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Subj: Re: Trump's brand of populism has been co-opted by the Swamp
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 at 08:44:27 am EST (Viewed 246 times)
Reply Subj: Trump's brand of populism has been co-opted by the Swamp
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 at 01:38:58 pm EST (Viewed 242 times)

    The GOP made a Faustian bargain with Trump. They will look the other way with regard to his abhorrent behavior and daily antics -- as long as he signs their bills, and enacts their agenda -- which is ultimately the agenda of the so-called 'Swamp' (aka Establishment Corporate Interests). This was foretold in 2012:

I suppose, but I would say that it is the Tea Party too. They like to make a big stink that the two things are separate but they are not. They are just driven by different motivations to get to the same ends. I would not previously have cast Trump as a conservative but that is what he taps into.

And despite being sort of the brand of conservative that a crazy uncle at Thanksgiving might be. He is still among them. And wants the same general things in the end. The most important thing to him though is that he get credit.

    “We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff.” - Grover Norquist

I suppose, but I thing Norquist is also given more power than he deserves. Most Republicans were of the same general mind before he ever came into the picture.

    After a solid year of eating Trump's nonsense, the devil demanded his due on taxes. And thus, like the Tea Party before it, another populist movement has been swallowed whole and successfully absorbed. In trying to drain the swamp, the swamp has turned Trump into the ultimate Swamp Monster -- ushering in the biggest upward redistribution of wealth in American history.

Trump was always the ultimate swamp monster. He was a corrupt business man, he has a corrupt administration and so on. The conflicts of interest alone are staggering. He has put the fox in the hen house in pretty much every opportunity.

    This is why populism can be a dangerous thing. The devil is not in the details, but in who is the largest beneficiary of the populism. Or to put it more succinctly -- follow the money.

It is very dangerous. It can do great or horrible things. History has shown that before. More often than not bad things. It is just harnessing people being mad at something.

Nothing Trump ran on made sense really. And most of his promises were outright lies. Both at the time and going forward. Nothing will change his mind and he does not care about the truth of any given situation. He is the worst of the worst in nearly every respect.

We are not talking about a conservative president that is taking the thoughtful approach at applying conservative principles. Something that many of us would disagree with anyway, but a toddler throwing tantrums and doing what he wants because there is nobody to really stop him.

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