2016 has become the weirdest election in many years….we had a run at the Dem nomination by a “socialist” and we have the most disliked Dem nominee ever and now we have a Trump as the GOP nominee…..
Many are asking just how is it possible that a person with so little conserv credentials could have made through the primary process and become the GOP nominee…..for that I have no answer….I could speculate….but why there is enough of that to go around……
A great question and I may have found the answer that so many are searching for to explain this phenom…..
Prominent neoconservatives, led by Bill Kristol, have played leading roles in trying to block Trump’s nomination or repeal it somehow. They’ve lined up fellow-neocons to sign letters opposing his election and/or declining to serve under him should he actually make it to the White House. Some, albeit a relatively small minority so far, have gone so far as to publicly endorse Hillary for president, if only as the lesser evil. Among the most outspoken in the latter group are Bob Kagan, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, and Eliot Cohen. Indeed, it’s very difficult to find a neocon at the moment who publicly supports the Republican candidate.
As I wrote previously, the reasons are many: fear of “America First” isolationism and all it implies for U.S. foreign policy and alliances; the bromance with Putin; the crudest kinds of nativism, racism, and misogyny expressed at his rallies (and the fear that anti-Semitism can’t be far behind); authoritarian tendencies (to say the least); shocking ignorance; lack of self-restraint; hyper-narcissism—all valid points with which I can’t find much fault.
Source: How Neocons Helped Create Trump « LobeLog
So if you want to know who made this all possible then look NO Further than your own party….
Neocons helped create candidate Trump and now they are running scared…..I guess there is some truth in the old saying…”careful what you wish for….you might get it”……
As far back as the 1970’s I was preaching this exact thing….political parties are unnecessary…..basically because the American voter will vote for what is best for the individual and not the country…..party matters not…that is why we had voters like the Reagan Democrats….
Boy did I catch Hell from all sides…..my theory was too radical to be American I was told by one individual….and yet here we are….
You know the euphemism, “Follow the Party Line.” Mind what you say. Watch how you act. Do what’s expected.
Watching the major party conventions this summer made we wonder, more than ever, why anyone would follow a political party line—either party.
Comparisons of “Trumpism” to circumstances in 1930’s Germany and Italy aren’t exaggerations. Neither is Robert Nelson’s attribution of a Karl Marx saying: “History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
Source: Why Political Parties Are Unnecessary – LA Progressive
To this day I still hold the opinion that political parties are a waste of time and energy….
We could say that most Americans are independents….but I dislike that term…..why?
Independent would mean that they were open to an alternative….that is a falsehood….at best these voters are “undecided”….. (there will be a post the takes on this issue a little later)
This election has something that no other election has had in 40 years….the youth vote.
In the past Black voters have held the key or Hispanic or women….etc etc……but this year the young could be the deciding vote for who will get the nod to run this country…..
Believe it or not there is a pretty good article in The American Conservative on the youth vote or not…..
The latest media shock from the polls is that millennials have given up on democracy.
A quarter century ago only one-sixth of those between 16 and 24 years of age said democracy was “fairly bad” or “very bad.” But today that has increased to almost one-quarter among millennials, according to the World Values Survey as reported by Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk in a recent edition of the Journal of Democracy.
The main reason was that millennials do not think they can influence policy under democracy.
Source: Why Millennials Have Less Faith in Democracy | The American Conservative
I know…what is old professor doing reading a conservative rag like TAC?
Actually I give all comers a shot at trying to help the reader understand this world a little better and believe it or not….there are some pretty good writers in the magazine….
I may not always agree but I am willing to hear them out….so should anybody that truly cares about the direction of this country….
Much has been said this election about the amount of foreign money that appears to be streaming into our politics…..as one candidate has called it….”pay for play”…..
This is not the first time that foreign players have invested in our political process….but it is the first time it has gotten this much scrutiny…….
Foreign free riders hate Trump and love Hillary – with good reason
As one of my Twitter followers put it so succinctly: “Globalization: Where leaders from any country get to pick US Presidents.” As the Clinton campaign’s Robby Mook tears a page out of Joe McCarthy’s book and smears Donald Trump as being “Putin’s puppet,” the irony is that this election has seen foreign interference in American politics to an unprecedented degree – on Hillary’s behalf.
In the past, foreign actors tried to hide such activities, rightly thinking that they might encounter resentment – or even legal consequences – for trying to meddle in affairs that are none of their damned business. Not anymore. Now that we’re a global empire, with our leaders proclaiming the supreme importance of exercising “US leadership” and sticking our noses in every petty squabble on earth, our client states are openly interfering in our internal affairs. After all, if we can engage in “regime change” campaigns, and dictate the terms and results of Lower Slobbovia’s elections, why can’t they interfere in ours? To this end they employ legions of publicists, lobbyists, and tame congressmen to pursue their national interests, mostly at our expense: the billions in “foreign aid” we ship overseas come back to our shores in the form of exorbitant fees paid to PR firms – a rare trade deal where American firms actually come out ahead!
Source: The Foreign Invasion of American Politics – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com
This is one of the reason that the US is one of the top ten most corrupt countries….
1. The rich are well placed to bribe our politicians to reduce taxes on the rich. A nonentity like Donald Trump got filthy rich via tax loopholes, and is now trying to buy the presidency. The way the Supreme Court got rid of campaign finance reform and allowed open, unlimited buying of elections is the height of corruption. Note that despite his supposed “populism,” Trump never talks about the unfairness of our current tax system, instead dividing and ruling working and middle class Americans by stirring racial and religious hatreds. As it stands, 400 American billionaires are worth $2 trillion, as much as the bottom 150 million Americans. That kind of wealth inequality hasn’t been seen in the US since the age of the robber barons in the nineteenth century. Both eras are marked by extreme corruption.
There are other reasons as well…….
Source: Top 10 Signs the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World | Informed Comment
And dat is da name of dat tune!
Yes I know I have been railing against a Clinton presidency because of her ties with the hawks in Washington….I am hoping that some will read and understand just how important it is to NOT vote for a pro-war candidate….granted I am a small voice but I will not give up.
As much as I have written I still find some good articles about Clinton and her ties with the neocons……like this one in The American Conservative……
The Hillary Clinton campaign has recently been trumpeting endorsements from neoconservatives. The candidate’s embrace of figures such as Robert Kagan, Max Boot, and Eliot Cohen—all once regarded as anathema to the contemporary left—has engendered a wave of pushback from progressive critics.
Jane Sanders, wife of Bernie, is the most recent high-profile objector, publicly expressing queasiness about Clinton’s perceived allying with “architects of regime change.” Now, predictably, the pushback has been met with its own pushback, including from Brian Beutler of The New Republic, who cautions progressives not to fret.
Source: Hillary’s Neoconservatives | The American Conservative
Please for the sake of your country and your military….learn everything about the candidates and their plans for the use of force…..it may effect someone in your family…is that too much to ask?
If you read many of our Right wing brethren blogs you have seen that they are determined to keep the faith that trump will win this election….hands down.
I like optimism but I feel they may be beating a dead horse….but keeping with my tradition of trying to give both sides of this argument I found a couple of asrticles that plays into their hopes….
First is an article from of all places the Middle East….go figure….
The presidential election is still far off, at least as time is measured in politics, and both candidates will have plenty of chances to fall victim to their own shortcomings.
RealClearPolitics’ latest average of national polls shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump 47.2% to 41.2% in the US presidential race.
It is actually remarkable that Trump is only down by a handful of points considering his lack of self-control and unexplained diarrhea of the mouth. This is the same guy who spent his first press conference as the Republican nominee talking about former rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Source: US elections 2016: Why we shouldn’t count Trump out
The second article appeared in Sputnik, a Russian site that is biased toward the Russian point of view…….but they did have something to say about the Trump candidacy….
Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Queen of War, Golden Goldman Girl, for all practical purposes is by now the official bipartisan candidate of US neocons and neoliberalcons alike.
Certified add-ons include Wall Street; selected hedge funds; TPP cheerleaders; CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) interventionists; media barons; multinational corporate hustlers; in fact virtually the whole exceptionalist US establishment, duly underwritten by the bipartisan, mega-wealthy 0.0001%.
That does leave Donald J. Trump in the astonishing position of egomaniac billionaire outsider who somehow dreams he can game the whole system on his own, moved by his inexhaustible chutzpah.
Source: Could Trump Pull Off a Post-Party Coalition?
I also found a piece in the New republic about the Trump candidacy…….before you dismiss the source please read the article……
Rapidly sinking in the polls and careening from blunder to blunder, Donald Trump has ordered the second major shake-up of his staff in three months. Paul Manafort, who was named campaign chairman in the previous shake-up, has failed in his attempts to domesticate Trump and help him pivot to a centrist message, and the Republican nominee has now brought in Steve Bannon, chairman of the conservative website Breitbart. By all reports, Bannon wants to “let Trump be Trump”—to rile up the right-wing base with incendiary rhetoric and launch vicious attacks on Hillary Clinton.
The consensus view among political observers—including, and perhaps especially, on the right—is that Trump’s dumpster-fire campaign has become a wildfire. “Trump Has Decided To Live in Breitbart’s Alternative Reality,” announced the conservative Weekly Standard. On CNN, former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro called Trump a “turd tornado.” And Noah Rothman notes in Commentary, the flagship journal of neo-conservatism, “By bringing on Breitbart’s head, any illusion of distance between the Trump campaign and its most unwaveringly supportive blog is now gone. The Trump campaign will be said, rightly, to have embraced the voice of the racially transgressive ‘alt-right’ and self-identified ‘white nationalists.’”
Source: Trump’s Media Empire Takes Shape | New Republic
Okay I admit it….the New republic article is not at all flattering….but it is something to consider if one plans to vote for the man this November….
Just a few of the sources that seem to be on the Trump bandwagon for whatever reason……this should help those die hard fans that refuse to believe that Trump is in serious trouble with the voters……
To my Right wing brethren…..you are welcome.
I close out my posting day with a good thump on your funny bone…..
After I spent my time watching the Dem convention and found it not as entertaining as I had hoped….I found this vid from some geniuses at Bad Lip Reading……
Please watch and enjoy…..
Now was that not far better than the actual convention?
So much more informative than the actual convention…..Have a great day my friends and I shall return tomorrow in all my splendor…..
GOD this thing is funny!
See you guys tomorrow……..peace…out