The Uni-Party of Capitol Hill

Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Jan 3, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

This speech by Congressman Matt Gaetz is actually very important. Listen carefully to what he is saying – he and others will not vote for this “uni-party” candidate Kevin McCarthy from California. I cannot emphasize more that what he is talking about is what I have been writing about for a long time.

John McCain would have voted for Hillary before Trump because they are all the same – they protect the SWAMP. The battle is not as fierce between the Republicans and Democrats as it often appears. Both sides like things the way they are. Kevin McCarthy would simply be another Pelosi. There really would be no difference. This is why we must simply Crash & Burn. Politics is hopeless. The corruption has eaten away everything from the inside out. Gaetz is correct for they call it on the Hill the “uni-party” where it is not for the people, but for maintaining power.

Rep Matt Gaetz Asks Congress Why Kevin McCarthy Has Moved into House Speakers Office, Because He’s Not Speaker

Posted originally on the CTH on January 3, 2023 | Sundance 

Apparently, California Representative Kevin McCarthy has already moved his personal effects and furniture into the House Speaker’s Office despite not winning enough votes to be considered Speaker of the House.

Republican House member Matt Gaetz, a strong opponent of Mr McCarthy, sends a letter of inquiry asking how is this possible?

Full letter below.

Video, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Second Inauguration Speech

Posted originally on the CTH on January 3, 2023 | Sundance

The management and branding team behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continue to track a transparent path toward a 2024 nomination run.  Florida Governor DeSantis was sworn into office today at Noon eastern, complete with Jeb Bush as a special on-stage guest of honor.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is one of the primary organizers and influencers for DeSantis ’24 presidential bid.  Former governors Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (R/D) did not participate in the ceremony.   Additionally, despite the early hour and not appearing to be coincidental, it appeared the political branding team decided to have Casey DeSantis take a page from First Lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe style. WATCH:


They are going to recreate Camelot whether you want it or not.  However, once you see the strings on the marionettes, it’s impossible not to watch the performance and not see them.

Ron DeSantis is the counterfeit $100 bill on a fishing string being dragged through the MAGAhood by the professional political class and Bush family revenge operations.

After Three Failed Attempts to Elect a Speaker, The House of Representatives Adjourns Until Noon Tomorrow

Posted originally on the CTH on January 3, 2023 | Sundance

The House of Representatives failed to elect a House Speaker through three rounds of voting.   Approximately 20 members of the Republican conference will not vote for Kevin McCarthy, as a result there is a stalemate.   The Republican caucus requested adjournment until noon tomorrow, Wednesday January 4th.

Essentially Kevin McCarthy needs to: (1) step aside and accept he will not be Speaker, or (2) continue the House voting in futility, or (3) find a way to convince the Republican holdouts to support him.

“They’re just not into you Kevin”… 

This has happened before, just not in the modern political era.   The holdouts want Jim Jordan to accept the Speaker position.

Don’t get defrosted, worried or overly attached to any outcome.  This is simply the way our system was designed.

VIDEO, Congress Electing Speaker of House, Republican McCarthy Fails on First Bid, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries Achieves Highest Votes in First Round

Posted originally on the CTH on January 3, 2023 | Sundance 

The House of Representatives continues efforts to elect a Speaker of the House.  Republican candidate Kevin McCarthy failed in his first-round effort on the floor in dramatic fashion. A group of conservatives blocked his path amid one of the smallest GOP House majorities in history.  Democrat Hakeem Jeffries had the highest overall number of votes, but still not enough to become speaker.

As noted by Politico, “In a stunning moment of chaos on the first day of the new Congress, McCarthy and his allies will now attempt to quell the revolt, preparing members to take repeated votes as pressure mounts from their colleagues. It will mark only the second time since the Civil War that a party will need multiple attempts to choose its leader on the House floor — with all business in the chamber, even the swearing-in of members, halted until a speaker is chosen.”

Voting continues, video below. UPDATE After Three Failed Votes, the House is adjourned until noon tomorrow:


Political Contagion Does not Need Central Command

Armstrong Economics Blog/ECM Re-Posted Dec 21, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

When our model had forecast the fall of Communism in 1989, the general press was attributing it to modern communication since the Berlin Wall fell a few months later. I pointed out that the same time difference took place when in Rome they overthrew their king in 509BC and within a few months in Athens, they overthrew their tyrants and began Democracy. In my research, it was not that modern communication led to the me-too reaction that caused the fall of the Berlin Wall. The question is not how fast information travels, but how long it takes to filter through society to cause political change.

When we look back at the Communist Revolutions of 1848 a notable observation emerges. Here too Europe was engulfed as they occurred in dozens of the then-European states, countries, and empires without any kind of international coordination. It was the same sort of contagion that spread. Historians have pointed out that the gains were short-lived, and the repercussions of rising socialism indeed prevailed over the course of several decades.

In America, there was the Mexican-American War which erupted in 1846 and continued into 1848. The reason for the war was the Mexican refusal to accept Texas independence clashing with the desire of Texans for statehood that was feeding into the American desire for westward expansion. Thus, this became the first offensive war in the History of the United States.

Indeed, as Wave #915 began in 1848, while the Mexican-American War was subsiding, Europe erupted in a Communist Revolution that was spontaneous without a unified core directing it. However, the Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 just before the Revolutions of 1848 engulfed Europe. It has been argued that even rumors of this work contributed to the uprising. The victorious counter-revolution brought court proceedings against Marx, but he was acquitted on February 9, 1849. Nevertheless, Marx was then banished from Germany (May 16, 1849). At first, Marx went to Paris, yet he was again banished after the demonstration of June 13, 1849. This time he fled to London, where he lived until his death. This is his entry to the British Museum Library in 1873.

While there were various debates over the causes of the 1848 Revolution, it was clearly a Revolution against Republicanism, that was precisely on schedule for our Revolutionary Cycle of 72 years from 1776, which was against Monarchy. 1848 was clearly against the corruption of Republicanism. In particular, the Revolutions of 1848 in France, the German states, the Austrian Empire, the Italian States, and Denmark were not coordinated and we find the same pattern in the fall of Communism in 1989.

Interestingly, there was no central coordination or cooperation for the 1848 Revolution. It also came on the long-term 172-year Revolutionary Cycle and at that time it impacted over 50 countries. Since the revolutions occurred in so many places and in so many countries, it was clearly just the time for revolution as we find ourselves ever since the 2020 election. The defeat of Trump, regardless of your opinion of Trump, sparked a great division in the country from which there will be no return.

Just as in 1848 when it is impossible to attribute a single general reason or theory as to why so many countries erupted, other than the Revolutionary Cycle incorporates the simple basic desire for change. In the United States, there was the rise of the Nativism Movement against immigrants that erupted in gun battles on the streets of Philadelphia.

Clearly, what contributed to this was the Hard Times of the 1840s following the Sovereign Defaults of the States (not Federally) in the USA after the Panic of 1837. This was the period known as the Hard Times and the shortage of coinage led to a wealth of Hard Times Tokens often of a political nature. They were even striking tokens in Europe as well.

It certainly seems that the Sovereign Defaults that produced the Hard Times also sparked a religious upheaval as took place during the Roman Empire following the Great Monetary Collapse of 260-270AD. That is when they were blaming Christians for angering the gods leading to Christian Persecutions which reached a peak during the reign of Diocletian (284-305AD). Here, we see a similar movement against Slavery with a distinct religious undertone that the Hard Times was a punishment from God for the use of slaves in the South. Clearly, there was a similar religious upheaval in Europe without the slavery issue.

The 1848 Revolutions were throughout Europe. The “mood” seems to have led to the American Civil War as well. Some historians have argued that the Revolutions of 1848 were largely caused by two factors: economic crisis and political crisis. Others have argued that social and ideological crises cannot be discounted. In many of the affected countries, nationalism was another catalyst for the revolutions. What we see on a global correlated basis were similar events that seemed to be inspired on a collective basis.

Over in China, we have the Taiping Rebellion was a revolt against the Qing dynasty in China, fought with religious conviction over regional economic conditions, and lasted from 1850 to 1864. Even if we turn to Japan, the Dutch had a monopoly on trade dealing with Japan.  In 1844 the Dutch sent a diplomatic mission urging them to open the country, but the rulers refused this suggestion. The question of dealing with foreigners was a rising problem in Japan at the same time. They called the foreigner Gaijin meaning really a foreign devil some have tomes down to outsiders or foreigners. It was in 1854 that the United States Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s expedition opened Japan to global commerce through the implied threat of force. The Boshin War, also known as the Japanese Revolution or Japanese Civil War, was a civil war in Japan fought from 1868 to 1869 between forces of the ruling Tokugawa shogunate and a group seeking to seize political power in the name of the emperor.

It is fascinating that we see similar periods of political unrest for different reasons on a global scale. Was there just something in the water that made everyone go to war? Who knows. But we seem to be coming into this similar type of global problems between 2023 and 2032.

Twitter File Release #8 – Evidence Showing Pentagon/State Dept using Twitter for Propaganda, Release Curated to Protect Barack Obama

Posted originally on the CTH on December 20, 2022 | sundance 

In addition to confirming more of the basic construct behind Jack’s Magic Coffee Shop, Twitter File Release #8 also reveals that Twitter officers are carefully curating information to protect their interests.  When information is curated to protect political interests, it puts a question mark behind all prior releases.

In release #8, the basic outline is showing how the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. State Department (DoS) work with the social media platforms to amplify messaging and create specifically anonymous government accounts intended to spread propaganda globally. [Twitter File Release #8 Here]  The government then asks the platform engineering side to boost the messaging of the government accounts and use the internal tools to promote government users.  Essentially, social media propaganda.

The United States intelligence apparatus was/is actively using and working with the Twitter platform to align with U.S. government interests.  The govt was coordinating, instructing, assisting and benefitting from the relationship.  Pro govt positions were amplified, and information adverse to the interests of the Pentagon and State Dept was removed, hidden, throttled.

Unfortunately, as admitted by Twitter File #8 Author Lee Fang, a writer for The intercept, “The searches were carried out by a Twitter attorney, so what I saw could be limited.” There is no ‘could be‘ in that statement.  The searches were limited, specifically time limited putting all of the scrutiny on the timeline when Donald Trump was in office.

CTH has no vested interest in this pretending nonsense.  We all know, hell, its public record, the use of Twitter and Facebook as a tool to advance U.S. foreign policy began during the Obama administration.  There are dozens of mainstream press accounts of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton reaching out to Twitter and Facebook for support during the ’11/’12 Arab Spring.   This is not controversial, it happened.

However, the current release uses a carefully applied time filter only showing DoD and DoS use of the platform (to assist foreign policy) starting in 2017, when President Trump took office.  This is intentional.  The origin of the practice starts with Barack Obama.

Let me be very, very clear.  This release of information was filtered to avoid revealing that President Obama was the originator of this activity.

Twitter is trying to protect President Obama because, beyond the ideological alignment, the monopolistic social media system – a partnership between the U.S. government and Big Tech, was essentially designed as a purposeful oligarchical system.  As long as each platform Oligarch retains the code of omerta the system survives.

Within that design, if any one oligarch turns against the group interest, he/she becomes a target of the system.  Remaining in alignment with the group is why Twitter lawyers carefully filtered out the trail to former President Barack Obama.  The One is always protected.

Barack Obama established the partnership between government and social media, and within this release Twitter is protecting Barack Obama.

This release is so over-the-top-obvious in its intent to protect the Obama legacy, that the nature of the DoS/DoD admissions within it become almost secondary.

Twitter gave approval & special protection to the U.S. military’s online psychological influence ops. Despite knowledge that Pentagon propaganda accounts used covert identities, Twitter did not suspend many for around 2 years or more. Some remain active.

In 2017, a U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) official sent Twitter a list of 52 Arab language accounts “we use to amplify certain messages.” The official asked for priority service for six accounts, verification for one & “whitelist” abilities for the others.

[Read Full Twitter File Release #8 Here]

The Obama administration first created the public-private partnership with Twitter and Facebook to support the “Arab Spring” uprising.

As a consequence, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was the first elected official to be taken out by former President Obama’s deployment of Twitter as a community activist tool for revolution in 2011. In direct and consequential ways, Egypt was the BETA test for a process that surface a decade later in the United States during the 2020 election.

Using and influencing social media was a tool created by the Obama state department, as noted years ago in Mic.Com:

[…] In countries like Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, rising action plans such as protests made up of thousands, have been organized through social media such Facebook and Twitter. “We use Facebook to schedule the protests” an Arab Spring activist from Egypt announced “and [we use] Twitter to coordinate, and YouTube to tell the world.” The role that technology has taken in allowing the distribution of public information such as the kinds stated by the aforementioned activist, had been essential in establishing the democratic movement that has helped guide abused civilians to overthrow their oppressor. (link)

(NationalPulse) The most popular Twitter hashtags in the Arab region in the first three months of this year were “Egypt”, “Jan25”, “Libya”, “Bahrain” and “protest”.

Nearly 9 in 10 Egyptians and Tunisians surveyed in March said they were using Facebook to organise protests or spread awareness about them. All but one of the protests called for on Facebook ended up coming to life on the streets.

These and other findings from the newly released second edition of the Arab Social Media Report by the Dubai School of Government give empirical heft to the conventional wisdom that Facebook and Twitter abetted if not enabled the historic region-wide uprisings of early 2011. (link)

Fast forward to 2020, and those same elements deployed against the Egyptian government were deployed in the United States in a coordinated public-private partnership with Twitter, Facebook and social media.

The U.S. government control over these social media platforms is ultimately what lies at the heart of the latest Twitter Files release.

And it goes much deeper… much more purposefully deeper.

The ideological interests behind the 2010/ ’11 “Arab Spring” uprising were the same ideological interests behind the 2020 “Black Lives Matter” protests/uprising.  Not merely similar people, but the exact same people.

The exact same group of U.S. people who were promoting the mid-east Arab Spring in 2010/’11 are the same people who promoted the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.   The same politicians; the same media voices; the same newspapers; the same social media activists. Almost every participant, and their support for the uprising ’10 -vs- ’20 was identical, including the platforms deployed.

In the background of the Arab Spring, the root control organization was The Muslim Brotherhood.  Considering all of the connective similarities and considering the U.S. advocates for the brotherhood were the same voices advocating for BLM; the BLM movement as an extension of the same overarching ideology becomes clear.

It is not an esoteric intellectual exercise to compare the two movements because we were not only talking about a similar level of protest, but we also saw an identical set of actions in both groups.  Not only were the advocates the same voices, but the behavior also to remove and destroy common cultural connection/heritage was the same.

The Brotherhood is essentially the umbrella organization for a multitude of Islamic factions.  In essence, the Muslim Brotherhood represents political Islam. Similarly, if you look at the structure of Black Lives Matter, they too represent an umbrella-type structure for a network of individual political grievance groups.  Both groups represent a cultural revolution by the results of their activity.

In 2010 the Brotherhood had al-Qaeda and militant factions within ISIS.  In 2020 BLM had the New Black Panthers and militant factions within Antifa.

In 2010 the Brotherhood tore down statues and symbols they identified as culturally oppressive to their political views.  In 2020 BLM tore down statues and symbols they identified as oppressive to their political views.

In 2010 the Brotherhood burned books, destroyed history and removed their cultural opposition by force.  In 2020 BLM promoted burning books, destroying history and cancelling their cultural opposition by force.

In 2010 the Brotherhood used social media to organize their political activity and Big Tech facilitated by setting up local networks for protest.  In 2020 BLM used social media to organize their political media and Big Tech facilitated by deploying all local networks to assist.

In 2010 the Brotherhood attacked the police and framed their Islamist movement as oppressed by law enforcement.  In 2020 BLM attacked the police and framed their movement as oppressed by law enforcement.

In 2010 the Brotherhood destroyed the notions of secularism and viciously attacked any form of Christianity, including burning churches. In 2020 BLM advocated against secularism and viciously attacked Christianity – including the burning of churches, while conspicuously never criticizing any element of Islam.

In 2010 the Brotherhood was very strategic as they hoodwinked moderate Islamic supporters into voting them into power.  Once in power they removed all of the institutional systems, government offices, judges, constitutional balances, local elections, and anything that would impede their ultimate stranglehold on power.  Sharia Law replaced common legislative law.   As a result, the ordinary population was brutalized, property was taken by force; businesses were taken by force and the Islamic regime now controlled every element of their lives.

In 2020 the approach of the BLM movement appeared very strategic as they also hoodwinked a multitude of supporters, voters and even corporations, by defining their victim class and role.  Donations to the BLM group funded Joe Biden.  Much like the 2010 Brotherhood approach, grievances were made personal.   Bonds between families and friends are severed by force and demands to adhere to the movement’s ideology.  Now look at the severity of what policies are being advanced.

In 2010, despite the visibility of the radical elements of Islam, Egyptian candidate Mohammed Morsi ran on a platform for change as a moderate.  He was supported by Obama, Clinton and the social media messaging deployed by the U.S. government.  Once he achieved victory Morsi governed as a hardline leftist.

In 2020, despite the visibility of the radical leftists (BLM, Antifa), U.S. candidate Joe Biden ran on a platform for change as a moderate.  He was supported by Obama, James Clyburn and the social media messaging deployed by the U.S. government.  Once he achieved victory Biden governed as a hardline leftist.

These strategic political similarities are not coincidental.

As you can see from above, the use of social media had both an international and domestic value as considered by those in the Obama sphere who constructed the partnership with government.   Twitter’s curation of the timeline is intended to hide this ‘Bigger Picture.’

Mitch McConnell, “Providing Financial Support for Ukraine is the #1 Priority of The United States and Republicans Right Now”…

Posted originally on the CTH on December 21, 2022 | sundance 

Nope, it’s not the border crisis and millions of people unlawfully flowing into the United States.  Nope, it’s not the collapsing economy or massive inflation that crushing the working class.  Nope, it’s not the skyrocketing cost of fuel, energy, oil and gasoline as the direct result of catastrophic energy policy….

…”Providing assistance for the Ukrainians to defeat the Russians, that’s the #1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.  That’s sort of how we see the challenges confronting the country at the moment.”… 

Those are the direct words of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.  WATCH:


Tell me again how the Republican party is salvageable?