A Clinton Dynasty?

Closing Thought–21Aug18

We have these petty dynasties in the political world……the Kennedys, the Bushes and now possibly a Clinton Dynasty.

It began with Bubba and has continued with Hillary and now their daughter Chelsea could keep up the political dynasty……

Chelsea Clinton will not rule out a future in politics. Per the Guardian, the daughter of Democratic superstars Bill and Hillary Clinton was plugging her children’s book at the Edinburgh international book festival when the question of her potential future in elected office was posed. While bashing Trump, the New York City resident said she is a big supporter of her state and local officials. However, if one of those politicians were to retire, Clinton can’t say exactly what she’d do. “If that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators, and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question,” she said.

Meanwhile, Clinton did strike a somewhat political tone when addressing the Trump administration’s handling of undocumented immigrants. “I think I’m just so fundamentally my mother’s daughter that I’m far more outraged by the Trump administration ripping children away from their families at the border and not having reunified those children with their families now for months, than I am about anything he has ever done to my families,” she said. Per the Hill, Clinton said she is a “definite no now” in answer to whether she’d seek office, but “a definite maybe in the future.”

A definite NO?  That is about as accurate as all those politicians that want to spend more time with their families…yep it is a BS answer to a direct question….

I said back during the Hillary run and Chelsea was trotted out to support mom that it was just getting her ready to step up when her parents are through scamming the public….the American people.

She has learned from the best about greed and using government to achieve it…..plus she became a hedge fund manager and married one so all the greed is there so politics would be the perfect place to go for the future.

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A Return Of McCarthyism?

The history of the US has some embarrassing moments and the days of the Red Scare and McCarthyism is one such time….

But first any idea what I mean when I say McCarthyism?  No?

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?”

In the 1950s, thousands of Americans who toiled in the government, served in the army, worked in the movie industry, or came from various walks of life had to answer that question before a congressional panel.

Senator Joseph McCarthy rose to national prominence by initiating a probe to ferret out communists holding prominent positions. During his investigations, safeguards promised by the Constitution were trampled.

http://www.ushistory.org/us/53a.asp

And trying to reach the most people with my historical looks at our world..I also have a video for those that get trip up over the big words……

Now that the stage has been set…..

I do a lot of reading and research and I find a lot of stuff that I should be using but I am only one old fart trying to make sense of the world around me…..recently while reading I found an article that looks at the return of McCarthyism……

Almost fifty years ago, an obscure senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, used fear as a means to initiate widespread panic and intimidate the innocent.

Fear can do this to people. Fear makes the rational become irrational, the innocent become guilty, the mainstream become evil. McCarthy used the fear of communism to instigate mass panic throughout America. Seemingly rational people began to accuse others of being communist without any evidence whatsoever. The panic gained momentum. Anyone who disagreed with McCarthy was accused of being a communist. Anyone who spoke out against the fear-inspired panic became guilty for even questioning the relevance of the panic. The McCarthyists, emboldened by a narrative of lies that became a pseudo-truth, went after anyone who displeased them: the reasonable, the level-headed, those who reserved judgment, those who realized that such fear-inspired panic is a constant throughout human history.

Read more…….

The Return to McCarthyism

We are living in a country that is trying to force fear on us all…make us afraid of our neighbor or anyone that does not look as we do…….I refuse to buy into this crap lead by Our Dear Leader….I refuse to see the fear that he wants me to see….and I refuse to judge a people….I judge the person…..and so far I see NOTHING about Our Dear Leader that should be followed.

McCarthyism like Trumpism is nothing more than political babble.

So I Have Written!

Turn The Page!

China Is Weaponizing

Of course these days most Americans are concerned with China and our on-going policies of a free and fair trade…..there are other aspects of the American-China policies that needs attention…..

If not trade then what?

China is flexing its military muscles, according to a Pentagon report that gets right to the troubling point: “Over the last three years, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets.” While the Pentagon doesn’t say exactly why China is undertaking these operations, per the BBC, the report posits that Beijing may try to demonstrate its ability to strike centers of American operations in the Pacific, including Guam. Beijing is also “likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force,” with any American intervention to be warded off with a “high-intensity, limited war of short duration.”

China’s military spending ballooned to $190 billion in 2017 and the assessment estimates it will grow even further to $240 billion over 10 years, reports Reuters. The US is trying to keep China in line with regular military flights over the South China Sea, but China’s presence in the region has grown to landing bombers on small islands that are disputed territory with American allies. As Reuters notes, the report arrives during a tense time in US-China relations amid new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and a burgeoning trade war. Meanwhile, as the White House plans a sixth branch of the military it has branded the “Space Force,” the Pentagon report underscores the rapid growth of the Chinese space program.

China’s military spending is approaching the total that the US spends yearly…..while dicker about the crap they send to the US their military is preparing for a possible conflict…..I feel that there are those analysts in the Pentagon that are watching this situation….but I would not bet on it.

A trade war should be the least of our worries…..since I am not an expert on Asian situations I must depend on those that are…..please bear with me as I try to acquaint myself with China and its policies.

A trade war is to divert attention from the real policies…we will always have the cheap crap made in China…..we need to look beyond cheap crap and look at their military and international policies.

The Game Of Afghanistan

17 years on and the war in Afghanistan is a game played by our Pentagon…….

Taleban and government have a ceasefire……

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US supports a new Afghan ceasefire, saying it is “time for peace” and that the US is ready to facilitate peace talks between the two sides. Direct US involvement may not be publicly accepted by the Taliban, but again may be tacitly allowed if they believe it will lead to a US withdrawal.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced a ceasefire for the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha. He says the ceasefire is “conditional” and will last only as long as the Taliban chooses to respect and abide by it.

A similar ceasefire was declared and followed by both sides for Eid al-Fitr, though the Taliban declined to extend it after the feast was over. The Taliban issued a statement over the weekend warning that true peace was not possible so long as US occupation forces remain in Afghanistan.

That said, analysts say they believe the Taliban will ultimately accept this new ceasefire, even if they decline to publicly announce that they have. The public broadly has supported holiday ceasefires, and the Taliban would not want to undermine its public image by declining it.

(antiwar.com)

Analysts believe they will accept a ceasefire……(do they?)

The Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses Monday on a road in northern Afghanistan and took more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials say. The ambush came despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s announcement of a conditional ceasefire with the Taliban during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha this week. The fate of the abducted in Kunduz province—in an area that has recently fallen under Taliban control—was not immediately known and there was no statement from the insurgents, the AP reports.

The Taliban have resurged in recent years, seizing entire districts across Afghanistan and regularly carrying out large-scale bombings and other attacks. According to Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council in Kunduz, the insurgents stopped three buses on the road near Khan Abad district and forced the passengers to come with them. Ayubi said he believes the Taliban were looking for government employees or members of security forces who usually go home for the holidays. In his call on Sunday for the truce, Ghani said “the ceasefire should be observed from both sides, and its continuation and duration also depend on the Taliban’s stand.”

This is why US troops need to come home…NO one knows what is truly happening….why not let our troops rest and these guys duke it our……..

On a side note…..it is said that Trump us considering a privatization of the war in Afghanistan……https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/officials-worry-trump-may-back-erik-prince-plan-privatize-war-n901401

Let mercenaries fight our war at a great profit for the owners of the private army……NOT A GOOD IDEA!