In 1991, Lee Atwater feared for his soul and converted to Catholicism after getting diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He said:
Sounds a little like Marianne Williamson, no?
He apologized profusely to all who he hurt, including the many Democrats he had savaged on the campaign trail with lies, racist crap, and divisive rhetoric. Gee, those behaviors sound familiar, don’t they?
We would all do better if we realized nobody gets out alive.
I know about the Goldwater rule. And I’m not a mental illness professional. But you should go to the Mayo Clinic website yourself and tick off the observable behaviors and speech, over time. With everything unedited. The actual thoughts, behaviors and words from this man.
I double dare you to do this and be honest with yourself.
Look up “anti social personality disorder” and extreme malignant “narcissism.” Go ahead. Do it now. Won’t take but a minute, and you might become informed about how medical professionals characterize the poor pathetic man in the White House.
Not sure “calloused” is the right term. Some wonder “what if” and are immensely relieved at their choice.
It’s certainly not a joke to those incarcerated across the country. I take your point about your comment having been a joke.
Still, the issue is made worse by treating it lightly. Characterizing pot this way gives popular cover to throwing pot users in jail.
It’s easy to make fun of other people with the term “hippie lettuce” but it doesn’t contribute anything to the conversation. The term isn’t even a joke, really. “Hippie lettuce” makes fun of hippies and pot. How hilarious!!
I live and vote in Colorado.Having lived and voted in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona , and California, I can tell you without reservation we have the cleanest, most rational state government I have ever lived in. Sure, it’s dirty sometimes, we’re not perfect. But compared to the other states, it’s miles ahead.
All ballots are mail in, but you can vote in person. The referendum process is terrific in giving citizens the chance to weigh in on vital issues. We can change our Constitution by referendum, and often do.
Your comment on marijuana is not only dated, it’s really behind the times. States and localities all over the country are decriminalizing the plant. And rightly so. It’s none of anyone’s business whether you smoke pot or not.
And every person incarcerated for this inane anti marijuana policy should be freed and let out of prison with the record of their conviction permenantly expunged. That would free millions of people for the tyranny and stupidity of these anti pot laws that disproportionately impact Blacks.
Yes, I am entitled to my opinion. However you are not entitled to your own facts. Take climate change, for example. To deny the anthropogenic impact is counterfactual. I could give you many other examples. I do not disagree that the Democratic Party has failings. Obviously. But your inability to deal with reality AS IT IS, not as you wish it to be is the most disturbing part of your opinions. The inability to adapt, learn, grow, and be more collaborative is entirely lost on you and your ilk. You don’t want to face facts. It’s really sad we’ve done such a poor job of educating our kids. Very sad. it leads to untenable opinions.
Untenable, that is, with reference to a shared reality where facts matter, and where people matter. Neither matters to you, apparently. Our aspirational morality is at stake and you want to throw it all away. And for what? So very sad.
I assume you are 12 because you said you were. I assume you are ignorant of the facts concerning the Voting Rights Act, because you are. I assume you don’t know the clinical definition of malignant narcissism because most adults do not know that. I assume that your 12 year old sophistry can be traced to your dad, because it likely is.
…Continued… It takes millions of people just to bring food to your table. Farmers, distributors, banks, water companies, tractor manufactures, etc. Even if you are a “self sufficient” farmer, you need tools, and knowledge that you can only get from others.
Our world has become even more dependent on massive collaboration among individuals. Only government represents (or should represent) ALL of us. No other group of people can do this. Not the churches. Not companies. Not clubs or teams. Only government. That’s the reality.
Unfortunately, the Republicans have coalesced around a very sick, mentally ill man. I urge you to go the website of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. They are one of the most well respected medical centers in the world. Look up the word “narcissism” and then look to the list of behaviors that relate to narcissism as a mental illness. Check off how many of these apply to Trump. Then look up “anti-social personality disorder” finally, look up a term in political science called "a political cult of personality.
What you will find is that the Electoral College elected someone who is, quite literally, mentally ill.
His lying alone (25,000 documented lies since inauguration) would disqualify him in my mind. But the obvious mental illness is clear enough of a reason not to vote for this poor pathetic man.
I voted 100% Democratic last week. If the pathetic man in the White House wins again, the world WILL be a lot worse for YOU. In many, many ways.
Bravo! See, I gave you credit for being quite a bit older than you actually are.
Let me tell you a story. My dad was a sweet man. He grew up in the South, and, at the time, his family were farmers, although they also had a small local trucking company. They were conservative because rural folks often are. It’s tough to run a farm in middle Tennessee. So, he was a Republican. He believed in small government, self reliance, and a strong war department (today, that’s called the “Defense Department” which is a euphemism (look that up) for the War Department (which it used to be called).
So I grew up Republican. But in my heart, I questioned everything my dad said. Most sons do that at some point right about your age. Anyway, I continued to be a Republican, though not much of one. I grew up, went to college and graduate school, got married, had kids, and was still sort of Republican. That’s the way I started out.
Then, gradually, I became even more conservative. I was enamored of libertarianism, which sounded great to me. But then, over time. I grew up. I started to question the Republicans. Why were they against civil rights? Why were they against poor people? Why did they hate our own government when it was just made up of other Americans doing mostly important stuff. For example. Before the EPA, the air and water were filthy. And the EPA was established during Nixon, a Republican. It made no sense for Republicans to hate clean air and water, not just because they would suffer health problems like everyone else, but because they were the ones who started the EPA.
It was Ronald Reagan who really hated government for our era. And it was the start of many of our problems. Instead of working together to solve problems, Reagan said the government was bad. He was wrong. And he caused me to become an independent voter. Gradually, I began to recognize that we humans are not fully human without each other. We need other people. (Continued in next post)