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Here's my theory on what's going on in the US right now with Trump and his opposition. What do you think, Amirite?

Over the last few decades, maybe longer, the elite that control the US have set things up in a way that basically takes advantage of the public. The media they control manipulates rather than informs, and the politicians they control feather their own nests rather than representing the best interests of the public, selling influence to fund their political campaigns. When Trump came along, he was the first genuine populist to actually break through all that and become President. Others have tried, Ron Paul, Ross Perot, and probably others, but the political class and the establishment media were able to keep them out. Now that Trump is in office, the thing the elite fear more than anything else is having a populist President with the public on his side, because that combination basically means the end of their dominance. So they're using every lever at their disposal to prevent that from happening.

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As usual, beautifully said.

There is no question that the establishment system has been rigged for a long time to keep the elites in power. Since Trump was so independently wealthy, he didn't need establishment elite campaign contributors to fund his election, so he didn't have to pander to their wishes to pay them back for their support. And since he was elected, he did not have to play by the establishment rules and standard operating procedures if he didn't like the way they were set up. Now, he is getting almost as much resistance from his own party because he is making too many waves in the status quo and upsetting their cushy nests that they have been feathering for their whole careers.

But I am old enough to remember when the television and print media were more balanced in their news reporting and I usually would get both sides of important issues explained. Now, the mainstream media is simply the PR and propaganda delivery arm of the Democrat Party.

Nailed it.

Maybe. Interesting take.
Trump clearly ran as a populist
The "trumpcare" bill is anything but a populist proposal

It's hard to be a true populist when there are massive protests whenever you issue an order.

I agree that his best ideas are being diverted by the establishment republicans and undermined by a group of revenge seeking democrats.

I also think that if he actually proposes a populist agenda the democrats will support it. I am just not convinced that the republicans will.

Populist Ideals

  • sweeping federal intervention to offset the economic depression
  • end of corporate abuses
  • prevent poverty among working-class families
  • strong support for statehood for Puerto Rico, DC and other territories
  • equal right for woman
  • government ownership of public transportation
  • banking reform
  • graduated Income Tax
  • free and unlimited coinage

These are ideals even Bernie Sanders would support.

It is too bad he is getting bad advice from his inner circle because when you strip away his most controversial topics (xenophobia), his truly populist ideas emerge - like spending a $trillion on infrastructure, and ensuring healthcare for everyone at an affordable cost

VicZincs avatar VicZinc Yeah You Are +1Reply

Why wouldn't Hillary be considered more of a populist, she could have gotten more people on her side...as actually...she did...

Sukiesnows avatar Sukiesnow Yeah You Are +1Reply
@Sukiesnow Why wouldn't Hillary be considered more of a populist, she could have gotten more people on her side...as...

Because the real population didn't like her or trust her, at all. She was very, very popular with dead people, illegals and brain dead individuals. Working, middle class Americans knew she would decimate them and this country.

@Sukiesnow Why wouldn't Hillary be considered more of a populist, she could have gotten more people on her side...as...

It has been well established that the popular vote majority garnered by Hillary was entirely swung by the areas immediately in and around the areas of New York City and Los Angeles. Outside of those areas, she did not win the popular vote majority, therefore she cannot be classified as a populist of most of the American landscape.

@Sukiesnow Why wouldn't Hillary be considered more of a populist, she could have gotten more people on her side...as...

Where did Hillary get the money to fund her campaign? Average people? LOL no. She got it from rich donors. Statistical evidence and surveys indicate that several million of her votes came from foreigners living (and voting) illegally in the US. Jill Stein's recount also turned up massive fraud in places like Detroit. Hillary was an antipopulist, a tool of multinational corporate raiders.

@Maze Where did Hillary get the money to fund her campaign? Average people? LOL no. She got it from rich donors...

So true. Just how did she go from "dead broke" to millions and millions after a stint as Secretary of State? Especially with all those foreign donors liking BC's speeches to the tune of half a million dollars. I wholeheartedly support an investigation into her actions.

@Sukiesnow Of course...tho...Trump didn't need money...

Exactly, that's what makes him such a rare gem, he's not beholden to anyone except the public.

If he's so anti establishment why is he so wall street? My idea is that Trump didn't actually want to be president and it was a publicity stunt gone HORRIBLY right, and now that he's in this position he's gonna funnel as much public money into his private enterprise as possible before leaving. Also the public is not on his side. Most people dislike him

@TomboyJanet If he's so anti establishment why is he so wall street? My idea is that Trump didn't actually want to be president...

Would you ever recognize that there are people in this world that do things because it is the right thing to do? Perhaps earlier Trump would have not been in the right financial spot to try to help America prosper again but like Maze says, he recognizes that "a prosperous society requires a healthy business sector."
Most of his picks are wealthy in their own right and, hopefully, are not in it for the money.
The lack of puppet strings is what is driving both the left and right bonkers. They can't control Trump and that is exactly why people put him into office.

@TomboyJanet If he's so anti establishment why is he so wall street? My idea is that Trump didn't actually want to be president...

"If he's so anti establishment why is he so wall street?"

Because he understands the importance of business. A prosperous society requires a healthy business sector. Trump says he's never going back into business, he plans to retire when he leaves office.

As for whether the public is on his side, a lot are, but as I pointed out, there is an organized effort underway to undermine support for him.

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