Author Archives: Jon Ponder

Naomi Klein: How to Resist Donald’s Shock Doctrine Politics

From Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need:

Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

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Il Douche Channeled Il Duce at NATO Summit

LEFT: Il Douche - Donald Trump showing dominance after shoving Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic  (seen here at Donald's left) out of his way ; RIGHT: Il Duce - Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy  from 1922 to 1943
LEFT: Il Douche – Donald Trump showing dominance after shoving Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic (seen here at Donald’s left) out of his way ; RIGHT: Il Duce – Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1943

Donald Trump put his innate douche-iness on display on the world stage last week at the NATO Summit in Brussels, when he was caught on camera shoving the prime minister of Montenegro out of his way. The ugly moment when he put a hand on the prime minister to move him out of his way was followed by an even uglier moment when Donald moved to the front of the group and then stuck his chin out in a show of dominance a la Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator known as “Il Duce.”

It’s more than perfect that Il Douche, the wannabe autocrat, channeled Il Duce, history’s most famous fascist.

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Quinnipiac Finds Donald’s Approval at 36%, Sees Signs of Erosion of Support Among His Base Voters


Reality may be started to permeate the Fox bubble. The new Quinnipiac Poll has Donald’s approval at 36 percent, which is in the range where former Pres. George W. Bush’s approval rating sank and then stalled for the last three years of his second term — making him the most unpopular president in the history of presidential polling.

Donald Trump appears to be giving Bush a run for his money.

The signal that reality is setting in — that Trump voters may finally be starting to realize that they’ve been had — is in the internals. In particular, Donald has seen a ten-point drop in support among white voters with no college degrees, from 57 percent in April to 47 percent now.

According to Quinnipiac, support for Donald is also eroding among independent voters and white men:

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Lost in Comey Firing Blowback Yesterday, a Reporter Was Arrested for Asking Sec. Tom Price a Question

Donald's Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price
Donald’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price

The news cycles last night and this morning have been dominated by coverage of Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, the man who is leading the government’s internal investigation into alleged collusion between Donald’s presidential campaign and the government of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin.

The firing of Comey has rightly caused concern among Democrats and even some Republicans that Donald’s actions are undermining the foundations of the American democratic republic.

This incident that occurred in West Virginia yesterday — in which a reporter was arrested for asking Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price a question — could potentially be another sign of the unraveling:

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The New Order

Despite GOP Claims, Trumpcare II Does Not Protect Pre-Existing Conditions


As early as today, the House Republican leadership will force its members to vote on an updated version of Trumpcare. In an usual move, leadership has deliberately scheduled the vote before the Congressional Budget Office has completed scoring the new bill.

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Donald Says Pres. Andrew Jackson Was Angry about the Civil War and Said There “Was No Reason” for It

Donald (left) and Pres. Andrew Jackson
Donald (left) and Pres. Andrew Jackson

If Donald Trump learned American history at Trump University, he should sue himself for malpractice. In an interview on SiriusXM with Salena Zito, a reporter for the right-wing Washington Examiner, Trump asserted that Pres. Andrew Jackson questioned the necessity of the Civil War.

“He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War,” Donald claimed. “He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’”

Of course, Jackson died in 1845, 16 years before the Civil War began.

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Donald’s Approval Rating Drops to Bush Levels in Right-Wing IBD/TIPP Poll


Donald Trump’s approval rating according to the IDB/TIPP poll from Investor’s Business Daily, a right-wing news outlet. IBD notes that Donald’s approval rating is “a low not seen since the last months of the Bush presidency” — a reference to GOP former Pres. George W. Bush, the most unpopular president in presidential-polling history.

From Vanity Fair: A Brief History of Team Donald’s Ties to Russia

Donald Has Said He Would Release His Taxes 20 Times – #ShowUsYourTaxes

The National Memo put together a list of 20 times Donald Trump promised his voters he would release his taxes. They include:

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