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State of the Union - Kunstler

By anonymous following x   2019 Feb 5, 2:23am 962 views   38 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    


It’s conceivable, in a nation that absolutely can’t make sense of itself, that Mr. Trump’s annual report to congress will be as incomprehensible as this year’s Superbowl halftime show. Even the weather in Atlanta was a complete mystery with Maroon 5’s front man, Adam Levine, capering half-naked in tattoo drag amid artificial fires-of-hell, and then local hero rapper Big Boi’s triumphal entry in a limo, nearly lost inside what looked like the pelt of a giant ground sloth — an eight-year-old’s idea of what it means to be important. Or maybe it was just all code for two sides of the climate change debate.



You can be sure the atmosphere will be frosty to the max when the Golden Golem of Greatness lumbers down the aisle of congress’s house on Tuesday night. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Democratic majority turns its backs on him during the always excruciating preliminaries and then just walks out of the chamber. Don’t expect the usual excessive rounds of applause from the president’s own party this time, either, in the big, half-empty room. They don’t know what to do about him at this point… or what to do with themselves, for that matter.

The running theme for State of the Union (SOTU) messages going back to Ronald Reagan is American Wonderfulness, so expect at least forty minutes of national self-esteem therapy, which nobody will believe. Throw in another ten minutes of elevating sob stories about “special guests” up in the galleries. But leave a little time for Mr. Trump to roll a few cherry bombs down the aisles. He must be good and goddam sick of all the guff shoveled at him for two years.

The hinge of the whole story will be how fabulous the US economy is. Mr. Trump performed miracles like unto Moses in Egyptland. The manufacturing economy that made America great in the 1950s is back (not). Unemployment has been vanquished (not). We are “energy independent” (not). The once-again rising stock market is proof-of-life for US business prospects (not). We have the best medical care and higher ed in the world (cough cough). It would all come as a surprise to the people dining on dog food with ketchup out in the flyover precincts — but they are not exactly the types to sit around and listen to Don Lemon and Jeffrey Toobin dissect the speech post-game.

Following the new-ish tradition of a designated opposition respondent to the SOTU, Democratic sore loser Stacy Abrams (Georgia Governor’s race, 2018), will virtue-signal her party’s dedication to identity politics, concealing its dark connection to the Wall Street / K Street grift machine, and to the Neocon war hawks so eager to manufacture failed states in parts of the world that are too bothersome to try to get along with. I suppose she will try to revive the Russian collusion angle, too, with a spin on how the Georgia election of 2018 was rigged by malign forces to prevent her victory.

Mostly though, Ms. Abrams will extol the wonders and marvels of free health care and free college for all under the coming 2020 Democratic Party landslide, a comfy-cozy future of women-led caring-and-sharing, plus the promise of punishing taxes-to-come on super-rich toffs like Mr. Trump. The media will eat it up. Ms. Abrams will then be promoted as the next vice-president. The party’s strategy is to get every female voter in America on-board along with its supplemental People-of-Color-and-LBGTQ army for a surefire electoral victory. I can see that possibly working, but is it a good fate for the country to be literally divvied up between a women’s party and a men’s party? It sounds like a recipe for Greek tragedy to me.

Anyway, both sides are marinated in delusion these days. Whatever Mr. Trump trumpets about the economy on Tuesday night will unwind stupendously in the months ahead. In private, he probably knows this, and I’m sure that he’s preparing to preside over some form of a national bankruptcy work-out. But even that won’t stop the roaring choo-choo train of the “democratic socialist” nirvana to come. The new religion of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) they subscribe to says that the government can spend as much money as it feels like spending because, one way or another, they create the money. Of course, this is Karl Marx with all the humor removed. And when it comes rolling down the tracks, it won’t be much of a joke.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/state-of-the-union/

#SOTU #POTUS #POLITICS

1   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 5, 7:57am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I'm sure Kunstler will be his usual optimistic self.
2   HEYYOU   ignore (27)   2019 Feb 5, 10:37am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Doesn't everyone know that this is the greatest economy since the first life form to exist in the 11 dimensions?
4   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (38)   2019 Feb 5, 4:35pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Will there be cheer leaders?
5   SunnyvaleCA   ignore (0)   2019 Feb 5, 4:39pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

He should have given the SOTU last week from the oval office. Instead of speaking, he should have just put together a series of clips from statements that Democrats have made over the years. Such statements from Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer as "build the wall" and "deport illegal aliens" coming from the mouths of those two would cause heads to explode and snowflakes to melt.

And to silence all critics that there isn't enough information to make a decision about the policy proposals, we'd end the SOTU will a clip from Nancy Pelosi: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

This clip would be pure gold for the SOTU: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4351026/clinton-1995-immigration-sotu
6   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 5, 4:46pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

After more than a few false starts and some Pelosi-Trump dueling during the 35-day Government shutdown, the moment we’ve been waiting is here. Tonight is The Narcissist’s and Egomaniac’s Coming Out Party otherwise known as the President’s State of the Union Address.

But, in an effort to set the record straight, we are preemptively divulging the real state of the union before you hear the alt-fantasy version tonight.

For years, whether a Democrat or Republican was speaking they could seem interchangeable, even fungible. That’s changed and the differences are profound.

Tonight, a pathological liar will be speaking to the American people. Just think of that for a long minute. Why even bother broadcasting this drivel? Is it to hear the endless chatter how Factcheck caught 23 “mostly lies” and 19 “pants-on-fire” flagrant deceptions? The analysts step in to replay, argue and dissect, then reconstruct an embarrassment of lies. The content is lost in the trivia.

The bigger picture—vanished. All that is remains is an XXLarge empty suit and a tie made in Vietnam.

At the helm of this ship of state is a person of such little substance, a champion of phonies, an ignoramus of immense proportions who has magically combined immorality, sleaze and fraud into his unbearable cologne.

Our allies don’t trust us.

Our enemies exploit us undermining our elections and polluting social media.

Each day, corruption and incompetence vie for the prize in a perverse competition to determine whether chaos or stupidity wins out.

Many of our government agencies have been torn asunder and are becoming dysfunctional the best and brightest retired early. The systemic infection is the Trump virus—a pathogen that that is killing its host—our democracy.

Tonight an imbecile will address the nation. He will sputter words and partial sentences as if English is not his first language. He will self-congratulate, white-wash, manipulate, blame, humiliate, smirk and lie, lie lie as 30% of the populace claim that the truth no longer matters.

That is the state of the union.

https://www.whatthortoldme.com/the-real-state-of-the-union/
7   just_dregalicious   ignore (0)   2019 Feb 5, 8:43pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

How about that Nancy shuffling and 'reading' papers, standing there inappropriately among other things. What a cunt amirite?

What's with the constant tongue thrusting? Me thinks she might be coming down with Huntington's.
8   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 5, 8:48pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CBS NEWS POLL: 76 percent of viewers approved of what they heard in Pres. Trump's #SOTU speech; 72 percent said they approved of Pres. Trump's ideas for immigration. pic.twitter.com/VXJ09v6DKv

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 6, 2019



Ruh-roooh, Divisive Identity Politics.
9   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2019 Feb 5, 8:49pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says

CBS NEWS POLL: 76 percent of viewers approved of what they heard in Pres. Trump's #SOTU speech; 72 percent said they approved of Pres. Trump's ideas for immigration. pic.twitter.com/VXJ09v6DKv

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 6, 2019



Ruh-roooh, Divisive Identity Politics.


I just saw that... How will Kaki respond?? fake news?

10   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2019 Feb 5, 8:50pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

just_dregalicious says
How about that Nancy shuffling and 'reading' papers, standing there inappropriately among other things. What a cunt amirite?


Talk about a smack down. She was so uncomfortable, It looked like she wanted to crawl and hide under her desk.
11   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (38)   2019 Feb 5, 8:59pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Guy sounded even more effeminate than usual and with even greater number of artifacts of cognitive decline in his speech.

If Mueller doesn't lock this guy up soon, he may spend his last years in prison not understanding that he's being raped to death by neonazi cannibal serial killers.
12   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 5, 9:23pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

CNN Viewers, 76% positive.



Ruh roooh.
13   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2019 Feb 5, 9:38pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says
CNN Viewers, 76% positive.


Damn it... you beat me again...... arrrrghhuu...



The Democrats are losing their narrative when even CNN viewers approve of his speech!
14   HEYYOU   ignore (27)   2019 Feb 5, 11:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

I always consult the polls to decide if I like a speech that I ignored.
15   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2019 Feb 6, 2:59am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

How come Trump didn't talk about the Russians and the hookers? We could have watched him squirming with guilt!
17   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 6, 4:38am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

Patience grasshopper - patience.

Potus have never shown the ability to stay focused on one thing for more than 3-4 days.

No details on much of anything - lets wait and see who this plays out.

Talking is one thing - the rubber has yet to meet the road but at least he has the House Of Representatives to blame for the next two years so there's that.

As for the socialism aspect guess that means members of the base will be turning down food stamps, unemployment compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, and gasp - Social Security just to name a few social welfare type programs.

I would love to see the MAGA crowd who relies on this stuff turn it down to show the country they won't be lulled into socialism.
19   Booger   ignore (3)   2019 Feb 6, 4:53am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The Recipical Trade Act sounds awesome!
Foreigners be shitting in their pants over this one!!!
20   clambo   ignore (4)   2019 Feb 6, 5:15am   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

What is good about that speech is that he clearly stated reasons for his positions and policies.

It's pretty difficult to argue against the facts.

I think it was clever to mention the space program to go to the moon and defeating Nazis and then mentioning that defending our border would be surely an attainable national goal.

He made an excellent point about "limousine liberal" politicians who live being gates, walls with security guards while the rest of Americans suffer from the Mexican cartels, illegal alien criminals and the rest of the nonsense.

The majority of Americans (especially those who vote) support a stop to illegal migration into the USA.
21   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 6, 5:40am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

I thought this was about securing the border - not defending the border.

What about limousine conservatives ala Mar-A-Lago etc. who live being gates, walls with security guards while the rest of Americans suffer from the Mexican cartels, illegal alien criminals and the rest of the nonsense?

What about turning a blind eye to the meat packers and mega farms that employ those illegals ?
25   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 6, 7:36am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Now what party was in power when the TSA was developed and with it, the expansion on the security state, the NSA on the citizens ?

A surveillance state whiffs strongly of a socialist state as well as that of a totalitarian regime.
29   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 6, 6:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Paul Ryan came back for the night ?
30   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (4)   2019 Feb 6, 6:57pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

No matter how much you hate Trump, he’s the President, and Socialism is regressive stupidity.
31   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2019 Feb 6, 7:24pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
Paul Ryan came back for the night ?


Nah, they just got tired of watching Pelosi eat Tide Pods during the speech.

32   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2019 Feb 7, 10:46am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I want to see this on the White House lawn:


It's in Italy and being used as a parade float.
36   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 7, 5:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Is there anything this man can't do ?

Go one 24 hour period without telling a single lie or an exaggeration about his own accomplishments for a start.
37   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2019 Feb 7, 8:03pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Kakistocracy says
Is there anything this man can't do ?


After two years, he's still triggering certain posters to have MAJOR outbreaks of TDS on a regular basis!

That's pretty amazing, wouldn't you say?
38   CovfefeButDeadly   ignore (5)   2019 Feb 10, 8:50am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I finally watched the SOTU speech.

Calling it disjointed and incomprehensible is a fabrication. There was no point where the President was anything less than coherent and to state otherwise is essentially a lie.

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