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Trump's Inaugural Address: A Call for Holy War


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Trump's Inaugural Address: A Call for Holy War

Kevin Gosztola

President Donald Trump used his inaugural address to call for the “civilized world” to unite “against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” It received one of the most enthusiastic responses from the crowd in attendance at the National Mall.


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“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”

– Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here (1935)

(...and shoved up our ass.)


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The article is good, as far as it goes, but its important to keep in mind that this is the weaponry solely as related to army, navy, marines etc. exclusive of the hugely out-scaled corporate juggernauts that are destroying every environment in the humanly conceivable spectrum: biological, social, spiritual, legislative, linguistic, ... all under a radical hegemony of aggression for possession ( dare one still say ultimately fostering a radical narcissism).
The word 'possession' is perhaps not out of place here in all of its meanings, particularly spiritual/psychological.
"Western civilization" - a profoundly flawed concept from the get-go in that it fails to identify and discern that of healthy life from the abuses that have become inherent to the kleptocratic practices generated by precisely those abuses called 'externalization of costs'. The latter now so much a drug of dependency that it is aggressively eating its way up the "chain" of all aspects of institutionalized human meaning, practice, coherence, compassion, empathy, etc.
A death wish dressed up lets-go-to-a-party outfit each time it claims another aspect of life.


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We are all defiled by by the atavistic theology and shallowness of the inaugural proceeding.


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Americans are sick of war. While I agree he's ginning up a type of holy war, I don't think he will have the support Bush did. People are starting to realize the more war we fight the less the economy gives back. The economy is the the key. And we all know how well the economy fairs under republicans.
It's bad, I'm not saying it's not but I just don't think it's cut and dried like Bush's wars. Too many have learned how useless it is.


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He will easily be the best president in my lifetime if he holds true to this policy. Which do you prefer?

"It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."~~George W. Bush, 2005 Inaugural Address

“We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone."~~Donald J. Trump, 2017 Inaugural Address


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Boy, ain't that the truth. I can not remember a single inauguration when Jesus Christ was Shanghaied in this manner; a modest invocation of the Lord's blessings left to the imagination and religious predilection of the various people of the nation public being the norm for 200 years. Interesting too that the one major religion left unrepresented on the dais was the one Trump made a point of assaulting. though his choice of speakers managed to insult another.


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And, only a completely moronic populace could not see that the more war we make the less safe we have actually become.

So here we have a real estate speculator, gambling casino mogul, and unabashed predatory capitalist invoking Jesus, God, and Christian religious tradition. Every thinking moral person should run as fast as they can away from the faux Christianity of this shit-bag.


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Agreed. I've never gotten the impression Trump was a bit interested in religion and I think his only interest in any God lies in how he can use it to fire up the ignorant. Unfortunately half of the country is populated by a moronic populace with the critical thinking skills of a third grader.


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This simply seems to be a form of madness. Whip up violent jihadists against you, pick fights with the world's number two power, China, deny global warming even though it is probably the greatest threat humans have ever faced. And there are millions of fools whose hot buttons go off when Trump speaks who are willing to support such craziness. Those of us who don't go along are labelled elitists. One way or another this has to end in disaster unless it is stopped.


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"We will be protected by the Great Men and Women of our Military and Law Enforcement..."

Except for those of us who are Protecting Sacred Lands, or happen to be Driving While Black.

(And that was under the "Good" guy.)


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Good article. I heard excerpts of the speech but this gives a much better perspective of the tone.
I would only add that you could substitute " muslim " with an amalgam of " " the other " and Trump's base wouldn't feel the skip of the drumbeat. Not unlike " to save the village, we must destroy the village ". Then, of course, the powerful decide who exactly the new villagers will be. FYI- rabid dogs don't need much encouragement when the disease peaks.


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Wish someone would call for the “civilized world” to unite against radical US terrorism.


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“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, ‘how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.'”

How clucking twisted.

This fascist will no doubt seek to cleanse the US of those who will be openly against his Administration's, or his personal view as to what constitutes patriotism. Conflating patriotism with the Bible is just a tad concerning, given the tools of surveillance handed to him, his firm backing of a militarized police handed down to him, ad nauseum.

Scared yet?


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The symbolism is wretched. Goes to church, for fake worship, then stops by the CIA to assure them they will have his back on torture, and then attacks the press.

And to those who would make the argument that Trump's criticism of the press comports with valid criticism of MSM, spare me already.


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" Goes to church for fake worship."

So damn true! Trump is just another christian fascist pandering to his constituency of fellow christian fascists.


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Someone needs to write a sequel to that book, because now it is happening here.


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That's the biggie. Moar War. I fear our economy is now based on it. Arms and weapons manufacturing is the lion's share of our disappearing industry. Boeing is the biggest exporter.

To supplant that, Trump's Trillion-dollar infastructure idea is a good start, if he can get the Conservatives to go for it; however all this is a heat engine, and the Greenhouse Warming crisis may overtake everything.

For Donald to be a great President, he needs to start a Green Revolution forcing GM to retool to solar panels and wind turbines. At least we get something for all that heat generation. The bad news is that gives us a terminal Four degree C global temp rise when all the particulates (like coal sulfur dust) fall out of the atmosphere.

So there is no solution. Earth is on Death Row (for all Naked Apes once 440 nuke plants melt down from being deserted.)

What scares me is that water vapor is a powerful greenhouse gas now that the North Pole ice is gone. We know both the upper troposphere and higher latitudes are now suddenly humidified, which with methane, gives us only 18 months left to a runaway, according to Professor Guy McPherson.

God, I hope he is wrong.

Will Trump be able to say he was wrong? That's the measure of a great leader. The problem is, that nothing can reverse the thermal runaway. The thermodynamics are going to kill off all the grains.

Then what?

Cannibals everywhere? Zombies? Hungry refugees for sure, at the very least.


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False equivalency, as this is a comparison of a war criminal to a lying mango prick scumbag.

Beyond that, to make a comparison of 2 tenures in office, one hardly begun, based on 2 political statements is a gross oversimplification and presents a false choice: as if these are the only 2 choices in either your lifetime, or that of the Empire.


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He that speaks with forked tongue is encouraging at every step more attacks on innocent people, probably travelers that stay in his hotels.

And he wants that. A direct hit on one of his buildings (not to mention the people inside) gives him all the rhetorical ammunition to wage the holiest of wars--revenge.