I Do Solemnly Swear


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  1. Gabby

    Has the New York Times ever carried a banner headline saying:
    ‘Global Alliance against Tyranny, Want, Disease and War Failed’ ?

    1. bisted

      …in fairness, when Biden was last in power, the US bombed eight countries…under the guise of confronting tyranny the Democrats restored open slave markets in Libya and armed Al Queda in Syria…Trump was the only US president I can remember who didn’t start any wars…

      1. newsjustin

        I have no time for Trump. But it should be acknowledged that he didn’t start wars and simply wasn’t the international warmonger some people feared he would be.

      2. ReproBertie

        “when Biden was last in power, the US bombed eight countries…under the guise of confronting tyranny the Democrats restored open slave markets in Libya and armed Al Queda in Syria”

        Thank goodness Trump put an end to all that.

        1. bisted

          …as I’ve pointed out here many times…thank those who couldn’t hold their nose and vote Democrat to stop crooked Hillary in her war mongering gallop…

          1. Junkface

            In fairness Trump almost got America into a war with Iran. It was luck that stopped that one going forward. He assassinated their top general. He also had Bolton, the ultimate war mongerer, on his team for a year or two. Not what you would call the actions of a peace-minded president.

          2. Nigel

            ‘Trump was a monster when it came the Middle East, removing protections for civilians in existing wars, banning refugees, celebrating war crimes, giving blank checks to proxies. Only reason he didn’t start a major new war with Iran in his last year is that they didn’t shoot back.’
            ‘Drone strikes, bad as Obama’s record was, Trump’s body count dwarfed it but it was rarely reported on.’

          3. bisted

            …what part of no new wars is it that you don’t get…no sure which is worse – the whinging Nigel or the gloating Nigel…a bit like Trump and crooked Hillary, really…

      3. Charlie

        And still Republican. George ‘birdbrain’ Bush jnr wanders to the face of the Earth smiling having invaded and created an atrocity in Iraq that resulted in the loss of life of 100s of 1000s. An event that’s still torturing the people of Iraq and created even more hatred in the region than before.

    2. newsjustin

      The world is far from perfect…FAR from perfect.

      But the general thrust of the last 60 years has seen a dramatic decrease in extreme poverty, a smaller proportion of people living under tyrannical regimes (this is probably where least progress has been made), and a revolutionary advance in medical and scientific approaches to tackling disease.

      The last 60 years have not been a failure.

      Enjoy inauguration day everyone.

      1. Junkface

        True. World poverty has generally decreased pulling millions of people out of extreme poverty. Education levels in the poorest countries has also increased.

        BUT modern economics of the last 40 years have destroyed the middle class across the western world, the wealth gap is now more obscene than it was during the industrial revolution. It simply cannot stand, the super wealthy pay zero tax, this is also ruining infrastructure and the health of the environment. The whole world needs to stand up to Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook. They must be taxed like us suckers! Also we need to reintroduce strong workers unions in all areas, the middle class has no chance without them.

      2. Rosette of Sirius

        I’m just curious to see how Broadsheet’s editorial direction plays out today because not one post so far has made direct reference to today being Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day.

        Stuck in their craw, or, perhaps the ‘Storm’ is still coming? Let’s see.

        For what it’s worth, and as a certain Brit-pop provocateur ‘round these parts extols when feeling jubilant, I have a yellow-labeled sparkler chilling in the fridge for later.

        1. Junkface

          I hope Joe Biden does very well as president. America and the world needs it, especially with regards to climate change. Biden was voted in without any policies though, that was all skipped (for a reason) so that Joe could be a healer of the divide. He is good at that, but his record of policies pushed, laws amended, wars he supported is not good. Also he has hired some in his cabinet seemingly using a version of identity politics bingo, instead of who is best qualified. Critics have already pointed out the poor records of competence of some of his picks, but the media have decided to go very soft for the first while.

          1. Nigel

            He’s a centrist, but he seems set to roll back Trump’s horrific environmental rampage, and he owes his victory to black Americans overcoming GOP voter supression to oppose Trump, so I hope he’ll ignore right-wing guff about identity politics.

          2. Junkface

            “so I hope he’ll ignore right-wing guff about identity politics.”

            I really think this will be a key issue. It’s not right wing guff. There are many Left wing intellectuals very disturbed by this trend, including Lawrence Krauss, Stephen Fry, John McWhorter, Sam Harris.
            If you had a very sick relative, and you had to choose a doctor to save them, would you choose based on identity/gender or would you choose based on the highest qualified with the best experience and record? Their life is at stake!

            I know which method I would choose. The sane one.

          3. Nigel

            I don’t think it will be a key issue at all, though the right will try to make it one, with plenty of straw men and counterfactuals and examples not drawn from life, but we know not to give these people the time of day any more, don’t we?

          4. Junkface


            Ha ha! You are predictable Nigel. This should not be a Right or Left issue. It should be a common sense, logic and fairness issue. Do you call yourself a liberal like most left leaning people? I know I do. I think a lot of people digging in on one side of the cultural war have forgotten the meaning of the word :


            See definitions in:
            Politics, Theology, Education, adjective

            willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas.
            “they have liberal views on divorce”
            relating to or denoting a political and social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise.

            tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened, forbearing, permissive, free, free and easy, easy-going,…..

            1. a supporter of policies that are socially progressive and promote social welfare.
            2. a supporter of a political and social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise.

            “classical liberals emphasized the right of the individual to make decisions, even if the results dismayed their neighbours or injured themselves”
            Definitions from Oxford Languages

          5. Nigel

            Oh, I’m pretty liberal, but not about the right, in the way you woudn’t be liberal about a rabid dog, or rather being liberal and dealing safely and sensibly with a rabid dog are not incompatible.

          6. Junkface

            If you are not liberal about the right, as in, willing to debate their ideas good or bad, then you are not a liberal in the traditional left wing sense. The enlightenment movement has always been willing to speak to everybody, and if they have terrible ideas, or racist ideas, then their stupidity can be exposed for all to see. This is how the world has functioned until recently, and we can clearly see the results have not been good with respect to personal freedom, freedom of expression, and of course, cancel culture.

            Using a rabid dog as an example is a bad one, for obvious reasons.

          7. Nigel

            It’s not that i don’t debate rabid dogs it’s that I don’t repeat their ideas about identity politics as if they were self-evidently true.

            Also if you think the increased exposure of bad ideas leads to their defeat and the promotion of personal freedom, you really have not being paying attention.

          8. Junkface

            As I already said. These are left wing intellectuals ideas about Identity politics. Their concerns should be self evident to any adult who can read.

            Are you calling Stephen Fry a Nazi? Or Lawrence Krauss? Do you think that they have not thought deeply on the pros and cons of this topic? Most of the greatest minds of the world are in agreement on this issue.

            Your language and responses are what I would call Partisan authoritarian.

          9. Nigel

            I haven’t called anyone a Nazi, and knowing Stephen Fry I expect whatever he said was more nuanced and interesting than ‘identity politics bad, m’kay?’ If you think ideas about identity politics are left wing, and are unaware that the current rise of ethno-nationalism on the right is not only identity politics, but the most noxious and toxic and indfluential form of identity politics, certainly moreso than Biden, say, having a trans person in his administration, then perhaps you don’t know as much about identity pokitics as you seem to think.

          10. Junkface

            I thought you said concern about Identity Politics was a right wing talking point? Now it can both sides? I’m glad you can see that.

            Of course identity grouping applies to all sides, because right wingers and racists use this too. There is popular video clip on youtube where a woke/identity politics person and a right wing racist discover that they have a lot in common.

            Here is the clip!

          11. Nigel

            You have misunderstood me. I find what you, a liberal, say about identity politics, to be identical to what right-wing ethno-nationaists (who will never acknowledge their own identity politics) say about identity politics, and whatever about the flaws and excesses of left wing identity politics, right wing identity politics gave us Trump, and are a real threat to lberal democracy.

            Unless you have something to add, I propose we leave it at that for the day that’s in it.

  2. Gabby

    I wish Joe Biden, aged 78, and his administration well. Regardless of what progress or lack thereof is made during the coming few years, the American population is culturally and economically divided. This deep division will affect the next presidential, senate and congressional elections.

  3. Nigel

    In true anti-anti-Trump fasion, I saw a Glenn Greenwald tweet where he blamed the Democrats for Trump not pardoning Assange and Snowden. No mention of Reality Winner. Very on-brand.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        well, whoever thought that Clinton was a good opponent 4 years ago needed a gook kick up the derriere

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      Hopefully not. With a stable hand at the tiller and a distinct absence of the crazy, there really shouldn’t be a need.

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