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1  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Are the Dakotas more similar to Minnesota or Montana? on: August 21, 2017, 10:45:54 am
paging BRTD
2  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The origin of the wrong idea that the nazis were lefties on: August 19, 2017, 10:50:06 am
National Socialists. Duh.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you a Marxist? on: August 16, 2017, 10:26:05 pm
No. Equality of opportunity, not outcome.

A vapid slogan if there ever was one.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Steve Bannon vs. Jeremiah Wright on: August 16, 2017, 10:24:12 pm
The idea that Jeremiah Wright "justified" 9/11 is unfounded bullsh**t.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-NH): Itís time to remove Trump on: August 10, 2017, 05:00:00 pm
How come Republicans have so much courage when they're out of office?

Because saying this isn't courageous in the slightest when they're out of office.
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Curious, what caused NY and CT became so liberal now (especially LI/Suburbs) on: August 10, 2017, 04:58:40 pm
^ Westchester is more "establishment" than Nassau.

There definitely seems to be a divide between places that were bedroom communities for the Social Register types as far back as more than a century ago and areas that were specifically constructed as "family-friendly" suburbs for post-WWII white-flighters.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jeffery Lord fired by CNN on: August 10, 2017, 04:55:26 pm
What a waste.

8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Name one thing Trump did right, one thing he did wrong so far in office......... on: August 04, 2017, 02:13:48 pm
Right: Paralyze the Republican Party's brutally inhumane policy agenda via Guinness-record-setting scandals and incompetence.

Wrong: ......
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Pew: Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 on: August 04, 2017, 02:08:49 pm
This is part of the reason why a number of us believe America is destined for a big political shift in 2024 or so.

Very dangerous word to use in politics (and in general).

And one could just as easily argue that, since so many working-age Millennials are poor, deeply in debt (yay college loans), and/or not white, and that their coming-of-age in American politics has left them a lot of reason to be jaded, cynical, apathetic, with an eye-rolling attitude toward civic life (that is, what's left of civic life) and a commonly held belief that their voices aren't heard and will likely never be heard...then it's quite plausible that voting rates and civic participation will not significantly improve among this generation (to say nothing of those growing up after the Millennials).

I'm not saying you're wrong by any means, but the trends in regard to political and broader civic participation for this generation (my generation, for what it's worth) do not look encouraging. Though of course, they are only continuing a trend that started well before them.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Younger generations and (large) cities - could this actually *hurt* Democrats? on: July 30, 2017, 10:52:35 am
What I mean by the thread title is the tendency of young, college-educated, and liberal-minded people to congregate in certain, mostly large cities/urban areas. This is true for people of this description from every region of the country (or of the world, in many cases these days), for both men and women of this description, people of all ethnic and racial groups, as well as both LGBT individuals and those who are straight/"cis", and furthermore, people who don't belong to (conservative, white) Christian groups, or who are even religious at all. And all of these categories overlap in significant ways, of course.

The implication here is that the places where all of these younger, largely liberal/left-wing people move tend to be already overwhelmingly Democratic areas, and are more often than not in pretty safely Democratic states, so if anything, this trend is getting stronger. This obviously already hurts the Democratic Party in down-ballot races, but I'd argue it hurt them in the most recent presidential election as well. And in light of Republicans currently controlling the governments of a lot of "purple" states - which has lead to both egregious gerrymandering and even more egregious voter suppression efforts - as well as the younger generation continuing to lag behind older Americans in registration, turnout, and broader political participation (for various reasons that would take another, longer post to adequately cover), I'm seriously wondering if these demographic trends that on the surface do indeed look very friendly to Democrats might actually hurt them, if only in the short-to-medium-term.

Curious as to what others' thoughts are on this topic.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump approval ratings thread 1.1 on: July 29, 2017, 11:52:04 am
These days, the big cities are generally the home of productive people who are paying for the rest of the country.

Makers and Takers right?
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of PR (the atlas poster) on: July 29, 2017, 11:17:07 am
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Wulfric understand single-payer healthcare at all? on: July 29, 2017, 11:16:34 am
I'll wait for a bipartisan compromise on this question.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When will Sparky actually score with a lady? on: July 29, 2017, 11:15:01 am
Hopefully never.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was the US presidential election of 1860 legally/constitutionally valid? on: July 28, 2017, 07:43:49 pm
Why wouldn't it be?

Ask the Lost Cause crowd. I'm sure we have a few here; Trump is President, so those views are obviously utterly mainstream.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Why are educated voters less likely to support Trump than non-educated? on: July 28, 2017, 07:32:54 pm
I thought that education was mandatory in the US. Presumably there aren't many voters who have no schooling...

(Though the idea that formal education is synonymous with education in and of itself is not at all reflective of a biased, prejudiced, and dare I say, uneducated mind, obviously.)
17  General Discussion / History / Re: Presidents that had the best personal relationship on: July 28, 2017, 12:19:54 pm
Ironically, Kennedy and Nixon were (apparently) good friends before 1960.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Was the US presidential election of 1860 legally/constitutionally valid? on: July 28, 2017, 12:10:38 pm
??
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Libertarianism vs Communitarianism on: July 28, 2017, 12:00:30 pm
Not Libertarianism (human being, normal)
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AtlasDates: Single posters thread on: July 27, 2017, 04:27:34 pm
*swipes left*
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Trump inspire so much loyalty? on: July 27, 2017, 04:23:50 pm
To elaborate: there's been a clear tendency for the Republican Party to become more deeply partisan and more loyal to a Republican President ever since Barry Goldwater won the Republican nomination in an upset victory over Nelson Rockefeller (and with it, Rockefeller's brand of Republican politics; notice how even the less "Reaganist" Republicans like Nixon, Ford, and George Bush the Elder were moving to the Right in the post-Goldwater era).

However, with each Republican presidential loss from Goldwater on (Ford, Bush Sr, Dole, McCain, Romney) both ideological rigidity and partisan discipline got stronger within the party. And this, of course, was also hardened by both increasingly unanimous (or very close to unanimous, anyway) opposition to Democratic Presidents as well as rallying around Republican Presidents. And in cases where an unpopular Republican President was unseated by a Democrat (Ford, Bush Sr.) or had their Presidency end in unequivocal disgrace (Nixon, Bush Jr.) this same tendency was solidified even more.

All of this, naturally, had the effect of driving comparatively "moderate" Republicans away from the party (even if they were only temperamentally moderate) - that is to say, Republicans who are/were more receptive to bipartisanship or interested in even the basics of governance. Which has had entirely predictable consquences.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Trump inspire so much loyalty? on: July 27, 2017, 03:55:28 pm
Someone doesn't remember the period from late 2001 to like, 2005-2007ish (depending on how you measure these things).

Not new.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: IQ Scores on: July 27, 2017, 02:34:28 pm
If you're asking what my average score on an IQ test would be I'm fairly sure it has three digits.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows on: July 27, 2017, 02:31:18 pm
Probably because most American Muslims are highly educated.

Exactly. Where I'm from, the average Muslim is not some scary terrorist, but a dweeby engineer.
Name one country where the "average" Muslim is a scary terrorist.

 And the "Islamic State" doesn't count.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows on: July 27, 2017, 02:28:52 pm
I can't imagine why. Has anything happened in the past few years that would helped explain this? Huh

Very mysterious.
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