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America's Ruling Elite Has Failed and Deserves to Be Fired

By Robert Sproul follow Robert Sproul   2016 Nov 7, 9:14am 6,684 views   27 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


The estimable Charles Hugh Smith-
"America's Ruling Elite is freaking out because a significant percentage of the American public is trying to fire them. The Ruling Elite has failed and deserves to be fired, and deep down, they know it--and this awareness of their self-serving failure fuels their panic and their loathing of the non-elite Americans who are trying to fire them."

"Let's review the central institutions of the nation:
1. Healthcare: a failed system doomed to bankrupt the nation.
2. Defense: a failed system of cartels and Pentagon fiefdoms that have saddled the nation with enormously costly failed weapons systems like the F-35 and the LCS.
3. Higher Education: a bloated, failed system that is bankrupting an entire generation while mis-educating them for productive roles in the emerging economy. (I cover this in depth in The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy and Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy.)
4. Foreign policy: Iraq: a disaster. Afghanistan: a disaster. Libya: a disaster. Syria: a disaster. Need I go on?
5. Political governance: a corrupt system of self-serving elites, lobbyists, pay-to-play, corporate puppet-masters, and sociopaths who see themselves as above the law."
http://www.oftwominds.com/blognov16/fired11-16.html

1   anonymous   ignore (null)   2016 Nov 7, 9:24am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

We will see if the American voter is up to the American task, of removing these losers from power.

2   HydroCabron   ignore (1)   2016 Nov 7, 9:30am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Our task is clear: Install someone who built his political career on a claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, while leaving gerrymandered-in old-school wingnut extremists in control of the House of Representatives.

I don't see how any president will change anything until the current teatards in the House are gone.

3   someone else   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 9:31am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I like Charles Hugh Smith. Met him once at a blogger meetup in Palo Alto.

4   Robert Sproul   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 9:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HydroCabron says

I don't see how any president will change anything until the current teatards in the House are gone.

Yup, they gotta' go too.

5   HEY YOU   ignore (10)   2016 Nov 7, 9:33am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

errc says

removing these losers from power.

And replacing them with new(D & R) losers!

Those that aren't happy, could you recall the D & R losers in your city,county, state?
DID YOU?

Is it appropriate to say, STFU?

6   Robert Sproul   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 9:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

rando says

I like Charles Hugh Smith. Met him once at a blogger meetup in Palo Alto.

I find him pretty insightful. Refreshing to hear from a local blue collar autodidact instead of the self-serving hallowed hall narrative.
(Paul Krugman... talking to you, you smug prick)
Also, the hardest working blogger on the internet. Posts every damn day.

7   40c8   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 9:40am     ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag      

The american medical care system has failed, so fire all the doctors and let people at jiffylube take over as heart and brain surgeons.

8   anonymous   ignore (null)   2016 Nov 7, 9:56am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HydroCabron says

Our task is clear: Install someone who built his political career on a claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, while leaving gerrymandered-in old-school wingnut extremists in control of the House of Representatives.

I don't see how any president will change anything until the current teatards in the House are gone.

Agree. I'm likely going to hold my nose and vote McGinty tomorrow, to help to flip the Senate. Toomey is trash, and tomorrow is trash day, to the curb with him.

It's a shame that the democrat party operatives don't understand what you posted. They've wasted so much political capital propping up the worst candidate in modern history, when they could have let momentum run it's course, left Bernie to be the nominee, and focused their energy on bringing the party together, in order to fight to take back the House. Instead of fracturing the electorate and wasting all their energy trying to force Hillary into the presidency.

9   anonymous   ignore (null)   2016 Nov 7, 10:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The Clinton Family is the face of entrenched Establishment power, via political privilege, that the Labor class of this country is at odds with. They've taken and taken so much for so long, that the Labor class is willing to grab hold of anything that might possibly seem not of their ilk, to keep from drowning.

There's only one explanation at this point, why some of you still don't get it. It's above your pay grade. You like your State sanctioned privileges, and you can't afford to lose them.

10   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2016 Nov 7, 10:18am     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag      

Unless you hate America and you see Hillary being beneficial to the final destruction would anyone vote for her.

11   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2016 Nov 7, 10:19am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

IHLlary is going to win. Get ready for the IHL brown shirt thought police in every neighborhood! Let the sumo stomping begin!

12   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2016 Nov 7, 10:19am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

After all, look where Hope got us.

13   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2016 Nov 7, 10:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Robert Sproul says

The Ruling Elite has failed and deserves to be fired

The only way to fire them is with a firing squad.

14   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2016 Nov 7, 11:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Dan8267 says

a firing squad.

They know that so they hide out behind guards, in tinted glass vehicles, on top of towers, on yachts, at offshore secured enclaves where only they can go such as Caribbean islands where they have shell corporation financial services, Monte Carlo, Dubrovnik, Montrose Switzerland, mountain resorts in Colorado.

Not only do they have their own enforcement but they also donate to city and county police.

You can say that all these societal institutions failed BUT, but from the POV of wealthy all these institutions have been successfully harnessed to provide them with vast wealth pipeline extracted from the paycheck class.

The pipeline will be more obvious when the market vaporizes again and only the wealthy have effective options to get out in fast enough to avoid losing.

15   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2016 Nov 7, 11:14am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

jazz music votes early says

You can say that all these societal institutions failed BUT, but from the POV of wealthy all these institutions have been successfully harnessed to provide them with vast wealth pipeline extracted from the paycheck class.

And these individuals, who are they sending the bulk of their contributions to? Big Mouth or Witch of War and Wall Street?

16   anonymous   ignore (null)   2016 Nov 7, 11:15am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Thunderlips Russian Agent 0069 says

jazz music votes early says

You can say that all these societal institutions failed BUT, but from the POV of wealthy all these institutions have been successfully harnessed to provide them with vast wealth pipeline extracted from the paycheck class.

And these individuals, who are they sending the bulk of their contributions to? Big Mouth or Witch of War and Wall Street?

That's not a fair question, because of the answer

17   Dan8267   ignore (3)   2016 Nov 7, 11:22am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

jazz music votes early says

They know that so they hide out behind guards, in tinted glass vehicles, on top of towers, on yachts, at offshore secured enclaves where only they can go such as Caribbean islands where they have shell corporation financial services, Monte Carlo, Dubrovnik, Montrose Switzerland, mountain resorts in Colorado.

Not only do they have their own enforcement but they also donate to city and county police.

True, which is why the only successful coups are the ones staged by the military. Imagine if all the cannon fodder decided to rise up against the ruling class like an army of Rambos.

18   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2016 Nov 7, 11:22am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Can you imagine these 9 to 13 year olds that are all pro Trump. By time they are 16 - 19 Trump will be a cultural Icon for them. I can see them sporting some Che line-art like designs on hip clothing in a few years.
This is the demographic to watch in 2020, election regardless of this election's outcome. Even if many in that group aren't able to vote. An impassioned youth has a way to sway the vote. It's how Reagan got elected. If you were a middle child in 1967 you were pretty much forgotten. They were the Republican youth of the 80's by time they turned voting age.

19   Tampajoe   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 11:23am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

It's a fair question, but there are many reasons why people support Clinton besides "because she'll protect the establishment".

She's running against the biggest clown to ever win the nomination of a major party--that is also a plausible answer.

20   HydroCabron   ignore (1)   2016 Nov 7, 11:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Tenpoundbass says

Can you imagine these 9 to 13 year olds that are all pro Trump.

Not really.

Those blond girls in the duo "Prussian Blue" used to serenade white power rallies and wear costumes with Hitler mustaches. They woke up in high school, and they're now liberals.

21   HEY YOU   ignore (10)   2016 Nov 7, 11:31am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The silver lining to america's problems is that
D & R voters had no part in the FUBAR.

DIE R/Ds! Yesterday!

22   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2016 Nov 7, 11:31am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The vast standing army referenced by the link of the OP is traced back to December 1950 when allied forces became overwhelmed in North Korea by Chinese intervention.

Ever since then we have increasingly focused USA to be a nation of war might and war industry above all else.

A few years later in 1960, Eisenhower saw this military monster and was famously quoted voicing his concerns over loss of republic to a military complex. Eisenhower also said that only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry are capable of controlling the all-consuming appetites of the military complex.

A few years later the vast disinformation industry was born from the investors in military industry to neutralize the citizenry, browbeat the country, and even use the FBI to wage covert war against citizenry to transform our nation into conservative mecca.

Here is Eisenhower's entire speech which immediately preceded our downfall as a nation.

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

II.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

III.

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology -- global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle -- with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research -- these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs -- balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage -- balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

IV.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

V.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

VI.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war -- as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years -- I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

VII.

So -- in this my last good night to you as your President -- I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I -- my fellow citizens -- need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation's great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

23   Robert Sproul   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 7, 11:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

jazz music votes early says

so they hide out behind guards, in tinted glass vehicles, on top of towers, on yachts, at offshore secured enclaves where only they can go such as Caribbean islands where they have shell corporation financial services, Monte Carlo, Dubrovnik, Montrose Switzerland, mountain resorts in Colorado.

And New Zealand. The ultimate gated community.
Apparently the super rich, Chinese, Russian, Tech, Hedgies, they all smell smoke.
And they love NZ. Jump in the jet and "See Ya Suckers!"
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-02/the-rich-have-found-a-place-to-escape-the-horrors-of-the-world

24   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2016 Nov 7, 11:42am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HEY YOU says

DIE R/Ds! Yesterday!

Fair enough, but the full answer is to die as voters and become reborn as activists. These anarcho-capitalists certainly don't rest for 4 years before taking action to promote their interests.

And I would feel better about the prospects of protesting Clinton than Trump.

Trump is advertising building up the military. Trump is advertising increased law and order. He is even advertising MORE tax cuts for the rich. Don't forget there is a Republican agenda too.

MIlitary and enforcement are the most conservative sectors of our society.

So besides a clown you want to vote for the one that promises everything enforcement and armed forces is dreaming about.

Your decision to support Trump is yet another tragic choice by the carefully disinformed electorate to act against it's interests by using a billion dollars per year of media for about 30 years.

25   Indiana Jones   ignore (0)   2016 Nov 8, 9:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Thunderlips Russian Agent 0069 says

After all, look where Hope got us.

How's it feel 8 years later to have all that "hope" used against us? Trump is right about one thing. It is all rigged, no matter who wins.


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