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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Donald Trump has shaken American politics to their very core. And in the process, he has, maybe without knowing it, completely re-aligned the positions and appeals of the two major parties. That’s because Trump is an opportunist: He chases political victories where he knows his opponents would be called hypocrites for defending themselves.

He pushed the entire Republican Party to flip its position on free trade (all of his “establishment” picks for vice president supported NAFTA and TPP, until he told them not to) because the party’s now-called “globalist” trade wing was vulnerable in a year of economic populism. He did the unthinkable by calling out George W. Bush for lying about weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War — in South Carolina, the most military- and Bush-friendly state in the union! — because it’s clear now that that war led to the rise of ISIS and other extremist groups.

And he’s done the same with the Democratic Party, capitalizing on its mistakes. As long as Trump doesn’t become president, his exploitation of the weak spots in our political system can make the whole thing stronger.

For Democrats, that means three things: Drones, deportations, and donations.

 

While Trump is all over the map on foreign policy, from calling for America-first isolationism to pledging to “bomb the shit out of” ISIS, he has continued to poke at one of the greatest hypocrisies of the Obama era: the Democratic notion of a compassionate counterterrorism policy.

Trump gets to play the war-hungry madman because President Obama, for all it has done to de-escalate George W. Bush’s imperialist atrocities, has spent eight years raining terror on Muslim populations across the Middle East with a brutal drone war. Obama and Clinton can decry Trump’s temperament, which would surely lead to even more death, but they cannot decry his proposed aggressions without talking about their own unpopular war from above.

The same applies to Obama’s role as “Deporter in Chief”: The president has made huge strides in protecting undocumented immigrants and their families with his DAPA and DACA programs, recent Supreme Court ruling aside, and with his announcement this week that the United States would expand a program to accept Central American asylum-seekers.

But he has also broken the record, by a lot, of deportations by a U.S. president: More than 2.5 million people have been deported since Obama took office. And though that pales in comparison to Trump’s proposal that all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States be essentially ethnically cleansed, Obama can’t make much of a case that deportations themselves are un-American, given his history with them.

Trump is especially effective on driving home the black mark of corporate sponsorship in the Democratic Party. Trump has in fact forgiven the $47.5 million he had previously only loaned to his campaign. And though he has recently begun fundraising like any other desperate, big-shot presidential candidate — multi-thousand dollar dinners, Super PACs, fundraising emails — the image of Trump as a “self-funder” has forced Hillary Clinton, bank-rolled by big donors and PACs herself, to pledge to overturn Citizens United and work to control money in politics.

So much for the notion that Democrats had to “fight fire with fire” on corporate campaign donations: Donald Trump’s insistent prodding on the corruption issue has forced Democrats to fall back on their ideals as a party; on the notion that they ought to be a crowd-funded party of working people.

We can only hope that, facing the prospect of a new wave of Republican nativism, Democrats are pressured to re-establish their ideological high ground: by ending inhumane deportation policies that split families up, by ending a counterterrorism policy which disregards civilian deaths as “collateral,” and by reckoning with their own financial distance from working class America. Unless they account for the ways in which they have strayed from their ideals, Democrats will continue to be vulnerable to Trump’s brand of demagoguery, which capitalizes on ideological weak points with populist appeals to frustrated voters.

And, not for nothing, such a shift to the left would not only neutralize Trump, but it would also incorporate Bernie Sanders’ movement — and future iterations of it — into the party’s mainstream. Bernie capitalized on many of the same weaknesses in the Democratic Party that Trump has, and perhaps his supporters’ reluctance to support Clinton is a symptom of his attempts to delegitimize what he saw, perhaps correctly, as a corporatist party.

It will be up to Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats who ride her coattails to Washington, to capitalize on Trump’s and Sanders’ greatest vulnerability: Underestimating the capacity of the Democratic Party to change.

 

Photo: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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48 Responses to There’s One Good Thing About Donald Trump–As Long As He Loses

  1. In short–the ball is in the DNC’s court. The RNC have dropped it. All it takes is the courage to learn from all this.

  2. Oh, so NOW you want to change! Now that Trump has brought all these issues into the limelight…..if he is not elected EVERYTHING will go back to the same ol same ol

    • You just don’t get it, do you? You probably never will, but it should be clear to all that Trump has offered himself as a sacrificial lamb by promoting himself, oozing narcissism, and showing clinical signs of ADD and other mental deficiencies.

      But so many in America are easily seduced by the loudest voice in the room and are easily impressed by bluster and a bully—a bully who may be up for rape charges soon. But none of that phases you because those traits are OK with you.

      Thus, you will continue to be led by the nose by Trump and Trumpism.

      • Trump won’t face rape charges. The woman who has accused him of raping her when she was 13 years old may win a big civil lawsuit against him, but he can’t be charged criminally for raping her because the statute of limitations has expired. If Trump goes to jail, it will most likely be after a conviction for bribery of the Florida attorney general.

        • What a shame that the passage of time has come to his rescue. Nonetheless, the incident is a blight that should haunt him forever.
          The bribery aspect is interesting and one for us all to keep an eye on. Maybe we can get him on a lesser charge, like the feds were able to do with Al Capone.

          Now, there’s a chap that Donald would have loved to be a buddy with.

          • I think there is more than enough to get the don on tax problems. Otherwise he would release his taxes.

        • I am betting on the Rico charges arising from Trump University as the jailing offense. Florida is a Southern old boy’s state and in order to prosecute Donald they have to indict the locally very well connected State Attorney General.

          • You might be right. The charges in Florida would be brought by the federal prosecutors, not state prosecutors, but they would have to try the case with a jury made up of Florida residents.

      • No Aaron, YOU don’t get it! HC shows signs of chronic lying, taking money from other nations for favorable decisions, bullying women who blow the whistle on her husbands nefarious actions and you call Trump names? I don’t know if you people are the limousine liberals or pounding out these thoughtless messages from your moms basements but Trump will win in November and two years from now, if you’re being honest, will see that the right decision was made.

  3. This opportunity, this gift bestowed on progressives through the combined machinations of Bernie and the Trump, will be squandered if we do not elect progressives in down ticket races. The political fight is now in the cities, counties and states. Elect now the change you want to bring about in the world. Help the seeds of the revolution Bernie planted take root this election. Or capitulate to the Kochs and lose your public libraries, your public schools and any remaining “public services.”

    • Joanie: tell me about George Soros who dwarfs the Koch brothers’ in the amount spent and influence he wields on the Democrat party. Soros money flows through every vein and influences every decision made by the Democrat party leadership. George Soros is the lifeblood of the Democrat party!! You want to talk about corruption, Joanie, let’s talk about the biggest offender….George Soros!!

      • First of all, even a cursory purusal of my post indicated that I did not want to talk about corruption, but since you do. According to Bill Moyers and independent watch dog groups with bipartisan respect there is nothing comparable on the left flooding dark money into political coffers than Koch funds on the right. I know that you use Joanie to address me, despite it not being a self chosen moniker, as a attempt to diminish me, your post continually deminished you. I find your posts to be lacking in facts, judgement but most importantly values.

        • I agree with your post local elections are more important to focus on than the president. If 60% of state governors were progressive along with state legislators city councils it would not matter who the lead clown was in the DC circus.

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  4. Clearly, both the Left and the Right, and many shades in between, are at fault with contributing to an environment that tends to rely too heavily on political theory, limited human presumptions about problem-solving, looking too often for expedient solutions that don’t require lots of thinking, eschewing consultation, and having a disdain for using an approach that includes pragmatic and spiritual input.

    The Right Wing, in a most egregious and unabashed manner, has leaned more to being ignorant while encouraging a bellicose approach to problem-solving; the Left, while showing a general trend to being more intelligent and thoughtful, still rely too much on ideals that are lofty and positive. Those who are more thoughtful in government need to learn to be firmer and to stand toe-to-toe in a respectful manner to bullies; those on the Right need to cultivate intelligence, empathy, and an inclusive attitude, rather than continue to the insular nativist approach to conflict resolution.

    For now, I’m not holding my breath for the Right to develop empathy and to display intelligence. Those are qualities that have to be learned at an early age, something Donald never took the time to develop as he was too busy building his ego and making as much money as his greedy fingers could grasp , like many others of his ilk.

  5. Regarding twin processes which are now taking place in the world, and which began in earnest in the latter half of the 19th Century, consider the following taken from a conference on global governance:

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    “Bahá’u’lláh envisioned a two-stage emergence from the era of state sovereignty to the golden age of peace. He offered the rulers of His time the opportunity to embrace His message and establish a spiritualized world. When they rejected this Most Great Peace, he set before them the Lesser Peace, a stage of world development to be engineered by the rulers and peoples themselves, based on certain spiritual and operational principles articulated by the successive leaders of the Bahá’í Faith. After more than a century the world is now coming close to the Lesser Peace, and many are hopeful that new international systems will resolve problems by recourse to global institutions.

    While some expected this peace to appear suddenly during the twentieth century, as that century ended, the Universal House of Justice emphasized that the Lesser Peace is a process beset by struggle, triumphs, and occasional setbacks. The present volume is an attempt to review and reflect upon the processes that are moving the planet inexorably toward global law and governance.

    The eight essays in this volume, presented from 1995 to 2000 at gatherings of the Bahá’í Politics and International Law Special Interest Group of the Association for Bahá’í Studies–English-Speaking Europe, cover Bahá’í proposals for reforming international institutions and legal structures, the environment, the spiritual destiny of America, collective security, international legal systems, and thinking about global governance. They amply demonstrate the involvement of Bahá’ís in issues of UN reform, global governance, and international law, and their willingness to address thorny issues….” (see http://bahai-studies.ca/processes-of-the-lesser-peace/)

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    Donald, the GOP, Russia, China, Democrats, the Baha’i community, and all others are participants in the Processes taking place. Most are unaware with many actively involved in the process of destruction, like Donald for example; others are trying to build something new but are unsure exactly how to proceed; then there are roughly 7,000,000 across the globe engaged daily in building an entirely new and organic pattern of society and governance, are aware of the requirements needed to do this, are working closely and seamlessly with each other across national and racial/ethnic boundaries having come from a diversity of religious backgrounds and Traditions, and see a pattern which has been adumbrated by Baha’u’llah in His Writings, and in the Writings of the other Central Figures of the Baha’i’Faith—including the Universal House of Justice from its Seat along the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

    Just my unofficial opinion.

  6. Another DNC state controlled journalist Matt did you write tis or the DNC hacks and you put your name on it?

        • More biting commentary from Dumbazz…. (Don’t be afraid to drop a question mark at the end of a question, Genius.)

          • Not necessary when its a rhetorical question. Are you really that dumb you felt the need to answer as if I was expecting a answer ? Was your mother incoherent when she made the decision not to flush you before you cried? There you go Barney Fife, I even changed two words for you sorry I confused you.

          • “Not necessary when its a rhetorical question.”

            Now there’s a rule of grammar so esoteric that you’re the only person in the civilized world who knows it. Please do share more of your fascinating insights.

          • Its a statement The intent was not to ask a question Your Mama was incoherent etc…….. rhetorical question as in I was not looking for a answer . Not rhetorical question as in I knew the answer .To make it easy for you a sarcastic statement written as a question but not a question.

          • That’s clear as mud, Jethro. No doubt you’re one of the smarter goobers down there at the Hootin’ Holler Middle School. I’m sure your mama’s real proud.

          • Really you still can not understand ???????????????????????
            I am not really from the back woods but if I was from Hootin I would be proud of it. I retired at 50 not super wealthy but enough to do what I want pay for my children’s education in private schools and college Own property in San Francisco bay area Dallas Austin Mexico and Costa Rica. Not bad for a poor boy from Hootin. So what is it you do security for the AIR FORCE you have a great day Chief Little Dick

          • Assuming you’re being truthful, I think it’s wonderful that you were able to achieve financial success without having a firm grasp of the English language. Kudos to your, Sir. You probably have a lot in common with Mr. Trump.

            Myself? I don’t have two nickles to rub together. But that’s what I get for wasting 3 decades in service to our country. There’s no money in that. And for some who serve, no future, either.

            And you’re right about that Air Force security gig. What a mundane and unrewarding job that turned out to be. Of course, back in the ’70s, I DID get to help develop our airbase ground defense doctrine for the 21st Century. And I enjoyed working on the beddown of our tactical nuclear GLCMs in the United Kingdom back in the ’80s. (Some will argue that that was the straw that finally brought down the Berlin Wall and, subsequently, the Iron Curtain.) Yeah. All in all, pretty mundane stuff, and a real waste of a career.

            Of course, it did lead to my second one – launching Delta, Atlas and Titan missiles, and putting payload in orbit. That was a hoot.

            It sure would be nice to have a house in Costa Rica, though. I can’t beat it; gotta hand it to you….

          • That’s great you served for 30 years. I also served, shot in April 1975. I am in fact a disabled Vet and yes there was more help then than now. All Vets deserve way more than they get so I guess we can agree on that.
            Do not assume I am a Trump fan or anti Hillary. I am against the lack Moral principals the DNC has practiced. This article uses the shortcomings of another in this case Trump to make themselves look better. The DNC and the press has spent more time running from the wiki-leaks emails than working to correct the issue. Sorry a resignation and a apology to Bernie is superficial at best.

          • Yes, we agree that America’s veterans deserve great respect. From my perspective, there is no more noble act an American can commit than to serve in our armed forces. And not knowing you from Adam, I would certainly never impugn your service, but I’d be interested to know the circumstances surrounding your having been shot. We weren’t engaged in any hot conflicts at the time you cited (that I can recall).

            I don’t assume you’re a Trumpster, but you do seem to have an ax to grind with the DNC. And I’m not saying you don’t have legitimate concerns as regards the manner in which it handled this election. But, at the end of the day, Trump is a disaster waiting to befall us, and your problem with the Democrats who are running Hillary’s campaign amounts to nothing – nada, nil, zero – by comparison. Who gives a sh!t about what Hilary did to Bernie or vice versa? That’s behind us now. It’s time to get serious about reforming this country and the Republicans have proven time and again, particularly over the past 8 years, that they’re not interested in that.

            And now, into the bargain, they’re standing up a celebrity buffoon as their nominee for President of the United States!!!! Are they sh!tting us????????? Is this just a sick phucking joke?

            No informed, rational American could possibly vote for Donald Trump in November. Forget all the rest of that horsesh!t. Nothing else matters.

          • wYou will do nothing you scum! I will crush you like a liberal pos that you are! Look at you weak, liberal. low energy and pathetic! Go suicide bomb your ASS!

          • The conflict was the fall of Saigon or for me a few days before. The evacuations actually started sometime in march most noted would be April 29 and 30 . While not a true conflict there were Americans wounded and a few killed.
            Yes I have a problem with the DNC. Repercussions from their actions will effect local State, City elections ,congress and Senate in the future these elections dwarf the presidential elections. It is not so much what was done but the failure to take ownership and correct the problem. My concern is tomorrow I would rather lose the battle and win the war.

          • Your concerns may or may not be valid. But either way, Bernie’s out and that battle’s over. You need to keep your eye on the ball if you expect to “win the war”.

  7. Hillary Clinton has received 45.8 MILLION in campaign donation from Wall Street hedge fund operations.
    Donald Trump has received 19 THOUSAND dollars from Wall Street hedge fund operations.
    Democrats believe Hillary is going to crack down on Wall Street and Trump isn’t!
    You can’t fix stupid…..Are Democrats really such lemmings?

  8. Actually, the one good thing about Trump is there’s no evidence he subverted the democratic process like Clinton and the DNC did, as clearly evidenced in the DNC Leaks emails. Trump is merely stupid, Clinton is downright malicious to the fair voting process. She is a cancerous growth on the face of American democracy.

    • ” …..malicious to the fair voting process….. A cancerous growth on the face of American democracy.”

      Mrs. Clinton was highly regarded as a United States Senator and later, as SecState. Now I’ll allow that she’s never been highly regarded by goobers like yourself (who don’t like Democrats and can’t distinguish goosesh!t from tapioca). But, if you pull back the curtain and peek out at the real world, you’ll find that Mrs. Clinton is a generally well-respected international figure.

      If you want to be taken seriously, you need to bring something to the table other than hyperbolic nonsense. Suggesting that Hillary Clinton plays a part in the making of the sausage is absolutely stupid. That’s like suggesting the Postmaster General is gonna make sure you put the extra 21 cents on your grandma’s oversized birthday card. Get a grip, Squire.

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