Trump Derangement Syndrome

What’s always amazing to me is people’s blind partisanship when it comes to politics.  It’s one thing for some Democrat or Republican party hack to change their views based on whatever the current president or a wealthy donor thinks.  They’re just trying to gain power for themselves.  But people who consider themselves principled conservatives or progressives wind up doing the same thing without realizing it.

Consider the left’s current obsession with Trump and their automatic “resistance” to any and all actions taken by the president.  It exposes both their willingness to abandon long held principled positions at a moments’ notice while also showcasing the ridiculous hypocrisy and conflicting belief system inherent in their ideology to begin with.

  1. Trump supports protectionism and opposes free trade.  So now the Left sides with giant outsourcing corporations who open “sweatshops” in China and import cheap goods to the USA.  I seem to remember a time when the Left was very supportive of the Labor movement and opposed so called Free Trade agreements.
  2. Trump attacks the media on a regular basis.  So now the Left holds up the Corporate Media as some kind of bulwark of free speech that must be protected and believed at all costs.  I seem to remember a time when they fretted over the consolidation of the big media companies and didn’t believe them.  But they simultaneously want YouTube and other Tech companies to silence any opinion they disagree with
  3. Trump likes Russia.  So now the Left hates Russia and is willing to risk WWIII to “stand up to Putin.”  Didn’t the Left once really like Russia?  FDR?  Bernie Sanders?  What happened?
  4. Trump hates Bush.  Now they yearn for the days when good ‘ol W lied us into the Iraq War.
  5. Trump wants to get US troops out of the Middle East and stop spending money on endless wars there.  So now the Left things that’s irresponsible and of course “we” have to overthrow the evil Assad regime in Syria.  But at the same time it was wrong of Trump to pull out of the treaty with their main ally and supporter Iran.
  6. Trump thinks NATO is “obsolete.”  Now the left loves NATO and thinks it must remain sucking on Uncle Sam’s teet forever and ever.
  7. Trump wants to enforce immigration law and thinks Congress should lower legal immigration numbers.  Now the Left thinks it’s a hate crime to make Hondurans live in Honduras.  Of course I’m sure if conservative White Americans moved to Honduras they’d have a problem with that.  They side with the  Koch Brothers and the giant Agribusinesses and fret that some vegetables might “rot in the field” and we’ll have to pay five cents more for strawberries.
  8. Trump criticizes the FBI and CIA.  Now the Left loves the “intelligence community.”  This one is probably the one that strikes me as the most bizarre.  I never thought the Left would be holding up known liars and war criminals from the evil US State as heroes in their fight against some populist politician.

There is no difference between the current Left and John McCain.  There are no principles left on the Left.  They’ll support any position or politician as long as it or he is in opposition to Trump.

To be fair many on the right have had similar shifts.  They’ve dumped the neocon, crony capitalist dogma of the Bush years to back Trump while the Left has largely embraced that same dogma.  I think to some extent Trump is a reflection of these shifting views rather than the cause, but I’m sure there are some who just believe anything Sean Hannity tells them.

I guess the only principled pundits and politicians all along were the neocons.  They’ve remained firmly in the anti-Trump resistance and are ready to switch political allegiances to serve their only true concerns: Israel and endless war.  God help us if the Left gets power again and allows these evil monsters to regain positions of influence in the Democrat party.

For what it’s worth, I think Trump’s trade policies are horrible, although I generally oppose the misnamed “Free Trade Agreements.”  I support his overtures for peace with Russia and North Korea and his criticism of NATO while I disagree with ending the Iran deal.  I favor lower immigration levels although making private business enforce the laws or building a wall are not my preferred methods for achieving that.  I love how he disparages the Media and our suddenly sacrosanct intelligence agencies.

Predictions on Trump

The Dilbert guy brags about his Trump predictions here.  He’s usually an interesting read so let’s see how I did.

Trump will never win the GOP nomination. I definitely thought that initially.  I didn’t even really think he was seriously trying.  Although I did start to realize he would probably win around the time Jeb Bush totally fizzled out.  I never though Cruz or Rubio really had a shot.

Trump will never win the presidency. Honestly, I figured most states that were close would just rig the elections and say Hillary won.  I appear to have been wrong (unless of course that happened and Trump would have won by a landslide without it).

Stocks will drop if Trump is elected. I predicted that the Fed would raise rates and tank the economy if Trump was elected.  But I specifically said they would wait until later in his second term so there wouldn’t be time for a recovery prior to the 2020 campaign.  So this could still come true.  Not sure whether it will or not, but the jury is still out.

President Trump will deport ten million illegal immigrants. I never thought this would be possible or that any president, no matter who they are, would have the political courage to attempt it.  I never advocated it either.  My preference on immigration is not to round up as many people as possible and start checking their papers.  I simply want to let far less people into this country moving forward.  Rounding up illegal immigrants en masse and deporting them while letting millions immigrate legally is pointless.

Trump will be gone (impeached, jailed, or quit) by end of 2017. I thought this was a possibility, but never predicted it would happen by the end of 2017.  Seeing how the Russia nonsense has produced absolutely nothing so far that can touch Trump, my best guess he will make it through his first term.  It is hard to predict, however. I’ve never seen the “Deep State” so vociferously opposed to a politician before.  You’d probably have to go back to Nixon’s peace with China and Watergate to see anything remotely like it.

Trump’s immigration ban on several Muslim countries will be found unconstitutional. I never predicted this. I know there are some Left-wing activists posing as Supreme Court Justices these days, but there aren’t five that are that far out there. Can anybody point to the part of the Constitution that says the government is forbidden from controlling who enters the country?

Trump colluded with Russia, and that’s a crime. Anyone who’s bothered to look into this at all and thinks it’s true is delusional. It was obvious to me from the start this was all complete garbage.

Trump obstructed justice (a crime) by firing Comey. Yeah, it’s illegal for the president to fire someone.  This is just partisan nonsense.

Trump’s skills as a “con man” might get him elected but it won’t transfer into doing the job of president. Hard to really judge this.  Every candidate for president is a “con man” in the sense they are lying to get votes.  Did Obama con the country when the said “you can keep your doctor” and that Obamacare would save money and people’s premiums would go down?  I’ve also never taken such a superficial view of the presidency to where part of “doing the job” is reading someone else’s speech on a teleprompter and looking good on TV.  So I didn’t buy into the idea that Obama, or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan were doing the job of president so well because they looked good on TV.  At least, that’s not what the office of the president was designed to do.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will cause huge problems. This decision has caused “huge problems” in other parts of the world and in my opinion, for no good reason.  But to say it’s really affected average Americans, at least so far, would be incorrect.  But then again, it just happened.  This is the type of thing that leads to blowback.

Trump’s tweeting will cause huge problems. I never thought it would cause Trump any huge problems. The press was going to do their best to destroy him no matter what so why not talk straight to his base via Twitter.

GOP will never embrace Trump. I definitely thought that.  But this one is debatable at best. Has the GOP really “embraced” Trump?  He got his tax bill passed, but tax cuts are religion among the Paul Ryans of the world.  Let’s see if they embrace him when he wants to build a wall or actually improve relations with Russia.

Trump will get nothing important done. This is a rather vague statement, but unless he was forced to resign somehow, it would be absurd to say he would get nothing “important” done.  However, whether it would be good or bad is a different story.  Obama got important things done in his first two years but they were all horrible.  (Then he did one good thing in his second term – the Iran deal).

Trump will not work effectively with leaders of other countries. The fact that he wasn’t a knee jerk “Putin-is-Hitler” ideologue made me think he would work effectively with foreign leaders in a way impossible for a neocon/liberal interventionist.  

GOP senators will vote against GOP priorities because of President Trump’s mean tweets. Not sure it’s because of his tweets, but with the exception of the tax cuts there have been plenty of senators that have voted against or held up bills that Trump supports. Sometimes with good cause.

Trump will not nominate qualified judges to the Supreme Court. I had slightly more faith in Trump on this issue than basically any other candidate that ran in 2016, save Rand Paul.

Trump is incompetent. Whatever that means I never said it.

Presidential approval polls are a good predictor of how a president will perform. I’ve never put much stock in approval polls.  I don’t necessarily believe they’re accurate in the first place.

The military won’t follow Trump’s orders. The average soldier will blindly do whatever their commanding officer orders.  Whether or not the generals would follow Trump’s orders depends at least somewhat on what those orders are.  It would be interesting to see what would happen if he did anything on the extreme ends.  If he said to close all the overseas bases and bring the troops home, would they actually do it?  On the other end of the spectrum, if he told them to invade China or something crazy would they do that?  Who knows, but I doubt he’ll order them to do anything that they would oppose enough to disobey, and I never predicted he would.

GDP will never stay above 3%. I would never predict that because it’s too easy for the government to manipulate the number.

Trump’s best friend locks up teenage girl for slapping someone

Trump’s (and really, all Americans’) master, Benjamin Netanyahu arrested and continues to jail a sixteen year old girl for slapping and pushing some Israeli soldiers who were trespassing on her family’s property.

Let’s give him another couple billion. He needs it to protect his poor, innocent, weak, government from evil little girls.

Good for Rand Paul

He’s trying to block some lawyer for the merchants-of-death from being appointed as Assistant Attorney General over privacy concerns.  Seems Trump’s nominee is anti-4th amendment and would be in a position to issue warrants to allow even more mass surveillance of innocent people.

This quote in favor of the nominee and mass spying in general really gets me:

“I think it should be a top priority, especially with all that’s occurring in the national security space right now, to have someone senior and approved by the Senate filling such an important role,” – Josh Geltzer, formerly a lawyer in the front office of the National Security Division

I’m so sick of this non-argument that “right now” at this very instant, the world is so dangerous that we have to be spied on twenty-four hours a day to protect us from the evil Emanuel Goldstein or Osama Bin Laden or ISIS or North Korea or Iran or Putin or whatever Cable News thinks I should be scared of.  You see in the past people managed to survive without mass surveillance, but that’s because everybody everywhere was super peaceful and there was never any turmoil anywhere in the world.  Not like today.

Trump doubles down on stupid Jerusalem decision

128 Nations are against moving the Capital of Israel to Jerusalem.  Now I don’t care who lives in Jerusalem or where the Israeli government decides to put its headquarters.  And I’m all for cutting off aid to the UN.

But of all the things to take a stand on, why is the location of the US Embassy in some tiny country in Asia worth upsetting the vast majority of the world’s governments?  Explain how this benefits average Americans?  Wasn’t that supposed to be the whole point of a Trump presidency?  America first?  He was supposed to stop putting the interests of globalists, neocons, international banksters, etc. before those of normal, everyday American citizens.  So why is he making his biggest foreign policy initiative a totally symbolic move designed to pander to Sheldon Adelson and Bill Kristol while angering the entire Muslim world and just about all of Europe?

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What happened to America First?

Explain to me how moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem benefits the average American citizen in any way. I can see how it could benefit war profiteers and a lot of American Israeli-Firsters might like it, but what is that, about 0.1% of the US population? So I’m not seeing much benefit, but I am seeing some serious downsides:

  1. The cost of moving the embassy.  How many hundreds of millions of taxpayer/inflationary dollars will it cost to move the perfectly good embassy that already exists in Tel Aviv?
  2. The cost of securing the new embassy in a much more dangerous place?  How many millions or billions in additional security will be flushed down the toilet so Trump can make our Israeli masters happy? Not to mention the increased risk to US diplomats if the security fails.
  3. Inflaming tensions all over the Middle East.  This has a number or potential repercussions:
    1. Makes our corrupt politicians hand over even more of our money to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. to subsidize their militaries that will be stressed trying to put down possible riots
    2. Americans (or any Westerners really) trying to do any business in Middle Eastern countries will now be even bigger targets for Muslim violence.
    3. Blowback. Possible terror attacks on the home front.  Not only does this kill or injure random Americans who probably don’t give a shit about Israel, it leads to possible new overseas wars and increased surveillance/reduction in liberties here at home.

Now the upsides for non-Neocons and non-merchants of death:

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I’ll have to get back to you if I think of anything.

So anyway Trump, thanks for cutting my taxes, but stop sucking up to Netanyahu and put America First.

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Trump’s Betrayal

He’s committing more troops to Afghanistan. He won’t define victory. He won’t set a timetable to end the war. It will almost certainly continue to the end of his presidency whether he’s forced out by Christmas or he makes it through 2020.  It’s disgraceful.

Prior to his running for president, I hated Donald Trump.  I thought he was a smug jerk who was popular among the type of people who watch reality TV shows.  And of course he was just that.  When he would occasionally make political speeches he would often espouse a superficial philosophy on government that I felt was completely at odds with libertarianism.

But when he called out the entire political establishment on their bullshit beginning in 2015, it was a true Emperor has no Clothes moment.  He was telling it like it was.  I certainly didn’t agree with everything he was saying.  How could I when he constantly contradicted himself?  But he wasn’t afraid to stand up to the Bushes and Clintons, and their allies in the media.

I voted for Donald Trump.  I did it for three main reasons:

  1. Foreign policy.  He called the Bush and Obama wars failures that were based on lies. He said we should stay out of Syria. He said we could be friends with Russia.
  2. He promised to reduce immigration.
  3. He stood up to the PC bullies who seek to silence and humiliate anyone who doesn’t publicly appease the angry and increasingly irrational Left.

He’s betrayed his supporters on Foreign Policy.  He bombed Syria based on lies and because his foolish daughter felt more murder and destruction was an appropriate response to alleged murder and destruction.  However, I still held out some hope when he later abandoned the Obama-Hillary strategy of funding the no-win insurgency there against the Russian backed dictator.

But now he’s re-escalating Afghanistan?  Is there anyone outside of Washington, D.C. who doesn’t work for a military contractor that actually thinks this war benefits the average American citizen in any way?  Does anyone still buy the “safe haven” bullshit at this point when the 9/11 hijackers were all Arabs, mainly Saudis, who trained right here in the United States and received funds from other Saudis?  Are people still scared of the “Taliban” which at this point is really just a name applied to the Pashtuns who are the largest tribe in Afghanistan and are not going to be “defeated” (whatever that means) by a few thousand additional troops?

When it comes to immigration, despite the hysterics emanating from the Left and their media allies, I’m not aware of anything he’s done to actually reduce it.  I’ve heard estimates that illegal immigration is down slightly, but I don’t know how anyone verifies that.  There was a plan released from the Trump administration that would potentially reduce immigration so I suppose the jury is still out on that one, but I’m not holding my breath.

As for standing up to the media and the PC police in general, I’ll give him some credit for not totally caving.  I still get a kick out of him bashing CNN or seeing some Democrat/”Centrist” Republican get the vapors because he refuses to ignore Left-wing violence and focus exclusively on a few powerless idiots wearing Nazi flags as the main threat to our freedom.

But even on this point, he’s allowed his true allies to be forced out of the White House after only a few months seemingly to placate the people that hate him and propagate lies that he’s a secret Nazi colluding with the evil Russians.  He now has himself surrounded by a bunch of ex-Generals and standard GOP henchmen.  As a result you see his idiotic flip-flop on the never ending Afghan Terror war.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they talk him into sounding more and more like Mitt Romney when it comes to condemning the evil “right wing,” i.e. anyone who doesn’t believe in the latest insane leftist orthodoxy surrounding  tansgenderism, white privilege, or the ability of certain statues to harm black people.

It truly is a sad day in the once free United States of America.