THE NARCISSISTIC CHILD ~ Tom Leonard on “Think the President’s a Bully Now? You Shoulda Seen Him as a Boy!”

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A pint-sized bully who loved to pull girls’ hair and once lobbed rocks at a toddler in his playpen. A loud-mouthed classroom know-all who could never admit he was wrong and boasted of giving the music teacher a black eye. And a sporting show-off who yearned to hear the crowd’s applause…  but who would smash his baseball bat in fury if he didn’t win.

Arrogant, over-bearing, thin-skinned, determined, and not exactly great with the ladies — does this portrait of a child growing up in Fifties surburban New York sound like a certain grown-up (well, sort of grown-up) currently strutting the world stage?

It was Aristotle who said ‘Give me the child until he’s seven and I will show you the man’, and Donald Trump, now 70, would certainly agree. The 45th U.S. President insists he’s much the same character now as he was when he was in junior school.

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‘PEARLS BEFORE SWINE’ ~ Caitlin Johnstone on “America’s Two-Headed One-Party System”

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“There’s a scene from John Steinbeck’s ‘The Pearl’ that’s been coming back to me over and over again ever since I started writing about US politics. ‘The Pearl’ is a short novel about a poor fisherman, Kino, who discovers the titular enormous gem in an oyster and goes to sell it to the pearl buyers in town. What he doesn’t know is that the buyers, while they have multiple offices and pretend to compete with each other, all actually work for the same owner. This is exactly how the two-headed one-party system works, in America and elsewhere. One party owned by one imperialist oligarchic class is placed in two separate offices ‘to give some semblance of competition,’ just like Steinbeck’s pearl buyers. And just like Steinbeck’s pearl buyers they work together to deceive the people into accepting the lowest possible bid, in their case meaning the acceptance of virtually no change…

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PROGRESSIVE POLITICS ~ John W. Whitehead: “Impeach the Government”

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“By all means, let’s talk about impeachment. To be clear: this is not about Donald Trump. This is a condemnation of every government toady at every point along the political spectrum — right, left and center — who has conspired to expand the federal government’s powers at the expense of the citizenry. Don’t keep falling for the Deep State’s ploys. This entire impeachment process is a manufactured political circus — a shell game — aimed at distracting the public from the devious treachery of the American police state, which continues to lock down the nation and strip the citizenry of every last vestige of constitutional safeguards that have historically served as a bulwark against tyranny. Has President Trump overstepped his authority and abused his powers? Without a doubt. Then again, so did Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, and almost every president before them. This abuse of power has been going on…

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LISA RENEE (Time Shift Blog): “The Rise of Ideological Conflicts”

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“Controlled mainstream media is directing an all-out warfare strategy against the population to give well-funded platforms to non-sensical, unstable and irrational people that are used as puppets to generate further division in those particular reality bubbles, in order to generate schisms between groups of people that automatically and subconsciously separate themselves into boxes with specific classifications. Understand that pitting different groups against each other is not a random event; the attempts to heighten violence and vitriol between the assorted reality bubbles has been meticulously planned and well-staged. This is a part of the controller mind control mechanism used to target the masses to shape and enforce the narrative of 3D reality. But really, what this entire agenda is designed for is getting the New World Order agenda fulfilled on a global scale, because through their problem-reaction solution propaganda, they want to roll out a totalitarianism world government made through the…

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REMINDER FOR THE DAY ~ Presidential Elections: “Selected… Never Elected”