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Sep 7, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

In 1968, I didn't want to vote for Humphrey, due to his support for the Vietnam War as LBJ's VP, and I couldn't imagine enough people would be stupid enough to vote for Nixon for him to win, so I voted for Dick Gregory and went to bed pleased with myself. I wasn't so pleased with myself when I woke up to find that Nixon had won. I became more and more disgusted with myself as I watched his criminal behavior as POTUS.

I realized then that the US has baked into its very structure a 2 party system and that, like it or not, the President would be either a Democrat or a Republican, so, even if I disliked both candidates, I'd better hold my nose and vote for the lesser evil--and that voting 3rd party would only make it likelier that the greater evil would win.

I did that when I voted for Biden, assuming he'd be another neoliberal like the Clintons and Obama: the lesser evil. In 2024, I intend to vote FOR Biden because he's been a much better President than I expected and is trying to bring the Democratic Party back to the party of the people it was from FDR to LBJ.

That doesn't mean that I think he's the best possible POTUS, but he's the best one who can possibly win--and I won't even have to hold my nose to vote for him.

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Biden is our best choice at this time in our country's history. He was not my first choice in the primary season in 2020, but he has done so much better than I would have expected, given all the fires he encountered when his administration started. He's a sane, decent person. He is not a crazy, stupid criminal.

Cornel West is mounting a vanity campaign. I respect Mr. West, but if he cares about the country, he will suspend his campaign. Joe Manchin is just looking to line his pockets and garner attention. If he were a Republican, he'd just be one of the crowd. People's little, tiny, and yes, petty reasons for their actions can have big consequences.

The tRump administration and the rise (again) of the far right bring into bold relief the fragility of our Constitution and our governing system. For Senate rules, allowing minority members to hold more sway is unconscionable, Tommy Tuberville and the filibuster being two examples. Don't even get me started on the corruption of the high court.

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What is broken in the Senate's procedures that gives one Senator, such as Tommy Tuberville, so much power?

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It's not the Senate that is broken, it's Tommy Tuberville that is broken! The Senate is faced with a long list of generals and admirals that require approval. Doing this with a "one-at-a-time" vote on each person would consume a huge amount of the Senate's valuable time. They get around this using the "unanimous consent" procedure. The list is put up for "unanimous consent". As long as no Senator objects, the whole list is approved. Since Tuberville objects and refuses to back down, they are stuck with "one-at-a-time" voting. Majority Leader Schumer doesn't

want this path. In the past, when a Senator would block a vote, it would be for short time as reason and compromise would prevail. Tuberville is an idiot who does not understand this!

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Yes, using a consent calendar, any member may extract. Then the extracted item is voted. But the vote is not stopped indefinitely. The Senate rules do not fulfill our goal of a democratic republic. One Senator must not have the power to thwart all others.

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Wish he would return to coaching football. Never hire a carpenter to do your brain surgery.

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Well, one thing, the SILENCE of the DEMOCRATS! Where the hell are they, where's Schumer, Jeffries ? Where's opposition by ANYONE OF ANY PARTY??!!!!

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Why would both the democrats and republicans together give enough power to one Senator to block how the military functions? Seems an absurd way to run Congress.

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I wrote to my MOC, Ami Bera asking why the Senate runs this way. Maybe he will find out and send me an explanation.

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The Senate rules are crafted to frustrate the majority which is why it requires the consent of 60 Senators before a bill can be voted on. Similarly, Tuberville is taking advantage of a rule that allows a single senator to object to a nomination even if all the others support it. It's worse here in Pennsylvania where a few committee chairs can prevent a bill from even being voted on in committee much less be voted on by all our representatives.

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Tubs has blocked the en masse approval of a block of promotions. Congress has the option of approving one candidate at a time. Why are they not doing that?

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I can speculate- the democrats want Tuberville to look bad,

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Keep in mind that Bunkerboy only has a mere 10% support in The United Shtaysh! [sic] In other words, registered insurrectionist Trumplicans make up only 25% of our voters and only 40% of THOSE TRUMPLICANS aren't sick of the morbidly obese loser.

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That said, they are THE loudest, most vicious voting bloc! We Americans CANNOT be compliant and MUST vote. 100% of us!!

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Those who vote in the primaries select the candidates for all of us.

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Absolutely fucking not. This election is a joke and I'm staying out of it.

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Cornel West is mounting a Vanity Campaign, and it exposes him for the selfish egotist that he has always been. Joe Manchin is probably feeling a little “vulnerable” as his “popularity descends into higher and higher double digits.

So here’s the deal. How do those of us in the Democratic Party who might have preferred a more “Progressive candidate” to Joe Biden, but who have also come to see/believe that he has done a spectacular job at the 1st Phase of restructuring our Economy? And who also believe that he’s positioned us to be ready to take on the “Last Steep Hill that needs to be climbed” before we get to where we need to be .... get the Party to the place at which we need to be for next round of elections?

That last n“Steep Hill” would be our Tax Codes - State & Federal - that treat some classes of assets substantially differently than they do others. And then those codes allow some pretty shady financial maneuvering that allows the Uber Wealthy to borrow against their stock portfolios, and never pay taxes on the appreciated value of stocks they might otherwise have needed to sell in order to generate their “operating expenses.”

The President has begun the process of restructuring our Economy into a real 8-cylinder Engine capable of generating enough income to those who are working at jobs for which they should be receiving a higher salary or hourly wage .... in excess of what they have at the moment. They are better off than they were 3 1/2 years ago, but not where they either need to be or deserve to be.

Where we need to go to take our Economy on to the next level will involve both “higher salaries/hourly wages” for working people, and a tax code that is restructured to reward “Work” at least as much - if not more - than wealth. We have economic experts who are also humanists - there’s one of the Very Best on whose platform we are communicating.

What we need is the POLITICAL WILL. But I do believe that President Biden will BEAT Donald Trump, or whomever the GOP is forced to run in his stead if and when Trump ends up disqualified under the 14th Amendment. (I am not certain that Trump will be disqualified, and he isn’t - it will have been a Political decision made to avoid a Civil War.

And so “May We Live in Exciting Times,” and may we navigate our way safely to where we need to go. I do believe that Joe Biden is the right man to “Finish the Job” he began, and I think he deserves the chance to do so. I also think the Political Tides are beginning to turn.

Some of my optimism is based on Weak Signals. For example, I was very interested in what appears to be a rather interesting shift in Kyrsten Sinema’s political posture that is probably a little more than just concern over an opponent in the Senatorial election. . I have no confidence in her Ethics, but I have a fair amount of confidence in her ability to “Sniff Out the Direction in Which the Political Winds are Blowing.” If I didn’t know better, I would ponder whether the Leopard had considered a good scrubbing to Change Her Spots?”

And I have a LOT of confidence in the Women’s vote, the “Black” Vote & the Youth Vote. I think that the combination of these 3 will be “Enough.”

But what I do know is that GenZ is solidly Progressive. Women in this country are PISSED OFF, and many of them aren’t voting for any Misogynist Republican “White Boys” any time real soon, and that Black are gong to Save Us in Spite of Ourselves.

And I”ll just end by saying how INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALLIES on this Journey. None of us would be able to hold on as hard as we have done .... without each other ... and a few Wise Guides such as Robert Reich.

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 7, 2023

Do we only care about the domestic economy? Then how does spending 40-100 Billion dollars on a no win, proxy war, in order to cause a risky regime change in Russia that will further destabilize the World's safety and economic outlook seem like good economic policy? What about the rise of BRICS facilitated by the overuse US sanctions by Biden as well as his restarting of the Cold War with Russia and China ? What happens when the US treasury can't just print money as it likes if the dollar is no longer the International currency for the purchase of oil ? Won't the Europeans be extra cold and hungry this winter because of the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline? Is the World a better or more dangerous place since Biden took office?

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What? As compared to what the world would look like under the fat orange Putin puppet???

I believe the world is, indeed, a better place since Biden took office. What do YOU think it might look like if Trump actually had won in 2020???You think it might be a better place. I don't think you'd have much company in that camp, bud.

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Do you remember when tRump started the tariff wars with China? Do you remember how Thrumpf coddled the Russians during their occupation of the Donbas and Crimea? Do you not recall the Russian election meddling on behalf of TFG (The Former Guy)? I think Biden has shown a steady measured response to the Putin-tater, yanking the rug out from under the dangerous moves he made into Ukraine.

We can't have potentates going around invading their neighbors without repercussion.

Biden also show good foreign policy in other areas, getting many frendly countries to join in a block to counter the degradation of democracy, and moving us and the world toward a stricter reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Republican policy is pretty flimsy if it even exists at all. When you hear them talk, it's in generalities that make no sense, mixed with vituperation directed at "liberals" but without really saying how liberals have got it wrong. The party of the big corporations seems to have nothing to say on behalf of the working people. It's hard to imagine them getting anyone into public office by only attracting votes from the top 1%, so they accuse "others" of all kinds of things that are supposed to make us believe their party will bring us all closer to Jesus.

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"Coddled" the Russians? Russia had legitimate Geo-political , national security reasons for securing Donbas and Crimea , far greater than our interests in and invasions of Iraq , Afghanistan, Syria etc. Russian election meddling was assumed, unproven as far as I know. Maybe it was the breaching of the DNC and Clinton emails that turned us Democrats i to the revenge party. But how many free Democratic elections has the US intruded into, even going so far as to assassinate undesirable candidates? If we try to influence an election it's good because we are the good guys? The other guys are the "potentates" lol. We can invade sovereign countries because our intentions are pure? Putin all bad , Biden all good? I wonder , karmically speaking when someone is going to teach us a similar lesson? Regarding the lesson for Putin... when will it be enough... when will enough Ukrainians have died? When will enough of their country and infrastructure be destroyed? It seems like the US and NATO see no limit to either of those as they dedicate themselves "heroically" to a long war and another 40 billion ( all the better to harm Russia) I'll provide a view links for you to ponder, especially the Rand analysis. Sure let's be liberators of Crimea and see what Russia does. Do you have a home bomb shelter? Regarding the party of big corporations I guess you haven't noticed the DNC's loyalty to Wall Street and service to the 1% . "Coddled" the Russians? Russia had legitimate Geo-political , national security reasons for securing Donbas and Crimea , far greater than our interests in and invasions of Iraq , Afghanistan, Syria etc. Russian election meddling was assumed, unproven as far as I know. Maybe it was the breaching of the DNC and Clinton emails that turned us Democrats i to the revenge party. But how many free Democratic elections has the US intruded into, even going so far as to assassinate undesirable candidates? If we try to influence an election it's good because we are the good guys? We can invade sovereign countries because our intentions are pure? https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA2510-1.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD_JdwimnjU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLm6pQJttY

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Sep 8, 2023·edited Sep 8, 2023

Found the Russian troll!

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I care about people and ideals. I care about democracy and justice. If you care about money, or our lack of it, then the solution is to roll back the tax cuts Rs gave their buddies. We could also put a small tax on stock trades, often made by computers, thousands an hour. We have a revenue problem.

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Fear loses. Please deposit all complaints and criticisms in the round file where they will be immediately dealt with. Thank you.

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KG=KGB

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Sep 8, 2023·edited Sep 9, 2023

Ha ha I love it !!! Does that mean DD=CIA ? But I appreciate the clarity you give me that the toxic conspiracy theory is the justification behind all our Democratic Party hate, sadism ( taking pleasure in the suffering of others) and paranoia (red scare) since Hilary lost to Trump. The psychopatholgy including the insane need to “punish Putin” in a proxy war, now makes complete sense. Now I know what happened to the party of my childhood and how it became everything it used to stand up against.

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I had a typo that I would like to correct. "Black (women) are gong to Save Us in Spite of Ourselves. This is what I meant to say. And it’s not to disparage or underestimate Black men AT ALL, but rather to salute the role that Black women have played in our Nation’s history. And the role that I have watched them play more recently. Black women have hearts big enough to include all who need “saving,” and arms long enough to gather them up and keep them safe. My hat’s off to them ... and beyond what I’ve just corrected .... I don’t have words sufficient to express my gratitude and my respect/appreciation for the role they have played.

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I was typing too fast ... I meant to type the “Black Vote,” but you guys already knew that.

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Your fingers to god’s ears.

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In re: God’s Ears ... She gave us Fani Willis. How could you doubt that “She’s Listening?”

And while there isn’t actually a Biblical quote ... “God helps those who help themselves” ... our shared experience pretty much suggests that when human beings create a situation in which “just one more little push” would take things to where they need to go” ... the chances that we’ll get the outcome we want if we “do the work” are seriously increased.

We’re going through an interesting time. I’m in my early 70’s and I literally can’t remember a time when there was so much overt Evil, Racism, Misogyny, Xenophobia, Greed, Grift, Lying, .... ugliness piled on top of more ugliness .... and yet what shines through the cracks is a potential Future that is ours ... not just for asking ... but for the taking if we do the work.

We’re in the dying days of “White Male Misogyny & Privilege, and some really AMAZING White Men have signed on to be a important part of the burial. We have a growing solidarity between Black Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans & Progressive White Americans. It’s not that we’ve become “Color Blind,” but rather more “Color Inclusive” - i.e. open to seeing/acknowledging what others “not exactly like us” can bring to the table in the Fight of Our Lives.

Democracy really is “On the Line,” and we are just beginning to “Let Go” of our comforting illusions of Racial, Ethnic, Religious, etc. Superiority and get a glimmer of what the More Complex and So Much Richer Tapestry could/would look like ... if we just did the work of opening our minds & our hearts.

America has pretended to be something that it really wasn’t just yet ... for at least a century. And the gap between “what we would like to be true, what we see in ourselves versus what others might see in us, etc. may not actually be growing ... but it's increasingly visible. And at least some of us have taken our courage and our humility in hand, and agreed to look into the Mirror of What the United States of America IS ... versus what she Could Be.

Donald Trump is our collective ID, the amalgamation of all of our “Less Lovely” abilities, beliefs, history, present, etc. What we have to remember is that when we “Look into the Mirror that Donald Trump and the MAGA goons have held up for our consideration,” we are not just seeing the Poster Child & Family of our Racism, Xenophobia, Greed, Cruelty, & Projection ... we are also seeing our “Homework Assignment.” Every time we see a MAGA Deplorable, we should look for a whisper in ourselves of what we find revolting in them. And then dive deep, and tear out the roots of our Judgments.

It’s difficult and painful work. But some of us are doing it, and the more of us that do it ... the faster we’ll get to where we need to be. And it does get a littler easier as we progress. We find it a little easier to “see that which is not really us,” easier to acknowledge it, and more willing to “let it go.” We see those we call “Saints” ... those that appear to be “always kind,” “always patient,” “always forgiving,” and we believe them to be “Other Than We Are.” And functionally, I suppose that at least in the present & the immediate future - they are. But "Seeing & Acknowledging are the 1st steps in “Becoming.” The next step is “Acceptance,” and then “Commitment.” And nobody said that the work was going to be easy.

But we have Teachers to whom we can look for both guidance & inspiration. Robert Reich is one of these, and while he would probably be horrified to be identified as such ... that’s a measure of the degree to which he really is such a Teacher. And as I typed this last sentence, I started to chuckle ... because that rueful acknowledgement of imperfection and reality is the first step in Changing the World.

And I can’t think of many better places than this one in which to find “Fellow Travelers.” We’re going to need them because it’s going to get worse before it gets better. We have a rather large contingent of those who are determined to assume NONE of the responsibility for their beliefs & their behavior ... and while I don’t believe that they constitute the Majority in this country .... they certainly are some of the most visible.

So ... what do I actually believe that we might get accomplished in the relatively near term? I wouldn’t have said this 3 months ago, but I will now - a Code of Ethics for the Supreme Court.

John Roberts is not a stupid man. Full Stop. He KNOWS that the credibility & validity of his Court - which is REALLY IMPORTANT to him - has taken some potentially fatal hits. “Clarence Thomas is NOT SORRY for What He Did - Only that he Got Caught. And ditto for his Sugar Daddy/Daddies. lllegitimate Power must be waged “in the Dark” to be allowed to continue to function. Sunlight really is the Best Disinfectant. And Harlan Crowe et al were put On Notice that “We See You.,” and so now Clarence has been separated from his checkbook. That’s gotta HURT because Thomas had grown very accustomed to “Living the Good Life.” And John Roberts had become a little too complacent & insufficiently cautious in the grift he allowed to continue.

And while I don’t believe for a single moment that Roberts plans for his Court have changed in the slightest - a Return to a Time when White Men Ran the World because they were the Superior Life Form - I do believe that “getting Badly Busted” has put a crimp in his Timeline?

And so Hugs, Fellow Travelers. None of us could “Do the Work” without one another. I’m grateful for everyone that reads Dr. Reich’s posts & comments. You give me Hope. And I try to remember that “the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn.” We’re there now, and we’re going to prevail. And I say that not just become “We’re Right,” but because we are more intelligent, more numerous, more diverse - i.e. we bring an amazing set of experiences, intelligence & creativity to the solutions to big problems. And we’re doing the work & fighting the fight for the right reasons & the right beneficiaries - the Birds, the Bees, the Animals, the Trees, the Water, the Sky & Each Other. And WE WILL WIN.

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And I think I see just a Glimmer of a Possibility that we might FINALLY be willing to learn from our Native American Teachers from whom we have been so consistently unwilling to learn. They have so much to teach us about how to “Live More Lightly” upon the only “Home” we’ve yet been given. But Standing Rock and subsequent “solidarities” appear to me as though at least our “Young Ones” see the Wisdom in their “Old Ones,” and are willing to learn.

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 7, 2023

Cornel West is mounting a vanity campaign ? Maybe he just can't stomach DNC politics and strategy? Maybe he doesn't think the World is in a better place than when Biden took office ? Maybe something more than safe party politics is called for at this point in time if we are going to retain Democracy and not blow up the World ?

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I think Cornel West is smart enough to know he can't win (or place, or show), that means he's a spoiler and I am disgusted with him right now. And RFK Jr. is a lunatic who I wish would just shut the bleep up.

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So you don't believe at all in the Democratic process? You think coddling, insulating and protecting Biden is a good strategy for winning an election. If Biden can't face rivals or dissent within his own party head on, it just makes him look frail and weak. How will he ever be able to debate Trump? The DNC should be begging Cornel West to come back and run as a Democrat and they need to stop smearing and ghosting Kennedy. The best way forward is for this asinine talk of "spoilers" to stop. We need vital , intelligent and open primaries . We need to allow the best candidate to win by merit alone. If Biden is viable and deserves re-election he needs to prove it not only to Democrats but to the country. If you think JFK jr is a lunatic then you are terribly mistaken and sadly missing out on the best candidate to arise in the past 50 years. But hey stick with the manufactured spin on him. Remember Bernie was a "socialist" and Hilary was going to win.

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Sorry to inform you but RFK Jr is in fact a lunatic. I have a graduate degree in science and medicine. What RFK Jr spouts is pure nonsense. Believe him at your peril. And to the detriment of our country.

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 8, 2023

Sorry, you only know what you've been told regarding any of his positions. You only know cherry picked statements. You probably believe he is an "anti-semite" and a "conspiracy theorist" and an "anti-vaxxer" too. Shoot the messenger and kill the message. Kennedy is not stupid or an extremist. You would know that if you actually spent 10 minutes listening to him unfiltered. Kennedy is an excellent attorney , environmentalist, public servant, and corporate watchdog who has over 300 scientists, physicians and researchers working for him. If you actually took time to listen to Kennedy interviews you might realize that quite the opposite he presents a great deal of hope to this country at a time when so much hangs in the balance. Otherwise you'll be living under the next Trump administration in a more divided, limbic brained country than ever.

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I wanted Bernie, I worked for his campaign. CW and RFK are spoilers because they are not running as Democrats, they will not be debating. They are spoilers. The US electorate is not very discerning and if your vote is going to RFK Jr., well I wish you wouldn't, you will be throwing away your vote and making it more possible for trump, or whichever evil R they put up to be elected.

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Sep 10, 2023·edited Sep 10, 2023

RFK is running as a Democrat, However the DNC is trying every underhanded trick imaginable to prevent fair primaries and to stop through special rules and regulations anyone from challenging Biden. Wanting something better than the lesser of two evils is "spoiling " what? Do you really think Biden can beat Trump with his low approval ratings and the majority of Americans 75% wondering if he should even run for re-election? Primaries give the Democrats a choice and the ability for the best candidate, with the best policies to triumph. This is a fundamental idea of a Democracy. What the DNC is doing is anything but showing a belief in Democratic principles. Otherwise swingable Republicans and independents are watching... and the impressions are not favorable. Biden can't win based on a fear or hatred of Trump alone, because 79% of Republicans remain supportive of him.

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have you ever listened to him or do you just read the "interpretations" given to you by the bought and paid for media. he is no lunatic but the people who make such accusations sure as hell are!

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Wow! You really missed the point. Scary.

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 7, 2023

I didn’t miss the point I just disagree with it on a rational and visceral level. It truly is a flawed strategy and can go wrong a 1000 different ways. Now is not the time to play it safe imo. Protecting and insulating Biden not only makes him appear weak it actually weakens him . The party needs to allow him to be challenged . Otherwise his chances of winning a general election are diminished imo . So call Cornel West back , stop ghosting Kennedy.. let’s show we are a living breathing party who believes in Democratic principles. A party who relies more on the voting voice of the people versus pollers and pundits

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Biden is the best choice? Aside from the fact that Biden has been worse on many issues, he is clearly not cognitively fit for office. He’s obviously suffering from Dementia. He will not make it to the end of a second term, another SIX years, when he’ll be 88. He’ll be lucky to make to to election night. So a vote for Biden is realistically a vote for the unelected and unaccountable officials who really run the country at present, and ultimately a vote for Kamala Harris! That would be a disaster.

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AMEN

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I agree with you and will vote for Joe, even though I have some reservations about him. But it worries me that so much depends on Biden. What if something happens to him before the 2024 election? Death, scandal, physical or mental illness? Who is the Democratic Party backup candidate? I think we MUST put maximum effort on getting Trump off the 2024 ballot, either through the 14th Amendment or criminal conviction and jail (or him fleeing to another country).

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Kamala Harris is grossly underappreciated. It's not just her skin color. Wall Street fears her, and Dems don't want to fan those fears. As California's attorney general she took on the banks and won big during the Enron scandal.

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Thank You. I didn’t know this. And that’s probably largely because she’s been a “Good Vice President,” i.e. working in the back ground and not competing with the President for “visibility.”

Consider doing a write-up on exactly how she “took on the banks” during the Enron scandal - I’d love to read that?

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If anybody has any thoughts, insights, and/or “Ah Hahs on “Humanizing” Kamala - I’d love to hear them? She’s obviously “wicked smart,” but she sometimes (often?) comes across as “What’s She’s Been,” i.e. a Prosecutor & ‘All about Just the Facts.’” We all know that powerful women are a “problem” for “insecure men,” and powerful, highly educated & competent Black women .... even more so. And while “those of us who hang out here” are less likely to be put off by a women who is incredibly intelligent, capable, & powerful ... my guess is that she leaves a disproportionate number of White Men with “Hands Dropped?” And yes, these probably wouldn’t have voted for her anyways, but short of plastering the airwaves with photos of “Kamala” holding babies or puppies - any thoughts on how to get past the 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional view of her as the fully human woman we most likely know her to be?

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In my view Biden has worked to suppress the visibility of other Democrats that he thinks might be competitors in the '24 primaries. He has hollowed out Democratic political leadership to just include Joe Biden. Inferiority complex?

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So you blame him for doing what he can to win?

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Yes, I do blame the DNC for not making Biden earn his right to be our representative in the 2024 election. I do blame them for not giving us a choice but deciding what's best for us based on strategy and polls. I do blame DNC for subverting the Democratic process and going totalitarian out of fear, desperation and hate. I blame them for trusting the pundits and strategists more than the people.

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I guess I'm not a big fan of this Vice Lombardi quote: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” That's the GOP mentality. Biden has the primaries locked up, so there is plenty of time to for him to build inclusiveness and diversity leadership in the Party. One of my "brains and clarity" favorites is Pete Buttigieg, "ideology for the working person" Warren and Sanders. (Please, that's just me.)

The Party is loaded with smart attractive leaders that could help Biden and the Party in '24. "Anyone but Trump" may turn out to be a long shot with just Biden singing acapella, he's no Franky.

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I used to like Bernie and Warren too but both have shown too much cowardice and too much acquiescence to DNC totalitarianism. I never liked or trusted Buttigeg and he has done nothing to convince me otherwise. He also is proving to be spineless in the face of DNC insanity and is clearly more dedicated to party than the people.

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So you're saying you would be different. Yeah, me too. Everyone does things their own way. Criticizing Biden for doing it his way is a little crazy, if you realize everyone is different and that there is no perfect way to do things. Let Biden be Biden, OK?

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Judge the tree by the fruit it produces. Is the World safer , more peaceful and more prosperous since he's been at the helm. How many homeless do you have on the streets of your city. How many businesses are boarded up and covered in graffiti . Has be bridged the divide between right and left and united the country? How much more is your gas and fuel costing? What policies have caused this do you think? Do you like war and the investment of dollars and lives lost in it ? Do you think like Biden it should continue for years and trillions if necessary?

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Changing the tradition of New Hampshire is huge. Think about why that happened.

I know people have slowly been waking up, but the breaking news should now wake up a lot more.

5th circuit panel found they violated 1st amendment. This is huge! They have 10 days to have the Supreme court review the case.

I have been waiting for this day for a long time now. If anyone supports this administration after this, I don't know what to say. Everyone told people they were crazy. There is a reason that we have freedom of information. It isn't crazy.

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Except that ANY Republican in the White House will be bad for the country. Look at Kevin McCarthy trying to hold it together by “working with” ie kowtowing to the ridiculous Un Freedom caucus. Republicans are too beholden to the christofascist MAGA far, far, far right. There is not a single one of those R’s standing on the debate platform that I would be comfortable handing the White House to.

Dems need to play hardball with these spoilers.

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Yes, let's definitely become monsters because we face real and imagined monsters. Let's become what we hate! Then we can go back to believing in Democracy.... at some future date when it's safe and expedient. Our cause is so righteous any means are allowable !!

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We have a winner takes all system. Maybe we don't like that but it is our reality. There is no way Cornell West or RFK Jr. will become president. We must get behind the Dems because the alternative is absolutely terrible.

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Go ahead, let/help Trump win, and see what happens. Just sayin'.

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I have to ask, given US history, why is Joe Biden "so repulsive" and compared to whom?

Many in our country think Pres. Biden is a socialist, yes that's ridiculous but they do. Bernie was our best shot and unfortunately that didn't happen but it did cause some change. And Bernie has given full-throated support for Pres. B. Cornell West doesn't stand a prayer of getting elected. It's a big country and whoever runs must appeal to a lot of people with different ideas. Whether we like it or not.

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Praise the Gods not all Democrats have lost their moral compasses. To save Democracy by first destroying it "a little" is insane.

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Agree, too much depends on Biden. Too many eggs in a raggedy basket is pure desperation and not actually a plan. Also it is not realistic to think, that in a still Democratic society that an election can be won by prosecuting one's rival. That might well work in a overtly totalitarian or communist country but hopefully not here, not yet. This ultimately impotent strategy is already causing a predictable backlash.

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If you think Biden is prosecuting Trump, you forgot some civics lessons. The courts are a different branch of government in this country. Sure, Trump tried to influence what goes on in the courts, and his tRumplicans may think this is how it works. But we haven't descended into that kind of banana fascist system (yet).

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If you don;'t see this as Democratic agents/ adherents/ attorneys etc. going after a Republican candidate to prevent them from running for election , we are talking a reality check not a civics lesson. Of course they are doing so because they think he is too dangerous to be re-elected and feel totally justified doing everything possible to stop him.... including 1) tying him up in legal battles 2) finding a way to keep him off the ballot 3) hopefully putting him jail. A few years ago this is how we'd characterize Putin's approach to dealing with rivals.

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trump has committed crimes-period. He did that before running for president, he did that while being president and he most certainly did that after he LOST the 2020 election. He must be held accountable---finally.

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Look, I don't like the guy either, or trust him. However this alone is not a crime. Suspicions do not equal convictions. Running for re-election isn't a crime either, or shouldn't be imo. Even the appearance of being hounded legally to prevent a candidate from running, is a bad precedent, and undermines faith in Democracy among 79% of Republicans and 29% of Democrats. Who else might try the same strategy in the future, say someone not on "our team". Just heard an NPR piece on a totalitarian leader who had over time imprisoned six other presidential candidates. Hmmm is this what we want Americans and the World to think about our Democracy? The fear and hate generated toward Trump and his followers, toward Putin and the Russians, toward x ,y and Z ( name who disgusts you most today) are a toxic cocktail that is destroying the Democratic Party and its chances for victory in 2024. While it disturbs the sleep , raises the blood pressure , short-circuits the higher brain functions of Democrats everywhere... making them more enemies than friends and allies imo.

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Yes, but Trump has not been nominated yet. There are many months to go and many events to take place before the R's put him up there.

Democrats should not waste effort opposing him at this point, and instead work to blolster their best candidates and promote their great policies. The R's have none.

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Any one of those Rs that are running are terrible. I don't want any of them.

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Kennedy all the way. It surprises me to not see support for him. The article was just another anti Trump rhetoric. But his point seems to be very clear. No one appears to be in support of Biden.

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No one? Talk about hyperbole.

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Yes. I don't really see a great support for him. I see a lot of hate for Trump or Republicans in general.

I'm very much enjoying the news on the 5th circuit decision. Been waiting for quite some time now. Of course, it isn't widespread news. Trump always dominates the headlines. Anyways, looking forward to the Supreme court reviewing the 1a violation. But will The White House really be held accountable?

I can't even fathom how an article is written that we need Biden at all costs, yet doesn't really say anything good about our admin. See where I am getting my opinion from?

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But then who would the Democratic candidate face? They're all monsters, but some are less obviously so than Trump.

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Sep 10, 2023·edited Sep 10, 2023

Kennedy is the best and most truly Democratic candidate to appear on the scene in 50 years. Yet he has been so ghosted most Democrats don't know he's running as a Democrat. He's been so smeared no one knows about who he is, what he's done, what he stands for and what motivates him. For once an authentic, emotionally intelligent human with a moral compass , an actual public servant versus a partisan , party zombie , shill for the military-industral complex and Wall Street is running for office and the Democratic nomination. Everyone here including Bob ought to be cheering and rising up. Rejoicing because we actually have a choice that isn't the lesser of two evils.

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I couldn't agree more! Can't wait to see what the Supreme court says on this censorship case. The White House doesn't have much longer for them to review it. It is a shame that the DOJ is corrupt though.

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Biden Administration’s Policing of Online Content Likely Violated Free-Speech Rights, Court Rules - WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/politics/policy/biden-administrations-policing-of-online-content-likely-violated-free-speech-rights-court-rules-302cd37d

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Yes. I had to read it from USA Today. WSJ won't let me read unless I create an account. Weird because I have read articles from them. I am so thankful this finally came! I didn't even find out until this morning. The mass media doesn't seem to be making it headlines. Go figure.

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Then why did he appear at a nazi, anti-vax event?

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Here’s a tip on smelling propaganda and thought control : labeling, ,inflammatory name calling , shooting the messenger to kill the message , guilt by association proclamations and conclusions presented as facts , appeals to authority etc. Also be suspicious of snippets, sound bites and edited clips . Watch out for homogeneity of information etc. Study General Semantics.

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Yes!

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Were you told to think that? My goodness. A nazi, anti-vax event. What crap do you read?

Do your favorite outlets cover news on the censorship case? Or do they enjoy censoring America. Can't wait to see what the Supreme court says. But of course, the DOJ is corrupt, and The White House won't be held accountable.

Kennedy does not support nazis. And he is not an antivaxxer. You've been duped. Thanks to the censorship that totalitarians support. Your thinking has been done for you. Vaccine safety testing and unnecessarily pushing to vaccinate kids equates to antivax to mindless fools.

Ask yourself why stuff was censored. Really think about it.

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Sadly, he's fallen in with too many conspiracy theories. Had he stayed with the environment, I'd have been more inclined towards him.

Maybe he should run as a Republican. he has drawn an unusual amount of support from Republicans, who have very positive views of the Democratic presidential hopeful. According to a recent New York Times/Siena College poll, 55 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Kennedy, compared to only 28 percent of Democrats. Although Kennedy does resemble a more conventional Democrat on some issues like the environment, he vocally breaks from the consensus within his party on key issues like US support for Ukraine, in addition to his anti-vaccine statements. On these issues, his views resemble those of MAGA Republicans far more than mainstream Democrats.

The main funder of a pro-Kennedy super PAC is Timothy Mellon, a conservative billionaire who has been a strong supporter of Donald Trump. The New Republic recently reported that the Kennedy campaign has an elected GOP state representative on payroll in New Hampshire. Anna Chapman, a longtime Republican operative who has worked on a number of GOP campaigns, describes herself on social media as the South Carolina state coordinator for the Kennedy campaign. Chapman did not respond to a request for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Kennedy campaign.

Further, at least one veteran Republican operative with high-level experience on multiple presidential campaigns received feelers about interest in working on the Kennedy campaign.

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Is there a reason why a super PAC should not fund a campaign? Super Pacs never should have been allowed. Hillary got the most in super Pac money and still lost.

You think Kennedy is a conspiracy theorist because you were told to think that. The whole 'misinformation' is just not so.

I'm really enjoying the 5th circuit decision that the White House did in fact violate our first amendment. But of course, we are all crazy and far right nuts, right?

I don't think you have listened to Kennedy at all.

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Sep 11, 2023·edited Sep 11, 2023

Thank the Gods for a critically thinking, free speech Democrat !

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A super PAC funded by Timothy Mellon, a conservative billionaire who has been a strong supporter of Donald Trump.

Now, why do you think a Trump supporter wants Kennedy to run?

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Sure they're supporting RFK Jr. - he's a spoiler.

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Sep 11, 2023·edited Sep 11, 2023

Yes, a huge spoiler for Trump.Too bad the DNC is so full of hubris and fear that they won't allow a fair primary season. This protectionism of Biden and corruption of the Democratic process will do far more to seal Biden's defeat than anyone labeled / proclaimed a "spoiler" .

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Sep 10, 2023·edited Sep 10, 2023

Conspiracy theories ? Like the Russians were responsible for Hilary’s loss ? Like Trump was a Russian asset? Do you remember the original US conspiracy theories ? The commie take over and infiltration of the US? Well that’s back for the DNC and Democratic Party and its leading to an ugly level of “mis -information and mal-information ( true but harmful to policy, like about the Ukraine war ) censorship paranoia and totalitarianism. Conspiracy theories like who was behind the deaths of JFK , RFK, MLK and Malcom X? Is it far fetched to suspect these involved CIA , FBI and were considered national security operations? Do these agencies have a long history of crime and lies ? Kennedy’s supposed anti-vaxx reputation grew out of his environmentalism and knowledge about mercury. Mother’s with vaccine injured children approached him for legal help. Through discovery and other methods of case preparation he discovered the corruption , lies and safety issues with how vaccines were not tested and how government capture by pharmaceutical companies prevented necessary reforms. At this point Bobby became a watch dog not just for corporate polluters but for pharmaceutical government corruption and collision. So let’s analyze . Here is a Democratic candidate who actually is a fierce opponent of corporate and government corruption, who would pardon whistle blowers like Snowden , actually close Guantanamo , would stop placing corporate foxes in charge of government regulatory agencies ( the hen house ) would reign in the CIA and the military industrial complex and work for World peace versus the nuclear proliferation of the Biden administration. Yes he would end that heavily propagandized war in Ukraine which the US is dedicated to continuing for years , which will never be won by Ukraine which never will hurt Putin or Russia ( as if that is a justification for hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars ). Remember when Democrats were opposed to endless wars, empire expansion ,fought against censorship, thought lobbying and campaign finance were corrupting influence in politics, said they cared more about Main Street than Wall Street? Why do some Republicans support him? Because in part Republicans who probable once were Democrats still admire old Democratic values and advocacy, imo. Every other candidate like Warren and Bernie have been brought to heel by the DNC . Bernie is opposed to continuing the Ukraine war, realizes it must end in negotiation so but is very quiet and ghosted about it. So you have fallen for the coordinated smear of Bobby . Why are so much resources invested in smearing and stopping him ? Because he will be no friend to the special interests that run and fund both parties now. Is corruption and corporate capture a conspiracy theory ? Is war profiteering and US militarism a just a “conspiracy theory “ or demonstrable fact ? Is the national security state and a loss of privacy just a conspiracy theory or just an unpleasant truth? is nuclear expansion and the threat of nuclear war a good thing ? Are the Twitter papers of US government agency censorship for political reasons perfectly acceptable? If so when did Democrats become Republicans and when did Republicans ( voters) start to embrace Democratic values instead ? Regarding his consultants, or donors this is sadly a McCarthy era methodology, guilt and innuendo by association. Who he is and what he stands for is not changed by whoever befriends him or recognizes his many leadership virtues . If Democrats have any hope of winning an election they will need independents and Republicans to support their candidate. Very unlikely this will be Biden. If there is ever a chance to heal the divide and civil war raging between right and left a centrist candidate with a high level of believability, commonality of values and respect for everyone is essential . The hate, paranoia and loathing that Democrats have for Republican voters and their concerns must be healed and not continuously escalated unless we desire civil war and or continuous cycles of political revenge.

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Sep 12, 2023·edited Sep 12, 2023

I love when Kennedy says, when I was trying to get Mercury out of the fish, no one called me anti-fish. People are really missing out on this man. I just love Kennedy!

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Apparently, we have different viewpoints.

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I'd like to add that if you paid attention to his works and his campaign you would know that the environment is a part of that. Not sure why you state "Had he stayed with the environment". I mean, he makes speeches that include the false stuff Democrats claim about helping the environment. You must have read one of his books about the climate crisis.

His campaign...priorities;

Honest government, reconciliation (heal the divide), environment, revitalization (the economy), peace, civil liberties, humanitarian crisis (the border).

Seems to me like he has America's priorities straight. Will American's listen? I don't see vaccinations as his platform. And, I still have never seen proof that he is anti-vax. I also don't see any conspiracies in his platform. I just see junk articles and media say that stuff. Try listening to his FULL interview on NewsNation. It is a few months old, but incredibly good. Might put some fears at ease. I thought that so called Democrats made fun of Republicans for being scared over nothing. I am definitely seeing that script flip big time.

And I don't understand concern over parties uniting or why it is some type of gotcha moment. I am thankful that Kennedy can bring people together over commonalities. The only thing I see standing in the way of leftists are false fears. I see nothing about his campaign that they disapprove of. A concern one should have over New Hampshire is the Democrats changing the tradition. We ALL now why that happened. Who cares about a GOP state rep on payroll in New Hampshire for Kennedy.

If you have any statements that are anti vax, please paste them here and I will find the truth for you.

As for Ukraine, I think people are really blinded by what is going on.

And I am not sure what Veteran you are talking about. The one I know of, is not a Republican. And he is volunteering.

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I said " veteran Republican operative," not "veteran.." "Veteran" as an adjective means "experienced through long service or practice; having served for a long period"--it need have nothing to do with military service.

Why is Kennedy getting lots of donations from conservative Republicans?

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Biden Administration’s Policing of Online Content Likely Violated Free-Speech Rights, Court Rules - WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/politics/policy/biden-administrations-policing-of-online-content-likely-violated-free-speech-rights-court-rules-302cd37d

Fascism is: " a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions"

Fascist regimes swiftly label and ghost "dangerous" or "harmful" opinions or beliefs. Imagine someone taking the moral duty to censor all atheist posts or opinions or all Christian fundamentalist opinions because they are not supported by the science, are unproven and lead to harmful, anti-community behaviors.

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I take it you're in favor of people's dying of Covid.

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1968 was truly the year that proved your point. Years passed before I forgave my sweet aunt, who died this year at the age of 99, for the same mistake you made. I was 14, and I sure as hell was not excited about “serving my country” as a Vietnam “conflict” draftee.

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I'm sorry for your loss.

I hope you escaped Vietnam; if you didn't, I apologize, as I apologize to all those who suffered because I and people like me did not vote for Humphrey.

I was young and naive; though I realized that the US Constitution had structured the electoral process so that a third-party candidate could not win, because no one I knew would have voted for Nixon, I made the foolish assumption that he could not get enough votes to win. It also never occurred to me that George Wallace would pull votes that might otherwise have gone to Humphrey.

Vietnam was not the only evil consequence of Nixon's being elected. He set the Republican Party on the road to what it has become: a racist, authoritarian party whose only goal is to win, no matter how. Had Nixon lost, I doubt we would have to worry about Trump today.

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Yes, I escaped, as an accident of birth. The meat grinder didn’t require my body when it was ready for the abbatoir. Thousands were not so fortunate. History will be merciless to those misguided fools who empower a second Trump reign.

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History may be "merciless" on the misguided but it will be pure Hell on those who have to live through another Trump presidency.

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Climate destabilization is plenty enough reason to get rid of just about every R in politics today.

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Cross your fingers the proxy war in Ukraine doesn't escalate to a nuclear exchange and World War 3. We are so so much closer to this than death by climate change. Take your eye off climate change for a minute to catch the nuclear proliferation going on as we speak. Biden just moved nucs to Britain to show Putin we are serious. If Ukraine tries to take Crimea I hope you have a bomb shelter handy.

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There may not even BE a 'history' to be recorded, or be 'merciless' to those who helped install him into power by ANY means, if the SHITler gets a lifetime regime. :(

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I'm glad you escaped; I just wish everyone had.

In 1961 or 62, I found out about the American military "advisors"in Vietnam, and gave a speech against American military involvement there in my high school speech class (in conservative Ft. Wayne, Indiana). I was hooted down, and one student followed me after class to ask me if I really meant the things I'd said or was I just trying to get a rise out of people. I think this was the first time any of them ever heard of Vietnam. I've often wondered how many of them ended up there.

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Where is that Maureen now?

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Do you mean "there"? If so, as the sentence before says, Vietnam.

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Were you like me and born on a lucky day for the first draft lottery?

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 7, 2023

draft lottery?? How did that work?? I never asked as it was difficult for my Dad. He passed last year...after effects from Vietnam (Agent Orange). He signed up - wasn't drafted. I still didn't want to upset him and bring it up.

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Kerry, maybe that's the approach we should take, that history will not be kind to those who supported a criminal Trump by voting for a third-party candidate.

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People who support trump are into alternative facts, alternative history. I don't think that approach will work on third party voters either, they are low information voters.

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Though it seems that some of us think we "escaped Vietnam." If we have a conscience, none of us "escaped." There is a powerhouse of an exhibit at the New Museum in New York on the Bowery https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/tuan-andrew-nguyen-radiant-remembrance "Radiant Remembrance." Closing Sunday, September 17th. NYT review: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/10/arts/design/tuan-andrew-nguyen-new-museum-vietnam.html The horrors that we committed live on and on and on amongst the people of Vietnam.

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Donna, I know we would have done so much less damage and destruction as well as loss of life in Vietnam and its neighboring countries had Nixon not been elected president. I still don't know what people saw in him. I get the "love" of George Wallace because huge numbers of white Americans had been getting racism through their mother's milk, but Nixon had nothing whatsoever to offer anyone and he proved it. He did get forced into approving the EPA and clean air and water acts, but not much else that was positive or that could not have been done better by Humphrey.

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It is seldom mentioned that in addition to Watergate Nixon enabled genocide in Asia and Latin America.

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You can say the same for many presidents.

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Seldom mentioned in the United States. Nixon said during his campaign in 1968 that he had a "secret plan" to end the War in Vietnam, just what our war-weary nation wanted to hear. Then, after he was elected, he said that to end the war "would result in a blood bath." So he went ahead to enable the continuing pointless slaughter. When the French fought and lost their colonial hold in Vietnam, America should have learned a lesson, but under presidents of both parties, America failed to do so. Hubris. Pride goeth before a fall. So much suffering for what, exactly?

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And among many in the US. You can't inflict horrors on others without damaging yourself.

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The decision to fight in Vietnam goes back to the Eisenhower administration, and perhaps earlier. Ho Chi Minh tried to ask Truman for help to defeat the colonial French. LBJ could have ended our involvement in Vietnam.

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I visited Vietnam about 20 years ago. The story our guide told us was they asked the USA for help which was refused so they turned to the Chinese. I met a few of the men who were soldiers during that time and they were young boys when they had to go to war. Our guide never recovered from his father death who was working with the USA had to be "reeducated" and died during that time. One x air force man with our group heard these stories and said we were fighting on the wrong side. Alot of good American lives lost during that time because of politics.

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A lot of lives lost, period. And Vietnam really escalated America's drug problem. Returning vets told stories about the permissiveness of their leaders w/re to drugs. Likely it was about the only way some soldiers could mentally survive.

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That was my experience and view too. Many of the vets came home with drug addiction and introduced it to my hometown. There were others that suffered with alcohol dependence. Some to drown out the rejection they received coming home, others to quiet the fears that fucked with their heads.

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And fear of Communism. They wanted to repeat what the US had accomplished on the Korean peninsula.

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Yes, agree with you. Lost a high school friend to Vietnam. We went to the wall and it was very touching to see his name but also hurt that such a vibrant person had to be remembered that way.

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Penny, interesting comment. Thanks. We endured bad judgment of our presidents. The CIA may have been involved too. Read the Devil's Chess Board by David Talbot about the CIA during the 1950s. We continue to allow a minority of voters of each political party to select our presidential candidates. We need open primaries for our Presidential candidates.

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Open or closed primaries, not enough of our citizens vote at all. Compared to other democracies our voter turnout is pitifully low. There's lots of blame to go around. I would like civics taught from early elementary school on up, stressing the importance of a participatory democracy. I know that very few people ever email or call their Reps. Any of us who understand the stakes must try to get out the vote and for Dems, who are our only hope.

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Actually, it goes back to Truman

May 1, 1950 — After the capture of Hainan Island from Chinese Nationalist forces by the Chinese People's Liberation Army, President Truman approves $10 million in military assistance for anti-communist efforts in Indochina. The Defense Attaché Office was established in Saigon in May 1950, a formal recognition of Viet Nam (vice French Indochina). This was the beginning of formal U.S. military personnel assignments in Viet Nam. U.S. Naval, Army and Air Force personnel established their respective attaches at this time.

September 1950 — Truman sends the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Indochina to Vietnam to assist the French. The President claimed they were not sent as combat troops, but to supervise the use of $10 million worth of U.S. military equipment to support the French in their effort to fight the Viet Minh forces.

Following the outbreak of the Korean War, Truman announces "acceleration in the furnishing of military assistance to the forces of France and the Associated States in Indochina...". and sends 123 non-combat troops to help with supplies to fight against the communist Viet Minh.

1951 — Truman authorizes $150 million in French support.

1953 — By November, French commander in Indochina, General Navarre, asked U.S. General McArthur to loan twelve Fairchild C-119 aircraft, to be flown by French crews, to facilitate Operation Castor at Dien Bien Phu.

1954 — In January, Navarre's Deputy asked for additional transport aircraft. Negotiations ended on March 3 with 24 CIA pilots (CAT) to operate 12 U.S. Air Force C-119s, flying undercover using French insignia, but maintained by the USAF.

Though, officially, November 1, 1955 — President Eisenhower deploys the Military Assistance Advisory Group to train the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. This marks the official beginning of American involvement in the war as recognized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

LBJ was all for the3 war. He's the one who got JFK to send 400 United States Army Special Forces personnel to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese soldiers in 1961.

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Thanks. Very informative. New information for me. JFK wanted to allow countries to have the right of self-determination according to his 1960 inaugural speech. Maybe he would have stopped the war had he lived. Brown and Root, key financial supporters of LBJ, made a lot of money in Vietnam building military bases at cost plus 10%. Brown and Root is now part of a larger company whose CEO was Dick Cheney before he because VP.

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I've read that JFK was inclining towards stopping the war before he was assassinated.

I didn't know about Brown & Root or their association with Cheney; thank you.

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Kerry, I couldn't vote yet in 1968, 3 years short, but I was for Humphrey. I knew where he really stood on the war and on the "Great Society." Vice Presidents didn't get much of a say back then and often had to hide their own positions on issues. I never understood anyone voting for Nixon because of his involvement with Joe McCarthy. I knew both my parents despised McCarthy and what he and his cronies had done to people who didn't deserve it. High school is in some ways the best time to hook people into what is going on in the country. My high school went for Humphrey by a lot. That is probably because we were a small city (we were called a borough) and wanted someone who had a connection with a city as Humphrey did. We didn't know what Nixon was connected with. I heard Humphrey and Nixon speak, in person and there was no comparison. Nixon had a lot of lines about how well we were doing in Vietnam and were close to victory and Humphrey talked about making life better for all Americans and gave suggestions. I did the 3rd party thing once and promised myself I would never do it again. I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I really liked Anderson, and I don't know if Anderson had bowed out if Carter would have won, but I felt that way. We got Reagan and so many of the problems we are dealing with now got wound up during his administration despite his popularity. People didn't realize what was happening to this nation because they were busy listening to their Grandpa Ronnie who said all the "right" things while he was stealing from them, and not even behind their/our backs. Third parties can be good to give ideas to the major parties, but they do more harm than good when actually running candidates. Now, how do we get the word out without it looking like an attack on the actual third party candidate?

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I also regret my vote for John Anderson. I can’t remember why I did.

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Carol, I think I voted for Anderson because of the BS we were fed daily about "the hostages in Iran." It was presented as though it were Carter's fault. It was not. It is too bad we didn't know before the election that Reagan's team, probably Reagan too, had been working with the hostage-takers to release the hostages if Reagan won. They kept up the hostage crap heavily before the election. I don't know if that is the reason Reagan won, but I bought the nonsense and stopped supporting Carter. He may not have been the greatest president, but he would never have done as much harm as Reagan did to this nation.

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Nixon did the same with Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh started negotiations with LBJ for peace, but Nixon secretly went behind his back and promised Ho a better deal if he held off making peace until after the election--then he ratcheted up the war once he got in,

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Maureen, you are right and I understand Johnson knew about Nixon's betrayal but didn't want to make it public because the election was so close in time. Now, unless a person loves history, people care nothing for the fact that thousands of lives, American, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian, were lost due to Nixon's betrayal. It proves Republican betrayal of our nation and our Constitution is not a new thing. Well, actually it is older than that because I believe Joe McCarthy betrayed this nation too, but We the People permitted his abuse to go on for years and in public. What do we do about a political party that at its heart would betray its fellow citizens for power?

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Carter worked to facilitate the hostages’ release until Reagan’s Inauguration Day, I learned recently. He met with some of them in the hospital where they were being checked out.

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Carol, I read in several places that Carter stayed involved with the hostage situation until Reagan's inauguration, but I think the deal with Reagan was already in place. It is unclear if Carter knew anything about it. It is interesting that he greeted the hostages when they were released, on inauguration day, interesting coincidence? I doubt it.

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Yes, I remember that Humphrey called the Vietnam war “America’s greatest adventure.” An obvious mischaracterization that branded Humphrey in my mind as a shameless huckster.

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Humphrey was ready to throw in the towel in 1968. He had a pretty distinguished Senate career before being neutered by LBJ.

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Thank you. Reminds me of when I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I've never forgiven myself.

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I was furious at myself as well. BIG mistake.

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The poli sci professor at my fiercely progressive Catholic women's college spoke to the seniors saying, "You must NOT vote for Eldridge Cleaver! He may represent your views, you may think Humphrey is too conservative, but a vote for Cleaver is a vote for Nixon." I think she changed some minds.

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Good fo9r her.

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My feelings exactly! Although he has not done as much as FDR, he is honestly VERY close to being that successful. I am proud to have voted FOR him this time.

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I voted for the Peace and Freedom party in 1968 and do not regret my choice today. Trump is a danger to America, but Biden, with his neo-con State Dept is a danger to humanity. He is leading us steadily and surely to WW3

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Trump has already told us he plans to be a dictator. The next time around, he wouldn't appoint anyone who disobeyed him or tried to reason with him. The Heritage Foundation is readying 25,000 people to replace the civil service with trump sycophants and you aren't concerned about it.

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His idol is Putin! 14th Amendment please! Should never be allowed near White House again!

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No, he is being Franklin Roosevelt for Winston Churchill, doing everything he can to hold back the war without actually getting directly involved. It was called "Lend/Lease". FDR had the same thing said about him—that he was leading us to war. He was doing whatever he could to keep it in Europe, and not let it come to North America. In those days, location was primary. These days? Putin wants location; he wants to own the breadbasket. Someday we may be having similar arguments over the fate of Iowa.

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You Paul are going to get SHIT for saying this BUT I agree with you.

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I think the Insurrectionest was much closer to the button than Biden!👹👹🍼🍼

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Steve Schmidt had a link recently to a report and interview of a nuclear bomb equipped submarine crew. No way do we want bunker boy getting closer to that button ☢️.

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What do you mean?

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We support democracy by supporting Ukraine. We fight fascism by confronting Putin.

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Please read the history of NATO expansion after the fall of Soviet Union and the Wolfowitz Doctrine. Ukraine is not a democracy. This is about bringing down Putin and gaining access to resources.

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Have you been listening to Jeffrey Sachs or similar people? What does Ukraine being or not being a democracy have to do with Putin invading it? Putin targets civilians and infrastructure to “denazify” Ukraine, he says. Ukrainians who do not want to be Russians are “nazis” in his view.

By the way, why would the Baltic states, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, etc., formerly under Soviet control—and now Sweden and Finland, think it wise to join NATO? Is “bringing down” Putin the same as preventing his further aggression?

Try Yale historian Timothy Snyder for accurate information about Ukraine’s history from its earliest tribes to the present.

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And we post things like this because we're morons.

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UKRAINE....read the History before making wild assumptions. The Maidan coup.

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Putin regarded it as a coup, as the large numbers of demonstrators were protesting Yanukovich’s actions leaning toward Russia. He had to flee to Russia to live in exile. Revolution of Dignity in Ukrainian eyes. Coup in Putin’s eyes.

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You deserve to be in this conversation too, Paul.

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I realize there are also pacifists on this platform. Not everybody supports NATO but I'm just glad I don't live in Europe right now because that would be scary to have Russia on your doorstep.

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Why are you rooting for the nukes, you dumb fuck?

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Welcome to the internet. People are welcome to reply to whatever they want to.

So, again, why do you want everyone to die? Because you’re basically sucking death’s cock at this stage.

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I don't think this is how the forefathers intended for Democracy to work. It shouldn't have to be a burden. And if we're consistently given a burden, we should rethink the process:

https://unorthodoxy.substack.com/p/why-we-need-to-stop-voting-in-presidential

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Do humans evolve or what?

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If the increasing presence of fanatical christo--fascists are any indication, I would say we are regressing. I saw appalling posts on a Maui thread somewhere about how the fire was God's punishment for their insufficient "Christian" population, while another claimed Jesus knew why Maui was burned, just read your Bible: the "moneychangers" are after the land. So now Jesus is an arson investigator.

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I agree, we are regressing. Some humans evolve, but as human numbers increase (world pop. has increased by 4 since I was born) those regressing become harder to influence and overcome, because there are so many of them. Also, we have many more ways to spread emotional and misinformation, which catches on faster than the study of facts and critical thinking.

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Human overpopulation is wrecking everything.

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An alternative way of seeing this global rise of intolerance and hate is that the previously hidden shadowy souls that have always shared our fragile earth are becoming more visible.

How we individually choose to engage with this rising darkness will define us and the Age we are living through.

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@Daniel Solomon. No. Scientifically the conditions for evolution don't pertain. Also, as far as I know, there is no workable theory of "cultural evolution" other than the exploitation of various technologies and natural resources. So, no, humans don't evolve...

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"Original intent" is a bs way to avoid discussing legislative intent and changed circumstances. The Constitution replicates art. In fact the first thing we did after it became effective was amend it. Evolution.

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@Daniel. Ok, I was being overly-technical about evolution. In terms of "original intent" there are two things I bet you would agree on. 1. The "intention" of some wealthy from the era 1775-1890 is hardly a good guide for a modern, multicultural polity (even if you could figure out what that intent might have been, and given the robust debates, whose intention, and so on). 2. These "originalists" are just using that cover story to mask their overt, reactionary, anti-popular perspectives. Just an excuse to reject enhanced democracy and equality before the law.

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Actually most were freemasons, Deists, who supported fundamental fairness -- even Jefferson. In 1819, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry.

Jefferson called slavery a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” but continued to hold human beings as property his entire adult life. Jefferson freed two slaves while he lived, and five others were freed after his death, including two of his children from his relationship with Sally Hemmings.

The desegregation of the University of Virginia began in 1950, when Gregory Swanson sued to gain entrance into the University's Law School.

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@ Daniel. Viktor Frankl: Today every impulse for action is generated by the knowledge that there is no form of progress on which we can trustingly rely. If today we cannot sit idly by, it is precisely because each and every one of us determines what and how far something “progresses.” In this, we are aware that inner progress is only actually possible for each individual, while mass progress at most consists of technical progress, which only impresses us because we live in a technical age.

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In biologic terms, all was lost when "free will" evolved into our genome. The chance to be a happy grazer was gone,

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@Sherm. It's funny though because Dennett, Hitchens and Harris claim we don't have free will!! This is such an interesting group when you learn to have fun jerking the trolls around....

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We have frontal lobes and can make adjustments that aid in survival. Also all have an amygdala.

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And evolution happens every day.

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Back to Ape Age!🤔😥😆

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yeah, but at a very slow timescale. i know you're being facetious, but when i look at the decline of simple skills like driving, i ask myself the same question. oh, remember punctuated equilibrium evolutionary theory by Stephen J Gould?

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Hey Maureen. I hear ya but I'm still gonna hold my nose. Guess it's just become a habit.

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How do you think he has been a good president ? Are you pro-war etc.?

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I'm pro-any small country that is being invaded or oppressed by a larger one. Usually, the large invader has been the US, but not in Ukraine; in fact there are no US soldiers and no US installed puppet government in Ukraine. Biden is giving the Ukrainians weapons but letting them fight their own war under the leadership of their own elected leader.

I'm also pro-union, pro-choice, & pro-environment (though he could do better on the environment, at least he's trying to reverse some of Trump's damage)..

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I voted for Nader in 2000. Only regret it a little. Locally I was expecting the guy who replaced Issa in my district when it went blue to be a neolib too. So far he has been better than expected. Mike Levin. Maybe the democrats are starting to listen to the people again.

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I think some of them are starting to listen.

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I believe Bernie would have beaten 1135809 in 2016. He did the right thing by not running as an independant. The democrats did the wrong thing by ganging up on him.

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I appreciate your “confession “ Maureen. It took guts. My confession and regret is that instead of voting to give Jimmy Carter a second term, I voted for third party John Anderson because even as a 30 year old know it all who made a mistake about President Carter, I was right about the shallowness and meanness of Reagan and what was becoming of the Republican Party. I am now convinced the Mr. Carter is not just a good person, he was also a good and effective president. No flash just substance.

And by the way i have come to appreciate Ringo Starr in a similar way.

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If my "confession" keeps anyone else from making the same mistake of voting for a third-party candidate and thus helping the worst candidate into office, it's worth not only telling but repeating over and over. Nixon was vile and evil;. I don't even have the vocabulary to express how much worse Trump is (& I'm a retired English professor).

I agree with you about Carter (& Starr).

You were right about Reagan, too. He was another major step in the devolution of the GQP leading to Trump.

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"I realized then that the US has baked into its very structure a 2 party system and that, like it or not, the President would be either a Democrat or a Republican, so, even if I disliked both candidates, I'd better hold my nose and vote for the lesser evil(...)"

Yes; how Ironic that these days, contrary to the slogan, Cthulhu actually *WOULD* be the lesser evil given that he would merely eat us while the Nazi Fascist Republicans want to *enslave and/or erase/kill* us.

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/5b3z9l48rslnu8zdhcjq1/2025_MandateForLeadership_FULL.pdf

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At least our suffering would be over fast.

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As a longtime, now retired Republican attorney of the Classic Liberal variety, I agree completely with your post, and expect to be voting for Biden next year. Like you, I might prefer another candidate, but even indirectly supporting a former president who by comparison has made Nixon look like a saint is appalling!

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So much whining in 2016. “I don’t like Hillary.” “Oh those emails”.

And wishful thinking. “Roe v Wade is settled law.”

And now look where we are.

Those who did not vote blue in 2016 own the hell realm we are currently living in.

And I will never forgive Nader for 2000.

There are only 2 possible winners of the 2024 presidential election: the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee. Period. End of story.

Vote accordingly.

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Nor should forget 2000: Al Gore vs George Bush. "Purists" snubbed Gore, despite his qualifications, because he had been "tainted" by Clinton. We got Bush instead.

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System needs changing to the popular vote elects the President and also allow for a run off vote between the two people who top the ballot if no one get 50%. This would give third parties a place in elections that is not a spoiler.

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But in reality, any vote against Biden is a vote for Fascism .Here is the real world it's either/or not multiple choice.

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Your rhetoric is ridiculous and overblown. American "democracy" survived Trump's 1st term and it would survive a second.

(I put "democracy" in quotes because USA is not, not has ever been a democracy. This is mostly due to the crap FPTP voting system, of which I say more here: https://pontifex.substack.com/p/fptp-is-a-shitty-crappy-no-good-voting )

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Troll!

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Pootie and the (his) NAZIS just never give up on here, do they?!?

I guess it's because that fascist POS DESPOT has as much riding (completing his INVASION, and authoritarian takeover of Ukraine, and then other eastern European lands) on his boyfriend SCUMp getting into power for life, as the SHITler himself does (staying out of Federal Prison).

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If you think I am pro-Putin why do you think that on my blog I have multiple times called for him to be assassinated? E.g. https://pontifex.substack.com/p/if-hitler-had-been-assassinated and https://pontifex.substack.com/p/the-skripal-poisoning-a-case-study

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So, are you pro-Wagner, before Uncle Pootie had them taken out??

They are (were) almost as bad as effing NAZIS, and at least equally as brutal and sadistic as Vlad The Impaler.

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