The Three Amigos!
Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 05:50PM
The Three Amigos!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 02:31PM
It should be no surprise that anti-semitism is on the rise. Donald Trump is bringing out all the bigoted 'uglies' of American culture including anti-semitism.
His bullying rhetoric is agency for the worst in American society. So add anti-semitism to the list - enabling racism, gay bashing, immigrant fear mongering and gender (woman) hating...
For those who think The Donald is just using his inflamed rhetoric for attention, think again. He's the 'full meal deal' of a fascist...
Check out George Will's comments on Trump in his Washington Post column
“Every republic,” writes Charles Kesler, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, “eventually faces what might be called the Weimar problem.” It arrives when a nation’s civic culture has become so debased that the nation no longer has “the virtues necessary to sustain republican government.”
Let's hope the good professor is wrong but clearly campaign 2016 will be a test as to whether we favor "our better angels" or the "vulgar."
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 02:05PM
The new normal in the UK?
This demonstration and comments on the BCC link illustrates the ugly "racist backlash" side of the debate in the UK over "to be or not to be" in the EU. London is not only the financial center of Europe it's also a very cosmopolitan city of people from around the world - mostly Commonwealth immigrants. One wonders if those who voted NO include Canadians in the "repatriation" rhetoric? That would frost our neighbors to the north...
Seriously, the immigrants to the UK since the British Empire was created have been South Asians from India and Pakistan plus immigrants from English colonies in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia - especially Hong Kong. They are Commonwealth citizens who have a right to immigrate to the UK. They also provide a huge workforce up and down the economic ladder in the UK, much as Latinos and Asians do in the USA.
The UK is trying to turn a clock back to Victorian England! The Conservatives under Cameron have been "Trumpized" to their peril. Nobody in Europe will feel their pain. And sadly it get's the 'racist anti-immigrant' narrative off the backs of central European nations who have built their own walls against refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan et al.
This Potemkin Village anti-immigrant concept hinges on the immoral and problematic notion of "self-deportation." Shame, shame!
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:12AM
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 01:36AM
This is terrible news for the global economy.
Other nations in the current EU may vote to go it alone leaving the EU on very shaky ground.
But for the strongest economies in Europe - Germany and France this may increase their clout in the world economy - it will certainly make Germany and Frankfurt, not London and England the center of the European financial world.
This appears to me like a descent into pre-WW I Europe.
Winners - US, Germany and Russia. Losers - England and the rest of the EU. The fact that The Donald is happy tells me all I need to know how bad this is... It merely gives him the ability to play nations he wants to do business with off each other, like corporate America does to the states.
He will now have a new tag line for his "vulture capitalist" campaign - "I can make even better deals" now!
This vote also may be an index of the anger of the average person against the bureaucratic bungling of the EU from its base in Brussels and those who manipulated us into the Great Recession - an anger that will come back to haunt those who voted to secede...
It is also clearly an anti-immigrant vote whose rationale good old fashioned "racism" has no bearing in fact. The South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern and Euro immigrants in Britain are not the problem, quite the contrary - their hard work has made London one of the great cities of the world.
But this is a cautionary tale for us in the US.
If angry self-absorbed voters don't vote because they see Hillary and Trump as equally dubious - we too will go down this rabbit's hole to authoritarianism. If you don't think this can happen here then you are horribly ignorant of history. Pluralistic democracy is a fragile system which can be swept away by political and economic tsunamis.
Given the gridlock in DC and the no-knowings in the GOP we are headed in this direction!
This is clearly the end of the post-WW II order fashioned by Bretton Woods, the Marshall Plan, the UN. It will clearly empower those who seek to devolve power via separatist politics in Europe - Scotland, Ireland, Spain et al. which mirrors the anarchic tendencies across the globe.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
W B Yeats, 1920