As I wrote to Wisconsin readers, I am wondering what it is in your state that is making your choice for governor and congress so difficult. How is it possible (I am asking rhetorically) that this is even a contest?
On the Left, for governor, you have a corrupt, socialist, bent of taking a wrecking ball to your economy. And it appears that about half of you are saying: gee, that’s okay ‘cuz he’s really cool and sounds like Obama when he talks.
And it isn’t lost no me that the national media has made YOUR LOCAL ISSUES into a Trump thing.
Look, Trump does not decide what happens in your state. Don’t let the agenda of people in LA or New York pollute your thinking. Florida is in a good place right now. It is, amazingly, still growing. If you stick to your guns (even if you think Donald Trump is a big fat jerk), you will reap great reward.
Or you can swing left and two years form now be asking why you are doing so poorly when three quarters of the rest of the country is prospering. De Santis and Scott will keep the ball rolling and Florida growing. The corrupt Left will ruin Florida. History says I am right. Many will say I am wrong because Trump is a big, fat jerk and White men are the greatest terrorist threat to our nation.
If you are stupid enough to buy into those last two statements, vote for the socialists. If you want to keep Florida moving, vote Republican. It truly is that simple.
Or maybe you want to hand power to people who think this is good political discourse.
Full disclosure, I bailed on the Republican party (officially) in 2016. But when it is a choice between the GOP and certain ruin, of course I will go with the GOP. I do WISH there were a better organized Libertarian Party, but I tried wishing on one hand and shitting in the other. When I rubbed them together, what do you thing I got?
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I will allow for short memories and cults of personality, both demonizing and inflating. BUT!…
…You have a governor who has done more for your state than many past governors combined. You have conservative candidates ready to hit the ground running on your behalf right now. And yet, it seems the races this Tuesday are looking like close calls! What are you thinking?
Keep the following in mind this week when you vote: Rust belt states have always languished under Democrat rule, both local and national. Look at any major city where the Left is entrenched. You will see blight, violence, employment ALWAYS lower than the national average (often much lower), crappy schools, nepotism and outright corruption.
The amazing thing is the very people who bring you this misery spend all their time blaming the other party, especially in areas where the other party has absolutely no power. And it would seem half of you believe them!
You are not making history here. The same rust belt has a history of voting for Dems because the Democrat Party always sells it’s drivel as being the easy way out. It’s all feel-good nonsense. But it is easy to buy into. They get into positions of power and immediately go to work centralizing power and ruining economies and lives. The people put up with this for as long as they can, and finally when they are forced to see reason vote in GOP people to unscrew the mess.
And then they become complacent. Worse, as in this election year, personalities come into play. Yeah, Trump rubs people the wrong way. I get it. I am hoping someone primaries him next year. But you can’t sacrifice everything Wisconsin has gained because you think Trump is a big , fat jerk.
I take that back…you can. It would be monumentally stupid, but you can if you don’t want to keep the success your state has experienced.
Here’s a suggestion, skip the years of heartache and just keep Walker where he is and send an army of conservatives to Washington who will get government out of your way and let you get on with your lives.
Or you can go back to some kind of pathetic, John Steinbeck, I–am-in-love-with-poverty dystopia for a decade or so.
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I have a thousand chores to complete here. I have two posts I promised my friend, Kathleen. I am almost ready to launch my membership writers’ program. And the furniture business is not going to stand itself up. BUT…I saw this post on Facebook the other day and I just cannot let it go by without comment. It is too mindless and too indicative of what we have descended to in the course of four weeks – not that we were in such a great place to begin with.
First, let me say that I have no skin in who won the election. I voted for Cruz in the primary and Darrell Castle in the general.
But to listen to the Donald Trump cult, you’d think we just solved all the countries problems with one election. The fact is there is STILL no indication we’ve solved anything. Trump is the same Twitter Twat I said he was a year and a half ago. His idea of free trade is protectionism (for the truly slow, that’s not free trade and is counterproductive).
Also, for Trump to look at an issue and take the opposite view of Obama, simply because it is the opposite of Obama, is not a demonstration of clear thinking. But that is how I would characterize his stands on issues like Russia and Israel. There are very good reasons to disagree with BHO on these issues. I disagree with him. But Trump announces his disagreement without a reasoned argument. That is left to his apologists after he tweets out the cards he’s holding.
That said, all the hysterical fear about Trump has, so far, been farcical. There is a reason why you don’t hear about all the incidents of Trump supporters running wild and beating up gays, and minorities and shooting illegal aliens. The reason is that it is not happening. And it won’t happen. At least it won’t if the members of the opposing cult would kindly calm the fuck down!
Look at the meme above. It is the most egregious pile of self-righteous shit I’ve seen in a long time. And that comes after an election year loaded with self-righteous shit. The drama queens who think like this are the main problem we face right now.
Who, I ask you, contributes, at least rhetorically, to the actions of these subhuman, unworthy pieces of crap? And who, among those who would look at the meme above and shed a tear, has come out and condemned the skanks who did it? So far, I haven’t seen the Hollywood pansies who cried all over the airwaves about Trump for the last two months say anything. Your silence is your acquiescence. For you, it’s kinda okay. I mean the abusers did hate Trump and all, so there’s that anyway.
The fact is the supposedly “peace-loving, kind-hearted, socially evolved, open-minded” persons who say they hate all the exaggerated characterizations of Trump are the people who will likely be the greatest impediment to our society doing what is has done since 1791. That is to accept the political realities of an election and engage as supporters of the present powers or stand as the loyal opposition.
Instead we get this.
“I am not mad at you that Hillary Clinton lost…,” the post reads. Liar! The author of this thing is the equal opposite of the Trump cult followers. Their cult lost. They are furious!
Here’s how the election shakes out. About 30-35% of the country, very early on, dove in for Trump or Clinton. There was nothing anyone could say to sway them. ANY disagreement toward either was called “hate”. The media fanned these flames every day from June of ’15 until November of ’16.
The remaining 65-70% of the country paid little attention to it all. But, as a result of their obtuseness and apathy, in the end, they were left with a choice between the two worst candidates ever fielded for the Oval Office. As it turned out, just enough people in just enough states decided that Trump was the less disgusting person. They held their noses and voted for him.
The Trump cult crowed and the Clinton cult cried. Trust me when I tell you that the rest of us, no matter who we voted for, just shook our heads and marveled at the display.
It isn’t unusual to see some crowing and crying in the day or two after an election. But this year there is a conscious effort to draw a big fat line between voters who didn’t want a felon in the White House and those who pretended she wasn’t a felon. The flames of resentment are still being fanned two months after the polls closed.
And the rhetoric, like that displayed above has gone completely over the top. “I don’t think less of you because you vote one way and I vote another…” Liar! The very hallmark of the modern, American left (and a quality the Trump cult fails to see in themselves and their candidate) is the fact that if you disagree with me, you are a bad person. You are a hater. Anything that is not of our thinking is to be insulted. The people who disagree are to be hounded. If we’re lucky, we can even ruin their ability to make a living. That is what the far left (and the Trump cult) calls victory.[1.The Trump cult is hailing Megyn Kelly’s exit from FOX as a victory. They think they got her fired. Morons. If they had been paying attention, she’s been fielding offers for a very long time. She’ll leave for an easier time slot, more money and more editorial input.]
One Can Only Shrug and Laugh
As I write this, I am amazed Scientology hasn’t had more success in this country. There are so many credulous idiots, right and left, just waiting to be taken in by feel-good bullshit.
The FB post is actually laughable in it’s portrayal of self as tolerant – “I don’t hate you because…”or “I don’t think less of you because…” It then goes on to accuse anyone who voted for Trump of being the worst form of person conceivable in this country.
So here’s the divide being created by such drivel. On one side your have those who are clearly declaring that they are incapable of moving on – “you and I won’t be ‘coming together’ to move forward or whatever” – because I am a damaged snowflake, unable to climb down from my high unicorn and confront reality like an adult.
On the other side you have the Billy Bobs who think Trump critics are such because they “hate” Trump. These guys, in their ignorance of economics, think Trump will make America great again by taxing companies into doing what he wants and risking trade wars. They think the Donald is conservative. They think tweeting what you think on every issue is a good idea. They also think his tweets make sense. Now, that’s actually funny.
Fortunately, as I said previously, a good 70% of the people, likely more, are not participating in the post election idiocy. You might not know it looking at social media. That’s only because the 30% are more vocal and strident on their complaints and criticisms.
But if I ever had to choose between the two camps, I’ll stand with Billy Bob. He may be dumber than a bag of hammers, but at least he’s trying.
It was the year of Brexit. It was the year of Hurricane Matthew (you’re welcome). We lost a lot of cool celebrities. But we also got rid of Castro. Finally! 2016 was the year I billed Mexico for my garden wall. It seemed like the smart move at the time. They didn’t find it funny. There was also some kind of election thingy, wasn’t there?
I Celebrate My Wrong-ness!
I am late getting back to you on one of my 2016 predictions. I have just spent several days in WordPress/Plugin hell trying to create a membership program for this site. I hope to create a talent incubator for political writers. And it will be for left, right, young, old, gay, straight, Lithuanian, Latvian…
It would be about time we had some talent here. Until that happens, you still have sweet, lovable me.
If you are a frequent visitor here, you will have read my warnings about the Federal Reserve’s December 2016 rate hike. I will state for the record, I was anticipating from ½ to full point increase.
With Trump’s victory (the Fed sees him as a problem) I expected the Fed to go big. I warned people here to keep a sharp eye on their retirement accounts because a big rate increase would throw cold water on the stock market.
When I am wrong, I say I’m wrong. The Fed only bumped their rates to big banks by ¼ point. The Wall Street nose-dive I worried about did not occur. If the Fed is going to do anything in relation to Trump, they will wait until next year to see if he actually intends to “drain the swamp.”
If he really does enact the agenda he ran on, expect the Fed to punish him with draconian rate hikes. This won’t necessarily be a bad thing in the long-term, but it will be very painful for all of us at the outset. For the record, the Fed IS the very slime at the bottom of the entire Beltway “swamp”.
But There Was a Glimmer of Right-ness.
Poor Stuart Varney. From Late November until his last vacation, he was having on-camera, autoerotic spasms waiting to see the Dow at 20,000 before Christmas. Every guest who came on his show was asked to make a prediction on the possibility. He could taste 20,000!
Sadly, and predictably, it didn’t happen. And there is the tiny space in which I was right. While ¼ point was not enough to completely knock the wind out of Wall Street, the market has been quite flat since the very day of the announcement.
So much for all the talk of a “Trump” rally. What we saw was a run up to the Fed’s rate announcement followed by a slightly dampened market.
Poor Varney will have to sit alone in his room, doing god-knows-what, dreaming about the big moment. [1.I’m kidding, of course. I am a devoted Varney fan and watch his show almost every day.]
One last Street Politics prediction: As I said in a previous post, I predicted in 2013 that we’d see the National Debt at $20 trillion by the end of 2016. Ooooooh! So close! I lost a bottle of Johnny Walker Black by a mere whisker of $50 billion.
In case you think that was a wide margin to miss by, the debt as of 12:45 PM on New Year’s Eve, 2016 stood at $19,949,833,450. I missed by less than 1%! From two and a half years ago!
If ever there was a year in which we could have had our eyes open to how things really work, it was 2016. This was the year in which cult-like devotion out-performed any concept of quality statesmanship. The mob stole the show.
2016 laid naked our political and intellectual immaturity. It gave us a chance to really evaluate how far we’ve regressed as citizens and voters. After a primary offering several very good candidates, we left ourselves with a choice between a petulant, impulsive teenage girl and Hillary.
You would think the LEAST observant among the talking head class would have volumes of lessons. You’d expect the old, stale views would be abandoned in the hopes of quality elections in the future.
But it seems they’ve learned nothing of lasting value…or even of short-term significance.
I watched an interview on this subject led by Chris Stirewalt, one of my favorite commentators. I expected at least some hope that 2016 didn’t circle the toilet in vain. I was, for the most part, disappointed.
Stirewalt interviewed two journalists who had provided their “lessons learned”, three each, for discussion. Josh Kraushaar, political writer for the National Journal put up this list:
The Obama coalition is on life support
Data is only as good as the analyst
Clinton campaign lost because it got overconfident
All those statements are basically true. But, come on! Have we not come out of every election since JFK with at least the first and third item touted by every pundit?
Of course the Obama coalition is on life support! He’s a lame duck. His party lost. The Obama coalition was officially flat-line on 8 Nov 16. It will never be heard from again. Sadly, we can’t say the same for BHO. He’ll be holding court every day, opining negatively about the Trump administration. He was a weak and feckless president, even more so than Carter. He’ll crave validation wherever he can find it.
Kraushaar’s second point, “Data is only as good as the analyst”??? WTF? Is that a major lesson we learned in this election. I thought we learned that when Mondale and Reagan were neck and neck – and then Reagan took 49 states. Josh, please!
And data doesn’t win elections. Even your understanding of data doesn’t win elections. That point is a virtual corollary to a complaint I heard a Clinton staffer make. “We had such a good ground game in every state! And yet we lost!”
You can have a phone bank that calls every phone in America. You can offer every single voter (and in Hilary’s case lot’s of illegal aliens) a ride to the polls. You can have every statistician in the country analyzing your data. If you have a candidate that absolutely no one likes, who is under investigation by the FBI, you lose the election.
The only reason this one was so close is Donald Trump was only marginally less distasteful, to a frustrated 60% of the electorate, than Clinton!
Then it was Daniel Halper’s turn. He is the New York Times Washington Bureau Chief. This was his list of political profundity:
Don’t learn too many lessons from past elections
Conventional wisdom is often wrong
Ideology is insignificant
Well, bust my buttons! Is there something the other 310 million of us missed? Is this new?
Don’t learn too much from past elections is right! Other than 2010, how many times since Bush 41 have we heard that the GOP is the walking dead? “They’re on the wrong side of history,” we were told. The reason talking heads say we can’t learn from past elections is because Halper’s second and third points are correct.
But the same talking head class spends every election season reinvigorating the same wrongheadedness framed in these lists. Conventional wisdom, remaining stagnant since Reagan, is why I wrote Street Politics: It Ain’t your Daddy’s GOP Anymore! The people are bone weary of canned, handled, poll-tested campaigns. And they already reject “conventional wisdom”.
That’s why the Donald was able to enter the election and say, “I’m going to build a wall” or blurt out something that was trending on his beloved Twitter feed, and people went wild! “He speaks the truth,” was a refrain we heard constantly. [emphasis mine]
His continued dependence on Twitter and recent shallow stunts are why he didn’t earn my vote and has yet to earn my trust.
I did said as early as 2013 that there was a dire need for a genuine, in your face candidate. Carly Fiorina could have been that. Certainly Rand Paul could have been. But they opted for caution. And yes, I will stipulate that since June of 2015 the press decided there were only two candidates in the race, Trump and Clinton and covered the two accordingly. ALL other candidates were ignored unless one of the prime darlings was attacking them.
And ideology is indeed insignificant. It is dead. When you see ideology being touted, you are being lied to. The Democrat party, the party of the “little guy,” has completely whored itself out to Wall Street and Hollywood money, while scut-mouthing the same rich people. Most of the GOP wouldn’t know a conservative idea if it fell out of the sky, landed on their faces and wiggled. (I stole that line from Dan Aykroyd in The Great Outdoors)
This is the inevitable result of an entrenched two-party system. When loyalty to party is everything and principles are nothing. Hell, even the “Christian Right” gleefully cast aside it’s core principles in favor of a candidate who, if he ever had a genuinely conservative thought, was only a conservative for 1 ½ years before he ran for president. So much for ideology.
It was Stirewalt who finally evoked anything other than cynicism on my part during this interview. First, he stated the only valid (if not self-evident) lesson of the 2016 campaign. “In 2012, people voted for Obama because they wanted to. In 2016 people didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because they didn’t want to.” Wow! These guys are smart!
In the wrap-up, Stirewalt said, “Tell me the name of another journalist who distinguished themselves in 2016.”
It was at that point my head exploded, splattering the walls of my living room with pieces of my superior brain. “Me!” I shouted. “I was touting the real lessons we needed to heed since early two thousand and goddamn fifteen!”
They didn’t hear me. They never do.
Matt Jordan is host of streetpolitics.us and author of 16 20 24: A Path to Consistent Conservative Victory, on Kindle as: Street Politics: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore!
His Step 8 is encourages his readers to get out of the echo chamber. That’s good advice for the whole country. I echoed that in a wider article here. Having friends that don’t think like you does truly make you smarter.
My agreement with Kristof pretty much ends there. He proceeds in the rest of the piece to demonstrate that he and his cohort have learned nothing from the past election. The other 12 steps are a creepy recitation of I-will’s and I-should’s that read like a laundry list of why the left will give up even more seats in the next midterm election.
For example, when trying to appeal to the center or center-left worker in the rust belt, that’s the place that handed the Democrats the biggest throbbing this year, you won’t win a single vote saying you joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations or the Southern Poverty Law Center. One is an Islamic group that simply cannot bring itself to condemn acts of terrorism, including beheadings of innocent people.
The other is a socialist waste of time. The only people associated with the SPLC to pull themselves out of poverty are the ones who left, learned life isn’t fair and socialism doesn’t work, and then made something of themselves.
Americans are fed up with being beaten over the head with racist labels and economic guilt.
Kristof goes on to list one insult after another in his condescending analysis of the average Trump voter. I have been very hard on those voters and I have been brutal with Trump.
The difference is I don’t throw around terms like racism and misogyny and speak in condescending terms, and then say but we must be kind to “them” and avoid conflict. This article is intended to create conflict by over-compensating for a feeling of inferiority on Kristof’s part. Read Manipulism, by Mikkel Claire Nissen.
Kristof’s little lefty cry for compassion was really just another failed manifesto listing the same emotionalist “grievances” that cost the Democratic Party positions from town council seats to the White House. Trump was sooooooo easy to beat. But the rank and file Dems watched, lips obediently sealed, while the party’s most equal of equals carted out the most flawed candidate in our history.
The opening paragraph says it all. A week after the election and we are still talking about people traumatized by the results. In his article, Kristof hopes to help “around the margins”. I have news for you, anyone truly traumatized by an election is in desperate need of help with their already damaged psyche – and not around the margins!
Step one in Kristof’s self-help program should start with first admitting the “traumatized” are just self-absorbed, little drama queens seeking constant validation, and go from there.
Matt Jordan if host of Street Politics and author of 16 20 24: A Path to Consistent Conservative Victory.
We live in a world where the two leading candidates are a shallow criminal and an inarticulate populist. Neither is what they claim to be, but a credulous electorate is turning hand stands trying to believe them. Why? Because everybody else is doing it. In such a world, Darrell Castle will appear dry and dull, like a book on your grandmother’s shelf you have no interest in. The sad fact is, such a book might be worth a look, may teach you a mind-blowing life lesson. But it’s dusty. It has no sexy picture on the front. It has no blurbs. Hell, it doesn’t even have a dust jacket. Boring!
Darrell Castle is running on the Constitution ticket. He is an intelligent, articulate, well-spoken lawyer. He has been a part of that party since it’s founding in the early 90’s. Castle has been inaccurately portrayed as an isolationist. This is nonsense. He is a non-interventionalist to be sure. What clear-minded American isn’t. History from 1898 until the present day teaches us what a mess can be made by interfering in foreign affairs, especially with the military. We should endeavor to befriend all nations, trade with everyone and be prepared to defend our interests. Those interests shouldn’t include a sudden need to overthrow long-siting dictators or help for religious uprisings just because we can.
Scott Bradley, Castle’s running mate, strikes you as one of those earnest, hard-working people you see at town council meetings and other community events. That’s because he is exactly that. While pursuing his PhD and becoming a major player in the tech industry, Bradley has also involved himself the community and politics in a variety of ways. Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone like that in the White House? Bradley is also a veteran of the Utah National Guard.
If you are an Original Intent voter, if you are unabashedly conservative and want to dump Agenda 21 and the UN, this is the only ticket that can deliver what you want in a candidate. If you believe Trump will even consider any of these things, you are either hopelessly duped or you don’t understand the terms conservative or Constitution. Trump’s barely intelligible conservative claims are all less than three years old. Many are less than a year old.
Castle served in Vietnam as a Marine officer and trained under Oliver North for a time. He is an accomplished lawyer and has established law firms throughout the South and Midwest. In other words, he is not only intelligent, he knows how to make payroll by delivering a real service. That is something totally alien to Hillary Clinton. She knows only graft, spin and outright lying.
Note: That’s a ticket with two military vets on it. I wish I had a nickel for every guy I’ve heard say they believe only people who have worn the uniform should be president. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a woman say it, but I am sure there are women who believe it. This comes most often from conservative vets. Well, guys, here’s your chance. Donald Trump spent his youth in a protected cocoon. Hillary has shown herself to be utterly disdainful of the military. So let’s see how many of those guys weren’t just blowing words out of your ass.
One last point, Castle infuses a lot of his political thinking with his Christianity. Trump pretends to by mangling scripture and just blurting out vague inanities about the Bible. It’s empty pandering, but people love it. I have no connection to the spirit world and I do find it funny that someone who represents the constitution party pours so much religion into the mix. The Constitution stands mute on Christianity and only mentions religion as something the government is not to touch. Still, arguments about religion and matters of state are a debate I would gladly have with an honorable president versus a Trump or a Clinton.
What I am saying is that secular conservatives, like myself, who know that the religious freedom protections work both ways should not count Castle out just because he is a religious man. It becomes a single-issue or identity politics problem is you let it interfere with your thinking.
He’s is not a felon and he’s, for damn sure, not a clown.
“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” George Orwell
I will get to Evan McMullin in just a bit. In the meantime…
I haven’t had a chance to comment on the latest happenings. I have been doing battle with a fire-proof tree stump. It is day 15 since I set fire to it for the first time. I pre-treated twice with potassium nitrate, let it soak for weeks. Then I doused it twice with kerosene and built a fire around it. The core burned out in a couple of days, but the perimeter and exposed roots won’t catch for love or money. Grrr.
Anywho, I have been watching the sordid, pathetic election play out. And I have more suggestions to the seven remaining responsible voters left out there. But I’ll start with a quick round-up.
The media sat on video since last year showing Trump talking smack about his prowess with women. The world is pretending to not only be shocked by the content (few actually are) but are also pretending to be surprised. Please! Donald Trump let his ghost writers put similar stories in the books they wrote for him. NO ONE is really shocked or surprised!
I will say that I reject out-of-hand the woman who is claiming her 15 minutes of fame in the last two days. Her story sounds like complete crap. Her delivery and structure is contrived. “I don;t want to use this word but I’ll use it…octopus.” Or “He was invading my space.” These are complete contrivances. The stories about his kissing attacks and telling a woman they were going to have an affair, “but you just don;t know it yet,” sound remarkably like a dumb thing Trump would say. It is strange how in all the cases, the women just had to come out and tell their stories in mid-October before an election. Why not last June? Why not this year before he got the nomination? The fact is their stories are either complete falsehoods or they were instructed by the media to sit on their accusations until Hillary needed them. So even if some of these allegations are true, we are under no obligation to pity or worry for these women. Their trauma and outrage seems to be in direct proportion to the proximity of election day and their need to help BJ Bill’s wife. My heart bleeds not.
As I said they will…
Watch now, as I predicted MANY times here and in the book, as the press takes talking points and “leaks” from Clinton and obediently broadcasts them. One after another, every day or two about Trump. I’m not defending the man. I am sniggering behind my hand that so many of you bought his pretense of conservatism. But the attacks will not be based on any concern for the country or the truth. They will all be part of the concerted effort to get the felon elected.
In the case of the Democrat felon, there has never been a time, even under FDR, when the press has more dutifully carried a candidate, much less someone so utterly unworthy. You will not hear, in any detail, about emails where she and her minions conspired to disobey a subpoena. Remarks in emails that would have banner headlines and 24 hr/day coverage if a Republican made them are getting NO play in most of the media. If these spoon-fed goons weren’t carrying water for Hillary, the election would be over already. You see, there are a LOT of lemmings out there who think the New York Times and ABC News, etc. are independent news organizations. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Finally, we are hearing Trump trying to form a simple and valid argument about BJ Bill’s wife and her efforts to enable BJ Bill to earn that nickname. Over the weekend I listened to Robert Riech recounting Hillary’s decision to appear on 60 Minutes during the New Hampshire primaries in ’92. The guy still speaks in breathless awe about how brave she was to do that and how she was being so LOYAL to Bill. Again, PLEASE! Hillary was every bit the soulless cypher then as she is today. Reich knows this. His pretense of ignorance is embarrassing. It shows how far people will go to maintain the illusions they helped foster so many years ago. Hillary didn’t give a damn who Clinton played with or what he did to them. She only cared about winning elections and acquiring power. She happily destroyed any woman who had consensual affairs with him and any of the women he assaulted.
Sadly, as is always the case, Trump can barely form the sentences to forward this argument. So it is left to the right-wing media to apologize and explain it for him.
I finally heard him speak and watched his running mate on TV today. They are not on the ballot in all 50 states, but you’ll have the option of writing them in on election day if you so desire.
Every day I come across people who watch the news and shake their heads at the disgusting display by the major parties. I always tell them they have other choices. The response to that is almost uniform: No, that won’t work. Everybody is going to vote to Trump or Clinton anyway. Since I don’t want one, so I’ll vote for the other.
This is iron-clad proof of how cowed the two-party system has the average American voter. The average voter doesn’t want either candidate. But the average voter assumes – sadly, they seem to be correct – that all the other average voters will line up like sheep and vote major party. If so few of you want to do that, why do it? We do not HAVE to have Trump or Clinton! So why vote for Trump or Clinton? When the conversation goes that far, the same people say, well if I vote for (X) then Clinton will get in. The mental enslavement is mind-blowing! If all the people who poll saying neither candidate should be president thought for themselves and chose from the remaining slate, there would be no Trump or Clinton in the White House. We only fear everybody else not breaking ranks because we are afraid to break ranks and cast a responsible vote. And so of we go, over the cliff, together, each wishing all the others had done what you were too timid to do.
Which brings me to Evan McMullin.
As candidates go, McMullin is a young, cool-headed, thinking man’s candidate. He is a mildly hawkish, fiscally conservative with an open mind to ideas. He has CIA and Wall Street experience. This indicates he has the ability to take input and make decisions. This is a characteristic Trump is woefully lacking. His resume also indicates he can think tactically and strategically. If you are a moderate leaning right with a no-nonsense approach to how you use your vote, and you don’t vote for McMullin, you are throwing your vote away.
Once again, months after reality was established here, the “experts” are finally catching up. A recent example is when Charles Krauthammer said he was finally getting the Trump effect. People had tired of the same old formulaic, often weak-kneed Republicans and wanted something new. They found Trump’s brash delivery irresistible. That was on FOX Special Report about a month ago.
Streetpolitics.us had already established that before there was a Trump running for office. It’s a source of frustration that this site hasn’t hit its stride yet, despite being ahead of everyone on most things and having a solid grasp of today’s political climate. It has led, and will continue to lead to a string of I-told-you-so posts. That is not for the pleasure of just saying it, although it can occasionally be fun. The intention is to point to lessons learned in the hopes we don’t have to learn them again. Sadly, until Street Politics gains a real niche, I told you so will be a frequent message.
Gee, thanks, Judge!
The latest unwitting convert to clear thinking is Andrew “Judge” Napolitano, a popular commentator on FOX and FOX Business. He was commenting on a story about the FBI’s unethical whitewash of Clinton’s illegal server. It seems the agent who ran the investigation has resigned from the FBI in protest. He said the investigation went “sideways”. In other words, there was a lot of activity, lots of interviews, lots of immunities granted without requiring testimony. But there was never any real progress. Progress was never intended. The last straw was that no grand jury was seated to hear the mountain of evidence showing Hillary Clinton heading up at least one, likely two criminal enterprises.
So Much for “Experts”…
Napolitano was so smug. “This investigation was never going to go anywhere,” he opined after the fact. It was as if he knew it all along. This would be the same Andrew Napolitano who said for months that since the FBI was running and investigation, Clinton was in REAL trouble! That James Comey is a REAL professional. He wasn’t going to get caught up on all that DC corruption.
Well, readers at this site knew months before everybody (with the possible exception of Judicial Watch) that the FBI was slow-walking the investigation with the intention of running out the clock. The idea was to get as close to the nomination as possible. The Clinton team, including James Comey, wanted to make Clinton’s candidacy a fate accompli. I suspect it early on and called it before Comey disgraced himself and whored away his career in front of congress.
Call this braggadocio, if you wish. My point is to establish the value of this site and encourage you to filter what you see and hear through streetpolitics.us. It isn’t necessary for you to agree with my conclusions. But you can be sure that you are getting informed input. I am clearly in no one’s pocket, as no one pays me but me.
Making the Old New Again
Another bit of breaking news in the last couple of days: Obama sent official documents to Hillary on her unsecured, illegal server. My God! That means he lied to us – TWICE – in one-on-one interviews. Barry O says he first learned about the illegal server by watching the news.
Call me crazy, but didn’t we learn he had a pseudonym for use in communication with the illegal server about 5 months ago? Didn’t we establish the lies to credulous “journalists” on video then? Why is this breaking news? And why didn’t the investigation include Barry’s release of classified documents onto the interwebs in concert with BJ Bill’s wife?
We’ll likely never know the answers to these questions. Congress is too weak and inept to do their job and the press is too interested in elevating the worst president in history to the level of Washington and Reagan.
If America was living up to its full potential, or even half so, there would be no use for the term “minorities”. What thinking human being gives a hot goddamn what color your skin is, who you have sex with, whether your name ends with a vowel or a consonant? In modern society, with all our technology, what is the fascination with a man in a wheelchair as opposed to out of one? Is there anyone left who thinks tits interfere with one’s ability to understand a periodic table? If you are struggling with any of these questions, you are part of the problem I am discussing today.
I know none but the least intelligent business owners don’t care about these things. When they shake your hand, the only thing they want to know is what you can do for their bottom line. If the relationship works out, it has much more meaning than that, but at first blush, it can’t be other. That’s why first impressions mean so much.
I know people with well-rounded social skills don’t have a problem with these things. They want to meet people who bring an improvement to their quality of life. That’s what a friend is. Again…first impressions. Sometimes a person can grow on you. But they can’t if they see you or themselves as alien to the relationship.
Just who ARE the Racists Out There?
The government is certainly obsessed with your sir name, the color of your skin, your relationship types, your genitalia, your use of a wheelchair…. When hiring especially, they are often less concerned for your ability to do a job as they are the bullshit matrix they’ve assigned you to. Even if you don’t have any hangups about such things.
In real America, there are only three basic groups; Americans, immigrants and illegal immigrants. More about the third in a moment. But in recent years, employers, friends and others who will interact with you will usually find immigrants to be more “American” than Americans. That’s because as Americans we have a) been broken down into so many mutually resentful subsets many of us no longer know what an American is, and b) we’ve become so spoiled, lazy and distracted we’ve forgotten what it means to be American.
I find it depressing to watch as so many members of what we refer to as “minorities” give their blind allegiance to those who have created their status as a “minority”. In the process of doing so, those same people have done serious (irreversible?) damage to those they insist are minorities.
I am speaking, of course, of the political Left. But feel free to add people who call themselves conservatives but pander to “minorities” for fear the liberals will make them look bad for not doing so. These people are the most irritating. They don’t even know what “conservative’ means. If they did their approach to Americans would be characterized by the first paragraph of this post.
Think about it. What the hell has the American Left – for simplicity’s sake we’ll just say Democrats – done for you lately? Ever? Would a member of a “minority” group in Detroit, Pittsburg, New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chicago tell me what the Democratic Party has done for you? I will qualify the question thus: You don’t work for the government and you haven’t broken from the expected mold and started your own business or studied. And don’t say schools or welfare. You can get those things anywhere. And too much “welfare” hurts you more than it helps you. (With that final qualification, I have pretty much destroyed any valid answer you might provide.)
So when I hear that Hillary Clinton has the “minority” vote locked up, I cringe. Look at any long term news cycle. Hillary Clinton develops an interest in “minorities” on the exact same level she did her job as Secretary of State. As SecState, she had requirements for things that were to reach her attention. Photo ops/good press, face time with Obama and the Clinton “Foundation”. Anything else was assigned a lower priority. You can draw a dividing line at the point where Libya issues stopped getting her into high-profile meetings at the White House. At that point she went from tens of thousands of documents per year on the Lybia, to a few hundred. Sadly, for Stevens and the others in Benghazi, they were on the thin side of that line. Sorry Chris! Putin needs to buy up our uranium and I get money for the Clinton “Foundation”.
And so it is with American “minorities”. During election years, the Queen of Wall Street suddenly develops an affection for people she would otherwise ignore. Hell, she’ll occasionally go all ebonic or acquire a faux Spanish accent just to show you she’s your gal. But she’s not. She never will be. Nor SHOULD she be under this pretense of caring for “minorities”.
Metaphoric show of hands; who is sick of being treated like children, intentionally divided into mutually resentful cliques? Me! I am! How about you?
Of what I’ve read, Stein is the only candidate who talks a game about “diversity” and “people of color”. The only redeeming grace I see here is I believe she means it. She doesn’t have a public policy and private policy, as Clinton does. Clinton has one policy for her rich, connected allies and one for those who she considers her lessers; specifically the poor and “minorities”.
I mentioned illegal immigration. This is one of the most spectacular accomplishments of those who exhibit the racism of low expectations. They have convinced Americans of Hispanic decent or origin that letting illegals into the country is a good for legal Hispanic Americans because the illegals USUALLY share common sir names. Talk about cynical!
“Minorities” Might Vote for Clinton. Americans Won’t!
If you are considered a “minority” and you are considering voting for Clinton, you are sealing your own doom for the foreseeable future. It will require a sense of self that goes beyond racial/ethnic/gender obsession and a sense of pride to break free of the Democrats’ plantation/ghetto/sorority.
I am working very hard, here and on Social Media, to prevent the desecration of the Oval Office. By that I mean I want to defeat Trump and the felon. But I decided to take a short break to provide a lesson in Lib Think.
Despite my incredibly low opinion of him, I have to throw the bullshit flag when he is right but the world is getting the vapors over something he said. The media have their collect panties in a bunch over Trump not promising to respect the election results in November. Chris Wallace asked if he would and he said he’d wait and see if he’ll respect the returns. It was a throw-back to an equally ridiculous question posed at the first GOP debate when Bret Baier. He asked who among the candidates would NOT promise to support the eventual nominee. All hands should have gone up. That would be the responsible answer. But only Trump’s hand went up.
Picture this. Two nine-year old boys are standing on a garage roof. One says to the other, “Okay, I’ll jump into the baby pool down there. But no matter what happens, you have to promise to jump too. Do you promise?”
That is the level of stupid loaded in the questions above. Last year, who among the candidates could know whether the eventual nominee might do or say something that would be just too egregious to support? What if Marco Rubio came to suspect Chris Christie of something very wrong? It got even more pathetic when North Carolina required candidates to sign a pledge to support a nominee before the primaries were held.
This week, on his usually inept, fumbling fashion, Trump said he would wait and see before he supported the election results. The incredibly arrogant Barack Obama sullied his office by not only entering the fray on this issue, but stated that Trump was dangerous. Oooooo! How ominous that someone should say that they need to see an event occur before pledging to uphold the results of the event.
Clearly, Obama thought Al Gore was a dangerous, unpatriotic villain for daring to question the results in Florida. Hey, W was declared the winner. That’s it! Everyone shut up and go to bed, right? And how about that treasonous John Kerry saying he got robbed in Ohio? What an anti-democratic bastard! How dare he speak his mind when he thinks something might be amiss. We Americans need to sit down and keep our mouths shut, no matter what happens on election day. The last thing we need people doing is shaking the foundation of our republic by saying ANYTHING about an election like these two monsters did.
Never mind seeing Democratic operatives BRAGGING about how they use dead people, criminals and illegal immigrants to vote. We need to pretend we didn’t hear that Clinton’s people were hiring losers to start fights at Trump rallies. Trump is just anti-American. Trump’s opponent is a black hole where ethics go to die. But he is supposed to assume she won’t stoop to any low to get what she wants. He should just put his hand in the air and swear to support the winner, no matter what.
To all the pundits blathering about how terrible Trump is over this episode, well… let me be succinct. SHUT UP, YOU DROOLING SHIT BAGS! Trump may be the second worst presidential candidate in history, but he is right on this.
The left and everyone in the media know Trump is right on this issue. But it doesn’t fit their political plan. So they must take truth and turn it around 180 degrees and make it lie. Then take a lie and do the same thing, magically making it truth. A similar example is how they cried all last month about the Russians rigging our election and scoffing endlessly at Trump for saying – CORRECTLY – that the Dems are rigging the vote all over the country.