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Is America headed in the right direction?
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No, but we are moving in a better direction than we were before.

There are a lot of Trump's and the Republican's positions I disagree with. But to me they are better than what the Democrats are offering.
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For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a complement.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.
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no of course it isn't.
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DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending or GDP on other countries. We have amassed ha huge dept, a big chunk of that dept is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a complement.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Globalism is a lot better then what Trump will lead us to.
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DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a compliment.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Globalism is a lot better then what Trump will lead us to.


Globalism will suck our country dry, and leave us poor and destitute. We have already suffered a massive degradation in our quality of life. First, because of NAFTA, and second, because of the collapse of the banks that nearly destroyed the United States' economy, and the World's economy.

Bush started emergency measures, and then Obama took over from there, to fix what they could, but the result was a vastly shrunken middle class, third-world-country-poor Americans, and an economy that drained our GDP into other countries. That is the result of Globalism. The result of trying to unify the world's economies into one.

Nothing good, for us Americans, has come of it. It's time to get away from that failure and take care of ourselves - as Americans.
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DeadlyOats wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a compliment.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Globalism is a lot better then what Trump will lead us to.


Globalism will suck our country dry, and leave us poor and destitute. We have already suffered a massive degradation in our quality of life. First, because of NAFTA, and second, because of the collapse of the banks that nearly destroyed the United States' economy, and the World's economy.

Bush started emergency measures, and then Obama took over from there, to fix what they could, but the result was a vastly shrunken middle class, third-world-country-poor Americans, and an economy that drained our GDP into other countries. That is the result of Globalism. The result of trying to unify the world's economies into one.

Nothing good, for us Americans, has come of it. It's time to get away from that failure and take care of ourselves - as Americans.



Im glad my country is going to globalism Trump won't fix any of that......globalism is a great scapegoat for Americas problems -.-
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Ryulightorb wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a compliment.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Globalism is a lot better then what Trump will lead us to.


Globalism will suck our country dry, and leave us poor and destitute. We have already suffered a massive degradation in our quality of life. First, because of NAFTA, and second, because of the collapse of the banks that nearly destroyed the United States' economy, and the World's economy.

Bush started emergency measures, and then Obama took over from there, to fix what they could, but the result was a vastly shrunken middle class, third-world-country-poor Americans, and an economy that drained our GDP into other countries. That is the result of Globalism. The result of trying to unify the world's economies into one.

Nothing good, for us Americans, has come of it. It's time to get away from that failure and take care of ourselves - as Americans.



Im glad my country is going to globalism Trump won't fix any of that......globalism is a great scapegoat for Americas problems -.-


Then, whatever country you're from, enjoy your globalism. You can have it. We don't want it. It's all yours - without OUR MONEY to fund it anymore.
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DeadlyOats wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a compliment.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Globalism is a lot better then what Trump will lead us to.


Globalism will suck our country dry, and leave us poor and destitute. We have already suffered a massive degradation in our quality of life. First, because of NAFTA, and second, because of the collapse of the banks that nearly destroyed the United States' economy, and the World's economy.

Bush started emergency measures, and then Obama took over from there, to fix what they could, but the result was a vastly shrunken middle class, third-world-country-poor Americans, and an economy that drained our GDP into other countries. That is the result of Globalism. The result of trying to unify the world's economies into one.

Nothing good, for us Americans, has come of it. It's time to get away from that failure and take care of ourselves - as Americans.



Im glad my country is going to globalism Trump won't fix any of that......globalism is a great scapegoat for Americas problems -.-


Then, whatever country you're from, enjoy your globalism. You can have it. We don't want it. It's all yours - without OUR MONEY to fund it anymore.


Thats ok we don't need your money we just need to be able to do fair trade with America :)

I would stop blaming all of your problems on globalism and look at the real problems.
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LOL, no
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Economically we have been under a doctrine of insanity. We interfere and it fails and we continue doing it anyway. During the Bush administration they were entering office under the recession created during the dot.Com bubble. They "stimulated" the economy with cheap money fresh off the printing press and kept interest rates artificially low, which is the same as price fixing. 2008 was the result. What did Obama do to change the system? Why he gave huge government bailouts and lowered interest rates to 0. What's going to happen next.
In terms of trade Bush helped create the NAFTA agreement, and others which exacerbated a massive trade deficit. Now Obama is approving the TPP. Our trade deficit will continue to skyrocket as well.
In terms of foreign policy under the Bush regime we spent trillions going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as thousands of American and native lives lost. We destabilized the region and overextended ourselves. Obama went into Libya, Yemen and Syria as well as Iraq and Iran costing us even more lives and lost wealth.
Bush added more to the national debt then ever before, then came Obama. We are now at 18.3 trillion personal debt.
Bush pushed unconstitutional acts through Congress such as the Patriot act and Obama continued them. When are these political hacks going to end?
As long as we continue to elect politicians that do not have an agenda designed to help the American people and instead do the same mistakes over and over again for the sake of monetary wealth we are going to continue to fall.

Solutions:
Elect Honest men not bought by Special interests. Overturn Citizen's United!
Cut spending across the board such as overseas military spending, entitlement programs, and every agency of government that is unnecessary and is too costly to maintain.
Regulate or destroy the federal reserve. The inflation tax thanks to them has dropped the US dollars value by 96.4 times since 1913 when the FED was instituted. Their interest rate manipulation had a direct correlation to the financial collapse of 2008. We can't even get a true audit! They are not even run by the government but by private corporations!
End the trade deficit by rebuilding the producing core in our economy and getting better trade deals with China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Europeans and just about everyone.
End the wars over the world and end the American empire. We need to focus on the border with Mexico not Afghanistan. We need to focus on rebuilding our own country not others.
Cut government regulation for small businesses and the middle class.
Take away the belief that America is invincible. Look at what happened to Argentina, Zimbabwe, the Weimar republic or perhaps even the Roman Empire. It can happen here as well if we don't wake up and recognize that we have serious problems.
Lastly restore the true democratic republic that guaranteed our liberties and freedoms that made America great.
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Not when there is fear mongering leading decisions. We are constantly told what to fear and why to fear it, creating nothing but confusion and chaos around us. Where are the solution oriented people? Why don't we have talk shows that offer solutions to problems, instead of talk shows that talk about problems and nothing else? We should be voting on the solutions, not on the problems.
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News flash! Nobody cares

America will probably do good by Trump, yet there will still be more threads about America failing.

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DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a complement.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


Protectionism isn't a new thing for America, it's what the country primarily did when it was a minor player globally.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protectionism_in_the_United_States

The question will be:
1) which industries can be brought back and supported on US shores,
2) how realistically can the US be self-sufficient if cut off from sectors in a trade war (as seems possible with China),
3) how much will the cost of living go up in comparison to nationwide growth,
4) which regions will suffer from loss of imports/exports and which will flourish,
5) how will foreign investors react to protectionist policies?

The uncharted part is how well the US will be able to adapt re-industrialization in the information age, possible dramatic shifts in US industries relying on exports, and how will it affect the price of goods and services. If Trump's serious about any of that, he'd better start worrying less about tweets.
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I wonder how useful a question this is. A marble doesn't have a direction, and neither does a toilet. America is a multidimensional construct and shouldn't necessarily be considered a coherent whole.
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As long as the populace as a whole continues to favor their imagination to reality, no.
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DeadlyOats wrote:

For nearly thirty years, we have been moving towards globalism. We have been spending our GDP on other countries. We have amassed a huge debt, a big chunk of that debt is to China, a country that hates us.

Trump has plotted a course so different than what we have been traveling most, or all of our lives, and it feels foreign. It feels as if we are sailing to parts of an uncharted ocean.

Will we discover a new world, or sail off the edge of the Earth?

Frankly, I'm tired of spending our potential trying to mold the world to our image. Those other countries certainly do NOT appreciate it. They hate us. They say we meddle in their politics and in their internal affairs. We are called the World's police, but it is meant as a pejorative, and not a complement.

Well, if the world doesn't want us policing them, then let us quit the police force, and turn to a life where we take care of ourselves. I want us to spend our GDP on ourselves and not on other countries.


So you have no idea what globalism is, do you? It is because U.S went all in, in globalism that it got his superpower status, it is because of it's superpower status (which includes foreign influence) that is has prospered. The countries that are behind U.S right now are behind U.S mainly due to how long it took them to get rid of protectionist policies. Those trade policies that you all hate so much kept U.S's economy strong with the unfortunate consequence of losing some jobs. That is not even why most jobs in manufacturing are being lost, it is being lost to automation. Jobs which took 3 men to do now takes 1 man to just keep a machine running, but people like you blame off-shoring and ignore that fact, which will bite U.S hard later down the line when we have to fully transition over.

This is the problem with people like you and those who support Trump, you all have no idea how much U.S has and is benefiting from being this so-called "World Police" status. Like all things, there are downsides to things, like capitalistic nations developed nations start to have companies off-shore their productions for slightly higher profit. It cost money to maintain influence of the sort you see U.S have and it benefits more than cost.

Who cares if certain countries do not appreciate our efforts to "help" them, we aren't doing it primarily to help them anyways, we do it when it is in our interest to. Even disaster aide we give to countries benefits us. Trump isn't plotting a course to just slow or stop globalism, he is plotting a course that yanks U.S from the global stage, which will be devastating for U.S prosperity in the long run. Most of the international organizations you hear of such as U.N, IMF, and World Bank

Talks of getting out of the U.N for example, do he realize how much our veto status benefits U.S? Talks of getting out of NATO... the only time NATO article 5 has been called was for U.S-Afghanistan War and they went in (not as much as desired), but they helped us from having to go into draft levels of troop numbers.

Our military industrial complex is driven not just by U.S government, but by allied nations buying our weapons.
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