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I’m trying to figure out politics. It’s slow going. I’m just a holler hopper out of West Virginia, and I guess I puzzle easy. Maybe you can help me.

I reckon America is pretty much a dictatorship now. It’s because one man, just one, does anything he wants to other countries and to us and everything else. I mean, he starts trade wars, to make everything cost more, which I don’t remember anybody voting for. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, though..He sends troops to Africa without telling anybody if he feels like it, which he mostly does. I guess somebody somewhere must want our troops in Africa, but I don’t know anybody who does.

Then he puts sanctions on all the countries he’s heard of, which probably isn’t many, but maybe has a map to find new ones. You know, like Nambia. He obeys Israel like it was his mother, and wants a war with Eye-ran so he’ll get campaign money in New York, and wants a fight with places like China, and Russia too.

Now that’s smart. I bet you wake up at night and think, Dear God, please let us have a war with China, so we can all melt into chicken fat or at least Walmart won’t have anything to sell. Think how much money people would save.

Me, I reckon he’s crazier than a bag of monkeys and, like they say in Alabama, ain’t got the sense God give a crabapple. Maybe that’s just me, though. The big question is do we get turned into pork rinds in a nuclear fry-up, or just starve in a trade war? We don’t know . I don’t guess it’s our business.

On one of those nature shows on TV I saw something about about the endangered Giant Yellow Crested Cockatoon and how it makes nests in cities. I don’t know why I thought of that.

It’s a funny dictatorship, though if you think about dictatorships. It’s a crafty one, not too ugly from inside, until the fry-up anyway, sort of like a movie about that guy Orwell if Disney did it. It seems like we’ve got freedom but no power. That’s really slick. Any mosquito will tell you it’s better to suck blood from something that doesn’t notice you’re doing it.

At the baptist church down the road, the preacher, he’s the Reverend McBilly Osfeiser, he says the End Times are about here. What he said was, “Verily I say unto ye, brethren and sistern, the Last Tribulation is upon us. for in Revelation chapter 8, verses 3-5, saith the Lord, “From the deeps of Sheol a creature shall arise, with the head of a carrot and the body of a man, and he shall smite the nations of the earth, even unto the Stromatolites and Erythrocytes, and none shall remain unsmited, and they shall smite him back, and the world shall end.”

Well, I think that’s what he said. Anyway, he might of said it.

But we were talking about our dictatorship. I was going to say, then there’s Congress, that’s neutered like somebody’s pet dog and only cares about itself. That’s just how Congress is. It’s hard to tell what it’s for anymore.

A lot of people in it don’t seem right in the head. There this woman named Elizabeth Warren who thinks she an Indian. Well, I think I’m a French Poodle. There’s as much evidence. I don’t know whether she wears feathers or anything, maybe a belt with scalps on it. Then there’s Nancy Pelosi, who can’t make her eyes point in the same direction at once. And there’s Maxine Waters, who sticks her tongue out at people like she want to catch flies. I figure with people like that, there ought to be room for a French Poodle. I could have a dog bowl for bribes and bark every little bit for authenticity.

Part of our newfangled dictatorship is the telescreen, television I meant to say, and the newspapers, that never talk about anything they don’t want you to think about. Well, what they do is every few weeks, probably on Saturday night when everybody is out drinking beer and not watching, they put in about a sentence and a half about one of Washington’s wars, with no pictures of dead kids spread around like marmalade on buttered toast. That way they can say they’re covering the wars. They know people don’t remember anything they hear just once if there’s no pictures. But if you tell them twelve thousand times that Russia is poisoning orphans in Utah, they’ll believe it, even if Utah doesn’t have any orphans, and they have to truck a few in so they can look poisoned. Then everybody’ll want a war with Russia. Then you can get more money from them to build aircraft carriers. Some German guy figured it out.

The government doesn’t want people to think too much. It might give them brain cancer. So once in a while they have elections like mixed martial arts or a really good bar fight, fun to watch but don’t mean anything. One rascal wins and people whoop and holler but afterward it’s hard to tell which rascal won because there wasn’t enough difference between them to shine light through. Anyway, they always do what the power and money wants.

In Mexico, the rascals give people a hamburger to vote for them. It’s a better system. I mean, a hamburger is better than nothing, which is what Americans get out of elections.

ORDER IT NOW

The reason Washington has to blow up the world is China. If what I hear is true, China is just full of people. I mean, they’re just all over the place. That would be all right, if they left it at that. But it turns out those squinty-eyed scoundrels are smart, too, and mostly engineers, There’s more of them than of almost any kind of people except may in India, and they study pretty much all day.

That might be all right too if they left well enough alone, but they don’t. They make stuff and sell it, and make money and the people that used to be pea-turkey poor have food and flat screens and China is getting rich. Washington doesn’t like that because it can’t figure out how to make money because it’s buying aircraft carriers and so it just prints money instead of having a real economy. It’s called counterfeiting and it seems like the rest of the world is catching on to it. So that’s why we got to have a war while Washington might still win, but most likely we’ll broil like beetles in a bug-zapper. So when it happens you’ll know why, but you’ll have to think fast.

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  1. Ottothep says:

    not one of his better rants. he doesn’t have the ear for dialect and his West Virginia metaphors sound cheesy and forced and patronizing.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    , @Isabella
    , @Mj
    , @prusmc
    , @gp
  2. You know what’s the best part, Fred? Not wondering who Hillary Clinton’s SECOND pick will be for Supreme Court Justice.

    He obeys Israel like it was his mother, and wants a war with Eye-ran so he’ll get campaign money in New York, and wants a fight with places like China, and Russia too.

    Trump’s Syria policy blows this to tissue paper. So far, Trump has hammered a few facilities with the coordinates loudly telegraphed to Russia in advance. ISIS is all but mopped up, and Syrians are repatriating and rebuilding their nation-state, in complete defiance of Israel’s ambitions and dove-tailing with Iranian policy in the region. In the meantime, he has neatly split the Jewish community over Jerusalem. Jews are smart and influential, so it’s good to have some on your team.

    Trade war, schmade war. The rest of the world does not practice the “free trade” that lives in the heads of American academic economists.

    Zero evidence Trump wants a fight with Russia or China. If anything, Trump seems to have the completely sensible view that the only three countries that matter on the planet need to cooperate on their spheres of influence. More realism, less idealism.

    I honestly don’t get the whole he’s-gonna-blow-us-all-up! schtick. Trump was supposed to blow us all up over North Korea. Trump has started the peace process with North Korea.

    Long run, I grant you that all multi-national empires end the same way and the USA will not be exceptional. Trump is buying Red State America valuable political and cultural space in the meantime.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  3. . I mean, he starts trade wars, to make everything cost more, which I don’t remember anybody voting for.

    I voted for a trade war and was quite irritated it didn’t start on day one of Trump’s Presidency.

    And if you listened to Trump during the campaign he repeatedly called for a trade war, loud and clear.

    The government has been a quasi-dictatorship since FDR (with considerable acceleration under W and Obama), but there are many areas where the Presidency remains powerless. A good example is the failure to build THE WALL.

    Of course the real dictators are the black-robed terrorists who call themselves judges.

    That might be all right too if they left well enough alone, but they don’t. They make stuff and sell it, and make money and the people that used to be pea-turkey poor have food and flat screens and China is getting rich. Washington doesn’t like that because it can’t figure out how to make money because it’s buying aircraft carriers and so it just prints money instead of having a real economy. It’s called counterfeiting and it seems like the rest of the world is catching on to it.

    Most money expansion stems from the private sector.

    As for China’s money supply growth…

    Nothing wrong with this of course–as a developing economy China has a greater need of credit expansion.

    If you think China leaves people well enough alone I raise you Made in China 2025, the fact that one third of corporate equity in China is owned by the state, and the fact that all the top private companies in China have direct hotlines to the Communist Party.

    China is certainly making and selling things, but it isn’t doing so by following shopworn cliches from fossilized classical liberals.

    • Replies: @ohmy
  4. Well, Fred, you’re at least (briefly) acknowledging the “I” word nowadays. But still…

    Decades ago it so thoughtfully itemized the wars (for democracy) we goyim get to fight, in perpetuity:
    — ( http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/the-jewish-plan-for-the-middle-east-and-beyond.html )

    And along with countless other gestures of magnanimity, it gave us our “new Pearl Harbor”:
    — ( https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it )

    …you really shouldn’t be so stingy with your gratitude.

  5. Gee, Fred, the view from Wheeling? I thought your view came from quite a lot farther south. And west.

    And as for “the baptist church down the road” … ever been in an actual church? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    Hey, I’m not on the Trump train, either. But if you’re going to set up strawmen to knock down … geeez, do a little better job of it, man. This shit is lame. I’m embarrassed for you.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  6. @Ottothep

    He’s not embarrassing like SJW White kids saying “y’all” — but he does over-play the smarty-pants country bumpkin.

    We know he’s for real, he doesn’t have to keep reminding us.

  7. Come back and live in the USA and then you might be more credible.

  8. Sorry, Fred has become a one trick pony. He’s old and tired and just phoning it in at this point.

  9. A truly disappointing column, long on allegations, aka talking points, short on factual support. One would think our self-appointed Mexican correspondent would explicate as to why his neighbors overwhelmingly elected a commie as president. Doesn’t fit the narrative as they say. And, here, President T has fixed it so more Hispanics than ever before are employed. Not a word from Reed or from Telemundo or Opinion. Nada as we say.

    And what does that mean? They are phonies to the hilt. Reed, the faux hero of Nam and the mean streets of DC, is a cornpone liberal hidden in his serape now exposed by his witless sarcasm.

    Adios.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @byrresheim
  10. “Para Todo Mal, Raicilla y Para Todo Bien Tambien”

    For everything bad, Moonshine Mezcal and for everything good too.

    Fred will be about half alright as soon as somebody brings him some clean liquor.

  11. @jim sweeney

    I do want to hear his thoughts on the Mexican election.

  12. @Daniel Chieh

    I do want to hear his thoughts on the Mexican election.

    This is my 3rd or 4th time writing this statement, but go o to VDare.com and read articles by the honest, fair, and knowledgeable writer, Mr. Allan Wall. He lived in Mexico for a decade or so with his family, about a decade ago. That’s a while, sure, but he keeps up with Mexican politics, even when there aren’t elections, in his Spoken in Spanish columns. It’s all in English too, not in fake West Virginia drawl.

    I shouldn’t have to keep writing this – go to VDare – as a whole, they know a whole lot more than Fred Reed on the topic of immigration.

  13. Dr. Doom says:

    Oh come on jarhead. The only thing on the media that might be true is the date and day of the week. Donald D. Duck is hemorrhaging support. The pollsters are phoning it in. The numbers never change much. The illusion of an equally divided society where a marginal group like “soccer moms” or perhaps “Guatemalan maids” is the end result of egalitarian fanatics that want to believe that tiny groups of freaks like Zion Supremacists or flaming homosexuals can CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS. Of course, those last two examples probably overlap like Irishmen and drunks in Ireland.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  14. I reckon America is pretty much a dictatorship now. It’s because one man, just one, does anything he wants to other countries and to us and everything else.

    Yeah, this line, and the first part of the column would all be something I completely agree with if Mr. Reed had led us to understand that by man he means any of these guys in that office since George H.W. Bus h (and some of the same thing even previous to that). No, I think you are picking specifically on Trump, which is positively moronic, because American presidents for 3-4 decades have been LET TO act like this, by the same people who call Libertarians “Libertards”. Some of them do that on unz.com, yet still bitch about what kind of crap the American executive branch pulls all over the world.

    If not that, then maybe you just forgot to put in a paragraph discussing how this has been going on a long time. That’s hard to believe, however, as lots of your columns read as though you are just buttsore about any talk against Mexicans. Trump has said things that Americans were allowed to say only in private before … stuff that wouldn’t make the news … except now they love to quote the President in hatred. You seem to be buying all that up.

    You take your Mexicanity so seriously, Mr. Reed, that I think you should go ahead and burn your American passport. I myself do not believe dual citizenship should be allowed, even American/Canadian.

  15. The Pentagon is working on much smaller nuclear bombs these days.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/pentagon-pushes-for-new-low-yield-nuclear-bombs

    There’s nothing to worry about. We’ll sneak in one morning with our stealthy bombers for a few surgical strikes, and Russia and China will surrender by dinner time.

    • Replies: @Respect
  16. Biff says:

    In Mexico, the rascals give people a hamburger to vote for them. It’s a better system. I mean, a hamburger is better than nothing, which is what Americans get out of elections.

    Nailed it!
    Stupid Americans can’t even get a taco for their vote – just a stupid grin that says “suckers!”

  17. Isabella says:
    @Ottothep

    Odd you should say that, given that Fred grew up and spent all his young life in Virginia. You’d think he’d know.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  18. Isabella says:

    Thanks for a moment of light hearted sorrow Fred. No-one does it like you. I’m finding the patronising self consequential items who visit here becoming increasingly boring. You give the Unz reason to be.
    Oh – and as a one time trained Nurse turned Microbiologist Biochemist who loved going sporting caving, I just loved this “the Stromatolites and Erythrocytes”
    Stay well Fred.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  19. @Isabella

    Tidewater Virginia (the southeast), where Fred grew up, is a long way from West Virginia, especially Wheeling, which is way up pretty close to Pittsburg, Penn. I think he pulled the town Wheeling out of his ass, as that’s NOT typical W. Virigina either. He shoulda written Beckley or Elkins.

    How do I know? I like maps, and I’ve been everywhere in this here land.

  20. Oldeguy says:

    ” It seems like we’ve got freedom but no power.”
    Perfect one sentence summary of what happens to the rest of us in a Meritocracy.

  21. Me, I reckon he’s crazier than a bag of monkeys and, like they say in Alabama, ain’t got the sense God give a crabapple. Maybe that’s just me, though.

    Yep, Fred. It’s just you. No one else could express their ignorance and foolishness in your style.

  22. In the case of most people, “trump derangement syndrome” is hilarious. In Fred’s case, it’s just sad.

  23. Are you related to the Point Pleasant Mothman?

  24. @Achmed E. Newman

    Indeed, sir. The difference between tidewater Virginia and mountainous western Virginia (West Virginia) is a GULF of a difference. This guy ain’t no hillbilly (e.g. Elkins, Pocahontas, or Mingo) and he ain’t no laid off steel worker (Wheeling) neither. Bet you he don’t even pronounce “it” as “hee-it.”

    I’d tell him to sniff some more, if he wants to learn the dialect, but that would probably just increase his Trump Derangement Syndrome.

  25. @Achmed E. Newman

    Tidewater Virginia (the southeast), where Fred grew up, is a long way from West Virginia, especially Wheeling, which is way up pretty close to Pittsburg, Penn. I think he pulled the town Wheeling out of his ass, as that’s NOT typical W. Virigina either. He shoulda written Beckley or Elkins.

    Wheeling is very much West Virginia, part and parcel. So are those realms of Pennsylvania and Ohio, adjacent to the land-bound peninsula of WV that holds Wheeling. Drive up Rt. 250 from Clarksburg, along which path “Wheeling” is pronounced “Willen” by the native populace, and you might learn something, Achmed. If such is possible.

  26. Mj says:
    @Ottothep

    I can’t agree. I mean, just think of how instructive this rant is in a psychological sense. Fred still cannot forgive Trump for failing to genuflect to the Latinx, notably his consort.

    A prediction: In the future there will be a millennial Fred Reed angry with a president who fails to pay homage to the Chinese, and thus his dragon girl.

    • Agree: TheBoom
  27. Now that the “Ask a Mexican” column is no more,

    perhaps Fredo Reed

    could start one of his own.

    • LOL: Rurik
    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  28. Beb says:

    Fred, I like you and would love to have a beer with you, but you have it dead wrong on Trump. By the time the dust settles, say 2025 or so, he will have been one of the most consequential presidents in American history.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @Truth
    , @gustafus21
    , @Rurik
  29. @Dr. Doom

    It’s not ‘egalitarian fanatics’ who think that

    tiny groups of freaks like Zion Supremacists or flaming homosexuals can CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS

    It’s also professional psephologists; they understand that a 2% constituency has significant power if it all lines up on one side of the false-dichotomy of party politics.

    To see why: don’t think about Presidential elections (where turnout is often above 60% of the eligible electorate, and the winner of the contest obtains the votes of 29% of eligible voters)… think about Congressional elections (e.g., mid-terms – where turnout averages less than 30%), or – even worse – state gubernatorial races (e.g., NY 2014 had turnout of 27% of eligible voting population: note that this was downplayed by comparing the number who voted to the number of ‘active‘ – as opposed to ‘eligible‘ – voters).

    The winner in those contests is getting maybe 17-20% (top-end) of the eligible electorate.

    Now… consider that in those elections, getting 2% of the population to reliably turn out, is the same as generating a 6-10% “swing” within the existing turnout.

    In low-turnout environments, small identifiable constituencies matter; they matter a lot.

    This is because the vote-counting mechanisms are extremely flawed: by not counting abstainers, they effectively reduce the incentive for parties to furnish policy proposals that appeal to the median voter.

    It’s pretty trivial to show that for any vote-counting methodology to generate a stable equilibrium, ‘abstain’ must be counted as something specifically different from any of the ‘active’ options, and must be counted in a way that can lead to ‘none of the above’ being selected.

    Otherwise, systems simply polarise, and eventually morph away from ‘representative’ and towards ‘oligarchic’ – with all the rent-seeking and corruption that ensues.

    And here we are – in a world where, objectively, policy formulation pays more attention to ‘vested interests’ than it does to the demos (e.g., [1]). Nobody can cokmplain about that: it’s a Rumsfeldian “known known” that is built into any system that ‘systematically’ ignores abstentions.

    [1] Gilens “Testing theories of American politics: Elites, interest groups, and average citizens

  30. Da Wei says:

    Fred Reed,

    Is this some kind of expressionism, where your writing style kind of meshes with the screwed up nature of your subject? I usually enjoy your writing, but this one is like Huck Finn shitfaced.

  31. Truth says:
    @Beb

    Oh yeah, he’ll be consequential. So much so, that David Duke will be fondly remembering the Dull and forgettable Obama administration.

  32. Do they not have a TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) clinic in Wheeling, Mexico?

  33. We’ve sent troops to Africa for decades. I was deployed there in the 80s, and I believe we had a permanent presence in Africa under W and Obama, though the brass of AFRICOM prefer to live near Stuttgart.

    If you read some of the American Pravda series, you might realise Trump wants to fight Eye-ran not so much for money and more likely to save his skin.

  34. Fred – sleeping with Mexicans gives you gas at both ends.

    My son grudgingly voted Trump – he is a successful entrepreneur highly leveraged in the stock market. He is THRILLED at the prospects of reining in China – even as he takes a hit every day…sometimes facing a margin call…. while Trump faces down the Chinese

    He explained it to me in detail over drinks on the 4th. I get it. It’s tough medicine, but absolutely necessary to our LONG TERM health.

    Zero unemployment is causing the RTD in Denver to put up banners on it’s stops…$2000 signing bonus…. drive our buses!

    Your compadres don’t get it… even as the legal ones benefit. Virginia is doing just fine without you.

    Go back to the moccasins shuffling around the cocina….

    • Troll: Biff
  35. @Beb

    Like I told Fred… sleeping with Mexicans gives you gas at both ends. You are spot on about the Donald.

    Fred’s an old hippie who doesn’t have to do much down there…. it’s easy, lot’s of takers, and he can coin a phrase to catch a few bucks…. but his thoughts on T conflict with Little Fred’s Latina fixation.

  36. MBlanc46 says:

    I’m so glad that Mr Reed lives in Mexico. May he continue to live and vote there.

  37. @Dillon Sweeny

    Your arrogance is totally unjustified. I doubt you know as much about Appalachia as you think you know.

    All you have to do is listen to the differences in accent between a resident of southwestern PA and a resident from the coal fields in southern West Virginia. One is a mountain drawl, while the other is a twangier accent. That, plus they use a whole range of different words specific to each dialect. Few (if any) West Virginians say “yinz” or “jagoff.”

    West Virginia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHoY4Z1MPY0

    Southwestern PA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWBciEM_PDo

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  38. Rurik says:
    @Beb

    he will have been one of the most consequential presidents in American history.

    that’s exactly what bothers Fredo

    if Trump and his Deplorables prevail, N. America will not suffer the Reconquista (at least in our lifetimes), and Fredo’s credo crumbles like a cheap chalupa.

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  39. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Your arrogance is totally unjustified. I doubt you know as much about Appalachia as you think you know.

    Arrogance? You’d best check that definition. Not that you will.

    All you have to do is listen to the differences in accent between a resident of southwestern PA and a resident from the coal fields in southern West Virginia. One is a mountain drawl, while the other is a twangier accent. That, plus they use a whole range of different words specific to each dialect. Few (if any) West Virginians say “yinz” or “jagoff.”

    Who said anything about accents? When’s the last time your Lordship was in Wheeling? LOL. You do not know your ass from a hole in the ground. Where y’all frum, d00d? New Yawk Siddy?

  40. @Rurik

    if Trump and his Deplorables prevail, N. America will not suffer the Reconquista (at least in our lifetimes), and Fredo’s credo crumbles like a cheap chalupa.

    The Reconquista is a done deal. Your grandchildren will speak Spanish as an official (by act of Congress) language. Illegal hispanics are a majority of the population — at least half of whom are not censused. With a birthrate double that of whites or blacks, that currently not-fully-visible majority will “appear” as their children graduate from high school, and the latino bloc seizes political control.

    Fully operational political dominance is but a dozen years in the future. Whites will be absorbed quickly, while negroes will be dispossessed of rights (latinos detest American blacks as the ‘shiffless nigras’ they are). The latino ethic is to never give anyone an even break, to take without asking, and to take as much as possible as quickly as possible.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
    , @Jim Sweeney
  41. Rurik says:

    Fully operational political dominance is but a dozen years in the future

    pfft

    already the ((PTB)) are rethinking their ‘kill whitey’ agenda.

    that new Latina socialist who beat the kosher anointed Pelosi replacement is talking about Palestinians as if they were human.

    The second fiddle of the DNC is a Muslim who cavorts with Calypso Louie.

    They’re going to do some serious soul-searching when they realize Jose and Maria have no intention of sending endless billions of whitey’s tax receipts over to that shitty little state.

    That’s their dinero, the Judeus can pound sand.

    How many billions does Mexico send to Israel every year?

    As for my grandchildren speaking Spanish, on that account I suspect you’re right, only it won’t be in N. America that they’ll be doing so.

    • Agree: byrresheim
  42. Give it up, Fred. Time to retire.

  43. republic says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    In 1952 Nixon was about to be dropped from the VP slot with Eisenhower following an expense account scandal but after Nixon made his famous Checkers speech and two days later he met up with Eisenhower in Wheeling WVa. during a planned campaign stop and found out that he would remain on the ticket.

    West Virginia still went for Stevenson.

  44. republic says:

    Reed knew Joe Bageant who lived near him in Ajijic Mexico until his death in 2011. He was the author of Deer Hunting with Jesus and Rainbow pie: A Redneck Memoir. He was one of the greatest writers of Redneck culture.
    Unlike Reed the Mexican nationalist, Bageant was a real American patriot!

  45. Jesus… that was the worst 5 minutes of my life …

  46. TheBoom says:

    Shouldn’t Fred be ranting in a fake Mexican accent given his love of Mexico (They have electricity, hospitals and airports!!!) and hatred of the US?

    • Replies: @Thomm
  47. @jim sweeney

    One would think our self-appointed Mexican correspondent would explicate as to why his neighbors overwhelmingly elected a commie as president.

    That man is not a communist.

  48. @republic

    Actually they were good friends, and actually Mr. Bageant’s view of his country was a lot less friendly than Mr. Reed’s.

    Patrotism sometimes entails the duty to point out disagreeable facts.

    • Agree: Escher
  49. Thomm says:
    @TheBoom

    Shouldn’t Fred be ranting in a fake Mexican accent given his love of Mexico (They have electricity, hospitals and airports!!!) and hatred of the US?

    Gustavo Arellano was probably just a sockpuppet of Fred Reed.

  50. Fred stopped paying attention at the end of the Bush II administration.

    How old is Fred, by the way? 80?

    • Replies: @Rex Little
  51. m___ says:

    The dictator has many heads, none called Trump. Trump is the anchor of “Trump the nation”, a tv news show that focuses on inexpensive but crafty messages for the flock. It was preceded in popularity by “Hallelujah Obama, our savior”, not un-similar but catering to ‘other’ majorities of prefabricated deplorables.

  52. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Long run, I grant you that all multi-national empires end the same way and the USA will not be exceptional. Trump is buying Red State America valuable political and cultural space in the meantime.

    I’ve been saying this all the time, but nobody listens.

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  53. Respect says:
    @Low Voltage

    Indeed your ( brain ) ” voltage ” , as well as your yankee morals are low .

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  54. @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks for reinforcing my memory. As I was reading the stuff about being “out of W. Virginia” and the reference to Wheeler, something in the back of my mind was screaming “wait a minute! hasn’t he previously always talked about being from the tidewater areas of Virginia???”

    Now I know I’m not the only one who remembered that. Something about this latest offering from Fred has me scratchin’ muh head.

    What’s this whole “one man” dictator riff on Trump. Was Fred asleep the whole time that Obama and Hillary were destroying Libya and getting close to destroying Syria? Oh…wait…I see where he’s going. That was one man and one woman. That’s better. And before that it was ‘W’ but he had a Cheney and a choir of neocons behind him, so that was one boy, one man and a choir. So I guess that makes it different, sort of. Or maybe Fred was really sleepy.

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  55. tyrone says:

    If Trump is a dictator why doesn’t he control the DOJ ?

  56. @Dillon Sweeny

    You specifically used accent – how “Wheeling” is pronounced – as a cultural marker of how West Virginia is supposedly a homogeneous place. You also absurdly lumped in southwestern PA with all of West Virginia, even the two states are actually quite distinct in terms of economy, ethnic background, religion, and more.

    Let me use a western PA expression. You are a jagoff.

    And I haven’t been to New York City once in my life, which is one reason why I don’t live totally in a bubble. Unlike some people I could mention…

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  57. Swan Knight says: • Website

    Fred. Visit Alderson, WV, in the Greenbrier Valley. It’s almost Heaven. I know that you are from rural Eastern Virginia, not West Virginia, so cut the condescension. Your use of a double negative was also ineffective. I like your writing except the Mexico worship. Unfortunately, this time you shoud’ve kept your nose in the Playboy issue featuring red hot Mexican signorita Raquel Pomplun

  58. @republic

    Bageant was the shit! Way better’n Fred Reed. I do miss him …

    https://www.counterpunch.org/author/r4yafaceprupheb/

  59. I suggest a fundraiser to buy this Fred character some character some writing lessons from Linh Dinh.

  60. prusmc says: • Website
    @Ottothep

    I have avoided personal criticism and the ad hominem attack but this posting of Fred’ is pure trash. I have lived in Alabama and spent time in West Virginia and see Reed’s attempt at humor pure stupidity and insult. I am from Northern New York (authentic Yankee country) and never experienced this kind of drivel and stereotyping. MAYBE Fred thinks because he grew up south of the MASON Dixon line he has a dispensation to act like a buffoon, in the manner of Blacks throwing around MF’s and N words.
    I have followed Fred for over 30 years in various publications and found he has become not better with time but erratic and often non-sensical.
    Still about one in three postings are good, despite his desire to see the US become Mexicanized in population while paying Mexico’s bills with remittances and pirated American jobs. When I first saw this rant on the Platform Burning, I hoped Ron would not waste space and effort by posting it here
    When we mine for gold the dross is separated from the useful ore, let’s do the same with Fred’s offerings.

  61. @Yap Skarusky

    I’m glad you liked the Johnny Cash, Yap, though I believe he didn’t write that song. On your last paragraph, that was my point too (or I was attempting to make that one). I will also say that I have a pretty good long-term, slightly-vague-but-correct memory of politic stuff. Anyone can look it up (I’m not about to), but Mr. Fred Reed here used to bad-mouth Pres. George W Bush every other column.

    Now, my memory tells me that Mr. Reed has outright hatred for the guy. I did not agree with the foreign wars either and especially did not like Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” crap which expanded the Feral Government even more. However, Mr. Reed ramped up the presidential criticism during the early ’00′s, then it seems like I never read any more of the during the years of the Øb☭ma administation. I didn’t read Reed during the Clinton adminstration, but Reed sure didn’t mention him or Øb☭ma by name in this column.

    Either Mr. Reed just has a poor memory or he is being disingenuous here by putting his point all on Donald Trump.

  62. @Dillon Sweeny

    You have to go back (to New Yawk Siddy), if such is still possible.

  63. @Respect

    It was satire, but we can’t all be as smart or moral as pendejos like yourself.

  64. There is no power to act for the people, just power to shout. Indirect democracy is just evolutionary autocracy, it leaves representatives with the sole right to make and break laws. The electorate should share that privilege.

  65. Freddy Boy is going soft… let’s have a big blowout and see who is left behind to enjoy it all, in HELL!

  66. CIA, MIC, Bankers, Wall St, Fake Jews, AIPAC are the ones in charge, the ones ruining everyones lives, driving humanity off a cliff. They are the axis of evil, the terrorists, and sadly, you cannot vote them out.
    Monsanto and Bayer just merged, so two corporations who have made a living murdering people for profit, are taking over the planets food production, what could possibly go wrong?

    All the work of the devil himself. But do not fear, Trump and the Republicans will save us from the evil deep state! If Adelson and Netanyahu tell them to, don’t hold your breath! We’re fucked!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  67. @byrresheim

    What’s not to like?

    Hell, yeah. Our kinda folks!

  68. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    You specifically used accent – how “Wheeling” is pronounced – as a cultural marker

    Huh-uh. Accent is inflection, vowels and tonality. An observation that “Willen” = “Wheeling” is not an observation of accent per se, but of specific pronunciation.

    Yes, I’m sure. Studied that bullshit for years.

    Southwestern PA, the Wheeling “peninsula”, and southeastern Ohio … same place, culturally and linguistically. Hell, damn near all the way to Cincinnati, for that matter. Things do change south of Charleston, down to Bluefield and Richlands. But not very goddamn much.

    Glad to hear you’re not from NYC. The strip of USA, from Philly to Boston, is a farting pustule of pestilence.

  69. @Bardon Kaldian

    Long run, I grant you that all multi-national empires end the same way and the USA will not be exceptional. Trump is buying Red State America valuable political and cultural space in the meantime.

    I’ve been saying this all the time, but nobody listens.

    Cogent, although I would point out that Empire USA did not begin to collapse until it morphed “multinational” at the behest of the rich. It does seem to be the case that “multinational” empires invariably collapse as a result of the greed of the controlling wealthy class.

    Either way, America is over. These things go more slowly than one might think — I’m thinking the name will be on the edifice for another 30 years, say 2050. Too much population, too much class separation, and a failure to recognize that cultures NEVER unite for mutual benefit.

    You are correct that Trump is carving out a space for Red State America. It won’t hold — it cannot hold. There’s too much blue inside the red spaces.

  70. Che Guava says:

    Fred,

    Enjoyable and to the point article.

    Your use of ‘must of ‘, though, is raising serious doubts in my mind as to your retention of literacy.

  71. Thim says:

    # u c k you Reed, you POS traitor.

  72. @Dillon Sweeny

    Please stop using my name. I have nothing personal or otherwise against you but one of “us” is enough and I’m doubtless the senior (not senor) Sweeney here. Probably of the whole bunch.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Dillon Sweeny
  73. ” I reckon America is pretty much a dictatorship now. ”
    What was it under FDR ?
    The whole idea of the executive executing what senate and house want, how long has it been a farce ?

  74. Truth says:
    @Jim Sweeney

    I don’t know old Sport, remember that night with your secretary in Tacoma 28 years ago?

  75. @Jim Sweeney

    Please stop using my name. I have nothing personal or otherwise against you but one of “us” is enough and I’m doubtless the senior (not senor) Sweeney here. Probably of the whole bunch.

    An impressive, albeit slightly whiny, plea.

    I’m not using your name. Now, I suppose I could alter the “name” field to “Jim Sweeney”, but how entertaining would that be, in the long run?

    So, no.

    • Replies: @Feric Jaggar
    , @Che Guava
  76. @The True and Original David

    How old is Fred, by the way? 80?

    73, if you believe Wikipedia. They’re usually correct when they stick to hard facts.

  77. @Dillon Sweeny

    It strikes me that with the name Sweeney/Sweeny attached, one’s first name then sounds as if it is made possessive with ‘Weenie’ appended. A commercial for Jake Sweeney’s Cars comes out sounding like ‘Jake’s weenie scars.’

    • Replies: @Dillon Sweeny
  78. @Feric Jaggar

    It strikes me that with the name Sweeney/Sweeny attached, one’s first name then sounds as if it is made possessive with ‘Weenie’ appended. A commercial for Jake Sweeney’s Cars comes out sounding like ‘Jake’s weenie scars.’

    My family being from Kazahkstan, the pronunciation is “Sway-NYE”.

    Now, that being said, since my real name is not Sweeny, you dipshit, onaccounta we all use piss-sudo-nyms here, you are invited, cordially, to kiss my rosy red ass.

  79. Anonymous[394] • Disclaimer says:

    This post by Mr. Reed reminded me of one of those segments you see on PBS w/ an old pony-tailed guitar guy in suspenders singing crappy “satirical” “folk songs” about Halliburton or net neutrality

  80. gp says:
    @Ottothep

    Agree: this is poor quality Fred.
    P.S., If there’s a “fry-up,” the holler hoppers won’t get fried. They aren’t on the target list. I’m guessing they are more self-sufficient in an emergency than the Acela Riders are, too.

  81. @Haxo Angmark

    The Mexican nickname for Frederico is “Kiko”.

    • Replies: @republic
  82. Che Guava says:
    @Dillon Sweeny

    Others should also use ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Jim Swiney’ to take the hilarious irritation to the next level.

    Dillon doesn’t even place an ‘e’ before the ‘y’.

  83. Anonymous[436] • Disclaimer says:
    @redmudhooch

    Why do you think ANYONE’S in chatge?

  84. @Daniel Chieh

    Perhaps he doesn’t talk about the Mexican election because he doesn’t want a cartel knocking on his door.

  85. republic says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    actually he is married to one!

  86. ohmy says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    “The government has been a quasi-dictatorship since FDR”. You got the R part right, it’s the first initial that is wrong. I think you meant TR, Teddy Roosevelt.

  87. This idiot doesn’t know the view from Wheeling… this Mexican wannabe knows the view from Porta Vallarta…

  88. The view from Guatelombia, more like. Drop the Aw-Shucks-I’s-Just-A-Plain-Spoken-Truth-Tellin’-Southern-Boy-Real-True-’Merican-Like Elvis-&-Apple-Pie schtick. You are so in tune with and concerned for the place you live in Mexico with a mestizo or Amerindian (dunno which, don’t care; doesn’t matter).

    Write commentary on something you understand: corruption, arrogance, and tyranny in Mexico’s government perhaps, if those the themes you wish to highlight.

  89. Sam J. says:

    Fred news=Fake news.

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