Politics_Observer wrote:Free trade is important and Obama did an excellent job of leading the country.
That's kind of a disjointed sentence, and it isn't clear what you are trying to say. Free trade has created massive economic dislocation in the Midwest over the last 30+ years. It has spanned many administrations. It is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It was bi-partisan and at its inception saw a revolt led by Ross Perot and the Reform party. However, the Democrats and Republicans prevailed and continued the process of globalization and neo-conservative/neoliberal wars.
Politics_Observer wrote:The strong economy we are enjoying right now that Trump is currently destroying with trade wars was the result of Obama's economic policies.
The stock market rally has been almost exclusively the result of Trump and the Republicans bringing US corporate tax rates down to the average rates of the rest of the industrialized world. Trump's deregulation has also been very helpful for small-to-medium sized business where half of all job creation starts. Obama did a fine job for very large multi-national organizations, and an exemplary job for government workers. His policies were generally harmful to small businesses. That is why job growth and wage growth lagged.
The repatriation of corporate funds to the United States has significant economic effects, but are non-obvious to the average person. When those deposits sit in American banks, American banks are able to loan money. It's a significant amount of money, approaching a trillion dollars.
Politics_Observer wrote:However, the electorate wants INSTANT economic results and because those economic results didn't INSTANTLY appear after Obama was elected, some got tired of waiting for results.
The electorate would have been fine with big businesses headed for bankruptcy courts. The Obama administration bailed out lots of corrupt financial institutions and even GM at taxpayer's expense. Then, he implemented ObamaCare at the nadir of the economic cycle, rather than near its apogee. The bailouts angered the electorate, because taxpayers did not get bailed out. They had to pay for the very wealthy to get bailed out, while they still got six figure bonuses.
I have to ask: do you even live in America? You seem almost completely oblivious to the last ten to fifteen years.
Politics_Observer wrote:Another reason why Trump was elected is because, the US is a white supremacist country and was founded on white supremacy.
You must be very young. College age? The US was founded by people mostly of British ancestry. They weren't even particularly interested in Southern Europeans. The idea that they thought "white" people were superior is profoundly misguided. At that time, the US was entirely on the Eastern seaboard. Asians were not a factor. Both African populations and Native Americans were tribal societies without significant permanent settlements, urbanization, etc. They didn't have written languages, etc. So they were understandably considered quite primitive.
Politics_Observer wrote:Thus, when Obama was elected, a lot of working class and wealthy whites found Obama, the first African American President to be elected, as a threat to their dominant more privileged status; given that the country has always catered to whites and given whites a dominant position in American society.
Obama didn't really stir the racial pot until his second term. He intended to, but he screwed up very early with his defense of Skip Gates being disorderly with the Cambridge police leading to the "Beer Summit". Continuing to stir the pot would have jeapordized his re-election. He kept the racial animus on the back burner, but started getting involved publicly in the Trayvon Martin case late into his first term and early into his second term. Then, the media and his administration pushed the fake narrative in Ferguson, Missouri which was very obviously a total lie. It led to calls for assassinating police officers, and we saw a big spike in police officers getting killed--something the media largely tried to bury. Those assassinated police officers were not all white either.
Obama's bailouts of the big banks at tax payers expense led to the Tea Party movement. Obama used the IRS, FBI, DoJ, OSHA, ATF, EPA and other agencies to harass conservative Republican political donors. They took notice, and also took notice of establishment Republicans who were just fine with that activity. Again, your analysis fails to understand why rank and file Republicans split with establishment Republicans in DC, which is fine because you are powerless to stop them as long as you don't understand the nature of the split.
Politics_Observer wrote:This source is from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: https://www.pnas.org/content/115/19/E4330 that backs up my claim.
I would like to quote part of this study that was conducted:
This is an eye-rolling load of crap, but it is to be expected for people who are trying to push the idea that their political views are objective and superior, while those they disagree with are subjective and inferior. Obama spent his entire time arguing that anyone who disagreed with his policies did so based on racial animus. Many of the Republican establishment went right along with it. So they forfeited their legitimacy to represent most Republican voters.
Politics_Observer wrote:Another reason why Trump was elected is because free trade is important; BUT free trade agreements have ignored working class people.
You are finally getting closer to the truth.
Politics_Observer wrote:Essentially, a lot of these free trade agreements ignored working class people while benefiting wealthy people. This is a global phenomenon and not just a US phenomenon as the working class world wide have been ignored in free trade agreements.
That is why we saw Brexit, the Gilets Jaunes, and scores of anti EU parties gaining traction throughout the EU. It's why Teresa May's government collapsed.
Politics_Observer wrote:Well, I think the answer is simple: too much big money in politics. That's why REAL campaign finance reform (and NOT fake campaign finance reform) is needed to combat the undemocratic forces of big money in politics.
What's transpiring instead is that the electorate has grown substantially more sophisticated, and they no longer trust the mainstream media to tell the truth. The mainstream media in the US is controlled by six large multinational corporations. They openly do the bidding of their owners, and pretty much openly lie, selectively present facts, attack population groups, etc. Large media organizations are also paid by the government to address issues the government wants covered--meaning they get paid to skew their coverage for the benefit of the major political parties. In Europe, there are many government-run media outlets like the BBC. So people know that they have to vote for policies over personalities. People didn't really like Trump, but they knew that voting for Clinton was like voting for Obama or Bush again. Trump was a vote against the establishment, which is something the establishment never thought would happen. Brexiteers got called "racist" too. People no longer care about such terms.
Can't you remember as far back as maybe 10 years ago when Europeans used to lecture Americans about "racism"? They have gone silent. Why? The establishment there is flooding their countries with people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Suddenly, they are now dealing with the rapid increase in violent crimes, rapes, etc. while the government engages in cover-ups, leading to political actors like Tommy Robinson.
Politics_Observer wrote:Trump is your classic dangerous personality that is narcissistic and can see things like this and move in to fill the void and manipulate people to vote for him by appealing to their fears and prejudices and we can see that given the evidence I have provided above in my source. Nobody can rationally and logically deny the evidence. They can be irrational about it, then they wouldn't have a leg to stand on when they deny the obvious presented above.
Nobody denies your "evidence." They deny the conclusions you draw, particularly from the significant omissions. For example, you ramble about "white supremacy." Most of those working class workers who lost status due to free trade are white. Calling them "racist" on top of the fact that both the Democratic party and the Republican party lied to them about the net benefits of free trade is an insult they will no longer abide. Telling them that they have "white privilege" is a further insult to the 30 years of hardship they have endured. They simply are no longer going to listen to charges that so and so is a "racist," because they have been called "racist" for reasons that have nothing to do with race. The effectiveness of that sort of political slander and libel is no longer effective. Meanwhile, the establishment is trying to pave the way for another old white man: Joe Biden.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."
"Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately."
-- Joe Biden