Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Apr. 12, 2017
By Marc Platt
Here is a timeline of events
1. He likely thought running for President would bolster all of his business dealings and he could get 12% in the polls (this was confirmed by a PR firm he was going to hire in 2015)...
2. He then picked up New Hampshire local Republican operative Corey Lewandowski to "Manage" the campaign. They managed to pick up steam and stage campaign rallies that were able to resonate with the "Silent Majority" of white voters who were disenfranchised throughout the country.
3. Once the nomination was secure and Lewandowski was jettisoned (was arrested for assaulting a reporter), Paul Manafort (a Rebublican and foreign lobbyist with ties to Russia) was brought on board to help stage the RNC in Cleveland. Soon after the convention, Manafort was jettisoned due to reports he was taking foreign (Ukrainian) money under the table and Steve Bannon and KellyAnne Conway are brought in to handle the general election.
4. Bannon, Conway and Jeff Session's speechwriter Stephen Miller go on to run a brilliant general election campaign focusing on the rust belt states and win 306 electoral votes, despite getting outvoted by 2.8 million Americans.
5. Trump is sworn in and Conway, Spicer and Bannon all start to have their "Authority" undermined by a series of missteps and gaffes in the first 100 days.
Two people who are rarely mentioned are the Mercers. This married couple has financed most of this and are the ones who really call the shots. They are not public people, but probably have more influence on Donald J. Trump than anyone.
Apr. 6, 2017

By Marc Platt

I am NOT an expert on the middle east, but I have some "Political Thoughts" on what is happening regarding Syria.

It is all about messaging. Four years ago Barack Obama had to walk a tightrope when Bahir Al Assad did that major gassing of his people, signaling he was going to start military strikes.

That led to John Kerry's arrangement to remove chemical weapons diplomatically. There were no more outbursts of chemical weapons for the remainder of Obama's tenure. Obama played diplomatic chess and won the battle, but lost the war, as he was criticised for the MESSAGING of air strikes, but the diplomatic resolution that the Republicans jumped all over him saying he "was weak."

Four years later, it is Syria testing Trump, who (to his credit) agreed with Obama in 2013 Tweeting endlessly that we should not fight Syria's war. "Stay out" of Syria he kept sending that message out. Now the shoe is on Trump's foot.

Obama used the best card trick he had in his deck...FORCE CONGRESS to vote on a resolution of declaring war. They completely ran away from Obama and were quietly relieved when Kerry and Obama cooked up the back-channel deal to remove the chemical weapons from Syria.

The amateurish Trump will likely bomb Syria and his poll numbers will rise from the 34% he is at now. The best news is Mattis, Kelly and McMaster in his cabinet and in the "War Room." These men know how to make war. Congress will be left out.

The tightrope issue is Russia. We cannot kill Russians. This scares the crap out of me. Trump and his generals will have to warn Putin to remove his soldiers from these airstrips and asset sites before embarking on this course.

Hold your breath. It is going to get very dicey in Syria if he bombs them. Innocent people will be killed, just like Yemen.

Apr. 4, 2017
By Marc Platt
Who the hell am I to give Fox News advice? I can barely stand to watch the right wing trolls, but I try to watch when a big story breaks, just to see how they handle it. Whatever credibility they have, could be under question because of sex scandals.
Fox advertisers are jumping off the Bill O'Reilly bandwagon like rats off a ship. BMW of North America, Untuckit and Constant Contact, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai said they are out. This is big bucks and you know the phrase from "The Right Stuff," right? "No Bucks, no Buck Rogers."
Remember when Rush Limbaugh started calling law student Sandra Fluke "A Whore," during the birth control-in-college" era of Obamacare? Remember how he lost a ton of advertisers and then credibility? Whatever that means from a guy who calls women "Feminazis."
My point is this...Trump won and now Fox News is NOT the opposition. They are the network covering an administration under fire. When their personnel like former News Chief Roger Ailes and O'Reilly are the people bringing the network down and the Murdocks have to continually have to shell out big bucks to shut women down from suing the network because these guys can't control their sexual impulses, they will gradually slide.
Fox News really should consider becoming more of a center right network and not the far right network of Hannity (a Trump lackey) or O'Reilly, who will cost the Murdocks even more money as women come out of the woodwork with allegations of sexual wrongdoing.
Fox....Get a NEW FACE of your Network. Go more towards the center and let everyone hear fact-based reporting from your point of view. I will then be able to watch you all the time with my other usual programming like CNN and MSNBC.
I really want "Fair and Balanced."
Mar. 25, 2017
By Marc Platt
I know the NY Times and many other outlets are FINALLY onto the fact that our currently-elected US President does not know what he is talking about most of the time when it comes to policy and execution of policy. He does not know the difference between Medicare (elderly) and Medicaid (Low income) people in this country.
Look...The good thing is the fact that our FELLOW CITIZENS are now learning about policy, the execution of policy and the things that our President should be educated on.
I have seen so much attention to politics like NEVER before. Our citizens are scared shitless about the possibilities of these amateurs running all of our institutions into the ground.
Anyone who voted for Trump for "Change" is getting their wish. We now have neophytes and amateurs in charge of grandma's life, your children's future and YOUR current pocketbook issues.
Instead of "Draining The Swamp" of all the types of (Wall Street) people and lobbyists, he has pulled them in and now people who voted for him may suffer the most.
Do I sound like Chicken Little with this "Sky is falling" talk, or do I sound like a reasonable fellow citizen who does not want to see my friends and family pay a price because of our collective political ignorance.
The country elected a man who knew how to use Twitter and the mainstream media to his own political benefit. What he does not know how to do is understand what governing is all about.
Trump's decision to run for President of the United States in 2015 may be one of the biggest and stupidest gambles in the history of the world, considering he is in waste deep with so many bad people worldwide. Those are all starting to catch up to him.
He may buy himself 9 months or so if he can blow up the House and Senate Intel Committee investigations into his collusion with Russia. It will take time to assemble an independent prosecutor and that type of investigation.
Remember this. Our media is GREAT at investigating wrongdoing. They will get to the bottom of all that. A lot of prominent politicians may end up in prison when it all comes out.
So....I guess Trump isn't as "Smart" as he has maintained publicly. The next few months are going to be "Bigly."
Mar. 20, 2017
By Marc Platt
1973 Watergate Hearings were on TV all day everyday throughout the spring, summer and fall. We all know how that ended on August 9, 1974.
Today was Day One of "Russia Gate" and this will not let up until a certain resolution happens. Depending on what the GOP agenda really is, this may or may not end up in resignation and/or impeachment.
Trump's approval ratings are in the high 30's...THAT is and will be devastating as more is exposed. Dubya bottomed out at 28%, but that was near the end of term #2.
I am one of those who do not believe the Russians actually hacked into the voting machines, although in real time I DID believe that. Russia did help Trump greatly, but there were a lot of people who never would admit they voted for the guy who DID. They are now likely having a lot of "Voter Remorse."
America really needs to go through this partisan purging of our political souls. WE are getting a first hand civics lesson that we all need right now. We are all learning what the US Constitution is all about and how our three separate branches must function.
Everything has been fractured since November 2000 when Bush and Gore duked it out with The Supremes basically deciding who our President was going to be. The Obama election didn't help the matter much as our racial politics had been virtually ignored for decades. You can read my eBook if you are interested on that subject: "Political Timebomb"
Regardless. This investigation will likely end up in the release of The Donald's taxes. This is a place he has ever wanted to go, but it will happen as we move along.
Washington ALWAYS wins. remember those words....