We survived 1968; we will survive 2018 !
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 24,2018)
Much of our political discourse today demonstrates an appalling lack of understanding of the most fundamental elements of the American economy. There are two kinds of organizations which comprise the United States economy: for profit and not-for-profit. The only engine for making money is the for-profit sector, that is, businesses which buy and sell products and services.
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 11, 2018)
The term, “Deep State”, is used increasingly in discussions of the current confrontations between the Trump administration and its opponents in government and politics. What – or who – is the “Deep State”?
The term originated to describe a group of military, political and industrial conspirators who more or less ruled Turkey for most of the 20th century (and who may be making a comeback now). The first use of the term to describe America’s ruling class may have been Mike Lofgren’s 2016 book, The Deep State, a profoundly pessimistic account of the marginalization of democratic elections in the governance of the United States of America in favor of a cabal of highly placed individuals from business, unions, academia and government bureaucracy who use their enormous wealth to dictate government policy.
As used in the current dialog, mostly by conservatives, the “Deep State” refers to the anti-Trump conspirators within the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and perhaps the Department of State (DOS). While the opposition Democratic party is a major supporter of the Deep State, none of their number have been credibly accused of direct participation in the conspiracy.
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (August 3, 2018)
The usual chorus of Trump critics are being joined on the current Trump issue du jour, namely, the free trade initiative, by some of the President’s own party. And, to be blunt about it, this is, in many ways, President Trump’s biggest gamble yet.
The upside to be achieved is virtually indisputable. The USA has been bankrolling the entire world’s trade with our markets ever since 1948 when we were the only nation left standing after WWII. When it became obvious that the USSR’s Stalin was making a play to pick up Hitler’s mission to conquer all of Europe, it fell to the United States to stop him in what came to be called the Cold War.
The strategy in 1948 was twofold:
1) the threat of the Allied forces (still on the ground after the Nazi surrender) to march all the way to Moscow if necessary, and
By Lawrence J. Fedewa July 27, 2018)
If you were hiring a negotiator to handle the biggest deal of your life, would you choose person who had no experience negotiating big deals or someone who had been doing it all his life? Would you choose someone like Chris Matthews or Chris Wallace, or would you hire Donald J. Trump?
It happens that the American people hired Donald Trump. It also happens that Wallace, Matthews, Como, Blitzer and their cohorts don’t have a clue to understanding Trump’s negotiating strategy, let alone being competent to implement it. This is true, even though Trump published a detailed explanation of his bargaining process many years ago in The Art of the Deal (Ballantine, reprint 2015). There is no secret here.
by Lawrence J. Fedewa (July 20. 2018)
Russians have been aggressively attempting to disrupt elections in Western democracies for decades. Before computers, they used newspapers, media, spies, and bribery to further their disinformation campaigns. There have been periodic episodes of American resistance ever since, starting with the Joseph McCarthy debacle in the 1950’s. Russians’ use of computer technology has grown apace with the expansion of the digital age, and has been tracked by the National Security Agency (NSA) since the beginning. Hacking and illegal use of stolen information is just one of many tools used for Russian information.
It is also true that the NSA engages in similar monitoring of Russian digital traffic. Nor are American efforts limited to Russia, as shown a few years ago by the scandal of US interception of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private telephone conversations. Electronic spying of everybody on everybody else is the way of today’s world. It is therefore somewhat disingenuous for the American government to highlight recent Russian activities as though the Russians just thought of electronic meddling in an American election when Hillary Clinton decided to run for president again in 2015.
Now, let’s look at the Mueller/Rosenstein indictments of Russian GRU officers.
by Lawrence J. Fedewa (June 23,2018)
The most striking feature of American politics today may well be the completely different perceptions held by various groups of what “facts” each considers to be truth. It’s like they are living in different worlds. While there are some cynical “realists” who knowingly fashion “fake news”, many partisans sincerely believe their views to be correct. So much so that they feel moral indignation and outrage at the other side.
At the root of these reactions is fear. All are afraid, in varying degrees, that their way of life is threatened by the other actors on the political stage. It is fear which drives people to irrational conclusions and closes their ears and minds to dialog with those who disagree with them. When logic is thrown out the window, all that remains is instinct. Imagination can be formed by logic, but fear obscures all but the most dangerous fantasies.
Here is a timeline of the highlights: The chronology is useful valuable because it shows the flow of events, including some possible cause and effect sequences. (Note bold entries)
2001-2013 Appointed by President George W. Bush and retained by President Obama, Robert Mueller served 2nd longest period in US history as FBI Director
September 4, 2013 James Comey appointed Director, FBI by President Barack Obama
March 2015 A series of events, including Congressional subpoena for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State regarding the Benghazi murders, lead to public discovery of irregularities in Clinton’s use of emails as Secretary of State. DOS begins inquiry of her emails on an unauthorized server. Clinton holds press conference stating her conduct was proper.
April 12, 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her candidacy for President of the United States of America.
July 10, 2015 FBI opens an investigation of Clinton emails
July 16, 2015 Donald J. Trump announces his candidacy for President of the United States of America
September 2015 FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress on Clinton email investigation, revealing that there is an investigation but no conclusions
March 2016 WikiLeaks publishes first Podesta emails
June 30, 2016 Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s private meeting with Bill Clinton – soon discovered by press
July 5, 2016 FBI Director Comey announces that Clinton will not be prosecuted
July 19, 2016 Trump wins Republican nomination
July 26, 2016 Clinton wins Democrat nomination
July 2016 FBI begins investigation of possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russia
October 28, 2016 Comey sends letter to Congress stating that FBI investigation resumed on discovery of Clinton emails on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer
November 6, 2016 Comey sends 2nd letter to Congress announcing that the Weiner evidence irrelevant and Clinton investigation closed.
November 8, 2016 Donald J. Trump elected 45th President of the United States of America
January 20, 2017 Inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President
May 9, 2016 President trump dismisses James Comey as Director , FBI
May 2017 Associate Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein appoints Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russian collusion with Trump campaign, using same FBI investigators who had been on the case since July. 2016.
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