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5 Reasons Donald Trump Makes America So Anxious

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What do you see when you look at Donald Trump — besides the hair, the suits, and the skin of unusual tone?

Even if you’re a member of the party that seems to be about to nominate him for the presidency, there’s only a 50-50 chance that you actually like Trump. While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders enjoy 81 and 82 percent approval ratings among their party’s voters in Iowa, Trump is barely breaking even at 50 percent approval there, with 47 percent disapproval, according to the latest Des Moines Register poll.

There’s another statistic that suggests why Trump is doing so well in the Republican primary, even while the rest of the world watches with emotions somewhere betwixt bemusement and horror. A Washington Post poll finds that the idea of a Trump presidency makes 69 percent of Americans “anxious.”

Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod offered a theory of Trump that may help explain this anxiety.

“Open-seat presidential elections are shaped by perceptions of the style and personality of the outgoing incumbent,” he wrote. “Voters rarely seek the replica of what they have. They almost always seek the remedy, the candidate who has the personal qualities the public finds lacking in the departing executive.”

Obama is cool, tolerant and measured. Trump is Trump.

And for the people who despise Obama — let’s call them Mitt Romney’s real 47 percent, the 47.2 percent who backed the GOP nominee in 2012 — what’s needed in 2016 is the antidote to Obama.

But even for large segments of the GOP, Trump is just too much.

Too much bluster. Too many inconsistencies. And way too wild of a wild card. For many on the right Trump’s ascension feels like a karmic shitstorm, with those long-expected flocks of chickens coming home to roost after decades of race-baiting and wealth-worshipping.

His candidacy is more real-life satire than movement, exposing conservative hypocrisies and weaknesses at a blistering pace. The realization that people are voting for him should make decent people nervous. And so it does.

Underlying Trump’s appeal is the reason why so many people have fallen for him. while literally twice as many Americans get very nervous when they imagine him in the White House.

  1. He represents a radical strain of America brutalized by conservative economics and threatened by change.
    Trump’s biggest fans are losers, according to the Washington Post‘s Matt O’Brien. This isn’t name-calling. It’s a fact. Globalization has created definite winners and losers, and many of those who’ve been most hurt by exportation of much of its manufacturing sector just happen believe a billionaire who inherited millions and makes his neckties in China truly speaks for them. There’s a long history of Americans who manifest anger toward both the rich and the poor. Political scientist Donald Warren called them “Middle American Radicals,” as John B. Judis explained in a cultural history of this group, which he estimates at about 20 percent of the American electorate and 30 to 35 percent of Republicans. Centrists like to play the false-equivalence game by comparing supporters of Trump and Sanders, though the Senator’s backers tend to be younger, better educated, and less likely to confuse Sikhs with Muslims. While anger unites them, the remedies are the exact opposite. Trump may not be calling for busting unions or slashing Social Security, but his massive tax cuts for the rich would exacerbate the misery that that has made so many in America’s middle so hopeless. In this way, he resembles Ronald Reagan, the last Republican who actively reached out to the disaffected working class, only to doom it to permanent disaffection. Aging white people are literally dying from the insecurity that conservatism fosters. Trump offers a revenge fantasy instead of actual solutions.
  2. Maybe not a white supremacist, but beloved by white supremacists.
    If you’re popular enough, you’re going to attract millions of supporters whom you’d never support. But Trump’s leap into the presidential campaign has inspired a group that rarely ventures openly into mainstream politics — white nationalists. The so-called “Alt Right” has found much to be admired in Trump’s smearing of immigrants, Muslims and willingness to use sexist language. The fears of white supremacists are very real, and they know they are losing. “Each and every day, 7,261 people of color are added to the U.S. population, in contrast to the White growth of 1,053 people,” according to the Center of American Progress’ Steve Philips. Trump may represent their last stand. And nothing has discouraged them from backing him, even as Trump has become increasingly acceptable to the GOP establishment. This could be the result of Trump’s subtle online signaling, which encourages their support. You can’t choose your fans but you can choose who you retweet on Twitter. According to New York Magazine’s Jay Hathaway, “62 percent of the accounts Trump has retweeted recently have white-supremacist connections.”
  3. He’s revealing the true nature of conservatism.
    When Trump suggests that he’d propose “some kind of government program” to make college more affordable, it doesn’t just betray a ridiculous lack of knowledge about government and, for that matter, reality  It shows he doesn’t know what real conservatives are supposed to say. When is then told the politically-correct right-wing answer, he apes “true conservatism” just fine. Give him a Bible and he’ll pretend to be an evangelical, if only to get some votes. But he isn’t against government, as the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent explains, He’s against dummies in government, which abandons the party’s central tenet for the last century. So why is Trump still perceived as a conservative by those who live and breathe right wing thinking? Because conservatism isn’t really about ideology, it’s about preserving unjust power and denying it to “them,” as Corey Robin explains in The Reactionary Mind. That makes him the truest example of the conservative movement ever to seek his party’s nomination.
  4. His will and skill in attacking just about everyone is designed to make you feel vulnerable.
    If you want to understand Trump’s campaign strategy, visit a dog park. The biggest or toughest dog maintains order with the implicit threat that he will dominate you at his will. Show deference to him and you’ll be allowed to romp, as long as you don’t get too secure or threatening. Then it’s time to bring up your birth certificate. This is why Trump lashes out at any opposition whether it’s a Republican Senator he’d have to work with as president or an evangelical leader he’ll need to eventually win Iowa in a general election. The point isn’t to chasten the victim of the attack, though that usually happens. The point is to send a message to anyone else who dares to defy him. This logic works very well with four-legged animals and about 30 percent of the GOP. But the complete lack of loyalty, predictability, and maturity necessary to enforce such a strategy freaks out everybody else.
  5. He could win.
    This is the source of the deepest anxiety. Imagine a Trump victory. Deportation squads in the streets; a leader with no comprehension of how government works; a president who becomes furious at any and all opposition, exploding in response to any perceived humiliation. Yes, it could happen. You can game out how Trump could win; most scenarios require a huge anomaly, like Michael Bloomberg entering the race. But in ten words, Mother Jones‘ Kevin Drum lays out a very simple scenario in which this nightmare comes true: “The economy dips into recession and workers’ incomes start falling. The end.”
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  1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

    I suspect that many Americans, including many Republicans, are anxious about the probability of Donald Trump becoming the GOP nominee because of the outlandish proposals he has made, and because they can’t figure out what he really stands for…other than Donald Trump.
    Trump is, by far, the ultimate narcissist, and a man willing to do whatever it takes to be on the spotlight. Throughout his life, until he decided to switch party affiliation and run for the presidency as a Republican, he supported abortion, universal healthcare, lauded the accomplishments of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and demonstrated time and again that he was as liberal as Bernie Sanders. Suddenly, through an apparent case of instant metamorphosis, he has become the champion of far right zealots who are incapable of discerning what the Donald is doing to them, and only hear his proposals to build a wall to keep Mexican criminals and rapists out, banning the entry of Muslims to the USA (later amended to be a temporary proposals), carpet bombing areas occupied by ISIS, and even questioning the sacrifices of Sen. McCain when he was a POW.
    The reasons for the adoration of Donald shown by millions of white Americans range from a backlash to the presidency of the first African-American, to their inability to cope with change and meet the challenges of an economic model that requires skills and work ethics they do not have, and the fear that the nation with the most powerful military and the most robust economy in the world is falling behind and is becoming vulnerable as a result of pervasive policies designed to destroy the country. Those nonsensical fears, uncertainties, and prejudices are the direct result of ignorance, lack of familiarity with other cultures, a complicit media that tacitly endorses the bizarre claims made by our political charlatans, and a socio-political system controlled by money. Many among us have lost the ability to think rationally, are willing to accept the most bizarre proposals as viable solutions, and actually believe that our military, and an economy that when it sneezes causes the global economy to catch pneumonia, are actually so weak that Armageddon is just around the corner, ready to destroy us. Sadly, this is not the first time that national paranoia, influenced by fear and ignorance, dominates our politics, opinions, and choices.

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    1. FireBaron February 1, 2016

      Welcome back, Dominick! We have missed your reasoning and insight on this page.

      1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

        Thanks!

    2. itsfun February 1, 2016

      Once the Republican field is narrowed, you will see the Donald fall behind. In many polls I have seen, he loses the nomination in a narrowed field. He does have many of the same ideas of the Democrats, although not the far left wing of the Democrats. Maybe he would even get along with the moderate Democrats in the House and Senate. Personally I think Cruz will get the nomination. If he does, we could see 4 more years of no one in Washington getting along. He will be pretty much like Obama when it comes to my way or the highway.

      1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

        Wow!

        I ‘hopefully’ agree with you. I presume the GOP will come to their senses and not nominate this moderate, Democratic leaning, nutcase.
        I also agree the most likely nominee is Ted. Sigh. Yep, If someone is hated by 95% of his peers on BOTH sides of the aisle, little will get done under a Cruz presidency.

        1. dpaano February 1, 2016

          Little has been done in the past 7+ years because the 95% of “peers” made it very clear from Day 1 of his administration that they wouldn’t support ANYTHING that he put forth….even if it was something that was actually GOOD for this country. And, they’ve done a very good job of blocking everything that has been suggested. If they do this for another 8 years, we might as well realize that we’ll become just another third world country!

          1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            I disagree, a great deal have been done in the last 7 years.

            http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-top-10-accomplishments-according-to-obama/

            It is only the GOP who says Obama presidency is bad, all rational experts say he basically saved us from a GOP 2nd great depression…

          2. dpaano February 1, 2016

            I didn’t actually mean that President Obama had done little….he’s done quite a bit DESPITE the blockages from those 95%…but a lot more COULD have been done if he didn’t have to deal with a recalcitrant Senate & House!!! He’s put forth many GOOD things for our country and our veterans only to blocked by the conservatives running these two groups!!

          3. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Yea, I was pretty sure I was singin’ to the choir.

          4. Independent1 February 1, 2016

            Actually Paul, here’s a list of Obama Accomplishments I believe you posted a year or more ago that add quite a bit to what’s in that CBS article:

            A list of Obama’s accomplishments

            90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

            89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

            88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

            87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

            86. Held first Seder in White House

            85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

            84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

            83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

            82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

            81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

            80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

            79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000health centers to care for veterans

            77. Authorized construction/opening of additional

            76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

            75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

            74. Making more loans available to small businesses

            73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

            72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

            71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

            70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

            69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

            68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

            67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

            66. Improving benefits for veterans

            65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

            64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

            63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

            62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

            61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

            60. Established a new cyber security office

            59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

            58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

            57 Increasing student loans

            56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

            55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

            54. Improved housing for military personnel

            53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

            52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

            51. Lower drug costs for seniors

            50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

            49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

            48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

            47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

            46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

            45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

            44. Expanding vaccination programs

            43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

            42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

            41. Signed national service legislation; expandednational youth service program

            40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

            39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

            38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade

            37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

            36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

            35. Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

            34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

            33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

            32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

            31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

            30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

            29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

            28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards

            27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

            26. US financial and banking rescue plan

            25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

            24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

            23. Housing rescue plan

            22. US Auto industry rescue plan

            21 The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

            20. New funds for school construction

            19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

            18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

            17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

            16. New federal funding for science and research labs

            15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

            14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

            13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

            12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

            11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

            10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

            9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

            8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

            7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family

            6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

            5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

            4. Withdrew US troops from Iraq as promised potentially saving the lives of hundreds of America soldiers

            3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

            2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

            1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

            :

          5. Paul Bass February 2, 2016

            Thanks, I knew that list was abbreviated, glad you could cite the original article. You have a great day.

      2. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

        From and ideological perspective, I think Cruz is much more dangerous than Trump. Trump’s ideology and vision start and end with himself. He will say whatever it takes to satisfy the base of the GOP, and he would have done exactly the same had he ran as a Democrat. Cruz is dangerous.

      3. dpaano February 1, 2016

        Ah, no, President Obama doesn’t believe in “his way or the highway….” He believes in working for the citizens of this country and NOT for lobbyists and big money oil and pharma companies! Apparently, some Republicans haven’t quite figured that out because they tend to believe all the lies told to them by FAUX News and the conservative news media!

        1. itsfun February 1, 2016

          Yes: didn’t Obama say in one of his State of the Union speeches he had a pen and phone if he didn’t get his way. I call that my way or the highway. You call it compromise and trying to get along with the other side, then you blame the other side whey they don’t obey him.

          1. Independent1 February 1, 2016

            Yeah! He was speaking to the Republicans in Congress who were and are hellbent on blocking anything he wanted/wants to do EVEN IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED!!

            You deliberately ignored the part about him saying essentially: If you congressional people ARE GOING TO OBSTRUCT EVERY ACTION THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE , then I will use my Pen to sign Executive Orders that will create guidelines that at least get something done.

            And you are also deliberately ignoring the fact that before he even sat down in the White House 14 TREASONOUS Republicans met to plot how they would sabotage our economy to sabotage his presidency. And you clearly ignore the fact that for the past 7 years, these treasonous GOP politicians have been working to sabotage Obama 24/7.

            So I don’t know who you think on the NM you’re going to BS with your petty criticisms of Obama when virtually every sane poster here knows you are nothing more that the typical pathological lying right-wing nut case!!!!!!

    3. 788eddie February 1, 2016

      I’ve missed your postings these past few weeks – good to read you again.

      As is most often the case, we are in agreement.

    4. CrankyToo February 1, 2016

      I join all your other friends in welcoming you back to the Memo, and expressing sincere condolences for your troubles. Doubtless, many are praying for you and your family.

      1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

        Thank you!

    5. Wayne Thorson February 1, 2016

      Doggone it, I wish I had said that. Those were good words. They have to be the best yet that I have read.

      1. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

        🙂

    6. dpaano February 1, 2016

      Again, as I’ve said many times before…..the GOP uses lies and scare tactics to motivate their base. Trump is really good at this, and the more ill-informed he can impress, the better he thinks he is. However, many of those ill-informed don’t vote (fortunately)!!!

    7. dpaano February 1, 2016

      Dominick: As usual, you hit the nail on the head!!! I often wish I could write like you do because you tell it like it is. Unfortunately, the GOP doesn’t function in the same manner as you do…..lies and deceit is their only mantra! Anyway, welcome back!!!

  2. Wayne Thorson February 1, 2016

    Trump started out running as a joke. He talked like he could get things done by just flicking his fingers. He made it sound so easy. So many people believed him who were basically made fools of. Trump knows there is a fool born every minute. Stephen Colbert tried running in the last election on one liners like he would build a 3000 mile fence and make the Mexicans pay for it. The Democrat voters didn’t swallow it but the Republican voters have. Trump has had everything his way since he was born. Doesn’t have the foggiest idea what it is like to want something and not be able to get it. He will blow a tantrum after he is elected and finds this out. Do we want someone in charge of the strongest Military in the world and his hand on the button that could destroy the world. I think not.

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    1. FireBaron February 1, 2016

      He’s still a joke. Unfortunately, most of the disaffected that he has his greatest appeal with still haven’t got it.

      1. Wayne Thorson February 1, 2016

        Like I say there is a fool born every minute. It’s a scary feeling that these fools are allowed to vote. Only a fool would vote for Trump. I can’t believe when they get to the voting booth that anyone would vote for him.

    2. Dominick Vila February 1, 2016

      I can just imagine the kind of people Trump – or Cruz – would nominate to fill Supreme Court vacancies…

      1. Polana February 1, 2016

        Welcome back Dominick. Missed your posts. I hope ALL is well w/U from now on.

      2. Irishgrammy February 2, 2016

        Can you imagine decisions like Citizens United over and over…….With Cruz in particular, having worked at the Supreme Court, he has now decided this court “is not” the final word in the law……and with any nominee he put forward am certain who ever it would be, he/she would be the extreme of the extreme….That is why I am beginning of to think the Constitution almost has no meaning when it is, even now, being interpreted in such partisan ways to suit ones decision……I would like to believe the founding fathers knew intellectually that times, conditions, people will change with time and the Constitution was only a framework to promote growth of not only that document but of the country….but with justices like Scalia, Thomas, and Alito they keep pushing back refusing to move forward and keep the country from doing the same! I do agree of the two, Cruz or the Donald, I think Cruz is the most dangerous AND threatening, Rubio would be another Geo.W. Bush……scary…..

        1. Dominick Vila February 3, 2016

          I agree. I believe the greatest danger to our democracy is the likelihood of a far right Supreme Court, especially if Cruz becomes President of the United States.

    3. dpaano February 1, 2016

      Yeah, Trump and the other GOP nominees seem to have this idea that once they are in the oval office (heaven forbid), they will become “kings” and can do anything they like despite what the Supreme Court rules or what the Congress says. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way…..Trump won’t be able to just step into the office and do away with Obamacare with a signature on a piece of paper; he won’t be able to build that stupid wall if Congress doesn’t agree to fund it (and they won’t), and he doesn’t even KNOW that you can’t build that wall clear across the border because there are mountains and access to water that ranchers on OUR side of the border need for their cattle. It may sound like an easy job, but it’ll cost us billions (the Mexican government is certainly NOT going to pay for it nor will they stand for the US charging them more in order to build it), and it is impossible!! But, unfortunately, some idiots believe he can do everything he says he can do because they have NO idea how our government works or functions! Typical ill-informed voting for other totally ill-informed politicians!

      1. ralphkr February 1, 2016

        Well, dpaano, a much more efficient and cheaper solution than a wall would be a free kill zone. Just a 2 mile stretch along the border studded with mines, search & kill guns (yes, they do exist), drones, plus some even more esoteric weapons, and sensors to detect tunneling would certainly cut down on illegal crossings (and greatly increase the buzzard population).

      2. Wayne Thorson February 2, 2016

        Thank you, It’s good to hear from someone with common sense.

      3. tbs February 4, 2016

        AND what gave you these ideas. Do you have proof that is what he will do? Assuming again is not proof for me.
        Trump knows more about the Constitution and how Washington works more than you know!

        1. clicknread February 10, 2016

          Okay, now I think you’re just screwing with everybody. No one is this dense.

    4. tbs February 4, 2016

      Trump knows more than you think. As he did not get where he was by sitting on his butt!
      Trump will work his butt off, for the American people, to get the job done and he will get it done.
      Trump 2016!

      1. Wayne Thorson February 4, 2016

        Well it is obvious he has you fooled. I can’t believe this country has so many fools in it. I think I’m going to put that bridge I own in Arizona up for sale.

  3. yabbed February 1, 2016

    Trump and Sanders are the screech candidates, the yell platitudes and nothing more candidates. Anger is not a reasonable nor rational way to choose a President of the United States and in the end the American public of the great Middle America will acknowledge that vote sensibly.

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    1. itsfun February 1, 2016

      Anger can be a great motivator. Remember the mid-term election.

      1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

        Yep, the election with the lowest voter turnout in 75 years, that sure motivated the racist GOP…

        1. itsfun February 1, 2016

          I don’t believe the GOP is racist any more than the Democratic party

          1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            You can believe any stupid thing you what, the fact prove otherwise.

          2. itsfun February 1, 2016

            what facts?

          3. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Every word out of Trump’s mouth, and the GOP base response to it.

          4. itsfun February 1, 2016

            There is nothing factual there.

          5. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Truer words were never said!
            I’m glad you agree nothing factual comes out of Trump.

          6. itsfun February 1, 2016

            Did you just change the subject?

          7. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Nope, but it was odd, you agreeing with me.

          8. Independent1 February 1, 2016

            Since you’re looking for something factual – here are some of the topics from the alternet.org link I posted for you earlier. I challenge you to find any incidents in which Democrat politicians have as a common practice used language or said things similar to any of the following:

            – Rick Santorum tells conservative voters that black people are parasites who live off hard-working white people. Santorum’s claim that “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money” is problematic in a number of ways.

            – Rick Perry’s nostalgic memories of his family’s ranch, “Niggerhead.” You cannot choose your parents (or decide what your ancestors will christen the family retreat before your birth). You can, however, choose to rename the family ranch something other than the ugliest word in the English language.

            – Mitt Romney wants to “keep America America.” The dropping of one letter from the Ku Klux Klan’s slogan, “Keep America American,” does not remove the intent behind Romney’s repeated use of such a virulently bigoted phrase.

            – Ron Paul argues that the landmark federal legislation that dismantled Jim Crow segregation in the 1960s was a moral evil and a violation of white people’s liberty. Ron Paul’s claim that the rights of black Americans are secondary to the “freedom” of whites to discriminate, is an almost perfect mirror for the logic of apartheid.

            – Former candidate Michele Bachmann suggests that the black family was stronger during slavery than in freedom. Her claim is not just a simple misunderstanding of history and the importance of family in the Black Experience. No, she is signaling to a tired, white supremacist, slavery-apologist narrative which opines that African Americans were/are not yet ready for freedom, and could only “flourish” under the benign guidance of the Southern Slaveocracy.
            Is that enough ‘facts’ for you or do you need more??

          9. tbs February 4, 2016

            You spin the words and do not understand what they were saying.

          10. Independent1 February 1, 2016

            Really, try to give me an example of a Democrat making the kinds of comments that Republicans make on a regular basis:

            Here’s some thoughts from Colin Powell:

            Colin Powell Calls Out The GOP’s Racism Problem: There Is ‘A Dark Vein Of Intolerance’

            by Igor Volsky Jan 13, 2013 11:16 am

            POWELL: There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?

            When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?

            http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/13/1440471/colin-powell-condemns-republican-party-racism-there-is-a-dark-vein-of-intolerance/

            And here’s the link to an article from alternet.org where they outline the 10 most racist incidents in the primary:

            The Republican Party is digging deep into the old bucket of white racism, using the politics of fear, hostility and anxiety to win over white voters. The 10 Most Racist Moments of the GOP Primary (So Far):

            http://www.alternet.org/story/153895/the_10_most_racist_moments_of_the_gop_primary_(so_far)
            I’ll say one thing, you can be counted on to be one of the biggest lying right-winters on the NM!!!

  4. MissNovemberTuesday February 1, 2016

    The thought of “President Trump” fills my veins with ice and turns my stomach in a sharp twisting sense of dread unlike any other. I feel physically ill and a bit lightheaded if I imagine it actually happening. The worst thing is he still seems less dangerous than Cruz!

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  5. skeptical69 February 1, 2016

    The thing about his Twitter
    feed, his decades of video and print interviews, and his public record
    of screwed up business deals is that they are all going to be there
    after the caucuses, and after the nominating convention, should he get there.

    At that point, he won’t be able to call it “unfair” when reporters
    bring up his misogynistic quotes aimed at women. Nor will he
    be able to deny that he defaulted on dozens of financial obligations
    over the years, stiffed hard-working employees and small businesses, and
    screwed investors. He may even be called out for the stupidity of
    saying he plans to unilaterally impose 45% duties on China, take other
    countries’ natural resources without paying for them, or seize privately
    owned payments flowing to Mexico to pay for his beautiful wall. Some
    people will even add up the trillions of additional spending he is
    proposing along with the ten to twelve trillion of lowered tax revenue,
    and say they don’t think we can afford that much additional debt.

    But those who are impressed by schoolyard bullies will admire him, and will probably vote for him.

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    1. jif6360 February 1, 2016

      The US bullies both the world and American people now. This maybe the wrong place to post this, but we need change. There are two people the elite don’t want (Paul & Trump) in office. For this reason alone I’d vote for either one. Paul supports holding congress accountable. Congress has the power of the purse and does nothing with it. Congress has the power to go to war or not. This war power is going to be given to the next president. Our congressman have shown that they don’t want any accountability or responsibility. In order for real change, vote out all the incumbents in congress and keep voting them out until they restore our voice and rights.

      http://www.judicialimmunitynecessaryevil.com/petition.html

      1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

        Take off your tin hat and slowly back away from Fox…

        1. jif6360 February 1, 2016

          Note Fox doesn’t support Paul or Trump. This is another reason to support them.
          The same people who control the mainstream media also CONTROL THE politicians.
          Our Congressman have a real good ideal on what’s in the near future. To deflect accountability from themselves they want to give the president full power to commit the US to war. A new Hitler with the military might of the US can wipe 60 million
          people in a day. I don’t believe this is what the American people what. We no longer have 3 branches of government, we now have an electoral dictatorship. If our congressman don’t want to do their job representing the people why do we keep paying them?

          http://www.judicialimmunitynecessaryevil.com/petition.html

          1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            At least you admit your tin hat…

          2. dpaano February 1, 2016

            I have to agree somewhat with what Jif is saying. However, I will NOT vote Republican EVER!!! But, he is correct in saying that our conservative government (Senate & House) are the ones who are the warmongers and who are supporting further wars. It’s our Congressmen, most of them Republicans, who vote not to support our veterans when they come home injured and psychologically damaged. It’s our Republican government (not our President) who consistently agree with current GOP nominees that we need to go in and bomb the middle east and “take their oil.” So, despite Jif being a little on the wacky side….he does have some points to consider.

          3. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Yes, I agree, there is an even longer tirade further up, but in essence Jif is right in his observations, just a bit off in running down rabbit holes…

        2. jif6360 February 1, 2016

          Paul there is one more reason you should vote Republican. With a Dem in office there won’t be any protesting against the war. This is a religious war. ISIS is backed up by our allies the Saudis and Turkey. Until they turn against ISIS we will not put forth a real campaign against ISIS.

      2. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

        Jif you aren’t going to convince anyone here at NM, but keep it up, I know trolls get paid something by their handlers…

        1. jif6360 February 1, 2016

          OK

          With an undeniably dysfunctional government, We the People need to set aside our political differences. It should no longer be a simple matter of the left versus the right; the people need to understand that the reality of our situation is that it is the people versus the state regardless of their political affiliation.

          “2016: All Lives Matter” is a propaganda statement that the government is manipulating to distract from the truth that our government bullies its citizens and the rest of the world without having any regard for the criminality of its actions. It reflects poorly on all Americans when our representatives are acting in such a dishonorable manner. Public officials have become very effective at distorting the truth. For example, they have manipulated the people into believing that you are failing to support your troops if you are unwilling to support the war that our troops are being forced to fight.

          Here’s something you won’t hear from the mainstream media:

          It’s no secret that the US government has been demanding a régime change in Syria, using false accusations of crimes against humanity. It has become evident that these crimes (sarin gas attacks) have been committed by US-backed rebels. Question: should the US do a 180 and attack these rebels for war crimes? Yes they should. Since the US is backing these rebels, if they don’t change their position, they too are responsible for these atrocities. This is not the first time we’ve supported an entity that has used WMDs against mankind. We supported Saddam in his war against the Iranians. If you apply international law in regards to WMDs, the world should be demanding a regime change in the US. Note: it is quite clear that the rules of law do not apply to the US government whether it is domestic or international law.

          The US Constitution states we cannot get involved with regime changes for any reason other than for protection of our national interest. The disaster of 9/11 has enabled our government to take any action it so chooses as long as we classify it as a war on terror. In recent years, this has allowed the government to launch wars for political reasons without having to worry that it will inspire mass protests in the United States. 98℅ of all the deaths that have been inflicted by our military in these latest wars have been innocent civilians. It is despicable that we are willing to accept so many civilian deaths and label it as necessary collateral damage when it should more accurately be described as terrorist attacks. When one considers these facts, it should be no surprise that so many terrorist organizations are seeking to destroy our nation. There is no difference between the bombings that terrorists are responsible for and the drone strikes that kill innocent civilians in the Middle East. Both sides have deemed it acceptable to take civilian lives to further their agendas. Our government has become just as repugnant as these terrorist groups. America is supposed to be the greatest country in the world but we are tainting our great legacy by sinking to the level of terrorists and killing in such indiscriminate fashion.

          The most recent war in the Middle East is more of a religious war then a war on terror. In this war, it has become apparent that we have taken the side of the very entities we’ve been calling terrorists. We just rename them as rebels and freedom fighters.

          The bottom line is the US doesn’t really give a s*** about human rights; they only care about the petro dollar and if this means committing war atrocities for the Saudis and other allies in the Middle East, so be it. God help us, we no longer know who the monsters are thanks to the mainstream media supplying us with convoluted facts. If we can’t lock these people up for war crimes or treason, we can send them a strong message to demonstrate our dissatisfaction in their ability to govern. Vote out all of the incumbents in congress and keep voting them out until they realize that the rule of law applies to them.

          All in service to this country swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. However, they are prosecuted if they object to serve in a war they see as illegal under our Constitution. I served 20 years in the military honoring this oath. I know longer care about being prosecuted for protesting against the unconstitutional wars we’ve been involved in. I care about the solders. Can anybody explain to a wounded warrior how his sacrifice preserved our liberty and freedom. When you commit to war you go to win. These war are all about supporting the US Military Industrial Complex.
          Paul I’m not the smartest person, but I do know right from wrong and our leaders are not doing right thinks. I’m truly sorry the left and right can t meet in the middle.

          1. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

            Wow, all I can say is wow.
            I hope you get paid by the word, ’cause there’s a whole lotta nutty in there.
            But, actually, I pretty much agree with you, but not in a government -conspiracy-black-op way, but to your point of our leaders taking us down the primrose path, and mistreating our soldiers, exactly right. You have a great day.

  6. I of John February 1, 2016

    This particular election is like a tournament style version of chicken. The GOP is barreling down a narrow road running shoulder to shoulder to see which one will blink first. Later, if Trump pulls away, its up to the rest of the electorate to joust with him.

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  7. charleo1 February 1, 2016

    Well. Trump is talking about the real issues isn’t he? Talk to his converts, and that’s what they’ll tell you. He is also going to balance the budget, take care of our Vets, double the size of the military, give us all a raise in pay, round up the illegals, and make America great again! Did I mention balance the budget? At least that’s what I hear from his supporters. And they’ll get real mad at you if question any of that too. Why? Because, they’re hacked off to begin with, and they believe he’s every bit as mad as they are! As to exactly why he should be, he doesn’t say, and they don’t ask. But never mind that. They believe he’s just as mad as a hatter, and just the man for the job. Also they’re voting for him no matter what. Oh if you don’t agree? You can, STFU!

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    1. tbs February 4, 2016

      You are calling me a name and I take offense. But, then that is what people like you do when you might lose.
      I have the right to vote for whoever I want to as you do. But will not call you a name for your choice>
      Last I knew this country still had some freedoms. Hopefully it will not change that much before Obama leaves the WH.

      1. charleo1 February 4, 2016

        What offensive name do you suppose I’m calling you? And I’m always interested in what freedoms people believe President Obama has taken from the country, or them personally.

        1. dpaano February 5, 2016

          They can’t name any…..they just like to repeat things they hear on FAUX News!

          1. charleo1 February 5, 2016

            I guess he’s pretty sure I called him something, but he isn’t sure just what. Funny! My advise is, if the shoe fits then wear it proudly!

  8. Eleanore Whitaker February 1, 2016

    When all the smoke and mirrors are cleared away…the billionaires were ripe for trying to takeover…After all, they believe elections, voters and government in general would be better served by billionaires at the helm. So..why not a Billionaires’ contest to see who can be the world’s most powerful? You get what you asked for…You made them billionaires and now they want to control the world. No biggie.

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  9. Sanity Please February 1, 2016

    I suspect the prospect of a Fascist as president would scare people a bit anxious. Not that it’s going to happen, but certainly makes you want to check and see if your passport is up to date.

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  10. nana4gj February 1, 2016

    6. He doesn’t understand the Constitution; Democracy; government. Someone else, or some others, would be making decisions, policy, and he would be “bling”. We’ve been there and done that and it does not work well for anyone.

    7. He lacks constructive interpersonal skills. Whether it’s due to his overt personality disorders or his experience as a businessman in his particular business, or his lifetime of wealth that purchased his success and his associates, he has never learned that civility is critical. Throwing his wealth around will not make for good international relations, neither will force and bullyism. One cannot be Leader Of The Free World by disrespecting those who disagree with you, whom you do not perceive as “being nice to you”, and violating relationships by dishing out whatever dirt you may have on them that you learned about in your relationships with them does not make you a partner who can be trusted. His war against PC is a war against national civility and rule of law, civil laws and social norms. Behaving as a slob is nothing to which we should aspire or applaud.

    8. The “anger” he responds to and assuages is anger that should not be justified or “understood”, as the press has done. It should have been reported for what it is. “Making America White Again”, is not aspirational and it should never be a goal of this country. It is not an admirable endeavor. It is a disgrace. America was never designed to be an Aryan nation. America’s success as the most enviable country in the world was made possible because America is a melting pot.

    9. The challenges of this country, and her people, are more important than the personal needs and feelings of any President. We have enough of our own problems without having to be consumed by his moods, his sensitive ego, his childishness, rudeness, and his every growing enemy list, and his games of retaliation. Contrary to that behavior demonstrating “strength”, it smacks of weakness. It is overt symptomotology of a man arrested in emotional development at an early age of childhood, one of many symptoms, that does not belong in any office with the power and authority to make life and death decisions. The man can never apologize or admit to having been wrong.

    10. There is a slight chance that he is a Phony, a Fake. He has stated, as reported in HP, that he says and does things “to get attention”, just as he did as a child, I expect. Which speaks to that hoooooge personality disorder. He cannot be trusted, believed, even if so many believe he will make America white again, or build walls that other countries will pay for, or any of the inane, non sensible “policies” he manages to squeeze into his campaign rally addresses that are all about his polling, his wealth and success, and insults about everyone else who are “losers” because they are not Him.
    A man who claims to have raised 6 million dollars for his Foundation on behalf of Veterans should be ashamed to give them a check for $100,000. A man with so much dirt and shame in his own life should not so readily exploit the dirt and shame of everyone else whom he perceives as a threat. A man who is intellectually lazy, informed by rumors, and who acts on raw instinct based on his “feelings”, has no business making life and death decisions for any of us.

    There is nothing in this man’s personal and professional life that has contributed to his ability to fill the role of President of the US. The final product of his life experiences at his age totally disqualifies him.

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    1. tbs February 4, 2016

      Well, I disagree with you!
      Trump did not get to where he is by the things you are talking about.
      I am behind Trump!
      Whereas I was NEVER behind Obama and color had nothing to do with it. Had been around too many people like him and knew he was not what this country needed. There was fraud involved in the second election as well.
      Feel anyone who voted for Obama, especially the second time, need to pay for the debt this country is in. Because they aided and abetted Obama to go on, as President again, with no thought to how bad he was the first term!

      1. dpaano February 5, 2016

        IF you even understood what happened in the second election, you would know that the fraud was on the Republican side, not President Obama’s side. But, I guess you wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you in the face! As for Trump, all he cares about is himself….he doesn’t care about the middle class. He wants to raise taxes on the middle class, give more to the upper 1% (himself included), etc. He’s a hypocrite in that he sends his products overseas to be produced and yet complains about jobs being sent overseas. He filed bankruptcy 4 times and the taxpayers ended up paying for that, and he’s proud of that fact and thinks its “good business” to screw the taxpayer. Unfortunately, this ISN’T the person I want running the country!!! And, speaking of the so-called debt problem….remember, President Obama doesn’t write the checks…..Congress has to approve any expenditures that the government incurs. For some reason, people seem to want to blame the budget on the president…..maybe they ought to look at the add’l expenditures that have been spent on our military fighting a war that should never have been started in the first place!!!

      2. clicknread February 10, 2016

        You know, a little less time babbling on the internet and a little more time on education and hard work would give you a far better shot at improving your life than buying Trump’s b.s.
        You know, bootstraps. Help yourself instead of waiting for a billionaire to give you a handout….

  11. 1Zoe55 February 1, 2016

    If Trump gets elected, I am not leaving my country. Rather I want to have meetings with like-minded Democrats similar to what McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and the others had when they held secret meetings on the night of President Obama’s first election. These folks vowed to obstruct and to work against anything that Obama proposed, basically due to their racism and horror that a black man would be our president. These traitors failed in their goal of defeating President Obama, but they did indeed work against the good of this country. The idea of compromise was never in these Republicans’ playbook, so now they have spawned the monster known as Donald Trump. Karma is a bitch.

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    1. tbs February 4, 2016

      But you are a bigger bitch to want to get even like the other like-minded, you spoke about to want to do the same.
      But more than that…you are really saying you want to destroy this country more!
      You need to be deported for going against the Constitution thinking like you do!
      Two wrongs do not make a right.
      You are right Karma is a bitch!
      Go Trump 2016!

  12. Paul Bass February 1, 2016

    Trump supporters are the PWT, the losers, the folks who have little skills seeing their jobs go overseas, and to immigrants and they are mad about it, and want a bully to take up for them.
    Trump is playing this base, and the millionaire rulers are having a fit. And the base is so clueless, ready to be led cattle, they don’t even know donnies contempt for them.
    “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” He says as they all line up to kiss his…..

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    1. tbs February 4, 2016

      You are another spin phony who likes to start trouble!
      At least Trump did not do anything to cheat on getting votes like Cruz did. Trump proved he has class and would not be so low to do what Cruz did.
      Trump also was not a preacher man to get votes like Cruz. My question is will Cruz be a preacher in NH like he was in Iowa. If not that will show what a chameleon Cruz is to do anything to win votes! AND not to be trusted.
      Trump also showed grace and humility congratulating Cruz (on his win), thanked the Iowans for their vote, and told them how much he loved them and would be back again. His talk did not take 30 minutes to do it. He was respectful of time for all to have their time to say a few words. The actions of a true successful businessman.
      Trump 2016!

      1. Paul Bass February 5, 2016

        Hey chill, I know PWT losers get their feelings easily hurt…

        Besides, I’m with you, Trump is the least awful GOP, I’m for him winning the nomination!

  13. Polana February 1, 2016

    The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It’s more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon prejudice of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed”
    A. Lincoln spoke on Nat’l Banking Act of 1863 when was passed.

    How true today.

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