Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Why Impeachment Doesn't Matter

Why Impeachment Doesn't Matter
by C.A. Matthews

There are no surprises coming from the lips of the mainstream media pundits. As soon as the vacuum left after their endless bleating of "Russia! Russia!" became an uncomfortable silence (even noticeable by their fans), these corporate mouthpieces started grasping at the brass ring of Trump's impeachment. It's all a game of smoke and mirrors, a distraction from the true crime being committed against the American people--namely the crime that it doesn't matter who is ultimately in charge in a corrupt system. For in a corrupt system the leader will be corrupt (or quickly corrupted) and their replacement(s) will be equally corruptible.

In other words, replacing a sociopathic president like Trump within the current capitalist system--a system that rewards sociopathy with more money and power--with a substitute of equal stature isn't going to bring about a utopia where peace, justice and harmony among all peoples prevail. It simply brings more of the same. How could it do otherwise?

I hear you saying, "Hey, but what if we replace Trump with an actual 'good person' and not another narcissist? Won't things improve then?" To paraphrase from the Bible: You can't pour new wine into old wineskins and not expect them to burst.

What does this mean? It means that the whole corrupt system that caters to the corporations and the mega-super-uber-wealthy will collapse if a truly honest and noble leader takes control. It means Revolution. The new wine or leadership will explode the old container--or corrupt system--and it will make quite a mess and things will get rather ugly before things settle down and look better.

A moral individual who takes office cannot survive and cannot lead for long unless our current immoral system of government is done away with once and for all. They just can't. Think about it: Even a world-renown Indy car racer can't win a race in a clapped-out junker, can they? Both the driver and the vehicle need to be capable of winning. It can't be just one or the other.

Any attempt to replace our current driver--or president--with another who isn't at the beck and call of the corporate elites (who essentially run our country) will be met with force in the guise of our own local and state policing agencies and the military. Take for example Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The "crime" of the people was their "unreasonable demand" for a safe, clean water supply. The Big Oil Corporations and the Pipeline Builders had our corrupt federal, state and local governments respond with brute force courtesy of local policing agencies (sheriffs, state cops, highway patrol) along with other states' policing agencies brought in for the occasion, as well as the National Guard. Tear gas and rubber bullets are excellent examples of the "democratic process" that our corrupt system uses. 

Were you thinking of the "ballot box"? Sorry to wake you, but that device hasn't worked in years.

The corrupt system of American governance only allows those who are corrupt to use it in the manner in which it was designed. A different outcome isn't possible. Think hard: Obama's administration bombed civilians and used drone warfare in the Middle East, allowed the oil pipelines and fracking to destroy our environment, and actually had the cages that currently cage immigrant children taken from their families at the border built in the first place. The profit motive trumps the people's welfare every time. Capitalism simply changes its leader's name every four to eight years.

In the end, impeachment is simply political street theater created to distract us from the true evil of the Trump administration--or of any US administration. Impeachment is tossed out there from time to time to cover up the fact that our corrupt system exists in the first place, and we've done nothing to destroy and replace it with something that is actually democratic, just and compassionate. 

For more on Trump's possible impeachment and the real reasoning behind it, watch this video from Lee Camp.


From UltraViolet:
BREAKING: This is it, the end of safe and legal abortion--unless we act now.1

The Supreme Court will consider a clinic shutdown law that would wipe out abortion access in Louisiana--and allow other states to do the same.2 

Roe v. Wade is hanging by a thread, and we need all hands on deck.

The Supreme Court has decided to consider June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, a case concerning TRAP laws (targeted restrictions on abortion providers)--regulations written solely to shut down clinics.3 Despite the fact that the court ruled against TRAP laws in 2016, they're taking up the issue again--now with Trump appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch on the bench.

If the court reverses its previous decision and allows this Louisiana law to go into effect, it will give anti-abortion politicians a roadmap for shutting down virtually all safe abortion providers in many states.

TRAP laws are just backdoor ways to stop women from getting the abortion care they need. These laws include everything from determining how wide hallways need to be to forcing clinics to have medically unnecessary surgical suites.

One of the most common and onerous TRAP laws--and the one under review again at the Supreme Court--requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. But abortion is such a safe procedure that doctors can go their entire careers without admitting a patient--which prevents them from obtaining admitting privileges.4

So what has changed since 2016? Not clinics, nor the safety of abortion care--just the makeup of the Supreme Court. Anti-choicers have their man in Brett Kavanaugh to achieve their biggest dream: denying people the respect, dignity, and autonomy to decide when or if they will become parents.

And the Supreme Court is now giving Kavanaugh the chance to overturn its previous decision and allow states to establish TRAP laws that will, essentially, shut down abortion services entirely. 

Once that happens, we won't be able to depend on Roe any longer. That's why we need to ramp up our campaign to stop abortion bans and TRAP laws at the state level right now.

Thank you for joining in.

--Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Sonja, and Kimberly, the UltraViolet Action team


3. What are TRAP Laws? Planned Parenthood Action Fund, accessed October 7, 2019


From Fight for the Future:

State net neutrality bills have been introduced in at least 34 states by both Democrats and Republicans.2

In fact, California's net neutrality bill is one of the strongest net neutrality laws we've ever seen—even stronger than the rules repealed by Pai.3 But Pai's repeal of net neutrality said that states weren't allowed to institute rules on their own—so all these bills were thrown out or blocked. 

But now that the courts have overruled the FCC's ban on state action, strong net neutrality laws like California's gold-standard net neutrality bill are back on the table. 

If we can get 10 or more states to adopt laws similar to California's, the ISPs will eventually have to treat all of us like they treat those states. Just imagine them trying to apply one set of rules to half the country and another set of rules for the rest of us. 

With the courts upholding the repeal of nationwide net neutrality rules, we must take the fight to the states. But running a state-by-state campaign is a huge undertaking. We'll need funds to hire local organizers, run billboards and newspaper ads, send mass text messages, organize protests and petition deliveries, and more. 

And Big Cable will be fighting us every step of the way. They spent millions trying to stop net neutrality in California—but we fought them and we won. If we can raise the funds we need, we can beat them again in more states. 


For the Internet,

Evan at Fight for the Future


From Friends of the Earth:
Soon our wild places and communities could be overrun with millions of experimental GMO mosquitoes. 
GMO mosquitoes pose risks to human health and could disrupt fragile ecosystems in unpredictable ways. 
Trump’s EPA is considering allowing the release of millions of GMO mosquitoes in Florida and Texas. The EPA could stop this dangerous experiment, but it’s ignoring scientists’ warnings about likely impacts on our health and environment, and is keeping the public in the dark about the details. We need your help to stop this reckless experiment, C.A.! 
The genetic engineering corporation that created GMO mosquitoes -- Oxitec -- is a subsidiary of Intrexon, the same company that owns GMO apples and is a major investor in GMO salmon. The company wants us to believe these mosquitoes will help reduce the spread of diseases like zika and dengue by reducing mosquito populations, but the data shows that they don’t reduce population sizes. In fact, new research shows that in some places where GMO mosquitoes were released, the mosquito populations actually increased. 
The Center for Disease Control even noted that Oxitec’s trials are not set up to test for disease reduction -- making them totally pointless!
Moreover, scientists have found that GMO mosquitoes can breed with wild mosquitoes, creating hybrid mosquitoes that may spread more viruses and be more resistant to insecticides. In other words, GMO mosquitoes could make public health problems even worse. 
Trump’s EPA wants the American public to take Oxitec’s word that their GMO insects are safe, without any independent assessment. The EPA must protect us from the potentially devastating threats GMO mosquitoes pose -- especially when there hasn’t even been adequate research. 
Once millions of these mosquitoes are released into the environment, they cannot be “recalled.” And despite Oxitec’s claims that its GMO mosquitoes could help end devastating diseases, there is not a clear case to demonstrate this outcome. 
Oxitec doesn’t want you to know that there are promising and less costly alternatives to addressing mosquito-borne diseases with far fewer risks. It just wants to secure public dollars for its potentially disastrous experiment .
Our environment and our communities should not be a testing ground for risky new GMOs. We shouldn’t wait until after GMO mosquitoes are released to figure out the risks. With your help, C.A., we can stop these experimental mosquitoes before they are released from labs into our environment. 
Standing with you,
Dana Perls
Senior food and technology campaigner
Friends of the Earth, U.S.

From Restore the Fourth:

This is a critical moment to shut down one of the worst parts of the Patriot Act and stop Trump, or his successors, from conducting unlawful, intrusive, and racist government surveillance.

Section 215 is a provision of the Patriot Act that allows the government to collect an astonishing amount of our personal information - we still don't even know exactly how much -  without ever needing a warrant or suspicion of a crime. Passed after 9/11, Section 215 has never prevent a single terrorist attack. Snowden showed that this provision was being used to spy on essentially all Americans by collecting records of whom you call and who calls you (also known as "metadata").

Millions of people have been spied on under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, but we're not all being surveilled equally. The government wrongfully spies on communities of color and immigrants more than others. For example, the FBI's recent designation of "Black Identity Extremists" as domestic terrorists has allowed the Trump administration to justify spying on Black Lives Matter activists. People who communicate with family and friends overseas are particularly exposed, which feeds the oppression immigrants and Muslim communities experience in this country. Despite all this surveillance, NSA itself now says they have suspended the program and that it's not effective at thwarting terrorism - so what does the President still want it for?

We cannot let Trump, or anybody else, have the legal authority to conduct this surveillance.

Sponsored by: Demand Progress, Watchdog.net, Win Without War, Daily Kos, RootsAction.org, Restore The Fourth, Free Press Action Fund, Defending Rights & Dissent (DRAD), MPower Change, Fight for the Future, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Progress America, The Other 98%, MediaJustice, Color of Change, Just Foreign Policy, Media Mobilizing Project, and Common Dreams.


  1. So Trumpolini is in danger of impeachment for doing something which is actually of public benefit. Oh the irony. I'm just waiting to see how the Establishment attempts to blow smoke up our collective asses this time.

  2. Yes, it's very surreal, isn't it? Trump might have let his racism/hatred for Obama finally get the better of him by exposing Biden's corruption. Naughty little one-percenter can't snitch on another one-percenter, and so now they must impeach him (or at least go through the motion). In the end, nothing will change since the true leaders--the oligarchs--will still be in charge pulling the strings of their establishment party puppet.


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