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    This guy leaves me wondering who's paying him to write this. It's designed to elicit reaction, but it doesn't have the feel of substance. I could do a bit of research and refute several of his claims, but honestly, I don't personally have good reasons to spend my time doing that.

    I wonder how many folks listen to him.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    This guy leaves me wondering who's paying him to write this. It's designed to elicit reaction, but it doesn't have the feel of substance. I could do a bit of research and refute several of his claims, but honestly, I don't personally have good reasons to spend my time doing that.

    I wonder how many folks listen to him.
    Nobody, really.

    I know him quite well, read most of his books and corresponded with him for a while. He is his own man with his own, controversial opinions and take on various issues. He is a liberal Jew from New York and a registered Democrat BTW. He used to be editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and wrote for the New York Times. He is also a Novelist and a Playwright.

    I like his unique perspective, but it's not everybody's cup of tea. Knowing him quite well I can say with some confidence, that he has no hidden agenda or isn't paid by anyone to propagandise. His opinions are mostly from the perspective of a collapsing American polity and the need to reorganise daily life on the North American continent and indeed, worldwide. He sees the Democratic party and his own political tribe, New York liberals as hopelessly out of touch and losing credibility by the day. I happen to agree with his assessment, and I must add that a similar process happened in Hungary about 10-15 years ago, leading to the total annihilation and permanent unelectability of the Leftist Liberal establishment. This isn't a healthy process and should concern anyone that wants balance is society and politics.

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    I thought he went Libertarian. Didn't he disavow the Democrats some time ago?

    You know more about him than I.

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    What people fear is the truth...Michael Flynn's truth...He's a rogue...and if the right ever manages to let the spin and silencing of Flynn, "silence by pardon" get past them it will be obvious...The Truth is not only out there it is in here...ourselves. All we have to do is let it impact our internal antenna to see it...provided we are tuned to the right frequency to receive it.

    Come on peoples, just let it flow, don't twist it into a pretzel.
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    It's easy to rag on the Democrats and point the finger at them. It's a sport here in the States. And all the while, with our eyes on them, the Republicans are screwing us over. Bailouts for the rich and corporations, undermining of our Fourth Estate, trickle down BS.

    We're being screwed by the group who has actually been wilding the power, which has not been the Democrats. Not during my adult life. Gingrich and his house were running things during Clinton's terms.

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    I think people like me and Kunstler pick on the Democrats precisely because they would be our natural political tribe, but they have been so disappointing, concentrating on irrelevant bullshit at the expense of real issues. Obviously, no sane person would expect the Republicans to fix anything, such as healthcare, the social safety net or infrastructure, they're all about dismantling whatever is left. But, the Democrats aren't really doing anything noteworthy either, so one has to criticise them and perhaps point out that concentrating on gender identity and what pronouns to use isn't going to fix the massive, giant problems that ail America.

    Perhaps I shouldn't care, because it isn't my country and there are plenty of problems right here in my neck of the woods. But, I do, because I know many Americans and I want them to be happy, prosperous and safe. I don't want Americans to live in poverty and suffer from poor healthcare and decaying infrastructure. It's not like there isn't the money to fix these things, it is just being wasted on various rackets and pork projects right now, like the trillion dollars flushed down the toilet for the failing F-35 programme. The only hope to fix these things is through the Democrats, and if you don't hold their feet to the fire and force them to concentrate on what matters, it just ain't gonna happen.

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    Is it too early to jump on the Andrew Cuomo bandwagon...if only as a single human he could show America the way...the people are just too damn caught up in their social fetishes to think rationally. Stupidity really is just a symptom of the problem the real problem is the psychological dysfunction that our parenting passes down to us.
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    I'm glad you care, Chris. And I share many of your disappointments.

    I just can't stand watching the Dems get pilloried while the Repubs screw things up. I keep hearing my brothers' words, "The only difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans get away with it." When I asked with what he said, "It doesn't matter, they don't get caught." (or held responsible, clearly).

    Republicans are perfectly happy with their own version of a nanny state which forces pelvic exams on women, invades bedrooms to see who's having sex with whom, and denies folks the sacrament of marriage.

    We're not going to have more freedom with the kinds of judges and justices being appointed. We will have less freedom as we have less recourse to hold businesses responsible for their ravages of society and economy.

    My sister-in-law really likes Cuomo. My understanding is that he's loyal to New York and just doesn't have Presidential ambition.

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    Cuomo is a heavyweight...
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    Perhaps one day the U.S. shall flourish again, if we can just get rid of the republicans and have one party rule under the democrats. Not lefties mind you, just staunch, DNC certified party line democrats.

    And the best thing of all is that as we already see in our current presidential race, it wouldn’t even matter who, because any blue will do.
    The unexamined life is not worth living.

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    Amen to that Freddy, my man...that would be an ideal situation...Anything that makes even a modicum of sense will do.
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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    Quote Originally posted by Fred Steeves View Post
    Perhaps one day the U.S. shall flourish again, if we can just get rid of the republicans and have one party rule under the democrats. Not lefties mind you, just staunch, DNC certified party line democrats.

    And the best thing of all is that as we already see in our current presidential race, it wouldn’t even matter who, because any blue will do.
    Amen to that Freddy, my man...that would be an ideal situation...Anything that makes even a modicum of sense will do.
    You're completely missing Fred's point. He's being sarcastic, and with good reason too.
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    lol...I'm being more sarcastic than Fred is...I ainta gonna let him out sarcasm me...no way.
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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    You're completely missing Fred's point. He's being sarcastic, and with good reason too.
    It may have been meant in jest, but Fred is actually unwittingly right.

    If the US had a single-chamber parliamentary system, rather than the current 18-th century mess, it could get a lot more done. For one, there would be multiple parties to choose from. The Democrats would probably be in power, perhaps as part of a coalition government, for quite some time. Since there would be no senate or president to obstruct them, congress and the elected government (by majority vote and not by electoral college) could actually get shit done. I personally think it would be more democratic to have a system like that, but I guess that ain't gonna happen.

    BTW, this isn't a one-party state, it is a multi-party parliamentary democracy, which is what most advanced countries have.

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    Quote Originally posted by Fred Steeves View Post
    Perhaps one day the U.S. shall flourish again, if we can just get rid of the republicans and have one party rule under the democrats. Not lefties mind you, just staunch, DNC certified party line democrats.

    And the best thing of all is that as we already see in our current presidential race, it wouldn’t even matter who, because any blue will do.
    Not gonna happen. We were the jerks in the 17th century. And it's our (dutch) time to rise again.

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