The world may not like the U.S. but do they respect us?

Essential to the art of the deal is to say ‘No Deal’

Photo of the day is Germany’s Angela Merkel in a cluster of Europeans going nose to nose with Donald Trump at the G-7 summit in Quebec, while Trump sits serenely with arms crossed. No need to translate that body language!

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Just say no

The New York Times bleats, “Trump is trying to wreck America’s alliances.” A more nuanced (back atcha!) reading would employ the verb “reset” rather than “wreck.” Did Trump not tell voters he was going to reset American trade?

Locally, liberal Democrat blogger Greg Humphrey often surprises with uncommon good sense, including support for Madison’s police. So we’ll give him a bye on an uncharacteristic blogburst, “Donald Trump is blowing up the American Century while under-educated supporters open another beer and scratch themselves.”

Talk about a stereotype! Was confounded during the 2016 campaign by the surprising (to me) number of Trump supporters who were just as likely to order a single-malt Scotch whisky or a cabernet sauvignon. At least Greg didn’t unleash another obscenity-laced tirade like Robert De Niro did at Sunday night’s (06-10-18) Tony awards. (Imagine if Roseanne had showered Obama with profanity.)

Go scratch yourself

To Greg, Mr. De Niro, and the New York Times editorialists we offer an antidote in this essay appearing in Sunday’s Times (much credit). Christopher Buskirk, editor of the journal American Greatness, writes that he would not be surprised if the Trump movement picks up support in this year’s mid-term elections. We risk fair usage by quoting extensively but there’s much more at the link:

Republicans have long criticized Democrats for dividing the country into competing grievance groups. … That’s why Mr. Trump’s rhetoric works. When he speaks off the cuff, he talks about “we,” “us” and “our.” He has said repeatedly that we love our farmers, our police, our flag and our national anthem — even our coal miners. 

Most Republicans accept his transgressive personality and his intentional tweaking of social and political norms because they see it as in service of those larger ideas. That will seem counter-intuitive to Trump haters, but fiddling with tax rates, however necessary and beneficial, can’t sustain a political movement, let alone a nation. Issues of citizenship and solidarity — that is to say, asking what it means to be an American — have returned to the fore. …

The three-legged stool of the new Republican majority is a pro-citizen immigration policy, a pro-worker economic policy and a foreign policy that rejects moral imperialism and its concomitant foreign wars.  …

Democrats like Mark Penn, a former Clinton pollster and confidant, are sick of the scandal mongering. Mr. Penn wrote recently that “Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again.”

At some point, the combination of scandal fatigue — there is almost no crime of which Mr. Trump is not regularly accused — and the continuing revelations of improprieties by government officials (in the F.B.I., at the Department of Justice and elsewhere) will lead voters to believe that Mr. Trump got a raw deal. … while others are expressing concern that Mr. Mueller’s investigation — his dawn raids and strong-arm tactics — don’t play well in Peoria.

Is Mueller all you’ve got?

Remind anyone of Wisconsin’s John Doe II? Anyone? Buskirk continues:

 If Mr. Mueller is not able to prove collusion with Russia, the stated reason for his appointment, then Democrats, who have talked about little else for the past 18 months, will be left looking unserious or worse. They’re right to worry.

Donald Trump is giving the world a seminar on the art of the deal. “A signature Trump tactic is to respond to every attack with a stronger counterstrike,” a Wall Street Journal analysis finds.

When Beijing threatened to match his tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, he threatened to put tariffs on $100 billion. When North Korea increased missile tests, he vowed to respond with “fire and fury.” His maximum-pressure campaign on the nation involved imposing economic sanctions, pressing Beijing to reduce its business with Pyongyang and asking his national-security team to develop military options for striking North Korea.

The moves increased fears of war but were followed by the June 12 summit plans.

Blaska’s Bottom LineReminds us of “Tear down this wall.” Oh, how the Left howled!

 

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69 Responses to The world may not like the U.S. but do they respect us?

  1. madisonexpat says:

    And I can remember when Reagan bombed Khaddafi and Europe and our liberal establishment all called him a cowboy, imperialist, war monger but when Obama and Hillary did it it was “smart power.”

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  2. Tom Paine says:

    Trump’s assumption about trade being a zero-sum game is WRONG. Here, Trump’s ignorance shines. That said, there are bilateral trade issues that can be improved, or should be re-negotiated, but his fundamental assumption is simply false. The logic of David Ricardo remains.

    Regarding beer-drinkers –>Greg H’s use of a negative stereotype is consistent with the way libs “feel” about so much. (The do not “think,” they feel). Still, even among the anointed, including the mandarins at the CapTimes, I suspect more than a few purchase/drink trendy “craft beers” to compliment their self-images.

    Regarding scratching –> Wish he had been more clear. More than a minority would object to the “inclusion” of pedophilia as just another form of self-expression and freedom. Those who praise MS13 and other deviant groups—the intersectionality of the highbrow contempt for “traditional cultures” of baseball, football, bronc-riding, and hunting, Nope, most of them don’t eat quiche, paint their nails, or hair “done.”

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Ready the fainting couches for @AnonyBob, @richard lesiak, & @hankdog/old baldy as they prepare to get…um…schlonged.

    C’mon, the world hasn’t liked the U.S. for a long time, for obvious reasons the usual suspects listed above will happily provide.

    The only time they ratchet down the weenie-whining is when it gets close to a foreign aid payday.

    Now it’s just pissed because, without global apologist Bower-in-Chief Hopey Changey in charge, it can’t bend us over anymore.

    The Gotch

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  4. Turd Ferguson says:

    Again, it all in how the Fake News wants to frame the story. Evil Stoic Donald Trump against a hard nosed Angela Merkel.
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/10/merkels-g7-photo-didnt-share/

    Try again…

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  5. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    That photo looks like a deranged version of the Last Supper taken at the exact moment when Jesus (DJT) refused to pick up the check; meanwhile, Judas the backstabber (Canadian Prime Minister & part-time underwear model Justin Trudeau) has already absconded.

    Gone are the days of predictable photo-ops of Obama clinking champagne glasses with the Euro-elites in Brussels while the world press stood in the background cooing their approval over yet another endorsement of the economic status quo.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      This just in…. George Soros is deeply depressed.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @madisonexpat;

        “This just in…. George Soros is deeply depressed.”

        Shucks, if there were only some property to redistribute from…um…relocating Jews, that always seemed to pick up his mood…

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          relocating Jews? Care to explain that please.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak:

          “relocating Jews? Care to explain that please.”

          Care to guess where they were being relocated to?

          Anywho, my pleasure. But please secure a crate of tissues first, it’s VERY traumatic for Lefties to find out something most Righties already know; that you’s Lefty heroes are monumental scumbags.

          Excerpted from 1998 “Sixty Minutes” Steven Kroft interview:

          KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

          SOROS: Yes. Yes.

          KROFT: Went out, in fact, AND HELPED IN THE CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY FROM THE JEWS. (bolds/caps mine)

          SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

          KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

          SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all.

          KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

          SOROS: No.

          Not difficult, no guilt; a Jew pretending to be a Christian stealing from other Jews. Pure, unadulterated Lefty EVIL!!!

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Gotch all you did was make a long post full of insults and BS. aka trump? Kroft did not write this. Jim O’neill wrote this in 2009. “The Canada Free Press published It. O’Niell also said Soros was also responsible for the global financial meltdown, the radicalization of the Democratic party and America’s moral decline. What a busy guy. O’Niell quoted one part of the interview and (guess what) left out key passages. Failed to mention he was 14 years old. He was a spectator and scared shitless. He had no role in taking away anyone’s property and just wanted to get out of the situation in one piece. Everything you said has been circulated in chain e-mails by RWNJ’s and has no merit.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          HEY GOTCH.. did you see the breaking news? R Barr just issued a public apology to Soros for re-tweeting the exact same thing you posted here. Are you going to do the same?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Everything you said has been circulated in chain e-mails by RWNJ’s and has no merit.”

          Do tell!

          It’s worse than youse thought; the EVIL Righties actually doctored the “60 Minutes” interview.

          Ah, I’m just messin’ with youse; those are direct quotes from the “60 Minutes” piece; watch at the 56 second mark to confirm that youse are a moron, and The Gotch posts the TRUTH!!!

          Would LUV to see that stupid grin fade from yer puss as a fact-based Universe becomes clear:

          “R Barr just issued a public apology to Soros for re-tweeting the exact same thing you posted here.”

          Now, idiot savant, tell us how what R. Barr tweeted was the exact same thing I posted.

          Did I post Soros was a Nazi and killed Jews? That would be a NO, am I right?

          Tres cute? Li’l @richard lesiak thinks he has a “gotcha” and all he has are his empty widdle hands to go along with his empty widdle head.

          Now for the character-building part; you owe it to everyone, especially The Gotch, to waddle yer oversized keester back here and issue an appropriately contrite and groveling apology for youse egregious breach of a fact-based reality.

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          What YOU quoted was not the 60 min interview. It was a cherry-picked article written years later. From now on I shall check everything you post. I’m not sorry for writing anything. Just the fact that you insist on peppering each one of your comments with insults, snide remarks and word smithery to cover up your factually incorrect info should give everyone pause. I know you didn’t say “killed Jews.” You did say he took their property and relocated them. That is totally untrue. And, I repeat, he was 14.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Jesus, Richard, check everything he posts? That sounds like torture. I just assume everything he says is complete BS. Otherwise, why would he feel the need to obscure with such overwrought…prose, I guess. Clarity is certainly not The Retch’s goal.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Aww, isn’t that cute; @richard lesiak gets caught with his hempen homespun knickers down and promptly blames the belt.

          But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but, but, but…what about Jim O’Niell and the CFP???

          “What YOU quoted was not the 60 min interview.”

          You are a seriously addlepated imbecile. THOSE WORDS ARE IN THE INTERVIEW AND QUOTED VERBATIM, AND IN SEQUENCE.

          No apology? No problem, you merely flunk the character check, (it’s now painfully clear you have none) and THAT will be with you each time you post from here on in!

          The Gotch

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “I just assume everything he says is complete BS.”

          You specifically, and Lefty generally, stupidly choose that approach to you’s eternal peril.

          Matters not, you’s are as blissfully clueless as the day is long.

          The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        And David Koch finally figured out that the crazy train left the station and is pulling out of politics.

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  6. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

    The really interesting thing to watch is all the liberal pundits like Dana Milbank, Leonard Pitts, Cynthia Tucker etc, who were a tad less maniacal before he was elected. They couldn’t move the needle for Hildebeast with their Trump bashing then, but now seem to think that putting their TDS on full display, will somehow make the difference. They just don’t understand that going full tilt bonkers on a weekly basis, just makes his supporters dig in deeper. Voting for Trump was largely just a big middle finger to the liberal elite. Losing your mind about it, just reaffirms that they hit their target and can’t wait to do it again.

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  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “Reminds us of ‘Tear down this wall.’ Oh, how the Left howled!” Of course they did. If they’d been in charge, the Wall would still be there and the US would be holding its umpteenth arms control summit with the USSR (also still there) because that’s what diplomacy is all about. A wise man once defined a liberal as someone who would rather fuss with the Gordian knot than cut it. Trump has cut so many knots liberals are in a constant state of derangement.

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  8. AnonyBob says:

    Hoo boy, you guys. What’s it going to take? Trump needlessly insults the other 6 major democracies of the world, our ALLIES and major trading partners by completely making sh*t up about trade, imposes tariffs on them and forces them retaliate in kind. He then stomps off, flinging insults. Paine is right (a first!), he’s a complete moron about this stuff and a bully. You think anyone RESPECTS this?! This is giving a finger to the liberal elites? This is going to HURT us. It’s hard to imagine a bribed, paid off or blackmailed stooge doing a better job for Putin.

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    • Batman says:

      When first reading your post above bobo, I actually felt like you were describing how you often behave on this board. Eerily similar to how you see the Orange Master.

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    • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

      You could try reading for comprehension next time, Bob. I said that voting for Trump (which I did not do, BTW) was Middle America’s way of giving the finger to the liberal elites. And everytime they hear/see a reaction like yours, for instance, it warms their black little hearts and encourages then to vote for him again. But let’s see how the end game plays out as far as your predictions go. But liberals now have a credibility problem in that they have been predicting economic disaster from Day One of his presidency, and it hasn’t shown up yet.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Not following how I didn’t comprehend Dave’s post or your comment. Trump IS giving a middle finger to the world (at least the non-authoritarian part we’ve led for the past 70 years) and his middle America voters cheer him on. This will not end well if he keeps it up. Many sectors of our economy will be hurt. And do you think the next time the US gets involved in a conflict our (former) allies will contribute troops?

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      • madisonexpat says:

        AND a Blue Wave, and a 94% certainty that Hillary would be president.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        2019…crash and burn. It takes time to grow corn, soybeans, potatoes and China, Mexico, Canada are already signing contracts with other countries. (corn futures are down 9% already) China has already tripled their soybean contracts with russia and bidding American farmers ado. Banking reg’s are being tossed out and we already see those 100% home loans coming back. Now that he has pissed off all our friends they are going to fight back and it ain’t going to be pretty.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      No, its easy but she lost anyway.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      “This is going to HURT us.” The mantra of the Left since the day Trump took office. Meanwhile the economy is humming along, and ordinary people are seeing more $$ in their paychecks (“crumbs” according to that feckless c**t Nancy Pelosi–hey, just borrowing a phrase from Miss Bee). And now the Prez is on the verge of the greatest foreign policy coup since Reagan stared down the USSR. No wonder liberals are suffering from generalized anxiety disorder as they desperately search the horizon for that legendary white whale–sorry, blue wave.

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  9. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    This is what’s now passing for learned commentary fro Lefty.

    Time Magazine contributing editor Jon Meacham weenie-whining to MSLSD’s Joe Scarborough:

    Just because something hasn’t happened before, doesn’t mean it’s historic.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???

    Probably should have an asterisk/disclaimer stating that it WOULD be historic if the U.S. participant were a minority or LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBAEIEIO, am I right?

    Anywho; HeyZeus Alou Lefties, take a SERIOUS look at how epically stupid you’s (most, not all) look to the rest of the known Universe…just by being you’s!!!!

    The Gotch

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Tonys. That would be the Broadway Edition.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Whoops, trying to talk some sense into too many righties at once. This was meant for Kriewald, below.
        As for Retch: ever try writing in plain, direct English? Or does the paucity of your ideas and a needy ego always require such obfuscation?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “Whoops, trying to talk some sense into too many righties at once.”

          Boy gots to know his limitations!

          ”ever try writing in plain, direct English?”

          Funniest thing, you appear to be the only one struggling. That alone will supply some clarity to the lucid, a group which excludes youse, @hankdog/old baldy, & @richard lesiak.

          The latter is trying mightily to airbrush Uncle Georgie’s words from an indelibly etched, and damning, record.

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Believe me Retch, we ALL are struggling with you. Ever notice how no one else gunks up their writing like you do? Most strive for clarity and let the strength of their arguments stroke their egos, not their overwrought, tortured English.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “we ALL are struggling with you.”

          Soooo, youse speak for everyone now? Oy, talk about yer suffocating George Costanza Syndrome: unsupported arrogance paired with crushingly low self-esteem.

          “Ever notice how no one else gunks up their writing like you do?”

          Ever notice how youse are the only that wastes EVERYONE’S time AND bandwidth posting about it?

          “Most strive for clarity and let the strength of their arguments stroke their egos, not their overwrought, tortured English.”

          Most strive to have their lives illuminated with something other than that provided by monumentally imbecilic gas-lighting.

          See ya in the funny papers, dweeb!

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Retch, I’m not the only one who wonders what the heck you ramble on about…

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          ”I’m not the only one who wonders what the heck you ramble on about…”

          Since yer making progressively less-n-less sense, it’s time to discuss establishing a conservator/guardian who will be tasked with reading for comprehension in youse stead.

          Why? you’ve made it painfully clear that doing so on yer own does not exist in an admittedly threadbare skill set.

          This will be their first assignment:

          “Ever notice how youse are the only that wastes EVERYONE’S time AND bandwidth posting about it?”

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Compare the length of my comments to yours. Who wastes bandwidth?

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        • AnonyBob says:

          And the English language.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Whitehouse Trump F@#kup

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    • richard lesiak says:

      What the hell are you yapping about here. Just another time when you take one sentence from an entire conversation and turn it into rambling nonsense.

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  10. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The latest display of TDS is Robert De Niro yelling at the Tony Awards (apropos of nothing that was happening at the time), “I’m going to say one thing. F**k Trump!” Met, of course, by a standing ovation and hysterical applause from the glittering crowd. Yet another gift to Trump & Co. from the liberal elites (Hollywood Division). Nice of them to do their part to help the mythical “blue wave” recede another mile or two.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      You Trumpsters may find this hard to believe, but it’s not just the liberal elite that sum up Trump with just those two words. I recently met a Midwestern accountant, graduate degreed and an auditor for a defense contractor. Lifelong Republican voter. He said the exact same thing. The knuckle-dragging, tea-drinking base may have cowed the establishment Republicans and independents, but their lack of enthusiasm is going to be a poor match in the voting booth for the energized Democrats. Let’s see what today’s elections bring…

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  11. richard lesiak says:

    Well; we are 2-1 in the special elections. Schachtner, Frostman winners. Groves lost. Frostman is first Dem in over 40 years to win there.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Even Walker said there is a Blue Wave coming. When are the rest of you righties going to catch up? One correction Richard: Dems didn’t lose the Groves seat, even she didn’t win the election. That was a Republican seat, so no change there, no loss. Status quo is the best the GOP can claim.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        even though

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Interesting to find out that Plumer’s campaign was run by the chief of staff of Robin Voss. They put out a flier says Groves was going to take everyone’s guns. The mailing also said to please vote on June 15th. To quote gotch(cough gag). WTF

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  12. Batman says:

    Why you always ragging on Gotch and Zoltar bobo. They are your diverse brothers who add color and unique flavor to the board. You know, the stuff you Leftys always screech about publicly and marinade in to infuse your selves with heretofore unknown virtue. Try and resist your intrinsic Lefty intolerance for all things inconvenient to your point of view. You have an opportunity for growth here bobo. You can do it. You only have to try.

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  13. madisonexpat says:

    The question in the Carolinas seems to be “Are you for this president or against him?” If against, you’re out. Robert Pittenger and Mark Sanford for starters.
    As I’ve said, the R vs. D choice is obsolete. Neither party served its purported base but rather its donors and special interests. Our rulers have spent so much time money and effort on things like global warming, racial equity, gender fluidity etc. etc. that they posture and strike poses rather than govern. We have noticed.
    We have a president who requires function over form. His predecessor, what’s his name, was the opposite.
    If there is a wave it is anti establishment. R’s and D’s are establishment. Time for anyone who runs for office to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way

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    • Batman says:

      Good post expat. I have understood this for a long time and so would anyone else not mentally crippled by myopia due to emotionally invested partisanship. The all pervasive Washington corruption succeeds in playing the masses against one another as a distraction, as though a soundbite from Pelosi or Trump tweet actually mean anything. Washington is an abscess; the players the oozing pus. We need an effective ABX.
      Sadly, the vast majority of citizens do not see through this even a little while fighting amongst themselves…

      Money, manipulation, and power, by nearly any means, at any price.
      That is the Washington way.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Does by any means include having your staff go out to buy you a used pee stained trump mattress? I thought your golden boy was going to fix the “washington way” and drain the swamp?

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        • Batman says:

          Ritchie,
          Get your facts straight troll boy; it’s not “golden boy” but rather the Orange Master.

          “Does by any means include having your staff go out to buy you a used pee stained trump mattress?”

          No mystery why your wife escaped your clutches in desperation as you spiraled into that dark scary place you now occupy.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      When it comes to ” Pyongyang Don”, count me as against.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Doesn’t answer my question batty. I have my facts straight XXXX. Does your old lady XXXXX? You did change my mind on one thing though; it’s not golden boy or orange master. It’s XXXX. You share being a commie XXXXX with your gutless leader so you must cheat at golf and keep a pic of Hannity in your wallet too.

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      • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

        Richard I have the impression that you’d be against Trump if he zeroed out the US carbon footprint and adopted every hair brained policy that Bernie Sanders comes up with on a weekly basis.

        Trump rattles his sabre: “He’s taking us to war!!” Trump makes peace overtures: “What a fool!!” Trump continues Obama’s border policies of separating families: “What an evil man! No, I mean Trump.”

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  14. richard lesiak says:

    I know exactly what your response will be bat chicken. OHHH; he’s picking on me. I’m the victim. Big bad bully jumping on my post. Well; you dragged my wife into your stupid comment; so it’s on you coward.

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    • Batman says:

      Don’t you mean ex-wife, or are you still pretending.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        That’s way beneath you, Batty.

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        • Batman says:

          Point taken bobo and thank you for caring enough to hold Batman to the highest standard.
          Batman does not usually kick a man while down.
          Should have allowed more recovery time.

          Batman forgot something his old friend GBS once said that went something like; why wrestle with a pig, you will both get dirty but the pig will like it.

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  15. madisonexpat says:

    TDS. Triggered. Lost.

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