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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP AND PALIN – AMERICAN POLITICS’ NEW ODD COUPLE – THE PART OF PALIN’S MAKE-UP NEVER DISCUSSED BY THE PRESS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

There is a very big difference between Trump and Palin, one not noted in the article.

Trump, despite some awful views, is essentially an intelligent person. Sometimes smart people embrace bad views.

Palin, however, and I don’t know why few ever say it in the press, is simply stupid. She says things which are just plain stupid many times, and not just things which are controversial.

Palin didn’t have the ability to even finish her one term as governor of one of smallest-population and least complicated states in the union.

Palin also took 6 years at 5 different colleges to earn a BA in a “bird” subject like “communications.”

Now, for those who understand American education, that says a very great deal.

There are so many marginal to nearly worthless academic institutions in America run as for-profit businesses, where you can sail through virtually buying a degree, that her educational Odyssey is bizarre and telling.

But she still has, remarkably enough, a bit of a fan club out there, and Trump’s shrewd enough to exploit it.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MITT ROMNEY BELLOWS ABOUT “SHAME” OF JERUSALEM BEING LEFT OUT OF DEMOCRATS’ PLATFORM – A MATTER OF NO CONCERN TO ALMOST ANYONE – BUT THE KIND OF SILLINESS YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR TENS OF MILLIONS IN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Grovel, grovel, grovel.

What in God’s name does this matter have to do with most of America’s 300,000,000 people?

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

And what does it have to do with most of the world’s 7,000,000,000 people?

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

So why does he go out of his way to raise it?

Campaign contributions from special interests.

Of course, it is Romney’s behavior that truly is shameful for someone aspiring to be a world leader.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COLUMNIST WRITES OF AMERICAN ELECTION AS A DISGUSTING RACE FOR MONEY – YES BUT THERE’S MORE – THERE’S THE DISGUSTING BUSINESS OF ACTUALLY BEING PRESIDENT TODAY – WHO REALLY RUNS AMERICA?   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY JEFFREY SIMPSON IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Yes, indeed, it is a disgusting race for money.

But that’s only the “getting elected” part.

The actual job, once in office, is even more disgusting because it has become almost meaningless.

The major policies of the United States are, without question, driven by the military-intelligence-security apparatus in meeting the needs of imperial special interests.

The doltish George Bush was president in name only, formalizing decisions made by the Neo-con group – Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, etc – which worked hand-in-glove with the military-intelligence apparatus and key special interests.

Obama is yet another example, although a much brighter and capable man. He has made not a dint in the ugly creation of Bush’s crew. War, torture, restricted rights, intense special interests, the work of Bush’s ugly crew – all continue uninterrupted.

And why is anyone surprised? The military and intelligence have always been the antithesis of democratic and human rights.

And the larger they get, the more dominant they become, their leaders enter into every aspect of what should be civilian life.

The U.S. military now is busy deciding the future of several states abroad, and we know from the words, here or there, of several high officers and from documents like manuals that have leaked that there are plans for virtual military control of American society should some new crisis strike.

Besides, every day new police-state operations come into being. The TSA now patrols some highways and rides some inter-city buses besides being at airports and a number of other places. They have begun purchasing mobile versions of the back-scatter x-rays used at the airports mounted on vans to patrol streets. And drones are everywhere talked of and tested within the U.S.

The presidency simply means very little in the face of this massive assault on rights and privacy. No president, not wanting to share John Kennedy’s fate, can oppose it in any meaningful way.

And with no new revenues to be raised, only more deficits piled sky-high, there isn’t the slightest room to do anything for most Americans, those outside of the military-intelligence-security and special interest coterie.

And eventually, how will those unbelievable deficits be paid off? By gradual devaluation of the American dollar, leaving all the chumps out there in the world holding the reserve currency in fact holding the bag.

What decision by what candidate could in any way change that certain outlook?

Taxes? You must be kidding?

The refusal to pay taxes is part of what made America at its start.