On June 3, a so-called March for Truth was held in US cities nationwide targeting Donald Trump for the wrong reasons, not the right ones. More on this below.
A May 30 press release said the following:
The action “is a national coalition of activist groups and grassroots, local organizers demanding that leaders in government defend the rule of law and fully investigate the Trump administration’s motives for interfering in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his associates.” (emphasis added)
“National Partner organizations include MoveOn, Women’s March, Indivisible, Public Citizen, Free Speech for People, Town Hall Project, The Opposition, Swing Left, Stand Up America, Common Cause, OurStates, Action Group Network, flippable, Rock The Vote, Lawyers for Good Government, DailyKos, Working Families Party, Rise to Run and Progressive Democrats of America.”
They call for the following:
“An independent commission must be established and congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests.”
“As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible.”
“Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity.”
“If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.”
Their press release claims Trump’s firing of FBI director Comey and memos alleging he attempted to influence “an active FBI investigation,” along with (witch-hunt) congressional testimony by John Brennan, James Clapper and Sally Yates suggests he compromised what (anti-Trump undemocratic) Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (ludicrously called) “a fight for the soul of democracy.”
It’s hard taking any of this seriously. There’s plenty about Trump’s early months in office to criticize. March for Truth organizers ignored all of it, targeting the wrong issues, not the right ones.
Their action appears part of a deep state, undemocratic Democrat party, scoundrel media attempt to weaken, delegitimize and undermine the president, wanting him ousted from office, a coup d’etat scheme – participants in cities nationwide duped to go along.
Here’s what warrants Trump criticism:
His putting America first is all about serving wealth, power and privilege exclusively.
He infested his administration with hawkish generals, billionaires like himself, neocons and Zionist extremists.
Prioritizing national security comes at a time when America’s only enemies are invented ones, no others. The so-called war on terror is a colossal hoax.
Trump’s wanting an additional $54 billion for so-called “defense” is all about enriching war-profiteers and waging imperial wars.
Instead of ending the ones his predecessors launched, he’s escalating them.
Instead of improving relations with Russia, China, Iran and other independent countries, he’s made things worse.
Instead of eliminating the risk of nuclear war, it remains an ominous possibility on his watch – his Korean peninsula brinksmanship the clearest example.
Instead of draining the swamp, he filled it to overflowing.
His infrastructure rebuilding scheme is all about privatizing public properties for profit.
His immigration ban is part of America’s war on Islam and fundamental freedoms.
His healthcare plan aims to enrich insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains more than already – at the expense of providing a fundamental human right for all Americans.
His one-sided support for Israel assures continued occupation harshness.
His draconian budget proposal greatly harms the nation’s most vulnerable.
His tax cut scheme is a giveaway to monied interests.
He’s done nothing so far to restore prosperity for ordinary Americans enduring protracted Main Street Depression conditions.
He has no positive legislative achievements. His blizzard of executive orders do more harm than good.
His focus on militarism and belligerence diverts national resources for warmaking, instead of using them for vital domestic issues benefitting all Americans.
He broke every positive promise made while campaigning.
His agenda continues neoliberal harshness begun by his predecessors.
He boasted about meeting with an array of ruthless Israeli, Saudi, Egyptian and other rogue leaders.
His Saudi arms deal is all about enriching war-profiteers, along with furthering the kingdom’s support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, its war on Yemen and homeland repression.
All of the above and more is what Saturday marchers should have focused on – legitimate reasons to protest against Trump, not the dubious ones used, diverting attention from what’s most important.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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