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  1. Excellent article about how serious the Republicans are about overturning the election by any means necessary. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/12/trump-election-concede-republicans-democrats
  2. I find myself wonderfully perplexed at how Biden can deliver a speech and not repeat the same word 5 to 6 times in a single sentence. Truly a skilled orator.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/11/downright-dangerous-democrat-alarm-as-trump-stacks-pentagon-with-loyalists Somewhat reassuring... "Democrats immediately demanded explanations for the eleventh-hour personnel changes and warned that the US was entering dangerous “uncharted territory” with the reshuffling of key national security roles during a presidential transition. However defence experts argued there was little the new Trump appointees could do to use their positions to the president’s advantage, given the firm refusal of the uniformed armed services to get involved in domestic politics."
  4. This is coup territory - replacing the heads of the FBI, Pentagon, CIA, and DOD policy with complete sycophants (more so than usual). Anthony Tata, Trump's latest appointment at the Pentagon, called Obama a "terrorist leader". These are hardliners to the extreme - they will follow Trump's orders, no questions asked. Everyone thinks Trump won't forcibly take over. What rational reason would there be that he won't? Considering his completely unhinged track record so far, it is entirely reasonable that he will try this. These people live in an alternate reality, after all. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/11/politics/donald-trump-joe-biden-transition/index.html
  5. Agree with this. Arguably the only thing that saved the US this time was the Trump sheer incompetence.
  6. One third remained neutral / inactive, so they are a non-factor. I'm all for that. The more people who vote, the better. The one's who want to undermine the process by refusing to accept the results are the problem.
  7. True, but unfortunately 73 million people support him in the US, approximately a third of the country. Good example.
  8. "Tell me. Tell me what it is." LOL. Such a funny episode.
  9. Any time a progressive policy is put in front of the American people, they overwhelmingly support it. Examples of Popular Progressive Policies: 1. Medicare For All (Universal Healthcare) polls at 69% support: https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/494602-poll-69-percent-of-voters-support-medicare-for-all 2. 67% Support a Living Wage (15 USD per hour) https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/30/two-thirds-of-americans-favor-raising-federal-minimum-wage-to-15-an-hour/ 3. Green New Deal: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/green-new-deal-may-be-more-popular-carbon-tax/592201/ 4. Legalizing Marijuana Poll (two thirds support) https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/11/14/americans-support-marijuana-legalization/ 5. Free College - Poll 58% support (https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/461106-majority-of-voters-support-free-college-eliminating-student-debt) Unfortunately, progressive policies are antithetical to the goals of corporate America, so they are usually subverted by Corporate Democrats, who serve Corporate interests rather than the American people.
  10. Well, Sanders didn't run against a Republican, so we'll never know how he might have done. As a matter of fact, a real progressive has never run in a Presidential election for the Democrats (only in the primaries). That includes Obama, who was a centrist / moderate, not a progressive. There have been decent third party progressive candidates like Ralph Nader and Jill Stein, but it is exceedingly difficult for third parties to do well in America given how the system is designed. Could Biden have won areas like Atlanta, Detroit, or Philadelphia (which in turn helped him win those states (Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania) without massive turnout from progressive voters? I doubt it. Of course, moderates and conservatives helped Biden as well. This was more of an anti-Trump election rather than a pro-Biden election, meaning, the thing that united most people was their hatred of Trump, and not their support for any particular policy that Biden put forward. The conveniently philosophical slogan: "Battle for the Soul of Our Nation" encapsulates this perfectly. It doesn't mean anything concrete, and it doesn't have to. It simply means: "We're not crazy like Trump." Not a very high bar. Where do things go from here? The Corporate Democrats will keep pushing their Republican-lite messaging, chastising progressive candidates like the squad for "costing them elections". This is absurd really, as the squad won all their seats back easily, while centrist / republican lite Democrats experience defeat after defeat. Corporate Democrats will see Biden's election as a convenient mandate to return to business as usual - i.e. arguing why they can't do anything meaningful for the American people. Business as usual wasn't working before Trump. It's not going to work again now.
  11. This is an excellent interview with AOC. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-ends-truce-by-warning-incompetent-democratic-party She makes the obvious point that the Progressive vote won Biden the election.
  12. I don't agree with this at all. I know a few Trump supporters. They were convinced it would be a "landslide" for Trump. In no way did they anticipate him losing. I'd say they are out of touch with reality if the genuinely thought it would be a landslide, but this was an extremely close election - perhaps you could say the same for the Democrats and the "blue wave" theory. This was by no means a repudiation of Trumpism. If anything, it reinforced it. More people voted for Trump this time than in 2016. They weren't planning on losing. Who will run next under the Trump brand? Ivanka? Don Jr? Trump again? The support is still there. If the corporate Democrats play their "meet in the middle" games of non-change, Trump 2.0 is waiting to happen. And next time it won't be some bumbling oaf who broadcasts his fascist takeover. Next time they might succeed.
  13. I have been relieved at how effective the judiciary has been in neutralizing Trump's attempted illegality. Despite all the bluster and hot air from the bully pulpit, at the end of the day all Trump's actions have to go before a judge and must align with the law. Thank heavens for the courts.
  14. For anyone who's been paying attention, the notion that Trump will voluntarily concede the election (even if he has been legitimately and resoundingly defeated) is undoubtedly not based in reality. Trump is not the type of person to graciously bow out. Trump will use any and all means at his disposal to retain power, and has already laid the groundwork via the bully pulpit to deny the authenticity of the election results: through his constant efforts in the media to undermine the legitimacy of mail in voting, the Republican efforts to limit access to in person voting, and their attempts to get mail in ballots thrown out on fabricated technicalities by the courts. Trump will not go quietly into that good night. If there's anything we should have learned about Trump, what he says, he means. "I think it's a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it's a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over." - Donald Trump https://www.axios.com/trump-claim-election-victory-ballots-97eb12b9-5e35-402f-9ea3-0ccfb47f613f.html Trump does not want every vote counted. Nothing could be more antithetical to democracy. Trump wants the superficial appearance of a victory and a nullification of the democratic process writ large to continue his exercise in selfish aggrandizement at the expense of the American people. Now, Van Jones has released a remarkable Ted talk that is both terrifying and accurate, describing in detail how Trump could simple refuse to concede (for whatever reason) and the entire democratic process would be wrested from the hands of the people. "For instance, did you know that under our constitution a presidential candidate could actually lose the popular vote, fail to get a majority in the electoral college, refuse to concede, manipulate hidden mechanisms in our government and still get sworn in as the president of the United States of America? That's a true fact. I know it sounds like some crazy "House of Cards" episode, and I wish it was, because then we could just change the channel, but I just described to you a real-world, real-life possibility that could occur this year, the year I'm talking, in 2020, or in some other year, if we don't fix some of these glitches in our system." - Van Jones This will not be business as usual...
  15. That's fine. You're free to interpret what you read any way you like. I've made an attempt to clarify already; you're not interested in that. C'est la vie. The survey I posted shows results from over 50 years of polling. Between 30-40% of Americans consistently reported that they don't feel safe walking in their own neighborhoods at night. To me that's conclusive enough. More hyperbole and exaggerations. My posts were about increasing funding / training for officers so they can more effectively deal with violence when confronted with it. Increasing discipline and training while under pressure through the use of martial arts training would be an effective safeguard against irrational behavior under pressure. There's also the issue of increased accountability, which we haven't addressed yet. Interesting. What is the general attitude towards the police in Turkey? Are they respected overall? How much do they make, specifically? Would you say their job is dangerous, as it is in some cities in the US, or less dangerous?
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