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Did Trump just sell out? 'Everybody's a lobbyist'

Let's not dance around it - Reince Priebus is part of The Establishment, and Trump just picked him to be his Chief of Staff for the incoming administration. This selection has already caused some people to question whether or not Trump was ever serious about fulfilling his campaign promise to "Drain The Swamp", but such concerns this early in the game are totally unfounded and more alarmist than anything. In his first post-election interview with CBS, Trump directly addressed these criticisms head-on, saying that:
"Everybody's a lobbyist down there, that's the problem with the system -- the system. Right now, we're going to clean it up. We're having restrictions on foreign money coming in, we're going to put on term limits, which a lot of people aren't happy about, but we're putting on term limits. We're doing a lot of things to clean up the system. But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist. I'm saying that they know the system right now, but we're going to phase that out. You have to phase it out."
Paying attention to the President-elect's words, it's plain to see that he's resorting to his characteristic businessman pragmatism in accepting the reality that he must work with some elements of the Old System as part of his historic quest to replace The Establishment. Supporters and detractors alike should temper their enthusiasm and criticisms of Trump and realize that he was never going to instantly transform the US with the snap of a finger. His election was revolutionary because it's the first time that an American President was elected who is fully dedicated to changing the entire status quo and upending it to the betterment of the average American, and Trump's "political incorrectness" and unceasing attacks on "liberalism" during the campaign testify to his commitment to see this happen.

Bulb

Liberals are freaking out over their own caricatures of Trump supporters

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Everyone must stop saying they are "stunned" and "shocked." What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair.
YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all "You're fired!" Trump's victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. - Michael Moore on the failure of both political parties in America
How delusions become reality

This past week, as I put together my coverage of Hell Week, I read how some liberals are creating petitions for the west coast to secede from the union. I read about the Canada immigrations web site being overwhelmed after the US election by visitors looking for an escape route from the US. I read about high-school kids who once sat peaceably next to each other in class rising up in class to beat up their classmates who voted for Trump. Prior to the election, I heard my own liberal friends say how they'd have to leave the country if Trump won.

Cult

Fomenting a national crisis and color revolution: Soros-funded anti-Trump protesters riot in cities across United States

Globalist investor in murder and mayhem George Soros is at it again, funding his MoveOn.org to organize post-election "sour grapes" protests around the country in response to underdog Trump's surprising President-elect victory. Complicit crime partner mainstream media is having a field day deceitfully spinning these top down, billionaire driven demonstrations as a spontaneous, grassroots populist uprising against racist dictator Donald. From a press release from MoveOn.org:
The gatherings - organized by MoveOn.org and allies - will affirm a continued rejection of Donald Trump's bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny and demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible.
The Soros-affiliated machine further boasts:
Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had created more than 200 gatherings nationwide, with the number continuing to grow on Wednesday afternoon.
The Washington oligarchy's propaganda ministry wants the world to believe a groundswell of concerned, mindful citizens have taken to the streets in a surge of moralistic patriotic fervor determined to derail the spread of Trump's legitimacy as the so called leader of the "free world," that is if you still believe living in a fascist totalitarian police state called Amerika is still "the free world." Thanks to the likes of the Clintons, Obama and the Bushes who've for decades conspired to strip away all our constitutional rights and freedoms in the name of New World Order deep state tyranny, "the free world" no longer exists on this planet. But the self-righteous, follow-the-leader sheep of befuddled malcontents rioting in the streets across America haven't a clue with propaganda lies now owning them.

Gear

Trump win spells doom for European Atlanticists

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U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande
Political establishments in Washington and Europe are in shock over Donald Trump's US presidential win. And it's far from over. Europe is bracing itself as elections loom in several member states.

Germany and France could be next big shocks. If their pro-EU governments should fall, then the European bloc as we know it is over.

The era of popular revolt is upon us. Disaffected and defiant, the mass of citizens are fed up with unresponsive, unrepresentative governments, on both sides of the Atlantic, that seem to only serve an unelected oligarchy.

First we had the Brexit vote to leave the European Union earlier this year. Now, we have the election of the "anti-politician"business tycoon Donald Trump who becomes the 45th president of the US with no prior experience of elected office.

Britain's Daily Express called his election this week a "Trump Tsunami" - a monumental wave now heading across the Atlantic to the shores of Europe. "EU braces for 'revolution' amid Austria, Italy, France and German elections," reports the Express.

Bad Guys

"Maidan" for TRUMP in America?

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"Third day of protests against the election of Donald Trump for president." The leading global news broadcasters and news agencies begin emissions with this sentence. The main event for media corporations such as CNN and BBC are the ongoing demonstrations against the new US head of state. Thousands of American citizens took to the streets. It is noteworthy that these are mainly young people who do not want their future to be sacrificed. Most of those involved in the protests are intelligent, active citizens, united in the fight against discrimination against women, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism. America, they say, is out of the path of progress and democratic values. Participants in television broadcasts, mainly of civil and human rights organizations, are adamant that they will not settle for the results and insist on reviewing them. More and more celebrities get involved in the movement. Producer and director, Michael Moore, was one of the first who supported the protests. "I was very proud of the fact that so many people came out, because right now, we have to oppose his election," Moore said to Don Lemmon, leading the show, 'CNN Tonight'.

Comment: Fomenting a national crisis and color revolution: Soros-funded anti-Trump protesters riot in cities across United States


Eagle

Trump vs. the National Security State: The Chances of a Revolution in US Foreign Policy

Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Trump had been savaged by the National Security establishment, castigated as unfit to lead, dangerous, incompetent, and ignorant. These criticisms were woven together in an August 8 letter signed by fifty former National Security officers, denouncing a possible Trump presidency. His national security team was also severely ridiculed by establishment media from the New Republic's "Trump's Court Jesters", as "a rogues' gallery of outcasts and opportunists, has-beens and never-weres, conspiracy-mongers and crackpots," to the "Who?" of 'Top experts confounded by advisors to Donald Trump" from the New York Times. Trump responded to the letter stating that these are the same people who brought us two decades of war - and his advisor Sam Clovis sardonically remarked that the National Security team is composed of people who "work for a living."

Putting aside these castigations, Trump's most egregious national security faux pas is his contestation of the Russophobic paradigm that has dominated US foreign policy since the end of WWII and the establishment of the National Security Act of 1947. Trump's contestation further amplifies his purported hubris to even raise the question of NATO - and his contemplation of the end of the seven decade US occupation of Europe ("We cannot afford it"). Such perspectives fly in the face of the entire history of the National Security establishment, which, since the founding of the National Security Council (NSC), has sought to contain its former allies (Russia, and then, China) and maintain US hegemony on the European continent.

Comment: As we speak, there are individuals in the dark recesses of Washington think tanks, the Pentagon, and any number of intelligence agencies who are meeting to discuss their strategy for dealing with Trump. These creatures of the National Security establishment are just now writing a tailor-made script for Trump to follow - using all their knowledge of psychology, influence and coercion that fits his profile and that will bend him to do what they want. And if, for whatever reason, he decides to veer too far off their plans, they will find other, much harsher, ways to get control of the situation.


Gold Seal

CrossTalk: Trump's Triumph! (VIDEO)

Against almost all the odds Donald Trump wins the American presidency. This is a historic political earthquake for the United States and the world.

Welcome to Trumpland!

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Gilbert Doctorow, and Rory Suchet.


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Trump campaign manager: 'Special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton in due time'

Donald Trump's campaign manager, speaking on MSNBC, said appointing a special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton can't be ruled out, adding that discussion regarding the issue will happen "in due time." Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are "looking to unify the country, but we haven't discussed that in recent days, and I think that it's all in due time," campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC in an interview, as quoted by Reuters.

Trump did not bring up the issue when speaking on the phone with Clinton overnight, the campaign manager added in a separate interview for ABC. During his campaign, Trump said that if he wins, Clinton might end up with a special prosecutor looking into "her situation." "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there have never been so many lies, so much deception," he said at one of the rallies.

Comment: A Hillary Clinton presidency would have guaranteed the continuation of all the things the New World Order wanted to have done.
See also: Hillary Clinton is very probably not going to go to prison... but we sure do like entertaining the thought and the fact that the Trump team is 'keeping her guessing'!


USA

Land of the free? New reports shows the US ranks dead last in electoral integrity

As if further proof could possibly be needed of the sorry state of the American electoral process, a new study just ranked the United States dead last in electoral integrity among established Western democracies.

The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP)'s 2015 Year in Elections report is an independent research project by 2,000 elections experts from Harvard University and the University of Sydney in Australia assembled to examine the world's elections.

The EIP states that "the core notion of 'electoral integrity' refers to agreed international principles and standards of elections, applying universally to all countries worldwide throughout the electoral cycle, including during the pre-electoral period, the campaign, and on polling day and its aftermath. Conversely, 'electoral malpractice' refers to violations of electoral integrity."

Comment: Everyone should have the right to participate in sham elections. That's just democratic. It's also a gigantic waste of time.


USA

Tufts Professor: 'Vote all you want, the secret government won't change'

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The people we elect aren't the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University's Michael Glennon

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA's warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America's nuclear weapons.

Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn't have changed policies much even if he tried.