Category Archives: US elections 2016

Election Rejection: Liberal Hatred and Hypocrisy Rage in Violence Due to Biased Media

David Haggith writes

When Donald Trump would not state with certainty that he would accept the election results before even knowing what the results were or how they might come about, liberals wrung their hands all over the media in grief over the loss of democracy as we know it. Hillary, herself, decried that she had never heard anything so anti-democratic and unAmerican in her life.

Now hundreds of thousands of liberals around the nation join in protests and even riots to proclaim, “Not my president” and “Dump Trump.”

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Election Rejection: Liberal Hatred and Hypocrisy Rage in Violence Due to Biased Media

 

Trump win means a clearing of the Augean stables

Two things are clear from this Trump win. One, all the faces in Washington will change. This wasn’t the case with Obama who ran a Clinton-Bush bureaucracy. Two, the Republicans have a royal flush. No more gridlock. What they can do is limitless, what they will do is up for grabs – hence the markets tanking. This is truly the end of the neo-liberal era.

Helmut Norpath, Professor of Politics at Stonybrook University predicted a Trump win from the start of the race with his statistical model. He had puts the odds of Trump winning at 97-99%. See this site’s post discussing those predictions on May 11.

The Democratic Party committed suicide by cheating for Clinton and tripping up their only truly popular candidate – Sanders – because that’s what their élite wanted. Meanwhile, the pollsters couldn’t get their heads out of the Washington bubble. As David Haggith says: “It is the people who were concerned that Trump is too much of a loose cannon and to reckless in speech who did have those concerns who came out of the closet and voted for him at the last moment — supporters in the end the even the Trump campaign didn’t know about. And it is those voters that I’ve been saying are the likely hidden voters that pollsters were not seeing — people who were not willing to say to anyone they would vote for Trump because there was so much they disliked about him, but who would vote for him at the end of the day because they are so thoroughly disgusted with the establishment. These sleeper votes turned a questionable win into a strong win.

The Republicans have been in cloud-cuckoo land ever since Reagan

Jon Schwarz writes

Trump’s bizarrely obsessive fantasizing isn’t an aberration for top Republicans. The GOP gave up on this universe long ago, starting with Ronald Reagan, so it makes sense that the new “Reagan Alumni Advisory Council for Trump-Pence,” made up of 240 former Reagan advisors, should feel right at home with Trump.

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Brand Trump’s new form of permanent opposition to the Washington beltway

According to Marc Fiorentino of Monfinancier.com, Hillary Clinton administration will be met from the first day in office by a ferocious opposition. Trump, having used media coverage to finance his presidential campaign, is now looking to launch a new media organisation along with ex-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to cash in on the angry white middle-class male population of America.

Fiorentino explains that Trump’s divisiveness during his electoral campaign showed no sign of trying to reach out to a broader audience, which is the normal strategy followed by any presidential candidate who seeks to become president. Instead he has undermined the political process at every possible juncture, while keeping his angry white base loyal to him.

His recent negotiations to buy a series of TV stations demonstrates his intent to use American politics to launch his next money-making machine. Thus gutting the Republican Party, Trump will ensure the increase of divisions in America, destabilising the traditional American solution to the ‘democratic’ process, and taking American politics into a new self-destructive phase. His refusal to accept the November election result as valid unless he wins is the ground on which he is now rebuilding the Trump brand.

After the US Supreme Court gave the US political space away to corporations in the ‘Citizens United’ decision, capitalism has entered the fray to change the locus of political confrontation. With the fever pitch racism on US streets and now the Trump bandwagon, watch as conflict shifts from the Middle East to the US domestic scene. The Washington beltway bureaucracy has created its very own domestic ISIS – disenfranchised whites instead of disenfranchised Sunnis. See Marc Fiorentino explain on French TV:

 

Wikileaks: the Podesta emails, part 2

WikiLeaks have released the second batch of emails from the computer of Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta. The 2,086 emails form a treasure trove of hacked materials of over 50,000 total emails that are placing the Clinton campaign on the back foot. The latest leaks focus prominently on former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea.

The cognitive dissonance between Clinton’s public statements and her private promises to special interests is striking.

See the emails here

Wikileaks proves Syria about Israel and Iran: emails part 1

David Haggith writes

Wikileaks’ exposure of Hillary Clinton’s emails reveals that US intrusion in the Syrian Civil War is really all about Iran and Israel and is part of a masterplan that started with Hillary’s advice to enter the Libyan Civil War. Hillary’s War is another expensive American adventure in nation building as the US inserts itself into another civil war, ostensibly to restrain ISIS (or “ISIL” as the Obama Admin. prefers); but Obama’s manner of fighting this war supports Wikileaks‘ revelation that US involvement is all about regime change.

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HILLARY’S WARS (Pt. 2): Wikileaks Proves Syria about Iran & Israel

 

Hacked Emails Show Clinton Suggesting She Hides Her True Policy Positions From the Public

ِAlexander Reed Kelly writes

Earlier this year, Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, penned a column for The Guardian titled, “This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.”

Today, it is clear that this assertion is not true. Thanks to emails hacked allegedly from the account of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and published by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, we read of Clinton telling a group of real estate developers, financiers and property owners in April 2013 that, as a politician, “you need both a public and a private position” on policies.

“Politics is like sausage being made,” she said. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least.”

To support her argument in the article, Abramson cited PolitiFact, “a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization,” as giving Clinton “the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates.” (The political magazine Current Affairs published an excellent critique of PolitiFact’s famed “Truth-O-Meter” this August.) Readers can decide for themselves whether PolitiFact deserves its Pulitzer and Abramson the trust and faith of her audience.

Responding to the leaked comments, Glen Caplin, spokesman for Clinton’s national presidential campaign, said: “We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange [of WikiLeaks] who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton. Guccifer 2.0 has already proven the warnings of top national security officials that documents can be faked as part of a sophisticated Russian misinformation campaign.”

The emails contain excerpts from speeches Clinton gave to major Wall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs. “If genuine,” The Guardian wrote of the documents, “the WikiLeaks emails appear to show Clinton enjoying warm relations with Wall Street and admitting she is ‘far removed’ from ordinary citizens.”

After leaving office as secretary of state in 2013, Clinton embarked on a lucrative career giving speeches to elite banks and other financial institutions. Tax returns show that she charged a minimum of $225,000 per speech.

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Trump: Trojan Horse for the Establishment or Mighty Mouth for Mankind?

David Haggith writes

I crave the opportunity to see an antiestablishment candidate win the election. I would exult in seeing our corrupt establishment shattered. So, while I do not like Trump the man (as it would appear he has never done anything that didn’t entirely serve his own self-interest and pompous ego), I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing him upset establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats alike. (And, yes, they are “alike,” so let’s just call them “the establishment” because whether they are Republican or Democrat is not relevant; both parties exist to serve the same rich people and themselves either way.)

I’ll even acknowledge that perhaps it takes someone as brazen and blusterous as Trump in order to stand up to such a powerful assemblage of egoists as we have embedded in congress and in the president’s administration, which now rules by decree. Nearly all of them strive to make sure you have only globalist options to vote for; but their new-world odor is, I’m sure, a stench that rises all the way to heaven.

This derelict congress is a worse evil than either candidate as it continues to sink the US deeply into debt with no plan or action to right the economy since it first capsized in the waves of the Great Recession. Each party is more worried that the other party will get credit than they are concerned about saving the nation, and there is nothing less patriotic than putting your party before you country.

My desire to see the economy righted and the establishment overturned (peacefully), however, is exactly what makes me cautious about any gold-plated politician who has lived all of his life in the realm of the one percenters and who has defaulted on more grandiose debts than anyone I know. Nevertheless, while I have never liked this particular publicity whore, I’d put up with his relentless boasting and forgive his audacious past if it takes that kind of brassy, risk-taking adventurer to find someone with enough spine to stand up to the intimidations of congress. I’m willing to admit that it might take all of that, so whether or not I like him is not important unless it is leading me to see flaws that may mean Trump is not what he makes himself out to be.

Call a spade a spade even if it trumps everything

Overturning a vast global establishment is the kind of battle that will take someone with unbelievable tenacity, intelligence, and courage. The opponents are rich, and you can be sure some are willing to kill to keep the status quo that is making them immensely rich (and have killed).

Unfortunately, I have seen often in life that bellicose people are usually nowhere near as brave as they sound. People like Ike, who was strong in war and humble in attitude, are usually the ones with real courage. It is not usually the most blustery people who have the deepest strength to carry through with the right thing for the right reasons, regardless of cost to themselves.

Trump is aptly named for how often he blows his own horn in order to create his own image; but his actions show he backed out of previous presidential races when it was clear they weren’t going to be an easy win after getting lots of publicity for teasing people with the possibility that he’d run. He has also backed out of many a business deals when things got rough, rather than push forward to try to make things work.

You can do that in business through bankruptcy, but you don’t have the option when you are president and things are not going your way; and a triumphant Trump is guaranteed to have a congress that does not go his way (unless he capitulates to the Republican side … as he now appears to be doing with every decision he makes).

Is Donald Trump a Trojan Horse?

Trump looks like victory to us antiestablishment voters on the outside, but what lurks inside of this man? Is he as hollow as his mouth is big? (You could land an airliner in that thing and still have room to park the USS Nimitz.) The reservations I’m going to express about Trump in this short series this week are based solely on his political actions, not on the brassy stuff that I personally dislike. That’s why I cleared those concerns out of the way first to make it clear that I acknowledge that a huge ego could be what it takes to combat the establishment.

Much to my disappointment, Trump’s actions run completely opposite of his words every time we see him make an actual political decision. While Trump sounds so bold in his political incorrectness that I might be inclined to think as many others do that he was actually trying to throw the election by being as unlikable to the majority as he can be, I know and he knows (and you do, too) there are a lot of angry people who need someone to voice their anger.

Trump knows he can tap into a huge vault of anger; and, as a media mogul himself, he knows better than anyone how to play the media for free publicity by being outrageous — something for which he’s always had a near whacky knack. We’ve seen him do it for years, even when he was not running for office or when he ran and quit. He’s done it to keep the Trump name, as a brand, always in the media, always on the public mind, always associated with “greatness” and “wealth” because that is the kind of real estate he develops and sells. He caters to the wealthy. That’s his brand, and nothing could give it more cache than the presidency of the United States.

While those are my reservations, it’s his latest political actions that concern me. In the few places where we have seen Trump make actual political decisions so far, his choices have been 100% pro-establishment as I pointed out in a recent article titled “Whirled Politics: Would you rather be Trumped or Pillaried?” I wished very much to see something different than what I am seeing.

From Trump’s choice of a 180-proof neocon vice presidential candidate to an embedded Goldman-Sachs campaign financial manager to the Heritage Foundation’s dream team of budget advisors he assembled, Trump has selected people who wholly embody the establishment. Everything these people have ever done or said has been in support of the Wall Street one-percenters, in support of financial deregulation, and, for the most part, in support of the military-industrial complex at the cost of any debt imaginable. The team he creates says everything about where he intends to head.

To be clear, I am for a strong military and not against all wars. I believed and still do believe that going to war in Afghanistan was right and justifiable, but it was stupid later on to divert available resources from Afghanistan to Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11 nor with sponsoring terror against the US nor with developing weapons of mass destruction. We should have spent that money winning the peace in Afghanistan by building something good there in the place of what we tore down. Instead, we created a power vacuum in the now disintegrated nation or Iraq, which is rife with internal rivalries and, so, became the ideal incubator for ISIS. That is exactly the kind of result I told friends I feared when I first heard King George Bush II wanting to engage Iraq in a war.

I think neocons have taken us into ill-conceived, unjust, pre-emptive wars aimed at recreating the world in our image. We have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of unseen people who never raised a finger against us and most likely never would have in wars that have been monstrous failures. After Iraq, we backed a coup in Crimea, a civil war in Libya, and seem to be shooting ourselves in the foot in Syria because we’ve returned to the Vietnam practice of fighting wars from Washington. (That, however, is due to Obama and his ilk, not due to the neocons.) We’ve now got war everywhere.

If we think the people who remain alive in those countries are going to thank us for killing their brothers and sisters or sons and daughters or their fathers and mothers in order to save them from a single despot, we are sadly and deeply self-deluded. We may think the despot was their deepest concern; however, as with all people, it turns out family is first. We have created nations filled with people who hate us just because we think we know best what government is good for them (and, frankly, for oil and the economic gain that fighting brings us).

Politicians like Killary and Trump’s VP, Pence, backed these wars 100% and have spent a nation’s ransom trying to force change upon a world that has no intention of changing — a world that, if it did become democratic, would use its vote to declare war on us for killing their brothers and sisters. Hillary started some of these wars herself (at least, initiated our involvement in them). Pence strongly advocated for every one.

Power-drunk politicians in both parties support these missions in order to control the world and its wealth, for most of them are globalists and elitists at heart who serve Wall Street. The rest are misguided fools whose minds have been consumed by their own dogma. They vote for these wars because numerous American corporations get wealthy making equipment to replace the machinery that gets blown up; they get wealthy pumping fuel into the engines and making new tires to replace rubber that is too worn to meet the road. The more of that equipment we burn through, the more they can get the government to pay to replace it.

These politicians are owned by the corporations that make this hardware. The best of them believe that, by serving those corporations, they are serving the American economy; the worst of them are courtesans who simply love to be wined and dined and admired.

And why do I point all that out? Because these are the people Trump is assembling has his leadership team. So, if you think Trump is any threat to the establishment, you may be riding a Trojan horse. As soon as I learned that Trump chose Larry Kudlow and Steven Moore to be his Senior Economic Advisors, I feared he was selling out to the establishment in order win Republican support (and probably because Trump is a big-idea man who always looks to others to come up with the particulars that will make a big idea work, but he’s picked the wrong others).

I have a file full or articles on Kudlow that I keep in my “Idiot Box” where I store the stupid things economists and Wall Street moguls say. Larry is soon to become (again) an article of his own.

That is the team assembled inside the Trump horse. On the outside, it is all Trump, brazen and shiny and bold. On the inside, it is entirely Wall-Street warriors and neocon combatants. In the next article in this series, I’ll dig into the Kudlow-Moore tax plan which gives us the major components of Trump’s action plan in order to show how deeply establishment Trump’s plan is in its debt-based economic expansion and its retreaded, spiffed-up, establishment ideas that got us where we are today.

Be careful that you don’t believe something just because you want to believe it so badly. That is how the citizens of Troy were conquered in the Trojan war. I’d love to have an anti-establishment candidate roll in, too. Sadly, I don’t think I do. The time to hold Trump to task is now, not after the establishment makeover turns him into their Trojan Trump card, but while they are trying so that they don’t succeed.

The brazenly boisterous, blusteringly bellicose, trumpeting Trump. Who is the man behind that mighty mouth?

If there is one thing certain about Trump it is that he stirs up conversations all over the globe, but is he anything more than a grand snake-oil salesman? Has he ever stood for or served anything greater than himself? Does he exemplify integrity of leadership in the deals he makes, or does he just pursue whatever course is expedient at the time, regardless of how selfish or wrong? Does he own his failures or blame them on others? Does he play by the rules as he demands impoverished immigrants do or treat rules as inconveniences to be ignored  by the wealthy when they go against his own wealth building? Does he care at all about whom he hurts or ever even stop to think about it? Is he a man who is willing to speak out against stupid political correctness, regardless of personal cost, or just an opportunist who loves to hear himself and who knows how to tap into public rage as a potent force for his own purposes? Is he force or farce? Is he more interested in building a brand or in building a nation?

To see a variety of biographical or semi-biographical books from all sides about Donald Trump, including from his own mouth, see list at the end of David Haggith’s original article here:

Trump: Trojan Horse for the Establishment or Mighty Mouth for Mankind?

 

Gary Johnson is cutting into Clinton’s vote

In a previous post Justin Raimondo said that:

“… if, like me, you see this election as a referendum on Trump, with the GOP candidate dominating and defining the election-year discourse, then that means the anti-Trump vote is going to be split four ways, with McMullin, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, and of course Hillary divvying up the #NeverTrump electorate. Which means that Trump, in spite of his terrible poll numbers, could pull this off in spite of everything”.

Now, consistently with that view, Gabriel Debenedetti tells us that Gary Johnson is cutting into Hillary Clinton’s vote.