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When a supreme court nominee runs into problems with serious allegations of sexual predation, the president orders a sham investigation; a move right out of the playbook of Validimir Putin.  As millions of the president's useful idiots (some of whom post right here on MLW!) concoct ridiculous rationalizations, the national law enforcement agency meekly follows the president's orders without a peep.  Despite the fact that the nominee has obviously been lying to congress for weeks, he is confirmed anyway.    What has happened this week is a stride towards a descent into authoritarianism, American style.

With a supreme court justice installed in such a disgraceful and corrupt fashion, what intelligent, thinking person could believe that when he needs to rule on Trump's corruption, he will render and impartial vote towards the verdict?

Unlike Russia, we are unlikely to see President Trump become president for life (although the way Trump lives and eats, that's unlikely to be long anyway).  The USA is now an oligarchy and Trump is himself the ultimate useful idiot, a reality TV personality playing the role of president.  Trump, a sad caricature completely lacking a moral compass who bumbles from issue to issue gathering headlines, makes the billionaires richer with huge tax cuts while simultaneously driving up military spending.  The USA is a jet and he's pointed the nose straight down and pushed the throttle to the max.   When he leaves or dies, there will be other useful idiots who come along right behind him.

 

 

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More importantly, the USA is not a post-national state led by a putz with a progressive, "feminist agenda". Far from "sinking", the USA's economy is breaking records for growth and employment for

Every generation has its counterculture.  McLuhan wrote about that.  It's in Greek tragedy, Orestes winning his innocence in a trial.  New beats old essentially.

Right-wingers here:  let's not bother reading the article, assume what it says and then argue against our assumptions.  Because if there is anything right wingers are good at, it's arguing against wha

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More importantly, the USA is not a post-national state led by a putz with a progressive, "feminist agenda".

Far from "sinking", the USA's economy is breaking records for growth and employment for over a generation.

But all is not lost for the leftists in the USA and the like minded sycophants watching breathlessly in Canada....there is another election in just one month !

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Sure.  Hitler was also credited with economic and employment growth.  True story - I used to know people who were alive during WWII and claimed that "Hitler was a good man who did great things for Germany but just went crazy at the end".  They were otherwise normal people.

That's not to say Trump is like Hitler - Trump is a puppet and a moron.  But it is to say it's amazing at how truly blind and ignorant people can be in the face of clear and present decline.  It's how Hitler rose to power and it's how evil takes hold while people are oblivious to it.

 

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1 minute ago, ReeferMadness said:

Sure.  Hitler was also credited with economic and employment growth.  True story - I used to know people who were alive during WWII and claimed that "Hitler was a good man who did great things for Germany but just went crazy at the end".  They were otherwise normal people.

 

So what ?   I used to know people whose relatives were interned by FDR during WW2....big deal.

 

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That's not to say Trump is like Hitler - Trump is a puppet and a moron.  But it is to say it's amazing at how truly blind and ignorant people can be in the face of clear and present decline.  It's how Hitler rose to power and it's how evil takes hold while people are oblivious to it.

 

So what ? X 2.

Plenty of evil in the USA (and Canada) now and in the past and it didn't take no damn Hitler.

Crying "Hitler" every time a political battle is lost just screams desperation and is an insult to those who actually died or endured his regime.

Hitler...Hitler...Hitler....yawn.

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1 minute ago, ReeferMadness said:

Yeah.  Sociopaths who assume that when things go to hell, they'll be spared are the same ones who whine and beg when it's too late.

Karma.

 

Bring it on....things went to hell a long time ago.

Don't be afraid of the past or the future....boo !

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Fair enough.  It's not all bad news.

In 2016, not only did Trump lose the election by 3 million votes, the parts of the US that voted against him accounted for almost 2/3 of the US economy.

If the smart, educated parts of the US ever decide to dump the uneducated, backwards parts, Trump will be king of a backwards country.  And next time he wants to look for a "shithole country", well, he won't have far to look.

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1 hour ago, ReeferMadness said:

When a supreme court nominee runs into problems with serious allegations of sexual predation, the president orders a sham investigation; a move right out of the playbook of Validimir Putin.  As millions of the president's useful idiots (some of whom post right here on MLW!) concoct ridiculous rationalizations, the national law enforcement agency meekly follows the president's orders without a peep.  Despite the fact that the nominee has obviously been lying to congress for weeks, he is confirmed anyway.    What has happened this week is a stride towards a descent into authoritarianism, American style.

With a supreme court justice installed in such a disgraceful and corrupt fashion, what intelligent, thinking person could believe that when he needs to rule on Trump's corruption, he will render and impartial vote towards the verdict?

Unlike Russia, we are unlikely to see President Trump become president for life (although the way Trump lives and eats, that's unlikely to be long anyway).  The USA is now an oligarchy and Trump is himself the ultimate useful idiot, a reality TV personality playing the role of president.  Trump, a sad caricature completely lacking a moral compass who bumbles from issue to issue gathering headlines, makes the billionaires richer with huge tax cuts while simultaneously driving up military spending.  The USA is a jet and he's pointed the nose straight down and pushed the throttle to the max.   When he leaves or dies, there will be other useful idiots who come along right behind him.

 

 

hahahaha

......now, we have to put up with the endless melt-down!  Hahahahaha 

 

BushCheney already covered the economy!  let me add this:

Funny thing about this so-called bumbling idiot:   in such a short time, he's already made two huge changes that would last even long after he's gone - he's already installed TWO Supreme Court Justices!    There might even be a third one!   He's appointed lawmen who will stick to the Constitution - unlike the Democrat appointees , who manipulate and twist the Comstitution to suit their narrative.

 

Speaking of authoritarian - it's the Democrats who's behaving like authoritarians.  

 

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The right to the presumption of innocence (subsumed in the right to fair trial) is enshrined in Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

http://www.claiminghumanrights.org/presumption_innocence.html

 

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DUE PROCESS OF LAW AND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW:

The 5th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution guarantee “due process of law” to all persons, including foreign students and other aliens in the US. Due process of law requires that orderly legal procedures be followed to establish guilt before a person can be put in jail or otherwise punished.

In the United States, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

https://www.wabash.edu/international/uslaws

 

They totally disregarded Kavanaugh's right!   Only evil dictators do that!

 

 

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20 minutes ago, ReeferMadness said:

Fair enough.  It's not all bad news.

In 2016, not only did Trump lose the election by 3 million votes, the parts of the US that voted against him accounted for almost 2/3 of the US economy.

If the smart, educated parts of the US ever decide to dump the uneducated, backwards parts, Trump will be king of a backwards country.  And next time he wants to look for a "shithole country", well, he won't have far to look.

A vote is a vote, whether from the rich or the poor. If you want to give more voting power to the wealthy... think about what that really means. Have you heard the expression "tyranny of the masses"? Country folks have the right to live the way they want, just as city folks do. You give too much power to the government, you know what you get? Run over. US electoral college is a balanced system something like our Ridings. In Canada, you win by the number of ridings, not by the popular vote. These types of wins can happen, have happened before and are actually an inherent vital part of the design of a representative democracy.

 

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38 minutes ago, ReeferMadness said:

If the smart, educated parts of the US ever decide to dump the uneducated, backwards parts, Trump will be king of a backwards country.  And next time he wants to look for a "shithole country", well, he won't have far to look.

Read a headline today, US unemployment rate lowest in like 50 years. That's unprecedented. Or should I say, "Un-Presidented".

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2 hours ago, ReeferMadness said:

What has happened this week is a stride towards a descent into authoritarianism, American style.

I think it looks more like a symptom of having been hip deep in one for years now myself.

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20 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

The next question I have is: will real wages rise before the economy crashes again ?

My next question is, what is Trump's vision for government apart from increasing consumption?  Unemployment was already quite low.  Other than tax cuts, strong-arming allies, and dismantling public institutions like the EPA, what's next for America?  Was it worth blowing the pubic treasury, damaging international relations, and screwing up on climate change?  If the economy crashes, well, let's hope those jobs don't disappear.

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5 minutes ago, Zeitgeist said:

My next question is, what is Trump's vision for government apart from increasing consumption?  Unemployment was already quite low.  Other than tax cuts, strong-arming allies, and dismantling public institutions like the EPA, what's next for America?  Was it worth blowing the pubic treasury, damaging international relations, and screwing up on climate change?  If the economy crashes, well, let's hope those jobs don't disappear.

 

Already answered by President Trump....creating a "Space Force"....colonies on the Moon....men/women on Mars to claim the entire planet for the United States.    Then star ships...first one to be named "U.S.S. Enterprise".

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Already answered by President Trump....creating a "Space Force"....colonies on the Moon....men/women on Mars to claim the entire planet for the United States.    Then star ships...first one to be named "U.S.S. Enterprise".

I wish I could believe there are greater aspirations there, but I don't see it.

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A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany.

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But a new essay in the New York Review of Books pointing out “troubling similarities” between the 1930s and today is different: It’s written by Christopher Browning, one of America’s most eminent and well-respected historians of the Holocaust. In it, he warns that democracy here is under serious threat, in the way that German democracy was prior to Hitler’s rise — and really could topple altogether.

 

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If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more.

Huh.  Historians are saying what I'm saying.  Go figure.

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49 minutes ago, ReeferMadness said:

A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany.

 

Huh.  Historians are saying what I'm saying.  Go figure.

I read some of that link. Saying "America First" equates to being a Nazi? Sounds like a Russian troll.

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8 hours ago, Zeitgeist said:

You're right.  About this we should rejoice.

Why? You think an America under Trump will pay much attention to a treaty they sign? Not unless it's convenient.

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3 minutes ago, OftenWrong said:

I read some of that link. Saying "America First" equates to being a Nazi? Sounds like a Russian troll.

Perhaps you should have read the whole thing.  Twice, even, because then you might have noticed where the author drew parallels to the rise of Nazis in Germany, as well as where the current political situation is different.

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57 minutes ago, ReeferMadness said:

A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany.

Huh.  Historians are saying what I'm saying.  Go figure.

Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

But no doubt they won't notice.  Just as Erdogan and Putin have their genuine supporters, so will those who directly benefit or hope to benefit from oppression of "others" support an illiberal regime in the US.

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When the generation that survived the war is no longer with us, we'll find out whether we have learned from history. 

 Angela Merkel

 

The thought that the lessons of the worst conflict in human history could only last one generation is pretty depressing. 

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