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  1. lonecat commented on Glenn McCoy 1 day ago

    Speaking from the left, I strongly disagree with McCoy’s position here, for several reasons. First, I believe that everyone should have a right to participate in government, and that means that everyone should have a right to vote. As soon as you start making any restrictions you open the door for all kinds of restrictions. You don’t have to go elsewhere to see this, just check out voting in the US south up until the Voting Rights Act. Second, there isn’t really any single characteristic that counts as intelligence anyway. (Wearing your pants low is not a good index either, or we would have a rule that plumbers can’t vote.) There are lots of highly educated people who are not wise and who should not have the power to control the lives of other people. I don’t believe in philosopher kings, and I don’t believe in a revolutionary vanguard, either. Everybody’s view counts.

  2. lonecat commented on Jerry Holbert 1 day ago

    I have a lot of fundamental criticisms of the status quo in the US. I think the system is built to favor the rich and corporations rather than ordinary working people. I think US foreign policy is thinly disguised neocolonialism. And so on. I don’t believe for a moment that Clinton is going to make the fundamental changes that we need, just as Obama didn’t make those changes. Sure, it would be good to move to a social democracy and elect someone like Sanders, but it’s not going to happen. So I can’t agree with Holbert’s cartoon. She is extremely intelligent, she has lots of experience, she is as tough as they come, and her policies are as good as you’re going to get in any realistic terms. Trump, on the other hand is not so smart, not knowledgeable, he lacks any relevant experience, he’s not tough at all, he has no policies except self-love, and overall he’s a disaster that can’t be allowed to happen.

  3. lonecat commented on Mike Luckovich 3 days ago

    Trump will lose, but he has done a lot of damage, and some of the worst of the damage has been to the Republican Party.

  4. lonecat commented on Ted Rall 6 days ago

    Check out US actions in the Philippines during and after the Spanish-American War.

  5. lonecat commented on Mike Luckovich 7 days ago

    Was it two days ago that Trump said he was just about to release absolute proof that all his accusers were lying? And then Pence repeated that claim? And then various of the surrogates? Where did it go? My theory: it’s in the same file with the information that was going to prove that Obama was born in Kenya.

  6. lonecat commented on Signe Wilkinson 7 days ago

    I hadn’t noticed that Trump has policy. Except that he’s got a plan, though he won’t say what it is, and he knows more than the generals, and he’s going to ask them for a plan, and the Wall is going to be HUGE and no one has more respect for women than he does. Is that policy?

  7. lonecat commented on John Deering 8 days ago

    Yes, after he loses, there could be a lot of people who are convinced that it was a stolen election. What will they do? This could be much worse than birtherism. And what if some of them are in Congress? Trump really does bring out the worst in some people.

  8. lonecat commented on Michael Ramirez 8 days ago

    I’m a socialist and I think it’s reasonable to ask people to identify themselves, so long as the requirements are also reasonable. Here in Canada votes have to identify themselves, but there are about 50 different kinds of documents that count, so there isn’t an undue burden on anyone. Your name and an address on a prescription bottle, for example. If you don’t have ID, someone who does have ID can vouch for you.

  9. lonecat commented on John Deering 8 days ago

    Either he was telling the truth, in which case he has committed sexual assault, or else he was not telling the truth, in which case he is a liar.

  10. lonecat commented on Darrin Bell 8 days ago

    I get it that some conservatives really really don’t want Clinton to be a position to nominate the next two or three Supreme Court justices. The question is “What will you swallow to prevent that?” If it turns out that Trump is on tape making really nasty racist comments, would you still vote for him? It it turns out that he stole a lot of money from someone, would you think it’s okay to vote for him just to stop Clinton? What if the court case that’s impending were to show that he really did have sex with a thirteen year old girl, would you still vote for him? I suppose every person has to answer that question individually. How bad a devil would you support to keep Clinton out of the White House? I can understand different answers to that question. What I can’t understand is pretending that’s not the question. Without any doubt you got a candidate who brags about sexual assault. There’s a pretty fair chance now that he probably did what he bragged about. If you will swallow that to keep Clinton out of the White House, okay, but please don’t pretend that’s not what you’re doing.