence progressive movements. But we need to organize with intelligence, get our history right, and make America humane - as never before.


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I have read Mein Kampf and the similarities are uncanny. It is true that Democracies do not survive stupidity. Check out Benito Mussolini for a real scare. First order of business will be to knee cap the press.


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So, now that Cole has completed this vile piece of ethnic trashing, let him construct one in which he trashes Scottish people/culture. After all, Trump's mother was Scottish, and we all get most of our genetic material from our mothers. It may be as useful and as amusing to compose a similarly pseudo-intellectual screed based on the ancient tradition of enclosures, land-stealing, dispossessing peasants and farmers - for Trump is in real estate, and the penchant for such activities must be in his genes. Possibly in Cole's, for it was the English who stole the lands.
Perhaps the good professor has been too busy grading papers to notice that though the details may differ, the structures and processes of dictatorships are the same, no matter what the ethnicity.


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That was the name of the British shipping line that plied across the Atlantic. It took over the White Star Line which had .owned the SS Titanic.

I believe you mean "canard", the French for "duck". .