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Watching the network news on television or reading about current events in the newspapers seemingly transports one to an alternate universe where nothing seems to make sense. The profit driven news cycle in the United States is admittedly a poor mechanism for actually gaining an understanding of what is going on, but seven days of Ruth Bader Ginsburg worship hardly addresses what is ailing the country, particularly as questions about how she earned many millions of dollars while serving as a judge as well as some unsavory aspects of her career have been carefully buried.

A friend who is a retired U.S. Army general made an interesting comment several days ago, observing that when it comes to politics and voting patterns the so-called “silent majority” is indeed silent. What he meant was that many Americans who hold currently unpopular conservative views will not respond honestly to a call from an unknown pollster regarding voting intentions. This is particularly true of the current campaign in which Donald Trump is being reviled by the media and depicted by the Democrats as no less than a threat to American democracy. Biden by way of comparison pretty much gets a free pass, to include forgiveness for his frequent faux pas and mental lapses. In other words, Trump is being framed as someone poised to mount a totalitarian takeover of the United States, which in and of itself would disincline many voters to indicate openly that they would support him over Biden.

My friend was suggesting that the polls on the upcoming election just might be more than usually wrong. I would add to that the general vapidity of what one might expect from the presidential debates, which are similarly being framed in such a fashion as to avoid any topics that might really matter. But the polls do reveal two things. First, that there is a lack of any confidence in the integrity of politicians at all levels, and second, that jobs and healthcare are the principal concerns of nearly all voter demographics as they directly impact on quality of life.

Healthcare is admittedly a complicated issue given the fact that the entire system in the United States would have to be reformed, with considerable government intervention. The respected British medical journal The Lancet recently published “Measuring universal health coverage based on an index of effective coverage of health services in 204 countries and territories”. The study revealed, to no one’s surprise, that the United States has by far the world’s most expensive medical care, at around $9,000 per person per year while at the same time delivering poorer results than virtually any other industrialized nation. Medical expenses are in fact a leading cause of personal bankruptcy by Americans.

So, what are the two parties saying about health care? The Republicans want to overturn so-called Obamacare and replace it with something else which they cannot describe while the Democrats insist that they want to keep Obamacare in place while also blaming the president for the response to the coronavirus. That’s it. There is plenty of blame to go around on Covid-19 and Obamacare is in fact a bad program. It is good if the government is footing the bill for you, but anyone who is paying for his or her own insurance has seen the rates treble and even quadruple since the program became active. It has become a gold mine for the health care industry, which now assumes that it can charge whatever it wants and the suffering customer will be obliged to pay for it. That there is no effective regulation of health care is due to the fact that Big Pharma and other providers have completely corrupted Congress through political donations to make sure that the highly profitable status quo remains untouched.

And when it comes to the other great concern, “The Economy,” which means jobs, the two major parties have even less to say since they know deep down that they have both conspired in the gutting of America’s industrial and manufacturing infrastructure.

But another area dear to my own heart which the parties have been silent about is Foreign Policy, which also subsumes National Security, a related issue that the opinion polls do not specifically address. Both parties are strong on issuing position papers that refer to supporting allies, meaning Israel followed by everyone else, confronting threats from Russia and China, and maintaining the world’s number one military. Beyond that it gets a bit vague. We have recently learned from a possibly unreliable source named Bob Woodward that President Trump sought to assassinate Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad but was talked out of it. Trump did order the assassination of senior Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, whom he and Secretary of State have recently described as the “world’s leading terrorist,” which is manifestly untrue. Is assassinating foreign leaders something that the United States wants to engage in? Why is no one talking about it?

And then there are the “hot wars” being fought in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. None of those wars benefit from a constitutionally mandated declaration of war by Congress and they have cost the U.S. taxpayer trillions of dollars. Shouldn’t that be under discussion? Or the “maximum pressure” economic wars being waged against Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Iran? Those “wars” have collectively killed tens of thousands of civilians and have done nothing to enhance the security of the United States. Shouldn’t Trump and Biden be talking about that?

Instead, we will see much finger pointing and hear a lot about how dangerous a win by either presidential candidate will be, all couched in general terms based on a lot of “what-ifs.” But what the American public needs, particularly the silent majority, is a viable plan for decent and affordable healthcare similar to what most of the rest of the world enjoys. And a new government also must act decisively to challenge corporate offshoring interests to bring manufacturing jobs back home. But most of all, the United States needs peace after nineteen years of spreading chaos all over the globe. End the wars and bring the troops home. Do it now.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The most memorable part of the Jerry Springer Shit Show I mean Presidential debate:

    “Moderator” (((Chris Wallace))) cut short Trump’s repeated challenge to Biden to name JUST ONE law enforcement agency that endorsed him.

    After months of BurnLootMurder terror, Biden would have likely decisively lost the debate at that point, had (((Shyster Wallace))) been the neutral observer (((he))) claimed to be.

    • Replies: @Jim Brewer
  2. All I can say is: Welcome to “Mystery Babylon”; where the “government” has become an image of the beast.

    • Replies: @Realist
  3. Exile says: • Website

    Much respect, Phil, but you know the news cycle in America is not driven by “profit” but rather by agenda. If profit drove the news CNN and MSNBC would be podcasts by now. (((Big Other))) is willing to lose a lot of money in the short-mid term to drive their long term agenda.

  4. Alfa158 says:

    “What They Are Not Talking About: War and Peace, Healthcare and Jobs Are Non-Issues”
    I’m not aware that either party has any credible idea what to do to really fix jobs and healthcare so they basically have nothing to talk about.
    Trump wants less war and the Deep State would like more war but even if President Biden and then President Harris are willing to give it to them, the Covid Great Depression means we really can’t afford them any more so there is no point in talking about that either.
    The election comes down to how many people really hate Trump + how many Republicans and neutrals are willing to give him a second chance + how much the Democrats can stuff the ballot boxes. Every thing else is just WWF noise.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  5. In other words, why aren’t they talking about any real issues?

  6. @Alfa158

    I’m not aware that either party has any credible idea what to do to really fix jobs and healthcare so they basically have nothing to talk about.

    Well the evil orange clown has some good ideas on how to trash the U.S. semiconductor industry. He apparently wants to do for the U.S. semiconductor industry what he did for U.S. agriculture.

    In his effort to try to damage China economically by depriving Chinese manufacturers of U.S. made semiconductors, he’s fueling the rise of competition that will likely hurt U.S. semiconductor manufacturers (if not put them out of business).

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-03/china-is-said-to-plan-broad-chip-sector-support-to-counter-trump

    The evil orange clown also seems to be willing to risk damaging the domestic pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement industries by having China cut off the supply of raw materials, as they have threatened to do if the evil clown keeps pushing.

    https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3098940/china-could-weaponise-drug-exports-retaliate-against-us-chip

    “Trump wants less war…”

    I would have to disagree. It’s not that he wants less war; rather, he wants to give “hybrid war” a chance before escalating to shooting wars. When the shooting finally does start because of Trump’s provocations, it’ll be a big war.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  7. jsinton says:

    This article really hits it on the head for me. The last four years I’ve been screaming that the issues are:
    1. End the forever wars, strengthen diplomacy
    2. Jobs
    3. More better jobs
    4. Even more better jobs
    5. Fix the trade balance (jobs)
    6. End the healthcare boondoggle.

    These are all issues that NO ONE talks about anymore.

    • Agree: Antiwar7
    • Replies: @anonymous
  8. People generally don’t vote on issues. Except for fundamentalists, who vote on only one issue, abortion, which is precisely equivalent to not voting on any issues at all.

    What they vote on is “like” and “dislike.” If they “like” a candidate, then they vote for them. If they don’t “like” a candidate, then they don’t vote for them.

    Very mature.

  9. observing that when it comes to politics and voting patterns the so-called “silent majority” is indeed silent.

    Thanks, that statement sums up the underlining problem, that is why the massive problems of the US are running out of control, with no fix in sight.

    The general Middle Class public will not stand up for their own and true interests or even want to comprehend what those interests might be until they are in a jobless claims line. They go silent and let corrupted politicians of all shades run the show as if they dont have a dog in the fight.

    Trump supporters should call him out where he goes off the reservation to serve Special interests and not their and the same goes for all others.

  10. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @jsinton

    Because the Washington politicians — both “sides” — are in lockstep on those issues. See also, the 96-0 Senate passage of the CARES Act exploiting a viral dempanic with its trillion$ for Wall Street, another handful of 401Kibble to prevent snarling among the professional and managerial class who tend to read and think, and a paid vacation for the proles.

    But Beltway politics abhors a vacuum, and draws its breath from strife. Which is why people have to be distracted and divided over transgender statues and Confederate bathrooms, strung along by the hopes/fears of Barr Durham indictments, and rallied to vote in the next Most Important Election Ever by food fights over robed, unelected politicians whose real job is to sanctify rule of a country and as much of the world as can be grabbed by Washington.

    So don’t worry! As long as enough Americans keep playing Red v Blue, the Establishment will be just fine.

    • Agree: jsinton
  11. anon[437] • Disclaimer says:

    This is the absolute crux of the matter. Debates are a ceremonial pissing contest. They always censor any of your principal concerns. As with all official US propaganda, you can categorically say there’s never any mention of your rights.

    Two things will happen in November. There will be a futile ritual to decide which CIA puppet ruler fucks you over. Then on November 9th, the whole world is going to talk about your rights. Unlike your parties, they ask you what you want. They encourage you, yes you, to demand what you want and they give you a platform in front of the whole world, in the most public forum on earth. You can watch it live. Hell, you can go there and have your say. A bunch of Americans will. Actual democracy. Holy fucking shit.

    Think of it. You have two coincident four-year cycles of governance. One is phony bullshit. One is exactly what you need. The whole world is pushing your right to peace, to health, to a livelihood, to your culture, all your other rights you don’t even know you got. It’s like the whole world is yelling in your face, loud as they can, “Why do you put up with that shit?” The world is trying to teach you how you run a grown-up country – go through your rights systematically like a checklist, and make your government respect them. And your horseshit regime in DC makes sure you never hear a peep about this great institution of yours.

    We could shitcan parties and elections, pick politicians by lot and run the country with human rights reviews. It’s that simple. This is how we get rid of this parasitic, predatory US police state.

    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/USindex.aspx

    https://ushrnetwork.org/news/111/100/Upcoming-Universal-Periodic-Review-Hold-the-US-Accountable-to-its-Human-Rights-Obligations

    https://www.upr-info.org/en/review/United-States

    • Agree: Polemos
  12. Realist says:
    @Harold Smith

    All I can say is: Welcome to “Mystery Babylon”; where the “government” has become an image of the beast.

    Yes, the Deep State is in total control.

  13. Pascal says:

    If there’s a constant in history, it’s that politicians never talk about the things that matter to people because the solutions to the problems are too divisive – apart from the fact that they’re clueless anyway beyond a few barfly level notions.
    They’d rather concentrate on looks.
    In France, in 1981, socialist candidate François Mitterrand came up with 120 propositions that nobody read but his campaign adviser, Jacques Séguéla, a publicist, thought he looked like a vampire and said to him: “If you don’t have your canines filed down, you’ll always inspire distrust. You’ll never get elected to the presidency with such a set of teeth”.
    So he had his canines filed down.

  14. TG says:

    Because it’s SYSTEMIC RACISM! That is the source of all of our problems.

    And the thing about systemic racism is that it’s invisible, the only way to fight it is to scream loudly about how bad it is, bend the knee when the national anthem is being played, and give your nice local diversity officer a raise and a corner office. Jobs? Healthcare? That just won’t work, so don’t even think about it.

  15. Antiwar7 says:

    Both main parties in the US (Republican and Democrat) are fundamentally controlled by billionaires and corporations (billionaire robots), so they have no interest in helping the little people.

    Certain elements benefit from the broken medical system in the US. Ditto for offshoring jobs, fighting wars with and selling expensive weapons, ruining the environment, and welcoming third world immigration.

    And the same forces control the media (MSM and big tech) which influences greatly what people see and what they care about, get emotional about.

    That’s why they won’t be addressed.

    Unless people wake up to the above.

    How to get that to happen?

  16. @Harold Smith

    Well the evil orange clown has some good ideas on how to trash the U.S. semiconductor industry. He apparently wants to do for the U.S. semiconductor industry what he did for U.S. agriculture.

    The semiconductor industry was trashed by Japan in the 80s, with their “more, better” mindset.
    https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/the-us-japan-semiconductor-agreement-keeping-the-managedtrade-agenda

    As for the pharmaceutical industry, it exists to synthesize chemical found in nature. While there are many botanicals in China, there are also botanicals in the rest of the world that do the same. What you are suggesting is that there was essentially no pharmaceutical industry in the US from 1950 to 1972, when little, if anything, came from China. Why did pharmaceutical companies put themselves in the position of manufacturing drugs in China, or relying on China for those botanicals?

    Trump is wrong on many things, but blame him for those for which he is really responsible.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  17. @Curmudgeon

    The semiconductor industry was trashed by Japan in the 80s, with their “more, better” mindset.

    The article you cited is 30 years old. As of last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association:

    The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million workers in the U.S. and supports more than one million additional American jobs, with major manufacturing operations in 19 states.

    Semiconductors are America’s fourth-largest export after aircraft, refined oil, and crude oil.

    The U.S. has a positive trade balance in semiconductors with virtually all our major trading partners, including China, and provided a net surplus of $4.5 billion to the overall U.S. trade balance in 2018.

    https://www.semiconductors.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/California-2019-Final.pdf

    So I would say there is a lot of damage yet to be done by your evil orange messiah’s weaponization of the semiconductor industry.

    Nice try though.

    As for the pharmaceutical industry, it exists to synthesize chemical found in nature.

    Not in the U.S. it doesn’t; rather, it exists to make a profit. But what’s your point?

    While there are many botanicals in China, there are also botanicals in the rest of the world that do the same.

    So what? What’s your point? You’re going to pretend that the U.S. does not presently depend on China for many pharmaceutical and nutritional raw materials? You see, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), phytochemical extracts, vitamins and minerals don’t create themselves; they have to be manufactured.

    What you are suggesting is that there was essentially no pharmaceutical industry in the US from 1950 to 1972, when little, if anything, came from China.

    What are you trying to do, baffle the Unz readership with irrelevant BS in lieu of an argument?

    What I am “suggesting” is that the U.S. presently depends on China for many pharmaceutical and nutritional raw materials. And I am suggesting that if Trump restricts semiconductor sales to China, China will very likely retaliate by restricting pharmaceutical and nutritional products, and I am suggesting that this would cause havoc in the U.S. and would do great damage to pharmaceutical and nutritional product manufacturers and U.S. consumers who depend on them.

    Why did pharmaceutical companies put themselves in the position of manufacturing drugs in China, or relying on China for those botanicals?

    Now you want to change the subject? I don’t know why; maybe for the same reason they outsourced everything else? Possibly as part of a calculated effort to undermine/destroy the middle class?

    Trump is wrong on many things, but blame him for those for which he is really responsible.

    LOL! Well who should we blame if Trump destroys the U.S. semiconductor industry? Obama? Who should we blame if China retaliates to Trump’s weaponizing of the semiconductor industry by weaponizing their pharmaceutical and nutritional ingredient industry? Obama?

    Maybe you also want to blame Trump’s destruction of U.S. agricultural markets in China on Obama?

    “It’s really, really getting bad out here,” said Bob Kuylen, who’s farmed for 35 years in North Dakota.

    “Trump is ruining our markets. No one is buying our product no more, and we have no markets no more.”

    Agriculture exports to China dropped by more than half last year. In 2017, China imported $19.5 billion in agricultural goods, making it the second-largest buyer overall for American farmers. In 2018, that dropped to $9.2 billion as the trade war escalated, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

    This year, China’s agricultural imports from the U.S are down roughly 20%, and U.S. grain, dairy and livestock farmers have seen their revenue evaporate as a result. Over the last 6 years, farm income has dropped 45% from $123.4 billion in 2013 to $63 billion last year, according to the USDA.

    Kuylen, who farms roughly 1,500 acres of wheat and sunflowers, lost $70 per acre this year, despite growing good crops. Current government subsidies only cover about $15 per acre, he said.

    Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said China’s exit is a “body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by.”

    China’s exit will most impact U.S. grain farmers. China is the world’s top buyer of American soybeans, buying about 60% of U.S. soybean exports last year. Analysts estimate that soybean prices have dropped 9% since the beginning of the trade war. Soybean exports to China have dropped by 75% from September 2018 to May 2019, compared to the same nine-month period in 2017 and 2018, according to data from the USDA.

    “It’s killing us,” said Mark Watne, a wheat and soybean farmer who is president of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Watne said he lost $3 per bushel of soybeans he planted this year.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/10/trump-is-ruining-our-markets-farmers-lose-a-huge-customer-to-trade-war—-china.html

    curmudgeon noun

    cur·​mud·​geon | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən \

    Definition of curmudgeon
    1: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man

    At least your pseudonym makes some sense.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  18. There was no discussion of the destruction of Syria, which was spared when Russia intervened. If Wallace wanted to corner Trump, he could have mentioned that Trump said American troops would be withdrawn from Syria several times, but it never happened. Why? And what would Biden say if asked if American troops should leave Syria and Iraq?

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @jsinton
  19. Dutch Boy says:

    Whatever health care system the Dems concoct will crash and burn because they will make the care available to illegal aliens while ceasing to control the influx of same.

  20. @Carlton Meyer

    Good point.

    The subject of Trump’s exiting of nuclear treaties and the consequent new nuclear arms race (and the apparent intent to weaponize space) are also conspicuously missing from the political discourse.

    The evil orange clown should be forced to explain how the American people benefit from this madness, yet the silence is deafening. And this alone proves that America is a failed state with embarrassingly fraudulent elections, IMO.

  21. @Harold Smith

    You missed the point of the 30 year old article. China today is where Japan was 35-40 years ago. China is already gearing up, as Japan did, to swamp the semi-conductor market. It was on the agreement, referenced in the article, that stabilized the US semi-conductor industry to be able to allow it to be where it is today. I’m not saying that Trump’s action is the correct action, only that China will move away from the US, sooner or later, and repeat what Japan did in the 80s.

    While I sympathize with the ND farmer, the real problem is agribusiness squeezing out the smaller farmers. Four years ago, ND farmers succeeded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V2wt61z-O0
    A district judge upheld the ban in 2018. I do not know the current status. What is not stated in your article is how many ND farmers are growing GMO crops. Until 2019, China was very cautious about GM crops. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-gmo-idUSKCN1P2028
    Note that US food exports to China have increased under Trump. https://www.foodexport.org/get-started/country-market-profiles/asia/china-country-profile It isn’t the market that is being destroyed, it’s who has access to the market. All the farmers in North Dakota and the other anti-corporate farming states combined, don’t contribute anything close to what agribusiness lobbyists do to politicians in Congress and have no ability to grease the palms of the crooked decision makers in the federal bureaucracy.

    Of course the pharmaceutical industry is in business to make money, but they do it by synthesizing chemicals that occur naturally in plants. They off-shored production to China to increase profits. They were without raw material from China for decades before Nixon recognized China. Not all of the raw materials needed to produce drugs from China, and China itself imports many of the raw materials needed to make drugs. Be aware that the scam of the 25 year drug patent law is the re-binding of the same drug with other chemicals allows renewal the patent and keeps the drug out of generic producers’ hands. A lot of that is happening in China.

    The reality is that Trump inherited a sinking ship. The people who own the “Western liberal democracies” have hollowed out those countries – something trade unions were warning people about 40 years ago, when Reagan began his assault on the middle and working classes. A lot of what is happening because of Trump’s decisions, were going to happen anyway, he’s just brought it to a head more quickly. Whether that is a good thing or bad thing in the long run, remains to be seen. Personally I see it more in terms of bad or worse, I do not see this ending well whether Trump is re-elected or Biden and Queen Kamala take over. The owners will have the final say.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  22. I didn’t know anything about the finances of the Supreme Shysters until I read that item about Ruth Badass Ginsburg. Hell, the old trout was worth over $4 million! (Steve Breyer’s worth $16 million, and John Roberts is worth $11 million or so. They aren’t worrying about where their next cocktail is coming from.)

    The Supreme Shysters have plenty of money-making gigs available to them. What with book royalties, speaking fees, paid trips, teaching gigs at law schools . . . well, it’s The Good Life. These nine unelected, unaccountable megalomaniacs are untouchable. . . .

  23. jsinton says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Actually, Syria is Obama’s war. Trump has repeatedly threatened to “pull out” of Syria, but has to walk it back because it’s Deep State’s war now. Wallace won’t cover it because the MSM is just as responsible and pro war as Deep State because it’s controlled by Deep State. Trump doesn’t always cooperate, and thinks he’s a “president” and not just General Manager of NWO Empire, US Division, thus the hysterical effort to “get Trump”.

    • Agree: Pat Kittle
    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  24. Biff says:

    They Are Not Talking About: War and Peace, Healthcare and Jobs Are Non-Issues

    If I remember correctly, people started getting concerned about this in 1972, and it’s only gotten worse.

  25. If we brought the troops home, we’d have plenty of money to expend Medicaid for those who can’t afford insurance (citizens only, please!) Of course, neither party will even mention this option, much less consider it. I say this to my liberal ACA=supporting friends and get NO RESPONSE.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  26. @Curmudgeon

    You missed the point of the 30 year old article.

    No I didn’t. You’re just pulling strawmen and red herrings out of your ass. My point was that Trump’s hostile efforts to stop the rise of China, in part by weaponizing the U.S. semiconductor industry, will do nothing more than temporarily slow China down, if that, and will end up ultimately damaging or destroying the U.S. semiconductor industry (and possibly the pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement industries in the U.S. and consumers whose health depends on these industries).

    While I sympathize with the ND farmer, the real problem is agribusiness squeezing out the smaller farmers. Four years ago, ND farmers succeeded.

    That’s irrelevant.

    Note that US food exports to China have increased under Trump.

    From about 2.1 billion in 2016 to 3.1 billion in 2020; big deal (it was trending upward anyway); while the loss of agricultural exports to China due to Trump’s trade war (according to a paper by the National Bureau of Economic Researh published in May 2020) has apparently not recovered.

    This paper analyzes the short-run trade effects of retaliatory tariffs against agriculture and food exports from the United States. The results indicate that these tariffs caused a substantial decline in U.S. agriculture and food exports and induced a reorientation of international trade patterns. We find that losses in foreign trade with retaliatory countries outweigh the gains from trade with non-retaliatory countries by more than USD 14.4 billion. Our results also indicate that non-retaliatory countries accommodated the increased demand from retaliatory countries by reorienting their trade relationships. We find that countries in South America and Europe benefited the most from these adjustments gaining more than USD 13.5 billion in additional foreign sales. The effects of retaliatory tariff increases across products vary substantially, with soybeans and meat products experiencing the most considerable redistribution effects.

    https://www.nber.org/papers/w27147

    But even if agricultural exports to China do eventually come back to the level they were at in 2016, that’s beside the point. My point was that Trump’s trade war – which is part of the larger hybrid war against China apparently intended to stop its rise to great power status – is recklessly risking the lives and livelihoods of Americans.

    Trump doesn’t give a damn about the economic damage he’s doing to farmers and U.S. consumers just like he doesn’t give a damn that his agenda to achieve nuclear primacy has brought the world closer to nuclear war than ever before.

    Of course the pharmaceutical industry is in business to make money, but they do it by synthesizing chemicals that occur naturally in plants…

    Spare me the misleading and totally and irrelevant BS. If Trump weaponizes the U.S. semiconductor industry and damages China by refusing to sell semiconductors to Chinese manufacturers, China may very well retaliate by cutting off the supply of pharmaceutical and nutritional ingredients, which would be devastating.

    Here is an excerpt from a transcript of a hearing in the U.S. congress in July 2019 (this is just one example of what Trump is potentially risking):

    “If China Shut the Door on Exports of Medicines and Their Key Ingredients and Raw Materials, U.S. Hospitals and Military Hospitals and Clinics Would Cease to Function Within Months, if Not Days A natural disaster, global public health crisis, or adverse foreign government action could disrupt the supply of medicinal ingredients and finished drugs. Surgeries could not be performed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital), Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, INOVA/Fairfax, every other U.S. hospital, and military hospitals around the world. Children and adults with cancer will suffer without vital medicines. For people on kidney dialysis, treatment would cease, a veritable death sentence.”

    Testimony of Rosemary Gibson, Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center and
    Author, “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine”
    Before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
    “Exploring the Growing U.S. Reliance on China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products”
    July 31, 2019

    https://www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/2019-10/July%2031,%202019%20Hearing%20Transcript.pdf

    The reality is that Trump inherited a sinking ship.

    Sheesh…not this stale BS again. The reality is that Trump had a chance to turn things around, but he instead betrayed his supporters and America. Instead of changing course he escalated the jewish-supremacist war on Russia, China, Iran and Venezuela.

    Neither Russia, China, Iran nor Venezuela were destined to be “enemies” of the United States; if they have become “enemies” it is because of the aggressive policies of a U.S. “government” bent on world domination and control at any cost.

    I don’t think I’m going to waste any more time on your absurdities.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  27. @jsinton

    As Commander in Chief of the U.S. military, Trump has the authority to withdraw the U.S. military from its illegal, unconstitutional and immoral deployment in Syria any time he wants to.

    The reason Trump the con man refuses to do it is very simple: Trump is a deep state agent (and psychotic, psychopathic, militant-zionist-extremist) who fully supports the jewish-supremacist agenda of world domination and control at any cost.

    • Agree: jsinton
  28. Anon[204] • Disclaimer says:

    When I came home from ‘Over There’, I told my buddies that the next war would be domestic. in the 5 years since, I have yet to change my mind. One doesn’t need to be a seer to known that. We have hated the press since Nam, and have hated the leftist scum since before that. A lot of my mates became cops.. No way could I be spit on by a tranny and not split a spleen. Those of us that lived through war zones have no desire to have one at home. But until the pampered, decadent and ultimately destructive members of the Left are dealt with there will never be Peace in the Valley

    • Replies: @anonymous
  29. OK… here’s the Truth equations…

    Deep State = Power-mad Jews that hate the rest of us.

    Banksters = Crazy Rich Jews via Fiat Scams that keep stealing.

    Oligarchs = Richest Jews that no longer give a shit what we think of them.

    Q-Anon = A “liberation from the Jews” fantasy used by Jews to expose, deflect and smear the desperate & honest… but it’s not allowed to say the word (((Jew))).

    The Press = Jews that control the discourse of the World.

    The Pentagon = A bunch of overpriced stuffed shirts that couldn’t out-fight an LA Street Gang, but agree to kill Arabs (Hanukkah) and Persians (Purim) with overpriced smart weapons because the Jews want them to.

    Israel = The Capitol of the Jews, and by extension, the World.

    Giraldi = The bravest and most honest man in the USA.

    Unz = A Righteous Jew that dares to expose the Tribe for what it is… at least we hope that is what this is.

    • Replies: @Jim Brewer
  30. Yet another article in which “health care” is confused with how it’s paid for. Get it straight, man!

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  31. Franz says:

    And a new government also must act decisively to challenge corporate offshoring interests to bring manufacturing jobs back home.

    Good point.

    It was a good point when Charlie Reese made it in 1981, when the Reagan Presidency was new and the nation was hoping the jobs-gone-missing days were coming to an end. The things you find out when you read old newspaper files!

    In fact it was already locked in by then. What Herman Kahn called the LMC (lower middle class) was being ejected from American life by the 80s, and Reagan did nothing to change it.

    That Kahn’s LMC was the driver of America’s prosperous years never occurred to anyone at the time. The country had already become a yuppie/kosher paradise. But the road from poverty to anywhere above was precisely the messy mix of industry, mom & pop business and all the rest that has disappeared so completely from American life that it’s now a different nation. Voters cannot discuss “issues” that most cannot imagine.

    America, rest in pieces. What rough beast slouches to Portland to be born?

    • Replies: @Truth Hurts the Liars
  32. @The Grate Deign

    Please be more specific and point out where the author is mistaken.

  33. @Franz

    Charley Reese (not Charlie) was a treasure. The Jews hated him, because he told the Truth. They invented the lie that he had a Palestinian wife.

    Herman Kahn was a total asshole… a theorist of winning nuclear war. The dickhead had nothing to do with the “lower middle class”.

    • Replies: @Franz
  34. Franz says:
    @Truth Hurts the Liars

    Herman Kahn was a total asshole… a theorist of winning nuclear war.

    Kahn wrote about a lot of things besides On Thermonuclear War and Thinking about the Unthinkable. He also wrote on internal issues, and was the first one to state unequivocally that the 1960s had been a crap decade for the lower middle class. An absolute fact.

    Besides which, the Jews hated him too. Even if he was one. It happens. Jewish director Stanley Kubrick based the character “Dr Strangelove” in part on Kahn. When General Buck Turgidson makes his statement that includes “I’m not saying we won’t get our hair mussed” it was a deliberate paraphrase of Kahn’s statements about survival.

    Kahn wrote at a time large numbers of people still thought “blowing up the world” was possible. He dispelled a lot of fear, which the world needs a lot of right now. For different reasons maybe.

  35. @Pat Kittle

    Are you trying to say Chris Wallace is Jewish? No!! I always thought he was an Irish Catholic.
    Next you’ll be saying the whole liberal bloc of SCOTUS!

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  36. @Truth Hurts the Liars

    The $64 question is how they get away with it.
    Crickets.

    btw — the guys with black hats and beards are blameless — it’s all the Trotskyites, many of whom have incredible wealth.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  37. @Jim Brewer

    The Talmud-thumpers are somewhat disunited.

    Their contempt for the goyim is universal, but some of them are openly anti-Zionist.

  38. @Jim Brewer

    Yes, I know this won’t happen, but it’s still fun to imagine a Presidential candidate blowing the whistle on (((9-11))).

  39. anonymous[252] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    When I came home from ‘Over There’

    You sound very much like those mofing war criminals we hear so much about, and much of the world despises. Which is why the following makes the conscientious amongst us feel like puking…

    We have hated the press since Nam, and have hated the leftist scum since before that.

    But until the pampered, decadent and ultimately destructive members of the Left are dealt with there will never be Peace in the Valley

    It is like Satan saying that the most righteous men and women are scum. Do those righteous men and women become scum, just because the most accursed of God’s creations thinks they are scum?

    A lot of my mates became cops.

    Yeah, that is what barely-literate\illiterate war criminal losers are most likely to become. It should come naturally.

  40. Aleksandr says:

    Phil,

    What they’re REALLY not talking about is the MSM’s bogus inflation and manufactured panic about the coronavirus numbers. CDC’s own admission is that only 9,000 (!) people in the US have died from coronavirus. The “other” 191,000 people who have also died had an average of 2.6 co-morbid conditions. In other words, they died of something else.

    OK, that’s bad enough. But why the relentless propaganda? To sell the vaccine of course!
    That’s the ransom. We’ll be forced by our elites to take the health-crushing vaccine, to “get our lives back.” LOL. We get to go to concerts and ball games once again, but we must take our crushing auto-immune conditions with us in tow! And of course, Big Pharma is completely indemnified by Big Government for all this.

    All looks bleak, indeed. But, thank God, there is one out. Just one. Yes, folks, there is one chess player left in the world. Just one. Putin.

    Sputnik V, the Russian human adenovirus vector vaccine, is now being offered to billions worldwide, and countries are clamoring for it. Duterte loves it, and wants it. He wants to be part of the trial in the Philippines. But why? Why?

    One staggering reason. Russia will NOT indemnify herself for any adverse reactions! They are so confident about the vaccine, they’ll pay damages to recipients who suffer harm. There’s the rub, folks. The Russians are putting their money where their mouth is. That’s what a white Christian country winds up doing.

    The answer is simple. Get your coronavirus vaccine from Russia, or suffer devastating health consequences from an unproven, never-successful, mRNA vaccine coming to a US military vaccine drive-thru near you. Your DNA will be changed forever. Your choice.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  41. No one seems to be talking about war and peace, as mankind keeps moving away from the latter and nearer the former: but not just any war – world war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  42. @Harold Smith

    This is that you ND farmer is facing.
    https://www.macrotrends.net/2531/soybean-prices-historical-chart-data
    https://www.macrotrends.net/2534/wheat-prices-historical-chart-data

    These are world prices and have dick all to do with Trump, regardless of his war on China.
    There is a reason the ND farmers approached the now defunct Canadian Wheat Board to sell their grain, which they declined. Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill were screwing them over. Four grain companies control 70% of the world market. That concentration increased when the Canadian Government dismantled the farmer run Canadian Wheat Board.
    https://medium.com/www-bins-ai/meet-the-behemoths-of-modern-grain-trading-f78957f9f723

    I didn’t say Trump’s trade war was wise, only that there are factors not cited in your article

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  43. @Fidelios Automata

    Excellent and practical point, sir. We could ultimately cut $400-500 billion from annual military / war spending without impairing our actual defense. Use that towards providing comprehensive medical and dental insurance to all US Citizens. It should also be provided to non-poor Americans, those of us who actually pay federal income tax (not just FICA i.e. the 6.2% Social Security and 1.45% employee Medicare taxes).

    Let’s start by closing most of our foreign bases and bringing troops home. There is conservatively 100 billion dollars in net annual savings right there, even after accounting for the expense of new or expanded bases in the usa and redeployment to guard our own borders.

    First benefit: Save the expense of the foreign bases themselves. Troops have a shorter, less vulnerable supply chain and are cheaper to house here.

    Second benefit: The troops can be deployed instead to secure our borders and END illegal immivasion, especially from our southern border.

    Third benefit: Our troops will no longer be sitting ducks serving as a tripwire to get us into a war if they are harmed while stationed someplace they have no right or need to be.

    Fourth benefit: We will no longer raise the justifiable resentment and anger of the “host” populations by having our armed young men stationed in their homelands.

    Fifth benefit: the 100,000 to 150,000 troops whom we bring home will give a BIG economic boost to dozens of struggling American towns and counties by spending all their money here instead of Japan, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

  44. @Aleksandr

    Seems like sound advice thus far. My fear is that Americans will be required to get the vaccine as a condition of employment in federal, state, and local governments — many millions of jobs.

    Children and their parents may also be required to get the vaccine as a condition of the kids continuing to attend government (“public”) school.

    We need mass peaceful disobedience, meaning mass refusal to comply with mask, antisocial “distancing”, and vaccine mandates. This seems highly unlikely at the moment in most jurisdictions given the effectiveness of the ubiquitous government/school/media/corporate propaganda in whipping up an irrational degree of fear about the virus.

  45. @Curmudgeon

    I don’t know how those graphs relate to the damage that your evil orange messiah has done to U.S. farmers and the U.S. agricultural economy. So I’m not going to waste time arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin with a Trump-ass-licking-cultist like you.

    What I do know is that your evil orange messiah is a mentally and morally defective, ignorant, arrogant, utterly reckless infantile narcissist and shameless con man who ultimately alienates and repulses anyone and everyone who interacts with him in any way; apparently including many of the farmers who supported him in 2016:

    Last week, 38 farmers and rural community leaders from six swing states — Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania — launched a campaign called Rural America 2020.

    The nonprofit organization aims to “spread the word about the Trump Administration’s rural community failures, give a voice to rural communities, and provide policy solutions for a stronger rural America,” according to the organization’s website. Rural America 2020 also encourages farmers across the country to tell their own story and grievances with the current administration.

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Agriculture/US-farmers-speak-out-against-Trump-s-trade-policy

    The evil orange clown, the psychotic, psychopathic, lying, mass-murdering, Israel-first, America-last, militant zionist extremist, is destroying what’s left of America, and if he’s reelected he’ll finish the job. And that’s apparently why you satanists worship him so.

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