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Is Donald Trump Now Donald Duck? - Jeff Nielson (4/4/2017)

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April 4, 2017

The Donald: the Mouth that Roared. No one has ever talked bigger than Donald Trump. But the great danger in being a big-talking blowhard is that if you’re seen as not being able to deliver on the big talk, you quickly become a joke.

Arguably, Donald Trump is already a joke. And he is a joke in large part because the government of the United States is not elected by the people. It is chosen by a handful of oligarchs, the leaders of a banking crime syndicate known as “the One Bank” .

We see this in the rampant gerrymandering which takes place in the U.S. at both the state and federal level. In other nations, gerrymandering is seen as the most repugnant of political crimes. In the United States it is a way of life. Gerrymandering is a political crime with only one purpose: to fix the results of elections.

We see this in the corrupt inertia which exists in U.S. politics. Nationally, in any given election between 2/3 and 3/4 of all U.S. electoral districts are already decided before the first vote is cast. The incumbent for one party or the other has such a gigantic advantage that there is zero possibility of the incumbent being defeated. In only a small minority of U.S. electoral districts do the votes of Americans even count.

We see this in the corrupt campaign laws which allow large corporations (i.e. the oligarchs who control those corporations) to bestow unlimited “contributions” (bribes) upon the candidate whom they wish to own. All this dirty money then allows that candidate to buy victory through saturation advertising. But the deck is not stacked by campaign contributions alone.

We also see this corruption with media coverage of candidates at both the national and state level. In 2012; the Corporate media simply censored Ron Paul’s campaign for the Republican nomination. They did so on the grounds that they thought his views were “too extreme”.

Consider that. The Corporate media (i.e. the handful of companies that control everything Americans see and hear) decided on their own that Ron Paul would be effectively frozen out of the democratic process because they didn’t like him. Other commentators have alleged additional “dirty tricks” were used against Ron Paul by the party Establishment.

At the time, Ron Paul was near the top of the polling among Republican contenders. These gigantic media companies are also controlled by the One Bank. Yet these same media companies, these supposed paragons of virtue who refused to expose Americans to Ron Paul’s “crazy ideas” covered every stupid thing that Donald Trump said throughout the entire campaign.

What was the real reason why the oligarchs chose to censor Ron Paul and effectively remove him from the political process while they allowed Donald Trump to be elected? Donald Trump was (is) corruptible while Ron Paul is not.

Laughably, Donald Trump campaigned as an “independent candidate”. Then the moment he was elected he stuffed the U.S. government with more of the One Bank’s Goldman Sachs Stooges than any previous U.S. administration.

However, while Trump no longer considers himself to be independent (at least privately), he continues to labour under the delusion that he is the leader of the United States and certainly the leader of the Republican Party. He is neither. He is only the President of the United States. Trump needed to be taught that reality.


Every Republican politician has declared his/her hatred for Obamacare: (supposedly) “socialized medicine”. There are two jokes here. First of all, many Republicans secretly support Obamacare – it took Republican votes to pass it in the first place. Secondly, Obamacare has absolutely nothing to do with “socialized medicine”.

Socialized medicine is a government-funded and government-operated healthcare system. Forcing all Americans to pay massive healthcare premiums to a handful of gigantic insurance companies that are also controlled by the One Bank is not socialized medicine.

Indeed, given what Obamacare actually represents (funneling gigantic sums of money into the vaults of gigantic corporations), Republicans should love Obamacare. It’s everything they represent. The One Bank loves Obamacare because it was created for the One Bank – by another one of its loyal servants, Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump thought that gutting Obamacare was going to be a slam-dunk. All Republicans “hate” Obamacare. All three branches of the government are controlled by Republicans. Swish!

Then Trump got schooled by his Masters.

The Donald’s greatly-Trumpeted healthcare bill was defeated because his own party wouldn’t support him. Enough of the One Bank’s lackeys in the Republican caucus defied Trump so that he suffered a humiliating defeat. Then (naturally) things got silly.

What was the excuse which some Republicans gave, supposed arch-conservatives within the Republican caucus, as to why they didn’t support their “leader”? The proposed legislation “didn’t go far enough.”

Hilarious. That’s not the American way, and it’s certainly not the Republican way.

What do Republicans do with any form of legislation they hate? They whittle away at it, year after year after year. Obvious examples are the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as any and every other form of regulation which impedes Big Business (the One Bank) even slightly.

These “arch-conservative” hypocrites voted against Trump because their Masters told them to do so. If it was truly a matter of principle (for politicians who have none) they would have supported Trump, claimed “victory” for what they could get today, and then immediately vowed to go farther in the next vote. That’s the Republican way.

These arch-conservative/ultra-hypocrites who joyfully serve their oligarch Masters have dubbed themselves “the Freedom Caucus”. Hilarious. Proving that he still had learned nothing, Trump responded to this silliness with silliness of his own .

Trump declares war on Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'

Donald Trump is one of the most conservative Republicans, as evidenced with all of the ultra-right wing positions he has taken on numerous issues. Trump is no more of a moderate than he is an independent. But Donald Trump is also a shameless hypocrite and so he shot from the lip once again.

In a Twitter post, Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus, a bloc of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, indicating he would try to defeat them in next year's congressional elections if they continued to defy him.

"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Trump said on Twitter.

Naturally, the other hypocrites responded.

Representative Justin Amash, a Freedom Caucus member from Michigan, shot back immediately at Trump in remarks outside the U.S. Capitol.

"Most people don't take well to being bullied," Amash told reporters. Asked if Trump's comments were constructive, Amash added: "It's constructive in fifth grade. It may allow a child to get his way, but that's not how our government works."

Quite correct. If you want to “get your way” with the U.S. government – meaning its corrupt representatives -- you do so by stuffing a big, fat bribe into their campaign coffers.

Donald Trump knows all about influence-peddling. Back in the earliest Republican debate, when Trump was still being lampooned by both the media and other politicians, Trump pointed his finger at the other Republican candidates and accused them all of being corrupt. Trump said he knew they were corrupt because he had bribed most of them personally.

Now Trump is a politician himself. He’s seen that he can’t bully other Republicans because they fear the wrath of the One Bank much more than the petulant threats and finger-pointing from The Donald. Even if he wanted to try to bribe his “fellow” Republicans into obeying their “leader”, Trump is a mere billionaire. The oligarchs behind the One Bank are trillionaires.

Where does Trump’s presidency go from here? He has just suffered a humiliating defeat with what should have been the easiest part of his naïve, grandiose agenda.

The obvious choice is more “executive orders” (i.e. Presidential decrees). But according to a count by Fox News , Trump has already issued more than two dozen executive orders and he’s only been a seat-stuffer in the Oval Office for three months.

Rule-by-decree becomes uncomfortable for the other (corrupt) members of the U.S. government, who secretly obey the decrees of their own Masters. The more Trump seeks to rule as an autocrat, the more resistance he will see from those who serve the real autocrats of the United States.

Many facets of the legislative process cannot be resolved via the bully tactics of an executive order. Already, the chances of Trump passing the more controversial elements of his political agenda range from slim to none.

If he shies away from any “tough votes”, he will look weak both in the eyes of Democrats and his Republican teammates. There is nothing that bullies such as Trump fear more than looking weak. Other politicians can smell fear and they feed on weakness. On the other hand, if Trump continues to attempt to steam ahead with his ill-conceived political platform and suffers another humiliating defeat, then it won’t only be this writer pointing at Donald (the Lame) Duck.

Ordinarily, no U.S. president becomes a lame-duck until part way through their second (and final) term of office. But this is no ordinary President. He began his presidency as “Donald Trump” but he risks quickly becoming “Donald Duck”.

Jeff Nielson is co-founder and managing partner of Bullion Bulls Canada; a website which provides precious metals commentary, economic analysis, and mining information to readers and investors. Jeff originally came to the precious metals sector as an investor around the middle of last decade, but with a background in economics and law, he soon decided this was where he wanted to make the focus of his career. His website is www.bullionbullscanada.com.

The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author as of the publication date, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.

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