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Post by Lancebloke Wed Nov 09, 2022 4:09 pm

Petty - i think that is a big part of the problem. Very rarely is there a big enough majority of control for things to really get done and that is without all of the shenanigans that go on to stop things even when they have a majority of agreement.

2 years is not enough time sometimes to even get things agreed let alone implement and let alone feel the effects. I think that basically creates a complete disconnect between 'the will of the people' versus what actually happens.

It happens in many places but I think 2 party systems are particularly impacted. And then all of the 'checks and balances' institutions are appointed by the governments in place at the time which further paralyses the system as they have influence for a much longer time... e.g. the supreme court.

I mean the US ceased to be a democracy about 20 years ago. I think it looks like it is in the balance between and oligarchy and authoritarian state now.
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Post by halfwise Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:01 pm

Most of us saw a glimmer of hope until Trump came in and demonstrated how a demagogue can convince a sizable chunk of the population that the parts of the government that actually DO function are broken. Following his model most of the Republican losers will refuse to concede, and our democracy is finished.

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Post by Lancebloke Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:00 pm

Very interesting outcomes so far! Normally the mid-terms go quite wildly against the incumbent presidents party, with the exception of W.Bush which had a lot to do with 9/11.

More interesting is most of Trumps picks got smashed and his potential 2024 rival in Florida did really well. I wonder if this spells the end for him as it looks quite clear that a lot of people have had enough of his bullshit.
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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:15 pm

Even though his rival Ron DeSantis would be more effective at implementing Trumpian policies I disagree with, I'd still find him preferable because at least he's coherent. I'd be annoyed with him, but not cringing with embarrassment nearly every time he speaks.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:24 pm

{{ So I decided to tune into Fox and Friends this monring mainly for alaugh, instead I was horrified.
One of the three numpties that was presenting it was actually arguing that the reason for the failure of the red wave to materialise was, wait for it...too many people were allowed to vote!

Yup his actual argument was that mail in voting made it too easy for people to vote and so more people voted than if they had to physically turn up ata polling station and this was bad. And further he questioned, what did these extra voters know about politics? Before going on to say that there should be a minimum criteria for voting that was more than filling in a ballot and mailing it and that it wasnt good to have more voters if they were, effectively the wrong sort of voter ie ones that didnt agree with him and the Republicans. I couldnt believe my ears.
This is America? Self styled bastion of democracy isnt it? Deploring an increase in the amount of folk voting in a democratic election? Absoultely gobsmacked by a complete gobshite. Shocked Has the republican side really squewed so far that they are now an anti-democracy party?}}

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Jan 04, 2023 7:55 pm

{{ the leadershiop vote is going...interestingly. It reminds me of the state of the Tories here over Brexit- with moderates under May and a small but no ground giving cabal of hardliners.
In that case the hardliners got rid of May by simply refusing to vote for her Brexit plan till her poistion was untenable as she couldnt pass the legislation- just as hardline Republicans are refusing to vore for MCcarthy. And may be hoping similarly to make his position untenable and force him to go by showing he cant get the votes.
In the Uk case they got Boris in and he did something Im not sure a US party leader can, perhaps someone can let me know- he just exeplled all the moderates from the party to stand, if they choose, as independents without backing or funding- effectively ending most careers. Can a US party leader do similar?

Not sure how it goes in the US from here- as it stands there is no evidence the hardliners will change their minds, and no indication so far of a 3rd candidate breaking through with anything like the required votes. }}

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Post by halfwise Sat Jan 07, 2023 12:31 am

Leaders in congress can only throw people out of committees, that's the extend of their control over other members as far as I can think of.

Not having a party leader only disrupts the standard operating procedures, but theoretically doesn't stop congress because it's not written into the constitution. Congress can operate without them if it chooses to.

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Jan 07, 2023 11:55 am

I would 100% much prefer Ron DeSantis to Trump. I liked what he did with Disney. They were turning into an indoctrination cult for children.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:11 pm

{{ Well McCarthy got there in the end- but he had to sell the house to do it, I dont think there is anything left the nutters were demanding he hasnt given them.

One thing I came across whilst looking into the ringleaders of thehardliners, that I found hard to believe but appears to be true- one of the ringleaders Lauren Boebert apparently wants to remove the separation of church and state.

“The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church...I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk." - Boebert, Fox News

Now I may be wrong but the sentiments expressed by the phrase 'seperation of church and state' appear in the Constitution as "“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and its the First Amendment.

The idea of leaving Europe and setting up a place that was run not by Kings or Popes was kind of fundemental to the idea of America, well that and masonry of course. Keeping religion out of governance was as crucial as keeping monarchy out of it.

Im amazed to hear a Republican, who claim more than most to cherish the Constitution would publicly get away with holding such a fundemental view opposing its very basis. }}

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Post by halfwise Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:36 pm

The non separation of church and state has been a big strand of republicanism ever since Reagan. They figured out it was a way to lock up the fundamentalist vote.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:47 pm

{{ I think the difference is Reagan was playing politics courting a vote by supporting a view in principle, but never actually doing anything when in power to make it come about. I get the impression were Boebert to ever get in power she would make it happen, or at least try very hard to. }}

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Post by halfwise Sun Jan 08, 2023 4:58 pm

Oh she's a total nut case, but I think support would be mainly in the fringes like we've seen with supporting bakeries that won't make wedding cakes for gay couples. Any clear infringement of the separation of church and state will be shot down in the courts and the vast majority of republicans are glad to let that happen so long as they are seen to be pushing the christian agenda.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Jan 08, 2023 5:40 pm

{{ Support is mainly in the fringes right now, but that hasnt stopped her and 19 equally nutty friends from just holding the rest of the Republican party hostage and getting all their demands met.

One of the more interesting things to come out of this was the apparent scorn given by the 20 to Trump when he appealed to them to vote for McCarthy, that Gaetz guy in especial who simply replied to the appeal by mocking Trump in his own words, or one word in this case- "Sad!"

The monster it seems has outgrown the need for its Maker. }}

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Post by halfwise Mon Jan 09, 2023 1:00 am

They may get the support to stay in office, but they don't get the frenzied following that Trump did.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Feb 15, 2023 4:38 am

{{ This figure shocked me, though sadly didn't surprise me. We aren't even through February yet and so far in the US this year there have been 63 shooting incidents involving 4 victims or more and a total of 4,200 firearm deaths. In les than two months. There are wars have less casualties in the same time frame. Unbelievable America. Unbelievable. I will always struggle to understand a people who value their right to carry a lethal weapon higher than the right of their children to go to school without fear of being shot to death.
This isn't normal. No one else has gruesome statistics like these, no other country fears to send their children to school in case they get shot or has to teach their children techniques to avoid getting shot. Its utter madness. }}

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Post by halfwise Sun Sep 10, 2023 4:19 pm

I just read a long article that explains the modern popularity of the populist right wing.  Here's an excerpt from the middle.  I think he's nailed it, and it's actually pretty obvious.

And that’s when it hit me.
Yes, I thought, Trump is a salesman. Everything he does, pretty much all the time, is sell sell sell. His rallies, his tweets, his press conferences, and interviews — he’s selling.
But any politician or officeholder has to sell — it comes with the job. You’re trying to get a bill through Capitol Hill, trying to get the electorate to vote you in for another term; you’re selling something.
What struck me was how easy it is to sell what Trump sells. How his particular brand of snake oil practically sells itself.
Consider, I said to my father-in-law, how hard it would be, instead, to sell the following: We’re on this planet with finite resources, and we’ve affected the environment; we’re killing off thousands of species from heat and pollution. We’re looking at a future of worsening inequality, ecological overshoot, and climate change. What we need to do now is cinch up our belts, roll up our sleeves, and consider our fellow future humans on Planet Earth. We need to evolve out of the mindset of limitless growth, of having whatever we want at the push of a button. We need to share what we do have with the rest of the world, so they’re not driven to become as wantonly acquisitive as we are.
We need to reverse pretty much every direction in which we’re headed — toward more consumption, development, and population.
Imagine trying to sell to people that they needed to do more with less.
Imagine telling them that America is in trouble, not from immigrants, minorities, or multiculturalism, but from within. From our desire-based lifestyles, from our endless wars, from our ravenous resource consumption.
Not an easy sell.
Not an easy sell at all.
Now consider what Trump is selling, and what he has been from the beginning — it’s the complete opposite:
America is your birthright. Do whatever you want; fulfill yourself. You, especially if you’re white, male, straight, and Republican, are the beating heart of the world. Get that extra large truck, take that extra-long vacation, make all the money you can, and gobble up everything in your path.
Forget the rest.
It’s fiddling while Rome burns; it’s whistling past the graveyard, and it really blew my mind, as simple as it seems, prima facie, that this is the secret to Trump’s success. This is the whole enchilada, the whole ball of wax:
Trump sells you permission to indulge your vices, your baser instincts.
He sells you the right to be selfish, to lack any real moral fiber or scruples. He sells you the idea that intellectualism is bad, institutions are untrustworthy, everything and everyone is corrupt and you can put your faith in only him, your martyr, who’s currently under major federal and state indictments for you.
He pays lips service to nationalism: let’s stay out of war, like the one in Ukraine, while praising the autocrat who started it. He bemoans the grift of D.C. while fleecing his constituency for millions.
Shameless, he’s never in danger of being a hypocrite because he can declare “So what?” To every charge. Either it’s persecution, it’s overreaction, or it’s simply fake.
Wouldn’t we all love this in our own lives? I’m rubber and you’re glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.
Imagine if this attitude got us everything we ever wanted.
This is the easiest thing, in the history of things, to sell to people. Fuck everyone else, it’s you, baby. Fuck the gays and the blacks and the trans and the immigrants. Fuck those people from shithole countries. Women should know their place, the government should let them do whatever they want, and you shouldn’t have to lift a finger to help anyone else. Ever. Just as America shouldn’t be helping anyone else, not unless we get something for it. It’s all a zero-sum game. Winners and losers.
I’m selling you a win.
Trump takes cultural issues, domestic and foreign policy issues, and economic issues, and gives you the easiest answer. Don’t like climate change? Don’t think about it, don’t worry about it; fuck the Paris Accord. Don’t like change in general? Let’s get back to the way things were. Don’t like the economy? Don’t like subprime mortgage fraud? Don’t like inflation or stagflation? Just get rich. Or blame D.C. for keeping you down. It’s the government and taxes, it’s not you.
Easy, easy, easy.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Sep 11, 2023 10:00 pm

{{ Similar thing happened with Brexit. A single simple slogan "Get Brexit Done", just believe in that, forget all the questions, just vote for Boris and the Tories and all the problems will magically melt away, they will get Brexit done. It was all so simple. We'd take back control from Johnny Foreigner, we'd have all the fish in the North Sea and ready markets worldwide clamouring to buy them, our farmers would flourish and be freed of red tape, and our borders would be secure and free from foreigners sneaking in to partake of our abundance.

Just don't think about how most of the EU rules we either created or had a big voice in doing so, don't question the economics of leaving the worlds largest trading block to sit outside behind tariffs and red tape, or question how farms will be funded when EU polled resources provided the subsides, don't question how the economy requires immigrants to combat our ageing and falling population.
Don't think. Instead, Just Get Brexit Done.
Just believe in Boris. He can get Brexit done. See its simple. As simple as it is terrifying.}}

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