AFGHANISTAN

 

President Trump stared at a “damn if I do, damn if I don’t” dilemma. A sixteen year stalemated war. Almost a Trillion dollars wasted. Over 2400 US fatalities plus over 1100 NATO allies dead. Innumerable Afghan soldiers, police and civilians killed. President Trump had reason to be furious that lives, limbs and treasure have been squandered in a war America “is still not winning”. The President delegated his Defense Secretary to devise a new strategy to combat the Taliban and stabilize Afghanistan. America’s top military brass advised caution in not abandoning Afghanistan as this would leave the medieval Taliban in control of Kabul who could then, once again, offer sanctuary and safe havens to indigenous and foreign radical terrorists.

His gut feeling which he long advocated was to end the war few Americans cared about. He inherited this quagmire immersed in quicksand from his predecessors going all the way back to Bush 41. Over a span of 25 years the entrenched Foreign Policy and Intelligence Establishments had failed to foresee and forestall the rise of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, let alone the disasters in Iraq, Libya and Syria. After pushing the Taliban out of Kabul in 2002, the Washington Establishment partnered with Hamid Karzai, a charlatan, who failed his people and the donor nations who believed he could bring peace and stability to his country. Instead of fighting the Taliban and reconciling the various ethnic tribes, America’s partner, Karzai, aligned himself with war and drug lords and generals with ‘ghost’ armies allowing the Taliban to regroup and win the sympathies of the countryside repulsed by the flagrant corruption of their leaders.

The present post-Karzai government, is engulfed in palace intrigues and turf wars mostly instigated by Karzai who, because of his contacts with the Taliban, the war and drug lords and his vast ancestral lands cultivating opium, is the chief mischief making power broker in Kabul. The US backed coalition government is being held together with spit and American taxpayer funds. Most Afghans know that their leaders have bank accounts and homes in the Middle East where their families reside and where their children are schooled. Those Afghans who remember the frugal living conditions of bin-Laden and Mullah Omer are turned off by the lavish lifestyles of their leaders. America’s partners in Afghanistan have lost not only the confidence but also the prayers of their people because of their ineptitude, corruption and inability to offer the most basic ingredients of leadership; hope and optimism. Further complicating the situation are our Sunni Arab friends funding the pro-ISIS elements of the Taliban to create chaos on the Iranian border and Iran financing tribes within the Taliban to violently harass the government in Kabul.

To deal with this inherited mess, simply adding a few thousand more troops, trainers and advisors with authority to attack and take the fight to the enemy are “in the box”, old, tried and failed strategies. If there is no change in strategy, results in the ground will not change. The President alluded to his new approach when he said “no blank check.” He and his generals should consider adding a few hundred auditors, accountants and cashiers to the mini troop surge and ensure that all disbursements of American tax-payer funds, from salaries to the politicians, legitimate governing expenses right down to paying all soldiers and police personnel including issuing arms and ammunition be done by Americans. It is a shame that Afghan soldiers seldom receive their full pay, are paid less than their Taliban adversaries and go to the frontlines with half empty magazines. The Afghan army cannot fight the enemy with ‘ghost’ soldiers or with severely rationed ammunition. The President also stated “We will not tell you how to run your government”, a strong hint to the politicians in Kabul to start producing positive results or be replaced. What Afghanistan needs are ‘a few good men’, patriots and nationalists, committed to the national interest, who can work with and unite the various tribes to take their country back from the war lords, the drug lords and the radicalized Taliban. The option of bringing back the heirs of the late King Zahir Shah and re-installing the Afghan monarch as a figurehead must be considered as this could facilitate and speed up the reconciliation and unification process.

A new ‘reset’ in Presidential policy includes roles for India and Pakistan. India has invested in Afghanistan on a government to government level but future investments have been hampered by security concerns due to the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul by the Pakistani backed Haqqani terrorists. Pakistan, a staunch ally of China, is perhaps the only member of the nuclear club where the nuclear arsenal is not under civilian control. America’s Foreign Policy and Intelligence Establishments have long pandered to and appeased the Pakistani Military as they control the land routes and trucks used to supply American troops in Afghanistan. Withholding American military aid to Pakistan is a card the US has previously used with no tangible result. The President and his generals must show their trump card to signal to the Pakistanis how high and serious the stakes are for them now that the US, which always had the resources and tools, also has the will to succeed.

The 1893 Durand Line establishing the border between Afghanistan and British India separates the ethnic Baloch and ethnic Pakhtuns from their fellow tribesmen across the border, a border which has been infrequently and selectively enforced, is largely unmanned and unpatrolled. The Afghans have repudiated this border giving Pakistan the flexibility to accommodate the Haqqani Network in enclaves with ill-defined and contested borders. Pakistan’s worst nightmare is that separationist elements in their Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan provinces and in their Federally Administered Tribal Areas agitate to breakaway and form new nation states with their brethren across the border. The reason why Pakistan adamantly opposes Indian aid and investments in Afghanistan is they fear the Indians would encourage the tribesmen on the Afghan side of the “border” to create an insurgency demanding the cross-border reunifications of both, the Baluchi and the Pashtun tribes. This scenario, besides dismembering Pakistan, would give landlocked Afghanistan the port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, a port India would use to reestablish trade with Afghanistan.

China has some skin in Afghanistan where she profitably mines minerals used in manufacturing exports. She has a larger stake in Pakistan, especially in the port of Gwadar which she has leased for 49 years, and is the hub of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the One Belt, One Road and the Silk Road projects. Should the sovereignty of Gwadar change, either by redrawing the Durand Line or by the reunification of Baluchistan, China’s investments in Pakistan would be jeopardized. The US, in co-operation with China, must convince the Pakistanis that her borders, security and stability are intertwined with the security and stability of Afghanistan. Unconditional co-operation with the Afghans and their American partners to eradicate terrorism are in Pakistan’s best national security interests.

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

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RUSSIAN MEDDLING???

 

Liberals and their propaganda machine are obsessed with proving that the elections were “stolen” from Mrs. Clinton and her pro status quo Liberal, RINO, and Deep State Establishment backers. They first blamed former FBI Director, Mr. Comey, but after he was fired by the President, this Deep State “leaker”, has attained “victimhood” and overnight, became the darling of the anti-Trump cabal. They cannot blame their loss on their anointed candidate, so the only other entity left to blame are the Russians. They shrill that the Russians have attacked American democracy and their interference undermines it.

The facts are that the Democratic nomination process is undemocratic. Their candidate, anointed by investors and their lobbyists, had the overwhelming advantage of having the 500 plus “Super Delegates”, and the Liberal media in her corner. Sen. Sanders and his populist progressive revolution lost because the media kept reminding democratic primary voters that 95% of the Super Delegates were in Mrs. Clinton’s pocket, and, with the deck stacked against him, he had no chance of winning. Also, the WikiLeaks’s release of DNC e-mails proved that the supposedly impartial DNC was actively sabotaging his candidacy. And, very conveniently, the American Intelligence Community were barred by the DNC from examining the hacked computers and took as gospel DNC allegations that the Russians were the culprits. The protocols and rules of the democratic nominating process, with Super Delegates having power to veto the “Will of the people”, is unfair and undemocratic. The reason why a democrat is not occupying the White House is because the democratic nomination was “stolen” from Sen. Sanders by Liberal investors in the Democratic Party who “deplore” populists, progressives and the working class.

Establishment RINOS also attempted to thwart the will of the Republican primary voters by demanding that the delegates Mr. Trump won vote their ‘conscience’, meaning vote the anti-Trump party line. Unlike the DNC, the RNC played fair and upheld the democratic process. Then, during the elections RINO turncoats refused to campaign with their Presidential candidate, and were either, silent or applauding spectators when the fake news media smeared him. Had the President not won this election, the RINOS would have changed Republican Party protocols to those similar to that of the Democratic Party giving party officials carte blanche in picking their Presidential nominee. With both political parties preselecting their Presidential candidates, American democracy would be a farce! The election of Mr. Trump as President prevented a “fake” democracy from taking over the American political system.

The ‘Never Trump’ cabal refused to accept the verdict of “we the people” delivered on 11/8/2016. The RINOS in lockstep with the Liberal media further undermined American democracy when they tried to get the Electoral College electors to scuttle the election results by denying the President-Elect the Electoral College votes he had already won. The democrats, left leaderless are in total disarray. The Liberal media is the opposition now. They led democratic zombies to boycott and protest the Inauguration and launch the ‘Resistance’. The Russians did not ‘attack’ and ‘undermine’ American democracy, the culprits are the ‘Never Trump’ cabal and their fake news organizations. America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars around the globe promoting democracy and all this money has been wasted by the anti-democratic fascists who are now pointing fingers at the Russians.

About a month back, Tucker Carlson had a guest on his Fox News show who proudly said he was a professional “Protest Organizer” earning $150k a year. Who pays him this money? Who pays the black clad anarchists who travel to different cities and universities rioting and destroying private and public properties? The Russians? The Iranians? Kim Jong Un? No! The anti-Trump Resistance has a well- paid army of hooligans bent upon creating chaos and preventing ‘free speech’ in universities. Remember the old junior grade school saying (mostly among boys) “If you smelt it, you dealt it”? The cabal accusing the Russians of attacking and undermining American democracy are the ones guilty of attempting to destroy democracy in America.

Democrats are marching to the drumbeat of the Liberal media. Liberal investors in the party see their future in identity politics of multi-ideological multiculturalism and multilingualism. They are the ones fostering and fanning tribalism, while their Fake News media denounce Trump supporters as being tribal. Under the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez, liberal democrats have lost four elections in a row because they lacked an economic message and are now trying to conjure an economic myth that appeals to populist progressives. Liberals pay lip service to job creation, living wage and inequality. They are Objective Capitalists, focusing only on profits and not on country and community. They proclaim support for Human Rights, while championing Free Trade and the export of American jobs to countries blacklisted for human trafficking, indentured and slave labor. Populist progressives do not have a ‘home’ nor a voice in the Democratic Party as their protocols regarding “Super Delegates” will always ensure a liberal, job exporting, open border nominee for the Presidency. Recently, an opinion piece by Bret Stephens in the pro open border NY Times advised American born populists and workers to emigrate out of the US to make room for new immigrants. Neither the Russians nor the Ayatollahs dare suggest US citizens get out of the country, but the Liberal elites who lost the elections have the audacity to even think along these lines.

Even before he became the Republican nominee, the media launched a smear campaign against Mr. Trump. The hostility, hatred, and venom emanating from the so called ‘tolerant’ liberals has followed him into the White House. The Presidency is symbol of America and Americans, worthy of respect. But the undignified personal attacks, not by the Russians and ISIS, but by the liberal media is an abuse of the First Amendment and shows that their language skills came from the gutter. The President has always been and remains a counter puncher who hits back hard. The “Morning Joe” anchors along with the unhinged liberal news cabal have been throwing everything, including the bathroom commode at him for over a year. The oft married Ms. Brzezinski, who inherited none of her late father’s brilliance, but has made a living cashing in on his name was a recent recipient of a Presidential counterpunch. She cried foul, not because she is a woman, but because the President ‘leaked’ her secret of a face-lift. The liberal media and the RINO think tanks who issue “Talking Points” to Republicans admonished the President for his “undignified” response totally ignoring her unladylike utterances. Ms. Brzezinski is a card carrying feminist and should have felt honored to be treated as any other man the President has counterpunched. He unintentionally did her a favor, she can now uplift and extend her career playing the “victim’ card. Also, the WWE video of the President body slamming CNN shows the President, unlike his predecessor, does not believe in “strategic patience”, but responds to provocations. The voters who elected this President approve of a strong President and a muscular America. They know that the Russians are not paying the media to hurl insults at the President and distract him from “Making America Great Again.” The charlatans are the homegrown ‘Never Trump’ cartel.

One final thought. The President should use his Twitter account to single out and publically name and shame all those who act as if destroying the Presidency is a fun sport. These gutter talkers will feel threatened and run to their employers demanding ‘safe places’ and body guards. Should the employers oblige, the costs will hurt their bottom lines. Should they demur, the thrash talkers will have to dig into their own pockets for their security. Either way, there will be a financial incentive for them not to indulge in yellow journalism.

 

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

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COMEY’S COMPETENCY???

 

Liberals and their accomplices in the Republican Establishment have convinced themselves that the FBI and the Russians are responsible for electing Mr. Trump as President. Mr. Comey is obsessed with proving that the FBI was neutral during the elections and only Moscow’s meddling and collusion with the Trump campaign resulted in the Trump victory.

The first evidence of outside interference was when British Intelligence, in the fall of 2015, alerted the US Intelligence Community (IC) that the DNC’s computer operations were compromised (See ‘Hacking Controversy’ dated 1/17/2017). The IC informed the DNC of this breach by phone, but the DNC contract employee failed to inform his supervisors of this call. About a year later, on July 10th. 2016, a DNC staffer, Rich Seth was murdered in Washington, DC. The DC police attributed this murder to a “botched” robbery. Today, eleven months later, this third-rate robber who murdered his victim is still at large. About a month after this murder, WikiLeaks dumped a batch of DNC e-mails exposing the DNC’s attempt to torpedo the Sander’s campaign and select Mrs. Clinton as the Democratic Nominee for President. The DNC did not dispute the authenticity of the e-mails, but alleged, after an internal investigation conducted by Dmitri Alperovitch, a Russian immigrant who detests his former homeland, that the Russians had hacked their computers. The FBI was prevented by the DNC from inspecting the relevant computers and servers, and were forced to rely on Mr. Alperovitch’s assertion that the Russians did it, as it rubber-stamped the Liberal narrative that the Russians were meddling to prevent a Clinton Presidency.

Moscow denied these accusations, and WikiLeaks, without naming their source, said their source was a 27 year old DNC staffer who had been recently murdered in Washington and offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the murderer. This was not just a lead for the FBI, this was the ‘smoking gun’. Seth Rich was unhappy with the way the DNC treated Sen. Sanders, a fellow Jew. He had access to the relevant documents, and his laptop has since ‘disappeared’ within the suspicious triangle of the DC Police, the DNC and the FBI. If the late Mr. Rich had been the WikiLeaks informant, this would contradict the narrative of the FBI and the DNC that the Russians fed WikiLeaks the hacked e-mails. Neither the parents of the victim, nor the DNC, the DC Police and the FBI appear to be anxious to find the killer or the missing laptop and put an end to this ‘conspiracy theory’. Could this be a cover up?

During a private dinner at the White House, the liberal media quoting ‘unnamed sources’ reported that the President had asked Mr. Comey about being “loyal” to him. Could this be the President’s way of asking the FBI Director if he was a team player? And if a team player, investigate all the ‘leaks’ and ‘unmasking’ incidents plaguing the Presidency? Again, quoting ‘unnamed sources’ the liberal media reported that the President asked his dinner guest to “back-off” the Gen. Flynn and Russian collusion investigations. Flagrant ‘leaks’ and ‘unmaskings’ routinely occur from within the “Deep State”, and the Gen. Flynn and Russian investigations continue. A bad legacy of the Obama Administration was that they would selectively enforce laws they liked and refrain from enforcing laws that countered their agenda. Similarly, the FBI which should be able to multitask, is selectively investigating liberal allegations and not the factual ‘leaking’ and ‘unmasking’ crimes. Is the FBI protecting the “Deep State”?

Early in 2016, before WikiLeaks released the e-mails implicating the DNC’s bias against the progressive policies of Sen. Sanders, a rumor was circulating in Washington DC that then Attorney General Loretta Lynch had made a deal with the Clinton campaign not to indict her over her deleted e-mails and private server. To prevent this rumor, based on a fictitious (Russian???) or a non-existent e-mail, from damaging the Clinton campaign, Mr. Comey launched an investigation into the Clinton server without clearance from the Justice Department. He also failed to inform Congress he was acting on a rumor. He concluded his inquiry with a flair for legal ju-jitsu by substituting the word “carelessness” for “negligence” thus turning an indictable crime into an un-indictable offense. His efforts, were described as “looney” by Leon Panetta and “nuts” by Jake Sullivan, former National Security advisor to VP Biden, when they appeared in the “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer on 5/25/2017. Interestingly, the President used the term “nuts job” commenting on Comey’s dismissal to the Russian Foreign Minister. For once, the President and democrats share something in common about Mr. Comey.

On June 8th. the former FBI Director will appear before Congress. It will be strange to see Liberals, their media, the anti-Trump Republicans and the Deep State, berserk by an insane hatred for the American President, rooting for the man they vilified only a few months back for sabotaging Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions. Mr. Comey’s supporters should realize that the President is a lot stronger today than he was last week. The fake news media covered up the story that not everybody protested US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The smart money, the Wall Street investors, applauded his decision by sending the already hot American stock markets to record highs. While liberals protested in public, privately they celebrated their stock portfolio gains. None of the critics castigating the President’s Climate judgement have made an offer to donate the stock profits they made thanks to the President’s Climate decision, to a Global Warming fund. Perhaps they get cold feet when they have to put their money where their mouths are.

About fifty years ago, President Johnson was asked about his reluctance to fire his FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. The President replied that he would rather have his FBI Director “inside the tent pissing outside than outside the tent pissing inside”. From outside the tent, should Mr. Comey aim at the White House? The high stock markets and a 4.3 unemployment rate indicates that the political winds in the US are shifting. Will Mr. Comey be “pissing” with or against the political winds?

 

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

 

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THE TIDE OF POPULISM.

 

An advantage that democracy offers is that democratic governments are subject to the “will of the people” and voters can change or ‘fire’ their governments when elected officials fail to better their lives. The flaw with democracy is that it is very expensive for the political class to run for elective office. Very rarely, self- funding non- politicians, like Ross Perot and Donald Trump, enter the political arena out of a sense of duty and patriotism. Some populist candidates, like Sen. Sanders, ask supporters for small donations, while the majority of Establishment candidates seek investments from business elites. These investors, to safeguard their investments, rig the political system. In the US, democrats have their super delegate rules to ensure their pre-selected Establishment candidate “wins” the nomination. The Republican Establishment candidate is normally the politician who has garnered the most campaign contributions. Investor financed politicians are the root causes of crony capitalism and corruption that creates the ‘Beggar thy Nation’ economy of ‘winners and losers’. This is why the promise of democracy and capitalism have failed to take roots in developing countries, and why populist movements in developed countries are now challenging the Establishment.

In American Corporate Boardrooms, Adam Smith’s version of capitalism has been replaced by Ayn Rand’s Objective Capitalism. She was an immigrant from Russia, a writer of fiction who professed that nationalism, patriotism and morality were impediments to profits, and because “greed is good”, human, social and societal costs were irrelevant factors in business decisions. Objective Capitalism, is capitalism without scruples, and to exploit and trample the underclass, they hire lobbyists, fund ‘Politicians of Fortune’ and think tanks to corrupt the financial and political systems. They “privatized profits and socialized losses”, became “too big to fail and too powerful to jail”, and in a twist of history, latter-day Nietzscheans, who believed all power be centralized in them and exercised for their benefit, have re-established themselves as the new ‘Master Class’.

Pseudo-intellectuals from Corporate think tanks working in conjunction with the liberal media propagate the ‘Master Class’ agenda by redefining what is good and evil, moral and immoral, and re-writing history in pursuit of a ‘Liberal World Order’. To legitimize themselves they claim they are the heirs of the Enlightenment, then, using the tactics of Dr. Gobbles, fabricate questionable claims that are endlessly repeated and spun into ‘facts’ that become imbedded in the sub conscious of a gullible electorate. They redefined outsourcing American jobs as Free Trade, and allege this has ushered in an era of prosperity. It has for the outsourcers and foreign labor markets, but has been catastrophic for American workers. They profess trade deficits are good as it brings in foreign investments. The Chinese with their billions in trade surpluses are trying to buy the nuclear power business of Westinghouse along with their classified nuclear technology which has the US government worried. They sermonize that budget deficits and debt are good economic policy, while the Congressional Budget Office are sounding alarms over the growing interest payments on US debt. They profess that unemployment is at a historic low but neglect to mention the millions of workers who have dropped off the employment radar because they have no hope of ever finding a decent job, that most new jobs are part time and independent contractor “on call’ jobs in a gig economy with no benefits, no job security, and no legal protections.

The 18th. century ‘Enlightenment Period’ the Liberals use as their template, was when ‘Free Thinkers’ began challenging religion and traditions to free individuals to pursue their own self interests. The result of this assault on the moral fabric of society, is that individuals have become more selfish, families and communities have disintegrated, and the support system once offered by religion, communities and family has fractured. One of the unforeseen consequences of the ‘Enlightenment’s’ attacks on religion and traditions is the formation of ‘Single Mothers’ as a family unit, with children growing up without the financial support nor the mentoring influence of fathers. This fast growing segment has become a powerful voting block and liberals have made government the financial ‘support system’ for most unwed mothers thereby ensuring their political support.

‘Enlightened’ liberals have targeted the US to be an ‘open society’ and open its borders to ‘humanity’. Their ‘intellectual’ spin is that immigration (never differentiating between legal and illegal) has a positive impact on the US economy. If this were true, the World Bank and the IMF would have, long ago, coaxed third world countries to open their borders to migrants and turbo-charge their economies! Using this questionable logic of the “intellectuals”, financially stressed Americans can become prosperous by opening their homes to any and everybody and sharing their limited resources with strangers!!! Uncontrolled illegal immigration profits only the ‘non-profit’ resettlement agencies that charge taxpayers approx. $10,000.00 per month to resettle each migrant, for slum-lords who can raise rents, grocery and other retailers who accept food stamps and many other forms of welfare payments. Fact is that by outsourcing US jobs, American workers have not only lost their paychecks but also their role as consumers in the consumer economy. Liberals want to fill this deficit in consumption by keeping American borders open to ‘humanity’, people who will fuel consumption using taxpayer funded food stamps and welfare checks. For American ‘losers’ this will result in a vanishing job market, wage suppression, overcrowded schools and emergency rooms and ballooning deficits and debt. Liberals are now floating the concept of a “Universal Basic Income” to lure in more migrants and structure a voting block of the dependent underclass to take control of Capitol Hill and the White House.

European nations that embraced the “Beggar thy Nation”, economics of Ayn Rand and the “open border’ liberal philosophy have problems similar to the US, namely, economic stagnation, inequality and uncontrolled immigration. European Union members who spurned Ayn Rand and stuck to their moral, nationalistic, ‘country above self’ capitalism have stronger economies but are also plagued with migrant problems, now, coupled with a refugee crisis ignited by ISIS. Many Europeans who do not see their liberal leaders making their lives safer and better are using the ballot box to demand change. What the global liberal media condemns as “mob rule’ by the “unwashed masses”, populists in Britain reclaimed their sovereignty by voting for the ‘Union Jack’ rather than the European Union. Most European populist parties, once on the fringes, are becoming mainstream, their clout forcing Establishment parties to address populist concerns. Perhaps, they remember Aesop’s fable of the Arab in his tent on a cold night agreeing to allow his camel to keep warm in the tent and later the camel telling the Arab to vacate his tent since the tent was too crowded for the two of them!. They have put the European liberal political Establishment on notice to make their lives safer and better, or in future elections, the very existence of the EU with open borders for non-Europeans could be at stake.

The global liberal media is agenda driven to propagate a “Liberal World Order” of “Open Societies”. They are active participants in establishing a borderless world, with the goal of winning converts to their cause. The concept of ‘winning’ and having a mission, disqualifies them from being a neutral observer of events and reporting unbiased news. They have shed their cloak of impartiality, and because they lack convincing intellectual arguments for their world view, they are ridiculing and venomously attacking patriotic populists and nationalists who swear allegiance to their border secured nations. The liberal media’s divisive narratives of discord and hatred for their opponents, underlies their intention of dumping the concept of ‘nation states in the dustbin of history. For “Open Societies” to prevail, nation states have to be sacrificed and all references to patriotism, nationalism and identity be eradicated from human subconscious. In the US, the Trump Administration will not permit liberals to fast-track illegals to voting citizens, but in Europe this can and will be done before the next round of elections. This could be the starting point of writing the final chapter of ‘The History of Europe’. Only European populists can prevent “The End of” Europe and ensure Europe remains a part of “Western Civilization”.

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

 

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

HEALTHCARE COSTS.

During President Obama’s watch, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Sens. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressives in Congress were dozing when many financial institutions, utilities and other businesses forced an ‘arbitration’ clause in their customer contracts. This clause denies customers their day in court, and compels them to settle disputes through ‘Arbitration Boards’ staffed by appointees of corporations against whom the complaints were filed. These “kangaroo courts” saves corporations money in liability insurance and litigation costs while customers are normally steamrolled by arbitrary settlements dictated to them by non-neutral arbitrators.

Arbitration is a cost effective alternative to settling disputes and can be a fair process only when the arbitrators are neutral, principled and trusted by all parties involved in the dispute.

One of the many reasons why American Healthcare costs are atrociously high is the cost of liability insurance. Healthcare providers are forced to practice “defensive” medicine to reduce their liability insurance rates, resulting in unnecessary tests and procedures to protect themselves from financial ruin. Republicans wanting to replace “Obamacare” can make health insurance more affordable should they insert an ‘Arbitration’ clause in health insurance policies. Selling this concept to the public will depend upon the trust factor of the arbitrators. Arbitration Boards set up under the auspices of the Surgeon General to include representatives from the American Medical Association, the Pharmaceutical industry and possibly the ACLU could ensure a positive reception to this idea from the public, especially when they see substantial savings in their health insurance costs.

Americans with health insurance must have noticed that their insurance providers cater to their policy holders in over 15 different languages! This buffet of languages adds to their expenses which are ultimately borne by policy holders. Restricting language usage to English only will further reduce costs. It is time to replace “Obamacare” with a better and more affordable alternative.

 

RUSSIA, FRIEND OR FOE?

President Trump inherited from President Obama “A Mad, Mad, Mad World”. ISIS, Iran, Russia, and China worried President Obama, but what gave him nightmares was North Korea. He and the Foreign Policy Establishment believed, hoped and prayed China would rein in the nuclear ambitions of the Kim dynasty. China has profited enormously from globalization and free trade thanks to the Establishment’s “Beggar Thy Nation” foreign and trade policies. The North Korean economy is on Chinese life support and it is in China’s self-interest that her client state remains an unpredictable, belligerent, nuclear armed menace so she can use the North Korean ‘wild card’ to ensure unfettered access to American markets. To counter North Korean threats without Chinese help, President Trump must cultivate another ally bordering this region to bring sanity and security to this global hot spot.

The Foreign Policy Establishment and their allies in the “Dump Trump” Republican Establishment simply cannot visualize Russia as an ally against North Korea. For too long they have allowed anti-Russian dogma to bind them in strait jackets and they refuse to think outside the box. The Foreign Policy Establishment’s failed ‘wait and see’, ‘kicking the can’, ‘head in the sand’ approach have embolden the North Koreans to become increasingly ballistic. Conducting war exercises with allies, besides being expensive, has not worked in the past since it only makes the DPRK more belligerent. Vladimir’s port city of Vladivostok is within spitting distance of the North Korean border and well publicized goodwill visits by the Sixth Fleet to this port would alter Chinese and North Korean behavior and perhaps embolden anti Kim Jong UN dissidents to act. The President will need all options on the table and friendship with Russia gives him more room to maneuver; an advantage previous Presidents dealing with the DPRK never had. The nuclear clock is ticking.

 

TWEETER-IN-CHIEF.

Even before Mr. Trump became the Republican nominee, the Establishment media assaulted him with a barrage of personal attacks. During the elections it became impossible to differentiate between the long knives of the Republican, the Democratic and the Media Establishments. Since the elections, the “Dump Trump” Republicans and Democrats appear rudderless and are awaiting instructions from their donors. The liberal media has inserted itself into this political vacuum, and has become the consultants, advisors and the ‘spine’ of the opposition. They are the chief proponents of the “Disrupt”, “Resist”, “Bureaucratic Sabotage” and “Impeach” undemocratic flamethrowers challenging the very concept of American democracy. The Fourth Estate is not defending democracy; it has become the Trojan Horse crucifying American democracy.

The biased liberal media has forsaken its responsibility to be the impartial medium of communications between the White House and the “deplorables”. This is because the Liberal Establishment preaches democracy but refuses to practice it. They had a foolproof system of crowning their chosen candidate in the Democratic nomination process with their “Super Delegates” rules and tried to impose a “Vote your Conscience” delegate rule in the Republican primaries to strip the Republican nominee of his victory. Had Mr. Trump not won the elections, the democratic primaries of both parties would be replaced by coronations! This is the epitome of voter suppression and voter fraud! Is the goal of the Elite Establishment to create a “Fake” democracy?

Liberals do not understand the President because they are still undecided on whether to take him “literally” or “specifically”. Figuratively or realistically? The President connects with his supporters “emotionally”, speaking authentically from his gut to their American hearts and they understand him perfectly without the need of fake filters distorting his message. His tweets unhinges the media as they are disrupted from pushing their agenda and are forced to surrender the daily news cycle responding to him communicating directly with his base. Recently the President called and tweeted that the media are “the enemy of the American people.” for which he is being crucified. The media has a diabolical habit of depicting law breakers as victims of criminal law enforcement agencies. Reasonable law abiding people all over the world know that respect for and observance of laws are the cornerstones of civilizations. Making victims or heroes of law breakers and criminals overturns the very concept of civil societies based on law and order and is a recipe for lawlessness and carnage. The liberal media is at war with and is “the enemy of the American people.”

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

 

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CONTEMPT OF THE CONCIETED CLASS

 

 

Trust, built on reporting the unvarnished truth, is the currency of the media. Public trust in the news business had a 91% approval rating and it prospered when American businesses competed for consumers by advertising their products and services in reputable news outlets. The lure of advertising revenue changed the business model of news organizations. Instead of being “the eyes and ears” of the public, the mainstream media corrupted themselves to become the Establishment’s megaphone. They championed free trade, globalism and monopolies and as factories moved offshore, small ‘Mom and Pop’ stores were replaced by Big Box conglomerates. Jobs were exported, workers pink-slipped, local businesses on Main Street shuttered, drying up advertising dollars for local newspapers. Most small and mid-sized cities that had two or more newspapers now have only one local paper, reporting local news, sports and obituaries. National and international news along with Op-Eds are outsourced to The Associated Press, Washington Post and NY Times which gives these news cartels immense power to indoctrinate the public. Every American, from the President and the sheltered Establishment down to those languishing in homeless shelters form their opinions of world and national events from a truth-bending media whose approval ratings have plummeted to 30%.

For the past few decades, the media’s focus has been to promote and defend the Establishment’s “Beggar thy Nation” agenda. They do this by slanting news reports with biased narratives to mislead the public. When the President spoke of American nationalism, media narrators contorted this to mean “White Nationalism”. His “Make America great Again” slogan was mutilated to misinform African-Americans of taking America back to the Jim Crow era. This is divisive and dangerous ‘tribal politics’, the politics of hate and anger that they ignited and fan, then use their megaphones to blame the President and his supporters for creating the “us”, “them” and “others” abyss. For ‘fake’ news, misinformation and disinformation to be digested as fact based news, the media has to resort to what French philosopher, Charles Baudelaire stated, “The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you he does not exist.” The mainstream media is the Fake News Media who masquerade as the gatekeepers of the gospel truth. They called Mr. Trump ‘Nazi’ and ‘anti-Semitic’ ignoring the fact that his daughter and son in law are Orthodox Jews. These hateful words, among many others, are codes or dog whistles for liberals to flood the “Letters to the Editor” section of their local papers with anti-Trump bile. Americans, whom the Fake News media fail to brainwash, are contemptuously denounced as the “unwashed masses”.

Mr. Trump won the elections with a comfortable margin in the Electoral College in spite of Mrs. Clinton spending almost twice as much on the elections. By claiming a “landslide”, he is needling pollsters and the media who were 91% sure he would lose the elections. Mrs. Clinton’s failure to shatter the ‘glass ceiling’ left the Democratic Party shattered. They are now still in the process of deciding whether to return to their ‘Progressive’ roots representing the ‘deplorable’ underclass or to comfort the liberal Elites. Money will prevail. Liberals will plot to dissolve the Electoral College. The coastal Elites will ally themselves with hyphenated urban Americans who will be showered with rights, benefits and entitlements. The latest give-away was by NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, to foreign born taxi drivers, exempting them from learning and taking their licensing tests in English. Liberal Elites see their road to the White House is by winning a plurality of voters in coastal and urban areas while marginalizing rural and working Americans in fly over states.

With the Democrats in disarray, opposition to the President-Elect is being orchestrated by the Establishment’s Fake News Media. They are trying to delegitimize the election by assaulting representative democracy as envisioned by the Electoral College. They blame social media for swaying the elections with ‘fake news’, in an attempt to malign this information sharing media and redirect advertising dollars back to ‘traditional’ news outlets. They are desperately searching for excuses as to why intellectuals living in bubbles atop ivory towers failed to take the pulse of unrepresented Americans and were humiliated by their election forecasts.

American Intelligence agencies gave the Fake News media an opening to blame the Russians (???) for bungling their election punditry and they ran with this story (See previous blog, Hacking Controversy). They have picked on almost every cabinet nominee for their inexperience in government, implying that politics should be the domain of professional politicians. They criticize the wealth of some nominees, again implying that there is no place in government for successful people. By reading tarot cards and tea leaves they have concluded that the President’s cabinet will only enlarge the ‘swamp’, and further enrich themselves at the expense of “forgotten” and “deplorable” Americans, an obvious attempt to raise funds for anti-Trump organizations like the ACLU, while driving a wedge between the President and his supporters. They fail to understand that the President and his cabinet picks have the quintessential American “can do” attitude and spirit, and changing the culture and rules of Washington are the required first steps to return American sovereignty back to Americans. Judging by the venom and hostility directed at the President, it appears that the old Washington Establishment are wetting their beds at night, while the new Administration charts a new era for Americans.

Attempts by media charlatans to create a rift between the President and his base has not gained much traction. Now they are trying to sow distrust and acrimony between the President and within his inner circle. They charged the President with nepotism when Jared Kushner became a Presidential advisor, now they gripe that Mr. Kushner is being overshadowed by Steve Bannon. Inciting “turf-wars” among the senior staff and fabricating leaks to imply the presence of disloyal staffers are activities the devious media excels in. They want to hurt the President because they want him to fail.

Liberals plan to cripple the Presidency by filing multiple lawsuits under the Emoluments clause, for nepotism, for conflict of interests and challenges to his Executive orders. Media Mandarins and the Elitist ‘Old Guard’ are hatching plots to impeach the President. Their acidic, hyperbolic and hysterical opposition to the President is an assault on democracy which they destabilize, discredit and undermine, then, like the devil, lay the blame on foreign adversaries. All the billions of dollars invested by the US in promoting democracy worldwide is being wasted by the media led opposition to the democratically elected President of the United States. The Media who claims to be the defenders of democratic values are giving American democracy a black eye, much to the delight and amusement of America’s enemies.

MSNBC’s talk show host, Chris Matthews, appearing on 1/31/2017, threw a spitball when he contemptuously compared the President to a monarch, “the Romanovs”. What exactly was he implying? Any student of history knows that the Romanov dynasty ended when Czar Nicholas and his family were butchered during the Russian Revolution. Just how low can the “Mainstream Media” go?

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

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HACKING CONTROVERSY

 

Before Americans draw their own conclusions about who are these cyber-snoops and what were their motives, they must realize that the Establishment media is looking for any and all excuses to explain why their election forecasts were humiliatingly wrong. The American Intelligence Community (IC) has given the liberal media an excuse to cover up their incompetence by stating with “high confidence”, that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s servers. The IC also stated the hackings did not interfere with the voting systems and “did not change any vote tallies.” The Liberals have run with the hacking half of this story, blown it out of proportion and have muddied and muddled the facts to misinform the public that the elections were hacked, and Russia tilted the elections to Mr. Trump which makes him an “illegitimate” President-Elect. This is “Fake News” and Congressman John Lewis, like millions of gullible Americans, have permitted themselves to be brainwashed.

In the fall of 2015, British Intelligence alerted the IC that the DNC’s server had been compromised. The FBI telephoned the DNC’s computer desk manned by a “low level contract employee”, possibly working for CrowdStrike. Why this contract employee ignored the call from the FBI and not reported it to the DNC hierarchy remains a mystery. During the Democratic nomination primaries, Sen. Sanders frequently complained that the DNC was blatantly favoring Mrs. Clinton. The media did not investigate his concerns and when WikiLeaks dumped a batch of DNC emails, confirming the Senator’s fears, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson blurted “We knew about this.” The media, instead of covering the nomination was covering up the shenanigans of the DNC to sway the nomination to the Establishment’s preselected candidate. After what happened at the DNC, the media, with its deep roots and sources within the Clinton campaign should have known about and reported on Mr. Podesta’s controversial leadership of the Campaign Committee. Again, WikiLeaks, by exposing the Podesta emails would not have made headlines had the media diligently covered the news instead of covering it up. WikiLeaks did not publish lies, propaganda or fake news, it simply published facts, and if the elections were swayed by the truth, it is a triumph of virtue, which secular liberals find unpalatable.

The dual intrusions prompted the IC to want to investigate the hacked computers and servers, which the Democrats prevented them from doing. Instead, the forensic investigations were conducted by the Democrat’s cyber security firm, CrowdStrike. The firm’s co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, a Russian born immigrant, has a grudge against the Russians, who he believes, tried to kill his father, a nuclear physicist, by wanting to send him to Chernobyl to help clean up the area after the nuclear disaster. He also wanted to drive a wedge between the US and Russia because he feared Mr. Trump would improve relations with Moscow. His investigations of the servers led him to “believe” the culprits were Russians because the malware used had been previously used by them. He gave the two different origins of the intrusions monikers with a Russian flavor, “Fancy Bear” and “Cozy Bear”, creating the perception that the Russians were involved. Cyber intelligence is an extremely sophisticated science and had the Russians done such a sloppy job of leaving their fingerprints implicating the Kremlin, heads would be rolling in Moscow.

The IC has “high confidence” in an investigation they were prevented from participating in and carried out by an anti-Russian outside contractor who wanted to embarrass the Kremlin. Their Report has numerous ‘wiggle room’ words such as “believe”, “assess”, “conclude” and “judge”, which not only invites skepticism but also, ridicule. The President acted on this report by expelling 35 Russian diplomats and Mr. Putin responded by inviting American embassy staff and their families to a Russian Orthodox Christmas Day party. Mr. Putin ridiculed the President and his IC Chiefs with this gesture.

While the politically appointed heads of the IC repeatedly insist they are nonpartisan and apolitical, they and their predecessors had penned a joint letter denouncing Mr. Trump as “unfit” for the Presidency, an obvious signal to influence the election in Mrs. Clinton’s favor. A few years earlier, they removed Gen. Flynn from the IC because the General’s policies and politics were not in sync with the ‘group think’ that was enforced by the Obama Administration. The bad chemistry between the President-Elect and Gen. Flynn is confined to only the politically appointed partisan Directors of the IC, and does not extend to the brave and hardworking staff and personnel of the IC, which the media is deceptively implying.

Among the many dots the IC connected to “conclude” that the Russians wanted to tilt the elections to Mr. Trump is the absence of any malicious comments about him leaked to WikiLeaks. How could the leakers further malign Mr. Trump when the liberal media had stooped in the gutter to destroy him? How could they compete in being more hostile to him than liberal Americans? The IC then contradicted itself by stating that the Russians never expected Mr. Trump to win and had collected ‘opposition research’ on Mrs. Clinton with which they planned to cripple her Presidency.

After the elections, the IC showed the President and the President-Elect an unverified dossier that had been circulating among the media and in Washington “for months”. These 35 pages of ‘opposition research’ was fabricated either by an American company, Fusion GPS, specializing in gutter politics, for the anti-Trump Republican Establishment, or by an ex-British snoop claiming that he obtained this from the Russians. The President-Elect is furious with the CIA for leaking this dossier which the CIA has denied. This is the same Director, whose agency, hacked the US Senate in 2014, then repeatedly denied doing so and finally apologized for assessing Senate computers.

Many Americans fear that the Russians are attempting to undermine democracy. Why would any adversary waste their resources now to cripple American democracy? The Alt-Left media, the liberals and the democrats are torpedoing American democratic traditions and doing this dirty job for America’s antagonists. America’s enemies are not orchestrating the “illegitimate President”, “constant opposition” and “inauguration boycotts” protests, so called “patriotic” Americans, who believe burning the flag is “free speech” and displaying the flag is “hate speech” are sneering at and smearing democracy.

It is the duty of the IC to connect all the dots and explain what happened and why this occurred. The evidence of Russian fingerprints implicating the Kremlin, produced by an anti-Russian, independent contractor and not corroborated by the IC or anyone else has not caused cyber-heads to roll in Moscow. Swiss cheese, reflected in a mirror enveloped in smoke, is not a ‘smoking gun’.

 

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

 

 

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REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTIONS

 

DEMOCRATIC BLUE FIREWALL STATES

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign had the audacity to take the votes of blue collar workers for granted. These democratic voters had built their firewall to protect themselves from the Wall Street Establishment that had been trampling their jobs, their incomes and their futures. Mrs. Clinton had transformed their Democratic Party by becoming the champion of Wall Street Globalists, the college educated affluent and the advocates of open borders. Her Democratic Party ignored the economic plight of American workers and pursued identity politics in search of the new demographics of diversity and hyphenated Americans. Her focus groups failed her when she described Trump supporters as “a basket of deplorables” not realizing she was also contemptuously talking down to her own democratic base. She betrayed and alienated her firewall Blue States by running as the Firewall for Wall Street and the status quo against the ‘Movement for Change’. As Sen. Sanders had said, “She has bad judgement.”

 

KARMA

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND; YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 signed by President Clinton unfairly targeted young African-Americans, incarcerating them for extended periods for minor offences. The Private Prison cartel had contributed to the President’s campaign and had lobbied for this law which was authored by then Democratic Senator, Joe Biden. Neither the liberal ACLU nor the Black Democratic political organizations objected to or criticized the reintroduction of this Jim Crow law.

The first political victim of this law was VP Al Gore in 2008. He lost Florida to George Bush by about six hundred votes. The Democratic Establishment indoctrinated the public into believing that Ralph Nader and the Supreme Court were responsible for this loss. Al Gore lost because over forty thousand potential Democratic voters were locked up in jails and locked out from voting for the Democratic ticket. The Clintons and their Crime Control Act gave the 2000 election to George Bush.

Among the many reasons she lost the 2016 elections is that Blacks were not enthusiastic about her and failed to turn out and vote. During her stump speeches she would repeatedly tell her supporters that she would reform and fix the broken Criminal Justice system, unintentionally reminding African-American males of her role in enacting this law to benefit the Private Prison cartel. This law deprived Al Gore the Presidency in 2000 and shattered her ambition of breaking the Glass Ceiling in 2016.

 

CONSERVEITISM, LIBERALISM, AND AMERICANISM

What the Establishment media disdainfully refers to as Trumpism is Americanism. The President-Elect (P-E) ran under the Republican banner, and by disdaining Free Trade and open borders, he united a large segment of the Democratic and Republican working class; the ‘invisible’ Americans marginalized by both political parties. The Conservative and Liberal Establishments have used and will continue using the Media’s megaphone to argue that in a Republic that enshrines ‘Representative Democracy’, the ‘we know better crowd’ of Establishment intellectuals and the Moneyed Elite are entitled to rule the underclass from the top down. The P-E’s wing of the Republican Party, which believes in American economic nationalism has been deceptively labelled by the media as “White Nationalists” appealing to the ‘lunatic fringe’ of racists, bigots and ‘deplorables’. The Establishment media’s hostility to Americanism is because it is a grass roots movement of “We the People” who attest that political power originates from the bottom up and government must work for and represent all Americans.

The question now is will the Republican Party represent Main Street ‘makers’ or Wall Street exploiters? After the initial ‘honeymoon’ the P-E will face opposition from the “Dump Trump” Conservative Republicans beholden to Moneyed Establishment ‘takers’ who will sabotage his goal to “drain the swamp”. Watching his back will be Steve Bannon who the Media has demonized as “Nazi”, “racist” and “anti-Semitic”. Bannon had Jews working with him at Breitbart, the company has an office in Jerusalem and Alan Dershowitz has defended him against accusations that he is an anti-Semite. What the Establishment Media (purposely?) fails to grasp is that he, like the P-E, are anti-Establishment, American nationalists who do not believe that Americans have to be sacrificed on the altar of Globalism for Corporate profits.

 

NASTIEST CAMPAIGN EVER

The Media had no intellectual arguments, facts, nor even a fig leaf to defend the status quo. The only alternative they had to protect the Establishment was to persuade and convince voters that misery, helplessness and hopelessness were preferable to Mr. Trump, the agent of change. The Executive Editor of the NY Times pronounced Mr. Trump as too dangerous a candidate to deserve fair coverage and who had to be destroyed. His agenda gave license to the Establishment media to lie, abuse and demonize Mr. Trump as a lunatic unfit to become President. The media ignored policies and issues to indulge in slander, slurs, and fiction. The nastiest campaign ever was conducted not by Mr. Trump, but by the NY Times who also birthed “Fake News”.

Establishment media is now blaming Facebook, Google and the internet about “Fake News” to divert attention from the falsehoods they had disseminated and to lure social media advertisers back to advertising in mainstream media. Mr. Trump had said the NY Times was “failing’. This newspaper was flooded with cancelled subscriptions during the campaign for its biased reporting. However, to refute Mr. Trump’s “failing NY Times” charge, it claims that since the elections, they have fifty thousand new subscribers. This can be technically and legally true, but left unsaid is that they are now selling subscriptions at a 70% discount! Inflating circulation numbers is their way to con advertisers to pay more for their advertisements. The NY Times has a problem telling the complete story, it has a dilemma differentiating between black and white and has to shade the truth. The moniker “Gray Lady” for this publication is as telling as it is appropriate.

 

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

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GOD BLESSED AMERICA!

 

 

American ‘nationalists’, ‘nativists’, and “basket of deplorables”, the “God and Country” patriots, have taken their country back from the Media-Political-Elite cartel that had rigged the political and financial systems. This election was not between a Republican and a Democrat. It was a referendum on the status quo. When over 70% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong tracks, they wanted change in Washington. Mrs. Clinton, the preselected Establishment candidate, whose campaign was financed by Corporate ‘takers’, and who was endorsed by establishment enablers and the neo-con media, ran to perpetuate the status quo. Both, Sen. Sanders and Mr. Trump ran to shake up Washington. The Senator was deprived of the Democratic nomination by the Democratic Party Establishment with their ‘Super Delegate’ rules, the DNC Chair actively scuttling his campaign and DNC heavyweight Donna Brazile passing CNN’s debate questions to Mrs. Clinton. The Republican Establishment’s “Dump Trump” gang led by neo-cons Bill Kristol and Dan Senor tried to change Delegate Rules and wrest the nomination from Mr. Trump, but Party Chairman, Reince Priebus, stopped this maneuver knowing this would anger the Republican base and destroy the Party.

Mrs. Clinton, the Establishment’s anointed candidate was uninspiring, untrustworthy, and plagued by scandals. She was a “Pay to Play” Politician of Fortune, handpicked to defend the status quo. The Establishment media understood the only way to safeguard Establishment interests was to convince voters who demanded change that the status quo was preferable to the agent of change, Mr. Trump. To do this, they had to demonize and destroy the anti- Establishment candidate. It was the media that steered this Presidential contest into an insult driven, bitter, negative campaign of personal attacks, knowing that poking and provoking Mr. Trump would get him to counter punch. The media purposely refused to see Mr. Trump appealing to American nationalism and insinuated he was appealing to “white’ nationalism and labeled him a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic. (His daughter and son-in-law are Orthodox Jews) The media weaponized identity politics, fanning the racial divide, steered clear of policies and positions in favor of misinformation, rumors and fake news, which they then blamed on Facebook and the internet. Why did it take WikiLeaks to inform the public about the DNC torpedoing the Sanders campaign when the media chose to suppress this news? Also why has the media ignored the Volcker-Peterson Op-ed stating that $1.5 TRILLION is being siphoned off annually in tax avoidance from the US Treasury by the Establishment through their political enablers?

This election has seismically transformed both, the Republican and the Democratic Parties. Mr. Trump ran as an American under the Republican banner. He brought together the working class of both Parties and made his wing of the Party the political home of rural and Main Street Americans. In stark contrast, Mrs. Clinton, a Hamptons-Hollywood elitist, masqueraded as a progressive populist to con Sander’s supporters, then ran as the candidate of affluent college graduates, promoting feminism, diversity, multiculturalism, multilingualism and open borders, ignoring and alienating the Democratic “Blue Wall States” working class voters. She lost because her private email server did not serve her Presidential ambitions, her allies in the media squandered their creditability (The NY Times has apologized for their unfair and partisan election coverage) and the President’s coattails could not erase her “Predator” remarks that caused many black males to waste the prime of their lives in prison.

Patriots who have taken their country back must remain vigilant. The Establishment has over 1.5 Trillion reasons not to cede control of America and is plotting to topple the President-Elect. The protests are media inspired. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes invited Michael Moore to his show on 11/11/2016, and encouraged him to call for more and larger protests. In Chicago, African-Americans were protesting the police shooting death of Joshua Beal, which television networks deceptively covered as an anti-Trump protest. On Bloomberg Television’s Charlie Rose show aired on 11/11/2016 liberal media intellectuals declared that both parties restructure Super Delegate rules to ensure only preselected Establishment nominees be allowed to run for the Presidency. The NY Times, whose editors boasted “we set the agenda for the country” had a full page advertisement from the ACLU threatening the President-Elect not to even try implementing some of his campaign promises. An opinion writer suggested impeding his every move and force him to resign. The Establishment Media will escalate their vendetta against the President-Elect because they do not want him to de rig the political and financial systems and govern America for the benefit of all Americans. The Media-Political-Establishment complex wants to rule America to enrich themselves by trampling citizens in their own homeland.

It is up to “the Basket of Deplorable” patriots to guard against the Media-Political-Establishment Ruling Class from taking over this country again.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

 

Ash Hirji,

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ELECTION EVE SHORT TAKES

 

COMEY’S CONSCIENCE

When the FBI first initiated their investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s private server and emails, she and her staffers were asked whether there were any other emails pertinent to their review that had not been deleted and bleached. Assured that all existing emails were given to the FBI, the investigators were uneasy when five staffers pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions. Based on the emails made available to the FBI, Mr. Comey informed Congress and the nation in July that although Mrs. Clinton and her staffers were “extremely careless” no one should be prosecuted for unintentionally mishandling classified information. He ‘closed’ the inquiry but did not ‘conclude’ this case, pledging to keep the public and Congress up-to-date and be transparent should new information be discovered. When previously unknown emails surfaced in Huma Abedin’s laptop, the FBI Director, knew that the President and the Justice Department did not want this information made public this close to the elections. He is aware that the President and the Justice Department, for political reasons have stalled the investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Ignoring FBI protocols and traditions the Director has honored his pledge to the nation by being transparent about the cache of emails discovered in Ms. Abedin’s laptop. Mr. Comey is an American public servant who knows that his ultimate bosses are the American people who pay his salary and who need to know the truth before casting their votes.

 

RIGGED ELECTIONS

The Establishment media is rigging this election. The time honored tradition of reporting authenticated facts and impartially reporting the news to allow the public to make up their own minds, and build public trust in the Fourth Estate has been dishonored. Years of building the media as an institution promoting democracy, discourse, debate and as a dependable source of information has been guttered during this election season. Opinions, speculations, and assumptions have skewered the news and the partisan biases brazenly displayed by the media cartel have morphed the free press into a propaganda machine bent on brainwashing the public. The emergence of a Media-Political-Establishment complex is a threat to democracy, freedom and fair play. In this election the media cartel is behaving as an unregulated Super Pac for the Establishment’s preselected candidate, giving billions of dollars in free air time to pulverize Mr. Trump and spit venom on his supporters. It is obvious this display of media power has silenced the Federal Election Commission, who should be investigating this propaganda machine as an unregulated Super Pac.

 

PRESIDENT’S 57% APPROVAL RATINGS???

Who were these pollsters and what were they smoking? This puffed up percentage pulled out of an exhaled cloud of pot is preposterous. The media propaganda machine is brainwashing the public into believing America is on the right track, the President’s policies have created prosperity at home and his foreign policies have made the world safer with respect and admiration for America at all-time highs. (Pun intended) The media is propagating that the President deserves a third term and voters should embrace the status quo and elect the ‘self-interest above country’ Establishment’s preselected candidate. Facts are under President Obama, tax avoidance costs the US Treasury $1.5 Trillion annually, inequality has widened, there are more under-employed and part time workers, and more Americans and Non-Americans are on food stamps. Racial tensions are simmering and Obamacare which started off on subsidy-support is now on subsidy-steroids. Abroad, the President has embroiled the US in three additional conflicts (Libya, Syria and Yemen), and his “risk averse” policies that telegraph weakness, has licensed Putin’s adventurism. Turkey, an ally is flirting with Russia, and Trans Pacific partners, Malaysia and the Philippines are now in China’s orbit. The President’s ratings would be under water but for die hard democrats who judge him not by his accomplishments, but by the fact that he made history by being the first African-American to occupy the White House.

 

2008 HOUSING BUBBLE

Early during this election cycle, the media unearthed an old video clip taken just prior to the collapse of the housing market that led to the 2008 financial crisis. It showed Mr. Trump saying that if the housing bubble were to burst, he could pick up properties on the cheap. When this video was replayed in 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw a fit, and castigated Mr. Trump for seeing opportunity on the backs of families who could lose their homes. Neither she, nor the media, nor the politicians who received ‘talking points’ to blast Mr. Trump, bothered to inform the public, why, for the first time in American history, the housing market crumbled. The Clintons relaxed mortgage loan requirements creating a surge in demand for homes. The scam mortgage of zero percent interest and no principal payment for the first year was hawked by the media which any second rate financial advisor could have sensed was a disaster waiting to happen. Financial watchdogs in the administration and economists writing for the media could have and should have seen the embryo of the housing bubble, where workers were lured into buying homes they could not afford. NAFTA exacerbated the problems of cash strapped homeowners by exporting their jobs to Mexico and turning their mortgage documents into junk bonds. The unintended consequences of loosening credit and mortgage standards caused the housing bubble that sank the financial markets in 2008. The recession happened during President Bush’s watch, but the fingerprints on this crisis belong to the Clintons.

 

Ash Hirji,

Valrico, Florida.

 

 

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