American Exceptionalism, Hippies, And A Happy 4th Of July

It is a grotesque truth that many/most of the leftist kooks who expound on the virtues of “diversity” are the first to denounce the very concept of American Exceptionalism.

There is no other country so Exceptional as these United States of America in many areas but none as Exceptional certainly when it comes to diversity. From all around the world, of every type, of every creed, of every gender, of every race, of every tick, of every tock, of every heritage, of every political system, of every strata, of every economic circumstance, of every virtue, of every sin, of every shape, of every size, of every oppression, of every tyranny, of every hope, of every light – they’re coming to America.

We came to America.

Millions do not flee to China to be warmed by freedom’s holy light. They’re not crossing the Black Sea to rest in the arms of Mother Russia. The tyrants of Cuba, North Korea, do not face hordes of millions yearning to enter those prison states.

Yet here, some of the wealthiest, trust fund babies often, deride this nation built by, for, and of a free people. They nest together like vipers to Occupy parks and streets. They denounce America whenever it is not perfect. They stab and claw at wounds to suck and feed on the blood. But the nation endures. The nation will endure as long as we all recognize how Exceptional it really is.

A world dominated by China? A world dominated by Russia? A world dominated by the Cuba’s, the Syria’s, the Iran’s, the North Korea’s, Islamic theocracies? Those are the alternatives. Let the vipers who Occupy, who race-bait, go to those Hell-holes and learn how Exceptional America is.

How Exceptional is America? A founder of the Black Panthers learned just how America is Exceptional after a long life filled with anti-America hate:

“I thought Eldridge was the reincarnation of Malcolm X. I’d never heard such power, such eloquence,” said David Hilliard, a former Black Panther.

“Eldridge played a very critical role in the struggle of the ’60s and the ’70s. He was a symbol,” said Roland Freeman, another former Panther. [snip]

In 1957, he was convicted of assault with intent to murder and sent to California’s tough San Quentin and Folsom prisons. While there, he wrote a powerful set of essays outlining his views on racial issues and revolutionary violence. In 1968, they were published as the book “Soul on Ice,” which became the philosophical foundation of the Black Power movement.

In one essay, Cleaver described his rape of white women as “an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law … defiling his women.”

“I wanted to send waves of consternation through the white race,” he said. [snip]

After he was released from prison in 1966, Cleaver helped found the Black Panthers, a militant, leftist, anti-establishment black nationalist group based in Oakland, California. Cleaver became its information minister, or spokesman. [snip]

But in 1968, the same year he ran for U.S. president on the ticket of the Peace and Freedom Party, Cleaver was wounded after a shootout between Black Panthers and police in Oakland. Faced with criminal charges, he jumped bail and fled the United States for a life of exile in Algeria, Cuba and France.

A life of anti-America hate transformed into love of America. Why? The exile finally saw the world and how America is Exceptional:

When Cleaver returned in 1975, he began a remarkable political transformation. He renounced the Black Panthers and told reporters that he believed he would be treated fairly by the American judicial system. After a protracted legal battle, attempted murder charges were dropped and he was placed on probation for assault.

Cleaver became a born-again Christian, embraced anti-communism and made an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination for a Senate seat in California. He said his “red fighting” was born from his experiences in communist countries during his years on the run.

“I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die,” Cleaver told interviewers during his congressional campaign.

In a 1986 interview with the Associated Press, Cleaver explained his many life transformations.

“Everybody changes, not just me,” he said. “I was pulled over in my car with my secretary for a traffic thing, and one of the officers walked up to the car and saw me sitting inside. He took off his hat and said, ‘Hey, Eldridge, remember me?'”

“He used to be a Panther,” Cleaver said. “It was hard to believe.”

The trust fund babies and vipers who hate America should learn from Eldridge Cleaver about America. The Occupy ghouls whose leader presently occupies the White House should listen to an anthem of love for America from the “tribal love-rock musical” that produced a soundtrack for the 1960s.

Those hippies from Hair sang Don’t put it down, best one around:

What started in July 4, 1776 with the great Declaration ended on September 3, 1783 when the peace was signed. The young colonies fought for years to gain freedom.

Finally, after years of suffering, victory.

Happy Fourth of July, the day Americans became Americans as we sundered our bonds to the British Empire. The Stars and Stripes forever!


119 thoughts on “American Exceptionalism, Hippies, And A Happy 4th Of July

  1. Happy 4th of July Admin!

    I agree that American exceptionalism is something most of us are very proud of, why our families have lost sons and daughters to defend our way of life.

    All the kooks, young brats and elites that think somewhere else is so much better…they should go there, live in the place they respect, they are more than free to leave…

  2. The elites want to expunge all memory of the civil war. The end result will be to re litigate it—not along racial lines, but along the lines of a new investigation into the war crimes of a tyrannical and oppressive federal government, and how it used some of the same tactics as Hitler, total war on the southern civilian population, suspension of habeus corpus, etc. This is not the kind of thing we want to re litigate, but we will. Speaking of which I note with some interest and curiosity the racially inflammatory statement of George whateverthefuckhisnameis about Justice Thomas. Never realized that such a little man could be filled with so much racial hatred. But there you have it. And he has spent the past week explaining his inexplicable comments. Finally we have his half-assed apology.

    The Great Confederate Payback: ‘Like the End of the Soviet Empire’
    Revenge is the best revenge.

    by Michael Walsh
    June 27, 2015 – 5:00 am

    And so the Great Confederate Payback begins:

    Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan “Black lives matter” on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.

    The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America, more than a week after a white man was accused of shooting and killing nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

    What? One might better say that there is a kind of anarchic madness loose in the land, that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Salem witch trials.

    Michael Allen, a lecturer in American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, compared the vandalism to the toppling of statues in Russia at the end of the Soviet empire. ”If the monuments are strong statements of past values, defacing them is the easiest and loudest way to rebuke those statements,” Allen said.

    This is what comes of letting the Left control academe.

    One of the defaced monuments was the Confederate Memorial in St. Louis’ Forest Park, 10 miles from Ferguson. The same graffiti was reported on memorials in Charleston; Baltimore; Austin, Texas; Asheville, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia. No arrests have been made.

    And they won’t be, either. Meanwhile, the madness spreads…

    The dean of Washington National Cathedral is calling for the removal of stained-glass windows that depict the Confederate battle flag. The Very Rev. Gary Hall issued a statement Thursday saying windows in the church honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.

    The cathedral installed the windows in 1953. Hall says the cathedral’s leadership at the time thought recognition for the Confederate leaders would foster reconciliation. But Hall says celebrating the lives of the Confederate generals and flag now does not promote healing or reconciliation, especially for African-Americans. Hall says the Confederate flag has become the primary symbol of white supremacy.

    Things will get worse before they get worse.
    I’ll gladly match up Lee and Jackson’s ethics and behavior against anyone, anytime. These dolts think the Civil War was all about slavery. Lincoln agreed to tolerate slavery in the Old SOuth “forever,” via a Constitutional amendment and considered Blacks inferior, etc. JAckson was a deacon of his church who taught Black children to read and write. Lee despised what slavery had done to the South and considered that opinion widespread amongst planatation owners – slavery had victimized them. Lee was incapable of hating anyone, as was Jackson as well. Lee was one of the few who worried what would become of these freed slaves – where would they go, what would they do? Those who paint Lee and Jackson as symbols of slavery display enormous ignorance of those honorable men. Ironic that before the second Grant administration,a New York newspaper suggested that the Democrats nominate Lee for President, on account of his honesty, ability, and popularity.
    War Crimes Against Southern Civilians Hardcover – April 30, 2007
    by Walter Cisco (Author)

    This is the untold story of the Union�s �hard war� against the people of the Confederacy. Styled the �Black Flag� campaign, it was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864. Cisco reveals the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder of civilians.Carefully researched largely from primary sources, this examination also gives full attention to the suffering of Black victims of Federal brutality.

  3. “Where I went to grammar school, it was called, The War of Yankee Aggression.”

    I was born and grew up in the south. My ancestors were southerners. I’ve not heard it called THE WAR OF YANKEE AGGRESSION. I always heard it called The Civil War or occasionally The War of NORTHERN Aggression. In which state did you attend elementary…or what you call grammar…school?

  4. Found this interesting comment by a Greek, especially when he talks about the universities and intolerance for different opinions by the leftists there. Sound familiar?

    “There’s something you can’t understand unless you live in Greece. In this country we have communism not capitalism, but still everyone blames capitalism.
    Everyone lives from the state. Even the private sector lives from the state in many ways, for example by not paying taxes and not getting punished for that.
    I was in the Greek university for many years (diploma + MSc) and I experienced the terrorism of the leftists every single day. Supporting a different opinion is a reason for them to use physical and psychological violence against you. The universities are occupied by student/wannabe politicians (PM Tsipras was one of them) for several months per year. I won’t continue, because I may say things that will sound unreal to you and lose credibility.
    One last thing: Not wanting reforms goes against the human nature of desiring the development. I believe my nation needs a different education and this has to start from school, where kids should learn how to be good people, not how to be good communists.”

  5. It was seldom called the Civil War. The proper name was always War Between the States. Alternatively, the War of Northern Aggression (formal) or War of Yankee Aggression (colloquial), although neither of those was used in the history books.

  6. So in which state did you attend elementary or grammar school?

    It was called the Civil War in my family as the stories got passed down to my generation so I suppose there was not just one way of expressing it. Cite your source for the info you posted.

  7. Cruz on the Dukes of Hazard:

    “I think the cancellation of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ is utterly asinine and an example of corporate America’s embrace of political correctness to a degree that is ridiculous,” Cruz said in an interview with The Washington Post.

    “I’m curious if the Torquemadas seeking to ban ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ from our TV sets are equally exercised by all of the leftist college students with posters of Che Guevara in their college dorm rooms,” Cruz said, referring to Tomas de Torquemada, who served as the first grand inquisitor of Spain.

  8. Southern

    Sic ‘em, Trump! Bet ol Karl is about to poop his pants and going nuts trying to think of a way to shut up Donald Trump.


    Trump is saying all the things I wish that Hillary would/could say.

  9. Southern

    Cite your source


    Looks like the troll is conveniently ignoring your question, and also still ignoring requests not to use Admin’s pink boxes to post his jackass crap about Cruz…again, and again, and again.

  10. Shadowfax
    July 5, 2015 at 1:57 am
    You can’t believe anything it says, so why bother asking? The overblown sense of entitlement and narcissism, the phoney spamming of all the cruze junk tell us the only thing for certain is that it’s intent is to misdirect and disrupt. The thing is an anal-obsessed kook with it’s head up Ofucktards ass.

  11. The Greeks are voting. Young people are voting for the future and the elderly will be trying to hang on to their reduced pensions. Greece plays a game of chicken with the global financial world as a David and Goliath showdown.

    It is only the corrupt nature of the huge ponzi of the global finance that gives Greece so much power. Greek junk debt on the off balance sheets of many A rated securities will come to light in a default. And other nations with unsustainable debt may follow suit.

    It is the race to the bottom.

  12. Bush is a giant boil on the ass of this nation. Trump’s comment lances the boil.

    Since Bush is so full of love with illegals, that he should bring them by the truck load to live with him in his compound.

    They could have one big orgy.

    Senor Jebedia dice: mi pais es su pias?

    Esta bien.

    Pero entonces mi casa es su casa.

    They say muchas gracias gringo gilipollus estupido. (you stupid shit head)

    Bush goes to the balcony, thrusts out his jaw like il duce, and utters these words:

    Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses

    Yearning to commit crimes, swamp our safety nets.

    I am fine with that cause I am really a Mexican too–don’t let my silly geekish appearance fool you.

    My hero is Santa Anna.

    As a matter of fact, he is in our family tree someplace.

  13. My friend Rove prefers not to talk about his family tree.

    His Porky Pig appearance suggest why.

    This hearkens back to a golden age when men were men, and sheep were nervous.

  14. “You can’t believe anything it says, so why bother asking?”

    You are exactly right and I broke my own rule about trolls by getting sucked in. I was born and raised in the south and the things the troll was saying didn’t match up to my experiences and they just didn’t smell right.

  15. The Bank of China has officially announced that, starting Monday, it will be buying buying stock to stabilize the market there.

    Our market has recently passed the point where more money is going into buying back stock than is going out in payments to shareholders. Welcome to the Corporate Welfare State. Anybody else got a deal for Ofucktard?

  16. This is why the Greek Revolt is a Good Thing.

    Marine Le Pen, Anti Euro French Presidential Frontrunner, Applauds Greek Victory Over “EU Oligarchy”

    Ten days ago, before Varoufakis even announced his stunning break of negotiations with the Troika and proceeded to engage in a referendum which perhaps more symbolically than anything else just said a resounding “No” to the status quo, we said to Forget Grexit, “Madame Frexit” Says France Is Next: French Presidential Frontrunner Wants Out Of “Failed” Euro.

    Because while the ECB could at least in theory contain the Grexit fallout with a few hundred billion in bond (and stock, since Europe is pretty much fresh out of bonds it can monetize) purchases, it will not be able to halt the contagion once it spreads to Italy, Spain and Portugal. But once it reaches France, and Marine Le Pen engages in the same type of negotiations with the Troika as Greece just did, it’s all over.

    Unfortunately for the ECB, that’s precisely where it is headed because as Reuters just reported, “French far-right leader Marine Le Pen welcomed the early results of the Greek referendum on terms for a bailout from Europe as initial tallies showed the ‘No’ camp leading with results still being counted.”

    Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front party, said in a statement that the anticipated result was a victory against “the oligarchy of the European Union”.

    “This ‘No’ from the Greek people must pave the way for a healthy new approach,” said Le Pen.

    “European countries should take advantage of this event to gather around the negotiating table, take stock of the failure of the euro and austerity, and organize the dissolution of the single currency system, which is needed to get back to real growth, employment and debt reduction.”

    Here is why we suggest the ECB panic: Le Pen’s star has been on the rise in France and in Europe in the past year since her National Front party performed well in European parliamentary and French regional elections. Surveys suggest she could make the second-round run-off in the 2017 presidential election, if not win outright.

    She has sought to capitalize on discontent over Socialist President Francois Hollande’s handling of the economy and rising unemployment, and has made Europe’s management of the Greek crisis a particular target for critique.

    As a reminder, a recent Wikileaks NSA data dump showed that the French economy is in “Dire Straits”, and is “Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine” which just happens to be music to Le Pen’s ears.

    Finally, Le Pen’s platform supports the end of the common currency zone and a return to more national-based policies on everything from immigration to the economy.

    Greece just made it that much easier for Le Pen to achieve her goal.

  17. Guess it’s OK to borrow trillions of dollars and then vote to not repay it.
    What do you expect from the Greeks, where you go to school till 35, all paid for by the “government”, which we all know is code for other people’s money, and retire at 45…with tremendous benefits.
    Work? That’s a four letter word in its entirety…

  18. Guess it’s OK to borrow trillions of dollars and then vote to not repay it.
    ——Gonzo: I think we have finally found the Achilles heel of Keynsian economics. If so then it does beg the inescapable question who’s to blame: the lender or the borrower. The lender being Kensyian cannot be expected to think outside the box. I have an old friend of mine who has been a golf pro since Christ was a corporal. And, as a matter of fact, he is a devout Christian, although I will admit one time he did get worked up into a lather over the lefties and he flipped the bird–sort of a Bob Beckel instant replay. Another pro in the area had some success on the regular tour and is now playing on the senior tour. When I mentioned that to the older pro he said that guy will win everything because he has got God on his side. So far however he has been struggling. The other thing the old pro swears by is a repudiated method of teaching called the golf machine, which was the invention of a Boeing engineer named Homer Kelly. That theory had its brief hour in the sun on the tour, and then it went away never to be spoken of again. Except by the old pro. The reason I mention him, and honor him with this vignette is because he has the same need for moral absolutes that the Keynsians do. The only difference is when the results do not conform to theory in golf, you don’t make the cut, and there is always the next tournament. But when Keynsians work their magic, and it blows up as we are seeing with Greece the ripple effects rend in all directions.

  19. Greece is why you should not lend money to people who cannot pay it back.

    Greece is why budgets should balance.

    Financial debt has become a modern weapon of enslavement. Our representatives who vote to put us in debt to enrich their donors are enslaving us and our future generations.

    Did the Greek people do this to themselves or did their leaders do it for selfish gains? Maybe they were as powerless to stop them as we are to stop ours.

  20. I think we should gather up all the Obamabots in the media and on the ground, turn them into an Abraham Lincoln Brigade (like the one organized by the Communists in the Spanish civil war, and schlep them to the middle east.

    There, these heroes of the revolution could:

    1. fight ISIS with their bare hands, since they do not believe in guns, or-

    2. rehabilitate ISIS with a Marshall Plan and more workplace violence psychobabble, or-

    3. defect to ISIS so they could destroy America from the outside as well as the inside.

    They could send their messiah over with them as well. Then he could make good on his unfulfilled promise to sit down with America’s enemies within one year of his election and work out a modus vivendi.

    Or perhaps a modus de mortimus.

  21. The gift that keeps given. Frankly, the Republicans deserve no credit. They took no risks to stop this, except for Cruz. They do not deserve the windfall here. By failing to do what was necessary to stop it, they are as good as accomplices. They relied on the Supreme Court to do the heavy lifting, and of course Roberts fell through his ass. No. They do not deserve a political windfall. They deserve to be voted out of office too. I am talking about the RINOS.

    Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

    July 6th, 2015 – 5:36 am
    Ohio small businesses are about to get hit with some serious ♡bamaCare!!! sticker shock — to the tune of nearly $2,500 per employee.

    The survey gathered data from 625 small businesses that are OAHU members, and the findings are staggering. A whopping 563—more than 90 percent—will see an average increase in premiums of 37.9 percent. In many cases, not only will the rates be shocking, but employees will find reduced benefits. Obamacare’s mandated metal tiers for benefits eliminate many options for small businesses, including some of the most popular options that were sold in Ohio.

    More importantly, the small-group market already had all of the key protections of Obamacare. It had guaranteed issue. It had no pre-existing conditions, with the caveat that someone had prior insurance coverage. Plans provided coverage for many of the essential benefits required under Obamacare. While it didn’t limit the maximum out-of-pocket, according to Kaiser’s employee benefits surveys many of these plans carried an average of around $3,000 per person.

    Compare that to Obamacare’s maximum of $6,850 per person for 2016, and it’s easy to argue that under the law employees of small businesses have lost significantly more than they have gained.

    ♡bamaCare!!! plans are worse for employers and worse for employees, but they’re great for everyone else.

    Oh, except for doctors.

    And private practices.

    And state budgets — can’t forget those.

    Jeez, let’s not forget the hole ♡bamaCare!!! is blowing in the federal budget, too.

    And then there’s that story I just saw where ♡bamaCare!!! is crowding out local programs which used to help the poor, but now makes them buy policies they can’t afford to use.

    But I think we all can agree that ♡bamaCare!!! has been a real boon for nosy IRS agents, pushy bureaucrats, shady web developers, and *big media.

    So, good job, Mr. President!

    * my insertion, which is reflective of one of the axioms of post democracy: if the policy is good for Washington, but bad for the country, then big media will tell any lie and hide any truth to sell it, because it enhances the power of the elites, and their real estate values. Big media is anti American to the core. Its not simply business, or cowardice, like Obama they hate this nation, even though they will never admit it. Take Brokaw for example. Writes his only little sequel to saving private ryan which would lead you to believe he is a patriot. HOWEVER, he takes money from Soros. He is as much of a patriot as Soros is a philanthropist meaning simply that he is a poseur. The proof lies in what he does, and equally important what he fails to do. He is an elder statesman of NBC yet he has done nothing to prevent their descent from a news organization to a Goebbels propaganda organ for the left.

  22. As far as I am concerned, the Republican Congress, leadership and voters get credit for nothing to stop Obama in any of his dirty deals.

    The Rethugs could have prevented Obama from getting into the WhiteHouse, but R voters stayed home…

    Congress, both sides of the isle need to be purged.

    Cruz is no freakin’ Saint…he changed his vote at the last second.

  23. Does Hillary actually think her press spokeswoman is helping her? Where did they find this woman? Is she Marie Harf’s mother?

  24. wbboei
    July 6, 2015 at 10:37 am
    “When the facts conflict with the legend, print the legend”. (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)

    Myth tells us that in March 1964 a 28 year old woman was stabbed to death in front of her neighbors who did nothing to save her.

    The facts are different, so I will take the same liberties as big media and ignore the facts that conflict with their narrative, which brooks no exception, and if that cannot be done then censor the story like it never happened. (We are beyond the civil law of malpractice and into the criminal realm of facilitation).

    The myth describes accurately what the RINO did to stop Obamacare. They voted against it–WHICH MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when you are in the minority. They promised to eliminate Obamacare if the voters gave them a majority in the House in 2012, and the Senate in 2014. AND STILL THEY DID NOTHING. As Shakespeare noted nothing will come of nothing. What they did do was support Obama on all matters involving his power grab. And, the rewarded their donors. And they rewarded themselves by voting massive increased in the dollar limit on political donations, thereby increasing the power of the plutocrats over the American People.

    So now they are licking their chops as they look at 2016. They think they can rally voters into voting for them. And they feel they can nominate the same people who aided and abetted Obama—like that fucking Rubio. Rubio is a RINO. Nothing conservative about him. And he is woefully inexperienced. Pay attention because this burro is the one that big media will throw its support behind. He is the alter ego of Bush not to be trusted. At least if you vote for Hillary you know what you are getting–Obama III. She has told us this. And I believe her. Rubio I do not believe. I would rather be fucked than fucked and lied to.

  25. hwc
    July 6, 2015 at 11:31 am
    I think Hillary made a strategic mistake in using the rope to herd the press, and prevent them from swarming.

    Think about it.

    Here you have a reporter.

    Here you have a rope.

    What is the highest valued use of that rope?

    Clue: It is not that tough to tie a hangman’s knot.

    And, it gets so much easier with practice.

  26. Stalin said it best.

    Here you have a man.

    Here you have a problem.

    No man–no problem.

    This is one of comrade card indexes pithier comments.

    Want another?

    It does not matter who votes.

    What matters is who counts the votes.

    I would leave the handling of big media to Stalin.

    He would know what to do with them.

    To the gulag and the uranium mines they would go.

  27. So Mike Ditka let his hair grow out, and did a Katin switch in time fully reimbured under Obamacare, so he/she could become a press spokesman. So what?

  28. Just to be clear. I am all in favor of using ropes to deal with the press. My issue is how they are used. A rope is a terrible thing to waste.

  29. When the know nothings get all hot and bothered over Donald’s comment, the first thing to do is dismiss their position by telling them–well that is your opinion. Other people have different opinions. Personally, I think he has is saying what the public is thinking and that is why he is rising in the polls. Of course, it is not what elite media wants to hear, but experience has shown they lie with reckless abandon and care only about their own wealth and power. The thing you want to be careful of is to not subconsciously adopt their narrative, because they do not speak for your interests.

  30. For those who cannot understand why Trump resonates this video will explain his appeal, and why I believe he is right:

    The reason the elites hate him is because he rocks the boat.

    Correction: THEIR boat, which is the only boat they care about.

    Their position is quite paradoxical if you think about it.

    The paradox arises because of two conflicting pathologies.

    On the one hand, they have no respect for the American People.

    That is because they themselves are such special people

    And so superior to the common herd in every conceivable way.

    That is one pathology.

    The other pathology is a deep seated fear of the mob.

    They fear that the mob will come to its senses and realize the elites are screwing them.

    They worry that the mob may take from them that which they have.

    Which is to say, their wealth.

    This would deprive them of the very thing that makes them so special.

    If things really turn to shit they will flee the country, rather than share what they have.

  31. Trump tells it like it is…and even when he disagrees with Hillary, he does not punch below the best.

  32. Hillary has got big media where they belong: on their knees, begging. To call them stupid sheep is a slander to sheep. They are, as the writer points out: “liars, cheats, cowards, frauds, propagandists, and servants to power.” This became obvious to me during the campaign and especially at the Russert wake. As you may recall, that was a 3 day drunken orgy where big media having just elected Obama was reveling in its greatness, and eulogizing a liar whose pathology which epitomizes the current state of journalism in this country. The exceptions–honorable people like Sharyl Attkisson are few and far between. Go Hillary. Make them eat dirt.

    Of all days, on the 4th of July, the anniversary of our nation’s founding through the audacious Declaration of Independence, like the stupid sheep they are, the American media agreed to be literally corralled and leashed by a powerful politician.

    From the fomenting of race riots to the fabricating of evidence against a working class Hispanic man to literally bowing before President Obama, these liars, cheats, cowards, frauds, propagandists, and servants to power who disguise themselves as journalists, have time and again proven they are impervious to shame, even if it means protecting their own personal dignity.

    Why in a Republic that guarantees the right of free association and a free and unfettered press, would representatives from the most powerful media institutions on the planet (among them, CNN and The New York Times), agree to be publicly humiliated by Hillary Clinton?

    What is the mindset of lemmings. who not only willingly and publicly agree to be corralled within a leash, but who do not then and there rebel, as any good and self-respecting American would and should.

    Unfortunately, these are easy questions to answer.

    Don’t get me wrong, the answers are depressing, but there is no mystery here.

    The Media’s Contempt for the First Amendment
    America’s first and most prominent Amendment to our Constitution is constantly under assault by the very same media protected by the First Amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Through regular assaults on religious freedom, which are about to hit warp speed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling; through their relentless crusading against the free speech inherent in campaign contributions; through their coordinated smearing of peaceful Tea Partiers as racist terrorists; the Leftists who have swarmed and infested the mainstream media have for years already shown a toxic contempt for free speech and assembly.

    This is because the media are first and foremost political activists — left-wing activists who understand that free speech is a potent weapon against the Left’s ultimate goal, which is an all-powerful central government.

    Hillary Clinton Is a Democrat
    Had any Republican candidate brought out a rope to corral The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman (who is making some kind of statement dressed all in black at a 4th of July parade) or CNN’s Peter Hamby, or the rest of this sorry lot, the story would not be the “process story” it is today — it would be the biggest scandal in the world.


    Because Hillary is a left-wing Democrat who will further the media’s ultimate goal of further-empowering the central government, the hog-tying episode is being presented as just another look at Hillary’s relationship with the media.

    Had a Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80%
    , Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96%
    , or anyone else with an “R” after their named tried such a thing, this morning the media would set democracy at Defcon 1 and be in full destroy mode.

    Which brings me to…

    Media Proves Their Fealty to Hillary Clinton
    The opportunity this leash presented to humiliate themselves in front of the whole world was just too good of an opportunity for the media to pass up. What better way to show a potential-Democrat president that they are ready, willing, and able to serve?

    Proving ones fealty, is another way of asking for access. Haberman is already Hillary’s chief hagiographer and defender at the New York Times. Agreeing to being publicly leashed might have been her way of applying for the job of White House Press Secretary.

    The media breaks down thusly…

    65% of journalists are left-wing activists abusing their position and power to further the cause of big government.


    20% of the media are mercenary social climbers who believe in nothing more than their own power and careers. They go along with the 65% because they know this is the key to personal wealth and fame.

    2% are actual reporters — good people trying to do a good job. These are the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. This is the small group that would have told Hillary’s staffers what they could do with that rope.

    13% are lily-livered, abject, low-life cowards who see how corrupted their profession is but who do not have the sand to do anything other than to go along to get along. To rebel against Hillary would have upset and risked their standing against the 85%. These cowards have seen what can happen even to a Bob Woodward who dares stray from the Narrative Plantation. Nothing to these cowards is worth the bad opinion of the 85%, including their own dignity.

    Battered Media Syndrome
    Throughout most of this Administration the media have time and again whined about their treatment at the hands of the Obama White House. On top of serial-lying, this White House has threatened, coerced, and spied on the media. Nevertheless, the media won’t leave Obama. Through all the cheating and abuse, the media continue to stand right by his side defending the indefensible, covering for him, lying for him, making up ridiculous excuses for his appalling behavior.


    Like an abused spouse too in love with their own abuser to see anything else, our media suffer from Battered Media Syndrome. They have convinced themselves that the worse they are treated by powerful Democrats, the more they are loved and respected.

    When a husband tells his wife that she can show him her love by agreeing to be tied up, something is horribly, terribly wrong — especially if she agrees.

    The five answers above — especially number four — should also clear up the matter of this weekend’s “ice cream” question.

    The unanswered questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s secret email server and the apparent comingling of her job as Secretary of State and her family’s personal enrichment through the Clinton Foundation, grow by the day. Hillary’s response has been to hide from the press.

    Friday, after two full weeks of refusing to take questions, Ms. Clinton finally agreed to answer a few questions. She got 4 softballs, including “What’s your favorite ice cream.”

    For all the reasons listed above, not a single one of these so-called journalists wanted to be the one to ask Hillary a difficult question and risk giving her a bad news cycle. To do so would mean earning Hillary’s bad opinion and the scorn of the rest of the media — it might hurt her chances of assuming power and the media’s own cause of a powerful central government.

    This is the state of our media, not just on the 4th of July, but in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire.

    Nothing our media does surprises anymore, and if you can still be surprised, you are part of the problem.

  33. My tribute to big media, and Hillary who herds them:

    Keep moving moving moovn’
    Though they’re disapprov’n
    Keep them doggies movin’ Rawhide
    Don’t try to understand ’em
    Just rope em through and brand ’em
    Soon we’ll be living high and wide, etc.

  34. SPOT ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Trump Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum
    By: Joe Cunningham (Diary) | July 6th, 2015 at 12:00 PM | 41

    Donald Trump is currently on a roll with the media, getting his name and politics out there like no other candidate has been able to. His numbers are rising and his exposure is huge. GOP higher ups are worried that he’ll hurt the GOP brand and that he may spoil the 2016 cycle for them. They are, in a word, panicking.

    The thing the GOP either doesn’t get or refuses to acknowledge is that Donald Trump’s candidacy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Under more normal circumstances, we would have several politicians who could stand up on the debate stage, say their piece, and we’d choose someone. However, the state of the U.S. and electoral politics is nowhere close to a normal circumstance, and this isn’t just the fault of the Democrats. The GOP has themselves to blame.

    The idea that Donald Trump is so damaging to the GOP brand is itself laughable because the GOP has worked rather well in destroying its own brand. When the upper echelons of the party declare outright war on its conservative peers and its conservative voting base (which is much larger than its moderate base), you see what happens to the party. Rife with division, we have a GOP establishment that has constantly pushed out weak candidates with more than just “moderate” leanings and fought tooth and nail to keep conservative candidates out of multiple races. It is very clearly in the pocket of major corporate interests and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but accuses its opponents of being in it for the money.

    The worst sin of all is the party establishment’s insistence that the party’s woes are due to conservatives. A party that has repeatedly shunned what its voters want in favor of what corporate interests want cannot blame others for its own mismanagement. However, what do these sins have to do with Trump? He is no conservative by any measurable sense. He’s been a frequent Democrat donor and has supported a host of Democratic policies. But, he champions immigration reform with strong (perhaps too strong) language, and Republican voters seem to really love, or at least enjoy, him. Why?

    The Trump Candidacy is not so much about Trump’s appeal, though there is a certain charm to it. Rather, it is a direct repudiation of the “politics as usual” policy of the greater Republican party that has shown itself to be weak on such a vital domestic issue. The GOP has done everything it can to either not fight (or, at times, support) blanket, executive amnesty, the likes of which is a clear overreach of the powers of the executive branch. Their lack of action on an issue that could easily win back a chunk of their support proves they have no clear grasp of how to handle an electorate that is slowly but surely becoming more and more active in electoral politics.

    Interestingly, it is seeing Trump succeed that makes the other candidates seem weaker than the bench actually is. Each of the candidates, declared and not, who are running have very distinct policy strengths that could easily fill the void in this summer’s legislative lull. However, their voices are drowned out as the media pays attention to the celebrity who is not only running, but getting decent momentum from his coverage.

  35. Cruz on Hillary and Sanders today, from the Des Moines Register:

    When asked if he’s worried about potentially running against Sanders for the White House, Cruz didn’t directly answer the question. He commended Sanders, however, for “bringing a degree of candor to Democratic politics.”

    “I’ve said many times, ‘I respect Bernie Sanders,’ because he’s an honest politician. He campaigns, he admits he’s a socialist. There’s more than one socialist in the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton is going to be busy explaining to Democratic primary voters how she is every bit as socialist as Bernie Sanders is,” Cruz said.

    “Bringing a degree of candor to Democratic politics” Nice jab.

  36. Trump, Death Wish, the Wollman Rink, the Damn Fence, and the White House

    By Michael Walsh (PJ Media)

    It’s not that strange after all. . . .

    Before Donald Trump became a celebrity, before he became The Donald, even before he was regularly pilloried in the pages of the old Spy magazine as a “short-fingered vulgarian,” New Yorkers knew his name thanks to one thing in particular. Not the in-and-out-of-bankruptcy real estate empire he inherited, or his flamboyant love life, but the Wollman Rink in Central Park. And while I think he has little chance of winning the Republican nomination (is he even a Republican?), mostly thanks to the fixed-fight aspect of the GOP nominating process under the auspices of the junior wing of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, I do think his largely interchangeable opponents underestimate his appeal at their peril.

    What’s the Wollman Rink, you ask? It’s a skating rink at the south end of Central Park that, like just about everything else in New York City, had fallen into decrepitude by the 1970s — the stinking, filthy New York City immortalized in such films as Death Wish and The French Connection. In 1980, the city announced it was closing the popular spot for renovations that were to last a couple of years; by 1986, the rink was still “under construction,” costs had soared to over $12 million, and the work that had been done was faulty; the rink had come to symbolize the futility of government at all levels. Up stepped Trump with a challenge to mayor Ed Koch: let him take over the rink and he would have the work completed in a few months and the place open to the public before the end of the year.

    At that moment, Donald Trump was probably the most popular man in the five boroughs, because he had done something that everybody knew was possible except the city’s entrenched, corrupt Democratic Party establishment, for whom the millions of dollars wasted was not a bug but a feature of personal enrichment. Recall as well that this was the era of the defeatist Upper West Side whine from behind multiple locked doors: nothing can be done! Crime is unstoppable! Kids are going to have sex no matter what you tell them! Who are we to judge?! Call the cops! (Eventually, the voters did call the cops, in the form of Rudy Giuliani and Bill Bratton.) Trump showed that, at least in the case of the Wollman Rink, something very much could be done.

    This is what is behind the Trump boomlet. It’s not so much his particular stance on, say, immigration, it’s that he has the confidence to say to the voters: this can be done. ”You can always get the job done through sheer force of will,” would be a hell of a campaign slogan. Forget the six-point programs and position paper beloved of the krack kadres of GOP kampaign konsultants, and the carefully parsed answers to trick questions from the media. Just build the damn fence.

  37. The more you entrust to government the more you get a Soviet style economy.

    Government has no incentive to be efficient.

    I have done more labor negotiations than anyone in the country, near as I can tell.

    But I cannot get government to hire me.

    They tell me if you have not lived in government then you are not right for the job.

    I ask them basic questions about why the collective bargaining agreement is an operational nightmare.

    Same response: if you ask silly questions like that then you do not belong here.

    I told them I have hired many people over the years.

    The best I ever hired came from outside the industry.

    And the worst came from inside.

    In my view, you can take over the private sector if you like.

    But if you replace it with government, costs will skyrocket, customer service will deteriorate

    And in the end you will be sorry you ever did.

    The Trump example re. Wolman Park is all the proof you need.

    By the way, that is not an indictment of the people who work in government.

    Many of them want to excel, but they are held back by the political appointees and a ponderous politically opaque bureaucracy.

  38. I have taken the matter to a higher level.

    But it does not good to do so.

    Why not?


    For the politician, it is harder to confront the union that is a major constituency and donor

    Than it is to pass the cost of those inefficiencies on to the public (through increased taxes and budge deficits)

    There are programs available to make government more efficient, i.e. balanced scorecard, lean services, etc.

    But government unions stand in the way.

    FDR was unalterably opposed to unionization of government workers.

    JFK was the one who opened the door for the wolf to come in.

    Carter talked about unionizing the military.

    I wonder whether the work now-grieve later principle would be upheld in the battlefield.

    If the issue came before Roberts I am confident he would say no—because he would not want to politicize the court.

    I spoke to the new head of the Harry Bridges institute who is a strong supporter of government unions.

    No surprise that.

    He claim what changed between the time of Roosevelt and JFK was more men entered the workforce.

    Which meant this was no longer a second income situation.

    I could have guessed he would say that.

  39. I am glad to see that some Pinkers are now taking Trump more seriously, at least as he speaks out for many of us.

    I told my son yesterday that if Hillary wasn’t running for President, I would definitely vote for Trump. He said, “Oh no, you’re not voting for another Republican are you? Are you a Republican now? Then he launched into Trump’s hair…”

    So typical…

  40. Admin: this is an excellent article. It is by Jay Cost. It explains why Hillary has so little maneuvering room politically, and why she cannot seem to offer a big vision that excites the imagination. In short, she comes along at the tail end of a progressive movement that began in the late 19th century–the old farm labor coalition of the mid west allied against the banking interests of the east. This movement gained government power under FDR, and since then the party has had to cobble together a long list of constituencies who have become stake holder. Big changes would threaten those interests, ergo, politics degenerates into a protection of the status quo, even as the world around them changes. This leads to a perverse set of behaviors, the foremost of which is crony capitalism, political correctness, race hustlers, and all the pathologies which are manifest in the new democrat party. The RINO, dubbed the junior partner in the fusion party which is Washington is guilty of the same behaviors which is why they have lost their base. That situation is far worse than the pundits concede and he party elders are ready, willing and able to admit. But wilful blindness will not make it go away. For that party to survive, they must nominate a conservative, best of all Ted Cruz. Status quo politicians like rubio are out of season.
    Running on Empty
    So much for ecstatic modes of living.
    JUL 6, 2015, VOL. 20, NO. 41 • BY JAY COST
    In 1969, a young Hillary Rodham was chosen to give a commencement address to the graduating class of Wellesley College, and she used the occasion to deliver some fairly radical remarks. She spoke of her generation feeling “that our prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life, including tragically the universities, is not the way of life for us. We’re searching for more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating modes of living.” She praised the student protest movement as “an attempt to forge an identity in this particular age” and said that she and her peers perceived society as hovering “between the possibility of disaster and the potentiality for imaginatively responding to men’s needs.”

    To be sure, it was a confusing, middle-class, soft-New Left radicalism—hardly the stuff of the old farmer-labor coalition. But it was still a challenge to the established order. Surely, if those listening had been told that in half a century this young woman would be a candidate for president, they would have expected her to run as a radical.

    But the opposite is true. Since she left the State Department, Hillary Clinton has been consumed with two decidedly nonradical activities: making as much money as possible and developing a precisely modulated candidacy, built on small ideas so as to cobble together a critical mass of voters. It’s a left-wing approach, for sure, but it is premised on a liberalism that views the status quo as mostly fine.

    Somewhere along the line, Clinton left behind her youthful radicalism and embraced the assumptions of mainstream progressivism. And good for her. College life is lived in a bubble inside which it is easy to waste time indulging leftist nonsense. Growing up usually means leaving this behind.

    Still, the juxtaposition of the youthful aspirations of Clinton in 1969 and the joyless, money-grubbing Clinton of today says something about progressivism. By embracing the “prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life,” progressive elites have made a lot of money, but they can no longer “imaginatively respond .  .  . to men’s needs.” Clinton, as presumptive nominee of the major progressive party, embodies this denatured idealism.

    When it began, the progressive movement was actually a middle ground between early-20th-century “reactionaries,” who wanted to retain a corrupt status quo, and surging radical forces, notably agrarian populists and urban socialists. The progressives called for abandoning the Constitution’s limits on the national government. They believed fervently that an alliance between the state, business, farmers, and laborers could solve the nation’s problems. The progressives presumed to manage everything, from growing the economy to regulating business responsibly, providing social welfare, mitigating inequality, and combating corruption.

    To a large extent, both parties have accepted the core assumptions of the progressive model. Much of the GOP’s domestic agenda during the George W. Bush administration—targeted tax credits, a Medicare prescription drug benefit, an expanded federal role in education, and substantial use of earmarks—was cast in this mold. It was progressive for Republicans to expand the scope of the state via a broad political alliance of “stakeholders,” even if they made heavier use of free market concepts than leftists and jilted many Democratic clients in the process.

    Yet it is increasingly difficult to accept the premises of progressivism. Over the last 15 years, the economy has stagnated, inequality has worsened, cronyism is much worse than it was even in the Gilded Age, and the United States is now burdened by a large structural deficit that yearly adds to an already $18 trillion national debt. These problems can be traced, at least in part, to the inherent limitations of the progressive model.

    Above all, progressivism requires an omnipotent government coordinating a broad alliance of factions for, it believes, the greater good. Over time, this approach tends to heighten inequality, as the groups with the resources to acquire influence win the most favors. It facilitates cronyism, as politicians cash in on their connections. It puts upward pressure on budget deficits, as the political incentives inevitably favor increasing expenditures without commensurately raising taxes. It constrains the options of policy-makers, as all proposals must win the consent of a vast array of clients. And it stifles reform, as stakeholder factions thwart changes that hurt their bottom lines, regardless of the public interest. Progressivism eventually produces sclerotic and corrupt government.

    Early in the progressive movement, these problems were not evident because the number of clients was small. FDR had free rein to craft the New Deal. But adding faction after faction to the list of government clients constrained the scope of action for subsequent generations, making it ever more difficult for leaders to govern effectively. Eighty years after the New Deal, the range of policy options available to progressive politicians is very small indeed.

    These limits were evident during the first two years of the Obama administration. In 2008, widespread Bush fatigue, a thin résumé, and the historic nature of his candidacy enabled Barack Obama to claim credibly that he would break with the past. But once in office, the limits of the progressive model proved decisive. Time and again, he endorsed legislation that highlighted progressivism’s worst aspects. He approved a nearly $1 trillion stimulus, a grab bag of giveaways to Democratic client groups. He signed Obamacare, an unfunded entitlement that bought off the medical services industry by coercing citizens to purchase overpriced health insurance. And he adopted the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, drafted with heavy input from Wall Street, which gave the biggest banks the protection of too-big-to-fail.

    Of course, progressivism still works for some. The leaders of the movement do fine, even if they cannot improve the state of the union. As the list of interest groups clamoring for government favor gets longer, those in charge of dispensing goodies become more powerful. The industrious members of this elite caste are adept at monetizing their public authority.

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    Which brings us back to Hillary Rodham. As a student radical, she issued a (largely incoherent) challenge to the established powers. But by 1969 those powers were already thoroughly progressive and had been for a long time. They remain so today, and Hil-lary Clinton strives to helm the very power structure she once criticized.

    The effects of her transformation are manifest. She has profited handsomely from her role in government. Yet what fresh vision does she offer? There is plenty of fear-mongering and naked pandering to Democratic constituencies, but where are her big ideas to address the great challenges of the day? She offers nothing of the sort, because progressivism no longer has room for sweeping change. It would only offend some valued stakeholder, and that is unacceptable. Perhaps if she could speechify like Obama and could still cast Bush as the national villain, she might mask the strictures of her ideology. But she can’t, so she appears to be what she actually is—rigid.

    As a result, Clinton’s agenda is as small-minded as her bank account is fat. It is no coincidence that Bernie Sanders, the socialist, is drawing crowds that rival Clinton’s. American socialism might be wholly impractical, but it is less blinkered and grim than contemporary progressivism. One suspects that if the young Hillary Rodham could return today, she would show up cheering at a Sanders rally rather than dutifully falling in behind candidate Clinton. And who could blame her?

  41. As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

    (What a bunch of babies, whining about how all Rethug candidates should not speak ill of each other and pist at Trump for exposing their bullshit lies.)


    Republican donor John Jordan said Monday that GOP leaders should take steps to block Trump’s access to the first presidential debate in early August.

    Debate organizers at Fox News Channel, backed by the Republican National Committee, have released guidelines saying the top 10 candidates in national polling will be allowed to participate. Trump would qualify under the current terms, while contenders such as Ohio’s two-term Gov. John Kasich would not.

  42. The Republican strategists feeding quotes to the AP are the only people on the face of the earth who care about John Kasich being in the debates.

    I have not run across a single Kasich supporter in the Republican blogosphere and Donald Trump has nothing to do that total lack of support.

    I can’t imagine anything more brain-dead than the Republican Party blocking Trump’s access to the debates if he otherwise qualifies. That would propel him to frontrunner status overnight.

    Having said that, it’s yet to be seen whether he is willing to provide real financials to the FEC by the July 22 deadline. The RNC has said from the start that the legally required FEC filings must be made by any candidate wanting to participate in RNC sanctioned debates.

    I’d say it’s maybe 50/50 whether Trump would be willing to release real financial information (as opposed to that nonsense PR sheet he waved around at his announcement.

  43. 1. In a political world where, thanks to John Roberts, corporations are persons, and mega donations to political candidates are speech, the oligarchs have stretched the Constitution beyond the limits of its logic. At the end of any golden age which rubs out the middle class and leaves the elites with more money than god, which they can spend lavishly on doggie spas and other diversions of those dead souls, this is what occurs, until some reform movement takes root, aided and abetted by a breakdown of the system.

    2. Nonetheless, Breitbart informs us that a 41 year old Alexander Valley California wine grower and mega contributor to the Republican Party is circulating a petition to bar Donald Trump from the debates. And he does so notwithstanding the support Trump has with the Republican base, according to the polls. Why does he spit in the face of the base? Because he is a mega donor, and people of his ilk control the party, and put up weak candidates who lose. They favor Bush and Rubio. On the substantive issues, like others in his class, favors illegal immigration, amnesty, and covering up the crimes committed by illegals. Having cheap labor to pick the grapes in his vineyard is more important than the welfare of the country. It used to be that horseracing was the sport of kings. Today it is politics and their interest diverge sharply from the general welfare. (Tragedy of the Commons.)

    3. So what you get from waste of protoplasm is this whining about Republican on Republican violence, and calls for civility. He obsesses that hearing the truth will damage the Republican brand. Well, fuck you, you disingenuous fat cat. Is that civil enough for you? And while we are at it, what right do you have to subvert democracy. You and your money are the things that should be banned. And of course he has got company. And if your concern for the Republican brand is for real, you and people like you have done more damage to that brand than anything Trump could possibly do. Today, the Republican Party establishment is the alter ego of the Chamber of Commerce.

    4. First, here is what this son of a bitch looks like: . To my eye, he is right out of central casting for a heavy from a film noir movie. He threatens like a dockside bully. (Note: the Koch Brothers are a very different movie. Unlike Jordan they are pro American.)

    5. Second, here is how he operates.In 2012, Jordan donated to the Karl Rove–affiliated Crossroads network. But his geekiest and priciest political moment came last June, when he created his own super PAC, hired his own campaign team, and poured more than $1.4 million of his own money into a single candidate—Republican Gabriel Gomez, who was contesting a special election 3,000 miles away to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts—despite the fact that Jordan had never met or spoken to him. Gomez lost the election, but Jordan continues to plan forays into the political world. This week, he funded a flight of ads in Oregon’s contested Republican Senate primary, and he is contemplating more such interventions in the near future. For Jordan, building his own highly specific political organizations is proving much more attractive than simply doling out checks to omnibus groups like Crossroads (Note: he was not wrong about Gabriel Gomez, who is a fine man, and only in Massachusetts would a candidate like him lose to a less qualified democrat.)

  44. Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton unfair in her criticism of him

    By Nick Gass

    6/22/15 3:10 PM EDT

    Updated 6/22/15 3:31 PM EDT

    Donald Trump is hitting back at Hillary Clinton over her criticism of his “inflammatory” comments about Mexicans and immigration.

    Trump said Clinton’s characterization of his comments was unfair and that his issue with United States’ border security goes way beyond Mexicans.

    “What’s a country? How do you define a country if you don’t have borders?” Trump said during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” “This has nothing to do with the Mexicans coming in. This has to do with the world coming in. You’re going to have Middle East coming in, you’re going to have everyone coming in because it’s literally a sieve,” he added.

    The U.S. “had better get smart or we’re not going to have a country,” the billionaire business mogul said in response to Clinton’s interview with a Nevada radio station last week.

    Trump said he’s honored by Clinton mentioning his rhetoric, if not his name, during her interview.

    Clinton said during the interview that “a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You don’t talk like that on talk radio. You don’t talk like that on the kind of political campaigns.”
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    Trump, in a vigorous response, said on Monday: “Now if that is incendiary — if that’s being tough or being unfair, you let me know. But I think having borders and having strong borders — and I mean strong borders — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” he added.

    Some, Trump said, thought that was a “racist statement,” but he said it’s not.

    “So we’re getting a lot of bad people coming in. … We take ’em to all parts of the country. I don’t feel — I know, if we’re going to have a country, we need a border, and we have to have a strong border so illegals aren’t coming in,” he said. “And that’s illegals from all over the world.”

    I’m glad they are keeping it above the belt in their disagreement, I hope it remains that way.

  45. Hillary spoke in generalities on CNN…”path to citizenship” over and over again…I think she has her work cut out for her…

    what does that even mean? she did not mention borders once…

    do the Dems not think that Isis supporters, radicals from the Middle East as well as drug dealers and cartel gang bangers cannot come in from our borders? do they not believe diseases like TB and other ones we stopped decades ago are reappearing from illegal entry?

    why would they not just keep coming in when they know they can go to “santuary cities” and be deported 4 or 5 times and these cities will shelter them from the federal government…this is sick…and yes, then kill, rape, rob second rate American citizens in their own cities, homes and backyards…

    do they think we should just let an unlimited and unknown people keep coming in because we are a “country of immigrants”…that is such BS…reminder…a country of “legal immigrants”

    whatever happened to honoring legal immigration…how insulting to all those people who have played by the rules and waited so long in respect to our laws…

    does Hillary and the Dim party just think it is all docile, peaceful immigrant workers coming across the borders…

    this is crazy…everyone condemning Trump for telling the freaking truth…I will be first to say he should not have used that rapist phrase the way he did…he exploded his own message…but the overreaction is so political despite the facts…

  46. btw…try just waltzing across the border going into Mexico or Canada…

    or crossing borders in Europe…you are more likely to be stopped and your luggage searched before you can just slip in like they do at our borders…

    Donald is right…we, our leaders, are stupid…

  47. Biggest ‘maybe she should have phrased it a little differently’ moment from the Clinton interview:

    “I definitely want to a see a woman on the Bill….”

  48. You may think I was too tough on the wine magnate who loves open borders for the sake of his bottom line, and has no concept of the bottom line which it imposes on society–the tragedy of the commons, privatizing profits and socializing losses, the inevitable by products of crony capitalism. Then again, there is that axiom that to whom much is given much is expected. And the welfare of the nation is more important than the quality of his wine offering. Yes, for these self centered pricks (there I go again …) for rich republicans like him who think politics is “the game” and their democrat counterparts in the brownstones of Manhattan or along Copa de Oro in Bel Aire their minds are closed to the sufferings they impose. Worse, they fail to realize that gated community will not protect them if everything turns to shit. The best protection is the one they are keen to destroy–a vibrant prospering middle class. They are terribly shortsighted.

  49. Clinton said during the interview that “a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You don’t talk like that on talk radio. You don’t talk like that on the kind of political campaigns.
    That grates on me. Like chalk dragging down a chalk board. No we do not need minders, proctors, or censors. How about taking some of that crap and directing it at Sharpton, et. al. Haven’t got the guts? Well what’s good for the goose, etc. While “everybody” is standing up to condemn campaign rhetoric, everybody might also want to ask where are your missing emails, and why did you tell the father of a slain Navy SEAL that you would get the video maker. For Christs sake, shut the fuck up Hillary. Clean up your own act before you worry about others.

  50. S
    July 7, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    Hillary spoke in generalities on CNN…”path to citizenship” over and over again…I think she has her work cut out for her…
    S—she has been yapping about this since 2007. I got asked questions about it on the campaign trail. I was less cynical about it then than I am now. If there is going to be any path, their breach of our law must have consequences. They must go to the back of the line. It is imperative that they receive no credit for the time they have been in the country illegally. And for those who applied legally should have seniority preference over them. This bullshit about paying a fine is bullshit–not an effective remedy, not a deterrent and it does not do retributive justice. Their breach of our law must adversely affect their application for citizenship, period.

  51. Mike Walsh’s reference to the ice skating rink in Central Park which government could not fix but Trump could provides the perfect analogy. The federal government is too corrupt, too rife with out of control bureaucrats, to susceptible to payola to politician to do its jobs. Public policy goes sideways or gets stalled. You cannot run a country this way. So when Trump calls attention to this, so that even the dimmest bulbs in the nation realize things aren’t working there is no room for P.C. This is a question of how. The elites can demand civility, but it has not worked. Civility leads to polite impasse. It does not move the ball forward. To move the ball, you need to shake up the entrenched interests. There is no other way.

  52. wbboei:

    That is precisely why Cruz won’t support a path to citizenship. He has said that some lesser legalized status (permanent resident status, but not citizenship) would make sense after the border is closed, but to put those who entered illegally at the front of the line ahead of people immigrating legally would be completely unfair. And, it would be an incentive for others to bypass the legal immigration system.

    He hasn’t been talking about that part of his plan on the stumb because the xenophobic elements of the Republican party would accept nothing less than loading them onto freight cars and sending to concentration camps.

    This issue is a perfect example of how the Washington cartel has poisoned the well to such an extent that rational action is no longer possible because nobody trusts the politicians to tell the truth and do what they say.

  53. The world is changing as we sleep. All the bread and circus has attention off the money. The Shanghai Composite just opened down another 8% despite massive government controls. Greece is still in revolt and our market is exhibiting instability. The reason it shows at all is that the central banks are having problems pumping it at the same time they pump the European markets. Much of it occurs when the market is actually closed. And you will hear none of it on the MSM.

    Because it is very important to maintain the narrative. Just do not PANICK!!!!

    This could actually go on for some months. Keep the popcorn handy.

  54. Lu, the troll feeds off of any attention, he knows Wbb likes Cruz…so that is his ‘in’

    Troll ALERT!

    Don’t feed the troll, please….

  55. gonzo:

    To deport 11 million illegal aliens would require loading up 220,000 Trailways buses, probably with the military, at gunpoint. Have you thought about the logistics of that operation, the size of the military force that would be required, and the optics of the battles that would occur in the streets of our cities?

    I guess that after the border is secured, that’s a discussion we could have. But somehow I just don’t see an operation with a quarter million troops going door to door rounding up illegals. And, I don’t think Trailways has 220,000 buses.

    As for the 347,000 convicted felons among that population, i would just relocate as many as possible to sanctuary cities where they are wanted and embraced by the local populations. I’m sure San Francisco would volunteer to take more….

  56. Trump speaks more for me than any other candidate, including Hillary, hell, I don’t even know this woman in Hillarys pant suits.
    She has lost her vision, her voice, her constituency.
    She is obama3…

  57. Eisenhower deported 5 million with out batting an eye, in the 50’s. As Donald said, it can be done, it must be done.
    With your vision I don’t think the Mayflower would have landed.
    Your dog doesn’t hunt.
    Load them up..let’s get this party moving..

  58. I know my post about Hillary is upsetting to see on a Hillary site…but she has made me so mad…and really, no one I know is even remotely invested yet in 2016. I will say this, the Obama supporters I know, most of my extended family, not my “family”…plan on voting Hillary, it’s all about the D….

  59. Before this incident and his enetering the race, Trump spoke very well of both Hillary and Bill.
    ON another note, I hope Hillary gets some better advice asap as she is making similar mistakes as in 2008. I am very concerned that the democratic party is again working to defeat her and she still does not know how to respond.

  60. A year ago just over half of the country believed big media is biased. Today more than two thirds of the country believes big media is biased. Big media has done everything they can to deny this, and they get their mouthpieces to say it isn’t political, it is just the business they are in, which compels them to challenge those in power. That excuse fell by the wayside after Obama was elected. They ceased to be watch dog and became lap dog, apologist, censor, promoter, ringmaster and all around douche bag. In fact, they are so far gone that people who do not pay attention to politics agree with us that big media cannot be trusted. Interestingly, the younger generation realizes this more than their elders. Maybe it is that 5.3% unemployment and the miracle recovery that big media is promoting that has jumped the shark. If not, then perhaps it is the fabulist Brian Williams, and the corrupt George Step and fetch it, or that 600 pound sack of shit Candy Crowley that have caused this sea change. If this trend continues then I will be the only one defending big media against charges that they are liars, race baiters, and censors. I will agree to any deal as long as we take capital punishment off the table. Here is the poll that documents their fall from grace.

  61. I am no Biblical scholar, as far as I know, Christ did not sit down with the money changers in the temple and say I’m okay you’re okay. He chased them from the temple. By the same token, the civility which the elites call for now is an attempt to blunt the coming attack on their power and perks. They want an I’m okay you’re okay kind of conversation. Progress requires telling them you are not okay. You are screwing the country, we are mad as hell and won’t take it any more. Donald Trump is Howard Beal in the movie Network. But he is far more than a pundit or a politician. He is a high achiever. And that is what separates him from the others. He builds things while he is running his mouth. Politicians just run their mouth. And count their bribes–strike that, their political contributions.

  62. Kipling said it all:

    “East is east, west is west and ‘ner the twain shall meet.”

    Except in the Obama lexicon which is forever trolling for low information voters.

    Obama conflates legal immigrants with invaders.

    By calling both groups “immigrants”.

    And accusing the opposite party of being hostile to ALL immigrants.

    And implying racial and/or natural origin animus.

    Which leads low information voters to conclude that all Republicans hate immigrants.

    And all Democrats love immigrants

    But don’t want to get to close to them

    Because they might get shot.

    This conflation is an insult to our intelligence,

    An affront to our sovereignty

    And an attack on the rule of law.

    It is stupid for Hillary to fall into this trap–with her eyes wide open.

    As one commentor below, comments:


    Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” in reacting to Hillary Clinton’s claim all the Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, are on a “spectrum of hostility” towards immigrants, host Jake Tapper said, “Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican immigrant. I doubt he would describe his relationship with his wife as hostility to grudging acceptance.”

    Tapper said, “I was a little surprised if I got the Clinton quote, she was describing the Republicans as being on a spectrum of ranging from hostility to immigrants to grudging acceptance. To point out the obvious, Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican immigrant. I doubt he would describe his relationship with his wife as hostility to grudging acceptance. It’s possible that this play she’s making for Latino voters can work, absolutely, but she should certainly not overplay her hand, I think.”

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    SoSueMi • 4 hours ago

    I LOVE how liberals refer to illegals as “immigrants”…there is more than one flavor of immigrant Hillary. The flavor everyone (yeah, even several democrats I know) is upset/angry about is the illegal kind. All immigrants are not the same and republicans don’t look at them all the same…nor should any US citizen who loves his country and realizes that we don’t need the 35 million illegals here now (yeah, its that high) when 95 million americans are out of work. To advocate otherwise is just bone headed.

  63. I doubt Bush would describe his relationship with his wife as hostility to grudging acceptance.”
    Good catch Tapper.

    Give that man a cupie doll.

    He spoke truth to power.

    That could get him fired at CNN.

  64. I don’t get the sense that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are hostile to their immigrant families, either.

  65. Hillary is indeed playing the race
    card , black and brown non stop. What happen to the White card, the Middle class American citizen card?
    She has thrown us under the obama bus.

  66. Jesus, one would hope they were all hostile to illegal immigrants.
    What the hell is everyone drinking?

  67. And finally, this tribute to Jebediah, the athletic, engaging, charismatic furthest thing from a geek man on the flying trapeze. From campaigning, to public speaking, to kissing the ass of big donors, he makes it all look so easy. The art that conceals the art. Until he stumbles on stage at the debates . . .

  68. hwc
    July 7, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Most of them would self deport. They do anyway when things get hot like the cops looking for them or they need a vacation or the benefits run out. If they can’t just move to a “sanctuary” they go home. These people are not stupid. Trump is making them very nervous thus the OUTRAGE!!! from the elites who make money, influence, and do-gooder ego stroking int the US. Mexico as parasitic economic basket case is over. Dumping their social, medical, and economic problems over the border is reaching an end. It would be a fairly rich country if it was run correctly and not just for their elites.

  69. Mormaer
    July 8, 2015 at 6:03 am
    I agree.


    If blogging were baseball . . .

    Then you would be Babe Ruth–the Sultan of Swat.

    If the economic opportuities dried up

    And if the welfare load was shifted back to where it belongs


    The only Trailways busses we would need

    Would be for big media (whores) reporters

    Tired of being “roped in”—like cattle (doggies actually)

    And comparing this event to the Indian trail of tears.

    By the cold heartless white man.

    From where the sun now stands . . .

    I will fight no more forever

    Rush this draft to NYT editor for approval

    However, like I said yesterday

    A rope can be used for other things

    Where big media is concerned

    And a rope is a terrible thing to waste.

  70. …some voices out there make sense…sadly, they are not coming from Dims…they think they can put the illegal immigration issue before and above the needs of actual American citizens…

    Donald Trump and the End of Free Speech

    Donald Trump is the victim of political correctness gone wild in America.

    So wild, what is happening to him could be an important marker in the end of free speech as we know it in this country. (me, this is what burns me up the most, particularly when it comes to the “sensors”, the Dims)

    After his comments about Mexican immigrants during his June presidential announcement, the billionaire businessman has become the target of a massive campaign to punish him. Already he has lost tens of millions in show and endorsement fees.

    To date, he has been cut from Univision and NBC for his Miss Universe pageant, severed permanently from his top-rated “Apprentice” show, and dropped by Macy’s, the Professional Golfers’ Association, NASCAR, and even Serta mattresses from endorsement deals.

    However controversial one may think Trump’s comments, I am amazed practically no one is asking about the free-speech implications of the effort to punish and silence him.

    Well, let’s look at what Trump actually said. Here is the verbatim guote: “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. It’s true.

    “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

    Trump has made it clear that he was not saying all Mexicans or illegals are criminals.

    Sure, he could have been more precise and nuanced like most politicians in his original comment. But he’s not a professional politician.

    Still, his point was clear: We have a problem when anybody can walk across the border, including people who may have had murder or rape records and commit more crimes here.

    Trump was guilty of blunt talk, not a racist diatribe, as has been claimed.

    One need only speak to Arizona border sheriffs like Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu to discover that our nearly porous border has brought a major crime wave, including increased gang activity across our border states.

    That story gets little attention from the major media.

    Then of course there’s the recent maddening case of the illegal alien accused of randomly murdering a woman in San Francisco after he reportedly had been deported to Mexico five times.

    CNN reported that at one point, nearly 1 in 5 Mexicans caught trying to enter Arizona illegally had a criminal record.

    Most illegals are not violent criminals. They want a better life for themselves and their families. While it’s wrong to break the law to enter the United States, we should still set up a humane work-permit system to tax illegals and identify them for law enforcement purposes.

    And, like most Americans, I want the border nightmare to end. I can’t comprehend why millions of Americans have to practically disrobe at TSA airport checkpoints, but anyone, including terrorists, can simply walk across the Mexican border and gain access into the U.S. So, it’s no surprise to me that Trump is resonating. (right on!!!)

    Despite being demonized by many, including some of his fellow GOP White House hopefuls, Trump continues to rise in the polls.

    A recent CNN national survey found that of the 14 announced Republican candidates, Trump placed second only to Jeb Bush.

    Why the Trump surge?

    Perhaps Americans don’t like the way Donald Trump is being treated. And many Americans may be worried about a much bigger issue, how Orwellian life in America is becoming.

    So a homicidal maniac who apparently was on medication for psychosis killed nine people in Charleston, S.C., and the major media would have us believe it was caused by the Confederate flag.

    And when Donald Trump railed against the problems of some criminals entering the U.S., there is an effort to paint him as a racist and crush his business activities.

    The irony is that the Donald Trump I know does not have a racist bone in his body. In fact, he has a lifetime track record of befriending and promoting minorities in his programs and businesses.

    Consider for a second that Trump owns some of the most exclusive real estate and swankiest clubs in the country, places that elsewhere have not been so welcoming to minorities. Not Trump. He welcomes them with open arms.

    I just received a copy of an upcoming book by Mick Hume entitled “Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?”

    The book wonders if self-censorship will be the new norm in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

    The editors at Charlie Hebdo liked poking Muslims in the eye with constant blasphemous depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. For doing so they paid an incredible and unfortunate price.

    As much as I disagree with their anti-religious satire (I respect people of all faiths), they had every right to do so under our sacred right to free speech. But it’s important to remember that before the massacre, there was little outcry from the media establishment that such free speech was racist, insensitive or inflammatory.

    Trump has not been so lucky.

    I believe the grant of free speech is a blanket one. We don’t pick and choose who it applies to. The last I checked Trump is covered by that right too.

  71. I take back what I said above.

    Color this a retraction.

    Jebediah is not a daring young man on the flying trapese.

    He is a stogie tongue tied geek–with lots of money.

    Who cross dresses as the virgin of Guadalupe–the patron saint of mexico.

    Oh well . . . different strokes for different folks.

    By what sophistry of reason could he be president.

    Holmes said it best (on a mandatory sterilization case):

    Three generations of idiots is enough.

  72. S
    July 8, 2015 at 10:56 am
    There is an air of desperation in this hyperbolic vitriolic pathological reaction.

    It represents an effort by the elites to protect a narrative which is failing on all fronts.

    Therefore, they seek to change the subjects.

    But in the final analysis this reaction makes no difference.

    Most people realize we have a devolving situation.

    Most people do not realize the causal factors.

    Two of which are primus inter pares:

    The first one is the decline of the petrodollar.

    The second is globalization.

    Trump speaks for millions of Americans

    Whether the elites realize that or not.

    Personally, I am having a good time ignoring these attacks.

    Like the Bible says: this too shall pass.



    Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that “if you don’t like what Trump is saying, don’t vote for him, reject his ideas — but don’t punish him.”

    “I’m not in favor of illegal immigration, but I am in favor of some sympathy toward people who have come to this country under those circumstances,” Dershowitz told “Newsmax Prime” host J.D. Hayworth regarding people who come to the United States to escape persecution or other serious travails in their homelands.

    “I’m totally against what Trump has been saying, but I’m totally supportive of his right to say it — and I’m not comfortable when large corporations impose sanctions on him for expressing his freedom of speech,” he said. “I oppose what you’re saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


    that is the American principle I grew up believing was so important and strong and unique about our great country…the USA…and what guided us to become a free nation

    free speech in the USA…

  74. I don’t worry about Trump and free speech.

    Trump has become as bold as he is from not only being financially successful, but because he as learned to fight for what he wants and believes in.

    The political class, yes, including Hillary, would like everyone to be PC to everyone, everywhere. Sorry, but that’s freakin’ bullshit!

    PUMA’s were never PC and didn’t follow the sheep, and many American’s both on the left, right and middle will never STFU when America is being screwed!

  75. This one is right up there with: you didn’t build that business you own—government did.

    Drum roll: when you diss (the federal) government, you diss yourselves.

    The ineluctable conclusion?

    Government = You = Government = You (ad seriatum)

    Sorry Hillary

    The only way that statement makes sense in the real world

    Is if you work for are a senior government official

    Like . . . lets see now . . . that (in)famous federal government official

    And thief (is that redundant?)

    (Drum roll) Lois Lerner

    From Hot Air:

  76. Trump: I’m not thinking third party — for now

    Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run seems custom-made for a third party. The billionaire developer has never held political office, never run as a Republican or Democrat. He doesn’t need a party’s money-raising apparatus. His anti-politician appeal — “Politicians are never going to bring us to the promised land” — cuts equally against Republicans and Democrats. And as far as Republicans are concerned, Trump appears to connect with GOP voters who are so disgusted with the party’s current Washington leadership that they would be open to a third-party campaign.

    But in an interview Tuesday, Trump said he has no interest in running as a third-party candidate, at least for the moment.

    “I’ve had many, many people ask me about running as an independent,” Trump told me in a telephone conversation. “My sole focus is to run as a Republican. I’m a conservative Republican.”

    “My sole focus is to run as a Republican,” Trump repeated, “because of the fact that I believe that is the best way we can defeat the Democrats.”

    When I asked Trump to elaborate on why he would stay in the GOP, Trump cited his rising position in the polls, the big crowds he attracts, and his profile in the race. “We’ve hit a nerve,” he said.

    Still, Trump could hit a nerve as a self-funded independent. And as an independent, he would not be subject to the “three tickets out of Iowa”-style analysis that can put pressure on candidates who don’t succeed early. So why tie himself to the GOP? “I believe I’m the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton,” Trump explained. “Having a two-party race gives us a much better chance of beating Hillary and bringing our country back than having a third-party candidate.”

    At that point, I asked Trump about Ross Perot’s third-party run in 1992, in which Perot won 19 percent of the popular vote. Did Trump believe Perot was a spoiler in that election?

    “Totally,” Trump said. “I think every single vote that went to Ross Perot came from [George H.W.] Bush…Virtually every one of his 19 percentage points came from the Republicans. If Ross Perot didn’t run, you have never heard of Bill Clinton.”

    In the course of a brief talk, Trump made a strong case for staying in the Republican party. But he left the door ever so slightly cracked at the end, when I asked if he would definitively rule out a third-party run. “It’s something I’m not thinking about right now,” Trump said, “because I’m doing well within the Republican ranks, and that gives us the best chance of defeating Hillary Clinton.”

  77. is not a matter of worrying about Trump…

    it is more about the left…and what now has become the Democratic Party…wanting to sensor, shut up…and drive anyone out of business that “OFFENDS” them…

    (for example, that religious family that did not want to bake a cake for the gay couple…they have been fined $135,000 for refusing to bake that cake…whatever happened to a business’ right to refuse an order…that fine will probably put that bakery out of business…is this the America we want?)

    …while at the same time…the same people condemning people they do not agree with want their freedom to say whatever the hell they want about anyone else…

    the left wants to demonize and deprive free speech and liberty…and the Democratic Party is becoming more and more a symbol of that thinking…

    very disappointed in the direction the Democratic party is going in…compassion for themselves and their special interests but none for people that have opposite opinions…

  78. hmmm…

    all trading on the stock exchange has halted…China SE in freefall…and United planes are all grounded because of a “router issue”…

    all being called “technical difficulties”

    Lu4Puma, your take??

  79. The estimable Richard Fernadez who speaks the dark truth of Greece, China, and here perhaps as well due to the demise of the petro dollar, or some black swan event . . . its the same old sad sensation: Coco Chanel gets spirited out of Paris after multiple liasons with high ranking Nazi officials, while those who ran shops and bars who catered to their “guests” during the occupation, winked at them, or reacted on a human level rather than a politically correct one were subjected to drumshead justice by street mobs, which de Gaulle looked down his long nose at, but did nothing in the moment to stop. It has been said that after the war, every Parisian recalled that he or she was a member of the resistance. The only question that counts is who among the non elites will be left standing when the music stops. This is not some rock video, some conspiracy yarn, it is reality for those who care to look.

    Nothing in the external world changes in the immediate aftermath of a crash. What changes are the claims on that physical world. The iron rule is: the players never lose a seat, but you may lose yours. It’s the rest who suddenly awaken to stores that are not theirs, jobs that no longer exist, and sales orders that have been canceled. They go from employed to being unemployed; from solvent to broke.

    They’ll ask themselves: “why? why?” Well now you know why.

    Eventually the physical world starts to change to reflect the payments that have to be made to the players. Trade begins to contract, stores start to close and desperate individuals start to riot. In the naive days of the 20th century, when faith in angels and demons began to wane, it was fashionable to regard matter as primary. Wars were fought by burning actual buildings, killing physical people. But today we know that information has physical force. Computer programs, genetic instructions, memes — and financial data — are to all intents and purposes actual things, rather than airy nonsense.

    Unfortunately we still live in a world governed by ancient 19th century Marxian ideas, where politicians regard information as infinitely corruptible, in a world where lies are not only common, but the stuff of power, the very sinews or privilege. A financial crisis occurs when information goes so far out of whack with the physical world the music has to stop, and those without a chair must be booted off.

    What a financial crisis does is bring an awakening world face to face with its own falsehoods. Suddenly they are in the nightmare world. But it’s a not a new world at all. Only the one the players had been constructing all along.

  80. Such an excellent article by Richard.

    Makes you wonder if he is warning us, or writing our obituary.

    At a minimum this explains the increased emphasis on security.

    It is to protect the elites, who have covered all other bases.

    And do not want to be held accountable by the mob.

    In a sense they are making us pay for their own security.

    While You Were Sleeping

    By Richard Fernandez

    On the morning after a financial collapse things will look almost exactly as when you went to sleep. The elm tree and mailbox will stand where they were, the scene will appear unchanged all the way to the horizon. On the Day After the outward world is unchanged. What will have altered beyond all recognition are the invisible claims on that physical world.

    The homely mailbox, for example, may no longer be yours, nor the land on which the elm tree is growing. It could have reassigned while you were sleeping. If one can imagine the world in terms of a balance sheet, the immediate post-crash world assets start unchanged. It’s the liabilities which have been rearranged. The write down process will not be uniform.

    In the bubble world there are more claims on assets than can be satisfied. In the pre-crash world this is unnoticed. As in the game of Musical Chairs, it is not obvious till the music stops. Only when the tune is interrupted, in the post-crash world, does the audience will see there is one chair short.

    Politicians and unscrupulous politicians are in the profession of overselling capacity, but ensuring they always have the chair. Politicians for example, promise the same taxpayer dollar several times over to different constituencies. And it goes along swimmingly as long as they can kick the can down the road.

    For example Obamacare was created to save Medicaid from bankruptcy. Now Medicaid expansion is used to prove Obamacare is working. Obamacare was funded by reductions from Medicare. Now the Medicare “doc fix” shortfall will be funded by obtaining “savings” from Obamacare. It’s circular process where the same dollar moves from chair to chair.

    Banks operate on the same principle. Banks lend out more than the deposit dollar. They can do this sustainably for as long as the extra chairs can be provided by the real rate of interest. An extra chair will be created in the future, but only as many as the actual rate of growth will provide.

    But sometimes people get greedy and overpromise returns. Then if everyone with a claim on a chair came to the bank and demanded a stool, there would be a shortage of stools. This is called a bank run. In that case the system relies for its continued viability on keeping the music playing. Once the needle is lifted from the record, forcing the players to scramble for a seat, it will be obvious that somebody will have to be kicked out of the game.

  81. A brilliant mind at work here, with Richard:

    In the bubble world there are more claims on assets than can be satisfied.

    As in the game of Musical Chairs, it is not obvious till the music stops

    The immediate post-crash world assets start unchanged.

    It’s the liabilities which have been rearranged.

    The write down process will not be uniform.

    Only when the tune is interrupted, in the post-crash world,

    Does the audience will see there is one chair short.

  82. Truth to tell: the true legacy of Obama was creating too many liabilities for government to handle, which will ultimately collapse the system. This part is easily predictable and many have suggested as much. The elites–many of them have gotten out of the stock market. The one thing no one can tell you for sure is the timing. Instead we have big media trumpeting Obama’s success in achieving a 5.3% unemployment rate, with 93 million people out of work. In a post crash environment, you can look to them for disinformation–which is all they are capable of. Or, you can find it is other places which have more credibility, and are not chronic and habitual liars.

  83. S

    The kooks on the left only seem powerful because the MSM makes them look that way. I do not believe that the majority of American adults are going to just roll over and become robots for the PC left.

  84. The petrodollar story is a big one.

    Too big for big media to tell the public.

    Here is how it has been explained to me

    1. the formation of OPEC to drive up the price of oil

    2. the corresponding decline in the dollar

    3. recession in the United States

    4. Kissinger makes an agreement with Saudi Arabia

    5. oil will be traded in U.S. currency

    6. which is dubbed the “petro dollar”.

    7. and the status of the dollar as the world reserve currency

    8. in exchange, the United States agrees to protect the House of Saud

    9. Hussein was a threat to Saudi Arabia, therefore we went to war with him

    10 Gadaffi, contrary to everything you have been told ran a very successful nation state

    11 Big surpluses, free college education, zero unemployment, free health care, government subsidies for business in Libya

    12 Nonetheless he was guilty of one unpardonable sin in the eyes of our elites

    13 He was attempting to establish an African only currency–the dinar

    14 Which would upset the hegemony of the dollar

    15 Therefore, a pretext needed to be developed to topple his regime

    16 So we took him out, and chaos has reigned in the region ever since

    17 The greater attack on the dollar comes from the old Nazi George Soros

    18 He has publicly stated that the US is kaput as the engine for world growth

    19 He wants China to step up to the plate

    20 And, he favors an international reserve currency called SDRs (Special Drawing Rights)

    21 He has been working with Brazil, China, Iran, and other countries to take down the dollar

    22 The net effect of that is the scenario Richard Fernadez describes above

  85. 23. I neglected to mention the most critical point of all

    24. Obama has backed away from the deal made by Kissinger

    25 That breach of contract relieves the of the corresponding obligation

    26. To continue using the petro dollar

    27. Thus they are moving to do so gradually

    28. An abrupt exodus conjures up the scenario depicted in the Hollywood movie Roll-over, some years back

  86. Shadow…

    imho…the kooks are morphing into what has become the Democratic Party and their behavior is becoming a governing principle…just listen to how Hillary is even speaking…condemn this, condemn that…all one way or no way at all…

    …look at DeBlasio and his antics…

    their radical special interests organize and try to shut down and/or boycott others…it is not enough to speak out against or disagree…out of PC and pressure, corporations stop doing business with others…hence, Macy’s, etc…wrong or right…look at what happened to Paula Dean…I did not see any reverse racism get singled out…and there is a hell of alot of it…and it is very blunt…

    the left focuses on pitting us against each other and to destroy the opposition…

    Judges side with special interests and start inflicting fines which will ultimately put a small mom and pop out of business because their religion/morality does not support a certain cause

    …this is what is creeping in…and going unchecked…this is what Christopher Ruddy and Alan Dersowitz…and I are complaining about…

    …it was bad enough when the far right wanted to try to tell people what to do with their sex lives…now we have the Dems wanting to ruin anyone that does not agree with their sex lives, etc…

    this is a problem…

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