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In an interview this morning with NPR, President Obama psychologized his white-working class antagonists:

…[W]hen you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flatlining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck, you combine those things and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear.

[Video and Transcript: NPR’s Interview With President Obama, December 21, 2015]

According to the President:

Some of it justified but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.

So Obama is implying that if we just enacted more redistributive big government programs, the white working class would love Third World immigrants and multiculturalism.

He made this point more explicitly in his famous speech on race when he first ran for President. Then Senator Obama noted that “Most working- and middle-class white Americans don’t feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race.” Obama feigned empathy for these whites, acknowledging that

They’ve worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition… So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.

[A More Perfect Union, March 8, 2008]

Yet Obama argued that conservative talk radio hosts exploited these fears, and that

these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze—a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.

Needless to say, Obama’s analysis is simply a camouflaged version of the old Marxist trope that capitalists impose a false consciousness on the proletariat to prevent them from asserting their true class interest.

Professional anti-racist Tim Wise [Email him] says the same thing more crudely: “[w]hite privilege, relative to people of color, has served as the transmission belt of false consciousness” and thus “the ability of working people to form effective cross-racial coalitions. . . is itself made less likely precisely because of white racism” [F.A.Q.s, TimWise.org, Updated December 2014]

dogwhistlerBerkeley Law professor Ian Haney-López [Email him] wrote a 2013 book with the self-descriptive title: Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. According to Haney-López,

Members of the middle class … typically harbor an unfounded certainty that race holds little relevance to them or their future. They could not be more wrong, for race constitutes the dark magic by which middle-class voters have been convinced to turn government over to the wildly affluent, notwithstanding the harm this does to themselves.

[Racist appeals undermining the middle class, By Darrell Delamaide, Marketwatch, January 8, 2014]

Yet Trump’s racial appeals are not tied to typical GOP economic policies favoring the “wildly affluent.” And in fact, the Left is finding this aspect of Trump particularly difficult to handle.

The Atlantic’s Molly Ball has contrasted “the intellectual conservative movement, a decades-long project of institutional actors like the Heritage Foundation and the American Conservative Union, which seeks to push the party toward strict adherence with a set of ideas about limited government, strong national defense, and the traditional family” with the “populist, nativist strain” in the Party. According to Ball, “Trump’s dominance of the primary field is forcing the party to confront a frightening prospect: that the populist bloc may be the bigger of the two” [‘I’m Against the Muslims’: Trump’s Supporters and the Republican Divide,Atlantic Magazine, December 8, 2015]

Michael Tomasky was less subtle, asking this loaded question in a recent column:GOP: A Neo-Fascist White-Identity Party? [Daily Beast, December 14, 2015] According to Tomasky, the GOP is

probably 97 percent white people, a significant percentage of whom are now openly embracing their racial identity; that is, they’re supporting Trump as white people, because they feel he will protect their white privilege.

While Conservatism Inc. indignantly denies these claims, there is no doubt that Republicans have successfully attracted working class whites who do not particularly care for their free-market economic policies by making cultural and implicit racial appeals. (Which are not necessarily “racist”—although never acknowledged in current debate, whites have interests too.)

But Haney-López does not consider the next question: why Republicans never deliver on their implicit racial appeals. Richard Nixon expanded Affirmative Action and busing. Ronald Reagan signed the Martin Luther King Holiday and the 1986 Amnesty into law. George H.W. Bush expanded Affirmative Action with the 1991 Civil Rights Act and massively increased immigration with the 1990 Immigration and Nationality Act. George W. Bush repeatedly risked political suicide to try to pass Amnesty, and applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Affirmative Action.

The GOP may have dog whistled to “racists”—but the dog didn’t get any treats.

The last serious candidate to break this mold: Pat Buchanan. With each of his successive Presidential campaigns, he expressed more heresies against free-market conservative orthodoxy, while taking hardline stances on immigration and racial preferences. Citing Buchanan’s support for capping executive pay, protecting Medicare, and extending unemployment benefits, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru proclaimed “He is in no important sense a conservative anymore.” Instead, “Buchananism is a form of identity politics for white people—and becomes more worrisome as it is married to collectivism.” [A Conservative No More: The Tribal Politics of Pat Buchanan, National Review, October 11, 1999]

Of course, until the 1965 Immigration Act–which brought in Ponnuru’s parents–white people basically were America, and this “identity politics” was known as “patriotism.”

Donald Trump’s deviation from conservatism are starker than Buchanan’s. Unlike Buchanan, he is not a long-time warrior in the Conservative movement or GOP. And while Buchanan became less wedded to the libertarian economics, he remained a staunch social conservative and pro-lifers were key to his coalition. In contrast, Trump opposes defunding Planned Parenthood and called homosexual marriage “the law of the land.”

Moreover, Trump has almost never campaigned on any issues related to limited government. Next to immigration control, increasing tariffs is the centerpiece of his campaign. And he criticized Ben Carson for wanting to cut Medicaid and Medicare: “I think abolishing Medicare, I don’t think you’re going to get away with that one. And it’s actually a program that’s worked. So it’s a program that some people love, actually” [Trump attacks Carson: ‘Ben wants to knock out Medicare’, Politico, October 27, 2015]

Trump has won over the white working class by taking moderate positions on economic and social issues, while taking hardline positions on immigration, Political Correctness, and law and order. Of course, Trump gets no credit from the very same liberals who lament working class voters abandoning their economic interest to vote Republican. But he isn’t seeking liberals’ support.

Berkeley’s Haney-López, whom I suspect is more concerned with fighting perceived “racism” than helping the white middle class, either ignores Trump’s economic policies or his own book’s thesis when he says “in [Trump’s] strategic decision to pursue support, to mobilize support by appealing to people’s racial fears, he’s well within the tradition that has been established in the Republican Party since roughly 1963.” [What social science tells us about racism in the Republican Party, by Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post Wonk Blog, December 11, 2015]. But, as I have shown, Trump is not acting “within the tradition” of the GOP. His combination of social moderation and a hard line on National Question issues is quite new (albeit arguably presaged by Pete Wilson and Scott Brown).

Similarly, over the summer, Ben Domenech [Email him] noted that Trump’s support is “a natural outgrowth of frustrations with America’s changing demographics; the hollowing out of white working class values and culture”

According to Domenech,

At its best, these frustrations would be articulated by the Republican Party in ways that lead to more freedom and less government. At its worst, these frustrations cast aside Constitutional principles, encourage dictatorial behavior, and become the toxic political equivalent of the two Southie brothers who claimed Trump inspired them to beat up a Hispanic homeless man.

[Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?, The Federalist, August 21, 2015]

But Domenech failed to explain how a colorblind GOP dedicated to “more freedom and less government” would do anything to address whites’ frustration with “America’s changing demographics.”

For the last half century, the Left has framed its policies to exclude the European Americans who founded a country with a constitutionally limited government, while replacing them with non-whites who could care less about these principles. The conservative Establishment has responded with colorblind appeals to liberty and Constitution.

Donald Trump refuses to play this losing hand. And American voters are flocking to him.

Alexander Hart (email him) is a conservative journalist.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Tom_R says:

    MR OBAMA DOES NOT KNOW TRUMP IS SUPPOSED TO DO THAT IN A DEMOCRACY.

    Thanks for the article, Sir. I am shocked that Obama has such severe MR (mental retardation) that he does not realize that, in a democracy, that is the job of our REPRESENTATIVES to understand our problems and solve them.

    For example, a few weeks ago, I was driving and I was hungry and wanted to eat pizza. So I looked around and did not see a pizza place but kept driving and thinking “I wish this town had pizza places.” A bit later, I found a pizza place and was so glad!

    I got the pizza and even wanted to thank the workers there and wanted to tip them, over and above the price of the pizza! So that is why there are (pizza) restaurants—because people like to eat food and businessmen know and try to meet that demand.

    So according to Obama’s logic, businessmen exploit people by opening restaurants because hungry people will then eat food? Or does it mean stores exploit the public by selling coats in winter, because people would need coats in winter? So every time you buy something you need, you are exploited, is it?

    Ohama does not know this, because he does not have a brain and does care about people, but is an illegal alien posing as President and appointed by his Jewish owners and operators and he is just barking their scams. The Jewish Oligarchs specifically prefer puppets without brains so they can control them more easily, like Obama, Reid, Hillary, etc.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Amen. Thank you for showing these mindless iStevers who flock to Trump how silly they are. Trump is just like every other political out there. He is picking a couple wedge issues that will make him stand out and deflect the fact that he is indeed more democrat than republican at heart.

    He is not going to address any of the issues that affect America at all. He won’t touch the banks, he won’t stand up to Isreal, he won’t end the empire.

    He is just one of the same.

  3. Obama seems to have a pretty good grip on the problem, but seems unable to envision or deliver a solution.

    Buchanan used to channel Teddy Roosevelt’s line against America becoming a polyglot boarding house.


    Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907


    “This is a nation — not a polyglot boarding house. There is not room in the country for any 50-50 American, nor can there be but one loyalty — to the Stars and Stripes.”

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/troosevelt.asp

  4. Obama is really using circular reasoning. Whites are incapable of perceiving their best interests because they are racist. If only they agreed to his policies and stopped being racist then they could recognize their best interests, but we cant even get to that point because of racism. Working class whites must give up their privilege even if they are relatively disadvantaged but wont because they are racist. Successful organizations can be criticized if they are too white and male but unsuccessful whites who would like to drop the ban on iq tests do so only out of racism.

  5. The Wall Street/Pentagon empire team, for which Obama is a spokesman, is playing the race card to smear Trump. From my blog:

    Dec 22, 2015 – Trump is a KKK leader!

    Have you noticed the childish smears by “reputable” new organizations as they try to take down populist Donald Trump? They run stories that “a Trump supporter” was arrested, or is a felon, or a supporter said this or that vile thing. These are people who have never met Trump and have nothing to do with his campaign, but are used to imply Trump endorses their view. I saw one today and wondered what vile propaganda rag published it, so I clicked the link.

    How America’s dying white supremacist movement is seizing on Donald Trump’s appeal

    And it was the “esteemed” Washington Post!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/21/how-donald-trump-is-breathing-life-into-americas-dying-white-supremacist-movement/

    The article is filled with proof that Trump is a racist because of statements made by a few of his supporters. I expect to be in the news soon: “Supporter states that Trump is a KKK leader.”
    _______________________

    Trump often makes outrageous statements, like threatening to use nuclear weapons, but he’s just playing the tough guy role. I don’t know if Trump is for real, but daily attacks by both our political parties and our corporate media suggest he is a threat. He should start using a bus to campaign. Aircraft “accidents” are a favorite method for disposing of serious troublemakers.

  6. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:

    The majority nonwhite Demorcatic Party has made an open declaration of a race-war against The Historic Native Born White American Majority.

    There is only one viable option for Native Born White Americans:Highly Racialized Native Born White American Anarcho-Syndicalist Populist Race Revolt against the MEGA-CEO and the Israeli owned Democratic and Republican Parties.

    With 100 percent certainty…Hillary Clinton is going to be announced as POTUS at 8pm Nov 3 2016…the violent taunting of our people will commence with an unprecedented savagery. Tomasky’s comments are a warning shot.

    Vdarism=resurrecting the Cold War Corpse of Ronnie Reagan. This is not a viable option.

    Take note of this:The Cold War against Russia was, and still is, inseparable from the passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act and subsequent post-1965 Immigration Policy….and the homo-pedophile norming of post-1975 Vietnam by US MEGA-White Male CEOs. Don’t worry English Foreigner Peter Brimelow:AMERICA WON THE VIETNAM WAR!!!!! Gay Tourism to Vietnam coming soon!!!

  7. nickels says:

    Last time America votes in a president whose main accomplishment was that he ran a bakesale for blind coloured midget agitators once.

  8. Rehmat says:

    Alexander Hart doesn’t need a PhD to understand that Barack Obama has no “race or religion” issue. He is anglo-African, and Muslim-Christian by birth. But, who has followed Obama’s political career, would tell Hart that Obama is a poodle of Chicago’s Jewish crime mafia.

    “Although he would be the first Black president, don’t expect Obama to abolish slavery,” – Canadian Arab News

    “I think when it is all over, people are going to say that Barack Obama is the first Jewish president,” – Abner Mikvaner, former Chicago’s Zionist Congressman, a Federal Judge and White House counsel to former president Bill Clinton.

    I believe Abner did not mean that President-elect, Obama, is a Crypto Jew – but that he will be more obedient to US Jewish Lobby than any earlier US president had been – which he has already proved by selecting some of the most anti-Muslim Jews and Christian for his administration – for example, Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff; David Axelrod, senior presidential advisor, and Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to VP). On the other hand, according to Jewish Law, Obama cannot be a Jew, because his mother was a Christian and not ‘Jewish’. According to ‘Jewish Virtual Library’ website – “A person born to a Jewish mother is considered a Jew, but he doesn’t have to practice any of the laws of the Torah to be Jewish. However, in Reformed Judaism – a child, whether born to a Jewish mother or father, must be raised as Jew, to be accepted as Jewish. According to Orthodox Judaism – the father’s religion and whether the person practices is immaterial. No affirmation or upbringing is needed, as long as the mother was Jewish.”

    http://rehmat1.com/2008/12/13/obama-the-first-jewish-president/

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  9. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The president occasionally does feign empathy for working whites even as he condescendingly inserts little digs at them within the same statement. He identifies some of the problems as if he understands but yet has no intention of doing anything about it. His policies only make things worse for the majority of people who are productive, mostly white but also negatively impacts others all across the board. He might talk about corporate culture but yet is closely aligned with them on just about anything. He just talks out of both sides of his mouth. The Repub Inc party pretty much does the same thing in their turn, throwing lines toward the cheap seats even as they have contempt for them. They hate them because they need them as spear carriers, voters, taxpayers, etc even as they would never want to live around them. For them the average person is just an economic unit meant to produce value like a cow that gives milk. The Dems, on the other hand, also offer nothing. They bring out the mobs of riff-raff onto the streets to make noise but that’s about it. Work, not welfare, is what people really want but can’t get. Just handing out more and more Food Stamps, free school lunches, Section 8 as substitutes for being gainfully employed is the Dem approach.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  10. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    Trump has challenged the lie that both the Republican and Democratic party leaders are paid to tell, which is that free trade with input factor mobility, i.e., mass immigration of cheap labor to the West, and the outflow of capital and technology accumulated in the West through the sweat of generations to cheap labor areas whence finished goods can be imported, is somehow good for ordinary people. The lie, which is obviously ridiculous, is sold by the New York Times and other propaganda organs of the corporate elite by deliberate distortion of David Ricardo’s theory of what is now called comparative advantage. Ricardo, in fact, stated explicitly that free trade was good only insofar as it excluded input factor mobility, which at the time of Ricardo’s writing was not even a practical possibility for reasons that Ricardo states.

    Having challenged the lie at the heart of America’s political life, Trump has, inevitably, been targeted for destruction by the entire political establishment and the Presstitute media. The attack is being made chiefly on the specious ground that Trump is somehow a white supremacist serving only the interests of Euro-Americans. However, the greatest victims of globalization have been those at the bottom of the economic pile, many of them blacks and hispanics who have to fight for work against illegal immigrants working in the underground economy, paying no tax and accepting below minimum wage jobs. This, can never be admitted, since it would mean oblivion if not jail for the existing political elite. However, many blacks and hispanics have no doubt as to the cause of the difficulties under which they labor, hence the widespread support for Trump among the plebs, so loathesome to the elite whenever they decline to be led like sheep to the slaughter.

  11. joe webb says:

    Good article. An example of objective journalism.

    The issue of what Trump would do if elected, is still very important. I would like to see something in this regard, the mind of Trump, etc.

    My sense is that as usual there are folks on this list for whom Nothing is never/ever enough.

    Whatever happens with Trump and the European migrant scene, Things have changed forever. Race has entered center stage but this time with representatives of both paties, instead of just the Left’s freaks and midgets tumbling out of the tiny fiat and scurrying around with signs that claim their equality, all the while the audience fidgeting, embarrassed or hooting.

    This time Our side get into the act, big time. The fourth estate is not the audience, it is the tyrant-king whose Word is Law. The King will be deposed and maybe executed, although, it will not ever be quick enough for the juveniles.

    Joe Webb

  12. Truth says:
    @Anonymous

    Amen. Thank you for showing these mindless iStevers who flock to Trump how silly they are.

    It’s astonishing that a group of men who spend much of their online time touting their IQ’s can’t see through this silly, transparent fraud.

    It’s like on another thread a few weeks ago, I showed pictures of the 9/11 pentagon “plane crash” in which it seemed fairly apparent that there was no plane, and yet I had poster after poster after poster, try to explain how the wreckage had “disintegrated” (actual word used) do the the speed of the crash.

    Truly astonishing.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  13. Stan says:

    It’s great to watch the left liberal media apoplectic over Trump success. The left liberal media has gone berzerk. Somebody needs to count the number of times the lying liberal media have used racist, xenophobic, sexist etc to describe Trump in the last six months. The liberal media’s lies are no longer working.

  14. @Anonymous

    In 1900 populism was arguably the most popular (pardon the pun) political ideology, followed by conservatism/right liberalism with socialism and anarchism on the margins. Back then there were a number of politicians with Trumpish personalities and agendas, and plenty of classical liberals attacking them for opposing open borders and free markets.

    Today we only have two related ideologies – right liberalism and left liberalism. Thanks to Trump, Le Pen etc populism is now starting to push its way back into the mainstream. However, I’m not sure how far the populist revolt can go without MSM media representation. In 1900 newspapers in Anglo countries were full of pro-populist, letters, cartoons, opinion columns etc.

    • Replies: @Art
    , @Wizard of Oz
  15. Alfa158 says:
    @Truth

    I congratulate you on your ability to un-see all the photographs that do show the aircraft wreckage in great detail. I won’t bother posting the links to any of them since I presume that you would just see a blank screen if you opened them.
    There is a scientific term called “un-falsifiable premise” which has been repurposed in psychology to describe memes that no amount of proof can ever change.
    I do however enjoy reading all the truther sites on 9/11, Kennedy, moon landing etc. Far more creative than any episode of the X-files.

  16. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountan"] says:
    @Alfa158

    The Kennedy worshipping is disgusting. JFK was agitating for White race-replacement in a book he wrote in the 1950’s. The 1965 Immigration Reform Act was reprobate Teddy’s permanent monument of White Genocide on US Soil to JFK.

    The 9/11 Truthers have been annihilated in debate over and over again-and they know it. Just take a look a You Tube debates with the Truthers on the collapse of the TT in the comment section:utter total complete destruction of the 9/11 Truthers.

    If the 9/11 Truthers can’t get it right on the physics and engineering of the collapse of the TT…ignore all the jibberish about building 7..Shanksville..and the Pentagon.

    9/11 was completely avoidable and here’s how:1)No passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act…2)A National Origins Immigration Policy that completely excluded all Muslims….1)+2)=0 probability of 9/11 ever occurring..ever…Fort Hood Shooting also..and the rest of the massacres carried out by Muslim “American” Male Yoots….

    “Antiwar” Writer…the filthy homosexual degenerate Justin Raimondo…wants to import more Muslim Legal Immigrants-because: the Muslim Legal Immigrants are part of the Democratic Party Voting Bloc. And they will never be asked to bake a wedding cake for two homosexual bikers….this is part of the deal.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  17. Mulegino1 says:
    @Alfa158

    Well, photos can be staged and wreckage can be planted, but the laws of physics cannot be violated, nor can the principles of aeronautics, say, or ballistics due to some mysterious “9/11 or Bin Laden Transformation Effect”.

    It is quite possible that some type of flying objects hit the buildings, but these were not commercial airliners. A commercial airliner is mostly a hollow aluminum and fiberglass tube filled with air. Compare the fuselage and wings (mostly hollow as they are used to hold jet fuel) of a Boeing 767 with an armor piercing round able to penetrate 1/2″ steel; the projectile has a hardened alloy nose, a tungsten jacket and a solid steel core. The wings and fuselage of the 767, when impacting with structural steel and concrete, i.e., the massive perimeter box columns and the concrete floor pans of WTC 2, would have been shredded into aluminum confetti and fallen to the street below the point of impact. It is conceivable that the titanium engines and landing gear could have penetrated the building, but oddly enough, the only engine found at the site was manufactured by Rolls Royce. Boeing 767’s use engines manufactured by Pratt and Whitney.

    If you google the best live and uncensored footage of the impact on WTC 2 (News Chopper 4) which had a wide angle shot of virtually the entire air space around the building, you will see a small, barely visible object (whether a helicopter, drone or cruise missile is unclear) descend steeply and diagonally towards the building, followed by an explosion on the opposite side of where it would have impacted. There was no commercial airliner to be seen.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  18. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @War for Blair Mountain

    @Groovy Battle for Blair Mountan says:

    …The 9/11 Truthers have been annihilated in debate over and over again-and they know it. Just take a look a You Tube debates with the Truthers on the collapse of the TT in the comment section:utter total complete destruction of the 9/11 Truthers.

    If the 9/11 Truthers can’t get it right on the physics and engineering of the collapse of the TT…ignore all the jibberish about building 7..Shanksville..and the Pentagon.

    You just jeered at those who question the official 9/11 narrative without the giving slightest rationale for your assertion. Are you one of Cass Sunstein’s agents of cognitive infiltration, paid to write this kind of comment, or just a mindless adherent of whatever the US Government tells you without regard for questions raised by intelligent well-informed people such as:

    The late Ruth Margules, US National Acad Sci., National Medal of Science Winner, etc. who characterized the official account of 9/11 as “a fraud” and called for a new investigation.

    Or Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, U.S. Air Force (ret.) – Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Ford and Carter; U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions; (PhD in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, Cal Tech); Former Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and Assistant Dean at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology; etc., etc. who has said:

    Scholars and professionals with various kinds of expertise—including architects, engineers, firefighters, intelligence officers, lawyers, medical professionals, military officers, philosophers, religious leaders, physical scientists, and pilots—have spoken out about radical discrepancies between the official account of the 9/11 attacks and what they, as independent researchers, have learned.

    They have established beyond any reasonable doubt that the official account of 9/11 is false and that, therefore, the official “investigations” have really been cover-up operations.

    Then there’s Thomas H. Keen, Chair of the 9/11 Commission who wrote in his book Without Precedent:

    Fog of war could explain why some people were confused on the day of 9/11, but it could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations and public testimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue.

  19. Truth says:
    @Alfa158

    Just show me a photo that contains wings, jet engines, bodies, luggage, airline seats, or any other debris that indicated than an airplane collided with a building on a lawn. That’s all I need.

  20. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    At a rally in Grand Rapid, Michigan, a Trump fan yelled “Jews were arrested on 9/11!,” presumably referring to the Mossad agents who were arrested for dancing and filming the towers coming down.

    Donald responded hilariously saying: “he’s okay. He’s actually a Trump guy. He’s just got a lot of energy … he’s on our side.”

    The obvious message of this is: “yeah, my guys hate Jews, but don’t worry, they’re cool.”

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  21. @Rehmat

    What makes you think Chicago Jews have any influence on a man elected as POTUS and re-elected for a second term which has to be his last? Some dark secret that only they know about and can blackmail him with? Or just plain BS?

  22. @anonymous

    Why do choose the pejorative word feign? Isn’t it the duty of a leader, particularly a country’s first citizen, to reach out with carefully crafted oratory beyond anything he can possibly be expected to weep quietly about after Christmas Eve’s midnight mass or secular or other equivalent occasions for heightened emotion and consideration of one’s fellow creatures?
    What effective person wastes time on personal agonising or even mildly emoting about something he can do little about?

  23. Art says:
    @unpc downunder

    “In 1900 newspapers in Anglo countries were full of pro-populist, letters, cartoons, opinion columns etc.”

    All is not lost – most people have powerful cell phones and social media – put them to work for yourself and your country – elect D Trump – Prevail.

  24. From afar where “liberal” and “conservative” are almost equally unhelpfully used as in the US (where their meanings seem amazingly protean) I offer one reservation to the author. That is, for reasons explained at #20, the apparent unfairness in criticising Obama for what he said in the quoted passages.

    Couldn’t you see yourself returning to your hotel in India and speaking briefly but eloquently of the desperate lives which must be lived by the decrepit beggars you have seen in the street? And how much would you really care?

  25. @unpc downunder

    An interesting contribution. Thanks.

    Obviously having only a few labels being bandied about creates its own problems but it might be worth seeing whether the Murdoch empire (apart from The Times, The Australian and ???) qualifies as Populist, and if not why not. If so, why is Trump being opposed?

    You are not allowed the simple answer that Murdoch only backs winners!!:)

  26. joe webb says:

    It is very weird for all the truthers , etc. out there to go on and on about 9-11. That is exactly what the jews, neocons, liberals want you to do. Waste your time and keep runnin’ around instead of focusing on the current Jewish Wars in the ME and the immigration crisis both in Europe and the US.

    9-11 happened because of Israel. It does not matter Who Dun it? The Arabs probably did it, but WHO CARES now. All that energy wasted while the jews laugh all the way to Tel-Aviv, with your money.

    Your country is being taken away from you by jews, globalism, liberals, mexers and now increasingly, central Americans who are even dumber. Then Europe…taken away by Arabs/muzzies who are far worse than mexers.

    Grow up, get some courage to go after the Jews and the Liberals, support Trump, and hammer folks who hate Trump. Demand that they offer reasons, rather than just bilious hatreds.
    That goes right here on this list.

    The Columbus Syndrome is evident on this list….you cannot tell that kind of person anything, they need to figure it out for themselves, which is egotistical and a profound waste of time.

    How many real books do you read each year, as opposed to clicking away …click-heads…if you have not read the books on race, like Rushton, Lynn, Jared Taylor, Michael Levin, and many others….at least read Rushton and Lynn…the science.

    A knee-jerk anti-semitism seems to be the norm here. What is important is the survival of the White race. If you don’t get this, you are relatively hopeless.

    Joe Webb

  27. MarkinLA says:
    @Mulegino1

    would have been shredded into aluminum confetti and fallen to the street below the point of impact.

    Nonsense. As the plane hits the building the side of the building is “shredded” as well. Everything in the fuselage area is slamming into the impact zone adding its damage to what was done ahead of it and pushing the whole mess forward.

  28. Obama criticizing Trump as exploiting is like ISIS saying Christians are murderers.

  29. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @anon

    @ Anon

    Donald responded hilariously saying: “he’s okay. He’s actually a Trump guy. He’s just got a lot of energy … he’s on our side.”

    The obvious message of this is: “yeah, my guys hate Jews, but don’t worry, they’re cool.”

    So Anon, you admit there were Jews, Israeli Mossad agents, in fact, who were arrested while high-fiving and filming the collapse of the Twin Towers. But if anyone mentions the fact, then they must be anti-Semitic. Is that your logic?

  30. @Anonymous

    He is not going to address any of the issues that affect America at all. He won’t touch the banks, he won’t stand up to Isreal, he won’t end the empire.

    Yawn.

    Trump’s talking precisely about the most critical issue–who your fellow citizens are. The actual human beings who make up a nation, their IQ, conscientiousness, social trust–essentially their race and culture–are what matters, far and away, light years beyond anything else.

    We can tweak banking regulation to hither and yon. (Personally, i’d like to abolish fractional reserve banking altogether … but it’s not a critical issue.)

    Israel is not important at all. Yeah, it’s embarrassing that US policy is jacked around by an ethnic lobby. (George Washington warned about such evil.) That’s a good lesson about letting in people who will not have an ethnic loyalty superseding loyalty to the nation–a lesson about the stupidity of multiculturalism. But Israel as a big issue–please!

    The American “Empire”–i.e. the post-war, open American system–is a much better thing than it’s predecessors. To take the most obvious situation, it’s been able to peacefully accommodate the rise of China which the old British\French imperial system sure didn’t do with Germany or later Japan. Our current penchant for tossing–or at least encouraging the tossing–out thuggish Arab dictators to see them inevitably replaced by even more thuggish Islamic dictatorships is … stupid. But hardly a critical issue.

    Fact is 100 years from now my great-great-grandchildren aren’t going to be giving a crap about what our 2015 banking regulation was or our silly middle eastern misadventures. It will have precisely *zero* effect on them.

    What will matter is that they’ll be living in dumber, low-trust, corrupt, balkanized America–no longer have a white-Christian identity and culture; sort of a higher-rent version of Brazil–while more coherent high IQ nations like China, Korea and Japan have world leading technology and utterly kick our ass. Their patrimony and with it the opportunity for world leading prosperity having been squandered by our elites now … and they will hold their ancestors in justifiable contempt.

  31. His move to Cat hardly evokes the kind of jobs most people think about when they hear President Barack Obama or his challenger, Mitt Romney, talk about bringing back manufacturing. The days when workers earned enough money to buy a car, a boat or a second home while supporting their families no longer exists for a growing number of people employed in manufacturing.

    Jim Ellis had a job with benefits but gave it up for a shot at something with a bright future, if he could just get his foot in the door.

    In this part of the country, that meant he wanted to work for Caterpillar Inc., the construction equipment powerhouse. Now the Canton, Ill., resident is on the morning shift at the company’s East Peoria plant, installing fenders on tractors and working on hydraulic lines, a manufacturing job description that once promised an American middle-class lifestyle.

    The reality for Ellis is nothing like that.

    With the new job he started in January, Ellis’ pay jumped by $5, to $15.57 per hour, but he has no medical benefits for himself or his 3-year-old daughter, whom he shares custody of with his ex-girlfriend. Between rent and child support, he acknowledges falling back on his parents for support.

    “If you talk to my mom and dad, they would tell you I’m an idiot because I’m barely making ends meet,” Ellis, 38, said.

    Reflecting on his pay, Ellis recalled the years he worked as an assistant manager at a fast-food restaurant. “It was one of the easiest jobs I’ve had,” he said. It was also the best-paying job he’s had. He earned up to $34,000 a year — a little more than $16 an hour.

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