American separatists and the treachery of fools…

All of our business

“I’ll have a very good conversation with him. What I say to him is none of your business,” Trump answered as he left the White House when a reporter asked him whether he would tell Putin not to meddle in U.S. elections. (emphasis mine)

— abc News Report, June 26, 2019, by Conor Finnegan

What Trump declared was none of our business may well have ramifications today as Putin takes his first steps in invading Ukraine. Is it possible that the “business” of those meetings bear directly on the Russian despot’s obsession with Ukraine and the American despot’s own obsession for power? It would not be difficult to frame a logical agenda for these private meetings using the events that have transpired since then.

Is there a doubt that Putin’s desire to annex Ukraine was not at the top of his list of topics to discuss with Trump? Would Putin and Trump agree to hold off the Russian invasion until after the 2020 elections to avoid an embarrassment that would harm Trump’s reelection chances? Would Trump agree to a quid pro quo that would have Trump recognize the Russian grab of Crimea 5 years earlier-a bucket-list item for the Russian dictator?


Trump today joined the chorus of Republican traitors who have found reason to praise and excuse Putin’s war objectives. The most tone-deaf response, of course, was the gushing, ass-licking remarks made by the Trump himself, calling Putin “a genius”:

“Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper… We could use that on our southern border.””Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”

— The traitor, formerly known as Donald Trump

His Secretary of State continued the absurdity by praising the Russian Thugocrat who has stifled his critics by poisoning them. Mike Pompeo used an odd word to describe his feelings for Putin, given the fact that he oversaw the single worst foreign policy initiatives in the modern era. respect:

He is a very talented statesman. He has lots of gifts,..He was a KGB agent, for goodness sakes. He knows how to use power. We should respect that.”

Respect has just acquired a new, darker definition.

American Vichy

Pétain was reactionary by temperament and education, and quickly began blaming the Third Republic and its endemic corruption for the French defeat. His regime soon took on clear authoritarian-and in some cases, fascist-characteristics. The republican motto of Liberté, égalité, fraternité (“Freedom, equality, brotherhood”) was replaced with Travail, famille, patrie (“Work, family, fatherland”)… Though Pétain publicly stated that he had no desire to become “a Caesar,” by January 1941, Pétain held virtually all governing power in France; nearly all legislative, executive, and judicial powers were either de jure or de facto in his hands.

…Fascistic and revolutionary conservative factions within the new government used the opportunity to launch an ambitious programme known as the “ Révolution nationale”, which rejected much of the former Third Republic’s secular and liberal traditions in favour of an authoritarian, paternalist, Catholic society. Pétain, amongst others, took exception to the use of the term “revolution” to describe what he believed to be an essentially conservative movement, but otherwise participated in the transformation of French society from “Republic” to “State.” He added that the new France would be “a social hierarchy… rejecting the false idea of the natural equality of men.”

— Wikipedia

Trump is the equal of the weak but willing French leader who was brought to power with the help of a murderous regime. Putin’s gamble was a limited one, but the payoff was huge. Who dreamed that the bombastic, hate-filled simpleton could become a lightning rod for like-minded fringe elements lurking within the nation. For those who may believe that Putin would never have attempted his current atrocity-in-progress had Trump won, I have a better hypothesis-had Trump won, an invasion would not have been necessary. More likely a compliant, doddering Trump would have gladly ceded Ukraine and aided any Russian false flag operation with a wink and a nod. The Republican Party which has devolved into a Vichy-like cabinet of useful idiots, like they are doing now, would concur and formalize the surrender to the tin-pot dictator from Moscow with official tweets retweeted on chyrons streaming across state-controlled networks. No, the timing of this suggests that Putin’s plans now as before were always intended to benefit Russian aggression and the forces surrounding Donald Trump-for whom he has only contempt.

Useless Idiots

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him,”

We live in a time that invites satire and the cathartic reprobation that exposes the treachery of fools.

Originally published at on February 23, 2022.



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Vince Rizzo

Former president of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and a founder of a charter school based on MI theory.