Donald Trump says there’s an emergency on the US border:
President Trump’s assertion that America’s porous southern border is a national emergency is “absolute fiction,” according to CNN commentator Joe Lockhart, who says actual national emergencies include “climate change” and “gun violence.”
During a discussion on New Day regarding the President’s upcoming Oval Office address, the former Clinton White House Press Secretary expressed his indignation that Trump would use “public airwaves” to “spew more of these lies” and try to “create hysteria for his own political purposes.”
To my way of thinking, the idea that “climate change” (aka global warming) is an actual national emergency is the real “absolute fiction.” It’s global warming alarmism that “creates hysteria for political purposes,” in the same way that tobacco smoke alarmism also “creates hysteria for political purposes.”
Antismoking Emmanuel Macron is somebody else who seems to think that climate change is a national emergency. From a month back:
While world leaders gather in Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 climate summit, protesters in the streets of Paris have successfully forced French President Emmanuel Macron’s hand, undercutting his efforts to impose a carbon tax on French energy sales. Macron has made climate change and lowering greenhouse gases a central component of both his domestic and foreign policies, only to face dramatic failure at the hands of his “yellow vest” countrymen.
Although it seems that some people think he’s not doing enough:
French environment campaigners have warned Emmanuel Macron is doing too little to combat climate change and must radically rethink his environment policy if he is to honour his promise to “make this planet great again”.
Increasingly, we all seem to be inhabiting separate realities. Some people are worried by tobacco smoke, and some people aren’t in the least bit worried about it. Some people are worried about global warming, and some people aren’t in the least bit worried about it. Some people think that Brexit will be a catastrophe, and some people don’t. And so on.
And it all seems to be coming to a head, as the separate realities collide. France now looks set to ban illegal, unapproved demonstrations:
France is signaling it’s making preparations for a massive new crackdown on the gilets jaunes or “yellow vests” anti-government protests that have gripped the country for seven weeks. A new law under consideration could make any demonstration illegal to begin with if not previously approved by authorities, in an initiative already being compared to the pre-Maiden so-called “dictatorship law” in Ukraine…
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented the new initiative to curtail the violence and unrest while targeting “troublemakers” and banning anonymity through wearing masks on French TV channel TF1 on Monday. He said the law would give police authority crack down on “unauthorized demonstrations” at a moment when police are already arresting citizens for merely wearing a yellow vest, even if they are not directly engaged in protests in some cases.
Will that work? It seems more likely to increase public anger. Some people think that Macron’s days are numbered:
The author Éric Zemmour described the revolt as the result of the “despair of people who feel humiliated, forgotten, dispossessed of their own country by the decisions of a contemptuous caste”. He concluded that he thinks that Macron has lost all legitimacy and that his presidency is over.
Radio commentator Jean-Michel Aphatie, said that the presidency and the government “hang on by a thread”, and that the letter published by the generals is a strong sign that the French institutions are deeply shaken. “If the police falter,” he stressed, “France could quickly slide towards chaos”…
Macron’s popularity is in free fall; it has dropped to 18%. No French president’s popularity has dropped so low, so quickly. Flore Santisteban, a professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, quoted surveys showing that Macron now crystallizes “an intense hatred, and maybe more than hatred: rage”.
Many commentators are wondering how Macron will still be able to govern in the coming weeks, and ask if he could be forced to resign and call for early presidential elections.
It’s not just France. There’s turmoil everywhere, it seems. And much of it about absolute fictions.