Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter has taken aim at the “erroneous” Supreme Court ruling that “gives legal bribery a chance to prevail.”
Perhaps it was the publicity stunt Trump pulled last Thursday when he skipped the final debate before the caucus in order to hold his own, competing event right up the street, or perhaps some voters lost their nerve at the last minute, but whatever the case, the man who “hates losers” lost in Iowa this week and it's cost him in the national polls.
Populism, patriotism, nationalism, defying political correctness and dissing the establishment and the elites that monitor PC are where it’s at. There are reasons for such populist rage...Put bluntly, the nation seems almost everywhere on an unsustainable path.
“We finished second and I want to tell you, I’m just honored. I want to congratulate Ted, and all of the incredible candidates,”
It certainly does feel like groundhog day today because while last week's near record oil surge is long forgotten, and one can debate the impact the result of last night's Iowa primary which saw Trump disappoint to an ascendant Ted Cruz while Hillary and Bernie were practically tied, one thing is certain: today's continued decline in crude, which has seen Brent and WTI both tumble by over 3% has once again pushed global stocks and US equity futures lower, offsetting the euphoria from last night's earnings beat by Google which made Alphabet the largest company in the world by market cap.
"I know how you get things done. I am a progressive who wants to make progress and actually produce real results in people's lives. That's what I'm offering."
The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria.
America is inching ever closer to putting itself in a position of having to choose between an avowed socialist and what the Des Moines Register calls "a smash-mouth game show host" as Trump and Sanders poll strongly in Iowa ahead of caucus.
The White House has decided it's time “to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."
We are hearing the voices of the Mushy Moderate Middle rise up in defense of the status quo: Democrats like the Washington courtier Dana Milbank are warning us against Sanders, while the neocons to a man are railing against the Trumpist Temptation. This should be enough to tell us what is the right road to take and what our answer to the Mushy Middletarians must be: Extremism in defense of peace is no vice – and moderation in the fight against the War Party is no virtue!
If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of them don't like the government.
Donald Trump (or Bernie) is a sign of how frustrated the electorate has become. It will be the first shot fired against the Empire. It will be ineffective but will be the first signal that the process of citizens taking back their country has begun. Voters don’t know how to stop what is happening to them and their country but they are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore. The ballot box will be ineffective in satisfying the public. Other means will be tried. The Empire will not stand idly by while its power is threatened. Thomas Jefferson knew as much when he stated: Every generation needs a new revolution.
The meaning of Trumpism is that Americans want to rid themselves of the burden of empire. Trump’s rise augurs a seismic shift in the foreign policy debate in this country, marking the end of the interventionist consensus that dominates both parties. And it certainly means the final defeat and humiliation of the neoconservatives, who are busy spewing vitriol at him and his 'plebeian' supporters. And that alone is worth whatever price we have to pay for the triumph of Trump. For the neocons are the very core of the War Party: their demise as a politically effective force inside the GOP is an event that every person who wants a more peaceful world has been longing for and should celebrate.