Bloomberg & Trump: on authoritarian styles, a comment by Almost Marx (Updated)

1)

Mr. Bloomberg is a self-promoter par excellence, with a gift for self-congratulation. But upon the most cursory examination of his record as Mayor of New York City we are confronted with Stop and Frisk, as monument to that 12 years in office. Stop and Frisk was so egregious an attack on civil liberties, that a suit against it was in the Court system for five years . The mayor was embarrassed and angered by Judge Shira Scheindlin handling of the case, over its five year judicial gestation, so he managed to scare  up three judges who agreed with him, and she was removed from the case. She was not accused of any kind of professional/legal misconduct, in fact, her conduct was exemplary, she made the mistake of deciding against the City and wasn’t quiet about it:her crime! Accuse me of paranoia, if you will, but the why of Judge Scheindlin’s removal, who was an impediment to the Mayor’s political prestige, seems patently obvious, except to those who court political respectability, above all else.  So I will take Mr. Bloomberg’s attack on Trump as a belated self-apologetics, in the perverse mind set of the professional political huckster, who needs always to appear to be above reproach, like Caesar’s wife. Mr. Bloomberg is simply a more astute political operator, compared to Trump’s temper tantrums as nihilistic political theater.

Almost Marx

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-wolff-at-dnc-case-915245?utm_source=twitter

2) I am an opportunist, and have used the body of the text of my first comment, with some additions, at The Financial Times.

I read a transcript of Mr. Bloomberg’s speech here:

http://www.bustle.com/articles/175349-transcript-of-michael-bloombergs-dnc-speech-explains-the-non-democrats-support-for-hillary-clinton

There is nothing that The Financial Times hold as close to its pocket book, in lieu of a heart, as a genuine plutocrat, and Mr. Bloomberg is the genuine article, with a flair for self-promotion par excellence, and a penchant for self-congratulation. Is the similarity between Trump and Mr. Bloomberg readily apparent?

But upon the most cursory examination of Bloomberg’s record as Mayor of New York City we are confronted with Stop and Frisk, as monument to that 12 years in office. Stop and Frisk was so egregious an attack on civil liberties, that a suit against it was brought in the Court system for five years. The mayor was embarrassed and angered by Judge Shira Scheindlin handling of the case, over its five year judicial gestation, so he managed to scare up three judges who agreed with him, and she was removed from the case. She was not accused of any kind of professional/legal misconduct, in fact, her conduct was exemplary, she made the mistake of deciding against the City and wasn’t quiet about it: her crime! Accuse me of paranoia, if you will, but the why of Judge Scheindlin’s removal, who was an impediment to the Mayor’s political prestige, seems patently obvious, except to those who court political respectability, above all else.  So I will take Mr. Bloomberg’s attack on Trump as the expression of a belated self-apologetics, in the perverse mind set of the professional political huckster, who needs always to appear to be above reproach, like Caesar’s wife. Mr. Bloomberg is simply a more astute political operator, compared to Trump’s temper tantrums as nihilistic political theater.

Can Mrs. Clinton save us from the dastardly villain The Donald? Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter of The Perils of Hillary, brought to you by Goldman Sachs, AIPAC & Benjamin Netanyahu.

StephenKMackSD .

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/71f18200-5465-11e6-befd-2fc0c26b3c60.html#axzz4FfMqeZ94

 

 

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.
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