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51  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a fighter for a Judeo-Christian Europe? on: February 19, 2017, 01:47:51 am
Sure. Judeo-Christian values aren't exclusive ones, and they're generally good ones to live your life by. Voted "Yes".
52  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) fiercely criticized at town hall on: February 19, 2017, 01:29:07 am
Tom Reed was a primary Trump supporter -- trash, basically, who deserves to lose to a Democrat. Very good to see this kind of thing.

-He primary endorsed Trump because he'd have a much better chance of staying in office with Trump at the helm than Mitt.

Trump and Mitt never ran against each other, so this is kind of a false choice. Reed had a choice between Trump or 15 different at least mildly better Republicans (and Christie, Trump's fellow big-government Republican). He picked Trump; like all others who picked Trump in the primaries, he deserves to lose and be purged from the political system. While it's not a position I hold, I do think a reasonable person could've chosen Trump over Hillary; I don't think a reasonable person, of really any ideological outlook besides "big-government/authoritarian Republican" and "intentional wrecker" could've voted Trump in the primary, and I'd like to see the party cleared of both groups. Really, ideally, the country.
53  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Tulsi Gabbard v. John McCain on: February 19, 2017, 01:05:42 am
54  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Lindsey Graham on: February 19, 2017, 01:05:21 am
One of the biggest FFs of modern American politics. A worthy eventual successor to the great John McCain.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain (on Trump): Dictators 'get started by suppressing free press' on: February 18, 2017, 09:57:34 pm
The recent glorification by the left of the warmongering/neocon/evil to the core segment of the GOP simply because they oppose Trump is pathetic.

I always had a relatively high opinion of John McCain.

This goes back to his opposition to some of George W. Bush's policies though... like his opposition to torture.

Foreign policy-wise, McCain is indeed way too much of a hawk for my taste. This is why I wouldn't want to see him as president.

Still, he was probably the most decent man the Republicans nominated for president in the past 20 years.

-I find nothing decent about either McCain or Romney as politicians.

What do you dislike about the only 2 decent people that have been nominated by major parties in this country in this century?
56  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) fiercely criticized at town hall on: February 18, 2017, 09:44:58 pm
Tom Reed was a primary Trump supporter -- trash, basically, who deserves to lose to a Democrat. Very good to see this kind of thing.
57  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain (on Trump): Dictators 'get started by suppressing free press' on: February 18, 2017, 09:42:00 pm
I've said many times that it was actually John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008 that first inspired my interest in politics, and it's great to see that McCain continues to be a terrific American leader -- a true man of the people, if I may say so
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of each generation on: February 17, 2017, 04:38:07 pm
Is anybody able to explain why GenX gets so few years (less than half as many as the "greatest generation") compared to the other generations?

Because the border between Gen X and Millennials should really be much later (around the mid-'80s)?
59  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of each generation on: February 17, 2017, 04:36:30 pm
All FFs except Boomers and Gen Z, who are both terrible. Though this refers to the generations in the United States; other countries have different paradigms.
60  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would President Sarah Palin have been better than President Trump? on: February 17, 2017, 04:35:19 pm
Yeah, clearly. Palin has actually criticized Trump on some relevant issues (like the Carrier deal). She was a pretty decent governor, if unready for the national stage, before she decided to switch to a more lucrative career and become an attention-grabbing celebrity; the endorsement of Trump was more about the new career than any ideological stance. Pre-2009 Palin as President wouldn't've been great, but it would've been a sincere desire to do well and enact conservative policies.
61  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Interesting Article on Mark Sanford- If all h#ll broke loose- He could on: February 17, 2017, 04:30:18 pm
I would love this. I was a big fan of Sanford pre-sex scandal, and since his return to the House he's utterly built his reputation back up in my mind. I really don't see how the scandal is remotely disqualifying in the Age of Trump, and policy-wise he would be fantastic. I would vote for Sanford enthusiastically.
62  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cory Booker vs Donald Trump on: February 17, 2017, 04:29:11 pm
To elaborate, if Booker can stay at the same level as Clinton but motivate just a few more black voters, it's really not that hard to get to this map:



307-216, with 15 electoral votes in North Carolina too close to call. I see no reason Booker can't achieve this in basically the same environment as 2016 was held in. What the environment will be like in 2020 isn't really up to Booker or Trump, and could move voters from one side to another.

I find the idea that Booker could cause more WWCs to move from Clinton to Trump to be extremely dubious -- by 2020 it'll be clear that Trump can't bring about his promises of bringing back manufacturing -- but even if this is the case the only states that would be put at risk are NH, ME, and perhaps WI -- not enough to break the Democratic victory on this map.

One of the key points is: for Democrats to win in 2020, no actual Trump voters from 2016 need to be persuaded over. It would help, but it's unnecessary. Better turnout or convincing third-party voters is sufficient.
63  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northern Voting Booth - February 2017 Regional Election + Referendums on: February 17, 2017, 04:00:48 pm
Class I Senate:
[1] Write-in: Clark Kent
[2] Write-in: RGN08
[3] R2D2

Governor:
[1] Kingpoleon
[2] Mike Wells

Assembly:
[1] Write-in: Clark Kent
[2] Write-in: RGN08
[3] Spark498
[4] JGibson
[5] Lok1999
[6] CXSmith
[7] DrewMike87
[8] Wolverine22

Name Change:
[X] No

Name Change Suggestions:
[1] Write-in: Middle-earth
[2] Lincoln
[3] Franklin
[4] Atlantic Union

“Executive Tiebreaking” Amendment:
[X] No

“Voter Integrity” Amendment:
[X] No
64  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 11th March 2017, West Australia state Election on: February 17, 2017, 03:54:26 pm
I continue to rather like Group Ticket Voting, and its effect of occasionally acting as a de-facto demarchy and otherwise being a pretty good representation of the voters' wishes. The new Senate voting system doesn't really seem that much worse, though, since the minor parties are still getting in.
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 17, 2017, 03:51:09 pm
There's obviously the chance this is just statistical noise, but if Macron is dropping we can attribute it to riots causing a drift to the right or to maybe a small backlash over his Algeria comments (polling seems to show that most French people agree with him, but I'd imagine this is an issue on which the minority faction is much more vocal). We'll have to wait for more polling to know; even if he is dropping, it doesn't seem that Hamon is gaining anything from it, and (as I posted a few weeks ago), Macron should really be fighting a one-front war against Hamon right now (or, at the least, the Hamon front should be prioritized over the Fillon front), convincing his supporters to switch over, whether in the name of strategy or ideology or whatever. The Algeria comments suggest Macron is taking my advice.
66  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2017 Federal Election on: February 17, 2017, 01:24:29 am
President and Vice President:
[1] dfwlibertylover/Goldwater
[2] Winfield/Poirot
[3] Maxwell/smilo
[4] NeverAgain/Southern Gothic

House of Representatives:
[1] tedbessell
[2] Enduro
[3] Heisenberg
[4] North Carolina Yankee
[5] Potus2036
[6] lwp2004
[7] simossad
[8] Peebs
[9] 1184AZ
[10] OneJ_
[11] Cashew
67  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Guillermo Lasso on: February 17, 2017, 01:21:39 am
Anyone fighting for the overthrow of chavismo and its copycats is a massive Freedom Fighter!
68  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of these 4 voting groups who defected from their party on: February 17, 2017, 01:21:18 am
LBJ Republicans, Trump Democrats -- HPs
Reagan Democrats, Hillary Republicans -- FFs

Trump Democrats -FF. Trump was a man of the people, and a conservative who rejected Bush at that.

The rest of your post is defensible for someone with your views, but this is just objectively untrue. The people rejected him massively. Man of the Electoral College, sure.

-Defection of Texan and Californian elitists from the GOP really means nothing as to claims if Trump was a man of the people or not.

Er, no. "Man of the people" implies the people voted for him. But they didn't. Mitt Romney is objectively more qualified for that title.

-Only in one sense, not in any of the others (thx Gary). And a man of the people can, in fact, alienate elitists and still be called that.

Right, but elitists are by definition a small group. How small can be debated, but they are certainly not a majority of the population, which is how many voted against Donald Trump (54%). Considering there was a slight positive correlation between wealth and likelihood of voting for Trump (though living in a wealthy area made you likely to vote for Clinton, considering that very far from all wealthy people live in places like Atherton), removing "elites" is likely to only put Trump in a deeper hole.

Trump is many things, Eharding. A man of the people just isn't one of them, not under any stretch of the definition anyone can muster. This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- you don't always have to be a man of the people to be a good leader. This is no disqualifier.
69  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of these 4 voting groups who defected from their party on: February 16, 2017, 11:42:06 pm
LBJ Republicans, Trump Democrats -- HPs
Reagan Democrats, Hillary Republicans -- FFs

Trump Democrats -FF. Trump was a man of the people, and a conservative who rejected Bush at that.

The rest of your post is defensible for someone with your views, but this is just objectively untrue. The people rejected him massively. Man of the Electoral College, sure.

-Defection of Texan and Californian elitists from the GOP really means nothing as to claims if Trump was a man of the people or not.

Er, no. "Man of the people" implies the people voted for him. But they didn't. Mitt Romney is objectively more qualified for that title.
70  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of these 4 voting groups who defected from their party on: February 16, 2017, 11:30:18 pm
LBJ Republicans, Trump Democrats -- HPs
Reagan Democrats, Hillary Republicans -- FFs

Trump Democrats -FF. Trump was a man of the people, and a conservative who rejected Bush at that.

The rest of your post is defensible for someone with your views, but this is just objectively untrue. The people rejected him massively. Man of the Electoral College, sure.
71  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If we did have a first woman president, what do you envision her being like? on: February 16, 2017, 07:52:45 pm
Nikki Haley, perhaps, or Kirsten Gillibrand if I have to pick a Democrat. What I envision her like may have little or no resemblance to what she actually ends up being like, of course.
72  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Do you WANT there to be an afterlife? on: February 16, 2017, 07:46:56 pm
Without details on what sort of afterlife it is, no. It is easy for me to think of things much more horrifying than passing away into nothingness. With specific details, sure, maybe. Voted no, though.
73  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: February 16, 2017, 05:02:53 pm
Having watched the Halifax debate on YouTube...I think, if I had a vote in this election, I would definitely cast my first-preference vote for Obhrai

His main issue is French. At the Quebec City debate, he read a declaration in "French" (it sounded more like some sounds vaguely sounding French and was incomprehensible).

Very unfortunate, that. He seems really personable and likable, with an interesting life story and stances that are acceptable to every wing of the party Sad
74  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: February 16, 2017, 04:47:11 pm
Elections coming this fall. Stay tuned

Is this for certain? What groups are going to bring down the government? Or will Netanyahu call snap elections? Is he even likely to recontest?

EDIT: This is a semi-random question, but I don't see Tzipi Livni being offered as a choice for the Labor Party leadership. Is she likely to break off and run herself, maintain the Zionist Union alliance, or merge her party into Labor? Or leave politics? I was under the impression that the long-term goal of the formation of Zionist Union was so that Livni could maneuver herself into eventually becoming Labor party leader and a prime ministerial candidate once again. Sure, Livni's a tired has-been, but Amir Peretz seems like even more of a tired has-been, and all the polls include him as leadership potential. Why not Livni?
75  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Would a ban on religious proselytization be constitutional? on: February 16, 2017, 02:49:39 pm
The Supreme Court has ruled on this question. It would not be.
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