Closing Thought–09Dec16

Clinton sez “Thank you”……..

It is a bit slow news these days…we get pundits whining about what Trump is doing….we get Right wingers whining about what others are doing….and then there are the crazies and the #pizzagate bullsh*t…..so I thought I would indulge myself with something that has nothing to do with the happenings in the world….other than to make me cringe.

FLASH!  the election is over and Hillary Clinton had her ass handed to her!  (Just in case Cheetos and Warcraft has had you busy)….

She feels bad about losing so she wanted to do something nice for her supporters…..not all supporters…just the ones with deep pockets…..

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are planning a thank-you party next week for those who donated millions to their presidential campaign.

The party at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Dec. 15 is expected to feature fashion icon Anna Wintour, investor Alan Patricof, hedge fund manager Marc Lasry and more, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

“Hopefully there’s no balconies so nobody can jump,” an insider told Page Six.

Source: Clinton to throw thank-you party for millionaire donors | TheHill

Isn’t that just too sweet for words?

Instead of wearing knee pads at these functions she should go on live TV and apologize to the millions that were duped into thinking she was a good candidate….just a thought.

These people, the ones with ALL the money, will always be around to pay the next candidate…do not fear for them…they will find another candidate to own….but can the same be said for all those voters that were fooled into voting for her?

Nope…..Just Kidding

Lock her up!  Lock her up!  Applause!  Applause!

Remember those chants at the Trump rallies as voting day approached?

Guess what you suckers?

In an early October debate, Donald Trump said to Hillary Clinton that “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.” The former has come to pass, but the latter apparently won’t, at least according to former campaign manager/senior adviser to Trump transition team Kellyanne Conway.

While appearing on MSNBC’sMorning Joe, Conway had this to say: “I think when the President-elect, who’s also the head of your party … tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content” to the GOP. Continued Conway, “Look, I think he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them.”

Looks like yet another “promise” down the drain…..I never thought he would carry it put but I bet there are plenty of the basket that did…..because he was a man of his word……

Conservatives expressed feelings of betrayal on Tuesday after a top advisor to President-elect Donald Trump said that the incoming administration would decline to pursue a criminal case against former rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s decision not to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue Clinton for allegedly mishandling classified information, confirmed by top advisor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday morning, is the first major break the president-elect has had with his diehard fans and could strain the relationship.

Conservative critics were livid.

Source: Right expresses betrayal as Trump backs off Clinton probe | TheHill

Yet another broken promise….how many more will it take before the Right removes its head from his ass?

Can he keep at this unfettered support if he keeps breaking his campaign pledges?

Take Me To Your Leader

I have been saying for the start of this election cycle that there was NO one that had any idea about how to be a leader on the world stage.  And so far I have seen leader from either of the two nominees…..

Foreign policy will be big this time around…there is so much crap going on in the world and our choices for handling these situations are limited and not looking so good……

Which candidates show the leadership this country desperately needs?

Let’s start with the GOP candidate for president, Donald Trump……

Many downwardly mobile Americans are confused about what happened to them, which explains the attraction of Donald Trump, who offers few coherent solutions but may have a lasting impact on U.S. relations with the world,

Donald Trump most likely will not be elected President. Still, his historic campaign has sent shock waves through the American body politic. All are asking what it means and what it portends. The focus is on America at home rather than abroad. Foreign policy issues have been overshadowed by anxious domestic concerns.

Moreover, Trump never formulated a coherent view of international issues. Like the average guy, he simply spat out whatever thoughts passed through his head as he had caught snippets of Fox News. Any attempt to discern logic and strategy from Trump’s disjointed exclamations proves frustrating.

Source: A Lasting Trump Stamp on Foreign Policy – Consortiumnews

Nothing about Trump fills me with confidence.

How about the Dems choice, Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, has derided “Don’t do stupid stuff” as a worthless organizing principle of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

But her substitute of “Doing stupid stuff” is even worse.

As Secretary of State during President Barack Obama’s first term, Ms. Clinton single-handedly compounded problems of international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, war, refugees, and human rights from North Korea and China to South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to Europe and Russia.

In sum, Ms. Clinton foreign policy makes former President George W. Bush look like a Talleyrand, Metternich, or Bismarck.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy: Doing Stupid Stuff | Huffington Post

Another dud in the making…..confidence at ZERO!

Just maybe it is time to re-think the term “leadership”…….

As a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, I want to be positive. Even when I’ve identified major conceptual and practical failures in the conduct of American foreign and military policy, I’ve suggested alternatives that could improve the situation. But when looking at the state of our foreign policy in this moment, and given how entrenched the foreign-policy elite in Washington has become, a rational optimism is getting more and more difficult to find.

In practice, the current administration tries to keep a lid on problems by applying limited military power—at least regarding troop levels—over large sections of the globe. These military operations are tactical in nature, designed to achieve small-scale results, without the consideration of how or even whether they support some larger strategic objective.

Source: Let’s Rethink What ‘Leadership’ Means in Foreign Policy | The American Conservative

With confidence lacking there is only one thought that comes to mind……on the international stage this country is so screwed!

The Poisoning Of American Politics

I wish I could be like so many other  sheep out there and vote for one of the major parties’ candidates….but I just cannot bring myself to compromise my principles…..principles?  Yea those things that too many Americans have forsaken to join the celebs on their way to fleecing the public.

One of the biggest culprits that is poisoning our politics is Hillary Clinton…..

FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information has the Clintonites falling back on their tried-and-true response to all the revelations coming from WikiLeaks and other sources – it’s all a Russian plot. Except, this time, the hysteria has reached such a fever pitch, and the conspiracy theories are so unhinged, that the political discourse in this country will be poisoned for years to come.

It started with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:

“So the question is: Where did these [emails] come from? How did they get to the FBI? Is Russia involved in this? We don’t have a clue where this stuff is coming from.”

Source: How Hillary Clinton Poisoned American Politics – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

She is not alone.  This election has done nothing to improve the average Americans grasp of politics…..the voter is the big loser in this election…..

Political satirist Lee Camp honed in on the stupidity of this election early on. His show, “Redacted Tonight,” has used the sharp irony of satire to try to challenge the flawed thinking that has dominated the political conversation. In one segment aptly titled “This Election Is an Insult to Our Intelligence,” he called on viewers to reject the narratives they are being fed and think for themselves.

Camp has been joined by a chorus of political satirists — Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert, and others — that has aimed at using smart comedy to counter stupid politics. The sad thing is that when politics is already a joke, it is really hard to joke about it.

Source: I’m With Stupid: The Entire 2016 Election Has Been an Insult to Our Intelligence | Alternet

Nothing will improve for the American people with this election…..no matter which of the clowns wins….it will be business as usual and the voter will suffer from voter remorse.

Why Recycle Campaign Ads?

Let the election countdown begin…….7 and counting.

I was a young non-voting participant in the 1964 election and during that election I remember one special political ad……the Daisy Girl ad…

In case you were too young to remember …..

Yes it is an old ad and why do I bring it up now?

It appears that Clinton has decided to resurrect this ad for her own purposes……

Personally I think it is a cheap shot….but in an election year that is full of cheap shots I guess they cannot do any better……

Back in 1964 it was a timely ad…..today it is just a lame attempt by a struggling candidate……

 

Clinton Shows Her True Colors

During the primaries Mrs. Clinton pushed hard that she was as much a progressive as Bernie….and apparently the mental midgets bought the lie……and she beat Bernie with a little help from the DNC and now she has settled into her true skin….a damn war hawk.

Why so?

Her campaign manager is Podesta the founder of the Center for American Progress…he is a lobbyist and a supporter of the neocon way of life.

Now one of her advisers has shown what her motives will be when he said……

Michael Morell is a former acting director of the CIA and a national security adviser to Hillary Clinton — one who is widely expected to occupy a senior post in her administration.

He is also an opponent of the Iran nuclear agreement, a defender of waterboarding, and an advocate for making Russia “pay a price” in Syria by covertly killing Putin’s soldiers.

On Tuesday, Morell added another title to that résumé: proponent of going to war with Iran, for the sake of securing Saudi Arabia’s influence in Yemen.

“Ships leave Iran on a regular basis carrying arms to the Houthis in Yemen,” Morell said, in remarks to the Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank founded by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “I would have no problem from a policy perspective of having the U.S. Navy boarding their ships, and if there are weapons on them, to turn those ships around.”

Source: Clinton Adviser: Let’s Attack Iran to Aid Saudis in Yemen

The Saudis are big friends with the Clinton Foundation and it appears that they will have a free run of the State Department along with their buddy Israel.

It will be interesting to watch and see what position this guy gets in a Clinton administration……could be very telling.

Actually it will very telling with all her “advisers”…..the neocons are celebrating….why?

With two weeks left to go in the presidential race, the Washington establishment is falling all over itself pushing the inevitability of a Clinton win. It couldn’t have happened without the help of a fawning mainstream media, who first shoved Bernie Sanders to the fringe and then heaped attention on the lunacy of Donald Trump.

The silver lining in this absurd election is that WikiLeaks has revolutionized our understanding of those who seek to run government. It has exposed Hillary Clinton as a willing and eager establishment-corporatist shill, colluding with media to drive the narrative.

The subservience to Wall St. is exactly the kind of continuation that Washington seeks. As such, the military-industrial complex will be served well under Hillary Clinton, as they have been for many presidents before.

Source: Establishment Right and Left in “Lock-Step” Behind Clinton to Usher In an Unprecedented New Era of War

We should all fear for the direction of this country……

The “Hawks” Are Circling

The GOP use to be the bastion of the Neocons or the “war hawks” if you like that title better……but this election has seen a shift in their allegiances….these despicable toads are saddling up to the “progressive” Clinton (I hate using the “P” word in association with Hillary….she is NO progressive!)

I have written many times that if she is elected then our lot will be cast for more and more conflicts in an expanding policy……she is the worse possible candidate to have with all the wars we are fighting……but that aside the “hawks” are drooling all over themselves with the hint that she will win……

Though the hawkish stance of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been too often ignored this election season, new reporting on Thursday highlights how her presumed win in November will likely usher in a more aggressive, bipartisan foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond.

“The Republicans and Democrats who make up the foreign policy elite are laying the groundwork for a more assertive American foreign policy via a flurry of reports shaped by officials who are likely to play senior roles in a potential Clinton White House,” the Washington Post‘s White House correspondent Greg Jaffe reports.

Source: As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

(Thanx to my Twitter friend John Osalvo)