syaigh wrote:So, serious question.
I know some of you voted for Trump because you believed he would drain the swamp. Some of you don't care and just wanted a Republican in office.
What do you think of his advisory committee so far?
And also this, what is the main goal of a Republican government? Establishing a Christian theocracy and padding the pockets of the wealthy? (sorry, that's a low blow, but honestly my impression of things) Or what? Trumps 100 day plan looked a lot more like something Bernie Sanders would write, but I don't think he's going to withstand the pressure from all the Washington Insiders and it will be Bush II part two. I'm hoping his ego kicks in at some point. Otherwise, well, I think things are going to go pretty badly for the a large number of the people who elected him.
But, mainly, I'm kind of morbidly curious as to how all of this is going to shake out.
As to the advisory group:
Peter Thiel is quite possibly the most intelligent person in the world. He will lead transition because it will be obvious he should within minutes of them sitting down.
As to you Q about "Republican Government":
This is the central question of this cycle. And one both sides have to ask with equal urgency. In general, we have been living in The Age of Neoliberalism. And the neoliberals have co-opted and used the two parties to further their aims: acquisition of wealth via commissioned asset transfers from the middle class of the West (and Japan) to the rest of the world (immigration); the equalization in wages across the world (globalization) and the creation of a World Empire with a US military, Int'l banking centered in the UK and a European/EU political class.
The Republican Party has been a tool of the neoliberals since just before WWII when England, the Eastern Seaboard WASPs and pro-war Jews conspired to destroy the America First nativist and isolationist faction. After that, and after the war, these same groups (absent UK) and now aided by the CIA worked to purge the Republican Party of anyone not on board with neoliberalism in its new guise as "conservatism": see Bill Buckley and NRO as a model. Instead of the isolationism and nativism the Republicans offered a faux patriotism, the 2nd Amendment, a faux christianity and tax cuts. There was no intention of ever outlawing abortion or protecting the 2A. And any gains on those fronts were made against the wishes of the gop establishment. In fact, the NRA and pro life groups were themselves co opted soon after being founded. The goal was interventionism abroad and massive immigration transferring wealth from the middle class and depressing wages.
These trends played out theough the W Bush economic and foreign policy collapse. Then came Obama who is not a neoliberal, but pursued many of the goals for different reasons (he wants to recreate SA and ZIM here).
Obviously, these policies caused massive suffering and loss of quality of life for the middle and working classes. And peoole wanted change. The Republican voters chose Trump because he offered a clearly non neoliberal politics in the reincarnation of America First: nativism and isolationism. And with his victory, the Republican Party and "conservatism" is dead. We will have at the very least nativism and isolationism because the coalition which supports it is large enough to win nationally and locally.
So, long story short, "conservatism" the animating force of the republican party was a scam. It was a front for the neoliberal project and used a faux christianity and faux patriotism to further globalism.
The same story played out with the Democratic Party. There pro abortion, anti-christianity, minority rights and gay marriage and trannys were the cover for neoliberal globaism (Clintonism).