Why Trump is the gop front runner

Trump is the front runner for a shit ton of reasons, yes people are pissed at the powers that be but he also gives hope to working class White men who don’t want government handouts. On top of that he is also the only dude talking sense on foreign policy …. and while doing it he manged to stir up that anger and instill his message of economic hope

 

He knows his shit. Lest on how to sell himself. Who the fucks knows how he would govern. I’ll bet my last dollar the GOP will do more to derail a Trump administration then ever did to derail the magic nergo in chief

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. It truly is a great honor. I’d like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

TRUMP: It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.

That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America…

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America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration. But to chart our path forward, we must first briefly take a look back. We have a lot to be proud of.

In the 1940s we saved the world. The greatest generation beat back the Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Then we saved the world again. This time, from totalitarianism and communism. The Cold War lasted for decades but, guess what, we won and we won big. Democrats and Republicans working together got Mr. Gorbachev to heed the words of President Reagan, our great president, when he said, tear down this wall.

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History will not forget what he did. A very special man and president. Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

They just kept coming and coming. We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of Americans and just killed be lives, lives, lives wasted. Horribly wasted. Many trillions of dollars were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill that void much to their really unjust enrichment.

They have benefited so much, so sadly, for us. Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy. Today I want to identify five main weaknesses in our foreign policy.

First, our resources are totally over extended. President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders. Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year.

We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. Ending the theft of American jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military, which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength. I am the only person running for the presidency who understands this and this is a serious problem.

I’m the only one — believe me, I know them all, I’m the only one who knows how to fix it.

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Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.

TRUMP: They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us. In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries besides America, are spending the minimum required 2 percent of GDP on defense. We have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia.

The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.

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The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security. A Trump administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded, and funded beautifully.

Thirdly, our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country. He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed. Remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

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And under a Trump administration, will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon.

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All of this without even mentioning the humiliation of the United States with Iran’s treatment of our ten captured sailors — so vividly I remember that day. In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table.

When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win — you just can’t win. At the same time, your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. You’ve made that agreement, you have to stand by it and the world will be a better place. President Obama gutted our missile defense program and then abandoned our missile defense plans with Poland and the Czech Republic. He supported the ouster of a friendly regime in Egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty with Israel, and then helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in its place.

Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as an impatient peace area in the region.

President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power. Iran has, indeed, become a great, great power in just a very short period of time, because of what we’ve done. All of the expense and all at the expense of Israel, our allies in the region and very importantly, the United States itself.

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they’re starting to look elsewhere for help. Remember that. Not good.

Fourth, our rivals no longer respect us. In fact, they’re just as confused as our allies, but in an even bigger problem is they don’t take us seriously anymore. The truth is they don’t respect us. When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, to leader was there, nobody, to greet him.

Perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One. Then amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia. It’s called no respect. Absolutely no respect.

TRUMP: Do you remember when the president made a long and expensive trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to get the Olympics for our country, and after this unprecedented effort, it was announced that the United States came in fourth — fourth place? The president of the United States making this trip — unprecedented — comes in fourth place. He should have known the result before making such an embarrassing commitment. We were laughed at all over the world, as we have been many, many times.

The list of humiliations go on and on and on. President Obama watches helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands further and further with its nuclear reach. Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, refusing to enforce trade deals and apply leverage on China necessary to rein in North Korea. We have the leverage. We have the power over China, economic power, and people don’t understand it. And with that economic power, we can rein in and we can get them to do what they have to do with North Korea, which is totally out of control.

He has even allowed China to steal government secrets with cyber attacks and engaged in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies. We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything, and they do. They do at will. It always happens. If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.

Finally, America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy. One day, we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster democracy for civilians. The next day, we’re watching the same civilians suffer while that country falls and absolutely falls apart. Lives lost, massive moneys lost. The world is a different place.

We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.

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We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that, for that lack of action. Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS, and we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy, and unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem.

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Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words radical Islam, even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible.

Clinton blames it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie, proven to be absolutely a total lie. Our ambassador was murdered and our secretary of state misled the nation. And, by the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3 o’clock in the morning. And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil. And you know what? We don’t blockade, we don’t bomb, we don’t do anything about it. It’s almost as if our country doesn’t even know what’s happening, which could be a fact and could be true.

TRUMP: This will all change when I become president.

To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again. It’s going to be a friend again. We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies.

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We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world. Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge. We need a new rational American foreign policy, informed by the best minds and supported by both parties, and it will be by both parties — Democrats, Republicans, independents, everybody, as well as by our close allies.

This is how we won the Cold War and it’s how we will win our new future struggles, which may be many, which may be complex, but we will win if I become president.

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First, we need a long-term plan to halt the spread and reach of radical Islam. Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed the world. Events may require the use of military force, but it’s also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.

In this, we’re going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence, attacks and everything else. It is a dangerous world, more dangerous now than it has ever been.

We should work — thank you.

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We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street. They must also be good to us. Remember that. They have to be good to us, no longer one way. It’s now two-way. And remember, us and all we’re doing, they have to appreciate what we’ve done to them. We’re going to help, but they have to appreciate what we’ve done for them. The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies. We have no idea where these people are coming from. There’s no documentation. There’s no paperwork. There’s nothing. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or frankly, much worse. All you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th, one of the great catastrophes, in my opinion, the single greatest military catastrophe in the history of our country; worse than Pearl Harbor because you take a look at what’s happened, and citizens were attacked, as opposed to the military being attacked — one of the true great catastrophes.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must…

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… we must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We’re sending troops. We tell them. We’re sending something else. We have a news conference. We have to be unpredictable. And we have to be unpredictable starting now.

But they’re going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly. They will be gone very, very quickly.

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TRUMP: Secondly, we have to rebuild our military and our economy. The Russians and Chinese have rapidly expanded their military capability, but look at what’s happened to us. Our nuclear weapons arsenal, our ultimate deterrent, has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal. And it has to happen immediately. Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today. The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during this same period of time. The Air Force is about one-third smaller than 1991. Pilots flying B-52s in combat missions today. These planes are older than virtually everybody in this room.

And what are we doing about this? President Obama has proposed a 2017 defense budget that in real dollars, cuts nearly 25 percent from what we were spending in 2011. Our military is depleted and we’re asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming.

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest, single investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody.

But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, right now we have so much debt that nobody even knows how to address the problem. But I do. No one dollar can be wasted. Not one single dollar can we waste. We’re also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again. And to put Americans first again.

This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenues, increase our economic might as a nation, make us strong financially again. So, so important. We need to think smart about areas where our technological superiority, and nobody comes close, gives us an edge.

This includes 3D printing, artificial intelligence and cyber warfare. A great country also takes care of its warriors. Our commitment to them is absolute, and I mean absolute. A trump administration will give our servicemen and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve and where they serve. And the best care in the world when they return as veterans and they come back home to civilian life. Our veterans…

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Our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly. These are our great people and we must treat them fairly. We must even treat them really, really well and that will happen under the Trump administration.

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Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests. Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries. Look at what happened in the 1990s. Our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania — and this was a horrible time for us — were attacked. and 17 brave sailors were killed on the USS Cole.

And what did we do? It seemed we put more effort into adding China into the World Trade organization, which has been a total disaster for the United States. Frankly, we spent more time on that than we did in stopping Al Qaida. We even had an opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden and we didn’t do it

And then we got hit at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Again, the worst attack on our country in its history. Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests. And the following will be my priorities.

In the Middle East our goals must be, and I mean must be, to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies. And believe me, we have groups that no matter what you do, they will be the enemy.

TRUMP: We have to be smart enough to recognize who those groups are, who those people are, and not help them. And we must only be generous to those that prove they are indeed our friends.

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We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests.

Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.

Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.

Fixing our relations with China is another important step — and really toward creating an even more prosperous period of time. China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect.

We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit that we have to find a way quickly, and I mean quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China, better than we have right now. Look at what China is doing in the South China Sea. They’re not supposed to be doing it.

No respect for this country or this president. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate ways. If need be, that’s what’s going to have to happen.

After I’m elected president, I will also call for a summit with our NATO allies and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies for tackling our common challenges. For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated mission and structure, grown out of the Cold War to confront our shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism.

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I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must only fight to win.

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I will never sent our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.

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Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction. The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy. With President Obama and Secretary Clinton we’ve had the exact opposite — a reckless, rudderless and aimless foreign policy, one that has blazed the path of destruction in its wake.

After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.

I will also be prepared to deploy America’s economic resources. Financial leverage and sanctions can be very, very persuasive, but we need to use them selectively and with total determination.

TRUMP: Our power will be used if others do not play by the rules. In other words, if they do not treat us fairly. Our friends and enemies must know that if I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand. Believe me.

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However, unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy. A superpower understands that caution and restraint are really truly signs of strength. Although not in government service, I was totally against the war in Iraq, very proudly, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, and the biggest beneficiary has been has been Iran, who is systematically taking over Iraq and gaining access to their very rich oil reserves, something it has wanted to do for decades.

And now, to top it off, we have ISIS. My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.

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We have to look to new people because many of the old people frankly don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in the New York Times or being watched on television.

Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread universal values that not everybody shares or wants, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.

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These are my goals as president. I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, so important, and which our friends and allies will respect and totally welcome. The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies, that’s what we want. We want them to be our allies.

We want the world to be — we want to bring peace to the world. Too much destruction out there, too many destructive weapons. The power of weaponry is the single biggest problem that we have today in the world.

To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership. Again, many Americans must wonder why we our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own. Americans…

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Americans must know that we’re putting the American people first again on trade.

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So true. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy. The jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

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No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down and will never enter…

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TRUMP: And under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

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NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states — literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. And I’ve just gotten to see it. I’ve toured Pennsylvania. I’ve toured New York. I’ve toured so many of the states. They have been cleaned out. Their manufacturing is gone.

Never again, only the reverse — and I have to say this strongly — never again; only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. There will be consequences for the companies that leave the United States only to exploit it later. They fire the people. They take advantage of the United States. There will be consequences for those companies. Never again.

Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country.

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I will view as president the world through the clear lens of American interests. I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.

The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue and continue forever to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives and indeed humanity itself, but to play the role, we must make America strong again.

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And always — always, always, we must make, and we have to look at it from every angle, and we have no choice, we must make America respected again. We must make America truly wealthy again. And we must — we have to and we will make America great again. And if we do that — and if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever, ever known. Thank you very much, everybody. I appreciate it. Thank you.

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Thank you very much.

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Thank you.

Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

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29 thoughts on “Why Trump is the gop front runner

  1. Cautiously Pessimistic

    I don’t much care for Trump, but if it’s a choice between him and the Washtitutes, I’ll take low expectations over no expectations.

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    1. SFC Ton Post author

      I have no idea what kind of POTUS he’ll be. My guess is a lame one because congress will block everything but I am impressed with the image he sells as a man worth 4 billion dollars yet speaks right to working class White men. And lets face it, that’s why he is popular and hated/ feared

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      1. Cautiously Pessimistic

        Yeah, I suspect that if he’s elected, all kinds of whoresons will discover the idea of constitutional restrictions on presidential power.

        I think I’ll stop talking now before my words start getting intemperate.

  2. thedeti

    Trump is the GOP frontrunner because he is the only candidate who is unabashedly pro-American in his public stances. Whehter he believes what he’s saying is another matter. There’s an internet conspiracy theory out there that says this is the biggest troll job ever pulled off — Trump is a Democrat shill trolling the GOP by being a Democrat imagined caricature of a barrel chested, chest pounding, red meat, red blooded ‘Murkin, and will throw the election to Queen Hillary in November. That might or might not be true. But for the time being, he’s saying what GOP rank and file want to hear, he gives no fucks what anyone thinks, and that’s why he’s the presumptive GOP nominee at the moment.

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    1. SFC Ton Post author

      He is basically using the Pat Buchanan plan but at a time where it is better received.

      I reckon he looked around and thought what’s next? Then said fuck it, I’ll run for president.

      I also think he delayed earlier runs because he knew how shit would work with obama

      musings of a high school drop out, for whatever they are worth

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      1. BuenaVista

        Actually, there’s an essay from 1996 about Buchanan that describes Trump’s ideology very well. So your high school dropout musings are spot. FYI, I dropped out of high school as well. Waste of time, had to get out of the house.

      2. BuenaVista

        Well, in my case it was a good move. Any boy wasting time as a boy when he’s already a young man should get out. I can’t imagine what the young guys go through now, in the same circumstance. I was living like a 25 year old at 16, by present day standards.

      3. SFC Ton Post author

        LOL yea now that’s funny

        i tell folks if 50 is the new 40 then 20 is the new 10

        Did you leave high school for college?

      4. BuenaVista

        Yeah, I took my college tour alone in november, and the third one said, “Why don’t you just come here in January?” It helped that i was a ballplayer.

        But I dropped out after one semester and moved to NYC, still 17. Turbulent time for a few years.

      5. BuenaVista

        I was doing my own laundry and feeding my little brother and sister at 7. We would stand at the window in the living room, wondering if Dad was going to come home again. NYC was a piece of cake, in comparison.

  3. Ame

    would like your thoughts … just saw a pic on fb of a marine holding a sign asking americans not to vote for HC b/c the military doesn’t want her to be their commander and chief. how do you see the military reacting if she is elected?

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    1. SFC Ton Post author

      Some will get out early, most will stay in, take the queen’s silver and do the queen’s bidding

      They have fat, unfaithful harpies to feed and kids that are possibly theirs to feed

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  4. Ame

    BV and Ton –

    your comments about moving out b4 high school are of interest to me b/c of my Step Son. before he turned 18 we had talked of what rights he would have when he did turn 18 (mostly being able to leave his mother w/out her chasing after him legally … being able to get into his school/medical records … have the police and school counselor chase him down for her if he didn’t reply/respond to her in a manner she felt was timely, etc).

    he commented that it didn’t make sense that one day he wasn’t considered old enough to make those decisions legally but the next he was.

    i agreed but didn’t know how to address that.

    how would either of you address that in this day and age where a parent still has certain legal rights over a child until they turn 18?

    btw – it’s been a stark slap of reality for his mother since he turned 18 and has cut her out of his life. i think he finally feels empowered for the first time ever, and he’s taking full advantage of that.

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    1. BuenaVista

      Not only do 17 year-olds have fewer rights now, but some states impose legal liability on the parents that is extremely onerous. I have a good friend who is counting the days until his 17 year-old turns 18. He’s in fullscale rebellion against an overbearing child-rearing (his mother, for example, didn’t let him walk four blocks to school — in a small rural town) and he’s doing very stupid stuff. My advice was to just call his bluff and invite him to set up his own rooms, and even give him some money to do so — but the father is a public health pro and he cannot get a criminal entry on his record. (For example, in their state, if the boy leaves the home and is busted for weed, which is likely, the father is charged with something as well. He can’t do his job with a criminal record. So they are limping to a July birthday, and then the boy will leave the home.)

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      1. Ame

        BV – wow. not surprised by the legal stuff and have dealt with that age/parent-child/legal stuff in various ways, but not for public info. wise dad, though situation sucks.

        my SS is making some stupid decisions … but i think he’s flexing his ‘adult’ muscles.

        which all brings up another question that i’ve been mulling over how and where and whom to ask: if we had a cultural ‘rite of passage’ for boys to become men, thinking tribal customs, do you think it would avoid a lot of this stuff? am thinking boys are forcing that ‘growing into men process’ by sometimes (like these 2 examples) doing stupid things b/c males have an innate need to go through some sort of rite of passage to become men?

      2. BuenaVista

        My teenage years offered plenty of opportunity to explore adult behavior. The drinking age was still 18, I had a fake ID at 16. I drove all night (24 hours) through a blizzard in a two-wheel drive shitbox to ski, got sick, spent the week in bed, drove home through another Nebraska blizzard. Worked 40 hours a week as soon as I turned 16. Rode bikes with my friends 20 miles into the country and camped at 12. Two paper routes. Vandalized a school bus. Smoked pot. Smuggled fireworks.

        I broke the law weekly, while working 40 hours and getting good grades and playing sports. Today, children who live similarly would cause their parents to be arrested by CPS for endangerment and neglect. You’ve already noted how the school personnel think it’s their duty to be alternative parents, with parental oversight authority.

      3. SFC Ton Post author

        Nice man! them were the days

        The legal age was 18 for beer, 19 for liquor when I was a kid. I was grandfathered into when the law changed to 21 but it didn’t matter. I had a beard by then and a man’s strength/ frame. no one thought to card me

        Didn’t get carded until I was in the Army and had to shave.

  5. Liz

    I think most of what Trump said is pretty much common sense for most people
    (outside of the beltway anyway)
    Back up your friends, don’t go purposely trying to make enemies, consider the short and long-term impacts of your decisions, make plans instead of randomly floundering, and so forth.
    Seems more sensible than the ideological nonsense the rest of them are spouting.

    Hope the above passes the filter. 🙂
    I enjoy this site very much, Ton and will continue to read. I will also respect your decision to not permit female participation….unless it is a clarification question or a particularly clever or funny statement…good grief! Now there’s pressure! 🙂
    That’s a high bar so who knows. Just wanted to say how much I value your site.

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    1. SFC Ton Post author

      Legit and thank you

      Nothing personal but women have been messing up to many blogs and I was thinking of you with the clever or funny clause 😉

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    2. BuenaVista

      I have no idea what Trump really believes, but I think a lot of people are sick of launching wars we have no intention of winning; wars where we do not kill everything in sight, burning everything in the way, until the other guys beg for armistice. He indicates that he agrees with the Ron and Rand Paul approach to national defense: have the strongest military in the world, and only use it to devastating effect, not to advance some phony’s career (think Samantha Power, and her Duty to Protect doctrine in Libya) before melting away like pussies when the natives turn out to be more challenging than State Department bureaucrats.

      Speaking of which, Ton, Mrs. Smith called me last night. (She promised never to talk to me again a few weeks ago, but alas, changed her mind.) I asked her who her favorite classmate is in her sabbatical, reward, boondoggle, whatever. Her favorite classmate at the War College is a sniper, or an officer who manages the activity (he’s an officer, I don’t know anything about the trade). She said, “I never thought … I don’t know how to talk to him about … about pulling the trigger.” (Wow, talk about just saying, “He makes me wet.”) I noted that we’ve killed thousands of people — we just pretend we haven’t, because other people are pulling the triggers or launching the UAVs. Their class is going overseas for two weeks, and I’m curious if she’s going to bust up his marriage. I did say to her, brother, “Don’t jump him, Mrs. Smith. He’s not equipped to fight you off.”

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      1. SFC Ton Post author

        LOL yea he would be the scout/ sniper platoon leader

        power makes chicks wet and making the long shot is a huge display of masculine power… though it seems like she cannot get enough of the BV either

      2. SFC Ton Post author

        the question about Trump is….is he legit or is he working the crowd and selling himself

        If he is legit, he may buy what is left of the usa some time (don’t know if that is good or bad, most likely both)

        he certainly cannot speed up the dysfunction anymore then bush, clinton, obama etc etc

  6. BuenaVista

    If he’s just working the crowd, he’s in for a rude surprise. The crowd’s gotten pretty big. He has already restructured the Republican Party from a globalist, corporatist entity to a nationalist, populist entity.

    I’m looking forward to the next phase when he actually starts running against the Hillary. She has been in a bubble her entire life, and has no idea how to compete with someone who will confront her directly, without apology, and without chivalrous mincing niceties. I prefer Cruz’ politics and brain, but he comes across like a computer to me, and I’m sure he would fail utterly to confront Hillary for fear of being called a meany sexist.

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    1. SFC Ton Post author

      Cruz is a mangina
      No dude named Cruz will stop the taco bender invasion
      Cruz did squat to stop obama
      Cruze supports all the globalist shit
      His old lady is a bank semi heavy weight

      I short Cruz is why Trump is poplar

      And who isn’t stoked about Trump busting Clintons bubble?

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