Donald Trump Needs a Dictionary When It Comes to Foreign-Policy

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Donald Trump Needs a Dictionary When It Comes to Foreign-Policy

It should be very obvious to everyone by now that Donald Trump the second one bring up who really needs to learn what a dictionary is. He obviously doesn’t know. While they’re at it, they should tell him to look up the word, “contradiction”. It’s very obvious that he doesn’t know the definition. Donald Trump has become the definition of contradiction. At this point, if you lost look up the word “contradiction” you will find a picture of him.

Today, Donald Trump tried to explain his foreign-policy. Just like last time, he failed badly. His speech about foreign policy was “all over the map”. Pardon the pun! It has become very obvious to most people with any common sense that Donald Trump basically has no foreign-policy, let alone any experience dealing with it. He acts as though he has had no interaction with people in foreign countries, other than to outsource American jobs to them.

My favorite anti-Donald Trump commercial on TV is the one where David Letterman asked him questions about where his clothing comes from. This commercial is not only funny but very telling about who Donald Trump really is. He was too stupid to know that he was being set up by Letterman to look like a fool; something that is accomplished quite easily. I suppose it never occurred to Donald Trump to ask David Letterman why he wanted him to bring in some of his shirts and ties.

If you look at the commercial carefully, it is very telling in the fact that his shirts are made in Bangladesh and his ties are made in China. So, Donald Trump would actually have us believe that he will help the American worker? Exactly what is it that Donald Trump would help the American worker with? Standing on the other employment line?

During the entire commercial, Donald Trump just sits there with a blank look on his face, or a facial expression that seems to say, “I don’t give a shit”, which is probably more accurate. He has no regard for workers anywhere, let alone Bangladesh or China,or even the United States. One only has to look at the current situation in Atlantic City where an estimated 3000 workers stand to lose their jobs, because Donald Trump is closing the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel.

As anyone who has taken the time to read any news other than the stock market quotes, Bangladesh is well-known to be one of the biggest sweatshop countries in the world. China is not far behind in being one country that exploits their workers.

If someone like Donald Trump is so interested in preserving American jobs, which he couldn’t give a damn about, why does he buy his clothing from countries that American jobs have not only been outsourced to, but exploit their workers in the worst way?

 

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Even though the United States is heavily involved in talking about clean energy, talking is about all we are doing. However, maybe something will come out of this talk, but only if we are able to effectively silence the climate change deniers.

President Obama has given some very good, effective speeches at the currently ongoing Paris climate talks. Hopefully, he will be able to effectively fight off the climate change deniers, most of whom are Republicans (big surprise, right?)

We need to all face the fact that unless global warming and climate change are dealt with quickly and effectively, we are all dead. If we keep on using fossil fuels, instead of clean energy, our planet will no longer be able to sustain us. The ironic part of this is that clean energy, if developed properly, can virtually eliminate our ridiculous use of obsolete technology, namely fossil fuels. There is really no reason why we should continue depending on coal and petroleum, especially when better clean energy technology is within our grasp. If only we would start getting serious about developing it.

The further development of clean energy potentially has a twofold benefit; cleaning up our planet and creating a huge number of jobs. Why should we allow conservative dinosaurs to thwart us in our efforts to save our planet? There is absolutely no reason why these people should not be silenced, and removed from the decision-making process. Climate change deniers should just admit that most of them have large amounts of money invested in coal and petroleum and are willing to place every person on this planet at risk, just so they can make money. Do these people actually think that they can take their ill-gotten gains with them after they die?

Most countries around the world, especially those in Europe and the Far East, most notably China, have all committed to reduce the amount of carbon emissions by very drastic amounts. These countries seem to recognize the danger of not using clean energy more than the United States. Whereas we should be leading the way to a cleaner, safer, and more habitable planet. We should be the ones leading the way in the development of alternative clean energy sources.

A huge number of jobs could be created in the United States by manufacturing windmills, solar panels, geothermal, and other sources of clean energy. We have the manufacturing capability to do a good job of manufacturing the necessary components for clean energy use. Why our so-called “leaders” insist on being so shortsighted and lacking in vision is mind blowing to me. Alternative clean energy holds a great potential for the creation of many badly needed jobs. These jobs would also be real jobs, not just McJobs. American workers would be able to display that they still have knowledge and experience enough to do something other than flip burgers.

As a devout anti-capitalist I hate to even bring in profit as a motive for the development of clean energy sources. However, since capitalism still plays too large of a part in the great scheme of things, I am willing to go with it this time, for the sake of saving our planet and the people who inhabit it.

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The United States needs to start accepting our role in the creation of terrorism around the world. Even though many Americans would like to forget about it, we are the ones who created Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda by giving these people weapons to fight off the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Our entire involvement in Afghanistan in the 80s was nothing more than just another case of the United States fighting another “proxy war” with the Soviet Union. We did the same thing in both Korea and Vietnam, even though we like to also like to forget that, primarily because both were debacles, especially Vietnam, that ended very badly for us.

We would also like to forget that the Iraqi war was totally unjustified because the dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was in no way involved on the attack on the WTC on September 11, 2001, even though American “intelligence” says he was. Pres. George W. Bush and VP Dick Cheney, were able to sell their case for going to war in Iraq by “cherry picking” intelligence data to make it appear that Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the act of terrorism on 9/11. In reality, Al Qaeda was not allowed to operate in any way inside Iraq simply because Saddam Hussein wouldn’t allow them inside his country. Don’t get me wrong, because I’m certainly not defending a horrible despot like Saddam Hussein because he was surely a horrible person. Despite this, whether we like to admit it or not, Saddam Hussein played a valuable part in controlling terrorism by ruling Iraq with an iron fist. During his time, there was no “power vacuum” existing in that part of the world where groups involved in acts of terrorism could operate freely.

However, when we took over Iraq and eliminated Saddam Hussein from power, we created such a large “power vacuum” that it easily allowed a terrorist group, ISIS, to fill the void left by the death of Saddam Hussein. Going back even further, we cannot forget that Saddam Hussein came into power after a US sponsored coup d’état allowed him to take power.

When is this country ever going to learn to mind our own damn business, stay-at-home and take care of business here in the United States, and stop trying to manipulate affairs and other countries? It sure would be nice if it would happen quite soon, or we run the risk of another act of terrorism be committed on US soil, such as the attack on the World Trade Center.

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President Obama’s push for the TPP (Transpacific Partnership) has made me come to the conclusion that he is a true corporatist in every sense of the word.  I have supported him through his entire presidency, now I feel betrayed.  There is no way he cannot know that the TPP will just cause more outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

There is absolutely no way that President Obama doesn’t know the ramifications of the TPP; outsourcing of jobs, allowing tribunals to overrule Americans regulations (there goes the environment), and causing his fellow Americans higher prices on their medicines.

Basically, President Obama is saying to us, “trust me”, but anyone who has listened to the facts that we do know about the TPP, especially after reading WikiLeaks, knows that it is a bad deal that will hurt a lot of people, especially our workers.  How are American workers supposed to compete with workers in the Far East who are making little more than $.50 per hour.  Not to mention that many of these workers are children because most of these countries have no laws protecting children from exploitation. Even though I have mostly been willing to trust the president on most things, I refuse to trust him when it comes to the TPP.

Another thing that pisses me off about the TPP debate is the fact that President Obama, and other proponents of the TPP (mostly Republicans), wants to allow no debate whatsoever.  The full text of the TPP hasn’t even been released to members of the public, or even our representatives in Congress, even though they are the ones who will vote on it.  Thankfully, the Democrats in Congress are standing fast in their opposition to “fast-track“.  After all, that’s what fast-track means; no debate in committees or even discussion.

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I am very glad that quite a few Democrats crossed party lines to defeat the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance), which was basically a precursor to the TPP “fast-track“.  Hopefully, this is a preview to the defeat of “fast-track”.

The TAA was designed to offset possible negative consequences of the TPP(Transpacific Partnership). I thought the TPP, according to the Obama administration and other supporters on the TPP, that this entire deal was a win-win for everyone involved.  He and other supporters have been trying to tell Americans that the TPP was just what we all need, and that it would greatly benefit the United States.

Is the apparent willingness of the Obama administration and other supporters of the TPP a sign that this controversial trade bill isn’t that good after all?  If the TPP was such a good idea, then why would they need TAA to offset the negative consequences?  What negative consequences could they possibly be referring to?  I thought there wasn’t supposed to be any negative consequences.  Apparently the TPP isn’t as good as we were led to believe.

One of the supposed negative consequences that TAA was designed to correct was retraining workers and helping them find new jobs.  If the TPP wasn’t a threat to the jobs of American workers, my big question is; why would they need to help American workers find new jobs if their jobs weren’t threatened? I thought it was supposed to be perfect.  Does this “contingency plan” (a.k.a. TAA) possibly mean that President Obama and the other supporters of the TPP are not being truthful with us?  To me, something smells rotten in Denmark.

 

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In this hard-hitting video, Senator Alan Grayson makes the correlation between NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the TPP (Transpacific Partnership).  He explains what a disaster for this nation’s economy that the TPP will me for this nation’s economy.

Senator Grayson makes several good points that people really need to stop and think about.  One of the most damning facts that he gives is that our present trade deficit amounts to $37,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States.  He points out that our current trade deficit amounts to a whopping $500,000,000,000+. Senator Grayson points out that NAFTA is where this entire mess began, and that the TPP will only make our trade deficit worse than it already is. He makes a very good point by showing how NAFTA has been a total failure because it has never done what it was supposed to; get foreign countries to buy American products.  NAFTA has been the detriment to American trade that every one of its opponents said it would be over 20 years ago, when then-President Bill Clinton shoved it down our throats.  President Clinton refused to listen to any criticism about what a detriment to the economy, NAFTA would be.  Now, President Obama is making the same mistake by trying to shove the TPP down our throats.

Senator Grayson also tells about how the TPP will only make things worse because it will put American workers who make a decent wage into direct competition with workers in Southeast Asia, who make as little as $.30 per hour. Senator Grayson also points out that these countries that we will be competing with have no protections for workers, such as, health standards, safety standards, environmental protection standards.  He also points out that many of these competing countries also have no standards against child labor or even some types of slavery.

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Ignoring The Probable Truth about 9/11 And The WTC 

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When the tragic bombing happened at the World Trade Center (WTC), on September 11th 2001 (a.k.a. 9/11), I was as stunned as everyone else.  At first, I believed the “official” accounts of what happened just like most people in this country.

Then, after studying it further, I started doubting the “official” accounts about the WTC.  At first I thought what I was studying about the WTC was just more conspiracy “theorists” coming up with convoluted stories about what really happened on 9/11. But, the more I thought about it from a practical point of view, the official accounts of what happened at the Twin Towers started making very little sense.

Some of my doubts came further when I just started using my head.  One major question, I personally thought about was, why would any building collapse straight down if it was struck on one side.  Logic would tell me that it would collapse to whatever side it was struck on.  Why would it fall straight down, collapsing or imploding into itself in an almost telescopic effect?  As far as I’m concerned, it wouldn’t!

If one tower of the WTC had just collapsed, maybe the official accounts of what happened might be a little plausible, but two towers?  I highly doubt it!  Anyone who has ever watched the TV news reports, which played on and on as though they were on a continuous loop, will see that both towers collapsed straight down at a consistent speed.  How probable is that?  It’s not!

Then, after seeing filmed accounts of the explosions in Building 7 of the WTC, I was convinced that this so-called official accounts of 9/11 was total bullshit.  It was very apparent to me, especially after watching the documentary film, “Zeitgeist” that someone was lying to us about this tragedy.

Some people dismiss these theories about what happened to the WTC on 9/11, because they asked the question, “who would do such a thing?”  Even though I believe that the actual attacks were carried out by terrorists, I don’t believe this attack was necessarily planned by them.  I believe it was a much deeper, more sinister motive that just a few rather Muslims on a jihad.  I also think that this entire incident was planned by someone high up in the US government, probably with the involvement of both the CIA and NSA.

One highly possible theory that has been used is the idea that the attack on the WTC was a “false flag” attack, which is basically when a country attacks another under a false flag in an attempt to cause the populace of that country to divert their attention towards another country, and make that country appear as the “enemy”.  In this case, it was done to make Americans angry at people from the Middle East.  What motive could there possibly be for trying to do this?  To me, the answer is simple, petroleum.

This villainizing of Middle Eastern people began years ago, with the help of Hollywood, when they started portraying Middle Easterners as terrorists movies.  I noticed this started happening after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.  Before that, terrorists or other people that wanted to do harm to the United States, were portrayed as being Russian.  Back then, Americans were indoctrinated into believing that the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc were our enemies.

After the Soviet Union collapsed, the powers that be thought the American people needed another “replacement” enemy, or someone else to distrust.  This happened because, for some strange reason, we Americans have been raised to always think that we have to have an enemy.  We always seem to need someone to blame for our problems, instead of accepting the blame for problems we create.  That is why it is so easy for most Americans to believe that the WTC was destroyed by someone else.

The target of our national paranoia is usually always some culture or people that we do not understand because most of us are raised in ignorance and distrust.  Unfortunately, this national paranoia won’t go away for a long time because it took a long time for our educational system (a.k.a. brainwashing) to put it there.  Who better to target than someone, in this case people from the Middle East, who have something we both want and need, like petroleum.

Some people totally dismiss this theory because they refuse to believe that their own government would sacrifice over 4000 of its own citizens to achieve some type of political goal.  For some strange reason, they refuse to believe that the US government is capable of doing such a thing. Bullshit!  It won’t be the first time Uncle Sam has sacrificed his own people.  After all, what is war?

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Opposition to the TPP Growing Among Progressives in the Democratic Party

 

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Opposition to the TPP (transpacific partnership) seems to be mounting among members of the Democratic Party, some of whom have been strong supporters of President Obama in the past.  However, the president still persists in his efforts to get this controversial trade bill “fast-tracked” through Congress, despite the fact that most members of the Democratic Party, and every labor union in the country are opposed to the TPP.

The primary reason that most people, including myself, are opposed to the TPP is because of the secrecy behind it.  Since the TPP is being negotiated by corporate leaders behind closed doors raises a red flag to most people who are opposed to it.  Despite this fact, President Obama persists in his claim that the TPP is not “top-secret”, I don’t know what else you would call a proposal that even members of Congress haven’t been allowed to see, let alone read anything other than top-secret.

Now the president has the unmitigated gall to attack Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying that she has been “dishonest” and her claims about the TPP, and what it will do to this country.  He is obviously quite angry at true progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Senator Bernie Sanders for telling the truth about the TPP; something which he is unwilling to do. I saw the piece on the news where the president was very angry at Elizabeth Warren and other opponents of the TPP, and I couldn’t help but think that his anger was both uncalled for and badly misplaced. Where was President Obama’s anger when the Republican Party, especially the Tea Party, was attacking both him and his policies over the past 7 years?  Where was the anger when Donald Trump and the birthers when they were attacking his heritage?

If anyone has been dishonest, it’s President Obama.  After all, he is the one who is pushing to “fast-track” the TPP through Congress.  If he was more forthcoming about what’s in the TPP, and release the full text of this controversial proposal, much of this opposition might go away, unless the TPP is as bad as they say it is.  Personally, I believe what they say about The Transpacific Partnership.  I believe the TPP will be devastating to the US economy and that it will cause a huge loss of American jobs.  When opponents of the TPP say that American workers cannot compete against Asian workers, who make a fraction of what American workers make, I believe it because it makes perfect sense.

President Obama seems to be banking on people just blindly trusting him, which, in my opinion is very naïve.  Even though many people in this country have trusted in President Obama until now, his asking them to support a trade bill that has been negotiated behind closed doors by corporate leaders, is asking way too much of us.

The only thing that will satisfy opponents of the TPP is he was to just come out and let the people see what is in the TPP.  If it’s something that would be good for the country, as President Obama, and other supporters of it, mostly members of the Republican Party, say it is, we have a right to know.  By his lack of candor about the TPP, President Obama is causing people who once had faith in him to do the right thing, to lose their faith, which is too bad.

Until President Obama allows members of Congress and the people see what the TPP is really all about, I will not support his position on the TPP. This country has a history of negotiating bad trade bills that usually only benefit Wall Street and the country’s wealthy elite, such as NAFTA, which caused a great loss of American jobs to workers overseas.  This happened despite the fact that then-President Bill Clinton who was pushing for it, making what proved to be false claims that it would be beneficial.  It turned out that opponents of NAFTA were correct in their claims about how harmful it would be to American workers.

I learned a long time ago that the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, is very true.  If President Obama expects us to support that TPP, then he needs to clear up some of the smoke (and mirrors) and prove to us that there is no fire.

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Senator Bernie Sanders: Still Fighting Against The TPP

 

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks out against the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).  Senator Sanders also criticizes the mainstream media for not giving this vital story more coverage.  In this, Senator Sanders makes a very good point.  There really hasn’t been very much coverage on the mainstream media about the TPP.  The primary exception would be The Ed Show on MSNBC, where Senator Bernie Sanders has been a frequent guest.  Whenever he is on, the TPP is his main subject of criticism.

Senator Sanders compares the TPP to NAFTA because he rightfully points out that the TPP will cause an even bigger job loss to foreign nations that NAFTA did.  He cites the fact that American workers will be pitted against workers in Asia who only make about $.56 per hour.  If you were a corporatist (a.k.a. Corporation owner) what would you do, especially if you had a board of directors that you are accountable to as well as stockholders who invest in your Corporation?  The obvious answer is, you move your operations overseas to take advantage of the cheaper Asian labor.  That’s the primary reason why the TPP is a horrible idea.

One thing that gets me about the TPP is a fact that it is being negotiated in secret.  Even members of the U.S. Senate, like Senator Bernie Sanders, and members of the US House of Representatives are not being allowed to see the entire text of the document known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  Despite this, they are being expected to vote YAY or NAY on this controversial bill comes before them.  How can we trust a piece of legislation that is voted on under this type of shady dealings?

Another thing that really gets me about the TPP is the fact that President Obama seems entirely complicit in not only the TPP secret negotiations, but the currently ongoing efforts by certain members of Congress to fast-track this legislation and shove it down the throats of the U.S. Congress.  Fast-tracking a piece of legislation is a process where no committee hearings are allowed before a bill goes directly to the floor part was to be voted on.  Legislators will only be allowed a few hours to read what little documentation about the TPP that they are allowed to see.  What a travesty!