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Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 31 Oct 2017, 8:18pm
by BostonBeaneater

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 31 Oct 2017, 8:26pm
by Dr. Medulla
BostonBeaneater wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 8:18pm
Meanwhile, that kid who did nothing to earn his/her candy learns what it's like to be rich. Education for everyone!

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 01 Nov 2017, 9:26am
by JennyB
Dr. Medulla wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 8:26pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 8:18pm
Meanwhile, that kid who did nothing to earn his/her candy learns what it's like to be rich. Education for everyone!
Those floors are hideous.

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 01 Nov 2017, 11:37am
by Mimi
JennyB wrote:
01 Nov 2017, 9:26am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 8:26pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 8:18pm
Meanwhile, that kid who did nothing to earn his/her candy learns what it's like to be rich. Education for everyone!
Those floors are hideous.
Looks like the cheap linoleum squares one might find at Home Depot or something, but considering he's rich, it's probably marble. *gag*

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 01 Nov 2017, 12:13pm
by WestwayKid
Don Junior is a scumbag like his dad. I read about this tweet this morning and it made me livid. Sad to use his child to make a point only an elitist creep could make. When so many in America truly live paycheck to paycheck...man...I'm still really angry. I so hope the Russia probe nets Don Junior and his equally horrible brother-in-law.

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 02 Nov 2017, 11:58am
by Dr. Medulla

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 03 Nov 2017, 1:20am
by BostonBeaneater

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 03 Nov 2017, 6:56am
by Dr. Medulla

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 10:15pm
by BostonBeaneater
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 12:57pm
by Flex
This story just makes me unbearably sad: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ers-215800

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 1:17pm
by Dr. Medulla
Flex wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 12:57pm
This story just makes me unbearably sad: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ers-215800
I saw that the other day and it made me wonder again about the viability of calling those supporters fascist of some strain. A lot of the elements are there—authoritarianism, anti-intellectualism, racism—but fascism (and communism) have previously been built on something fundamentally hopeful. That is, yes, right now you are being shit upon by the elites, but you are the real goodness and power of society, and together we can set things right in a new society. Both fascists and communists use that basic narrative. But what is it when you have voters who no longer have hope, no longer care whether a candidate is good (meaning capable and/or moral) but just want some kind of expression of or outlet for … what? They care enough to vote but is it a vote for some kind of nihilism? My world sucks and I want your world to suck, too? That goes beyond politics because there is no room to negotiate, no space to argue constructively.

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 1:18pm
by matedog
Flex wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 12:57pm
This story just makes me unbearably sad: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ers-215800
Next to Bala was a gray-haired man who told me he voted for Trump and was happy so far because “he’s kept his promises.”

I asked which ones.

“Border security.” But there’s no wall yet. “No fault of his,” the man said.

What else? “Getting rid of Obamacare.” But he hasn’t. “Well, he’s tried to.”

What else? “Defunding Planned Parenthood.” But he didn’t. “Not his fault again,” the man said.
I have a lot of sympathy for these people, but shit like this makes me want to just let their town die. Also the very last lines of the article...

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 1:23pm
by Flex
Yeah, I should clarify: it's the total sense of nihilism that provokes my feelings in that article. I, also, am pretty sympathetic to the plight of those areas, but that's not really what struck me in this particular story. The unshakable, ugly hopelessness is just... horrible. As Doc says, it doesn't even feel like fascism, exactly. I don't know what it is. Just something totally broken.

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 2:36pm
by Kory
I definitely feel sympathy for their lives, but god damn it pisses me off.

Re: The Trump observations thread

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 1:11pm
by Mimi
Flex wrote:
09 Nov 2017, 12:57pm
This story just makes me unbearably sad: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ers-215800
I just went home to southwest PA this past weekend and, yeah, this mentality is prevalent...even in my own family. :meh: X( :disshame: I like to think I'm a compassionate person, but I have no sympathy whatever for these folks and this area.