My Thanks to Donald Trump

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As 2018 continues to usher in yet a boatload of shocks and surprises, I would like to share my opinion openly with all of you. A great con man sits in the White House, but not all is as it appears. I am someone who believes, without a doubt, that the cure for America’s ills comes from the left wing (when I say that, I mean the real left wing, not the neoliberal Democrats). This being the case, I feel the need to share why I think Donald Trump is not the President we deserve, but rather the President we need right now.

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News – March 3, 2018

Florida Plays a Lot of Games With Systems Designed To Appear One Way and Function Another Way; Keep Your Eyes On What They Do
Associated Press – Florida lawmakers debate school-safety bill in rare session
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A Pitfall Sanders-Aligned Candidates Must Avoid
ABC News – As Steve Bannon’s star fades, so does that of some candidates he backed
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Voting Rights In Court in Kansas
Associated Press – Kansas voting rights trial has national implications
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Sanders Highlights Federal Failure and Hypocrisy on Puerto Rico
The Intercept – Bernie Sanders on Puerto Rico Neglect: “Do You Think This Would Be Happening in Westchester County?”
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Sanders Finally Stands Up on Yemen, But Where is the Normally Outspoken Rand Paul?
Al Jazeera – US senators in bid to end support for Saudi in Yemen war
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An Eye For An Eye
New York Times – Escalating Trade Fight, Threatens Higher Taxes on European Cars
Reuters – China says it does not want a trade war with U.S
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Reuters Journalists Still Detained
Reuters – DETAINED IN MYANMAR – The latest updates on two Reuters journalists in government custody
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East Coast Gets Hammered, Ugly Hangover Ensues
CBS News – Bomb cyclone nor’easter pummels East Coast with strong winds, rain
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Tit For Tat: De-Nuke For Talks
Reuters – At joke-filled dinner, Trump suggests U.S. will meet with North Korea
Reuters – Iranian official calls on West to scrap nuclear arms before any missile talks
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Big Bot; Why Not?
CNBC – This 13-foot robot cost over $100 million to develop and looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie
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Media Can’t Help Itself, Continues Publishing Fake News
The Atlantic – Are Mexico’s Elections Russia’s Next Target?
New York Times – Will Russia Meddle In Italy’s Election? It May Not Have To
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Putin Reveals New Foreign and Domestic Policies Prior to March 18th Election
Washington Post – Putin claims Russia is developing nuclear arms capable of avoiding missile defenses
New York Times – Putin Boasts of New Weapons, Vows to Boost Living Standards
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Media, Demonstrating A Complete Ignorance of Chinese Totalitarian Governance, Calls Xi’s Elevation a “Power Grab”
CNN – Trump on China’s Xi consolidating power: ‘Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day’
Chicago Tribune – China sets stage for Xi’s historic power grab to rule indefinitely
Forbes – What Xi Jinping As President With No Term Limits Means For China’s Economy
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News – February 12, 2018

Olympics! That Is All.
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India Embarrasses Us. Good Thing We Don’t Pay Attention to International News.
New York Times – India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care
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Republicans Are So Fiscally Responsible
U.S. News – After Just a Year, Trump’s Balanced Budget Promises Ring Hollow
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2 Trillion, Minimum, Required. Promised $1.5 Trillion. Delivers $200 Billion. Pretty Typical.
Reuters – Trump unveils infrastructure plan; uphill battle awaits in Congress
U.S. News – Trump’s Infrastructure Con
White House – Building a Stronger America: President Donald J. Trump’s American Infrastructure Initiative
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Bombs Are More Important Than Food. Have You Ever Tried To Kill A Man With A Box of Raspberries?
Washington Post – Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
Washington Post – White House budget proposal includes huge deficits, cuts in safety net
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Gary Cohn Chips in His Two Cents
White House – Building a Stronger America
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Burying the Lead: NSA Codes Secret Messages Into Tweets
New York Times – U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russians Peddling Trump Secrets
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Can’t Tell If Sessions Is Trolling (Sly Reference to Common Law) or Just Racist
CNN – Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office
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They’re Just Imitating The Folks in D.C.
BBC – Baltimore police guilty of robbing citizens
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Considering That the Original Charges Have Been Dismissed and the UN Has Called For His Release…
Reuters – Judge to rule on Assange’s bid to escape legal action in Britain
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Drama in South Africa
Washington Post – South Africa’s ANC prepares to push out President Zuma after marathon meeting
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Trump’s Brinkmanship Seems to Have Brought the Koreas Together, Somewhat
BBC – Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation
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Trump and Putin Talk About Positive Things. Hopefully This Brings An End To The Syrian Squabbling.
Fox News – Trump, Putin talk Palestinian peace efforts, North Korea’s nukes
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Dictators or Kings?

Reuters – North Korea Revealed: The thinking behind Kim Jong Un’s “madness”

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PERSPECTIVE OF POWER: The administrative and military elites, pictured here at a Pyongyang parade, vie for influence. Kim Jong Il intensified the rivalry between them to protect his son. REUTERS/Damir Sagoljaption

I figured the best way to start off a controversial journey was with a controversial topic! What better than North Korea, as Kim Jong Un tees up yet another MRBM/IRBM?

We, in the west, righteously label people like the Kims dictators. I believe there is a more fitting title: Kings. Machiavelli called them new Princes and old Princes; he delved deeply into the unique challenges posed to each as they came to power. Today, our day-to-day discourse fails to make these connections. Yet, Kings they are and, invasions notwithstanding, Kings they will remain.

Looking crazy is a carefully calculated strategy for someone in KJU’s position. There was no ongoing transition of power from his Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un, as there had been from Kim Il Sung to Kim Jong Il (a 10 year transition, in fact). Educated secretly in Switzerland, KJU returned home to a heaping pile of responsibility and danger. His dad died quickly, his people did not know him, and his cabinet and family were all greedily eyeing his position. Had he been a gentle ruler, he’d already be dead and one of his relatives, generals, or an western imperial puppet would be in charge. I am in no way excusing what he’s done to his people. I am simply saying that his actions make perfect sense every step of the way. He was a weak ruler attempting to consolidate power among a den of snakes. To accomplish this, he acted strong. He brutally and publicly killed those who conspired against him. He won the favor of his people through propaganda and by show of strength.

Much like the old adage about new inmates in prison attempting to make themselves safe by picking a fight with the biggest, toughest, meanest guy in the yard, Kim has endlessly rattled his saber at the American empire. The show is just as much for his own people as it is for us.

He appears rabid and senseless to us because we are using the wrong metrics to evaluate his actions. He is intelligent and ruthless, he covets his birthright, and he fears death. All of this is clear. The future between our two nations rests on our ability to see him for what he is rather than what we have been told he is.

– SoO