MUCH MORE THAN TRUMP

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Posted on 12th March 2016 by Yojimbo in Economy

Guest post by Robert Gore of www.straightlinelogic.com.

It started in Vietnam. The men who chose to fight for America on Vietnam’s front lines did so for honorable reasons. While there was no immediate threat to the US, some were concerned about falling dominoes and the march of communism. Some were animated by an idealistic desire to secure democracy and liberty in a land that had never known those blessings. Perhaps some went believing that if the leaders of the country said this war was in America’s best interests, it must be so. For those who were drafted, they did, perhaps reluctantly, what they perceived to be their duty.

Whatever their motivations, those who fought found their idealism shattered. Many of the South Vietnamese they thought they were fighting “for” despised the US as the latest in a succession of imperial powers using a corrupt, puppet government as the cat’s paw for its domination. Short of total immolation of both friend and foe—it was often impossible to differentiate the two—there was no effective strategy against guerrilla warfare waged by the enemy fighting on its home turf. The Vietcong proved as difficult to vanquish as hordes of ants and mosquitos at a picnic. The victory the generals and politicians insisted was just another few months and troop deployments down the road never came, and the soldiers knew it never would, long before reality was acknowledged and the troops brought home.

Brutal disillusionment gave way to abject disgust when they returned stateside. They cynically, but understandably, concluded that the antiwar protests had more to do with fear of the draft (there were no major protests after Nixon ended it), and readily available sex and drugs than heartfelt opposition to the war. That conclusion was buttressed by their reception from the antiwar crowd. If they were expecting support and understanding, they didn’t get it. The US victims of the war, those who fought it—the wounded, the physically and psychologically maimed, the dead—were branded as subhuman thugs and baby killers. It was the first time in the history of the US that a substantial swath of the population turned on those who had fought its wars. Those who fought regarded (or, in the case of the dead, would have regarded) those doing the branding as preening, posturing, spoiled children. A subterranean fault line split into a gaping fissure, since widened to a yawning chasm.

The idea that the elite—by dint of their education, intelligence, rarified social circle, and moral sensibility— should rule had reached full florescence during the New Deal, when FDR and his so-called brain trust promised change that most Americans could believe in. Although the elite failed, prolonging the Great Depression, it seemingly redeemed itself directing World War II, leaving the US at an unprecedented pinnacle of global power. Forgetting the failures of the Depression and basking in the hubristic glow, a bipartisan coterie from Washington, Wall Street, industry, the military, and the Ivy League set out to order the world according to their dictates. The US would lead a confederated empire opposing the Soviet alliance. The epochal nature of the struggle justified, in their minds, whatever means were necessary to wage it, including propaganda, espionage, subversion, regime change, and war.

While the Kennedy assassination offered the American public a glimpse into the heart of darkness, only a few independent-minded skeptics challenged the Warren Commission whitewash. Vietnam was different; hundreds of thousands returned knowing not just that the so-called best and brightest couldn’t win the war, but that for years they had lied to the American public. In the following decades, it had to have been especially galling for the Vietnam veterans that the hippies, draft-deferred campus protesters, the “fortunate sons” (google Credence Clearwater) whose numbers never came up, and the mockers of the values they held dear ended up among the elite. The Clintons, of course, became the prime example.

Disaffected veterans were the core of a group that would grow to millions, their “faith” in government and the people who ran it obliterated by its repeated failures and lies. Revolutions dawn when an appreciable number of the ruled realize their rulers are intellectual and moral inferiors. The mainstream media is filled with vituperative, patronizing, and insulting explanations of what’s “behind” the Trump phenomenon. It all boils down to revulsion with the self-anointed, incompetent, pretentious hypocritical, corrupt, prevaricating elite that presumes to rule this country. It is, in a word, inferior to the populace on the other side of the yawning chasm, the ones they have patronized and insulted for decades, and the other side knows it.

Peggy Noonan is one of the few mainstream writers who has tried to understand, rather than insult or condemn, the Trump phenomenon. In a widely cited article, she ascribed it to the split between the “protected,” those who run the government and its allied institutions, and the “unprotected,” the government’s and its allies’ victims (“Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected, The Wall Street Journal, 2/25/16). It was a nice try, but Ms. Noonan is trying to straddle a chasm that cannot be straddled. She writes for the Journal, an establishment organ, some of whose writers have been either so clueless or disingenuous that they have denied the existence of an establishment. And ultimately, the protected-unprotected differentiation doesn’t fly.

Most Trump supporters don’t want the government to do something for them; they want the government to quit doing things to them. They viscerally revile the elite—it’s personal—and they want no part of that class or its government. They know how to take care of themselves, and many know the government hurts the most those whom it ostensibly protects.

Elite sons and daughters have not been in the ranks of front line military that have fought the elite’s disastrous wars. The top and bottom of the service economy swell—lobbyists, political operatives, debt merchants, Internet wizards, lawyers, bureaucrats, waiters, bartenders, nurses, orderlies, sales clerks—while what used to be the heart of the economy—manufacturing—shrinks. The bailouts from the last financial crisis went to Wall Street, not the homeowners with underwater mortgages facing foreclosure. Whose pockets were picked to fund those bailouts? And whose pockets were picked to pay the higher insurance premiums necessary to fund the Obamacare disaster?

It doesn’t take an Ivy League degree to know that the national debt, $19 trillion and counting, is a big, scary number, and that the unfunded Social Security and medical care liabilities coming due are even bigger, scarier numbers. It does, apparently, take an Ivy League degree to believe that more debt is the answer to our economic problems, or that microscopic or negative interest rates will do anything but fund carry-trade speculators and screw those trying to fund their own postponed retirements, or that the limping economy since the financial crisis has “recovered.” Idiotic blather fills the elite, mainstream media, while much truth is suppressed and debate stifled in the name of political correctness.

Not much has changed since Vietnam. The decent besieged are taking fire from all sides, valiantly fighting their way through it, while preening, posturing, spoiled idiots congratulate themselves for running a once great country into the ground. It is a mark of the decent besieged’s decency that they are turning to the ballot box, the politically correct way to change a democratic government. The idiot class should be grateful for their forbearance. Instead, it resorts to means fair and foul to subvert them and maintain its power. Whether Trump does or does not make it all the way to the White House, the wave he’s riding will only grow stronger, tsunami-strength when the economy collapses and the world descends into war. If the idiot class and its rabble subvert him, a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on SLL, will surely come back to haunt them.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

33 Comments
  1. jamesthewanderer says:

    “It doesn’t take an Ivy League degree to know that the national debt, $19 billion and counting, is a big, scary number,”

    I think you meant $19 trillion, but that’s probably low. Depends on who’s counting, $70 trillion anyone?

    Current Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
    03/10/2016 13,818,925,974,888.58 5,306,399,201,105.74 19,125,325,175,994.32

    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Markets/Pages/national-debt.aspx

    And that’s just what the Treasury admits to. “Guaranteed” entitlements like SS, pensions, etc. make it yuuuuger.

    And no, it CAN’T all be repaid. Who will choose who gets paid and by how much?

     

    12th March 2016 at 4:09 pm

  2. nkit says:

    Well done, Robert. The Kennedy quote is spot on. Just one issue. You might want to edit the amount of the national debt in the first line of the next to last paragraph.

     

    12th March 2016 at 4:15 pm

  3. Yojimbo says:

    Admin,

    Can you edit the $19 billion to $19 trillion as described by nkit?

    I cannot edit a post once it is posted.

    Thanks.

     

    12th March 2016 at 4:27 pm

  4. Administrator says:

    Yojimbo

    I did it as soon as I saw nkit’s comment.

     

    12th March 2016 at 4:36 pm

  5. IndenturedServant says:

    I think it’s what the owners want. Population reduction by way of warfare carried out by willing participants. It’s a tried and true recipe. They love it when a plan comes together.

     

    12th March 2016 at 4:50 pm

  6. flash says:

    Whether Trump does or does not make it all the way to the White House, the wave he’s riding will only grow stronger, tsunami-strength when the economy collapses and the world descends into war. If the idiot class and its rabble subvert him, a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on SLL, will surely come back to haunt them.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    +1000

    Geez..everyone seems to get this but tin foil hat boy BL. I’m beginning to think that Bea Lever must be several people posting under one ID , because it’s not physically possible for one human body to be so full of shit.

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:01 pm

  7. Administrator says:

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:11 pm

  8. bb says:

    Enthusiastic crowd .I hope the TRUMP doesn’t get harmed .

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:24 pm

  9. procrastinator says:

    Just got a bunch of free shit from the pharmacy .. Eyedrops inhalers antibiotics .. with my free California state insurance .. The Obama economy is real. And sorry that I am a leach but I used to get help from family to help pay for my shit but since Obama came into fruition …

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:38 pm

  10. Jim says:

    It just occurred to me, what stupid dips blacks are in general, after seeing the photos of the moveon.org protestors who were for the most part black. They should be rallying around Trump as as far as I can tell, they are the ones that stand to benefit the most fromTrump if he is able to stop illegal immigration and adds tariffs to protect low skilled jobs. What a bunch of ignorant buffoons that will literally jump off the cliff like sheep for Obummer or hillary. This country is so screwed. Out.

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:59 pm

  11. Bea Lever says:

    Indentured- +100

    Per usual we are in lock-step in our view of current events.

     

    12th March 2016 at 5:59 pm

  12. Bea Lever says:

    Flash- Insults aimed at me will not change the fact that it is not smooth sailing for Trump into the WH. I/S called it right and you agreed with him so looks like you and I are in agreement also.

    Settle down, there is nothing that any of us here can say to change the direction of things to come.

    OBTW- why have you declined to answer my question in the Sea Island thread ???

     

    12th March 2016 at 6:09 pm

  13. Jim says:

    The author also makes a good point about the WSJ to which I subscribe to and am increasingly irritated with their out of touch political reporting and willful misrepresenting the true state of our economy and the country. For awhile I thought that the much discredited NY Times (our new slogan: we seek out the gay angle in every news story) was the lone wolf, but now the WSJ is only a shade better as far as objective journalism. Hence the rise of websites like this.

     

    12th March 2016 at 6:17 pm

  14. Unconcerned says:

    How to face an adversary:

     

    12th March 2016 at 6:20 pm

  15. Unconcerned says:

    Another angle than Admin’s vid /
    post above, that is.

     

    12th March 2016 at 6:23 pm

  16. Robert Gore says:

    Thanks for the editing. The numbers are so big I get all confused.

     

    12th March 2016 at 6:58 pm

  17. ILuvCO2 says:

    All so true Robert. By the way I just finished reading your novel The Golden Pinnacle. Excellent read !! Great history. Very Atlas Shrugged-esque. Kudos !!

     

    12th March 2016 at 8:07 pm

  18. bb says:

    Robert Core and Understandable.

    Did you know Evolution (Theory ) violates 1) The law of entropy.2)The law of Biogenesis .3 Law of physics……. Did you know that you are a mathematical impossibility ?Undeclared did you know there’s only one of you in this entire universe ? …Go TRUMP.

     

    12th March 2016 at 8:15 pm

  19. Unfathomable says:

    bb – Thanks? I think? 🙂

     

    12th March 2016 at 8:32 pm

  20. HalfWit says:

    if bb agrees with you, you may want to re-think the way you think …

     

    12th March 2016 at 8:53 pm

  21. bb says:

    Unglued , your welcome!!

     

    12th March 2016 at 9:07 pm

  22. ottomatik says:

    Robert, thanks for the article, and highlighting the already banked positives of the Trump Campaign, irregardless of how far Donald Trump the candidate makes it in the election.

     

    12th March 2016 at 9:45 pm

  23. Jim says:

    As far as Peggy Noonan’s assertion above of the protected vs. unprotected classes, she could have learned a thing or two from Kunstler this past week who described it much more eloquently, to wit : there are two classes left in America, the Swindlers and the Swindled. How true.

     

    12th March 2016 at 10:00 pm

  24. RHS Jr says:

    Civil War 2 has started; the Communist need to back off or perish.

     

    12th March 2016 at 10:59 pm

  25. EL Coyote says:

    Bob, back when I was a child, I never heard, ‘ you need to…’ it was more like, please do this…

    Nowadays, a personal request is turned into some sort of deficiency on your part.

    I can only anticipate that “Blow me” will turn into “You need to suck my dick”.

     

    12th March 2016 at 11:45 pm

  26. NickelthroweR says:

    @RHS JR

    Greetings,

    You are 100% correct and quickly cut to the heart of the matter. This is going to be a throw down for the final table scraps. Expect to see the FSA morph into Red Guard Maoists as the price we pay for dumbing down our kids to such a degree that they can not recognize that they wish for the worst that communism has to offer. They’ll fight for it too because they are just that dumb.

    As for myself, I wish it were not stupidity but evil. You can reason with evil but against stupidity there is no reason. You’ve got it correct: that which can not be reasoned with must perish.

     

    13th March 2016 at 5:29 am

  27. Ed says:

    “As far as Peggy Noonan’s assertion above”

    I used to wonder what Peggy meant about this or that when I read her columns, then I saw her in a panel discussion on TV. Her problem is obvious; she’s an overmedicated bliss bunny.

     

    13th March 2016 at 10:04 am

  28. Overthecliff says:

    Jobs? Blacks don’t need no damn jobs!

     

    13th March 2016 at 10:14 am

  29. swamidon says:

    Those who served their country proved they will fight for the things they believe in and for the Constitution they swore to protect and defend. No kidding about that. Every Boomer Vet is old enough to know that if push comes to shove they must fight, even if alone and facing overwhelming odds, when the alternative is being hauled off on a one-way trip to die in a Camp. The PTB know this as do the Vets..

     

    13th March 2016 at 5:00 pm

  30. Yojimbo says:

    This essay just made Zerohedge.

     

    13th March 2016 at 8:42 pm

  31. Nam Vet M-60 Grunt 69 says:

    The Babies of the Boom

    We are the children of heroes
    who had been weaned
    on the thin gruel of the depression
    their manhood forged
    in the inferno
    of a world on fire
    the war of their youth
    as simple and righteous
    as survival, victory and freedom

    We are the Babies of the Boom
    breast fed on the promise
    of our father’s GI Bill
    and the Mickey Mouse Club
    the first generation
    nurtured on the tube, inspired
    by John Wayne, John Kennedy
    and the echoes
    of our father’s glories
    free, because of the tradition
    of the American Citizen Soldier

    and the limb
    grew strong and straight from the trunk
    and the fruit
    fell close to the tree

    Maturing with the promise of Camelot
    our power was invincible
    our ideals pure
    our fear naïve
    our courage blind…
    led by the Whiz Kids
    the Best of the Brightest
    we would follow the tradition
    of the American Citizen Soldier
    we would
    Ask not what our country could do for us
    but
    what we could do for our country
    and
    we went and did it
    not our turn to serve America
    our chance!
    Much and many were lost
    stolen…sold…discarded…traumatized…
    wounded…maimed…K.I.A.
    leaving us trapped
    with the festering residue
    of what men throughout the ages
    who have survived combat
    discover to their horror…
    so much
    so very, very much
    about themselves
    that is best not known

    A generation
    of Americana Citizen Soldiers
    that wasn’t betrayed
    until sprayed
    that wasn’t dishonored
    until ignored
    that wasn’t stressed
    until delayed
    that wasn’t missing
    until abandoned
    then…

    We found ourselves
    defenseless, shocked and surprised
    surrounded and ambushed
    by our homecoming
    by our own people

    Our jaded youth
    limped home
    the stench of death
    clinging to our nostrils
    staining our hands
    while the still frame hyper seconds
    replayed in endless slow motion
    upon the Black Granite Wall
    engraved behind our eyelids

    and we were met

    by the stares and scorn of the vocal minority
    spitting on our sacrifice
    consumed by the simplistic naivete
    of the Woodstock floatism
    the trendy assembly line non-conformists
    who would soon eagerly embrace
    all that they raged against
    (when it was safe and nothing would be asked of them)

    and we were met

    by the stares and confusion
    of the Silent Majority
    their label a dubious distinction
    their empathy tainted with apathy
    the generation gap
    widening into a chasm
    leaving us treated more like victims
    than veterans

    and we were met

    by the stereotypes and distortions
    of the media’s portrayal
    of the drug crazed guilt ridden
    hair trigger former baby killers
    walking a thin line
    on the edge of society…

    Leaving us on the outside
    glaring in
    ignored or slandered
    our noses pressed against the glass
    of America’s window

    and now a generation has passed
    and my youth
    time and truth have eroded the stereotypes
    “The Wall” honored our fallen
    my daughter watched my fading nightmares
    on TVs “Tour of Duty”
    and looks at me questioningly
    “Was the war like that Daddy?”
    I dodge her questions
    knowing so much
    about myself
    that is best not known

    We were the children of heroes
    weaned on the rich broth
    of Americanism
    our manhood forged
    in the inferno
    of our trial by fire
    the war of our youth
    as simple and bitter
    as betrayal, survival and rage

     

    13th March 2016 at 11:06 pm

  32. Ed says:

    I completely disagree with the ending of this article, because the writer sounds like a political novice who just started to pay attention! If Trump falters he will know how it feels to become swept away by the moving tide. The huge Wave which the writer speaks of was about to crest after years of gaining momentum by Liberty Candidate Ron Paul whose son Rand Paul was to carry on his message and we were going to have the fight in this presidential election to oust the GOP Progressive NEOCON’s (The Bankrupting Bush Family Progressives) from Controlling the GOP and give Control of the GOP back to the Liberty Wing of the party with more of a Reagan Style or Libertarian Style of governing which the GOP once stood for. Then Trump moved in with his Loud Mouth Tactics and splintered the wave resulting in saving the NEOCON’s Power and Control if he should fail. The writer claims the momentum will grow even if Trump loses only because the writer did not know or understand or like what was about to take place so in turn, Trump’s people will discover in the future as they attempt to carry on with whatever Trump message is and will encounter someone else in the future to defeat their momentum just when they believe they are about to peak also. It is do or die for Trump, his supporters and his message which will result in a win for the Progressive Bush GOP NEOCON’s and their Progressive Liberal Partners leading We The People another step closer to Tyranny. Good Luck Donald but if you fail you will be one of the major causes for this nation’s demise from splintering the movement which Ron and rand Paul had worked so hard for to save our nation!

    Quotes: “Not much has changed since Vietnam. The decent besieged are taking fire from all sides, valiantly fighting their way through it, while preening, posturing, spoiled idiots congratulate themselves for running a once great country into the ground. It is a mark of the decent besieged’s decency that they are turning to the ballot box, the politically correct way to change a democratic government. The idiot class should be grateful for their forbearance. Instead, it resorts to means fair and foul to subvert them and maintain its power. Whether Trump does or does not make it all the way to the White House, the wave he’s riding will only grow stronger, tsunami-strength when the economy collapses and the world descends into war. If the idiot class and its rabble subvert him, a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on SLL, will surely come back to haunt them…”

     

    14th March 2016 at 4:11 am

  33. LondonLad says:

    The same scam over and over again and people just continue to naively devour every scrap of carefully designed propaganda tossed at them. The greatest irony of the presidential elections 2016 is one that most will never comprehend, Trump IS the leading establishment candidate, but the majority are, simply, just too stupid to understand it… Who you vote for is completely and utterly irrelevant,

    http://philosophyofmetrics.com/trump-and-the-international-banking-interests-freepom/

     

    14th March 2016 at 6:22 am

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