Gorsuch Asserts His Independence: ‘No Such Thing as a Republican Judge’

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MAR 21 2017, 9:34 AM ET

Gorsuch Asserts His Independence: ‘No Such Thing as a Republican Judge’

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Neil Gorsuch insisted that he would not shy from ruling against President Donald Trump and assured lawmakers during the second day of his confirmation hearings Tuesday that he made no commitments to the president when he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

“I have no problem ruling against a person or any party,” Gorsuch told Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, calling the question of his independence a “softball.”

  • Gorsuch said he would have “no problem” ruling against President Trump or anyone else.
  • The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he would have “walked out” if Trump asked him to vote against Roe v. Wade.
  • He called it “grossly improper” to speculate about how he would rule in case about travel ban.

“There is no such thing as a Republican judge, or Democratic judge. We just have judges in this country,” he added.

Gorsuch has used the start to his high-profile confirmation battle to present himself as a consensus building, independent jurist with views well within the mainstream. He repeatedly told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he made no promises to the Trump administration about future rulings, even saying he would have “walked out the door” if Trump asked him to commit to voting against Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion.

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But Democrats prodding him about his opinions on both established Supreme Court precedent and the legality of Trump’s most controversial acts thus far as president, including Trump’s travel bans, received few clues.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge called it “irresponsible” to tip his hand on potential future rulings.

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“It would be grossly improper of a judge to do that and a violation of the separation of powers and judicial independence if someone sitting at this table, in order to get confirmed, had to make promises or commitments about how they’d rule in a case that’s currently pending and likely to make its way to the Supreme Court,” Gorsuch said after Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., examined him about Trump’s controversial travel restrictions.

Trump’s revised executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority nations, issued after his first travel order was described as a “Muslim ban” by critics and met with significant legal challenges, was blocked from going into effect by a federal judge last week.

Gorsuch called Roe v. Wade “precedent” that has been “reaffirmed many times” and declined to say whether he agreed with a host of other precedent-setting rulings on issues like gun rights and the power of the executive branch.

“If I indicate my agreement or disagreement with the past precedent of the United States Supreme Court, I’m doing two things that worry me sitting here: The first thing I’m doing is signaling to future litigants that I can’t be a fair judge in their case. Because those issues keep coming up,” Gorsuch told Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the highest ranking Democrat on the committee.

Democrats and liberal groups have attacked Gorsuch for his ties to big business, centering on his skepticism of the so-called Chevron Doctrine that allows federal agencies to make rules to clarify areas where the law is ambiguous. His opposition to Chevron could curtail federal agencies ability to tackle issues like climate change and workers’ rights.

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Feinstein asked the nominee for assurances “that you will be for the little man” and stand up to corporate interests.

“If you want cases where I ruled for the little guy as well as the big guy, there are plenty of those, Senator,” he told Feinstein, who asked for examples to be sent to her office.

Democrats also used the hearing to voice their frustrations over Republican efforts to block Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to fill the court vacancy left after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016.

“Do you think [Garland] was treated fairly by this committee, yes or no?” Leahy asked Gorsuch.

“I can’t get involved in politics, and there is judicial canons that prevent me from doing that,” Gorsuch said.

Scalia’s death — and Republicans’ subsequent refusal to allow President Barack Obama to fill the seat, made the Supreme Court one of the top issues in the 2016 race. Trump won 56 percent of voters who said the nominee was important, according to national exit polls.

Outside groups are pushing Democrats to unite in opposition to Trump’s pick, though most have said they will wait for the hearings to conclude before deciding how they’ll vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has painted Gorsuch as an ideological extremist and said he will make his views “very strongly known to them” once the public hearings conclude.

Outside groups have also been working to promote Gorsuch’s confirmation with millions of dollars in undisclosed donations. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked if it was “any cause of concern” for him that a reported $10 million ad campaign was launched to support his nomination.

“There is a lot about the confirmation process today that I regret,” Gorsuch said, including the strain it has put on his family.

“The fact of the matter is, that it is what it is, and it’s this body that makes the laws. And if you wish to have more disclosure, pass a law and a judge will enforce it,” he added.

Even a united front would unlikely be enough for Democrats to stop Gorsuch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not ruled out invoking the so-called “nuclear option,” a parliamentary maneuver that would eliminate the 60-vote threshold required to advance a nominee, and intends to approve the nominee before the Senate breaks for Easter recess.

Clinton’s loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism

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Neoliberalism’s epic fail: The reaction to Hillary Clinton’s loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism

Faced with a Donald Trump presidency, the privileged elite vowed to flee the utter Democratic collapse they caused

Neoliberalism's epic fail: The reaction to Hillary Clinton's loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism(Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

By the time last week’s presidential election was finally called for Donald Trump during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the initial disbelief felt by the millions of Americans who had been assured of a Clinton victory by the media had turned into shock and panic — if not yet full-blown despair. As pollsters collectively changed their predictions and news pundits started to resemble confused and dejected children, the fight-or-flight response kicked in for countless viewers. Hearts pounded, stomachs turned and some of the more privileged liberals started seriously considering whether to flee the country in the face of a national nightmare that had just become a reality (privileged, because the average American doesn’t have the resources to just pack up and run at will).

The surreal night concluded with Canada’s immigration website crashing from too much traffic, as if every alt-right Twitter troll’s fantasy had come true.

Although the instinct to flee from a Trump presidency is understandable, it reveals a great deal about the impotence of modern liberalism and its monumental failure to stop an unhinged and thoroughly unqualified demagogue like Trump.

Elite liberals who vowed to leave America if Trump was elected, which includes a slew of celebrities, are those who would be most insulated from the impact of a Trump presidency — unlike working people and seniors who stand to lose their healthcare, children of immigrants who may soon see their families torn apart, or poor people of color who could face heightened persecution under the already racist criminal justice system. Sadly, fleeing is not an option for the most vulnerable Americans. Their only option is to keep fighting; yet the first impulse that many of their professed allies felt was to do the exact opposite: to escape.

Of course, most of the “limousine liberals” who promised to leave America before the election didn’t actually believe that Trump could win. It was an impossibility. Not in their wildest dreams could the racist, sexist, misogynistic and xenophobic buffoon defeat the most qualified and deserving presidential candidate in history — no less the first women candidate. He had denigrated women, scapegoated minorities and immigrants, offended veterans and mocked the disabled. Not only that, but it was her turn! “It was supposed to be her job. She worked her whole life for the job. It’s her job,” wrote Clinton surrogate Lena Dunham (who had said she would move to Canada if Trump won) in a recent article recounting her grief-stricken reaction to the election, in which she admitted she “never truly believed” that Trump could win.

Besides all this, Clinton had received all the coveted endorsements — the editorial pages of every major newspaper, the biggest celebrities, the neoconservative intellectuals, the former presidents and statespersons. The Washington establishment was clearly with her. And then there was the Democratic Party’s supposed secret weapon: demographics. How could a candidate running on white-identity politics possibly win in an increasingly diverse country that had elected Barack Obama just four years before?

These liberals were borderline delusional — a delusion evinced by Chuck Schumer, the establishment senator from New York who was hoping to become majority leader, but has had to settle for minority leadership. “We’re going to have a Democratic generation. [President Obama] helped create it. But it’s just where America’s moving demographically, ideologically and in every way,” said the senator in an interview with Politico Magazine during the Democratic National Convention last summer. In July, Schumer made another rosy prediction at a forum hosted by the Washington Post: “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Turns out it was blue-collar voters who made all the difference. Trump won white voters without a college degree by a whopping 39 points, compared to Mitt Romney’s 26-point win in 2012. And in the industrial North (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa), where the blue-collar vote went to Obama in 2012, Trump made huge gains and won decisively.

Demographic optimism proved to be the Democratic Party’s undoing. And it wasn’t just because of the white working class; according to exit polls, Clinton received six points less of the Hispanic vote than President Obama did in 2012, while the black and 18- to 29-year-old votes both both dropped by 5 percent.

Trump’s victory was a rude awakening for Democrats who have become all too complacent within the Washington power structure, and who mistakenly assumed that changing demographics, identity politics and sheer celebrity would be enough to stop the right-wing populism of Trump. Trump didn’t win the election because of a Republican insurgency; he won because of a Democratic collapse. He won because neoliberalism failed.

And now, as we enter a terrifying and uncertain new period in American history, the last thing liberals should do is double down on the failed politics that allowed this tragedy to occur. The Clinton campaign tried to make this election all about Trump’s hatefulness (“Love Trumps Hate”) and his “basket of deplorables,” while offering no real vision of progressive and populist change. And when those on the left raised legitimate concerns about Clinton’s uninspiring message or her political baggage during and after the primaries, they were ridiculously labeled sexist or racist “bros” by establishment figures (even though some of Clinton’s harshest progressive critics were in fact women and people of color). In a February essay, former Salon writer Daniel Denvir described this cynical political strategy in Salon as “peak neoliberalism, where a distorted version of identity politics is used to defend an oligarchy and a national security state, celebrating diversity in the management of exploitation and warfare.”

Of course, there is no doubt that the Trump campaign has rejuvenated racism and sexism in America, and no one can call themselves progressive without tirelessly combating any and all bigotry. But there is a difference between a Trump “supporter” and someone who reluctantly voted for the Republican because of their distrust or dislike of Clinton, or because he or she truly believed the billionaire could bring change to Washington (according to exit polls, “can bring needed change” turned out to be the most important candidate quality for four in 10 voters, and 83 percent of them voted Trump).

If Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment accomplished anything, it was to push away irritated or bitter voters who are tired of being called Islamophobic when they criticize radical Islam or racist when they contemplate voting Republican. Consider a reader over at the Atlantic, who started in the “NeverTrump” camp and claims to still “deplore” the president-elect, yet ended up voting for him anyway. His reason? What he views as left-wing identity politics run amok. “Accusations of racism are being thrown about as political weapons (mostly by white liberals) in a way that belittles the seriousness of bigotry,” writes the reader, who is white but married to a Mexican-American. “When everything is about identity politics, is the left really surprised that on Tuesday millions of white Americans, for the first time ever, voted as ‘white’? If you want identity politics, identity politics is what you will get.”

The repugnant white identity politics and faux populism of Donald Trump must be repudiated and defeated; but it is now clear that only a Democratic Party that advances a strong populist vision of universal economic and social justice stands a chance at accomplishing this. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has called on the party to return to its roots and become the party of the people, rather than the party of the professional elite and donor class.

“The Democratic Party as it is now constituted has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. This must change,” observes Reich. “The election of 2016 has repudiated it. We need a people’s party — a party capable of organizing and mobilizing Americans in opposition to Donald Trump’s Republican Party… What happened in America Tuesday should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure.”

Of course, the American power structure will not change under Donald Trump — in fact, the corruption and divisiveness will only intensify and the plutocratic class will only grow fatter. The millions of working-class Americans who voted for Trump over Clinton hoping that he would clean up Washington, bring back jobs and unite the country will be sorely disappointed. In two months, Trump and his GOP will officially become America’s governing party — the establishment, that is — and every single problem this country faces will become their responsibility. And make no mistake, Trump and the Republican majority will be an utter disaster (the real uncertainty is just how painful this disaster will be for working people, minorities, immigrants, etc.).

By the time Trump is up for reelection, the supposed populist outsider will have become the establishment insider, and the broken and divided state of the nation will be his responsibility (though he will no doubt find a way to blame Obama for everything). This will present a golden opportunity for Democrats to come back strong as the anti-establishment ticket and do what should have been done in 2016: stomp out Trumpism once and for all. But the party’s ability to do this will hinge on what it does over the next several years, and whether liberalism can return to its fighting roots.

 

 

Conor Lynch is a writer and journalist living in New York City. His work has appeared on Salon, AlterNet, Counterpunch and openDemocracy. Follow him on Twitter: @dilgentbureauct.

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PDav22 minutes ago

As long as you want to discuss reality, how about a dose or two.

There is no possible way Sanders could have been elected to office.   The GOP would have eaten him alive.   Sanders has WAY too much history, chanting “Down with America” with Ortega, shaking hands with Castro – those alone would have doomed him.   Which all us “old” (and from your article I guess we’re supposed to be stupid as rocks)  liberals knew perfectly well.   The party failed by making it a choice between Clinton and Sanders – both with TONS of baggage and decades of oppo research on them.

The party has failed miserably by moving so far to the right.   This is a Clinton fault, the notion that democrats who govern like moderate Republicans can always win.   This pushed the repubs into the weird place they currently inhabit, and they dragged about 46% (by current count) of the country with them.   If we got nothing else from this mess, we got this, the Clinton philosophy of “go to the middle right on everything but civil rights” is gone.   Thank God.

As for the party MEMBERS, they also failed.   They failed by simply not voting.   Muslims who get on the registry, Blacks who find themselves unable to get into anything but a Black college, Asiatics who suddenly find there’s prejudice against them on college applications – tough cookies.   You decided it wasn’t important.   Whose fault is that?

As for Trump, he’s got a problem.   Blaming failure on a party that has managed to put itself totally out of power is not going to work very well.   And his program as currently stated (seems to change hourly) will not work, apart from billions for billionaires.   That seems to be firmly in place.

Currently (see above caveat) the proposal is for a trillion dollars for infrastructure – based on tax forgiveness of several kinds.   While this puts dollars into the pockets of those with PROFITABLE bits of infrastructure to build, such as hyperloop, it does not one damn thing for such items as public highways, dams, bridges, municipal water supplies, sewer systems and so forth.

Moreover, these profitable bits of infrastructure are all on the coasts.   Every single one.   Flyover country is going to be passed over.  Again.

Coal?   There’s a magic wand in the presidents desk that can make worked out mines fill up with anthracite again?   Really?

The fact is that O&M costs (and if you don’t know what that means, go look it up) for natural gas, solar, wind and hydro have all gone under the costs of coal since 2012.  China has passed extreme pollution restrictions that are going into effect right now.   Same as above, look it up.   The market for dirty coal is going away rapidly, because it costs too much.   Tilting at that windmill may be REALLY satisfying, but you won’t get anything out of it.

Bring back the factories – they’ll come in with jobs for 100 software engineers, 100 mechanical engineers, and 10,000 robots.   Plus one guy hired as night watchman who also sweeps the floor.  He’s the blue collar job.

Wonder if those people in Wisconsin are going to feel really bubbly about Trump in four years?   I kind of doubt it.

edc12322 minutes ago

All people do is repeat what they are told and sold. You will not find any person who reflects on life and their place in it, voting for this regardless of what the Clintons did or did not do.  Stop fooling yourselves it is really getting tiring to listen anymore.  God the world is so bad, my life is so bad I think I will try the Devil and see if he can fix it.

Hicksville Kid23 minutes ago

More BS from the unhinged left living in their bubble. They should get out it and visit the Deplorables and get the real story. And stop using the term “fly-over country.” As was just proven, the left knows nothing about this country.

PDavjust now

@Hicksville Kid Aww, and here I was born in Ohio County Ky, and worked in coal mines for 17 years before seeing the handwriting on the wall and going to a new trade.    Gee, if I can’t use “flyover country”, who can?    ROFLMAO – don’t make stupid assumptions.

gardener27 minutes ago

Much like the failed  pollsters you are making predictions of the future based on liberal name calling. Do not write like you are are free thinking when indeed you are not. You are not a journalist. You are a writer doing the bidding od the DNC. You will never justify a “Bad Candidate.”

Oscar27 minutes ago

  Who the fúck decided to put AUTO-PLAYING, NOISE-MAKING SHÍT ON THIS PAGE?

Are you STUPID? You decided to disturb coworkers, wake up companions, and basically invade your readers’ space with OBNOXIOUS BULLSHÍT?

What a bunch of ássholes.

funboy31 minutes ago

So how many hollywood celebs have actually left?  Why are they still here?  I’m sure the Canadian immigration website is back up by now.  Please do what you said you would do and leave!

fieldsjj42 minutes ago

seriously.  what sort of opiate is the choice of this author.

and how in the wide wide world of sports does the author think they are qualified to make the judgements and pontifications that fall from the tongue like waste from a rectum.  IMHO you need therapy

mickeymat1 hour ago

As Mr.Lynch described Trump’s lack of qualifications, it did not make me think of him. Who do you suppose it DID make me think of?

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@mickeymat The current President.

Oscar25 minutes ago

@MainelyDoc @mickeymat

Ah yes, the current president, who has a law degree and served as a senator. Unlike the upcoming president, who just had to shell out $25 million in settlements for ripping off students, and who doesn’t understand the basic principles of government.

But keep your head buried firmly in the sand (or your āss) for the continued descent of our country into the toilet, traitors.

danny700001 hour ago

Too cerebral and convoluted by far. Clinton lost because she couldn’t excite the Democratic base, which is young, diverse and craves charisma: Too old, too white and too boring. They stayed home and she lost.

mickeymat1 hour ago

@danny70000 Deciding to vote for a candidate based on the color of their skin is racist. But you must have known that since even Democrats used to say that themselves in a world of long ago.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

There is no mention of the open corruption of the Clinton Family with Bill acting as bag man for Secretary of State and President-to-be Hillary and Chelsea indulging herself to the profits of the Clinton “Foundation”.   There is no mention of Hillary’s incessant lying. There is no mention the disastrous campaign strategy of the Clinton campaign… they didn’t even try to win 270 electoral votes… simple.

giacomo0071 hour ago

@MainelyDoc

Clinton tried to lose? That’s a new one.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@giacomo007 @MainelyDoc She didn’t try to win.  All she needed was 270 electoral votes….  You know, of course, that she never personally campaigned in Wisconsin after her PRIMARY victory there.   Yet she went to Nebraska… NEBRASKA..  repeatedly and she went to Arizona.. repeatedly.  It made NO sense to ignore populous states that were much easier to win.  That was simply stupid!  KelleyAnne Conway can count unlike, apparently, Podesta, Mook and Company.  But, ultimately, the decision of where to campaign falls to the candidate herself.  She ran a stupid campaign.

Hicksville Kid16 minutes ago

Winnng an election in a constitutional republic is a difficult chess game. Trump and Kelly-Ann played it like grand masters of the game. PAIPS, Podesta and Mookie were playing checkers and going for the landslide win. It showed but the author of this piece still doesn’t know it.

Velocitorjust now

@Hicksville Kid Arrogance explains this. They were so self-assured that Hillary couldn’t lose, they set a ridiculously lax campaign schedule, whereby Hillary was often not visible for days at a time, when Trump was doing several large rallies each day, in diverse areas. The mainstream print and broadcast media no doubt bolstered Hillary’s delusion of inevitability, with their overweighted polls, and their smug underestimating reporting of Trump’s chances.

Clinton ran a campaign premised on the idea that it was “her turn”, and expected the general population to go along with that. They didn’t.

danny700001 hour ago

@MainelyDoc  All true, but irrelevant, because the Democratic base doesn’t follow the news or reality. They think SNL and Colbert are news shows.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@danny70000 @MainelyDoc Frankly, all the Ted Knights on the “mainstream” media shows (including Fox) continue to think that they’re serious “journalists”. I think they’re funnier to watch than SNL and Colbert.  (Well, at least as funny!)

Oscar21 minutes ago

@MainelyDoc

“There is no mention of the open corruption of the Clinton Family”

Right, because day after day, comment after stupid comment, there IS NO “corruption.” That’s the hallmark of Trumptards: empty accusations with NO citations, NO facts, NO evidence. And yet Trump is a proven liar almost DAILY. He rips off contractors who work for him, rips off students (and just had to pay $25 million to them), and embarrasses our nation with infantile tweets and a total ignorance of world affairs and government.

So… what’s your problem again? What is all this confirmed “corruption” you’re babbling about?

edc1233 minutes ago

@Oscar @MainelyDoc They will see what corruption is in the next four years.  I mean do people really think that a wise guy can change.  They think hardworking people that pay their taxes are dupes and losers. The master is in charge now and he will show you how it is done.  Things may look better for a while to a lot of people but eventually reality will and has to be dealt with.  How will you know let us start with how many bullshit promises will not be kept as a start.

John Spray1 hour ago

Hey…up here in the ‘great white’ we can only laugh and point fingers. I for one feel like I’m watching a reprise of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. Trump’s promise of ye ol’ ‘big rock candy mountain’ will make he and his cronies richer, but the coming bigge recession caused by his goofy trade ideas will further gut the middle class. Trump will create a grand total of minus millions of jobs…unless bubba  and his ilk want to crawl out of their rusting Airstreams, put down their Budweisers and take the cucumber picking and dishwashing positions now open as the deportation cops sally forth.

Sufferd4 hours ago

From the other side of the pond: this will be fun to watch! To paraphrase Will Rogers: “A fool and his money are elected”.

jeffersons words4 hours ago

wow– another member of the “clown posse” heard from. how about the fact that she honestly told one of her core constituencies, they she planned to do away with their jobs and since they weren’t college educated, need not apply at the “Clinton foundation” for work unless they were willing to sweep floors or make a run to starbucks. now all the government jobs checking water and air and who’s wearing their bicycle helmet can apply at the foundation for the next Clinton circus.

Oscar16 minutes ago

@jeffersons words

Huh, what a shocker: No citations, no evidence, no proof. Standard for a Trumpling. And yet the world has been treated to almost daily proof of Trump’s lies.

I mean… he said the Electoral College is “a disaster for democracy.” Direct quote. And yet he LOST the popular vote, and only stands a chance to ruin our country because of the Electoral College. So I’m sure he won’t mind if the EC votes along with the rest of the nation and elects Clinton president.

I’m sure the “liberal media” made up Trump’s tweets, right: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/11/15/trumps-flip-flop-on-the-electoral-college-from-disaster-to-genius

RIGHT?

PMac55635 hours ago

Decades of lies about Hillary are what killed her chances.  And, unsurprisingly, the less educated were the ones who believed them.  I cringed at the outset of her candidacy knowing the extent of anti-Hillary sentiment that’s been brewing for decades, fueled constantly by the Right. The constant sloganeering of “crooked Hillary,” “emails” “Benghazi” had an effect when shouted every day, though most Trump supporters couldn’t explain what any of those issues are about.  I can’t tell you how many times people have explained their disdain for Hillary with a simple “I just don’t like her,” unable to elaborate in the slightest when pressed.

My own problem with Hillary is that she ignored the rather obvious hatred against her and decided it was her turn.  And the DNC ignored this, too, and put a thumb on the scale.  The writer blames neoliberalism, and Democratic “elites,” (a label which seems to fit himself) but I blame propaganda, plain and simple.  Bernie Sanders came with no such baggage, and was a better candidate certainly.  But his and Clinton’s platforms were nearly identical.

This is not meant to be a defense of Hillary Clinton.  I’ll hold a black spot in my mind for her, not for anything she’s done wrong, but for the hubris that led us all to this.

The article above is nonsense, I believe, as are so many of these “day after” told-you-so’s. If the writer felt this way he should have said it BEFORE THE ELECTION.  It just seems pathetic now.

kcwookie5 hours ago

@PMac5563 You are full of it. Hillary did this to herself and now her actions are going to really hurt a lot of people who don’t deserve to be hurt. This isn’t a game, real people are going to have their live trash, or further destroyed. Hillary has a long history of forgetting who was the base of the Democratic party, then again so have the DNC for most of the time.

Hillary helped gut the Aid to Dependent Families with Children so it could be replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Hilary was heavily involved in creating that welfare reform bill. Why did she and America’s First Black President do that? They did it to pander to white voters so that Bill would be re-elected. Why did she have to be shamed into supporting Fight for $15, pandering for white votes. Why was she silent when DWS got in bed with the Godless Conservatives to kill regulation on Pay Day Loans?

Hillary was a garbage candidate who believed she was entitled to the office because it was her turn. Instead, she is going to destroy the Obama legacy and hurt a lot of people.

This is not a game…

PMac55635 hours ago

@kcwookie @PMac5563 Do you honestly believe that Clinton lost a single vote due to the reasons you state?  Ridiculous.  I assume you didn’t read my entire post, since you disagree with me by repeating my own points

I’m curious – did you vote for Trump?  Not vote?  Or did you vote for the candidate that you think is garbage?  We all had a crappy choice to make on November 8.  At least stand behind that decision.

KevJ12 hours ago

What seems pathetic, are your reasoning skills. Clinton’s LIES, not LIES about her, did her and her pathetic party in. Since 2009, under Barack Hussein Obama’s liberal ideology, the Democrats lost more than 1200 political seats across the country. Defeat after defeat, your party was so sure that their message was right, the messenger was right, but as Johnny Gruber pointed out so elequently, the people are just too stupid to know what’s good for them. The party became so good at lying, the minions bought into it.

President Elect Donald J Trump, like myself, was a Democrat. He played the. game and beat the two covetted political parties and the liberal media in just 18 months. I sorta feel sad for the liberal snowflakes, who were never taught the meaning of the word NO. Poor things. They are so unprepared for the real world. Yet the Idol’s they need now for guidance can’t teach them something that they themselves don’t know.

🇺🇸20 Deplorables Matter 16🇺🇸

Oscar8 minutes ago

@KevJ1

Once again, another know-nothing mewling about Clinton’s “lies,” with NOT A SINGLE EXAMPLE. It’s pathetic. Trump’s lies were documented and proven almost DAILY; and yet after months of hype and analysis of these world-threatening E-mails, they found… NOTHING. Nothing to harm our country. Nothing of consequence at all.

Hm, kind of like Iraq. Remember the last time we elected a dumb-shít president? Yeah, apparently the willfully ignorant traitors in “red” states have decided to forget, and to disrespect the thousands of American soldiers killed for nothing in a war based on LIES.

Yeah, so the “red” states (which from which a great many servicemen and servicewomen hail) have elected a grossly unqualified blowhard WHO MOCKED THE PARENTS OF A DEAD SOLDIER. Who MOCKED A DISABLED REPORTER. This scumbag would be a shame on an elementary-school playground, let alone as the president of a once-great nation.

Do you think about how far we’ve fallen, that this infantile turd now represents “American values?” If you’re cheering this, you are a traitor. You can wail and moan all you want, but you can’t avoid that truth: You are cheering the demise of the USA.

Hippolyte Vermeer6 hours ago

CLINTON YUPPIE TRAITORS AND THE MEDIA DID THIS TO AMERICA! HOLD A NEW US ELECTION NOW!

“Trump’s alleged popularity was based on the presidential primary results, in which the Republican candidate won a total of 785 votes.

785 voters were enough to paint McDowell County as the poster child of regressive right-wing populism.

Nowhere was it mentioned that Bernie Sanders won 1,488 votes in the same primaries – almost twice as many as Trump!”

Trump’s victory came from many segments of America, including some who embrace his proto-fascist rantings. But for millions of Americans who have been suffering due to the policies of both parties over the last few decades, many of their votes were a direct result of his promises, regardless of how bogus they are, to attack trade deals that hurt the working class, bring back jobs, and protect Social Security, along with his middle finger allegedly aimed at the elites and their establishment politics.

The Democratic leaders made his job easy for him by derailing Sanders’ bid for the nomination and doubling down on their anti-working-class neoliberal agenda, aided inexplicably and shamefully by most of the top leadership of the unions.

Well, the media got what it wanted. On November 8, McDowell County, in the absence of a left alternative, voted 75% to 23% for Trump.

https://lawcha.org/wordpress/2016/11/15/misrepresenting-white-working-slass-self-fulfilling-prophecies-mcdowell-county/

jeffersons words4 hours ago

@Hippolyte Vermeer she ran on her resume’ which was very thin on accomplishments. she felt it was “her turn” and spent most of her life running against a so-called “glass-ceiling” rather then discuss what she might do for millions of jobless Americans. as rick says at the end of “Casablanca”, she’ll always have little rock.

David of 34th6 hours ago

I have two points to proffer.   The second point, denominated the “Final but unfinished idea,” is more interesting.  The first point centers on economics; the second point on similarities between Trumpism  and Hitlerian Europe.

1)Toward the latter part of this essay, the author expects Trump to fail the working class.  Given Trump’s abominable traits, one would normally expect that to be true.  However, I think working class whites may see a surge in their weallth — Trump might exploit matters in a manner similar to the way Reagan exploited the situation when he took power.

When Reagan ran for president, he assailed Carter for allowing the federal deficit to increase (Republicans always ran against deficits).  However, economists knew that the country could use more, not less, fiscal stimulus — however most people, and the mainstream media, never heard of John Maynard Keynes and shun deficits.  When Reagan took power he did the thing which would boost the economy but which no one would let Carter do.  Reagan increased deficits enormously, and the economy boomed.  When Obama took power, everyone who really knew economics understood that a huge increase in the deficit was needed.  Obama increased the deficit, but he was prevented from giving us a deficit that was as big as we needed.

Although Obama wasn’t allowed to do what most economists knew was the proper thing, i.e., increase the deficit enormously, Trump, like Reagan, will be allowed to do this — many news reports relate that Trump plans to spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS on infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc.

Although incomes for construction workers might soar, most consequences of Trump’s victory will be abysmal.  We are treading closer to fascism every day.

FINAL BUT UNFINISHED IDEA:

The author refers to the “impotent elitism of liberals.”  This eerily resembles something Hannah Arendt said in her epic analysis on Totalitarianism.  She said that there was an upsurge in anti Semitism  because people saw the Jews as being rich but essentially weak and impotent and that this incited a desire to destroy the Jews.  I was never sure exactly what Arendt was trying to say.   Given the fact that today the nativism and bigotry of Trumpism resembles Germany in the thirties in so many ways (And any one who doesn’t think so hasn’t read enough history), I think we should further examine Arendt’s claim that the weakness of wealthy Jews fueled anti Jewish bigotry and this author’s contention that liberal elites are impotent.   Is there something common to both situations. Does weakness generally incite rage or revulsion.

PMac55635 hours ago

@David of 34th As to your second idea:  I don’t think that perceived weakness played a part.  Any good fascist leader understands the value of a scapegoat, and Hitler was no exception.  When things are going bad for the masses it’s handy to have someone to blame their problems on. There was a false idea spread that the Jews hadn’t earned their wealth through honest labor, which helped to incite hatred against them.

Critical 13 hours ago

@David of 34th – right, Obama added more to the National debt than any president in history by a long shot. You want to add more?  Do you realise what happens when the fed prints money?  Do you have even a basic understanding of macro economics? You are exactly the reason why the Democratic party hasn’t been this irrelevant in a century. Schumer and Pelosi should grease the skids into extinction by the mid terms in 2 years.  Add more debt? Unbelievable.

No More Lies6 hours ago

Decent article but fails to mention Bernie Sanders and the massive fraud and suppression committed against his campaign and most importantly, against his supporters. We were demonized and lied about by not only Clinton’s campaign but her entire mainstream media propaganda machine (including Salon), vilified as the exact opposite of everything we stand for, and day after day cheated and bullied as we tried to voice our concerns and vote.

Even after the primaries, they tried to insult and extort us into voting for her even though her policies, record, entourage, lack of integrity, and incessant threats of war are our worst nightmare. Now after her loss, we’re blamed by the establishment for not coming out in droves for their monarch.

And they just don’t bloody learn. They’ve been too privileged for too long; they don’t know how to take responsibility for their own actions and failures, blaming everyone but themselves.

Sorry, neoliberals. Stop destroying the people and planet, and stop causing Trumpism in the first place, and then we’ll talk.

SlapOfTruth6 hours ago

@No More Lies

Not to mention crying wolf…they accused all us Bernie fans of being sexist…completely wrong and now Trumpsters are using that by saying all accusations of racism and sexism are wrong when a big part of his base clearly is racist and sexist. The Clintonistas failed by attacking the wrong people.

Hippolyte Vermeer5 hours ago

@No More Lies

CLINTON YUPPIE TRAITORS AND THE MEDIA DID THIS TO AMERICA!

HOLD A NEW US ELECTION NOW!

“Trump’s alleged popularity was based on the presidential primary results, in which the Republican candidate won a total of 785 votes.

785 voters were enough to paint McDowell County as the poster child of regressive right-wing populism.

Nowhere was it mentioned that Bernie Sanders won 1,488 votes in the same primaries – almost twice as many as Trump!”

Trump’s victory came from many segments of America, including some who embrace his proto-fascist rantings. But for millions of Americans who have been suffering due to the policies of both parties over the last few decades, many of their votes were a direct result of his promises, regardless of how bogus they are, to attack trade deals that hurt the working class, bring back jobs, and protect Social Security, along with his middle finger allegedly aimed at the elites and their establishment politics.

The Democratic leaders made his job easy for him by derailing Sanders’ bid for the nomination and doubling down on their anti-working-class neoliberal agenda, aided inexplicably and shamefully by most of the top leadership of the unions.

Well, the media got what it wanted. On November 8, McDowell County, in the absence of a left alternative, voted 75% to 23% for Trump.

https://lawcha.org/wordpress/2016/11/15/misrepresenting-white-working-slass-self-fulfilling-prophecies-mcdowell-county/

Zingen635 hours ago

Hold a new US election now! Seriously? Like….a Mulligan? I know that when I was in school they held civics classes. Apparently not in your school.

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China’s Xi calls for ‘smooth transition’ in relationship with U.S.

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China’s Xi calls for ‘smooth transition’ in relationship with U.S.

By Jeff Mason | LIMA

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a “smooth transition” in Beijing’s relationship with Washington and praised outgoing President Barack Obama for strengthening ties between the two nations.

During a meeting in Peru, Obama repeated the U.S. urging that all sides in the dispute over the South China Sea reduce tensions and resolve their disputes peacefully.

The meeting is expected to be the last between the two leaders before President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House. Trump has been sharply critical of China.

“We meet at a hinge  moment in the China-U.S. relationship,” Xi said at the start of the meeting, through an interpreter.

“I hope the two sides will work together to focus on cooperation, manage our differences and make sure there is a smooth transition in the relationship and that it will continue to grow going forward,” he said.

Trump, a Republican, has accused China of being a currency manipulator and promised to slap big tariffs on imported Chinese goods. He has also called climate change a “hoax” designed to help Beijing.

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump wrote in a tweet in 2012.

Obama and Xi pushed for the international community to back an agreement forged in Paris to combat global warming. Obama called that an example of the benefits of the two countries working together.

“Now we face the work of making sure our economies transition to become more sustainable,” he said.

Trump’s election has raised questions about whether the United States would try to pull out of the accord, a key legacy accomplishment for Obama, a Democrat.

China also helped negotiate the Iran nuclear agreement, another big piece of Obama’s foreign policy that Trump has threatened to dismantle.

Neither Xi nor Obama mentioned Trump in their remarks in front of reporters.

“Mr. President, I would like to commend you for the active efforts you’ve made to grow this relationship,” Xi said to Obama.

Obama noted that the two leaders would discuss areas of disagreement, including “the creation of a more level playing field for our businesses to compete, innovation policies, excess capacity and human rights,” he said.

“I continue to believe that a constructive U.S.-China relationship benefits our two people’s and benefits the entire globe,” he said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Mary Milliken and David Gregorio)

Russia Has Never Denied Israels Rights To Jerusalem, The Temple Mount Or The Western Wall

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Moscow has never denied Israel’s rights to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Western Wall, Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev said in advance of his visit to the Jewish state later this week.

“These rights are clear and it would be absurd to deny them,” he told Channel 2 anchorwoman Yonit Levy.

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He spoke warmly of Russia’s ties with Israel, despite Moscow’s votes against the Jewish state at the United Nations and its delivery of the S-300 missiles to Iran.


Benjamin Netanyahu Dimitry Medvedev. (Photo credit: RIA NOVOSTI / REUTERS)

Levy quizzed him about those controversial issues as well as his support for Syrian President Basher Assad and charges that his country had intervened in the US elections.

How does Russia explain its support of the UNESCO vote “to disregard the historic connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,” Levy asked Medvedev.

The issue had been blown out of proportion, he responded speaking in Russian, with a Hebrew translation by Channel 2.

There have been some ten votes by UNESCO Boards and Committees on such Jerusalem resolutions, Medvedev said.

“There is nothing new here,” he said, as he dismissed the significance of UNESCO texts that refer to the Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of Al Haram Al Sharif.

“Our country has never denied the rights of Israel or the Jewish people to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Western Wall,” Medvedev said.

“Therefore there is no need to politicize this decision,” Medvedev said, adding that such resolutions, were “not directed against Israel.”

Similarly, he said, there was nothing contradictory in Russia’s sale and shipment of the advanced S-300 advanced surface to air missile defense system to Iran.

Israel had opposed such sales because they significantly upgrade Iran’s ability to defend its nuclear sites against any attacks. It is particularly concerned because it does not believe that the Iran deal, put in place in 2015, will limit Tehran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons.

Medvedev told Channel 2 that prior to the Iran deal, Russia respected the sanctions against Tehran and refrained from delivering the S-300. Now that the deal is in place and the sanctions were lifted, there was no reason not to complete the sale, he said.

Moving over to Syria, he referred to President Bashar Assad as the country’s only legitimate leader and added that Israel’s leadership preferred his rule to the prospect of a divided country under terrorist leadership.

“I know him (Assad) personally. There are those who love him and those who don’t. At present Assad is the only legitimate authority operating in Syria. Any regime change would have to occur legitimately,” Medvedev said.

“I remember that during my meetings with Israeli leaders, they told me they were not completely for Assad, but that there has to be someone in charge of the situation, rather than an uncontrolled break up of the country into enclaves ruled by terrorists,” Medvedev said.

Middle East terrorism, he said, is threatening his country from within.

“There are thousands of Russians fighting on behalf of ISIS and other Islamic Jihadist groups,” Medvedev said. “When they return they are experienced murders and terrorists. After their time fighting in Syria we don’t want them to organize something similar [within Russia],” he said.

Levy asked how the presence of the Russian air force in Syria impacted Israel’s ability to prevent the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.

Medvedev said that it was operating from the assumption that “all sides would not take steps to aggravate the conflict.”

With regard to the United States, he charged that it had not kept its commitments in Syria and that the relationship between Washington and Moscow was at a very low point.

Medvedev chuckled when Levy asked him if Russia had interfered with the US elections.

He quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin, when he stated that “the United States is not a banana republic.”

The US, he said, was a large and strong country and could not be influenced in that way. “It doesn’t matter who will be elected, but what policy they will execute,” he said.

“Its clear [that either candidate] will act in the best national interest of the US,” Medvedev said.

He called Republican candidate Donald Trump brilliant and said he had never met him. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, he said, was professional and known to him from the times he met with her when she was US Secretary of State from 2009-2012.

Russia expects to have a “normal” and “productive” relationship with whichever of the two candidates wins the White House, Medvedev said.

With regard to the Russian initiative to hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Presdient Mahmoud Abbas, Medvedev said that Moscow was not looking to replace the United States or anyone else when it comes to the peace process.

On the other hand, he said, there are very discouraging signs with regard to that conflict and there have been no advancements to speak of on the Israeli-Palestinian track over the last few years.

“It’s very sad,” he said.

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Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director <[email protected]>

 

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has affirmed his support for five principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship.

TRUMP SIGNS ON TO ICEJ’S FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR ISRAEL

September 25, 2016 – Mr. Trump met with Israeli PM Netanyahu at Trump Tower, declaring, “If I’m president, I’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.”  
Dear Ted,

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has affirmed to me his support for five principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. This came in response to a request made to Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton to agree to the principles presented by the ICEJ and its network, American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), which represents 60 million Evangelicals.

A petition addressed to the candidates signed by some 40,000 grassroots Americans, and the ACLI letter signed by 650 Christian leaders across America, emphasized locating the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting security aid to Israel, monitoring and acting on Iran’s terrorism and violations of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement, rejecting third-party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced on Israel, and opposing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions efforts levied at Israel.

The ACLI letter was signed by Evangelical leaders representing diverse groups and denominations including Hispanic and African-American Christians; among them Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO- National Religious Broadcasters; Roberta Combs, President-Christian Coalition; Rev. Dr. Sam Rodriguez, President-National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Penny Nance, CEO-Concerned Women for America; Rev. Harry Jackson, Presiding Bishop-International Communion of Evangelical Churches; Jane Hansen Hoyt, President-AGLOW International; Dr. James Dobson, President-Family Talk Radio; Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host; and Jim Showers, Executive Director-The Friends of Israel.

In a meeting on September 25 with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at Trump Tower, the Republican presidential candidate already declared, “If I’m president, I’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.”  Then on October 26, in a video at a Republican event in Jerusalem, Trump commented, “My administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis. Together, we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.”

The policies Mr. Trump has agreed to will enhance Israel’s standing in the world and directly benefit the United States in security, innovation, technology, and intelligence.

Secretary Clinton is yet to respond to the ICEJ’s request to agree to the five key principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters who signed onto this important initiative and did their part to ensure the future Israel-US relationship grows in strength during the next White House administration.

For Zion’s sake,

Susan Michael
ICEJ USA Director

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Guiding Principles for the Presidential Candidates:

✔ Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy there

✔ Renew the ten-year Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Israel which provides aid in response to Israel’s growing security needs

✔ Oppose the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel

✔ Sanction Iran’s relentless actions as the world’s leading sponsor of terror

✔ Reject third-party solutions to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict not negotiated by the two parties

Russia’s President Putin’s Aggression In Europe Should Worry Every Russian Citizen

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Putin’s aggression in Europe should worry the US

Russia: The biggest issue for the next US president?

Russia: The biggest issue for the next US president? 00:40

Story highlights

  • Richard Shirreff: European security is a matter of American security
  • Putin’s aim is clear: to re-establish Russia as one of the world’s great powers, he says

Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff is a senior British army officer and former deputy supreme allied commander Europe. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)Since the formation of NATO in 1949 the defense of Europe and the free world has depended on the absolute certainty that whatever president is occupying the White House, the United States will come to the aid of a NATO member if attacked. Any doubt about the American commitment, and the credibility of NATO’s doctrine of collective defense, is holed below the waterline.

At a time when the West faces a greater threat from a resurgent Russia since the most dangerous crises of the Cold War, NATO, more than ever, needs to stand strong, united and credible.
Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine in 2014 may have already lit the fuse that could lead to the unthinkable: nuclear war with Russia in Europe.
Consider the words and actions of President Vladimir Putin, who has described the breakup of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geo-strategic tragedy of the 20th century.” In his speech on March 18, 2014, the day Crimea was admitted into the Russian Federation, Putin majored on the threat the West posed to Russia by its continued encirclement and warned about the possibility of push back: “If you compress the spring to its limit, it will snap back hard: something you should remember,” while claiming the right to protect the interests of Russian speakers everywhere, “even if it will worsen our relations with some states.”

Who are Putin's allies?

Who are Putin’s allies?01:40
Overnight, Putin became NATO’s strategic adversary, starting a dynamic that could lead to a clash with NATO over the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (which have significant Russian-speaking minorities).
Two years on and the threat is even greater. Indeed, the ratchet of tension clicks tighter on an almost weekly basis: Even this week we wake up to news of Russia sailing warships near the British coast in “a show of force and a show of capabilities,” according to Peter Felstead, editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly.
Unprecedented levels of military activity on the borders and in the airspace of the Baltic states, Finland and Sweden have been matched by the rapid buildup of military forces in Russia’s Western Military District on the borders of NATO.
For example, in January, Russia announced the formation and deployment of three motor rifle divisions, about 60,000 troops, along the Russian frontier with the Baltic states. And the Russians have kept themselves busy with regular so-called snap exercises to test the readiness of their military, at least one of which was based on a scenario of invasion and occupation of the Baltic states.
Putin’s strategic aim is clear: to re-establish Russia’s status as one of the world’s great powers and to dominate the former republics of the Soviet Union — imperialist intentions that might have been acceptable to great powers in the 19th century but which are an affront in 2016. If the opportunity presents itself, he may well activate long-held plans to march into the Baltic states.

Russian relations with the West at new low

Russian relations with the West at new low 02:29
To paraphrase British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 comment on Czechoslovakia, why are events in these faraway countries of which we may know little important to Americans?
First, because if Russia puts one soldier across the borders of the Baltic states it means war with NATO.
Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have been members of NATO since 2004 and are therefore protected underArticle 5 of the Washington Treaty, the founding document of NATO, which states that an attack on one is an attack on all. A Russian attack on the Baltic states puts America at war with Russia — meaning nuclear war, because Russia integrates nuclear weapons into every aspect of its military doctrine.
And don’t think Russia would limit itself to the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Any form of nuclear release by the Russians would almost certainly precipitate nuclear retaliation by the United States, and the dreadful reality of mutually assured destruction and the end of life as we know it would follow.
Indeed, Russia is at war with America already. Russian hacking of Democratic Party email servers and, if confirmed, WikiLeaks publicizing of Clinton campaign emails to discredit the Democrats and propel Donald Trump — arguably what Putin would classify as a “useful idiot” into the White House — is classic Maskirovka — deception, aimed at undermining the intelligence and integrity of the enemy in a way that remains below the threshold of conventional warfare. In the words of Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and a man with close connections to the Putin regime, the Kremlin has been at war since 2014.

The Iceland Summit that helped end the Cold War

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But although the clock may be ticking close to midnight, it is not too late. Maintenance of the peace we have enjoyed in Western Europe for nearly 70 years depends on effective deterrence. The bar of risk must be raised too high for Russia to consider any opportunistic move into the Baltic states. This requires forward basing of a credible military capability in the Baltic states and eastern Poland (rather than the token presence agreed at the NATO Warsaw Summit in July).
NATO reserves able to move quickly and effectively to bolster defenses in the Baltics will send a powerful message. It also requires Canada and European members of NATO to recognize that military capabilities lost from cumulative disarmament over the past two decades must be regenerated. This means increasing defense spending, almost certainly above the 2% of gross domestic product agreed — but often not acted upon — by NATO members (less the United States, UK, Estonia and Greece).
2017 is 100th anniversary of the first occasion the United States intervened in one of Europe’s wars. The region’s security is a matter of American security, and it means continued and close engagement in Europe and a continuation of the strong leadership that America has given NATO from the start.

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Finally Gets Something Correct About The U.S.

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Ayatollah Weighs in on US Presidential Nominees: ‘Spirituality and Faith are Lacking’

By Patrick Goodenough | October 19, 2016 | 5:50 PM EDT

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to university students on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo: Office of the supreme leader)

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. presidential campaign and issues raised by nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are evidence that “spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power” in America, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Wednesday.

Speaking to university students, Khamenei addressed what an official website paraphrased as “the difficulties and problems perplexing mankind today, and the dead-ends that materialistic thought patterns sustain.”

He told his audience, “The campaigns held during presidential elections in the U.S. and the worries conveyed by the two candidates are a clear example that spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power.”

“Within the next few weeks, one of these two dueling candidates in the U.S. election – whose status and words you can observe – will become the president of a country which holds the world’s most power, wealth, nuclear weapons, and media,” the ayatollah added.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

He made the observations about the election campaign hours before the third and final debate between Trump and Clinton. The last one saw Clinton accuse Trump of debasing women, while the GOP nominee highlighted accusations of sexual wrongdoing by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Khamenei regularly speaks reprovingly about Western morality and ethics, painting them as deeply deficient as he extols Islamic values.

At the same time, he heads a regime which the U.S. government says is the world’s number one state-sponsor of terror, and whose human rights record draws sharp criticism from experts and rights campaigners.

In his speech Wednesday, Khamenei also reprised complaints about U.S. policy in the aftermath of the nuclear accord which came into effect last January. When Iran makes concessions on one issue, he said, the U.S. simply moves on to demanding concessions on the next one, and so forth.

A raft of sanctions linked to Iran’s suspect nuclear programs have been eased or lifted under the nuclear agreement, but some relating to other conduct, including its ballistic missile activities and support for terrorism, remain in place.

Khamenei told the students that, “if you withdraw on the nuclear issue, they will raise the issue of missiles.”

“And if you continue to withdraw, they will raise the issue of supporting ‘Resistance,’” he continued, using Iran’s term for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. (The official website said Khamenei was drawing attention to “the animosity revealed by satanic powers against any oppositional movement.”)

“And once you withdraw from that,” Khamenei went on, “they will raise the issue of human rights.”

And if Iran accepts U.S. standards on human rights, he added, then the U.S. will then move on to demanding the removal of “religious values” from Iran’s government.

Khamenei’s office indicated that he was referring to a recent interview in which Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. was trying to help Iran benefit from sanctions easing, but that the regime’s behavior wasn’t helping.

“[I]t’s very difficult when Iran is engaged in Yemen and supporting Assad and supporting Hezbollah and firing missiles that people deem to be threatening and so forth. That hugely complicates efforts to move forward rapidly,” Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations’ publication, Foreign Affairs.

In earlier Iranian response to the Kerry interview, Iranian armed forces spokesman Brig Gen Massoud Jazayeri declared that U.S. “hegemony” is the root cause of all the problems in the region.

“The U.S. presence in the region is a malignant cancerous tumor and the only way to treat it is to remove this infected tumor and kick the U.S. out of the region,” he said.

If A Person Says They Are A Christian Yet They Support Trump They Are Lying To Themselves

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON POST)

‘Still the best candidate’: Some evangelicals still back Trump despite lewd video

  October 8 at 7:00 AM

Some evangelical leaders stood by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even after a video was released on Friday containing his lewd remarks about women.

Evangelicals, who have upheld the importance of family values and traditional marriage between a man and woman, have been hugely divided on Trump’s candidacy. Many of them are split on attitudes toward race and ethnicity, candidates’ personal morality and character, religious freedom issues and how much Supreme Court appointments should matter when choosing a candidate.

Comments revealed Friday show Trump bragging about groping women. “Grab them by the p—y,” Trump said in a recording. “You can do anything.”

Ralph Reed, a conservative Christian activist and the head of Trump’s religious advisory board, said that as the father of two daughters, he was disappointed by the “inappropriate” comments.

“But people of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, grow the economy, appoint conservative judges and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” he said in an email.

He contrasted Trump with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying that her “corrupt use of her office to raise funds from foreign governments and corporations and her reckless and irresponsible handling of classified material on her home-brewed email server, endangering US national security, that will drive the evangelical vote.”

“I think a 10-year-old tape of a private conversation with a TV talk show host ranks pretty low on their hierarchy of their concerns,” he said.

Some evangelicals have pointed out how Reed called for the importance of character from political leaders in the past. In 1998, when he was running the now-defunct Christian Coalition, the New York Times wroteabout the organization’s meeting. The newspaper wrote that the group’s leaders used former President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal as “the ultimate evidence that Washington was in need of a restoration of ‘family values.’ ”

“Character matters, and the American people are hungry for that message,” the Times quotes Reed as saying. “We care about the conduct of our leaders, and we will not rest until we have leaders of good moral character.”

Trump’s campaign has driven wedges between some evangelicals, who have no formal leadership or hierarchy and have been increasingly divided over who may speak for those who choose that label. A group of evangelicals released a letter on Thursday condemning Trump, saying his campaign “affirms racist elements in white culture.”

The newest poll from the Public Religion Research Institute said that 69 percent of white evangelical Protestants favored Trump while 19 percent supported Clinton. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll indicates that 52 percent of evangelicals of any race favored Trump compared to 40 percent who supported Clinton.

On Friday night, Trump released a video apologizing for his comments, calling them “foolish” and saying he pledges to “be a better man tomorrow.”

Other Christian leaders varied in their responses to Trump’s comments.

“The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended,” evangelist Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook on Saturday morning. “But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended.” Graham, who has not formally endorsed a candidate this election but endorses issues Trump has said he stands for. “The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court,” Graham said.

Darrell Scott, a black pastor from Cleveland who supports Trump, wrote on Twitter, “I don’t condone the conversation; but I don’t condemn the man!”

Popular author Rachel Held Evans, who grew up in an evangelical home, called on evangelicals to speak out against Trump’s words.

“Evangelicals, misogyny is wrong. Sexual assault is wrong. Adultery is wrong. Calling women ‘bitches’ & ‘pieces of ass’ is wrong. SAY SO,” she tweeted.

Trump supporter Eric Metaxas, a popular Christian author and lecturer at The King’s College in New York City, called the comments “ugly stuff” in his response to Evans. “Absolutely correct. Can there be any question? Not from where I stand. Ugly stuff. God bless you,” he tweeted.

Metaxas had initially tweeted but then deleted his initial response to Trump’s comments: “BREAKING: Trump caught using foul language, combing his hair oddly. Could this be the end of his campaign?” Metaxas did not immediately return request for comment.

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and a member of Trump’s Faith Advisory Council, said in a statement that he believes Trump is “still the best candidate to reverse the downward spiral this nation is in.”

“While the comments are lewd, offensive, and indefensible … they are not enough to make me vote for Hillary Clinton,” Jeffress told the Post. He said he would “not necessarily choose Donald Trump to be a Sunday School teacher” but he still supports Trump. “To say Trump’s comments disqualify him from being president assumes that Hillary Clinton is more moral than Donald Trump,” he wrote.

David Brody from the Christian Broadcasting Network tweeted, “This just in: Donald Trump is a flawed man! We ALL sin every single day. What if we had a ‘hot mic’ around each one of us all the time?”

Tony Perkins, who leads the conservative Family Research Council, did not back down from his personal support of Trump. “As I have made clear, my support for Donald Trump in the general election was never based upon shared values rather it was built upon shared concerns,” Perkins said in an email the Post.

Perkins cited issues such as the Supreme Court, national security and religious freedom concerns, saying “we are left with a choice of voting for the one who will do the least damage to our freedoms.”

Some evangelicals denounced Trump’s remarks, including Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“To be pro-life means to say to the ethic of Margaret Sanger *and* to the ethic of Howard Stern: #Never,” Moore tweeted.

“I am humiliated by arguments about character I am hearing tonight from some evangelicals. Lord, help us,” tweeted Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

And Calvin College philosophy professor James K.A. Smith tweeted about religious freedom, one of the reasons why many evangelicals have said they support Trump.

“So the price of ‘preserving religious freedom’ is to cast your lot with someone who mocks, and makes a mockery of, your belief & practice?” Smith wrote on Twitter. “Maybe, just maybe, securing your ‘religious freedom’ isn’t worth compromising your religion?”

Other religious and pro-life leaders who have supported Trump were quieter on Friday. Calls, messages and emails placed to the following leaders were not returned: Focus on the Family founder and now Family Talk host James Dobson, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, former Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest, pastor Paula White, First Things editor R.R. Reno, Concerned Women for America president Penny Young Nance and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.

In September 1998, Dobson sent a letter to millions of conservative Christians saying Clinton should be impeached because his behavior was setting a bad example for our children about “respecting women.” In December, Dobson told the Post he was very wary of Trump, citing his tendency to “shoot from the hip,” his attacking those with whom he disagrees and Trump’s business in gambling. “I would never vote for a king pin within that enterprise,” he said. Dobson has since announced his support for Trump, saying his behavior was because he is a “baby Christian.”

A new poll out this week indicated that Trump may have a problem with pastors. In the past two elections, pastors have been more firmly in the GOP camp, but this election, up to 40 percent of pastors are undecided.

Trump’s comments on women revealed Friday were not the first controversial remarks he’s made on women. In his book “The Art of the Deal,” Trump bragged about having sex with multiple married women and in numerous interviews with Howard Stern, he talked about his sexual exploits. He has also called those he finds unattractive terms like “fat pig and “dog.”

Last year, Trump told CNN he does not like having to ask God for forgiveness.  In an interview with columnist Cal Thomas earlier this year, Trump said he would ask for forgiveness. “I will be asking for forgiveness, but hopefully I won’t have to be asking for much forgiveness,” he said.

This article has been updated to reflect Franklin Graham’s Facebook comments and Tony Perkins’ comments sent to the Post Saturday morning. It has also been updated to reflect those who have been reached for comment. 

How Childish, Immature And Undeserving Of Any Office Is Governor Chris Christie Is?

(This article is courtesy of the New York Times)

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Traffic approaching the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., this month. The opening arguments started on Monday in the trial that stemmed from the closing of access lanes to the bridge in 2013.Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew that his close associates were involved in a plan to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as it was happening and that the closings were intended to punish a local mayor for declining to support him, prosecutors said on Monday.

It was the first time Mr. Christie, a Republican, has been accused of knowing about the scheme as it unfolded.

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Gov. Chris Christie Credit Mel Evans/Associated Press

The prosecutors made the assertion during opening statements in the trial of two former Christie administration officials charged with closing the lanes in 2013 and then covering it up.

Mr. Christie has insisted that he had no knowledge of the plot to close the lanes, and said that he did not recall being told about the closings while they were happening.

Defense lawyers have also said that Mr. Christie knew. But the statement on Monday was striking in that it was prosecutors confirming that assertion.

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Being A Moderate In Extremist America

 

I am going to use this first paragraph to try to qualify to you where I stand on a few issues facing every person in America and in deed I think in every country. Personally I am a fundamentalist Christian but by no means am I a perfect person and I do not expect anyone else to be able to be perfect either. Politically I consider myself to be a moderate conservative. In a perfect world I would probably line up behind the ‘Tea Party’ on most issues, but we do not live in a perfect world here in America nor anywhere else. I consider the Tea Party to be the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party so much so that the Conservative Republican base considers them to be extremist. Personally I believe that the Tea Party should be expelled from the Republican Party forcing them to run as a third Party. The Democratic Party has this same type of issue if you consider their Party to all be a bunch of liberals even to the point of people like Senator Bernie Sanders who is really an Independent as he is far to ‘the left’ of the Democratic platform. I believe that Senator Sanders who is a ‘Independent’ should split from the Democratic Party and that he should run as an Independent in the November Presidential election.

 

Here in the state of Kentucky registered Independents can not exercise our Constitutional right to vote in the ‘primary season’, this is how it was when we lived in the state of Florida also. Yet when the main elections roll around in November both Party’s vigorously court the ‘Independent’ voters. During the 2012 Presidential elections Republican Mitt Romney made the comment about ‘48%’ of the voting public whom he had no chance to woo over to his side of the divide and the American Media railed against him for that comment even though he was correct in that evaluation. There are about 48% of the Democratic electorate who would rather not vote at all than to vote for a Republican. There is a flip side to this equation though, there are about 48% of the voters who vote Republican that would never vote for a Democrat. This leaves about 4% of Independent voters that the election is all about, whoever gets the majority of us Independents wins the Presidency. The term that has been used a lot in the Media for this situation is the ‘polarization’ of America.

 

Here in America the people of our country gripe a lot about how the politicians in DC never seem to get anything positive accomplished and I believe this is a fair belief. The Democratic leadership forces their members to vote a ‘far left’ agenda and the Republican leadership forces their members to vote to a ‘far right’ agenda. This reality means that nothing constructive ever gets done. There is also the issue that each Party wants all the credit on a bill if it is something that is actually a positive issue, they both vehemently do not want to share any ‘credit’ with the other Party. Because of these Politicians being so pious and egotistical they are destroying America from the inside and it is obvious that they really don’t care about the American people as a whole.

 

I am going to use my Father-in-law as an example of non-thinkers, (sorry Dad). He is a Tea Party type of believer, he hates all Unions and believes that America would be better off if there were no Unions at all, he thinks they are destroying our Country. He hates the Democrats and he wants the Republican agenda’s to be made law. Yet he is like most folks who believe that the Congress is a do nothing Congress. He doesn’t want to compromise on the issues yet he wants the Congress to get off their butts and get our Country moving again. Where Dad and I differ is that even though I wish the Country was living in a true Christian manner I know that this is not going to happen until after the Tribulation. In the mean time we must compromise with each other by working toward the middle and get at least some things accomplished for the good of the people (the Country). By the way, to my wife and I Dad’s position on Unions is really flawed, this is because he retired from two different Union Factories. Because these two factories were Union he now survives financially from two different retirement checks he gets each month. If it wasn’t for those Unions he and his wife would be in the poor-house or having to live in our basement.

 

I call myself a moderate conservative because I know that the Tea Party agenda has no chance of happening. I want to make mention that I am not a fan of everything the Tea Party leaders want as not everything they want would be something that would qualify as “Christ like” policies. I believe that if the Politicians do not get off of their ‘high horses’ they are either going to destroy our Country or the people are going to rise up and destroy these pious bought and paid for frauds. Personally, I am a fan of the NRA even though I do not like some of their policies, for example I believe that ten-round clips are big enough as long as the amount of clips and bullets a person can own should have no limits. Personally I am for many things that the Democratic Party wants to pass into law just as I am for many things the Republican Party stands for. The issue is that I am also against many things that both Party’s want to pass into law. We as a people must wake up and learn to work with each other or we as a Country are going to implode.

 

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