With the election of billionaire Donald Trump as president, it is more important than ever that working people unite and speak up. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday/TNS)

Wealthy elite make a mockery of democracy

War is not healthy for children, and other living things” — that old peace slogan must be amended today to read “The wealthy elite are not healthy for children, and all life on the planet.” The trashing of our air and water; the constant war in the Middle East; the attack on essential social programs (Medicare is the latest target of the billionaire boys club) … these calamities that are pushing life on the planet closer to extinction can be traced to the uncontrolled greed of the elite — the one-tenth of 1 percent that owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent in America (making the U.S. the most economically imbalanced country in the world). And now they have given us one of their own in the White House — a pathologically selfish and ignorant con man.

The super wealthy’s endless lust for more and more is killing life on the planet. Just look at Friday’s New York Times. Children in Delhi can’t breathe because of the poisonous fog that entombs the city — and government authorities can’t push through air protection measures because the billionaires who own coal plants and other sources of billowing filth won’t allow it. These wealthy predators don’t even care about the fate of their own children, as they gasp for air like fish out of water, as one distraught father described his stricken 4-year-old boy.

Meanwhile, the Times reports, rising sea levels are wreaking havoc on coastal property in the U.S., which could lead to a bigger financial collapse than 2008. This growing threat of flooding is particularly severe in cities like Miami — but the Republican elite that runs Florida won’t allow any climate change action. And President-Electored Trump would rather see his own Floridian Shangri-La under water than acknowledge the reality of climate science. These are the rich fools who control our destinies — and those of our children! Morally bankrupt men who cannot think beyond their immediate gluttonous appetites, no matter how life-destroying they are.

In China, this fouling of our own nest has reached disastrous proportions — proving that state elites can be just as bad as corporate elites. Freshwater fish have mysteriously disappeared from China’s markets, reports the Times — and of course China’s authoritarian regime would never explain why, but it’s undoubtedly because the lakes and rivers in China have become so dangerously polluted that it’s unhealthy to eat anything pulled from these waters.

The only force that can save the Earth is a massive social uprising around the world that overthrows the reign of greed and death that is exterminating life on our planet. Do we care enough about our own lives and the lives of those we love to do this?

The billionaire coup that installed Trump in office — a political maneuver backed by the dirtiest polluters and most ruthless capitalists in America — must serve as the final straw for the 99 percent. Let’s fight for our lives. Revolt.

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I didn’t think much of Jill Stein’s campaign, but I sure like her post-election fire. Recount! With Hillary’s popular victory margin now above two million and continuing to rise, everything possible must be tried to head off Trump’s aberrant reign. His claim on the White House is diminishing by the day. He’s the Loser-in-Chief. And note to Hillary: Why is Jill Stein fighting harder for you than you are? Hillary is pulling an Al Gore, taking her rigged “defeat” lying down.

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Unsurprisingly, Trump is very defensive about losing the popular vote. After all, as noted below, this is the same Trump who called the Electoral College a “travesty” that should be overturned by “revolution” when it looked like the electoral system would work against the Republicans in 2012. But in his roundtable interview with the N.Y. Times staff last week, he suddenly sees a “certain genius” in this antiquated, undemocratic institution.

Yes, he declared war against Trump, but Bernie also declared war on the Democratic Party’s corporate baggage. “When you lose the White House to the least popular candidate in history. When you lose the Senate and the House and two-thirds of state governors are Republican, then it’s time for a new direction in the Democratic Party.” I’m with Bernie, if we can succeed in making over the party for the people, instead of its corporate sponsors.

David Talbot, author of “Season of the Witch” and “The Devil’s Chessboard,” is a San Francisco-based writer and activist. Feed the Beast is curated from Talbot’s social media feed.

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