Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
All corners of the world seem to be turning to authoritarian parties, at best, and to populist fascism, at worst. Hateful nationalism is on the rise, and few seem to have the ability to effectively oppose it. Far too many are looking at how to embrace it most effectively.

I remain pessimistic about the US. Let's just watch and see, as the shutdown, coming investigations, and the economic downturn are blamed on the incoming Democratic house majority. Let's watch them flail helplessly when well-intentioned arguments based on facts and reason are shredded by demagogic idiocy. Trump will make himself out as the victim, as always, and claim that he was stabbed in the back, as always, and let's watch and see him get re-elected, with another round of Republican supermajorities.

Despair and death in all directions, from sea to shining sea.

by Zwackus on Mon Dec 31st, 2018 at 02:12:27 PM EST
Another huge problem in US politics is abortion. When you have a substantial fraction of the voting population that seriously believes that the other party supports mass murder, like the Nazis or the Russians, it is difficult to dislodge them from their party by any other economic or social argument.
by asdf on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 01:26:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
A small spark of hope :


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 03:46:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No, we do not need yet another septuagenarian president.
by asdf on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 04:26:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire
Quand on est con, on est con
Qu'on soit cadet, qu'on soit grand-père
Quand on est con, on est con
Entre nous, pas de controverses
Cons caducs et cons débutants
Petits cons de la dernière averse
Vieux cons des neiges d'antan

- Georges Brassens

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 04:48:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
To put it another way...

The problem of Trump or of Reagan was not their septuagenarity.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 04:50:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And under-40 presidents are way overrated.
by Bernard on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 08:58:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I like Warren. I like her as a scholar, administrator, and a senator. I don't think she has the personal magnetism on camera or in person to win a general election at the top of the ticket. She might be a fine president if she won, but first you've got to win. Maybe she can prove me wrong. Or maybe someone with a similar set of policy and ideological approaches will step up and take the mantle. I don't know who - I only read these days, and to really get a sense for charisma you have to watch a person and listen to them speak. I suppose I should educate myself, but I also try to stay sane and preserve my will to live.

Unfortunately, the talk about Joe Biden suggests that the establishment is once again reaching for a "safe" and "electable" conservadem.

by Zwackus on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 02:28:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Feinstein signals 2020 support for Biden over Harris

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 05:28:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Only to be expected.  Feinstein is the Democratic Senator from the California Board of Real Estate.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:07:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be a strong contender from the left if she manages to not screw up anything in the next 18 months. Or maybe she will let Biden lose to Trump in 2020, then run in 2024.
by asdf on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 07:53:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Birth date Oct. 13, 1989 ;)

She will be eligible to run for office P/VP in 2024.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 08:37:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's interesting that you have to be over 35 to run for President but there is nothing to stop a senile octogenarian from running...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 08:53:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Fortunately, Italy has had several octogenarian or near-octogenarian presidents that have kept in line the excesses of Council Presidents. Sergio Mattarella, now 77, has to put up with a coalition of crypto-fascists and fruitcakes.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 09:12:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Having a minimum age of 50 helps maintain the tradition.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:29:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I do think de Gondi's description of fruitcakes is applicable for any septuagenarian U.S. President holding Office. Nancy Pelosi is 2nd in line to be President (POTUS) by a "calamity" of P/VP passing away. What's her age?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 09:24:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nancy has always had an excellent mind and definitely keeps it finely tuned. She is 78. Either you've got it or don't, regardless age.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 12:45:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
For my money she is way too valuable in the Senate.  She's got at least another 20 years there and with the old white farts about ready to retire/croak she'd move up fast and considering her committee assignments: Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, she'd be able to get some real reform done.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:10:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Top Diaries

The UK's slide into despair

by tyronen - Mar 25
16 comments

Après May

by Frank Schnittger - Mar 22
80 comments

The gloves are off

by Frank Schnittger - Mar 20
32 comments

Brexit Fun: The John Bercow Show

by Oui - Mar 18
21 comments

Healing Earth (Through the Waters)

by gmoke - Mar 19
2 comments

No justice for Bloody Sunday

by IdiotSavant - Mar 14
2 comments

People playing games

by Frank Schnittger - Mar 15
50 comments

Occasional Series