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2017: The year angry populists rose
to the top — and fell on their faces

Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/1/2018 6:01:17 AM

Among the nearly 250 years of American politics, 2017 will stand out, along with 1829 (when Andrew Jackson was sworn in), as a moment when populists didn’t merely rattle the political establishment, but actually won a national election and gained real political power. And 2017 will also stand as a year in which the populists most proximate to political power fell flat on their faces. The problem isn’t populism per se. The problem is that much of the populism accompanying (and also powering) Donald Trump’s rise has been purely negative — vacuous populism whose beginning, middle, and end is inchoate anger

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 1/1/2018 6:09:02 AM     (No. 11496388)

You mean like: "vacuous leftism whose beginning, middle, and end is inchoate anger?" Like that?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/1/2018 6:15:15 AM     (No. 11496391)

His definition of "vacuous populism" is rather odd. He uses people like Roy Moore and Yiannopoulos - popular speakers and idealists as examples? Boy, that dropping your line down a very narrow well expecting to catch a whale. Trump might be a nationalistic idealist- one who love his country above all others and has ideas that will make that country greater. But, considering the vast (95%) media hatred spewed forth on President Trump, I doubt you could call him a "Vacuous Populist". We voters, "re-defined by all the Liberal Greats as "Deplorables" seemed to agree with President trump. So, that makes him popular with us, as as it turned out, we were a vast majority (except in leftist enclaves like California´s two raging socialist cities packed with leftists and illegals). That hardly makes him or us "vacuous", though. I guess the writers main problem is, his dying brand of America Hate is powerless to stop America Love. So, "Ed" has to rail against it and offer absolutely nothing to make his brand of vacuous socialism more digestible to more voters.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/1/2018 6:29:47 AM     (No. 11496397)

Bull !

Our Feral Government has been weaponized against us. The awsome powers of the IRS used to strangle the Tea Party in it´s cradle in an election year. The State Dept is run by a Raging, drunken Kleptocrat and America´s safety and freedom is being sold piecemeal. Wires are being tapped. The President is a Jihadi. The economy sucks and we have "EMPTY POPULISM" driven only by mindless hate ?

You, Sir, can kiss my highly privileged white posterior.

...and peddle this Leftist Lunacy to those who never lived through it or, more likely, to those who were a part of it and benefited from this era of State Sponsored Criminality.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Tishimself, 1/1/2018 6:46:25 AM     (No. 11496404)

I guess someone’s Resolution is to continue daily posts until faux conservative big government Rovian republicans are back in charge.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: privateer, 1/1/2018 7:01:35 AM     (No. 11496412)

Leftism is like poison gas: insubstantial, transparent, and deadly.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hpmatt, 1/1/2018 7:38:31 AM     (No. 11496426)

Build that wall, enforce laws of the land (put her in jail), there is no MANMADE global warming, feds are too big and outside of the lines delineated by the charter given to the federal government by the CITIZENS, respect the 4th Amendment, respect the 2nd Amendment, respect the 1st Amendment, stop penalizing US companies that do no export AMERICAN jobs that power the AMERICAN economy. That sounds pretty positive to almost all flyover country TAXPAYING American CITIZENS.

What is not uplifting about that positive message? Please direct your questions to our representative - PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 1/1/2018 8:05:25 AM     (No. 11496439)

Meanwhile, back in alternative leftist reality:
Democrats are jubilant and the last pockets of conservative resistance are being mopped up.
All hail President Hillary!

/sarcasm
Now back to actual reality.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/1/2018 8:15:59 AM     (No. 11496446)

Reality - It is VERY hard for populists to take any power from the government that is ensconced to protect it. It takes a person of unusual ability and focus. And, there are not many Donald Trumps running around.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 1/1/2018 8:44:19 AM     (No. 11496460)

“Populism is a political approach that seeks to disrupt the existing social order by solidifying and mobilizing the animosity of the "commoner" or "the people" against "privileged elites" and the “establishment"

#3 Blue, "Our Feral Government has been weaponized against us."

Several hundred agencies and thousands of sub-committees devised to protect US have become mechanisms to control US.

EPA, FEC, NEA, DOE, FBI, CIA, FDA, DEA, IRS, to name just a few.

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Lord Acton

As I watched President Trump´s campaign unfold with thousands at his campaign stops, it became obvious that Patriotic Americans and constitutionalists were fed up. President Trump is giving freedom back to the people as is the intent of the US Constitution. It is going to be a long and arduous road, but I truly believe that Our President not only has the will but also the stamina to turn our government back to US. I´m waiting for him to push "term limits."

God Bless America and keep OUR President safe!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MainelySane, 1/1/2018 9:04:28 AM     (No. 11496486)

My vote for Trump had nothing to do with Bannon and everything to do with Hillary Clinton.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dman, 1/1/2018 9:54:12 AM     (No. 11496544)

The war rages on. As Yogi said: "It ain´t over ´till it´s over." See you at the polls (the real ones).

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ebolamadcow, 1/1/2018 10:32:45 AM     (No. 11496595)

I sense the aroma of a Never Trumper.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: laotzu, 1/1/2018 10:40:20 AM     (No. 11496603)

The only successful populist is the one who had a national media soapbox and held nothing back in continually attacking his political enemies and the enemies of the United States. PDT has survived by the very Twitter feed that every talking twit on TV predicted would lead to his downfall.

The Tea Party never got to a microphone before they were tarred and feathered as racist, mouth-breathing troglodytes. And when they did talk, it was far too milquetoast.

You cannot survive a political street fight abiding the Marcus of Queensbury Rules. You have to be out there and kick your enemy when they are down at every turn. And they are perpetually down, because they are universally wrong about everything. They are universally wrong about everything, because they follow a Marxist ideological playbook that they know will destroy our country, because it has never succeeded in practice anywhere in the world at any time.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/1/2018 11:38:55 AM     (No. 11496704)

Jokes on you pal. I didn´t dress up in a black outfit or hit anyone with a bicycle lock. Not one smashed window last year, so take a hike.

BTW the swamp stinks. It is funny how being so absolutely corrupt, they can´t do a witch hunt on President Trump without uncovering massive corruption of the status quo. People tend to notice that sort of thing, even dopes educated by TV.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/1/2018 12:59:12 PM     (No. 11496791)

When did the Washington Examiner turn NeverTrump? Did this guy stop to think that maybe populists are angry because he and the rest of the media, along with DC have ignored the will of the MAJORITY for decades now?

Being ignored like that tends to put people off and make them angry. Rightfully so too.

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