‘Gonzo’ journalist Blake Walley addresses the mainstream media. Are you ready for Hillary? Really, are you sure about that?
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Is the United States pushing for war with Russia over a false narrative?
Are we being told the truth about what’s really happening with Syria and ISIS?
Is Russia behind the hacked email leaks?
Can we believe Obama and Hillary?
Has their foreign policy been successful?
What’s the deal with the ‘alt-Right’ movement?
Are they connected to Vladimir Putin?
Would Syria be better off without Assad?
Who presents the bigger danger? Hillary or the ‘alt-right?’
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Well it’s been quite a ride. Although 2016 did not go exactly as I had planned it, the election certainly delivered everything I had hoped it would. That was really all that mattered anyway. The election of 2016 was unlike any other before, and its consequences would be incalculable. History was happening, and the future of the planet was on the line.
With that said, this election was far too important for me to watch from the sidelines. I had to be on the field for this one, immerse myself into it, and hopefully play a role in it somehow. This wasn’t about money, this was a mission to save the future; and I was all-in.
There was a war on reality, and a new era of journalism was challenging the existing order of things. The days of print-papers and network news were nearly over. The rise of the Internet and the ‘Information Age’ had changed everything. These days anyone could be their own reporter, create their own content, and challenge corporate media narratives.
As it turns out, I happen to be one of these new ‘journalists.’ Not because I wanted to be. Not because I was trained to be. I got involved because I had to. The mainstream-media had lost their trust, and could not be counted on to do their job anymore. We were being lied to, manipulated, and dumbed-down. The establishment and their controlled media needed to be beaten and exposed, and I was up for the challenge. And the ‘good news’ was that I now had a platform to finally do something about it.
Well I did, and five years later I was in attendance at the historical conventions of 2016. It was historic for the RNC, because the Republican establishment was taken over by an outsider (despite all their efforts to stop it). The DNC was historic in part because they were hacked. Their emails were exposed, and an exodus erupted. Their chairwoman even announced her resignation on the eve of the convention! The Democratic establishment was also nearly taken over by an outsider, but their dubious super-delegate defense-mechanism came into play and helped save the day.
Regardless, I was there in Cleveland and Philadelphia. I saw it all for myself and took pictures. I can say with certainty that it was absolutely worth the trip. The conventions were incredible, the people were amazing, and everything turned out better than I could have imagined. And I have it all documented.
Did 2016 turn out like I hoped it would? Not quite. But I did manage to write a game-changing mega-manifesto. An epic election guide. An unbeatable persuasive argument about the presidency. Of course I also went on a massive cross-country road trip, and created two YouTube documentaries about each of the conventions.
Although I have my limitations with audio/video editing, I can absolutely guarantee that these are the most original, informative, and entertaining videos you will find about the 2016 conventions anywhere. Do you want to know why the old news networks aren’t relevant anymore? Because they cannot compete with people like me, and I can prove it. Imagine that, some college-dropout turned Vegas bartender became a ‘gonzo journalist,’ and just outperformed the mainstream media?
Now maybe no one will notice, and no one will watch. I’ll be black-listed, censored, and ignored. They can hide me under the bed and pretend they’ve never heard of me. But you can’t hide the truth, and you can never take that away from me…
Welcome to the future. Welcome to The New American Media.
Special thanks to my friends who helped make the convention coverage possible:
Mike Kastelnik: DNC Philadelphia. Volunteer videographer.
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-Peace and Love
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Welcome to 2016, where we find ourselves hurtling towards an historic crossroads! So far, we have been witnessing an absolutely spectacular election, the kind that people could be talking about for generations to come. The position for the ‘most powerful person in the world’ was about to be passed on, and the political stakes had never been higher. We had experienced some memorable elections in this lifetime already, but this one had the potential to surpass them all. In fact, you could completely get away with calling it a ‘yuge’ deal. Yes, you read that right.
A few highlights from our lifetime:
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt is so popular that he becomes the first and only president to run and win an unprecedented 3rd term!
1948: Truman defeats Dewey. Goes down as the greatest upset in American history.
1960: Nixon vs. Kennedy (enough said)
1972: Unlikely underdog George McGovern becomes the grassroots nominee set to take on the mighty Nixon and put an end to his war-mongering ways. He secured the nomination, but the candidacy quickly collapses after a debacle with the VP pick. Ted Kennedy didn’t want it, and the ‘dream-team’ ticket died. Ultimately and unfortunately, the campaign chose to cozy up to the Democratic establishment, and pick one of their pawns. They felt they would need all the help (big labor etc.) they could get to beat Nixon, and decided to make a compromise. Perhaps it was a good idea, but it quickly turned bad once it was revealed that ‘their guy’ had a history of mental health issues, and was probably unfit for the position. Under pressure and against the clock, the campaign slipped up and didn’t completely vet their guy. An honest mistake, but it turned into a public relations disaster, and was followed by a devastating landslide defeat. It also paved the way for the DNC to create ‘superdelegates‘ to make sure no ‘outsiders’ messed with their plans again…
1980: The great Reagan dethrones Jimmy Carter. America gets its swagger back.
1988: “Read my lips: No new taxes!” George Bush delivers one of the most memorable lines in political history. He makes the bold promise at the Republican National Convention and it becomes the defining moment in securing the ‘88 election. However the pledge failed, and likely cost him in his re-election.
1992: The three-way? Uninspiring incumbent George Bush Senior vs. charismatic newcomer Bill Clinton vs. Independent billionaire Ross Perot. Not only was there a third party involved for a change, he also happened to be a very serious contender! The increasingly popular Perot was even an improbable front runner until he suddenly and seemingly inexplicably dropped out. He later alleged that he was threatened by the GOP and the ‘George Bush people.’ The only thing that was certain was that the establishment must have been terrified of Perot. After surviving that scare, Democrats and Republicans teamed-up to take over the debate process, making it almost impossible for a 3rd party to threaten their two-party duopoly again.
2000: The great recount resulting in Al Gore’s eventual concession to George junior: After a national spectacle and some suspected shenanigans, George ‘Dubya’ emerges victorious as our 43rd president. He seemed likable enough, but went on to become a sort of laughing-stock sock-puppet of sorts. Was he really a bad guy? Or just a useful idiot ‘front-man’ being pulled in dark directions by a shadowy cabal of war-mongering neocons? Either way, we wound up involved in a new, ‘never-ending’ war on terror. Thankfully, it only started out as a living nightmare. Eventually it would just numb into what some would refer to as the ‘new normal.’ The 2000 election also gave new meaning to the political phrase; “elections have consequences.” as it sure was easy to second-guess this disaster of an administration. It’s difficult to imagine a worse scenario, but I guess we’ll never know. And to be fair, the jury is still out on Al Gore. Is he really this sincere guy doing his best to help save the planet? Or is he just another version of an establishment ‘front-man’ scheming to gain power while lining his own pockets? The great ‘man-bear-pig’ made many bold claims about undeniable ‘man-made’ global-warming, but the predictions have failed miserably so far. Was it all just science-for-profit? It sure seemed to be as political as it was scientific. And since there was no indisputable evidence of any significant temperature increases, ‘man-made global warming’ soon evolved into something called ‘climate-change.’ And then there was something about a ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus.’ Despite claims that the science is already settled; we’re still waiting for the great debate to finally prove it one way or the other, once and for all. Because if Al Gore had his way, we would probably be living in ‘coffin-sized’ apartments while he lectures us about reducing our carbon footprint… from his beach-side mansion. Despite the election controversy of 2000, we may have been stuck with a lose-lose scenario at the end of either outcome. Would you rather have the never-ending war on terror? Or the never-ending war on human activity?
2008: Rising democratic superstar Barack Obama reinvigorates the base, rallying around ‘hope and change,’ and ‘yes we can!’ Barack goes on to beat Hillary Clinton and John McCain to become our nation’s first black president!
As you can see, there were quite a few good ones, but could the election of 2016 be the most epic ever? We were a nation that had lost its identity. A nation that had lost its way and was in dire need of new direction. We once stood proud, the envy of the world. And then we slowly devolved into some kind of ‘Dystopian‘ absurdity that we were collectively creating as we stumbled into the future…
The 21st century in America has been a disaster for us so far. A contested election, 9/11, missing WMD’s, war-crimes, never-ending war on terror. Rise of the empire, rise of the police state, TSA, NSA. Stock-market crash, housing crisis, “too big to fail,” too big to jail. And then the nightmare finally ended! The Bush administration gave way to Obama and his big promises to turn everything around! We were sold ‘hope and change…’ but it really just turned out to be another version of ‘business as usual.’ ‘Transparency’ became secrecy. The Obama Deception. Scandals that aren’t scandals. Stonewalling. Mandatory ‘affordable’ health care. Raising the debt ceiling doesn’t raise the debt. Radical Islam that isn’t radical. Signing something you promised you weren’t going to sign as soon as you thought we weren’t looking. Political correctness. Rise of the social justice warriors. Quantitative easing, economic misinformation, secret trade deals. Proxy wars, killer drones, ‘moderate’ rebels.
Wow, all that in only 16 years? Not even close, as that list is far from complete. Meanwhile, our corrupt and incompetent politicians continued to raise taxes, spending every last dime, and still had to borrow roughly 14 trillion dollars more on top of it! They actually had to raise the ‘debt-ceiling‘ a dozen times, and have now saddled us with nearly twenty trillion in total debt! Imagine our great-grandchildren spending their lives paying off somebody else’s great-grandchildren because of the short-sighted foolishness of their ancestors! Does that sound like a civilization that’s destined for great things? Or does that sound like a civilization that is heading for a fall like Rome? The America that we used to know was gone, and a rotting empire was all that was left of it.
Congressional approval was less than 10% (which still seemed kind of high). And that was also about the same percentage of people that still trusted the major news media that was controlled by mostly six mega-corporations. The ‘news’ was now bought-and-paid for. Real journalism was dead, and objective media was a thing of the past. Today’s variety was either liberal or conservative, and both had mostly morphed into mouth-pieces for the establishment. Why bother to keep the public informed when it was easier, safer, and far more profitable to push propaganda and pharmaceuticals instead?
The times had rarely been more troubling, and we only had a few candidates to choose from to try and fix this mess. Were any of them even capable of turning this around? If so, which one has what it takes? Whose world would you rather live in? What kind of future will they lead us to? Perhaps we should ponder the possibilities:
Bernie Sanders has been a surprising contender with a fighting chance to win… provided he and his followers can find a way to conjure up a contested convention in Philadelphia. Or if Hillary is forced to drop out for whatever reason (a legitimate possibility). However, that is not a guaranteed path to victory as Bernie would still have to battle one of the bosses in the Democratic establishment. The good news for the Bern supporters is that the old guard Democrats have a serious lack of talent in their ranks, and were already forced to go ‘all-in’ with Grandmother Hillary. Without her, they would be forced to play one of their emergency backups: Joe ‘gaffe-machine’ Biden or ‘Hail-Mary’ John Kerry. All Hillary had to do was give them her endorsement, and they would get her delegates (in theory). And as long as they win the election, Hillary gets an easy pardon! The Democrats stay in power, the system stays rigged, and the status-quo wins again! Then keep an eye on the party as it tries to create even more super-delegates for ‘next time’ to prevent another Bernie from ever scaring them again.
The bad news for Bern supporters is that there is very little chance of him winning, and he will have to face a brutal uphill battle the whole way there and beyond. First, Hillary would have to step down. Then he would still have to beat Biden and the DNC machine in a hotly contested convention. If he somehow manages to survive that ordeal, he will then be tossed into a grueling cage-match with a completely different animal named Donald J. Trump. Bernie will probably need a miracle… but even if he gets his wish, he still likely has one more obstacle: a republican controlled congress that would keep him locked in a box no matter what. Bernie’s first term could be a complete waste, and the second term (if there is one) offers no guarantees.
The idea of Bernie for president is intriguing… in theory. He’s a likable and interesting character for sure, but not exactly presidential. It would be fun to watch him take on Wall Street and the 1%, but would he be strong enough to do something about it? It would be curious to see how he could handle an audit of the Federal Reserve, but would he be able to finish it off it it became necessary?
Hats off to Bernie, he made a great run and a great story-line. But it’s time to face the reality: he is an old man with old ideas. Socialism is not some fresh new concept, and is a poor path to promote prosperity. Dragging the Democratic party to the deep-end of the left is not the answer. Getting outside the box is. How are you going to fix a broken system with failed ideas from the past? Bernie seems like a good guy, but he’s got the wrong solutions. Capitalism is not the problem, crony-capitalism/corporatism is. We should strive to be like Switzerland, not Sweden. Big corporations might be bad, but big government isn’t any better. Maybe a small-government, small-business model might be a small step in the right direction? We have to respect the Bern for making the election entertaining, and exposing the corruption of the Democratic establishment. He had a good run, but he is not going to be the guy that saves America.
Okay, how about Hillary Clinton? On the surface, she seems like the perfect pick: powerful, connected, experienced. She definitely has what it takes to be the president, and she’s a woman! We’ve never had a woman for president before! She has all the qualifications, plus a chance to make history! What’s not to like? Unfortunately, almost everything about her…
Hillary Clinton is so corrupt, people don’t even try to defend her corruption anymore. She has so much baggage that Donald Trump publicly refers to her as ‘crooked Hillary,’ and there’s nothing anyone can do about it! All the Clinton campaign could do in response was to try and come up with an equally brutal nickname for Donald (but failed). Hillary is openly corrupt, and we all know it. We are completely aware of ‘her ways’ and don’t seem to care. We accept it, because that’s just the ‘way it is.’ So what the hell is wrong with us?
No, seriously: what the hell is wrong with us? As it stands today, Hillary appears to have the nomination locked-up. However, the nomination is technically not locked-up since she has such serious lingering legal issues, she could actually be forced out of the race!
That said, what kind of case can we make for Hillary Clinton? Should she even be able to run? Or should she be focusing on a criminal defense case? She may call it a ‘security review,’ but don’t be fooled by the fluffy language. Take it from the FBI director, she is under a criminal investigation.
Hillary has not had a very good record of success lately. She could have become president in 2008, but was outmatched by Obama and his fresh energy and enthusiasm. He was clearly the best choice at the time, but it eventually came back to haunt the Democrats in 2016, because they had no other options. Hillary could have easily beaten John McCain in 2008, and gone on to become the first woman president. And regardless of how good or bad her administration might have been, the Democratic party would still have Obama on-hold for 2016 to be their next superstar. But now it is Obama’s administration that is ending, and all the Democrats had left was an older, crankier version of Hillary Clinton. But before they could conduct her coronation ceremony, Bernie bounced in and canceled their plans. Now a 74 year old socialist was giving Hillary and the Democratic machine a serious run for their (dirty SuperPAC) money. And it took most of the media, and an army of status-quo supporting super-delegates just to keep him at bay.
Hillary was a war-hawk senator who voted to send our kids into Iraq. She also represented Wall Street and supported the bailouts. Her term as Secretary was disastrous, ending up in resignation during a confusing firestorm of controversy and health problems.
There is no shortage of scandals and unanswered questions that have been plaguing Hillary for a number of years, but three recent complications have clearly landed her in hot legal waters lately, and need to be displayed and discussed. All three issues intertwine to an extent, but we’ll start with the “damn emails!”
When Hillary first started her tenure as Secretary of State, she decided she should set up her own personal private email server. In fact, she arranged to pay one of the State Department staffers $5,000 to make her request a reality. Following so far? Hillary was assigned an official government account specifically for security and transparency. Except she went out of her way to sneak around the system, leaving some of our most sensitive secrets and information vulnerable to anyone attempting to access them.
Hillary Clinton put her personal priorities ahead of ours in an effort to shield us from her activities. It was careless, illegal, and at our own expense; potentially endangering everyone in the country. In defense, she claims that previous secretaries also set up personal accounts. That is true, but she is also playing you for stupid. Previous secretaries used both a personal and official account. Hillary never actually used her official account. On a hilarious note, there was a memo found later that had been sent out to all State Department employees warning to urge caution with their email usage! Was she the one that sent it? Or was it only ‘done in her name?’ What difference does it make? Rules are for other people, not for Hillary!
Some of the highlights of Hillary’s house of email horrors:
Needless to say, Mrs. Clinton sure has a lot of explaining to do. What are you hiding in those damn emails Hillary?
Does it have something to do with the Clinton Foundation? Because that could help explain a lot. How does this charity work again? Where does the money go, and how is it spent? And who are the Clintons taking money from? Special interests? Foreign interests? Is it appropriate for a sitting Secretary of State to accept large ‘donations’ from foreign interests? Did you know the Clinton Foundation has already taken over $100 million from the Persian Gulf States alone? It makes you wonder what they are receiving in return for their very generous donations?
For example, is that $100 million going to needy children? Or is it being used to fund revolutions? Or maybe to take-out Gaddafi? Have him killed disgracefully, and then laugh about it on TV? Or was that a coincidence? Did it cost extra? Or maybe they were trying to ‘send a message’ to Assad? Stop, I’m not suggesting that’s what happened… but it certainly could have been what happened! And since we don’t have the damn emails, I think it’s fair-game to speculate… I mean, why did we suddenly have to go and overthrow Gaddafi again? Was he that bad of a guy? Or was he just ‘bad for business?’
Seriously, try and picture your favorite president (past or present) funneling money from fascist foreign regimes through some shady foundation in secret… does that thought sit well with you? Would it be fair to ask whether that money is influencing some of our nation’s foreign policy decisions? Like I don’t know… eliminating Gaddafi, and secretly funneling his weapons to “moderate” (violent Jihadist) rebels to help overthrow Assad? As I said, fair-game. And that leads us to…
They begged for help, but were ignored. And when they finally came under attack, they were left to die. Sound familiar? Where was Hillary at 3am again? Sound asleep? Or giving stand-down orders to a proposed emergency rescue mission? So many unanswered questions still remain!
Some say the Benghazi hearings have been a waste of money. Really? It’s laughable when these politicians keep raising our taxes, spend it all, borrow another half-trillion on a ‘credit-card,’ and then act like they suddenly care about saving taxpayers some money! Are they still seriously planning to someday pay back the 20 trillion dollar impossibility that we refer to as the national debt? What’s a few extra million, or even billion dollars at this point? This could be the biggest political scandal in history, dwarfing Watergate by comparison! How can the cost be relevant when the truth has no price? The Benghazi investigation is worth every single inflated dollar that the Fed can print out of thin air!
Then they claim that there have been enough hearings, and that this is just turning into a ‘republican witch-hunt.’ Is that true? I guess that all depends: have all of the important questions been answered already? Or has Hillary, the State Department, and the Obama administration been stonewalling every step of the way? The truth is that they could easily make this whole ‘Benghazi thing’ go away if they wanted to, so why don’t they?
It’s easy to believe that they could be hiding something. But regardless of who did what, no matter who was at fault; there is one simple, almost guaranteed way that Benghazi goes away for good: drag it out as long as possible and have Hillary win the election. Once in power, she would almost certainly find some creative way to bury Benghazi into a bureaucratic black-hole… perhaps with a single stroke of her pen? But therein lies the problem that faces us: how can we risk allowing a (possible) criminal to have the power to cover-up their own crimes? Not that I’m implying she’s guilty… but what if she is? And we let her run out the clock and get away with her misbehavior?
Let’s simplify this even further…
Two candidates are running for president. One of them happens to be under a criminal investigation! Do we:
A. Make sure all questions are answered before they take office?
B. Allow them to drag it out until they take power and put an end to their own investigation?
Conclusion: Do I have to point out how foolish and dangerous it would be if we picked B? Regardless of how you feel about Hillary, we have to protect the integrity of our constitutional institution. In other words: How can we consider an inauguration before the conclusion of the investigation?
Remaining questions must be answered to our satisfaction, and there is nothing to lose in doing so. No offense, but she’s really not worth rushing into power at the expense of our entire national security structure. Not to mention the rest of our four-year future together.
Now getting back to Benghazi… perhaps a few highlights to share?
Benghazi goes way beyond Watergate, way beyond Nixon. It’s the kind of monumental political scandal that could threaten the entire ‘established order’ of Washington! And maybe we won’t find anything, but can you imagine if we did? The magnitude of the truth could absolutely devastate Hillary, the Democratic Party (what’s left of it), the Obama administration, and the ‘liberal’ media that were complicit in it!
As you can see, we have a few issues to fix before we hand Hillary back her old keys to the White House. It doesn’t matter how much it costs, these investigations must be completed before she can be allowed to take office. This isn’t an option, it is an unavoidable, mandatory requirement of her vetting process.
She had a sordid history, mountains of baggage, a shady foundation, and a pending criminal investigation? And this is the best the entire Democratic party had to offer us? Surely, there must be some good reason? What argument can we make on her behalf? Is it because Hillary is such a nice lady?
Except there is nothing to suggest that Hillary is some kind of warm, caring, or genuine person at all. Absolutely none. And everything to suggest she is a cold, ruthless, power-hungry political monster. Secret-service dreads working for her, and considers her assignment a punishment. One of her former agents is even breaking his silence, sharing his stories, and spilling her secrets in a soon to be best-seller warning everybody about what kind of person she really is. The word is that the Clinton campaign is very worried about its release, but it doesn’t take a book to tell what a phony, scripted, mean, and nasty person she is. Hillary acts like a spoiled queen, and looks down on everyone around her.
I’m sorry, have you heard any good Hillary stories lately? Hasn’t she been in the public spotlight long enough to have a few by now? Does she have a sweet side? A healthy sense of humor? She did make a few self-promotional cameos on Saturday Night Live, but has there been anything worth noting that was off-script? Of course there was that one time when she joked about the death of Gaddafi, but that was mostly disturbing…
Okay fine, she has a few scandals, and she’s a bossy, nasty, horrible bitch from Hell… but we’ve never had a woman president before! And she has the most experience!
Experience at what exactly? Stirring up problems? Enriching herself at our expense? Getting away with whatever she wants? Why don’t we take a look at some of her recent experience, shall we? As senator, she voted for the Iraq war, the big bailout, and the Patriot Act. Do I need to say more? And then she had a truly terrible tenure as Secretary. She worked to help install the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt. Then she oversaw the overthrow of Gaddafi, and the devastating destabilization of Libya. Iraq imploded, Afghanistan dragged on. Al Qaeda seemed to disappear for a while… but they were just transforming into a bigger, badder version of itself called ISIS. How did they get so powerful? Was it because all those “moderate rebels” that we were arming and giving training to, turned against us? Whose idea was that again? Maybe it will make more sense if you try to picture the following scenario…
The public will not support an invasion of Syria, what should we do?
A. Leave the country alone. There are far bigger problems in the world. Assad might be a bad guy, but he’s not worth our trouble.
B. Give weapons and funding to radical Jihadists that we will sugar-coat to the public as “moderate rebels.” Since we can’t put our own ‘boots on the ground,’ we will arm and train these animals to fight on our behalf. It’s the perfect proxy war! What could go wrong?
What could go wrong? The destruction of Syria, thousands of lost lives, genocide… not necessarily from Assad, but from our new rebel friends! Welcome to Sharia Law Syria! And when the people finally flee from the country, it will create a huge refugee crisis caused by the unintended consequences of our Middle East meddling!
Wow, what would we have done without someone as experienced as Hillary in command of the State Department?
Okay fine, but what about all the good stories? She’s certainly been around a while, yet most people struggle to list any of her actual accomplishments, Hillary herself included! Can you think of any? Give up? Don’t worry, neither can her own followers!
The point is, what does experience matter if you don’t have any notable accomplishments, but do have a record of failure along with a reputation for reprehensible behavior? Does that sound like presidential material to you? Or is everything just one big made-up republican conspiracy? Now stop being sexist you racist!
But seriously, all negatives aside: what is the upside of a Hillary Clinton presidency? Does she really bring anything new and exciting to the table? Or will her administration be ‘business as usual?’ I think it’s reasonable to assume that it would be some kind of cross between Bush and Obama… but how is that going to help us? If the last 16 years have been a big problem, then how can ‘more of the same’ be the solution? Isn’t that also the so-called ‘definition of insanity?’
Of course that leads us to the next question: what is the downside of a Hillary Clinton presidency? I guess that depends, how far down does the bottom go? And how far could the country conceivably capitulate in 4 or 8 years? Hillary is already a known war-hawk that takes fat-cat cash from Wall Street. How about secret trade deals, a foreign policy determined by the highest bidder, wide-open borders, and political-correctness on overdrive? A war on guns, speech, and climate-deniers? How would you like to live in an Oligarchy on our own road to a neo-feudalistic Dystopia?
But please, feel free to paint a pretty picture of our lovely future together with
Queen President Hillary as our ruler…
For the reasons listed above, some to follow, and for the volumes of material we could never possibly cover in one sitting; I cannot see how we could seriously consider Hillary for president. This is not going to be a repeat of the ‘good-time’ 90’s with Bill (who has been fading away fast by the way). This is a completely different world, and we know a lot more about the Clintons now than we did back then. All is not what it seems to be, but let’s take a break from Hillary, shall we?
Joe Biden is currently in standby as the stand-in in case Hillary gets indicted or can’t go for whatever reason. They try to hide this guy because he’s a walking gaffe-machine. While he certainly creates some entertaining media highlights, they are not the most ‘presidentially appropriate.’ Either way, Joe is an old establishment dinosaur who would only run for one term as a temporary, super-awkward extension of the Obama administration.
In order to invigorate the base, Joe Biden would probably need to pick popular progressive populist Elizabeth Warren as his VP. She has a reputation of being supposedly tough on Wall Street, even though she doesn’t seem to have the results to back it up. For example, if she really wanted to help the American people so badly, she should have helped them audit the Federal Reserve. But she declined, instead opting to try and change the diversity of the Fed’s upper chain of command. On the surface it’s not a bad idea; instead of having a bunch of old white guys making all the policy decisions, why don’t we throw in a few other people from different backgrounds? It sounds nice, except it ignores the fundamental problem with the Fed. How would changing a few members of the board fix the 20 trillion-ton monstrosity that’s already been anchored to the ankles of the American people Liz?
Elizabeth Warren would easily ignite a spark of enthusiasm in the election, and she is clearly the coveted prize for Joe or Hillary. However, it is hard to imagine that scenario doing much good for anyone. For some reason, the base thinks she’s kind of a big deal… but to be fair, there aren’t many other options. She’s a 67 year-old one-term senator that wouldn’t have that much power as the number-two anyway. She may have made a good team with Bernie, but how is she going to be ‘tough on Wall Street’ when she is sitting under the crushing weight of ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton? Liz is older than you think, but tougher than she looks. I don’t dislike her by any means, but I’m not entirely sure what all the hype is about either…
And that brings us to our last candidate, Donald J. Trump:
People can complain all day about how dangerous Donald Trump is for the country, but is it true? Two points:
1: Even if he did turn out to be dangerous, at least you could say there was a chance that he wouldn’t be. The alternative (at this point) is Hillary, and we already know how dangerous she would be. Even in the worst-case scenario, the difference between the two is that Hillary’s danger comes with a guarantee. Donald comes with some risk, but at least there’s some upside and guaranteed entertainment value. You cannot make the same case for Hillary!
2: Who is Donald dangerous for? Crooked politicians? Criminal illegal aliens? ISIS sympathizers? Political correctness? The mainstream media? The Democratic Party? The Republican Party? The Bush family? The Clinton family? If anything, Donald is dangerous to the ‘established order’ of things as they were… but isn’t that precisely what the American people have been looking for?
Like him or loathe him, Donald Trump happens to be one of the smartest, toughest, most successful, and most interesting people in American history. Do you agree with that statement? Or do you believe that he is stupid, weak, boring, and forgettable? Exactly. He is an American icon that has been a household name for over 30 years. The Donald is truly one-of-a-kind, and a larger-than-life character. He was always around for an opinion, and we enjoyed his honest answers and confident delivery. Best of all, he was never afraid to speak his mind, and give the public something to talk about…
Donald also teased around with the idea of running for president for almost as long as we’ve known him, and he usually left the possibility open that he might jump in at the right time someday. And then 2016 came along…
Of course he wasn’t taken seriously at first, and wasn’t expected to last long. The GOP didn’t want anything to do with him, and the media did their best to discredit him. But it all backfired because the public wasn’t buying it. They were fed-up , and really began to resonate with the Donald Trump rhetoric. Every attack on him just seemed to make everyone that much more determined to win. And the people were getting behind him in droves…
He persisted against the odds until he eventually emerged as the last republican standing. Now it was time for the ultimate showdown with ‘crooked’ Hillary: The establishment’s last hope? Versus an outspoken, self-funded populist? Was this really happening? Or was this something out of a Hollywood movie? One thing was for sure; the establishment was not happy. This election was supposed to be Hillary vs Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. But now they had an outsider disrupting their plans…
How would the empire strike back? What was the establishment going to do about their Donald Trump problem? In an era of politically correct hypersensitivity and social justice warriors; it was obviously time to play the race and gender ‘cards!’
Donald Trump has found himself embroiled in controversy regarding his views on the border and immigration. Some of the criticism is fair-game, some of it is off-base, and some of it deserves further clarification. First off, I’m not a big fan of the whole wall idea. I understand why a country like China would want to build the Great Wall. It makes sense to prevent violent hordes of barbarians from pillaging your villages. Ancient civilizations were full of castles and city walls. But that was a long time ago, surely there were better solutions today?
Maybe I’m wrong? Regardless, here are two things I do know:
2. There are two radically different directions we can take on our border/immigration policy depending on who wins this November. And that leads us to the predictable question; which path would you prefer?
As you can see, there’s quite a difference in policy. But if you had to pick one, which would it be? Did you pick option B? Or are you a racist? Donald Trump may have made some insensitive remarks regarding his views on the border and immigration, but to suggest that he or his followers are racist as a result is ridiculous.
But wait, he was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan, and then there was that time when he re-tweeted a meme with false crime statistics that made it look like blacks were dis-proportionally killing whites! First of all, just because the KKK is racist doesn’t automatically make Donald a racist. They were going to endorse someone weren’t they? Besides, there are going to be plenty of extremist groups that will likely endorse Hillary. Does that mean she shares their views? Of course not. And yes, one time Donald re-tweeted a meme with some misleading crime statistics. Did he create the meme? No. Was it an honest mistake? Most likely. Did some pundits in the ‘progressive’ media make a dis-proportionally huge deal about it? Absolutely.
Regardless, we’ve known this man for thirty years and never suspected that he was a racist. But now that he’s in the race for the White House, we are led to believe that Trump and his followers have suddenly become hate-filled white-supremacists? Is that because his opponents in the media said so? Or is it because radical anti-Trump activist groups (some funded by shadowy pro-Hillary ‘philanthropists’) are protesting and disrupting events? Be careful before you buy the BS, you are probably being played for a fool…
So is Donald Trump a sexist? Ironically, this issue isn’t shaping up to be the advantage that the Clinton campaign was counting on. And it appeared so obvious on the surface: The potential first woman president vs. a man who has a history of involvement with super-models, and is on his third marriage. A man who owned beauty pageants, and doesn’t hold back from blunt criticism…
For Hillary, it must have seemed like a dream scenario with potential material laying everywhere; this was going to be easy! Except there was one ‘yuge’ problem… no matter what they might find, Hillary and her husband were horrible hypocrites that were a hundred times worse!
How can you play the ‘gender-card’ on someone, when your own husband is a well-known sexual philanderer? Several of Bill’s mistresses are even household names! How many have you heard of? Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Monica Lewinsky? And that’s just scratching the surface. One of his former flings spoke of Bill bragging about bedding over 2,000 women! There were the affairs from ‘back in the day,’ the ones while he was governor of Arkansas, the ones during his presidency, the ones after, and the recent one the secret-service refers to as ‘the energizer?’ All the while he was ‘with’ Hillary? Is this some kind of sick joke?
And speaking of Hillary, Bill once boasted that she had ‘been with more women than he has!’ And while far more discreet then Bill, she has had her own share of curious relationship rumors, featuring her assistant Huma Abedin, Webb Hubbell (Chelsea’s real father?), and even Vince Foster! Regardless, it appears the Clinton ‘marriage’ is nothing more than a ‘sham-for-show’ for two political sociopaths that are addicted to power, money, sex, and secrecy.
I’m not trying to pass judgment, I just want to ask an honest question; how can we seriously consider electing these awful people into power again? Despite the obvious problems, the Clinton machine was still strong. And they had an army of assets, allies, and useful idiots in the media to continue corrupting and controlling their confused cult-followers. Please don’t let these people prey on you! And yet it gets worse, much worse…
Donald Trump is no angel. But compared to the Clintons he is. Yes, Donald went over-the-line and overboard with the Megyn Kelly ‘gotcha’ moment at the first debate. Her question was ‘debate-ably’ fair-game, but Donald wasn’t expecting it, and didn’t handle it well. Then he doubled-down and made it downright ugly… for a time. But it’s over, and Donald and Megyn have since ‘buried-the-hatchet.’ Almost literally…
Then there was a recent New York Times article that outlined several of Donald Trump’s dealings with women to show us what an insensitive creep he was. Except the ‘star of the story’ was outraged, and went public to denounce the Gray-lady’s shady smear-piece. Oops.
Meanwhile, it’s on record that Bill Clinton has actually settled sexual assault cases. Some have even alleged that he has raped more women than Bill Cosby! And yet it still gets worse. As it turns out, one of Bill’s best buddies is a convicted pedophile named Jeffrey Epstein. He was a wealthy ‘philanthropist’ with a ‘stunning’ piece of property out in the Virgin Islands. In fact the place even had a nickname: Orgy Island! And it’s on-record that Bill Clinton took at least 26 flights there! Jeffrey’s private plane was even said to have a mattress on board for him and his elitist perv-pals to play around with one (or more) of his sex-slaves. Did somebody just say sex-slaves? Yes, Jeffrey Epstein was known for indulging in underage sex-slavery! Does that automatically incriminate Bill, or make him a pedophile too? Not necessarily, but he certainly has a lot of explaining to do…
At this point, it would be hard to dismiss any sexual deviancy stories when it comes to Bill or Hillary Clinton. They have created quite the history together, and it’s far from healthy. He is a well-documented sex-addict with an array of affairs. And if you dare decide to kiss and tell, Hillary will make your life like Hell. Outside of being a woman, Hillary is no champion for women’s rights. She tries to destroy her husband’s victims, and collects money from countries that treat women worse than animals.
Either way, for every negative we can find on Trump, there is something dramatically worse about one (or both) of the Clinton’s:
Is this even a fair comparison anymore? Hillary shouldn’t even be there. She shouldn’t be considered, shouldn’t be eligible, and shouldn’t be running for any kind of position of power, period. However, we could also say the same thing about Donald Trump. He shouldn’t be in this race either, but not for the same reasons as Hillary. Donald should be out on a golf course somewhere enjoying himself, chiming in from time to time to give an opinion on something. And if the country were better off, he probably would be. But the country is not better off, it’s far-from. And that leads us to an interesting revelation…
Donald has debated for four decades about the possibility of running for president someday if needed. And then 2016 arrived, and the country had never been weaker. It was losing its greatness, forgetting its history, and reinventing its identity. Deluded, degraded, divided, and dumbed-down; the country was in demand of a sobering reevaluation. The clock was running out… at this point, what did we have left to lose? Besides, even if we were destined to fall, why not go out with an amazing story to tell?
And speaking of stories, who else was going to step-up and take on the almighty Hildabeast? She was always angry, and still bitter about 2008. She felt entitled, and had been planning to be our president for most of her life. Soon she would be in her oval office, laughing maniacally with her staff; “what scandals?” And “Ben Ghazi who?” It was time to close the door on the America that you used to know… first she was coming for the guns, and then she was coming for the Drudge! It was time to settle a score with so-called ‘patriots’ and conservative media. Secret international trade deals were up next, and foreign policy would be available to the highest bidder. Washington and Wall Street were scavenging the last scraps of the middle class, and the immigration policy was launching into overdrive. Things were about to change all right; and by the time those fools realize how bad they’ve been conned, it will be too late! They will have signed away their sovereignty, given away their guns, confused their culture, diluted their votes, and thrown away their voice! Welcome to the New American Century suckers! Vote for Hillary 2016! Anyway, it was all in good fun to imagine. And yes, it may have been a story, however it honestly wasn’t hyperbole. If Hillary had her way, this country was headed toward some troubling times…
But what about Donald Trump? Isn’t he just the ‘lesser of two evils’ anyway? Traditionally when someone uses that phrase, it means that both candidates are ‘bought and paid for.’ They may disagree on some of each other’s policies, but they are both in the pockets of the establishment so it does not matter which one you vote for. In fact, we’ve only had a handful of serious candidates in the last 50 years or so that were not already ‘pre-selected’ for us:
George McGovern: A good man, but was crushed in a landslide by Nixon.
Ronald Reagan: He won, but was allegedly controlled and influenced by his establishment VP, former CIA director and future president George H.W. Bush.
Ross Perot: He was the unlikely front-runner until he got chased out by the ‘Bush people.’ He tried to warn us about the danger of NAFTA, perhaps the worst trade deal of all-time.
Ron Paul: It looked like he had the delegates to win, but he was cheated at the Republican convention by a last-minute rule change. He had won the required five states to win the national nomination, but that was the rule from five minutes ago. The new rules now required eight states to be eligible. All the GOP needed to do was hold an aye/no (yes/no) vocal vote to approve the new rules, and they would be made official. And to make sure they won, the GOP had their House Speaker named ‘Boner’ to hold the ‘vote.’ He was an orange-hued stooge who stood on stage and shouted; “the aye’s have it!” Except they definitely did not have it. But ‘Boner’ wasn’t conducting an official vote, he was just reading the script from the TelePrompter! The Republican establishment was rotten, deceptive, dishonest, and apparently terrified of the ‘Ron Paul Revolution.’
Bernie Sanders: he should have retired, but there was no one else to run against Hillary Clinton in the primary. She was bad news, and he gave her a surprisingly strong challenge. However, it was going to take a Clinton conviction or a convention-day miracle just to get to the next stage. Bernie may not win, but at least he helped expose the corruption of the DNC machine and its rigged, super-delegate shenanigans. Hopefully, Bernie will stick to his principles even if defeat. You can’t run as anti-establishment, lose, and then tell your followers to vote for the establishment candidate. Then he would be perpetuating the very problem he was trying to protect the people from! Besides, he owes the party nothing; please walk away with your dignity Bernie!
Donald Trump? A self-funded billionaire that wasn’t taking big donations to influence his decision-making. He was his own man, and told crowds at speeches that ‘he didn’t want their money, he just wanted their vote!’ The Republican establishment didn’t want anything to do with him, but they were so worried that he might run against them as a 3rd party, that they made him pledge his loyalty to them in the event he lost. Except the GOP got more than they bargained for; Donald’s popularity exploded, and he went on to defeat all 16 other candidates, storming to a decisive victory. Donald Trump was supposed to fail and be pledged to the Republican party, but now it was the Republican party that was pledged to him.
The plan backfired, and that didn’t sit too well with the old-guard, status-quo GOP. Several of the old dinosaurs even claimed they would rather vote for Hillary! But that leads us to another important point: how can you be an ‘establishment candidate’ if the establishment doesn’t want you as their candidate? And that was the big difference in what separated Donald Trump from say, Mitt Romney. On the surface, they were both billionaire businessmen running as Republicans. But beyond that they were quite contrasted with much different agendas…
In 2012, the GOP tried to force-feed their Fox-faithful followers on one of their two preferred, pre-selected candidates that the party had already picked out for them: Rick ‘Bush 2.0’ Perry or ‘moderate’ Mitt Romney. Perry wound-up self-destructing during the debates, leaving Romney as the last hope to fend-off the Ron Paul Revolution and fall to Obama. However, I never could understand why Mitt Romney wanted to run for president in the first place. He was a wealthy and devout religious man with a large family. Why would he want to deal with all of the responsibility and stress of being commander-in-chief? He already had a great life, and had all the money in the world. It made perfect sense for the GOP elites to want him elected, but he had little appeal to the rest of us in the real world.
In 2016, the GOP tried to force-feed their Fox-faithful followers on one of their two preferred, pre-selected candidates that the party had already picked out for them: ‘Brother’ Jeb Bush or ‘Manchurian’ Marco ‘the robot’ Rubio. But this time around, they were both taken out of the race; and far earlier than anyone could have anticipated. Donald Trump was a different animal, and a force to be reckoned with. The GOP then tried to latch onto Ted Cruz or John Kasich, and even flirted around with the idea of bringing back Mitt Romney! They tried everything they could, but the Donald Trump phenomenon was just too powerful. Unfortunately for the GOP, they were stuck with him whether they liked it or not.
Be warned however; there is still the possibility that the Republican party could pull off some kind of last-moment election-day surprise at the convention in Cleveland. It’s not completely out of the question, and could still be ‘in the cards’ somewhere. It would be desperate, dangerous, and downright suicidal for the party, but there might be a slight chance to protect the establishment… by ‘taking a dive’ and handing the election to Hillary. The GOP can not get away with cheating Donald Trump and expect his supporters to vote for the ‘new guy’ that stole his place. It was time to face facts: the only sure way to beat Hillary in November was to jump on the Trump bandwagon…
And to finish my previous point, Trump was not like Romney. And not just because the old-guard didn’t want him. Unlike ‘moderate’ Mitt, Trump acts like he actually wants to be president, perhaps even needs to be. Not to feed his ego, but out of survival instinct to help save his country. I guess you will have to ask yourself: do you believe that Donald Trump would be running for president if the country was doing really well? I personally don’t, and think that he sees the dangerous direction we are heading towards, and wants to try and make a difference while he still can. He could sit on the golf course and watch the country go off the cliff, or he could jump in to try and ‘save the day.’ And honestly, who was better qualified than him to get the job done? To pull off the impossible? Either way, Donald was up for the challenge, and it was hard not to respect him for it…
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves just yet. Donald Trump could very well be the ‘real deal,’ but we must be careful not to get carried away with the ‘cult of personality’ either. One of the biggest obstacles we face as a nation is the two-party system ‘school of thought’ that has helped divide and conquer us. Instead of a country full of informed, independent political thinkers; we had been mostly sorted into one of two categories: Democrats or Republicans. The parties and their ideologies had become so strong that they began to resemble modern-day religious institutions. And we had the same problem with the media, as they were rarely ‘objective’ anymore. As stated above, the news was now labeled ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative,’ and usually worked hand-in-hand with the two big parties. Where was I going with all this? Simple: don’t be a cultist!
It’s extremely important that people learn from their past mistakes and not be cult members for Donald Trump. The Bush, Obama, and Hillary fanatics have hurt us all, and America can’t afford to mess this up again. The Bush regime got away with war in large part because the Republican cultists believed everything they heard from the ‘conservative’ media. Then the Obama regime came in and got away with scandal after scandal after scandal (so far). It was made possible because the cultists on the left believed every talking-point manufactured from the ‘liberal’ media. It was painful to watch as people from both sides were completely oblivious that they were all being played for fools. They knew the ‘other side’ was bad, but failed to ‘look in the mirror,’ and realize how dreadful their own side was as well.
The good news was that the people were getting wise to the game, and trust in Washington and mainstream media had never been lower. Donald Trump was also a special case, because he didn’t quite fit into the partisan duopoly. Most of the media seemed ‘out to get him,’ but they also loved hosting him because he was a guaranteed ratings ‘rain-maker.’ Regardless, the big fear with Trump was that he had the potential to turn into an authoritarian. Anything is possible, but he’s running for president, not King. Therefore, he would still be bound by the Constitution to ‘check and balance’ him. But ultimately, it was going to be up to ‘we the people’ to work together to keep his authority in check, and hold him accountable for his actions. Give Donald the benefit of the doubt, but definitely not become the cultists that we used to criticize.
One thing was for sure about 2016: this was an amazing and incredible time to be alive, and we had front-row seats witnessing an election for the ages. Now who was going to emerge victorious and guide us into the future?
To simplify further, we had three potential presidential futures:
And that is what everything finally boiled down to. No matter how you felt about Donald Trump, he was the only potential difference-maker available. And as an added bonus, he provided unlimited entertainment value! How could we possibly pass that by?
Sure, he might be an egomaniac, but maybe America needed an egomaniac? Hey, at least he was our egomaniac!
Does America deserve Donald Trump? I guess that all depends; were we being punished, or did we catch a lucky break? Think about this for a minute: what if Donald had decided to stay home instead? We could have been stuck with Hillary vs. Jeb! Would you rather experience the most hopeless and depressing election ever? Boring ‘brother’ Jeb vs. ‘crooked’ Hillary? Or would you prefer to have another option? Because we happen to have one! He’s a billionaire businessman, a reality TV star, and one of the most recognized and respected personalities on the planet. He’s a natural leader, speaks his mind, and knows how to get things done. Most importantly however, he loved his country and wanted to make it great again…
Now doesn’t that sound like the best option to you? Or would you prefer the wicked-witch of Washington and her sexual-predator husband? It couldn’t get any more obvious than that. It was time to make history with an epic political tale to tell. America had only one choice this November, and his name was Donald J. Trump. Now pass the popcorn, and enjoy the show!
-Peace and Love
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Everything You Missed From Hillary Clinton’s Victory Ceremony at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas:
It’s been both disturbing and exhilarating to watch the neocons and the media freaking out about Donald Trump’s statements regarding 9/11 and the Iraq war. While some claimed he was acting like a “liberal democrat,” others accused him of being a “radical kook,” and close to being a (dreaded) “9/11 truther.” On the other hand, Trump claims that if the GOP can’t admit Iraq was a mistake, then they were going to lose (the election) again. And while it may have been unfair for Trump to put too much blame on George Bush; I think history has proven quite conclusively that the Iraq war was indeed a disaster. It was built on questionable evidence of WMD’s, and resulted in over a million deaths, millions of injuries, a decimated infrastructure, and a completely destabilized catastrophe that helped spawn ISIS all over the region. Was this the result of a mistake? Or was it deliberately built on lies? Either way, the consequences have been incalculable.
As for 9/11, 6 of the 10 commissioners of the ‘official’ investigation have since questioned the ‘official’ conclusions. And if you would like, we could examine some of the more serious holes in the ‘official’ story (like how the plane made a hole in the Pentagon, what happened with Building 7, etc), but we can save that discussion for another day. The greater point is this: whether you want to admit it or not, there are many aspects of the ‘official’ story that are highly questionable, and fair-game for a debate.
However, what’s not open for debate is that there are 28 pages of key information regarding 9/11 that were redacted from the ‘official’ report and have not been made public. The document has been circulated through congress, but is still marked classified. They aren’t a threat to national security, but they are a threat to the national narrative, and could be quite damaging to those who wish them to remain secret. Representative Thomas Massie described the information this way; “As I read it… we all had our own experience… I had to stop every couple pages and just sort of absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything.” What is in the 28 pages? And why are they trying to keep it hidden from the American people?
But without an independent investigation, and without knowing what those 28 pages contain, we can’t really know for sure can we? So why are people attacking Trump, and protecting neocons like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio? Why would anyone want to defend Dick Cheney? Or Donald Rumsfeld? Or an army of ancient, war-mongering monsters from the Bush administration? In light of all of the facts and contradictions, how does one continue to have unquestioning loyalty to the GOP and the ‘official’ 9/11 story? Or to defend a terrible mistake that ruined millions of lives?
The other question I want to ask the neocons is this: how are you supposed to reach out to the so-called ‘liberals,’ when you still blindly defend the Iraq war?
Obama’s foreign policy has more than its fair share of failures (Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc). But why should democrats listen to their failures, when you can’t take blame for yours? It was a horrible idea to put the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt. It was a horrible idea to overthrow Gaddafi and destabilize Libya. And it was a devastating mistake to give weapons, training, and funding to so-called “Moderate Rebels” (that later became ISIS) to invade Syria. The liberals need to know these things. They need to stop being cult followers. They need to realize that the Obama administration has been just as bad as the Bush administration. But why should they listen to someone who stands alongside Dick Cheney? Why should they take you seriously when you defend unjustifiable wars, torture, and the Patriot Act?
At some point, we’re going to have to be intellectually honest with each other, find our common ground, and find our common sense. It’s the only way. Otherwise we’re dividing ourselves into two extremes trying to force partisan ideology on the other half. We can have different opinions, but we need to agree on the facts. We need to admit that Iraq was a mistake. And we need to release these 28 pages and have a national discussion about it. Then maybe we can come together to build a better future…
Peace and Love
Please stop blaming capitalism for America’s problems! Capitalism is something we used to have in the past. It helped build us into the greatest country on Earth. But then it gradually became corrupted, and evolved into some bizarre combination of crony-capitalism/corporatism, socialism, and fascism. Suddenly we became a country ruled by big banks, big government, big corporations, crooked politicians, Wall Street, special interests, and the military industrial complex. That’s not capitalism! Therefore socialism cannot fix the ‘problem,’ it’s only going to increase the size and scope of government! More programs, more taxes. More money out of your paycheck and given to some of the most inept and corrupt people in the country! Not only have our politicians spent every dime ever taken from us, they have also put us nearly Twenty Trillion dollars in debt! They have already stolen our future, and the solution is to give them even more money?
But wait, don’t we need big government to regulate and protect us from the big corporations? Maybe, remember when the corporations cut off the clean water supply in Flint, Michigan? And they gave them the highly corrosive river water instead? And it dissolved the old plumbing structure leading to a dangerous lead infestation that poisoned the population? All so they could save a measly one-hundred dollars a day? But then a big government bureaucracy swooped in to expose the scandal and save the day? No, because that’s not what happened! It was the government that both caused and covered-up the catastrophe! And it was local citizens who ended up exposing it. The reality is this: big government can create as many problems as it solves, and can be every bit as bad as the big corporations. So how will socialism fix our problems when government becomes the problem?
I was in a waiting room the other day, when a song played that I hadn’t heard since I can’t remember… One of those moments that causes you to drop what you are doing and really hone in on the tune… When was the last time I heard this? How could I not know it? How could it have been so long since the last time that I’ve heard it? And how was I going to figure it out what it was? In most circumstances, one could just ‘google’ some of the lyrics to find it, but this was an instrumental! Was I going to have to download a special app for my phone and attempt to hum it out? I gave serious consideration to asking a group of people nearby about it, but I just couldn’t go through it… “Excuse me everyone, sorry to interrupt; but does one of you happen to know the name of this song that’s playing right now? Thanks!”
I tried to retain the memory as best I could, but I was having trouble holding on to it. To make matters worse, I began to confuse it with a similar sounding song by a somewhat obscure trip-hop artist I discovered on Pandora. A sort of cinematic-orchestra meets samurai Wu-Tang? Like a DJ in my own head, one song began to blend and blur into the other. But what was I going to do?
Fortunately, there’s this fancy technology called the ‘Internet,’ and I was able to take a blind-chance in one of its search engines! And sure enough, there was a connection!
I never thought I would find it, but the mystery song turned out to be “Love is Blue,” by a French conductor named Paul Mauriat. However, it turns out that he was just covering the original himself! Regardless, the song turned into a gigantic hit in 1968, but is probably not something you’ve heard on the radio lately. The mystery was put to rest when I stumbled upon an interview by Onra, the trip-hop artist (and fellow Frenchman), where he admitted using samples in his trip-tastic track; “I Wanna Go Back.”
Well now it’s time for show-and-tell, so here it finally is in all its glory:
Have you heard this before? Did you already know what it was? This is a live version by the previously mentioned Paul Mauriat. In fact, this was his final performance of this song 30 years later in 1998 at his “Sayonara Concert” in Japan. Anyway, I think this performance deserves a spot in an Internet Museum somewhere, and is guaranteed to brighten your day… enjoy!
Donald Trump is not what I would call an ideal candidate, and I certainly don’t stand by everything he says. I would prefer that he apologized a little more, and doubled-down a little less. But I don’t believe for a moment that he’s an actual racist, and I’m fascinated that so many people (including media outlets) continue to get away with reporting that as though it is a bona fide fact. Do they honestly believe that he’s literally a racist? Who knows? Maybe they’ll say I’m just defending a racist? That seems to be the level we’ve sunk to in the media these days. Does he have a tendency to say some outrageous things? Absolutely. But at least he has the bravado to say what a lot of people are thinking. Agree or disagree, I can at least respect the man.
Now if it were up to me, I would easily pick Rand Paul out of the current field so far. But he’s currently facing an uphill battle on the bubble right now with the future uncertain. In fact it was just announced that he will not be invited to participate in the pre-caucus debate in Iowa! Apparently, his supposed poll numbers don’t show enough public interest. Not enough interest? He has 1,000 precinct captains in Iowa alone! He won the straw poll at CPAC! And before Trump stole his thunder, he was considered the top candidate to beat Hillary! And now he’s completely ineligible just two weeks before the great Iowa showdown?
Since when did these polls become so infallible anyway? Are these random people really going to show up and vote for so-and-so just because they pushed the #3 button on their telephone? It is the first debate of 2016 in Iowa; a big deal because it is only a few days before our nation’s traditional first caucus. Now we will finally see how well those polls really reflected reality. Now things just got serious… so why are we eliminating two candidates, two weeks before 2016’s first debate? How could we not give all the candidates one more fair chance to make it big at the bellwether?
Whatever you think of Rand Paul, there’s no question that he should be in the top five potential candidates. Think about this for a minute: while he might not be every republican’s first choice, he would probably be in the top 2 or 3, and just about everyone’s top five. And let’s face it, the only five republicans that should even be on stage at this point are Paul, Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina (the other victim of elimination).
Ben Carson is a good man, but is in over his head. Kasich is an unappealing retread. Christie is a proven failure and wannabe tyrant. And former establishment favorite Jeb! Bush is a hopeless bore-fest. But the good news for the GOP neocons is that they really don’t need Jeb! anymore anyway. The old guard oligarchs can (and will) live vicariously through Marco (the Manchurian) Rubio!
Say what you want about the Republicans, but they have an interesting mix of people and ideas. The Democrats on the other hand, are facing an extinction-level emergency! On the surface, the two most obvious problems being identity and age. We have two major candidates: one is pushing 70, and the other will be 75! Who would have guessed that the top candidates for the Democratic Party in the year 2016 would be just two white people in their 70’s? And their emergency backup Biden will be 74! Wow, what happened to the once proud Democrat Party? How could this possibly be the best they have to offer?
Over the last ten years, the republicans have evolved, while the democrats have devolved. The republicans reinvented themselves with Tea Party and Libertarian-leaning factions. Democrats however, have completely lost their personality. What does it mean to be a democrat these days? One of the candidates is an open socialist, and the other one doesn’t seem to know! Of course their embarrassment of a chairperson (DNC Debbie), failed to deliver an answer about this question not once, but twice! So let me ask you: what is the difference between a Progressive, a Socialist, and a modern-day Democrat? I don’t know either, but it’s definitely not the party of Jefferson or JFK anymore…
As far as the candidates go:
I kind of like Bernie, and I think the majority of his followers have their heart in the right place. However, I don’t think I could ever vote for him. Even though I probably agree with him on more issues than any other candidate; we are so far apart on the others, that he automatically disqualifies himself. The fundamental problem involving the economy; while we could completely agree that crony-capitalism lies at the heart of the problem, our plans to fix it would be vastly contrasted. I see only two solutions: a return to a limited-government, free-market system… or we try something new and innovative. On the flip side, Bernie believes in big-government socialism. Really? Was it socialism that made us the wealthiest, most admired, desired, and most powerful nation on Earth? I get why big corporations are bad, but how would big bureaucracy be any better Bernie?
Hillary on the other hand, represents everything wrong with Washington. Too much baggage, too much corruption, too much controversy. Old, out-of-touch, out-of-bounds. How could anyone believe that someone as entrenched with the establishment as Hillary Clinton could be good for this country? Would things really be any better had she won in 2008? She is as much of a war hawk as the Neo-cons! And does anyone think that she will reform Wall Street or fix the economy? I’m sure the big players that donate to the Clinton foundation will get special treatment, but does anyone else believe that things will get better for the rest of us little people? Besides a lot of scripted talking points and empty promises, what is Hillary going to do for you? It’s very simple: the establishment wants her to win. Wall Street would be thrilled, and Oligarchs world-wide will rejoice! How will that work out for the rest of us? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not find out…
Let’s be honest, the Bush regime was atrocious. George seemed like a nice enough guy, but Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove were rotten to their cores. Then the Obama administration (hope and change) promised to fix the republican mess… except it really just extended the Bush problems while making everything else worse! So spectacular was the Obama disaster, that the ‘left-for-dead’ republicans were resurrected and rose to take everything back over! The democrats lost the House, the Senate, and the States! Sure, there were a few social-issue victories, but just about everything else was an enormous failure, deception, and disappointment. This is no longer the party of Jefferson and JFK. This is the party of Saul Alinsky, endless government, gun-control, global warming, and political ‘correctness.’
Trump might not be my first choice, but he’s an angel compared to Hillary. He also happens to be one of the few candidates that could actually fix our Nation’s monumental problems. After all, this is a man with a reputation for getting things done. He’s also someone that can’t be bought and sold by elites and special interests. He’s smart, seasoned, and an American icon. Is he ideal? Not necessarily. But he could also be a big step in the right direction with a chance for greatness. And that I could live with…