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  1. Clausewitz: War as Politics by other Means: Hardball politics is not war. But it can be confusing because of all the talk of war. The truth is, neither Democrats or Republicans in the US are in a position to physically subjugate the other, even though the rage that politics can cause, makes visions of war attractive to some. So far, with some notable exceptions, we have a government of laws not men. Rest assured, treason is being prosecuted.
  2. Liberals represent a departure from the Conservative past. And they are the wave of the future. Liberalism embodies adaptation to a changing world while Conservatism often wallows in conventions of the past, which no longer work. In 700 BC, there were no true Liberals in the sense we think of them today. Most major schools of thought were rigidly constrained by traditional religious dogma. Then, in 623 BC, came the birth of Buddha. His transformation into Siddhartha Guatama marked the first, widely accepted glimmerings of Liberal thought. Nearly all philosophy, at that time, was steeped in religion. About 600 years later, Jesus Christ spawned a new religion which, in many ways expanded on the teachings of Buddha. But in Christian countries, traditional power structures continued to prevail and Christ's vision of the emancipation of the poor had to wait 1500 years to take bloom during the European Renaissance. For the first time, Liberal thinkers like Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot sparked a popular upwelling of secular Liberalism in the common mind. Secular Liberalism found its first home when the 13 Colonies broke away from Britain and became the United States.
  3. Never cared about your thread one way or the other. Not gonna waste anymore time on this.
  4. Another thing we can do is elect Democratic officials eager to pass laws which encourage the formation and successful operation of labor unions. Without economic prosperity people feel alienated and resentful; Which is one of the major reasons for the rise of Trumpism.
  5. This is my hope also. But up to now, Republicans have been ruthless at enforcing minority rule and when push came to shove, Democrats have lacked the backbone to respond in kind. So far, Congressional Democrats are talking tough about repealing the filibuster. But their actions are what count, in the end. The filibuster is worth repealing because historically, Republicans have abused it far more than Democrats. The Founder's intention was for majority rule. That is what the Constitution demands. And the existence of the filibuster directly defies the Constitution. A big problem is that to get reelected, Democrats depend on Big Money almost as much as Republicans. This can have a suffocating effect on their resolve, when it comes to opposing the will of those who fund them. We badly need Campaign Finance Reform, starting with the repeal of Citizen's United. Minority rule, which is contrary to everything this country is supposed to stand for, must end.
  6. Here's what I think, FWIW: Trump has zero appeal for me either. He is a vile, obnoxious con artist who's entire focus is on "what's in it for me". He hides behind a gaudy, hairpiece and a heavy layer of conspicuous makeup, like a clown ..... What normal person does this? It is a declaration of perfidy even before the first word is spoken. Trump has no loyalty to anyone other than himself but places loyalty as the most important characteristic for an underling. And to gratify himself, he's comfortable abusing others ..... From having children ripped from the arms of their mothers, to violent insurrection. Basically, he is a cruel, malignant person. Do his constituents know this? Mostly they do; And they glory in it. But if confronted, most will say something like "he is a fine person", in the spirit of deception their leader affects, all the time. Many of his supporters have adopted Trump's dishonest personality as a role model for themselves. It's one of the best ways ever to "stick it to the libs" Trump voters wanted someone that could give "the libs" fits. (The libs being -mostly- those non-plutocrats who managed to succeed in this economy.) They love it that Trump's entire persona, from his bizarre appearance to pathological lying, drive the libs nuts. We're in a time where the 54% of the people with IQs between 80 and 105 (dull normals) are marginalized. They used to get good union jobs. No more. Now, to get anything like a good job you need a degree or two in a STEM field, or in a business field, or at least have some technical training. Or at least be able to write intelligently. Lots of dull normals can't handle that and/or can't see the point of putting in the work to learn. They resent those who do and can; and realize that they're being looked down on. They have examples of denigration: "deplorables" (Clinton), "cling to guns and religion" (Obama). More examples all over television, because the writers usually exceed dull normals but lack empathy. Whenever a class gets criticized on, that's what they take pride in. Donald Trump knew that and played them. That's the kind of thing at which a conman excels. Biden doesn't look down on them. That's a plus. We'll see how that turns out, if he can win then over.
  7. The Republican Party is not going away. The new Far Right radicalism along with the absurd conspiracy theories driving it is also a cult of personality, devoted to Trump. This extreme radicalism, which now has some representation in both houses, is no longer committed, necessarily, to Wall St, Corporations or the top 1%. This is why a significant portion of Big Money is now being channeled to Democrats. Even more telling, Trumpism proved not durable enough to win the last election ! When money talks, it often gets its way. In the long run, without Trump, the GOP will probably revert to form and routinely write legislation in return for legalized bribes. But if, in the meanwhile, the filibuster goes away and HR1 passes, the playing filed will have been levelled, at least enough for the Democratic Party to be more responsive to their electorate. But to fully restore Representative Government, we need to eliminate gerrymandering, the Electoral College and repeal Citizen's United, at the very least. Will ANY of these things actually happen?
  8. If the Democrats really could get rid of the filibuster and pass a reasonably unpolluted version of HR1, it would be the the beginning of the end of the Republican Party as we know it. Reinstating the standing, talking filibuster is better than nothing but it's not enough. The anti-Constitutional filibuster has to go altogether; Because minority rule is not an option in a Democratic-Republic. Yes Democrats can use the filibuster also but we all know that when it comes to abuse, Republicans are miles ahead. This has been true for everything that can be abused, like gerrymandering. Since the election, Republican state legislatures have passed dozens of laws suppressing the vote; And Republican lawyers have gone before the Supreme Court arguing that without voter suppression, they wouldn't have a fair chance. Perhaps this would be a legitimate fairness argument for a schoolyard but not a democratic-republic. The SC however, is now packed with Conservatives who might take that argument seriously. The Republican Party is like a house of cards but so far, with Plutocratic help, it has remained remarkably stable ! Despite the extent of gerrymandering in Republican States, they still have trouble getting a majority in the House ! And Republican's 24/7/365 noise machine notwithstanding, The Democratic Party holds the numeric majority of the votes !
  9. Minority rule has to go; But, up to now, the Plutocracy has been keeping it in place. There are signs that the rise of Trumpist politicians who are driven by conspiracy theories, will sour Big Money on Republicans. But it's far from clear that this is a permanent situation. The Democratic Party is also problematic for Wall St. because of the rising number of Progressives. So the shakeout from the recent chaos in Washington is still hanging in the balance.
  10. Hi teacher. I didn't know you cared 😁 I drop in here, from time to time, just for shits and giggles. But mostly, I found better ways to spend my time than political forums. I hope you're doing well with visions of pyramids still dancing in your head.
  11. A perusal of current news shows this to be true, by and large; And I stand corrected. If this situation lasts through the next few election cycles, it could have significant influence on US politics in the form of Democratic political ascendance. It could also be a death knell for another Trump run in 2024
  12. In addition to having the most destructive agenda of any other established group in power on Earth, the Republicans have turned our Constitutional Democratic Republic into a sham. They constantly steal presidential elections with a antique rule called the Electoral College. And they stack the House of Representatives by the widespread misuse of Gerrymandering. To distract from the real issues, like Plutocracy, The Republican Party misinforms a gullible portion of the American People who now live in a fantasy world because of it. This nightmare party has been able to spread their lies with a giant media machine operating 24/7/365.
  13. The GOP is the party of the minority in every sense of the word. First and foremost, they are the party of the the Big Corporations including the Military Industrial Complex and the Uber Rich who own them. Second, they are the party of a minority of ordinary people that have been conditioned to value things like gun ownership, fetuses which are not yet human, and Blue Jim Crow, more than the welfare of their families and children. The Republican Party is: For Pollution Against Regulation For Climate Change For Further Nuclear Buildup For the Ultra Rich Against the Ordinary Person For Utility Companies Unresponsive To Their Customers Nihilistic and in favor of any and every negative outcome for ordinary human beings on this Earth. They favor only a tiny handful of the Very Rich. The Republican Party is the most dangerous organization on Earth.
  14. Just popped in and saw this. Another lying Con making up stuff. He doesn't have any idea whether it's true or not. And of course, doesn't care.😊 As long as it fits his narrative.
  15. Morning crotchrot. Why are you still alive? You don't deserve to live. Only the good die young, I guess. Now go run and make a thread or six. "bludog talked mean to me again Waaaaah %*#@&+\@% !" Ha ha ha ha ha ha
  16. You beat me to it ^ ^ ^ The Ossoff - Perdue runoff is equally important. We need to win both to gain control of the Senate and bust McConnell down in rank to minority leader .... A tall order but within the realm of possibility. Winning these runoffs is crucial for the Biden presidency. It would be fabulous if we do it.
  17. Joe Biden desperately needs the Senate to be under Democratic control. Without it, his effectiveness will be seriously diminished. Raphael Warnock would be a fine addition to replace Republican Kelly Loeffler. So I contributed to Warnock's campaign today, even though I live two thousand miles from Georgia.
  18. It's a disgrace that nothing was done about the pandemic by the Trump administration. It's long overdue, but Biden will install the life-saving procedures which should have been put in place 9 months ago . It is a shame The Nation has to wait two more months until the inauguration.
  19. Look for Republican vote tampering and every kind of chicanery in the next few weeks. There will be unjustified challenges and lawsuits from the right, trying to gain an unfair advantage. And expect a defeated president to make further abusive grabs at power in a desperate attempt to avoid prosecution and trial. In the meanwhile it would not be surprising if Right Wing militias fomented violence. The Biden campaign has made clear that it is prepared for every contingency.
  20. Historic numbers of people in this election, cast their votes by mail. Most of those votes haven't been counted yet. There's no requirement for ballots to be counted by election night, so counting may continue for days or weeks. And since Trump tried to cripple the USPS and instructed his minions to vote in person, Democrats are more likely to have voted by mail than Republicans. The important thing now is to make sure states count every vote. The Biden campaign has anticipated cheating and has teams of thousands, including lawyers in every state.
  21. If from the start, Trump had not purposely and maliciously disregarded the COVID19 pandemic in the US, the chances are strong that you would not be sick today. I wish you good luck. And I hope you get well soon.
  22. Thanks for your research. Your points are mostly factual but where they are subjective, I agree with your ALL your assessments and conclusions. Don the Con is indeed the most successful con artist America ever produced. Obviously his skills, in that area are stellar. Unfortunately, conning people is about the ONLY thing Trump is good at. When it comes to solving the problems of our Nation and its People, Trump has been an abject failure: His bad judgement and incompetence has divided the American people more than at any time since the Civil War. His policies are widening the gap between the very rich and the rest of us. And, under Trump, corporations have had a field day with polluting and unhindered drilling and mining in our sacred wild places. Perhaps the worst result of the Trump presidency is that Global Warming is being totally ignored .... Allowing it to proceed without restraint. Under Trump our international reputation has decline grievously. He has befriended our ungrateful enemies and made adversaries out of former allies. And he has brought the worst level of corruption to Washington that our Nation has ever seen.
  23. I have zero loyalty to any politician. Just commitment which lasts only so long as performance of their official duties remains satisfactory, in my estimation. Politicians are primarily public servants. Their main duty is to perform the will of the majority that elected them. Their responsibility should be leadership with an emphasis on the common good. Some politicians might project a public persona which is entertaining, charming or otherwise pleasant; But superficialities should not be their main public attraction. Unfortunately, for millions, this is not the case now. What is scary is that so many Americans are putting personality above Country. Paradoxically, many of them wave flags but care more about their cult-leader than the nation. And they seem to care little for the health and well being of their fellow-Americans but more about devotion to a personality. This trend is a path to fascism.
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