“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Trump Has the Pirates on the Potomac and Their Vassals in The US Conga Line Petrified

Why it’s time for a Trump revolution

      NY POST
Why it’s time for a Trump revolution
My friends are worried about me. They insist something is not right and suggest prayer, counseling, even rehab. “Take a break,” they urge. “Get away for a few days and clear your head.”

They are wise and kind, and it would be foolish to dismiss their concerns. Truth be told, there are moments when I doubt myself. Am I making a huge mistake? Am I losing my mind?

Perhaps I am. My friends say that’s the only possible explanation for the fact that I might support Donald Trump for president.

The insanity defense is all that’s left now that the smart set has declared that it’s immoral and indecent to even think about voting for Trump. OK, call me immoral and indecent as well as crazy, because I’m thinking about it.

It’s been a long road to get here. When Trump’s name first popped up, I joked about moving to Canada. When he launched his campaign, I cursed him, certain he was going to create a circus just when Republicans finally had a strong field of candidates.

I was intrigued by many of them, starting with Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Others I admired while believing they wouldn’t get far — Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Carly Fiorina.

I like those Republicans even though I’m a registered Democrat, just not that kind of Democrat. I voted for President Obama in 2008, believing he meant it when he said no red states, no blue states, only the United States. The barrier he broke added to his appeal.

Six months later, I was off the bus. It was already clear Obama had no intention of building a consensus on anything, although few realized he would be such a radical and partisan polarizer. He may love America, but doesn’t seem to like actual Americans. Other than himself, of course.

With the world on fire thanks to his abdication of global leadership, and with the home front nervous and angry, the 2016 race couldn’t come soon enough. I hoped a Democrat would emerge who realized that Obama had set us on a course that was dangerous and unsustainable, with our ­national debt exceeding $18 trillion.
Clearly, neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton is that Dem, though I’ll vote for Sanders in the New York primary just to send her a message.

Following Obama, Clinton’s election would be a calamity. She would be beholden to him, and unable to shift much from his disastrous policies. And who knows what she really believes?

Besides, if the Clintons are rewarded with the White House again, it would be impossible to demand honesty from any public official in America. She’s thoroughly corrupt and, in the memorable words of the late William Safire, a “congenital liar.” Voting for her is a give up on the future.

So I’m stuck with Republicans, but my favorites were rejected, with only Kasich surviving by a thread. Frankly, I don’t blame voters. They’ve had it with vanilla men who play nice and quietly lose elections. If the nominee is another Mitt Romney, Clinton would win in a landslide.

As noted, I do admire Cruz, but he strikes me as more Barry Goldwater than Ronald Reagan. He’s whip smart, but too rigid ideologically and personally joyless. If I were president, I would nominate him for the Supreme Court in hopes he could fill Antonin Scalia’s shoes as the leading constitutionalist.

Which leaves only Donald J. Trump. He’s weird, erratic and I have no idea what he will say or do next. His nasty put-downs of rivals and journalists, especially Megyn Kelly, diminish him. His policies are as detailed as bumper stickers and his lack of knowledge about complex issues scares me.

If he weren’t the GOP front-runner, the gaps in his game would make it easy to dismiss him. But dismissing him requires dismissing the concerns of the 7.5 million people who have voted for him. That I can’t do.

My gut tells me much of the contempt for Trump reflects contempt for his working-class white support. It is one prejudice gentry liberals and gentry conservatives share.

It is perhaps the last acceptable bigotry, and you can see it expressed on any primetime TV program. The insults don’t all seem good-natured to me. I grew up in central Pennsylvania, surrounded by the kind of people supporting Trump, and I sympathize with their worsening plight.

For generations, they went all in for the American dream. Their families fought the wars, worked in the factories, taught school, coached Little League and built a middle-class culture. Now they are abandoned and know it.

Nobody speaks for them. The left speaks for the unions, the poor and the nonwhite, even shedding tears for illegal immigrants and rioters and looters. The GOP speaks for the Chamber of Commerce, big business and Wall Street.

Donald Trump at a rally in Utah ahead of the state’s caucuses.Photo: Getty Images

Trump alone is bringing many of these forgotten Americans into the political system, much as Obama did with millennials and black voters. Trump has done it with full-frontal attacks on lopsided trade deals and a broken immigration system. His message is a potent brew of populism and nationalism that reaches across the partisan divide, and the public response is stirring the country.

In fact, many who despise Trump concede he is right that globalization and the open-border flood of cheap labor, while benefitting many Americans, has hurt many others. But instead of working to fix a broken status quo, many on the left and right echo each other’s venomous attacks against him. One day he is Mussolini, the next he’s Hitler, and he’s routinely accused of hate speech and racism.

What is his great sin? Breaking the taboo about what ails the middle class? Daring to challenge a power system that only pretends to have the consent of the governed?

The shame is that others didn’t beat him to it.

For his chutzpah, tens of millions of dollars are being poured into attack ads against Trump, and the urgent blue-nosed concerns about dark pools of money in politics have vanished. As long as he’s the target, all is fair.

Often, the avalanche of sludge against Trump looks and sounds like a reactionary confederacy fighting to keep its power and privileges. Naturally, the mainstream ­media is slashing away.

A Washington Post editorial claims that stopping Trump is the only way to “defend our democracy.” In other words, those troublesome voters are the problem.

A New York Times columnist raised the prospect of assassination. Sure, it was a joke. Make that joke about Obama or Clinton and see who laughs.

I would be delighted to support a more conventional candidate who has Trump’s courage and appeal, but we don’t always get to pick our revolutionaries. And make no mistake, Donald Trump is leading a political revolution that is long overdue.


  1. .

    From the last stream...

    All, the keepers of the most Holy, High Truth, and anointed protectors of the hoi-polloi.

    The truth will out. The boy's a damn royalist.



    1. galopin2 in the last stream linked the Mormons & Christians in with the Manson Family.

      Goodness Goodness Gracious !!

      Po' ol' galopin2 is really het up...

      Trustworthy enough on alternative energies but nothin' else.

  2. I'm as ignorant as you.


    :) You gotta be fucking kidding me. :) :) :) :)

  3. Aaah, Judge Jeanine Pirro, wonderful tawny skin, flashing eyes, beautiful lips and teeth, brains and glamour galore, those muted ear rings dancing, those robin's egg blue there's a REAL woman......and that Katrina Pierson is not a just a gust of wind but a real hurricane too !


  4. .

    A Washington Post editorial claims that stopping Trump is the only way to “defend our democracy.” In other words, those troublesome voters are the problem..

    Watched Water's World on FOX tonight (didn't know he had his own show). I usually just see him in bits where he goes around asking political questions of people on the street. Anyway, he showed a video of 'man on the street' interviews with the Trump protesters. Started out with a few minutes of protester dialogue all of which was along the lines of "**** Trump, he's a *********, ************, and all his supporters are ********, ************* rascist *******, who out to be ******, and have the ******* **** cut off, the ******, *************. About half way through the piece, a women turned back to the camera and said, "We are not haters" giving lie to all the middle fingers that were blurred for the camera throughout the piece.

    Then Bill Ayers came explaining what a great job they had done in cutting off Trump's free speech.

    The was another section on the shop that wasn't directly related to the Trump protester section but was interesting from a historical perspective. It involved a rather rotund Al Sharpton of homophobic and anti-Semitic fame on a video from 1992 at a speech given at Kean College in N.J. where he was inciting the audience to kill white crackers and off the cops.

    I tried to pull up the video but while there are references to it, all the copies indicate it has been pulled with comments like 'CONTENT UNAVAILABLE Account has been disabled.'

    Sharpton later denied the comments in his perfect Nathan Thurm impression until confronted with the video and then he said that 'homo' isn't really a homophobic term, that 'cracker' isn't a racist term but merely describes racists.

    The self-delusion of the left.


    1. .

      ...There was another section on the show...


    2. Good old Al 'Killer' Sharpton.....I'll take the corrupt Charlie Rangel from Harlem any day.

  5. Now this is funny shit..

    A gas pipe running through a Hamas terror tunnel under the Gazan town of Rafah exploded, wounding some 60-70 people, and killing 2, according to Egyptian sources.

    According to Al Bawab News, some 50 smuggling-terror tunnels were uncovered due to the explosion.

    This tunnel incident is separate from the Hamas terror tunnel that collapsed tonight in Khan Younis.

    60 homes in Rafah have been evacuated due to the explosion.

    The town of Rafah is split along the Gazan border with Sinai, and numerous smuggling -terror tunnels run beneath the city.

    1. In recent months, the Egyptians have been flooding the tunnels with sea water, in order to destroy them.

    2. I tried to put up a post from Jihad Watch showing how ISIS is co-operating with Hamas in Gaza and Sinai, but couldn't make it stick.

      ISIS/Hamas are one and the same.

    3. .

      I tried to put up a post from Jihad Watch showing how ISIS is co-operating with Hamas in Gaza and Sinai, but couldn't make it stick.

      Neither could Jihad Watch. Join the club.



  6. Damascus, SANA – The National Kurdish Movement for Peaceful Change voiced rejection of any divisive or federal project in Syria, stressing that the one-sided declaration made by those who met at al-Remailan city in Hasaka province is illegal and violates the Syrian constitution.

    In a statement issued on Saturday, the Movement said that such a declaration, and particularly at this time, is unwise and irrational, as Syria is still in a state of war against terrorists, and such a declaration strengthens enemies and weakens those who are fighting these enemies.

    The Movement called on all Kurdish forces and other forces to never trust promises regardless of the side that makes them, be it the United States or other sides in the West, as such sides only serve their personal interests and the interests of Israel.

    Hazem Sabbagh


    1. So, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you can support the Kurds of Syria, or the Zionists of Israel, the two groups being diametrically opposed, you cannot in good conscience support both.

      Which do you choose?

  7. The Gaza Ghetto is cordoned off by the IDF prison guards. The Occupation IDF restricts free access into and out of the prison camp. Tunnel digging is the time recognized method in trading in contraband and escape. It highlights the big lie that Israel is not an apartheid state.

    1. There is no IDF in Gaza, nor any Israelis there at all, no occupation force.

      There are though some ISIS who are co-operating with Hamas in many ways.

    2. The Gaza Strip is cut off on three sides by Israel – which rarely allows Palestinians to cross its heavily fortified checkpoint to the north – and on the other by Egypt, which has all but sealed its border with Gaza since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power. Hamas, which rules Gaza, is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi ousted from power in a military coup and there is no love lost between Egypt's ruler and the Palestinian group.

      Now over 1.4 million people live on a 360sq km strip of land where infrastructure and housing has been devastated in 2014's war with Israel. Palestinians and those sympathetic to the Palestinian cause describe Gaza as “the world’s largest open air prison" – despite this, Syrian refugees are breaking in.

    3. Yesterday, Saturday, the Israeli Defense Ministry for canceling Jerusalem travel permits for Palestinian residents of Gaza, preventing them from attending Friday sermons at the Temple Mount. The Israeli Defense Ministry described its reason for canceling the permits as “exploitation and misuse” of the system, various media report.


    4. The IDF controls Gaza, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      They control all commercial traffic, the control the air space and the approaches by sea.

      Gaza is a province of Israel, one in revolt, but an Israeli province none the less.

      Unless, of course, the Israeli were to abandon their military control of the 'Strip'.
      Allowing the Gazans free access to the sea.

  8. Go away Slander Stalker & Dead Beat Dad and quit being ridiculous.

    Go back to work on your super secret and critical project off the coasts of Panama where you are working with the CIA, NSA and the military.

    You are desperately wanted and needed there.

    Out for me concerning you for the rest of the thread.


    1. But, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, which foreign group is closest to your heart, the Kurds or the Zionists?

      It's decision time !


  9. A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup at a toll plaza and then was fatally shot by troopers while trying to escape with the money, authorities said.

    Betcha the retired state trooper was not a Muslim.

  10. With both political parties captured almost entirely by the interest of the top 1% (Republicans) and the top 10% (Democrats), the bottom 90% feel they have nowhere else to go.

    For the past few decades, they’ve expressed this reality of being unrepresented by simply not voting and not showing up for politics, which they correctly saw as rigged and not working in their interest.

    Now, with both Trump and Sanders exposing complex trade deals as unwieldy and destructive to the bottom 90% (but very useful and enriching to the top 10%), as well as the politically corrupt environment that supports the top 10%, people on the right and the left are waking up.

    And they’re waking up fast and loud.




      ...No matter what happens in this 2016 election, though, the bottom 90% has had enough.

      If nothing else, the astonishing number of people who say they’ll vote for either Trump or Sanders (i.e. “the outsider”) if the other party (even their own party) puts up an establishment candidate is unprecedented, and clearly shows that our nation is on the brink (if not in the throes) of a political revolution.

      The Great Depression of 1930 confronted the world’s two largest industrial powers with similar disasters; Germany and the United States were the hardest hit in terms of a rapid loss of standard of living among the bottom 90%.

      We chose FDR (Sanders) to lead us out of the mess created by the Republican elites during the Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover administrations. Germany chose Hitler (Trump) to lead it out of the mess created by the ruling elites of his day.

      Arnold Tynbee is, probably apocryphally, quoted as having said: “When the last man who remembers the horrors of the last great war dies, the next great war becomes inevitable.”

      It could be updated to read today: “When the people who remember what America was like before the Reagan Revolution begin to die off, the next revolution is inevitable.”

      Whether it’ll be played out in the ballot box or the streets is yet to be seen.

    2. In any case, I will not vote for H. Clinton no-matter-what.

    3. FDR = Sanders is much closer than Trump = Hitler.

      I showed the other day that ALL Republican Presidents are sooner or later equated with Hitler.

      It gets boring.

    4. Which foreign group hold your allegiance, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, the Zionists or the Kurds, the two groups are diametrically opposed in the War with ISIS.

      The Kurds are fighting the radical Muslims, the Zionists are supporting the Islamic State.

      Which side do you choose?

  11. It is not that difficult a question, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, the Israeli have been supporting the radical Muslims, what Ambassador Oren called al-Qeada operatives taking power in Syria.

    The Kurds oppose this concept.
    The Israeli buy the oil the Islamic State exports through Turkey, thereby funding Islamic terrorism. The Kurds oppose these Israeli actions.

    Which do you support, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?

    You wanted to send US troops to defend the Kurds, would you have had those troops fire on the Israeli, as the Israeli are part of the Islamic State's Axis of Terror financial support group.


    1. Israel is part and parcel of the Islamic State's international terrorist organization.
      Funding the Islamic State through the purchase of 'Conflict Oil"

      The Kurds recognize this reality, why don't you?

  12. FDR = Sanders? :)

    Horseshit. They couldn't be more different.

    FDR was a serious man. Knew when to compromise, and how to get things done. Sanders is a dilettante. Rejects the "good," for lack of perfection. Has no interest in working with his friends, much less his enemies. A fevered ideologue, devoid of process.

    Not so much as a "shadow" of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    1. I agree with you.

      All I said was -

      "FDR = Sanders is much closer than Trump = Hitler."

      I'm tired of people always comparing Republican Presidents to Hitler is all.

      Bushitler etc.

  13. Middle East

    Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy
    Ofra Bengio

    The asymmetrical but rewarding relationship between two Middle East minority nations.

    Over the past few years, Israeli politicians—from Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to President Shimon Peres to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman—have been publicly advocating the establishment of a Kurdish state. Most recent to weigh in is Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who called this past January for the formation of an independent Kurdistan and urged enhanced policy cooperation between Israel and the Kurds.

    Clearly, the upheavals in the region and the realization that the Kurds are the most effective military power against the onslaught of the Islamic State triggered these calls. But Israelis have long been interested in the Kurds as junior partners in Ben-Gurion’s hallowed peripheral strategy, which considered any competitor or adversary of the Arabs an objective ally of the Jewish state, whether sub-state groups like the Kurds or nations such as Turkey, Iran (in earlier times and perhaps again in the future), and Ethiopia. But even beyond this general motive lies layers of relationships between the Jewish and Kurdish people that go back many centuries. To understand how the future may unfold, grasping at least the recent past must serve as prelude.

    The ties between Israel and the Kurds are complex and shrouded in mystery. Relations are always more complex when they are asymmetrical, as in this case, where they are between a state and non-state actors. Note that we must say actors, plural, because Israel has to deal separately with four Kurdish players in four countries that host Kurdish communities and political organizations: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Complicating the picture still further is the fact that each of the four groups has a different political agenda, a different approach toward Israel, and different geostrategic calculations within its respective state (or what’s left of two of them) and in the region as a whole. Moreover, Israel and the Kurds do not have common borders, nor do they always have common enemies that can bring them together. Lastly, while Israeli politicians appear eager to go public with their desire for better relations, Kurdish politicians for the most part seek low-keyed relations in the shadows..........



    2. ... nor do they always have common enemies

      Of course they do not have common enemies, the Israeli are supporting the enemies of the Kurds, that would be the Islamic State, those al-Qeada operatives that Ambassador Oren told US that Israel would prefer taking power in Syria.

      Words, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson do not mask the reality of Israeli support for the Islamic State.

      Which side do you choose?
      Man up and tell us how YOU feel.


    3. Israel prefers Daesh (al-Qeada) in Syria, over the Alawites, Christians and their Kurdish allies

      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”
      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

  14. Danay Suarez "En Vivo"

    Havana Cultura Sessions

    For the Host

  15. Really, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, why can you not find a Kurdish source?

    Becaue the Kurds are united, and know that Israel i buying that 'Conflict Oil', that Israel is supporting the Islamic State with those oil purchases and are diametrically opposed to the Israelis.

    Find us a Kurd that speaks for the Kurds, as I have.

  16. Focus Group Says Hillary 'Worst Liar Ever Seen', 'Lied About Lying'...



      Where is the indictment, then?

      Where are the resignations of the FBI investigators?

      You have posted that either one or the other will occur, when will that be?


  17. Israeli General Captured in Iraq Confesses to Israel-Isis Coalition

    By Nahed Al-Husaini on October 21, 2015

    USA Parliament (Intr) Foreign Minister and European Department for Security and Information Secretary General Ambassador Dr Haissam Bou Said exclusively confirms to VT that the Israeli Brigadier Yussi Elon Shahak captured by the Iraqi popular army confessed during the investigation that…

    “There is a strong cooperation between MOSSAD and ISIS top military commanders,” asserting that “there are Israeli advisors helping the Organization on laying out strategic and military plans, and guiding them in the battlefield.”

    The terrorist organization also has military consultants from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Saudi Arabia has so far provided ISIS with 30,000 vehicles, while Jordan rendered 4500 vehicles. Qatar and United Arab Emirates delivered funds for covering ISIS overall expenditure.

    Editor’s note: Israel’s claim that Shahak is only a Colonel requires us to at least publish this claim of theirs. It may well be important to Tel Aviv that a colonel was caught rather than a general. This reminds me of the battle of Stalingrad and Hitler who promoted General Paulus to Field Marshal in the belief that Field Marshals didn’t surrender. To Netanyahu, it is obviously a belief that generals don’t get caught.

  18. Deuce ☂Sun Mar 20, 11:03:00 PM EDT
    The Gaza Strip is cut off on three sides by Israel –

    So the very fact is that Gaza is NOT cut off by israel.

    3 sides does not make a box.

    Gaza is hostile lands.

    Egypt's border with their brother arabs is a natural egress.

    For decades the Egyptians had settled Gaza and controlled it.

    Like it or not?

    Gaza is NOT Israel's responsibility unless it decides to respond to the rocket attacks coming from the lands.


    I recommend the population of Gaza be given passage to Europe.

    Those that do not wish to leave and stay and fight?

    Should be killed.

    1. Gaza is not cut off from the world by Israel, it is cut off by Egypt.

      Get your facts straight.

      Got a problem with Gaza? Ask Egypt.


    2. Israel claimed that land, still controls it.

      Any claims otherwise, purely Zionist propaganda.

  19. Deuce ☂Sun Mar 20, 10:46:00 PM EDT
    The Gaza Ghetto is cordoned off by the IDF prison guards. The Occupation IDF restricts free access into and out of the prison camp. Tunnel digging is the time recognized method in trading in contraband and escape. It highlights the big lie that Israel is not an apartheid state.

    Except that Gaza is open to Egypt, not controlled by Israel.

    How else could Hamas bring in everything from tens of thousands of rockets to KFC?

    1. If a 4 sided room has 3 walls, what do you call the 4th wall that doesn't exist?



    2. Until Israel ends the blockade of Gaza, it controls Gaza.
      It is an Israeli province, pure and simple

    3. One that is in revolt against the Apartheid government currently controlling Israel, but that is just another Civil War in the Middle East.

      The US should not support either side of that domestic quarrel.

  20. Jack HawkinsSun Mar 20, 11:08:00 PM EDT

    The IDF controls Gaza, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
    They control all commercial traffic, the control the air space and the approaches by sea.

    Gaza is a province of Israel, one in revolt, but an Israeli province none the less.

    Unless, of course, the Israeli were to abandon their military control of the 'Strip'.
    Allowing the Gazans free access to the sea.

    Jack you really don't know what you are talking about do you?

    The Gazans don't NEED access to the sea to be free...

    They can drive thru Egypt for all their needs.

    But don't let a little truth and facts get in the way you distort and lie...

    1. .

      I am willing to buy into your argument that Israel and Egypt under Sisi are co-conspirators in operating the open air prison that is Gaza if it makes you feel better.


    2. .

      However, I'm sure you will admit that Israel is the majority partner in that enterprise.

      We have gone over the numers before.


  21. I don't like the Gazans at all. Lately they have become chummy with ISIS.

    If you don't like ISIS you shouldn't like the Gazans either.

    ISIS/Hamas one and he same.

  22. I would give anything to know how blogger double-posted that entry (once up-thread, and once directly above.) Oh well.

  23. At least your posts last.

    Mine have been often vanishing, especially Jihad Watch.

    It's bizarre.