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Trump’s foreign policy experience Obama 2008?

“Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world” In a 2008 New York Times article candidate Barack Obama made this statement in an effort to counter accusations that he lacked foreign policy experience. In the 08 election, Obama cited his ties to relatives in poor villages in Kenya and growing up in Indonesia as some of his real life experiences that was his education in foreign policy. Arguably, his opponent in the primary Hillary Clinton had more foreign policy experience. As did his general election opponent Senator John McCain. But despite his lack of traditional foreign policy experience candidate Obama won both races to become President Obama.

Fast forward to the 2016 election we have Hillary Clinton with all the traditional foreign policy experience and Donald Trump who has zero experience. But does he really? Comparing to President Obama’s living in another country or having family in a foreign land?  Trump has made some scary statements that is for sure! . But with that said, comparing his foreign business dealings with living abroad, I see some difference. To argue that Trump may have more than Obama did in 08? Trump has invested money in foreign countries. Dealt with government officials in some form or another in getting deals done. Wouldn’t this experience help in gaining knowledge of a countries customs and ultimately becoming versed in some type of foreign affairs?

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We may not agree on Trumps positions such as making the North Korean President disappear. And we might view it and some of his other statements as reckless (which I do!) But in the end when they say “Trump has NO foreign policy experience.”? Back in 08 former Obama policy advisor Susan E. Rice said that “Mr. Obama’s experience provides a different kind of insight.” Can we make the same argument for Trump’s experience? “a different kind of insight” Let us not have a convenient memory when the president and other Clinton supporters cast these stones.

 

 

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Media’s use of fear begins in protection of Clinton say no to third-party voting

Now that Bernie Sanders is gone the media is on the mission of trashing third-party candidates. And not just one, as we have two major (though minor) third-party contenders, Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party). The fear is not that either of them will win. The fear is they will siphon off enough votes so their candidate will lose. Hillary Clinton is the candidate most likely to be hurt by the third-party vote. Especially if the voter turnout is low.

 

A few days back I commented on an article posted on a major media outlet on how Jill Stein Green Party has no chance of winning. I don’t comment on others work very often but my compulsion to do so I could not resist. The article more or less was sheep-herding, attempting to scare the sheep who have escaped with fear of what a fascist dictator a President Trump will be. “Your wasted vote” will be the reason why your rights will be repealed and freedoms gained by all citizens in this country will disappear and so on. Your VOTE, “DON’T WASTE IT! By the looks of the responses I received in return, some sheep have already scurried back to the pen and some may have never left.

Presidential candidate Jill Stein

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My Comment: If 32 million voters said: “I can’t vote Hillary or Trump, I’m voting for Jill Stein” would she have a chance? We the People could make change if we stopped with the “a third-party would never win” one vote, one person, is all it takes. 

Some of  the comments responding:

(This my favorite)

  1. Paul Betzler All that kool-aid you’ve drinking will kill you soon enough, Paul, so you will be denied the “virtuous” end you find so attractive I fear. Plenty of us know fresh water and fresh air when it is offered to us and our choice is to go on living and becoming stronger together.

(So Hillary Clinton is now fresh air and water?)

2. With zero green party members in Congress, how would any of the green party initiatives ever get anywhere? Do these people have any idea of how laws are actually made?

(How many Independents are in Congress? Isn’t Bernie Sanders an Independent?)

3.  Paul Betzler, you sound like one of the undercover Russian trolls trolling on behalf of Putin’s boy, fascist Nazi Trump

(Some real fear seems to be residing in the person who wrote this)

4.  In 2012 Obama and Romney both got 50 million plus. Jill got 534,000.

(Math will make you vote differently. So we had 103 million voters in last election. If we take my statement of “IF Jill Stein received 32 million votes. we have left 71 million left for Clinton and Trump. That is if we have the same voter turnout and Gary Johnson Libertarian gets zero votes. I did say Jill Stein would have a chance didn’t I?)

5.  The Green party candidate and the Libertarian candidates are not going anywhere. Although one might like them, none of them have a chance of getting 10% of the vote. So, votes for them are wasted votes. So, I would rather my vote be more meaningful than pure.

(More meaningful than pure. Good point and if you are on the side of purity, you certainly are not voting Clinton or Trump.)

These are just a few of the responses, the rest of the responses basically were of the same sentiment. Wasting your vote and I am a nut. And maybe I am nuts as I do not want to be herded into a pen and told when to eat, when to shit, when to drink (of the not so pure water). Although I am disappointed in the outcome of the Bernie Sanders campaign and his subsequent endorsement of Clinton he did wake me up. As I stated in my comment, 1 person equals 1 vote. I get it that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson have ZERO chance of winning the election under our current system. The system of big money and big business leveraging their power to win elections and frame outsiders as lunatics, or left-wing or right-wing nuts. But if I am to define myself as a person in one word that word would be leader. I have educated myself on the issues and I value my vote. You may not think so with my opinion and that’s fine. After election day and for the next four years I will wake up and look in the mirror and know, I didn’t allow myself to be herded in to the pen. I voted my conscience, I voted for a better life for the country. I did my civic duty unswayed by the bias bought and paid for by the mainstream media and big business.

 

{ In total the original comment received 27 likes. Negative comments I reprinted 5 of 153.}

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Trump dumps Christie for VP

The Donald to moderate GOP debate

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Their  are a myriad of reasons why Trump dumps NJ Governor Chris Christie for Vice President. So why is “The Donald” vetting him in the first place? Maybe to look a bit presidential, if only for a minute. Seriously looking at all qualified candidates. So stating this, am I to imply Christie is qualified? Christie is a bit more so then the candidate himself but no, I don’t believe Christie is a viable VP candidate for one that wants to be a winner.

Why Christie should be dumped as a Vice President candidate:

  1. Bridgegate> NJ’s small time version of Watergate, Christie’s inner-circle directly implicated. Christie has not been directly linked but to accept he had no knowledge is a bit far fetched.
  2. NJ economy> Ranking nearly last in job growth it is hard to make a case that Christie has been a successful leader.
  3. State pensions> This has been a thorn in the side of Christie (and most NJ voters) throughout his entire governorship. Christie has made deals with the NJ Legislature on funding only to ignore those deals and PAYMENTS. Will the pension system go bankrupt? Is the worry of NJ’s public workers.
  4. Poor Presidential showing> Christie’s high number of 3.5% during his run says enough barely beating out Carly Fiorina.
  5. Christie can’t even help Trump win his own state.

Top 5 reasons for Trump dumping Christie, what do you think?

 

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British the European Union will the U.S. follow

americanflag“The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war”

                                                Sydney J. Harris  

 

The British vote to leave the EU, the British vote to leave the EU, the British vote to leave the EU! So how does this impact the United States? The immediate fallout has been the sell-off on Wall Street which today 6/28/16 will end. Today the buyers will come in and scoop up all the savings of those who sold. The winners again being Wall-Street, and the brokerage houses making money off transactions. But what is the actual sentiment in the U.S. over the British departure? Trump is on board and has already used this event to attempt to bolster his campaign of “Making the U.S. great again” Nationalism and will this theme work in the United States?

If you have followed the EU vote you would know what the issues were and still are. Immigration, the economy, their tax dollars. Issues not much from those in the United States. The economy being in my mind the most important, how will the British economy improve it now that they have left the EU? “Free trade” at some point the British government will be forced into negotiations on trade with their former EU partners. And will the British attempt to negotiate protectionist agreements? Will the remaining EU countries be in the position of power when negotiating new trade agreements? What does the United Kingdom produce? It may be a hard divorce for the British as they will be negotiating with potentially a strong and a bit bitter group of countries.

So in the United States if we were to eliminate NAFTA and abandon the TPP plan, what impact would that have on our economy? Trump wants to renegotiate not eliminate NAFTA, to bring back American jobs. How will he do this? And the more glaring concern, how will manufacturing capacity return to the United States? It won’t any time fast. Just as we lost American jobs to NAFTA over a long period of time it will take that long or longer to get them back. The immediate impact will be higher tariffs on products, raising the costs to U.S. consumers. With current stagnant depressed wages, our consumer economy will slow down and more jobs will be lost. Over the long-term? Who had a crystal ball for what NAFTA would do.

The new British experiment, what will happen? The borders will be tighter, taxes will be higher, consumer costs will increase in the short-term. Over the long haul the only guarantee is that life will be different, not necessarily better. The United States may want to look long and hard at Briton before voting on the Trump Nationalism agenda.

 

 

 

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Trump vs Clinton how fast do you want to hit rock bottom?

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, these will be our choices come this November. Sure you can write in somebody, or pull the lever for the Green or Socialist Party, but in the end the winner will be Trump or Clinton (outside of a miracle). A rather depressing dilemma we are in. To be quite frank, I am feeling suicidal. Political/economic suicide to be clear. As a disgusted American I look for intervention as I stand on this ledge.

Why both candidates stink in less-than 500 words:

What does a Hillary presidency offer? “It’s not Trump?” well okay, that would be a positive. Outside of that, Clinton offers plenty of promises, many more after the challenge from Sanders. The reality? Clinton will keep few. The continued issues for America will be: Declining spending power for the middle-class; resulting in more people leaving the middle-class via the route to  becoming poor. We as a country will continue the slow bleed with Clinton. Establishment agenda, the rich will get richer and the hell with everyone else.  There will be no improvement to the ACA. We will have no increase in the minimum wage to $12. Unions will continue to lose out just as they did under the past administration. This will be the future under a President Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump> Under a Trump presidency one thing is for sure, a slow bleed will not occur. Trump is anti-union plain and simple (he has the history). He is also the poster boy for the Top 1%. His economics will be similar to his business ventures. With the exception of bankruptcy not saving him (not sure he understands that). The federal minimum wage will go away not be increased. The ACA will be gone. Social Security will be cut. The wall, if he builds it, more than likely will not be with American labor. The chances of a wall? There will be no wall. Trump will be defined simply as a loud mouth who nobody in Congress listens to. The appeal of Trump and his anti-politician persona may stick with some of his supporters but it won’t get anything done. Trump will be the Executive Order President signing a few. The consumer economy will tumble as more workers are left behind. We will hit a bottom like no bottom we have seen before. With the opportunity to appoint Supreme Court Justices, God Help Us.

Two choices both with not so great futures. The only difference, how fast do you want to hit bottom and start the rebuild? Jumping off the political ledge and writing someone in or not voting at all? How do you change having no hope for our future?

 

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