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Trump Robs Venezuela & Blames Their President

Yesterday the Trump government robbed $7 billion in assets from the people of Venezuela, and yet they blame Maduro for “mishandling” Venezuela’s economy! 

Trump is a bully and threatens to make US imperialism much worse. The people must insist on his being removed from office asap. We (US) should be helping the people of Venezuela, not harming them. 

Bolton issued another military threat which makes him a criminal for violating the United Nations Charter. 

Ecology, Green New Deal, a Better World & Afghanistan

Yesterday I attended the “50 Years After the Santa Barbara Oil Spill: A Call to Action” meeting that filled an auditorium with about a thousand people. The response to that major oil spill at Santa Barbara in 1969 stimulated the environmental movement that soon led to Earth Day, the EPA and much ecological legislation. 

Wake up America! Support the Green New Deal that is coming in the 2020 election and will help bring about a peaceful revolution in 2021. 

Today I read two excellent articles at comondreams.org. Michael Galant wrote “The Green New Deal is Not Enough: We Need an Alternative Globalization,” explaining how the world economy needs to be reformed. Eric Margolis wrote “Afghanistan: America’s Shameful War” with stunning insight on America’s longest war. 

Anyone who does not see the beautiful revolution that is coming to this country and the world is not paying attention. 

Trump Hires War Criminal Elliott Abrams as Envoy to Venezuela

Elliott Abrams worked for President Reagan as an Assistant Secretary of State for nearly 8 years. He was severely criticized for hiding atrocities by the militaries of the US-supported governments of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and of the Contra rebels fighting against Nicaragua. He denied that more than 500 civilians were killed in the El Mozote massacre in December 1981, calling it FMLN propaganda. In 1982 the Boland Amendment ended US aid to the Contras. Abrams pleaded guilty to withholding evidence during the Iran-Contra investigation by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh that began in December 1986, but President H. W. Bush pardoned him in December 1992. 

In June 2001 President George W. Bush hired Abrams as “Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations” at the NSC. Abrams favored the coup attempt against Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez in April 2002 and also the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. He criticized US policy for attempting to make Israel give concessions for peace. During Bush’s second term Abrams was deputy national security adviser for Global Democracy Strategy. 

In May 2016 Abrams wrote an article criticizing candidate Trump, and for that reason Trump vetoed Tillerson’s choice of Abrams as Deputy Secretary of State, but Secretary of State Pompeo appointed Abrams a Special Envoy to Venezuela on Friday. 

If the US gives military support to the opposition party in Venezuela and escalates that crisis into a civil war, it will be a serious crime against peace that could lead to war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

My presidential campaign is dedicated to ending US war crimes and bringing about world peace through nonviolence, democracy, and international law. 

US-directed Coup in Venezuela is Illegal & Immoral

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that US VP Pence called Venezuela’s Assembly leader Guaido urging him to supplant President Maduro which he then announced on the 24th. Soon after that President Trump recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s leader. The European Union and other capitalist nations then added their support for this illegal effort. 

On Thursday the 24th an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Medea Benjamin, Phyllis Bennis, and 65 others urged the US government to stop interfering in Venezuela because it would make their desperate situation worse.

Sanctions imposed by the US and its capitalist allies have been strangling the economy of Venezuela for months if not years. The oil company Citgo has not been allowed to transfer from the US $1 billion in profits to Venezuela, and the Venezuela government has not been allowed to borrow money to help them get through the crisis resulting from lower oil prices in that oil-rich nation. The US has tried to overthrow Venezuela’s socialist leader Hugo Chavez in the past. The coup attempt which began on Monday the 21st with a failed military plot violates the Charter of the Organization of American States. 

Wise people on all sides are urging negotiations and the peaceful settlements of the disputes in this economic and political crisis. 

Wealth Tax I Proposed 4 Years Ago

My plan calls for a temporary tax on assets to pay down the national debt, and it is more progressive than Warren’s idea. The annual tax would be 1% on assets over $1 million, 2% over $10M, 3% over $100M, 4% over $1 billion & 5% over $10B. I also advocate a tax on stock transactions to share the wealth and reduce wild & micro speculation. 

Scientists use Doomsday Clock to Warn of Nuclear War

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is keeping its Doomsday Clock at 11:58 for another year which is the closest to midnight and disaster it has been since it was there in 1953. 

Removing the danger of nuclear holocaust by abolishing all nuclear weapons is my top priority in my Presidential campaign. The policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is the worst insanity and could destroy the human species. The two superpowers, US and Russia, which have 95% of all the nuclear weapons, stand to benefit the most in getting rid of them by saving much money and wasted human effort while making the world safer for everyone. I believe the time has come to negotiate total nuclear disarmament with all the nuclear nations starting with the superpowers. 

After that is successful, we can then move on to disarming the weapons of war and replacing them with effective international law under a democratic federal world government that would be responsible for keeping the peace. No one nation has the right to be the policeman in the world or even a region. No nation should be allowed to use force outside its borders. Thus all nations could disarm weapons of war while retaining local police for law enforcement. 

Trump Backs Regime Change in Socialist Venezuela

On 20 May 2018 Chávez successor Maduro was re-elected President of Venezuela with 68% of the vote. The opposition MUD Party boycotted the election, and turnout was 46%. Maduro had asked the Carter Center to send an observation team, but they declined. Facing crippling economic sanctions by the US and other right-wing regimes, President Maduro has maintained welfare programs. 

On Monday (3 days ago) Sgt. Wandres Figueroa led a small group of soldiers in an attempted coup that took four hostages but failed. National Assembly President Juan Guaido tweeted (falsely) that this revolt reflected “the generalized feelings within the Armed Forces.” Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that the National Assembly’s attempt to claim the executive office is invalid. 

On Tuesday the National Assembly moved to grant amnesty for civilians and military officials rising up against Maduro’s government. 

Yesterday after Trump recognized Guaido as President, Maduro cut diplomatic ties with the US, rejecting the invasive policies of the US empire and Trump. 

The United States has a shameful history of persecuting socialist nations in Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Venezuela and helping to overthrow governments in South Korea in 1945, Egypt in 1952, Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, the Congo and Laos in 1960, Dominican Republic in 1961 and 1965, South Vietnam in 1963, Brazil in 1964, Indonesia in 1965 and 1997, Greece in 1967, Bolivia in 1971, Chile in 1973, Afghanistan in 1979, El Salvador in 1980, Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, Haiti in 1991, Yugoslavia in 2000, Iraq in 2003, and Libya in 2011. 

What if US Goes to War against Iran?

Israel’s recent attack on Iranians in Syria raises the danger that Iran might retaliate against Israel which could trigger the United States getting involved in a war against Iran. President Trump’s current National Security Advisor, the warmonger John Bolton, has long advocated war against Iran, and he also helped push George W. Bush into attacking Iraq in March 2003, America’s most misguided war since Vietnam. 

Iran has 82 million people with 534,000 in the military. Its military power ranks 13th in the world ahead of Israel at 16th. Psychological warfare expert Scott Bennett warns that if the United States did go to war against Iran, China and/or Russia might back Iran out of fear they would be next. This would pose the danger of escalating into World War III involving the two nuclear superpowers that have 95% of the nuclear weapons in the world, and that could mean the destruction of human civilization in the northern hemisphere if not the entire world. 

The US Constitution requires that only the US Congress can declare war, but this has been ignored often by Presidents since World War II. This is another reason why House Democrats should move to impeach Trump who foolishly appointed Bolton. 

How Can 2 Men Keep the US Government Shut?

President Trump refuses to sign any legislation that will not give him his anti-immigrant wall, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell refuses to allow a vote on any bill that Trump will not sign. Democrats wisely are not submitting to this coercion for a wall because if they did, they could be subjected to similar extortion on other issues. 

Most Americans correctly are holding Trump and the Republicans responsible for fomenting this governmental crisis that has withheld wages from 800,000 government employees and is harming countless others because of diminished services. 

Republican Senators can resolve this abuse of power by persuading McConnell to allow them to vote on a bill to finance the government or by voting for a new leader. As long as they do not, they are complicit with this crime against the American people. Voters in the 2020 election will remember this debacle caused by the Republican Party. 

Meanwhile Democrats in the House of Representatives can pass beneficial legislation and use committees to investigate the many abuses of power by the Republicans, especially impeachment charges aimed at removing the worst President in American history. 

Celebrate the Wisdom of Dr. King

On April 4, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King made a politically courageous speech in which he proposed a five-point peace program for Vietnam that included an end to all bombing, a unilateral cease-fire to prepare for negotiation, curtailment of military build-ups throughout Southeast Asia, realistic acceptance of the National Liberation Front (NLF), and the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Vietnam in accordance with the 1954 Geneva agreement. He also said, 

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

See my chapter “King and the Civil Rights Movement” which includes the topic “King Challenges Poverty and War.”  

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