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It will be hard, because they are so fixated on bad actors. Nixon’s Southern Strategy still is a bedrock principle. Reagan launched his campaign in Philadelphia, MS, with these words: “I believe in States’ Rights….” And then there was Willie Horton. (No need to mention more recent Poster Boys (and Girls) for white supremacy.)
“Trickle-down economics” has been shown repeatedly to be a recipe for greater debt for the country, and greater economic inequality. Not that Republicans will recognize this.
And more globally, conservatives don’t want things to change; that’s why they’re not considered “progressives” (or “realists”). And things are going to change whether they want them to or not. And that makes them angry. I don’t see this dynamic going anywhere.
McConnell is not slam-dunk opposed to Trump’s impeachment/trial because he knows he can’t control the crazies. The Tea Party took out both Boehner and Ryan. He sees he’s next, unless the party can excise the crazies.
Either the crazies will take over, and we’ll essentially have a one-party system, or the Republicans will have to split from the crazies. It will be interesting to watch.
They did soul-searching: the famous “autopsy” when Obama won. They took all the reasonable recommendations and threw them all in the Round File.
Funny how the “conservatives” consider Antifa an enemy. Antifa is short for Anti-fascist. If you’re against an anti-fascist, that makes you……
Cite chapter and verse, please. Obviously, a lot of intelligent thinkers could see the huge damage that an eight-year-old bully (with equivalent vocabulary) who has always gotten everything he wants could do as president. Yes, I wished the bad dream would go away.
I could have bought lots of big guns, the biggest American flag ever, and tried to foment revolution.
But I did what patriotic Americans do. I worked to minimize whatever damage I could at the local level, and patiently waited and fretted until I had the chance to use my power at the voting booth.
And no amount of people with big guns and big flags who try to foment revolution (nor their lickspittles in Congress) are going to take my vote away.
Because I’m an American patriot in spirit, not in name only.
Good point. Going a little further: when I was being taught to be a moral person, I was told to respect people, and to be polite. These days those qualities are called “politically correct”, and are derided by lots of people. Why are we surprised because of the coarseness of our national conversation?
Remember a newly elected Representative from North Carolina, Mr. Cauthen, twitted “Cry more libs” (sic) about his victory.
I passed a car in a parking lot recently that was covered with Trump stickers. One of them said, “Trump 2020. Make the libs cry.”
When was the goal of a functioning society defined as the pursuit of poking others in the eye?
Civil discourse, we miss you.
Ain’t it funny how the party of “leave private business alone” is apoplectic about a private business following its terms of service?
I guess it ain’t funny; hypocrisy is now the norm for that party.
Mr. Varvel, you’re slipping. You may be trying to defend Fearless Leader, but all he’s going to see is that you’re calling him a dead horse. If he actually reads anything, you’d have a hard time staying in his good graces, but you’re lucky that he doesn’t.
I’m going to try just this once, because I believe you are worth saving.
I don’t watch much TV on my own, but my wife does, and we favor CNN and MSNBC. Not once did I see anyone on those networks tell me that Mexicans were rapists and murderers. Not once did I see anyone call anyone a pig, a dog, or a monster. What I did see was film of events, and, especially with Rachel Maddow, mounds of verifiable evidence.
On the other hand, I watched Fox News for as much as I could take. I remember seeing the word “pandemic” used as a big graphic behind the anchors, with the letters d, e, and m in a different color than the rest of the word, obviously because Democrats had either created the pandemic or were making it into a much bigger thing than it was.
I remember watching Michelle Obama, after introducing her husband as a candidate, share a fist-bump with him as they changed places on stage. Megyn Kelly, on Fox at the time, showed the clip and asked “Terrorist fist jab?”
I choose to read the Washington Post. I am aware that newspapers often seem to try to hide their retractions. I read the entire paper, with the exception of recipes, video game reviews, and movie and book reviews, every day. Not once in the past four years have I seen any retraction. The New York Times, on the other hand, has been embroiled in a number of journalistic mistakes, but at least they do something about it. Lies on Fox go on forever.
Even when Fox told Hannity to stop lying about Seth Rich, he continued to insinuate.
You know the cop shot in Oakland was shot by a boogaloo boy. I have no doubt that BLM supporters participated in violence. I do not condone violence. I believe that as soon as there is violence, you lose any credibility for your position. I am not the first to believe this; I think the first one who became famous for that position was nailed to a tree. Many others have been shot; I guess that’s another story.
Running out of space..
I am in Central Virginia, but Mr. Loblaw is correct. Before we moved here we looked at moving to West Virginia. Gorgeous mountain scenery, but no work. We went to almost every part of the state. Keep in mind that West Virginia was formed during the Civil War, splitting from Virginia to join the Union. And the further north I went, the more Confederate battle flags I saw. It’s everywhere.
Don is not the threat. He himself is toothless. He couldn’t even fire people without Twitter or a surrogate. The threat is the angry, unthinking army who assume to know what is right.