Kunstler On Obama's "Shit Sandwich" & Why 'Events' Are Now In Charge, Not 'Personalities'

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Submitted by Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

America didn’t get what it expected, but perhaps it got what it deserved, good and hard. Daddy’s in the house and he busted straight into the nursery and now the little ones are squalling in horror. Mommy was discovered to be a grifting old jade who ran the household into a slum and she’s been turned out to solemnly await the judgment of the courts, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. The kids on campus have gone temporarily insane over this domestic situation and some wonder if they’ll ever get over it.

Trump as The USA’s Daddy? Well, yeah. Might he turn out to be a good daddy? A lot of people worry that he can’t be. Look how he behaved on the campaign trail: no behavioral boundaries… uccchhh. He even lurches as he walks, like Frankenstein. Not very reassuring — though it appears that somehow he raised up a litter of high-functioning kids of his own. Not a tattoo or an earplug among them. No apparent gender confusion. All holding rather responsible positions in the family business. Go figure….

Judging from the internal recriminations among Democratic Party partisans playing out in the newspapers, it’s as if they all woke up simultaneously from a hypnotic trance realizing what an absolute dud they put up for election in Hillary Clinton — and even beyond that obvious matter, how deeply absurd Democratic ideology had become with its annoying victimology narrative, the incessant yammer about “diversity” and “inclusion,” as if pixie dust were the sovereign remedy for a national nervous breakdown. But can they move on from there? I’m not so sure.

For all practical purposes, both traditional parties have blown themselves up. The Democratic Party morphed from the party of thinking people to the party of the thought police, and for that alone they deserve to be flushed down the soil pipe of history where the feckless Whigs went before them. The Republicans have floundered in their own Special Olympics of the Mind for decades, too, so it’s understandable that they have fallen hostage to such a rank outsider as Trump, so cavalier with the party’s dumb-ass shibboleths. It remains to be seen whether the party becomes a vengeful, hybrid monster with an orange head, or a bridge back to reality. I give the latter outcome a low percentage chance.

Mommy is all about feelings and Daddy’s role is action and that is another reason that Hillary lost and Trump won. We’ve heard enough about people’s feelings and it just doesn’t matter anymore. You’re offended? Suck an egg. Someone appropriated your culture? Go shit in your sombrero. What matters is how we’re going to contend with the winding down of Modernity — the techno-industrial orgy that is losing its resource and money mojo. The politics of sacred victimhood has got to yield to the politics of staying alive.

President-elect Trump may not know it yet, but events are now in charge, not personalities, not even his super-sized persona. Global trade and economic activity have been winding down all year and it’s finally affecting financial markets kept aloft on borrowed money, sending a strong signal through bonds that the borrowed money may never be paid down, and that additional borrowing will cost a whole lot more — so much more that it will bankrupt the nations that issue it.

That alone will make it difficult for a President Trump to scare up the ready cash for the infrastructure-rebuilding fiesta so many expect. And if he does manage to flush the funding out of the banking thickets, it is liable to carry an inflationary bird flu that will end up killing money all around the world. We won’t be worrying about Trans Pacific Partnerships anymore because letters-of-credit will be unavailable to move large shipments of anything from Point A to Point B. How long after that will it be before the supermarket shelves empty down? And in the event, what will the dollar buy?

It looks like the shit sandwich President Obama has carefully prepared and left in the White House pantry for his successor will take the form of inflation, the dying of your money — or, at least, paper currency. Or, if it doesn’t die outright, prepare for the possibility that you might not be able to get your hands on it, as money markets gate their exits and banks restrict cash withdrawals.

Though it’s clearly a loser strategy now, I suspect that the ragged remains of the Democratic Party will persist in amping up their sacred identity grievances to the point of civil strife without ever understanding the economic dynamics in motion. They don’t know what else to do. Plus, they are captives of the poverty policy racketeers. I also suspect that neither Mr. Obama or Mr. Trump will get around to pardoning Hillary Clinton for the racketeering operation of her foundation, of which the private email server was the least issue — rather, the arrant sale of influence and access to the State Department is the heart of the matter, and anyone paying attention knows it, including the incoming Attorney General. If that circus comes to town, Trump could benefit from the distraction it offers the public.

There’s a lot of talk on the Net about Strauss and Howe’s “Fourth Turning” taking stage now. That excellent book, published twenty years ago, posits the turbulent end of 80-year generational cycles in history. (Blogger Jim Quinn lays it out nicely this week at The Burning Platform). Previous Fourth Turning presidents Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt took the nation through epic bloodbaths and economic dislocation. Donald Trump in terms of demeanor is no Lincoln and no FDR. But he did raise up those children of his somehow, and that’s all we’ve got to go on for the moment.

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post turtle saver's picture

yes, yes, inflation is coming... no wait, deflation is coming... or is it stagflation... or maybe no one really fucking knows...

there's a word in the name of this site, I believe it's "hedge"... all y'all motherfuckers still know how to do that, don't you? just checking...

wisehiney's picture

No need to hedge.

Just be right and sit tight.

Deflation it will be.


Bumpo's picture

Trump seems to have a way of cutting through all the Bullshit. I can see him letting the Federal Reserve figure out their own mess and their own bond issues, while Trump starts the printing press directly from the Treasury, telling the World, it will be paid back through Tariffs and other means, interest free of coarse. The Federal Reserve has permission to try and sell whatever they want to sell, but the US will no longer be involved, since the Federal Reserve is its own entity and has nothing to do with the United States of America.

Son of Loki's picture

History books will surely describe Donald trump as "brilliant" except in Barry's forthcoming book, "The Audacity of My Shit Sandwich."

Bernie's book, BTW, should be fun if he details how he sold out his supporters to the crooked Clinton Foundation. And when Hillary stops crying and while she [hopefully] sits in her prison cell, she can carefully craft 1,001 excuses why she lost and anpother 1,001 people to blame for her landslide loss to The Donald.

Things that go bump's picture

Where oh where is Eric Braverman? Is he wearing a red and white striped pullover, a stocking cap and glasses sitting on a crowded beach drinking something with an umbrella in it and attended to by several beautiful boys? Maybe he's in a crowd at the circus? Is he sauntering down a busy street in Manhattan or shopping at the mall? Probably not. Maybe he's in the custody of the FBI. That might be interesting.


His spouse, Mark Turi, is apparently also missing or maybe dead.

New World Chaos's picture

Rumor has it the Clinton crime family had Braverman whacked for leaking the dirt on their foundation.  A less credible rumor is that he is seeking asylum in Russia.

BTW, the Podesta story just got more interesting.  We already knew John and Tony Podesta look like the police sketches of the guys who abducted Madeleine McCann.  Now it turns out they were in the neighborhood when she was abducted.  They were staying at the mansion of Sigmund Freud's grandson, who is also a known pedo.  After the podestas left, Freud invited the McCanns to stay at his mansion to keep them out of the media spotlight.


Paul Kersey's picture

Kunt-hustler is often wrong, but he's seldom uncertain. A stopped clock is right far more than Kunt-hustler. Here are some of his older quotes and predictions:

I'm convinced that the Great Lakes region will be at the center of an internally-focused North American economy when the hallucination of oil-powered globalism dissolves. Places like Buffalo, Cleveland, and Detroit will have a new life.

"Our twenty-first century economy may focus on agriculture, not information."

""The claim that Israel seeks to annihilate the Palestinians is simply a lie. Israel seeks to stop rocket attacks and tunnel invasions, and as longa s Hamas is dedicated to those actions, they can expect a forceful Israeli reaction."

""If the internet exists at all in the future, it will be on a much-reduced scale from what we enjoy today, and all the activities of everyday life aren't not going to reside on it."

"It's self-evident that we are going to have problems with oil and gasoline and the prime resources that are needed to run the American suburbs."

Things that go bump's picture

Because he hasn't been right yet doesn't mean he's wrong. 

Flamin Rhoid's picture
The Witch of Hebron was fasinating.I thought
mkkby's picture

Kunsler has shit sandwich on his lips.  Dollar death prediction while it's at 13-year highs?

We've been hearing this for 8 years.  Every, and I mean EVERY time there is global chaos the USD gets stronger.  Why?  Any 1st year trader knows it's because scared money comes to US assets.

Now it's China, which is an under published basket case.  Before it was greece, spain and portugal. 
Before the US dollar dies, most of europe, japan and the UK have to "go greece" and have a hard crash.  I've been saying this since 2008.

It will be decades.

divingengineer's picture

So......you think he'll be wrong?


HopefulCynical's picture

...Barry's forthcoming book, "The Audacity of My Shit Sandwich."


I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Another person calling for inflation and the demise of the dollar.  I guess at some point someone will be the broken clock but it ain't going to be him.

Treason Season's picture

Why does ZH give this Zionist racist supremacist ed space?

Taint Boil's picture

Best to hear both sides ..... right or wrong - oh wait, looking for real / fake news .... hold on now I'm confused.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture
Kunstler talks some shit.

Judging from Trumps stated policy goals the $$$ will be coming home.

That will inflate the Usofa A and deflate the shit out of everywhere else. 

Dutti's picture

Well said Dork! The US will certainly be the cleanest dirty shirt in the western world.

Kunstler's writing is often entertaining, but he's a bit lost.

new game's picture

kunstler is a classic wish(sell a book)/think/then reality kinda guy. doubt he has any humility. narcissistic too.

but very savy writer and witty mofo. always worth a read, to see what intelligent enemies are thinking...

oddjob's picture

Kunstler was wrong on Trump and this comes off as some sort of lame redirection.

NoDebt's picture

Yeah, maybe, but..."You’re offended? Suck an egg. Someone appropriated your culture? Go shit in your sombrero."

How can you not at least appreciate a line like that?  Worth the read for that alone.


divingengineer's picture

Yes, he's a surly ol bastid, you might give him half a chance.

shovelhead's picture

"The Democratic Party morphed from the party of thinking people to the party of the thought police"

Er, Howie...

Have you been living in an abandoned refrigerator for the last 50 years?

The Democrats haven't had a reasonable thought since Kennedy got his flame.

Son of Loki's picture

if you have some time listen to that D'Souza's lecture recently describing the entire elction, crooked Hillary, USA history and many other interesting facets of this entire process. he is a real brilliant scholar and avid Trump supporter. The lecture room there at SMU was packed my friend said who drove over from Abilene to listen to him:


EXCLUSIVE: Dinesh D'Souza speaks for first time after Trump win! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp6yf5Rc6vw&list=FLpXK7sqYYq6EBBDaG9H6wl...
Balanced Integer's picture

D'Souza is great. His Young Americans Foundation is also great. I doubt anyone here much cares for the Jewish Ben Shapiro, but he is certainly another sharp, conservative mind who gives all kinds of Fire & Brimstone to the indolent Snowflakes on the Left.

Pooper Popper's picture

Happy Thanksgiving to all you patriots, the best in 8 long years!!!!

P.S. Fuck all you liberals!!!!

StreetObserver's picture

And let me be the first to wish a Merry Christmas to you sir!

Treat the kiddies to something nice, but remember, your big bucks should be spent after our man is in the White House. He'll need all the spending help he can get when the Obamanation economy lands in his lap.

In case people don't get this: Consumer spending, trade, building permits, credit card debt and money flows are measured on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. If you spend your savings to buy stuff you've waited for in February, it will accrue to Trump. If you spend the day after his inauguration, January 20th, or anytime in January,  it will accrue to Obama's economy.

Bemused Observer's picture

Unfortunately, I don't do retail, so my spending won't help much no matter WHEN I do it.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

I have to admit that reading your PS about "fuck all the liberals" really warmed my heart.  I'm serious.

loveyajimbo's picture

Howie "Kunt" Kuntsler is such a craven POS... he thinks everyone is an asshole but himself... the mincing, pathetic, bald little worm.  He still is trying to hump Trump's leg, like a inbred whiney mongrel... sort of embarassing to hear his caustic screeds...

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) loveyajimbo Nov 21, 2016 7:21 PM



Like a rat scurrying towards the nearest dark hole when light gets shined in his little rat direction...


'SHIT SANDWICHES' vs. 'Cult of Personality TRUTH'


Kunstler, lemme be the 1st to break it 2 u... You're gonna be the first to have those shoved down your throat as if you were 'Dathan' (Edward G Robinson, aka ~ Emanuel Goldenberg, & buried in the Beth El cemetery, Brooklyn), in the 10 Commandments, yourself...

Ace006's picture

Possibly the only insufferable prick with a narcissism problem greater than Obongo's.

wisehiney's picture

We Trumperians already knew, and now the snowflakes are beginning to sense, that the SHTF pretty soon.

Scarcely a safe space anywhere.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Kunstler does not get it.

Europe,  Japan China and the rest never consumed our production

The production was / is geared for export.

It was therefore no good for us as it inflated costs without increasing income.

Meanwhile the USofA can no longer afford to buy our shit either.


The real reason is distribution costs which has overwhelmed the production / consumption system.

The $$ are coming home,  the $$ are coming home,  the $$ are coming home.....

Rey dTutto's picture

So will deregulation reduce the budget of the Federal Government?

Because a 1 for 2 drawdown in regulatory excesses sounds like a sweet start.

Big Corked Boots's picture

Kunstler, again? C'mon, Tylers, this asswipe is from Albany. Nothing good is in Albany.

cossack55's picture

He does not sound like a Georgian

revjimbeam's picture

bullshit. iffys on central is the best shithole bar in the country, and jg's pizza on lark was the best slice outside the city...and lest we forget, jack nicholson and tom waits in ironweed.fucking spectacular film.

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Nov 21, 2016 7:13 PM

Previous Fourth Turning presidents Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt took the nation through epic bloodbaths and economic dislocation.


Trump won't be as careless as Lincoln.


FDR was the "new deal" President - the reason why big government and big debt now exist.


Comparisons are LugenPresse fodder - Trump stands on his own.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Fourth Turning me hole.

Mandel Bot's picture

Trump had better be good, because he's all we have now. At least the SCOTUS won't be packed with liberal justices and we won't have a nuclear showdown with Russia. Those are two things to be truly thankful about.

On the other hand I do not envy Trump for the economic armageddon he will probably have to confront in his first term. Still again, how would you have liked Hillary in the White house when TSHTF?

We are living in interesting times. Hedge accordingly.

theallseeinggod's picture

finally, a real man is in charge

Cruel Joke's picture

Just spotted this headline:

Obama: I Will Criticize Trump if ‘Necessary or Helpful’

BWWaahhaaahhahaha ....... hahahaha helpful?

If you like your advice you can keep your advice - to yourself

QQQBall's picture

Kuntsler is correct. No magic bullets at this point.No messiah in the WH. Barry was the last chance.

hooligan2009's picture

for his rejection of "hope and change" by a daddy who has put his foot down, i see a transposition of two letter (s and t) in the authors surname :>)

cbxer55's picture

Done that many times before. T goes before the S for correct spelling. ;-)

Bubbette's picture

Barry is an ass clown.

joego1's picture

Berry had his last chance.