Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I For One, Welcome Our New Insect Overlords




So lets take a more detailed look at the latest result of democracy in the United States of Europe, aka the European Union.

European Commission President: Ursula Von Der Leyen.

  • German Defence Minister for the last five years. By all measures the German military is in worse shape now than when she started, despite her various plans and announcements. 
  • That may not entirely be a bad thing.
  • Daughter of a senior Eurocrat who was born in Brussels.
  • Supports a United States of Europe (of course, why else would she go for this role).
  • Wrote that although it was important to have “more democratic involvement” in the EU, that had to be prevented from “impeding Europe’s ability to act.”
  • Excellent relationship with Saudi Arabia.
  • Plagiarised large parts of her PhD - but got off the hook when her university concluded that there had been no intent to deceive.
  • On the other hand she does have seven kids, which makes a nice change from most Euro leaders.


European Council President: Charles Michel

  • Former Prime Minister of Belgium, another artificial political creation that has added little to humanity in its 189 years of existence.
  • Son of a prominent Belgian politician.
  • Began his political career at the age of 16.
  • Ousted as PM in a no confidence vote last December.
  • Remained as ‘interim Prime Minister’ for more than six months because Belgium.
  • Parachutes into this new job: "so long suckers"!
  • Doesn’t even have to move cities.



European Central Bank President: Christine Lagarde

  • This one I recognise from her IMF days, where she's been earning €500K a year - tax-free.  Sweet! How does that work, especially on a Continent that makes a fetish of paying your fair share of taxes to keep government running?
  • Father was a professor of English and mother a teacher of Latin, Greek and French literature.
  • Good relationship with Saudi Arabia, having praised King Abdullah upon his death as having been "a strong believer in pushing forward women's rights".
  • In 2016 she was convicted of being criminally negligent with €400 million of taxpayers’ money. No jail time though - and she kept her job!!!!
  • Now the EU has decided that this is no barrier to giving her the keys to their Central Bank.
  • However, she will at least pay taxes, and possibly on a reduced salary.


High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs: Josep Borrell

  • Former Foreign Minister for Spain.
  • Former European Parliament President.
  • Forced to resign from the European University Institute over an undeclared €300,000-a-year conflict of interest.
  • Fined €30,000 just last year for a “very serious breach” of insider trading rules on the Spanish stock market.
  • A Gibraltar hawk who says Britain will split before Spain does.
  • Would welcome an independent Scotland in the EU.
  • Opposed to an independent Catalonia.
  • On Iran he says that "Iran wants to wipe out Israel; nothing new about that. You have to live with it.”.
  • Also tough on journalists, as well as Catalan protesters. On that basis he may get along with Trump.

These four have several things in common. With the exception of Borrell, they're all "high-born"; Borrel's dad was a baker but aside from him, none are the spawn of toilers. They're all highly educated, much more so than the voters. They're all very wealthy. They've all been politically active from a young age. And finally, they've all managed to escape failures, scandals and actual convictions that would have ruined those lacking their wealth and connections.

They undoubtedly all know of eachother and likely have met eachother many times, since they all move in the same political, financial and social circles and have done so for decades, floating high above the Great Unwashed.

These people were selected for their positions after "negotiations" in the upper levels of the EU, which also included their predecessors, just to make sure everything keeps ticking along as planned. Following this selection, the MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) applied their usual rubber-stamp vote.

Any subject of the USSR and the Eastern European Communist bloc would recognise this pattern.

Incredible is it not? Representative democracy is accepted by most because it means that voters are at most just one remove from the decisions made on their behalf. These people are now in positions several times removed from the little people that they represent - and that's before we consider how removed their lives were from those people in the first place.

Perhaps even more incredible is that Europeans who support this are often highly vocal about the awful choices Americans faced with Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, or will face in 2020 between Trump and the current clown show of Democrat nominees - or really anything about US democracy. Well, it's true that US democracy has problems - even some similar problems, judging from the size of its Administrative State - and they are getting worse. But they haven't degenerated to this farcical state yet.

I'll leave the last word to Kent Brockman, reminding his new overlords that he can be helpful to them in rounding up others to be ruled.


No EU worshipper could have put it better.

20 comments:

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

And your point is.....apart from defelecting attention away from Putin and Trumps latest anti demeocratic moves.

Psycho Milt said...

These four have several things in common. With the exception of Borrell, they're all "high-born"; Borrel's dad was a baker but aside from him, none are the spawn of toilers. They're all highly educated, much more so than the voters. They're all very wealthy. They've all been politically active from a young age. And finally, they've all managed to escape failures, scandals and actual convictions that would have ruined those lacking their wealth and connections.

So, just like America then, except for the bit where the people running things are expected to be highly educated. Oh, and the fact that they aren't entrusted with wide-ranging executive power, unlike the high-born but profoundly ignorant racist running the USA right now.

Kimbra said...

Meanwhile, 193 members of the House Republican Conference just openly supported the use of racist language by the @potus … 193 members of Congress who are more than just enablers, more than just complicit, they are, themselves, racists.

Max Ritchie said...

For Heaven's sake you three, this is about Europe, not Trump and America. As an example of TDS this is cake-taking.

Anonymous said...

Max, d'ye nae ken?
Any post on here is likely to degrade to an anti-Trump, Russia/Putin, anti-conservative, climate change 'struggle meeting' within minutes.

Mick

Tom Hunter said...

I'm not going to let anonynmous commentators lift the name of an established commentator - in this our local Russophile, Andrei - so I'm deleting that last comment and will post it again for you, under "Anonynmous" - stupid, repititive and deflecting at it is.

Anonymous said...

Max, Hunter made it partly about the USA with his penultimate para.

Hunter is firmly in the destroy European Union Camp, as espoused by VPP and encouraged by DJT.

Meanwhile, 193 members of the House Republican Conference just openly supported the use of racist language by the @potus … 193 members of Congress who are more than just enablers, more than just complicit, they are, themselves, racists.

RosscoWlg said...

Everyone of them up ticked and endorsed by Eggie!

The globalist agenda is alive and well.

I guess a century or so ago they would be called European Aristocracy,and a good many of them would have faced the guillotine. Now they cant even be voted out.

Makes sense that Brexit is the only solution and that the UK is a world leader in this area but not with push back from The European Deep State.

Next post will be from Eggie spluttering and exclaiming ow wonderful his fellow travellers really are...guilty by association Eggie?

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

If this post does nothing else it exposes Chunter for what he is...a Russian stooge not a bumbly old farmer from the Waikato..

If you were to dissect the hard men running the Kremiln or Trumps inner circle the same way as Chunter has done here the EU mob would look like they are off the Sunday school. But I digress, first look for the lie...you don't actually have to look very far......THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE......nope, sorry.

Just 28 sovereign nations in a trading block who abide by the rule of law. That's 28 Immigration depts, 28 ministers of Defence, 28 foreign ministeries, 28 etc etc.

US of Europe my arse.

I've said it all before but it falls on deaf ears because it's not apart of the agenda to understand. It is rather a relief for Chunter to out himself as I don't have to go into the disaster for NZ trade should the EU break up.


Snowflake said...

Tommy sounds like a scruffy Steve Bannon or a misanthropic Lindsay Perigo all of a sudden. We must dismantle that evil administrative state before it’s too late for your freedom!

Look, anyone with an agenda can smear people in the manner Tommy just did, with a selective and perjorative reading of their career highlights (and oooo look, they’ve all got successful parents!), but his assertion that Donald Trump, Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell, to name just four, demonstrate a better quality of politician is frankly laughable. Some replacement for the MSM you’re turning out to be, buddy.

Tom Hunter said...

But I digress, first look for the lie...you don't actually have to look very far......THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE......nope, sorry.

Der Spiegal:
"Mein Ziel sind die Vereinigten Staaten von Europa - nach dem Muster der föderalen Staaten Schweiz, Deutschland oder USA"

Let me translate that for you, as Politico did:

"My aim is the United States of Europe - modelled on federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the U.S.,"

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

It might be an "aim" as it is several others but it is not achievable in our lifetimes. If Russia keeps up the pressure then it might happen but I doubt it.....trying to get 28 counries to give up soveriegnty is an immpossible ask.

It is the Brexiteers "aim" to have the UK self suffinient in everything and not rely on Europe ....never happen either.

Now why don't you post a story on the upside, the god things that the EU have brought about?

Psycho Milt said...

I'm not going to let anonynmous commentators lift the name of an established commentator - in this our local Russophile, Andrei - so I'm deleting that last comment...

Thank you. Andrei and I go back a long way when it comes to blog comments (all of it characterised by vehement disagreement, but that doesn't preclude mutual respect), so I'm glad to see that fuckwittery nipped in the bud.

Tom Hunter said...

@Snowflake

Jesus Christ. Lil' Snowjerk has actually been forced to step away from his usual patter in saying that he defends the shitty, crypto-democracy of the upper reaches of the EU, all while putting forward a monstrous lie with his usual hysterical, witless shrieking about the Alt-Right and....

Ah fuck it.

Anyway, thanks for that semi-coherent :) analysis but I clearly made no such assertion of the quality of US vs. EU politician. In fact most of the former would fit into the world of the latter with only a little adjustment. The likes of the GOP are happily building or maintaining massive government programmes and have been for decades.

My point was that the saving grace of the US is the system; that all of these people get to face the voters every two, four or six years - as do the politicians in the individual nations of the EU.

But the EU itself, especially the likes of Ursula Von Der Leyen, with their "election" process? Not even close. It's more like the old Communist elections or the Iranian Presidential ones where you get to vote for the people the higher-ups have selected.

The day when they have EU-wide elections for these positions, with different people competing openly for them and asking for the votes of a hundred million voters plus? That will be the day that the EU starts to become a real democracy.

Psycho Milt said...

Max Ritchie: even to someone not familiar with Tom Hunter's focus on the USA, the fact that he relates the post to US presidential elections in his penultimate paragraph should tip you off to the reason commenters might compare these EU leaders to the PotUS.

Psycho Milt said...

Two of those positions wouldn't be electoral ones in the US either (Central Bank = US Federal Reserve, Foreign Affairs rep presumably = Secretary of State). The US doesn't have an equivalent for the other two.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

The central bank does not represent the EU, only those countries in the Eurozone, It has no impact on countries like the UK, Denmark,Sweden etc.....nor does the the EU dictate to to NATO even though almost all are NATO members.

The fact is that the only country that thinks the EU shold be dismantled is Russia. Even the present right wing govts in place throughout Europe don't want to leave...particuarly those with Russian borders.

If Trump wasn't so anti NATO there would be no talk of an EU army....self defence is a priority.

Poor old Chunter tries so hard to be a Kiwi he even popped .nz into his email address....before the @ symbol.



Roj Blake said...

PM @ 8:39 - yes, Andrei's a dropkick, but he's OUR dropkick. :-)

@ Hunter the Resident Appologist.

Incredible is it not? Representative democracy is accepted by most because it means that voters are at most just one remove from the decisions made on their behalf. These people are now in positions several times removed from the little people that they represent - and that's before we consider how removed their lives were from those people in the first place.

Sounds like a bloody good explanation as to why Trump is POTUS and Clinton isn't.

Had POTUS been elected by popular vote, Clinton would have been a shoe-in. How many times removed from "the little people that they represent" is the Electoral College? And what a fucked up way to refer to the people of a Nation, the electors, the taxpayers, the movers and the lifters. All may be well as you get to sup on the bones thrown to you from your masters, but you don't need to share their contempt.




Tom Hunter said...

If Trump wasn't so anti NATO there would be no talk of an EU army....self defence is a priority.

EU Common Security Policy:

This facilitated the transformation of the ESDI into the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 1999, when it was transferred to the EU. In 2003 the EU deployed its first CSDP missions, and adopted the European Security Strategy identifying common threats and objectives. In 2009, the Treaty of Lisbon introduced the present name, CSDP, while establishing the EEAS, the mutual defence clause and enabling a subset of member states to pursue defence integration within PESCO. In 2011 the WEU, whose tasks had been transferred to the EU, was dissolved.

It's been happening for a long time. Concerns about the US's support of Europe have been constantly raised in academic articles as well as numerous political thinktanks, since the end of the Cold War. The most you could argue is that Trump may have given extra impetus but that's all.

Tom Hunter said...

Poor old Chunter tries so hard to be a Kiwi he even popped .nz into his email address....before the @ symbol.

Almost doxxing me now eh? Getting a little more desperate with every passing day aren't we?

I've passed some of my personal details onto to your old OC (!), and to one or two other authors of this blog, as you know.

But you? You get nothing. You can continue to thrash around in your conspiratorial frothings.

Dasvidanya! :)