Federal Politicians Must Put Anger and Political Division Behind the Good of our Country

Harlan Ullman’s latest makes a lot of sense.

Last year was more Hobbesian than Panglossian, with the Trumpian swamp deteriorating into a more dangerous quagmire. The other side of this coin also needs to be examined. What can be done to make things better?

The first is to prevent an unnecessary arms race and military competition with Russia. The White House has declared it will exit from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty with Russia this year. Similarly, with Russian declarations about super weapons such as the Satan and now hypersonic missiles, the United States may find no option except to respond. The new START treaty that limits strategic nuclear weapons likewise may be in jeopardy.

The basis for the increased hostility between Moscow and the West did not begin with the Trump administration. When the Soviet Union collapsed three decades ago, the West collectively began expanding NATO with former Warsaw Pact states. The crucial question that the Clinton administration failed to answer was what to do about Russia? The NATO-Russia Council turned out not to be it.

Russia has always been paranoid about encirclement. And President Vladimir Putin grew increasingly distrustful of what he saw as America’s irresponsible foreign policies. Putin argued strenuously against George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, rightly fearing the Middle East would be cast into chaos — which it was. In 2008, at the Bucharest NATO heads of government summit, Bush assured Georgia and Ukraine ultimate NATO membership. Putin was livid.

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Russia set a trap for Georgia later that year. Georgia bit. Now South Ossetia is occupied by Russia and if NATO guidelines for membership are followed, Georgia with contested borders is not eligible. Similarly, in 2014, Russia seized Crimea and sent troops into the Donbas that still divides Ukraine. The West found this unacceptable and reacted by reinforcing defense and deterrence in NATO against further Russian encroachment.

The sensible approach is to put these huge differences aside for the moment in order to avoid a future and needless arms race. Whether or not Putin has leverage over President Donald Trump, reducing tensions is vital to both East and West. Global economies are not strong and sanctions are indeed hurting Russia. Spending more on mass destruction armaments makes little sense. Yet, will common sense permit some reconciliation?

Second, a trade war with China will be disastrous. Averting a trade war must be a high priority. Perhaps another summit between Trump and Xi Jingping can break the logjam. As bad as stock market performance was in the United States, it was far worse last year in China. And debt and deficits cast long shadows on the economic health of both giants. But can or will the two sides see a way out? We must try.

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Third, politics in Washington are about to become even more bitter, divided and partisan. The border wall with Mexico is really a symptom of the huge divide between both parties. For the moment, bridging this seemingly impenetrable political wall appears impossible. The 2020 presidential campaign, already underway, will further harden the wall between Republicans and Democrats.

One area on which both parties agree is the need for a massive infrastructure program to restore and in many cases rebuild a decaying and broken system of roads, ports, power grids, airports, education facilities, waterworks and bridges. The issue is funding. The opportunity to use repatriation of corporate money kept abroad for tax reasons has been missed.

But some form of bonds, infrastructure bank and even more debt must be examined. Clearly with soaring deficits, financial hawks will be opposed. However, despite the claims of the White House, the economy is not as robust as presented. Without further growth, closing the debt and deficit gaps accelerated by the tax cuts will be impossible.

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Action requires compromise and civility as starters. Democrats will exert power through control of the House of Representatives. The talk of impeachment and conviction will never be silenced, regardless of what the special counsel finds. Politics have simply become too divisive absent a simple solution — leadership.

But who will lead? Trump and his base believe the president is leading and the other 65 to 70 percent of the country is wrong. Hatred of the president is not too strong a description on the part of many Americans. Interestingly, the balance can only rest in what could be called “responsible” Republicans and Democrats.

Republican senators have been cowed by this president. Democrats have been bonded by revulsion against Trump. Unless or until these elected officials recognize a higher duty to the Constitution than to party or to disdain for the president, breakthroughs will be unreachable. This is THE issue for 2019.

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Harlan Ullman is UPI’s Arnaud de Borchgrave Distinguished Columnist. His latest book is “Anatomy of Failure: Why America Has Lost Every War It Starts.” Follow him @harlankullman.


Comments:
  1. On January 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm,
    GH says:

    I disagree.

    Now IS a time for anger and division.

    If Americans who value the constitution and our traditional values and way of life aren’t spitting mad, then they don’t understand what is going on.

    Ullman is a Globalist. Globalists operate by subversion, stealth, and boiling the frog slowly. So sure, everyone backing down and playing nice like we have for decades past works just fine for his ilk.

    Wormtounge:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3w6c7RUbUs

    • On January 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm,
      GH says:

      If I’m wrong, maybe he can explain his involvement with the Atlantic Council and what he stands for in clear, succint language.

      Otherwise, this is the treatment America ought to give his class of people, imo:

      Grima flees from Edoras

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qIb3kuha4k

      • On January 10, 2019 at 7:58 am,
        Big Al says:

        I will forward this question to him. Hopefully he will address it, The woman who spoke about her near death experience replied to me when I asked her if she would address some of all of your comments and her reply was “Tell them to buy and read my books”. Surprise, surprise!

        • On January 10, 2019 at 9:40 am,
          GH says:

          Go for it, I guess.

          But he’s made his views very clear. He’s an internationalist/Globalist.

          So, for that matter, are you. But you’re incoherent about it, wanting to have your cake and eat it too–i.e. avoid the implications of what it is that you support.

    • On January 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm,
      Matthew says:

      Re: Now IS a time for anger and division.

      Yes it is.

      Don’t Grant Ocasio-Cortez the Moral High Ground | The Forest for the Trees in the 60 Min. Interview
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3yJj7S5gII

      AOC: Of the brain-dead, by the brain-dead, for the brain-dead.

      • On January 10, 2019 at 8:06 am,
        Big Al says:

        Morning Matthew,

        I have little, if any time for Ocasio-Cortez.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 10:05 am,
          Excelsior says:

          That’s what everyone says, and then they proceed to cover everything she utters or her dancing and, in effect, are giving her more time. Hilarious contradiction, eh?

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:26 am,
            Matthew says:

            If anyone deserves a thorough trashing, it is AOC. Her supporters are one horrifyingly stupid bunch.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:32 am,
            Excelsior says:

            I agree, but it’s just a pity that we have to say so in the first place.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:34 am,
            Excelsior says:

            One of the best ways to deal with morons like AOC is not to give them any time or coverage.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:53 am,
            Matthew says:

            I disagree. To be silent now is to further legitimize her in the minds of the sh!t-for-brains voters who elected her.
            Socialism is an aggressive cancer that must be treated aggressively.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:05 am,
            Excelsior says:

            I’m not sure pointing out how ridiculous she is will save her voters brains.

            I agree that socialism is a cancer, but opt for giving the political body a highly alkaline and healthy diet of good food to eliminate the source of the tumor over cutting it out with the scalpel only to grow back a new tumor in a few years time.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:13 am,
            Matthew says:

            No it won’t “save her voters brains” but stupid people are particularly swayed by peer pressure so it does no good at all to allow them to feel like their position is ok, when, in fact, it is morally criminal.
            The “cancer” has become so large because most of the right is just as stupid as the left. Tolerance is not always a virtue!

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:22 am,
            Excelsior says:

            When eluding to giving the political body a highly alkaline and healthy diet of good food to eliminate the source of the tumor, it wasn’t tolerance, it was taking a different track and giving people different food for thought.

            Presenting a compelling case for a better direction and a healthier change in thought and behavior gets more done then telling someone they’re current worldview is wrong.

            Different strokes for different folks. One’s the carrot and one’s the stick. They both work.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:22 am,
            Excelsior says:

            they’re = their

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:42 am,
            Matthew says:

            Who said I was against informing them? My point is that they need to be treated as they deserve to be — with disdain. Tyrants should be scorned more than reasoned with.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:44 am,
            Matthew says:

            It’s alluding, btw (I’d want to know so I figure you would))

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:47 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Thanks yes I was so busy eluding the tyrants, that I forgot what I was alluding to… 🙂

    • On January 10, 2019 at 7:55 am,
      Big Al says:

      Pretty interesting GH

      In a sense, “Now is a time for anger and division.” I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH MORE WITHOUT ANGER. With the anger and division caused by the Democrats, I personally feel that we can beat them by our actions.

      • On January 10, 2019 at 9:42 am,
        GH says:

        As far as I can tell, you and I aren’t on the same team, Al!

      • On January 10, 2019 at 9:43 am,
        Excelsior says:

        Big Al – blaming the division all the Democrats instead of realizing it stems from both sides of the isle and the 2-headed snake is placing blame on the “out-group” and supposes that your “in-group” is without blame.

        I hate to break it to you big guy, but that is the source of division.

        Remember Opposites never fight, only Opposames.

        If one person or group or country wants to fight, or be divisive, then their opposite would be passive, not want to fight, and focus in unity.

        Only an opposame would want to fight back and declare the other side divisive.

        Mull that one over a bit longer before you place the blame on one side of the political isle.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 9:51 am,
          GH says:

          Well said, Excelsior.

          I don’t know how many countless times and way it has been shown right here at KER that the vast majority of what passes for the ‘public dialogue’ is nothing but bullshit from both the Left and the Right.

          And that, in fact, that realization is KEY to getting out of our current jam.

          Starting to understand how this guy feels:

          http://www.stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/sisyphus-yellow-500×445.jpg

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:07 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Bingo. The way out is through, not placing blame on one side or the other.

            “nothing but bullshit from both the Left and the Right.” is right.

            Cheers!

        • On January 10, 2019 at 10:29 am,
          GH says:
          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:40 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Haha! Freaky….

            Here’s a synopsis of Opposames:

            “Opposames” These are things that are conventionally thought of as opposites when they are really identicalities in a different guise. He gives the example of fascism and communism. Both are highly authoritarian and dogmatic, both involve centralized state control and human uniformity. Yet these two are thought of as opposite ends of a spectrum; one is left-wing, one is right-wing. Establishment science and organized religion are another example he discusses. ”

            http://hpanwo.blogspot.com/2008/01/opposames.html

  2. On January 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm,
    Bonzo Barzini says:

    The anger is coming from the left, as usual.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:07 am,
      Big Al says:

      Bonzo,

      I happen to completely agree with you on this one!

      • On January 10, 2019 at 9:44 am,
        Excelsior says:

        (see prior comment above).

        Blaming it all on one side is the source of division and never ends in unity.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 9:46 am,
          Excelsior says:

          By the way, Big Al, it’s the same point I was trying to make to you on the weekend show, that when you take an extreme position on one political side or an extreme religious position, it was creates polarizing division, and immediately alienates half your potential audience.

          This is THE REASON so many people that like the economic work that Cory does on this site, and that you used to do on this site, don’t want to post or contribute, because this has become and extreme alt-right website.

          If that is your goal then mission accomplished.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:10 am,
            Excelsior says:

            However if that is your intent, then it is silly for you to say things like:

            “With the anger and division caused by the Democrats, I personally feel that we can beat them by our actions.” — Big Al

            Beating “them” is the (outgroup) and “I personally feel that we” (ingroup) is where division comes from.

            How can you not see this?

  3. On January 9, 2019 at 2:31 pm,
    irishtony says:

    GOOD GRIEF>>BIG AL>>I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU ALLOWED THIS FRAUD ULLMAN BACK ON YOUR SHOW. Now i AM SURE you only do it to WIND US UP.

    • On January 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm,
      Dick Tracy says:

      Irish, Al is trying to wind you down not up! LOL! DT

      • On January 9, 2019 at 2:45 pm,
        irishtony says:

        DT…Of all the people he could give air time to…WHY ? this twat…

        • On January 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm,
          Dick Tracy says:

          Irish, I hear you and I couldn’t agree more, but deep down you know Big Al agree’s with Mr. Ullman. That is as plain as day to me. DT

          • On January 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm,
            Temple says:

            The Weekly Standard is being reincarnated here…very sad.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 8:08 am,
          Big Al says:

          Because if you listen to his comments with an open mind some make a lot of sense.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:55 am,
            GH says:

            Al, consider the no-brainer fact that no successful fraudster in history has achieved success without saying a lot that makes sense.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:08 am,
      Big Al says:

      He is far from a fraud, Sir Irish Duke of Guinness.

  4. On January 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm,
    Dick Tracy says:

    “Anatomy of Failure”, Why America has lost every war it starts, Well Mr. Ullman, maybe America should learn from it’s mistakes and stop starting wars. In fact America should go back to the Calvin Coolidge years when they were a successful nation. That would be to collect the money due it, and otherwise let well enough alone. I wonder if Mr. Ullman has heard of The Kellogg-Briand Treaty. DT

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:10 am,
      Big Al says:

      I know, for a fact, that regarding starting wars, Harlan agree with you.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 10:11 am,
      Excelsior says:

      Great point DT!

  5. On January 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm,
    irishtony says:

    DT…As i said in in the past to ullmans book title….Because America started them.
    BTW..You can not expect a clown like ullman to have read the Kellogg -Briand Treaty.
    Why does he never respond to the comments after he posts crap ?…COWARD.

  6. On January 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm,
    CFS says:

    One can currently distinguish a politicized idiot from a truth-seeker by an invocation to Russia as an enemy.
    Get into the twenty-first century, please.
    China is the dangerous potential enemy of the current and the future.
    Russia collapsed once under the destructivity of Marxist Communism; it will take a while yet before it recovers fully.
    China is the primary concern on which the U.S. must focus.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:11 am,
      Big Al says:

      I will discuss this with him and others. I happen to agree with you.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 10:14 am,
      Excelsior says:

      Correct – It is only the followers of Zbigniew Brzezinski that see the Russians as enemies.

      Carter, Clinton and Obama ran with that narrative, and look how successful they were in convincing half the country that there is still a Red Scare….. Ridiculous.

  7. On January 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm,
    irishtony says:

    CFS…China is the primary concern on which the US must focus……”.BULLSHIT”
    The greatist threat to the US today is the shadow , deep state , Government.
    A clever guy like you should know that.

  8. On January 9, 2019 at 3:53 pm,
    Chartster says:

    Harlan is probably a SES (senior executive service) employee. And if he is? I wouldn’t wanna be him (as the hammer is about to DRop!

  9. On January 9, 2019 at 3:53 pm,
    snowbird says:

    The Lord has revealed more secrets. Now I have to prove it. Today was truly a miracle.

  10. On January 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm,
    snowbird says:

    All I’m going to say is that it is related to 9/11. I am in the process of contacting someone.If I’m right Irish this is going to blow your socks off. I have to have proof. I will verify and keep you posted. My first thought was to write a book,it this turns out to be true I will still write the book.

    • On January 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm,
      irishtony says:

      snowbird….Are you talking about Dark Overlord , drops ?

  11. On January 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm,
    snowbird says:

    The beauty is that if I have it so does some one else. I am never the first one.

    • On January 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm,
      snowbird says:

      Irish , you helped me get there.

      • On January 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm,
        irishtony says:

        HOW.?

        • On January 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm,
          Excelsior says:

          Because if they faked the moon landing and faked 9/11 then it’s because NASA, with a history of being infilitrated by Nazi’s during Operation Paperclip, were tapped by the Zionists to hire the Saudis to fly the hollow moon into building 7 on the Flat Earth.

          There is no more moon now, but simply a gigantic hologram. It turns out the moon is made of cheese and melted during impact.

          https://i.imgflip.com/1pgkjv.jpg

          • On January 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            …and all this time people thought Building 7 was pulled through controlled demolition and had absolutely no reason to fall in sympathy with the twin towers……

            Now you know.

            It was Zion-controlled Saudi/NASA Moon Cheese.

          • On January 9, 2019 at 10:05 pm,
            b says:

            You had me up to the cheese.

          • On January 9, 2019 at 10:26 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            😮

          • On January 10, 2019 at 8:26 am,
            Big Al says:

            Faked 9/11? Common Excelsior, that is crazy!

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:12 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Big Al – My comment was tongue in cheek and half in jest.

            Did you not see the moon was made of cheese comment. 😉

            People need to lighten up a bit.

            Big Al, I for one don’t believe the official narrative of 9/11 at all, or you comment below:

            “that it was simply a group of crazy radicals Muslims who don’t even understand their “religion”.”

            That is the official nonsense version, but doesn’t address who funded and orchestrated the attack, who collapsed the buildings (because it sure as hell wasn’t the planes), why building 7 fell, who shot the pentagon with a missle (not a plane), and doesn’t explain why our government shot down Flight 93.

            If you spend countless hours of your life researching this dark cesspool the general takeaway was most likely the Zionists (who were dancing as it happened and reported to police, who were driving around in vans and also tried to take out other targets like the George Washington bridge, and who’s buildings owners profited throught the insurance claims).

            These architects of the plan were clearly not Muslim, were working with some people in our government (who had proposed this exact same idea of flying planes into buildings to warrant going to war with Cuba & Russia during the Bay of Pigs timeline). In addition it was the US partners in the Middle East – the Saudis that did some of the grunt level work. Clearly, it had absolutely nothing to do with Afghanistan or Iraq, and the whole thing was nothing more than the catalyst to declare war on those countries.

            Anyone that has done any serious research into those events can piece together that much, but then the conspiracy theories branch out from there…. and get more and more dubious and less and less cohesive.

            The truth for the “truthers” is that we’ll never know the full truth. That is why it is ridiculous to spend any more time beating the dead and bloody horse carcass of 9/11 any further.

            All that we have now are fingers pointing a million directions, just like with JFK or the Moon Landing that one poster here loves to drone on and on about. They’ve been covered and covered and recovered and debunked, and then the debunking has been debunked, and what we are left with is an unsolvable puzzle and people with many theories, opinions and strong feelings. It’s a black hole that sucks people in and rarely let’s them escape the event horizon.

            To spend hours and hours and hours any longer endlessly debating it is merely a gross waste of time energy and resources, and won’t bring the dead Americans back or solve the riddle. To have certain posters shouting from the hilltops about it every day like a lunatic with a sandwich board is a bloated joke and why I decided to make a joke in return.

            Cheers!

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:20 am,
            Excelsior says:

            The only thing that matters moving forward was that it was a gross injustice, was used as justification for the Bushes & Tony Blair to go commit war crimes in the Middle East attacking the very operatives our CIA created (Bin Laden & Hussein), and killed innocent people on both sides of the fight including our troops. It’s sad, but its also part of the dustbin of history.

            However, those building owners that cashed in on the calamity are the same Zionists still pulling Trump strings, and those that think his election win was a fluke or he operating on his own free of the Deep State have had the wool pulled over their eyes.

            Here is a photo of Trumps Inauguration from above showing the Zionist power brokers in attendance as their boy took the reigns of the most powerful position on the planet:

            http://cdn.ceo.ca/1e3evkn-Trump%20Donors%20Inauguration%20Photo.jpg

          • On January 11, 2019 at 5:14 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Look up SERCO……….a group of companies……..and tie the pieces together.

          • On January 11, 2019 at 5:15 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            The RED LINE…..from 1859……….was some great info……..

          • On January 11, 2019 at 7:24 am,
            Excelsior says:

            And don’t forget The Carlyle Group after the dust settled to keep the war machine going for the Bushes and their MIC cronies.

          • On January 11, 2019 at 8:00 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            ditto……..Dan Potato Quail…. undercover as well……..

          • On January 11, 2019 at 8:04 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Dick THe Lugar..(R senator)…was a Rhodes Scholar , Great Representation from Indiana,(suckered everyone) …
            but, he did indeed like Unigov…..

          • On January 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm,
            Excelsior says:
  12. On January 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm,
    CFS says:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage
    From courage to liberty
    From liberty to abundance
    From abundance to selfishness
    From selfishness to complacency
    From complacency to apathy
    From apathy to dependence
    From dependence back into bondage.”

    Alexander Tytler.

    Is not that the current problem…..
    We have reached or are reaching a point where Democrats are ensuring permanent power (at the expense of the US citizens) by demanding ever-increasing numbers of immigrants from poor countries, likely to need a government handout and thus likely to vote Democrat.

    That is simply why there NEVER will be agreement on building a wall.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:27 am,
      Big Al says:

      A logical comment, Professor.

  13. On January 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm,
    snowbird says:

    NASA

  14. On January 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm,
    Dick Tracy says:

    Trump must also fight the deep state when it closes automobile plants in The US and Canada and ships the jobs to Mexico and Asia. They pay workers $2 an hour in Mexico and pay The CEO’s in one hour what these workers are paid in one year. All of that money that is taken out of The US and Canada can no longer pay for roads, healthcare, and education. Then they allow the illegal immigrants into our countries and give them all these free social programs. On top of this they print money to pay for these freebies. Guess what, the border wall is a solution and so is a trade wall, unfortunately it is too little to late. DT

    • On January 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm,
      Dick Tracy says:

      Of course I forgot to mention that many of these corporations like General Motors received bail outs from The Canadian and American governments several years ago, and now they are sticking it to the citizenry once again. The consumer hasn’t learned that we are viewed as rodents, let them eat cheese but they must pay for it themselves. DT

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:28 am,
      Big Al says:

      Just you wait and see, Mr. Tracy. It is not too late.

  15. On January 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm,
    irishtony says:
    • On January 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm,
      CFS says:

      I thought Zerohedge was better than that…..obviously FAKE NEWS.

      Those Democrat leaders NEVER intended to support a wall. They always LIED as part of a bargaining protocol.
      I support your idea of a wall, if you first just support this bit of our legislation was always part of Democrat duplicity. Lying SCUM politicians; that’s all.

      • On January 9, 2019 at 8:27 pm,
        Excelsior says:

        Zerohedge often has fake news. Always has. They break good stories too, but it’s definitely a “reader beware’ source of other dubious sources.

        In this case these 5 clips have been running nonstop on many conservative outlets and I heard them on the Michael Berry show last night and the Rush radio show today.

        Perhaps these politicians all have amnesia of these stances they took now, as the larger public sure has forgotten that at one point border security was en vogue.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 8:34 am,
          Big Al says:

          I do not know Michael Berry. Do you consider him to be credible.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 8:51 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Big Al – Michael Berry is one of the largest syndicated voices in conservative radio.

            My point was that while Zerohedge is dubious, the establishment conservative radio shows were all running with same audio clips of Obama, Hillary, Schumer, Peolsi, etc… discussing boarder security as a priority just a few years back.

            Rush Limbaugh is the largest as far as reach.
            Sean Hannity is 2nd.
            Glenn Beck is 3rd
            Mark Levine is 4th.
            Michael Berry is usually 5th or 6th.

            http://www.michaelberry.com/

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:29 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Michael is also quite funny and entertainer as well as political commentator, but like all radio hosts, he is an acquired taste.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:30 am,
      Big Al says:

      It’s all about “get the votes” and forget reality,Sir Irish Duke of Guinness

  16. On January 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm,
    CFS says:

    The Gilets Jaune have the right idea…..

    They are planning on Mass withdrawals of cash from French banks, starting in a few days.
    A big enough Bank Run CAN bring down a country. (and the yellow vests are about 10% of French population.)

    • On January 10, 2019 at 8:34 am,
      Big Al says:

      Let’s see if that happens.

      • On January 10, 2019 at 9:24 am,
        CFS says:

        It will be more a show of power, rather than bringing down the government, in my opinion.
        Banks will simply stop handing over cash on some excuse or other.
        Besides, I’m not sure “the masses” actually have enough financial banked assets to bring down the system.
        The best French mechanism historically has always been a general strike.
        The fact that no general strike is yet called implies to me that the yellow vests are not yet strong enough.
        Because of media control by the government, I’m not sure dissent will ever be strong enough.
        I wait and see.

  17. On January 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm,
    buzz says:

    Chuck Schummer makes a faggot look macho. Build the wall wi other peoples $$$

  18. On January 10, 2019 at 5:21 am,
    snowbird says:

    The difficulty with this building collapse investigation of the 9/11 truth movement, is that it comes again and again up against the brick wall of political refusal. The real issue is not whether the buildings collapsed due to fire, which they obviously didn’t, but the corruption and myth-making of the whole political establishment in the USA to assume the right to mislead the public about any aspect of politics. The real investigation should be into the nature of the massive fraud and misinformation that the American political establishment feels is its right to subvert democracy with. For as long as lobbying exists, that massive banking institutions can buy or coerce politicians, that foreign agents who wish to pervert American politics for their own ends can freely do whatever they wish (see Chris Bollyns excellent and courageous efforts), there will never be an investigation into anything. Democracy simply doesn’t work when there is no free press (when the perpetrators of 9/11 can write whatever they like), and when they can buy and bribe their way into politics, the legal system, and information production. The people who committed 9/11 ARE in control of the information Americans read, and can supply all the cash from a totally corrupt monetary system they need to keep it that way. A vast ideological perversion that is much older than 9/11 is at work here in America, and until some courageous politicians and journalists break out and risk their lives to expose the lie, nothing, I repeat nothing will ever be done to resolve the issues of 9/11. It is incredible to me that ALL the evidence against these people can exist in broad daylight, is way enough for a comprehensive legal investigation, but no will exists, and nothing happens. A criminal will not willingly submit himself to investigation, and if he controls the legal system, then all calls for his services to investigate his crimes will be refused.
    The perversion of politics by outside agents is the real problem the truth movement should be addressing, not the technical details of 9/11 itself.
    How can it be that 2 trillion dollars can be spent on wars (bankrupting the country) and no one writes about this national scandal? Answer: The people who own and police the press wish to keep it that way, until they get what they want.
    The American government and foreign policy should be made from and for Americans, not Jewish agents acting for a foreign power.
    I personally believe that if America removed the Jewish element (Judaism and Zionism are in my view inseparable, but expose that is a long story in itself) from its government, and stopped today supporting Israel, the whole problem of 9/11 would be quickly resolved. Americans could write about what they liked, and would no longer have to kill and die in countries in which they have no interest.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 7:23 am,
      CFS says:

      Why do you blame Judaism/Zionism?
      How does blaming Israel/Judaism explain the Clinton Body count?

      (I am not saying there was not foreknowledge by Israel, but merely for a correct explanation, all aspects have to be explained and hang together.)

      Where is the connection between Silverstein and the Israeli Government or the US Government (as opposed to individuals in either government)?

      • On January 10, 2019 at 7:39 am,
        CFS says:

        In explaining what caused 9/11, I believe one always must follow the motive. Cui Bono.
        Why were the precise buildings destroyed? Why building 7?
        Why that specific area of the Pentagon?
        How does this point to Israel, and not individuals in the US MIC?

        (I have no connection with Israel, am not Jewish or Christian. I do want all known facts, however, to fit into the puzzle and explanation thereof Because, even allowing for red herrings, an incomplete explanation is a clue to it not being the full,correct explanation.)

        • On January 10, 2019 at 7:57 am,
          GH says:

          Oh, CFS.

          I could write a long reply to your post.

          But frankly, you have shown yourself not even to be worth engaging on this topic.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 8:38 am,
            Big Al says:

            I have talked with a number of “experts” in this field and read a number of books on the subject and I came to the simple conclusion that it was simply a group of crazy radicals Muslims who don’t even understand their “religion”.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:23 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Big Al – Then you clearly didn’t speak to any “experts” as that explanation is complete horse dung.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:25 am,
            Excelsior says:

            I’m sure those same experts would state that the reason for the Benghazi attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Libya were because a few Muslims objected to a cartoon. Come on Big Al, you know better than to accept that nonsense.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:32 am,
            GH says:

            Al, you demonstrate your cluelessness in the most disarmingly charming way.

            But, like CFS, I won’t try to engage you on that topic. You have had all the information explained to you many times, but it just doesn’t take. In my reality you’re a horse who has been led to water to no avail…

        • On January 10, 2019 at 8:03 am,
          GH says:

          If you were worth engaging, you’d try some theories out yourself. It’s not like you don’t have the intelligence for it.

          But you’ve either got some sort of strange firewall in your brain or you are dishonest, I really can’t say which, as manifested by the fact that you don’t make such an effort, but rather only try to poke holes, deflect focus, blunt clear points with quibbles, etc.

      • On January 10, 2019 at 8:36 am,
        Big Al says:

        Good points, CFS

      • On January 10, 2019 at 9:07 am,
        snowbird says:

        The beauty of a conspiracy theory is you only have to disprove one fact and the whole story falls apart. I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I’m not doing this for money.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 9:28 am,
          CFS says:

          Being able to demonstrate that the “official story” is obviously wrong, is a very long way from getting the whole truth.

          That facts are still hidden has been true and obvious for decades.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:51 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Bingo. That was the point I was making at the top of this blog.

            The truth for the “truthers” is that we’ll never know the full truth.

            That is why it is ridiculous to spend any more time beating the dead and bloody horse carcass of 9/11 any further.

            All that we have now are fingers pointing a million directions, just like with JFK or the Moon Landing that one poster here loves to drone on and on about. They’ve been covered and covered and recovered and debunked, and then the debunking has been debunked, and what we are left with is an unsolvable puzzle and people with many theories, opinions and strong feelings. It’s a black hole that sucks people in and rarely let’s them escape the event horizon.

            To spend hours and hours and hours any longer endlessly debating it is merely a gross waste of time energy and resources, and won’t bring the dead Americans back or solve the riddle.

            The only thing that matters moving forward was that it was a gross injustice, was used as justification for the Bushes & Tony Blair to go commit war crimes in the Middle East attacking the very operatives our CIA created (Bin Laden & Hussein), and killed innocent people on both sides of the fight including our troops. It’s sad, but its also part of the dustbin of history.

            Let it be history and let’s move forward and move on from this incredibly stale topic.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:04 am,
            GH says:

            I have to disagree with you here, Excelsior.

            I’m more than happy to keep the politics to the politics threads. But I do not agree that 9/11 has been beaten to death and merits no further commentary. It was a seminal event still driving events today, and it was a transparent lie of the greatest magnitude. And it was perpetrated by those who threaten all we hold dear.

            Yes, I do believe I can say I know that much, even if I can’t give them all a name.

            The point being that a real investigation certainly could put a name on many, if not all, of them.

            It’s not like that was a one-off event, and these same people are not and will not continue to harm us and our loved ones. The fight will continue, and 9/11 is a chink in their armor.

            Now a grand jury has been convened, which could be a major opportunity if we can get enough people to clean the wax out of their ears.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:17 am,
            GH says:

            Even if the grand jury comes to nought, as a betting man would have to wager, its value also lies in every single individual person it might wake up to the fact that our American Reality is a a huge mess of lies.

            Such people will pay more attention in the future and be less easily fooled. And that is worth a lot.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:21 am,
            Excelsior says:

            It’s fine to disagree GH, but the truth for the “truthers” is that we’ll never know the full truth.

            If people want to spend all their time trying to yank the skeletons out of the closet and keep rehashing the same event over and over (9/11, JFK assasignation, faked Moon Landing) where there is no way to get to the bottom, then best of luck to those individuals.

            To keep hitting the topic on economic blogs is just site pollution, but to hit the exact same topic on even the political threads over and over and over again, but never get a definitive answer, and to barf out most conjecture and the same opinions over and over again, is repetitive and stale.

            “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” — Albert Einstein

          • On January 10, 2019 at 10:45 am,
            GH says:

            I agree on not being repetitive and stale.

            Personally I consider it more worthwhile to bring up when there is a new development, such as this grand jury, or on its anniversary.

            One truth for this ‘truther’ is that a substantial portion of the American public has never yet even reviewed the topic themselves rather than getting it spoonfed from the mass media. That’s an unmined deposit.

            Every day there are new people just embarking on trying to figure out what’s going ‘really going on’, whether young and just coming to an age of maturity where they understand they’re being deceived but don’t know enough to make much sense of it, or old and experiencing an awakening because of some jarring contradiction in their reality.

            Dustbin of history. Most of history is not partiularly relevant or ‘need-to-know’ for our lives. But history is a river we live in, and our present is defined by a main current that runs through past centuries. Ignorance of it makes us like children, or sitting ducks. Personally, I’m grateful to those who do their best to identify and make sense of that main current that has shaped our reality, and do my part in that effort. So JFK, I didn’t look into that until 50 years after the fact. And I am very grateful to a handful of commentaries from people who got me on the right track to understanding it.

            The other extreme, to just focus on the passing parade of daily political events and commentaries appears to me to utterly ineffective, and thus pointless.

            Knowledge of history is key to well-being, including knowing what the unknowns are.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:00 am,
            Excelsior says:

            GH – I really liked that comment and good points.

            Awakening people is a noble cause, but covering the same point every day when there aren’t new developments, goes from awareness building to obsession, to a turn off.

            I agree that: “Most of history is not partiularly relevant or ‘need-to-know’ for our lives.”
            (but try telling that to a historian, Civil War re-enactment fanatic, or someone addicted to reading history books / documentaries and they will upchuck countless cherry-picked examples of how relevant it all is from Ancient Summeria to Greece to First Nations).

            I liked your point about it being: “more worthwhile to bring up when there is a new development” That makes total sense, but that would be a far cry from a daily megaphone rant that we see here. I used to do presentations on 9/11, shadow bankers, and government cover ups 2 decades ago and was still doing it a bit in the post-911 environment. I networked with a various assortment of insiders, secret society members, outside the box thinkers, truthers, etc…

            https://img.pr0gramm.com/2014/11/04/98e16b9bdb0306e1.jpg

            My conclusion at the end was pushing that envelop was simply giving it more energy, more importance, pissing off everyone around us, and the few people that woke up to the concept were not worth all the people it pushed away that were clinging to their ideas like the coyote on Looney Tunes clings to rocks.

            I choose to focus on what I want to attract now, rather than point back 2 decades in history at how bad it was. My belief and experience is that more good comes from focusing on what you’d rather experience

            The truth is that whatever one gives energy to, focuses on, and keeps in the front of their mind grows in importance to that individual.

            People can focus on the wrongs of the past or the vast potential greatness of the future but can’t hold both images at the same time. I choose to focus on unity over division, and on love over rage.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:20 am,
            GH says:

            Likewise, a great comment, and a worthwhile overall exchange, in my view.

            One slight difference–I think we can maintain, and refine, our view of the past, warts and all, as well as our most optimistic vision for the future. For myself, at least, I’m not sure I could do the latter without the former, as understanding leads to cognitive freedom, which gives courage to get off the mainstream moving sidewalk and follow one’s own vision. As well as the competence to do so without crashing and burning.

            But yes, I think we fully agree that a positive present that leads to a viable and optimistic future is what makes everything worthwhile.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 11:24 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Very well said. Now, here’s to refining!

            Ever Upward!

  19. On January 10, 2019 at 5:36 am,
    snowbird says:

    The Book will be called “Three Geese Flying”

    • On January 10, 2019 at 9:55 am,
      Excelsior says:

      I thought it was “Six Geese A Laying”

      If you want to stick with 3 birds how about “Three French Hens” ?

      ______________________________________________________________________

      On the sixth day of Christmas
      my true love sent to me:
      6 Geese a Laying
      5 Golden Rings
      4 Calling Birds
      3 French Hens
      2 Turtle Doves
      and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

  20. On January 10, 2019 at 7:13 am,
    GH says:

    JK/SB,

    If I may summarize your longish post above, it comes down to waking people up–getting them to see the inconsistencies in the reality they are being fed, and understanding just how important it is that they not be fooled.

    You know I’m with you in your general orientation toward the facts.

    But if the goal is waking people, it’s probably best not to act like a dazed street-corner prophet with a megaphone in hand–which is the impression your series of posts on this thread give…

    FWIW.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 9:23 am,
      Excelsior says:

      +1000

  21. On January 10, 2019 at 7:18 am,
    snowbird says:

    GH. I didn’t write that missive, someone else did.I will write the book.
    The cover up is always bigger than the crime. I’m such a sucker.

    • On January 10, 2019 at 7:20 am,
      snowbird says:

      I have to be careful if I name names.

      • On January 10, 2019 at 7:54 am,
        GH says:

        It’s much more the whole series of cryptic, dramatic comments to which I am referring. Frankly, it just makes you sound crazy.

        I’m not trying to be insulting.

        Obviously I sometimes take the conversation to uncomfortable places–not something I do for the fun of it, as it can leave one feeling exposed or insecure.

        ———-

        Found a new Youtube channel very good for analyzing Propaganda, Black Pilled:

        How Boomers Were Taught to Hate (Themselves)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwFshwxECq0

        In the Lord of the Rings clip I posted at the top of the thread, Wormtongue can be people like Ullman, or it can be Propanda in general. The old king, Theoden, can be any of us who still give some credibility to the Mass Media and our politicians, but in my mind it is especially Baby Boomers.

        How often have I heard counsels of despair from Baby Boomers?! They seem not even to realize what they’re doing–telling themselves it’s the wisdom of their years to believe that ‘the powerful always control everything and that won’t change’; ‘now is just like every other time, so it doesn’t call for anything from me’. Or they act as if they’re clever, pretending we’re in some sort of viable process of political debate where anyone thrown up by the mass media deserves a considered hearing.

        I’ve often wondered what is wrong with so many Baby Boomers. How can they give up on the future, as if their children and grandchildren won’t be left in a desperate situation as a result? It’s not as if they didn’t get a clear wakeup all in their youth with Vietnam.

        My best guess, they were the generation most subjected to sophisticated modern propaganda until their views were firmly ossified, before the escape hatch of the internet came along to offer a way out of the house of mirrors.

        Anyway, Black Pilled is worth a view.

        • On January 10, 2019 at 8:50 am,
          snowbird says:

          GH: I’m waiting for my contact to figure out how to proceed. It’s not like I’ve done this kind of thing before. I know I sound crazy because it is crazy.
          Everybody here at the KE will be in the book.
          God put me here for a purpose. I thought I was just bored.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:29 am,
            GH says:

            I guess you’re excited about it.

            But 15 posts hinting at who knows what?

            Let me put it this way: if you want to be taken seriously, you ought to study up a bit on the art of persuasion, and act on what you learn. You need to pick up your game a few notches.

          • On January 10, 2019 at 9:38 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Well stated GH. Agreed.

          • On January 11, 2019 at 5:52 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Do not forget to mention all the persons which went incognito…….. 🙂

          • On January 11, 2019 at 7:26 am,
            Excelsior says:

            Yes don’t forget about Heavy Hitter, Crazy Mark, Birdbrain, and Franky.
            Crucial characters for the book with similar interests.

          • On January 11, 2019 at 8:06 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            I was thinking more,,,,,,THe Claw, FFM, The Boot,….. 🙂

          • On January 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            Oh well THe Claw, FFM, and The Boot were a class act. 😉

            Yes, they should always get a mention.

  22. On January 10, 2019 at 7:24 am,
    snowbird says:

    9/11 was pretty big.