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 Post subject: A Slow Motion Coup d’Etat.
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:05 am 
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A Slow Motion Coup d’Etat.

Posted by Michael Kennedy on May 20th, 2017 (All posts by Michael Kennedy)

Here is a pretty good article about the Trump phenomenon.

I disagree with the premise that “Trump is supremely unfit for his White House job.”

The rest of the article is pretty much on target and follows Angelo Codevilla’s piece on the “Ruling Class.”

This is pretty much the way I see it.Then there is the spectacle of the country’s financial elites goosing liquidity massively after the Great Recession to benefit themselves while slamming ordinary Americans with a resulting decline in Main Street capitalism. The unprecedented low interest rates over many years, accompanied by massive bond buying called “quantitative easing,” proved a boon for Wall Street banks and corporate America while working families lost income from their money market funds and savings accounts. The result, says economic consultant David M. Smick, author of The Great Equalizer, was “the greatest transfer of middle-class and elderly wealth to elite financial interests in the history of mankind.”

The news now is 99% Trump 24 hours per day. 97% of it is bad or negative on Trump.
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http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/55289.html


Out of several articles linked in the above is this:

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Removing Trump Won’t Solve America’s Crisis
The elites are the problem.
By ROBERT W. MERRY • May 18, 2017


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America is in crisis. It is a crisis of greater magnitude than any the country has faced in its history, with the exception of the Civil War. It is a crisis long in the making—and likely to be with us long into the future. It is a crisis so thoroughly rooted in the American polity that it’s difficult to see how it can be resolved in any kind of smooth or even peaceful way. Looking to the future from this particular point in time, just about every possible course of action appears certain to deepen the crisis.

What is it? Some believe it stems specifically from the election of Donald Trump, a man supremely unfit for the presidency, and will abate when he can be removed from office. These people are right about one thing: Trump is supremely unfit for his White House job. But that isn’t the central crisis; it is merely a symptom of it, though it seems increasingly to be reaching crisis proportions of its own.

When a man as uncouth and reckless as Trump becomes president by running against the nation’s elites, it’s a strong signal that the elites are the problem. We’re talking here about the elites of both parties. Think of those who gave the country Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee—a woman who sought to avoid accountability as secretary of state by employing a private email server, contrary to propriety and good sense; who attached herself to a vast nonprofit “good works” institution that actually was a corrupt political machine designed to get the Clintons back into the White House while making them rich; who ran for president, and almost won, without addressing the fundamental problems of the nation and while denigrating large numbers of frustrated and beleaguered Americans as “deplorables.” The unseemliness in all this was out in plain sight for everyone to see, and yet Democratic elites blithely went about the task of awarding her the nomination, even to the point of employing underhanded techniques to thwart an upstart challenger who was connecting more effectively with Democratic voters.

At least Republican elites resisted the emergence of Trump for as long as they could. Some even attacked him vociferously. But, unlike in the Democratic Party, the Republican candidate who most effectively captured the underlying sentiment of GOP voters ended up with the nomination. The Republican elites had to give way. Why? Because Republican voters fundamentally favor vulgar, ill-mannered, tawdry politicians? No, because the elite-generated society of America had become so bad in their view that they turned to the man who most clamorously rebelled against it.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:35 am 
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It does seem to me we will look back on all this as a cataclysm in government. Not sure how everything is going to turn out to be honest.

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For many years, many of us have been saying that the fundamental problem in American politics was that a single political "coin" ruled the realm: with a Democratic face on one side of that coin and a Republican face on the other side.

I am not enough of an expert in American history to say for sure, but in truth, this seems to have been a problem at various junctures in American history--though it would seem not at all junctures.

The legitimate purpose of a political party is to insure that the common interests of a "significant" fraction of an electorate and which are otherwise not being represented, ARE represented. We don't need a "Aging White Guy Gamer" party because well . . . (a) there probably aren't enough of us that we'd represent anything other than a special interest group; (b) I seriously doubt that there is any "Aging White Guy Gamer" interests which are significant enough that we need our own political party to represent us, beyond that which is already afforded by one of the two political parties.

We could name scores, hundreds of other hypothetical and silly political parties that would make absolutely no sense for various reasons.

The point being: political parties should not be mere "fads" or "clubs." Dozens or scores of parties in one nation tate seems like a very bad idea, and one for each State or worse EACH COUNTY sounds like the demise of the "Republic." Therein is the most important thing: in a democracy, all the citizens are ONE PEOPLE, and if humans were, by nature angelic, then we could get by with only one party because we could be sure that no one's interests would be neglected or abused.

But of course human nature is not angelic, and as such any democracy needs to have AT LEAST two parties. Even if all the other party does is NOT receive bribe money from the one in power, and impose some degree of accountability on the one in power, that is far better than having only one. In fact, it is far better than having two who BOTH constantly regard the other as their "enemy" and who both hypocritically, and ironically accuse the other of being "the worse of the two," AND who both engage in every possible dirty trick to attempt to gain perpetual dominance.

When one party is arguing for "X" (lets say, a Federal Bank) and the other is arguing against, and they both feel passionately that their stance is "in the best interest of the 'majority' of the country" then that is a very different thing than what we have predominantly seen for effectively my entire life: two parties doing everything in their power to spite the other party and almost NEVER (or very rarely at any rate) attempting to find common ground or points of compromise OR (shocking to consider) considering what the ACTUAL MAJORITY OPINION OF THE CITIZENS _MIGHT_ BE (instead of doing what they KNOW their "backers," i.e., the riches, most loud-mouthed or ideologically reactionary want).

I admit each of these comparisons between a healthy democracy and an ailing if not moribund democracy are subtle. The boundaries between "playing the constructive role of the opposition party" or "using one's current majority status to defend against attacks by opposition which one deems to be ill-founded" versus "doing anything you can think of to undermine the other party" "opposing anything and everything they do or say simply because they do."

I for one had grown tired of this "Squabbling Teenagers" dynamic between the two parties. I believe that the constant squabbling, combined with both parties arrogance and apparent notion that most Americans were so gullible as to fall for their antics and slavishly support one side versus the other is precisely NEITHER party won on this last cycle.

Yes, I realize Trump is "counted" as a Republican President, but lets be honest here: he COMMANDEERED the nomination by virtue of beating all the other candidates in the primaries. The Republican PARTY did not select a candidate and promote him/her, a candidate of the people stepped forward, and the people supported him, to the detriment of every other alternative.

Donald Trump is in fact, the first "Third Party" President in many years, though technically not.

Cataclysm? Yes indeed!

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 Post subject: Re: A Slow Motion Coup d’Etat.
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Anthropoid wrote:

Donald Trump is in fact, the first "Third Party" President in many years, though technically not.




Yes, indeed!

Hence all the extra tooth & claw pushback from the political establishment.

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Merry nailed it. Good op-ed.

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Not a direct quote from the article, a summary:

Ruling class didn't understand how many ppl were getting fed up and rolling their eyes. The disdain the ruling class has ginned up. president Trump was elected as a big league FUCK YOU. And now they know. They're not taking it well.

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It's just not our ruling class... it is the global ruling class.

The real slow motion coup d'etat is how globalists are destroying the middle class and replacing it with a full blown feudal system in which 90% of the folks will live in shit heaps and 10% will live in low earth orbit.

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Lava wrote:
It's just not our ruling class... it is the global ruling class.

The real slow motion coup d'etat is how globalists are destroying the middle class and replacing it with a full blown feudal system in which 90% of the folks will live in shit heaps and 10% will live in low earth orbit.


... While the brainwashed plebs call anybody who dislikes this state of affairs a racist, a bigot etc.

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EUBanana wrote:
... While the brainwashed plebs call anybody who dislikes this state of affairs a racist, a bigot etc.


Interestingly enough, with the exception of college snowflakes who believe their destiny is to rule with their brilliance and a large percentage of ideological wack jobs, the people on the ground are slowly figuring this out for themselves.

I guess when you are fucked in the ass so many times by politicians who refuse to confront real problems and do nothing to stop the free fall of much of the country's people... they become more receptive in trying to figure out what is really going on.

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Lava wrote:
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... While the brainwashed plebs call anybody who dislikes this state of affairs a racist, a bigot etc.




I guess when you are fucked in the ass so many times by politicians who refuse to confront real problems and do nothing to stop the free fall of much of the country's people... they become more receptive in trying to figure out what is really going on.



.... Or just start making up desperate election-jacking conspiracy theories in the hopes that they can retain enough brainwashed plebs, with their latest "DOOM!!" bullshit, to keep that status quo.

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