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There is a Facebook post, circulating among Trump supporters that goes something like this: To all those who say… “I’d vote for anyone but TRUMP… I can’t stand him!! or I can’t believe you’re voting for Trump!” Well folks listen up! This is not a jr. high or high school popularity contest/personality election!! I’m not just voting for the person, I’m voting for the platform.” The post then goes on to recite a number of issues, and the real or imagined achievements of the Trump administration. I have read this post from Trump supporters in different parts of the country, so even though it reads like a personal post from one of your Facebook friends, I’m guessing it originated from the Trump campaign (or possibly the Russian government). If you take the post at its face, then it wouldn’t matter if Ronald McDonald or Darth Vader were on the Republican ticket, so long as you agreed with their platform. It ignores two fundamental presidential attributes: character and competence. …


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Throughout history, political parties have shifted and adapted to the will of popular presidents; but no president since FDR has had such a tight grip on his party as Trump. This may end soon, however, as the era of Trump may come to a dramatic end. At the present time there is no way of knowing the extent to which Coronavirus will effectively be contained, the total cost to the United States economy or to the United States taxpayer. …


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A few years ago, the U.N. voted for international recognition of the Palestinian Authority, over the objections of Israel and the United States. After the U.N. vote, Israel immediately announced the approval of 3000 new settlements East of Jerusalem, in defiance of International law and U.S. policy. Israel was furious that the Palestinian Authority would dare seek international recognition; but was even more upset by the newly created unity government between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The U.S. and Israel consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization. So, in June of 2014 when three Israeli teenagers were murdered in the West Bank, Prime Minister Netanyahu — knowing that they were dead — kept the information secret; lied to the public and insisted that they were kidnapped to justify a massive West Bank search… except that it was a phony search intended to punish the West Bank Arabs and dismantle the Palestinian Authority/Hamas Unity Agreement. It turned out that the two men responsible for the murders, though loosely connected to Hamas; were not acting on orders… they were just murderers. …


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Wherever there is a power vacuum, it doesn’t take long for thugs to move-in. In the months leading-up to the British withdrawal of Palestine, violence started breaking out. First it was the Arabs, who accurately expected an attempted Zionist takeover of their land. Armed militias began attacking Jewish cities and attempted to set up a blockade between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The Zionists had been preparing for years; going underground to illegally manufacture guns and bombs, and to train soldiers. They were financed by wealthy and sympathetic Jews from around the world. Many of the new immigrants were hardened soldiers. They were angry; well-armed; self-righteous and determined to drive out the Arabs. …


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In the late 1800’s a movement began to develop called Zionism. It was based on the general notion that Jews around the world should have their own homeland. It took decades for the idea to gain traction, but significant populations of Jews were suffering persecution at the hands of the communists and liked the idea of returning to their biblical roots — Israel. The problem, however, was that Israel no longer existed. The land that was Israel 2000 years ago became Palestine and in the early 20th century it was primarily occupied by Palestinian Arabs. …


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99% of the earth’s atmosphere is composed of only two elements, Nitrogen, 78% and Oxygen, 21%. Carbon Dioxide, the greenhouse gas terrifying environmentalists, is only .04% (400 parts per million) of our total atmosphere. It is one of several trace gases that we breathe every day.

Averaged over all land and ocean surfaces, temperatures warmed roughly 1.53°F from 1880 to 2012, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. To emphasis the point, that is one and a half degrees, total, in the past 132 years. What we don’t have is accurate, year-by-year; century-by -century data for the past ten thousand, or even one thousand years to compare against the last century. …


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Warren G. Harding

Booze

Prohibition didn’t deter Harding from enjoying his whiskey. He was known to have a well-stocked bar in the White House and had a reputation for heavy drinking. He famously held regular poker nights where alcohol flowed freely.

Infidelities

the Library of Congress released a batch of letters Harding wrote to his longtime mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips. The correspondence revealed that he and the Republican National Committee paid the woman $5,000 per month to stay silent about their affair while he was president. This made her the only person, that we know about, to successfully blackmail A U.S. president. Nan Britton (another of Harding’s mistresses) unsuccessfully sued his estate, for his illegitimate child’s financial support. Years later a DNA test proved Harding’s paternity. …


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In developing a strategy for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville coined a simple but effective phrase: “It’s the Economy Stupid”. He understood that voters expect the president to maintain low unemployment and a rising GDP. For the most part, however, politicians talk and the economy takes its own course. Even the best economists are rarely able to predict recessions. They simply analyze historical data and make lame predictions based on past economic indicators.

In 2012 Obama was able to run his campaign on a successful recovery from the “Great Recession”. In 2016, Hillary Clinton ran on the robust “Obama Economy.” In 2020 (assuming the economy cooperates) the Republicans will run on the “Trump Economy”, which is a continuation of the longest peacetime economic expansion in history. From 2010 to the present, regardless of who was in office, the economy maintained modest growth, with fluctuations between 1.5% and 3%. Aside from Obamacare, new banking regulations, and some “Green” initiatives, Obama simply carried forward past economic policies from tax rates to international trade. Trump, on the other hand, dramatically lowered tax rates, initiated several trade wars and deregulated certain industries. Yet through ten years of all these political machinations; what did the economy do? …


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Rapture, Armageddon and the End Times — Are you still Waiting?

I don’t know if any book is as confusing to the modern reader as Revelation. Or if there has ever been a book so misunderstood or open to the wildest interpretations. There are many who believe that today we are in the “End Times” and that through some “Prophetic Gap” we are now, after 2000 years, on the cusp of the “Rapture” (where believers and only believers are swept up in a miraculous and divine ascension to heaven) and the subsequent battle between good and evil on the plains of Armageddon (Armageddon is the Greek name for Megiddo an ancient City-State, located In Israel. Today it is a popular tourist site). …


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According to a 2011 Gallup survey one in three Americans or 95 million people interpret the Bible literally, believing it to be the actual word of God. Contrary to this belief, however, the Bible was not written by God. Nor, is every word the historically accurate, inspired word of God. Let’s look at a few examples of its logical discrepancy with either science or common sense: According to Genesis, God created all of heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. Scientists, on the other hand, have dated the age of the universe to be about 13.8 billion years old. Biblical scholars have estimated man’s existence on this planet to be between 6 and 40 thousand years. Scientific evidence, however, dates the existence of Homo sapiens (you and me) back as far as 200,000 years and Homo heidelbergensis about 1.3 million years. According to the Bible, Noah’s Arc was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. By comparison, a small Carnival cruise ship is about 950 feet in length. For Noah’s Arc to have contained all of the creatures currently inhabiting the earth, it would have needed the capacity to include the following species: 5,490 mammals; 9,998 birds; 9,084 reptiles; 1,000,000 insects; and 102,248 spiders and scorpions. I’m not sure how he would have accommodated the 6,433 species of amphibians. Now multiply these numbers by two! And — Noah would have needed to supply enough food for all of these sailing companions to last over a year. Have I made my point? For those of you who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible and believe that there is only one God, read Exodus 12:12 “On that same night I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.” …

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Dan Cameron

Author of Greed, Power and Politics, The Dismal History of Economics and the Forgotten Path to Prosperity. https://greedpowerpolitics.com/

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