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Wrong, wrong, wrong. So says NBN this week, despite sympathizing to some extent with everything being said in this video postcard to Donald Trump voters. The problem is nobody who voted for Trump will hear this, just as most people who read The New Yorker don’t watch Fox News. Therein lies the rub in the election that made a salesman president of a nation desperately looking to buy something, but unsure of what.
As has become abundantly clear since the advent of radio, sales trump production when it comes to getting into and staying in elected office in this country. Year in and year out we elect the person making the boldest promises only to see none of them kept. Why? Because the vast majority of us do not take the time to really do our homework, to see what is and is not possible when governing a nation of 320 million immigrants recruited from all over the world.
In some cases we’re too busy, others prefer to lean more on ideology than information to make their decision. NBN believes historically the latter tend to elect our presidents and in 2016 information was rendered useless. How else to explain Trump after Obama. How did the vision for this nation go from “Hope and Change” to “Build That Wall” almost overnight?
As we point out in Popular Wisdom (or lack thereof) this week, the enigma that history will call the 2016 Presidential Election has much less to do with the candidates than with the voters and system that gave us a president-elect who lost by 2.5 million votes and no one took seriously 18 months ago. Every four years this system is hijacked by vested interests which happily herd voters into one of two ideological camps through a series of circumstances that have grown far beyond the safeguards designed to prevent exactly what happened this year. We all know what that system is, right? If not read NBN’s post in Popular Wisdom, (or lack thereof) this week and read our take on it.
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The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy As a courtesy to our conservative readers, NBN read completely this well done piece on why it’s OK that US government can be less by the people and more for the people. The writer cites Founding Father James Madison by way of Plato to note a true democracy is vulnerable to mob-rule wherein 50.1 percent of the people can run roughshod over 49.9. The Founding Fathers felt they needed to tamp down that populist movement stuff with yet more careful deliberation and checks and balances. Yet, didn’t we just elect a person who ran on a blow-up-the-system populist platform that the electoral college was specifically designed to keep from taking over the country? This election makes clear the checks and balances have been so thoroughly corrupted by Gerrymandering, lobbyist, and Citizens United that a majority of landmass now consistently controls the majority of people. What's that called? A geogracy? Just as corporations are not people neither are states. They are boundaries. If we can not fix this total perversion of representation in this country, then let's at least consider a constitutional amendment that automatically triggers a revote in the event of the Popular Vote exceeding the Electoral College. Not a recount, a revote. But then again, how can we possibly inconvenience voters like that. We're far too busy. Until this gets resolved, keep an eye out for a modern version of the Enabling Act. Particularly in the next four years.
Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support Such is the state of news today that knowing who writes a story is as important as what’s written. Turkey has always impressed us as having one-foot in the modern world and the other in antiquity. Which is to say its enigmatic leader Recep Erdogan walks a fine line and it seemed to NBN that recent reporting has him straying down the wrong path. Then this retired military guy Trump likes says that Erdogan is just a little misunderstood. He says that Erdogan’s opposition to some US-backed Turkey exile now kicking back in Pennsylvania, makes Erdogan the good guy, because the Pennsylvania guy is linked to the Muslum Brotherhood. But then what about all those headlines NBN read—and even a few stories—saying Turkey is buying blackmarket oil giving life to the clowns chopping off heads in Syria and Iraq? Well, it appears that Russia Times put out more than a few of those stories and headlines, before HuffPost picked up on it. Don’t look for an answer here, just an exhortation of sorts. We need to actually read multiple source of news on every story before making up our minds these days, and not just the headlines. And, oh yeah, don’t believe any anonymous sources.
Trump’s election a threat to net neutrality When searching for tangible damage Trump can do in what will inevitably be a four year term—If that—NBN thought he will be on a par with Bush ’41. He’ll blow some stuff and people up, gut as many environmental regulations and agencies as possible and then bail out to capitalize on what Whitehouse chache' can bring to a real estate business. Then we remembered net-neutrality and how the only person who could possibly be worse for the White House than Trump almost got this catchy phrase turned into a cash cow for the nation’s most powerful communications corporations. NBN wants to give the nouveau TEA/Trump party its moment in the sun with election 2016. There is no doubt that at the very least, in the next four years the nation’s needy will need to work a little harder for handouts, and we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. But all you small government guru’s had better comes to grips with the idea of paying through the nose to watch free movies compliments of the internet. Any good movies will quite suddenly and easily become pay per view, if Net Neutrality is struck down and reversing the decision will be nearly impossible. Bandwidth firewalls will be going up every where. So, all you truckers out there singing Trumps praises will be doing a lot more reading in the parking lot of the Flying J. FYI, here is a masterful spin job on this issue by that paragon of journalism Breitbart News.
A Donald Trump-Led Trip Back to the Gold-Plated ’80s Ah yes, all you iron workers, auto workers, carpenters and housewives of same who voted for Trump, your ship is about to come in. This Sunday NYT business piece says of Trumps tax cuts: “The wealthy are already partying like it’s 1989. If Mr. Trump makes good on his tax cut promises, billions are expected to go back into the country’s deepest pockets. The stock market is reaching record highs, and sales of Picassos and Warhols are resurgent.” That means Joe the Plumber will once again be able to enjoy Robin Leach from the comfort of his couch and see all the benefits those people he works for will reap because of his decision to vote for Trump. Joe may also make some extra money because, according to Leach’s quote in the article: “The cars will get bigger, the houses will be more luxurious, and it will be O.K. to wear jewelry and gowns again.” It will be interesting to see just how much of that will "trickle down" to you this time.