What is Trump’s seemingly unshakable appeal to his base? Saturday, Mar 30 2019 

I often have been asked, and I have asked myself, “What is the ongoing, seemingly unshakable appeal of Donald Trump to his followers?

Given the repeated evidence of his immorality, his ignorance of facts, his compulsive lying, his illiteracy, his cruelty, and his favoring the rich over the middle and poor, one would think that his base – primarily middle-class whites — would be shocked and disillusioned.

Think about:

His many flip-flops on position. (Example: The suckers love being lied to.)

His compulsive lying.   (Example: All False statements involving Donald Trump).

His criminality (Example: Federal court approves $25 million Trump University settlement).

His “love” for, and defense of, such murderous dictators as Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un,  and Rodrigo Duterte.

His, his family’s, and his associates’ secret, unpatriotic, and illegal relationships with Russia, the purpose of which were to enrich Trump at the expense of America. (Example: Trump Had Yet Another Secret Meeting With Putin)

And so many more scandals, any one of which ordinarily would have led to immediate impeachment or at least to loss of backers.

Yet despite all these scandals, Trump sails on, his poll ratings hardly changed.

Why does his base, those self-proclaimed religious, law-and-order folks steadfastly continue to support an irreligious, lying law-breaker?

I believe the answer can be found with the most powerful of all human emotions, “hatred.” Very simply, Trump professes hatred for the same people his base hates.Man hiding

Hatred is so powerful because it is founded into our primary survival instinct, fear.

Trump’s base hates immigrants, especially brown-skinned immigrants, because of fear.

Trump has tapped into this fear by claiming these men, women, and children are rapists and murderers.

Never mind that you and your children have a much greater chance of being raped and murdered by white, male, American citizens, than by brown immigrants (who by the way, are more law-abiding on average than are American citizens).

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear.

Trump stokes “fear of the other,” and brown-skinned aliens are “the other.”

Atomic-weapon-armed Russia and North Korea, Trump’s latest pals, are far greater threats to America than are Muslims. 

But Muslims, too, are “the other.” As are gays, and the media (aside from Fox news) Trump’s other whipping boys.

Trump has taught his base to fear them all, which is why they are so ready to hide behind a Wall.

The notion that huge, powerful America needs a big, strong wall to protect us from families seeking shelter in the storm — that notion is ludicrous and sad.

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear.

Ironically, Russia’s Putin and North Korea’ Kim, whom Trump claims to admire, are the ultimate “socialists.” Yet “socialism is the very epithet Trump uses against Democrats.

Amazingly, Trump’s base supporters, whom he himself derides as, “less educated,” do not seem to see the contradiction.

If you read, The full text of Adam Schiff’s great speech before the House Intelligence Committee, (Mar 29 2019) you will be reminded of the many reasons why religious, law-and-order, American patriots should object to Trump.

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear. 

Things could change, however. In his never-ending effort to take from the poor and give to the rich, Trump continues to propose ending the Affordable Care Act (which has the nickname Trump hates most, “Obamacare,”)

Trump would love nothing more than to replace it with a program that rewards the rich insurance companies, cuts benefits to the poor and middle, and carries the name “Trumpcare.”

A Trumpian home run with the bases loaded.

But his greed may have outweighed his fear-founded plan, because if there is one thing even the densest of his base fears, it’s not having affordable health care for themselves and for their children — the very people Obamacare helps most.

Yes, the entire GOP (the party of the rich) always wants to cut Social Security and Medicare and all poverty-related programs, so as to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

And because the Democrats, so far, have gone along with that scam, Trump’s base has too.

But the Dems have awakened to the special place that healthcare occupies on the “fear meter,” especially when combined with the fear of affordability, and belatedly, the Dems have begun to fight.

Now Trump is torn. Does he please the rich, while putting his ego on a government program, or does he help the people of his base by providing them with affordable health care?

So far, he has chosen the rich and his ego over his base, as he wants to destroy Obamacare.

Now he waits for the Supreme Court to save him . . . by ruling against him. If that is the Court’s ruling, Obamacare will survive.

But if the Court rules in favor of Trump, millions of the poor and middle-income men, women, and children, will lose affordable healthcare, and Trump and the GOP will justifiably be destroyed in the next election.

Think of millions of working families who rely on their employer to provide affordable healthcare insurance.

If they get sick and lose their jobs, they also will lose healthcare, and won’t be able to buy it because they now will have a pre-existing condition.

Think of all those children, up to the age of 26, who have affordable healthcare because they are on their parents Obamacare policies. They too, will suffer.

As I sit here, I wonder what I truly wish for. Do I want to see Obamacare saved, and have a criminal President and a compassionless political party survive?

Or do I want to see the Supreme Court destroy Obamacare and have the GOP and Trump meet their deserved end, while millions suffer?

Damn Trump to hell for forcing that decision on my heart.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

The suckers love being lied to. There’s one born every minute. Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Oh, how the suckers love being lied to.

Trump reverses position on Great Lakes restoration
By Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press

Facing a potentially tough re-election effort in Michigan next year, President Donald Trump returned to Grand Rapids on Thursday, promising to fund a Great Lakes restoration program that his administration has threatened to cut the last three years.

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Trump told the crowd that he has “always” supported the Great Lakes.

Making it sound as though he was restoring money that had been taken away by someone else — when it was his administration that proposed to eliminate or virtually end the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

“I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which you’ve been trying to get for over 30 years,” he said.

“It’s time.”

Oh, yes, suckers. I tried to take away what you already had, and now that a few of you have caught on to my bullshit, I won’t take it away. Instead I’ll tell you it’s a gift from me.

And you’ll believe me, just like you suckers always do

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You suckers will believe me, just like my three wives did.

It was the second major reversal for the administration on Thursday:

On his way to Michigan, facing bipartisan backlash over the budget plan to cut $18 million in funding for the Special Olympics, Trump said he would restore that funding after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent several days being pilloried for the move.

Hey, suckers, it was all Betsy’ fault for doing exactly what I told her to do.

Gee Betsy, I hope it’s not too uncomfortable under that bus. It is, after all, your job to take the blame for my lies, isn’t it?

Trump has also taken heat for a budget that cuts Medicare, a program the president had steadfastly promised not to touch.

Of course, I want to cut Medicare. What did you think? Did you suckers really buy into my bullshit? Wow, you really are even more stupid than I thought.

Let me explain it, even though you still won’t get it: I want to cut Medicare, Obamacare, Social Security, and all poverty aids, to make you financially desperate. 

Then, my wealthy business owner pals and I can pay you peanuts, and force you to work into your 80’s — maybe even longer — because I won’t let you save enough to retire.

My old trick was to screw immigrants out of their wages, but screwing you legally is much better — less hassle.

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My best buds

But you’re so stupid, all I have to do is say, “Socialism, socialism,” and you’ll vote against your own best interests.

Meanwhile, I’ll make millions in personal deals with the ultimate socialists, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and that rich Saudi prince, whatever his name is.

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about you figuring this out. There’s a sucker born every minute.

Remember, I’m your savior, honest Donald J. Trump. I would never lie to you.

As told to:

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

How Trump has been “a great unifier for our country” Friday, Mar 29 2019 

While he still was a candidate, Donald Trump said:

“The level of hatred between Republicans and Democrats was unbelievable.

“The level of — I’ve never seen anything like it,” Trump said. “I’m going to unify. This country is totally divided. Barack Obama has divided this country unbelievably.

“And it’s all, it’s all hatred, what can I tell you. I’ve never seen anything like it…I’ve gotten along with Democrats and I’ve gotten along with Republicans. And I said, that’s a good thing.

“I will be a great unifier for our country.”

That was then. This is now.

Here are just a few of the people and institutions the “great unifier for our country” has blasted in his ongoing tweetstorms, interviews, and speeches.

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I will be a great unifier for our country.

  1. Adam Schiff
  2. Alec Baldwin
  3. Anderson Cooper
  4. Arianna Huffington
  5. Barack Obama
  6. Bernie Sanders
  7. Bill Kristol
  8. Bill Cosby
  9. Bill Maher
  10. Boston Globe
  11. California
  12. Carly Fiorina
  13. Charles Krauthammer
  14. China
  15. CIA
  16. CNN
  17. Cuba
  18. Dave Roberts
  19. Democrats
  20. Des Moines Register
  21. Don Lemon
  22. FBI
  23. Fox News (!)
  24. France
  25. George W. Bush
  26. George Pataki
  27. Germany
  28. Guatemala
  29. Hillary Clinton
  30. Honduras
  31. Ilhan Omar
  32. Immigrants
  33. Iran
  34. James Mattis
  35. Jeb Bush
  36. Jeff Sessions
  37. Jimmy  Fallon
  38. John Kasich
  39. John McCain
  40. Jonah Goldbert
  41. Jussie Smollett
  42. Karl Rove
  43. Kim Jong-un
  44. Kristen Stewart
  45. Lawrence O’Donnell
  46. LeBron James
  47. Mark Cuban
  48. Meghan McCain
  49. Megyn Kelly
  50. Mexicans
  51. Mitt Romney
  52. MSNBC
  53. Nancy Pelosi
  54. NATO
  55. NBC
  56. New York
  57. OPEC
  58. PBS
  59. Penn Jillette
  60. People from “shithole countries”
  61. Pfizer
  62. Rachel Maddow
  63. Rand Paul
  64. Rick Perry
  65. Robert Mueller
  66. Rosie O’Donnell
  67. Russia
  68. Saudi Arabia
  69. Spike Lee
  70. The media
  71. Transgenders
  72. William McRaven

Yes, he has been “a great unifier for our country.” He has unified the intelligent, compassionate, and patriotic Americans in ways he never could have imagined.

Unified, they voted against his Republican Party in the last election, and one hopes they will remain unified for the next. Perhaps taking healthcare from millions of poor and middle-income Americans will be the glue.

Good job, Mr. President.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

The full text of Adam Schiff’s great speech before the House Intelligence Committee Friday, Mar 29 2019 

While Donald Trump was engaged in his usual, grade-school name-calling, by referring to Rep. Adam Schiff as “Little pencil neck Adam Schiff. He has the smallest, thinnest neck I have ever seen.” — and while Trump’s supporters lustily laughed and cheered at that childish reference from the President of the United States —  those same supporters missed hearing one of the great Congressional speeches of our time.

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The day we do think that’s OK, is the day we look back and say, “That is the day America lost its way.”

Long after Trump and his foul-mouthed, lying tirades will be forgotten, Schiff’s speech, before the House Intelligence Committee, will be remembered as a pivotal point in American history, defining a microcosm of where America is today and where America could be tomorrow.

It is a choice between accepting the continuing lying and lawlessness of a President and his criminal associates vs. demanding the constitutional democracy we fought so hard to achieve.

Here is the complete text of Adam Schiff’s marvelous speech, which should be read by every America politician, and every American voter:

My colleagues may think it’s OK that the Russians offered ‘dirt’ on a Democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign. You might think that’s OK.

My colleagues might think it’s OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the president’s son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help. No, instead that son said that he would ‘love’ the help of the Russians.

You might think it’s OK that he took that meeting.

You might think it’s OK that Paul Manafort, the campaign chair, someone with great experience at running campaigns, also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that they concealed it from the public.

You might think it’s OK that their only disappointment after that meeting was that the dirt they received on Hillary Clinton wasn’t better. You might think that’s OK.

You might think it’s OK that when it was discovered, a year later, that they lied about that meeting and said that it was about adoptions. You might think that it’s OK that the president is reported to have helped dictate that lie. You might think that’s OK. I don’t.

You might think it’s OK that the campaign chairman of a presidential campaign would offer information about that campaign to a Russian oligarch in exchange for money or debt forgiveness. You might think that’s OK, I don’t.

You might think it’s OK that that campaign chairman offered polling data to someone linked to Russian intelligence. I don’t think that’s OK.

You might think it’s OK that the president himself called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails, if they were listening. You might think it’s OK that later that day the Russians, in fact, attempted to hack a server affiliated with that campaign. I don’t think that’s OK.

You might think that it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law attempted to establish a secret back channel of communication with the Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility. I don’t think that’s OK.

You might think it’s OK that an associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks, that is considered a hostile intelligence agency.

You might think it’s OK that a senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say in terms of dirt on his opponent.

You might think it’s OK that the national security adviser-designate secretly conferred with the Russian ambassador, about undermining U.S. sanctions, and you might think it’s OK that he lied about it to the FBI. You might say that’s all OK. You might say that’s what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK.

I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.

Now I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy was another matter. Whether the special counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt the proof of that crime would be up to the special counsel, and I would accept his decision, and I do.

He is a good and honorable man and a good prosecutor.

But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK, is the day we look back and say, “That is the day that America lost its way.”

And I will tell you one more thing that is apropos of the hearing today.

I don’t think it’s OK that during the Presidential campaign Mr. Trump sought the Kremlin’s help to consummate a real estate deal in Moscow that would make him a fortune, according to special counsel, hundreds of millions of dollars.

I don’t think it’s OK that he concealed it from the public. I don’t think it’s OK that he advocated a new and more favorable policy toward the Russians even as he was seeking the Russians help – the Kremlin’s help to make money.

I don’t think it’s OK that his attorney lied to our committee.

There’s a different word for that than “collusion,” and it’s called “compromised.”

And that is the subject of our hearing today.

Send a copy to your Senators. Send a copy to your Representative. Send a copy to your friends and relatives. Read it to your children.

It defines what being an American really means.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

 

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