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Old 07-14-2018, 04:02 PM
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I don't think you can compare the relative impact of a sudden burst of immigration in the United States and in a country like Sweden, whose total population is only slightly over 10 million people and whose land area is slightly bigger than California maybe.

Honestly, attributing the social problems of the United States to immigration is not a very credible argument, especially considering that, as of today, the foreign-born population in the US is actually much lower in percentage terms than in Australia or Canada, and about the same as in Germany. It is also lower in percentage terms than the foreign-born population in other periods in US history, e.g. in the beginning of the 20th century, I think.
Correct. The US population is at 325 million. Foreign born are around 13%, with illegal immigrants representing about 3%. Illegal immigration is no where near the source or cause of any economic or social problem in the US. Has always been a red herring skillfully used for political purposes: smoke and mirrors.
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:09 PM
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Sweden is coping with a crime wave that is tied to the migrant influx.
I don't want to get inte a political discussion but as a Swede I just want to say that there is no migrant fuelled crime wave in this country. Obviously we like any country have our challenges but the image of a country buckling under to a horde of raping Muslim criminals has absolutely no truth to it and it's quite easy to see how that narrative was made up to suit the political movement who oppose multiculturalism and an open society.
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:57 PM
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I don't want to get inte a political discussion but as a Swede I just want to say that there is no migrant fuelled crime wave in this country. Obviously we like any country have our challenges but the image of a country buckling under to a horde of raping Muslim criminals has absolutely no truth to it and it's quite easy to see how that narrative was made up to suit the political movement who oppose multiculturalism and an open society.
Thank you for saying so, JR76. I was hesitant to address it since I am not Swedish but this idea comes from a comment made during a rally in Florida in February 2017 by President Trump that drew international attention, fueled a couple of days later in the same month with comments by the British politician Nigel Farage, and so it has gone.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:12 PM
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I don't want to get inte a political discussion but as a Swede I just want to say that there is no migrant fuelled crime wave in this country. Obviously we like any country have our challenges but the image of a country buckling under to a horde of raping Muslim criminals has absolutely no truth to it and it's quite easy to see how that narrative was made up to suit the political movement who oppose multiculturalism and an open society.
Really?
And there's so many news articles about it!

Guess I am one of those naive people who tends to believe what I read.
I apologize.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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Really?
And there's so many news articles about it!

Guess I am one of those naive people who tends to believe what I read.
I apologize.
Crime in Sweden, a Three-Part Series
https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/04/...e-part-series/

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Crime In Sweden, Part I: Is Sweden the ‘Rape Capital’ of Europe?
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cr...apital-europe/

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Crime in Sweden, Part II: Are Refugee Men Overrepresented in Swedish Crime?
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cr...swedish-crime/

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Crime in Sweden, Part III: Does Sweden Have ‘No-Go Zones’ Where the Police Can’t Enter?
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sw...o-zone-police/
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:26 AM
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Please dont believe anything Nigel Farage says. Everything he does is for his own benefit.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:32 AM
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Please dont believe anything Nigel Farage says. Everything he does is for his own benefit.
How does that make him different to most politicans and people?
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:23 PM
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Really?
And there's so many news articles about it!

Guess I am one of those naive people who tends to believe what I read.
I apologize.
It all depends on where in Sweden you live. The three big cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö) have way more crime than little towns in the periphery regions.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:27 PM
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Let's just face it, the closest America will come to being a monarchy is a nepotistic republic and especially under a certain and "special" family from New York City.

Except for maybe 13% of the US population, the majority of of Americans don't want a monarchy. Even though I'm an American monarchist I realize that an American Empire, United Kingdom of America or whatever you want to call it would not happen unless it was forced. Who knows that may just happen considering most of my fellow Americans are getting turned off by the idea of democratically elected government, I'm personally against the idea of authoritarian coups but I think you guys get the idea.

I suppose there would be an off chance if we ever balkanize then there could be a nation that becomes a constitutional monarchy but that nation would most likely be Hawaii. Actually a Californian Kingdom sounds rather awesome with the bear flag being modified with a crown and all, I know it probably won't happen in the even of Californian independence but I can still have an imagination


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Old 07-19-2018, 11:58 PM
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There has been women who ran for president way before this. Somewhere along the way I think people forgot.


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People didn’t forget. It wasn’t the same thing. Like her or not, Hillary Clinton is a trailblazer of her time and accomplished something no other woman has done.

In terms of monarchy, despite the political turmoil this country has experienced and the uncertainties lay ahead, I can’t imagine US will become a monarchy. It just goes against the founding pillars of this country.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:06 AM
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Really?
And there's so many news articles about it!

Guess I am one of those naive people who tends to believe what I read.
I apologize.
I thought this was debunked when the comment was first made? It was simply a false rumor our President started spreading that had no basis in stats or facts after he watched a distorted and inaccurate special on Fox the night before (this came in form of a tweet IIRC). And I believe some in Swedish government were quite upset by it understandably.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:45 PM
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People didn’t forget. It wasn’t the same thing. Like her or not, Hillary Clinton is a trailblazer of her time and accomplished something no other woman has done.

In terms of monarchy, despite the political turmoil this country has experienced and the uncertainties lay ahead, I can’t imagine US will become a monarchy. It just goes against the founding pillars of this country.
One might presume that loftier, or, shall we say, less questionable trailblazers, who do not snicker at the opponent's untimely demise at the national TV, are required to found a royal house.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:58 PM
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People didn’t forget. It wasn’t the same thing. Like her or not, Hillary Clinton is a trailblazer of her time and accomplished something no other woman has done.

In terms of monarchy, despite the political turmoil this country has experienced and the uncertainties lay ahead, I can’t imagine US will become a monarchy. It just goes against the founding pillars of this country.
I don't see it happening either but it is still interesting how the US president has somewhat comparable power to that of a king a few centuries ago while the current monarchs in western countries (except for the small princedoms of Monaco and Liechtenstein) don't have that power any longer. So, it's no longer a hereditary system but the American system is still rather comparable to that of a monarchy in previous times.
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^^^^^ Indeed you have point. The US seems to be 'ruled by decree' (Executive Order) by a Head of State with far more scope to order what he wills (right down to demanding his perceived enemies be locked up). That is far more power than almost all Kings, Queens, Princes and Arch-duke's Regnant have in the western world.
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:37 AM
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With a apolitical constitutional monarch, what a country has is a monarch that represents *all* of the people, *all* of the time. A head of state that is outside politics and referendums and differences of opinion on how the country is run but represents everything that is about that country as a whole.

In the US we have the two sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives and the Senate and a party affiliated President with executive powers. If the two sides of our law making bodies can't agree on anything, there's going to be a whole lot of pissed off people with a president that can "enforce" something on his own "will and pleasure" according to the rules of executive powers.

For the people, by the people and of the people has long since disappeared.

The US definitely could use Felix the Cat right about now and his magic bag o' tricks. He couldn't do any worse than what we already have.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:27 AM
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^^^^^ Indeed you have point. The US seems to be 'ruled by decree' (Executive Order) by a Head of State with far more scope to order what he wills (right down to demanding his perceived enemies be locked up). That is far more power than almost all Kings, Queens, Princes and Arch-duke's Regnant have in the western world.

No, the President does NOT have that power. Donald Trump just *thinks* he does. And I'm not being sarcastic.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:42 AM
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No, the President does NOT have that power. Donald Trump just *thinks* he does. And I'm not being sarcastic.
He's just another one in the line of several who think they do/did...anyone expressing shock about this has not been paying attention.


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Old 01-17-2019, 01:07 PM
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No shock, merely awe at the utter dearth of unders
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He's just another one in the line of several who think they do/did...anyone expressing shock about this has not been paying attention.


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Donald Trump has taken it to new heights. Or perhaps "lows" would be the better word .
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Donald Trump has taken it to new heights. Or perhaps "lows" would be the better word .
I don't know about that...I haven't compared all past presidents who used the power to circumvent the Constitution ...I'm guessing he is no better or worse than the rest of them.



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