sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Unease - Profound Unease

Welcome to your Sunday Sermonette.

These days, the GOP and Democrats alike within the Washington Beltway feel like slavers on a slave ship hearing the pitter patter of bare feet on the wooden deck overhead at night. Clearly BREXIT and the parallel rise of Donald Trump has caused disquiet among the ruling elites who feel that he won't play ball with the scam they've been running.

Because sovereignty and borders an issue that's in the news, let's take a step back and see how violations are handled around the world.
1. If you cross the border illegally in Canada, you get a $5,000 fine.
2. If you cross the border illegally in Iran, it is 8 years in prison.
3. If you cross the border in North Korea, you get shot.
4. If you cross the border illegally in the USA, you get a drivers license, medical insurance, subsided housing, the privilege to vote, career training, a job off the books,  a tax "return" (earned income credit) even if you earned nothing and contributed nothing and an opportunity to run for president.
Trump is not a great campaigner in a general election, at least not so far, however, if he does better than polls now indicate, it won’t be so much due to Trump as to the latent political strength of the forces he represents. It is that latent political strength that keeps the Beltway elite in our society up at night these days. 

Robert Kagan
Politics makes for strange bedfellows as Republicans and Democrats team up to demonize Trump. Robert Kagan and Fareed Zakaria (on either side of the spectrum) claim that Donald Trump, would be a “fascist president.” In a reasonable world, it would seem curious to label someone a fascist who seems uninterested in putting together even a competent national campaign organization, much less a disciplined mass party. Probably Kagan is using “fascist” in the manner Orwell described, as a word having “no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’”
Insofar as Kagan’s own policy preferences are concerned, Trump is surely not desirable: a President Trump would risk not global war over Ukraine, nor attempt to establish American “benevolent global hegemony.” What is telling is to see Fareed Zakaria join with him—the two symbols of a kind of united globalist intellectual establishment that can tolerate no legitimate dissent—in the Trump demonization project.
Fellow blogger, Fredd, discusses the compass needle here on his blog. His thesis is that knowing the right thing to do simply consists of watching what Barack wants to see happen and doing the opposite. That has clearly become a reliable litmus test over the past 7.5 years. Since Barack and his coterie oppose a Trump presidency so violently, it must be a very good thing to work toward. As a result of this calculus, the #neverTrump crowd need to consider their positions far more closely.

It's either Trump and Constitutionalism or Hillary/Barack and globalism. The choice is just that simple.

H/T Daily Timewaster