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Friday, June 16. 2017
Living in the NYC area, I have plenty of wacky Progressive friends. They are really wacky these days. Of course, my Republican friends can be just as nutty, at times. It all depends on what you're discussing, though this should go without saying.
What's really crazy, though, is how one Progressive friend mentioned to me that polarization has reached "fever pitch" and the basis of her comment was the recent Congressional shooting. I shrugged and said it had been at that level for 24 years, really, and she'd simply chosen not to notice. Now that she's energized politically, it matters to her. No, no, no, she replied, that can't be it. It most certainly is.
All my Progressive friends are members of the #Resist movement. I am not a Trump supporter, but I'm not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, either. He's had mixed results so far. Nothing outlandish, nothing crazy. I think he's accomplished quite a bit (both better and worse) for not passing a single piece of major legislation. His bluster and hyperbole bug me, but that's just talk and Tweets. I've seen and heard worse from regular politicians. Yet it's these words that set off the #Resist people. They go bonkers over every little thing! It's fascinating.
Prior to the election, when it seemed Hillary was a shoo-in, they were treading lightly, saying nice things like "Whoever wins, we should unify after the election, the nation needs to come together." Their hubris and expectation of a big win offered them the comfort to feel they could say this, with smug delight, to set off anyone who might consider Trump a viable vote. These are the same people that spent 8 years complaining about Republican filibustering and 'obstruction' of the Obama agenda. "Why can't the Republicans stop OBSTRUCTING when we want to get things done?" Well, smarty-pants, that's how the system works, isn't it? It's designed to prevent a tyranny of the majority, and your smug nonsensical philosophy is forcing tyranny down our throats.
So here we are, 5 months into a new president's tenure, and suddenly we're at "Fever Pitch?" I don't think so. I don't feel it. The problem is Progressives are at fever pitch. They see their tyrannical structure suffering setbacks, rollbacks, and dismantling. So now they are calling for "Obstruction! We must Obstruct!"
I asked yet another Progressive friend as he rambled on about obstructing legislation, "When is obstruction good? I'm just curious, because you opposed it for 8 years. Is it good when you support it and not when others do? What happened to the unity you wanted prior to the election regardless of who won?"
"I didn't expect this outcome, and the unity I wanted was to come together under an agenda of goodness, care and kindness, not the hatred Trump spews."
"Well," I replied, "I fail to see any hatred except from you and Progressives. I don't like Trump, but I haven't seen him hating on anyone except the people hating on him first. It seems you're creating a vicious cycle. Don't you think if obstruction was the 'problem' you'd oppose it regardless of who was performing it? I didn't dislike Republican obstruction, and I don't dislike the current Democratic obstruction. It seems to me the checks and balances designed to reduce governmental interference and action are what keep our nation functioning effectively. Those founders seem to have hit on something, don't you think?"
The crickets were pretty loud at that moment, but the fuming was evident as steam poured from her ears.
No, I didn't vote for Trump (or Hillary), but I have faith in the system more than I have faith in the people. You can't trust people, and the Founding Fathers knew this and wrote extensively about it in the Federalist Papers. The picture above shows items that 'create' a nation-state. The only thing we in the United States have that bind us together are two unique historical documents that embody a philosophy that has been unmatched in human history. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I'd argue the Articles of Confederation are a third, though they are largely forgotten. But these documents are things we can, and should always identify with and rely on to guide our principles. Some people think they are documents to use to generate change and create power opportunities. Others (more correctly) realize they are just guidelines on how to ALLOW change to occur naturally through individual activity and freedom. Keep the government out of our lives, off our backs and away from our homes and wallets (maybe it's too late for that...).
Today, these things are abused by politicians on both sides of the aisle. That is what is reaching a fever pitch, in my estimation. Political abuse.
I think real obstruction is a problem, but the only obstruction I've seen is taking place with the "Russian" investigation, and now the "Obstruction of Justice" investigation. While Progressives justifiably complain about Trump's Mar-a-Lago expenses, which are exorbitant, they are not questioning the amount of taxpayer money spent on frivolous investigations like these. Obstruction, indeed - the Democrats are experts at it.
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I always thought you had to have evidence a crime had been committed before appointing a special prosecutor. Where is the evidence? Looks like Mueller is going on a fishing expedition just like Fitzgerald did in the Valerie Plame investigation. Remember that Fitzgerald quickly found out that Armitage was the leaker and no law had been violated, then he spent two years on a fishing expedition and Comey went along with it.
Isn't it interesting how the repubs couldn't get one special prosecutor under 8 years of 0bama and the dems score one stacked with hyper partisans in the first 6 mos of Trump's term?
Re your parchment 'Bonds that create a nation state'
I would argue that as they apply to these United States, every bond listed has either been broken or is under intense assault.
I'm glad you noted that polarization has been going on for at least 24 years. I would add another four: GHW Bush/Clinton/ GW Bush/Obama. But then again, they're all members of the globalist UniParty that thrives off warfare and discontent among the various subgroups, resulting in increasing control over the individual and rule of law. They've been making trillions off arms trading, drugs, sex trafficking, organ harvesting, data collection and copyright infringements for decades. Trump and the Alt-media just might expose these wretches for their true intent.
We're going to hear much screeching and "no fair" as our Globalist Masters get squeezed out of their ill-gotten skimming off of growing bureaucracies out-sourcing contracts that feed the Deep State. The idea was to make the number and relationships amongst all these appointed czars and their peeps so complex that the average citizen could not chart them.
These Banksters, politicians, and lobbyists excel at boiling frogs. That nice warm water was beginning to simmer. We frogs are jumping out of their pot.
Visions of Tip O'Neill and Teddy Kennedy came to mind.
"I shrugged and said it had been at that level for 24 years, really, and she'd simply chosen not to notice. Now that she's energized politically, it matters to her. No, no, no, she replied, that can't be it. It most certainly is."
Yes!!! Furthermore, much as they like to pretend otherwise, Trump is not the cause, though he did take advantage of it. I'd be tempted to say that Trump managed to shred and continues to demolish the credibility of the Government-Media Complex, but really they did it to themselves. Don't count on them having enough self awareness to realize that it was self inflicted.
" ... the fuming was evident as steam poured from her ears."
I didn't know that you'd met my sister. My condolences.
While I find this mostly pretty sensible I have to disagree that it's just perception on the part of Progressives. I see you're going to back to WJC in 1992 as a baseline. Clinton and the GOP were able to come to agreements on trade treaties and, eventually, welfare reform. As always seems to the case there were GOP leaders willing to give him the benefit of the doubt during his impeachment, and he was acquitted by a Senate with a GOP majority. Even after Bush v Gore and before 9/11 there were Democrats willing to work with W. Ted Kennedy's cooperation on NCLB comes to mind. Can you name one Democrat who has even hinted at working with Trump on some of his initiatives? It'll be interesting to see if his proposals to revive apprenticeships get any Democrat support.
The tone of opposition to Trump is unlike anything I've seen, beyond the belief that Ronald Reagan was going to initiate a nuclear war (something Trump was also accused of) and the anger over the events of the 2000 election. I have never felt the same sense that huge swaths of Democrats considered the election to have been illegitimate.
You do know that while we squabble, China is buying us up lock, stock and barrel? I was in a real estate development group meeting this morning where the 20 of us or so, consisting of developers, bankers, construction company executives and the like, were discussing the huge amount of Chinese money coming in. Just as an example, we have a new major developer who has bought up a lot of land and buildings, where if you trace the ties back, the chairman is a major Party member back in Beijing. This is not private money, this is disguised PRC government money.
If we as a country are foolish enough to waste all our time and energy on things like imaginary Russian conspiracies and transgender rights rather than addressing our crippling debt, decaying infrastructure and moribund economy, the Chinese deserve to take us over. But I would advise that you start having your kids learn Mandarin.
Just ran into a finance partner in the hall, who is working on getting some documents translated from Chinese into English. I joked that at the rate we're going, China would take us over in a couple of years.
His response: "That would be good."
The other day i had a customer tell me her only daughter was working in Singapore and had called her mother to tell she was staying there until "the crazy" was over here in the U.S.the woman was glad even though it left her alone to care for her 98 y.o.mother. I'm pretty sure she assumed I was implying the "right" was supplying the crazy. She couldn't have been more wrong... of course I have to play along or risk a complaint, not that that would phase me.
I'm not the least worried about it. Back in the 70's and 80's it was Japan buying everything in sight and Japanese on the island we doing 100 year mortgages (multigenerational) on homes because real estate was going through the roof. How did that work out for Japan? Take a good sniff of the Chinese speculation here and in China...recognize the smell? It's called "cycles" and fair warning to the foolish.
Plus, every investment/purchase that I've seen the Chinese make in my part of the country has been hastily done and poorly thought out. Someone made good money selling to them, and someone else is going to buy the property for a song at a bankruptcy auction (someday).
It's a net loss (maybe) for the global economy, but it's not a serious threat to our communities.
I would be in favor of making it illegal for non-citizens to own property or businesses within the U.S. I would also favor laws making it a requirement that non-citizens spend at least 6 months a year outside this country.
China is about to collapse. That worries me.
You're either young or have forgotten the 80s. Remember Japan buying everything and taking over? Worked out about as well as it will for China.
I think we are being manipulated to clash with each other. Most Dems, Repubs, Libs, etc. are good people that want the best for our country. We are being played.
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