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November 11, 2017

Who Turns First, Britain or America

 

The United States and Great Britain both have conservative party leaders currently. Both Prime Minister May and President Trump have made mention of items concerning Israel. President Donald Trump stated early in his term when Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the White House, “With this visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel.” Speaking during events centered around the centennial celebration of the Balfour Declaration, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated concerning Arab and leftist calls for Britain to apologize for ever issuing the Balfour Declaration, “Balfour wrote explicitly that ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.’ So when some people suggest we should apologize for this letter, I say absolutely not.” One would be justified in believing that Israel was in solidly with both Great Britain and the United States, and they would be completely wrong.

 

President Donald Trump & British Prime Minister Theresa May

President Donald Trump & British Prime Minister Theresa May

 

Currently Israel is in a period of grace with both nations and this will continue very probably for as long as the two parties, the Republican Party in the United States and the Conservative Party in Great Britain, remain in power. For the United States that means holding the Presidency and in Great Britain it gets a little more complicated and requires being the major Party forming a coalition which requires giving money and other favors to other parties sometimes leading to altering the government position on issues. But there will eventually be a change in which a party holds the office of power in both nations, then what? All we need do is look at what the opposition parties and the leaders currently believe and extrapolate. Almost every nation in the developed world is facing a similar problem of the polarization of their electorate with the sides growing ever further apart and heading to their respective extremes. The more liberal parties are being controlled and populated with ever more leftists holding extreme leftist positions, the conservative parties are moving further right, and there are ever fewer people seemingly occupying the middle ground. It is getting to the point that what used to be a liberal and what used to be a conservative have become united as the center with the rest of the electorate at the fringes of the left and right having left the others behind. What would be most interesting would be the founding of a centrist party which held moderate views with a collection of liberal and conservative points with the emphasis on the few ideas both sides could agree to hold in uniting this party and allow things to play out from there. The other choice is for the electorate to be so far apart that whichever party wins an election is looked upon by the members of the other party not as just the other party but as their enemies as is the apparent situation with many leftists concerning President Trump.

 

Let us begin with the British and their Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. He too made some comments addressing the centennial commemoration of the Balfour Declaration. His commentary was quite different from the words of Prime Minister May. Leader of the Opposition Corbyn stated as quoted by the British media, “Let us mark the Balfour anniversary by recognizing Palestine as a step towards a genuine two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, increasing international pressure for an end to the fifty-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, illegal settlement expansion and the blockade of Gaza.” We will not address the mistakes and errors in his statements and instead offer this article Reflections on the Balfour Declaration to stand as the correcting statements of Jeremy Corbyn and numerous others who took to the media to spread falsehoods about the Balfour Declaration, a common practice in this world concerning the history around the founding of Israel. The single misstatement commonly made which we wish to correct is that Israel was designed to be a British colonial implant in the Middle East. Israel was the nativist dream of the indigenous Hebrews who were renamed by the Greeks and Romans after their largest remaining Tribe, the Tribe of Judah, which was eventually shortened from Judean to Judan to Ju, currently spelled Jew but pronounced as the original Roman spelling. Back to Mr. Corbyn, a man who has at times in his political career faced charges of anti-Semitism and who has admitted to being an anti-Zionist. Well before taking the leadership of the Labour Party, back in 2009 Jeremy Corbyn stated, “It will be my pleasure and my honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well. Unfortunately, the Israelis would not allow them to travel here so it’s going to be only friends from Hezbollah. The idea that an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region should be labeled a terrorist organization by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.” The fate of British-Israeli relations should Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters ever become the leadership of Britain was made obvious back in 2009 with this statement from which he has never distanced himself. So, Israel can count on the support of Britain likely for as long as the Conservative Party remains leading the ruling coalition and will face a hostile Britain should the Labour Party ever be the leasing party of a coalition.

 

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

 

The United States is not very different than Great Britain, but let us investigate anyway. The Democrat Party had two politicians who sought that party’s nomination for President, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. We will start with Bernie Sanders, the one who lost the primaries but made an impressive showing despite his loss. The most telling facts about his positions concerning Israel were his appointees to critical positions. The first was his choice for Jewish outreach, a position considered important in Democrat politics, as it can be responsible for considerable funding opportunities. Bernie Sanders chose Simone Zimmerman who is a supporter of the extremist Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – which the ADL named as one of America’s top 10 anti-Israel hate groups. This may not have been as critical a choice since many of the modern American Jews, especially the younger and more assimilated Jews, no longer have the close feelings for Israel which was the root of the Jewish community in previous elections as was notable in the Jewish support for President Obama in his reelection after there had been ample proof of his lack of support for Israel and obvious animosity for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The other appointments made by Bernie Sanders which gave such insight were his two selections which he placed upon the Platform Committee. One of his appointments was Professor Cornel West, he has called the Israeli Prime Minister a war criminal but openly supports the BDS movement (boycott, divestment, and sanctions). Professor West has made his position on Israel clear and has been rumored to hold similar views concerning Jews. Mr. Sanders other choice was the longtime pro-Palestinian activist James Zogby. Mr. Zogby’s view of Jews and Israel are well documented and need not be referenced here. Bernie Sanders has proven repeatedly through actions and statements made his antipathy for Israel obvious.

 

Democrat Front Runners Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Democrat Front Runners
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders

 

The other Democrat was their candidate for President, Hillary Clinton. Max Blumenthal, the son of Sidney Blumenthal, both longtime Clinton friends, both have a history of questionable to outright malignant and vicious views concerning Israel. Then there are numerous others from the administration of President Obama and other friendships which could easily call any comments she has made to AIPAC and other Zionist Jewish groups into question. Still haunting Hillary was the reported quote which Paul Fray, then manager of Bill Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign in Arkansas, has verified (search text for Paul Fray) that she referred to him with an anti-Semitic curse despite Paul Fray not being Jewish, thus it was intended as an insult and not a comment on his personhood. There have been rumors for years about Clinton references to minorities using disparaging terms considered to be remnants from the “Old South” over the years which, as they were from the good party and not the evil party, were disregarded as inconsequential. The ugliest of these rumors came in a book by one of the former Secret Service who had served on her security detail before leaving the Secret Service.

 

The clinching condemnation of the Democrat Party and their Israel position came at the 2012 Democrat Convention. The easiest means of providing the evidence is the video below. They actually did refuse to accept Jerusalem as the Capital City of Israel and refused to include The Almighty in their Party Platform and had to resort to simply ignoring the feelings of the floor and place it in the platform over their rejections.

 

It is fairly obvious that except for a few of the old time Democrats, the new Democrat Party does not support Israel. This is something also greeted with enthusiasm by the new number two person in the Democrat Party, Keith Ellison. When Haaretz has a problem with a Democrat, that Democrat has an obvious Israel problem, and Keith Ellison earned that problem. We will clearly grant that Democrats such as Senator Chuck Schumer still support Israel, but many of the new, far left Democrats, not so much. Should the Democrats once again take the White House, Israel might be seeking some new friends.

 

The extremely delicate condition of the political support Israel faces in the world today is the very reason we keep insisting that Israel already be designing their next generation fighter and the facilities in which to manufacture said aircraft. The same foes for rifles, sidearms, ammunition, helicopters, ships and even submarines as none of the current Israeli suppliers should be considered as safe continuing into the Twenty First Century. Any nation which is dependent upon its military for its continued existence should not permit itself to ever become dependent upon foreign providers for its defense requirements. This has always been part of the policies of the United States, China and Russia and should become the policy for Israel as well. Israel most certainly does not lack the brain trust to design and produce all of her weapons requirements, and she has an economy easily sufficient for the manufacture of her entire military needs. The sooner the leadership in Israel recognizes these vital requirements and the facts making them all the more necessary, the brighter the future of Israel will become.

 

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November 4, 2017

Of Democrats and Republicans and Any Difference

 

The two party system has failed the people of the United States yet many are unable to see this. This problem is partly responsible for the election of President Trump and the other half of the problem was represented perfectly by Hillary Clinton. That was what made the last election so very important. Hillary Clinton represented the idea that everything was working satisfactorily while Donald Trump represented change for the sake of repairing the problems in Washington. Looking at the election through this filter and it becomes obvious why the election turned out the way it did. The interesting thing is that the people have not given up on the two parties or the idea of their representing two separate choices and this election finally offered a choice. The problem does not exist at the local level as at this point the two parties are true to their core constituencies, one appealing to the more rural people and the other to the city dwellers. But as one rises in the two parties, they go through a metamorphosis or they will fail at the State-wide or National level. At these points, one need simply serve the future as it is painted by the elite leadership of both parties, and they actually agree. The core leadership at the national level of both parties and their representatives in Congress and in the White House are big government, progressive, centralized power, influence peddlers. This is the reason that President Trump is so viscerally hated by the leadership of both parties. This was part of the reason why the Diversity Visa Program continued under differing names from the 1970’s and is still up and running today. Part of the proof was the recent Manhattan terrorist attack which was carried out by a person who arrived in 2010 under this program from Uzbekistan.

 

Many ask how long it has been that the American public has, in reality, had no real choice for President. The answer becomes obvious when one traces the race for the Presidency since Ronald Reagan, the last President where the people had a choice until this past election. We had President George H. W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, Barrack Obama, and in this past election, the choice was planned on being Hillary Clinton against Jeb Bush. Is anyone getting the picture here? Donald Trump won the Republican primary system exactly because he was somebody everyone could recognize and felt they knew who appeared to be the only real anti-candidate, the outsider who was anything but a normative politician. Trump represented a change if you believed what he was saying. What was more surprising than what he was saying was that once elected he started doing what he had promised; proof he was not a normative politician. Let us look into how the system actually works.

 

NBC News Final Electoral College Election 2016 Map

NBC News Final Electoral College Election 2016 Map

 

A person enters politics at the local level. Here they are trained on the buzzwords and how to present themselves to win the love and support of a majority of the people in their area. As they climb the ladder they modify their original wordings some small amount to gratify a larger audience, but their core message remains the same. Their actions, on the other hand, start to transform or they remain at the local level. The more one rises in the ranks, the more they become beholden to people in the major metropolises and the less they care about the individual voter. Their interests change and they start to serve different masters. These masters are the main contributors to both parties, which leads both parties to represent the same big moneyed interests as the same moneyed interests are buying the influence of both parties. By the time they make it to Washington D.C., the politician has been transformed, mostly, to a corporate sponsored tool or they become outcasts who will be rejected by their party and should they continue to win there are other ways or pushing them aside. Take Oklahoma’s First District Representative Jim Bridenstine, a real upstart who loyally represents the people and has had the party try and unseat him in every primary since he won the seat. They have failed, as his electorate is awake. The system still works as Jim Bridenstine has been nominated by President Trump to be the new top man at NASA, and he would be a perfect fit even if Tulsa Oklahoma would be losing a great Representative. That is the other means of keeping the Congress controlled, give the odd candidate who cannot be defeated their dream job, but only after they have served long enough to have the golden-parachute retirement guaranteed all the members of the Congressional Societal Group.

 

This thinning of the herd such that only the big government progressives make their way to Washington D.C. is done by plans and methods and by the money. Where the Congress passes legislation every few years presumably to take the money out of politics, they actually only rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic and everything continues steaming full-speed for the iceberg. Each new refreshing of the way the money must flow to reach the candidates serves only one purpose, to make it appear that this money is further away from the candidates and to obscure the truth that they have all largely been bought and paid for by the same money. It is as close as one can get to their being one large pile of cash and everybody is at the same feeding trough being paid by the same people to complete their preferred legislation and forget the small people who elected them. Once we all realize this it is easier to understand such actions as the recent antics of Senator John McCain and company or the call by Chuck Schumer for President Trump to do something to make the vetting of people immigrating to the United States more selective after blocking every proposed change to the system President Trump has already proposed. Schumer was simply grandstanding for the media such that he was on record opposing allowing letting terrorists into the country when he really is partially responsible just as are all the others for the current system. Schumer, the Democrat Representative from New York, was actually the person who sponsored the Diversity Visa Program under which the terrorist entered the country, and that legislation was signed into law by Republican President George H. W. Bush in 1990. There was your bipartisan effort to undercut the unity of the country by bringing in hundreds of thousands leading to millions of people with backgrounds completely foreign to the Judeo-Christian base of the United States. This is one of the main objectives of the moneyed interests as this provides them with inexpensive labor and an easily manipulated electorate.

 

The other main problem is that these moneyed interests mostly are not just people interested in the success of the United States, just the opposite. Many of these people are international in nature and have only a world government as their preferred goal. There are a few problems which prevent their success in their efforts; the United States is the biggest of these problems. The one name when it comes to politics and money almost everybody can recognize is also the best person to prove of what we speak. That person is George Soros who stated in his book ‘The Age of Fallibility: The Consequences of the War on Terror’ (2006), “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” We have provided a video of George Soros discussing his book below. He is far from the only internationalist who believes that the United States is preventing any progress towards a World Governance which was the original idea behind allowing any government so choosing to join the United Nations. This was the idea behind the Common Market and the European Union it eventually produced. Other efforts in this general arena of a World Governance include but are not limited to, the World Courts in Geneva, the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, World Bank, International Atomic Energy Agency, INTERPOL and for a list of other international agencies and organization one can look here. As is obvious, the world has been either tied into large units or covered universally by subjects. Another side to these efforts would be to start the unification projects by unifying many of the similar NGO’s and Agencies into one central agency for each general area rather than the splintering which has been the practice. Looking over the list of international agencies one could surmise that in some instances, these are simply divisive tactic or, even more simply, they are nothing more than a means to provide employment for far too many people getting their higher degrees by choosing the world crusade which they desire to follow. If you desire to save the world through ecological awareness, very soon you will find that you would be best served to choose a specific ecological identity such as saving a specific species such as the group Save the Beluga Whales and have them pay for your Doctoral Thesis on the need to protect Beluga Whales which would lead to your being employed and that would be your niche. More generally, there is a group which oversees a plethora of save this species or save that species and it is the Defenders of Wildlife. The same is true of almost any special interest group you can think of, and in some cases, it appears more like whatever you can invent. Perhaps we should start our own NGO and call it, The Lost Causes Nobody Thought to Cover and we could collect donations for all the causes which fell through the cracks and anybody with an agency of any sort could list with us and share our financial tools and maybe even receive some money from the central group, though much of that money would go to pay for lobbyists and pay the staff as it would largely be an employment agency matching people to their respective group for their cause.

 

 
These groups represent the desired end of our world as we know it. Much of the support many of these organizations get through volunteering and fund-raising comes from people who honestly care and want a better world. Still, if on every last one of these fund-raising efforts they would place the idea that the group supports a one world government such as the United Nations where everyone were to become citizens of the world, the citizens of the world would stop their support, or at least we would hope that would be the case. If the majority of people in the free world actually believe that a world government would be a good idea, then the world is in worse shape than we thought. Just for a moment, we would not ask you try this any longer than that, think of how problems, such as the pothole, which has blown three of your tires upon hitting it on your way to work this past month, would get resolved by a world governance. Did you feel the agony of paperwork and other technicalities which would be required to fill a single pothole? There would be environmental impact studies required and feasibility studies followed by a committee to decide on the best means and methods submitting the five best plans for repairing the pothole. Then somebody would demand that a study be done on the probability of repeat potholes on your stretch of road and whether repaving might be an even better option. After probably three to five years of studies and research, the government would send a large dump truck and a flag waver and streaming tape all to mark the work area so the crew would be safe while repairing the pothole. The union demanded twelve-man crew would be there with eleven men observing one guy shoveling tar and asphalt into your pothole which had grown over the year and a half of studying it. Then, after a whole day or two the pothole would be finished and everything would return to normal except there might be a new pothole which, of course, could not have been repaired by this crew as they were not assigned to that pothole which, incredibly, is all the way in the next block, they cannot be expected to work on that pothole without the necessary paperwork and studies and procedures being followed.

 

The good news is that the United States is not alone in resisting the idea of a single world government. There are a few other nations such as Great Britain as was evidenced by the BREXIT vote to leave the European Union. You will have noticed that the leading politicians have mostly tried to play down the people’s vote and remain in the European Union. Also remaining outside of the European Union are, in alphabetical order, Albania, Armenia. Belarus, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vatican City State. Another nation which stands against any one-world plans is Israel. The Islamic World is actually in favor of a single world government providing Islam gets to be that power and they see the one world government being called the Caliphate. The absolutely frightening reality is there are leaders in the world willing to make that sacrifice just to reach their goal of one-world governance. As John Lennon put his dreams of a one-world governance in his song Imagine where in it he envisions a world where: “Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion, too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.” Of course he goes full tilt communist crazy in a later verse stating; “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world. Sure, right John, wherever you are, we tried that and the result was everyone had nothing while the select few had everything they ever desired. We have seen the results of this system in the Soviet Union, North Korea and Venezuela and none of these give any appearance of being enviable.

 

World Freedom Ratings

World Freedom Ratings

 

Anyway, the elites of both parties desire centralized power with them ruling that governance. President Trump disagrees with this vision politically despite being one of the preferred people within the system himself. President Trump is the one who can begin the struggle to drain the swamp, as it has been put. He has provided a great service towards that end already by exposing the media for their ‘Fake News’ Stories and how they have lied consistently in favor of the privileged few, the power and moneyed people. He has thrown the covers off and revealed the naked truth, the people have been being fed a bunch of garbage and that the mainstream media has been complicit in providing exactly what was ordered. Climate Change meant that people would have to surrender driving more than two-hundred miles per day in their electric car. Never mind that after five to seven years an entirely new set of batteries will be required which will cost almost as much as the car’s original price. Government will mandate that ethanol be mixed into your gasoline which at a certain point will mean older vehicles will no longer run on the provided fuel mixture. Ignore the fact that ethanol mandates have made many farmers switch their wheat fields to growing corn, which requires irrigation and fertilizers, and that we are now burning a goodly percentage of our food crop in our car engines. This is absolutely not a sustainable development. President Trump attempted to remove the coming increases of ethanol into the gasoline mixture only to have the Congress reinstate the mandate through some resolution where this instruction to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. This was done to satisfy the ethanol lobby, a very powerful lobby which uses the Iowa primary caucuses as their bludgeon with which to threaten politics. This lobby is supported by some very deep pockets which include Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill and three international companies from outside the United States of Bunge (Founded in the Netherlands in 1818), Glencore International (Anglo-Swiss multinational) and Louis Dreyfus (French company founded in 1851). Also in on the lobbying are DuPont and Monsanto plus others not mentioned. Corn for ethanol has replaced wheat and corn for human consumption as the number one crop in the United States, has driven up the price of feed for cattle, and is pressing the prices of the entirety of food in direct jeopardy. Making the entire concept even worse is that gasoline ethanol mixtures not only produce lower miles per gallon but are harmful to the engines literally burning these fuels. The constant creep of more ethanol blended into the fuel also forces the vehicle manufacturers to redesign their engines just to accommodate these fuels. Are these politicians thinking of the people or their campaign pockets when they make such decisions?

 

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August 22, 2017

Trump Bordering Clueless on the Middle East

 

President Donald Trump is bordering on clueless regarding much of the Middle East and who are the best and who are troublesome. He has occasional bursts of insight and then appears to slide back into oblivion. One of his problems is his advisors are all over the map on their advice and no two are coming from the same objective point. There is one advisor who, while being amongst the loudest, acts as if he were paid by George Soros which, according to his resume, he once was paid by George Soros as have so many as Soros has his fingers in virtually every dark corner in this world, and you don’t get to the positions Tillerson has held without some contacts with undesirables. Still, Tillerson is at the State Department likely because he was the sole friend or acquaintance who was at all willing to enter that snake-pit and war with the vipers and constrictors who squeezed and poisoned the minds of previous Secretaries of State such as John Bolton, Condoleezza Rice, Collin Powell, and probably others all the way back to Timothy Pickering. Tillerson has some contrary views on the Middle East as he is an oil soaked Arabist. As such, he is opposed to Israel, the Kurds an oddly every true friend the United States has in the Middle East. Trust that Israel and the Kurds are more than simply friends for the United States but also barometers of whether she is steering a true path or sailing towards the craggy cliffs of futile endeavors which will steal from her life, blood and treasure and return nothing but rude awakenings when the truth be known.

 

We will leave the Israel part for background and look largely at the coming binding resolution the Kurdish People will be taking in their regions on September 25, 2017, on whether they should secede from Iraq. Their nonbinding resolution on this subject taken a little over a decade ago passed with 99.8% supporting secession declaring their own nation of Kurdistan. We are equally supportive of the establishing of a greater Kurdistan which would be carved almost exclusively from Iraq and Syria (see map below). We would favor this nation having a Right of Return law similar to the Israeli Right of Return for the Jewish People except for Kurdish People to return to their homelands. This would actually be something which honestly is owed the Kurdish People as they were initially promised by the British that they were to be given their homelands after World War I. When oil was found near Kirkuk and King Feisal offered the British rights to the oil fields, the offers made to the Kurds were found to be inconvenient. The British were good at altering their deals with indigenous peoples in order to suit the Arab demands. The Arabs claimed all of the Ottoman lands claiming, as per their Quran, that all lands which were part of the Caliphates and thus also the Ottomans were to remain as Arab lands and were not to be permitted to be allowed for any others. This was also the deal with Israel and in order to prevent the founding of Israel as the Jewish State the British kept paying Arabs to move from Iraq, Jordan, and even Syria and especially Egypt into the areas west of the Jordan River in order to maintain the Arab majority and thus permit refusing to allow the Jews sovereignty. The Jews eventually, after the agreement passed by the General Assembly accepted any deal while the Arabs refused the deal demanding they have all the lands and promising to destroy the Jews by war if necessary. That was the reason for the War of Annihilation against the Jews by at least a half dozen Arab armies and numerous militias starting at dawn of May 15, 1948, the same date when the Jews declared their state. The Kurds were not as fortunate as the Arabs overran their area and they did not have the organizations to resist, something the Jews managed despite losing the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

 

Our Idea for a Proposed Kurdistan

Our Idea for a Proposed Kurdistan

 

Things have changed and the Kurds now have one of the more proficient military forces in the conflict-savaged areas of Iraq and Syria. The Kurds have proven to have the most effective military forces which stopped the spread of ISIS when they were spreading into Iraq and again as they advanced on northern Syria. What is confusing is, despite the Kurds providing the most reliable fighting force assisting the United States efforts against the Islamic State, President Trump has opposed their intentions for independence. It is known that the State Department also opposes Kurdish independence, as does Secretary of State Tillerson, unsurprisingly. Both the State Department and their boss, Secretary Tillerson, are strongly influenced by their ties and deference to Arab influences. Tillerson is reflexively influenced by Arab desires and influences due to his deep experiences with the oil companies and Exxon-Mobile in particular. The State Department went from being supportive of Arab influences in correlation with their subversion to the Soviet Union and their interests. During this period, there were a number of Arab supporters hired into the State Department and the atmosphere turned against Israel and now against the Kurdish hopes. These influences remain and are continuing to serve interest not of the United States. President Trump claimed he would drain the swamp but thus far, it appears more as if the swamp has begun to drain him as it has others before him.

 

It would be a sad thing should the swamp, which has spread into the areas of Washington D.C. which were originally drained from swamp to make room for the buildings, which comprise the governing conglomerate, should eek its way and permeate the government deeper than Trump is able to drain the morass and its accompanying miasma. Perhaps this was ordained from the start when the decision was made to use reclaimed swamplands for the mall and seat of the Federal Government. Perhaps a little foresight and a better selection of lands, as it might be difficult to build a shining city on a hill if you start in lowlands formerly the habitat of rodents and other creatures of the tidal wetlands of the Potomac River. Just because you name a place Capital Hill, that does not make it into an automatically high place. Perhaps such is the challenge put before the elected officials to take the former swamp and clear it of the current affliction which President Elect Donald Trump claimed was the swamp he would drain. By all current appearance, President Trump may have chosen a task for which he does not posses the requisite skills to accomplish. Perhaps time will prove him capable, but for now, he has yet to get his own Cabinet in order. President Trump has appointed a former military man, a retired Four Star Marine General named John F. Kelly, as his new Chief of Staff who will hopefully find some order and get the members of the Trump team to follow the same script. His first job will be to find a common chord upon which they can all find agreement and work from there to fill out an entire program. Eventually, General Kelly will have to find some means of untangling the Middle East, the area where there appears to be most disagreement and confusion. Within the Cabinet and advisors there are those who support a united Jerusalem under Israeli rule and those who believe that the two state solution will but need the division once again of Jerusalem. Oddly enough, that might be the area of least disagreement. The seeming discordance of views may be the biggest disappointment for Trump supporters and should this not be rectified and set to right with the greatest of urgency, President Trump may find his support vanishing. Already there have appeared cracks in the foundation of the Trump White House and the need for order could not be more obvious. President Trump should Tweet less and instead get his songbirds all tweeting the same tune, or at least from the same operetta.

 

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