My worry is about a 6-3 setup, that no longer even needs Roberts as either the “moderate” or the adult in the room.
Yeah, okay I can see why you feel that’s true for the USA. My country had a more glacial pace to fully introducing gay rights as it took us from 1811, when we decriminalized sodomy all the way till 2002 to legalize gay marriage and shore up actual anti-discrimination in employment measures.
Fair trade would do more to encourage civil rights in Africa then open borders do. In any case any deal on migration needs a deal on labour too and the only one acceptable to me is that all workers are at the very least paid the legal minimum wage and contribute fully to the social and pension systems. This would require closing such loopholes as European payroll constructions where employers can bring workers here on a supposedly “temporary” basis and pay them according to Bulgarian minimum wage and social laws to do work in this country. That sort of thing has got to end.
Even so too much migration will inevitably depress the bottom of the labour market as well as any other over-supplied sectors.
Suffice it to say Perot’s “giant sucking sound” has proved to be prescient, not only for the US but for the whole western world when we are now faced with the ravages of that type of “free trade”.
At minimum to make borders more “open” we’d need a parallel that protects the interests of labour, instead of just capital.
I wouldn’t have called Kaine particularly moderate, either on social issues with his stance on abortion and various other social issues and particularly not on economics where he was still declaring the TPP and ISDS to be the new “gold standards” in “free” trade, as well as calling for more de-regulation of finance, the day before Hillary picked him.
I said less giddy I did think he had it in him to be a decent president, but if you were to read back on what our commentariat was blurting out back in 2008, I never saw him as “saint Obama, saviour of the free world” either. Simply a moderately conservative, by US standards, presidential candidate with a gift for holding inspiring speeches.
Yes, the drone-strikes were deplorable and I certainly know our own @P_Tigras had plenty to say about the shortcomings of Obama’s foreign policy and his handling of Russia, and I actually agree with some bits that critique.
The problem with the presidential primaries in the US at the moment, well one of the problems at least, is that “eligibility” and the coveted “momentum” are determined disproportionately by some very conservative states, such as Iowa and South Carolina. These states determine which of the potential presidential candidates is eligible and electable.
I think I’ve argued this before with @P_Tigras but the presidential lineup of the last decades would have looked a lot different had not Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina been the states to traditionally go first but instead, Maine, Montana and Nevada. I think there is some speculation along those lines buried somewhere in alternatehistory .com somewhere too. The current order and setup of the primaries really pushes the US in a far more conservative direction then some of the alternatives.