Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"This country is a laughingstock throughout the world," Trump said.

Speaking to CNN, New York real estate billionaire Donald Trump expressed frustration over what he sees as a weakened America. "This country is a laughingstock throughout the world," Trump said. President Barack Obama's leadership has been "ineffective" which has posited the United States as a diffident power. "We have such power if we knew how to use it," he added.

By way of example, he cited the recent US role in NATO's effort in Libya: "Look at Libya. Look at this mess. 
"We go in, we don't go in, he shouldn't be removed, we don't want to remove him, we don't want to touch him, but he should be removed. Nobody knows what they're doing on Kadhafi." 
Trump offered his solution: "I'd do one thing. Either I'd go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all." He concluded, "In the old days, when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours." The United Nations Security Council approved foreign intervention in Libya in order to aid anti-Gadhafi rebels seeking to overthrow their dictator and establish a friendly democracy. 
Trump also lashed out against China: "If you look at what China is doing, they're stealing our jobs, they're taking our money. They're then loaning our money back. It's amazing.
"They're making all of our products. They are also manipulating the currency that makes it almost impossible for our companies to compete with China."
In speaking about America's alleged decline, Trump was echoing a theme he visited earlier. Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference earlier this year, Trump made a well-received speech where he stated that America's reputation would be redeemed if he were president: “If I run and if I win, this country will be respected again." 
Amongst Republicans, Trump has been climbing the polls lately. Originally the butt of jokes by late night comedians when he first flouted the idea of a presidential campaign, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll has Trump tied for first amongst likely GOP contenders. The New York mogul garnered 19% among Republican primary voters alongside former Arkansas governor and 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee. The CNN survey was released last Tuesday and conveys a rising momentum for Trump.
The week prior a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey had him at 17% (again tied with Mike Huckabee) in second place behind Mitt Romney. And this poll came shortly after another one commissioned by CNN which had Trump at 10%. Within a span of weeks Trump has doubled his support base among Republicans. 
Trump, however, still sounds noncommittal. As he told CNN, "I wish I didn't have to do it. I would prefer not doing it. But I love this country.
"If you ask me, what are the odds, I'll let you know some time prior to June. But I will tell you, I am giving it serious, serious thought."

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