I watched the press conference in which Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump and I was struck again by the element of cognitive dissonance in the Trump
Carson was lamenting the situation that he believes is brought about by socialism, i.e., the wiping out of the middle class, the migration of wealth
to the elite and the creation of a large "dependent" class permanently stuck in hopelessness.
He doesn't seem to realize that this is precisely the situation the United States finds itself in at this time, with the exception that "socialist"
ideas like Obamacare represent some attempt to relieve the hopelessness for the "dependent" class, who would, otherwise, under the pre-existent regime
of devil-take-the-hindmost capitalism have no recourse except narcotics and crime.
I just throw up my hands. I can't understand these people.
Donald Trump himself said that he is going to find the right general and clean up the ISIS problem "fast".
I don't know how to interpret this. Does he really not know who has been training, funding, transporting and running interference for ISIS/DAESH and
its predecessors since the fall of Saddam Hussein?
Does he not know about the role of America's NATO allies in all of this, or the role of her allies in the middle east, like Saudi Arabia and
Politicians like Obama lie, right, so we know that they
are aware of America's role in elevating and sustaining the collection of Saudi and
Libyan criminals and religious fanatics in their "World Tour of Jihad", a phenomenon that they have put to good use in balkanizing and destabilizing
every middle eastern government that showed any sign of self reliance and maturity, no matter how feeble.
Donald Trump is not a politician, though. Is he?
. . . . but surely he must know the score.
In advocating the destruction of ISIS/DAESH, he reveals himself to be aligned with the Obama/Putin faction and against the Petraeus/Israel/Neocon
faction of international "diplomacy". However, in the way he voices that cause, he also reveals himself to be ignorant of the fact that those
factions even exist.
Is he that ignorant? Does he even have a clue about what is going on in the world?
Donald Trump wants to repatriate overseas manufacturing jobs by imposing a 35% tariff on imported goods in certain categories. I don't think Mr. Trump
believes that he can simply impose this tariff on imports by Carrier Enterprise
and leave everybody else alone. This will have to be an across
the board tariff wall for manufactured goods.
Mr. Trump knows that exporting jobs overseas has been the modus operandi
for the American manufacturing oligarchy for many decades now. Those
"every day low prices" that you find at Walmart
are the result of exporting manufacturing jobs to China.
If America wants those jobs back, Mr. Trump will deliver them to you at the low, low cost of a 35% surcharge on everything imported that you buy. Of
course he will first have to overturn the applecart of every major manufacturer in the United States.
Will that be as easy as Mr. Trump seems to believe? I have read that the cost of an iPhone, if manufactured in the United States, would be
exponentially higher, much beyond what a simple 35% tariff would imply. Putting those things together is very labor intensive, meaning a lot of people
are required to do it. America doesn't have that many trained people to devote to the cell phone industry.
Solving problems in the way Mr. Trump's followers and Mr. Trump himself favor is not likely to work out. What is more likely is that some
will have to be reached, that falls short of Mr. Trump's sales pitch, but that might repatriate some jobs in some categories.
I'm not sure that people need to vote for Mr. Trump to get that sort of result out of government, though. I think that just about everybody is
thinking along those lines anyway.
Trump is just selling it harder.
Is Donald Trump the male Oprah?
Who came up with this relentless, reiterated, narcissistic, self replicating, self adoration style of "branding" first, anyway? Was it the Donald or
Oprah? Those two are twins under the skin. I think they both have severe self esteem issues.
America just loves a big fat self adulating (self loathing?) slob and what could be better than one of them running for president?!
The Donald wants to take the oil.
He's talking about Iraq's oil. The Donald thinks that the United States should have taken the oil. American oil companies got very lucrative
"sweetheat" deals on Iraqi oil after the Gulf War, but that's not enough for big, fat, self aggrandizing Donald Trump. He wants to "take the oil". "To
the victor go the spoils", says Donald.
It may interest Mr. Trump and his supporters to note that:
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told
While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to
deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.
Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of
Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.
The Saudis are saying that they are interested in nuclear weapons as a counter to the rising threat from "Iran".
(WINK, WINK, NUDGE, NUDGE. I wonder which "Iran" they are thinking of.)
The one that has endured a decades long crap kicking at the hands of the United States, or the North American "Iran"
, the one that has
destabilized a string of middle eastern countries, murdered two heads of state and whose leading Republican presidential candidate wants to "TAKE THE
Let's face it folks. It's Oprah's world and the rest of us just live in it.
edit on 12-3-2016 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)