Should Republicans Support California Secession?

Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Shervin Pishevar, is bankrolling an effort to have California secede from the USA. Of all the states, California might be best suited to stand on its own. It is not land-locked, can grow food, and build weapons (e.g. the B-2 bomber was built in Pico Rivera). However, any state that manages to secede has to be ready to withstand a trade embargo from the rest of the USA. Imagine what that would be like for California companies such as Apple. Foxconn could ship iPhones into the Port of Los Angeles, but what if they were turned back at the Arizona border?

Could Apple replace the USA with another export market? Probably not; they already ship to places like Japan and the European Union. Giant markets like the USA don’t just grow on trees. Apple, and many other companies would just have to suffer a very large reduction in sales. Of course, corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profits, so it is likely that most California companies would have to move to the USA, and give up the California market instead.

What if the Pacific Fleet left San Diego, along with other military units? Could California build an army faster than a hostile power could land on their beaches? What if China or Russia allied with Mexico and started staging forces there? Might be a problem.

What if people resisted when ordered to stop paying taxes to Washington, and render unto Sacramento instead? How many loyalists would need to be put down?

Seceding is not something you can do on a lark. There is quite a lot of planning required.

And one of the things California would have to plan for is a future where they have a large, hostile, perpetually Republican nation on their eastern border. Because if California took its 55 electoral votes and went home, it would be rather difficult for the Democratic Party to ever win the White House again. And so, Republicans might consider speeding the process along. I don’t think there is any provision in the Constitution for expelling a state, but modern presidents can do pretty much anything with “a pen and a phone” these days. 🙂

I am not a Republican

If you have been reading my blog over the past several weeks as I campaigned for Trump, you might be under the impression that I am a Republican, but that is not the case. I have never been a registered Republican. However, while I didn’t go to the Republican Party, the party did indeed come to me by becoming more nationalist and populist. I didn’t change, but the Republican Party sure did.

In the historic watershed year of 2016, Donald Trump defeated the neoliberal elite of the Republican Party. At the same time, the neoliberal elite of the Democratic Party carried the day by railroading Bernie Sanders. So, campaigning for Trump was an easy choice in such a clear-cut battle between globalists who wanted to erase our borders, and nationalists who wanted to restore our borders.

Sure, Trump is a little too necon-y for my taste, and Sanders was a little to socialist-y, but nobody is perfect. I don’t think that the candidates themselves had a clear picture of what was happening. But the election results make the mandate clear, and up-and-coming politicians should be able figure out which way the wind is blowing now.

It wasn’t neocon war-mongering, trickle-down economics, or conservative moralizing that won the day. Those stale issues did not implode the Democratic Blue Wall. The fact that the Rust Belt states flipped from blue to red tells the story. That region was first devastated by “Right to Work” laws that created relatively-cheap labor in the Sun Belt. Then a wave of “free trade” treaties created dirt-cheap labor in foreign lands. And those laws were created to facilitate a huge wealth-transfer program from middle-class workers to robber-baron billionaires.

Trump promised to put an end to Ross Perot’s Giant Sucking Sound convincingly enough to sway voters. Now he has to deliver in order to keep his electoral-college majority.

Well and good.

But will I change my party affiliation from Independent to Republican? That remains to be seen. I’m still not convinced that the party’s transformation is going to stick. The team just doesn’t have a deep bench. After all, if something happened to Trump, could Mike Pence be counted on to lead the revolution? Not hardly. When Pence was in Congress, he voted for every globalist trade agreement that came before him. Having a Koch-brothers guy like Pence as president would be the end of the revolution.

Speaking of the Koch brothers, I once voted for David Koch for Vice President. That was during my first presidential election in 1980 when Koch was the running mate of Ed Clark on the Libertarian ticket. I had become a Libertarian after reading Robert Ringer’s book, Restoring the American Dream which I found by browsing at Walden Books.

Back then, the Libertarian Party seemed fresh and revolutionary, and free-market ideology appealed to me because it seemed to sweep away corruption. Then I saw Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose on PBS and was baffled. How could something so revolutionary be on government TV? I wondered about that for decades until I finally learned that PBS was set up as a propaganda outlet of the military-industrial complex. Here’s what I wrote in my first book:

“PBS was founded to promote the Vietnam War. In the 1960s, television rose to power, and its news journalists were very critical of the war. So, President Lyndon Johnson set up PBS and made Frank Pace, Jr. chairman. Pace was a former Secretary of the Army, and a former CEO of General Dynamics Corporation, a huge defense contractor.”

As a Libertarian, I was also baffled by free-trade treaties like the GATT. How could all of these evil governments be expanding freedom by tearing down artificial borders?

Thinking back on it, libertarian ideology was definitely a form of brainwashing. Even when Ross Perot became famous for his Giant Sucking Sound in the 1990s, I still couldn’t figure it out. It took 30 years before I finally realized that the Libertarian Party was just a propaganda arm of the robber-baron Koch brothers.

The first critical thing I wrote about the global economy on my blog was “Google Doesn’t Get the Global Economy” in July 2009. It was triggered by IBM when they told their engineers that if they wanted to keep their jobs they had to relocate to India. As a former IT worker myself, I was aghast. IBM was forcing people to move to a Third World hellhole, get malaria, and work for local wages, i.e. $2 per hour. That was so blatantly evil, not even the most rock-ribbed Libertarian could deny it.

Shortly after that, I changed my party affiliation to Independent and began to regard Libertarians as the useful idiots of the robber barons. And I became a rapacious critic of globalism. My next such post tore into CNBC’s globalist/libertarian Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who I described as Dumb as Bag of Hammers when she blessed the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs to China. After that, I went on a seven-year long, Archer-style rampage against the globalists.

A central tenet of the libertarian brainwashing is that all labor unions are inherently evil, and that labor is a commodity. But of course, once you start thinking of people as expendable, it is only a short hop to slavery. And indeed, we have seen many cases of slave-like working conditions, not only in the Asian supply chains of multinational corporations, but right here in the USA. Funny thing is that libertarians are vehemently anti-slavery, but support policies that lead directly to it.

Now, I am what I like to call a middleclassitarian: I want to restore the policies that created America’s historic, huge, and prosperous middle class. A standard of living that billions around the world literally drooled over. In my view, the bedrock of the middle class was comprised of the sharply restricted immigration policy adopted in the 1930s, and the traditional protective tariffs that sheltered our growth into a super power. The tariffs kept jobs in, and the low immigration quotas kept the cheap labor out. Labor become a little bit scarce, and instead of using workers up like so many lumps of bauxite, employers had to bid for their services, and treat them well. Both of those foundations have been smashed, and consequently, the middle class has been ravaged.

2012 was my first election as an ex-Libertarian. In previous elections, I had voted for any Libertarians on the ballot, and if there were none, I voted for Republicans. I don’t think I ever voted for a Democrat, who Libertarians consider to be communists. But Mitt Romney was one of the robber barons who, at Bain Capital, personally fired American workers, and sent their jobs to China – and got rich in the process. So, I had to vote to strike him down, and pulled the lever for Obama. I didn’t expect anything from Obama, but I really enjoyed punching Romney in the face. It seemed like a small thing at the time, but as we now know, that was the end-of-the-line for the neoliberal elite in the Republican Party.

Note: one of the ways that the Republican Party came around to my way of thinking was the way our enormous food-stamp population is viewed. Romney, of course, is infamous for his “47% comment” but Newt Gingrich also deployed a “lazy black people on food stamps” line of argument during the 2012 primaries. After I pointed out that the majority of the people on food stamps were white, Gingrich was forced to stop. My position was that the vast bulk of the food-stamp population was not lazy, but rather were the victims of globalization and mass-immigration. In 2016, the Republicans stopped their ridiculous, conservative moralizing. Instead of having a globalist like Mitt Romney scolding them, poor people had a nationalist/populist like Donald Trump promising to help them out of poverty. And that made all the difference.

Stop Calling it “Trade”

Imagine two trucks. One leaves St. Louis with a load of raw widgets, bound for Mexico. Another leaves Indianapolis with a load of green paint, also bound for Mexico. These are fabulous exports, right? Wrong. When the trucks get to McAllen, Texas an SUV joins them in line to cross the border. The SUV is driven by a manager who lives in McAllen, and commutes to work every day in Mexico.

After they cross into Reynosa, the vehicles drive a couple of miles to a maquiladora. The trucks pull up to the loading dock, and the manager lets a group of Mexican workers into the building to unload them. Then they paint the widgets green, and load them back onto the trucks. At the end of the day, the manager pays each worker $10, and he and the trucks head back to the USA. A couple of days later, the green widgets are delivered to a Walmart in Atlanta.

Now, is that what any clear-thinking person would describe as trade? Of course not; don’t be ridiculous. However, it most definitely is counted as trade. Suppose the raw widgets and paint are worth $1 million, and the finished widgets are valued at $2 million. The economists would say that we just created $3 million of wealth thanks to “trade” with Mexico.

But if its not trade, then what is it? Answer: it’s just a scam to cut American workers out of the loop. And like I said back here, this scam can’t be “fixed” by President Trump. It can only be ended. Either American workers are in the loop, or they are not. There is no middle-ground. And since President Trump has promised to give the people their jobs back, he has no choice but to smash NAFTA.

However, even if NAFTA is abrogated, it’s not guaranteed that the American people will go back to work. When China sees the end coming, they will think: “Ah, ha! Now is our chance to steal the widget market from Mexico!” And they will gear-up, and by time NAFTA is done with, they will be flooding the USA with equally-cheap widgets.

So, not only can NAFTA not be fixed, but Trump’s plan to renegotiate trade agreements one-by-one with each nation won’t work. If even one cheap-labor haven is left with the ability to export to the USA tariff-free, then all the production will move there instead of here. Therefore, the only policy that can possibly work is an across-the-board protective tariff.

The moral of the story is that you can’t clean up the mess caused by globalization without ending globalization. Trump made big promises to workers, and if he wants to hold onto the Midwestern states that put him in the White House, he really doesn’t have any other options.

What if you wanted to get all of the 43.6 million people on food-stamps back to work before the 2020 election? You would need to create nearly 1 million jobs per month – that’s five times the current rate. That’s a gargantuan task, and trickle-down economics and infrastructure projects are not going to cut it. Not even close. Ending both globalization and mass-immigration is the only conceivable strategy.

Down Goes Texas!

During the election, Fox News tried to trick Donald Trump into campaigning in Texas by classifying the state as “in play.” To his credit, Trump saw through the subterfuge, and kept his eye on the ball in the real battleground states of Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina. And he was right; Trump carried Texas by a comfortable margin of 9%.

However, as the adrenaline of victory recedes, Republicans have to recognize that Trump’s victory in Texas may have been the weakest since Texas became Republican turf in the 1960s. Trump’s 52.43% share of the Texas vote is entirely unimpressive:

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Only the years of 1976, 1992, and 1996 were weaker. In 1992 & 1996, third-party candidate Ross Perot, a Texan, took a big bite out of the Republican total. In 1976, the Rockefeller attempt to seize the White House had fallen short with Nelson Rockefeller having to settle for the VP slot. But the Rockefeller propaganda barrage succeeded in discrediting Richard Nixon and the Republican Party to the extent that they were able install their first puppet president, Jimmy Carter, who then staffed his administration with Rockefeller operatives from the Trilateral Commission. That election, to say the least, took place under extraordinary circumstances. So, you could make a strong case for 2016 being the weakest Republican performance since Texas became a red state.

If you watched any of Trump’s rallies, you saw him whip his huge crowds into a state of near pandemonium. So, how could his performance in Texas have continued the historical downtrend? Answer: mass-immigration, which means mass Latino immigration, which means mass *legal* immigration from Mexico. And while Mexicans are good people, they do indeed vote Democratic.

Can the Republican Party win the White House without Texas’s 38 electoral votes? Maybe, but not likely. Trump won 306 electoral votes, and 306-38=268, which is two short of the needed total for victory. Make no mistake, the ongoing “reconquista” of Texas is the premiere political issue of presidential politics.

So obviously, the Republicans should move to curtail the USA’s historic rate of *legal* mass-immigration conducted over recent decades, right? Well, maybe not. During the campaign, Trump started out by famously vowing to “build the wall.” Then he started saying that there would be a door in the wall, then a big door, then a big, beautiful door, then many doors, then many beautiful doors. And by the end of the campaign he was saying that people would “come pouring in through the many big, beautiful doors in the wall” as long as they did it legally.

Perhaps Trump was just “triangulating” to cater to the Latino vote. Or maybe he had only visa-workers in mind who would never get green cards. Or maybe he would shift immigration policies to peoples who would tend to vote Republican. However, with the majority of the world’s nations being socialist, one wonders if such a thing as a trove of “natural” Republican voters even exists. Perhaps you are thinking of other Anglo nations like the UK. But even there, the Brexiteers have their National Health Service, and might feel more comfortable voting Democratic here.

Republicans always seem to be fantasizing about how they will gain the support of poor people by promising them jobs. But does working in an Amazon sweatshop, where they are driven like Alaskan sled dogs, literally until they drop, turn poor Democrats into gung-ho Republicans? I doubt it. If the Republicans follow my plan, outlined in A Second Industrial Revolution, they might be able to win some converts. But with Trump’s support for “Right to Work” doctrine displayed during the campaign, the prospects of winning hearts and minds seems remote, and certainly should not be counted on by the party.

During the modern era of mass-immigration, all three major parties have supported it for different reasons. The Libertarians simply don’t believe in allowing borders of any kind to impede the machinations of their robber-baron patrons. The Democrats have sought to flood the nation with immigrants purely for their votes. And Republican administrations brought waves of immigrants for their cheap labor to goose corporate profits while simultaneously attempting to suppress voter turnout.

Until we have concrete evidence that this political dynamic has been ended, we must assume that there is an excellent chance that Donald Trump will be the last Republican president – ever.

Note: Mexico is the largest source of legal immigrants by far, accounting for over 10% of the annual total. In 2014, the latest year reported, there were 133,107 green cards issued to Mexican nationals, which is nearly double the second-place nation of India at 74,451. See Table 2 in the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2014. All those people saying that immigration from Mexico has shifted into reverse? Yeah, they’re lying. It may apply to illegals, but trust me, no Mexican-American is burning their green card.

Further reading: Here’s a close look at how immigrant voters could affect the 2016 U.S. election.

The Trump Litany

During the past eight years, we have been subjected to what I call The Obama Litany. Every time the President started speaking, he would say something like: “When I took over, the economy was in a shambles, the stock marked was smashed, millions were out of work, blah, blah, blah.”

Regardless of what he said was true or not, it got to be a bit annoying, no? And it wasn’t only Obama; every other Democratic politician recited the litany too. How many times did we hear the litany? A thousand times? A million? It was like they were caught in an infinite loop. Maybe they said other important things after the litany, but I didn’t hear them because I was always hitting the mute button and trying not to vomit.

Well, guess what? Trump can have his own litany. Despite all the alleged miracles that Obama claims to have performed, he has left the nation coated with a thick blanket of poverty. The 43.6 million people that we have on food stamps is cold, hard, irrefutable evidence of not only Obama’s failure, but more importantly, the failure of globalization itself, and of course, mass-immigration.

So, Trump’s litany might go like this: “When I took over from Obama, the nation was deep in poverty with dollar stores on every corner, and 43.6 million people on food stamps as reported by Obama’s own Department of Agriculture. Without government cheese, millions would have starved in the streets…”

And he wouldn’t be lying or exaggerating. Not one bit. Of course, he has to get a sizeable chunk of those 43.6 million back to work before he can start reciting his litany.

Trump Must Shut Down *Legal* Immigration

President-Elect Trump didn’t have much to say about legal immigration in his stump speech during the campaign, but this is a critical issue. Trump had a solid win in the Electoral College vote, but won squeakers in several important states.

Over the past decade, we have been handing out an average of over 1 million green cards per year (see my charts here). If Trump conducts business as usual, and issues another 4 million green cards during his first term, there is a good chance that he will be digging his own grave in 2020.

Now, most of the immigration goes to only a few states. All of those freshly-minted voters pouring into California and New York? Yeah, their Democratic votes don’t count, because Electoral College. But the other huge immigrant magnet is Florida where newbies cast nuclear-powered votes. Trump narrowly won Florida by 119,770 votes, which is 1.3%.

Trump scored a dramatic victory, but that was largely because the Hillary-biased media had everybody brainwashed. With non-crooked polling and honest news coverage, the surprise-factor would have been much smaller, and maybe non-existent. So, it’s important that Republicans not let this win go their heads.

The Republican Party can still go extinct due to mass-immigration.

The party also has to retain the blue-collar workers that it pilfered from the Democrats. The fastest way to do that is to reduce the supply of labor to create upward pressure on wages just like we did after the Great Depression. Bringing the factories home won’t help if the lion’s share of new jobs continues going to foreign-born workers.

Restricting immigration creates a middle-class society. Mass-immigration creates a billionaire/cheap-labor society. This mindset does not come naturally to the Republican Party, but as the pollsters like to say, there is no other “path” to survival.

Don’t Unify the Country

Democrats are calling on Trump to “unify” the nation. But what do they actually mean by that? Answer: they want him to hire Hillary, and renege on his campaign promises. No wall, no bringing the factories home, no immigration actions, etc.

They want him to walk everything back until the special snowflakes stop bawling.

F*** that noise.

I remember being surprised when Obama hired Hillary after the nasty primary battle they fought. Turns out, that was the very dumbest decision Obama made. She blew up the entire Middle East, and that will be pinned on his legacy. By supporting Hillary’s career, he created a monster who bungled the 2016 campaign. And now Obama is faced with the prospect of Trump overturning his entire legacy. Obama ruled by decree, so Trump can overturn most of his policies just as easily.

Live by the executive order; die by the executive order.

Obama has only himself to blame. If he had boosted the career of a more-competent politician, he might not be faced with his legacy being erased.

If Trump wanted to appoint Hillz as D.C. dog-catcher, I would confirm the appointment. But any “unifying” beyond that is out of the question.

Damn the snowflakes; full speed ahead.

Ross Perot – Vindicated

Over the decades since NAFTA became law, Ross Perot has been mocked for his “giant sucking sound” phrase. A recent example is from Democratic Party propagandist Nate Silver. In the video, Silver plays banjo music in the background to make Perot look like a hillbilly, and then shows Clinton operative James Carville sneering (at 5:53):

“Heh. He talked about the giant sucking sound of all the jobs that were going to go to Mexico.”

But of course, the jobs did go to Mexico. Just because it wasn’t discussed in the corporate media doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. In fact, our border with Mexico is now one vast, continent-spanning maquiladora staffed by a million Mexican workers who are paid a fraction of what the Americans who used to hold those jobs were paid.

Those displaced Americans were the voters who came out on Tuesday night to crush the Clinton machine like a bug.

All they needed was a genuine leader. Over the years, pretty much all presidential candidates have run against NAFTA – even a libertarian like Ron Paul was briefly opposed to NAFTA when he was running for president in 1992. But nobody ever convinced the voters that they would *really* do something about NAFTA until Donald Trump came along.

So, the Democrats have been defeated. And guess what? If Trump really does throw the giant sucking sound into reverse, the Democrats will be defeated again in 2020 because all of those jobs rushing back will create an earth-shaking economic expansion.

The giant sucking sound is real – as real as a heart attack for the Democratic Party, which should probably just disband right now. They are…

Just. That. Clueless.

Trump’s Mandate

Yes, it’s a mandate. The people gave Trump both the House and the Senate. And while he didn’t win the popular vote, we have HRC’s goon squad on video confessing to massive vote-fraud. Since nobody has bothered to interrogate them, for some strange reason, we don’t know how many votes were stolen. Yes, the goons were fired, but they were still loose during the voting.

At the time of this writing, HRC only has 206,078 more votes than Trump. That’s only 0.2% out of a total of 120 million. According to their own words in the Project Veritas video, HRC’s goons could have easily stolen more than 206,078. So, until those scumbags are taken to Gitmo and waterboarded, we might be justified in concluding that Trump won the popular vote too. And don’t forget that we also have a leaked email of HRC herself discussing the possibility of fixing a Palestinian Authority election. There is no doubt the the HRC campaign stole votes; we just don’t know how many.

In other news, a few weeks back, Mark Cuban insulted Donald Trump by saying something like: “He’s so stupid, he will probably win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote because he doesn’t know what the Electoral College is.” Now look at what happened: Cuban’s own genius candidate won the popular vote but got a beating in the Electoral vote. Who’s the dummy now, Cuban?

In Hillary’s concession speech, she said:

“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.”

In other words, she asked for a job – just like Obama hired her as Secretary of State after he defeated her in 2008. This is the Clinton Mafia trying to muscle-in on the new Trump Administration. Trump should subpoena her instead. She really does belong in jail – ideally, a Haitian jail. What a wonderful diplomatic gift that would be to the people of Haiti. 🙂

I Got on the Trump Bandwagon 6.5 Years Ago

Way, way back, on April 9, 2010 I wrote in Donaldus Magnus:

“Make Trump dictator and send him to DC to bust some heads.”

Six years later, huge crowds were chanting at Trump rallies: “Drain the Swamp! Drain the Swamp! Drain the Swamp!”

Not bad, huh?

On November 7, 2010 I wrote in Global Economy R.I.P:

“Which politician wants to overthrow the multinational regime, return prosperity to the USA, and be the next Ronald Reagan? The opportunity is there.”

Donald Trump picked up the ball, and ran with it. Good for him, and his historic “outsider upset” victory over HRC.

On November 18, 2010 I wrote in Trump For President!:

“Note to mercantilists: Look in the mirror. See that red dot on your forehead? That’s President Trump drawing a bead on you!”

Today, the mercantilist nations of the world are experiencing sheer terror, as the money-spigot from the USA is about to be shut off.

On November 22, 2012 I wrote “I Am a Protectionist” – years before all the cool kids were doing it. In that piece, I wrote:

“I am a Protectionist. And you will be one too. It’s only a matter of time. Trust me. It’s coming. You will eventually agree with me.”

And now you cheer Donald Trump as he promises to smash our idiotic trade deals.

Of course, Trump dropped out of the 2012 presidential race early, and I castigated him.

“Trump balked when he realized how much work it would take to campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa. And he withered under media ridicule…Trump wimped out. He revealed himself to be lazy and thin-skinned.”

I was hoping that those comments would get back to him and motivate him to prove everybody wrong in 2016. And so he did. In an astonishing transformation, Trump became The Hardest Working Man in Politics. He set an incredible pace; one that would have killed most candidates half his age. Congratulations are in order.

And finally, while Trump supporters were clutching their pearls over BS polls forecasting an HRC landslide victory, I wrote TRUMP MANIA!!! on October 23, 2016. And it did indeed turn out to be a mania strong enough to smash through HRC’s “Blue Wall.”