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As the Congressional Republicans indulge in their habitual incompetence by pushing a deeply unpopular health care bill, there are signs President Donald Trump may finally be returning to the immigration issue that put him in the Oval Office. Trump is boosting bills to end sanctuary cities and impose tougher penalties on deported criminals who re-enter the United States illegally [Trump to rally Congress on immigration after healthcare setback, by Pete Kasperowicz, Washington Examiner, June 28, 2017]. He’s also meeting with the victims of illegal immigrant crime finally to pressure the Republican leadership to act [Trump joins with victims of illegal-immigrant crime to urge Congress to act, by S.A. Miller, Washington Times, June 28, 2017]. Both passed tonight (June 29).[ House Passes ‘Kate’s Law,’ Votes to Defund Sanctuary Cities, by Dartunorro Clark, June 29, 2017 ]

Meanwhile, Trump said “it’s okay” if the heath care bill fails to make it through the Senate, suggesting he may not tie the fate of his presidency to this albatross. [President Trump Tells GOP Senators It’s ‘Okay’ If Health Care Bill Doesn’t Pass, by Alana Abramson, Time, June 27, 2017]

And there also signs of life on trade. President Trump is reportedly considering actions to punish China, including by putting tariffs on steel. [Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps: officials, by Steve Holland, Reuters, June 28, 2017]

From a nationalist perspective, these steps are not just welcome—they are necessary for President Trump’s political survival. After the last presidential campaign, Trump supporters are entitled to be suspicious of polls. Still, a composite approval poll from FiveThirtyEight has the president’s approval rating below forty percent. [How popular is Donald Trump?, Accessed June 28, 2017]

Even if Trump’s supporters doubt those findings, Republican politicians apparently don’t. GOP congressmen and their aides feel emboldened to gossip to the Opposition Party—the Main Stream Media— about how the president is a “lightweight” and they don’t fear him [Republicans no longer fear ‘paper tiger’ Trump as his approval rating continues to plummet, by Travis Gettys, RawStory, June 28, 2017]. Even in the Rust Belt, where Trump built his new winning coalition, the president’s approval rating is declining and cookie-cutter Republicans like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are now more popular [Poll: Wisconsin voters sour on Trump, happier with Walker, by Scott Bauer, McClatchy, June 28, 2017].

Still, it’s not that Donald Trump’s base has abandoned him. Indeed, core Trump supporters seem eager for a fight [Pro-Trump groups take no prisoners in rush to help an embattled president, by Ginger Gibson, Reuters, June 28, 2017].

And President Trump has now been given a tactical advantage because James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are in the midst of dumping a series of videos showing CNN employees and Talking Heads privately admitting there is nothing to the “Russian collusion” investigation and boasting they are only promoting it for ratings [New O’Keefe video shows CNN producer calling Russia coverage ‘mostly bull—-,’ by Joe Concha, The Hill, June 27, 2017]. Picking a fight with Leftist journalists is always a good move for President Trump and the GOP, especially as Congresswoman Karen Handel won her recent special election (despite ignoring immigration) by running against Nancy Pelosi, the Main Stream Media, and Hollywood.

But, ultimately, even discrediting the MSM can only be a means to an end. President Trump was elected not because he was a conventional Republican, but because he was a radically different kind of Republican—on issues like immigration, foreign policy and trade. Trump’s gaffes and indiscipline can occasionally be endearing, but ultimately his supporters tolerate them. They don’t support him because of these flaws.

If Donald Trump is simply reciting the same Republican talking points in a more chaotic way than everyone else, then he transforms from an anti-Establishment populist into simply an incompetent politician. Thus, it’s not surprising overgrown College Republican Scott Walker suddenly has more support than Trump in one of the Midwest states that Trump was able to unexpectedly flip to the GOP.

During the recent presidential campaign, the Main Stream Media and Never Trump cuckservatives kept waiting for a “Trump Pivot,” when Donald Trump would start acting like a normal, respectable Republican. It never came. Trump ran as his own man all the way through November, and won a victory which all the political experts (except us) thought impossible.

But the Trump Pivot did finally come, at the worst possible time, soon after he took office. President Trump has governed as a faithful Republican, loyal to a fault to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, despite Ryan’s history of betrayal.

Very late in the campaign, Ryan backed away from Trump. He may have been involved in the attempted coup against the GOP nominee in October 2016. Ryan, more than any other figure in the GOP, exemplified the Establishment GOP creed of pushing tax cuts for the rich and “free trade” to punish struggling American workers. Thus, in terms of both personal loyalty and in terms of his ideology, Ryan wasn’t just another Republican who was reluctantly backing Trump. He was the personification of the enemy.

One might have expected Trump to challenge Ryan the minute he assumed office. After all, as Trump wrote in his book The Art of The Comeback about those who turned on him during tough times:

Some of the people who forgot to lift a finger when I needed them, when I was down, they need my help now, and I’m screwing them against the wall. I’m doing a number…. And I’m having so much fun.

Yet upon taking office, Trump allowed Ryan to remain Speaker of the House instead of supporting a more populist candidate. Trump said he wants Ryan to remain Speaker even after all these problems with the health care bill [Trump: Ryan should remain Speaker even if healthcare vote fails, by Jordan Fabian, The Hill, March 24, 2017]. Trump even stopped a crowd from booing Ryan when he compared the Speaker to a “fine wine” which gets better with time [Trump compares Ryan to ‘a fine wine,’ by Lisa Hagen, The Hill, December 13, 2016].

But Donald Trump doesn’t drink. He doesn’t know the first thing about “fine wine.”

After half a year of watching the Republican Congress squander every opportunity, we can question Trump’s judgment on this. Donald Trump was not elected to slash entitlements and give tax cuts to the rich.


And Democrats are not going to allow Trump to back away from the immigration issue anyway. Even when it comes to standard defense appropriations bills, Democrats are introducing amendments to make sure no funds go to building a wall on the border [Democrats target Trump’s border wall in defense bill debate, by Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, June 28, 2017].

It’s time for another “Trump Pivot”—back to the issues that got him elected.

Trump is clearly unable to give up tweeting in the early hours of the morning, picking fights with the MSM and or trash talking political opponents. Such tactics make him look weak and foolish—if he really wants to govern as a conventional Republican.

But if Trump goes back to the issues which dominated his campaign, these tactics will work for him now as they did then. And they will buttress the anti-Establishment image which politicians on both sides are eager to claim [Why The Far Right Wants To Be The New ‘Alternative’ Culture by John Herrman, New York Times, June 27, 2017].

As for Paul Ryan, President Trump has been more than fair. The Speaker needs to start pushing Trump’s agenda, rather than Trump pushing Ryan’s. If Ryan resists, he can be replaced both as Speaker and in Congress (Paul Nehlen is running again in 2018!) [Paul Ryan Under Fire For ‘Actively Thwarting’ Trump, WND, June 25, 2017]. And pushing populist policies will do far more to bring the Republican Congress in line than forcing passage of an unpopular health care bill.

It’s been said Donald Trump, despite his combativeness, desperately wants to be liked. [Frank Bruni: Trump just wants to be ‘loved,’ by Jeremy Berke, Business Insider, November 23, 2016] But the way for him to do that is to remain loyal to those who first pledged his loyalty to him.

As for the conventional Republicans, they will never love him. But let them hate, as long as they fear.

After all, we didn’t want a Republican president. We wanted to coronate an Emperor who would fight for us.

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  1. FKA Max says:

    Tucker Carlson is Trump’s last hope, in my opinion,… if he doesn’t listen to Tucker his presidency will be a failure and a huge disappointment to his most loyal supporters.

    Tucker: The real tragedy of Trump’s tweets about Mika

    Then I just saw this amazing clip with Tucker Carlson, who will take over Bill O’Reilly’s 8PM prime-time slot, where he states that he is extremely inquisitive, curious, and believes it is important and that he is not afraid to ask the hard questions and deal with controversial subject matters, because, get this… he is Protestant! WTF
    This is a very welcome new development for the Alt Right

    The more Trump surrounds himself with conservatives and the less with Alt Righters, the higher the probability his presidency will be a failure.
    The Alt Right and its ideas will continue on long after Donald Trump has left office. If he wants to leave a lasting legacy based on science and common sense ( “common sense conservatism” how he referred to it himself during the campaign) he will have to adopt reality-based Alt Right ideas/policies and employ (more) Alt Right personnel and advisors.
    Bannon on the evidence is actually a civic nationalist who has specifically denounced racism and, if anything, is showing troubling signs of moving towards the “DemsRRealRacist”- style talking points which led Conservatism Inc. to disaster.
    My ideal scenario for the Trump administration would be if Trump fired both Bannon and Kushner and in their place hired Steve Sailer as his new chief strategist and top advisor

    If anyone who is associated with Tucker Carlson is reading this, please urge Mr. Carlson to invite Steve Sailer as a guest on his show. There will probably be a controversy around this, but it will further strengthen the status of Tucker Carlson Tonight as (one of) the last true bastion(s) of “free speech” in the MSM. They could talk about the population explosion in Africa, for example, or about the “Sailer Strategy”, etc.

    Great piece, thank you, Mr. Kirkpatrick.

    • Replies: @KenH
    , @Tim Howells
  2. Donald Trump was not elected to slash entitlements and give tax cuts to the rich.

    This is, I think, accurate.

    *Trump was elected to get us out of further winless wars in the Middle East, North Africa, and most other wars of choice. “America First!”

    *He was elected to put a stop to illegal immigration and to reexamine legal immigration from countries and cultures who might be a poor fit with American values. He noticed what Merkel encouraged in the EU and did not want a similar “open borders” fate for America.

    *He was elected to “Make America Great Again,” by limiting job flight, capital flight, and rebuilding American infrastructure.

    *He promised to leave Medicare and other programs alone that elderly Americans depend upon.

    *He spurned the influence of Goldman Sachs and of Wall Street and championed Main Street and small businesses.

    My sense is that he did not expect to be elected and contented himself with taking a principled stand. Once miraculously elected, he was unprepared for the nuts and bolts of actual governing. He was also wary of possible coup attempts and intelligence community leaks and conniving.

    So, he surrounded himself with generals, sought out other wealthy businessmen, invited Goldman Sachs and Neocons back in as advisors, and issued a flurry of executive orders that symbolically fulfilled his campaign promises but, in reality, were susceptible to stonewalling by bureaucratic inertia.


  3. I suppose what got Trump elected is what is the case in the whole western world, more and more people are fed up with the ruling ‘elites’.
    If Macron is good for France, I sincerely doubt it, strikes already have been announced for 11 and 12 September, his labour market ‘reforms’, but in any case he made the two parties that ruled France for decennia disappear.
    Brexit of course is another example.
    In nearly all EU member states nationalism is coming back.
    Not yet in Germany, Germany is the country that most needs the EU free market.

  4. We wanted to coronate an Emperor who would fight for us.

    You crown an emperor. The process is called a coronation.

    I’d say we don’t want an emperor. We want a elected politician who does what we, the GOP voting base, want – not what he wants or what the major GOP donor base or anybody else wants – and leaves office on schedule. An emperor doesn’t do that – he leaves when he’s carried out.

    • Replies: @Pedant
    , @Sowhat
  5. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Wait until 2018, when the next Obamacare increase hits. There was supposed to be the ‘Cadillac Tax’ implemented in 2016, a tax of an extra 10% on those uppity Americans who had private health insurance not obtained thru the ACA gangster portal, but Dear Leader Obama postponed the increase since he was concerned that it would affect the Killer Queen’s chances.

    Add that 10% to the usual 20-60% Obamacare increase, and people will see that they’re being led by a bunch of Judas Goats to the insurance abattoir. Which means the spineless, Wall Street Loving, loyal to Israel Repubs will get a drubbing in the 2018 midterms.

    When the spineless, Wall Street Loving, loyal to Israel Dems take over, they’ll impeach Trump, which will probably fail in the Senate, but could be a mortal blow to a man whose ego is bigger than Trump Tower.

    And with Obamcare insurance companies sending out letters to some folks that their health insurance will be CANCELLED at the end of this year, it’s shaping up to be a lovely mess.

    • Replies: @Wally
  6. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Kirkpatrick, of course, isn’t up to the challenge of even addressing his “Emperor’s” betrayal of voters who wanted to shut down the Empire in Syria, North Korea, etc. And I expect that his 4-D Twitter wishful thinking will be dashed when it comes to immigration, too. It is good, though, to see the utterly deceitful Establishment exposed — Trump’s crudity and unprincipled philosophy (?) create the chaos enabling that.

    But there’s a reason why Ron Paul was ignored by the MSM, while Donald Trump was constantly covered. Political reform is oxymoronic. Washington sits on a pile of Monopoly money soaked in so much blood and s**t that it will never come clean.

    More Americans are realizing that voting is folly, that their country is something distinct from a national government unbound by the Constitution and controlled by cynics and frauds.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @El Dato
  7. And there also signs of life on trade. President Trump is reportedly considering actions to punish China, including by putting tariffs on steel.

    Who is that jackass clown to punish anyone or anything? Starting a trade war over steel? What a fool.

    Well, I suppose he feels the need to appear tough or something. Heaven help us!

  8. iffen says:

    After all, we didn’t want a Republican president. We wanted to coronate an Emperor who would fight for us.

    We elected him to disrupt and destroy the Republican Party. I haven’t given up on this. As an unexpected bonus he has done major damage to the Democratic Party as well. If they had just elected Keith Ellison as chair of the DNC and Sally Boynton-Brown as co-chair the destruction would have been complete.

  9. Pedant says:
    @Johann Ricke

    ‘Coronate’ is a a legitimate verb, a synonym for ‘crown.’

  10. I’m a card carrying deplorable. And I say fuck Donald Trump. He is a war monger. America first my ass. Trump did us all a favor with his electoral victory. His job is done.

    • Replies: @Kyle a
    , @Liberty or Death
  11. KenH says:
    @FKA Max

    On the clip the lovely and graceful Sheila Jackson Lee says she will initiate impeachment proceedings but that “we can’t wait dat long”.

  12. Anonymous [AKA "Ghost Dead"] says:

    Different voters have different priorities, but one area where Trump has “pivoted” and thus lost much of my support is in foreign policy.

    Trump campaigned with statements such as “the Iraq War was a mistake” and that these regime change wars had been a mistake. He thus gave hope that a vote for Trump would end our countries insane and wasteful foreign policy of the last 20 years.

    Instead, now Trump seems to be waging and escalating the Hillary Clinton policy of yet another regime change war against Syria and Assad. All apparently backed by lies worthy of Hillary herself.

    Add that to the Congressional Republicans telling me that they wish I would “Drop Dead”, at this point I have no intention of voting Republican again any time in the near future.

    And no, I’m not just echo’ing nasty Democrat talking points. I’m litterally alive today because of the Expanded Medicaid program that the Congressional Republicans want to kill to give tax cuts to the rich. I was in my 50’s and with pre-existing conditions I was unable to provide a profit-making opportunity to the insurance industry without paying ridiculous premiums for health insurance. I then had a heart attack. The only reason I’m not dead today, and the only reason I now have health care helping me is the Expanded Medicaid program.

    So, yes, I listen to the current Congressional Republicans and what I hear is them telling me that they hope I drop dead in the future and they all seem united in the wish that I was already dead.

    I saw on the 15th anniversary of America’s longest war, that the US has wasted $780 billion on its Afghan war, and another $110 billion on ‘reconstruction’ in Afghanistan. Where would we be today if we’d spend that money at home. Me, I’d vote for spending it on health care. Others might vote to spend that money on tax cuts. But spending it on a useless war that does nothing for any American is just plain silly. That’s what I wanted when I voted for Trump

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  13. Anonymous [AKA "Raticle"] says:

    The one common trend in the western world the last few years is that whenever and election is seen as the rich elites versus the people, the elites have been losing. Since all of the media is owned by and supportive of the elites, this is always presented as a “surprise”.

    The Trump election was a part of this. And yet, when he’s gotten to DC, Trump has decided to side with the elites against the people. He recently just bragged that he only wanted elites in his cabinet, and that the last thing he wanted to hear was anything from “poor people” who’ve been getting screwed by the elites over and over again.

    Well, Obama promised change, didn’t deliver and ended up being despised by the voters who desperately needed change. Now Trump seems to be head down the same road. I wonder at what point will people realize that neither Democrats nor Republicans can be trusted to deliver real change, and what happens next?

    Dr King’s words come to mind ……

    “It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” [applause] Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits…”

  14. Kyle a says:
    @jacques sheete

    Wouldn’t be a trade war. Chinese steel is notoriously weak. We own them. We can pull out of any deal we’d he with china and they couldn’t do a damn thing about it. Perhaps he’s doing it to get them fine Chinese more aggressive with N. Korea. China does own them after all. Jacques…..your an ignorant fool.

  15. Kyle a says:

    What war has he started?

  16. the orange fucker and the red fucks are going to take away health care for about 25 million americans.

    remember that promise of health care for all? kekekek

    now I gotta ask, are the card carrying deplorables fine with this? because you guys are one of the ones affected by this the most.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @dr kill
  17. @jacques sheete

    No surprise, but Humpty Trump must be a one trick jackass.

    U.S., Hardening Line on China, Approves $1 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

    (Yeah, I know the source should be questioned, but they may have the headline right at least.)

    I’m sure China will still buy arms from Israel, especially the ones we send them at a discount.

  18. Let’s see, CNN is fake news as are the other mob of traditional media outlets. (Well done O’Keefe gathering evidence to convince the zombies what the rest of us already knew.)

    Yet, we are supposed to believe the President’s approval ratings are minus 40%. From the same lot of liars? I don’t think so. ()In fact it was patently obvious in the weeks prior to the Republican convention Donald Trump would win the Presidency.)

    In any case, it is the same strategy they’ve always used to pretend all is lost and hopeless. The electorate give up hope and move on to the next distraction.

    The President lost me with the Syrian missile strike. Mind you, I do not participate in the illusion of choice called voting. However, Trump campaigned on his opposition to the globalist agenda of multicultural political correctness so he obviously garnered my consideration.

    When the next financial calamity strikes (within the next 12 months), his actions will reveal Trump’s nationalist or globalist leanings.

    • Replies: @AM
  19. MarkinLA says:
    @jacques sheete

    Starting a trade war over steel?

    We keep hearing about the economist’s chimera “the trade war” every time somebody suggests using the law to benefit American workers. Exactly what would the Chinese do in this trade war, stop selling us TVs we don’t need?

  20. @WorkingClass

    Indeed. What happened to pulling out of NATO? Bringing ALL US military back to US?

    Donald Trump is merely the first iteration of 21st century America first nationalists. The Blue Collar Billionaire was very astute seizing the moment in time, chance favors the prepared mind.

    He should write a book about his campaign and election and title it…….The Art of the Possible.

    He’d well serve the American people, and himself, being honest about the looming financial catastrophe.

  21. KenH says:

    I supported Trump largely due to his promise of immigration restriction and anti-neocon foreign policy but am not a total Trumptard like some. Although he’s done some good on immigration, thus far he’s failing to live up to his own promises. DACA is still in place after he vowed to rescind it “on day one” and massive legal immigration and chain migration is still the elephant in the room that Trump nor anyone else will touch. Illegal aliens and Muslim refugees are just low hanging fruit and I expect much more, like an immigration moratorium and only admitting white S. African refugees, if Trump is to get my vote in 2020.

    Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFA), an Obama era EO and HUD initiative which drives the final nail in the coffin to white living spaces. As far as I know Trump has left this in place which is another betrayal.

    On foreign policy Trump when from sounding like Charles Lindbergh to becoming a George Dubya clone.

    I thought Trump would intimidate Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell into carrying out his will on immigration, repealing Obamacare and the economy but up until this point they’ve flipped the script on Trump, the supposed take no prisoners ace negotiator. I hope Trump reverts to form. It seems to me that Trump is trying to be a centrist and the people that voted for him don’t want milquetoast centrism and Ryanism. This country is way beyond that point and its time to wage total war on the radical left.

  22. Republican law makers, who have never been celebrated for their intellectual prowess, are discovering the hard way that it’s easier criticizing Obamacare than writing a health-care bill to replace it. From what I gather, they have no idea how to go about writing a health-care bill that’s half as good.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @dr kill
  23. @Anonymous

    I then had a heart attack. The only reason I’m not dead today

    Hospitals are required to provide emergency medical care regardless of ability to pay. I know someone from decades ago who ended up with a payment of something like $100 a month. He’s in his 80’s today. He’ll never pay this debt off in this lifetime on that instalment scheme, but he’s still ticking.

    So you feel entitled to have someone else pay your medical bills. That’s an understandable sentiment, on a purely personal level, but not really practical, on a national level because it busts everyone else’s budgets. You are the reason other people’s premiums are skyrocketing – because your idea of a reasonable medical bill is zero.

  24. @Carroll Price

    Republican law makers, who have never been celebrated for their intellectual prowess, are discovering the hard way that it’s easier criticizing Obamacare than writing a health-care bill to replace it. From what I gather, they have no idea how to go about writing a health-care bill that’s half as good.

    Reversing budget-busting welfare state expansions doesn’t require intellect – it requires the ability to withstand liberal media criticism (which will more heavily favor Democratic opponents) and deal with the possibility of future election loss because liberal program beneficiaries turn out against them. Their real problem is that as time progresses, the voters are increasingly in favor of an expanded welfare state and every cockamamie liberal policy under the sun. That is why traditional male college athletic programs are being shut down to make way for obscure new female ones that have difficulty getting athletes, let alone an audience.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  25. @Astuteobservor II

    now I gotta ask, are the card carrying deplorables fine with this? because you guys are one of the ones affected by this the most.

    That is why I supported the GOP – because it promised to reverse a program that costs me thousands a year. Obama’s no dummy – Obamacare’s principal beneficiaries are Democratic voters. A good number of GOP Obama care supporters in Congress probably favor it because of noblesse oblige. Problem is they’re doing it with other people’s money.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  26. AM says:
    @Liberty or Death

    The President lost me with the Syrian missile strike. Mind you, I do not participate in the illusion of choice called voting.

    And he should care about your opinion why? Or that matter any of us who at least did something to get him elected?

    • Replies: @Liberty or Death
  27. @Johann Ricke

    I’m not saying it’s easy writing one, but nothing you said addresses the need for a health-care bill that works reasonably well for the public at large.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  28. @AM

    You imply i did nothing to get Trump elected due to my reluctance to participate in the illusion of choice called voting.

    Supporting political candidates in our Constitutional Republic by means other than voting exist AM, no? Please correct me if I am wrong on this or if I’ve missed something.

  29. dr kill says:
    @Carroll Price

    Exactly. They should get out of it altogether. Easy.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  30. Renoman says:

    Ryan’s a snake, no one likes him.

  31. @Johann Ricke

    Do you understand what a deplorable is? and how this will affect them?

    and do you understand how a society works? because if we go by your train of thought, we might just as well dismantle the govt. I honestly would love it if I can stop paying any and all tax, and take care of my self only. But then there wouldn’t be a society, or country.

    being selfish is 100% ok in my book. but trying to pass it off like someone is stealing your money through tax……………………

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  32. @dr kill

    question, are you going to lose healthcare with the repeal of ACA?

  33. @FKA Max

    Thanks for posting that great Tucker clip. I really hope the President heard that one.

  34. @dr kill

    How about Social Security and Medicare. Should the government get out of those programs and turn them over to Goldman Sach to fund and manage? If they were to do that, how long do you think they would exist? Just wondering.

  35. @Astuteobservor II

    being selfish is 100% ok in my book. but trying to pass it off like someone is stealing your money through tax……………………

    The reason we have a government is to pool our funds to pay for basic security and infrastructure. The welfare state has nothing to do with it. I’d say it’s selfish to use somebody else’s money to pay for your expenses or pet causes. To say someone is selfish because he doesn’t want to fund a complete stranger’s personal expenses to the tune of thousands of dollars a year is just absurd and the kind of nutty thinking that led to today’s fiscal problems. As someone before my time once wrote on a different subject: One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.

  36. @Carroll Price

    I’m not saying it’s easy writing one, but nothing you said addresses the need for a health-care bill that works reasonably well for the public at large.

    A one sentence bill repealing Obamacare in whole would do just that.

  37. @Johann Ricke

    I love how you term “health care” as one of the personal expenses 🙂

    I simply love it 🙂

    there is an easy way to reign in on the cost of health care 🙂 but I doubt that is ur goal 🙂

  38. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    In the spirit of commenter “Pedant”:

    Shouldn’t your “reign in on” be “rein in”?

  39. Kyle McKenna [AKA "Mika-Non"] says:
    @Johann Ricke

    In support of your point, I present Mr James Madison :

    “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

    And on a possibly related note, Colonial Williamsburg is going bankrupt due to lack of patronage. Seems people just aren’t interested in American history anymore.

    • Replies: @iffen
  40. Sowhat says:
    @Johann Ricke

    Ryan wasn’t just another Republican who was reluctantly backing Trump. He was the personification of the enemy.

    One could almost smell the “fish out of water” look that Ryan had on his face in the days following Trump’s victory and Trump should do what ever necessary to jettison Ryan. He’s bad medicine for the Trump agenda.

  41. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Let me first tell you what I have done.

    A longtime Libertarian voter, I supported Dr. Paul’s Republican campaigns in 2008 and 2012. The way he was smeared/ignored/cheated by the Establishment to such widespread public ignorance and acceptance convinced me that the people of this country will never vote their way out of the yoke — even when someone like Ron Paul miraculously is participant, all it takes is another dollop of deceit from Our Betters to gull most Americans into voting for their next betrayer in Washington. I have decided that the only choice for me is to renounce the political process.

    That doesn’t mean that I gave up. I received lots of abuse on these threads starting in the Summer of 2015 for urging people to look at his record so as to see Trump for the windsock blowhard that he has turned out to be, and to withhold consent to all of the offered choices. (I was and remain gratified that he won, but only in light of his principal opponent and her backers.) Even at this point, many good, otherwise thoughtful people can’t see that they’ve been played, just as were those who believed Obama’s lies in 2008. Maybe one of my strident attackers can accuse me here again, just for old times’ sake, of trolling for Jeb.

    As to “WHAT IS TO BE DONE!”: You mean via the democratic process? Well, if enough Americans vowed never to vote for someone unworthy of the power invested (or usurped) in the office, turnout would plummet further and politicians might be more inclined to rein themselves in. That’s not likely, though, with so many financially or emotionally dependent on their Uncle Sam. For now, I abstain from as much of the disgusting stuff (athletes in camouflage uniforms, pledging allegiance to a flag, etc.) as I practically can, talk with those willing to think critically, and hope that the inevitable Imperial Collapse will harm as few innocents as possible.

    Happy Independence Day.

  42. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Wow. Molyneux. A new low.

  43. iffen says:
    @Kyle McKenna

    Colonial Williamsburg is going bankrupt

    Well, golf is on a down slope these days.

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