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Post Re: 7 Trumpian Lessons
on: December 6, 2017, 09:26
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But Trump is most definitely not Lincoln. He may be what this country needs at this time; but if Republicans are replaced with the nationalistic tribalistic worship of Trump, then, really, God help us all.

Pat, I think it’s almost impossible for Trump to have any lasting effect. But for the moment he is a breath of fresh air compared to the America-hating Obama. The stock market, if nothing else, is evidence of this.

The GOP deserves to have a Trump at the head of the party if only to rub their noses in their own complicity with political correctness and Big Government.

I think what we can say for sure is that politics is merging with entertainment. The populace is more concerned with the “coolness” or even the outrageousness of, at least, presidential candidates. One thing I will note: Both sides, right or left, have much more faith in politicians than they should. Most think “their guy” is okay. It’s popular to denounce this tribalism or “polarization” but I think it starts from the lack of due skepticism on both sides.

At the end of the day, we are moving away from the very foundation of a self-governing people (who have a government rather than the other way around) to a people who want the government to do all the heavy lifting while they are free to serf on their smart phones, plan their next vacation, and tour wine country. They try to rectify or cover for this lack of serious engagement by swinging the pendulum the other way and hyperventilating about “climate change.”

There’s much talk of “social justice” but little attention given to the social fabric. The basic assumption of society is that technology combined with “progressive” leaders running Big Government will lead to a better and better life. With Trump we’re getting a little bit of a backlash against this. Apparently many voters do not see open borders as leading to a better life. But it’s difficult for me to assess at this point what lasting effect Trumpism could have. He seems an effect to me rather than a cause.

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Post Re: 7 Trumpian Lessons
on: December 6, 2017, 15:31
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I cannot disagree with any of what you wrote there Brad. I think you are more right than you know when you talk about poli-tainment. Trump is most definitely an effect of a lot of things, poli-tainment not least of these, I see the quandary the founders saw by 1800, parties would destroy our system and our system cannot work without them. If we were to try unlimited parties, the left would wipe the floor with the right even more than they do today. The left "feels" happy to set aside difference to move the ball in their direction, while we on the right think it terms of purity and if you do not agree with me 100%, then I'll start my own party! This independent streak would be the death of us, the right that is; this is the same reason that the left is pushing and fooling some moronic Republicans that The National Popular Vote is a good idea.
So while I am pissed off at the Republican Jellyfish, (spineless creatures floating throw the world waiting for food to be brought to them), the core values of the party are still rock solid, they are just ignored by the vast majority of the people we have now, I will continue to try and move the party back to the right and kick try to the jellyfish to the curb.

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Post Re: 7 Trumpian Lessons
on: December 6, 2017, 18:39
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I think you are more right than you know when you talk about poli-tainment.

“Politainment” is as good of a coining as I’ve read yet, Pat. We’ll see if it sticks. I think someone coined the term “Sexquisition” for the ongoing bad-boy free-for-all smackdown.

We certainly need our GOP representatives to be more like sleek sharks than spineless jellyfish. Still, a shark’s skeleton is made of cartilage. We need them to act with the robustness of the elephant which is already associated with them. But if it must be a bottom-feeder, let it be at least the shark.

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