End Times – When Supreme Court justices just don’t matter

Michael Collins

"Are you ready for the football?" Image: Maxwell Hamilton & DonkeyHotey

“Are you ready for the football?” Image: Maxwell Hamilton & DonkeyHotey

(Washington, DC) In 2016, we have a choice between Scylla and Charybdis, cancer and the plague, teen Dance Moms and the 800 Club. Hillary and the Donald are each so repellant in their unique way, it’s hard to imagine making a choice. The choice becomes even more difficult if you see each candidacy as a sign of the End Times. (Image: Maxwell Hamilton & DonkeyHotey)

When we discuss the dreadful choices for president, my friends tolerate my observations about Clinton’s warmonger behavior and the threat she poses to the survival of the species.   After all, I argue, as Secretary of State she helped formulate and execute the “Assad must go” strategy that kicked off the assault on the nation of Syria (aka, the Syrian civil war). The body count for Syria is now at 250,000 citizens. Add the 100,000 dead Libyans from that “civil war”, another Clinton special, and you’re talking about some very serious carnage.

Just when I think I’ve provided an indisputable rationale for not voting for Clinton, I get a sober and somewhat condescending look followed by the words “Supreme Court Justices.”

Donald Trump’s prospective choices to replace justices are somehow a more important factor in casting their vote than Clinton’s trail of death and destruction (I never actually say this since these are my friends.) I also have to follow the old maxim: the poor workman blames his tool. In this case, my tool is an inadequate argument.

Enter the End Times

A better argument against a vote for Clinton is the very accurate position that both she and Trump are fully capable of ushering in the End Times. I’m not talking about the Book of Revelations or any other religious nonsense. End Times means exactly what it says — time has run out for human society as we know it due to the vastly increased risk of a nuclear war resulting from the election of either candidate.

If most of us are dead and the survivors face a nuclear winter, does it really matter who gets selected for the United States Supreme Court? Seriously, who cares?

Over 1400 mayors of cities across the United States share my notion of the secular End Times. The U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Indianapolis approved a resolution calling for reduced tensions between NATO and Russia in very specific terms:

“The largest NATO war games in decades, involving 14,000 U.S. troops, and activation of U.S. missile defenses in Eastern Europe are fueling growing tensions between nuclear-armed giants, and according to former Defense Secretary William Perry: The probability of a nuclear calamity is higher today, I believe, that it was during the cold war.” U.S. Conference of Mayors, June 24-27, Indianapolis, IN (Also see, AntiMedia coverage)

Clinton has a specific proposal to commence the final countdown to the end. One of her policies for the Middle East includes a U.S. declaration of a “no fly” zone over Syria.   A declaration clearing the skies over Syria would require telling the Russian air force to cease their attacks on ISIS, Al Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria), and the Saudi supported Salafist terrorist organizations.

Her proposal would present a military challenge to the world’s other nuclear superpower. Russia has already strenuously objected to the movement of NATO missiles closer to its border, a policy Clinton fully endorses. What might the response be to President Clinton’s imperious command that they cease operations in Syria?

Surely, I thought, Clinton is just blowing off steam in the primaries.   Wrong. The Intercept just reported that the Democratic Party Platform Committee turned down a platform plank stating that the “Democratic Party does not support direct U.S. military intervention against the Assad regime, including the imposition of no-fly zones or safe zones.” Clinton supporters rose on unison to make sure that the resolution was withdrawn arguing that a President Clinton should not be bound by such a resolution. No, she should be allowed, they imply, to take us right up to the brink of nuclear war by attempting to humiliate a nuclear superpower that is doing the work we should be doing in Syria.

Clinton is a threat to humanity. But, what about Trump?

Amidst his Hitler Light proposals about U.S. Muslims and ranting about a wall that will never be built, there seem to be glimmers of rationality in his foreign policy statements. Trump says there is no need for a new cold war and that there is plenty of room for cooperation and trade with Russia. Does this get him off of the End Time hook? Absolutely not.

For those who haven’t noticed, Trump is a relentless bully and has been one since at least the 1980s when he tried for years to frighten tenants into moving out of rent-controlled apartments he owned in midtown Manhattan. He constantly labels himself as a very tough negotiator who seeks to crush his opponents. He wants to create a U.S. military “so strong, nobody’s gonna mess with us.” He sought advice on terrorism policies from the National Rifle Association and says about terrorists, “you have to take out their families” to win the war on terror.

What happens when Trump decides he’s been crossed or affronted by China or Russia? Will he take the humiliation and avoid approaching Defcon 1, imminent nucler war. Or, will Trump engage in his ridiculous bullyboy negotiating tactics by doubling down in any major confrontation he faces?

The man is unstable and largely ignorant of anything other than building and running hotels.

So, what do you say when your friends haul out the “Supreme Court justices” argument as a reason to vote for Hillary Clinton?

Deliver the simple answer mentioned previously:

If most of us are dead and the survivors face a nuclear winter, does it really matter who gets selected for the United States Supreme Court? Seriously, who cares?

Vote for Nobody, the ultimate winner of any political contest, and be on the winning team. Then face reality and duck and cover since one of these menaces is a near certainty to win the election.

Duck and Cover – Federal Civili Defense Administration and the National Education Association. 1951.

Duck and Cover in Nuclear Vault – Federal Civil Defense Administration and the National Education Association. 1951.

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  • Riley Ace of Spies

    Nobody?….Isn’t that the candidate on the Wavy Gravy ticket?
    Are you not concerned that Nobody would appoint Michael
    Meyer as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency?

    • Nobody is an impressive candidate. If you take 100$ of eligible voters, you get about a 55% turnout (not the 70% some states claim using registered voters as a base). Divide that between the two candidates and it’s always 50% (or a plurality) for Nobody versus Democrat 25% (or so) and Republicans 25% (or so).

      I will embrace Nobody’s appointment as DCIA but there will be some changes. “Central” will be removed from the agency name and the only permanent staff will be event planners setting up salons on various cultural and political topics, all of which will be broadcast on C-Span.

      • Ambassador of Ombudsman

        As you will it….so shall it be Peace Chief Collins.

        • Unkown

          The author is a Idiot, Jesus is Lord, every knee will bend, every tonque will confess…Your friends are reptilian humanoids, Hillary is “a” anti-christ. 50 million babies Killed via abortion, gender benders,homosexuals,lesbians running amuck, hate towards Isreal, the USA is in its last days. FUBAR

  • Eric Zuesse

    a brilliantly put together commentary. I was breathless reading it. Now I have one good summary to send to friends, to expose them to the reality, that this time American ‘democracy’ is so fake that voting actually IS pointless in a Presidential ‘election’. Or else, maybe for the first time in my life I’ll do a “protest vote” for a candidate who can’t win (Stein, Green Party). (She still seems to me to be sincere, not like Nader trying to pick off enough votes in tossup states so as to throw the ‘election’ to Bush; Stein, unlike Nader, isn’t campaigning against the Democratic Party and trying to draw off enough of its voters to assist in its defeat.)

    • Thanks so much for the kind words. I hear you on the protest vote. I’m likely to write in Kucinich – Paul. The article came out of several very cordial and friendly debates with friends over dinner etc. I’m the gadfly at this point but I’m goal directed and still getting invitations. Amazing times!

  • ICFubar

    Good article with a valid point made.. This idea that brinkmanship will make the Russians and Chinese back down is so very dangerous because those two nuclear powers are not about to surrender, and considering the dismantling of the old protocols that kept such a confrontation under wraps with Mutually Assured Destruction as the counter balance the situation could get out of hand very quickly with the hotheads infesting Washington and the political scene running the show. And now with the rise of the neo-con faction into power pushing neo-liberal world hegemony for their western Apex Elite controllers and their failing financial Ponzi monetary scheme means we are living in very dangerous times for the survival of human kind and other life forms on this small rarity of a planet. I’m not religious but the phrase ‘God help us all” seems apropos for the near future.

    • Excellent piont on MAD – mutually assured destruction. There are some morons inside the beltway pushing the notion that the U.s. can wipe out Russian nukes before they’re launched. This is like the crazy guy Herman Kahn in the 1950’s who argued a nuclear war with Russia was winnable. I’m just amazed people who propose this aren’t locked up immediately. It would be nice if there were a diety on call for End Times emergencies. Not likely but …

  • nomadfiles

    America is like a monkey trapped because he can’t let go of the treat in the jar, the jar that will not release his fist clasping the two party system. If he would just let go, he could relax his hand, easily slip it from the jar and be free. Voting for nobody is a vote for status quo. Heads Trump. Tails Clinton.Heads they win, tails you lose. It’s the same thing. Why would anybody vote for nobody? That’s worse than lesser evilism. And this time, in the Republican/Democrat duopoly, there is no lesser evil, If ever there was a time to vote third party it’s now.

    • GOLFNPSYCH

      Except Trump is NOT the Republican Party and Republicans have relaxed their grasp so there really is a chance for something different.

      • nomadfiles

        Well. He’s at the top of the Republican ticket. He’s just not the establishment Republican. And most of those Republicans that have supposedly relaxed their grasp are going to vote for him. And doesn’t that really amount to the same thing? The only difference between Trump and traditional Republicans is that he is more forthright with his racism. The Traditional guys use ‘dog whistles’ as a veil of plausible deniability, but their politics is every bit as racist as his.

  • 619SDBOLTS

    This is a stupid article. Nuclear war is not determined by one person.

    • Brockland A.T.

      True. Any commitment to wars of choice is determined by warmongering political faction behind a leadership figurehead.

      Never Trump = Only Hilary

      Never Trump + Never Hilary = Only Hilary.

      The elitist neocon warmongers, who brought us Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and Syria, don’t back Trump; they back Hilary and are willing to cross party lines to do so. Trump talks… but how will he act?

      The article was hardly a plug for any reasonable alternative like Jill Stein (Green Party), which would need overwhelming electoral support to overcome the cheats the Deep State elite built into the system anyway. Yet zero exposure.

      http://www.jill2016.com/plan

      While certainly Jill Stein and the Green Party stand no chance at all of being elected, and its questionable how effective she would be even if elected, its puzzling that the only solution given is to stay home and let the elites and their political partisans decide. Which they have; Hilary leads Trump in most polls; what’s not wanted is any surprise Clinton spoilers.

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