Stranger than fiction

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Opinion: It’s been a while since I’ve commented on the Kafkaesque dreamscape of life of late. This happens occasionally, when it seems things can’t get any weirder, but they do. I drop back and watch, waiting to see if anybody does anything to make things better. Invariably, they never do.

This time it’s been no different. In fact, things seem to be getting exponentially worse, with the supposed Good Guys aiding and abetting the Bad Guys like they were all on the same payroll. Oh…wait…they are. Never mind.

The one bright spot is Donald Trump. Now, I don’t really give a flying hooha that he’s not a purist’s idea of a conservative, or that he’s a populist. What is important is that he’s a patriot who loves America and will do whatever he can to restore us to the greatness that, pre-Obama and the America-hating neo-fascists who run him and the Democrats, used to be ours.

DonaldTrump2Trump is not a politician, he’s a very successful businessman, and that is exactly what we need. He’s lost and regained fortunes and more, has bought and sold politicians, so he knows how they play their game, and he’s got enough money so that he is neither afraid of nor beholden to anyone. Again, exactly what we need. Now, if we can at the same time get rid of the 100 or so worthless, lying RINOs in the House and the 34 or so even more worthless, lying RINOs in the Senate, we could see America become once more the great, constitutional republic that our founders intended us to be.

As a result of many, if not most, Americans not having access to the truth about what is happening in the world around us – our “mainstream news media” has degenerated into nothing more that a leftist propaganda and indoctrination machine – we are woefully unaware of the dangers that are growing like unchecked cancers around us.

Michael Oberndorf taxi ride in Hong Kong

Michael Oberndorf taxi ride in Hong Kong

I am currently in Hong Kong, and have just returned from a short trip into China proper, and a couple of things have become very clear. First, Hong Kong, with it’s largely free and unregulated trade, is booming like I have never seen a place boom. Massive construction, high demand for luxury goods, marketplaces filled with goods and crowds of people there to buy them. The docks are crowded with containers stacked seven and eight high, coming in and going out. The harbor, too, is filled with ships, bringing thousands of more containers filled with goods from the mainland, and taking others out to ports all over the world.

For this, we can thank the neo-fascists who have run our government and “global” corporations, outsourcing our work and wealth, for at least the last 25 years.

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Photo by Michael Oberndorf

The second thing that has become clear is that something is very wrong in China. Their conversion into a quasi-capitalist, quasi-communist country has created consumer economy and a hugely higher standard of living for nearly everyone.

It’s also created an obvious privileged class who can afford luxury apartments, BMWs, Mercedes’, Buicks, and other high-priced vehicles, Armani clothes, Cartier watches, etc. But it has also created the ghost cities – whole cities, brand new, with massive highrise apartment complexes and shopping malls…all standing empty. What I discovered on my little jaunt was that a similar situation exists in the countryside, where it’s not so obvious, but apparently is ubiquitous.

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Photo by Michael Oberndorf

In every hamlet, village, and town, and too some extent in the smaller cities, too, there are dozens of new two, three, and four story, multiple-occupancy houses, constructed to the pre-finish stage, and then left standing unfinished and empty. No workers at all, and as near as I could tell, and no people in need of housing to fill them if they ever did finish them. The appear to be a massive socialist make-work scheme that didn’t work out as planned, but suggesting internal economic problems that they haven’t come up with a solution for.

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Photo by Michael Oberndorf

The worrisome aspect of all this is the aggressive actions China has been taking towards its neighbors – Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan. The tried-and-true method of repairing a broken economy has always been to start a war, preferably one you can win. Among those who understand the Chinese military, it has long been predicted that they will move on these smaller neighbors, and if no one stops them, will go on to take the rest of Asia. Unfortunately, Marxist Obama and his Marxist Democrat Party have weakened our military so badly that China is virtually assured of only cheap talk and token resistance from us. Interesting times, indeed.

BarackObamaFrontmanSadly, China is only one of America’s coming disasters. Obama and his little helpers in the Republican Establishment have also guaranteed that the Middle East will explode, and most likely, Europe will collapse, too. And lest we forget, they are facilitating the inundation of America with violent foreign criminals and terrorists.

I, for one, believe that Donald Trump, with the backing of a genuinely patriotic Congress, could turn things around. However, this can only happen if We, the People, make it happen. Can we?  Will we?