Somewhere on one of these threads about Trump, I read earlier today someone who
said they thought Trump would last, at most, two or three years before being impeached.
Maybe it was Illumination, I am not sure.
I have been thinking about that statement since.
I wasn't going to respond because I am not entirely clear on what is happening,
and I thought that maybe I ought to hold onto at least a few specks of caution
and not run my mouth about everything.
But I am so exhausted from all of this, so demoralized, and I have said so much at this point,
that I figure if there is danger for me, I have already locked it in,
and it just doesn't matter what I say or do now.
So please let me share with you another little bit of insight I have picked up while wandering around
this town for the last years trying to figure out what is going down.
These Trumpers I met-- former congressional reps, intelligence and defense folks, etc -- who are
behind this guy, said this to me, and it is key, I think, to understanding what is happening.
This was what finally began to crystalize things for me after years of wandering around in the fog.
I am going to just write in quotes what was said to me:
"Look, it doesn't matter who runs for president in either party-- Trump, Clinton it doesn't matter.
They are just faces and they could be anybody. The only thing that matters is whether you want your
country to be a singular powerful one in the world, or just another weak, average country on the same level
as everyone else. If that is what you want, than Hillary Clinton is your girl."
Here is what I think that means:
The people behind Trump consider themselves Patriots.
They believe the United States is close to losing its status not only as the global leader,
but as a Nation State altogether, as globalization continues to take hold.
They consider this an existential risk.
And they are fully willing to put anybody in office who they think will stop it.
Even a Fascist.
But their vision is so archaic, so out of step with the modern world,
that the only path they have to making sure such a backward candidate wins
is to harness the portion of the population that feels most aggrieved and is most easily manipulated.
They have actively been whipping up anti-liberal sentiment and disseminating misinformation
to the American public for the last 8 years. I think in preparation.
There are substantive reasons for them to harbor this fear.
I will grant them that.
It is, in fact, true that there is a wealthy, technologically-enabled effort to overturn the
whole concept of Nation States in favor of direct rule by (allegedly) The People globally (but really it would be
rule by a new technocratic elite).
There is also a decades-old effort to establish a single, globalized world order with one Global Government
headed by international organizations like the UN, EU, ICC, etc.
I have heard people on that side of the equation--actually people who sat in very nice decision-making positions
in the Obama administration, say things like,
"Well, if the American public has to adapt to a lower standard of living in order to allow the rest of the world
to rise, that is only fair. We just have to keep the public preoccupied and out of the way. Hopefully those VR developers
will get Virtual Reality right and we can plug people in and have them tune out."
A hateful, arrogant perspective, don't you think?
But, mostly a foolish one.
Those who hold this view thought they could pull this off without anyone noticing.
Clearly they could not.
So, as a result, what we have gotten in response are fanatics on the Right rising in response to the fanatics on the Left.
And the easiest way for the fanatical right to prevail, was to cultivate the part of our society that is
most aggrieved and most easily manipulated.
Trump was the vehicle.
But, by the time he seized the nomination, some of these folks (from the defense world) began to publicly regret their plan.
They published letters of remorse in the press once they realize that Trump was going to go after our Democracy itself,
and that they could not control him.
Of course by the time they realized this, it was too late. The Fascist had been nominated.
As I keep saying -- and as I came here ten years ago and tried to convey to Bono to no avail
-- fanatics have taken over the United States. They are on both the Left and the Right.
There is no center.
Clinton was the center, and she was taken out.
So, maybe the so-called "Republicans" who now control Congress will
impeach Trump, but not until he helps execute their plans, which they can then blame on him.
It won't really matter if Trump gets thrown out of office a few years down the road.
The Supreme Court will already be turned by that point.
The country, and likely much of the world, will quite-likely be in a war,
or at least in an economic depression as the result of trade wars,
and it just won't matter if Trump is impeached.
These people think they can forcibly turn the hands back on globalization without negative consequence.
They are wrong.
They are too late.
The Rubicon has already been crossed.
So, I think this was a coup, of sorts -- a perfectly legal, diabolical coup
executed by people who were not smart enough to go mucking around in such affairs.
Well, I am not interested in enabling Fascists, so I commit to being in the "resistance."
I will even help lead if I can be of any use (although would prefer to not be out here
battling on my own).
But, I cannot honestly assert that I am all that confident we will be able to prevail.
The scenario is simply too complex, with too many unknowns and unknown actors, with events
moving too quickly and the risk factors too numerous to even count, much less game out strategically.
The energetic trend globally already appears to have been tipped toward chaos,
and I do not know that there is any going back from this point.
I think the damage may already be done and be irrevocable.
People who were not smart enough to do so put something into motion that I don't think can be stopped now.
Of course, the billionaires are in power and they will not suffer much.
I do not begrudge them their positions. I am just sorry I am not one too!
But I am down here with you guys, essentially powerless.
I also will add a little more info, since I mentioned it above, and people may be confused:
Probably some of you recognize me from before.
Maybe some of you remember the troubles I had here.
The hackers. The stalkers. The impersonators.
This goes back years.
That trouble started immediately after I arrived on the U2 board for the first time after hearing of them
for the very first time.
Almost immediately upon arriving, I received a private note here that claimed Bono was sexually abusing his daughter.
I sent that to the moderators.
And then I just moved on and ignored these folks.
But, whoever they were, they did not go away. They stayed with me for three years (2005-2008) solidly,
and then for three more, on and off.
They hacked, they stalked, they harassed me. They left notes taped to the door of my home.
They interfered with my job applications, driving me into poverty.
They were able to put results into my google search of articles that didn't actually exist,
and which didn't show up in anyone else's google search.
They interfered in nearly all areas of my life.
They were abusers. Criminals.
I went to lots of people in the intelligence community and asked for help but was dismissed as "paranoid."
Only my friend, who witnessed what was happening, believed me.
Now who on earth would bother to fuck with me like that for so long?
I am hardly worth it.
And who would have that skill?
After these creeps finally succeeded in tearing the ground out from under my world,
they wrote me a nice little note stating:
"I hope you learned your lesson. You brought on your own demise. You facilitate the evil ends of the US government.
I finally just gave up and excised U2 from my life entirely, which was one of the saddest most damaging things that
has every happened, because the whole scene had brought me such joy in a world that was then dominated by the misery of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And then I left DC for a few years to care for my mother.
But as soon as I came back, I was attacked on the street and stabbed in the neck with a needle.
I identified my attacker with 100% certainty to the police, and nothing was done.
A few months later I had a heart attack the Doctor's could not explain, and they suggested it was the result
of a drugging or poisoning.
I am sure it is just coincidence that I just happened to have worked a party at the home of an intelligence official that day, and that I was offered a glass of wine at the end of it.
I am sure that is just a coincidence.
I mean, really, I am nobody, and certainly not someone worth messing with.
So, you guys tell me how I should interpret all of this, because I really don't know.
Interestingly, after not being on this board or having anything to do with the U2 world for five full years,
I came back just after the election this past November.
I came back because this was the only place I had found any joy at all in ten years.
And because I had missed it.
By my second day on here these malicious folks were back.
The first thing they did was throw a story up on my screen:
"Bono will be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight and sing this song" the title read.
Following was a full sheet of gibberish with a few lines at the top that read,
"Aww, unrequited love. How original, Come back tomorrow, I might cry."
I used another computer, and another internet connection, to pull up the same page,
and that story did not appear, nor could I ever find it again.
So, I don't know what is going on here.
I don't know why this situation has touched me via this band, or vice versa.
I don't know why these people are still hanging around.
I don't know if they belong to U2 or not.
But I do think all of this is somehow connected to this Trump business,
whose candidacy, I suspect, has been in the works for some time--probably
for most of Obama's administration, frankly.
The whole "Birther" issue was likely part of this manipulative disinformation con
and not just a fetish of Trump.
This situation is menacing, and I think we are all in a lot of trouble.
And, I hope people in better positions than I can make some sense of it.
Meanwhile, I feel like I am in danger.
I'm getting out of DC, and if I can manage it, out of the country.