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Russia hacked the election – not my president

Are you seeing a trend? since 2000, our democracy has been attacked and not blithe Russians but from the inside. Political parties have over and over attacked each other by demonizing and then delegitimizing their opponents without caring about the future of our democratic system. We are facing an uncertain future where our democracy is at risk. 

The media doesn’t do it’s job and is clearly a tool of parties and corporations as evident by wikileaks. They are no longer independent and have stopped doing journalist work since the late 80s.  They toe the official line, with few exceptions here and there, and never question the facts that are presented to them.  For example the keyboard used in the DNC hack was Cyrillic (because only Russians have a Cyrillic language keyboards and FSB, GRU spies are too dumb to mask their trail). So reporters go ahead and printand ignore that the FBI never inspected the severs or the code and relies on the word of a company that was paid by the DNC which refused any government agency access to their systems. So let’s ignore facts and accept the word of the intelligence services which has never led us astray or given us false information because they they always tell the truth.

By doing this we are again deviding the country and undermine the democratic process. If the  Russians did or did not back the election it is irrelevant and is by itself a fake story created to undermine Trump. Intelligence services from day one wanted Hillary Clinton elected and attacked him on his position to not get involved in Syria. They hated President Obama for not doing more in Syria and have been screaming for change in the White House. We have never seen such a over move by the CIA and others to change and manipulate policy and policy makers. This is dangerous and unprecedented. Time to drain Langly.

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This new year brings hope or the biggest upheaval in 30 years and it will most likely be based on what President Elect Trump decides to do.  Yikes. The phrase “we are in for a roller coaster ride” is a major understatement so fasten your seat belt and keep your hands in at all times.

I earlier predicted that Saudi Arabia is ripe for a coup which will hopefully happen swiftly and with a limited amount of bloodshed. The coup will rattle markets and bring the dollar crashing down and push oil prices up. If the coup is successful it will bring more stability to the middle east and the end of the war in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. If it fails then we might see a blood thirsty Saudi Arabia  lash out at Iran and the United States and continue its wars with a vengeance by supplying extremists with MANPADS and the latest TOW ATGMs. The worse outcome would be a split in the country and a civil war. At that point God help us because if you think that Syria was a cluster fuck then imagine Saudi Arabia. Bahrain would fall, Iran will would get involved to support Shias, the U.S. would invade, every jihadists with a pulse would jump in and you can kiss your car goodbye because you will not afford a tank of gas. Hopefully we will wake up one day and find the current King the hospital and his son grieving at his side (house arrest) and relinquishing all his duties to the Prince heir.

Elections in France and Germany will see a surge of nationalist (not LePen) that will bring about major political change within the EU and relations with Russia. The EU powers will accept a Russo Turkish peace agreement in Syria that will keep Assad in power for several years and Turkey’s right to clamp down on Kurdish aspirations. The big loser in all this? Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, Israel and the CIA. Erdogan is ready to throw all his allies including the FSA under the bus to get some kind of victory against the the Kurds. 

The big question is, will Israel resist the urge to attack Hezbollah? The thinking would be to strike them before a peace  will let them transfer more military technology and equipment and strike before they refocus on northern Israel would be the underlying strategy. The problem is that if Israel had problems in 2006 imagine now with a much stronger, 5 year battle tested and better equipped Hezbollah. The result of this war would be a disaster for all. Southern and central Lebanon will be destroyed and much of northern Israel as well. The IDF will sustain major casualties with no real strategic objectives reached.It will be another war that achieves nothing except strengthening Hezbollah and Iran.

Another result of a peace deal in Syria will be the return of tens of thousands of jihadists around the world. The result will be a jump in terrorism especially in Europe and North Africa. Countries such as France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Lybia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia will witness unprecedented terrorist attacks. These countries will face harsh realities and will crack down on returning jihadists and unfortunately in Europe on Muslim communities making the situation worse.

In Asia, a North Korean ICBM test capable of reaching past the Hawaiian islands and another SLBM launch will push South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.  to deploy more anti missile systems to the region that will anger more China and Russia. This will lead to more confrontations in the South China sea and a major investment in both countries in new more capable nuclear deterrents. We could be seeing a major jump in nuclear weapon stock piles in the near future. This comes on top of the stated President Elect wishes to strengthen the U.S. nuclear arsenal. I have always said that the decision to withdraw from the ABM treaty was idiotic and plays into North Korea’s hand while threatening Russia and China. All they have to do is launch a missile or two and then sit back and watch China and the U.S. fight over ABM while they sit back and watch insuring the regime’s survival.

2017 is the year of Trump because how he will manage all these changes will either be fantastic or the end of us. If he does a good job we might get threw it unscaved or begin a dangerous slide into more military engagements and muscle flexing around the world not by just this incoming administration but many others that will follow. When all empires start to lose influence and power they all tend to start wars to show that they are still string and relevant. Recent events have demonstrated that other countries have near abroad interests that they are willing to flex and spend military and political capital on and that they are more and more willing to call on our bluffs. So good luck to you President Elect and to the world we are in dangerous times but times of opportunities as well. Let’s reset before one bluff too many is called.


Thanks to the Syrian Arab Armies and its Russian, Iranian and Shia allies, Christians can celebrate Christmas in Syria.  The defeat of extremists exported by Gulf Countries has been achieved in Aleppo and hopefully will soon mean the end to Syrian war.  Turkey has shifted its alliance and decided that blocking Kurdish aspirations is more critical and important to regime change. President Obama has also chosen the path that would hurt the United States the least by concluding that a Al Nusra victory is not a US victory.

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the CIA  have been sidelined but at the end will realized that it is a good thing and should be thankful. Why should they be thankful?

For Israel, they can continue to live in peace with their neighbors and will not have to face in the future Islamist mercenaries located in a failed state sitting across from them on the Golan Height.  They will have nothing to fear from Israeli airstrikes since they have no value fro human life or care about civilians and infrastructure.  Israel would face an enemy that doesn’t care about anything except striking out. Hezbollah, Iran, Syria all face political realities at home that make their behavior logical and planned. The bearded fanatics have none and trade jokes and smiles before drying off in their suicide vehicles. Who would Israel rather deal with in the long term?

Saudi Arabia would also have to face these extremists if they win in Syria. Do the Saud truly believe that regime change in Syria is the only goal for these career Jihadists? They would be emboldened and ready to come home to burn down the palaces. A mad dog will sooner or later bite the hand that feeds him.

The CIA, a bunch of short sided bunch of assholes, will sooner or later be glad that no Congressional hearings will be held asking them to answer why a bunch of Jihadists flew a plane into another building somewhere in the US and why they all came from Syria. Unfortunately the later is still possible because we are about to witness the largest exodus of well trained Jihadists in history. I suggest that President Elect Trump beats down the CIA and some in the Pentagon to accept full cooperation with the Russians, Assad and the Iranians to wipe out these Jihadists before they go off and wage a war against the West and the house of Saud.

 

 


The CIA is claiming that the Russians have hacked the election and interfered in the US election but should we believe them (they are the CIA so they do lie – heck its their job). So how did they influence the election? Fake news.

Yes fake news or better know as don’t always believe what you read on the internet. The media has jumped on this story with major embarrassment. The Washington Post came out with a story about fake news that turned out to be fake news itself. The Washington Post on a McCarthy which hunt used the information from a so called group of experts, PROPORNOT, that named over 200 sites and blogs Russian propaganda without showing any proof or explanation. This article was of such low journalistic integrity that the Washington Post after growing pressure and law suits was forced to add a lengthy editor’s note to the story with the following section of particular interest:

“THE POST, WHICH DID NOT NAME ANY OF THE SITES, DOES NOT ITSELF VOUCH FOR THE VALIDITY OF PROPORNOT’S FINDINGS REGARDING ANY INDIVIDUAL MEDIA OUTLET, NOR DID THE ARTICLE PURPORT TO DO SO. “

What the Post is saying is that we didn’t check anything, we didn’t call anyone to verify the information nor did we call the sites to get a quote. They basically abdicated they journalistic ethics for a fake story. There has been a widespread abandonment of press responsibilities in the United States which has been going on for decades. Gone are the days of Walter Cronkite that will tell the people the truth and present the facts no matter where it would lead. These days I never believe anything they say anymore. I verify the facts that are presented which usually  is the official narrative from the government, special interest groups, or their corporate sponsors. The official text is regurgitated and differs very little from State controlled media in many other countries that we criticize.

Fake stories are not new and this idea that Russia was behind it is just ridiculous. Since the birth of internet, wackos, conspiracy buffs, alternative viewpoints have always been there. All of a sudden, these same people that have had a voice online for years are considered FSB sleeper agents. The main press has always ignored them and ridiculed them and now jump at every word they write calling it proof of a grander Russian conspiracy.

If the CIA report is true (which very difficult to prove) than the Russian are brilliant masters of propaganda that we should just surrender to them since they got their mole into the White House.  These journalists and pundits are threatening our democracy by creating the fake news that President Trump is a Russian spy or a best a lackey.  This is in my view treason because 0 and I mean 0 evidence exists that the Russian hacked into the voting machines or bought votes or manipulated votes in anyway. By repeating this narrative day after day is only undermining the presidency of the United States. By repeating this narrative (repeat a lie enough and it becomes true) while at the same time giving credence to protesters and recount efforts is undermining the peaceful transition of power that we have enjoyed for over 200 years. If you didn’t like the outcome of the election that is understandable but to advocate for new elections line former CIA Officer turned CNN intelligence analyst Bob Baer is dangerous.

I fear the CIA is so obsessed with helping Jihadists in Syria that they are willing to undermine our democracy to the point of rebellion instead of accepting that the American people have voted for someone that will not seek idiotic adventures overseas and will pull out of Syria.  The CIA has had in the last 60 years close ties to Islamic fundamentalists and has always viewed Jihadist as tools to be used to combat communism and Arab nationalism. The entire idea was to use the Muslim populations in the southern central Asian to turn against the Soviet Union and to turn the Muslim brotherhood against Abdel Nasser of Egypt and nationalists in Syria and across the middle east. This policy has been re-purposed to overthrow regimes in Libya and in Syria but just with Afghanistan in the 80s, Jihadists are difficult to control. mutate and tend to turn against the hand that feeds them.

 

The most ironic thing is that the CIA report is basically whining about Russian hacking that revealed the interference and collusion by the DNC, large corporations, the rich, lobby groups and establishment players in trying to influence the American people in voting for Hillary Clinton. They pushed from day one that her victory was a “fait accompli” and we should all fall in line. Where are the calls for an investigation in media and DNC collusion? Where are the calls for an investigation of the DNC for doing everything possible to sabotage Bernie Sanders to include espionage a la Watergate?

At the end, if the Russians tried to influence our election I would not be surprised. We tried to influence their elections especially in 2011 (Putin was furious at Hillary Clinton) and we shouldn’t cry about it like babies when they do a better job of it. We have influenced elections, bought off dictators and overthrown regimes for over two centuries so when someone else tries to do the same to us we should be a little more sportsman like since it is all a great game.


John Glenn went on his last mission today and I wish him good luck and God speed. He will always be remembered as an American hero and patriot. He along with the astronauts of the Mercury program were my heroes growing up. The Mercury 7: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, and Scott Carpenter paved the way for all human kind in space. May they all find there way across the stars.

 


OPEC has agreed to a cut but that is not what will trust oil prices over $100 a barrel.  A much more important and potentially devastation scenario will push oil upward if it occurs. I say if but the chances are very high. I am talking of a political event and crisis that no one is talking about but should.

I am talking about the potential downfall of the Saudi Royal family. The current situation in Saudi Arabia is getting more and more dangerous and will lead to a coup that will oust the current king and his son at best. The father and son duo have in a relatively short amount of time created:

  • The Yemen war which has been a disaster militarily as well as politically with the Houthis still holding on with no sign or weakening. Near the Saudi Yemen border, the Saudi border guards and Amy have been getting a beating with many towns abandoned instead of being defended.
  • Doubled down in Syria but Russia has decided enough is enough and is and will crush the Saudi/Qatari/Turkish backed Jihadist. With Assad still in power and potential able to retake most of Western and Central Syria it is another Saudi failure and humiliation.
  • The Saudi Economy is in shambles after the devastating policies to drive oil prices down and gain market share.
  • Accepting Iranian and Iraqi terms for an oil production curb deal was at best politically embarrassing for Saudi Arabia and an acceptance that Salman’s strategy failed.

King’s Salman reign has been nothing but one failure after another. Worse of all there has been a major internal shake up when he took power.  He named Muhammad bin Nayef the crown prince end then stripped him of most of his powers and transfered nearly everything to his son Mohammed Bin Salman. Neither by the way are the sons of Muhammad Ibn Saud the founder of the Kingdom and where all other kings that followed received legitimacy from including Salman. So we have foreign adventures that are in shambles, an oil strategy that is now recognized as a failure and a future change in succession that has never been tried. So what could go wrong?

Well how about the young deputy crown prince creating more and more enemies at home by accumulating powers and sending the Kingdom down one failed venture after another and running the economy literally into the sand. Mohammed Bin Salman basically runs (King Salman is reported to be senile) the show and he reminds of one of those young consultants out of graduate school full of text book ideas but with 0 experience and worse yet is a cocky son of a bitch. What happens? Dumb idea after dumb idea is put into place which leads to  foreign workers not being paid, unemployment for young people between ages 16 and 29 is 29%, government contractors are not getting paid and the coffers are getting empty.

His reforms are also are pushing aside religious hardliners. He recently stripped the religious police of arresting powers called for education reform and for a less strict . His new Vision 2030, a plan to change Saudi Arabia is promoting phased reduction of most subsidies to the people, increase private sector employment when the government is responsible for 70% of jobs, and calling for less bureaucratic appointments a long time bread and butter for princes.

If you want to commit suicide in Saudi Arabia is it pretty simple:

  1. go after the princes money  Check
  2. cut the peoples money Check
  3. take the power away from the religious fanatics Check

Saudi Arabia’s Royal family initially an still today gets its power from the allegiance of the tribes and the religious conservatives. The Royal family also derides allegiance in the form of a social control with the people of Saudi Arabia which is basically “You don’t work and we pay you and you let us do what we like”.

Is your stomach getting a little queasy? Well it should. The economy is failing, Russian and Iranian influence on the rise in the Middle East, reforms making many traditional power players angry, and a internal battle for succession are all creating the right situation for a coup within the palace but that would be good news. So a coup is good news so what is the bad news?

Bad news is if a coup doesn’t happen and things get worse politically and economically then the thousands of Saudi Jihadists that will be returning home from Syria and already feeling betrayed by the Royal family might decide to do something about it.  The hardliners and the tribes might just side with them and we have a major problem.  We have a powder cage that could go off at any time and no one and I mean no one is talking about it. A coup a we get oil at $100 a barrel the later and we get $150+. So when that happens don’t be shocked because I told you so and it will happen and soon.


The Syrian regime of Assad with Russian air support and his regional allies Hezbollah and Iran  have in the last week made substantial gains in the city of Aleppo. They have as of today taking back over 75% of rebel held part of the city with stunning success and speed. Using massing artillery and air support and putting pressure on multiple fronts they have overwhelmed the rebels (mostly Al Queda) and for once have decided not to agree to any ceasefires or relent in their attack.

What we have seen is thousands of civilians flee and some of their stories are coming out and they are not favorable to the rebels. They speak of rebels stealing all the food aid, shooting civilians in the back when fleeing to government controlled areas. What many forget is that despite the war, Assad has maintained payments to all Syrians even if they are located in rebel controlled areas. This has maintained the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of Syrians in besieged areas that are and lets be frank mostly hostages. They are are being used as human shields or their corpses as anti-government propaganda.

To the anti Assad groups calling this a massacre what is worse? Prolonging the war and suffering of the Syrian people or getting this over quickly and reduce the number of casualties.  The Assad regime has over and over called for the rebels to lay down their arms and be moved by bus to Idlib. For weeks they refused and called repeatedly pleaded with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States to force a cease fire. What they don’t realize is that Russia has had it with cease fires and negotiations. For a year the Russians negotiated with the United States to get the so called FSA to distance itself from extremist groups.  The United States wanted to keep trying to topple Assad and let the Gulf states assist terrorists rather than give a political legitimacy and a win to Russia.

So as my earlier article, Russia does not need the United States to settle the problem in  Syria. What the United States, Saudi Arabia and Western Europe need is Russia to kill as many if not all the jihadist because they will go back and create havoc back home. Saudi Arabia luxurious jihadi reeducation hotels are not going to work. Europe and Saudi Arabia will face thousands of them and will have a very hard time containing them. I predict that there will be running gun battles on the street of Riyadh within the years to come and oil price at 100+.

PS Many of the fighters in  Aleppo are asking to go to the Turkish FSA controlled areas including Al Qaeda links groups rather than going to Idlib. Maybe they know the situation there will be lost as well in the near future.  The Syrian Army has cleared most of the rebels near Damascus and after Aleppo and with that will be able to concentrate men, air power and armor on the wide open areas of Idlib.


Since the fall of the Berlin wall, NATO and the United States has been undermine Russia. The United States has not missed an occasion to humiliate Russian from negotiating a troop withdraw from Eastern Europe and former republics, refusing to bail the rubble out, privatization to the Russian mob,making Yeltsin swallow losing Sevastopol, NATO’s bombing of Serbia and all those movies about with actors with tick russian accents drinking vodka and trying to sell nuclear weapons.

What people don’t understand is that this the same type of idiot behavior that lead to the Third Reich. France and to some degree the United Kingdom treatment of post WWI Germany lead to resentment and then nationalism and eventually Hitlers rise. I am not saying that President Putin is Hitler but the situation has lead to a resurgence of Russia very much like in Germany in the 30’s. Using corruption, crime and NATO’s perceived aggression as the banners to rally the people under one man. It has modernized its military, learned from its lessons in Chechnya and Georgia.

On February 9 1990, Secretary of State James Baker made a deal to with Russia not to expand into eastern Europe in exchange for Gorbachev’s backing of the reunification of Germany.  The idea that NATO would add East Germany and stop there. It didn’t.  Poland, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Check Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia. 11 countries later it found itself at the doorstep of Russia with Ukraine.

Ukraine’s historical, economic, and military importance to Russia was the last straw.  After the 2008 Georgia fiasco, the Russians were in no mood to play games with the United States and a clear signal had to be sent.   All signs pointed to a high probability of direct involvement in Ukraine.  The night that Viktor Yanukovych fled his opulent presidential palace, I said to my wife watch President Putin take Crimea within weeks or months and eastern Ukraine within a year.  Crimea would be taken because Russia could not trust Ukraine or NATO to abide by the 99 year lease that Clinton made Yeltsin accept (he threatened walking out of negotiations several times over Crimea). Crimea is not just an important Naval base but a symbol of Russia.  It has major historical significance from the defeat of the Ottoman Empire and the Tatars, the Crimean War all the way to its heroic resistance to the Nazis. Crimea and Sevastopol is Russia. To lose it would mean losing Pearl Harbor for the United States. Russia would of wiped out the Ukrainian Army and gladly accepted sanctions if it was necessary. Luckily, Putin acted fast while Kiev was in disorder which resulted in no loses on either side.  An impressive feat to say the least.  President Putin had 4 objectives:

1.Take Crimea to safeguard the black sea fleet and any future the Navy would have in the Mediterranean

2. Make sure that Ukraine never joins NATO since the later would not accept a country which has a territorial dispute with Russia

3. Warn Ukraine that it could break with Russia but Russia would never break with Ukraine

4. Send a clear signal to NATO that it’s march east is over

With the Crimean situation under control, Putin could now turn to undermining the Kiev government with impunity. Seeing that NATO, the US, the UN and Ukraine was powerless to intervene it could now set about making sure the new government would be stuck in perpetual crisis and potentially collapse. In order to do that it needed to undermine the authority of the state and nothing is better for that than secession. The FSB pushed and bombarded Russian speaking Eastern Ukraine with propaganda to entice a move toward secession. Taking over a few towns was just enough to get a reaction from Kiev. Instead of calling for calm and reassuring the Russian speaking east, Kiev opted to send its underfunded,  untrained, and clueless Army to the Donetsk region to crack down. The result  was a disaster still unfolding. The current government of President Petro Poroshenko is in shambles and near collapse (corruption, economy in ruins, and Donetsk firmly under Russian control)  leaving Russia in a better position to pull the strings with the next government that will take over (a very good chance that the government collapses and new elections are called within a year).

After successes in Ukraine and hesitations from the UK and the United States to not bomb Syria after the staged WMD attack, Russia saw an opening there. The idea that the Russians were going in for a little unused naval base was embarrassing reason when brought up by some pundits and experts in the media. The Russians saw Syria as vital to protect its natural gas market, eliminate Chechen mercenaries, and use the conflict as a bargaining chip with the US and Europe for lifting sanctions.  Using ISIS as cover, Russia set about to change the situation on the ground to gain a negotiating advantage. It offer repeated proposals and offers of cease fires to get all parties at the table. The US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey repeatedly refused. Now with the Syrian regime in a offensive posture it has decided that Aleppo will fall and the so called FSA and Al-Nusra will be  defeated there and sent back to the country side. It waited until after the election to commence its offensive which they hope the city can be taken before President Elect Trump takes over. This will change the  facts on the ground and more than likely tie the hands of the next administration to cooperate with Russia and Syria.

Russia is in a good position and would welcome lifting of sanctions but is ready for the long game.  President Elect Trump will have a difficult task of reigning in the CIA, the Republican establishment and allies to accept that Russia will be able to negotiate on its term a final peace in Syria and in Ukraine. I truly believe that US-Russian ties will defrost but slowly and with much resistance from regional allies. The fact is that without arming Al-Nusra more directly and with more sophisticated weapons (MANPADS, 3rd generations ATGM) the facts on the ground look grim.  I hope that some in the new administration will be reminded that the last time we went to bed with AL-Queda it did not turn out so well.  So lets just suck it up, swallow our pride and look at our long term interests. We can negotiate with President Putin but not with Al-Queda.


In the late 90’s in my finance and accounting classes I was the odd person out that kept arguing with my peers and professors that the valuation of stocks was off and that new accounting rules and banking deregulation were going to lead to problems. I was right, but then 10 years on in 2008, I was shocked about what was happening.  I did not foresee the size and impact of the crash even thought saw that the real estate market was one big bubble and that mortgage interest loans were a bad idea. But because I didn’t want to miss out on the real estate bubble like I missed out on the tech bubble. I let myself drink the kool-aid  and jump on the band wagon.

After 2008, I was mad, angry and disappointed in myself for just accepting what analysts, the experts  and the press was saying without questioning it. I have always had a long history of questioning everything. From questioning the tech bubble to the evidence for the case for war in Iraq, I questioned the prevailing mainstream view.  But in 2008 I was caught off guard. Maybe it was because I was invested in the stock market and was a home owner. My personal interests blinded me to the fact that the data and the information were all pointing to a crash. The markets, the press, the politicians were all pushing the same story.Personal interest and very little to no descent let me sink in the BS and conform. It’s not always fun to be the odd person out. It is not always fun defending your views against the masses especially if you are going against the entire establishment. But group think is dangerous. Unfortunately we are seeing more and more group think. Schools are pumping out a bunch of clones that regurgitate the same theories and ideas. The press all spews the same propaganda either on the right or on the left. Look at the their view points on Russia. The pollsters and analysts have gotten Brexit, the Colombian Referendum, and the US election wrong.  What is the data? no it was group think and bias that made them blind to the statistics that showed that all of them were within the margin of error.

So ever since 2008, I have made it a point to question and dissect the rhetoric and the evidence. Because of that I have had a pretty good record and have predicted:

  • Trump’s victory
  • Brexit
  • Russia’s intervention in Syria
  • Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen
  • Russia’s take over Crimea and the separatist movements in Eastern Ukraine
  • The move of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to finance groups in Syria
  • The total failure of the state of Libya after Gaddafi’s death
  • Toppling of President Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarrak in Egypt and then the ouster of Muslim brotherhood
  • Obama’s victory in 2008 and 2012

I have been much better at seeing political events coming since starting to re-question the data and never blindly accepting anything proposed especially if everyone is on board. I have been more aware of my own biases and have worked to suppress them in order to objectivity observe and breakdown the information being sold by politicians, the press, the experts and pundits.  All the signs and information is out there. All you have to do is check and question the evidence.  All the polls in battleground states before the 2016 election were within the margin of error. The enthusiasm for Trump was evident in his rallies, the Wikileaks emails were eroding Clinton’s perception, the FBI letter made a dent, Republican turn out was up, minority registration down. the polls showed that over 70% of Americans wanted change but everyone jumped on the band wagon.

 


Protesters have been flooding the streets of major US cities for a week now and they are clueless. They call Trump a fascist but know the definition of the word. Did Trump say at any time that he was suspended the bill of rights or any specific amendment? No. Under president Bush and Obama we have seen the NSA step on our freedom of privacy with blanket spying on all Americans, extra judicial killings of Americans overseas, and the use of torture.  All of them are in my mind examples of the suspension of the bill of rights but where were the protesters then?

They say he is racist because he said he is going to deport illegals.  He will deport some illegals. He can’t deport them all because of the cost of deporting them and the cost and the disruption it will cause to the economy. He might deport a few million like President Obama did (over 2.8 million over 8 years more than any previous administrations).  I believe that immigration is an issue that needs to be addressed and the current political establishment has refused to address because it suits them. The Republicans like to keep wages down and the Democrats like to get votes and therefore our border is not secure and drugs and yes some criminals are crossing our borders. The current situation is not sustainable and lets be frank it suppresses wage growth, promotes slave labor and traps thousands of women in children to the sex trade. Liberals needs to accept that immigration reform is needed and not just a blanket amnesty that would just send a green light for more illegal immigration. Conservatives need to understand that immigration is healthy and helps makes the economy run smoothly. So by enforcing the laws of the nation is President Elect Trump a racist? No but has his rhetoric sounded racist? Yes. Time will tell if his actions prove to be racist. I still believe that our Republic is based on checks and balances and that it will work to overrule any overtly racist policies he may or may not try to impose.

They say he is not their president because he didn’t win the popular vote but I guess they don’t understand our Republic and how the Electoral College works.  He did not win more votes than Secretary Clinton but also more people did not vote for either of them. 43% of Americans did not cast a ballot for President. Some cast their votes for local, state, congressional and senate seats and not for President and other just stayed home. More people taught that both candidates were so bad that they decided not to vote. It is telling that over 100 million Americans did not vote for Trump or Clinton.  Technically 2.7 times more Americans did not cast a vote for Secretary Clinton than voted for her. Instead of taking the popular vote with a grain of salt, some protesters are choosing to ignore that fact. more Americans did not like and did not want to vote for their candidate than people vote for her.

So to all the protesters out there how about you save your energy for a real fight and based it on some concrete action/policy that might or might not come out of the Trump administration.

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