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Trump’s Triumph: Billionaire Blowhard Exposes Fake Political System

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Last night’s FOX News GOP Presidential Debate Extravaganza featured the most riveting two minute political exchange ever heard on national television. During a brief colloquy between Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Fox moderator Brett Baier, the pugnacious casino magnate revealed the appalling truth about the American political system, that the big money guys like Trump own the whole crooked contraption lock, stock, and barrel, and that, the nation’s fake political leaders do whatever they’re told to do. Without question, it was most illuminating commentary to ever cross the airwaves. Here’s the entire exchange direct from the transcript:

FOX News Brett Baier (talking to Trump): Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren’t you for it now?

TRUMP: As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you’re talking about here.

What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands and thousands of employees. And if I’m negotiating in New York or in New Jersey or in California, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid.

You know why?

Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians, of course, with the exception of the politicians on this stage. (uneasy laughter) But they have total control of the politicians. They’re making a fortune.

Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have…yourself great plans…

BAIER: Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single-payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies….You’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, and Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

TRUMP: You’d better believe it.

BAIER: — they do?

TRUMP: If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.

TRUMP: I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?

TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why?

She didn’t have a choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation is supposed to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.

BAIER: Hold on…..We’re going to — we’re going to move on.” (Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Primetime Republican Debate, Time)

There it is, two glorious minutes of pure, unalloyed truth on national television. How often does that happen?

How often does a fatcat billionaire-insider appear on TV and announce that the whole system is a big-fat scam run by crooks and patsies?

Never, that’s when. But that’s what Trump did last night. And that’s why the clatter of ruthless miscreants who run the system behind the smokescreen of fake politicians are sharpening their knives right now before Manhattan’s rogue elephant does even more damage to their precious system.

Just think about what the man said. He not only explained that the whole system is rigged (Baier: “And when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”…TRUMP: “You’d better believe it.”), he also said that the politicians will do whatever they’re told to do. (TRUMP: Well, …with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why? She didn’t have a choice because I gave.”)

Doesn’t that confirm your darkest suspicions about the way the system really works, that money talks and that elections are just a way to get the sheeple to rubber-stamp a corrupt, fraudulent system?

Of course, it does.

So, let’s summarize: Moneybags capitalist loudmouth explains to 80 million dumbfounded Americans watching prime time TV, that the system is a total fraud, that the big money runs everything, and that even he thinks the system is broken.

How do you beat that? Seriously, my wife and I were laughing and high-fiving and like we just won the lottery.

Thanks for that, Don. We owe you one.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

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  1. Strictly speaking, of course, Trump is correct. America’s political hacks are owned by every big interest with a checkbook.

    OK, what’s the solution? you wonder. Short of, say, Vlad Putin putting an ICBM on Washington, District of Corruption, I don’t know. . . .

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    • Replies: @Tom_R
    SOLUTION TO THE WORLD'S MOST CORRUPT GOVT.--BINDING SUPERSEDING NATIONAL REFERENDA.

    Thanks for the great article. I agree with you. Trump is outspoken, so he let the cat of the bag and the Oligarchs are running scared that their scam might come to an end. Also, they do not have to buy him, so he can run on his own, in contrast to most politicians who have to sell themselves to the Oligarchs and other donors.

    With the billions spent on campaigns in this country (and billions more paid under the table to the politicians), the USA is the MOST CORRUPT NATION ON EARTH.

    But there is one great solution: It is a constitutional amendment to allow irreversible binding superseding national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress or Parliaments and Sup. Ct. rulings and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can thereupon override them with a 66% vote.

    Laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as immigration, big wars, foreign aid, etc. must be approved by the people first.

    For eg., see:

    National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy:
    http://ncid.us/
    http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm

    We Americans (and Europeans and Australians and Canadians) need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late or America (and similarly Europe/Canada/Australia), as we know it, will be finished.
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  2. That kind of honest admission by Trump, is likely to get him more popularity in the insane asylum of the USA. The fact that he’s one of the corrupto-fuckwit’s means to most that ‘ he’s just the inside man we need to reform the system.

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  3. Intelligent people who can think for themselves know this country is corrupt beyond repair.

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    • Replies: @Brother John
    Beyond repair? No, not necessarily. When you say that, it sounds like, "Why bother?"

    There are steps that can and should be taken to remedy most of the things that ail us: reducing immigration of all types to zero for several decades, abolishing all federal taxation, increasing the size of the House to several thousand members while at the same time limiting the number of hours per year they may work or meet, depriving the federal government of as much revenue as possible, encouraging the states to reassert themselves, and imposing Constitutional limits.

    Most problems in life have simple solutions.

    Difficult, but simple.
    , @Anonymous
    I totally agree with Realist. Anyone still buying into the bogus Republican/Democrat paradigm is part of the problem and anyone who can think rationally instead of emotionally knows this country is beyond repair. We are all just a bunch of pawns to any politician you can name and they are the same a$$holes who were our high school class presidents. It makes me sick to see all the sheep rallying around this candidate or that.
  4. “BAIER: Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single-payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies….You’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, and Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

    TRUMP: You’d better believe it.

    BAIER: — they do?”

    If you don’t want to hear the answer, don’t ask the question.

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  5. @Orville H. Larson
    Strictly speaking, of course, Trump is correct. America's political hacks are owned by every big interest with a checkbook.

    OK, what's the solution? you wonder. Short of, say, Vlad Putin putting an ICBM on Washington, District of Corruption, I don't know. . . .

    SOLUTION TO THE WORLD’S MOST CORRUPT GOVT.–BINDING SUPERSEDING NATIONAL REFERENDA.

    Thanks for the great article. I agree with you. Trump is outspoken, so he let the cat of the bag and the Oligarchs are running scared that their scam might come to an end. Also, they do not have to buy him, so he can run on his own, in contrast to most politicians who have to sell themselves to the Oligarchs and other donors.

    With the billions spent on campaigns in this country (and billions more paid under the table to the politicians), the USA is the MOST CORRUPT NATION ON EARTH.

    But there is one great solution: It is a constitutional amendment to allow irreversible binding superseding national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress or Parliaments and Sup. Ct. rulings and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can thereupon override them with a 66% vote.

    Laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as immigration, big wars, foreign aid, etc. must be approved by the people first.

    For eg., see:

    National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy:

    http://ncid.us/

    http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm

    We Americans (and Europeans and Australians and Canadians) need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late or America (and similarly Europe/Canada/Australia), as we know it, will be finished.

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    • Replies: @EdwardM
    While the spirit of this idea seems reasonable, having every moron who gets his news from Jon Stewart and Buzzfeed voting on complex national issues seems like a bad idea. Every time we have expanded the franchise in the U.S., big government and infringements on liberty have been the result.

    Moreover, the left would certainly be better at drafting the referenda and marshaling votes -- college students and professors, union thugs, government bureaucrats, dead people, etc. -- as they always are.

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government. Wouldn't it be great if Trump et al. saw no need to bribe politicians because nothing they did affected him one way or another? Granted that's even more fanciful than your proposed solution. . .

    One smallish change that I would like to see that is in line with your idea (in that it would broaden citizens' individual power) is a constitutional amendment stating that any citizen by definition has standing to challenge a law on constitutional grounds. This lack of standing comes up often as a barrier -- for example, even though the Iran deal blatantly violates the constitution's treaties clause (requiring 2/3 ratification by the Senate), in all likelihood no citizen would be allowed to challenge this in court because of a lack of standing.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    You might want to consider how that worked out in California. For one instance, the "public service unions" - police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers - have a total lock on the state budget.
  6. @Realist
    Intelligent people who can think for themselves know this country is corrupt beyond repair.

    Beyond repair? No, not necessarily. When you say that, it sounds like, “Why bother?”

    There are steps that can and should be taken to remedy most of the things that ail us: reducing immigration of all types to zero for several decades, abolishing all federal taxation, increasing the size of the House to several thousand members while at the same time limiting the number of hours per year they may work or meet, depriving the federal government of as much revenue as possible, encouraging the states to reassert themselves, and imposing Constitutional limits.

    Most problems in life have simple solutions.

    Difficult, but simple.

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  7. We all knew it was true but I like how Trump puts it all in perspective from the donor’s point of view. This goes to show we should ignore the puppets and look at who is pulling their strings. Donald Trump is by far the most honest Republican in the field this time around. I’m sure if he doesn’t win all of them will gladly take his money and do him favors once again if he asks.

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  8. @Brother John
    Beyond repair? No, not necessarily. When you say that, it sounds like, "Why bother?"

    There are steps that can and should be taken to remedy most of the things that ail us: reducing immigration of all types to zero for several decades, abolishing all federal taxation, increasing the size of the House to several thousand members while at the same time limiting the number of hours per year they may work or meet, depriving the federal government of as much revenue as possible, encouraging the states to reassert themselves, and imposing Constitutional limits.

    Most problems in life have simple solutions.

    Difficult, but simple.

    You know none of that is going to happen.

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  9. @Tom_R
    SOLUTION TO THE WORLD'S MOST CORRUPT GOVT.--BINDING SUPERSEDING NATIONAL REFERENDA.

    Thanks for the great article. I agree with you. Trump is outspoken, so he let the cat of the bag and the Oligarchs are running scared that their scam might come to an end. Also, they do not have to buy him, so he can run on his own, in contrast to most politicians who have to sell themselves to the Oligarchs and other donors.

    With the billions spent on campaigns in this country (and billions more paid under the table to the politicians), the USA is the MOST CORRUPT NATION ON EARTH.

    But there is one great solution: It is a constitutional amendment to allow irreversible binding superseding national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress or Parliaments and Sup. Ct. rulings and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can thereupon override them with a 66% vote.

    Laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as immigration, big wars, foreign aid, etc. must be approved by the people first.

    For eg., see:

    National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy:
    http://ncid.us/
    http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm

    We Americans (and Europeans and Australians and Canadians) need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late or America (and similarly Europe/Canada/Australia), as we know it, will be finished.

    While the spirit of this idea seems reasonable, having every moron who gets his news from Jon Stewart and Buzzfeed voting on complex national issues seems like a bad idea. Every time we have expanded the franchise in the U.S., big government and infringements on liberty have been the result.

    Moreover, the left would certainly be better at drafting the referenda and marshaling votes — college students and professors, union thugs, government bureaucrats, dead people, etc. — as they always are.

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government. Wouldn’t it be great if Trump et al. saw no need to bribe politicians because nothing they did affected him one way or another? Granted that’s even more fanciful than your proposed solution. . .

    One smallish change that I would like to see that is in line with your idea (in that it would broaden citizens’ individual power) is a constitutional amendment stating that any citizen by definition has standing to challenge a law on constitutional grounds. This lack of standing comes up often as a barrier — for example, even though the Iran deal blatantly violates the constitution’s treaties clause (requiring 2/3 ratification by the Senate), in all likelihood no citizen would be allowed to challenge this in court because of a lack of standing.

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    • Replies: @Biff

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government
     
    Someone needs to re-read the essay, and understand the upshot of it all - the country is Owned! The owners will be deciding things around here, and no pesky voter is going to change a damn thing!.
    , @Anonymous
    the Iran agreement is not a treaty.
  10. “New NBC News/Survey Monkey Poll: Donald Trump Still in the Lead After Debates”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/new-nbc-news-survey-monkey-poll-donald-trump-still-lead-n406766

    “I have a lot of money, and I’m not getting out. I’m going to win,” Trump said. “You watch: When this campaign is over, I win. As good as I’m doing — and I’m leading the polls — it’s just the start.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-leaders-say-erratic-attacks-hurt-trump-but-he-vows-to-fight-and-win/2015/08/08/915a183c-3de6-11e5-8e98-115a3cf7d7ae_story.html

    Trump is still ahead in the polls. It looks like Trump may win as a Republican. Can the Republican Party elite stand that? My guess is NO. He may will win the popular vote but not a plurality of the convention votes. The Party will do Trump in at the last moment of the convention.

    Remember, for the elite Party types, it is the Party that is number one – they would rather lose the election then disrupt their personal Party positions. Trump would clean house.

    p.s. Trump is a determined man with with talent and guts – third party here we come!

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  11. Trump’s answer about not being able to get more than one bid in a state for health insurance for his employees should be the subject of all the media commentary coming out of that debate.

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  12. @Tom_R
    SOLUTION TO THE WORLD'S MOST CORRUPT GOVT.--BINDING SUPERSEDING NATIONAL REFERENDA.

    Thanks for the great article. I agree with you. Trump is outspoken, so he let the cat of the bag and the Oligarchs are running scared that their scam might come to an end. Also, they do not have to buy him, so he can run on his own, in contrast to most politicians who have to sell themselves to the Oligarchs and other donors.

    With the billions spent on campaigns in this country (and billions more paid under the table to the politicians), the USA is the MOST CORRUPT NATION ON EARTH.

    But there is one great solution: It is a constitutional amendment to allow irreversible binding superseding national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress or Parliaments and Sup. Ct. rulings and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can thereupon override them with a 66% vote.

    Laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as immigration, big wars, foreign aid, etc. must be approved by the people first.

    For eg., see:

    National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy:
    http://ncid.us/
    http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm

    We Americans (and Europeans and Australians and Canadians) need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late or America (and similarly Europe/Canada/Australia), as we know it, will be finished.

    You might want to consider how that worked out in California. For one instance, the “public service unions” – police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers – have a total lock on the state budget.

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    • Replies: @Flower
    "'public service unions' – police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers – have a total lock on the state budget."

    I don't understand your point here. Who else should "have a lock" on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with? You sound like a typical politician, "nobody knows how to spend your money except me!" And, as a person who used to live in California, if you want to use anything from California in any argument, you are starting out with one foot in a bucket.
  13. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Billionaire Blowhard

    I almost skipped this article with this derogatory headline. Sounds like one of the headlines I see coming out of The National Review or by Krauthammer & Co. The neocons are churning out calumnious anti-Trump pieces every few hours.

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    • Replies: @Ace
    Agreed. It's a full-court press on Trump starting with, "You may love him or hate him but ...," and descending from there. The press doesn't preface their remarks about the others that way.
  14. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Realist
    Intelligent people who can think for themselves know this country is corrupt beyond repair.

    I totally agree with Realist. Anyone still buying into the bogus Republican/Democrat paradigm is part of the problem and anyone who can think rationally instead of emotionally knows this country is beyond repair. We are all just a bunch of pawns to any politician you can name and they are the same a$$holes who were our high school class presidents. It makes me sick to see all the sheep rallying around this candidate or that.

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  15. It is exactly the job of the well compensated corporate media to keep the mass of incurious Americans ignorant of the sham/scam that is American “politics”. They seem to be losing their grip. Thank you Mr. Trump.

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  16. @Jus' Sayin'...
    You might want to consider how that worked out in California. For one instance, the "public service unions" - police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers - have a total lock on the state budget.

    “‘public service unions’ – police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers – have a total lock on the state budget.”

    I don’t understand your point here. Who else should “have a lock” on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with? You sound like a typical politician, “nobody knows how to spend your money except me!” And, as a person who used to live in California, if you want to use anything from California in any argument, you are starting out with one foot in a bucket.

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    • Replies: @Chris Mallory

    Who else should “have a lock” on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with?
     
    Government employee unions don't supply the money for the state to have a budget. They are paid with money taken from productive people. All government employees should be denied the right to vote.
  17. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I am Canadian, to me the strangest part of the whole transcript is that last line:
    BAIER: Hold on…..We’re going to — we’re going to move on.”

    Did someone yell to the moderator through his ear bud that he needs to drop the topic NOW and move on to something else?

    Who was that on the mike talking to the moderator?

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  18. If you buy into the idea that Trump is not the guy because of this or that, ask yourself how long would it be before we get the “right” kind of guy if the media is allowed to chase Trump out of the picture? Nobody is picking up the ball that Trump has put in play.

    We allowed the “right” people to control the border in exchange for an amnesty and what did we get – an amnesty and a set of convoluted rules that make it impossible to go after an employer who hires an illegal.

    We allowed the “right” people to give us free trade so we could supposedly export more products to closed markets and what did we get – we got thousands of pages of stuff about property rights in foreign countries masquerading as a trade bill so that the Constitutionally mandated 2/3 majority of the Senate could be ignored. In addition, once the property rights were secured those people promising increased exports built factories in those countries and started doing the exporting from there and not here.

    Yes the system is corrupt to the core and the sooner it collapses the better and Trump may be that guy.

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  19. The thing that’s hard to pin down is why anyone should be shocked with Donald Trump.

    Y’know those mysterious “booms” that have been heard in various places around the country? I figured out what is causing them: that’s he sound of the Political Machine of the United States shitting bricks. Can you imagine the fear that must be gripping their heart right now? Donald Trump is their worst nightmare. An independent, wealthy, charismatic guy who can’t be bought, sold, or threatened, and who doesn’t mind telling the truth. Is he crazy or is he just different? Have we become so programmed, so brainwashed, that the only things we perceive as “normal” are those which will amplify the shite situation we are in? Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call “freedom”?

    Think of it this way. Obama has already laid the groundwork, in that he has begun to rule by decree, and nobody cares. So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don’t want to know what happens if you’re on our shit list.
    The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC.
    Okay, a show of hands, how many folks think that such an action would totally collapse the Stock Market, as foreign entities began to take their money out of the US and put it, uh, somewhere else and T-Bills take a dump?
    The political machine hasn’t sounded “General Quarters” quite yet, but I distinctly heard the racket of a Collision Alarm.
    Next question: How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?

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    • Replies: @Biff

    Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call “freedom”?
     
    You would enjoy the youtube clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACUCVTH6f0g
    , @annamaria
    "So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don’t want to know what happens if you’re on our shit list. The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC."

    Perhaps the most likely consequence of such pro-US acts would be DT assassination, swift and efficient - by some "terrorist, " "communist," "mentally unstable," or all the above. But DT of course knows the rules of the game and he is on the best terms with the "most moral" nation of the "most victimized victims." The same connoisseurs of science that have been murdering (with no consequence) the talented Iranian scientists and the unarmed peacenicks (including the US citizens) would use their skills and "fix the situation" in the US in case any unfavorable development re Israel comes to their attention.
    The Lobby is forced to internalize a very inconvenient fact of the former Soviets dictating Israeli politics. Whereas Putin has been trying to integrate Russian Federation into Western world, away from the Soviet past, the USSR has won via Israel.

    , @Realist
    "How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?"

    If he does I hope he's not so vain as to request a convertible.
  20. @EdwardM
    While the spirit of this idea seems reasonable, having every moron who gets his news from Jon Stewart and Buzzfeed voting on complex national issues seems like a bad idea. Every time we have expanded the franchise in the U.S., big government and infringements on liberty have been the result.

    Moreover, the left would certainly be better at drafting the referenda and marshaling votes -- college students and professors, union thugs, government bureaucrats, dead people, etc. -- as they always are.

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government. Wouldn't it be great if Trump et al. saw no need to bribe politicians because nothing they did affected him one way or another? Granted that's even more fanciful than your proposed solution. . .

    One smallish change that I would like to see that is in line with your idea (in that it would broaden citizens' individual power) is a constitutional amendment stating that any citizen by definition has standing to challenge a law on constitutional grounds. This lack of standing comes up often as a barrier -- for example, even though the Iran deal blatantly violates the constitution's treaties clause (requiring 2/3 ratification by the Senate), in all likelihood no citizen would be allowed to challenge this in court because of a lack of standing.

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government

    Someone needs to re-read the essay, and understand the upshot of it all – the country is Owned! The owners will be deciding things around here, and no pesky voter is going to change a damn thing!.

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  21. @Flower
    The thing that's hard to pin down is why anyone should be shocked with Donald Trump.

    Y'know those mysterious "booms" that have been heard in various places around the country? I figured out what is causing them: that's he sound of the Political Machine of the United States shitting bricks. Can you imagine the fear that must be gripping their heart right now? Donald Trump is their worst nightmare. An independent, wealthy, charismatic guy who can't be bought, sold, or threatened, and who doesn't mind telling the truth. Is he crazy or is he just different? Have we become so programmed, so brainwashed, that the only things we perceive as "normal" are those which will amplify the shite situation we are in? Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call "freedom"?

    Think of it this way. Obama has already laid the groundwork, in that he has begun to rule by decree, and nobody cares. So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don't want to know what happens if you're on our shit list.
    The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC.
    Okay, a show of hands, how many folks think that such an action would totally collapse the Stock Market, as foreign entities began to take their money out of the US and put it, uh, somewhere else and T-Bills take a dump?
    The political machine hasn't sounded "General Quarters" quite yet, but I distinctly heard the racket of a Collision Alarm.
    Next question: How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?

    Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call “freedom”?

    You would enjoy the youtube clip.

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    Thanks for the Easy Rider clip, Biff. That was probably the best scene from a damn good movie.
  22. @Flower
    The thing that's hard to pin down is why anyone should be shocked with Donald Trump.

    Y'know those mysterious "booms" that have been heard in various places around the country? I figured out what is causing them: that's he sound of the Political Machine of the United States shitting bricks. Can you imagine the fear that must be gripping their heart right now? Donald Trump is their worst nightmare. An independent, wealthy, charismatic guy who can't be bought, sold, or threatened, and who doesn't mind telling the truth. Is he crazy or is he just different? Have we become so programmed, so brainwashed, that the only things we perceive as "normal" are those which will amplify the shite situation we are in? Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call "freedom"?

    Think of it this way. Obama has already laid the groundwork, in that he has begun to rule by decree, and nobody cares. So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don't want to know what happens if you're on our shit list.
    The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC.
    Okay, a show of hands, how many folks think that such an action would totally collapse the Stock Market, as foreign entities began to take their money out of the US and put it, uh, somewhere else and T-Bills take a dump?
    The political machine hasn't sounded "General Quarters" quite yet, but I distinctly heard the racket of a Collision Alarm.
    Next question: How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?

    “So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don’t want to know what happens if you’re on our shit list. The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC.”

    Perhaps the most likely consequence of such pro-US acts would be DT assassination, swift and efficient – by some “terrorist, ” “communist,” “mentally unstable,” or all the above. But DT of course knows the rules of the game and he is on the best terms with the “most moral” nation of the “most victimized victims.” The same connoisseurs of science that have been murdering (with no consequence) the talented Iranian scientists and the unarmed peacenicks (including the US citizens) would use their skills and “fix the situation” in the US in case any unfavorable development re Israel comes to their attention.
    The Lobby is forced to internalize a very inconvenient fact of the former Soviets dictating Israeli politics. Whereas Putin has been trying to integrate Russian Federation into Western world, away from the Soviet past, the USSR has won via Israel.

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    • Replies: @Flower
    Umm, okay. What I was trying to engender by my comment was a consideration of what would happen if DT did become president and continued the same sort of mindlessness as Obama has done, except at the other end of the pendulum's arc, i.e. build walls instead of open borders. Ultimately, I was hoping to lead into a discussion as to why the original architects of the Constitution intended the power, ways, means, and leadership to come from a Congress of reasonable men within a defined boundary of morality and freedom, instead of a single despot. I was hoping to point out that were we to have succeeded in the dreams of the founding fathers, who might become President would be of serious, but moderate interest.
  23. One more time:

    Is it really possible that the political filth and their corporate media whores have no idea just how deeply they are despised and distrusted?

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    "Is it really possible that the political filth and their corporate media whores have no idea just how deeply they are despised and distrusted?"

    What difference does it make? They control everything.
  24. @Flower
    The thing that's hard to pin down is why anyone should be shocked with Donald Trump.

    Y'know those mysterious "booms" that have been heard in various places around the country? I figured out what is causing them: that's he sound of the Political Machine of the United States shitting bricks. Can you imagine the fear that must be gripping their heart right now? Donald Trump is their worst nightmare. An independent, wealthy, charismatic guy who can't be bought, sold, or threatened, and who doesn't mind telling the truth. Is he crazy or is he just different? Have we become so programmed, so brainwashed, that the only things we perceive as "normal" are those which will amplify the shite situation we are in? Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call "freedom"?

    Think of it this way. Obama has already laid the groundwork, in that he has begun to rule by decree, and nobody cares. So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don't want to know what happens if you're on our shit list.
    The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC.
    Okay, a show of hands, how many folks think that such an action would totally collapse the Stock Market, as foreign entities began to take their money out of the US and put it, uh, somewhere else and T-Bills take a dump?
    The political machine hasn't sounded "General Quarters" quite yet, but I distinctly heard the racket of a Collision Alarm.
    Next question: How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?

    “How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?”

    If he does I hope he’s not so vain as to request a convertible.

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    • Replies: @iffen
    If Trump gets knocked off, I will recant and start paying attention to what all these tin foil hatted wing-nuts here are saying.
  25. @Bill Jones
    One more time:

    Is it really possible that the political filth and their corporate media whores have no idea just how deeply they are despised and distrusted?

    “Is it really possible that the political filth and their corporate media whores have no idea just how deeply they are despised and distrusted?”

    What difference does it make? They control everything.

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  26. Wow, such a profound admission from an insider. No wonder there is rioting in the streets, oh wait, no there’s not. The system isn’t broken. It is exactly what we allow it to be.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    The problem was mentioned before in another column - only those with nothing to lose can riot. Do you realize what the penalties are if they can stick a federal charge on you and there is likely no parole.
  27. @Realist
    "How many folks think DT will soon be notified that he has won an all expenses paid trip to Dallas?"

    If he does I hope he's not so vain as to request a convertible.

    If Trump gets knocked off, I will recant and start paying attention to what all these tin foil hatted wing-nuts here are saying.

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    • Replies: @Biff

    If Trump gets knocked off, I will recant and start paying attention to what all these tin foil hatted wing-nuts here are saying.
     
    ad hominum, but if your lost under the effects of the establishment, just keep studying it - the bell might ring some day.
  28. There it is, two glorious minutes of pure, unalloyed truth on national television. How often does that happen?

    Not often, but it happens. Disraeli said, “The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”

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  29. @Hurley
    Wow, such a profound admission from an insider. No wonder there is rioting in the streets, oh wait, no there's not. The system isn't broken. It is exactly what we allow it to be.

    The problem was mentioned before in another column – only those with nothing to lose can riot. Do you realize what the penalties are if they can stick a federal charge on you and there is likely no parole.

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    • Replies: @Ace
    There is no parole in the federal system. You do 85% of your time. Not sure how half-way houses fit in.
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    as always, money is the motive force that is causing the establishment to attack trump…mass immigration provides…which provides corporate profit growth, which provides growth in media advertising revenues…it’s the money, stupid.

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  31. @iffen
    If Trump gets knocked off, I will recant and start paying attention to what all these tin foil hatted wing-nuts here are saying.

    If Trump gets knocked off, I will recant and start paying attention to what all these tin foil hatted wing-nuts here are saying.

    ad hominum, but if your lost under the effects of the establishment, just keep studying it – the bell might ring some day.

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  32. @Flower
    "'public service unions' – police, firemen, corrections officers, teachers – have a total lock on the state budget."

    I don't understand your point here. Who else should "have a lock" on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with? You sound like a typical politician, "nobody knows how to spend your money except me!" And, as a person who used to live in California, if you want to use anything from California in any argument, you are starting out with one foot in a bucket.

    Who else should “have a lock” on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with?

    Government employee unions don’t supply the money for the state to have a budget. They are paid with money taken from productive people. All government employees should be denied the right to vote.

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    • Replies: @Flower
    I stand corrected. Sort of. The Unions you mention would be moderate to small potatoes had not the Unions in general been decimated in the past 70 years. Of course, it's really hard to outsource your Police force to India, although, who knows.

    As far as losing the right to vote, no, never, nyet, bo! If they are an American citizen, they get to vote. Period. Full stop. Why aren't you whining about dual citizenship Americans? It seems to me they have done, and have the potential to do, more damage to you than all the California unions put together. But that's me.
  33. YES – News Flash —- Hillary backs up Megyn!

    Hillary and Megyn Kelly are two femmie peas in a pod – how funny. This is turning out great!

    How many men has Trump dumped on? Half the people on the planet are women – what happened to equality? Dump on men – yes — dump on women – NO. Hmm?

    Trump sure missed the boat at the debate – he should have asked Megyn “if she is donating to Hillary.”

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    • Replies: @Art
    "Swan Song for the Donald? GOP Party Bosses Plan to “Take Out” Trump" - Another Mike Whitney article.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42584.htm

    From the article:

    "So now we move on to Phase 2, where the bullyboy puppetmasters come down on Trump like a ton of bricks. He’ll never know what hit him. One day he’ll be playfully sparring with the press corps on the front steps of his Manhattan penthouse, and the next thing you know he’ll be frog-marching across Times Square in handcuffs and leg-irons. You can bet on it.'

  34. @Chris Mallory

    Who else should “have a lock” on the state budget other than those who supplied the money for the state to have a budget to begin with?
     
    Government employee unions don't supply the money for the state to have a budget. They are paid with money taken from productive people. All government employees should be denied the right to vote.

    I stand corrected. Sort of. The Unions you mention would be moderate to small potatoes had not the Unions in general been decimated in the past 70 years. Of course, it’s really hard to outsource your Police force to India, although, who knows.

    As far as losing the right to vote, no, never, nyet, bo! If they are an American citizen, they get to vote. Period. Full stop. Why aren’t you whining about dual citizenship Americans? It seems to me they have done, and have the potential to do, more damage to you than all the California unions put together. But that’s me.

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  35. @Art
    YES – News Flash ---- Hillary backs up Megyn!

    Hillary and Megyn Kelly are two femmie peas in a pod – how funny. This is turning out great!

    How many men has Trump dumped on? Half the people on the planet are women – what happened to equality? Dump on men – yes --- dump on women - NO. Hmm?

    Trump sure missed the boat at the debate – he should have asked Megyn “if she is donating to Hillary.”

    “Swan Song for the Donald? GOP Party Bosses Plan to “Take Out” Trump” - Another Mike Whitney article.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42584.htm

    From the article:

    “So now we move on to Phase 2, where the bullyboy puppetmasters come down on Trump like a ton of bricks. He’ll never know what hit him. One day he’ll be playfully sparring with the press corps on the front steps of his Manhattan penthouse, and the next thing you know he’ll be frog-marching across Times Square in handcuffs and leg-irons. You can bet on it.’

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  36. @annamaria
    "So what happens if, say, a week after DT is sworn in, he decides, thru executive action, that AIPAC is forthwith banished from North America. Yes, Canada and Mexico includded. And he cites The Monroe Doctrine as his legal precedence. Not only that, but he forbids any foreign entity from messing with American politics, and any entity caught messing around will immediately go on our shit list. And you don’t want to know what happens if you’re on our shit list. The most immediate result of this, of course, would be a 50% reduction in the average income of Washington DC."

    Perhaps the most likely consequence of such pro-US acts would be DT assassination, swift and efficient - by some "terrorist, " "communist," "mentally unstable," or all the above. But DT of course knows the rules of the game and he is on the best terms with the "most moral" nation of the "most victimized victims." The same connoisseurs of science that have been murdering (with no consequence) the talented Iranian scientists and the unarmed peacenicks (including the US citizens) would use their skills and "fix the situation" in the US in case any unfavorable development re Israel comes to their attention.
    The Lobby is forced to internalize a very inconvenient fact of the former Soviets dictating Israeli politics. Whereas Putin has been trying to integrate Russian Federation into Western world, away from the Soviet past, the USSR has won via Israel.

    Umm, okay. What I was trying to engender by my comment was a consideration of what would happen if DT did become president and continued the same sort of mindlessness as Obama has done, except at the other end of the pendulum’s arc, i.e. build walls instead of open borders. Ultimately, I was hoping to lead into a discussion as to why the original architects of the Constitution intended the power, ways, means, and leadership to come from a Congress of reasonable men within a defined boundary of morality and freedom, instead of a single despot. I was hoping to point out that were we to have succeeded in the dreams of the founding fathers, who might become President would be of serious, but moderate interest.

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  37. @Anonymous

    Billionaire Blowhard
     
    I almost skipped this article with this derogatory headline. Sounds like one of the headlines I see coming out of The National Review or by Krauthammer & Co. The neocons are churning out calumnious anti-Trump pieces every few hours.

    Agreed. It’s a full-court press on Trump starting with, “You may love him or hate him but …,” and descending from there. The press doesn’t preface their remarks about the others that way.

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  38. @MarkinLA
    The problem was mentioned before in another column - only those with nothing to lose can riot. Do you realize what the penalties are if they can stick a federal charge on you and there is likely no parole.

    There is no parole in the federal system. You do 85% of your time. Not sure how half-way houses fit in.

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  39. The term “blowhard” suggests that all Trump’s boasts are empty, but we know that ain’t true.

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  40. Over 100 years ago, the Italian sociologist Robert Michels published a book entitled _Political Parties_ in which, based on a study of socialist parties in Europe, he argued that there is an “iron law of oligarchy”. According to this law, all political movements and organizations, no matter how democratic they start out being, will, if they do not collapse or peter out, evolve into oligarchies. Subsequent history has consistently confirmed the truth of this finding.

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    Looking a the comments, especially those that insinuate that DT will be eliminated if he tries to reform the “system”, indicates that we simply need to redraw the country along cultural lines and seperate. Each section keeps the military bases and its share of the industry…….

    This will move defence of LIBERTY much closer to home and allow some real involvement by the PEOPLE.

    If you are not willing to fight for your LIBERTY, not just let a hireling and slave do it for you., then you can be taken over.

    Read “War Is A Racket”

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  42. @Biff

    Like career inmates of a penitentiary, have we become so ingrained in the system that we fear the idea of what the majority of humanity call “freedom”?
     
    You would enjoy the youtube clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACUCVTH6f0g

    Thanks for the Easy Rider clip, Biff. That was probably the best scene from a damn good movie.

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  43. Trump says on national television what everyone already knew. So what? That doesn’t mean for a second he will be any different. Hell, he freely admitted he plays the game as well as the best of them.

    When everyone is done beaming at the ray of candor, can we focus on the presidential campaign?

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  44. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @EdwardM
    While the spirit of this idea seems reasonable, having every moron who gets his news from Jon Stewart and Buzzfeed voting on complex national issues seems like a bad idea. Every time we have expanded the franchise in the U.S., big government and infringements on liberty have been the result.

    Moreover, the left would certainly be better at drafting the referenda and marshaling votes -- college students and professors, union thugs, government bureaucrats, dead people, etc. -- as they always are.

    The only solution to the corruption in our country is to reduce the scope of government. Wouldn't it be great if Trump et al. saw no need to bribe politicians because nothing they did affected him one way or another? Granted that's even more fanciful than your proposed solution. . .

    One smallish change that I would like to see that is in line with your idea (in that it would broaden citizens' individual power) is a constitutional amendment stating that any citizen by definition has standing to challenge a law on constitutional grounds. This lack of standing comes up often as a barrier -- for example, even though the Iran deal blatantly violates the constitution's treaties clause (requiring 2/3 ratification by the Senate), in all likelihood no citizen would be allowed to challenge this in court because of a lack of standing.

    the Iran agreement is not a treaty.

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  45. @Hobbesian Meliorist
    Over 100 years ago, the Italian sociologist Robert Michels published a book entitled _Political Parties_ in which, based on a study of socialist parties in Europe, he argued that there is an "iron law of oligarchy". According to this law, all political movements and organizations, no matter how democratic they start out being, will, if they do not collapse or peter out, evolve into oligarchies. Subsequent history has consistently confirmed the truth of this finding.

    read Eric Hoffer

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