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THE REEMERGENCE OF THE AMERICAN SUCKER or GETTING HUMPED BY TRUMP

If you can believe the polls, you can assume by the end of the night Donald Trump will have carried Iowa in the first primary head count of the season. (Update: Iowa vindicated itself by NOT handing Trump a coronation.)

More curious than his meteoric rise in the run up, are the sources of support he enjoys in America’s heartland. To these eyes, his success in Iowa is one of the biggest con jobs in political history. But that’s just one man’s opinion. This is not, however, an opinion without some merit and thought.

New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state, pay attention. You are in the midst of being flimflammed yourselves. If you love freedom, the polls say you are on a disastrous path. (Update: New Hampshire is no longer the Live Free or Die state. It is now the Say Anything and I’ll Buy It state.)

Consider: Donald J. Trump is the most left-wing candidate in the Republican field. But his victory will be provided by people who vote for someone because they are Christian[1. If you read my book or my blogs, you know that I find identity politics based on race or religion to be the sleaziest and most damaging to the social fabric] or because they say they are voting for the one who will be the most conservative.

If you are an informed voter, you are laughing at Iowans already. If you’re not I’ll tell you why you should feel free to do so.

We’ll deal with the ill-informed “conservatives” first. These facts are beyond dispute. Trump is a crony capitalist. He cemented a great deal of support, sapping it directly from Cruz, with his stance on government corn. That would be the food many Iowans grow to be put into gas tanks, on the orders of the nanny state, that the rest of the country doesn’t want in their gas tanks. But evidently, a majority of Iowa’s “conservatives” want that government corn to keep on growing, to the benefit of no one except the super farms that are cleaning up on the guaranteed cash. Some say that the direct subsidy given to the farms has ended. And so it has. But when it was ended, the law to keep putting food in our gas tanks remained in place and the percentage required to be mixed with our gasoline went up to 15%. The farms growing the government corn are still swimming in our hard-earned money.

Trump is a huge fan of eminent domain for narrowly focused private enterprises. Here’s the scam. Sleazy politicians get in bed with businessmen and tell citizens that their homes are to be given to the business men so the can build a condo community, or whatever. They will be compensated in the form of a price, agreed to by the government and the sleazy businessmen. If they refuse, they’ll be moved anyway. In his own defense he has said that those who say they don’t want to leave their homes are just greedy and holding out for more money. He also says they make 5 or 10 times what their property is worth.

The former statement is just another example of Trump’s shocking inability to see that there are things more important to people than money and his stupid condo project. The latter is simply a lie. Most people facing displacement under eminent domain are rarely compensated for the market value of their property. Those who are don’t see 10 times the value of their property. In other words, Trump is lying or ignorant of the facts. Neither would be a surprise.

It is important to point out that recently Trump has insisted that without eminent domain we’d have no road, bridges, pipelines, etc. This is a lie of misdirection. The uses of eminent domain people are complaining about are of the Kelo vs New London variety. These were not instances where a utility or major corridor would result, benefittig a huge swath of a state of region. These are cases like the one I cite above. People are forced from their homes, whatever the price, so one man or company can enjoy private profit from a narrow group of customers. When challenged on this, Trump simply avoids the specifics of the question and talks about roads and utilities again. But it is still a lie. You can bet, once nominated, the press won’t give him a break on this. He will be cross-examined in every interview. He’s not prepared for that kind of grilling.

Finally, the favorite of conservatives everywhere, Trump wants, and once in office will fight for, a single-payer healthcare system. He has yet to be called on this by another candidate. And he should be. His debating skills are that of a middle school girl. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel for a candidate to pick apart his argument on health care. But first that candidate has to have the guts to  make the case. As of the caucuses, there isn’t a gonad in sight. With all due respect to Carly, I speak metaphorically. Although she has shown more “balls’ than her counterparts on several occasions.

But the real belly laugh comes from the “religious right”. The latest surge Trump has enjoyed comes out of his embarrassing performance at Liberty “University”. It turned out to be a match made in heaven (pun intended). The guy who made billions wheeling and dealing in real estate meets the guy whose family fortune comes from the soaking folks with the religious angle. Trump swooped in, cocked up a bible quote, (one may safely assume he made a generous donation to the “university”), and voila, Falwell endorses Trump.

Within days the “religious” right is all about the Donald. Perhaps it is due to Trump’s similarities to Duck Dynasty. Successful business people, “reality” TV shows, no special displays of social maturity, but they say they’re Christian. Ya know, samey-same.

While your host disapproved of Cruz announcing his candidacy at the same “university” and felt the speech smacked heavily of theocracy, I still stand in awe at how easily swayed the”religious” right seems to be. They suddenly see Trump as Mister God, Mister Morality…over Cruz? Trump is a monument to pointless greed and empty vanity, among other of the deadly sins. Do you people research anything for yourselves?

I hope the polls and my assessment are wrong about Iowa. I hope they show some sense in their collective decision-making. Of course, I have been hoping since June that Trump was real and was going to get serious with no luck there yet. A low turnout would not bode well for the Donald. There is hope, but I’m not sanguine.

For the record, Rand Paul remains the most adult figure in the non-establishment group but he needs to get a lot louder. SOON. (Update: He’s gone back to Kentucky to pursue his Senate seat. Would Carly Fiorina please stand up and get loud?)

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Another Love Letter to the Left.

Update: Watching the polls, I have to give proper respect to a growing number of Democrats who are showing real character and are no longer supporting Hillary just because they were ordered to do so by the thought police. Well done to all. I mean that sincerely.

When I was a kid, my mother worked for the Democrats. My parents were FDR fans who once had the opportunity to drive his son to our hometown from the airport – big stuff for a small-town couple.

A man named Joe Burleson would come by the house a lot during election seasons. He organized the distribution of leaflets and saw to providing poll monitors (a job my mother did every election, in all weather). I’m sure Mr. Burleson did more, but I don’t recall the details. He was a nice man.

I do remember that as I got older, I started to ask him questions about politics. I asked the difference in the parties, how hard it was to get elected to an office and so on. I also remember him being different from other Democrats as I understood them to be. The party was multi-faceted in those days. Everybody from local business people to early hippies to hard-nosed blue-collar types were a part of the mix and discussion was lively.

It’s not that way anymore. The only “business” people on the left nowadays are looking to the government to protect them from competition. They don’t really give a hoot in hell about issues. They just want to purchase a politician or two. The free-spirited hippies are now the thought Nazis running the party and everyone else is expected to fall into line lest they be labeled a hater, a liar, a scab or worse. It’s a pretty lock-step affair.

And the standard-bearer is someone without scruples, who will sign on to any idea, use anyone and throw anyone under the bus in order to garner more personal power. Does she care about the “war on women”? Not on your life. But it sounds good.

I started to believe that there was nothing, and possibly no one, in Democrat politics left to respect. Then, almost out of nowhere comes Bernie Sanders. He is a brash, sometimes cranky, unapologetic Socialist. I am fairly confident that he doesn’t understand how his ideology is in itself a corrupting influence. That, in a weird way, makes him more appealing to someone like me.

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If Sanders were elected President, I (libertarian, fiscal conservative) would be disappointed, but would count myself as the loyal, if strident, opposition.

His chief opponent, HRC, is a complete contrivance of party and press. Real excitement for her candidacy exists only in the minds of Clinton doctrinaires, the press (often the same creature) and her staff. If you see her interviewed, you’d think the nation was on fire to see her elected and this illusion has been pushing the poles lately. Yet she still has a hard time filling even the smallest venues. That’s because many already think they have to hold their noses and vote for her. More on why in a minute, but that is the reason I am most bewildered by the modern lefty.

Who the hell says you must be so damned obedient? Look at Sanders again. Look at the folks who have ventured out to listen to him – by the thousands. Observe how steadfast he is to his principles. Can you say that about Hillary?

No, of course not. The fact is she hasn’t carried out a single post in government honorably or effectively. And that is not me talking. Every aspect of her political life has resulted in the need to lie, obfuscate, apologize or rationalize in order to justify her pending coronation.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a supporter following her address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York April 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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I’ll give you one example among hundreds. I have watched with amusement as this woman’s campaign trotted out the misogynist-in-chief to stump for her. I hear pundits ominously warn the right not to go after Bill for his rapes and dalliances because he is so popular, being the first black president and all.[1. An interesting take on the term, discussing the woman who coined it] But the key to this discussion is not Bill. It’s Hillary. While Bill was mindlessly slapping his meat on tables across the country from California to Arkansas and DC, Hillary took it upon herself to be the lead character assassin, directing low-life operatives to destroy the character and sometimes the lives of those Bill used or abused. [2. Details here from Hitchens, no wide-eyed conservative, he.] In the present argument, Hillary is the problem and is most deserving of scorn. This can’t be spun.

In order to get past this, real liberals, honest Democrats must pretend it never happened so they can justify falling into line with the rest of the cattle and voting for this wretched political creature.

Look, Sanders is a Socialist. When she is not street-walking for big money donors, so is Hillary. While I see such politics as utterly wrong-headed, I still can’t understand why so many on the left would still give their loyalty, much less their vote to someone so undeserving as Clinton.

I hope many on the other side of the political divide consider this soon. I hope so as fervently as I hope Donald Trump proves he is not just a fly in the ointment before Iowa. What are the chances of either, would you say?

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Duh. Yawn.

Sunday, 6 Dec 15

Well, that was a nearly pointless exercise. We got a 20 minute lecture consisting of NOTHING we didn’t know before.

There is one prediction I will make. If they pin the purchase of a weapon to the no fly list, watch how easy it will become to get on that list. You could be, for example, a writer who accurately describes BJ Bill’s wife as the most corrupt and self-serving First Lady and Secretary of State in American history and suddenly find yourself on that list.

Other than trying to tart up his failures to look like successes, BO said nothing of substance tonight.

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Everybody Take a Valium and Breath Slowly.

Once upon a time…

…a political party had a growing field of people who wanted to be President. It was, as these things usually are, a rather boring affair for everyone who wasn’t a political wonk.

Then one day, a man popped up who hadn’t had any real political experience and started to make waves. He was different, many said. And for that reason alone, huge numbers of people rushed to his side. They didn’t care that he never said anything of substance. All they cared about was that just by being there, he made a splash. There were times when he would say things that were outright stupid. His followers didn’t care. If you said anything bad about this new wonder on Facebook you were accused of being part of the establishment. Sometimes worse things would be said. But his followers asked for nothing other than that he be different. They didn’t ask for substance. They got angry when someone challenged their non-establisment guy. They cheered him without a single clue as to what he intended to do.  They went wild with his every word.  They need to take a Valium.

How will this story end boys and girls?

Actually, it may very well be a rerun. I am not talking about Trump here. Although the parallels are undeniable (empty rhetoric; adoring, credulous fans). I was talking about a community organizer, government grant scammer and absentee Senator, Barack Obama.

Check the old speeches. He offered only the thinnest of information if any at all. The only specifics he gave was a promise to wreck our economy, which he did. But we knew nothing of this guy.

But oh, he was so cool! And he was black! (as if that were some kind of achievement and not an accident of birth) And he turned out to be the front man for the most authoritarian cabal in American history. “We can’t wait for congress…” and all that. His administration is destructive and nakedly dishonest. His loyalties and certainly the loyalties of his handlers are not with this country. It could have been avoided, but too many Americans wanted to be lied to. They wanted to be swept away. Too many wanted to feel like they were a part of the story so badly, we ended up with a closet Muslim in the White House who systematically sold us and our allies down the river.

So, with that lesson still so fresh you can smell it, along comes “the Donald”.  Until now, his only claim to fame was a nose for good real estate and panchant for saying incredibly stupid things. He also had a “reality” TV show.

For the truly slow, reality TV isn’t real. It’s just like professional wrestling.

But, say his cult followers, he’s against illegal immigration!

Uh-huh. So? What does he intend to do about it? He has not said.

He wants to make America great! Uh, yeah, junior, the only politician who didn’t make that a cornerstone of his rhetoric was Obama. It’s his only honest quality. What else do you have?

He’s going to rebuild the military!

Right. So is Lindsay Graham.

I’ll tell you what else he is for: using taxes as a political and social tool. He said so quite loudly this week. Did any of the cult followers even notice? That makes him exactly the same as the system he rails against.

He engages in immature cat fights. Is that suddenly an admirable quality? When asked about positions held by Walker and Cruz, he said that he couldn’t say anything bad about them – “they’re nice to me?” WTF?! When asked about Bush’s policies, he says Bush is boring and falling in the polls. I agree, but again, WTF?! What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Understand, all of this is coming from a guy who VERY MUCH hopes that Trump is for real. But SO FAR, his ability to lead is as evident as Obama’s college transcripts. So far! Buying and selling properties is not an automatic qualifier for elected office. I admit, it’s infinitely more than Obama ever did, but it is not enough.

Lets, as a party and as voters in general, do ourselves a favor this election year. Let’s not turn a man into a cult figure and not require he step up to the plate and prove himself. Before we eliminate the possibility that he is a shill for the Clintons, let’s see how the next few months play out. Let’s at least make him and the rest of the bunch come out with more than just empty exclamations. Let’s ask more on illegal immigration than just “deport them”. More the economy than “China is ripping us.”

If we take the lazy, reality TV route to the election this year, we may end up worse off than we are already. Make the sonofabitch pay for your vote with reason and logic. Make all of them pay that price.

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