How Neocons Helped Create The Bogey Man

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”……

Round Up Those Muslims

It is Monday and I return to my normal posting schedule….who shall we piss off today?

I do so enjoy throwing a little history at those toads on the Right….a subject that they refuse to acknowledge….they are usually way too busy hating someone to even consider a historical perspective……

You would think that this post will be about the mindless dribble uttered by GOP nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, right?

As usual the nose picking ass scratching pinheads would be not only mistaken…… but dead wrong.

Mr. Trump is not regurgitating something new….oh no…..it was a plan back in the good old days of the GOP’s God like creature, Ronald Reagan…..

In the ’80s, fear of terror led the government to consider something far more extreme than Donald Trump’s ban.

In the early morning hours of January 26, 1987, federal agents across Los Angeles charged into the homes of seven men and one woman and led them away in handcuffs. More than 100 law enforcement officers—city, state and federal—were involved. “War on Terrorism Hits LA,” read the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

The defendants were all pro-Palestinian activists, but it wasn’t clear what they’d been arrested for. Soon the government conceded it would not introduce criminal charges, instead seeking to deport the group by alleging material support to a communist organization—an ancient Red Scare statute that would soon be declared unconstitutional. The case quickly became a mess, and in the end, 20 years of legal wrangling would pass before a judge would call the case “an embarrassment to the rule of law.” But in the first days of the defense, the lawyers for the men who would become known as the LA Eight were turning over a greater puzzle: why their clients had been targeted in the first place.

Source: The Forgotten Government Plan to Round Up Muslims – POLITICO Magazine

To me it is humorous to listen to so-called “establishment” Repubs condemn Trump for what he has said about banning Muslims or deporting them….

This is NOTHING new for the GOP….and Trump’s proposal is pale in comparison to the Reagan plan…..

Amusing how soon the forget or should I say TRY to forget their stupidity of the past.  But maybe if we had taken Reagan’s plan to heart we would not be having all these problems today. (wink wink)

A Noun, A Verb And 9/11

There has been a bit of an WTF? reaction to something good old uncle Rudy Giuliani, a Trump supporter, had to say about terrorism….

Rudy Giuliani found himself the subject of plenty of angry headlines Monday, and many sounded much like that of the New York Daily News: “Rudy Giuliani forgets about 9/11.” The former NYC mayor—whose tenure included 9/11—was in Youngstown, Ohio, to introduce Donald Trump at a campaign event, and said these lines: “Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.” Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, leading many outlets to point out that the eight years prior included the 9/11 attacks. How it’s playing out:

  • CNN reports that Giuliani had only moments before referenced the World Trade Center attacks, and Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Giuliani meant the time between 9/11 and Obama’s first day on the job.
  • Slate agrees that Giuliani’s sin was simple imprecision. Yes, “his phrasing was misleading,” but take a look at the context: Giuliani was praising Mike Pence’s work on the Patriot Act “with preventing more attacks before pivoting to his remarks about eight years without another attack.” He was talking post-9/11, and just said it poorly.
  • The Washington Post and Slate flag something they see as more fascinating than the verbal faux pas: As the Post writes, what Giuliani is saying is “actually pretty diametrically opposed” to Trump’s campaign stance on America’s safety under George W. Bush.
  • MSNBC points out Giuliani made a similar gaffe in 2010.
  • How’s that for timing? The comments coincide with a New Yorker article published Monday that isn’t about the Youngstown appearance. The headline: “The Appalling Last Act of Rudy Giuliani.”

You would think that someone who made the attacks on 9/11 a central part of his campaign in 2008 he would choose his words a little better.

But at least he held true to form…..when he speaks it is a noun, a verb and 9/11….even when he screws it up.

I mean Obama has made many mistakes in my opinion….but to make up something for political advantage is just wrong….although totally acceptable these days in American politics.

Either this man is senile….or just plain STUPID!

If this is the best the Trump camp can do as endorsers then I would say they are in deep trouble.

Trump: He Said What?

I know I have been hard on the GOP nominee about his policies….I have said that there is nothing that is clearly known other than some damn wall or the banning of a religion or people for that matter….

Unlike my Right wing counterparts I try to be fair and report on the issues of all the candidates….I may not like them but the American people should know all their stances.

Yesterday Mr. Trump made what was billed as an economic speech……

Donald Trump provided more details of his economic plan on Monday in what was billed as a major speech in Detroit. It’s big on tax breaks and critical of government regulation. Some coverage:

  • The basics: Trump called for all child-care expenses to be tax-deductible. He also wants to abolish the estate tax, put a 15% cap on business income tax, reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and put a temporary moratorium on new federal regulations. In addition, he reiterated his call to abolish or overhaul trade agreements. (Via the New York Times and Reuters.)
  • Hecklers: Trump had to stop 10 times in the first 20 minutes as protesters were removed, reports Politico.
  • Key quote: “The city of Detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent’s failed economic agenda. She supports the high taxes and radical regulation that forced jobs out of your community.”
  • Another on the estate tax: “American workers have paid taxes their whole lives and they should not be taxed again at death. It is just plain wrong, and most people agree with that.”
  • By comparison: ABC News compares Trump’s fiscal policies with Hillary Clinton’s here.
  • About that child-care proposal: “It wasn’t clear how such a tax break might be structured and whether it would be available to tens of millions of families that don’t pay income taxes because they have lower incomes. Making child-care expenses fully deductible would provide much larger benefits to the wealthiest families that have larger tax bills.” See the Wall Street Journal.

But if you do not like this breakdown then I suggest that you go to the transcript…..The full transcript is here.

Make up your own mind…you do have one, right?

There is even fact check section if my reader is interested……NPR fact-checks the speech and provides an annotated version of the text here.

I Enjoy The Irony

I am enjoying the fact that after 20 years to bashing by the GOP Clinton is gaining support from the neocons……kinda reminds me of the days when Dems flocked to the side of Reagan in the 80’s.

Some people are surprised at the support that she is getting from the war hawks….different parties and all that……well I wish I could say I was surprised but unfortunate I am not…..it makes perfect sense….after all she and her hubby Bubba have been hawks from day one in the White house.

But there are still some that are surprised……

Democrats have become the party of bare-knuckled, full-throated American Exceptionalism. That transformation was announced with a vein-popping zeal by retired general and wannabe motivation screamer John Allen at the Democratic convention in the City of Brotherly Love.

Bill Kristol is downright despondent after his failed search for an alternative to Donald Trump. Max Boot is indignant about his “stupid” party’s willingness to ride a bragging bull into a delicate China policy shop. And the leading light of the first family of military interventionism — Robert Kagan — is actually lining up Neoconservatives behind the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Source: Surprised That Neocons Support Hillary? – LA Progressive

I found another article this time in The American Thinker, not a site I regular read, along these lines only with a bit of a slant to it……

Donald Trump has had an uphill battle since the day, over a year ago, when he announced his candidacy for the Republican Party presidential nomination. Against long odds and endless naysayers in the media and in his own party, he secured the party nomination for president and in the process received more primary votes than any other previous Republican candidate. Ever. Sharing votes with 16 other primary candidates.

Source: Articles: GOP Goes Full Democrat

What you, my readers, make of this situation?

The Show Of Shows–The Finale

Finally the agony of the GOP convention has come to a merciful end…..and it is totally official….Donald has accepted the nomination for the GOP…..

In these lovely 4 days I have heard the term “Constitution” used more than I have in a long time…..these people are the very people that have ideas that crap all over the foundation of the republic…..but yet they are the sole guardian of the document…..go figure.

Any way….let’s talk about the final day of days…..

The evening began……(insert long uncomfortable pause)…..the truth is the night was f*cking boring so I watched a couple of episodes of “Tyrant” while waiting for the acceptance speech…..I would expect a positive, up-beat speech but instead the people were given a negative dark speech on the value of fear…..

MY GOD!  Trump is a long winded tool…the speech was about an hour and half long….he rattled on and on and the more talked the more negative he sounded……..

Donald Trump delivered the biggest speech of his life Thursday night at the GOP convention and his fans will not have been disappointed. Trump joined the crowd in its chant of “U-S-A” after he “humbly and gratefully,” accepted the nomination, the Washington Post reports. In his speech, Trump painted a frightening picture of America’s problems, but vowed to make the country strong, proud, safe, and great again, while also denouncing Hillary Clinton for her “terrible, terrible crimes.” Five of his biggest lines:

  • When a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form, and faces no consequence—I know that corruption has reached a level like never before,” said Trump. Cries of “Lock her up” could be heard as he went on to say Clinton hadn’t faced justice for “terrible, terrible crimes.”
  • “In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate,” Trump said. “The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment than frankly I have seen or anybody in this room has ever watched or seen.”
  • Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said. “I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders—he never had a chance,” he continued.
  • “I have made billions of dollars in business making deals—now I’m going to make our country rich again,” Trump said, promising to bring jobs back to Ohio and Michigan He promised to renegotiate “horrible trade agreements” with China and other countries. “That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America—and we’ll walk away if we don’t get that kind of a deal,” he continued. “Our country is going to start building and making things again.”
  • Trump said he had an alternative to Clinton’s “I’m With Her” pledge: “My pledge reads ‘I’m with you—the American people,” he vowed. “I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.”

I am sorry but I still have NO idea what he will use to accomplish his goals and not sure what those are….other than some platitudes to gain some applause.

I guess I will just have wait for the campaigns to begin in earnest…maybe then I can learn more of his issues.

On to Philly and the Big Dance they will call the Dem convention.

If that does not interest you then there is always Pokemon….it maybe more your style.

 

Sham Of A Show–Day Three

Day three and the country, that would be America, will meet their VP choice for the GOP, Mike Pence…..and as Ed Sullivan….who? (ask your grandparents) use to say….. ” a really big shoo”…….

We had everything….boring…..cutthroat….chanting….booing…..and just enough crap to make it less than interesting…..

Ted Cruz stood before the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday with an entire convention center awaiting the answer to the question: Will he endorse Donald Trump or won’t he? The answer came late in a speech that was well received until the end. “We stand here tonight a nation divided,” Trump’s final Republican rival opened, before congratulating Trump on winning the nomination. But as Cruz’s prime-time speech, which focused on freedom, neared its finish, it became clear he would not endorse the GOP nominee, proclaiming that Republican voters should not stay home in November, but rather “vote your conscience.”

As chants of “We want Trump!” broke out among the crowd, Cruz replied, per Politico, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” Or as Andrew Sullivan put it at New York, “open war is breaking out, as the crowd is beginning to shout Cruz down.” Trump himself appeared side-stage, seemingly to suck oxygen from Cruz’s moment. Writes Sullivan: “Cruz leaves to a massive wall of hostile noise.”

After all the love shown Cruz came the mouth of the South….Newt……

Earlier speakers included Newt Gingrich and Eric Trump, Trump’s third child with first wife Ivana Trump. Eric delivered what the Guardian calls “the rich man’s burden argument for picking Trump.” Trump made the “courageous decision to set aside a company to which he has dedicated his entire life,” Eric said, telling teachers, laborers, and other struggling workers that his father is running for them and they should vote “for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

Finally in crawled the VP candidate….Pence…..

Introduced by Paul Ryan as a “man of solid character,” Mike Pence accepted the “awesome privilege” of being the vice presidential nominee in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the RNC Wednesday night. Pence, who described himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” joked that Donald Trump “is a man known for a large personality, colorful style, and lots of charisma, so I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.” In what was his first big speech since Trump confirmed him as his VP pick, the Indiana governor recounted his all-American life story, slammed Hillary Clinton on issues such as Benghazi, and warned that this year’s election could shape the Supreme Court for the next 40 years, the AP reports.

Pence piled praise on Trump, saying opponents and the media simply don’t understand why he keeps winning. “They keep thinking they’ve done him in, only to wake up the next morning to find that Donald Trump is still standing and running stronger than ever before. The man does not quit,” said Pence. Trump “gets it,” he added. “He’s the genuine article. He’s a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers.” Soon after wrapping up, with the words “Together we will make America great again,” Pence was briefly joined on stage by Trump himself, who gave him an air kiss and stood with him briefly before Pence’s family came out.

All in all….a good time was had by none……

Day Four approaches……the final chapter can be written (Finally)…..