Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
〰️ Benito Mussolini
I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of #fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945. I choose fascist #Italy rather than #Nazi#Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison.
The discussion in the EU about how to address the problem of the rule of law in PL has mainly focused on deploying punitive measures. This inspired me to write a paper for @Carnegie_Europe within its #Europeandemocracy project which calls on a more comprehensive strategy. #Thread
1.Don't get me wrong. The EU cannot turn a blind eye on democratic backsliding in its own members. EU treaties provide EC with legal instruments 2 address the problem&EC has been doing its job vis-à-vis. But it will fail to restore #ruleoflaw if it only sticks 2 punitive measures
2.The EC needs to ensure that the Polish public understands the EU’s motives for intervening. Poles are pro-European but they are vulnerable to the PiS narrative that Brussels has no right to tell Warsaw what to do ( I refer to some polling in the piece)
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began. 1/
#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German#president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
(2) Cloture in the Senate is a procedural step that you can learn more about at the link below. The senate.gov website is the best resource for learning about Senate procedure and a lot more. Same for house.gov.
(3) Watching live Senate floor proceedings is boring as hell, as they pass bills for naming Post Offices, & so on. But every now & then, they confirm a SCOTUS judge. And this time, they will affirm our great #BillOfRights#DueProcess & the hard-won #RuleOfLaw. Seriously. 🇺🇸🦅
(2) After preparing the photos I will add to this thread, I noticed this video that was published today. "Bombard" is an outstanding body language analyst & has done several videos re the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
(3) This is also a must watch. I had already formed the same view of Ford's testimony before I saw this video. Ford is a faker and tried to use a "little girl" voice & body language to MANIPULATE us all.
Trump: Day 614
-206th Day at Trump Property
-Claims China Interfering in Midterms
-Calls Avenatti a "Third-Rate Lawyer"
-3rd & 4th Kava Accuser Emerge
-3rd Interest Rate Hike of the Year
-ICE Using New Restraining Devices
-Tariffs on Metals Cost Ford $1B
-Press Conference a Wreck
Day 719 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 571 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
(2) Update as of today:
>The 5 defendants will remain in custody pre-trial in the firearms case that is in the FEDERAL jurisdiction.
>Further federal charges are possible.
>Further STATE jurisdiction charges are possible.
>Dumb things are still being said by LWNJs & RWNJs.
(3) Yes, there are nutjobs at the far end of both sides of the political spectrum.
I disavow bigotry against anyone that is SOLELY on the basis of their religion, race or any other "constitutionally protected class."
It's wrong AND it could ruin the prosecution case.
1. As media had previously reported #Juncker decided not to focus on what his Commission achieved but on what still needs to be done to convince European citizens to say 'Yes' to the EU when they go to the polls next year.
2. I agree that it is not a good moment for pats on the back and I agree with #Juncker that member-states have in many respects held the Commission up from delivering on Commission's promises.
JL:”Grassley, says they are producing the records required by law under the PRA
Durbin reminds him that they've actually circumvented that law & the process is being run by Kavanaugh's close friend & former employee, Bill Burck.”
Sen. Durbin:”Between 2001 and 2003, Republican Senate staffers hacked into and stole 4,670 files on controversial Bush judicial nominees from 6 Democrats, including me.
This scandal amounted to a digital Watergate, not unlike Russia’s hacking of the DNC.”
Recently released new #Article7@EUCouncil document in which Polish government's dishonest explanations accompany a misleading Powerpoint - doubt Council members have ever been confronted with such obviously deceitful material/behaviour before
@EUCouncil I mean come on... The Polish government's White Paper contradicts (not to mention multiple public statements made) the Polish government's "explanations" given to Council members
@EUCouncil No doubt community of judges/legal professionals will be impressed by original points made by Polish gov's legal eagles whereby judgments can be effective without being implemented or published but not enforced because of a Gov "annotation" denying their lawful/binding nature...
💣Cohen implicates Trump in VIOLATION of campaign finance laws
💣Trump is an unindicted CO-CONSPIRATOR
💣Throws the LEGITIMACY of the election into question.
💣Cohen pleads GUILTY to bank fraud w/ intent!
💣Manafort CONVICTED on 8 fed charges!
AS: “Cohen’s guilty plea appears to implicate the President in a knowing violation of campaign finance laws, w/ the payment of hush money to advance the Trump campaign. This is the 1st guilty plea directly alleging potential criminal activity by the President.”
The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III
LB: “Russian mob.
Who rolled Genovese/LCN in '90s.
Blood money pushed through Ukraine, laundered by Genovese made-man, Paul Manafort - and old Genovese business front, Trump Org.”
Putin, Manafort & Trump have ties to RU’s Mafia King Mogilevetch going back decades to the early 2000s & 1990s.
45 hired only the ‘best people’ FRAUDSTERS, TAX EVADERS & MONEY LAUNDERERS
Mueller plans to call IRS, FBI, FinCen witnesses at Manafort trial
Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Under Investigation for Tax Fraud
TEY: Lordy, Lordy, we hope there are “scans”😎
Manafort needs to be understood as a symptom of a global epidemic of kleptocracy—a ‘Russian’ virus that he imported into the United States.
@20committee told us TWO yrs ago Manafort’s sidekick was RU GRU agent Konstantin Kilimnik, spent a decade advising Yanukovych, lobbied for Pakistan’s ISI, & was a hired ‘fixer’ for rebels in Angola, Ferdinand Marcos, and Zaire’s dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.