Friday, November 18, 2016

Thoughts of the Day

Hello America... look at your candidate, now back to me, now back at your candidate, now back to me. Sad! she isn't me. But if she stopped being Crooked and switched to Making America Great Again, she could be yuge like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in Kentucky with the Ford Factory that I brought back. What's in your hand, back at me. I have it, it's a Wall protecting that thing you love. Look again, the Wall is 10 feet higher! Anything is possible when you have great folks. Believe me. I'm on Pepe.

There is a hidden rule about politics. If you aren't aware of it now, maybe you'll see the pattern by the end of this.

Politics is all about power. The status quo likes power and always wants more power. Power is a corrupting force. So the bigger a government gets, the more corrupt it gets. Anyone campaigning to clean up government is a threat to the status quo. And the status quo will not go quietly. Power is addictive and taking away that power is like taking away the drug from the addict. They will fight you to the death to keep the addiction going.

Someone once said in 2011 (and I'm paraphrasing), anyone who attempts to make the hard decisions to clean up DC’s financial and ethical messes will be “vilified” and “called every name in the book.” And these decisions are hard decisions. How do you tackle 20 trillion dollars of debt? How do you tackle a broken health care system? How do you tackle illegal immigration?

The person I'm paraphrasing is Steve Bannon. You've heard his name by now. Don't you find it strange before this election you didn't hear much negative press about Trump or Bannon? Both have been in the media world for some time. Bannon was an executive Hollywood producer in back in the 90s. Trump has been in the public eye ever since the 80s.

What happens when they went against the status quo in 2016? Racist, anti-Semite, misogynist, xenophobe, bigot. This is the hidden rule of politics. You character assassinate anyone who goes against the status quo. You've heard it all by now. But what were these men like before 2016?

Did you know Trump when opened his golf club in Palm Beach called Mar-a-Lago, he insisted on accepting Jews and blacks even though other clubs in Palm Beach to this day discriminate against blacks and Jews? Why did this Muslim woman vote for Trump?

If Trump is anti-immigrant, why is he married... to an immigrant? Depending on what poll you find, polls show Hispanics favoring stronger immigration laws. Asked the question, “Would you support a candidate who said that immigration policy needs to serve the interests of the nation as a whole, not a few billionaire CEOs and immigration activists lobbying for open borders?” "Most surprising, self-identified Hispanics are on board by a whopping 66 percent to 21 percent." Turns out those who have come here legally don't want illegal immigrants.

The Anti-Defamation League is not aware any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon. Same with the Republican Jewish Coalition. Bannon has hired a gay Jew, a half Pakistani, and a British Muslim to his editorial board. Raheem Kassam said about Bannon, 

“No, Stephen K. Bannon is not an anti-Semite. Stephen K. Bannon is not a white nationalist. Stephen K. Bannon is not far right, or an extremist, or someone whose influence should be feared in the White House.

“Stephen K. Bannon is a family man. He’s a father. Stephen K. Bannon treats his staff like family. Stephen K. Bannon is a phenomenal business man, a history buff, a successful filmmaker, and more than anything, Stephen K. Bannon is a true patriot. 

“Stephen K. Bannon is the man who flew to London to hire me, this brown guy called Raheem Kassam from a Muslim family to run his London operation, and he’s now put him in the seat on his radio show.

Bannon has stated he is "an economic nationalist." He wants to restore the American middle class and have it thrive again. Trump wants to do the same. And you know what? The message resonated with voters. Obama won Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania back in 2012. Trump took all those states back. The Midwest and Rust Belt represent the manufacturing heart of America. And Trump and Bannon want to revitalize it.

Now we come to Jeff Sessions. He made this statement about Rosa Parks back in 2012.

“With this resolution, we honor one of Alabama’s most remarkable citizens, Mrs. Rosa Parks. Fifty-seven years ago, Mrs. Parks sparked the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on a bus. Her courage ignited major changes in our nation and lead a revolution in race relations. Mrs. Parks will always be remembered as a courageous individual, who confronted injustice head-on and, in so doing, changed our nation. Her legacy continues to endure.” 

Of course you could argue, a politician is going to say nice things. Arlen Specter regretted voting no against Session's federal judge nomination. Back in 2009 he said Session was egalitarian. Sessions voted for Eric Holder's nomination for Attorney General. The lawyer who claimed Sessions showed racial insensitivity, Thomas Figures, was indicted for bribery. Hard to believe someone who is convicted of a felony. And Sessions recused himself from that case. Maybe people don't like Sessions because he has a hard stance on upholding the law.

“I filed 20 or 30 civil-rights cases to desegregate schools and political organizations and county commissions when I was a United States attorney,” he says. “I prosecuted the head of the Klan for murdering somebody, and I insisted the klansman be given the death penalty. When I became attorney general years later, I handled that appeal and ensured that he was, in fact, executed.”

Bannon and Sessions are military guys. Bannon was Navy. Sessions was Army. So far, most of Trump's cabinet picks are military guys. Even Trump attended military school growing up. I believe most military guys are good people. They can say blunt outrageous things, but they are upstanding citizens. Ordinary people like you and me. Any quote can be taken out of context and made to look horrific.

The media is part of the status quo. Trump is a threat to their livelihood and so they will throw every smear at him to bring him down. This includes his allies. The controversy is made up because Trump will destroy the establishment. Yes, I am biased. I don't trust government and I see media as another tool of government. So whenever the media starts attacking someone, I tend to believe that person is ruffling some status quo feathers.

I hope this hidden pattern is more apparent now.

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