Foolishness since 2007

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trump - Why You Love Him Or Hate Him

Article on why you love him or hate him.

Trump Syndromes




The return of populism I am not all that surprised that Trump was elected. I see it as balancing against Obama. I don't think either was a good thing for the US. Donald Trump was created not by haters, but by an often hateful contempt displayed to half the country. The question for me, is Trump a harbinger of an era of Populism?

Until recently, liberal democracy reigned triumphant. For all its shortcomings, most citizens seemed deeply committed to their form of government. The economy was growing. Radical parties were insignificant. Political scientists thought that democracy in places like France or the United States had long ago been set in stone, and would change little in the years to come. Politically speaking, it seemed, the future would not be much different from the past.

Then the future came – and turned out to be very different indeed. Citizens have long been disillusioned with politics; now, they have grown restless, angry, even disdainful. Party systems have long seemed frozen; now, authoritarian populists are on the rise around the world, from America to Europe, and from Asia to Australia. Voters have long disliked particular parties, politicians or governments; now, many of them have become fed up with liberal democracy itself.

Donald Trump’s election to the White House has been the most striking manifestation of democracy’s crisis. It is difficult to overstate the significance of his rise. But it is hardly an isolated incident. In Russia and Turkey, elected strongmen have succeeded in turning fledgling democracies into electoral dictatorships. In Poland and Hungary, populist leaders are using that same playbook to destroy the free media, to undermine independent institutions and to muzzle the opposition.

More countries may soon follow. In Austria, a far-right candidate nearly won the country’s presidency. In France, a rapidly changing political landscape is providing new openings for both the far left and the far right. In Spain and Greece, established party systems are disintegrating with breathtaking speed. Even in the supposedly stable and tolerant democracies of Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, extremists are celebrating unprecedented successes.

There can no longer be any doubt that we are going through a populist moment. The question is whether this populist moment will turn into a populist age – and cast the very survival of liberal democracy in doubt.



11 comments:

  1. No movement of any type I see with Trump. Trump will go down in history as the biggest joke of a President. He fooled those who would jump off a cliff if that was the thing to do. Watergate will be forgotten, Russian Gate will be hard to top.
    Trump even fooled the women to vote for him, how he feels about women, how he treats women, and the women still voted for him, is their mind between their legs like men.

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    1. Not at all sure what you were trying to express, but I'll bet you did not read the articles, and if you tried they would be a little difficult for you to comprehend.

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  2. Bogey, the hare brained comment by "Anonymous" above should be your Exhibit "A". It is almost like you wrote it yourself (LOL), but I know you didn't.

    Carl H

    PS - I may log in as anonymous, but at least I sign my name - the SAME name, every time.

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    1. Carl, my grammar, syntax is all too often appalling to me. But, Anonymous was just incoherent. I can only suppose his hair is on fire over Trump and he can not think straight.

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  3. They just can’t help themselves.
    Forget the opioid problem, cure liberalism first.
    This is why there will never be cooperation between all the factions in this country.
    Stupid, moronic comments.
    BTW Bogey, not so sure that was a male posting that comment. After all there are over 30 gender types now.

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  4. There is some truth to the cartoon. I'm far from a liberal, and not a Hillary fan, but as far as infrastructure Trump's plans are basically to privatize things and hand them over to corporations his friends run, or matching grants for states (that don't have the money to qualify for the grants). Border security is not the problem, most drugs arrive via container ships, and most illegal immigration is by people simply overstaying a legal visa (and usually arriving by air). And even the FBI says illegal immigrants don't commit crime at a greater rate. If we really needed border security sensors are way more cost effective than a wall that ladders and shovels could default (as could t-shirt cannons for sending drugs over). As far as trade deals, NAFTA is mostly win-win with the good jobs staying in the US and the lower paying ones staying in Mexico (like guitar companies making their guitar cases in Mexico and their high end guitars in the US). The only trade metric Trump quotes is the trade deficit. Which isn't a good indicator. He also leaves out the value of services we sell other countries in the "deficit". Sure steel tariffs may create some steel work in the US, but it will be mostly automated (since our labor costs more) and by many estimates will cost 4-5 times as many US jobs in industries that use steel for every "steel" job it brings back. Wish the R's would stand up to Trump, they use to stand for a lot of positive values.

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    1. You wrote ...as infrastructure Trump's plans are basically to privatize things and hand them over to corporations his friends run...
      This is news to me would you give an example?

      Fully agree with you on the abuse of visa's.

      I do not agree with Trump on trade, not by a long shot.

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    2. I believe Trump wants to privatize prisons based on the recent rollback of the ban on new on new private prison contracts and privatize the VA. While I like the idea of privatizing some services (like trash pickup, road maintenance, park maintenance... , the goals of these services are at odds with making a profit. For profit prisons have no incentives to rehabilitate criminals (repeat criminals are good business), or to give time off for good behavior... and if a for-profit company runs the VA they make more money by making Veteran's receive less care.

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    3. I see no need at all for the VA. [I am a Vietnam Vet] The level of care is less than one can get elsewhere. The doctors are not the best. It's run like the DMV. I advocate vets being treated at any health care facility. I suspect the costs would be less as we would not being paying for over bloated staff the VA.

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  5. I believe that Trump won because a growing number of the people realized that the Democratic party has become our national socialist party, and no longer has any goal other than more power.

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    1. That seems to be the post election consensus. We did not see it coming. We were anyone but HRC. The deeper into his tenure, the more it seems he is really like he was on his TV show. Shoot from the hip.

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