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Saturday, 12 November 2016

12 November 2016. An Iranian View of the Late Election

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Part of it is because Clinton gravitates towards Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump might not have a smile for Iran, but he doesn’t have too many smiles for Israel and Saudi Arabia either. Iran considers this a gift. Clinton bares her teeth when it comes to Iran. In fact, [the hardliners] say that although Trump isn’t our friend, he isn’t a friend of Israel and the Arabs either. However, Clinton is our enemies’ friend. The second reason is that the Russians welcome a Trump victory and have done everything in their power to ensure his victory. Putin showed that he’d dislike a Clinton victory and showed his pleasure at [the prospect of] a Trump victory. Iran is a Russian ally and we’ve practically tied our foreign policy to that of Russia. Therefore, if the Russians say Trump is good, we too, say Trump is good. The third reason is that, in the past, the Iranian government was able to come to certain secret agreements with the Republicans. Under President Reagan, there was the Robert McFarland [Iran-Contra] affair, when Iran accepted arms in exchange for the freedom of American hostages [held by Hizbullah in Lebanon]. Things were on track until Lebanese revolutionaries… who weren’t happy with the USA-Iran bargain… revealed the affair and Rafsanjani [who was Speaker of Parliament at the time] had to pull the plug on it.

During George W Bush’s presidency, when the Americans attacked the Taliban and Saddam’s Iraq, in both cases we gave a green light and came to unwritten unannounced agreements with the Republicans. We gave them flyover rights and they granted us other concessions. Therefore, experience taught the Islamic Republic that, with the Democrats, whatever we do must be public, like the nuclear negotiations. On the contrary, with the Republicans, we understand each other better; we can come to secret agreements with them over Lebanon, Syria, etc. These three factors combined make the hardliners want Trump to win.

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: On President-elect Donald Trump

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Here are real Iranians… not the nasty-ass Neanderthals you were led to believe, are they?

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Editor:

This observation dates from BEFORE the election. Interesting, no?

BMD

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Have you watched the debates between the two American candidates? Did you observe the truths that they spoke of? Did you hear them? They exposed the USA. They themselves said things many times [worse than] what we said [about them] that many didn’t believe and didn’t want to believe. What’s interesting is that the one who said these more explicitly, got more attention from the people. Because that man [Trump] spoke more clearly, more explicitly, the people of America gathered their attention toward him. The opposing side said that he’s acting like a populist; populism, why populism? Because the people saw what he said and saw that those words were the truth; they’d observed those in the realities of their own lives.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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Suck It Up, Lefties. Trump’s Voters Didn’t Blow It. We Did

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This was the rejoinder of the ordinary people to the diktat of the Upper Middle Political Class… why isn’t that a surprise to grounded folk?

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Amidst all the howls of existential torment since Donald Trump’s election, one complaint rings louder than any other… the American people got it wrong. This is, of course, impossible. The very definition of democracy is that the voters are always right. Politics isn’t Sale of the Century, it’s Family Feud. The only correct answer is whatever the survey says… and the survey said Trump. This is what many in the Left seem unable to process. They believe that because they didn’t endorse Trump he’s somehow illegitimate. For example, the day after the election protesters in the USA took to the streets and social media with the declaration “Not my president”. In fact, he IS unquestionably their president. What they mean to say is that they just don’t like it.

This cognitive dissonance is at the very heart of the censoriousness that now dominates Left thinking. The general principle is that if they don’t like something it shouldn’t exist. That if they disapprove of certain views, then, we should ban those views. Yet, in the midst of this social censorship Donald Trump rose. Most men of means fear losing either their wealth or their status. Trump seemed to fear neither; indeed, he lost both with impunity. He had limitless money and a limitless lack of shame. As a result, he was beholden to no moral, political, or financial constraint. He could say whatever he wanted without fear of losing his job, his donors, or his dignity. In the land of the free, he was the most completely free of all.

What’s more, he arrived just at a time when the old working-class Left was desperate to express its discontent, but felt scared to do so. If America was a pressure cooker, Trump was the valve. Even so, the political Establishment, the media, and the middle-class Left completely failed to see what was happening. They made the problem even worse by trying to put a lid on the pressure cooker. They told voters Trump was racist, sexist, homophobic, and Islamophobic; they effectively decreed that no one could vote for him. They simply wrote him off as non-viable. Furthermore, because the Establishment determined that Trump didn’t exist, it also made his voters cease to exist. As far as polling was concerned, they literally disappeared off the map. The censorious Left had berated Trump’s “deplorables” so much it shamed them into silence. They simply didn’t tell pollsters who they were voting for. The result was the biggest political upset since the American Revolution.

The establishment assumed that because Trump was racist, sexist, homophobic, and Islamophobic that his supporters must be as well. In fact, it entirely missed the point. Most voters didn’t agree with everything Trump said, but they liked the fact he wasn’t afraid to say it. To them, Trump wasn’t an expression of bigotry; he was an expression of freedom. Besides, in a land that prided itself on liberty, tens of millions of people were sick and tired of others telling them what to say, what to think, and what was good for them. What’s more, until the comfortable inner-city Left stops trying to dictate how other people should feel, it’ll get its arse handed to it on a platter again and again, just as it did in the UK election, the Brexit poll, the Australian election, and now in the most powerful country on Earth. This is what happens when you suppress free speech. This is what happens when you tell people that they can’t express their views. Donald Trump happens.

How do I know all this? Because I supported Hillary.

11 November 2016

Joe Hildebrand

Daily Telegraph (Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA)

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/suck-it-up-lefties-trumps-voters-didnt-blow-it-we-did/news-story/5b8d71a61a4176cef332b0b59c0851e9

World Heaves Sigh of Relief

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Shall he end the wars? We’ll have to see…

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Certainly, Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US President sent shockwaves around the world, but perhaps the uppermost sense is one of huge relief that he kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House. For most ordinary citizens around the world, Clinton, her multi-billion-dollar election campaign, and the fawning corporate media coverage represented everything that they perceived as fundamentally wrong in Western politics. Her cronyism went so far that she wouldn’t hesitate to start a world war with Russia, or whoever, to appease her corporate sponsors and indulge her deluded notion of “exceptional liberalism”. Trump’s stunning victory is a victory for common people and common sense. Despite the Western media’s systematic shielding of Clinton from criticism, a good number of ordinary Americans and other nationals around the world could clearly see her irredeemable flaws. She’s a self-enriching puppet for Big Finance and the military-industrial complex. What’s more, as her email scandal shows, she’s a consummate liar on top of that.

Donald Trump is a billionaire property tycoon with a big mouth and uncouth manner. He’s never held an elected office before. It’s unprecedented that he should become President of the USA. Will he really “make America great again”? Will he really deliver on massive infrastructure investments to regenerate impoverished working-class communities across America? We don’t know if he’s just an opportunist conman, or if he really does have a humble heart to reach out to all the “forgotten people” that he speaks about. One can hope. However, one thing’s for sure. Trump isn’t a warmonger. Additionally, he doesn’t seem to be a puppet that one can push around. In one of the live TV debates with Clinton during the campaign, Trump surprised many viewers when he said, apparently sincerely, that he’d never commit a first-strike nuclear attack against any nation. It took a lot of guts and moral integrity to say that. Clinton didn’t answer the question, but her record as Secretary of State showed that she has no hesitation about launching illegal wars and murdering foreign heads of state.

Trump has also spoken several times about restoring friendly relations with America’s biggest nuclear rival Russia. He took a lot of heat for that from the Clinton campaign and the biased US media, who accused him of being a “stooge” for President Putin. To his credit, Trump didn’t cave in to the anachronistic “Russian baiting”, which has been a staple of American politics for decades. During his acceptance speech as President-elect, Trump repeated his oft-mentioned desire for the USA to base its foreign relations on “partnership” instead of “hostility and conflict”. Notably, Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on winning the White House. Reciprocating goodwill, Putin said that he hoped to work with Trump so that Russia and the USA can “restore relations from their current critical condition”.

Surely, this is the point. To replace outmoded ideological stereotypes and animosity with a pragmatic mutual respect to coöperate. Russia and its leadership aren’t the enemy of the USA, Europe, or the rest of the world… unless you’re a terrorist network seeking illicit régime change. The people who demonised Russia are ideologues in Washington and their surrogates among European governments and the Western corporate media. That negative image of Russia doesn’t match reality as ordinary people perceive it, including many ordinary Americans. Russia didn’t destabilise the Ukraine. It didn’t annex the Crimea. Russia wasn’t involved in shooting down a civilian airliner. It isn’t massacring civilians in Syria. In Syria, it is helping a sovereign state defeat terrorist mercenary elements in an American-sponsored covert war for régime change. Russia isn’t a sports-drug pariah. It isn’t hacking computer systems nor subverting foreign democracies. These are all just false ideological constructs manufactured by the Western establishment and its subservient media. Ordinary citizens around the world, especially those in the USA, know that. Their real-world concerns are dealing with poverty, unemployment, and crumbling societies. This stuff about “Putin being the new Hitler” and “threatening the free world” is just so much baloney.

Maybe, because Trump isn’t a career politician or a Washington insider, he knows all that too. Besides, he knows that the Establishment isn’t listening to ordinary Americans. That’s why Trump’s victory comes as such a shock. The political class was so wrong on almost every issue, whether it was the Brexit and discontent with the EU, or foreign relations with Russia, or Trump’s chances of winning the presidency. The Western political class got it so wrong on so many issues because it’s divorced from reality as it affects most people. It’s aloof, elitist, out of touch, and undemocratic. Yet, this Western ruling class, as embodied by Hillary Clinton, would be ready to start more wars around the world than they already have, based on their own twisted self-serving logic. Consider these figures just released by the Pentagon. Under President Obama… who was an advocate for Clinton… American arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other Mideast despots are double the amount under George W Bush. This weapons supply has gone towards arming jihadi terror groups. Clinton approved of this arms bazaar for terrorists when she was in office as part of Washington’s régime-change schemes. In spite of that, people like Obama and Clinton spout all sorts of “humanitarian” and “moralistic” mumbo-jumbo. They’re liars. What’s more, they’re the most cynical of corrupt politicians. They’re the very breed of politician-puppets that ordinary decent people around the world have come to despise.

Trump, for all his personal flaws, is in a different category. He’s astute enough to know that the pain of ordinary citizens stems from a badly broken economic system. Can an arch-capitalist like Trump fix chronic capitalism? It’s doubtful, unless he radically shifts to a new form of socialist policy, but the main good thing about Trump is that he’s a pragmatist who (at least) appears to be on the side of ordinary people and on the side of restoring peaceful relations with other nations, Russia in particular. The primary groups of people dejected about Trump are the American/European political class and their media echo chambers. It’s notable that Merkel in Germany and Hollande in France both affected an air of disapproval over Trump’s victory…unlike Putin who magnanimously congratulated him. Hollande said he’d be “vigilant” in his future dealings with Trump. What’s he talking about? That’s why the people will kick out Merkel and Hollande in forthcoming elections. Like Obama, Clinton, and the American establishment, the pro-US European ruling parties are so out of touch with reality. The demonisation of Russia reflects how disconnected the Western political class are from their own people. Ordinary people around the world want jobs, prosperity, and peace. They know they can’t afford futile hostilities with Russia, as their rulers tried to foist upon them, whilst urgent social needs go neglected. Crazy as it may seem, Trump’s win may be a chance for the USA to redeem itself. Consequently, the world may heave a huge sigh of relief.

9 November 2016

Finian Cunningham

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201611091047256607-trump-wins-us-presidential-election-sigh-of-relief/

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