Why things are changing…and they’re never going back.

A great ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ shift is underway in societies and cultures around the world.  The status quo is being thrown out and citizens are becoming more welcoming of risk.  As Scott Adams says, risk is a bad when things are going well, but when things are going poorly risk seems to be the more attractive option.  People are finally open to changing the game and introducing some risk, but this pendulum swings both ways; it can swing toward liberty (digital privacy laws, tighter patent laws, removal of cronyism, lower taxes, more independent media outlets, less government control), or it can swing toward authoritarianism (regulated “free speech”, gun grabs, more “super delegates”, higher taxes, and more government control).  So this time in history is incredibly important for all of us, as it will shape the future of our communities, countries, and the world as a whole.

You may think things are going great in America, unemployment is at decade long lows, Obama has a great record on jobs added, and the market has been on the longest bull run in it’s history.  However, this all a question of framing, for example, the average worker is bringing home less money, a lot less when you adjust for inflation.  The number of people IN the workforce is currently at an all time low 62.5%, this is down 3.9% from highs in 2007.  Essentially, we have the same number of people working now (~200 million) that we had in 2007, despite the population growing by 20 million in the same time period.  Real house hold income has also been in decline since 1999.  Most kids than ever are living with their parents even after university education.

Our country is saddled with an insurmountable pile of debt that we have no intention, and likely, no plan of ever paying back.  We don’t produce enough to satisfy our own domestic demand, so we import and now have a large trade deficit.  We get the money to import by selling off our assets.  Most notable of which is several Uranium mines.  In a deal pushed along by the Hillary state department, a Canadian company with mining rights to US Uranium deposits was sold to Russia, giving them an unprecedented control over 20% of the US’s Uranium production capacity. (Read More).

From the Article:

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

The nation is full of corruption, cronyism, life-time politicians that do nothing but look our for their own interests while they carefully gauge how much we’ll let them take from us.  Hillary’s corruption is nothing different from most mainstream politicians that “serve” us today.  We desperately need term limits and an end to cronyism.  Working in government ought to not be a career, but service instead to the voters.  Corruption and wrong doing needs to be held accountable, by and INDEPENDENT Attorney General, not one APPOINTED by the executive branch.

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To make a long story short the government itself has failed us.  Politicians are only human and thus they are susceptible to the usual things like greed, glutton, and the thirst for power, that comes along with the human condition.  This was always the case, but in recent years it has become too much for the public to bear.  They’ve taken too much from us, and the mosquito that they are has sucked us dry to the point we have become a weaker, sicker nation.

Through much of the 1900’s the US was an ascending nation.  The US recapitalized the world post WW2 and our industry and manufacturing was the most productive and successful in the world.  That changed and we’ve gone from being an ascending nation to a descending nation.  Where was your phone made, your TV, your washing machines and dryers?  Likely not America.  And if they are an American company there is a good chance 90% of the components are not (ie. Apple phones) or they were nearly fully assembled in Mexico and shipped to the US for final assembly in order to slap that “Made in America” sticker on it.

The Chinese produce amazing phones and micro-electronics and have a near monopoly on chip production because of the scale and volume they can produce at with rock bottom prices.  The South Koreans make some of the most advanced durable goods like refrigerators, and TV’s.  Meanwhile, my mother bought a Whirlpool (American) refrigerator and it was leaking on day 1.  Our manufacturing capability is crumbling and instead of building higher tech and more efficient and advanced factories, we’ve caved to union demands and forced companies to keep workers that don’t perform, and lack the skills needed to compete in the global economy.

But it’s not just economics and government corruption that is causing this change in the psyche of citizens in America and around the world.  The loss of faith in the media is one of the chief reasons for this tidal wave action that will bring sweeping changes to the globe.  Historically the media could control the narrative and write the story to make the public believe anything.  The media likely thinks of themselves as Kingmakers and proudly declare that whoever spends the most on on advertising wins the election (guess who sells advertising airtime).  But that no longer holds true.  In the GOP primary Trump won, with a smaller staff, a smaller budget, and fewer ads than any modern candidate AND he got the most votes of any candidate ever.  The media is losing control and their ability to drive public opinion.  How did this happen?

The internet and free exchange of ideas is largely to blame.  This is why you see authoritarian moves coming from social media companies.  Twitter banning hate speech, un-verifying gay conservatives that break the mold the left crafted for them, delisting and deleting trending conservative hashtags.  Then on Facebook it is more of the same, posts critical of migrants and mass migration policies are deleted, nationalist posts are deleted under EU “hate speech” laws.  Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg was caught on a hot mic talking with the German leader about their plans to censor the site.  Reddit, a popular forum site, has suddenly changed their sorting algorithm after a pro-Trump group quickly became dominate on the site following the Orlando shooting.  This change ensures that it will not rise to the top organically as it once did, and instead anti-Trump boards are being pushed to the top and being designated “board of the day”.

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Then we have the mainstream media (MSM) lying to us.  I first noticed this trust between the public and the media breaking down around 2008-2009 with the occupy protests being given no coverage and very misleading coverage.  This is a violation of our public airwaves, the mainstream TV broadcasters have an obligation when using public airwaves to serve the “public interest, convenience and necessity,” as expressed in both the 1927 and 1934 Communications Acts.

Anyway, media continues to lie to us, but you can only fool someone for so long.  You can tell them everything is okay, it’s just fine, don’t worry, but eventually people will look out the window and see things aren’t fine.  It comes as no surprise that trust in the media peeked in 1999, along with our economic conditions, and has been declining ever since.  Here is a chart of public trust in the media as you can see it’s been in decline for awhile now.  Most notably is a 10% drop in 2004 when we were slowly finding our that Iraq was not as easy as we were told it would be.

The real question is can government’s current strategy work?  Is it possible to shut down the free exchange of ideas and censor things you don’t want people to hear?  Is it possible for the media to paint a narrative of Trump as a racist when there is no data or first hand accounts to support such an accusation?   How long can the public be lied to and misled?  Surely not forever.  And that is what WILL cause this tidal wave of change for our societies.  Had the media and government let ideas come and go freely and for the society to change slowly overtime, for politicians to be held accountable for their corruption and lies we might not be here.  But they keep building the levee higher and higher, and as Zepplin said, “If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break”.  Unfortunately this storm is just beginning and there is no end of rain in sight.

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The rise of Trump and Sander and their amazing success despite collusion within their parties to hamstring their campaigns, despite the news media openly attacking Trump, and completely ignoring Sanders (even when he had packed stadiums of 30,000+), demonstrate how fed up the American public is.  The rise of outsider candidates, and non-politicians is on the rise, and this trend is here to stay.  The Philippines just elected “The Punisher” who openly called for citizens to shoot any drug dealers they saw in an effort to clean the place up.  The “far-right” and nationalist parties of Europe have been in growing for the past year or two with a massive surge after the migration crisis.  EU skeptic parties and groups that want to leave the EU are growing, with the Netherlands now wanting to adopt a similar EU exit vote that the British will be having later this month.

The rise of these outsiders and more extreme ideas is simply the product of failed policy, policy that could not be criticized and corrected because the media does not allow it.  There is no discussion of trade deficits and secret trade deals on Fox News, no discussion of immigration on MSNBC, no criticism of two decades of failed Middle East interventionism on CNN.  If we don’t talk about topics honestly then we can’t solve problems with legitimate solutions.  Instead you get things like the assault weapon ban that restricted weapons with flash suppressors, or guns with a certain grip, or guns with bayonet attachments.  You get laws that don’t actually do anything but make people feel good.

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum”

― Noam Chomsky

So we instead fall into the media and the two parties system trap of debating things like does a fetus become a person on the 31st day after conception or the 32nd day after conception, or what bathroom should a transgender person should use.

But that is changing, because of this wave of anti-establishment and anti-media that Trump is riding on.  We are now having discussions about immigration, debt, foreign intervention, and visa admittance.  These topics would have fallen on deaf ears in 2008.  In the 2008 debates Dennis Kucinich was given a question about UFO’s, Obama was asked Apple Juice or Orange Juice, and a snowman was asking questions at one GOP debate.  Things have changed and the public is now being exposed to serious ideas and serious policy, which means they are now developing opinions on that policy and discussing it with each other.

This hasn’t yet reached the scale it needs to be though, this is still the beginning.  I think most people still regard the news with some level of trust, but that trust will fade if the media continue down this path.  These are simply the seeds of change.  You can see it in the video below when a young 15 year old black man (Trump supporter) is arguing with an older black man (wearing a black lives matter shirt) and the young man argues with reason and logic.  The only thing the older man can do is get loud, emotional, and personal.  These are the seeds of change, the youth distrust the media by a 20% greater margin than their parents.  Hopefully people are getting skeptical and seeking out facts on their own, but I think what is more likely, and more dangerous is that youth are simply turning to social media which can be just as controlled as mainstream media.



The Brexit (UK’s vote to leave the EU) is on June 23rd.  Polls have been sliding for the Remain in EU team and showed them with a 4 point deficit in a recent one I saw (meaning more favor exit).  So what would any person wanting to leave do?  Kill a politician?  Well this has supposedly happened.  I think this is all a bullshit scam to keep the UK in the EU and generate sympathy for the Remain campaign.

The story is fishy and has the attacker screaming “Britain first” (a Trumpism) before attacking.  The MP he killed was a women who was pro-immigration, pro-EU and I’m sure the media will be filled with remembrances of her policies and how great pro-immigration is for the UK.  Basically more propaganda.  It’s a shame she is dead, but I doubt this guy did it alone, unassisted.  The murderer has nothing to gain here, the Remain camp has A LOT to gain.  Most things I read from UK people that want to leave seem to hint that they think the vote is rigged.  No matter what the UK won’t be allowed to leave.  The EU has a history of anti-democratic moves like this including…  Delaying the vote, suspending the vote.  Re-doing the vote to get the correct result.  Not letting politicians take office even though they are rightly elected.  They even assassinated an anti-immigration presidential candidate in the Netherlands when it became clear he was going to win back in early 2002.  His name was Pim Fortuyn and he died 9 days before the election, and the assassin justified his killing saying, [he murdered Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as “scapegoats” and targeting “the weak members of society”] Now look at me with a straight face and tell me the DNC and the media are not working together to give some whack job the motivation/justification to assassinate Trump by declaring him the next Hitler.  You would kill Hitler if you could right?  Fortuyn’s assassin was released form jail in May 2014.  Anyway…the EU is anti-democratic and the UK must leave for it’s own good.

Not only is the American psyche changing, but the world; politically, economically, and diplomatically is changing too.  The EU is pushing forward plans to make an EU army.  NATO has troops stationed at bases in a ring around Russia, why?  Russia was our ally in WW2, we should be on good terms with Russia.  They don’t like Islamist extremists either.  But the Russian refusal to join the globalist and forfeit their sovereignty has the “West” feeling threatened.  You may have heard about the Russian invasion of Ukraine a few years back, and the annexation of Crimea, and “Russian aggression”.  What you didn’t heard on the news was that, Crimea is Russian ethnically and in language.  That Crimean citizens VOTED to join Russia with a margin like 88%.  That the Ukraine government is full of corruption and is mostly a Western puppet.  That state department officials said in a leaked phone call “Fuck the EU.” during this fiasco.

Now we have this “Russian leak” of the DNC servers that the DNC claims Russia hacked into.  This is propaganda.  The hacker group released the leak and strangely it was only attack ads on Trump, that’s all they found in the DNC servers apparently was attack ads and a small donor list.  This was obviously put out by the DNC, even Trump agrees.  There is nothing incriminating of the DNC in the leak, just really weak attack ads on Trump, for example, that he grew up in a white neighborhood or that his ex-wife said he has a 9 inch pecker.  This serves not only to attack Trump but to sour Russian relations in the eyes of the public.  Russia denies hacking the DNC.  Luckily for NATO they recently decided to include cyber threats as part of their conditions that could trigger Article 5, which is the clause that an attack on one is an attack on all.  Basically, all out war.  I’m sure that won’t happen until the EU gets it’s army together, so we got time (a year or two).  Enjoy the peace while we have it.

Meanwhile starting June 6th we are carrying out the largest war game ever since the Cold War a 31,000 troop operation in Poland (on Russia’s border).  I guess it’s always good to be prepared.  You wouldn’t want your troops getting rusty since the last war game was 3 months ago in March in Norway where we had 15,000 NATO troops and nuclear bombers in participation.  NATO said that the exercise in March had nothing to do with Russia…so don’t worry Putin.  Needless to say, Russia feels threatened by this.  I couldn’t imagine why.  Remember when Russia put missiles in Cuba…we were really calm about that.  Remember?

I found out about it from this fantastic Interview of Stephen Cohen (NYU Professor on Russian Affairs) it has his thoughts and reaction from inside Russia.  Would never hear about this on mainstream American news, ever.

Finally, in East Asia the Chinese are reclaiming more land, taking more islands and have extended, in their opinion, Chinese territory all the way down to the Philippines, 800 miles from mainland China. Less than 100 miles from the Philippines.  The Chinese are putting missiles and planes on these islands.  The US and other nations don’t like this, but who can honestly challenge Chinese economic production, capacity, without going to war?  No one, so they will continue to expand until someone stops them.  China also has a staggering gender imbalance with millions more young men than women.  That is a demographic problem that doesn’t solve itself, and angry young men that can’t get a wife usually aren’t very peaceful about things.  They are trying to stem this by importing women from South East Asia, but that’s just a band-aid.  I’m guessing China will either have a domestic revolution, unlikely, or the party will steer the men to attacking a perceived foreign threat.  Things simply do no look stable when I look forward the next few years.

Trump Wins the Nomination

I’ve talked before how his victory in the general is not necessarily a good thing.  Difficult times are on the horizon and it would be a shame to have blame placed on anyone outside of the established political class that ran the country into the dirt over the past few decades.

But he won the nomination so far for the most part, and I’d like to see how he does as president.  But no everybody in the GOP is willing to back him.  Lindsay Graham and Paul Ryan have come out and said they will not support him yet, as if they are trying to bargain their support for some personal favors.  The great thing is that Trump fired back that he doesn’t want their support, they’ve done such a brilliant job of screwing things up that Trump doesn’t want to be associated with them and their failure.  Paul Ryan’s omnibus bill that surprised even the Democrats when they were able to pass their 1.1 trillion spending bill.

He completely betrayed all values of small government when passing the bill, not to mention key Republican issues.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/16/paul-ryan-betrays-america-1-1-trillion-2000-plus-page-omnibus-bill-funds-fundamental-transformation-america/

Trump has called for local voters in their districts to dump both Graham and Ryan.  Talk was in the air a few months ago of Trump considering funding Ryan’s primary opponent. This attention Graham and Ryan are receiving is giving a big spot light to their contenders.  There is a growing chance they could be thrown out of office.  The man running against Ryan is a guy who worked his way up from maintenance working to a big time business man.  He’s got tattoos, rides a motorcycle and seems like a real human being.

Martin Armstrong has predicted that this election isn’t about just Trump, it’s about a wave of Trumps.  From Europe’s growing right wing nationalist parties, to the Texas GOP election where a wildcard squeaked out a win, to established incumbents like Ryan and Graham being seriously challenged in their PRIMARY.  The GOP establishment had this to say about the subject of the Texas GOP election:

“We will explore every single option that exists, whether it be persuading him to resign, trying to force him to resign, constraining his power, removing his ability to spend money or resisting any attempt for him to access data or our social media account,” Mackowiak told the Tribune. “I’m treating this as a coup and as a hostile takeover.”

They don’t get it.  The people are fed up and we are going to have hundreds of these Trump-like outsiders coming into politics, it can’t be stopped.

U.S. Congress Passed Bill to Draft Women

“I actually think if we want equality in this country, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated against, we should be willing to support a universal conscription.”  Said a Congress Representative.

The problem with this quote is it implies we do not have equality.  Then in the next breathe it says men and women should be treated precisely the same, which suggests we are precisely the same.  In a neo-liberal world view where we are all special and unique snowflakes with terms like, cisgender, non-binary gender, gender queer, transsexual, all of which demand different treatment and different pro-nouns from he/she; how can we in the same breathe demand perfectly equal treatment for man and women?

We should settle somethings as we move forward into a world where a transsexual athlete can compete in the Olympics in whatever gender they identify as, regardless of operations or not.  They tried this in MMA and the man-to-female transsexual has completely destroyed every female opponent she has faced.  Is this fair?  Are we prepared to watch women’s world records get shattered?

Men and women are different.  Things like bone structure, bone density, muscle mass, percent bodyfat, and numerous other differences are undeniable.  There is a lot of scientific evidence that women are better at understanding emotion, care-taking, and communication.  While men excel at spatial tasks, and reasoning.  Sure you can’t paint everyone the same because of this, but it does show we have differences across our genders.  Maybe the solution is not to ignore these differences, but to celebrate them.

Man has been breed over thousands of years to fight, to protect, and to kill.  I’m not saying women can’t do this, I’m simply saying they shouldn’t be forced to take up a role they are not adapted to, if they don’t volunteer for it.

I oppose the draft on a basis of freedom anyway.  If you have a moral country that protects it’s people, you will never have problems finding men that are willing to fight and die to protect it.  Vietnam was not a defensive war, thus a draft was needed, and what did we get from it, nothing.  The globalists would love more soldiers to fight their wars, so I only see this bill as them stealing a bit more liberty from the people.

 

The Downside of a Trump Nomination

While there are numerous difficulties to contemplate of a Trump presidency, the one that sticks with me is that the establishment that created this mess are essentially wiping their hands clean just before the shit hits the fan.  The people who set up social security and kept the Ponzi scheme running without reform for decades, would be out of office in 2017 when Social Security starts taking in less money than it pays out.  The establishment that practiced policies of open borders via lack of enforcement and funding, sanctuary cities, and cheap easy foreign labor visas may not even be in office when normal citizens finally wake up.

We deserve Hillary, we really do.  Her face should go down in the textbooks as the ones that sold out their citizens for their own benefit.  Even with an anti-establishment candidate in the White House, there is little that can be done.  There is so much political inertia at play in politics I worry trouble can not be avoided no matter the results of 2016 or even 2018.

GOP’s Plan to Strike Down Democracy

Newly compiled data after the New York Republican primary shows that among the states that have voted so far in 2016, GOP primary and caucus turnout is up well more than 8 million votes and well more than 60 percent over 2012’s process.

The GOP Establishment builds an alliance to take down Trump.  Cruz and Kaisch are partnering to prevent him from getting the need 1237 votes.  Their plan is for Cruz to campaign in Indiana and tell Kaisch voters to vote for Cruz.  Then Kaisch goes off to Oregon and New Mexico to campaign in an attempt to snipe a few delegates there.  This plan relies on Cruz securing Indiana which is a winner take all state, and a state Trump is currently leading in polls.  With Indiana, Trump pretty much locks things up.  He’s got a massive lead in California and several other states, Indiana is still on the fence.

Trump’s response to the alliance…

“It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination.

Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him. Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so. Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago.”

This idea that the GOP can suspend democracy is in fact government committing suicide.  You see the same on the DNC, every DNC election has “voter irregularities”, things like Bernie winning counties with paper ballots, Hillary winning ones with computer ballots.  Bernie supporting districts being redirected to other polling locations, people unable to find voting times in those districts, and recently in New Mexico, reports of 3-4 hour waits to vote in districts that polled well for Sanders.

The curtain is being pulled back and people are noticing that the DNC and GOP are not government entities, they are not bound by laws, except the ones that make and remove at will.  Like the GOP’s rule last year that prevents people from appearing on the GOP convention ballot without winning 8 states (to stop Ron Paul).  That rule no longer applies, because if it did only Trump would be eligible for nomination.  The DNC and GOP are nothing more than privates clubs that make up their own rules on who we are allowed to vote for.  There is no democracy in the primary process, and when people en mass realize it, they are going to be pissed.

So despite Trump leading every GOP poll since about 9 months ago to present, despite him having the most delegates, despite him having the most votes, despite him bringing more people to the GOP party, they still will try to screw him and rob the American people of their right to choose.  In an interview Tom Ridge, former Bush cabinet member said, “that’s the way the game has always been played.”  So it’s just a game to the establishment, we little peons should shut up and accept that fact.

This election is now between Hillary and Trump.  Should the GOP try to harm itself and deny Trump and the people who voted for him, then they have doomed themselves and installed Hillary to the White House.  This is no doubt what they want to do, it’s just a matter of how they can do it legally, and how they can minimize blow back if they do it.

Meanwhile Twitter’s been caught applying a soft ban to hide a Trump post.  A black man on Fox Business delivered a fatal blow of common sense on the Tubman $20 issue, the exchange is copied below.

Mason Weaver: What good does it do me as a black man? How does it benefit me as a black man to have a black woman on the $20 bill? What has it done for me to have a black man in the White House? What does it do for me? I am here to compete in America not to be predicated with symbols… I support Donald Trump because I want to build a wall.

Trish Regan: A lot of people say he won’t help your community. What to you say?

Mason Weaver: What community? I don’t have, live on a plantation. What Donald Trump will do for taxpayers will help white taxpayers and black taxplayers. He will help black workers and white workers. I want Trump because what he’s going to do for America.

Scott Adams on Trump

Seems to be right again.

According to a Fox poll, Trump leads nationally with Republican “men, women, every age group, every income group, and among those with a college degree and those without.”

So, if somehow the GOP nominates a candidate other than Trump, the only Republicans who will be angry about it are …“men, women, every age group, every income group, and among those with a college degree and those without.” 

Shenanigans might happen at the convention. But unless something big changes, the GOP will either become the Trump party or the newest resident of history’s dust bin, living under a Clinton presidency. The GOP is down to two options.

The $20 Bill

Rumor has it Andrew Jackson is going to be removed form the bill in favor of a women.  Equal representation and everything.  I guess it’s no surprise they picked a populist president who fought the banks, the political machine, and exercised the will of the people; for the guillotine.

Nothing is wrong with equal representation, but I feel Jackson has done a lot more for the country than whoever they try to replace him with.  Take Hamilton off, or even Grant on the $50.  Schools teach more about General Grant torching the South than they do president Grant.  Jackson should remain a model president, and I worry removing him from common currency will relegate him to obscurity just like the other faceless presidents we’ve had.

Trump Op Ed on GOP Race

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The whole article is worth the read.  (at least read the first few paragraphs) It touches on the corruption of the GOP, and by association, the DNC.  How they have managed to disenfranchise voters, commit fraud, and rewrite rules.  The Colorado Primary was canceled and replaced with a GOP convention that decides where all the delegates go.  Unsurprisingly, they selected Cruz to receive 100% of the delegates, despite Trumps led in every poll from the state.  What recourse do the people have?  Well if they get enough delegates on the GOP rule making committee they can challenge the Colorado delegates, this is unlikely to happen since voters do not select these people.  Thus, since the GOP and DNC are private entities they are not bound by laws, or the interests and will of the people.

The same thing that happened in Colorado happened in Wyoming.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/let-me-ask-america-a-question-1460675882

Bernie and Trump are the only candidates promising any real change this election cycle.  Hillary and Cruz are promising more of the same.  It’s no wonder the news cycle, media, and others are aligning all their guns against these two.  I’ve never seen such a concerted and 360 degree attack on candidates in my life.

I predict this is the last time the established political class and blatantly play the role of “King Maker” and decided who our president will be.  The popular will and wave of populism serve as a check to uninhibited rule by a political class that see themselves as above the rest.  We saw this with Andrew Jackson, and we saw it with Reagan.  By throwing a wrench in the gears the process can not correct itself and is doomed to catastrophic failure.  This will come off as “end of the worldly”, but this is the end of democracy.

In the US it is the subversion of the electoral process, in the EU the unelected ECB, EU Commission among other unelected officials pass laws without anyone to check their power.  Meanwhile, the same officials hide their taxable income in Panama for the past decade to avoid taxes.  They think they are above the law and only see us as worker bees.

This is the end of democracy in the West, and likely the world.  The power is shifting to Asia and they have proven central planning can work.  Martin Armstrong predicts a similar rise in Communist countries.

“Ironically, those in former communist regions are in better shape because they are far more self-sufficient than those in the West who still believe in government. From that perspective alone, those populations are not dependent upon government, which replaced the family structure in the West. What children today save to take care of their parents? That’s government’s job.”

All the American’s of today expect government to take care of them.  Pay for medical, college, give them a job, and send them a check every 2 weeks after 67.  Worse yet is the state/federal employees drawing from pension funds that simply won’t have funds in 10 years without heavy borrowing.  See Illinois.  We have a sustainability problem no one wants to talk about.

I think all empires rise and fall, and the American empire as much as I love her, her principles, her people, and her founders; is absolutely on it’s way down.  Did you read the linked article at the top?

 

On Divisiveness

The country is in very divided right now, possibly more than ever before.  While I never considered why that might be, let’s take a look at the role gerrymandering has played.  When we move voting districts around to group people of similar race, income level, and way of thinking we lose the ability to see the other point of view and compromise.  Gerrymandering has made it easier to get elected because you only have to appeal to one group of people, and whoever can appeal the most, with the strongest views will often win.  This leads to a rise of extremism as both parties move to their outer edges.  As it continues both camps lose the ability to see the other side, and more importantly, the necessity to compromise with the other side to win an election.

This has caused a number of problems, notably when the new wave of Tea Party supported congress people that went to Washington with the goal of doing nothing at all.  This brought the sequester (a very poorly targeted brute force budget reduction), and brought the government shutdown, which lead to a credit down grade on US debt, which cost us money.

I think we are witnessing the other side perform a similar maneuver right now.  The left which can’t understand the rise of Donald Trump and rally against everything about him without understanding his appeal, his policy suggestions, his history, or his stances on issues.  They’ve gone completely nuts and are organizing to shutdown discussion, debate, and his rallies.  The most recent chant of Trump protesters is simple, “Shut it down!”  These people don’t care about free speech, or the people that waited in line for 4 hours to see a private event.  They simply want to silence a wave of ideas they don’t agree with, and they seek to do so without reason or debate.

When protesters are interviewed and asked “Why did you come here today?”  Their answers are “I don’t want to talk about it.”, “I don’t want to say my reasons.”, “Trump is Hitler/a Nazi.”  These are not the answers of someone who employs reason, it is an emotional appeal.

The Arizona protesters of the Trump rally were truly desperate.  Liberals parked their cars in the highway thinking they could stop people from attending the Trump rally, so police started to tow them.  Then they chained themselves to the cars to make towing more difficult, one person in a Jeep chose to drive very slowly though the protesters, they protesters jumped up on his car.  Most people looking to attend the rally parked their cars on the highway and walked to the rally.  One of those people was a disabled Army vet with a cane who walked 3 miles to see Trump speak.

So like in 2013 when the extremist Republicans thought they could shut down the government, here in 2016 the extremist Democrats think they can shut down free speech and ideas.  They failed in 2013 and in 2016 they will fail too, but our divisiveness has grown to the point that it is seriously going to be a danger to the country and its future well-being.  We need to examine gerrymandering and bring back the necessity to compromise.