If you only tuned into US politics within the last couple of years this will come as a major surprise, but believe it or not there was once a time when both major parties weren’t constantly claiming that imminent revelations are about to completely destroy the other party any minute now. Used to be they’d just focus on beating each other in elections and making each other look bad with smears and sex scandals; now in the age of Trump they’re both always insisting that some huge, earth-shattering revelation is right around the corner that will see the leaders of the other party dragged off in chains forever.

Enthusiastic Trump supporters have been talking a lot lately about the president’s decision to give Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify information regarding the shady origins of the discredited Russiagate hoax, including potentially illicit means used to secure a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign staff. For days online chatter from Trump’s base has been amping up for a huge, cataclysmic bombshell in the same language Russiagaters used to use back before Robert Mueller pissed in their Wheaties.

“There is information coming that will curl your hair,” Congressman Mark Meadows told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “I can tell you that the reason why it is so visceral — the response from the Democrats is so visceral right now — is because they know, they’ve seen documents. Adam Schiff has seen documents that he knows will actually put the finger pointing back at him and his Democrat colleagues, not the president of the United States.”

“There is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game changer, if it’s ever made public,” former Republican congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox News, referring to FBI transcripts of recorded interactions with surveilled individuals.

“Sources tell me there will be bombshells [of] information,” tweeted Fox News contributor Sara A Carter of the coming decassifications.

Democrats and Democrat-aligned media are responding with similarly apocalyptic language, playing right along with the same WWE script.

“While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies,” griped congressman, Russiagater and flamboyant drama queen Adam Schiff, adding, “The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American.”

“President Trump’s order allowing Attorney General William P. Barr to declassify any intelligence that led to the Russia investigation sets up a potential confrontation with the C.I.A.,” the New York Times warns.

“National security veterans fear a declassification order could trigger resignations and threaten the CIA’s ability to conduct its core business — managing secret intelligence and sources,” frets Politico.

“William Barr’s New Authority to Declassify Anything He Wants Is a Threat to National Security,” blares a headline from Slate.

Both sides are wrong and ridiculous. Democrats are wrong and ridiculous for claiming a tiny bit of government transparency is dangerous, and Republicans are wrong and ridiculous to claim that game-changing bombshell revelations are going to be brought to the light by these declassifications. Just like with the Mueller report and the “bigger than Watergate” Nunes memo before it, there may be some interesting revelations, but the swamp of DC corruption will march on completely uninterrupted.

Readers keep asking me to weigh in on this whole declassification controversy, but really I have no response to the whole thing apart from boredom and a slight flinch whenever I think about Adam Schiff’s bug-eyed stare. There’s just not much going to come of it.

This is not to suggest that the intelligence communities of the US and its allies weren’t up to some extremely sleazy shenanigans in planting the seeds of the Russiagate insanity which monopolized US political attention for over two years, and it’s not to suggest that those shenanigans couldn’t be interpreted as crimes. Abuse of government surveillance and inflicting a malignant psyop on public consciousness are extremely egregious offenses and should indeed be punished. And, in a sane world, they would be.

But we do not live in such a world. We live in a world where partisan divides are for show only and the powerful protect each other from ever being held to account. Having the swamp of Trump’s Justice Department investigate the swamp of Obama’s intelligence community isn’t going to lead anywhere. Swamp creature Bill “Iran-Contra coverup” Barr isn’t going to be draining the swamp any more than swamp creature Robert “Saddam has WMDs” Mueller. The swamp cannot be used to drain itself.

It is possible that some important information will make its way to public view, like Russiagate’s roots in UK intelligence, for example. But no powerful people in the US or its allied governments will suffer any meaningful consequences for any offenses exposed, and no significant changes in government policy or behavior will take place. I fully support declassifying everything Trump wants declassified (as well as the rest of the 99 percent of classified government information which is only hidden from public view out of convenience for the powerful), but the most significant thing that can possibly come of it is a slightly better-informed populace and some political damage to the Democrats in 2020.

The only people who believe these inquiries will help fix America’s problems are those who believe there are aspects of the DC power structure which are not immersed in swamp. Trump supporters believe the Trump administration is virtuous, so they believe the Justice Department is preparing to hold powerful manipulators to legal accountability rather than cover for them and treat them with kid gloves. Democrats believed that a former FBI Director and George W Bush crony was going to bring the Executive Branch of the US government to its knees, because they thought that swamp monster was in some way separable from the swamp. It doesn’t work that way, cupcake.

If people want to rid their government of the swamp of corruption, they’re going to have to do it themselves. No political insider is going to rise to the occasion and do it for you. They can’t. You can’t drain the swamp when you’re made of swamp, any more than you can wash yourself clean with a turd-soaked loofah.

The only upheaval that is worth buying stock in is the kind which moves from the bottom up. If you really want change, it’s not going to come from the US president or any longtime government insider. It’s going to come from real people looking to each other and agreeing to say that enough is enough, and use the power of their numbers to flush the corrupt power structure down the toilet where it belongs. It will mean ceasing to imbue the fake partisan divide with the power of belief, and it will mean unplugging from official authorized narratives about what’s going on in the world and circulating our own narratives instead.

All political analysis which favors either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party is inherently worthless, because both parties are made of swamp and exist in service of the swamp. If you can’t see that the entire system is one unified block of corruption and that ordinary people need to come together and unite against it, then you really don’t understand what you’re looking at.


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71 responses to “Stop Hoping That The Swamp Will Drain The Swamp”

  1. “Resistance is futile” and furthermore, “You will be assimilated”.

    The Borg-like psychic vampire Collective and its hive mind is apparently quite real.

  2. Aardvark-Gnosis Avatar

    Subversive everything ?
    Like the Mad Hatter, From Wikipedia…

    “The Hatter’s riddle Edit
    In the chapter “A Mad Tea Party”, the Hatter asks a much-noted riddle “why is a raven like a writing desk?” When Alice gives up trying to figure out why, the Hatter admits “I haven’t the slightest idea!”. Carroll originally intended the riddle to be without an answer, but after many requests from readers, he and others—including puzzle expert Sam Loyd—suggested possible answers; in his preface to the 1896 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll wrote:
    Inquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, “because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!” This, however, is merely an afterthought; the riddle as originally invented had no answer at all.”
    For all we know the Magic of Kabbalistic Zohar has formed a Golem image of The Trumpian REIGN many years in the past… Now that AIPAC controls the “Bankers War Machine” “Through deception we make war” The Massod Credo… Deception is the whole game! In fighting, Double speak, the latter, conjured the gods of dystopian rule by the rabbis of the Knesset…, Wall Street, is owned by whom? As well, Mainstream media, etc. Maybe by not one individual, but the collective has been operating on the planet for millennia… slowly through a design of martyred collective ideological sacrifice, do the fractures in the timeline of history become distorted and manipulated by this Kabbalistic magic.
    If anyone mentions the latter, the knee jerk reaction keeps the truth of who runs everything silent, What then is the racist card that separates the masses into the left right dichotomy… here the clusterfuck begins the “MADHATTERSINSANITY”… bate the hook, fix the gear, cast out the line and real in the guppy’s that bite on the bate!
    The thousand pound gorilla on the back of time is looking backwards:
    White Rabbit…
    “When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the white knight is talking backwards
    And the red queen’s off with her head
    Remember what the dormouse said
    Feed your head, feed your head”
    The best kept secret is the on right before everyone’s eyes everyday, every Hour of the day!
    Remember the USS COLE?… swept under the rug of obsecurity, because of a fake ally in sheep’s clothing.. and the ignorance of the masses that worship a god they did not create…those of the tribe that no longer exist, only in a fake and false ideological sense. Believers that listen to evangelicals taught by the seminaries of structured dogma… They should be called Cemeteries, where the dead bury the dead and fill the heads of the latter with zombie mentalities conjures by the rabbis of illusion… The priest of confusion rule the planet!
    The Trumpian dystopia has been engineered by the very royals that put the abomination of desolation in the middle east in 1948… Now, genocide is excepted by the zombie nation of false freedom and false economic means feeding that gorilla… These are the magicians of money for nothing… a free lunch… slavery incorporated, ideological psychosis and judicial double talk, and a fake we the people document of no effect!
    Yet, all are afraid to be demonized by the effects of a desolate nation of egotistical chosen ones that are a minority on planet Rothschild… Fear rules the economic viability of all who challenge the real haters of the human spirit. Human spirit )0( Zombies (100)…

  3. Agreed Caitlin.
    Trump should be impeached not for canoodling with Russians but for
    – Failure to follow through on his promises (doing the opposite)
    – Incompetence

    These guys are doing some great work:

    1. you’re still taking the dominant narratives at their face value….

    2. “Trump should be impeached.”

      No way anybody actually…

      1. believes that;
      2. believes it will happen.

      Time to leave middle school mentality behind…

      Unless you think Killary should be ‘First Woman President’ ?!

      1. I truly believe that Trump should be impeached. Would also like to see Bush tried as war criminal and assets siezed.

  4. I don’t think Caitlin’s “both sides do it” argument holds water. For over TWO YEARS the propaganda arm of the DNC– the mainstream media– has been reinforcing the Deep State/Dem party lie that Trump is a tool/spy for the Russian gov’t. Every day, “the walls are closing in on Trump” was their go-to line. Only NOW that the curtains are being pulled back to see the perfidious machinations of the Deep State, Dems and their handmaiden media are SOME conservatives saying a reckoning is around the corner. The conservatives, while maybe premature, has a lot credibility, while the Democrat had exactly ZERO. In fact, it was a treasonous attempt at a coup, engineered by
    heads of the FBI, DNC, DOJ, CIA, NSA and God know what other intelligence agencies. There is no equivalency as Caitlin assumes.

    1. What better ‘defense’ against the Swamp Drainer than to propagate that he too is part of their swamp?

      You can tell a lot about a person by looking at those who oppose him…

  5. Another brilliantly articulate guess. Do you have a crystal ball or are you just staring at the mist and dust in the rear view mirror of your constant need to hate the US. Since you seem so relevant in understanding REAL change, why not explain to us how you have successfully reformulated the brilliant Australian system to fit this modern idealistic utopia. That would be a fascinating read.

    1. richard le sarcophage Avatar
      richard le sarcophage

      The best way to get a quick idea of just how raving mad and Evil the ruling US elites are is to watch Fox News, then MSNBC (MSNBC are rather more deranged). The barking insane presstitutes howl and bay at the moon, and accuse the other side of being liars, criminals, morons, thugs etc. And, don’t you know, they’re both correct. My favourite lunacy, that both snarl, is that there was ‘massive interference’ by ‘Russia’ in the 2016 election sham. A Big Lie that Adolph H. would approve, and hypocrisy so gargantuan, coming from the greatest interferer in the affairs of other societies, ever, by orders of magnitude, that it blows the mind.

  6. Anybody who refuses to acknowledge that President DJT is being relentlessly, non-stop, 24/7 ATTACKED with HATE and FAKE NEWS is willingly BLIND / looking the other way…

    Why do you think that is?? Because he colluded with Russia? He’s racist? He’s sexist? He’s a Nazi? He’s fascist? And the MSM is just trying to inform and protect the public?

    Can you name ANYONE ever, more ubiquitiously & relentlessly targeted by ‘the Left,’ and their comrade RINOS? Not even Hitler is so detested as DJT.

    Why is that?

    I have to conclude that the man is a threat – and they’re desperately firing all their last ammo before they get DRAINED…

    He pledged to DRAIN the SWAMP.

    Not knock out the MIC, Big Pharma, Chemtrails, 9/11 and JFK conspirators.
    Name someone who has a chance of doing any of those…

    And watch what happens before the 2020 election!

    1. richard le sarcophage Avatar
      richard le sarcophage

      Trump is, indeed a monster. But his enemies are even, God Bless ’em, worse. The clear conspiracy to derail his campaign, then Presidency, with utterly fraudulent accusations of ‘collusion with Russia’, a plot involving the Clintons, Obama, elements of the intelligence services in the USA (led by the fascist Brennan)the UK, Italy and even our own eponymous Alexander Downer, is simply denied by the Democrazies, increasingly frantically, as Barr turns his beady eyes to their machinations. It’s like watching two rabid dogs getting stuck into each other. May they rip each other to shreds.

    2. the Deep State may be faking their quarrel with Trump. it may have been genuine at first, but by now (that trump is more or less reined in) it can be mostly a show. on his part, he may be doing whatever he can to scramble the Deep State’s narratives and vision. just an educated guess.

      right before the 2016 voting, WBUW, a PBS radio channel on Boston University, started their news program by saying “Trump has finally come out as a German American, not a Swiss descent” as he basically had been misleading the public to think. the whole idea of a German American having to “come out after hiding in the closet” in the USA and WBUW making such a statement as the opening line of their daily news really shook me to the political core. not that it was surprising but that it was so blatant and revealing.

      1. Exactly what was their initial ‘genuine quarrel’ with Trump?

  7. Aaron Russo’s DVD “America, from freedom to fascism” and ingesting: Title 15 USC )[(-17 might help.

    1. richard le sarcophage Avatar
      richard le sarcophage

      ‘Freedom’??? Ha, ha. ‘From barbarity to decadence, without an intervening period of civilization’, as Oscar, if I recall correctly, observed.

  8. Caitlin, my dear, thank you for another timely and astute evaluation of the state of the D.C swamp and its assortment of malevolent critters.

    I fully agree with your proposition that “You can’t drain the swamp when you’re made of swamp, any more than you can wash yourself clean with a turd-soaked loofah.” By the way, the “turd-soaked loofah” descriptor is hilarious beyond belief – thank you for the belly laugh.

    It’s quite amusing, if it also weren’t so nauseating, watching the antics of the two political, punch-drunk contestants, DJT and his reluctant Republican minions and the Democrat crew of geriatrics, SJWs and assorted scofflaws, in the reality series entitled “D.C politics”. Just like wrestling in the WWE, the scripted entertainment involves ever-changing flows of momentum and perceived descriptors of “hero” or “villain.” Both depend on our willful suspension of disbelief.

    The really tragic part is that many, many people have been terrorized, maimed or killed by the policies of the D.C. swamp while the critters occupy the minds of the American public with their third-rate reality series, which should have been canceled long, long ago.

  9. Change “is going to come from real people looking to each other and agreeing to say that enough is enough, and use the power of their numbers to flush the corrupt power structure down the toilet where it belongs. It will mean ceasing to imbue the fake partisan divide with the power of belief, and it will mean unplugging from official authorized narratives about what’s going on in the world and circulating our own narratives instead.”
    We commenters have been “circulating our own narratives” among ourselves (and for literally decades I’ve been circulating my own narratives with anyone who has been willing to listen). How much progress do you think we’re making against the 24/7 false narratives being peddled by billionaires through their wholly-owned MSM and at public schools and post-secondary schools? How would we know that we were making progress?
    Once again with even more feeling than last week, assuming that every single person in the US can miraculously be awakened to what’s going on, and now ALSO assuming that every single person is exactly on “the same page”, just exactly WHAT SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR is going to “flush the corrupt power structure down the toilet where it belongs”, and after doing the flushing, just exactly HOW will that behavior change the POLITICS of whatever you want to call the present arrangement?
    For example, will that specific flushing behavior be to vote for candidates for public office who are similarly “on the same page” — people who will of course resist the corruption of literally billions of lobbyist dollars to do the obvious, universally-agreed-upon “right thing” for their constituents, or will that specific behavior be to take up arms; storm government buildings in DC; kill or arrest the elected members of the government who have violated their oaths to uphold the US Constitution; put those treasonous criminals on trial in a newly-created “Court of the People” and, if those individuals are convicted, punish them to the FULL EXTENT of the already-existing laws against treason?
    Maybe all the woke folk will decide that they should move en masse to a low population state such as Wyoming, population 580,000 and, essentially, take over the state, move for secession and develop a go-it-alone economy. If that economy is successful, the rest of the country might adopt it.
    What I am attempting to do here is elicit a conversation about what comes AFTER “flushing the corrupt power structure down the toilet where it belongs”. For example, will there be something called “government”? If yes, who will select its members and WHAT will their “mandate” be? If not, how will people decide who is going to do what in the future? Will there be “money” and what will be its form?

  10. please check out George Galloway’s short column and the video (RT, may 29, 2019) where Steve Bannon and galloway are discussing the neo-liberal globalist wars for the neo-liberal New World Order, and the peoples’ revolt across the borders.

    1. alliance between the real left and the real right against the “centrist” globalist elites is the key, what the MSM have desperately been trying to prevent.

      1. don’t just hope. act and help. BDS!

  11. Peter in Seattle Avatar
    Peter in Seattle

    Russiagate (a fabrication made of whole cloth) was an engineered diversion from the fact that Democratic Party leadership had rigged the primaries and convention to steal the nomination from Bernie and Republicans had rigged the general in key swing states to steal the election from Hillary. It worked. Even dissident analysts (ahem) now forget to mention Russiagate’s original purpose while they crow their “told ya so’s.” Now that Russiagate is dead, Conspire-Against-Trumpgate (an allegation I believe to be substantially true) pops up to take Russiagate’s place as a diversion, but a diversion this time from a constant underlying reality: the fact that both parties are working for the plutocratic corporatocracy, lining their pockets, feeding the war machine, racing us headlong into global environmental collapse, and doing jack squat for the 99% who are doing the paying, suffering, and dying.

    I hate to say it, but the war against abortion rights (as important as they are) was relaunched in earnest to serve the same diversionary end. Trust me: the Democratic Party is thrilled that abortion has been revived as a social-wedge issue. They certainly can’t point to any other issues that they are substantially better on than Republicans.)

    According to columnist Paul Street, it was Upton Sinclair who said that Republicans and Democrats were two wings of the same bird of prey. I can’t confirm the citation, but I agree with it wholeheartedly.

  12. Well said **CJ**, well said.

  13. Caitlin, I think this is your best ever. Such a tiny percentage of people can see it. Maybe it’s easier from a distance rather than under the influence of the Kool-Aid of “American Exceptionalism.”

    Yeah, the US is exceptional, but not in the way that we incorrigibles tend to imagine.

    1. no, you just think you’re smarter than others and thus can’t see what others are doing.

  14. Yellow Vests are cheap, and available at many stores. Just saying.
    There was a movie back after the near revolution of the 60’s called Network. A guy who stumbles into being a popular ‘news anchor’ gets on the screen one night and starts yelling “I’m Mad as Hell and I’m not going to Take it Anymore.” In the movie, people start opening their windows and shouting the same, and as others hear their neighbors, they join in. In real life, there was a revolution in Argentina that began with housewives banging pots and pans in the capital. Their Great Leader was on TV telling everyone that more austerity measures were needed, and the people who’d had enough started making noise just to drown him out.
    Both of which show that standing up and telling the world that you are angry can be a successful start to something. I’m not saying that we need to copy the Yellow Vest idea, but choosing to go out on Saturdays and let everyone know that people are angry both in the capital and across the country is obviously having at least some impact.
    Old lyric from Joel Strummer and The Clash. “Anger can be power, Know that you can use that!” (Working for the Clampdown). Start doing something that shows your anger, but in a peaceful and generally legal way, then see who wants to come join you. There have been successful movements that began with just a handful or even one person going out and letting others know that they are angry, mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore.

  15. Any real movement towards change will arise from the bottom and go up from there. What we see regularly for decades now is the opposite. Some member of the 1% stands up and says Follow Me! They promise Change and Hope, or otherwise stand portrayed as the member of the 1% who is an Outsider compared to the other 1%ers who they call Insiders. Then we end up with the 99% deciding to back this 1%er, and their drive for power. And of course, every single time it turns out that the 1%er is just another member of the 1% who wants a government of, by and for the 1%, and the 99%ers who followed he/she end up feeling betrayed (if they don’t stay permanently deluded which many do).

    A real movement for change won’t look like this. A real movement for change will see people coming together. Then, once they start meeting and talking, they choose one of their own for a candidate. Such a candidate will look like one of us, will work the sort of jobs we work, will live in our neighborhoods, will complain about the higher prices at the same stores at which we shop. Such a movement can choose someone who will truly represent the movement.

    This of course is the opposite of the current situation where some millionaire stands up and says Follow Me and I’ll Take You to the Promised Land. We know how that story ends. Neck deep in the Big Muddy.

  16. Absolutely right that it will never come from the swamp-dwellers, there’s no incentive for them to give up their privilege. But for it to come from the dispossessed, disappointed, and the disillusioned, takes two things.

    1. all of the people kicked to the bottom of the pile have to be informed and that will never come from the MSM who are part of the swamp. So sharing the work of Caitlin and other analysts of her calibre – chain letter style – to wake up as many people as possible is something we can all do.
    2. The awoken people need a rallying point or, dare I say it, a leader who speaks for them and who can get the masses behind her/him. No such person will emerge from the swamp, it will be grassroots.

    Meanwhile it’s really gratifying to see Caitlin mentioned more and more often on blogs and see her articles published or linked in more and more places.

  17. no, i don’t expect either party to fix the system and make it good and just.

    i just want them to exterminate each other and i do my very best to help them do so. really, i don’t think i’m alone in this game.

    one of the most quotable reasons why some voted for Trump was exactly that: “if we the people can’t take over the system, we want to blow it up” figuratively speaking of course. Trump wasn’t sent to DC to fix anything. he was sent to “blow it up”. there are many ways to do so, and his way may just work, especially with a little push from all of us.

    1. now, whether Trump himself sees his own role as such is beside the point. with or without intentions, he’s been doing pretty good so far. he just need some “help” from us who want it to be blown to pieces.

    2. “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”-Emma Goldman

      “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”-Mark Twain

      1. On the other hand, “Not Voting” is absolutely, guaranteed to change nothing at all.

        1. Your circular reasoning is ineffective. How do you know nothing will change?

          “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came…?”

      2. not all votings are equal. nobody had any illusion about Trump. he was a well known entity. what makes you think that you are smarter than others?????

        1. voting for Trump was a BDS vote, in a sense.

          1. “voting for Trump was a BDS vote, in a sense.”

            lol whatever helps you sleep at night.

            “They say arguing with an idiot makes two of them so, I’ll just leave you alone on this one.”

    3. A friend of mine who can’t stand Trump said, “I’m going to vote for him because trouble is what we need, and no one could cause more.”

  18. “If you really want change, … It’s going to come from real people looking to each other and agreeing to say that enough is enough, and use the power of their numbers to flush the corrupt power structure down the toilet where it belongs.”

    Don’t expect Democracy to flush the Deep State down the toilet. The Deep State is the part of Government that doesn’t have to stand for elections – the CIA, the FBI, National Security Agency, Homeland Security, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, and all the Armed Forces, National Guard and Police. The heads/Chiefs/Directors are appointed by the President, but all the rest sit safe and secure in their comfortable offices with their pensions and healthcare plans. They are only interested in maintaining the status quo, ensuring that the US is unchallenged in its domination of the world.

    They will need to be strung up from lampposts, because they will always want to get back into control, as it is good for the country.

    1. The story of Fidel and Che can teach us. Both were in Guatemala during a wave of freedom and glasnost there. IIRC, this was sometime around 1954. But the Guatemalan leaders let their opposition remain. Within a couple of years, the CIA and United Fruit (now Chiquita) had overthrown their democracy and put dictators back in charge. Fidel and Che obviously learned from being on the ground during in Guatemala during those times.

  19. uncle tungsten Avatar
    uncle tungsten

    Sara Adapter is a dichkeads dichkead. Like Biden.

  20. The only hopes that need to be discarded are false hopes. Real hope is a precious resource that sustains us in a search for real answers, or at least directions to pursue that have some valid reasons to believe may be fruitful.

  21. This is how Qtards, Russiagaters, and any other fool who falls for the fake wrestling of red team versus blue team lies of the empire.


    The politicians of the empire engage in kayfabe on a daily basis.

  22. “… playing right along with the same WWE script.”

    And how is it not obvious that the Orange Clown’s role(former WWE player/ reality show actor) in all of this, is to be the heel?

    In professional wrestling, a heel (also known as a rudo in lucha libre) is a wrestler who portrays a villain or a “bad guy” and acts as an antagonist[1][2][3] to the faces, who are the heroic protagonist or “good guy” characters. Not everything a heel wrestler does must be villainous: heels need only to be booed or jeered by the audience to be effective characters.

    To gain heat (with boos and jeers from the audience), heels are often portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner by breaking rules or otherwise taking advantage of their opponents outside the bounds of the standards of the match. Others do not (or rarely) break rules, but instead exhibit unlikeable, appalling and deliberately offensive and demoralizing personality traits such as arrogance, cowardice or contempt for the audience. Many heels do both, cheating as well as behaving nastily. No matter the type of heel, the most important job is that of the antagonist role, as heels exist to provide a foil to the face wrestlers. If a given heel is cheered over the face, a promoter may opt to turn that heel to face or the other way around, or to make the wrestler do something even more despicable to encourage heel heat.

    Note the Heel’s latest move;
    Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes

    1. The beauty of thisKayfave is that half the goobers think trump is the heel and Half the audience think the deep state is the heel.

  23. I still hear the rumblings from the bank bailouts of 2008 that made the public aware that the politicians worked for the criminal bankers and not for the public!! The electorate is still rumbling but they are many miles away from any kind of revolt be it active or passive!!! One thing that always crosses my mind is that anything might happen!!!

  24. STEVEN J MACKIE Avatar

    well said!

  25. The place where we disagree, Caitlin, is precisely at the place where you seem to give up all hope. You simply choose to believe that law is not really meant to be enforced and that, if you are high-enough up in some infernal food chain, you can expect to live off the fat of the nation any way that you please. I disagree.

    A fundamental sea-change began when Donald Trump, a well-established and comfortable real estate billionaire, decided to run for political office. (He didn’t need the money.) It continued when the American people elected a President who was unlike every(!) one of his predecessors: neither a career politician nor a retired Army General. It was affirmed when a corrupt “swamp” unleashed its every power against him – fully expecting him to be swiftly driven out of town wearing feathers. It has been further affirmed when this didn’t happen.

    Caitlin, I very sincerely believe that future historians will write more books about Donald Trump than they wrote about Abraham Lincoln. Is it possible for us to recognize “profound moments in the very-young history of our nation” when we are living in the middle of them? Donald Trump presented the American nation – for the very first time in its history – with a truly unconventional and remarkable choice, and an unprecedented resumé, The American people knowingly seized the day. Then, the man whom they elected did likewise. Other nations around the world are taking similar bold chances – e.g. Ukraine just elected a comic who is no joke. Even the Chinese people, not too many years ago, “gathered on a certain Square …”

    I fully recognize that crime and corruption are deeply set within the halls of power in Washington, DC and elsewhere, but I do not share your forlorn opinion that our 21st Century is somehow pre-ordained to be just like the past. Instead, I maintain hope. Every “organized crime ring,” whether it ruled a city or a county or a state or a nation, “ruled only for a time.” Then, finally, the people turned against it – and prevailed.

    1. If you are putting your hope on Trump, you might step back and clean your glasses, then take a look at all the harm this man has already done.

      1. harm to whom and what? the system, the status quo, the neo-liberal New World Order?????? well you’re missing the bigger picture. the people have nothing more to lose in this swamp monsters fight.

    2. If you are placing your hopes in a “well-established and comfortable real estate billionaire” to change the system I am sorry to tell you that you have given up hope. And if you believe the myth that a guy who did Learning Annex “scaminars” for a paycheck just over a decade ago and made phone calls posing as his own publicist is a real billionaire then you need to work on your critical thinking skills.

      He’s a gifted conman. Don’t feel bad he conned you too. Just don’t let him keep conning you.

      1. well, i’m just hoping he cons other cons and go down together. i’m trying to expedite that process.

        1. Keep expediting, but don’t count on him for help. He’ll be talked out of every decent impulse he might have. He’s a slow-witted, know-nothing child in a man’s game.

          1. i think his cluelessness is his only strength. so please stop trying to stop him, because you’re not helping anyone.

    3. “Donald Trump, a well-established and comfortable real estate billionaire, decided to run for political office. (He didn’t need the money.)” Looool

      The Orange Wrestling Clown has been drowning in debt since the 1990s.

      Comfortable billionaires don’t sell steaks or start scam universities to keep their business afloat.

      This is why he sold his soul to the Khazarian mafia. Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu have both fist so far up Trump’s ass that John Bolton can shake hands with them through Trump’s open mouth.

      As the MSM, Trumptards and parts of the alternative media focused on Russiagate, the real collusion with Israel is blatantly out in the open. That 5000 pound gorilla could take a piss (start WW3) on collective humanity’s head and they would say it’s raining.

      1. Now that is what I call a good post. :>)

      2. Yes, Orlando!! That is really hitting the nail on the head!!! Israel is running Donald Trump as well as running the United States government!!!

    4. Furthermore it was Bill Clinton who convinced his good buddy DT to run for office.

      FYI: Billy Boy C and the Orange Dufus are both good buds with Jeff Epstein.

    5. Mr. Robinson (btw, I recommend keeping an eye on Mrs. Robinson),
      I agree with much of what you say, especially about how much is going to be written about Agent Orange in the future.
      ALREADY AO has done something unprecented with North Korea. Look at the abuse he has taken for that.
      ALREADY AO went to Helsinki to shake hands with Mr. Putin. Look at the abuse he is still being subjected to for that.
      To put it as briefly as possible, AO’s “position” within the long line of US POTUSs will IMO be determined by what goes on in the near future in Syria, Iran, Venzuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palestine and the development of the US’s relationships with China and Russia. So far he has not started any new wars. The MIC and MSM and many members of congress are apoplectic because of that. IMO, we will soon know all that is really important to know about Mr. Trump as POTUS.

  26. STEVEN J MACKIE Avatar

    I totally reject your demand that I stop hoping. If I wasn’t a patient person and didn’t know your intent to be good I would dismiss you with a hearty fuck you! I do what I can to help my fellows extricate themselves from TDS. I’m active with other like minded folks when time permits. I wish the evil could be stopped by me alone,but it can’t, so I hope. My thoughts are with you to find answers, because that’s what you do so well. Meanwhile don’t try to strip the choir of hope. Please… It’s not all black and white, the higher you get in the deep-state food chain the grayer it gets.

    1. Actually, the higher you get in the deep state food chain, the darker and darker it gets. It’s damn near jet black at the top.

    2. Actually, the higher you get in the deep state food chain, the darker it gets. At the top it is like almost jet black.

    3. She’s not taking away your hope, she’s redirecting it. Putting your hope is Mueller or Barr to change a system they are entrenched in is like placing your hope in Geithner and Summers to fix Wall Street after the crash, or in Bolton to fix our quagmires in the Middle East. It’s lunacy.

      As Caitlyn said, the hope lies in alternatives to the current system and its swamp creatures. And all this hysteria about the impending collapse of one party or another is wishfulfilment. A system this entrenched will no go quickly or easily. It is a generational struggle of small victories that hopefully build into revolutionary cultural changes over time.

      If there is any way Caitlyn’s writing withers hope it’s in the knowledge that time is not on our side.

      1. STEVEN J MACKIE Avatar

        I never said I put my hope in Mueller or Barr. I don’t look to individuals to find hope (Trump included). Hope for the defeat of evil is what I’m talkin about. My belief is in the inherent goodness of most people and I hope we defeat the evil ones.

    4. stop him from doing what?

  27. All you say is completely true and on target Caitlin, until the next to last paragraph where you summon the great American Public to flush their entire government, MIC, CIA, Oligarchs etc, down the drain kerflooooosh!!

    Ain’t going to happen, and you know why. The “Great American Public” consists mostly of brainwashed zombies. Sorry that’s how it is, but the great mechanism of human history just does not turn on a dime. “Natura non facit saltum”. Turning the Great Ship headed for extinction around takes a lot of time – time we don’t have.

    1. Mike, I believe that the only hope we can have is that ” the Washington, D.C. swamp ” is on prime time TV as much as possible so the United States public gets completely disgusted with it!! Because if my fellow citizens do not see it on TV than it is not happening!!!

      1. Ron, The trouble is that most Americans don’t see how deeply evil the “swamp” actually is. Sure, they bitch about this and that they don’t like, but they don’t get the terminal depth of corruption that permeates our mafia government. Take for instance most folk’s naive belief that voting will eventually produce good government. “Draining” this swamp would require removing almost everyone involved in government in DC and elsewhere. Then one might begin designing a true and just government……..

    2. you may be mis-underestimating the unwashed masses. if you’re correct about the wisdom of the masses, well then we might as well just commit a collective suicide now.

  28. Some North Korean official said John Bolton was ” defective human product ” and I can not think of anything better to describe him!!! Ms Johnstone, I am hoping that our political ” swamp ” implodes on itself the same way that the Russian ” swamp ” imploded when the criminals went after one another!!! The best way to get the general public awoke and aware of our rotten government is to show everyone just what these rascals are doing every day and just what they are capable of doing as well as what they have already done over the years!!!

    1. intentionally or not, that’s what Trump has been doing: ripping the mask off the polite society, forcing the Deep State to reveal itself.

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