Archive for the ‘populism’ Tag

3 dead in charlottesville

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

friday night a large group of white american males with tiki lights descended on the university of virgina at charlottsville virginia–also known as the alma mater of robert f. kennedy. we are not sure why the kkk had an affinity for fire. but it seems that this affinity has been passed down to their descendents. but somehow the hoods and the white robes have been replaced by tan dickies and loafers. whenever anyone raises their hand, puts something with fire in it and starts chanting negative stuff about groups of people smaller than one’s own, it usually does not end well. these dudes make loads of white males who just like to hang out at home watching TV and playing halo look bad. as do people like james damore. most straight white american dudes are not living in the 1800s. and we know that all gay white american dudes are definitely not living in the 1800s in their heads.

1 woman is dead –mowed over by a car and 2 police officers have died. the US president donald trump, in the hope of preserving his solid 12% base of voters, threw out a statement condemning violence while seemingly placing equal blame on the demonstrators carrying nazi flags and the anti-protestors. an expert on modern right populism recently said, there is always a moment when the populist crosses the line. when his double entendres aren’t really funny anymore. donald trump’s 36% approval rating is about to fall to below 30 any day now.

the july purge at the white house

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

reince priebus is out. sean spicer is out. whose next? is this the beginning or the end of the bloodletting? now the US president has surrounded himself exclusively with family, friends and generals. engaging in nepotism and cronyism has always beenat the heart of how donald trump has run his private businesses. it’s like the east european roots of his wives have trumped trump’s north european roots. it’s a playbook straight out of the mafia. having attended a military academy as a child, trump values the leadership abilities of those who have served in the military. despite his having been a draft dodger during the vietnam war. that being said. what makes a good leader? well, vision matters. what also matters is the ability to pick good people and to delegate. what makes a good president? a man (and they usually are men) who can articulate his vision, has the ability to compromise, and the ability to admit when he is wrong. the phrase personal responsibility is a phrase the trump family are not familiar with.

like the head of the (a) mafia clan, trump doesn’t trust anyone unless he feels like he knows him (and it’s usually a him). he values unflinching loyalty and he trusts people with money because in his capitalist mindset rich people are smart and poor people are dumb. it’s not clear how he feels about the middle class. but it will be the middle class who will decide (when they vote in the mid-term elections) whether or not the trump administration is a complete disaster.

the theory about populists is that they cannot govern. they know nothing about creating policies and even less about compromise and diplomacy. according to the hill, donald trump called john mccain the day mccain voted against the repeal of the affordable care act. obviously trump’s ability to persuade rivals hasn’t lived up to anyone’s expectations. we must all remember that about 18 months ago trump berated senator john mccain for having fought in the vietnam war (which trump’s wealthy family helped him avoid) and being imprisoned during the same war. the irony of all ironies, innit?

macron and trump

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

france’s emmanuel macron has more in common with donald trump than marine le pen. neither emmanuel macron nor donald trump had ever run for a political office before they decided to run for president. donald trump jr described the trump orange hurricane as a “movement” and last night in france’s first presidential debate, macron described his fake party en marche party as a movement as well. we are not against macron. we are quite intrigued to have found a representative of the populist middle. unlike donald trump, if macron wins the presidential election, it will have been his good looks and youthful optimism that propelled him into office.