“Far right”: the left’s term for people with normal values and common sense

Found in the US on Powerline, but from our own ABC. Steve Hayward finds it funny, and cannot detect the anti-Trump vitriolic hatreds that lie behind it. In some ways it demonstrates that for those of us who line up behind the Trump agenda, his idiosyncracies don’t affect us even in the slightest. We are outcome-oriented. It is the combination of his values and his ability to achieve ends we support that explain why nothing that the ABC and its dreary stupidity are able to overcome. But the ABC and its mates everywhere on the left never give up since there is no doubt that something like a quarter of the population remain wedded to policies that only do them harm because of the political fashion statements put out by the media.

A few months ago North Korea was developing nuclear weapons and a delivery system that could blow up a million people on a single venture into some nihilist political program. Now such a possibility is the remotest likelihood. What has changed? And who caused that change to happen? And odder than perhaps anything, Trump offered this communist tyrant a vision of a peaceful, prosperous, capitalist North Korea as the longer-term future for his nation. I don’t expect the media to get it. Their politically-driven mental derangement is almost certainly beyond cure, so they will simply have to stew in their bile. Meantime, videos such as the one produced by the ABC, may help a few of our citizens to cross into the far right, which is the left’s term for people with normal values and common sense.

AND NOW ON INSTAPUNDIT: The ABC should recognise that it really has what it takes to become a worldwide success by switching over to the right. The video has now shown up on Instapundit and who knows where else it might find its way. Occasionally we get a return on our billion, and this is one of those occasions.

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68 Responses to “Far right”: the left’s term for people with normal values and common sense

  1. Marcus

    And odder than perhaps anything, Trump offered this communist tyrant a vision of a peaceful, prosperous, capitalist North Korea as the longer-term future for his nation.

    The question is, what is Kim Jong-Un’s priority? His own position, or the longer-term future of his nation?

    Something that seems to be common among tyrants the world over is that what’s good for their country or the common people is low down on their list of priorities.

  2. C.L.

    “Far right”: the left’s term for people with normal values and common sense

    Yep.

  3. PK

    Is there a link to connect this to the ABC?

  4. md

    The news from Trump’s America keeps getting better and better:

    NEW YORK (AP) – Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.

    http://www.kitv.com/story/38407357/charitable-giving-in-us-tops-400-billion-for-first-time

  5. Confused Old Misfit

    PK
    #2736342, posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:38 pm
    Is there a link to connect this to the ABC?

    How about that little logo down in the lower right hand corner?

  6. Why is the ordinary now called alt-right? Don Aitkin says about the Ramsay Western Civilization project, “to teach about this is divisive? To celebrate it is wrong? Heaven help us.” Idiots roool the rooost, rid the realm of their ratbaggery.

  7. hzhousewife

    What are “populists”- far-right, alt-right or off the scale right?
    Asking for a friend.

  8. Empire 5:5

    The question is, what is Kim Jong-Un’s priority? His own position, or the longer-term future of his nation?

    Everyone in North Korea wants a decent hamburger.

    South Korea imports kimchi from China.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/17/asia-pacific/south-koreas-kimchi-deficit-hits-record-high/

    Yet people are openly pushing the narrative that the nuclear deterrent is justified because muh security – for Kim.

    It’s embarrassing.

    Does Kim want to be a vassal state puppet ruler of an impoverished hermit kingdom, or does he want to be a kimchi baron, hanging out at Sky Garden and diggin’ K-pop?

    Kim has been offered freedom, immortality and decent hamburgers for his people. It’s an offer he can’t refuse.

  9. Fat Tony

    Marcus
    #2736327, posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    And odder than perhaps anything, Trump offered this communist tyrant a vision of a peaceful, prosperous, capitalist North Korea as the longer-term future for his nation.

    The question is, what is Kim Jong-Un’s priority? His own position, or the longer-term future of his nation?

    There’s always the possibility that Kim Jong-Un is just a figurehead, a puppet.
    I would imagine there is a group of generals actually in charge, and Kim does what he is told.
    Just a thought.

  10. Boambee John

    hzhousewife

    “populists” are people who support something the left fascists abhor. If they support something the left fascists favour, that is the immutable “will of the people”.

    Clear now?

  11. Boambee John

    Fat Tony

    There’s always the possibility that Kim Jong-Un is just a figurehead, a puppet.
    I would imagine there is a group of generals actually in charge, and Kim does what he is told.

    Kim has had some generals shot recently for such crimes as falling asleep during one of his speeches, or not clapping for long enough.

    Eliminating the hard liners?

  12. BorisG

    Does Kim want to be a vassal state puppet ruler of an impoverished hermit kingdom, or does he want to be a kimchi baron, hanging out at Sky Garden and diggin’ K-pop?

    The answer is here: https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/06/north-korea-under-kim-jong-un-reforms-without-openness/

  13. Up The Workers!

    That which isn’t “Right”, is Wrong.

    A.L.P.B.C. – the $1.1 Billion per annum sheltered workshop home of Australian Wrongology.

  14. BorisG

    but this was Off topic. As for the main topic, Steve presents a : Trump supporters vs the left. But this is a false dichotomy. Many Trump critics come from the right, and some are clearly to the right of Trump. Examples are GW Bush or Daniel Pipes, among many many others.

    If you say that these people are leftists, you are a self-certified crank.

    As for populists, they can be from the left or right. Say Syrisa party in Greece, Five star movement in Italy or PODEMOS in Spain.

  15. Leo G

    What are “populists”- far-right, alt-right or off the scale right?

    Any Kerry O’Brien rated “good ABC journalist” could tell you that “populists” are alt-far-off-the-scale right.

  16. Empire 5:5

    If you say that these people are leftists, you are a self-certified crank.

    Call them what you will, you are one of them.

  17. Jannie

    Marx himself would be classified as “Far Right” under the current regime.

    They own the language and the discourse, and move the boundaries. A “racist” was once a sort of supremacist who exploited other races. Then a “racist” became a white man who disagrees with a black man. Now a “racist” is simply any white man.

    We are not opponents any more, we are the enemy. The completion of ideas is becoming a by any means available.

  18. NB

    I am glad taxpayer funds were used to produce this. I await the Life of Barack.

  19. Oh come on

    I doubt the ABC did that – it was actually pretty funny.

  20. Oh come on

    Trump is a character ripe for mocking* – he himself knows this better than most. However, the ABC types hate him far too much to send him up effectively.

    * it’s not a partisan thing – Obama is also incredibly mockable as the supremely self-important yet impotent windbag he is, but the comedy establishment dare not go there, to their everlasting shame

  21. Iampeter

    Now such a possibility is the remotest likelihood. What has changed?

    They wrecked their testing facility obviously. All of this will resume once they’ve built a new one.

  22. Iampeter

    Meantime, videos such as the one produced by the ABC, may help a few of our citizens to cross into the far right

    I don’t think you know what you mean by far right as you are certainly not on alternative side to that of the ABC.
    Progressives call conservatives “far right” just like communists called nazi’s right wing. But you’re all still leftists. To be right wing is to stand for individual rights, rights protecting government and capitalism. Neither Trump nor conservatives, who are religious/traditionalist and now nationalist collectivists, are even remotely right wing. Most posters on this blog explicitly oppose actual right wing ideas to the extent they even understand them.

    No, the issue facing the world today is just different gangs of leftists in a race to the bottom.

  23. BorisG

    Peter I understand where your point of view is coming from but it is not helpful. You see, you defined the term right wing to describe your own views, and naturally everyone else because left wing.

    Yet I think this is very little to do with the original definitions of right and left, or the dictionary definitions.

  24. BorisG

    Peter, we can argue till chickens come to roost about the meaning of the terms left and right, but the real issues are not about the best terminology but as to what are best policies and organization of society.

  25. BorisG

    For instance, you argue that anti immigration policies are left wing, while most people call it right wing. However the essential issue is not whether it is left or right but whether it is right or wrong.

  26. Billie

    Is left right a pendulum like characteristic?

    Will it swing back the other way, of course, people get bored and want change .. like in 2007

  27. Baldrick

    When you look at the political spectrum from the far Left, the natural position of TheirABC, anybody not believing in socialism is far right.

  28. MichelLasouris

    I fail to understand WHY the NORKS want nuclear weapons. It’s not as though they can ever use them. Just consider what would happen if they launched a live ballistic nuke. Even if it successfully avoided anti missile defences, within seconds Pyongyang at least would be glazed, and probably a majority of Northern Korea. The target of their initial attack would be un approachable for years, so to nuke South Korea would utterly negate any sane plan they might hold. Perhaps we should just leave them with their nuclear stockpile and simple cut off supply of all imports…or just ignore them! So they’ve got nukes….so what?

  29. Bad Samaritan

    Same questions for those making home made explosives or storing 100,000 barrels of petrol in the back shed, or even driving their cars at 200+kph on quiet country roads. Could be the same question for every suicide bomber, or non-suicide bomber.

    All those may soon be dead. In most cases others may also be dead, but the perps will be gone. Meanwhile most of the rest of us will go on…..

    Not sure what you’re getting at with this “the victims and perps of violence /potential violence will be dead or injured, so all’s good” line. Is it the same view for property and financial crime; for sexual crime, for shonky building practices and all other such stuff too?

    Seriously. I am interested in how the mad left sees it. Please elaborate.

    BTW; My favourite is to remove road signs advising that the bridge ahead is closed for repair…and all sorts of cool stuff like that (used to be vandalizing emergency phones, but mobiles have kinda ruined that for me). Ya dig that too dude?

  30. struth

    The difference is that Iampeter’s libertarian immigration wank enables the left.
    His is not right wing.
    It’s pure fantasy.
    A belief in a flawed theory, that doesn’t take all factors into consideration.
    A kumbaya – hippy take on right wing theory without the understanding it needs to be defended.
    This helps the left.
    Regards this article.
    You can only see the far right from a position on the far left.

  31. Gilas

    I’m with OCO,

    The ABC is incapable of wit and humour, let alone such brilliant video editing.
    This video was produced elsewhere (USA) and shown on the ABC, hence the logo.

  32. Diogenes

    The ABC is incapable of wit and humour, let alone such brilliant video editing.

    There are apps that let one do this easily – google ‘deepfake’ (caution results may be NSFW as the most common purpose seems to be to graft celebrity faces onto porn actors & actresses)

  33. Mother Lode

    If Hillary had become President (makes you shudder, huh?) I would not have been surprised if her response to North belligerence was to fly off to Pyongyang (dipping into Airforce One’s reserve tanks after she had drained the bar), and followed up on her diplomatic coup with the Russians by posing with Kim, offering him a little red button to press.

    Written at the top in Korean it would have ‘Launch’.

  34. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    I think I would say of their AlpBC, “deary communist stupidity.”

  35. egg_

    Gilas
    #2736606, posted on June 14, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Read the link, Huw Parkinson from the ABC regularly produces parodies of our politicians – on your dime.
    /Comprehension fail

  36. Tom

    In Australia, the ABC is the perfect embodiment of the left’s tactics against Western civilisation: a bully pulpit pumping out propaganda for the leftist cause and against anything that stands in its way, flanked by the social media thought police and the state thought crime institutions, overrun long ago by social justice zombies, enforcing group rights the left invented in the 1970s that undermine common law rights.

    Then along came Trump, who, apart from his action plan to reboot the economy, reassert America’s global strategic leadership and shut down illegal immigration to the US, is rolling out the template for breaking the left’s blockade of our politics. It starts by simply ignoring the noise and using Twitter to bypass legacy media to talk directly to voters.

    Trump has demonstrated that the left is 90% piss and wind. Its power derives from its control of the media and entertainment industries. Trump’s tweeting allows upwards of 50 million people – most of them Americans – to hear what he has to say unedited. As a student of the TV medium, he knows he has to be an entertainer so his tweets entertain as well as inform.

    Trump is showing how easily – in any jurisdiction – the left’s ransacking of institutions can be reversed, the Environmental Protection Agency being a banner example (although Trump’s man in the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is behaving like a swamp rat and may still do himself out of a job).

    Now imagine the landscape if, in addition to 80% of the private US news media relentlessly attacking the US president 24 hours a day you had a green-left government media institution joining the pile-on, totally protected from any market discipline our accountability, that’s EIGHT TIMES the size of the New York Times budget-wise.

    That is the market distortion that is allowed in Australia. The ABC is so big it has the resources to launch a campaign of harassment to effectively neuter any political enemy who attempted to damage or shrink its golden egg.

    Apart from a couple of appearances a year before Senate Estimates, management is virtually unaccountable for its actions. And 95% of complaints against the ABC are deep-sixed in the circular filing cabinet of its complaints department, which has been meticulously crafted by bureaucrats over 40 years to repel scrutiny.

    Every story by its “news” department is marinated in the green-left view of the world, which is a constant struggle against capitalism and free thought.

    But the ABC continues to run rampant because there is not a single politician who will challenge it. Australian politics doesn’t produce courageous leaders, just followers riding the gravy train du jour.

  37. Mother Lode

    It used to be, only a few years ago, that parties on the left let the ABC run rampant because they were on the same side while people in the party on the right were scared of being caught in the $1 billion behemoth’s cross-hairs.

    The only change since then is most in the party on the ‘right’ also now agree with the ABC.

  38. Mother Lode

    Whoops. Wrong thread.

  39. Zatara

    “Next question”

    Love it, and he probably got a kick out of it as well.

    Trump being Trump has actually made negatively lampooning him very difficult to carry off successfully.

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That is the market distortion that is allowed in Australia. The ABC is so big it has the resources to launch a campaign of harassment to effectively neuter any political enemy who attempted to damage or shrink its golden egg.

    Trump could do it. See Zatara’s comment that negative lampooning doesn’t work on people who define themselves out of the usual fold and mold. Barnaby had a bit of that. Perhaps we need to get more tactical about the ABC and lampoon them out of their snobbish and juvenile Marxism. Funny is powerful.

    I’m with OCO that this was an amusing video to watch, well done and actually funny. In spite of its desire to attack and lampoon Trump there’s a level of grudging admiration in there somewhere. Trump takes the hero role as anti-hero, and secretly we are invited to discover our ‘worst’ ABC selves and to cheer him on in spite of Judy Dench’s prune-faced words.

    O Brave New ABC that has such people in it.

    Time to start thinking about white anting the ABC from within. Not all of its employees can enjoy the totalitarian straightjacketing to which the organization reduces them. Let’s encourage breakout.

  41. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey Steve, why not run Zatara’s link to Trumpheart on your post too?

    So enjoyable.

  42. egg_

    That is the market distortion that is allowed in Australia. The ABC is so big it has the resources to launch a campaign of harassment to effectively neuter any political enemy who attempted to damage or shrink its golden egg.

    Huw Parkinson’s efforts for Insiders, which likely detract from his key role on our dime, are also shown on The Drum, ABC Breakfast News, etc. and are especially used to parody Right wing politicians – should there be a change of Government, I expectly his works will switch to the Right wing Opposition.

  43. areff

    Tom, you write: “Trump has demonstrated that the left is 90% piss and wind. Its power derives from its control of the media and entertainment industries. ”

    All true, but missing the key ingredient: institutionalised access to the public purse. As theatre critic Michael Connor writes regularly in Quadrant, vast sums of arts money go to a small group of hooked-in people who produce plays at enormous cost no one goes to see.

    Pull tight the purse strings and the media/arts left vanishes like a fart on a windy day. One day a politician will recognise as much and take the logical, appropriate step.

  44. Iampeter

    For instance, you argue that anti immigration policies are left wing, while most people call it right wing. However the essential issue is not whether it is left or right but whether it is right or wrong.

    I think whether something is right wing or left wing is the same as whether its right or wrong.
    It doesn’t really matter what most people call it because most people don’t understand politics and those who are even “professionals” in the area don’t have a solid grasp of the basics either. Like economics and physics, politics is a dead science today.
    The definition I give isn’t my definition, its the proper definition if you think about.
    Politics is the science of people living together. When people live together they have two fundamental ways of dealing with each other and that is through free association or force. So politics at its most basic is freedom vs force or individualism vs collectivism or right wing vs left wing.
    Those of us who are on the individualist/right wing side of the divide, support rights protecting government, which means the courts, police, armed forces and nothing else. Only right violations (like murder or theft) are illegal in such a society. Such a government would no more regulate who you marry, where you travel or how you run your private affairs as long as you haven’t violated anyone’s rights. This is the proper right wing.
    Those who think the state can regulate marriage, immigration, trade, etc, aside from pushing pretty much verbatim the policies of the left from earlier in the 20th century and so have no business calling themselves right wing anyway, are literally left wing by definition because they want the state to do things other than protect rights.

    This stuff is not semantics, it is entry-level politics and needs to be understood for any serious discussion of the subject.

    If you don’t understand basic arithmetic you have no business in a maths discussion and just like if you don’t understand the difference between right wing and left wing you’d have no business in a political discussion.

  45. mh

    Iampeter cannot handle the winning.

  46. mh

    Liberty Quote
    It’s laughable to watch the liberals who want the President to fail. They would rather have thermo-nuclear war than give Donald Trump a victory. It really is extraordinary.

    — Roger Stone

  47. JohnA

    Iampeter #2736746, posted on June 14, 2018, at 10:58 am

    Politics is the science of people living together. When people live together they have two fundamental ways of dealing with each other and that is through free association or force. So politics at its most basic is freedom vs force or individualism vs collectivism or right wing vs left wing.

    You had it right with the first two examples but lost it with the third.

    Right- and Left-wing epithets are stupidly wasteful and highly distracting these days. Using wikipedia for speed only, here is the origin of the terms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left%E2%80%93right_political_spectrum

    It is clearly far better to use the actual totalitarian-anarchy spectrum directly.

  48. Iampeter

    JohnA, yea I know left vs right has lost all meaning which is why I try to tie it to individualism vs collectivism.

    Impotant note: its NOT totalitarian vs anarchy. Anarchy is a transitional stage towards totalitarianism it is not an alternative. The alternative to totalitarianism is rights-protecting government NOT anarchy.

  49. manalive

    Mashup videos are increasingly popular online. When the mashup creators remix two or more videos or music from various sources e.g. TV, film, music etc., they may not be aware of the copyright of the original source. Without the permission of copyright owner, mashup video artists may violate the copyright law and charged by criminal copyright infringement … (Wiki).

    The ABC’s lawyers of course would have sought and received permission from the Bond copyright owners and paid any fee demanded to ‘mashup’ their property.

  50. Stimpson J. Cat

    Duterte Nationalism is the Future.
    Free Guns for Everyone so long as you shoot only criminals!!!

  51. Empire 5:5

    Iampeter
    #2736516, posted on June 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    ——-

    They wrecked their testing facility obviously. All of this will resume once they’ve built a new one.

    Empire 5:5
    #2735745, posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Empire 5:5
    #2735369, posted on June 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm


    Am I sure that NK will resume their nuclear testing and belligerance? Yes, I’m sure and I’ll definately take that bet.

    How will they fund it?

    Crickets.

    Let’s get the betting started then, shall we?

    One large says you’re wrong.

    Are we on? $1,000 to charity of choice says Kim won’t conduct a nuclear test while DJT is POTUS.

  52. BorisG

    Trump is showing how easily – in any jurisdiction – the left’s ransacking of institutions can be reversed, the Environmental Protection Agency being a banner example (although Trump’s man in the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is behaving like a swamp rat and may still do himself out of a job).

    Actually Trump has shown how HARD it is. http://theconversation.com/trumps-deregulatory-record-doesnt-include-much-actual-deregulation-96161

  53. Empire 5:5

    Reformatted for clarity.

    Iampeter
    #2736516, posted on June 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    ——-

    They wrecked their testing facility obviously. All of this will resume once they’ve built a new one.

    How will they fund it?

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/06/12/the-korean-bottom-line/comment-page-2/#comment-2735745

    Are we on? $1,000 to charity of choice says Kim won’t conduct a nuclear test while DJT is POTUS.

  54. Empire 5:5

    BorisG
    #2737111, posted on June 14, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Actually Trump has shown how HARD it is. http://theconversation.com/trumps-deregulatory-record-doesnt-include-much-actual-deregulation-96161

    Boris sources an opinion piece from the loony left theconversation, an echo chamber for those in the business of promoting statism and with a verifiable interest in imposing unwarranted regulatory costs on the economy. It promotes an approved narrative: big government is good government. The token right of centre participants don’t change the approved narrative. It’s manufactured dissent.

    The commentary Boris links

    Making announcements about a desire to repeal regulations is easy. President Trump did so in December (although his claim that 22 regulations had been repealed for every new regulation was vastly exaggerated). Actually repealing significant regulations is much harder, as the administration is finding out.

    The vastly exaggerated hyperbole is sourced from here.

    The Regulatory Review is a publication of Penn Program on Regulation. This institution provides alleged academic credibility to the US regulation industry, for an industry it has become. You can find out more by contacting this bloke: Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania where he is also director of the Penn Program on Regulation.

    Here’s an alternative viewpoint from another academic. This guy shills for the manufacturing lobby. It’s hardly complimentary of Trump, but note the narrative is different.

    http://www.industryweek.com/economy/deregulation-under-president-trump-behind-numbers

    Does Boris shill for the regulation industry, or is he just too dumb to filter emotive propaganda from his perception?

  55. BorisG

    Empire, the publication I referred to is clearly in favour of deregulation and clearly regrets that Trump was not very successful in it. you probably cannot read.

  56. BorisG

    The analysis you refer to does not contradict what I googled (actually the link was provided by a trumpist on Cat). However I am concerned that counting regulations by numbers does not tell the story. Some regulations are dumb, others useful, many are neutral or trivial. We need a substantive analysis.

    but all studies I have seen suggest that Trump does try to deregulate but this process is not easy at all because many of these are subject to court proceedings.

  57. Empire 5:5

    We need a substantive analysis.

    That’s statist code for “let’s spend big for an academic endorsed hit piece on less intrusive government”.

    The economic indicators will speak for themselves. Individual’s perceptions of opportunity and real income will be expressed at the ballot box come November. The trends are currently positive.

    If Trump’s GOP wins control of Congress, the elimination of significant regulations with more substantive economic impact, will follow.

  58. BorisG

    The economic indicators will speak for themselves

    I wish this were true. But there are two problems with this. One. Unfortunately deregulation is only one factor in economic indicators among many, and many things are not related to federal policy at all. Two, it takes years for the indicators to show the effect.

    I will be more interested to read about a few headline deregulations (sucessses and failures) and what difference they make. It does not need to be academic research but it is no harm if it is, because these departments already exist anyway, let them do something useful.

  59. BorisG

    If Trump’s GOP wins control of Congress, the elimination of significant regulations with more substantive economic impact, will follow.

    GOP already controls both houses of Congress.

  60. jupes

    Just about sack the coach time down at Footscray.

    What do you reckon areff?

  61. Empire 5:5

    BorisG
    #2737220, posted on June 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    If Trump’s GOP wins control of Congress, the elimination of significant regulations with more substantive economic impact, will follow.

    GOP already controls both houses of Congress.

    Read carefully.

    The President’s legislative agenda is being obstructed by RINOs. McCain sank the Obamacare fix. The current congress is full of GOP traitors.

    GOP has high number of congress critters retiring. MAGA candidates are winning primaries. The DNC are running stale bread corruptocrats.

    All the cronies have left is a complicit media apparatus publishing lies.

    Some people still believe the hype, but a lot of Americans have changed their minds.

  62. BorisG

    Are we on? $1,000 to charity of choice says Kim won’t conduct a nuclear test while DJT is POTUS.

    I won’t bet on this as I don’t know. But happy to bet a similar amount that Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Denuclearisation won’t take place while DJT is POTUS.

    and by the way I will still be happy to be wrong.

  63. BorisG

    McCain sank the Obamacare fix.

    I talked to American health care professionals who told me that Obamacare is bad, but the proposed fix was even worse.

    I do not remember the time when POTIS’s party controlled both houses of Congress. But ok you may be right on elections. Let’s see how it turns out.

  64. Bad Samaritan

    For all those who claim not to get Trump…here it is succinctly put in American Thinker……

    “It is hard for Europeans to believe that America is willing to depart from the script of the last 70 years.

    That script was basically that the United States would maintain international order at its own cost and allow its markets to be open to allies without the expectation that their markets would be equally open to American exports.

    Europe (and others) flourished under such treatment. Their defense expenditures were at bargain basement prices and the door to the massive U.S. market was open wide. America benefited, too, as such a strategy was needed to contain and ultimately defeat the USSR. But the Cold War ended 30 years ago. What was good for the U.S. then is a millstone around America’s neck now.”

    All the leftist buffoons still expecting the US to play nanny to bludger nations unwilling to grow up…well that’s why you are known as nanny-staters isn’t it? Waaaaaaaaah!

  65. Jimf

    The times will (and are) suit Donald Trump. He’s the symbolic antidote to a western world with virtue fatigue. People are simply sick of lectures from elites and groaning tax expenditures that reduce their standard of living.Its easy to position govt interference and tax taking in a prism of hand outs to “others “. In many respects it’s true too. This “fatigue” phenomenon,combined with the global rise of the cult of celebrity mean Don has a pretty clear run for a 2nd term. The fact he can harness this resentment with showbiz is a winner.
    His success at cut through and appeal to disenchantment is evident by the proportionate screaming and kicking of the establishment on the other side. The people who control these institutions can’t believe their cosy model has been punctured. Congress, the EU , NATO, The GOP, G7, the FBI etc are aghast at this guy , but it’s a runaway train. They’re fucked.

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