Why the Trump Protests, Like the Wisconsin Uprising, Will Fail

The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump.  They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016.  ‘Trump is a racist narcissist pig, unfit to exist, much less govern,’ or so the meme goes.  But despite losing the popular vote he mat slammed Hillary and the Democrat Party. The GOP scaredy cats who were fleeing him en masse he actually rescued and rose them to control both houses of Congress.

As of this writing the Trump protests have not abated, and now this smells of serious failure, the type of total and complete butt kicking that Republicans gave to the so-called Wisconsin Uprising.  Almost six years after those massive protests against Governor Scott Walker over his disemboweling of the union movement in Wisconsin, after years of big protests with tens of thousands in the streets and a recall election attempt, the GOP is stronger than ever in the Badger State, with hegemonic control of the government in Uprising Central, Madison.

Perhaps you missed this news, because the progressive Democrat pundits, The Nation and Mother Jones crowd, are absolutely skilled at ballyhoo and PR for the Blue Revolution, but completely unable to admit failure and analyze why the progressive Left keeps getting its heads handed to them on a plate.

The echo chamber, created by the so-called “indepedendent” progressive website-based media, is a misinforming propaganda trap.  It spends all its time berating and laughing at the foul smells and foibles from the Right, extolling its own heroes in the echo chamber like Amy Goodman and John Nichols and others, and promoting the Democrat Party’s supposed progressive saviors like Bernie and Liz.

The progressive magazines, books and websites are filled with articles by people who have few if any friends in the populist Right and among the tens of millions who voted for Trump, and therefore these writers have very stunted knowledge of why Trump would receive enough votes to create a “political revolution” greater than Reagan’s historic victory of 1980.

The money for the progressive pundits and media comes from donations, but the really critical fuel is supplied by the Blue Oligarchs, their foundations, and the super rich and wealthy who want to promote the Democrat Party.  Call them the Soros and Steyer Crowd.   They see the need to whip the progressive forces into the sort of populist tide that Bernie surfed, before he washed out, took a dive actually.

We now know, not a surprise to some of us, that Bernie was pulling his punches as early as 2015, making agreements with Hillary’s team behind the scenes, thanks to Wikileaks publishing the Podesta emails.  But that should have been crystal clear to anyone paying attention when Bernie detoured in his first debate spiel to attack those attacking Hillary for her crimes and misdemeanors in privatizing her State Department emails.

Dr. Jill Stein and the Greens courted Bernie to the point of offering him the unprecedented historical opportunity to be elected President at the head of the Green Party.  Seriously folks, despite its shortcomings, were Bernie the real deal and not a poser, he would have at least tied Trump and Hillary, two of the most disliked candidates in history.  With the surge of Left and Right populist support he enjoyed among the boisterous worshipping young, he could have beat those two babyboomer relics.  But the Democrats ate him up, and Bernie allowed it to happen, and now he’s peddling books and picking up the pieces of a party owned by oligarchs and Wall Street and militarists, one he might have changed but now is just looking to revive.

But of course any sort of Bernie victory, with the Dems or the Greens, would have been a financial disaster for the oligarchs who own both the Democrats and Republicans.  Bernie is socialism-very-light, but he at least has carried a strong torch for single payer health care, and imagine if America had a President prodding to deliver that, rather than one about to eviscerate the stinking albatross of Obama’s failed legacy, Obamacare.

So here we are seeing Bernie back on his Blue horse, leading the charge for a ‘grassroots political revolution’ to revive the Democrat Party.  Ain’t gonna happen folks, we’ve seen this bad movie, too, another Groundhog Day de ja vu all over again. The progressives don’t do revolutions, they do protests in the streets, clicktivism, and they flog voting against Republicans and for Democrats.

But Bernie has followed the lead of his fellow Vermont insurgent, Governor Howard Dean, in creating an organization called Our Revolution, Bernie’s new brand name for his former Feel the Bern movement, and apparently still the title of his forthcoming book.  It joins Dean’s lobby group Democracy for America, Move On, and a handful of other clicktivist Democratic Party front groups, in trying to lead their Party back to the glory days of bygone eras that few alive even lived through!  And guess what, this political revolution will absolutely rely on the funding of billionaires and multi-millionaires, their foundations and dark money groups, whose market positions have done very well, thank you, since The Donald seized power.

The Democracy Alliance, which I have written about, will be the first go-to stop for the progressive fundraisers.  The Game Changer Salon, a progressive insider email list run by Billy Wimsatt, was chatting about getting money to elect Dems in 2018 and 2020 even before Hillary and Podesta finally concededl.  Soros and Steyer and the Big Unions will continue to funnel the groups on that list big money, probably more than ever.  The Democrat Party front groups that the Soros gang bought and created a decade ago looked so powerful and slick schmoozing with Obama,  until Trump’s real brand of populism crushed it.  But the billionaires are enjoying the Trump stock market surge, and they will regroups and roll out more money for their Dem front groups.

If it wasn’t already, the buzz words these folks are all talking is populist movement from the Left.  They know what that might look like, because Bernie had one going before he killed it.  So their hope will spring alive!  (Kudos to the unexpectedly large percentage of Bernie supporters who did not support Hillary, by the way.  If only your hero had that level of integrity!)

So here is what the future looks like folks, but you don’t need your shades, it’s not very bright.  The Trump protests are a guaranteed loser, an emotional vent that will only translate into support and sympathy for him, as the totally failed Wisconsin Uprising made Scott Walker a superhero and gave the GOP complete control in that state.  As the protests subside, the progressive vultures will rise — the OurRevolution, Brand New Congress, Democracy For American, Move On professionals — a well established clique feeding together, pushing and shoving, at the same trough, blasting the same PR memes into the progressive echo chamber, building their political revolution within the Democrat Party, already working as its fronts for 2018 and 2020.

Any real political revolution will continue to be short circuited by the cooptation of this crowd of self-promoting Game Changers, hacks, flacks and pundits.  But, like you never heard of the absolute and total ass kicking given the failed Wisconsin Uprising, you who remain stuck in their Blue Propaganda echo chamber will keep getting the well-honed talking points about how we must heal and unite and build a powerful grassroots force to take back America, and make it great again. Oh wait, there’s a trademark on that phrase, Make America Great Again.  Someone else owns that.

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John Stauber is an independent writer, activist and author.  His books include Toxic Sludge Is Good for YouMad Cow USA and Weapons of Mass Deception.  In 1993 he founded the Center for Media and Democracy to exposed corporate, political and media propaganda campaigns.  He retired from the Center in 2008.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnstauber.

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