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    Money rules the system. A tax code should prevent any one person from subjugating a government to private wishes and whims.
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    In 1983, the Danish group Laid Back released a song titled "White Horse", which you can listen to at the link below.

    Although it's a catchy tune, what's notable about the song is its symbolism. "White horse" refers to heroin, and "white pony" refers to cocaine. The book Totally Awesome 80s described "White Horse" as "a song with very few words that still managed to be about the joys of cocaine".

    As you know by know, life often imitates art, and this song came immediately to mind when I read an article about Kim Jong Un this morning. He was captured on camera riding a white horse across snow-covered landscapes on Mount Paektu, the Korean peninsula’s highest peak.

    The location and animal are both symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. Kim has previously visited Mt Paektu before making major decisions such as the 2013 execution of his powerful uncle and his 2018 decision to embark on diplomacy with Seoul and Washington. The images were released days after the country's first nuclear negotiations with the United States in more than seven months fell apart .Analysts said the symbolism underscored North Korea's determination to stand up to international pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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    An article in this morning's Arizona Republic mentioned that the United States had blocked a United Nations resolution regarding human rights violation in North Korea:

    I dug a little deeper, and found more information about the story in a recent issue of FP (Foreign Policy). "The move signaled a desire by U.S. President Donald Trump to salvage a faltering two-year diplomatic effort to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and try to strike a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the 2020 U.S. presidential election."

    “Once again, the U.S. has prevented the U.N. Security Council from scrutinizing North Korea’s abysmal human rights record, apparently because of President Trump’s special relationship with Kim Jong Un,” said Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch.

    “By blocking this meeting, which was set to go ahead on Human Rights Day tomorrow, the Trump administration is sending a message to Kim that the U.S. no long considers arbitrary detention, starvation, torture, summary executions, sexual violence and other crimes again the North Korean people a priority,” Charbonneau added. “North Korea and many other abusive governments can now rest assured that they have little to fear from the Trump administration when it comes to human rights.”

    Russia also opposed the resolution in 2017, shortly after Trump took office, even though China (North Korea's closest ally) supported it.

    These stories reinforce two facts about Trump:

    1) He'll do ANYTHING (including threatening another foreign power) to improve his chances of getting re-elected and

    2) He is totally unconcerned about human rights abuses (think Turkey, Saudi Arabia,Russia,refugees trying to enter the United States etc)

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    But yeah; he'll get re-elected because the stock market is doing great now because of the half ass deal with China; and the farmers can (what they think) sell their crops again to China. In the meantime they get subsides from Trump. Halejuja, long live the King!! All the timing as well with the USMCA will help him. Sorry, Warren by trying to nail the "rich" will only embolden the Trump "PAC's"; stupid as hell. No, the Dem's are shooting in their own foot by now.