The United States is the leader in the coming up with the ideas of liberty and justice for all etc. We haven’t been particularly great about living up to those great ideals, but they still are a goal that we and the rest of the world strive for. Hopefully, they will learn from our mistakes and make their journey to true justice and freedom smoother than ours is.
Apologies to Denmark, and the rest of the world for that matter— please don’t judge the whole country by the ^*&(()&^# that’s in the White House. We didn’t really elect him, he just got the job by a quirk in the system that Thomas Jefferson didn’t think through sufficiently. I’m pretty sure he will be gone next election— but then I was amazed that he ever managed to get the job in the first place. If we are able to repair the damage he is doing next term, please accept our apologies and accept us back into the civilized world. If not, just write us off, and we’ll understand.
Well, it’s certainly appropriate to call him “chosen”, because he sure as heck lost the election.
Fascist, socialist, communist, nazi, Republican, Democrat, etc, etc etc. How about actually thinking through an idea rather than giving it a label— that is usually completely irrelevant to the issue under consideration— so that you can dismiss it?
No, they were keeping the Nazis busy on the Eastern front, which meant that they were weaker on the Western front. They lost more than any other country, and without them, there is a good chance we would be speaking German. Missing Omaha Beach hardly makes them irrelevant.
So you are all for keeping guns available— right to bear arms and all that— as long as the arms are the right color.
I understand what you are saying now. I just don’t think that it is explanding. I have relatives who live in Arkansas, and some in Texas, but just about where in rural America is sufficient for them to develop the views you described. In some states, you can’t get much news that isn’t Republican propoganda and the talk radio is even more insane. A lot of the people who are in the Faux bubble would really have to put out some serious effort to get some contact with reality, while they are constantly bombarded with this stuff. And, the people they have coffee with, go to church (or the bar) with etc are dealing with the same situation. That means that real people that you know and trust are backing up what you are getting from the propaganda machine. Unless you are a really intelligent, involved person, you are going to accept the world you see, unaware that it has been paid for and organized by people who are working against your best interests.But, the people I know are beginning to realize that they have been duped for a generation or so. Their kids are asking them questions that they can’t answer. And, they are having a pretty hard time denying that Trump is embarassing. They are defending him so strongly because they realize that they are going to have to completely rethink their lives if they accept what is right in front of their faces, and they are fighting so hard because it scares the hell out of them. They will probably never be able to accept reality. But, they are a dying breed and their kids aren’t buying it.
This is the definition of authoritarianism I found when I looked it up: the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others.
I don’t see that expanding. In fact, I see exactly the opposite. Could you give some examples?
When people are given a choice of two statements on issues that actually affect their everyday life, one that describes the Republican position and the other the Democrat’s, the Democratic position is chosen by about 80% of Democrats and Independents. No surprise there. The weird part is that just under half of Republicans also choose Democrat positions, unless they are told which position is supported by each party. Then they fall into line and choose the Republican option- 78% of the time. Given those facts, your belief that splitting the Democratic party into left wing and Republican light branches is quite logical. The weaker the Republicans get, the more those who have voted Republican in the past will give up on them and vote for the Democrat who is telling them what they want to hear. In addition, Republicans are much older as a demographic, and young people are leaning left quite strongly. And, I think that a surprising number of them will go for the left wing notions rather than the moderate ones. They would rather vote for the “new” party that is working against the old Democratic establishment and coming up with ideas that will be good for the middle class than admit that the Democrats always represented them better than the Republicans ever did.