Well done Trevor

November 20th, 2011 at 11:51 am by David Farrar

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Thanks to the Tea Party, several radio interviews and a great plug from Glenn Beck, my book “ and the Enemies Within” has jumped up to number 87 on Amazon (out of 600,000 titles).

Off to a good start. Hopefully we can maintain the momentum.

Making the top 100 on Amazon is a huge feat, especially for a Kiwi author. Of course the book is not on NZ politics, but US politics or specifically on Obama.

Having said that, I am very unenthused about the 2012 presidential election. I’d almost vote for Obama over Romney. Huntsman would be great, but he has little chance of winning the nomination.

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19 Responses to “Well done Trevor”

  1. Johnboy (15,594 comments) says:

    Jeeze for second I thought you were congratulating my local MP. I almost rang the men in white coats to go round to your address and take you away.

    Then I read further. :)

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  2. tvb (4,255 comments) says:

    I think the US economy will be showing some fairly decent signs of recovery in 2012. Hence the push towards Asia. Romney may not be able to unite the Republican and a tea party candidate will hand the election to Obama, like Ross Perot did for Bill Clinton in 1992. But Obama made a fundamental error on the US economy when he thought by Bankrupting the US Treasury through high deficit spending he could get the US economy started. You can only get the US economy out of recession by stimulating the private sector to do it.

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  3. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    Having said that, I am very unenthused about the 2012 presidential election.

    Ditto. But my reasons have less to do with the candidates than the fact that the US system of checks and balances will mean that little or no structural changes will be made to government and economic institutions, whoever is elected as President.

    That system was designed to prevent the rise of overwhelming, suffocating central government and for nearly 150 years it did – but now that such a monster is here that very system makes it almost impossible to roll back. Classic stuff really, as “conservatives” face the dilemma of conserving a monster that they helped to create, or going revolutionary on its ass.

    Oh well. Where politics fails to produce a solution the marketplaces will.

    I’d almost vote for Obama over Romney.

    The key word is “almost”. I have zero confidence in Romney’s desire or ability to reverse left-wing crap – but great confidence in his ability to be squeezed and moulded into the required domestic positions by a GOP Congress and Senate, especially on Obamacare.

    In other words, ABO – Anyone But Obama. Romney would be the least-worst option in a deal that is politics in a nutshell – and one many Labour voters will unashamedly adopt here in NZ as they vote “for” Phil Goff next Saturday, all the while decrying those ideological fanatics of the right who are willing to overlook their candidate’s failings.

    Huntsman would be great,

    No. In fact – hell no. He’d be a smoother version of Romney – and his pro-life and religious positions would be met with exactly the same storm of Democratic The Christians Are Coming to Get Us messaging, as Romney or any other GOP candidate.

    … but he has little chance of winning the nomination.

    For good reasons. If one is going to be demonised as a fanatic one may as well have a candidate who fights back rather than grimacing and wringing his hands in supplication to the MSM, hoping to be given an even break.

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  4. Inky_the_Red (744 comments) says:

    Are we talking about this Trevor Loudon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Loudon

    who was a leading member of thius cult
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenith_Applied_Philosophy

    ?

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  5. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    I’d almost vote for Obama over Romney.

    DPF, you’re showing your true left-of-centre colours as a loyal member of today’s Labour lite (aka National Party).

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  6. kiwi in america (2,477 comments) says:

    Sorry Trevor whilst I share your view on Romney (sad because I did actually support Romney over McCain in 08), Huntsman is a very meagre improvement on Romney IMO. He is the darling of DC Beltway RINOS but will not be the nominee. His persona in the debates is not compelling, his time as Obama’s ambassador to China will count against him in the GOP primary, he is almost as liberal on same sex marriage and abortion as Romney (he’s just not flip flopped on it) and being Mormon he will have that same slight drag amongst evangelicals. I like Gingrich’s intellectual heft but I’m afraid his desertion of his sick wife for his mistress is a too major character flaw for me. If Perry is still in the race by the time we vote, I will vote for him. I think that once Gingrich gets put through the front runner mill with Cains demise, Perry stands a better chance to be the anti Romney. Bachmann is finished and Paul is still nuts.

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  7. Inky_the_Red (744 comments) says:

    The US has two political Parties. The first is the Democratic Party they are slightly socially Liberal but in general are the equivalent of our National Party, The Australian Liberals or The British Conservative and Unionist Party.

    The other are the Republican which tends to be more social conservative (except for those who describe themselves as Libertarian) and tend to be the equivalent of our National Party, The Australian Liberals or The British Conservative and Unionist Party.

    So as DPF is a liberal he would most likely be a Democrat (who has Blue as their Colour) in the USA

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  8. s.russell (1,580 comments) says:

    I despair of US politics. Like Tom (above) I think the system is broken. And they are unable to fix it. This is especially worrying as the US enters on a period of relative decline. As the US sees itself overshadowed in coming decades by China and India it will be so tempting for them to start behaving all macho-like, trying by increasing aggressiveness to deny reality – rather like Russia does now under Putin.

    Meanwhile, the Democrats are almost entirely loopy and the Republicans almost entirely nuts. The only exceptions all seem to be slimeballs. If there are a few honorable and sensible politicians in there somewhere they keep their heads down (and wisely so).

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  9. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    So as DPF is a liberal he would most likely be a Democrat (who has Blue as their Colour) in the USA

    100% in agreement.

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  10. Angus (536 comments) says:

    Trev’s blog is very informative and I’d encourage everyone to read it, you’d be surprised what you may learn. He’s salt of the earth is our Trevor.

    It’s a refreshing alternative to the “Goff said this, Key said that” soft-left circlejerk that this site or Whaleoil often takes.

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  11. DJP6-25 (1,313 comments) says:

    He deserves the kudos. His site is excellent.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  12. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    Well, well, well…

    For the last few years I’ve been thinking that perhaps I’m a bit too pessimistic and nihilistic about the US situation (of which I’ve been optimistic for decades) but now I find support from the most surprising quarter – Mr Awed-In-The-Presence-Of-Greatness-And-Sharp-Creased-Pants – David Fucking Brooks:

    “And so, you know, they hope the election will solve it. That is what everybody is saying on the Hill. I’m a little dubious the election – why should this election solve it, when all the other elections haven’t solved hit. So the short answer is, welcome, Greece. We’re going to be Greece.”

    Even in that Mr Brooks still gets his predictions wrong. The US will not be Greece – but in the same way that “Mike” was not “Little Boy”.

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  13. BlairM (2,307 comments) says:

    Oh, Romney is awful, but I’d take him any day over Obama. He’s a lot smarter than Obama, and unlike Obama has proven himself to be a competent leader and problem-solver. Can he win? I doubt it. Romney is a flip-flopper extraordinaire and Obama will milk that for all it’s worth.

    I have said for a long time (though with great doubts in recent months) that it will be Gingrich who is the nominee, because he has the convictions and the narrative. Gingrich ain’t perfect either, but he will make an excellent President.

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  14. Feanor (40 comments) says:

    Gingrich has no chance of beating Obama. His various ethics scandals will crush him.

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  15. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    I just hope that whenever any of the Democrat boogeymen are hauled back on to the scene – “ethics scandals”, “christian”, “abortion”, “gay marriage”, “gaffes”, etc, etc – the GOP will ignore them and relentlessly focus on the Carville mantra:

    It’s the economy, stupid

    Because that’s ten times more true than it was in 1992.

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  16. BlairM (2,307 comments) says:

    Gingrich has no chance of beating Obama. His various ethics scandals will crush him.

    From Wikipedia:

    “During his term as Speaker, eighty-four ethics charges were filed against him; eighty-three of them were dropped.[66] The remaining charge concerned a 20-hour college course called “Renewing American Civilization” that Gingrich had taught through a tax-deductible foundation, Kennesaw State College Foundation. Allegations of tax improprieties led to two counts “of failure to seek legal advice” and one count of “providing the committee with information which he knew or should have known was inaccurate” concerning the use of a tax exempt college course for political purposes.”

    So in other words, one ethics “scandal”. OMG. I think Obama is going to need a little more than that to defend his awful record as President.

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  17. radar (319 comments) says:

    Blair, Newt has had three wives and probably as many affairs, so that might do some damage in regard to the moral conservative vote.

    And there was also the time he had divorce papers served on one of his wives when she was in hospital with uterine cancer.

    Back to Trevor, the people who believe Obama and or his advisers are out to destroy the United States are one short step away from the kooks who believe the President is a secret Muslim.

    George W Bush did huge damage to the country’s national debt, as did Ronald Reagan, but few people said they were trying to ruin the country, so what’s different about Omaba? I think I can guess.

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  18. BlairM (2,307 comments) says:

    radar – Newt’s personal life is common knowledge. There is no “moral conservative” vote of significance in America – it is one of the great myths of the left wing media that such a bloc exists. He has expressed regret over his personal life, and Americans love nothing better than a penitent sinner.

    The “hospital divorce” story is a myth, and it has been completely debunked by their daughter Jackie, who was present when Newt visited. The truth is that his wife had already initiated and served Newt with divorce papers months earlier, so the alleged incident was a legal and logical impossibility. Also, we are talking circa 1982 here. Obama was probably selling crack at the time. Nobody cares.

    I still find it interesting that despite all the microscopic scrutiny of the personal lives of GOP candidates, nobody in the media has yet asked why Michelle Obama takes separate planes to the same destination as her husband, or wears headphones while traveling in the same car. No, their marriage is fine, I am sure…

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  19. Mike Readman (361 comments) says:

    Hey I know that guy. Well done Trevor. DPF, as a former ACT vice president, you should ask him what he thinks of Cathering Isaac. I’m thinking it will be less than complimentary.

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