A Plague of Desolationists on the “Left”

by Randy Shields

“Desolationists believe that America’s non-stop bombing of other nations is either no issue at all or not nearly as important as being pro-choice or supporting gun control or marriage equality.” They are worse than useless. Plus, “with blacks standing down indefinitely, the working class doesn’t have the rage to stop Obama from taking the first swings of the wrecking ball to Social Security.”

A Plague of Desolationists on the “Left”

by Randy Shields

This article previously appeared in Counterpunch.

Desolationists are content to fight over God, guns and gays, arenas where they can shoot right wing crazies in a barrel while ignoring bi-partisan systemic evil.”

You’ve heard of the “isolationist” right but I want to tell you about the “desolationist” left.

The desolationists rose up recently, decrying Obama’s “gaffe” of calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.” (“Gaffe” means someone in power absentmindedly telling the truth, like Chuck Hagel saying that a United States Senator’s first job is to represent America, not Israel. OK, maybe this was more of a misunderstanding on Hagel’s part than a true gaffe but he did say it.)

The desolationists wrote many columns analyzing Obama’s Kamala Harris comment in the same week that they failed to notice the two Afghan children he killed and seven adult civilians he wounded the preceding Saturday, the four Afghan policemen and two civilians he killed on Thursday and the eleven Afghan children and one woman that he killed the following Saturday — over six times as many people as were killed at the Boston Marathon. It was a banner week for the pedocider-in-chief. Years ago, Iran’s Ahmadinejad was mis-translated as saying that Israel should be “wiped off the map” but Barack Obama actually does wipe completely innocent people off the map — every week — and he doesn’t shed a tear about them. But desolationists will imagine that Ahmadinejad does more damage to the world than Barack Obama.

Cornered about Obama’s awful positions and record, desolationists say they had to vote for him because he will, at least, preserve Roe v. Wade, ignoring the ample evidence that access to safe and legal abortion (and even contraception) has done nothing but constrict during his rule. A couple weeks ago a federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan rebuked Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for preventing women under 17 from having access to emergency contraception. The judge called Sebelius/Obama’s actions “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.” Still, desolationists feel better that Obama isn’t some anti-science Republican yahoo. After all, Romney and Bush and Cheney and Tamerlane and Genghis Khan were all worse. (Obama campaign song in election contest against Tamerlane: “Ain’t No Mountain of Skulls High Enough!”)

Barack Obama actually does wipe completely innocent people off the map — every week — and he doesn’t shed a tear about them.”

Desolationists are content to fight over God, guns and gays, arenas where they can shoot right wing crazies in a barrel while ignoring bi-partisan systemic evil. Desolationists have no class consciousness and no international solidarity, especially with people of color. In the end, they seldom get what they want. Hence, their state of complete emptiness and/or destruction. Desolationists believe that America’s non-stop bombing of other nations is either no issue at all or just one among many and probably not nearly as important as being pro-choice or supporting gun control or marriage equality. If you tell a desolationist that constant war means a police state at home they think you’re alarmist because desolationists prize order above nearly everything, generally aren’t Muslim, definitely aren’t radical and never have their innocuous verbalizations interfered with by the state.

Desolationists love identity politics, they believe symbols are victories and progress looks like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Wall Street shill Eric Holder and the supreme twofer, the African American mad humanitarian bomber Susan Rice. Desolationists are greatly troubled when oppressed people use violence to defend and advance their interests against the capitalist class and its agents.

Desolationists believe it’s a big achievement that gay people have the same opportunity as straight people to slaughter innocent brown people on behalf of the American empire. Same way with “feminist” desolationists who celebrate women in combat roles in the military. One day these “feminists” will look back puzzled that the American government skipped right over Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, where women were segregated as sex slaves and breeding machines, and went directly to making America’s women war slaves while most of the menfolk will kick back on the home front drinking beer and watching sports. You go, girls! If we knew how to bake cookies, we‘d send them to you in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, wherever you‘re defending America’s values of aggressive war, resource theft, bolstering corrupt dictators and liquidating land reformers, union organizers and popular liberation movements. Capitalism will pervert everything eventually, including feminism. In fact, desolationists believe the delusion that feminism is stronger than capitalism.

If you want to see desolationists up close and despicable check out the Alliance of Women Film Journalists who presented actress Jessica Chastain with the award for “Humanitarian Activism — Female Icon Award” for her character of “Maya,” the CIA torturer and killer in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. No, really, this isn’t an Onion-like satire. The award is “presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model… a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.” You know, the rights of others to be kidnapped and tortured to death as enshrined in the Geneva Conventions and the Nuremberg Principles, the right of a woman to assimilate, emulate and validate the absolute worst qualities of a white male racist — and undoubtedly sexist — goon for capitalism.

The AWFJ also gave awards to Zero Dark Thirty for best film, best director, best original screenplay, best actress, best editing and best woman director. One of the rare AWFJ awards that didn’t go to trashing Arabs went to trashing Persians — Argo won for best adapted screenplay. The only way you award Zero Dark Thirty so thoroughly is if you hate Muslims or see them as, say, three/fifths of a human being. For a deeper look at Zero Dark Thirty, Abu Ghraib and how “feminism” is used in service of the American empire, check out Matt Cornell’s excellent The Torturer as Feminist.

Desolationists are greatly troubled when oppressed people use violence to defend and advance their interests against the capitalist class and its agents.”

Why should the CIA spend its hard-earned drug money on front groups when organizations like the AWFJ do the heavy propaganda lifting? Is it too paranoid to imagine that one day all nominees for the best picture Oscar will be CIA productions, either covertly or overtly? This would just be an extension of the FBI orchestrating most of the recent “terror plots” or infiltrating leftist groups in the early 1970s to such an extent that FBI agents eventually rose to “leadership” positions in these groups and then disbanded them. Freedom, democracy, “choices” (shot or hung), everything in America is a mirage. Nothing matters because nothing is real. The past is wiped clean every day. It’s a cardboard cut out country and the only thing behind the official apparitions is money.

And there’s the desolationists, saying for months that they’ll “hold Obama feet to the fire” about resisting Republican cuts to Social Security when it’s Obama himself who first put these cuts on the table and now has put them into his budget, the first Democratic president to ever do so. Obama says he wants to put your grandma on Friskies so that someday, maybe, your children can have Fancy Feast. I think I hear my can opening right now, nine years into the future. That will be the desolationists’ war cry: Please, Barack, take Friskies off the table! With blacks standing down indefinitely, the working class doesn’t have the requisite rage to stop Obama from taking the first swings of the wrecking ball to Social Security. (“Wrecking ball” – where have I heard those words? Oh yeah, thanks, Bruce Springsteen, for campaigning for this Wall Street stooge — you’re gonna have a whole fuckload of newly impoverished Americans to wail about while racking up kudos from the cock-and-bull rock and roll press. Talk about desolationists!)

Workers are probably going to go gentle into that chained CPI night and die anonymous overlooked deaths of a thousand cuts. By then, Barack Obama will be long gone with a multi-million dollar book deal and speaking engagements, a foundation and, who knows, maybe he’ll devote his later years to cramming South Africa-like bantustans down the throats of Palestinians or being a globe-trotting grand bargainer for American capital in Africa with a pen in one hand and an AFRICOM drone joystick in the other. Who the ruling class gonna call? Oballbuster, that’s who.

Randy Shields can be reached at [email protected]. His writings and art are collected at innagoddadadamdavegan.blogspot.com.




After a number of years working with so called progressives, I view the American political alinghment as follows:

Progressives guard the left flank of the top one percent, while the Tea Party guards the right flank of the top one percent. The U.S. citizen is not in the equation.

After finding out that the the Wall St Journal and the so called Left both support open borders and mass immigration; and that at the same time African Americans are suffering 50% unemployement rates, I was done with the Left.




Main-streaming SF 'Gay' Pride Parade_Backs GWOT_Drops B.Manning

Another example of what happens when Feminists & LGBT folks worked hard to come-out of the closet & go lame-stream. 

See this April 27 article @ Common Dreams by Glen Greenwald entitled: Bradley Manning is Off Limits at SF Gay Pride Parade, but Corporate Sleaze is Embraced- What this shows about [embracing] pervasive [& perverse] political values... [www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/27-5 ] Some Excerpts: } News reports yesterday indicated that Bradley Manning, widely known to be gay, had been selected to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco 'gay' pride parade, named by the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. When the predictable backlash ensued, the president of the Board of SF Pride, Lisa L Williams, quickly capitulated, issuing a cowardly imperious statement... - Ms Williams proclaimed that "Manning will not be a grand marshal in this year's San Francisco 'Gay' Pride celebration" and termed his selection "a mistake". She blamed it all on a "staff person" who prematurely made the announcement based on a preliminary vote, and she assures us all that the culprit "has been DISCIPLINED". She then accuses Manning of "actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform": a substance-free falsehood originally spread by top US military officials which has since been decisively and extensively debunked, even by some government officials (indeed, it's the US government itself, not Manning, that is guilty of "actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform"). And then Ms Williams decreed to all organization members that "even the hint of support" for Manning's action - even the hint - "will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco 'Gay' Pride"... - So while even a hint of support for Manning will not be tolerated, there is a long roster of large corporations serving as the event's sponsors who are welcomed with open arms. It includes AT&T and Verizon, the telecom giants that enabled the illegal warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens by the Bush administration and its NSA,.. - The list of SF 'Gay' Pride sponsors also includes Bank of Americanow being sued for $1 billion by the US government for engaging in a systematic scheme of mortgage fraud which the US Attorney called "spectacularly brazen in scope". Just last month, the same SF Pride sponsor received a record fine for ignoring a court order and instead trying to collect mortgage payments from bankrupt homeowners to which it was not entitled... - Another beloved SF 'Gay' Pride sponsor, Wells Fargois also being "sued by the US for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over claims the bank made reckless mortgage loans that caused losses for a federal insurance program when they defaulted"... - Also in Good Standing with the SF 'Gay' Pride board: Clear Channel, the media outlet owned by Bain Capital [= RawMoney's Wall St Bankster outfit] that broadcasts the radio programs of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck;.. - The very high-minded ethical standards of Ms Lisa L Williams and the SF 'Gay' Pride Board apply only to young and powerless Army Privates who engage in acts of conscience against the US war machine, but instantly disappear for large corporations and banks that hand over cash. What we really see here is how the largest and most corrupt corporations own not just the government but also the culture- even San Francisco's 'Gay' Pride Parade..., -   Ms Lisa Williams organized offices for Obama's campaign and also works for various Democratic politicians. It was President Obama who notoriously decreed Bradley Manning guilty in public before his trial by military officers serving under Obama even began, and whose administration was found by the UN's top torture investigator to have abused him and is now so harshly prosecuting him. It's anything but surprising that a person who's a loyal Obama campaign aide finds Bradley Manning an anathema while adoring big corporations and banks (which funded the Obama campaign and who, in the case of telecoms, Obama voted to immunize)... - What we see here is how even many of the most liberal precincts in America are now the leading spokespeople for and loyalists to state power as a result of their loyalty to President Obama. Thus do we have the President of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade sounding exactly like the Chairman of the Joints Chief, or Sarah Palin, or gay war-loving neocons [@ 'Out' Magazine: "Complaining that Manning"s "treatment mimics that of detainees at Abu Ghraib," Victoria Brownworth declared that his plight "demands attention, particularly by the LGBT community." Manning's situation does indeed demand the attention of the LGBT community, but not in the way that Ms Brownworth and others of her ilk suggest. Rather than claim Bradley Manning as a hero of the gay community and campaign for his release, we should be the ones advocating most loudly that he face the strictest possible punishment for his treachery." {so much for the hype of most LGBTs & women as sensitive peace-niks] in depicting any meaningful opposition to the National Security State as the supreme sin. I'd be willing to bet large amounts of money that Ms Williams has never condemned the Obama administration's abuse of Manning in detention or its dangerously radical prosecution of him for "aiding the enemy". I have no doubt that the people who did all of that would be showered with gratitude by SF 'Gay' Pride Parade officials if they attended. In so many 'liberal' precincts in the Age of Obama - even now including the SF 'Gay' Pride parade - the federal government, its military, and its federal prosecutors are to be revered and celebrated but not criticized...- Thus the shift in public opinion on 'gay' equality is less significant than it seems because it poses no real threat to elite factions or to how political and economic power in the US are distributed. In fact it bolsters those power structures because it completely and harmlessly assimilates a previously excluded group into existing institutions and thus incentivizes them to accommodate the institutions [of the power elites] and adopt their mindset... 

Thus the Power Elites have shown they've got NO problem giving the masses symbols of 'liberal' identity & pride- so long as they conform to & up-hold the status-quo. So they gave Blacks Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS & Michelle as FLOTUS & their 2 lovely daughters in the 'Big House' & threw in Holder, Sue & Condi Rice, Colin Powell, etc for good measure. Women got got 'Iron Maiden' Thatcher, Madame Albright, Hitlery / Killary Clinton, the Rice Girls, etc... The power Elites are 'Cool & the Gang' w striking down DADT & letting women fight in combat- they've got NO problems letting women & LGBT folks proudly serve the Full Spectrum Dominance of the Military Industrial Surveillance Security Complex / Military Imperialism in the phony Global War on Terror [GWOT]! Heck as a reward for LGBT war-mongers the power elites will likely throw in so-called 'Marriage Equality'. The fact is lame-stream 'liberalism' has been thoroughly co-opted by the Power Elites- perhaps it always has been!

Outing 'Out' Magazine as just as Big WAR-Mongers [& whore-mongers] as most white red-blooded [Hetero] FOX type American males. The 'Out' article referenced by Glen Greenwald's above article skirts over ex-Lt Dan Choi's support for Pfc Manning [Choi stated "I don't want one form of 'don't ask, don't tell' replaced with a new {& far more insidious form of} 'don't ask, don't tell'..."]. The 'Out' article then goes on to say: } Wikileaks has caused enormous damage to the interests of the United States and also imperiled the lives of brave human rights defenders around the world. Immediately after the first dump of cables, the Taliban announced it was drawing up a hit list and began sending death threats to individuals named in the communications. In Dec 2010, the Zimbabwean regime of Robert Mugabe utilized a cable relating a secret meeting between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and American Embassy officials to launch an investigation into his "treasonous collaboration." [thus 'OUT'' hypes the Ole African Mugabe boogey-man - IMO Tsvangirai needed to be outed as a stooge for the US & UK]. Last Sept [2011] Ethiopian journalist Argaw Ashine had to flee his country after Wikileaks revealed critical comments he had made to U.S. government officials concerning the regime's targeting journalists... <-The article then concludes-> LGBTs should be the ones advocating most loudly that Pfc Manning face the strictest possible punishment for his treachery." { Thus 'Out' calls for Manning to be thrown under Obama's phony GWOT bus, based on their & the Obama regime's beef w Wikileaks, without mentioning exactly what info Manning made public that Obama's regime wanted kept secret & WHY [IE: the notorious 'Collateral Murder' video]. Again IMO that Tsvangirai guy needed to get outed as a stooge [&/or spy] for the US & UK. IMO Wikileaks, if what's alleged is true, showed poor judgment RE: the Ethiopian journalist. BUT- This same Ethiopian regime that went after Argaw Ashine is also one of the US' chief African allies- so maybe it was really the US that told their ally about Ashine's accusations- slyly scape-goating Wikileaks in the process. What-ever the case- What's that got to do w Bradley Manning's case???