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Re: The Trump observations thread

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BostonBeaneater wrote:
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Meanwhile, that kid who did nothing to earn his/her candy learns what it's like to be rich. Education for everyone!
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Re: The Trump observations thread

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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!
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Mimi » 01 Nov 2017, 11:37am

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*

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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by WestwayKid » 01 Nov 2017, 12:13pm

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.

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Re: The Trump observations thread

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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Flex » 09 Nov 2017, 12:57pm

This story just makes me unbearably sad: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... ers-215800
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 Nov 2017, 1:17pm

Flex wrote:
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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.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by matedog » 09 Nov 2017, 1:18pm

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...
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Flex » 09 Nov 2017, 1:23pm

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.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Kory » 09 Nov 2017, 2:36pm

I definitely feel sympathy for their lives, but god damn it pisses me off.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Mimi » 13 Nov 2017, 1:11pm

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.

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