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The End of Reaganism: How Trump and Hillary Have Made America Like The Rest of The World

Ronald Reagan and his followers advocated a reduction in the size and scope of government. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not. They both seek to be strong leaders with opposed visions of how big government can best work for the electorate.

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The 1970s and 1980s represented watershed decades in respect of intellectual and ideological debates on the shape, size, scope and role of American government. These debates were primarily influenced by two things. First of all there was Nixon’s Watergate scandal which shook confidence in the institution of the Presidency itself and then there were the landslide victories of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, who stood on a platform of reducing the size of government.

Now though, things are different. America has put its unique debates of the past to rest and has become a bit more like everyone else.

Here’s how

Richard Nixon was in many ways the most intelligent man to hold the office of US President in the 20th century if not beyond. He had a thorough grasp of world affairs, economics, political gamesmanship and diplomacy. He was also a serial liar, a crook and a man famous for his ‘dirty tricks’ against any and all opponents, including those who were seemingly inconsequential. It has to be said however, that compared to Hillary Clinton’s blood-soaked and crime soaked road to Aleppo, Nixon’s crooked behaviour beings to appear like that of St. Paul on his road to Damascus.

Thanks to brave journalists, Nixon’s Watergate scandal was exposed and it ended both his presidency and his political career in 1974. At that time many spoke about the role of US President being ‘too big for one man’. Some even argued for a kind of Parliamentary system whereby the role of President would be reduced.

This however changed in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was elected. In spite of being a commanding figure with great personal charisma, Reagan’s mantra was that of ‘smaller government’. Upon leaving office he said that “As government expands, liberty contracts”. His speeches were rife with American exceptionalism, stating how only in America does government derive its power from the people and not the other way round. The idea of government being subservient to the people and the more specific idea of a social contract was actually invented before the US became an independent country, but that’s beside the point in respect of this particular analysis.

Unlike Reagan’s friend Margaret Thatcher who spoke of the benefits of privatisation vis-à-vis state ownership, in America state ownership was never particularly popular even amongst the centre-left. Instead, the question was of fewer regulations from central government or more regulations. This dovetailed into the debate on state rights versus federal power. Reagan and his followers were unambiguous in their advocating for fewer regulations.

These arguments whose tone Reagan set, persisted through every election since Reagan left office in 1988; every election until 2016 that is.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton represent big government. Both want to be powerful leaders who seek to use the state as the main impetus for implementing their ideas. Neither engage in debates on contracting state power, cutting regulations or challenging the idea that great reform comes from the top.

In this sense the almost quintessentially American debate, certainly in terms of rhetoric, about big versus small government has come to an end. America has finally buried Reagan’s ghost after almost 30 years of Reaganism defining the terms of American political debate.

This is less a reflection of how American politics has change than a reflection of how America has changed. As America slowly declines as a superpower, yet simultaneously seeks to maintain or even increase its influence in the world, voters realise that such large questions can only be solved by steadfast federal and moreover, presidential leadership. The issues of state and local rights seem rather non-poignant at times when war, security and economic collapse are the main concerns of the day.

Clinton supporters realise that it takes a strong president (however insane an individual) to start a world war. Trump supporters realise  that it takes a strong president to halt such a road to war and shift America’s foreign policy. Clinton supporters realise that it takes a strong president to sign global trade deals which would forever end America’s position as a manufacturing power. Trump supporters realise that it takes a strong president to stop these deals, repeal existing deals like NAFTA and renegotiate a settlement to force companies to bring jobs back to the country.

Both candidates talk about law and order and social change as presidential issues, something which would infuriate if not frighten Reagan supporters. But few are challenging the new big government reality, they are instead enthusiastically engaged on whether they want Hillary or Trump’s style of big government.

In this sense America has a clear right versus left argument as much of the world tends to do during elections, this contrasts greatly with erstwhile arguments about the size and reach of government. Hillary Clinton is a big government globalist with an appetite for foreign wars and interventions. Trump is a Taft style conservative with his America first, anti-war foreign policy and his economic protectionism. Ron Paul style free trade isn’t up for debate nor is Ronald Reagan’s arguments about cutting regulation. Frankly, Barry Goldwater’s ideas on the government defending liberty are widely absent too. The government is now defending citizens from Islamic terrorism rather than helping to defend the more abstract concept of liberty against domestic encroachment.

As America becomes less powerful and less confident, she is simultaneously becoming less like America. She is becoming like the rest of the world she has ruled for so long.

 

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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Deep State poster boy Peter Strzok gives bizarre testimony that goes viral (Video)

The face of the Deep State.

Alex Christoforou

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If you were not convinced that the Deep State exists, then look no further than Peter Strzok’s bizarre, yet revealing, congressional testimony, showcasing the arrogance and smugness of a powerful FBI agent who worked diligently to push a fake Trump-Russia narrative onto the American public.

Via Zerohedge

While Peter Strzok’s marathon Congressional testimony was full of bickering, chaos and drama – mostly between members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees – a clip of the disgraced FBI agent’s seemingly giddy reaction after answering a question is creeping people out.

Some have suggested that Strzok’s reaction was “Duper’s delight” – a hidden smirk that slips out at an inappropriate moment when a liar celebrates a successful manipulation.

Watching Peter Strzok, its hard, if not impossible to believe that this man is not a psychopath, who hated Trump so much that he was willing to forward a collusion story that has cost American taxpayers millions, and torn American society apart.

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The video clip even had Donald Trump Jr retweeting it, as he labeled Strzok “the creepiest person in America.”

Via RT

One particular moment from Peter Strzok’s raucous congressional hearing left Twitter users confounded and disturbed, even prompting Donald Trump Jr to label the FBI agent “the creepiest person in America.”

Strzok faced the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday to answer questions about his conduct during the 2016 investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other’s questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

Strzok’s peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren’t deceiving them.

Strzok’s facial expressions were also noticed by the congressmen in the room and prompted one of the most dramatic moments of the hearing when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) accused Strzok of outright lying.

“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk; how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert told Strzok, referring to the agent’s extramarital affair with his former colleague Lisa Page, with whom he exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Gohmert’s comment sparked vociferous objections from Democrats.

The hearing evoked a significant reaction, with many describing it as a farce. Former New York mayor and current attorney to US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, labelled it a “disgrace” and said it “taints the entire Mueller witch hunt.”

“President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed,” he added.

Democrats seemed to agree with that sentiment, as California Congressman Ted Lieu said it was “a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”

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