davidgmills
It's a topsy-turvy world.

https://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2019/06/27/memo-to-trump-trade-bolton-for-tulsi/

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If she makes it into the second round, Gabbard could become the catalyst for the kind of globalist vs. nationalist debate that broke out between Trump and Bush Republicans in 2016, a debate that contributed to Trump’s victory at the Cleveland convention and in November.

The problem Gabbard presents for Democrats is that, as was shown in the joust with Ryan, she takes positions that split her party, while her rivals prefer to talk about what unites the party, like the terribleness of Trump, free college tuition and soaking the rich.

Given more airtime, she will present problems for the GOP as well. For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.

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Jared Kushner is talking up a U.S.-led consortium to raise $50 billion for the Palestinians in return for their forfeiture of sovereignty and an end to their dream of a nation-state on the West Bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as its capital.

John Bolton is talking of regime change in Caracas and confronting the "troika of tyranny" in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Rather than engaging Russia as Trump promised, we have been sanctioning Russia, arming Ukraine, sending warships into the Black Sea, beefing up NATO in the Baltic and trashing arms control treaties Ronald Reagan and other presidents negotiated in the Cold War.

 

Ye shall know the phony left by the gates they keep.
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beebee
Yep she poses a problem for both parties.

Good.

This is exactly what we need.
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bernintheusa
beebee wrote:
Yep she poses a problem for both parties.

Good.

This is exactly what we need.


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Fire With Fire
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Given more airtime, she will present problems for the GOP as well. For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.



Hunter S. Thompson wrote that Pat Buchanan was a good drinking buddy, and claimed that he was rational some percentage of the time, in spite of his crazy right wing foolosophy.  That character reference means a lot to me.  He is also a guy who was on the Inside during the Nixon years, and became a right wing talking head who could have ridden that gravy train to the end, like all the rest of the TV "journalist" pack.  Instead, he stuck to his paleoconservative point of view.,  He challenged the Bush family and its version of the GOP in three separate runs for the White House, in 2000 on the Reform Party line.

He is a rare bird among the famous, as he walked away from the biggest money and the biggest prestige.

His brand of conservatism is repugnant to me in general, and there are very few areas of agreement I have with him.  But he is right on the issue of all these ridiculous wars.  The secret to the coming revolution is the real Grand Bargain between the libertarian right and the anti-war left. The overwhelming majority, as always, has no particular or consistent ideology.  Only a thin slice of Americans, concentrated within the upper middle class, want the wars to continue.  Most of us put it out of our minds, to our national shame.  But there is a huge majority who will respond favorably to an end to the US starting wars, and getting out of these idiotic entanglements all over the world.  A left-right coalition is its own antidote to the neo-red baiting that is now dominating the MSM.

Of course he is just one guy.  Carlson in another.  Thus snowballs start to roll . . ..
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deepestblue
I fully agree with Buchanan when it comes to not letting illegal immigrants into the west.  This NWO policy plays specifically on the goodwill, good naturedness and good heartedness of those in the US, all of whom save natives, have an immigrant lineage.  Keyword:  illegal. 

The dying lamestream media (credit: Sarah Palin, another of their unfortunate victims) is doing everything it can to stop the progressive alt left libertarian alt right unification.  They are failing miserably. 

I expect Tulsi to pick up steam and despite her tribalist democrat comments from time to time, if people would hear her out, she would be the next president with no problems beating Trump like a drum in the electoral college.  Her CFR standing notwithstanding as she may be and I'm sorry to think probably is a trojan horse.
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Sriracha


  The secret to the coming revolution is the real Grand Bargain between the libertarian right and the anti-war left.



This is the winning formula right here!
Pipeline and Railroad across the Berring Strait: Bye bye middle east quagmires. Bye bye 23ft/gal super tankers polluting the world. Add a highway to that. Then we can drive to Asia, Europe and Africa. Road trip heaven!
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davidgmills
 
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Sriracha


  The secret to the coming revolution is the real Grand Bargain between the libertarian right and the anti-war left.



This is the winning formula right here!


I just don't know where we get the equivalent stupidity of "Let them eat cake."  And it will still be some time till we get to the equivalent desperation.  And we are not an homogeneous people; to the contrary we seem to be more and more suspicious of each other every day.  Diversity seems to be dividing us, not uniting us.  I think the billionaires will continue to have a field day for some to come.
Ye shall know the phony left by the gates they keep.
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Fire With Fire
I have been sampling the Stock Market "news" stories of the day linked from my iPhone app called, "Stocks."  There is an insular group of "reporters" who work for the major business or general news platforms who have to file stories every day that "explain" why the stock market rose, fell or held steady on the day.  What a miserable job -- calling "sources" from the Street to get what they will say on the record about why prices moved the way they did.  Obviously, there are some problems of credibility with such reporting.  If I short Omni-Orbco, I have a real good reason to lie about what I think its price will be next week.  Nevertheless, I have been running into a lot of interesting opinions, and even a few facts, in these stories from the business press.

The Dow and S&P hit new all time highs yesterday, based on the presumed likelihood of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates.

With this mid summer rally, the "markets" are now showing investments "worth" roughly four times what they were "worth" ten years ago.  Many articles mention that this coincides with the "longest economic expansion" in history.  Oh, and aggregate consumer debt has also reached an all time high, surpassing the bubble that burst in 2008.

This alleged business "expansion" is almost entirely fluff.  Faced with the debt crisis and the high proportion of really bad loans hanging over the banking industry as of 2009, the Fed began giving money away at practically zero percent interest.  Those with the wherewithal to take advantage did -- and most of that "money" created out of thin air has gone into investments, creating this illusory four fold increase in corporate "wealth."  On the hope that the Fed will go back to giving away free money, the "markets" have regained everything lost during the 2018 "correction," obviously on the related hope that more free money pumping into the economy will drive the markets to ever higher levels.

Another note I saw from these daily market stories related that now 80% of trading is now conducted by computer programs.

Meanwhile, the tents I see in my business travels along the West Coast continue to proliferate.  I heard a recent estimate that there are more than 60,000 people in Los Angeles without a home.  In San Francisco, the dysfunctional economy is driving housing costs to the point where unless you make six figures, you are shit out of luck.  In Seattle, there is a homeless encampment under the Interstate 5 and Interstate 90 interchange with what look to be many hundreds of tents. 

In the flyover states, the conditions are even worse as the hollowing out of the USA continues to accelerate.



If things were just to stay as bad as they are now, the present schemes for keeping the status quo in place would probably work.  But that is not what is happening.  Another crash is either days, months or at most a few years away.  The last crash gave us fraudulent Hope and Change, followed by Occupy and then the Sanders and Trump campaigns -- which blew the Bush-Clinton paradigm to smithereens.  In turn, that led to the utterly untenable political stalemate between our national political leaders who are trying to throw each other in jail -- or it least they claim to be doing so, and the "news" is dominated by one criminal inquiry after another.

When (not if) the next crash comes, there will be a revolution.  That does not necessarily mean a violent revolution.
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davidgmills
@Fire With Fire -- you say

"In the flyover states, the conditions are even worse as the hollowing out of the USA continues to accelerate."

I live in the middle of the US  -- Memphis.  I guess you could go a little more north and little more west to get to the true center.

But I don't see the middle of the country having the economic problems the coasts are having.  Economically, Memphis is doing far better than it has since before the 2008 crash.  We crashed before the country did.

But crime is another story, especially in big cities.  It has continued to climb and a lot of people are just getting scared.

I think we are seeing an exodus to the safety of smaller cities and towns.
Ye shall know the phony left by the gates they keep.
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Wood
davidgmills wrote:
It's a topsy-turvy world.


I have had the same thought and I bet Trump's even considered it. I doubt if he'll be beatable in 2020 and hoping he'll put Tulsi in the Cabinet.
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