Enter Donald Trump

I voted for Trump on Tuesday. Moving from Bernie to Trump does not seem incongruous because in the issues that matter the most to me, such as trade and foreign policy, Trump is much closer to Bernie’s position than Hillary ever was.

Hillary is the last candidate of the neo-liberal current in the Democratic party. The Democratic neo-libs can also be called Phonies and DINO. Carter was the last president of the FDR/LBJ Democrats. Bill Clinton launched globalization – I remember him talking about the New World Order around 1994. He was the first president after the demise of the USSR and with no more fear of Communism, he served as an agent of the capital elites bent on erasing borders and creating a capitalist global economy. Since Bill Clinton, Bush II and Obama both followed the same path with some distinct touches to remind us of their partisan label and maintain the illusion of two opposing parties; in fact it is the Establishment that governs.

Obamacare is a partisan label. It is a form of ineffective healthcare reform – it lacks a public option and that is a terminal flaw. But the long debate over it served and still serves to remind us that Reps and Dems are somewhat different.

I believe that the last time we had and election where two truly opposite philosophies collided was in November 1979. In less than 40 years since, the American middle and working classes has been harmed tremendously while the extremely wealthy became super extremely wealthy. Notice that Obama was quick in crushing Occupy Wall Street.

The Democratic neo-libs have garnished their push toward globalization with a layer of guilt on the white majority on both the US and Western Europe. They have allowed in millions of non whites to reinforce the idea of the “global village”. European leaders quickly jumped on the globalization bandwagon, following Washington’s lead. UK PM Tony Blair, another neo-lib, once boasted that under his tenure London had become a metropolis where 200 languages were spoken. Destroying national identity and culture by dilution with immigrants from incompatible cultures who do not assimilate serves to eliminate the sense of nationhood. No nation = no tariffs = more profits for the elites.

Merkel has brought into Germany a million Muslims to make Germany less German; not because she cares about Syrians or Afghans. Same goes for Hollande in France, Renzi in Italy, etc.

What will Trump do? We will see. I am certain the Establishment is already at work to tame him.

Super Tuesday and Beyond

South Carolina was a debacle but it was expected. I am hopeful that Bernie will do well on March 1 and if so I believe we should fight on, all the way to the Democratic convention.

But in the event the outcome on March 1 does not support a realistic prolongation of the campaign, I very strongly believe that Bernie and the grassroots organization his campaign has built should move on to achieve permanency, to create a new political party; a Liberal Party of the United States.

Funds remainign with the Bernie 2016 campaign should be put toward this goal, if election contribution law allows it.

I believe this party should establish a very clearly defined ideological platform in order to prevent the highjacking of the party by pseudo Liberals. The new Liberal Party should also concentrate on forming a legion of cadres, running for public office at local levels, building up a solid foundation aiming at the future. This is a Marathon; not the 100 meter sprint. This is the great challenge for the younger generations: Takaing back our country and reclaiming their future.

The votes so far have showed that the baby boomers have for the most part stuck with Hillary. That is in my opinion very selfish; the last display of selfishness of the generation that brought us Reagan and all the misery that followed. The votes have also showed the racial split; Blacks are predominantly supporting the candidates of their race or those supported by Obama, regardless of the merits of the positions they (the candidates) adopt. I call that visual alignment (versus intellectual alignment that most voters follow).

Millenials: it is time to move on and reach for your future

The strict ideological platform is a must in light of what has happened to the Democratic Party. The DM has been hollowed by the pseudo Democrats; hollowed of ideas and raison d’etre (other that keeping the Republicans out of office). More and more states and local governments have fallen under Republican control because the Democratic Party has lost its identity. Both Clinton and Obama did incalculable harm to the Democratic cause.

What is Wrong with Black Voters?

Regardless how much we Bernie Sanders supporters shrug it, Nevada is an important loss. But Hillary R. Clinton is a stooge of Wall Street, same as Obama is. What did president Obama do for blacks? Nothing. Sure Obama is one of them. So where the African warriors who would hunt and sell other Africans to slavers for pots, cheap ornaments, and guns in western Africa during the XVIII and XIX centuries.

Bernie Sanders has spent most of his life fighting for Civil Rights. This was in 1963: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-arrested-protesting-segregation-video-photo_us_56c8a824e4b0ec6725e2d238?utm_hp_ref=politics

76% of Blacks voted against Bernie in Nevada last night. They just shot themselves in the foot.

Oh stupidity!

Pseudo democrats, such as the Clintons and Obama, are destroying the Democratic Party; just look as how much the percentage of states in the nation governed by democrats has plummeted during the last 25 years. The soul of the Democratic Party has been corrupted. Obama in particular was toxic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democratic-primary-wall-street-obama_us_56be05eee4b0c3c55050f053

A View into the Future: Post Script to June-November 2012

Using the previous 4 years experience as guide we may expect:

The national economy will continue to languish with low growth and high unemployment. I do not believe we will enter another recession during the next four years but we will be becalmed. Some states – New Jersey under Christie/Sweeney among them – will continue to apply the brakes on the nations’s economic growth. Neither Obama nor Romney, and certainly not the U.S. Congress, will address the factors in the U.S. tax code which encourage capital export.  Accordingly, regardless of who wins, Wall Street will remain disconnected from Main Street.

Needless to say, the national debt will continue to grow with either one.

Even if president Obama wins in November 2012, we already know his capability for abdicating postulates made while campaigning. We should expect that there will be negative effects on Social Security and Medicare, two social programs which candidate Romney has on his hit list, even if Obama is victorious. Obama will adopt some of Romney’s proposals. Such effects would most likely be cuts in both programs, perhaps somewhat smaller under Obama than those which would be implemented by a hypothetical President Romney.

We should also expect a re-elected President Obama to slightly reduce other social programs that he is now, during the campaign, defending with vigor. Either Obama or Romney will sweeten draconian cuts by phasing them onto the younger generations.

I would also expect that a re-elected President Obama would abandon at least some of his tax positions in support of the lower and middle classes, all for the sake of compromise. Similarly, there will be retreats in issues such as the environment and Wall Street regulatory statutes.

As a rule of thumb, President Obama will cede ground wherever big money is involved. He will hold out better in social issues such as birth control and same sex marriage.

President Romney would be very negative on the social issues mentioned above and similarly or even more accommodating toward big money.

Income gap would grow more under Romney than under Obama although the difference between the two will not be large.

We should expect that either President Obama or Romney will continue making inroads into our civil liberties using terrorism as excuse, even after Al Qaeda is wiped out.

A President Romney would be more likely to get the United States involved in another major foreign war.

With either president, New Jersey should expect very little help from Washington and that is why our own gubernatorial election of 2013 is so important: We will be basically on our own. We can hardly afford irresponsibility, demagoguery, and incompetence any longer.

Victory for Liberty: NDAA Struck Down by Manhattan Federal Judge

The National Defense Authorization Act 2012 had been signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011 and it included, buried amid the defense appropriations, a section 1021 which authorized the President of the United States to have any American citizen arrested and detained indefinitely, without cause, charges, or trial, and conveyed the same powers – more absolute than those enjoyed by King George III over his royal subjects in 1776 – to any future president.

Federal judge: Terror law violates 1st Amendment – Yahoo! News.

The immense majority of the current U.S. Congress supported the Tyranny Law – that is how I called it.

NDAA (section 1021) was deemed unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan yesterday. The judge said that the Act had a chilling impact on the First Amendment. She cited testimony by journalists that they feared their professional association with certain individuals overseas could result in their arrest because a provision of the law subjects to indefinite detention anyone who “substantially” or “directly” provides “support” to forces such as al-Qaida or the Taliban. She said the wording was too vague and encouraged Congress to change it.

She said the law also gave the government authority to move against individuals who engage in political speech with views that “may be extreme and unpopular as measured against views of an average individual.

“That, however, is precisely what the First Amendment protects,” Forrest wrote.

Attorney Carl Mayer, speaking for plaintiffs at oral arguments earlier this year, had noted that “even President Barack Obama expressed reservations about certain aspects of the bill when he signed it into law.”

Nonetheless, he signed and shame on him for that. However, I do not doubt for a minute that a potential President Romney would have signed it too. I fear that the endless war on terrorism is being used to build a police state here at home.

After the ruling, Mayer called on the Obama administration to drop its decision to enforce the law. He also called on Congress to change it “to make it the law of the land that U.S. citizens are entitled to trial by jury. They are not subject to military detention, policing and tribunals, all the things we fought a revolution to make sure would never happen in this land.”

The government had argued that the law did not change the practices of the United States since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to sue.

This ruling should have made front lines in every newspaper in the nation however I have not seen it in either the New York Times or the Washington Post online versions today. Neither does CNN make any mention of it.

I do hope that the Obama administration does not appeal this decision.

In Drugs, Cuba Topics, the U.S. Is Isolated at Summit of the Americas

Drug war, including legalization, hot topic at Summit of the Americas – CNN.com.

“Obama voiced his view that legalizing drugs isn’t a valid option in the United States twice on Saturday — first during a meeting of business leaders alongside Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Santos and later during the event’s opening day session.”

I ask: Why? We are not winning the drug war. In fact, we are not winning any war but we kept on getting  in trouble because it is good business – for some; not necessarily for the county. And also because our leaders are not the ones doing the fighting nor are their kids. No wonder Milton Friedman, the economic adviser and ideologist of the Reagan administration, considered ending the military draft his greatest achievement.  The voluntary army makes war less disturbing among the high circles at tea time.

I digressed a bit. Back to the drug issue: With less than 5% of the world population, we have 25% of the prisoners of the world – that is counting all the bad guys such as North Korea, Burma, Cuba, etc. Does the lyric “the land of the free” in our National Anthem still apply?

From a Ron Paul website:

# 1 United States: 2,019,234 prisoners
# 2 China: 1,549,000 prisoners
# 3 Russia: 846,967 prisoners
# 4 India: 313,635 prisoners
# 5 Brazil: 308,304 prisoners
# 6 Thailand: 213,815 prisoners
# 7 Ukraine: 198,386 prisoners

And per capita:

# 1 United States: 715 per 100,000 people
# 2 Russia: 584 per 100,000 people
# 3 Belarus: 554 per 100,000 people
# 4 Palau: 523 per 100,000 people
# 5 Belize: 459 per 100,000 people
# 6 Suriname: 437 per 100,000 people
# 7 Dominica: 420 per 100,000 people

Drug legalization has gained traction in Central America, which is being squeezed between the suppliers to the south and the consumers to the north. Mexico is in a virtual state of civil war, notably in the northern region near the U.S. border. The cartels get their arms from across the Rio Grande. Even peaceful Costa Rica is beginning to feel the effect of the drug traffic and its president recently called for the legalization of pot.

President Obama’s best reason to oppose legalization (of anything) is that we have prohibited those substances for such a long time that is almost a tradition now. The man who promised “Change you can Believe in” has brought very little of it. And his likely opponent, Romney, is not any better; possibly worse.

If elected governor  in 2013, I intend to propose the decriminalization of marijuana sale and use in New Jersey – with the exception of the established radius around schools. However, under federal law, it will still be a crime. The N.J. Police will not chase you but the US DEA will if my proposal is adopted. I also intend to pardon a number of non-violent drug prisoners, notably those arrested because of possession of pot, now in N.J. jails.

I don’t think New Jersey is ready for more than that at the moment.

As for admitting Cuba back in the OAS and the entire US policy toward Cuba, I will just say this: It has become another traditional policy that does not take us anywhere but we have no imagination or courage to change it. The US embargo was a big problem for us in the opposition inside. We had no supply lines because of it. We were abandoned. Castro, on the other hand, has used it for propaganda purposes with great success for 52 years.

War with Iran Unjustifiable and Would Be Disastruous for the United States Economy

There is no way that an attack on Iran will be limited to a few air strikes and then the conflict will fizzle out. If israel or the United States – or both – attack Iran, we will be opening the Pandora’s Box of war in the entire Middle East. In such a conflict, it is more than likely that the bulk of our allies will stay neutral. Many Iranians who oppose their current tyrannical regime will rally to defend their country from Israeli and U.S. attack.

Among the steps that Iran may take to respond to our attack are stirring up the secession of Shiite southern Iraq thus cutting off access of the rest of the country to the Persian Gulf, disrupting Iraqi oil production, sinking ships in the relatively narrow and shallow Strait of Hormuz to block Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Qatari and Saudi oil exports, mine-laying in the Persian Gulf and even in the adjacent Gulf of Oman, unleashing Hezbollah on the northern border of Israel, opening a front on the western border of Afghanistan which is relatively quiet now, etc

Disruption of the commercial traffic through the Strait of Hormuz will send the price of oil sky high. Needless to say what effect that would have on New Jersey’s economy and the entire country.

Notice that in the data below there is no box indicating how many times the two nations have been attacked: Israel was attacked in 1948 – right after declaring independence – and in 1973 – the Yom Kippur War – but Iran was not among the aggressors in either conflict.

Iran, on the other hand, was occupied by the Soviet Union and Great Britain during WWII, saw a coup d’etat engineered by the CIA and MI6 in 1953, and was invaded by Iraq in 1980.

From Globalfirepower.com.

Population Israel: 7.2 Million Iran: 70 Million
Wars launched on neighbors: Israel: 1956, 1967, 1982, 2006, 2008-9 Iran: 0
Nuclear Warheads Israel: ~200 Iran: 0
Military Budgets: Israel: $13.4 Billion * Iran: $7.4 Billion
Per capita military expenditure: Israel: $1,805 Iran: $105
Total Aircraft Israel: 1,220 Iran: 84***
Active Military and Reserve Personnel Israel: ~600,000 Iran: 875,000
Total land-based weapons: Israel: 14,200 ** Iran: 5,499 **

* Includes $2 Billion in U.S aid.

** May include tanks, pieces of artillery, rocket launchers. etc

*** Most Iranian aircraft are pre-revolution models, such as the Phantom-4 of the Vietnam War era.

The AIPAC (American Israeli Political Affairs Committee), which is essentially a super PAC, has strong influence in Washington and is pushing the U.S. closer toward the Israeli position of taking military action this year. We should be committed to Israel’s defense; not to Israel’s aggression. I have zero sympathy for the tyrannical regime of Iran. But that is not the point here. The President of the United States should never subordinate the interests of this nation to those of others.

War with Iran is not in the interest of the United States even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon. We are living with countries such as Pakistan and North Korea with nuclear arms. That is why the United States (and Israel) have a nuclear deterrent for.