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The Trump of Indonesia

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[The following was written by Flag & Cross contributor Steve Sherman.]

Across the planet, the political establishment and their mainstream media supporters are being disrupted.  While populist revolts were bubbling beneath the surface for years, the election of Donald J. Trump supercharged and empowered opposition to the ruling elite and set in motion a worldwide reset of our politics.  

The next bout in the international struggle against the establishment is playing out tomorrow in Indonesia.  Incumbent President Joko Widodo ran a pseudo Obama campaign of “change and hope” in 2014, riding the then-dominant political strategy to victory in the world’s third largest democracy.

Widodo now faces a challenge to his failed regime from Trump-like challenger, Prabowo Subianto.  There’s lots to challenge.  

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The economy has been stagnant.  Corruption is rife.  And Widodo has morphed into the very thing he ran against in 2014 – a corrupt potentate interested only in enriching his cronies and maintaining his power.

Worse, Widodo has introduced into the mix the People’s Republic of China.  Whereas his predecessors resisted the invasion of Chinese capital and personnel, Widodo has facilitated China gaining an historic stronghold in this archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands.

While his detractors have yet to produce proof that Widodo has been personally compensated and compromised through infamous Chinese government payoffs, the invasion from the mainland has severely unsettled his political coalition.

Further complicating matters for the incumbent is his inability to deal with religious intolerance in this largest Muslim nation.  

While Widodo tries to use the specter of Islamic fundamentalism to his advantage, he is undercut by his own missteps and those of his followers.  The world continues to reel over the pernicious jailing in Widodo’s political base province of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese and a Christian.  Purnama has been imprisoned only because he is a Christian, unnerving the very people who helped elect Widodo.

Inexplicably, Widodo poured gasoline on the fire of religious tension by choosing radical former Islamic cleric Maruf Amin as his running mate.  Amin’s harsh Islamic approach has given pause to Indonesia’s traditional allies, raising concerns among Jakarta’s business community whether Widodo is capable of reinvigorating this troubled nation. 

In the last election, Widodo won with coalition of young people, liberals and a lot of women and non-Muslim voters, but his failure to deliver even moderate reforms and the combination of rampant corruption and a stagnating economy has left many of his former supporters disillusioned and choosing to abstain this time around.  The movement against Widodo within his former base is so strong that they even have a name for their abstaining vote: golput. 

Even in the Widodo super-stronghold of Sulawesi, his core supporters are proclaiming that they are “golput,” the name being derived from the blank part of the ballot that these voters intend to mark.

With Widodo’s polling numbers diving, and with his opponent Probowo surging, Widodo’s party seems to be borrowing another page from the American Democratic Party.

In the last few days, Indonesians were shocked to find that 17.5 million fake voter registrations were submitted and approved by Widodo government forces.  This is almost 10% of the electorate.  Unfortunately for Widodo, his party thugs were not as devious as their American counterparts.  The fake registrations all bore the same birthdates!  Must have been quite a busy day at the Jarkarta hospital – or more likely at the party headquarters for Widodo!

While BirthdateGate seems to be the most comical aspect of the Widodo circus, the most predictable – at least for Americans – is the approach by the mainstream American media to this race.  Not wanting to abandon their faux Indonesian Obama, the New York Times has been assaulting challenger Prabowo as the real elite candidate.  Sound familiar?  They used the same attack against then-candidate Donald J. Trump.  

Based on polling of the past few days, they are in for the same depressing surprise – assuming Widodo and his gang don’t steal the election from the Indonesian people.

 

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A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness

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A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report
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Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness
Topics:
1) A Post Trial Analysis of the Rittenhouse Case – Why the jury got it right and the media got it wrong
*What the judge, jury and defendant will go through post trial
2) The Non-Event Diplomatic Boycott of the Chinese Hosting the Winter Olympics – China laughs it off – No change in Sponsorship
*Why is Biden doing this other than moral support for those in forced labor in China?
3) Why are some members of the Media blaming the Media for Biden’s poor polling numbers?
4) Biden and Putin Speak had Video Conference over rising Ukraine tensions – Biden’s credibility on the line as Russia faced nominal problems after it annexed Crimea – Economic Sanctions Warning?
5) White Suburban Women shifting toward Republicans, reversing the trend in Virginia Elections aftermath
6) Just 22% of Voters want Biden to run in 2024 – Harris is at 12%

https://rumble.com/embed/vnrod2/?pub=4 A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report —————– Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness Topics: 1) A Post Trial Analysis of the Rittenhouse Case – Why the jury got it right and the media got it wrong *What the judge, jury and defendant will go through post trial 2) The Non-Event Diplomatic Boycott of the Chinese Hosting the Winter Olympics – China laughs it off – No change in Sponsorship *Why is Biden doing this other than moral support for those in forced labor in China? 3) Why are some members of the Media blaming the Media for Biden’s poor polling numbers? 4) Biden and Putin Speak had Video Conference over rising Ukraine tensions – Biden’s credibility on the line as Russia faced nominal problems after it annexed Crimea – Economic Sanctions Warning? 5) White Suburban Women shifting toward Republicans, reversing the trend in Virginia Elections aftermath 6) Just 22% of Voters want Biden to run in 2024 – Harris is at 12%

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Polling Shows Abysmal Support for Biden Reelection…Among Democrats

The numbers are simply staggering.

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US President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are abysmal.  They’re so terrible, in fact, that the White House really has no way of denying it any longer.  Instead, they’ve turned to a strategy of simply suggesting that Biden will run for reelection again, essentially putting off all of the controversy until the voters have a chance to chime in.

It’s a slick trick, that’s for sure, but the latest polling among Democrats now shows why this is a terrible idea.

Just over one-third of Democrats want to see President Joe Biden as the candidate on the 2024 Democrat presidential ticket, an I&I/TIPP poll released Monday found.

The survey asked respondents, “Who do you want to see run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2024?”

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Overall, 22 percent said Biden, followed by 12 percent who said Vice President Kamala Harris, four percent who said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and three percent who said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The remaining potential candidates garnered two percent support or less. Thirty-one percent, overall, say they are unsure.

It gets worse…

Even among Democrats, specifically, Biden fails to see overwhelming support, as only 37 percent say they want to see him run again on the Democrat ticket in the next presidential election cycle. Another 16 percent of Democrats chose Harris, and 13 percent, overall, remain unsure.

37 percent of independents say they are “not sure” who they want to see run on the Democrat ticket, but only eight percent say it should be Biden.

And then, in a troubling blow to Biden’s perceived ability to snatch up votes in the political middle, only 8% of independents said that they were in favor of Biden running again.

US President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are abysmal.  They’re so terrible, in fact, that the White House really has no way of denying it any longer.  Instead, they’ve turned to a strategy of simply suggesting that Biden will run for reelection again, essentially putting off all of the controversy until the voters have a chance to chime in. It’s a slick trick, that’s for sure, but the latest polling among Democrats now shows why this is a terrible idea. Just over one-third of Democrats want to see President Joe Biden as the candidate on the 2024 Democrat presidential ticket, an I&I/TIPP poll released Monday found. The survey asked respondents, “Who do you want to see run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2024?” Overall, 22 percent said Biden, followed by 12 percent who said Vice President Kamala Harris, four percent who said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and three percent who said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The remaining potential candidates garnered two percent support or less. Thirty-one percent, overall, say they are unsure. It gets worse… Even among Democrats, specifically, Biden fails to see overwhelming support, as only 37 percent say they want to see him run again on the Democrat ticket in the next presidential election cycle. Another 16 percent of Democrats chose Harris, and 13 percent, overall, remain unsure. 37 percent of independents say they are “not sure” who they want to see run on the Democrat ticket, but only eight percent say it should be Biden. And then, in a troubling blow to Biden’s perceived ability to snatch up votes in the political middle, only 8% of independents said that they were in favor of Biden running again.

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