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  • The End of Trump Won't Be the End of Trumpism

    05/16/2018 7:18:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 15, 2018 | Emma Green
    A new book—tweeted out by the president himself—argues that America is in the midst of a populist realignment. For two years, the American media has been stuck in the movie Groundhog Day, replaying the 2016 election over and over in the hopes of extracting some new insight about an outcome it didn’t see coming. While some of this work comes from an earnest place—national reporters sense they got the story wrong, and now they’ve been to the heartland to see what they missed—in aggregate, they’re easily caricatured: the Trump voter as blue-collar Baby Boomer, out of a manufacturing job, a...
  • I watched an entire Flat Earth Convention for my research—here’s what I learned

    05/13/2018 3:38:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Ars Technica | May 6, 2018 | Harry T. Dyer
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/i-watched-an-entire-flat-earth-convention-for-my-research-heres-what-i-learned/
  • Hillary's Bitter Clinging

    03/15/2018 10:47:29 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/13/18 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    She articulated a central myth of the liberal elite: We are beautiful and successful because we’re morally superior. Bitter clingers. The 47 percent who are takers. You’d think after Barack Obama and Mitt Romney got burned for coining these appellations, ambitious pols would learn not to talk about the opposing party’s voters that way. Both those comments were said before private audiences and leaked out. But Hillary did them better by offering her diagnosis of the “basket of deplorables” at a public campaign event. And she refuses to learn even still.
  • “The Liberal World Order Is In Jeopardy”: Global Populism Rises To Highest Since WWII

    03/08/2018 10:23:35 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    Russophile.org ^ | 3-8-2018
    Earlier this week, one of the Obama administration’s top diplomats, Samantha Power, claimed that Russia was responsible for the stunning Italian election outcome, hinting that anyone who dares to point out or discuss the social and economic woes of Europe’s grand experiment – and certainly Europe’s “refugee problem”- is a Russian operative. In that case, Deutsche Bank must be the Frankfurt office of the KGB, because in an overnight note, the German lender reported something especially troubling for Europe’s future and viability: populism has risen to the highest level since World War II. Commenting on the recent Italian election, Deutsche...
  • Italy: Eurosceptic Populists Win, Mainstream Parties Lose

    03/05/2018 9:50:56 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03-05-2018 | Michael van der Galien
    Italy has been hit by a historic political earthquake. Sunday's election results speak for themselves: the two populist parties (the Five Star Movement and Lega Nord) have won, while the establishment-mainstream parties have been all but wiped out. The mostly leftist Five Star Movement (started by Beppe Grillo) took home more than 30 percent of the vote. Although progressive in most of its views, FSM is also eurosceptic, making its resounding victory a major problem for Brussels. The Five Star Movement's brother-of-another-mother, the right-wing Lega Nord (Northern League), also performed extremely well with around 17 percent of the vote, making...
  • Trump: 'Take the guns first, go through due process second'

    02/28/2018 2:10:16 PM PST · by RevelationDavid · 352 replies
    <p>President Trump on Wednesday voiced support for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates due process rights.</p> <p>“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida ... to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: When Normalcy Is Revolution

    02/02/2017 5:46:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    For all the hysteria over the bluntness of the mercurial Trump, his agenda marks a return to what used to be seen as fairly normal, as the U.S. goes from hard left back to the populist center. Trump promises not just to reverse almost immediately all of Obama's policies, but to do so in a pragmatic fashion that does not seem to be guided by any orthodox or consistently conservative ideology. Trade deals and jobs are Trump's obsessions -- mostly for the benefit of blue-collar America. He calls for full-bore gas and oil development, a common culture in lieu of...
  • Populists in power

    01/08/2018 4:36:49 PM PST · by bitt · 24 replies
    new criterion ^ | Jan 2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    On the election of Donald Trump and the first year of his presidency. “That’s how you got Trump!” This phrase seemed at first to be a playful quip, uttered here and there as the Left’s shock and horror over the election of President Donald J. Trump manifested itself in memorably bizarre ways such as grieving centers on university campuses where tender twenty-somethings and the tenured radicals who instruct them were invited to stroke “therapy dogs,” scribble in coloring books, stack Legos, and do their brave best to cope. At Cornell, they even staged a “cry-in,” with the Ivy League university’s...
  • Mini-Trumps are coming up all over Europe

    12/30/2017 3:34:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 29, 2017 | Francis Fukuyama/Jens Münchrath/ Anke Rezmer
    Populists and autocrats were victorious around the world in 2017. For answers we turned to the American political economist Francis Fukuyama, who once thought it was all over. It’s all too easy to throw around terms like “historic” or “radical break.” Such rhetoric often only serves to camouflage a lack of real analysis. But for once, the year 2017 genuinely felt like a historic moment, as the world began to change faster than it has in several decades. When Donald Trump bellowed “America First!” in his inauguration speech, it all started to seem real. Previously, many observers had convinced themselves...
  • A Senate of the States - The 17th Amendment

    12/21/2017 12:54:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 21st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In continuance of the Senate of the States series, the next three squibs leave the Federal Convention and visit the decades leading to the destructive 17th Amendment (17A). The 17A triggered a cascade of stunning downwind consequences, perhaps only second in effect to the immediate post-Civil War amendments. As opposed to the 13th – 15th Amendments which reset society, the 17A reset our republican governing form. Overnight, the 17A transformed the Framers’ exquisite compound democratic/federal structure into a democratic form deadly to republics.1 Why the 17th Amendment? What enormous forces convinced the people, states, and congress to trade a proven,...
  • Kevin Dowd Summarizes Populism: Trump Has 43.2M Twitter Followers; NYT Has 3.1M Subscribers

    11/26/2017 7:11:53 AM PST · by drewh · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Nov 2017 | by REBECCA MANSOUR
    In keeping with her annual holiday tradition, liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd let her Republican brother Kevin write her Thanksgiving Day column this week. Kevin Dowd has been delighting conservatives and outraging Dowd’s limousine liberal readership for years now. (Personal favorite: Kevin’s Christmas 2009 column when he told Sarah Palin: “Keep up the good work. Anyone who annoys Keith Olbermann that much is a friend to all of us.”) This year, Kevin found a pithy way to summarize why President Trump’s tweeting “can be an effective defense” – Trump, he writes, “has 43.2 million Twitter followers. The New...
  • Learn from Trump, Malaysian Minister tells ruling Barisan Nasional

    11/26/2017 5:56:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Today ^ | November 25, 2017 | Maylay Mail
    KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian tourism and culture minister Nazri Aziz has told ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) to take a page out of US president Donald Trump’s campaign strategy. In a report by The Star, Mr Nazri said Mr Trump had won because American voters wanted leaders who focus on bread and butter issues rather than national ones. “The local communities wanted to be noticed and they wanted the government to work for them. People are not interested in national issues. Instead, they want a government that works for them. “That’s why Trump won, because Americans are just fed up...
  • To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment

    11/17/2017 5:51:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    With less than a month to go before AlabamaÂ’s special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying...
  • Radical-in-Chief

    02/23/2015 8:08:47 AM PST · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 13, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    [I begin] with the story of a series of Socialist scholars conferences that Barack Obama attended when he lived in New York City between the years 1983 and 1985. And when I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. [T]hese Socialist...
  • What Happened? America's Political Axis Tilted. (Is Eugene Robinson retarded?)

    09/19/2017 11:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 19, 2017 | Eugene Robinson
    Leaders of both major parties are wrong to think of the 2016 election as some kind of fluke. I believe a political realignment is underway, and those who fail to discern its outlines could end up powerless and irrelevant. With all respect to Hillary Clinton, her newly published memoir, "What Happened," doesn't really tell what happened. It is perhaps inevitable that she would focus on the daily twists and turns of the campaign. It is understandable that she would blame James Comey, Vladimir Putin and the media for damaging her prospects -- and that she would downplay her own strategic...
  • Washington Post: Steve Bannon Waging War Against GOP Establishment

    09/16/2017 10:34:41 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 16 | Breitbart Staff
    The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent writes that former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon is “is planning to escalate his war with the GOP establishment, by promoting primary challengers who will run against GOP incumbents on a platform that is fully faithful” to the populist and economic nationalist issues that got President Trump elected in 2016.
  • Third Way study warns Democrats: Avoid far-left populism

    09/05/2017 5:19:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 5, 2017 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Center-left think tank Third Way on Tuesday urged the Democratic Party to rebrand itself as “the jobs party” in a report that warns of the risks of adopting the policies and rhetoric of the far left. Landing as the left wing of the party claims ascendancy, the report wades into some of the philosophical disagreements now dividing the party, which is further from power than it has been in decades. Based on extensive, three-day online focus groups with battleground-state voters, the publication aims to diagnose Democrats’ current problem. But it also knocks the kind of economic populism often pushed by...
  • Trump Exploits Gap Between Elite and Public Opinion

    08/19/2017 9:52:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 18, 2017 | Josh Kraushaar
    The president’s job approval has inched upwards since Charlottesville, and a surprisingly high number of voters agree with his provocative rhetoric. The reaction after President Trump’s tepid response to the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville was swift and severe. One broadcast network devoted its entire nightly newscast to Trump’s chaotic press conference on Tuesday. The next day, The Economist portrayed the president screaming into a bullhorn shaped as a Ku Klux Klan hood on its cover—with other news magazines following suit. Many Republican officials have denounced the president in the sharpest terms since his election. Business leaders resigned from the president’s...
  • Can Democrats Out-Populist Trump?

    07/24/2017 1:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | July 24, 2017 | Rob Garver
    There’s a strong argument among many Democrats that the party’s shocking 2016 electoral loss to Donald Trump and the Republican Party as a whole was at least in part due to a lazy messaging strategy that took the votes of the working class for granted. Now, 16 months from the next general election, the two top Democrats in Washington are promising that the party won’t make that mistake again. On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer penned op-eds in The Washington Post and The New York Times, respectively, laying the foundation for a more...
  • Learning to resist Trump’s America First

    07/14/2017 8:01:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 15, 2017 | Paul Kelly, Editor-At-Large
    As Donald Trump lives out his “America first” mantra riddled with a presidential character of unreliability and unpredictability, the existential question for other nations looms large: is Trump an aberration or harbinger of a permanently changed America? For Australia, there is no more important foreign policy issue. The test is whether our task is merely to survive the traumas Trump poses for the world and his alliance partners or whether the forces that created Trump are permanent and reflect the most decisive shift in US society, culture and outlook since World War II. The notion that after four years of...