I agree wholeheartedly. I speak as a progressive. I’m no big fan of the Democratic Party, which I believe usually fails to recognize the radical changes that we need. Nonetheless, there is a better and a worse, and there is no question now, in my mind, that the better course is to support the Democratic Party, while maintaining a left critique. Splits have been the downfall of the left, and while I wouldn’t call the Democratic Party the left, they do now offer the best possibility we have had in a generation for some progressive policy changes. I urge all of my progressive friends to support the Democrats, while maintaining an independent critique.
The Republicans had the opportunity to dump Trump and Trumpism when Trump lost the election. It was the perfect moment to recover from a very bad self-imposed illness. Instead, they decided, most of them, that it was better being very sick. Unfortunately their illness is going to hurt the whole country and the whole world.
Workers should not be treated like a commodity. They are people, not things, and they deserve the respect all people deserve. That includes a decent job at a fair wage. Let the laws of supply and demand control the price of widgets, not the lives of human beings.
The Republican Party is a menace to public safety.
Slogans often substitute for thinking. Reality usually is too complicated to fit into a slogan. I am opposed to big government in some situations, but I support it in other situations. I don’t want government telling me what religion I should support; I don’t want government telling me what medical procedures I can have; I don’t want government telling me who I can marry. But I do want government to provide a good health insurance system; I do want government to fund a good educational system; I do want government to protect the environment. And so on. You have to look at each situation on its own.
Have we ever seen that Payne has a reason to tell the truth?
Payne is an idiot. This is not just wrong, it’s dangerously wrong. Payne, please learn something before you open your silly mouth.
Policing is a complicated issue. It’s not an isolated issue; it is part of the whole complex of society. For instance, there are far far far too many guns out there, so when the police have an interaction with a civilian they will inevitably respond as if the civilian is armed. Policing in general would be improved if we could significantly reduce the number of guns out there. For another instance, the US is now and historically has been a racist society. I don’t mean that everyone is racist, far from it, and I don’t mean that every police officer is racist, again far from it. Most of the racism is systematic, that is, it’s built into the social structures, so that individuals who are not racist may still end up doing things that promote racism. Drug laws in the US are notoriously racist. One result is that a very large number of young black men end up in prison. That’s not good. The educational system is also racist, simply because of the way education is funded. So a lot of young black people don’t have the qualifications they need to get good jobs. Policing in general is designed to protect whatever system is in place, so people who don’t fit into the system, people who have been treated unfairly by the system, or people who want to change the system, are likely to end up on the wrong end of the interaction.
I am so tired of fools like Ramirez. I know that’s not polite, but fools like Ramirez are putting us all in danger. It’s past the point of worrying about his tender feelings. He’s a fool.
The mind boggles.