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101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Republicans block minimum wage increase on: May 02, 2014, 03:11:21 pm
The difference is that ideological separation was minimized in those decades in favor of geographical separation; a Northeastern Republican and a Midwestern Democrat both felt themselves to represent industrial populations and so might vote for a wage increase, where Southern Democrats and Western Republicans opposed it on the grounds it would harm their agricultural constituencies. As the Parties sorted themselves geographically, they polarized ideologically. The obvious solution is to unpack them geographically.

Okay, we'll just "do" that then.
102  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: May 02, 2014, 12:28:43 pm
Soviet Union needed 9 years of full concentration - with the experienced army, coming straight out of WWII. You underestimate both Ukraine and Ukrainians. But it was awfully bloody and cruel the last time - on both sides. God forbid it happens again.

The Soviets by no means had to "fully concentrate" against the minor Ukrainian insurgency after WWII. You are dramatically overstating the effectiveness and scale of the Ukrainian insurgency. They were never a real threat to the Soviet State, they were a pest.

You're acting like the Ukrainian insurgency after WWII was some kind of major war.
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Republicans block minimum wage increase on: May 01, 2014, 02:19:14 pm
To be fair, the Democrats brought this up deliberately so it would get voted down by Republicans to use as a talking point for the midterms. Still good to make the contrast though.
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary's worst division on: May 01, 2014, 11:40:50 am
East South Central.
105  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action ban on: May 01, 2014, 12:47:29 am
Strongly support the decision -that said, proponents of race-based affirmative action policies do have a point that if we are going to strip out race and ethnicity from admissions consideration, it is only fair to extend that to legacy preferences too.
106  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The True Left's turn against gay marriage on: April 30, 2014, 01:21:49 pm
Hmm, nope, still not seeing why this is 'intellectually hollow', as opposed to, oh, say, overly idealistic, slightly (or more-than-slightly!) unfeasible,  more trouble than it's worth, or any number of other criticisms that I'd gladly acknowledge because they don't come from a place of complete and total smug self-satisfaction. I'm sure you wouldn't claim that just capitulating to the way things happen to be or have become and attempting to mitigate (what one might see as) damage is the right course of action in many other areas, although I guess I understand why you think it's an appropriate course of action for 'the center' to take. I'm not sure if you intend 'a Mormon should appreciate this' as an insult, but I don't really take it as one, even though I'm not Mormon.

The basic premise from which you are arguing did always strike me as a little orthogonal to the point, but I didn't feel comfortable enough with my understanding of the history involved to get into that, so, you know, I'm kind of glad somebody who's more qualified to talk about it is.

They don't?

You and Meursault aren't getting along because you're so much alike.
107  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of this image on: April 29, 2014, 10:38:50 pm
108  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: White Supremacist gets probation for trying to create all-white town. on: April 29, 2014, 10:18:37 pm

These kinds of injustices are why we need to allow for German-style anti bigotry laws (regardless of the first admendment... especially since he wasn't just speaking, he was acting on that speech)

No we do not.
109  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support Private or for-profit Prisons? on: April 29, 2014, 12:10:10 pm
No, it's a perversion of the very idea of justice system. And making it for profit is a very dangerous path.

This. Private prisons should be banned.
110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Illinois lawmakers to draft cannabis legalization bill on: April 29, 2014, 12:42:08 am
Great to hear it!
111  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The Armenian Genocide on: April 29, 2014, 12:40:41 am
It is shameful that we have not done so as yet.
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kerry: Israel could become "apartheid" state, needs new leadership on: April 29, 2014, 12:36:38 am
Point of Order: Kerry never actually described Israel as an "apartheid state" in being. He was talking about possible outcomes for Israel if no deal can be made.

A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens — or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bob Schieffer: Romney may consider 2016 run if Jeb Bush doesn’t on: April 28, 2014, 12:51:56 pm
It's Tom Dewey all over again.
114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which losing Pres. nominee would have had the best second chance 4 years later? on: April 27, 2014, 08:47:06 pm
Al Gore in 2004. Only because I don't see a path to the nomination for Kerry in 2008 though. If Kerry could be handwaved in as the Democratic nominee in 2008 he would have a much better chance of winning then Gore against President Bush.
115  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Sean Hannity vs Glenn Beck on: April 25, 2014, 02:28:55 pm
Beck. He is way less of a hack then Hannity.
116  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: which 1988 candidate would you rather see as the 2016 dem nominee on: April 25, 2014, 02:27:31 pm
Biden easily.
117  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: Who would you vote for in this primary? on: April 25, 2014, 02:27:07 pm
118  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: is the Family Research Council a hate group? on: April 25, 2014, 12:25:34 am
The FRC is a bait group. Like Dobson's Focus on the Family, its semi-conscious purpose is to channel Christians who may otherwise be compelled by conscience to support social justice-oriented issues into hard right politics instead.
119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What didn't the electorate like about the 1980s democratic party? on: April 23, 2014, 10:04:43 am
It's simple: the Republican Party was offering more handouts and freebies at the time than the Democrats. People were told by President Jelly Belly that they could receive massive amounts of tax cuts without ever having to pay for them through spending cuts; the modern Republican Party, its explosive tendencies of debt accumulation and the beginning of our debt problems were born.  The older generation at the time - accustomed to voting Democrat - could jive with Reagan's message of "we'll give you more social programs and more money, but the only thing standing in the way of doing that are all of these welfare queens and young bucks". Herego the Reagan Dixiecrats.

Of course, the concept of selfish entitlements and a "me, me, me" attitude rang true with the Baby Boomers, who have no doubt been the worst generation of human beings ever to walk this planet. The attitude shift wasn't one of maturity, but rather one of embracing the next phase of selfish entitlement in their already-privileged lives. In the 60s and 70s, it was all about protest culture and free love because that's what kept their asses safe and out of war. Unlike their parents - who actually knew hardship - when they started working, they wanted to keep all of it for themselves. That mentality has recently gave way to the desire to cut and cut and cut program after program to preserve their own entitlements as they draw nearer to Death's Door, and is the only response/solution to a lifetime of them pissing away everything every previous generation worked so hard to build. Truly an entitled bunch, from the cradle to the grave.

In summary, a combination of all reward and no sacrifice, massive amounts of credit fueling unrealistic and unsustainable economic growth/the ability to live outside their means, and the promise from Reagan and Republicans to deliver on all of that - backed by strong-arming the vulnerable Democratic caucus into acquiescing - was what pushed the selfish and materialistic Baby Boomers into the Republican Party as their generation began voting en mass. The "Reagan Democrats" play a part, sure, but it was the sway of the Baby Boomers that created the political climate of the 1980s. Now, they're freaking out because they see the Millennials beginning to rip their electoral power away from them and restoring the country to the economic principles that existed before they spent a lifetime plundering it. Here's to hoping they won't get to spend their final years doing what they've been doing for decades.

120  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Republicans need to expand the map. Here's my proposal. on: April 23, 2014, 08:41:29 am
I've always thought that even if the GOP does well in the Mid-West Democratic map expansion in the Upper South and the South-West could undo it.

The "problem map" for the GOP:

It's a narrow win for the Democrats but you can see how even a clean sweep of the Mid-West can be undone by NC, VA, AZ, CO, and FL.
121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Federal Judge Orders IN To Recognize Terminally Ill Woman’s Same-Sex Marriag on: April 23, 2014, 08:26:07 am
122  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you could change the outcome of one of these elections, which would you? on: April 23, 2014, 07:26:33 am
1968, but out of these certainly 2000.

The cynic in me thought of changing 1976 to set Ford up to fail.

123  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Atlas, let's talk about race on: April 22, 2014, 11:20:52 am
When Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio walk into a Wall-Mart, loss prevention sees a white person.
124  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should job required drug testing be illegal? on: April 22, 2014, 03:40:31 am
125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: April 21, 2014, 06:22:03 pm
I pray this happens. America needs to stop eating its young.
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