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    [Excerpt from Ask Michael: March 2016]


    There is a lot of chatter going on that Trump is lot like Hitler. A friend of my husband said Trump is more like Mussolini or Peron than Hitler as Trump is more of a populist as he doesn't have a military agenda like an outright Fascist would have.


    I think Trump is like Hitler more out of opportunity than nature. I can see that Hitler really believed what he was espousing while Trump is an opportunist who doesn't believe in anything but himself. Trump will go to any lengths to gain Trump "brand appeal" in any way he can. It always looked to me as if Hitler, in his heart, thought he was doing what was right for "Aryan" Germany, at the time.


    What really stands out to many is how alike the followers / supporters of both Trump and Hitler are.


    Would you comment on this time in history, in regards to Trump and Hitler and their Overleaves if relevant, and what is going on right now for their followers / supporters to be so similar even as we are in different times?


    In technical terms, these fragments are very different in features, but not in function or potential outcome. It is not amiss to compare these fragments in terms of potential for parallel outcomes, even if each are designed differently.


    Comparing these individuals and the effects/potential effects is similar to comparing the results of driving a car into a crowd or driving a truck into a crowd. Yes, you can point out how different each vehicle is and how one may have harmed more than the other, but it is fair to say that it is rather moot to compare them for differences when the intent, force, and effects are so similar.


    The greatest difference at this point is the position of power.


    If the position of power shifts for the King, so would similarities grow ever more similar to that of the Priest's.


    A military agenda is not within reach at this time for the King, but when it is within reach, more similarities would emerge.


    In both cases there is a mass Monad at play here involving Serving A Corrupt Master.


    It is true that much of what the King promotes is merely for the attention and power. We have put his ideology at about 50% in terms of how much he, himself, believes what he says. He is marketing.


    However, this is not to say that this line is clear to him. If enough power and attention were to be produced by the marketing, then the effort to fulfill the ideology and build upon it would shift that percentage.


    In both cases "the heart" is not involved. It is essentially removed from the equation and process. Both are Moving Centered, Intellectual Part.


    The Emotional element only comes into play as a balance, which most often shows up as "thin skin," easily offended, double-standards, pouting, and tantrums.


    This is then used to fuel further the locked cycles of Intellect and Action without heart.

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      MEntity: What do you mean by decent time frame?
      Cary: Before I’m old and gray. I guess within the next two years.
      MEntity: We think that you are in the first year after coming out of a Void. You are already out of The Void and into the tangible Sequences that are in effect to fulfill the Life Plan. And we might describe yours as EMPOWERED INDEPENDENCE. You are only in the first year of that five-year Life Plan cycle. What we would suggest next is to give yourself time, allow yourself that time, because that is the plan. What you are distracted by and find to be the impulse is accurate to what Essence is looking to do with you, as you. The most symbolic tangible evidence of EMPOWERED INDEPENDENCE is your living on your terms in the way that you describe. You are just at the beginning of this and it looks as if it’s in the 80% probability range for manifesting if you continue to participate in its trajectory.
      Cyprus: That’s pretty high for a Michael probability.
      Cary: Awesome.
      MEntity: One of the reasons why there is high probability is not because it is destined, of course, but because you have decided that this is what you want and that it is good for you. And however many obstacles there may be, taking care of yourself is something that you are fairly good at doing, so this will help forge that path toward what you have decided is best for you. And you can do it.
      Cyprus: Anyone else?
      Kerrin: For my Life Plan, as things keep moving forward, I keep finding myself falling back into old patterns from my past career where I am always in a support position and I’m making everyone else really successful. And I really want to create my own business and start creating and bring my own vision forward in design. And creating based on my values of sustainability. I have all the ideas, but I keep getting caught up in working for other people, so I can pay my bills. But I’m really, really trying to, you know, move forward. Yeah. I want my crown, damn it.
      MEntity: Your Void was approximately a year ago and you are also in the end of the first year of this Life Plan that we can see.
      MEntity: What seems to have been important was a review based on what you are describing. Two things were important: the review, which is to return to some very humble positions in your life that prompted—we’re looking for the correct words—prompted an ownership of your confidence, and ownership of your importance, and ownership of your talents, and an ownership of everything that is important to you.
      MEntity: Kings tend to do this, especially older Kings who have had to comply to positions in life that do not cater to the positions that used to be available to us as Kings. And when the King decides that it is time to step up or to move oneself into a position of greater control over the life, they tend to do a great step backward as a way to say, “Oh, Yes. That greater control is what I wanted.” And then they go for it.
      MEntity: You are entering the second year of your Life Plan. And from what we can see it is simply a matter of continuing what you are doing and aiming for clarity in what it is that you want to create as your platform of personal success. You are certainly not condemned to only being of support to others’ success. But, as we said earlier, the other part of what you were doing was simply taking care of yourself along the way.
      Cyprus: That is exciting.
      Cyprus: Shanequa?
      Shanequa: I’ve been focusing on,....
      [edited for privacy]
      Shanequa: You summed up everything.
      Cyprus: They got that skill.
      Shanequa: Read him real quick!
      Cyprus: Umm, . . .
      MEntity: We are not done.
      Cyprus: Oh, sorry!
      [edited for privacy]
      MEntity: Did the Sage want to speak?
      Cyprus: That’s almost a ridiculous question! Why yes, I was going to do mine. Contrary, the exact opposite of Bobby’s, mine’s about me. I feel like the one thing that has really been reoccurring for me recently is kinda like twofold: one is being me and the other thing is caring for the body that is me in a way that I’ve never really looked at or appreciated or was concerned about or any of those things at all. And I think the reason I asked about the Monads is because when I turned 50 things felt like they changed for me in a way and I thought it had something to do with Monad shifting and I thought it might tie into the Life Plan. But it’s very important for the integrity of me to be me, but also to care for me in a way I haven’t before.
      MEntity: And your question?
      Cyprus: It’s not a question. I’m asking about my Life Plan.
      Cyprus: Now I think Troy’s just being a smart ass! He’s in there going, really?
      MEntity: We had to let Troy relax back down.
      MEntity: This is because you have started your 5th Internal Monad and this is a process of recreating yourself. The 5th Internal Monad is a process of freeing yourself from your own ideas about who you should have been, who you could have been. It is about defining yourself beyond even your own terms.
      MEntity: And so it is more about that larger cycle happening for you than it is about a Life Plan, though a Life Plan will naturally tie into that. But to understand what is happening to you, we would suggest exploring the mapping of the 5th Internal Monad and what it is for and how to navigate it. That we do not have to elaborate on here for you to find some insight into what it is and why you are shifting in your perspective of yourself.
      MEntity: In terms of the Life Plan, you are also at the beginning stages of the five-year part of the plan. The term that comes to us for describing your Life Plan is LONGEVITY. This is a Life Plan that is focusing on staying here longer, being here in existence, in the best state that you can possibly participate in making. Whereas in the past, this has always been left up to what you would think of as random factors or that it is something that you simply do not think about. But now you do. And it matters to you to stay here with the ones you love and to gain more from this life than simply riding it out.
      Cyprus: I always reference the fact that Kerrin used to talk about her body as something that moved her head around. I guess I kinda always felt that way in a certain way, that it was just like there, but I do recently have been thinking so much more strongly about it.
      MEntity: You do exist beyond your head.
      Bobby: Questioning your mortality.
      Cyprus: Yeah, I think that’s part of it, too. I get the concept of wanting to be here. I used to not think about that as a thing. And now I think, I’m achy. And I have this and I have that. I love getting older, but I just don’t love that my body feels it in a different way. And I can’t do things that I did before. Like carrying something. I used to be able to lift heavy boxes. Now I’m like all weak and shit. It’s so weird. So, it has been a real focus for me.
      MEntity: Keep in mind that that is a state that is natural for the body to move through and toward. It is not something to overcome. It is something to adapt to and to care within the parameters that are shifting.
      Cyprus: I 100% agree. I really totally get that part.
      BFBobby: She’s not going to exert more effort than she absolutely has to.
      Cyprus: But those are the moments when you realize that things change that you didn’t know changed until you tried to do them and now you can’t do them anymore.
      BFBobby: The old you would be like, Oh yay, someone else will have to do it for me.
      Cyprus: Anyway. Thank you.
      BFBobby: Can I ask two questions as needing some clarification. The first one was: Michael said that the Life Plan is co-created with Essence. Does that mean for each fragment, like I’m Bobby, my Life Plan is this: Helping Others. But then if I come back or a previous life that I had, it would have been a totally different Life Plan? That’s question one. And the second question is: These seven-year cycles. Does the Life Plan, maybe if you accomplish what you wanted to accomplish, if Kerrin creates her own design company or whatever, does the Life Plan in the next cycle possibly shift to a new Life Plan?
      MEntity: The phrase “Life Plan” is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that it is only a temporary plan. It is not an arcing plan that is defining the lifetime.
      BFBobby: It doesn’t define the whole lifetime?
      MEntity: No. That is why they move in cycles. Because you change plans. You change interests. You change fascinations. You change motivations. Inspiration can come. Environments can change. The culture can change. Society can change. And the Life Plans will adapt to these. So, there will be other lifetimes as “not-Bobby” who also had for a period of time the Life Plan of HELPING OTHERS and that Personality would have pursued it in a way that was important to her or him.
      MEntity: Your Life Plan of HELPING OTHERS may also shift if you were to push too far into the realm of helping others to the extent of harming yourself. Then your Life Plan may shift into how do I help myself or, more likely, how do I find a balance between helping others and helping myself. And so, the Life Plans are constantly being recalibrated and assessed.
      MEntity: If there were only one arcing Life Plan it would be very difficult for Essence to ever get anything done because a Personality is fairly rogue in its choice-making process as it learns and as it remembers. And Essence can never count on a Personality to do as it was expected to do. We remember.
      MEntity: So, the Life Task is the broadest context that a life may have as a direction. And it can be rejected, or it can be fulfilled. But the Life Plan is more short term and tends to appeal to the Personality in a very immediate way.
      BFBobby: Got it. So, based on that would it make sense that your Life Plan often fits into your Life Task?
      MEntity: Everything fits into the Life Task. Yes.
      Shanequa: What do you choose before you incarnate here? Your Life Plans? Or your Task? Or?
      MEntity: The Life Task is chosen by Essence before you incarnate. It tends not to activate as a sense of direction until around the 4th Internal Monad, or at the earliest after the 3rd Internal Monad. However, older souls can often be aware of the Life Task even earlier.
      MEntity: But the Life Plans are something that is developed on the fly, so to speak, as the life progresses. Because the Life Plan must appeal to the Personality. It must be something that is generated by the Personality and then Essence gets behind that.
      MEntity: To make things clearer, we could say that the Life Task is what the Essence would like to experience, and Personality must get behind that if it is to be fulfilled. The Life Plan is what the Personality would like to experience, and Essence would get behind that.
      Shanequa: Are there Agreements that you make beforehand about your Life Task? How does that play in? These Agreements you make?
      MEntity: The Life Tasks are broad enough to accommodate all of the choices that may come from Personality. There are certain pivotal points where there may be a pool of Agreements that would help bring to light the Life Task for an individual. But the Life Task is so broad intentionally, so that wherever the Personality is going it has the capacity to fulfill.
      MEntity: That is why a Life Task is described in such broad terms, such as, TO OVERCOME INTERNAL OBSTACLES, for instance. This can be done in many different ways, and it will likely be fulfilled by some version of the Personality. But it is rather broad. And Agreements can be tied into that in advance, but more often than not they are also generated as the life progresses.
      MEntity: There is nothing predestined about a lifetime.
      Shanequa: I thought there were some things.
      Cyprus: Choice. That’s the whole point. Learning how to choose and choosing how to learn.
      Shanequa: But like you choose your parents and stuff, so that’s like, destined.
      Cyprus: Yeah, but you don’t choose the relationship that you have with them. Those things all evolve through time and choice.
      BFBobby: No outcome is predetermined. You may set up the chess board, but how you play the game has not been predetermined.
      Cyprus: And you never know how other people will move their pieces.
      MEntity: You can choose the vehicle, but you determine what time you arrive.
      Group Response: Ooooooo.
      BFBobby: Bringing it back!
      Cyprus: I like a full circle! I like a full circle.
      [NOTE FROM TROY: This must have been a playful reference to the very late arrival of an attendee]
      Cyprus: Kerrin, do you have a question?
      Kerrin: A general question? You know I have to bring in politics. I can’t control myself. My question is now that we have Donald Trump and we have a Republican administration, and things are getting ugly, what are the probabilities that it’ll implode? That Donald Trump will get impeached? That people in America will start to wake up to what’s going on, and how much longer?
      MEntity: Of course, we cannot predict, especially with so many involved in the process of what is to come. But we can see the patterns, and there are more patterns moving in the direction of an awakening, or at least a revelation, that is a point of no return. And what we mean by this is that the country, or the consciousness that is participating in the country, are at a point where they will either be set back for another 100 to 1,000 years--
      Multiple Responses: Oh my god! Wow! Ugh!!
      MEntity: And your reaction [Laughter] is fairly accurate to the percentage that is interested in that, which is very small, relatively speaking, but very strong. Or you will accelerate in a way that finds those who are resisting progress to be included. And that is the most difficult, key element at this moment for how to move forward in a way that is a point of no return toward more Mature soul and peaceful paths: how to include those who are terrified of that.
      MEntity: One of the only ways to do so is to drag them, so to speak, into that paradigm because they will adapt. But that choice to “drag” them into it would have to be made in a way that stopped being concerned about the reactions or the fears or the courtesy, the retaliations, and so forth.
      MEntity: There are only two years left, that we can see, based on the patterns in place now that can sustain this before a major setback or a major leap occurs. We think this is tied to the greater shift in patterns coming together for 2020, where the Infinite Soul manifestations are becoming more and more likely to occur for an intervention. And so, in the next two years, if this is not tied up in some way that is beneficial to all involved even to those who resisted, then there will likely be intervention.
      MEntity: So, in short, we can say that in the next two years it is likely that something will change. It will not be something that must be endured much longer.
      Cyprus: I have a question on her question. People have been talking about the Infinite Soul returning for quite a time now. Is it just, like, hanging out, waiting for us to hit rock bottom or something? ‘Cause that’s what it sort of sounds like.
      MEntity: Yes, the Infinite Soul manifestations only occur if there is a necessity for vital intervention to help return the species to a viable state.
      Kerrin: Things aren’t shitty enough yet. Which means we still have a ways to go.
      MEntity: There is always an Infinite Soul manifestation waiting in the wings, so to speak. The Infinite Soul is not a single Entity. It is not a being. It is a collection of Cadres and Entities and so forth manifesting as a representative of Tao.
      MEntity: But we are not clear on its algorithms for accessing how “bad” it must get for the intervention. We suspect that from that perspective they have access to greater patterns than we do. And when it is seen that even if it reaches a very painful and difficult part in human history, if the patterns are indicating a recovery from that in a way that allows humanity to mature on its own, the manifestation will be avoided.
      BFBobby: To use words that you, Michael, said earlier would it be fair to say that the Infinite Soul probably wouldn’t come if we reach a Turning Point but rather only come if we reach a Breaking Point.
      MEntity: Correct. Yes, the Infinite Soul had manifestations slated for around 1986 and 1999, 2001, 2012 and so far humans have continued to find a way through on their own. And that is what the goal is as a collective consciousness.
      MEntity: It may be sometimes difficult to see it in tangible terms or in evidential terms at the moment, but the manifestation of the Infinite Soul means that at least from that perspective the patterns that were evolving would have led to some form of terrible demise for the species if it had continued.
      Cyprus: So when the Infinite Soul comes it represents love or truth or energy. So, is it already predetermined what the next one would be?
      MEntity: All three for the next manifestation.
      Cyprus: Oh, it’s triple threat.
      BFBobby: We’re fucking our world up big time.
      MEntity: It has manifested in its various facets before, but this manifestation to accommodate the population is aiming for five separate manifestations from demographics that would listen to those individuals.
      Cyprus: Will they have a connection to each other here? If there are five and they are obviously all connected because of the Infinite Soul connection, are the five bodies somehow connected or will connect in some way? Or would it be just five random things that happened for each one in a different area?
      Cary: Will their Personalities know each other? Is that what you mean?
      Cyprus: Well, not necessarily know each other but somehow connected?
      MEntity: They will all be seventh-level Old. That is one factor that will tie them together, but they will have various positions within various Entities and Cadres. They will likely not know each other.
      MEntity: Keep in mind that all Infinite Soul manifestations are the Personality of the individual for most of its life and most of its teaching until the actual manifestation happens, which tends to only be 30 to 90 days of the life. Until that manifestation, they are being guided and supported by the Infinite Soul manifestation process, but it is still the individual’s teaching and the individual’s choice fueled, so to speak, by the direct connection to Infinite Soul.
      Cyprus: So are some of these ones that were waiting around in like 2012 and ’99?
      MEntity: Some of them have been opted out. One example is the fragment known as Elián González, who was slated to be the next Infinite Soul at that time and has opted out. That was a prime position to be in for great influence that shifted and is no longer viable.
      MEntity: So those who will be manifesting the Infinite Soul are on the planet at the time and in their lives. They will probably still have their teachings, of course, in some way. But until 2020 it will not be known as to whether there will be a locking on to, an anchoring, to those individuals so the actual manifestation occurs.
      BFBobby: So, they are regular, everyday Personalities up until the Infinite Soul manifestation for generally 30 to 90 days?
      MEntity: They tend to be fairly beloved and fairly influential already in some way, and often fairly rebellious in the environments that they are in, in some way bringing to light a change that must be made.
      BFBobby: But they aren’t for their entire life the Infinite Soul?
      MEntity: Correct. For instance, one of the candidates is a part of the leadership that is protesting the pipeline in North Dakota.
      Kerrin: There is someone who is a tribal elder, I thought.
      MEntity: That is correct.
      Shanequa: Are they going to come out with the same philosophy in different areas? Because if they come out with different philosophies in different areas it’s going to pit us against each other.
      MEntity: No, what you are thinking of is religion. Religion comes long after the Infinite Soul teachings. There is the teaching of the individuals and then the manifestation of the Infinite Soul where there is a teaching, but it can NOT be in conflict with the teaching of another Infinite Soul.
      MEntity: In fact, all religions that are seeded by the Infinite Souls behind them have no conflict at their core. It is only what builds upon them afterward in complexities and complications that cause the conflicts. But at the core LOVE ONE ANOTHER is not in conflict with KNOW THYSELF. Do you understand? And at the core of every Infinite Soul’s teaching is a very simple truth or a very simple teaching.
      MEntity: Religion will change, as the Mature Soul population grows religion will change and its impact on the planet because what you are seeing is the Baby Soul version of spirituality or a teaching in the hands of Young Souls. The Young Souls learned very quickly that to maintain order and control over the Baby Souls they had to hijack their religions and this has worked for thousands of years and it is falling apart as the Mature Soul paradigm comes into existence.
      Cyprus: OK, so we went around but we probably don’t have a huge amount of time left. So, do we want to do our--
      MEntity: This is not water.
      Cyprus: No, that is gin. Do you need water? Would you like the coconut water?
      MEntity: We are fine.
      [NOTE FROM TROY: I had been drinking a gin and tonic before the session and I usually need a drink of water during every vocal session at some point, so I always have water set up for Michael/Me to drink.]
      Cyprus: That was like the best part of the whole session so far!
      Cyprus: So, do we want to do our quick little personal questions?
      Cary: My question is a general question. The term Masculine/Feminine, M/F ratio, is very confusing to people. Is there some other term that would more accurately describe the type of energy that term is describing?
      MEntity: Yes, Focused and Creative.
      Cary: So, is that the term we should be using instead of M/F ratio?
      MEntity: No. It is important to differentiate and to move away from those terms at the moment because of the outdated and societal shifts that are occurring around gender at the moment. So, it is OK and important to move away from that and move toward the more neutral terms of Focused and Creative. But it is not something that needs to be discarded entirely because once the acceptance of fluidity in gender is accepted then the terms Male and Female will no longer represent polarities. They will represent a spectrum.
      MEntity: Because not a single person is 100% Female or Creative or 100% Focused or Male. So, our system was already built to include that fluidity. But we like to evolve our terms to match the times in the same way that we moved away from Slave as a term, which would not fly in this period of time where this term is used in a way to represent a period of history and a people in a very different way than what we had used the term originally. So, our teaching does evolve to adapt to the language of the time or it would die. So Focused and Creative is fair to use, even if you return to Male and Female later.
      Cyprus: Kerrin?
      Kerrin: How does Michael see my Essence in terms of color and imagery?
      MEntity: When we interact with your Essence and it shows itself in a form, it is often in geometric shapes that combine in ways that are unexpected and is often clear. We would not say that there was a color (although there is a color) but we cannot describe it. It is mostly clear or transparent, and the parts, the components, that make up your expression of Essence move about almost in mechanical ways, like clockwork that represents whatever it is that you are working on at the time. And they continue to move at all times in the same way that machinery works. And that is how we see you.
      BFBobby: If you are a geometric pattern that’s clear that makes you like a prism so you bounce back all colors.
      MEntity: That is one of the reasons why we could not describe a color because of the effects that these various geometric shapes have on the light around it.
      Cary: Is the movement like gears?
      MEntity: Clunky gears. [Laughter] They move with great fluidity but in unexpected ways, such as a conical shape moving in spiral patterns around a rectangle.
      Cyprus: My question is about our little group of four, Troy and Bobby and me and Johnny. We are getting group tattoos in two weeks from today, and Bobby and I both feel very driven about this process, and I love the fact that it’s art that’s created by two of the people in our group. And I wanted to know if the four of us have done this before. Because I feel like we did.
      MEntity: More than the four of you, of course, and all of you in this gathering have been tattooed in other lives.
      Cyprus: No, I know, but I meant like as a group of four.
      MEntity: We are looking. Yes, you have. Mostly as a part of a tribe. And not specific to the four of you, but as a part of a larger tribe. Which is partly what this represents in general. You are not choosing symbols that represent an exclusive grouping but your position within a greater grouping. And that is what is important about it for you at this time.
      MEntity: This will be the last question.
      Shanequa: Will I find that BFF that I feel that I have a longing for, that sister-friend. Or that sister-friend in a guy body?
      MEntity: Yes, because you are looking. But your space has to be more inviting. There are Agreements that all of you make with individuals that fall by the wayside if the environment is restricted in allowing the level of intimacy that would be desired.
      MEntity: So, you must shift in one of two ways. One would be to leave the environment that is restricting you, as we were discussing with you earlier. Or to simply own more of that environment on your terms before it can make room for that individual.
      MEntity: But yes, you have an Agreement with, we think it’s a Sage, female. We are looking for some validating factor so you will know when you cross paths. The window for the Agreement looks to be February to March of next year. The only validating factor that we can find at this moment is that she loves floral prints. She seems to be known for wearing floral prints. And we can check in with you again in further exchanges with you. It is a Sage female, in February to March.
      Cyprus: She’s clearly not someone sitting here now.
      Various Responses: Thank you very much. Yes, thank you!
      MEntity: We will conclude here. Good-bye.

    • Maxim [memorial profile]
      By Maxim [memorial profile]
      I have been getting this Interdimensional Forcast from Walter Shelburne for a couple years.  It can be revealing and because it speaks about Trump in the upcoming year or two I thought it might be of interest in particular because it mirrors much of the thinking here.  You can subscribe to it yourself through his email address.  It is free.
      Interdimensional Times: 2018 Forecast
      Walter Shelburne <w.shelburne@mindspring.com>
      Hi there!
      Here is my 2018 forecast.  It's incomplete in several areas.  I need to say more about North Korea and about the endgame for the Trump presidency.  These are topics for future blogs.  I'll add more forecasts as things become clearer.
      The energy is very high at the beginning of 2018 and so this is an opportunity to move forward on whatever projects or ambitions that may have been waiting your attention. 
      Every day of the New Year is its own archetype for at least the first 10 days of the year.  Stay present for the lessons that come in with these archetypal activations.  
      Feel free to share this with others. I welcome feedback.
      Love and blessings,
      2018 Forecast
      With the New Year, there comes hope and optimism.  There is a wave of transformation happening in our country and it looks like an opening for truth, justice, and sanity to eventually prevail.  There is momentum for tolerance, inclusion, equality, cooperation, ecological awareness, and grass roots political mobilization both here and throughout the world.
      If you turn this picture upside down, you also see how deeply entrenched the forces are that want to concentrate wealth and power, maintain the status quo, and preserve inequitable access to resources and opportunity. 
      The recent tax bill that was jammed through the Congress is a good example.  Panned as an awful bill by nearly all economists, it effectively steals from the many to enrich the few.  Part of the intent is to create a deficit crisis that will be the justification for cutting back the government programs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.   
      The Trump presidency has become a symbol of what is standing in the way of progress in our world.   We have the means and we know what to do to address the crises of our civilization.  But political will is focused in the wrong direction.
      With control of both Houses of Congress and the presidency, the Republicans got their way with the tax bill.  However, their triumph is going to come back to bite them in the butt at the November midterms.
      The tax bill was touted as an across the board tax reduction that would have the effect of increasing the income of middle class people and improving their job prospects.  In reality, the overwhelming majority of benefits go to the top 1 percent of the income scale and to big corporations.
      When November comes around, average Americans are not going to be any better off financially than they currently are.   They are still going to be slowly losing ground.   The tax bill will prove to be a pyrrhic victory for the Republicans as people see through their self-serving scam.
      My reading is that the Democrats will win control of both the Senate and the House in 2018.  This effectively shuts down the Trump agenda for the last two years of his presidency.  He won’t be able to put any more people onto the Supreme Court from then on, for example.
      However, Trump will still have a Republican controlled House and Senate in 2018.  My reading is that almost nothing will happen in Congress in this year.  With the election of Doug Jones to the Senate, the Republicans have only a 51-49 majority. So any two Republicans can derail any bill that comes along.  
      There are limits to how much the Republicans can use the mechanism of budget reconciliation to pass their agenda with a simple majority.  The Democrats can still filibuster most of the bad bills. 
      My reading is that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will hang on for one more year until the Democrats control the Senate thus depriving Trump of another Supreme Court pick. 
      I don’t see Trump leaving office in 2018.  He won’t resign unless his impeachment is inevitable.  That isn’t going to happen until at least 2019.  
      Trump serves the Democrats as the most effective voter mobilization and political activism mechanism they have ever had so pushing impeachment is not in their interest currently.  
      Republicans won’t ditch Trump until they have to because they fear alienating his base that makes up a significant portion of people who vote Republican.
      Nothing can happen on the impeachment frontier until the Mueller investigation comes to an end, and I don’t see that happening until late in 2018 at the earliest.
      I see the economy as relatively strong in 2018 with no major disturbance or recession.
      There will be a major loss in value of Bitcoin as regulations come into play that make it harder for Bitcoin holders to remain anonymous.  Regulations are easy to implement on exchanges where people buy and sell cryptocurrency.    I see the Bitcoin crash coming in the early spring of 2018.  
      Cryptocurrencies are here to stay though and Bitcoin’s loss will be a gain for some of these other currencies.
      The United States is currently at war in many places in the world that you don’t hear much about such as Somalia and Libya.   These engagements are all covert operations and drone strikes.   This will continue in 2018.  However, I don’t see any major new wars in 2018.  There will be no war with Iran
      North Korea will be a headache for the United States and the world, but it will continue to be a cold war type of standoff where neither our county nor North Korea can afford to attack the other directly. 
      We have to give up any hope that Trump will become a better president. Through 2018, my reading is that he will continue to decline both physically as well as mentally. He’s going to be an increasing ineffective leader and an embarrassment as a representative of the United States in foreign policy.
      Although he would like to be a dictator on the model of how Vladimir Putin runs Russia, he is going to find a decreasing number of political figures who support him even from the Republican side.   In 2018, Republicans will increasingly come to see their own political survival dependent on how much they distance themselves from Trump. 
      Although 2018 is going to be shrouded in the political darkness of Trump and Trumpism, it’s important to keep our focus on the light.   There is a progressive wave coming and we need to do our best to make it as strong as it can be. 
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