Sometimes I wonder how Trump was allowed to win when you have people like George Soros around who’s been pulling the strings for decades. But even people like him can’t control everything.
He may think he can, but those times are hopefully coming to an end. Now he and other filthy rich globalist elitists are wondering how to keep it all together. The European Union is on the verge of collapse, according to Soros, because of an economic downturn and the refugee crisis, both brought in part by Brexit.
He also mentions Putin whom he blames for pushing fake news to help Trump win.
Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for.
I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived.
In 1947, I escaped from Hungary, by then under Communist rule, to England. As a student at the London School of Economics, I came under the influence of the philosopher Karl Popper, and I developed my own philosophy, built on the twin pillars of fallibility and reflexivity. I distinguished between two kinds of political regimes: those in which people elected their leaders, who were then supposed to look after the interests of the electorate, and others where the rulers sought to manipulate their subjects to serve the rulers’ interests. Under Popper’s influence, I called the first kind of society open, the second, closed.
The classification is too simplistic. There are many degrees and variations throughout history, from well-functioning models to failed states, and many different levels of government in any particular situation. Even so, I find the distinction between the two regime types useful. I became an active promoter of the former and opponent of the latter.
I find the current moment in history very painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US emerged as the sole remaining superpower, equally committed to the principles of democracy and free markets. The major development since then has been the globalization of financial markets, spearheaded by advocates who argued that globalization increases total wealth. After all, if the winners compensated the losers, they would still have something left over.
The argument was misleading, because it ignored the fact that the winners seldom, if ever, compensate the losers. But the potential winners spent enough money promoting the argument that it prevailed. It was a victory for believers in untrammeled free enterprise, or “market fundamentalists,” as I call them. Because financial capital is an indispensable ingredient of economic development, and few countries in the developing world could generate enough capital on their own, globalization spread like wildfire. Financial capital could move around freely and avoid taxation and regulation.
Globalization has had far-reaching economic and political consequences. It has brought about some economic convergence between poor and rich countries; but it increased inequality within both poor and rich countries. In the developed world, the benefits accrued mainly to large owners of financial capital, who constitute less than 1% of the population. The lack of redistributive policies is the main source of the dissatisfaction that democracy’s opponents have exploited. But there were other contributing factors as well, particularly in Europe.
I was an avid supporter of the European Union from its inception. I regarded it as the embodiment of the idea of an open society: an association of democratic states willing to sacrifice part of their sovereignty for the common good. It started out at as a bold experiment in what Popper called “piecemeal social engineering.” The leaders set an attainable objective and a fixed timeline and mobilized the political will needed to meet it, knowing full well that each step would necessitate a further step forward. That is how the European Coal and Steel Community developed into the EU.
But then something went woefully wrong. After the Crash of 2008, a voluntary association of equals was transformed into a relationship between creditors and debtors, where the debtors had difficulties in meeting their obligations and the creditors set the conditions the debtors had to obey. That relationship has been neither voluntary nor equal.
Germany emerged as the hegemonic power in Europe, but it failed to live up to the obligations that successful hegemons must fulfill, namely looking beyond their narrow self-interest to the interests of the people who depend on them. Compare the behavior of the US after WWII with Germany’s behavior after the Crash of 2008: the US launched the Marshall Plan, which led to the development of the EU; Germany imposed an austerity program that served its narrow self-interest.
Before its reunification, Germany was the main force driving European integration: it was always willing to contribute a little bit extra to accommodate those putting up resistance. Remember Germany’s contribution to meeting Margaret Thatcher’s demands regarding the EU budget?
But reuniting Germany on a 1:1 basis turned out to be very expensive. When Lehman Brothers collapsed, Germany did not feel rich enough to take on any additional obligations. When European finance ministers declared that no other systemically important financial institution would be allowed to fail, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, correctly reading the wishes of her electorate, declared that each member state should look after its own institutions. That was the start of a process of disintegration.
After the Crash of 2008, the EU and the eurozone became increasingly dysfunctional. Prevailing conditions became far removed from those prescribed by the Maastricht Treaty, but treaty change became progressively more difficult, and eventually impossible, because it couldn’t be ratified. The eurozone became the victim of antiquated laws; much-needed reforms could be enacted only by finding loopholes in them. That is how institutions became increasingly complicated, and electorates became alienated.
The rise of anti-EU movements further impeded the functioning of institutions. And these forces of disintegration received a powerful boost in 2016, first from Brexit, then from the election of Trump in the US, and on December 4 from Italian voters’ rejection, by a wide margin, of constitutional reforms.
Democracy is now in crisis. Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises incompetent extremists and retired generals.
What lies ahead?
I am confident that democracy will prove resilient in the US. Its Constitution and institutions, including the fourth estate, are strong enough to resist the excesses of the executive branch, thus preventing a would-be dictator from becoming an actual one.
But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer. The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world. On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators. That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the US, and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.
I am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society. Putin is not a passive beneficiary of recent developments; he worked hard to bring them about. He recognized his regime’s weakness: it can exploit natural resources but cannot generate economic growth. He felt threatened by “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. At first, he tried to control social media. Then, in a brilliant move, he exploited social media companies’ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected.
The same is likely to happen in the European election season in 2017 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. In France, the two leading contenders are close to Putin and eager to appease him. If either wins, Putin’s dominance of Europe will become a fait accompli.
I hope that Europe’s leaders and citizens alike will realize that this endangers their way of life and the values on which the EU was founded. The trouble is that the method Putin has used to destabilize democracy cannot be used to restore respect for facts and a balanced view of reality.
With economic growth lagging and the refugee crisis out of control, the EU is on the verge of breakdown and is set to undergo an experience similar to that of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Those who believe that the EU needs to be saved in order to be reinvented must do whatever they can to bring about a better outcome.Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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House Opens Yet Another Investigation into Trump Administration Conduct
Will it ever end?
Given just how unhappy the liberal left has been about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, perhaps it was only a matter of time before we entered a realm of perpetual investigations against he and his administration.
It all began with RussiaGate: A scandal that centered around the conspiracy theory that then-candidate Trump was in cahoots with The Kremlin during the 2016 election. When Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his 22 month, $25 million probe, there were no charges leveled against Donald Trump, and those who did fall under the axe did so by lying to Congress, lying to investigators, or failing to fill out the correct paperwork in order to serve in the Trump administration. No one went to jail because of their “collusion” with Russia.
Then, hot on the heels of RussiaGate came UkraineGate: The investigation that eventually led to two articles of impeachment against Trump. The Commander in Chief would be acquitted on both charges swiftly by the Senate.
Now we appear headed for BarrGate, or DOJ-Gate, or whatever the mass media is going to dub it.
The House judiciary committee is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into the attorney general, William Barr, and the justice department, demanding briefings, documents and interviews with 15 officials as it tries to determine whether there has been improper political interference in federal law enforcement.
The committee chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday sent Barr a letter listing a series of matters that the committee finds “deeply troubling”, including Barr’s involvement in the case of Donald Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone.
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Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress and other charges. Barr overruled prosecutors who had recommended that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison, leading the four top prosecutors on the case to step down from it.
Nadler is also questioning Barr about his involvement in other cases related to friends and associates of Trump and about internal investigations into department employees who investigated Trump after the 2016 election.
Politically, the timing of this latest investigation seems destined to cast more doubt on the Trump administration heading into the 2020 election, which is undoubtedly a pleasant side effect for the struggling Democrats.
Mick Mulvaney Says Media is Hyping Coronavirus Fears to Denigrate Donald Trump
The Chief of Staff isn’t going to let anything slide here.
When it comes to the spread of the deadly and novel strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19, there is plenty of fear to go around.
The virus has absolutely ravaged parts of the Far East, with well over 2,800 dead and possibly hundreds of thousands of potential exposures – and these numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt thanks to the shoddy reporting of the Chinese government.
In the US, the virus has been extremely limited thanks to the advanced medical technology that our nation possesses. Furthermore, President Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the national effort to prevent its spread.
The left is using this potential pandemic to attack the White House…but the White House is fighting back.
The acting White House chief of staff says US media is stoking a coronavirus panic because they hope it will take down President Donald Trump.
“The reason they are paying so much attention to it today is that they think this is going to bring down the president,” Mick Mulvaney said.
Speaking to a group of conservatives on Friday, he added people should ignore the media in order to calm the markets.
Global markets have continued to fall as the virus infects over 50 countries.
There have been 82,000 reported cases of Covid-19 worldwide and 2,800 deaths since the disease emerged late last year. All but 3,664 cases and 57 of the deaths have been reported in China.
“We took extraordinary steps four or five weeks ago,” Mr Mulvaney said, referring to the Trump administration order to close the border to foreign travelers coming from China, where the virus originated. The move was widely covered in the media at the time.
“Why didn’t we hear about it? What was going on four or five weeks ago? Impeachment. And that’s all the press wanted to talk about,” he told a gathering of conservatives outside Washington on Friday.
The President has repeatedly stated that COVID-19 is “under control” here in the US, and there has been no evidence to suggest otherwise thus far.
Don Jr. Physically Threatened by Congressman Over Coronavirus Claims
This is simply outrageous.
While coronavirus is very, very real, the jury is still out on the barely-fictional affliction known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome.
“TDS”, as it is affectionately referred to by the President’s supporters, is often characterized by an irrational disdain for any-and-all-things related to Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of these United States. This is the carte blanche “resistance” in physical form where, no matter what the circumstances are, the left will oppose the Commander in Chief, his administration, and even his family.
President Trump could adopt a dog and the left would complain that it wasn’t a cat. Heck, Trump could bring home a dog and a cat and the left would be annoyed at the breeds chosen.
This week, the metaphorical TDS struck again, prompting a Congressman to insinuate that he’d like to physically harm the President’s son.
Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) threatened Donald Trump Jr. on MSNBC, Friday, after Trump Jr. insinuated Democrats want people to get sick from the coronavirus.
As Garamendi spoke about the latest Californian to test positive for the coronavirus, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson said, “I think it’s coming through the screen you’re angry, you’re obviously visibly emotional about this,” before asking the congressman about Trump Jr. saying Democrats are seemingly hoping the coronavirus, “comes here to kill millions of people so it can end the president’s streak of winning.”
This is where things went off the rails.
“He shouldn’t be near me when he says that,” Garamendi replied. “There would be a serious altercation.”
“That’s just totally outrageous. I can assure you there’s not a Democrat or Republican in Congress that wants anybody to be sick,” he continued, concluding, “Don Jr. better not get any place close to me. It would not be a healthy situation.”
President Trump has repeatedly insisted that the United States has the deadly virus “under control”, and he has appointed Vice President Pence to oversee the national response to COVID-19.
Democrats Warned They Could Face ‘Civil War’ If Sanders Gets Sabotaged
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warns that Democrats could face ‘civil war’ if Bernie Sanders gets sabotaged again.
I just love seeing these Democrats come unglued every day! The DNC created this monster when they set up Bernie Sanders to lose against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. What a pathetic bunch of people who call themselves leaders.
— All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) February 27, 2020
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warned at the Conservative Political Action conference Thursday that Democrats will face a “civil war” should the party try to sabotage front-runner Bernie Sanders for the nomination.
McDaniel was asked during a CPAC panel Thursday what would happen if the Democratic Party attempted to take the Democratic nomination away from Sanders, I-Vt.
“I don’t know how they can do it without creating a civil war in their party,” she said, adding, “But boy, isn’t it fun to watch?”
McDaniel’s comments come as Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, is leading the Democratic presidential primary field, sounding alarms inside the party with rival candidates and party elders.
Critics have claimed that a Sanders nomination would pave the way for President Trump’s reelection and potentially hurt Democrats’ chances of maintaining the majority in the House or taking the majority in the Senate.
Thus far, Sanders essentially tied for the win in the Iowa caucuses, claimed victory in New Hampshire and notched a massive win in the Nevada caucuses last weekend, driving home the reality that his rivals will have diminishing chances to halt that momentum. More
Democrats made a huge mistake. Instead of partnering on issues and initiatives where they could solve problems for the country and passing laws that get things done, they have been focused on hating a duly-elected President and trying everything they can to get rid of him.
That is not lost on voters. So now they have nothing to run on, no accomplishments to claim and certainly no candidates that are electable just left trying to out-socialist all the other candidates.
Eight Mississippi Democrats Switch to Republican in One Big Event
The Mississippi Republican Party welcomed a group of new members Wednesday when eight Democrats decided to switch parties.
The Mississippi Republican Party welcomed a group of new members Wednesday when eight Democrats decided to switch parties and joining the winning team.
The Mississippi GOP announced that the eight newly minted Republicans were elected just last cycle as either Democrats or independents, according to WLBT.
“We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican party,” said MSGOP Chairman Lucien Smith. “They recognize increasingly that there is only one party that represents the conservative values of our state and that is the Republican party.”
The party jumpers were from Smith and Covington counties. One of the jumpers was a District Attorney from the area.
“We are in a scenario in this country where you can choose to be a member of the party led by Donald J. Trump or you can choose to be a member of the socialist Democratic party led by Bernie Sanders,” Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said.
Millsaps Department of Government and Politics chair Dr. Nathan Shrader noted that the GOP has been growing by leaps and bounds in the state.
“They have a plausible argument to make with these elected officials that your constituent are already aligning with us, the voting patterns in your district are moving in our direction, you should join the team too,” Shrader added.
“There are conservatives Democrats all across the state of Mississippi and there was once upon a time when the conservative Democrats controlled this state,” said 13th Circuit Court District Attorney Matt Sullivan, one of those jumping into the GOP. “It’s a new day in Mississippi and I believe the Republican party is growing and there’s a place in the Republican party for people like me.”
The Mississippi GOP announced the following new members:
Matt Sullivan, District Attorney for the Thirteenth Circuit Court District (Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith Counties), (Former Democrat)
Guy Easterling, Chancery Clerk (Former Independent)
Bobby Wayne Mooney, Justice Court Judge for the Northern District of Covington County (Former Independent)
Cindy Austin, Chancery Clerk (Former Democrat)
Anthony Grayson, Circuit Clerk (Former Democrat)
Mary Lou Powell, Tax Assessor-Collector (Former Democrat)
Danny Arender, Beat 4 Supervisor (Former Democrat)
Hulon West, Justice Court Judge for the Southern District of Smith County (Former Democrat)
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Roger Stone’s Request for a New Trial Will Indeed Be Heard by a Judge
Maybe that Presidential pardon won’t be necessary after all.
While we may be several months removed from the apparent end of the RussiaGate investigation, we are far from providing closure for everyone involved.
Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress during the Robert Mueller-led probe into a conspiracy theory involving the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, is currently set to serve 40-some months in jail for his crime. This sentence was announced just days after President Trump publicly dissed the original sentencing structure that would have allowed for the judge in the case to sentence Stone to up to nine years in prison.
But Stone will not be going quietly into the night, which isn’t all that surprising if you know anything about Roger Stone.
A judge has scheduled a pair of hearings for Tuesday in longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone’s criminal case, as she considers how to resolve a motion Stone’s defense filed seeking a new trial based on alleged misconduct by one of the jurors in his case.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who sentenced Stone last week to more than three years in prison for impeding official investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, said in a brief order Monday that she plans to take up the juror-focused motion behind closed doors in her Washington courtroom at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The court has kept the details of Stone’s motion under wraps since it was filed more than a week ago, but Jackson’s order Monday revealed that Stone’s defense recently moved to open the related court filings and any planned hearing to the public.
The issue revolves around a jury foreperson who posted her beliefs on the case to Facebook in the midst of the trial, demonstrating certain biases in doing so.
Hillary Clinton Has Startling New Warning About Donald Trump
The assertion is simply laughable.
Of all of the Democratic deities that the liberal left has burned through as of late, none has left as sour a taste in the mouth of the progressive masses as Hillary Clinton.
The former First Lady’s uncouth collusion with the DNC during the 2016 primary ultimately cost the Democrats the election, as Bernie Sanders’ supporter abandoned the party en masse after the corruption was revealed.
Clinton was oblivious to this, of course, and was still certain that she’d be waltzing into the White House come January of 2017. The former Secretary of State hadn’t even written a concession speech…that’s how sure she was.
Now, three years into the Trump administration’s first term, Clinton has consistently refused to recognize that she’s overstayed her welcome, and has constantly interjected herself into the 2020 election.
Her latest appearance comes complete with a stark warning about President Donald Trump.
She made those remarks when being questioned by journalists on the red carpet for the Berlin film festival.
Clinton said, “I will support the nominee of our party because I think that our current president is a clear and present danger to democracy and to our future.”
The “clear and present danger” line is a popularized piece of pop culture that has often signified the ultimate in geopolitical trouble, and Clinton’s peddling of the phrase is an indication of her desperation.
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