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This Nation Is Beginning to Realize the Full Extent of What It Did to Itself in November 2016

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By Charles Pierce, Esquire

23 June 18


The country's head is clearing. The spell of the reality show presidency is wearing off.

Optimism may be illusory, but it’s all we have at this point, so, when it stirs, anywhere, it’s worthy of nurture and support. Over the past week, ever since the administration’s crimes against humanity along the southern border were revealed, there became an edge to the political opposition that has not been there through all the marches and the rhetoric that have attended this government since the president was inaugurated. Up until now, all of the #Resistance has contained a barely acknowledged undercurrent of futility. It was not that the opposition was empty. It was that it generally broke like a wave on a seawall when it collided with the immutable fact that the president’s party controlled every lever of political power at the federal level, as well as a great number of them out in the states, too.

The week just passed has changed the calculations. The images from the border, and the White House’s fatheaded trolling of the situation, seems to have shaken up everyone in Washington to the point at which alliances are more fluid than they have been since January of 2017. There seems little doubt that the Republicans in the House of Representatives are riven with ideological chaos, struck numb by the basic conundrum of modern conservatism: When your whole political identity is defined by the proposition that government is not the solution, but, rather, the problem, you don’t know how to operate it when fortune and gerrymandering hand you the wheel.

You can fake it pretty convincingly, doing the bidding of your donor class and knuckling the powerless and making a nice living for yourself, as long as events pursue a fairly predictable course for which there are familiar precedents in your experience. You can even see the setbacks coming from around the corner. Even your defeats are predictable and, thus, explainable—or, at least, spinnable. Can’t repeal Obamacare? RINOs like John McCain!

The problem arises when something unpredictable happens, and the government you control has to be fast on its feet, and you don’t know how that really works. A hurricane and a flood drowns New Orleans, and the luxury horse-show official you put in charge of the country’s emergency management system—because who cares, right?—finds that he’s really not up to the job. Or, suddenly, you find that, no matter how hot the emotions run at your rallies or how brightly your favorite TV network polishes your apple, or how hard you pitch the snake oil that got you elected, the country will not stand for being complicit in the kidnapping and caging of children. The pictures begin to pile up. The mirror in which the country prefers to see itself cracks into a million sharp shards that begin to cut your political life away.

You can feel the difference in the air. The members of the governing party, uneasy about the prospects for this year’s midterms anyway, are fairly trembling at the moment, seeing in their mind’s eyes a hundred 30-second spots of weeping toddlers behind chain-link walls. The president has gone completely incoherent, standing firm until he doesn’t, looking for help in the Congress that he’ll never get, and reversing himself so swiftly on his one signature issue that he’s probably screwed himself up to the ankles in the floor of the Oval Office. By Friday afternoon, he was back on the electric Twitter machine, yapping about the Democrats and “their phony stories of sadness and grief.” And a hundred Republican candidates dive back behind the couch.

The country’s head is clearing. The country’s vision is coming back into focus and it can see for the first time the length and breadth of the damage it has done to itself. The country is hearing the voices that the cacophony of fear and anger had drowned out for almost three years. The spell, such as it was, and in most places, may be wearing off at last. The hallucinatory effect of a reality-show presidency is dispersing like a foul, smoky mist over a muddy battlefield.

The migrant crisis is going to go down through history as one of the most destructive series of own-goals in the history of American politics. The establishment of the “zero-tolerance” policy made the child-nabbing inevitable. The president’s own rhetoric—indeed, the raison d’etre of his entire campaign—trapped him into at first defending the indefensible and then abandoning what was perhaps the only consistent policy idea he ever had—outside of enriching himself and his family, that is. Then the cameras began to roll, and the nation’s gorge began to rise, and the president couldn’t stand the pressure that was mounting around him. Of course, because he knows nothing about anything, including how to actually be president, he bungled even his own abject surrender. He’s spent the days since signing his executive order railing against what he felt compelled to do and arguing against himself and losing anyway.

That’s the optimism, and it may, in fact, be illusory, but the power balance in our politics seemed to shift this week. Terrible policies are still coming from the various agencies. Scott Pruitt remains a grifter of nearly inhuman proportions, and a vandal besides. Neil Gorsuch continues to prove himself to be the reliable conservative hack for whom the Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat. But the crisis at the border is a leg-hold trap for all of them. There’s no way for them to keep faith with themselves and get out from under the humanitarian disaster they concocted. One day, maybe, brave Guatemalan mothers and their very brave children may be said to have saved the American Republic from slow-motion and giddy suicide. Some even may be our fellow citizens by then, and we should remember to thank them.

https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/50799-focus-this-nation-is-beginning-to-realize-the-full-extent-of-what-it-did-to-itself-in-november-2016

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I wouldn't go running any victory laps just yet 'Tex' ... while people like you, I, and others one encounters on forums like this may retain acute and informed recollections of political events for months, years, decades even ... let's see what the controversy of the moment is six to eight weeks before the mid-terms.

A.D.D. Nation!   And people don't like to admit it to themselves they were wrong ... even in the face of incontrovertible facts.  That's just human nature.

Probably why Trump was finally convinced by some cold-eyed political strategists to try and put the whole immigration controversy on mute for the time being.   He'll likely start wagging the dog on something else this fall.  Or maybe not? ... ya just never know with Trump.  He can be quite the wild card when it comes to orthodoxy.  It's part of his stock in trade, in fact.

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Looks like Trump's economic policies are starting to take effect, and it ain't pretty. The stock market's ricocheting around now, Harley Davidson's about to have to stop being "American made" because Trump's trade-war bullshit would add a couple grand to their bikes... so, they're farming out overseas.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harley-davidson-to-move-some-manufacturing-overseas-blaming-tariffs/

Steel tariffs are hitting the factory that makes half the nails used in America really hard and they may be out of business by Labor Day.

https://www.semissourian.com/story/2532801.html

Soybeans are also tanking. https://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/david-nicklaus/from-nails-to-soybeans-missouri-is-feeling-the-effect-of/article_8b2bad00-63fa-5520-8dd8-d1bf7527a4e6.html And while all this is going on here, other countries are forming new trade partnerships and learning how to work around the U.S. That's going to be long-term damage.

I'd love to see an update of this - https://www.factcheck.org/2018/01/trumps-numbers/ - because that's from 6 months ago. Even though things were doing better then, employment growth had slowed by 12% from what it was under Obama, weekly wages rose hardly at all, around 3 million more people lost health insurance, the trade deficit got 11.5 % larger, 3 million more people got on food stamps, the federal debt rose 3% (and it's way more than that now, due to those tax cuts)... and all this before inflation and rising gas prices and interest rates going up.

I hope this guy's wrong, but, unfortunately, numbers are trending that way...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/paul-tudor-jones-warns-next-recession-will-really-frigtening-203418073.html

During the financial crisis, central banks had a lot of room to ease monetary policy and governments had more flexibility to push stimulative fiscal policy. Today, there’s less room and flexibility.

“The next recession is really frightening because we don’t have any stabilizers,” Jones said. “We’ll have monetary policy, which will exhaust really quickly, but we don’t have any fiscal stabilizers.”

A real economic stimulus would be wages going up... but so far there's little sign of that. It's not even keeping pace with the inflation rate.

I don't know if an economic walloping will be enough to shake people off the Trumpwagon, because they aren't on there for any sane, logical reasons in the first place. Honestly, Trump's policies seem to be concerned pretty much with "whatever triggers libtards" to the exclusion of all else. They're a cult and I'm not sure even real-world disaster will get people to leave a cult. They might be willing to lose their jobs just to "own the libs" or whatever idiocy motivates them. Spite's a helluva drug. We're turning into a 4chan society full of racist idiots who don't really understand what's going on, anyway... they're just miserable and want everyone else to be miserable, too, so they delight in this awful president's disasters. They don't care if they burn the house down, as long as the people they hate are locked in it with 'em.

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zsomething wrote:Looks like Trump's economic policies are starting to take effect, and it ain't pretty.   The stock market's ricocheting around now, Harley Davidson's about to have to stop being "American made" because Trump's trade-war bullshit would add a couple grand to their bikes... so, they're farming out overseas.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harley-davidson-to-move-some-manufacturing-overseas-blaming-tariffs/

Steel tariffs are hitting the factory that makes half the nails used in America really hard and they may be out of business by Labor Day.

https://www.semissourian.com/story/2532801.html

Soybeans are also tanking.   https://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/david-nicklaus/from-nails-to-soybeans-missouri-is-feeling-the-effect-of/article_8b2bad00-63fa-5520-8dd8-d1bf7527a4e6.html   And while all this is going on here, other countries are forming new trade partnerships and learning how to work around the U.S.  That's going to be long-term damage.

I'd love to see an update of this - https://www.factcheck.org/2018/01/trumps-numbers/ - because that's from 6 months ago.  Even though things were doing better then, employment growth had slowed by 12% from what it was under Obama, weekly wages rose hardly at all, around 3 million more people lost health insurance, the trade deficit got 11.5 % larger, 3 million more people got on food stamps, the federal debt rose 3% (and it's way more than that now, due to those tax cuts)... and all this before inflation and rising gas prices and interest rates going up.  

I hope this guy's wrong, but, unfortunately, numbers are trending that way...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/paul-tudor-jones-warns-next-recession-will-really-frigtening-203418073.html

During the financial crisis, central banks had a lot of room to ease monetary policy and governments had more flexibility to push stimulative fiscal policy. Today, there’s less room and flexibility.

“The next recession is really frightening because we don’t have any stabilizers,” Jones said. “We’ll have monetary policy, which will exhaust really quickly, but we don’t have any fiscal stabilizers.”

A real economic stimulus would be wages going up... but so far there's little sign of that.  It's not even keeping pace with the inflation rate.

I don't know if an economic walloping will be enough to shake people off the Trumpwagon, because they aren't on there for any sane, logical reasons in the first place.   Honestly, Trump's policies seem to be concerned pretty much with "whatever triggers libtards" to the exclusion of all else.  They're a cult and I'm not sure even real-world disaster will get people to leave a cult.  They might be willing to lose their jobs just to "own the libs" or whatever idiocy motivates them.  Spite's a helluva drug.  We're turning into a 4chan society full of racist idiots who don't really understand what's going on, anyway... they're just miserable and want everyone else to be miserable, too, so they delight in this awful president's disasters.  They don't care if they burn the house down, as long as the people they hate are locked in it with 'em.




The Dow is down 300 with less then 30 minutes to the closing bell.

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Telstar wrote:

The Dow is down 300 with less then 30 minutes to the closing bell.

That's a blip on the radar screen considering it still closed above 24,000.  That kind of fluctuation only matters to computer algorithms that trade in microseconds ... and the few dirty market timing live person day-traders that are left out there anymore.

I think the stock market is waaaay overinflated right now and personally I'm hoping for a huuuuge correction across the board in all of the equity sectors.  I'll do some buying when there's some real blood-in-the-streets, so to speak.

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