Donald Trump Points ObamaTrade Gun At Ted Cruz’ Head – For Rubio-Like Behavior

Update III: Resistance is futile: Trump now second behind Jeb Bush in New Hampshire. Wait until August 6 when Trump goes after Common Core Jeb? and amnesty shill Marco. It’s not the first poll in 2015 with The Donald in a strong position and it won’t be the last (picture the polls post August 6).

The hate against Donald Trump is strong and will get worse from the Republican activist base and Big Media. The bet from that odd lot is that Trump will run away from the fight or never really run because he is a “clown,” a “nut,” and only worthy of the insults by these over-educated dopes. That childish hatred will only help Donald Trump.

As we wrote when he announced, Trump’s great strength is he speaks English, not the language of mush. Trump will not pull other candidates to the “left” or the “right” as most “protest” candidates do. Trump will force Republicans to speak in clear, understandable English. That alone will be a revolutionary achievement.

A smart Trump hater asks: What might we learn from listening to Trump? Um, learn what Trump understands. Because It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does. A little touch of Trump in the rhetoric, the attitude, the bearing of the other Republican candidates could go a long way….

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Update II: ObamaTrade just became a big 2016 campaign issue. Bernie Sanders will beat up Hillary2016 for insufficient anti-ObamaTrade talk. Marco Rubio now adds ObamaTrade besides illegal immigration amnesty to the Donald Trump/Cruz/Paul armory of weapons against Rubio2016.

In the general election Hillary2016 will beat up on the Republican nominee with the very verbiage Sanders will beat her with during the primaries. Any wonder that the GOP is known by many as the “Stupid” Party? The GOP just handed Obama a victory and Hillary2016 an issue.

BTW, Trump surges in New Hampshire. Trump is in second place.

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Update: Obama twisting Senate Dem arms for TPA test vote today as Cruz switches to No. Our article was perfectly timed to awaken the smart Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio is isolated on ObamaTrade and will face-off against Trump and Paul on August 6 – as Ted Cruz is now a “NObamaTrade” vote:

Exclusive — Ted Cruz: Obamatrade Enmeshed in Corrupt, Backroom Dealings [snip]

The American people do not trust President Obama. And they do not trust Republican leadership in Congress. And the reason is simple: for far too long, politicians in Washington have not told the truth. [snip]

As a general matter, I agree (as did Ronald Reagan) that free trade is good for America; when we open up foreign markets, it helps American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.

But TPA in this Congress has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making, along with serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include.

Since the Senate first voted on TPA, there have been two material changes.

First, WikiLeaks subsequently revealed new troubling information regarding the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, one of the trade deals being negotiated by Obama.

Despite the administration’s public assurances that it was not negotiating on immigration, several chapters of the TiSA draft posted online explicitly contained potential changes in federal immigration law. TPA would cover TiSA, and therefore these changes would presumably be subject to fast-track. [snip]

Why does Republican Leadership always give in to the Democrats? Why does Leadership always disregard the promises made to the conservative grassroots?

Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.

There’s too much corporate welfare, too much cronyism and corrupt dealmaking, by the Washington cartel. For too long, career politicians in both parties have supported government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist, and for the lobbyist – at the expense of the taxpayers. It’s a time for truth. And a time to honor our commitments to the voters.

Well said Senator Cruz, well said. We can see the change in tone already now that Donald Trump is in the race (as Donald Trump hater William Kristol advises in A Little Touch Of Trump).

One more thing for Senator Cruz and all presidential candidates to consider: don’t put snippy people on the phones to represent you. Yesterday, one of our commenters called the Cruz senate office in opposition to ObamaTrade and was met with a snarl. Nasty people on phones do not help the candidate. The person on the phone is the first contact most have with a candidate/elected official. If public opinion is not appreciated by a staffer get them off the phones.

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AP photog has some fun pretending a gun’s pointed at Ted Cruz’s head. While many shout about this clear cut Big Media death wish against Ted Cruz and shouting “bias” they are missing the real powerful gun pointed at Ted Cruz’s head. The gun is held by Donald Trump.

Let’s sum it up in one concise SAT type critical reading statement for the very smart Ted Cruz: “ObamaTrade is to Ted Cruz as illegal immigration amnesty is to Marco Rubio.”

On August 6, at the very first Republican presidential candidates’ debate, watched by millions upon millions of Republican primary voters Donald Trump will attack any senator that votes for ObamaTrade. Any Republican senator that votes for more power for Barack Obama will hand Donald Trump the bullets for his Magnum.

Have we made it simple enough?

Any Republican senator running for president that votes for ObamaTrade thereby succoring Barack Obama will be on the Donald Trump target list.

Ted Cruz should visualize Donald Trump blasting Ted Cruz for being Obama’s chump at the August 6 Republican presidential debate.



Before Ted Cruz and other Republican senators vote to empower Barack Obama with a vote for ObamaTrade they should consider the ramifications both for the nation and also for their political careers:

Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk.

More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority – information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration’s pledge to use the agreement to impose “environmental governance.”

It has become increasingly clear that the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is far more than a trade deal. It forms an enduring, self-governing political entity with vast regulatory power. Yet fast-track – which has led without fail to the adoption of every covered agreement since its inception – would rush it through with less legislative scrutiny than a Post Office reform bill.

Second chances do not come often. We now have new information and a new vote. [snip]

And the TPP is only the first agreement that would be fast-tracked. Not fully understood at the time of the prior Senate vote is that there are already three international pacts that would be put on a fast-track to adoption. In addition to the TPP are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Together they encompass three-fourths of the world economy, and up to ninety percent of the world economy when including countries whose membership is being courted. The same individuals encouraging us to leap into these binding global commitments could not even come close to predicting the outcome of our standalone agreement with South Korea which, contrary to promises, nearly doubled the trading deficit between our country and theirs.

The texts of TTIP and TiSA remain completely secret –unreviewable by lawmakers themselves – yet fast-track would authorize the Executive to sign them before Congress votes. Then the President would send Congress legislation to change U.S. law to comport with these new agreements, legislation which cannot be amended, which Senators cannot filibuster, cannot receive a two-thirds treaty vote, and cannot be debated for more than 20 hours. Again: no fast-tracked deal has ever been blocked.

We have recently discovered that the President’s trade representative, Michael Froman, has pledged no agreement will proceed without “environmental governance” provisions: [snip]

The Ways and Means Committee has also now conceded that, as an unprecedented “Living Agreement,” the union could change its structure, rules, regulations and enforcement mechanisms after final ratification – a dangerous and unjustifiable power. This international union would be able to make determinations impacting U.S. workers in not only trade but environmental, labor, immigration and commercial policy. [snip]

The transnational entities stitching these compacts together have always desired a governance structure outside the reach of the ordinary voter; as conservatives we should never rush into the unknown on the promise that utopia lies across the abyss.

Senator Jeff Sessions wrote the above. Expect Donald Trump, in articulate English, to use every letter, every word, every paragraph, of the Sessions article to blast supposed conservative Ted Cruz on August 6 along with any Republican senator that embraces Barack Obama and ObamaTrade.

If the Republican “leadership” in Congress believed that moving up the ObamaTrade vote to this week in order to minimize or soften the Donald Trump “searing truths” attack against ObamaTrade on August 6 they will be sorely disappointed.

Marco Rubio is still unforgiven by many for his illegal immigration support which many activists in the Republican Party termed “amnesty”. It has hurt Rubio but time has healed some of the hurt. Ted Cruz will be tempted to make the gamble that if Rubio was forgiven so will he. But Rubio’s “treason” on “amnesty” vote was in 2013. A Ted Cruz betrayal on ObamaTrade which empowers Barack Obama will be in 2015 and a few weeks from Judgement Day when he faces Donald Trump. Marco Rubio will also be vulnerable on ObamaTrade but his supporters are less likely to be persuadable Trump voters (and Trump’s attacks on Rubio will be “amnesty” based) so Trump will target Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz should not Marco Rubioize himself with a vote for ObamaTrade.

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119 thoughts on “Donald Trump Points ObamaTrade Gun At Ted Cruz’ Head – For Rubio-Like Behavior

  1. Great Post, our dear admin!!!

    When the voice of reason and truth is Donald Trump, you know our O’administration and Congress are in deep $hit.

    Trump will turn over every rock he can find, and I will be right there cheering him on.

  2. this is a direct affront to our sovernity…

    I hope Donald buys up a half hour or so of air time and starts blasting this thing to shreads…

    what kind of people do we have in our government that would sell out country out like this…

    they want One World with only a very few calling all the shots…and controlling all the money…

    what kind of USA do they want to leave to future generations…

    this is disgraceful…

  3. S

    this is disgraceful…

    —-

    Absolutely! Also, it can be changed by God knows who, to do, God knows what.

  4. Admin,

    You have outdone yourself. Tomorrow is the vote. I have been tweeting, facebooking, faxing, calling and posting. I could not find a protest, or I would have been carrying a banner, too.

    Yes, this is the kind of thing conspiracy theories are made of.

    If the Senate caves, can this be challenged in the courts once it is “made public”?

  5. Well, I just called Senator Cruz’s office, and, spoke to a rather irritable office staff person, and she said Cruz will be voting for it. She asked me if I had read it, I reflected back that the bill has been kept under lock and key but that I knew enough to know it was bad for America, and stated the obvious reasons stand in Admins writings. She could have cared less. I ended it with telling her to have fun watching the debates and that I no longer would consider him Presidential material.
    I called Senator Cornyn, of course that mouse will be voting lock step with McConnell. .
    This sh#ts going to pass…:(

  6. Sound advice admin.

    Gonzo’s call to Cruz office tells me all I need to know about him.

    He could have given himself an out.

    He could have said I favor free trade, but there are some things in this bill I cannot support.

    That was the position Mike Lee took on the prior vote.

    Ted made the mistake of saying he had read the bill.

    He left himself no wiggle room.

    Like I said before, the bloom is off the rose.

    Also, I withdraw my prior opinion that the presence of Trump in the race will be good for Cruz.

    That statement looks pretty foolish now.

    But I will say this much in my own defense.

    I thought he was smarter.

  7. said it before and will say it again…

    the USA will be a third world country when O gets done with us…

  8. Ted should be agonizing over this decision.

    His political image is that of a reformer.

    For someone like him a bill of this sort is contraindicated.

    It is a blueprint of crony capitalism.

    It rewards the few at the expense of the many.

    As such he should oppose it.

    His failure to do so tarnishes his reputation as a reformer.

    It is a wholesale betrayal of those who answered his call to support the people of our country.

    And, it puts the lie to the idea that he will fight the status quo and he crony capitalist.

    He is in bed with them.

    The reason the lady you spoke to was irritable Gonzo

    Is because you call is not the first call, nor will it be the last he receives questioning this decision.

    I think this is a megapolitical mistake on his part.

    I really do.

  9. gonzotx,

    I am afraid most people have accepted that our representatives vote for the $ and not their electorate. I think it would take a small miracle to be voted down tomorrow.

    Vote them out in 2016. They probably have their next jobs waiting for them.

  10. I am so glad that Trump is stirring up a hornets nest…

    I’m also glad he has his own plane and bodyguards. He is going to become the GOP target, right next to Hillary.

  11. wbboei,

    So sorry that Cruz is a phoney. I would have liked him to be a hero, too. He is just not. It is the fall of the Roman Empire – from within.

    When I was a younger woman, I used to think about the future and wonder what it would be like. I never though we would be going so backwards.

  12. We know this deserves a blaring front page post, but we’ve written so many along those lines already. For what it is worth another articles which restates what we have already stated and restated:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-06-22/the-real-math-behind-hillary-clinton-s-candidacy

    The Real Math Behind Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

    Reconstituting the Obama coalition will be the story of 2016—and it’s harder than it looks. [snip]

    So far, Hispanic voters have been getting the most attention from the media and from candidates courting them in announcement speeches and at events like NALEO, which Hillary Clinton addressed on Thursday. While those votes will certainly be important in 2016, blacks remain the crucial minority bloc for Democratic candidates.

    As a number of different scholars, consultants, and journalists have demonstrated, the demographic changes we have seen in recent presidential elections and projections of the trend going forward are clear: The sheer number of eligible voters has shifted and continues to shift toward non-white groups, who overwhelmingly favor Democratic candidates. [snip]

    That’s not where the story ends. Keep in mind that the metric of most concern to campaign professionals is net votes generated, which is a function of the size of each group in the electorate (their share) and the differential in their voting patterns (their performance).

    Assuming that the lost (white) voters and the gained (non-white voters) in 2012 voted in the same proportions as all their racial and ethnic counterparts, we can calculate how many votes Republican nominee Mitt Romney lost and President Barack Obama gained because of the decrease in white voters and the increase in non-white voters.

    According to exit polls, Obama lost whites by a margin of 20 percentage points (39 percent to 59 percent) while winning black voters by 87 percentage points (93 percent to 6 percent), Hispanics by 44 percentage points (71 percent to 27 percent), and Asian-Americans by 47 percentage points (73 percent to 26 percent). Multiplying the size of the change in each group by their Democratic performance yields the additional raw votes that Obama gained because of the changes in the composition of the electorate from 2008 to 2012. [snip]

    As discussed above, net votes generated is the metric that matters. Because of their near-uniform support for Democrats, increased turnout by black voters translate on an almost one-to-one basis with increase in net Democratic support. The number of eligible Hispanic voters is certainly increasing, but their turnout rates are low, and, while they strongly support Democrats, they do not uniformly do so. Furthermore, Hispanic voters are more likely to live in uncompetitive states like California, Texas, and New York.

    High turnout rates among black Americans are key to the “lock” that Oakford and others argue that the Democrats have on presidential elections.

    Still, the proportion of black Americans in the eligible electorate is holding steady. The increases in their share of the actual electorate in 2008 and 2012 and their contribution to Democratic vote totals were due to high rates of turnout and phenomenally high rates of loyalty. Can we assume the 2016 Democratic nominee will automatically benefit from similarly high levels of black turnout and loyalty?

    Some of the turnout increases among blacks in 2008 and 2012 may have been due to the Democrats’ technical mobilizing wizardry. But it seems reasonable to assume that most of it was due to the fact that Obama was on the top of the ticket.

    There’s some evidence supporting that. We know what black turnout was in 2010 and 2014, when Democrats spent just as much time, effort, and money as in the presidential contests, but Obama was not on the ticket.

    Furthermore, according to the CPS, black turnout was not only higher than white turnout in a set of Southern states that were not at all targeted for mobilization efforts in 2012 (Louisiana, 69.5 percent; Mississippi, 82.4 percent; and South Carolina, 69.5 percent) but equal to or higher than black turnout in some targeted states (Florida, 57.6 percent; Virginia, 67.2 percent; and North Carolina, 80.2 percent). This strongly suggests that high black turnout was mainly due to Obama.

    To be sure, the demographic math for Republicans is daunting and they continue to face huge challenges with Hispanic voters. Furthermore, Democrats do not have to replicate completely their high 2008 and 2012 turnout and loyalty performance among black Americans to win.

    Still, Democrats must get close to that, and the challenges involved in getting close are just one more bit of evidence that 2016 will be a competitive contest and that there is no Democratic lock on the 2016 Electoral College door.

  13. Wbb,

    I figured she had been fielding calls, looks like she probably should have checked her car before answering anymore.
    Yes, he was absolutely elected as a Tea Party Representative. ..and after the cote tomorrow, his Presidential run will be officially over.

  14. Another one along the same lines; written by John Judis who has now succumbed to our logic:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/democrats-populism-movement-america-20150619

    Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You.
    The perils of the progressive plan to build an electoral majority by fighting inequality.

    A century of new rules—from the advent of direct presidential primaries, to the end of the seniority system in Congress, to conservative Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance—has dramatically eroded the power that official party structures once exercised over politicians and their platforms. Today, an informal network of donors, policy and political groups, media outlets, consultants, labor unions, and star politicians determine in what broad directions both sides of the spectrum will evolve over the long term. Many of these players don’t actually identify themselves by party but rather by ideology.

    After the Democrats’ drubbing in last November’s election, the informal network of leaders and institutions that loosely guides the Left began the task of regrouping. The network has shifted politically from the days of Bill Clinton and the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. Today, many groups look to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for inspiration; the key think tanks are places like the Center for American Progress in Washington and the smaller New York–based Roosevelt Institute; and behind many of the organizations is a network of mega-rich donors called the Democracy Alliance.

    As these liberal strategists took stock, most acknowledged that the Democratic side had genuine underlying problems that needed to be fixed. And while the prescriptions they offered varied, one of the common themes that gained momentum was that the Democratic Party needed to strongly identify itself with the fight against economic inequality. For many progressives, the argument was not simply that ending economic inequality was the right thing to do; it was that a populist campaign built around this theme would mobilize what strategists call a “new American majority” or a “rising American electorate”—allowing Democrats to take back the country that they thought they had won in November 2008.

    Can this actually work? I would like to think so; the goal of reducing economic inequality is certainly worthwhile. And many of the policies that progressives are promoting under the umbrella of their developing anti-inequality crusade—from raising the minimum wage to requiring paid sick leave to strengthening bank regulation to increasing spending on science, education, roads, and bridges—have merit. But after talking to leaders of this network in recent weeks, and reading carefully the papers and essays that promote the new strategy, I have my doubts about whether a political campaign built around these kinds of proposals will, in fact, create a new Democratic majority. [snip]

    While the alliance continued to recommend funding many of its older mainstays, such as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, it also included three organizations—the Center for Popular Democracy, the Working Families Party, and National People’s Action—that come out of the populist Left. It had recommended funding a few groups like this before, but, taken together, these groups suggest a leftward turn. The Center for Popular Democracy is a federation of groups that includes some of the old chapters of the much-attacked community-organizing group ACORN. The Working Families Party is a New York–based ally of de Blasio that was founded in 1998 and has affiliates in six states and the District of Columbia. And National People’s Action is a left-wing, Chicago-based group that was started by disciples of Saul Alinsky and has affiliates in 17 states. [snip]

    The Democracy Alliance’s outreach to the Left reflects, and has contributed to, a growing convergence within the informal network of groups that are trying to develop a strategy for the Democratic Party. While there may be differences between the think tanks and the netroots, as well as between those who proudly call themselves “populists” and those who prefer the terms “progressive” or “liberal,” there is, increasingly, a common commitment to create what de Blasio has called “a grand progressive coalition” that will achieve “a holistic solution to economic inequality.” There is also surprising unanimity about what such an effort means historically and about the kind of reforms it should demand. [snip]

    POLITICAL ACTIVISTS AND academics often advance proposals that in their eyes would benefit humanity but have no chance of winning public acceptance or being acted upon. But many of the groups and individuals who make up the current progressive infrastructure believe that, by conducting a broad campaign against inequality based on aggressive government action, they are creating a new progressive majority. In a recent interview with The Nation, de Blasio suggested that, on economic issues, the “understanding amongst the populace is much more advanced than among a lot of the political leadership.”

    When I asked Felicia Wong, the president of the Roosevelt Institute, and LaMarche’s predecessor at the Democracy Alliance, how she expected the institute’s ideas would fuel a new majority, she referred me to the work of pollster Stanley Greenberg. In a recent issue of The American Prospect, Greenberg describes a “Rising American Electorate” that is a “new majority” and that consists of “blacks, Hispanics and new immigrants, millennials, unmarried women, and seculars.” The Democracy Alliance and the groups it funds use similar language. In its “2020 Vision,” the alliance describes the “Rising American Electorate” as “voters of color, young people, and single women.” Populism 2015’s conference platform referred to a “new majority of people of color, young people and working women.” [snip]

    The way to reach these voters, Greenberg and others argue, is with an agenda that targets economic inequality. Greenberg writes that advocates of “ ’centrism’ could not be more wrong. The key to both winning today’s white working-class voters and building overwhelming majorities with the Rising American Electorate is a robust agenda of progressive reform and government activism.” Greenberg assures his readers that the “new American majority … is calling for drastic improvements in wages and employment rights,” that Americans “are ready to tax the richest,” that they have “a special disdain for overpaid CEOs,” and that they “are ready to see deep investments to rebuild American infrastructure.”

    BUT IS THIS RIGHT? Is a new majority in fact ready to support a political agenda based on ending or reducing economic inequality through government activism? There are circumstances like those of the early 1930s when a majority of Americans have backed progressive economic reform and government intervention and even the kind of radical reforms envisaged by the Roosevelt Institute—but are we in fact living in such a period?

    I fear that the new populist approach is based on several assumptions—about the economy and the electorate—that are feeding false hopes of success. The first flaw has to do with the status of the middle class. [snip]

    MIT economist David Autor, who popularized the idea that technology was hollowing out the middle class, has changed his views. In a presentation last summer to the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Autor portrayed low-skilled, low-wage occupations as most susceptible to being automated out of existence, while saying that middle-skilled occupations involving “interpersonal interaction, flexibility, adaptability, and problem-solving” are “likely to persist and, potentially, to grow.” [snip]

    The real division in Chicago—and, I would suspect, in other cities and states—is not so much between the very rich and everyone else, but between thriving middle- and upper-middle-class neighborhoods and those boarded-up neighborhoods inhabited by the very poor. As Garcia and his populist followers should have learned, this is not a class division that is conducive to a progressive populism that seeks to unite the 90 percent against the very rich. In fact, outside of a Democratic town like Chicago, it may be more conducive to a right-wing populism than a left-wing populism.

    To see why, it helps to understand the history of both liberal and conservative populism. [snip]

    But after the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the expansion of Social Security, the politics of middle-class fear changed. Protected by government social programs, the middle class didn’t have to worry for its sheer survival during economic downturns. Instead, during downturns, some middle-class voters became susceptible to fears that they would have to pay higher taxes in order to aid those below them. As a result, they embraced a right-wing populism that sought to rally the middle class against the lower class (often identified by racial or national origin) and also against the infamous liberal elite, who were deemed to be allies of the lower class. This kind of populist politics flourished during the tax revolt of the late 1970s. And it once again found a receptive audience during the recession that began six years ago.

    The tea party arose in the winter of 2009, inspired by a CNBC pundit’s complaints that the middle class was having to pay for the mortgages that irresponsible homeowners, who didn’t possess the required income, had signed. [snip]

    By contrast, attempts to found a left-wing counterpart to the tea party have fallen flat. The Coffee Party (with the ominous initials CPUSA) never really got off the ground. The Occupy movement lasted through the fall of 2011 and then fizzled. In New York, de Blasio was able to win office using populist appeals, but it remains to be seen whether a politics that succeeded in one of the country’s most liberal cities can be applied in Midwestern or Southern swing states. Indeed, there is little sign nationally that a left-wing rebellion against inequality is gaining active converts in the way that the tea party gained supporters during the Great Recession. The grassroots groups the Democracy Alliance funds seem to have the most impact in Democratic states or metro areas and often are little known to the general public. And the labor movement, which was once the mainstay of the Democratic Party’s grassroots and of a progressive economic agenda, continues to lose members. [snip]

    Greenberg found that these voters understood appeals to fairness as appeals to use their tax money for government programs to aid minorities. Outside of very blue areas, today’s populist appeals to reduce economic inequality could well be understood in the same manner.

    Rob Stein, who no longer directs but continues to advise the Democracy Alliance, worries about the effect on voters of a campaign against economic inequality. “The fact of economic inequality is now fairly widely accepted and resonates with voters across the political spectrum and throughout the country. The challenge for national candidates is to address the multifaceted problems of inequality without proposing that the only solutions are substantially greater taxes, pervasive regulation, and more intrusive government bureaucracy,” Stein told me. (He emphasized that he was speaking for himself, not the Democracy Alliance or its partners.) “While economic inequality is generally accepted as a real and pervasive problem, significantly more intrusive government is not yet a popular solution among all constituencies in every region. It may be one day, but we are not there yet.”

    Those who contend that a campaign for economic equality will produce, or is already producing, a new majority cite changing demographics as a cornerstone of their argument. “[I]ncreasing racial diversity, rising immigration, growing secularism, evolving family structures, and swelling metropolitan centers … are tied to revolutions in America’s values,” Greenberg writes. Transposing an old Marxist adage to the new populism, he predicts that “[h]istory is on the side of the ascendant revolutions.”

    I’m not sure this confidence in demographics is merited. Ruy Teixeira and I predicted in 2002 that a new Democratic majority would emerge before end of the decade, and it did—but it has proved short-lived. One problem with predicting more lasting majorities based on demographics is that opposition parties can adjust. Republican successes in 2014 were not just the result of low turnout among young voters and minorities. They were also the result of GOP candidates moving to the center to defuse criticism from their Democratic opponents. Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, and even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker all took the edge off their stances on abortion and, in Gardner’s case, contraception.

    Moreover, it is difficult to say how the growing Hispanic population, upon which the calculations of a new majority rely, will vote in the years to come. Like most other ethnic immigrant groups, Hispanics tend to become less liberal as they move up the ladder in income and status. If Republicans at some point moderate their views on immigration, it’s entirely possible that Latinos could become a less reliable Democratic constituency.

    Changing political circumstances also make it tough to predict how the views of age groups will evolve. Millennials have backed Democrats, but their support for Democrats in 2006 and 2008 was largely in reaction to George W. Bush’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq, the onset of the recession, and the Republican commitment to social conservatism. It may not last. As a group, they are susceptible to Republican arguments against “big government.” A recent, extensive poll of 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics showed support for cutting taxes, opposition to government spending, and distrust of the federal government. If “government activism” is an essential part of the new progressive majority, as Greenberg suggests, then millennials may soon jump ship. [snip]

    Democrats have faced this dilemma before: In the 1980s, the party espoused principles and programs that put it at odds with a majority of voters. Democrats wanted government economic planning and increased spending on cities; they favored raising taxes; they embraced the counterculture and social movements of the ’60s at a time when those movements were not widely accepted. To remedy this situation, some moderate and liberal Democrats got together in 1985, after another Republican presidential landslide, to form the Democratic Leadership Council.

    The DLC was, as its many detractors on the Left will certainly remember, far from perfect. It can be faulted, for instance, for pressuring Democrats to reconcile themselves with a conservative economic and defense agenda. But it also played an important mediating role in getting Democrats to inoculate themselves against charges that they were at odds with the American electorate. It addressed the public’s fear that Democrats indiscriminately favored big government by launching a campaign to “reinvent government.” It nullified charges that the Democrats favored the poor over the middle class by supporting welfare reform. And it insisted that Democrats stress economic growth. As a result, Bill Clinton could campaign and win in 1992 on a platform of “putting people first” that united much of the middle and lower rungs of the economic ladder. Clinton, of course, promptly forgot what he had learned and ran afoul of the electorate in November 1994; but after that, he mastered the art of political mediation.

  15. For any die-hard TPA/TPP opponents, here are some Republicans who could change their votes. Call and post:

    Rob Portman (OH) – 202-224-3353
    @robportman
    https://www.facebook.com/
    https://www.portman.senate.gov/

    zipcode: 45201

    Patrick Toomey (PA) – (202) 224-4254
    @SenToomey
    https://www.facebook.com/
    http://www.toomey.senate.gov/

    zipcode: 15201

    Ron Johnson (WI) – (202) 224-5323
    @SenRonJohnson
    https://www.facebook.com/
    http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/

    zipcode: 43202

  16. Well, I hope Hillary makes some changes. She is smart to keep her mouth shut on TPP. After all, she could not read it, could she? If this goes through, there will be a backlash. I hope. That is, if most Americans have a few brain cells working on something besides trying to get through the day.

    What a mess. Good luck Hillary 2016.

  17. ADMIN: THIS WRITER DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT:

    THE DIFFERENCE BEWEEN LEFT WING POPULISM AKA PROGRESSIVISM AND RIGHT WING POPULISM IS THIS:

    1. LEFT WING PROGRESSIVISM —THE KIND OBAMA ADVOCATES SEEKS TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF THE LOWER CLASS BY LOWERING THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT IS THE WELFARE STATE. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS THE PAYOR, THE LOWER CLASS IS THE PAYEE, AND THE UPPER CLASS GETS EASY. THIS IS WHY SO MANY MEMBERS OF THE UPPER CLASS ARE PROGRESSIVES. (NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO FLUSH OUT THE QUAIL TRY SELLING THOSE HOLIER THAN THOU BILLIONAIRES ON A NET WORTH TAX TO ERADICATE INEQUALITY AND THEY WILL SCREAM LIKE STUCK PIGS).

    2. RIGHT WING PROGRESSIVISM—THE KIND JFK ADVOCATED IS ALL ABOUT RISING THE STAND OF LIVING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE LOWER CLASS, AND HAVING THE UPPER CLASS PAY FOR IT. UNDER THIS PHILOSOPHY, ALL BOATS RISE WITH THE TIDE, AS JFK USED TO SAY WHEN HE LOWERED TAXES, AND THE UPPER CLASS GETS IS FORCED TO LIVE UP TO THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO SOCIETY, RATHER THAN SHIFTING THEIR BURDEN TO THE MIDDLE CLASS.

  18. Simply put, the difference between progressivism and populism is who does the paying.

    Progressivism places that burden squarely on the middle class/

    Populism (which is a right wing construct) places that same burden on the upper class.

    To repeat, this is why billionaires gravitate toward progressivism.

    The other reason is something the Cuban banker told me, which is invariably true:

    The middle class adheres to the rules of society.

    By contrast upper class and the lower class do not think those rules apply to them.

  19. Shadowfax
    June 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm
    I am so glad that Trump is stirring up a hornets nest…

    I’m also glad he has his own plane and bodyguards. He is going to become the GOP target, right next to Hillary.
    ——
    I think Donald is having the time of his life.

    This has got to be more fun than making money.

    This is what the brownstone crowd on the upper east side of Manhattan call “the game”.

    Those jamokes try to influence the game with their petty schemes and intrigues.

    Donald is the squeaky wheel.

    Ergo, Donald IS the game.

    His greatest asset?

    Not his money, and it is not even his celebrity.

    It is the fact that the powers that be underestimate him, and what he is capable of.

    Seldom do they bother to look in the mirror.

    He will force them to do that.

    They will see, and so will the American People.

  20. Wbb

    The middle class adheres to the rules of society.

    By contrast upper class and the lower class do not think those rules apply to them.


    Absolutely!!

  21. According to polling featured at Third Way, 38 % of Democrats identify as liberal, 37 % as moderates, and 25 % as conservative.

    The breakdown among Independents is as follows: 18 % identify as liberal, 48 % as moderates, and 34 % conservative.

    If these numbers are accurate, they lend further credence to Big Pink’s argument that d that Hillary’s campaign should not veer left.

    http://www.stateofthecenter.org/ideology-1.php

  22. The way the game works is this: the progressive says we will raise the taxes on the rich–not the middle class. Then, they turn around and declare by fiat that anyone who makes more than $50,000 per year is per se “rich”. If I have heard that speech once, I have heard it a hundred times, and it is quite true. The source is a Jewish lawyer in Manhattan and an old friend. He was a Republican, and the only thing he hated worse than dimocrats was interior decorators. The reason he hated them (and I would be the first to agree) is because their first question is how much do you want to spend. That question alone would send him over the edge, and I would not be far behind him. He was, as you might suspect, an excellent lawyer.

  23. freespirit
    June 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm
    According to polling featured at Third Way, 38 % of Democrats identify as liberal, 37 % as moderates, and 25 % as conservative.
    ———–
    Question: do you trust those figures? I suppose we would need to define what those terms mean. You would have to take it issue by issue, and then tabulate the results. I think the party today is somewhere to the left of Karl Marx. Of course the RINO is pretty close to that as well. Except he is keen to bomb Iran.

  24. Did you see the latest offering by Sidney Greenstreet, aka Karl Rove. He advocates repeal of the Second Amendment and compares it to the evolution of views in re. gay marriage. This is a direct affront to the values of the base of the party. The son of a bitch is toast.

  25. I saw that on Rove, couldn’t believe it. He would sell his own mother into prostitution if he thought it would buy a vote.

  26. wbb

    Question: do you trust those figures?

    ____________

    Answer: I don’t know, which is why I qualified by saying …..”If these figures are accurate…”
    I briefly checked site to find out how they arrived at their figures, but didn’t see their source. A more thorough search may yield this info.

    I know some don’t care for the Third Way. I don’t agree with their stand on all of the issues, but definitely do agree on others.

  27. Update: Obama twisting Senate Dem arms for TPA test vote today as Cruz switches to No. Our article was perfectly timed to awaken the smart Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio is isolated on ObamaTrade and will face-off against Trump and Paul on August 6 – as Ted Cruz is now a “NObamaTrade” vote:

    Exclusive — Ted Cruz: Obamatrade Enmeshed in Corrupt, Backroom Dealings [snip]

    The American people do not trust President Obama. And they do not trust Republican leadership in Congress. And the reason is simple: for far too long, politicians in Washington have not told the truth. [snip]

    As a general matter, I agree (as did Ronald Reagan) that free trade is good for America; when we open up foreign markets, it helps American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.

    But TPA in this Congress has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making, along with serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include.

    Since the Senate first voted on TPA, there have been two material changes.

    First, WikiLeaks subsequently revealed new troubling information regarding the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, one of the trade deals being negotiated by Obama.

    Despite the administration’s public assurances that it was not negotiating on immigration, several chapters of the TiSA draft posted online explicitly contained potential changes in federal immigration law. TPA would cover TiSA, and therefore these changes would presumably be subject to fast-track. [snip]

    Why does Republican Leadership always give in to the Democrats? Why does Leadership always disregard the promises made to the conservative grassroots?

    Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.

    There’s too much corporate welfare, too much cronyism and corrupt dealmaking, by the Washington cartel. For too long, career politicians in both parties have supported government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist, and for the lobbyist – at the expense of the taxpayers. It’s a time for truth. And a time to honor our commitments to the voters.

    Well said Senator Cruz, well said. We can see the change in tone already now that Donald Trump is in the race (as Donald Trump hater William Kristol advises in A Little Touch Of Trump).

    One more thing for Senator Cruz and all presidential candidates to consider: don’t put snippy people on the phones to represent you. Yesterday, one of our commenters called the Cruz senate office in opposition to ObamaTrade and was met with a snarl. Nasty people on phones do not help the candidate. The person on the phone is the first contact most have with a candidate/elected official. If public opinion is not appreciated by a staffer get them off the phones.

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  28. Trump effect on Ted Cruz? Here’s the article referenced in the update:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/little-touch-trump_974030.html

    A Little Touch of Trump [snip]

    But we can reveal this: Donald Trump competes for last place on our list with Rand Paul. We don’t think either man should be the next president of the United States.

    So we’re not Trump enthusiasts. We’re not even Trump fellow travelers. We’re closer to Trump deriders. But we do remember 1992. Ross Perot was, as a presidential candidate, something of an oddball and egomaniac. The George H. W. Bush campaign mocked and dismissed him. Bush might have been reelected if the campaign had instead taken the attitude that there are things to be learned from smart oddballs and eccentric egomaniacs who have a feel for public opinion.

    What might we learn from listening to Trump?

    Trump understands that Americans aspire to greatness. His campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.” Sound familiar? A prominent Ronald Reagan slogan in 1980 was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” In his announcement speech Trump repeated several times—and repetition may not be as foolish in politics as all the pundits who disapproved of Trump’s verbosity think—that “we are going to make our country great again.” And he concluded his remarks, “Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.” Politics is about dreams as much as it is about deliverables, about pride as much as it’s about pocketbooks. Trump understands that. It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does.

    Trump understands that Americans like winning: “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them.” Trump is aware the public believes international politics is more zero-sum than globalist elites like to think. “Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger, by the way, and we as a country are getting weaker.” So Trump is pro-tough-trade-negotiations, he’s pro-China-bashing, and he’s pro-military. “I will find within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around.” A bit simple-minded? Sure. Closer to the truth than the cocktail partiers at Davos? Probably. Closer in sentiment to the American people? Certainly. Trump understands that many Americans believe winning isn’t everything, but it’s a good thing. A very good thing. It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does.

    Trump understands the centrality of Obamacare on the domestic front. “We have a disaster called the big lie: Obama-care.” “Obamacare kicks in in 2016. Really big league. It is going to be amazingly destructive. Doctors are quitting.” And so Trump understands that it’s important to emphasize that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced. It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does.

    Trump understands that, in running for president, it is a major disadvantage to never have been elected to anything. But he’s a turn-lemons-into-lemonade type guy. So he goes after politicians. “I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. You’re certainly not very good. And that’s what we have representing us. They will never make America great again.” Trump understands that Americans have deep doubts about the competence and probity of our political class. It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does.

    Trump understands that Republican primary voters don’t want a nominee who will shy away from criticism of President Obama. “Our president doesn’t have a clue. He’s a bad negotiator. He’s the one that did Bergdahl. We get Bergdahl, they get five killer terrorists. .  .  . We get Bergdahl. We get a traitor, a no-good traitor, and they get the five people that they wanted for years, and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us.” Trump understands that it’s okay to say something the media elite will shake their collective head at. It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does.

    We trust Trump will not be the Republican nominee. But Trump could win significant support from Perot-type voters in primaries who will then be up for grabs in the general election. Bill Clinton has already begun sweet-talking him: Trump “has been .  .  . uncommonly nice to Hillary and me.” Republicans need not compete with the master in flattering Trump. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. A little touch of Trump in the rhetoric, the attitude, the bearing of the other Republican candidates could go a long way toward making this election more like 1980 than 1992.

    That’s good advice. Looks like this morning Senator Ted Cruz took our advice and got a little touch of Trump.

  29. Nobody I know has made this point, so I will.

    (Frankly, I am surprised Jay Cost, a student of American History, has not tapped into it.

    Populist is one of those words that is tossed around loosely, like democrat or republican.

    Both sides lay claim to it.

    This is why I tried to show that a progressive is NOT a populist, in my comments above.

    Not only do they put the economic burden on different classes in society, i.e. the progressive on the middle class, populist on the elites.

    But the spring from an entirely different political tradition.

    Progressivism finds it roots in the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution, as Judge Bork pointed out.

    Populism finds its roots in the American frontier and in the Free Silver movement, towit.

    Free Silver Movement, in late 19th-century American history, advocacy of unlimited coinage of silver. The movement was precipitated by an act of Congress in 1873 that omitted the silver dollar from the list of authorized coins (the “Crime of ’73”). Supporters of free silver included owners of silver mines in the West, farmers who believed that an expanded currency would increase the price of their crops, and debtors who hoped it would enable them to pay their debts more easily. For true believers, silver became the symbol of economic justice for the mass of the American people.

    Therefore, the next time some denizon of big media tries to conflate the two terms, they should be pushed back on and schooled in this distinction. As Kipling said east is east, west is west and ner the twain shall meet, except in a dysfunctional political system, which ours has most definitely become.

  30. Another word that the progressive has hijacked and usurped is the word democrat. Stalin was no democrat and neither are they. This is why we use the word DINO to identify them. Likewise, we use the term RINO to identify those in the other party who betray its core principles and are for all intents and purposes nothing more than a mouthpiece for the chamber of commerce. Yes, I know, most people will blanch at any definition of terms. They will simply accept the terms fed to them by big media. It is up to the rest of us to be more discerning. Otherwise we become just another market to be manipulated, or, in the worse case scenario, lambs led to slaughter.

  31. gonzotx
    June 23, 2015 at 10:13 am
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/23/exclusive-ted-cruz-obamatrade-enmeshed-in-corrupt-backroom-dealings/

    Lol Ted, maybe smarter than his office help thinks!
    —-
    I had a hunch he would break the other way at the last minute, based on admin’s brilliant analysis, and my own pedestrian insights. In sum, Ted’s prior position became untenable as more information about this secret pact became available. The problem was he indicated initially that he had read the bill, not in detail, but enough to vote for it without hesitation. I think now as more information comes out on it, he is under pressure to go the other way. I guess today is the day so we will soon see. He does not have the sort of realationship with McConnell that would allow him to vote against the bill for political cover and then let it pass by the vote of others. It is my understanding—my hope that we now have Sessions, Paul, Cruz, Lee and all the democrats. If that is the case then this will be a close vote. Hopefully, it is not so close that Crazy Guggenheim, i.e. Biden casts the deciding vote.

  32. Pert never really wanted the Presidency, he only wanted Bush not to have it. It Was There For The Taking And He Literally Walked Away FROM it.

  33. I hope the senators understand that ANY of them who vote for this bill will be roasted alive when the details of it emerge. There will be no way to keep those details under wraps. At that point, it will be too late for the American People. But it will also be too late for those senators. They will be hung in effigy and chased out of Washington with tar and feathers, which is another fine American tradition.

  34. Cruz (From Admin’s above post)

    “Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.

  35. Update II: ObamaTrade just became a big 2016 campaign issue. Bernie Sanders will beat up Hillary2016 for insufficient anti-ObamaTrade talk. Marco Rubio now adds ObamaTrade besides illegal immigration amnesty to the Donald Trump/Cruz/Paul armory of weapons against Rubio2016.

    In the general election Hillary2016 will beat up on the Republican nominee with the very verbiage Sanders will beat her with during the primaries. Any wonder that the GOP is known by many as the “Stupid” Party? The GOP just handed Obama a victory and Hillary2016 an issue.

    BTW, Trump surges in New Hampshire. Trump is in second place.

    ————————————

  36. Senate salvages Obama trade agenda

    More than a dozen Democrats side with the GOP to give the president fast-track authority.

  37. Gonzo: they are now dead men walking. Flake, Houevin, Heller, and their ilk. They do not know it. But they had best begin making their funeral arrangements politically. The Neptune society awaits their call. And, I will gladly piss on their political graves.

  38. Streiff at Red State. Note in particular the commentary by Thomas Crown, the brightest of the bright.
    ——
    For the past couple of days I’ve been ashamed and disappointed that RedState has decided to enter into the feeding frenzy over the Confederate flag (note: the flag in question is actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, but for sake of brevity I will refer to it as the Confederate flag) and have cooperated in tying that flag to the shootings in Charleston, SC. As humans we are, at the core, herd animals and we like to be liked. That is understandable and, from an evolutionary point of view, essential to survival. There is a line, however, between wanting to be liked and toadying. It it here that I fear we, as a site, have crossed the line and descended from the status of opinion leaders to catchfarts for all the worst impulses of the progressive left.

    Were this an exercise in denouncing racism, I’d be on board. But it isn’t. I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist, it clearly does. The flags the Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof, posed with were those of Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa. It is difficult to draw any other conclusion about their meaning when worn by someone with no cultural connection with those symbols. But the racism of the Dylann Roof variety is not caused by governmental action or social acceptance. Far from it. Roof, by all accounts, was an outsider. South Carolina has a governor of Indian descent and one senator who is black. Yet despite there being no real evidence of state or community propagated racism or any evidence that South Carolinians are racist, a lot of people, mostly but not exclusively on the left, have used the tragedy to wage an attack on the display of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The motives on the part of some minuscule number of those persons could conceivably be motivated by some high-mindedness, some concern for the perceived feelings of others. This kind of annoying, sand-in-the-butt-crack hypersensitivity does exist. It is why college professors attach “trigger warnings” to course material and why the Supreme Court has allowed school districts to ban the American flag.

    In essence this is an Alinskyite assault on a symbol. The purpose of that assault upon a symbol is simple. The Confederate flag is associated with a region of the nation that has, since 1968, voted fairly reliably for conservative and Republican candidates. By connecting the Charleston shooting to the Confederate flag and making that an issue they have effectively connected the South with the shooting. Inevitably, we will hear more about conservatives and the GOP being strongest is a region that guns down black people in churches and flies the Confederate flag.

    I don’t fly the battle flag but I do have strong feelings about the Army of the Confederacy. Every male in my family served in one of two regiments of Virginia infantry (24th or 60th). I am not ashamed that their tombstones, where they exist, reflect this part of their life. I find Robert E. Lee to be the most admirable man that war produced on either side. In my library I have Don Troiani’s “Bronze Guns and Iron Men” print that portrays Major John Pelham’s Horse Artillery at the Battle of Fredericksburg. By the same token, I understand that some people hold this flag as a symbol of racism. There is no doubt that the Confederate flag — along with the American flag — were mainstays of the Ku Klux Klan but it is particularly associated with Southern resistance to the end of Jim Crow laws. I have no doubt there are some who fly the Confederate flag because of an attachment to the bad old days of “separate but equal.” We are all entitled to assign whatever symbolism we want to any symbol. When I see a black guy wearing a Malcolm X hat or shirt I assume that I am dealing with a dyed in the wool racist. Atheists and vampires feel oppressed when they see a cross. The left sees the Gadsden Flag as a sign of anti-government violence (I do fly that flag). What I don’t have, and neither does anyone else, is the right to demand that others accept their symbology especially when that symbology is simply wrong.

    Governor Nikki Haley is well within her rights to seek removal of the flag flying over a monument to Confederate war dead on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol. I’m completely agnostic on this. If she wishes to bulldoze the monument and plow Confederate cemeteries with salt, I don’t care. In fact, I have no doubt that I will live to see Confederate cemeteries purged of all indications of why they exist. That isn’t my issue. It isn’t a conservative issue. It isn’t a Republican issue. And it shouldn’t be a site issue.

    But in seeking popularity with people who will never ever like us, we’re cooperating with the left and its narrative of American history. You’d have to be an idiot to say that American Civil War wasn’t about slavery. Of course it was, the economic viability of the institution of slavery was top most in all the secession debates. For a decade prior to Fort Sumter, Congress was obsessed with finding compromises that didn’t threaten an institution that was recognized in the Constitution of the United States at its founding. Even when the Confederate army was starving for manpower, owners of twenty or more slaves were exempted from conscription. Just as in the North, it was a “rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” By the same token, the American Civil War was NOT about eliminating slavery. Slavery remained legal outside the South — the areas covered in the Emancipation Proclamation — until the passage of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865, this would be eight months after Appomattox. And that amendment was rejected by New Jersey, Delaware, and Kentucky.

    As my friend and former RedState colleague, Thomas Crown, writes:

    The next, logical step after erasing the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from even polite mention will be to scrub the names of these men, these Americans, who fought bravely and with cowardice, with valor and with dishonor, from the memorials they currently enjoy; and then from all but the most arcane of tomes. They will be faceless legions, conscripted to play the role of bogeymen as they were once conscripted to fight for a dreadful evil. This will not stop the mad and the evil from slaughtering innocents for a thousand awful reasons, but it will allow us a moment to preen over those who cannot punch us in the face as we deserve, and for the America of today, that’s a pretty damned good feeling.

    We were a more generous nation once. We knew the value of honor and valor, even in a bad cause. We gave noble terms to our enemies because we wanted to rebuild a shattered nation; and while it was an imperfect exercise, as all things of men are, we succeeded.

    Today, we are unforgiving tyrants; we judge men of yesterday by today’s standards, invariably finding them wanting. We live in an eternal now, more frequently childless, and all too often without ancestors. We atomize and self-segregate, and wonder at our partisanship and mean-spiritedness. We wonder that disconnected, murderous man-children idolize hardscrabble dirt farmers who would spit on the softness of their reasoning and cause, and imagine it must be because of some dark force that only the enlightened among us can perceive. We forget a fallen world where men accepted that other men do evil things, and that the only way to stop them was to stand, to be strong, and yes, at times, to die fighting. We were a nation that applauded valor; now we are a nation that applauds only utopian purity.

    Just as ill-considered as buying into Howard Zinn’s view of America, we are undertaking a self-defeating exercise. For all the talk about a “big tent” it is becoming increasingly clear that on the conservative side of the political spectrum we are more interested in establishing litmus tests and tossing people out of the movement than we are in winning elections and changing the culture. We have people within the conservative tent saying that unless you accept homosexual marriage you are a bigot. Here we’ve established yet another one: unless you believe that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism you are a bad person. The next time a Southern candidate appears on the national stage, we’ll see another round of the Confederate flag debate.

    So now we’ve entered a fight that not only doesn’t matter but is the very essence of silliness. We’ve made no one like us. We’ve managed to piss off a not insubstantial number of people who reject the South = racism meme that we are pushing with this. We’ve engaged in some juvenile trolling of our readers. In short we are doing the Democrats’ work for them. If you think this will stop here you are fooling yourself. The United States flag flew over Constitutionally instituted slavery from ratification on June 21, 1788 until 1865. If you want a symbol of slavery, then the US flag is a much better one.

  39. Update II: ObamaTrade just became a big 2016 campaign issue. Bernie Sanders will beat up Hillary2016 for insufficient anti-ObamaTrade talk. Marco Rubio now adds ObamaTrade besides illegal immigration amnesty to the Donald Trump/Cruz/Paul armory of weapons against Rubio2016.

    In the general election Hillary2016 will beat up on the Republican nominee with the very verbiage Sanders will beat her with during the primaries. Any wonder that the GOP is known by many as the “Stupid” Party? The GOP just handed Obama a victory and Hillary2016 an issue.

    BTW, Trump surges in New Hampshire. Trump is in second place.
    ———
    Admin: do you want to know what I think about this???

    I THINK THE POLITICAL CLASS HAS JUST BOMBED PEARL HARBOR.

  40. WHAT THE POLITICAL CLASS HAS DONE, TO GET EVEN RICHER, IS TO TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO MAKE A LIVING.

    HOW CAN THEY NOT SEE THAT THIS WILL HAVE MEGAPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES???

    FOR THEM.

  41. kudos to Lu4Puma and Gonzotx for your determined efforts to stop TPP and your calls to Ted Cruz’z office…

    after reading Gonzotx here for years…your forceful call may have been the one that was the last straw…good work… : )

    ******************

    also thrilled to see that poll on Donald in NH

    my suggestion, start tweeting (email, call, whatever) Donald to get out front and center on the air blasting TPP…

    He needs to be out front educating the public on the reality and how bad TPP and the trade bills following that Sessions has exposed are

    …and clue the public in to how much worse Ocare is going to get…he only hinted upon it when he said “it really kicks in in 2016”

    He needs to explain what’s coming so the average person can understand it…

  42. damn hard to watch the betrayal of the american people… trickle turns into a flood…

    Update: In the end, Obama, McConnell, and Boehner got their way. Cruz flipped to no but Mike Enzi cast an aye vote, and Obama only lost one of the Democrats who voted for TPA the first time around:

    The outcome of this key procedural vote had been in doubt as a group of 14 pro-trade Democrats weighed whether to continue their support of the bill out of concern that a related workers’ assistance package might not pass both chambers.

    But after repeated assurances by GOP congressional leaders that workers’ assistance measure will be adopted, 13 out of 14 backed the bill.

    The vote was 60 to 37, passing by the slimmest margin needed to pass.

    A final Senate vote on fast-track could come as soon as later Tuesday, and it will then head to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

    McConnell says he intends to honor his pledge to those Democrats by bring the TAA bill to the floor next.

  43. in my opinion this is all about the immigration clause and obama flooding the US with new democratic voters.

  44. At any given time, more than one game of human interaction is going on. The first game is the economic game. It is the most constructive game. It is the game where individuals attempt to profit by working within the rules. It assumes they are willing to do so. When they are not, the political game begins, which seeks to change the rules to benefit them at the expense of others. This effort is constrained by the existing constitution, which is changeable only through the Amendment process, whereas here congress has circumvented the American People and the States through a perverse secret treaty which benefits the few at the expense of the many and tears down the system. The third game is subject to no constraints, and is governed by force, meaning the logic of violence. Like a hammer pounding on precious metal, this force changes the shape of society. The name of this game is megapolitics, referred to above.

  45. McConnell says he intends to honor his pledge to those Democrats by bring the TAA bill to the floor next.
    ———–
    He should NEVER use the word “honor” when referring to himself, or his so called commitments. Lay down thy flattering unction. McConnell is, by any objective measure, a dishonorable man. Like Roberts, he has much in common with the Biblical figure Pontius Pilot.

  46. I feel since 2008 we have lost continuously. ..Over and over, and the bast#rds keep winning. ..This is very depressing. ..
    I have no doubt the SCOTUS will keep them in the winners circle, and if by some crazy moment of sanity, SCOTUS has one second of clarity, you can bet the Republican’s will ride in to save Obama with Boehner and McConnell leading the charge…

  47. This gives the progressives and the tea party new legitimacy in their own parties. The sell-out of the American People to Wall Street could scarcely be more stark.

  48. This is where the candidacy of Donald Trump really matters. His plain talk, his unwillingness to play within the rules of decorum established by the political class to channel to outrage of the great unwashed in some other direction, and his showmanship means the stark betrayal by RINOS and free trade democrats will not be missed, as it has been so many times in the past. As always, they will talk theory, and Donald will talk real world impacts. Theory is bullshit. Impacts are the trump card.

  49. Jebediah is now toast.

    Rubio as well.

    Rubio is what they call a Judas Goat:

    A Judas goat is a trained goat used in general animal herding. The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared.

  50. Obama is the biggest Judas Goat of them all.

    This has been obvious to me from the beginning.

    Which is why the unearned adulation he received was so hard to stomach.

    A Judas Goat is all the elites want in a so called leader.

  51. When Jebediah fades from the scene, Judas Goat Rubio will replace him as the favorite son of the elites. Just you watch.

  52. This IS a big concern.

    For better or for worse, Hillary has allied herself closely with Goldman Sachs.

    Why is this a problem for Hillary?

    Because there is no worse place to be when the progressive tsumnami hits the political lanscape.

    Propelled by this toxic trade agreement which disenfranchises the American People and destroys the constitutional order.

    The further problem is she failed to speak out AGGRESSIVELY against it.

    What does it mean to the party?

    Here is what professor Jacobsen, who is not favorably disposed toward Hillary, has to say about this:

    There is a long commercial break in the middle, but the disussion about Hillary and the Democrats resumes at 14:00:

    “People are afraid if Hillary stumbles in the presidential election, it will be the end of the Democrats in Congress for at least a generation … If they’ve put everything they have into Hillary, if all the money is flowing to Hillary instead of Senate and House races, and if Hillary stumbles, it will be massive damage to the Democratic Party … When people turn on her, it’s going to be in a mass movement that they’ll turn on her in the Democratic Party, we just don’t know when that point is going to come. It may be once there’s some major polling a few months from now that shows she is in serious, serious trouble in a general election.”

    All we can say at this point is let’s wait and see.

    Or, rumors of my untimely death have been greatly exaggerated.

  53. “People are afraid if Hillary stumbles in the presidential election, it will be the end of the Democrats in Congress for at least a generation

    ——–
    Hillary stumbles……what a freaking joke.

    These nitwits should be afraid of how they distroyed ‘their’ party in 2008 by stabbing Hillary in the back and tossing her supporters to the dogs.

    If they don’t support her in the General Election, they can rot in Hell, and their party can go down in flames.

  54. Well, as if things weren’t bad enough already…

    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.”

    Our enemies smell blood in the water and know the US is weak without a real leader and degraded military.

  55. A perfect example of the difference between a progressive and a populist.

    Huffington Post is falling all over itself praising this trade pact.

    How can that possibly be, when it spells doom for the working class.

    Simple: the Huffington Post writers are progressives.

    Therefore, their goal is to protect the wealthy and stick it to the middle class.

    That is what it means to be a progressive.

    It is why they are vile people.

  56. The sharks smell blood in the water…

    I hope we don’t have to start placing bets on if the US will be attacked while our Fraud is out playing golf for the next 1.5 years plus.

    The US is to deploy heavy weapons – including tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery – in a number of European nations, amid Nato concerns over Russia’s role in Ukraine.

    US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the equipment would be placed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

    Nato has vowed to boost defences in the east as ties with Russia have soured.

    Russia has condemned the new Nato and US moves.

    Responding earlier to reports of the planned deployment, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Nato of “coming to our borders”.

    On a visit to the Estonian capital, Tallinn, Mr Carter said each set of equipment would be enough either for a military company, or about 150 soldiers, or a battalion – roughly 750 soldiers.

    Much of the equipment was already in Europe, officials said.

    In addition to the six nations, Germany will also take part in the expanded military effort, but already has the US materiel.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33238004

  57. It”s been 61/2 frustrating years watching Obama
    somehow always winning -now with republic help.

  58. Update III: Resistance is futile: Trump now second behind Jeb Bush in New Hampshire. Wait until August 6 when Trump goes after Common Core Jeb? and amnesty shill Marco. It’s not the first poll in 2015 with The Donald in a strong position and it won’t be the last (picture the polls post August 6).

    The hate against Donald Trump is strong and will get worse from the Republican activist base and Big Media. The bet from that odd lot is that Trump will run away from the fight or never really run because he is a “clown,” a “nut,” and only worthy of the insults by these over-educated dopes. That childish hatred will only help Donald Trump.

    As we wrote when he announced, Trump’s great strength is he speaks English, not the language of mush. Trump will not pull other candidates to the “left” or the “right” as most “protest” candidates do. Trump will force Republicans to speak in clear, understandable English. That alone will be a revolutionary achievement.

    A smart Trump hater asks: What might we learn from listening to Trump? Um, learn what Trump understands. Because It’s not clear most of the rest of the field does. A little touch of Trump in the rhetoric, the attitude, the bearing of the other Republican candidates could go a long way….

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  59. Well, today was a disgusting show of cowardice and corruption. Including the Cruze too-little-too-late-when-it-did-not-make-a-difference declarations.

    I hope Senator Bill Nelson is retiring after his term or I am going to be there for his next campaign events to heckle him.

    WTF is a Pro-Trade Democrat or Republican but a Traitor?

  60. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sessions-they-won-vote-lost-trust-american-people_976870.html

    Sessions: They Won the Vote, But Lost the ‘Trust of the American People’
    ‘Washington broke arms and heads to get that 60th vote’

    Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate’s vote to advance the fast-track trade bill:

    Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules.

    “The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must be rushed through before the voters spoil the plan. As with Obamacare and the Gang of Eight, the politicians meet with the consultants to craft the talking points—not based on what the bill actually does, but what they hope people will believe it does. And when ordinary Americans who never asked for the plan, who don’t want the plan, who want no part of the plan, resist, they are scorned, mocked, and heaped with condescension.

    “Washington broke arms and heads to get that 60th vote—not one to spare—to impose on the American people a plan which imperils their jobs, wages, and control over their own affairs. It is remarkable that so much energy has been expended on advancing the things Americans oppose, and preventing the things Americans want.

    “For instance: thousands of loyal Americans have been laid off and forced to train the foreign workers brought in to fill their jobs—at Disney, at Southern California Edison, across the country. Does Washington rush to their defense? No, the politicians and the lobbyists rush to move legislation that would double or triple the very program responsible for replacing them.

    “This ‘econometarian’ ideology holds that if a company can increase its bottom line —whether by insourcing foreign workers or outsourcing production—then it’s always a win, never a downside.

    “President Obama, and allies in Congress, have won this fast-track vote. But, in exchange, they may find that they are losing something far greater: the trust of the American people.
    Americans have a fundamental, decent, and just demand: that the people they elect defend their interests. And every issue to come before us in the coming months will have to pass this test: does this strengthen, or weaken, the position of the everyday, loyal American citizen?”

  61. Behind the gluttonous greed of the global elite is the fear driven by their failing system. The world is running on debt and is controlled by how much credit it can obtain. The ever blowing bubble of the infinite Ponzi Scheme.

    Interesting article at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-23/smart-money-just-sold-record-amount-us-stocks

    Indeed, with everyone else selling, it was corporations that continued their buyback ways.

    And the worst news: with everyone else dumping stocks at a (near) record pace, the buyer of last resort, corporate buybacks, are about to enter that most dreaded period of the quarter: the blackout period that surrounds earnings releases. As such, starting this week and continuing for the next month, stock repurchases will grind to a halt.

    One can hope that the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank have some serious firepower left to pick up the slack: they are now, quite literally, the buyers of last resort.

  62. Sessions: They Won the Vote, But Lost the ‘Trust of the American People’

    —–
    Unfortunately, most American’s probably don’t know that they just got rear-ended by Obama and the people they voted into office.

    How would they know how bad it is, when the MSM and Fox all hide what happened, in media lies.

    Maybe the public will notice when the are laid off, or they can’t find a good job, because another alien has taken it.

    The bills are hidden in backroom deals and Obama will flounce around like he is King of the planet.

    Our children will really end up paying the price.

    I am beyond disgusted.

  63. Shadowfax,

    You know, I’m pretty sure I can get by, whatever. I worry about my daughter. What kind of world I am leaving behind. I was born in the 1950’s, after the Depression and the World Wars. I grew up in middle America and my parents lived the American Dream. But it has become a nightmare since 2000 and Bush. Things may have started earlier, but it was then that I started to feel the dread. And that feeling has not stopped, but was heightened by Hillary ’08. Evil has been on the rise. These are not people who want to run the world. They are people who want to oppress it.

    It is all these stories about how the wealth has to be redistributed to take care of the poor, but ends up in the pockets of the redistributors. And it has been the American Middle Class that has been their target. Just plain old class warfare, they are liars and looters.

    Now this trade scam bullshit. They think if they take all the country’s wealth and get us eating shit, it will make their failed system work? I guess it just has to crash to prove what is totally predictable. This trade scam deal will not fix it. If they were fit to run the world, they would know that.

  64. Why Multi-National Corporations should be told to go to hell:

    http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/06/23/crony-corporate-ceo-jeff-immelt-of-ge-threatens-to-outsource-jobs-if-export-import-bank-expires/

    This is where billionaire oligarchs and CEOs of large multi-national corporations come in, as they arrogantly throw around their clout to advance their wealth and power, and further drive the unwashed masses into hopeless serfdom.

    GE’s CEO, Jeff Immelt, is a perfect example. This is what he had to say recently at the Economic Club of Washington. From Reuters:

    General Electric Co Chairman Jeff Immelt warned on Wednesday that the company would move manufacturing jobs to Canada and Europe if the Export-Import Bank closes and that U.S. economic influence will wane if Congress blocks a major Pacific-rim trade pact.

    Naturally, he fear mongered about the TPP at the same time. A double dose of crony corporate greed.

  65. HOW CAN THEY NOT SEE THAT THIS WILL HAVE MEGAPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES???

    Eh, why should they care? All that happens is maybe they get voted out. They’d prefer to remain, but they’re all mostly millionaires already. And they can become lobbyists in a few years if they want. They’re going to be okay even if we do to them the worst we can do.

    (especially congress critters because they’re less likely to be voted out, because the public always wants them voted out – except not their OWN representative, because they bring the bacon back to their own area.)

  66. I can’t believe these politicians would vote to give this power to Obama (and the next president). Especially after he has a history already of pretending there are not 3 equal branches of government. I know they’re not stupid (well, some are, especially when they think an island can tip over, I’ll never get over that one!). They’re just not working for US.

    I think we have to have term limits, and I think the founders probably assumed we would have citizen-legislators – bring your past life experience, work for 4-8 years in government, then go back to your old job and town. The counter argument is that we can just vote them out, but incumbents have too much power for newbies to fight against, usually.

  67. Lu4PUMA
    June 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm
    Shadowfax,

    You know, I’m pretty sure I can get by, whatever. I worry about my daughter. What kind of world I am leaving behind. I was born in the 1950′s, after the Depression and the World Wars. I grew up in middle America and my parents lived the American Dream. But it has become a nightmare since 2000 and Bush.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    I can be even more specific….9/11/2001. That is when I knew the nation was napping and it has yet to wake up to reality, but instead re-elected asleep-at-the-wheel Bush/Cheney and then elected twice now this unicorn POTUS.

  68. Oh, I meant to say that with Obamacare, they voted for it without reading it, and their excuse is that they were only given (12?) hours to read it. We’re taught not to sign anything without reading it, something that can hurt us, but these people who have the lives of the whole country depending on them, they vote without reading. Not one person should have voted without reading. The answer is to refuse to vote for it if you aren’t given sufficient time. Have a spine.

    So I’m afraid with this new thing. They’re going to be presented with things only able to vote yes or no – not able to make any changes. The answer is not to vote for it, if you don’t like it and can’t change it. But they will.

    They all have visions of kickbacks where their spines should be.

  69. The media has been asking people (foes as well as supporters) on camera, can you name one thing Hillary has accomplished? They can’t. I think this is because she took SOS. I think this is going to hurt her, not with people who only vote for dems no matter who they are (as I used to), but with the centrist part of the party, and with independents. Someone has to push back.

    I’m not a history buff, but I don’t think big accomplishments as SOS come all that often – like bringing two countries together and stopping their war, etc. It’s not easy, so I just don’t think most SOS have a list of serious accomplishments that would be clearly identifiable by the public.

    And most people who run for president have been in Congress (they can show their votes as accomplishments, especially bills they authored), or were governors (they can point to lots of accomplishments, they can even claim accomplishments done by their underlings). I don’t think it’s a really fair question for an SOS.

    So I think Hillary’s people have to find a way to put these gotcha questions into perspective. Somehow. Send representatives onto TV shows to put it all into perspective. Because otherwise I think these frequent videos are going to hurt her.

  70. VotingHillary – I heard that if you sing the spam song from Monty Python and click your heels 3 times, it can help 🙂

  71. “President Obama, and allies in Congress, have won this fast-track vote. But, in exchange, they may find that they are losing something far greater: the trust of the American people
    ———–
    Obama and congress losing trust is not the issue.

    How can they lose what they never had.

    The issue is leverage.

    The operative question is if we are no longer a sovereign nation, if our vote no longer matters, and if we are about to be displaced by foreigners, what leverage do we have left?

    I have advocated the formation of a third party for many years.

    If there is any hope whatsoever, that hope lies there.

    By all that is right, 2016 needs to be a change election.

    Hillary’s clinging to Obama fails to recognize that one ineluctable fact.

    Trump will be the catalyst.

    The public needs to come down like a ton of bricks on those who seek to de-legitimatize him.

    Starting with FOX news.

    Now that is not evident at the moment.

    But as time goes on, they will do a hatchet job on him, and get behind the establishment poodle, i.e. Bush, Rubio etc.

    I say that because I remember what they did to Newt after he won South Carolina—FOX I mean.

  72. HOW CAN THEY NOT SEE THAT THIS WILL HAVE MEGAPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES???

    Eh, why should they care?

    ——-
    Because this could easily affect both them and their families at some future time.

    As an Indian diplomat once told us: “It is impossible to have small oases of wealth amid vast deserts of poverty without engendering storms which over time, in predictable and non-predictable ways/ threaten and eventually engulf those oases.”

    This assumes they are smart enough to understand megapolitics, which says the power of the dollar is always hostage to the power of the gun, if people are pushed far enough.

    This brings to mind the story of the hair brained thief, who robbed a convenience store, and then sold his gun to the store clerk who put him under arrest. But his one dimensional calculation, the gun was only worth $200 whereas the clerks offered him $500 so he made a good deal. What he failed to realize was that the money meant nothing when a gun was pointed at his head.

  73. The media has been asking people (foes as well as supporters) on camera, can you name one thing Hillary has accomplished?
    ——–
    That question is a red herring.

    The neocons left things in bad shape.

    A new policy direction was indicated.

    Launching a new policy does not always produce immediate results.

    The question is whether the strategy she pursued with Russia and Libya was realistic at the time.

    That is the turf she needs to defend.

  74. VotingHillary
    June 24, 2015 at 12:42 am
    Ok, my head just had a PC explosion so I can’t even comment on this one except to ask..ALL lives don’t matter?
    ——————-
    Larry Johnson had something to say on this:

    I am past the point of outrage over the double standard and political posturing when Obama plays the race card. A mentally disturbed white boy in South Carolina murders nine black folks and we are immediately assaulted with parallels to the Jim Crow South. “All white people want to kill them some niggers.” At least that’s the message media is helping spread.

    I do not believe that “black lives” matter. They do not. Human lives matter. Not just black, but white, yellow, red, green. Whatever rainbow hue you are, your life does matter.

    If black lives really matter then why do we ignore Chicago?

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/78263/black-lives-matter-hell-no/

  75. Streiff @ Red State:

    “The fact that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has now come on board in opposition to the TPA bill just confirms what a lot of us already knew. OBAMA is NOT TO BE TRUSTED with the ability to negotiate trade deals and BOEHNER and McCONNELL are working hand in glove with business interests and the administration to SHAFT THE AMERICAN WORKER.”

  76. Oren has written three articles in the past two weeks exposing Obama for the Israel hater he is, based on clear cogent and convincing evidence. Among other things, he recounts how Obama sent Jack Lew, himself a Jew to Jerusalem to justify his sell out of Israeli security to Iran, he was booed and accused of being a “court jew”. Whereupon the J-Street crowd, an ensemble of self loathing Israel hating Jews attacked Oren and praised Obama effusively. The only one who has not weighted in yet is the corrupt Jeffrey Goldberg (CNN) who is an Obama supporter and confidante. Roger Simon, founder of PJ media, and a jew as well, responded appropriately:

    Roger L Simon

    What’s amusing about all these Court Jews is that they, and everyone, know that Oren is one of the jewels of Jewish life and a brilliant writer. His book on the Six Day War is superb. THEY are complete mediocrities no one would bother to read. Beinart puts you to sleep in two paragraphs or less. Nothing more banal these days than liberal/progressive thought.

    That’s the amusing part. The sad part is their comments give an all too clear view of why the 1930s happened. And could easily happen again
    9 hours ago Like (22) Link To Comment

    cfbleachers
    Look at Obama’s inner circle. His entire life.

    Jew hatred. From the far left.

    Every name, every inner circle member. Obama hates Likud, Netanyahu and capitalism.

    If you aren’t a leftist, you are on the other team. Leftists who are Jewish must oppose Israel or lose their uniform. That isn’t living in the court, that’s being held in the tower.

    Socialist handcuffs. Those who attack Oren are outing themselves.
    23 hours ago Like (17) Link To Comment

    DavidInnes
    Speaking of Obama’s Court Jews, he now also has a Court Pope.

  77. VotingHillary
    June 24, 2015 at 12:42 am
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    A good first step, but she needs to Trump up and tell those racist, mental pygmies who insist that only black lives matter to take their votes elsewhere like rape fantasizer Senator Bernie Sanders.

  78. wbboei
    June 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

    “President Obama, and allies in Congress, have won this fast-track vote. But, in exchange, they may find that they are losing something far greater: the trust of the American people

    Obama does not obey our laws. The next president doesn’t have to either. Once that slippery path is greased try going back. Trade laws? Treaties? Who is going to make a new president follow them? Congress? LOL. Executive orders? Struck with the stroke of an sharpie. Court orders? No. The progressives thought they could rule with a genius “constitutional” scholar crook and a bunch of arrested development academics with the media. They could be followed in office by a mean SOB who puts them in jail. Mine those NSA records for some show trials. As usual they didn’t think of that. Cause and effect will bite you and is impossible to comprehend if you have only failed upward in your charmed little life. Especially if you are stupid. Hillary would institute a purge of the Democratic party which they fear for very good reason. “The Donald” would purge everything with his campaign slogan of “You’re Fired”. The pendulum swings.

  79. From the desk of Felix the Infidel. Written by Felix the Infidel. Without knowledge or approval from Felix the Infidel.
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    Rubio (aka, Judas) deciding vote on Obamatrade. Unfricking believable! I’m no Trump fan but as Admin has made me see, he is definitely worth having around. For the first time in a long while I’m going to sit back and I’m going to enjoy this presidential race.

    “Trump Up!” I’m gonna have one bumper sticker made with that slogan. Pure genius.

  80. In her book Stonewalled, Sharyl Attkisson talks about a phenomenon which occurs like clockwork in her profession, yet it goes virtually unnoticed by the public. It is so predictable now that you could set your watch by it. What happens with controversial stories is big media sends its reporters out to investigate them. As they uncover material evidence, it is reported to the public, as if they truly interested in journalism. Then, when those journalists start making someone in power in their principles are in some kind of incestuous relationship with in politics–like Obama, or one of their business sponsors, they jerk their chain. The same phenomenon occurs in the political arena. In the early stages of a national campaign big media sends its reporters out into the field to create the sense of a horse race. Then, as the campaign reaches some stage of maturity the coverage changes and they show their true colors on who which candidates they want to destroy. At that point their they coronate their winner and turn negative on their challenger. This process is controlled by their principles in New York who are tied in with big business. During this interregnum between fair coverage and biased outcome determinative reporting, feelers are sent out to the campaigns for a quid pro quo—usually a promise of access and influence, on other occasions something more tangible. The operating assumption is the sheeple will never know the difference, ergo we can manipulate them to our own ends, and thereby magnify our wealth and power. The only way to break this cycle is for honest journalist like Sharyl to expose what is going on. And for people with good sense to treat big media and its defective product with all the respect, the deference and he credibility it deserves which is to say none. Vote against the candidate they promote, and always for the challenger–never the incumbent, unless the incumbent has shown by his actual record that he is on the side of the American People. Of those in congress, damned few of them can begin to satisfy that test. Most of them deserve an F.

  81. Big media aspires to the role of kingmaker for its own perverse political and economic ends. It has no interest in the truth. The welfare of the American People which they bloviate about is the furthest thing from its elitist mind. It therefore follows sentient people should ignore its pronouncements, and strongly consider voting AGAINST the candidate they promote in the late stages of the campaign. Sure as god made little green apples, at the top of the big media enterprise, a quid pro quo has been forged with the candidate they suddenly begins promoting. You will know it when you see it, like when Wolfe Blitzer would cut off Hillary in the middle of an important speech and shift to Obama walking his kids and buying them ice cream cones. They think they are so fucking smart and that we are so fucking stupid. They are not smart–just con artists. They may be right about the second factor however. When it comes to politics we are a nation of rubes.

  82. Mormaer
    June 24, 2015 at 6:56 am
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    The left is determined to destroy or nation. This trade deal gets them half way to hell. This is a clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. The elite members of he progressive horde are fine with doing that because they have rigged the system so it pays them. The rest of the progressive camp are too filled with hate for the country to understand what is happening and that they have gotten fucked. I do not think they are capable of looking themselves in the mirror and say when we sold our soul to Obama, we really fucked up. However, unless they are willing to make that sort of admission, anything they say from this point forward carries no weight whatsoever.

  83. When I was visiting with close friends in Texas, whose family has lived in that state for a couple hundred years, they showed me a weather beaten monument containing these words:

    “This Confederate flag flies in honor of the memory of 1000 Confederate vets from ANCO who marched off to war, one third of whom never returned. And thousand more all across the south who united in our lost cause. THEY FOUGHT FOR LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM A TYRANNICAL AND OPPRESSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.”—Sons of the Confederacy.

    From the perspective of many east Texas dirt farmers, the battle we now call the civil war was not about slavery, even though at an entirely different level it obviously was. For them it was about liberty, independence, their families, and what they had worked for, fought for against the likes of Santa Ana, Quana Parker etc. and died for on what was still in many respects the frontier. And that, like this monument, is what the Confederate flag means to those across the south.

    This speaks to the current brouhaha over the Confederate flag. Streiff whose family also contributed to that war on the confederate side is content to let the visible sign of it lapse, not because of agitation by leftists who are doing everything in their power to destroy this nation, and let it fade into the pale essence of a faceless trading block, but because we should not honor a rebellion. However, if that it true, then we have no business putting the image of Rosa Parks on the $10 bill. The contradiction of the left are obvious everywhere you look. The only unifying theme is their hatred of this nation.

    Richard Fernadez takes up this question as well. After pointing out how the Japanese imperialists who murdered millions in world war II and committed war atrocities similar to those of the Germans, are lionized by the Japanese culture of Bushido even today, he says this:

    “On the scale of human infamy, the flag of the Rising Sun must rank with the Swastika in terms of destruction.

    Yet through a supreme irony, South Korea and the Philippines have put aside history to make common cause with Japan as an exigent counterweight to China;

    The needs of the present being more compelling than the memory of the past.

    Still the past has its own power that is not always under our control.

    The way is shut.
    It was made by those who are Dead.
    And the Dead keep it.
    The way is shut.
    Until the time comes.

    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/06/23/armies-of-the-dead/#comments

  84. As the power of the left surges, compromise becomes impossible. It is like asking a believer in god to compromise with an avowed atheist on a question of scripture.

  85. A modest proposal from a commentor on the Fernandez article:

    I was born and raised in SC. I recall looking out the window of the high school and seeing the Confederate flag flying above he State House, below the Stars and Stripes (note, however both flags are Stars and Strips). By the way the State House was under construction at the time of Sherman’s entry into the city and took damage from the artillery, each shell hit to the stone structure marked by a bronze star (perhaps a clever way to avoid the considerable expense of repairing the damage).

    The Left loves pointless little symbolic gestures. So perhaps moving the flag first from atop the State House to a separate memorial, and then off the grounds entirely, is very cheap symbolism that will satisfy them. The idea is that Roof embraced that symbol, so we should do just what he would despise. Although to me such an action is like the U.N. responding to a war between Peru and Ireland by sending peacekeeping forces to Tahiti. It’s not only pointless but we are allowing Roof to push us around – which is what the Civil War was really about.

    If it were up to me I would have gone the other way, 180 degrees. I would take a Confederate flag, find the ancestors of as many as possible people who had fought for the Confederacy, preferably even the heirs of Davis, Lee, Stuart, Jackson, Longstreet, and have them all sign it. And then present it to the church in Charleston, in memoriam, in regret, in mourning, in apology, and in recognition of a shared history. Take the symbol embraced by that POS Roof and turn it into something he would despise and all decent people would stand behind.

  86. Felix_the_Infidel
    June 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    From the desk of Felix the Infidel. Written by Felix the Infidel. Without knowledge or approval from Felix the Infidel.
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    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Trump has a great name to play with in this election:

    “Trump Up”

    You’ve been Trumped

    Pull the Trump card

  88. Wbb

    …The left is determined to destroy or nation. This trade deal gets them half way to hell.

    ——–
    Actually, the entire Congress is helping the Fraud destroy our nation.

    Don’t forget which party was standing firm for this trade bill, the GOP.

  89. lorac
    June 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    VotingHillary – I heard that if you sing the spam song from Monty Python and click your heels 3 times, it can help
    __________________________-

    😆

  90. { THEY FOUGHT FOR LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM A TYRANNICAL AND OPPRESSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.”—Sons of the Confederacy. }
    ________________________-
    And once the Flag is gone, Every thing will be hunky dory. 🙄

  91. Having lived in the deep south all of my life, I’ve never really had any attachment to the Confederate flag, but I absolutely RESENT to the utmost a bunch of twitter-twits getting their SJW outrage(!) fleeting momentary satisfaction from obliterating a symbol that IS important to people because of their heritage. Now, my wife advises me that New Orleans’s Mayor is proposing to remove the statute of R.E. Lee from Lee Circle. There is no end to SJW’s hate. None. They are the U.S. Taliban.

  92. BTW, the punk who shot the church goers pointed to Big Media’s coverage of Trayvon Martin as the incident that caused him to “snap”. Let’s ban Big Media. I’m all for that.

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