What is it with journo’s and Donald Trump?
Anyone in the commentariat who is slightly left of centre seems to have a problem with Trump. And they can’t help letting their personal animosity escape, even when completely unwarranted.
Take the Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer column, written by James Thomson yesterday.
‘You’ve got to pity Tim Cook.
‘Not only is the chief executive of Apple facing a slowdown in China, but the poor bloke apparently has to “regularly” talk to US President Donald Trump.
‘Cook’s got good reasons for keeping close tabs on Trump’s latest China thought-bubble, and the trade talks that heat up in Washington in the next few days.’
China is Trump’s latest thought bubble? Is this guy kidding? China’s trade practices have been on the US’s radar for years. The levelling of serious charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei is the latest example of this.
Successive US administrations have allowed China to get away with a lot. But this has undermined US national security because the global supply chain for technology, including military tech, starts in China.
A thought bubble! That’s amateur stuff…
But back to Trump…
Trump is putting ‘nationalism’ above ‘globalism’
When he was first elected president, I never cared for him either way. I found most articles that included references to Trump were emotional and lacked reasoned analysis. So I ignored them.
But then I realised that the establishment (within the corporate media, big business, the government and its bureaucracy) despised him for what he was trying to do.
In short, his policy is about putting America (and its people, not the 1%) first. This means putting ‘nationalism’ above ‘globalism’. The 1% and their propaganda machine, academia and the media, have done very well from globalism. As such, they don’t like Trump’s attempted shift back the other way.
When a lot of powerful people hate you, there’s a good chance you’re doing something right. So I became a fan. It’s unpopular to say so, especially amongst the ‘intelligentsia’, but I don’t care.
Most people who hate Trump do so because the establishment media tell them to. They’re simply following the herd. They believe the narrative that Trump is an egomaniac, a dictator and a lunatic in charge of a chaotic Whitehouse.
Sure, Trump has many flaws. I doubt I’d like him as a person. But you don’t get ‘good guys’ making it to the office of US president. They’re all pretty grim.
When they come from ‘the establishment’, like a Clinton, a Bush, or an Obama, they come sanitised and polished through a compliant establishment media.
Their dodgy history no longer exists.
But for Trump, it’s different. He arrived at the presidency through an unlikely route. He didn’t come through the political class. He came in as an outsider and campaigned on a platform to disrupt the establishment.
‘Disrupters’ are lauded in this day and age. Everything is ripe for disruption…except establishment politics. Trump represents the biggest disruption to the US political scene since — I don’t know — Andrew Jackson in the 1820s…or maybe ever.
Just look at how hysterical the Democrats have become over Trump’s border wall, policies the party supported in the past. Why are they so adamant on keeping the southern border open? Is it simply irrational hatred for Trump, or something deeper?
I don’t know. But consider this; drug and human trafficking across the border is big business. The profit from this business must surely grease a lot of palms…to ensure the business continues.
You, dear reader, can work out the rest for yourself.
And then there’s the whole ‘swamp draining’ thing. As you’ll probably recall, Trump campaigned on a ‘drain the swamp’ platform. This terrified the Obama appointed heads of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, among many others.
It’s slowly being revealed (although the mainstream media won’t tell you this) that a conspiracy between Hillary Clinton’s Democrat campaign and leading justice officials occurred in the lead up to the 2016 election. The plan was to create an ‘insurance policy’ in the unlikely event that Trump won, by framing team Trump for colluding with Russians to ‘steal’ the election, an impeachable offence.
This is an alternative narrative to the one the mainstream media gives you. But I have followed the reporting of some hard working investigative journalists over the past 6–8 months, and they have untangled an ugly web of lies and intrigue.
If you’re interested in some detailed, complex, but very well researched reporting, I can’t go past Jeff Carlson. He writes for The Epoch Times, and archives his reporting, here.
Once you get your head around the ‘Spygate’ story, you understand why dozens of FBI and DOJ officials have been fired or have resigned over the past year or so.
I’m not saying I know the full story, but I know enough to know that what you’re getting from the mainstream media isn’t anywhere near the truth.
How can you not root for the guy who is up against the might and ire of the 1%?
So that, in short, is why I like Trump.
But it’s not just a political story. It’s an economic one too. Trumponomics will have far-reaching effects on the world and Australia, especially if he wins a second term in 2020.
I believe looking at the world through this lens will give you a big advantage in things like asset allocation over the next few years. There has been a lot in the media about super fees lately. That’s important. But getting your super asset allocation for the long term is important too.
This is a theme you can expect to hear more of in the months ahead at The Rum Rebellion…
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