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Time to Stop Your "Trump Wants to Fight the System" Fantasy

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I don't buy the argument that Trump has been trying to take on the powers that be/establishment or fight the system and drain the swamp, as others, like Paul Craig Roberts claim.

Trump has done nothing along those lines and, to the contrary, appointed two SCOTUS justices who will protect the PTB and establishment He has appointed many wealthy insiders who will protect the system and expose American assets to extraction and exploitation. He has pushed for eliminating regulations that protect consumers and the environment, further serving the corporate establishment.

People who claim Trump is fighting the system argue that he wants to make peace with Russia. If so, then why did he cancel the Nuclear arms treaty? If he has been trying to make peace with Russia, why has he kept his conversations secret. Today, he says he is the most transparent person in politics. What a lie.

I don't blame people, before Trump began his presidency, for having hope that Trump could fight the deep state and the powers-that-be system, that he would drain the swamp, as he'd promised. But Trump has not delivered. You might say he was stymied, but he had the Republicans in control of the House and Senate and still did nothing, outside of approving a tax break that went 85% to the wealthy. And he has added many more slimy miscreants who are part of the problem, part of the system, to the swamp, rather than draining it.

I would argue that it was either Trump's failure or, even more likely, he never intended to keep his promises. Trump is a grotesque, malignant narcissist psychopath and he makes his decisions based on how they serve him and him alone. Anyone who still believes that he "deserves a chance" is deluding his or herself.

I believe that the Democrats are doing the right thing, investigating Trump under the rubric of impeachment. I'm not sure that removing him is the best thing for two reasons. One, it will fuel those who claim that impeachment is coup. It is not. He has violated the constitution, breaking laws. But removing him will probably make it more likely that the Democrats will lose in 2020, since then, the GOP will field stronger candidates who do not evoke the disgust Trump does. And if there's any chance of doing something about the neoliberal, imperialist, corporatist rigged system that exists, it will be by electing Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard or Elizabeth Warren, in my order of preference. If the Democratic leadership goes against the tide that is already giving more support to progressive candidates

Bottom-line. Trump is either a failure or a liar and does not deserve a chance to continue. If you believe that he can or will do anything about the system or Russia, you are entertaining a fantasy unsupported by reality or past performance.

 

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While others attempt to gain voters by selling healthcare or "free income" Tulsi Gabbard is attempting to gain voters by being the elephant in the room. There is little hope of getting anything passed for the individual citizen under the existing system. Tulsi is running on just that. She is running on getting a system of the people, by the people, and for the people. Unless we get at least several steps to that there will be no issues passed that favor the individual citizen, which there haven't been for at least 40 years. That is why the system is smearing her they cannot let her gain traction and a voice.

People say she needs to start talking about policy when that's exactly what she has been. You will not get any of the things the others are spouting until the system is changed.

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I agree. I started with an open mind (ever the optimist), but I think the evidence is overwhelmingly against it at this point.

Trump is in it for himself, just like the powers they claim he would oppose. He understands capitalism is a euphamism for wealth extraction. He heartily endorses it. It's in his DNA, and he sees himself as a perfect fit.

Trump is one of them in that sense. The problem is - he can't read. He doesn't comprehend much. So, he's really not that useful to anyone.

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Be cautious, Jack. You could be correct, maybe?

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Instead of draining the swamp, which would kill off the swamp critters, the environmentally Deranged elites and their tools have instead strained the swamp thereby providing additional space for more vermin to enter therein, while unleashing the previously strained swamp dwellers into the world's living rooms.

Can they be restrained?

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Great question. How do you drain the swamp?

1- debillionairize the planet

2- pass legislation that ends corporate personhood

3- make elections publicly financed to take the money out of it.

4-Term-limit all elected offices and government appointments, including the Supreme court and federal judges

5-either ban or tightly control lobbying, including making it illegal for former members of congress and their staffers to be lobbyists for at least four years after they leave congress.

6-require that the military and intelligence agencies be tightly regulated, audited and supervised by civilian review boards.


Okay, so this inspired me to write an article. The rest of the list is here



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Insisting on full employment will do it.

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#DrainTheSwamp? - Trump would start, many believed, by "it's so important to audit the Federal Reserve". No, it wasn't important after all - after taking office the word 'audit' never did 'come up for air' revealing from 'the get go' that Trump was 'on course' to deliver a 'bag filled' with 'broken promises'.

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I never thought Trump would drain the swamp, but I was scared to death Hillary would get us into a shooting war with Russia. The elites in their total disdain for the public having any say in who is installed as puppet in chief unleashed an unanticipated backlash against their illegitimate neoliberal system. You can be angry all you want at the Trump supporters, but that doesn't move us out of this crashing imperial trap we are ensnared in. I don' see how reinstalling a Democrat of any stripe will improve things. We need to make the shock of Trump seem mild by challenging the status quo using every means at our disposal. As Howard Zinn said," our problem is not civil disobedience, it's civil obedience."

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True.Trump is the controlled opposition and he was installed.The theatrical sideshows of Russiagate and Ukrainegate designed to generate discord/rebellion to distract us from other issues soon to be centerstage

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