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The French Results Are Welcome But Not Reassuring | Progress Pond |

I most definitely understand Steve M.'s frustration with headlines and analysis that treat French President Emmanuel Macron's 17-point victory over fascist Marine Le Pen as a win for the fascists. But maybe that analysis is prescient.

    By contrast, America's neofascist, anti-Muslim Putin ally gave it to us uncut and undiluted, won in 2016, came within fewer than 50,000 votes of an Electoral College victory in 2020, and is the favorite to win (and win the popular vote this time) in 2024.

The German parliamentary elections of 1930 were notable, in retrospect, less for the performance of the winners than the losers.

Is this just poor attempt for fear mongering? I hate these simplifications and comparisons to Hitler and the establishment of the Nazi era towards a devastating World War. Instability in US politics is a domestic issue.

Living in a parallel universe of fear and demonization, not realizing how foreign policy set by a Republican and Democratic administration are not so different. Blame the other half of Americans to lose track. Fascist ideology is ingrained in a more and more violent culture of America. Years of disinformation is taking its toll. Trust in US Congress and its members has been barely above the single digits. A divided America is becoming more red as time goes by.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 07:31:18 PM EST
Are you fucking kidding me, @nytimes? The Macron victory is a second-tier story?

I assume if Le Pen had won there'd be a screaming banner headline with sidebar stories about her exquisite understanding of voters' feelings. [Source: @Steve M.]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 07:58:12 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 09:12:30 PM EST
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US media are not interested in delivering news.  They are interested only in delivering readers/viewers to their owners.
by rifek on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 09:54:27 PM EST
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Pundits never recovered from the epic "freedom" fries in Congressional lunch room.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 09:58:37 PM EST
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Instability in US politics is a domestic issue.

Not true. Instability in US politics concerns everyone on earth, because of American exceptionalism. I remember a slogan from the 80s : "When Ronald Reagan is candidate for president of the US, everyone in the world should get a vote.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 12:17:04 PM EST
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... bonus : the last major wars instigated by the USA (Afghanistan, Iraq) were started by a Republican.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 01:13:01 PM EST
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To qualify that :

Obama was wise not to intervene in Syria, foolish to follow Sarkozy and Cameron in overthrowing Gaddhafi. Black mark for Democrats.

Clinton intervened in Bosnia to break a stalemate, and it is to his credit. Shame on Europe for not dealing with it when war first broke out between Serbia and Croatia.

Clinton overstepped on Serbia/Kosovo. Another black mark for Democrats.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 03:53:57 PM EST
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American exceptionalism has always been bipartisan.  Vast scads of every election consist of the two sides trying to out-exceptional each other.
by rifek on Tue Apr 26th, 2022 at 05:16:31 PM EST
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