Robert Kagan in a harrowing article:
Yes, I know that most people don’t think an asteroid is heading toward us and that’s part of the problem. But just as big a problem has been those who do see the risk but for a variety of reasons have not thought it necessary to make any sacrifices to prevent it. At each point along the way, our political leaders, and we as voters, have let opportunities to stop Trump pass on the assumption that he would eventually meet some obstacle he could not overcome. Republicans could have stopped Trump from winning the nomination in 2016, but they didn’t. The voters could have elected Hillary Clinton, but they didn’t. Republican senators could have voted to convict Trump in either of his impeachment trials, which might have made his run for president much more difficult, but they didn’t.
Throughout these years, an understandable if fatal psychology has been at work. At each stage, stopping Trump would have required extraordinary action by certain people, whether politicians or voters or donors, actions that did not align with their immediate interests or even merely their preferences. It would have been extraordinary for all the Republicans running against Trump in 2016 to decide to give up their hopes for the presidency and unite around one of them. Instead, they behaved normally, spending their time and money attacking each other, assuming that Trump was not their most serious challenge, or that someone else would bring him down, and thereby opened a clear path for Trump’s nomination. And they have, with just a few exceptions, done the same this election cycle. It would have been extraordinary had Mitch McConnell and many other Republican senators voted to convict a president of their own party. Instead, they assumed that after Jan. 6, 2021, Trump was finished and it was therefore safe not to convict him and thus avoid becoming pariahs among the vast throng of Trump supporters. In each instance, people believed they could go on pursuing their personal interests and ambitions as usual in the confidence that somewhere down the line, someone or something else, or simply fate, would stop him. Why should they be the ones to sacrifice their careers? Given the choice between a high-risk gamble and hoping for the best, people generally hope for the best. Given the choice between doing the dirty work yourself and letting others do it, people generally prefer the latter.
This essay is really scary. It might be spot on, though. It’s worth reading through it all and keeping a copy for future reference. What are we going to do in Europe with our own wannabe Trumps?
Esta resolución marca un hito por tres motivos:
- El Tribunal Supremo subraya la necesidad de que altos cargos públicos cumplan con los requisitos establecidos para dar validez a su nombramiento, marcando un precedente fundamental que evitará que prevalezcan motivos políticos o de intereses individuales sobre el cumplimiento de los requisitos legalmente establecidos para efectuar nombramientos de altos cargos.
- El cumplimiento de estos requisitos es especialmente necesario en relación a los órganos de control, como el Consejo de Estado, cuya función es velar por la observancia de la Constitución y por el correcto funcionamiento de la Administración Pública y de los Servicios Públicos.
- La Sentencia reconoce la legitimación activa a la Fundación Hay Derecho para impugnar decisiones que atentan contra los principios del Estado de derecho. Este reconocimiento fortalece la posición de Hay Derecho como una voz crucial en la sociedad civil española y refuerza la utilidad de sus acciones de litigación estratégica.
No tengo ninguna duda de que alguien está redactando la reforma del artículo 6 de la Ley Orgánica del Consejo de Estado. Total, en esta frase, hay un montón de cosas innecesarias:
El Presidente del Consejo de Estado será nombrado libremente por Real Decreto acordado en Consejo de Ministros y refrendado por su Presidente entre juristas de reconocido prestigio y experiencia en asuntos de Estado.
You will never, ever, die, Shane. Fuck.
Trying out the
Set Date feature in MarsEdit to schedule the publishing of posts. If this works correctly, it should show up at 18:15 (I’m sending it at 18:10).
Me he cargado por completo el reloj mecánico de viaje así que inauguro nuevo proyecto: YouTube cómo montar reloj mecánico para idiotas.
We will always love you, Freddie.
Farrokh Bulsara (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991).