by Scott Creighton
What do you do when you run a campaign making a whole bunch of populist promises like Barack Obama did back in 2008 and then, like Obama did, you start filling your cabinet with the exact same kinds of characters that you ran opposed to for a year and a half? When ALL of your picks embody the establishment status quo that your supporters expected you to reject? When instead of draining the swamp, you seem to be enjoying yourself rolling around in it letting the muck fill you with it’s comforting warmth?
What Obama did was get the press to keep repeating the term “pragmatic” and the phrase “3d chess” until everyone got sick of hearing them and then he just hunkered down and watched his approval ratings crash as if he didn’t really give a crap because he has no moral center.
Donald Trump and his stage managers have learned a thing or two from President Obama’s mistakes and what they have apparently decided to do is get out in front of the developing story with what I am calling the…
Diminished Expectations Tour™ of 2016
Last night Donald Trump embarked on his “Thank You” tour where he is supposedly running around from city to city saying “thanks” to his supporters for electing him president. No president elect has ever done such a thing during the transition as far as I know.
Let’s see, going out there saying “thanks” to his WWE-type fans should take about a minute and it seems to me he wouldn’t need to read a script from a teleprompter to do it.
But the teleprompters were there, his carefully scripted presentation lasted over an hour and it was covered live by CNN and Fox News and who know who else.
So was he saying “thanks” for an hour? Nope. He was re-branding his campaign. Revising the history of it. Getting out in front of the press before they started writing about his campaign pledge betrayals.
President Camacho couldn’t have done it any better.
The Trump candidate who said he knew more than the generals in terms of the never ending Global(ist) War OF Terror and that the Iraq invasion and occupation was a mistake… has given way to a president elect who openly worships at the feet of those same generals, is actively posting them all over his cabinet and now fully expects his followers to worship at their feet as well.
Gen. Mattis was slobbered all over last night by Trump when he announced he was his choice for Secretary of Defense. He might as well have brought out an effigy of the man and performed oral sex on it. Trump’s rabid fans followed suit and when Trump compared him to Patton, there was a mass ejaculation in the crowd.
Of course, Mattis was involved in the pre-planning of the Afghanistan invasion (prior to 9/11 by the way… hmmmm.) and….
Mattis played key roles in combat operations in Fallujah, including negotiation with the insurgent command inside the city during Operation Vigilant Resolve in April 2004, as well as participation in planning of the subsequent Operation Phantom Fury in November. In May 2004, Mattis ordered the 3 a.m. bombing of a suspected enemy safe house near the Syrian border, which later came to be known as the Mukaradeeb wedding party massacre, and which resulted in the locally-reported deaths of 42 civilian men, women and children who were attending a wedding celebration. Mattis stated that it had taken him 30 seconds to deliberate on bombing the location.
… As head of Central Command, Mattis oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was responsible for a region that includes Syria, Iran, Yemen. The Obama administration did not place much trust in Mattis, because he was perceived to be too eager for a military confrontation with Iran.
Slaughtering men, women and children at a wedding party… slaughtering the entire city of Fallujah because they dared to oppose our illegal invasion and occupation… involved in various activities in Syria, Iran and Yemen… and to top it all off, he’s a rabid warmonger when it comes to doing Tel Aviv’s bidding regarding “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”
The Washington insiders in the Military Industrial Complex could not be happier with this choice. Mattis promises to continue all these expansionist operations overseas and as Mr. Mad Dog he promises to continue pursuing them in much the same way President Obama has over the years of his “CHANGE” presidency… by bombing people at record levels for doing nothing more than opposing our “national interests”
Trump campaigned on opposing the status quo, kicking the lobbiests and the Goldman Sachs crooks from their safe confines inside the beltway and first and foremost his entire campaign was predicated on the fact that he as a billionaire would not be beholden to the same monied interests that Hillary Clinton served.
Goldman Sachs will run his Treasury department just like they did for Clinton, Bush and Obama. He’s appointed the wife of Mitch McConnell to head up the the Department of Transportation. A little preemptive pay-off I suppose. Billionaire globalist financiers are being spattered all over his administration like cheap Walmart Christmas lights on the The Little Pink Houses of Blue Collarland, USA.
He’s telling his fans he’s putting them in there because he doesn’t want to post “losers” in these positions.. he wants “killers” instead. Successful billionaire killers who also just happen to be political, Wall Street insiders… the very people he campaigned against.
The ultimate insider, Wall Street, is bathing in the profits with all four stock indexes reaching all times highs thanks to his “CHANGE” administration. Laughing all the way to the bank so too speak while Trump’s fans mindless worship at the same alter of Mammon that’s been screwing them over for decades.
Nope. There will be no prosecution for Hillary Clinton as a couple die-hards in the crowd tried to get the “Lock Her Up!” chant rolling yesterday. His influence peddlers planted out there among them shouted that effort down as quickly as they could.
Trump was gloating about his “success” with the Carrier deal as much as he was trying to roll back expectations of it. Some said he “saved” 1,100 jobs with that deal. Then they said it was “1,000” and now it’s been downgraded to “800”
The state of Indiana is going to have to pony up 7 million dollars to keep those “800” jobs which will hurt the economy of the state tremendously. Of course that just helps them get that “smaller gubmint” they crave so much.
Carrier is owned my major defense contractor United Technologies and if you think they are actually going to keep those jobs in America I can sell a bridge someplace. Six months from now, a year from now, when no one is looking or caring, they will close that plant and keep a business office open in it’s place so Carrier can continue to enjoy the 7 big ones in tax breaks, but the people working there will be left out in the cold and the Mighty Trump will do nothing about it.
Another 1,300 jobs are still going down south of the borders and Trump is still paying Carrier to send them down there. And the precedent is set. All companies will have to do is threaten to send some jobs down under and they’ll get MASSIVE tax breaks… even for jobs they never intended to relocate. Trump gets too say he saved some more jobs, the company owners get the big bucks and the local tax-payers have to shell out even more to make up the difference.
What was it called when governments work exclusively for Big Business at the direct expense of the people? I forget but there is a name for it… hmmmm.
The Diminished Expectations Tour™ is about as ridiculous and obvious of a cheap marketing trick as you could expect and yet, miraculously, the press is presenting it as some kind of legitimate payback to his fans. Even the fake-left press.
It’s brilliant political marketing to a desperately dumbed-down and desperate constituency. And like it or not, it’s the wave of the future baby.
But what do you expect from a guy who honed his public speaking chops with the WWE? This to him is the audience out here, how he perceives the whole of the American audience. As a bunch of professional wrestling fans just waiting too see him shave Vince McMahon’s head in the middle of ring. The benevolent billionaire helping them get some payback on “the man” right?
Diminished Expectations Tour™ of 2016
If this Diminished Expectations Tour™ of 2016 is any indication I can’t wait for The Donald’s first State of the Union address. As ridiculous as it promises to be, it’s not without precedent. There is President Camocho’s if you recall….
Don’t laugh. Don’t fucking laugh. Not in public anyway. And for God’s sake, when the shit really hits the fan, don’t burn a flag… because this is America… and this is where were are right now.
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