Will There Be Political Civil Wars?

This election has seen just about everything possible when it comes to political theory and action.  We have huge differences within the Democratic Party…..and the GOP has not fared too well either….both parties have deep divides  and depending on the outcome of this election could erupt in a political civil war within the parties……

First the GOP….since Trump became the nominee there have been widening chasm in the different factions within the party…….and it looks as if a long predicted interior revolt is simmering……

Whom among us, upon hearing of the grave and perhaps existential threats now facing the Republican Party, is entirely immune to the siren song of schadenfreude? Who from the liberal classes can entirely resist the temptation, when reading about the bitter divisions now rending the GOP, to mutter, “Now that’s a god damn shame,” and then issue forth with a soft and mordant chuckle?

And as Donald Trump spirals down ever further, his descent into humiliation propelled by his own pheromonal and lubricious self-regard, what right-thinking human being can resist whispering a quaint saying of yesteryear? You know the one:

Source: The Republicans’ Civil War – And Everyone Else’s – LA Progressive

But what about the Dems?

The primaries showed the 2 wings within the party and even though Bernie lost and then endorsed Clinton there still a wide divide in the people within the party…..to the point that they also could be looking at an interior struggle…….

As I peruse the receipts of corruption & betrayal otherwise known as the Podesta email leaks, it seems clear as day that there never was & there will never be a place for young people, progressives, socialists, environmentalists or anti-war activists in the democratic party — in fact, it seems the democrats have earned their place beside our wealthy rulers by subverting & incrementalizing[note¹] people’s movements for social, racial, environmental, & economic justice. With every new leak, the evidence of the party’s corruption becomes harder for even their co-conspirators in the corporate media to spin or ignore — but when will their voters abandon them?

Source: The Democrats Must Be Destroyed to Build a Peoples’ Party – The Writing of John Laurits

Personally I think that an internal struggle within the parties could be good for the system…..and since I am still a radical deep down……I like the thought of this possible civil war.

Any thoughts?

The Disuniting States Of America

There has been lots of talk lately about the problems that the GOP is having……should they stand with Trump or should they try and salvage the party from collapse…..

After the last election the GOP did an autopsy on the party……and they did not take their own advice from the findings…..and because they were so arrogant the party is suffering badly in this election……

The Federalist’s Ben Domenech says if Trump loses, don’t look for major changes at the top of the GOP.

Excerpts:It’s notable that all the voices calling for a grand post-Trump reunification

Source: The Disuniting States Of America | The American Conservative

Of course some are blaming Trump for all the problems the party is suffering….but to me Mr. Trump is a creation that they made possible because they would not do the things necessary to prolong the life of the GOP……

And yet there are those that are still in denial…..there are those that still scratch their heads and wonder where the party went wrong……

The 2016 election campaign has left the victims of global capitalism behind.

On one side is Hillary Clinton, the quintessential representative of the financial and political elites, who was temporarily forced into adopting a progressive populist message by her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.  On the other side, there is Donald Trump; a narcissistic con man who was born on third base and insists he hit a home run.  By the dictionary definition, I believe Mr. Trump is a sociopath, having no moral judgment, and no ability to empathize or put events into perspective.  Mr. Trump’s condition is serious, however, I don’t think it is rare.

In fact, Mr. Trump’s life of dubious financial dealings is a metaphor for how our unregulated capitalist system has evolved.  Success is only measured in terms of accumulated wealth.  Executives of large companies are compensated based solely on short-term returns to investors, resulting in cutthroat financial dealings and accounting gamesmanship.  Decisions are made in remote boardrooms with no consideration of their social impact.

Source: The Origin of the Trump Species

The only question to ask is……will a new GOP do what is necessary to save their party?  Or will it just continue down the road to decline?

My guess is with the election results….it could be a huge slap in the face.

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?