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 Post subject: A Most Remarkable Year
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:41 pm 
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A Most Remarkable Year
By Richard Fernandez December 7, 2017
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In the last 12 months, U.S.-backed combat operations drove ISIS from its last bits of territory. America withdrew from the Paris agreement on climate change, UNESCO, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House and Senate have come within sight of overhauling the tax code and dismantling Obamacare. Most recently, Donald Trump -- in a spectacular departure from his predecessor's Middle Eastern diplomacy -- has moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is as if a hurricane has swept through Washington. Each fallen pillar represents a very deliberate reversal of the status quo ante policies of Barack Obama. The entire edifice the former president erected in his eight years in office is in the process of being systematically demolished. Unsurprisingly, Crain's Chicago Business reporter Greg Hinz reported a very unhappy former president warning that Trump was nothing less than a new McCarthy, Nixon, or Hitler while speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago:

Obama said the United States had survived tough times before and could do so again, mentioning the age of McCarthyism and the attempted impeachment of former President Richard Nixon as examples. ...

[He] urged the country not to "grow complacent," saying ... "things could fall apart quickly." Hinz writes Obama then brought up the specter of Adolf Hitler, who came to power in Democratic Germany amid the financial crisis of the 1930s. "Sixty million people died … " he reports Obama said. "So, you've got to pay attention. And vote." ...

Hinz called the comments "remarkable" and framed them as a rebuke of current president Donald Trump.

What Obama understandably neglected to mention was that a substantial percentage of American voters elected Trump precisely to undertake that teardown, an endeavor referred to as draining the swamp, aimed at nothing less than shrinking the size of government and breaking the perceived power of the elite. The commitment to that goal is reflected in the Deplorables' willingness to ignore the media: "Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. ... More than 3/4 of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration."

Opposed to the Deplorables are "liberals turned radicals" called the "Resistance." In the words of the New York Times, "Donald Trump’s election inspired such moral revulsion and political outrage that ... parts of the American electorate had taken to calling themselves 'the resistance,' evoking the guerrillas who took to the hills and fought the Nazis during World War II ... self-styled revolutionaries."

After a period of sheer disbelief these liberal revolutionaries are now going head to head with the Deplorable rebels. The game's afoot and nobody can easily call it off.
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"The Resistance" . . . phfft.

Resisting Reality perhaps . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:39 pm 
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Quote:
Belmont Club
A Most Remarkable Year
By Richard Fernandez December 7, 2017
chat 133 comments
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

In the last 12 months, U.S.-backed combat operations drove ISIS from its last bits of territory. America withdrew from the Paris agreement on climate change, UNESCO, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House and Senate have come within sight of overhauling the tax code and dismantling Obamacare. Most recently, Donald Trump -- in a spectacular departure from his predecessor's Middle Eastern diplomacy -- has moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is as if a hurricane has swept through Washington. Each fallen pillar represents a very deliberate reversal of the status quo ante policies of Barack Obama. The entire edifice the former president erected in his eight years in office is in the process of being systematically demolished. Unsurprisingly, Crain's Chicago Business reporter Greg Hinz reported a very unhappy former president warning that Trump was nothing less than a new McCarthy, Nixon, or Hitler while speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago:

Obama said the United States had survived tough times before and could do so again, mentioning the age of McCarthyism and the attempted impeachment of former President Richard Nixon as examples. ...

[He] urged the country not to "grow complacent," saying ... "things could fall apart quickly." Hinz writes Obama then brought up the specter of Adolf Hitler, who came to power in Democratic Germany amid the financial crisis of the 1930s. "Sixty million people died … " he reports Obama said. "So, you've got to pay attention. And vote." ...

Hinz called the comments "remarkable" and framed them as a rebuke of current president Donald Trump.

What Obama understandably neglected to mention was that a substantial percentage of American voters elected Trump precisely to undertake that teardown, an endeavor referred to as draining the swamp, aimed at nothing less than shrinking the size of government and breaking the perceived power of the elite. The commitment to that goal is reflected in the Deplorables' willingness to ignore the media: "Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. ... More than 3/4 of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration."

Opposed to the Deplorables are "liberals turned radicals" called the "Resistance." In the words of the New York Times, "Donald Trump’s election inspired such moral revulsion and political outrage that ... parts of the American electorate had taken to calling themselves 'the resistance,' evoking the guerrillas who took to the hills and fought the Nazis during World War II ... self-styled revolutionaries."

After a period of sheer disbelief these liberal revolutionaries are now going head to head with the Deplorable rebels. The game's afoot and nobody can easily call it off.
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https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/a- ... able-year/
Bring it on, we deplorables are up to it.


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 Post subject: Re: A Most Remarkable Year
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:18 pm 
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Casualty Count, War of Resistance:

Trumpists:

House Majority Whip very nearly assassinated

Manafort...good riddance

Flynn...too bad,, career assassination by the swamp people.

Swamp People:

Flake..go to Hell

Corker...stick a fork in him...he's done

Franken.. :lol:

Charlie Rose :lol:

Lauer :lol:

Congressman in his underwear :lol:

Comey

Hildy's campaign manager

Huma

Hildabeast....big black crater in the ground

Orange haired D-list comediennes

Fat comediennes named "Rosey"

Donna Brazille

Blabbermouth Schulz

The House of Cards guy

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 Post subject: Re: A Most Remarkable Year
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Even the Beeb can't but grudgingly admit that Trump can't stop winning...

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Is Donald Trump winning?

This president has played a lot of golf since he won the election. He seems to do a lot of his business on the lush Trump properties - senators are invited to come and play a round while he can bend their ear to back this or that cause.

The way the president does business is not always pretty. There seems to be unnecessary noise and more collateral damage than there needs to be.

But who cares that you shanked the ball off the 3rd or hit the ball into the trees on the 5th and found the water on the 14th? It's all about how you get yourself out of the rough.

The recovery shot. The scramble out of trouble. And every time you think that President Trump finds his ball buried under the sand in a huge bunker, he seems somehow to chip the ball into the hole and emerge smiling.

The headlines have been dominated in recent days - understandably - by what is unfolding with the investigation of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

We have seen former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, but more interesting is the fact that Flynn is now co-operating with the Mueller investigation.

And we have seen some rather odd tweets from the president's account, which now we're being told weren't written by him.

Every day - sometimes it seems every hour - there is a new development that will dominate the news cycle. Stories that you think will last a week because of their seeming enormity come and go like passing spring showers, as we await the next downpour.

President retweets videos from a far-right British group and gets into spat with Theresa May - been and gone.

He says FBI reputation is in tatters - a passing squall.

Supporting Roy Moore for the vacant Alabama Senate seat, even though he's an alleged paedophile (which he denies)? Whatever.

Rows with basketball players for not being grateful enough barely make a puddle.

And it's my suspicion that in millions of homes across America (particularly those that voted for Donald Trump just over a year ago) this is all filtered out as so much noise and static.

Of more interest will be the Senate passing a tax reform bill. And yes, while it will help billionaires more than it will low-paid America (I suspect not that many will benefit from the tax relief on private jets), it will nevertheless benefit them a bit.

And there are signs that wages are picking up for blue-collar workers. Unemployment is very low, which means in some sectors there are labour shortages, which in turn means that pay is having to rise to attract workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is seeing big growth in demand for production and transportation jobs.

Meanwhile, big business America is promising that the slashing of the corporation tax rate that Congress is promising will filter through to greater investment, which in turn will lead to more jobs and higher wages. There is a buoyancy out there.

And if you are someone whose pension is tied up in the stock market, you will be looking at the performance of Wall Street and thinking that every day is Christmas, as this president will repeatedly remind you.

The performance of shares (a fickle indicator) has been extraordinary. Confidence is returning.

OK, if you are being pernickety then yes, this bull run on the stock market predates Donald Trump coming to power - the market has been on an upward tick for years.

And ditto - the promise of trickle-down economics has been made before with decidedly mixed results.

But President Trump is nothing if not a great marketeer - and he will make sure he owns every favourable economic indicator that emerges.

And he will make sure every American will be told to believe it is all down to him. Just look at his Twitter feed - the multiple exclamation marks tell you what he thinks.

And then you look at the president's travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries - something which has caused a good deal of outrage around the world, but which was one of his populist key promises during the campaign.

The battle is not finished yet, and it may be months or even years before the Supreme Court delivers a final verdict.

But the justices gave the president an important fillip this week. They voted by seven to two to allow the wholesale implementation of the measure, pending the outcome of the various legal challenges. That was an important legal victory.

And there are a whole range of smaller ticket items where the president has slashed at regulations that were unpopular with his grassroots supporters. For these people he is doing what he promised.

I suspect the latest twist in the Russia probe is being met with a barely stifled yawn. And this is having a positive effect on all those jittery Republican lawmakers, as they eye the midterms next November.

There is a bit of a change in mood... if tax reform gets through, if the markets continue to rise, if the president can stay out of too much trouble (he's never going to be a choirboy, they accept) then maybe there are more victories to be had.

Going back to golf, one of the great sayings is that there are no pictures on a scorecard. In other words it may not be elegant, your swing may be a heave, you might get lucky with the ball rebounding off the tree - you can win ugly, but as long as you win, that's all the scorecard is going to record.

This president only cares about the scorecard.

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 Post subject: Re: A Most Remarkable Year
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:14 pm 
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Mac wrote:
Even the Beeb can't but grudgingly admit that Trump can't stop winning...

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Is Donald Trump winning?



Oh, shit. That must've been a hard sell to the Beeb's Party Comrade-Editors. Or was there a holiday and someone slipped it through?


Here's one for Saladito:

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