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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz major announcement at 4 PM on: April 29, 2016, 11:50:53 am
Two days out and this is getting no play on CNN.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton says half her Cabinet will be women on: April 28, 2016, 10:22:10 am
In all fairness she's hardly just going to pick the first 10 women off the street...

Exactly. It's not like America doesn't have 5 very capable and experienced women for a presidential cabinet.

It's also not like the best possible choices for most of the cabinet positions aren't men.  It's not anything wrong with women as a group; there just aren't as many women at the very top levels of government, academia and industry.  Would you rather have the absolute most capable and experienced cabinet member or a reasonably capable and experienced member who's also a woman?

What I want is very simple, I want her to do the best job she can without taking gender into consideration in her decisions.  Is a woman the best possible pick for Attorney General?  Pick the woman.  Is a woman the best possible pick for Secretary of State?  Pick the woman.  But if a man is the best possible choice, pick the man.  I don't care.  Just don't pick the woman when the man is the best possible choice solely because you want your cabinet to be gender-balanced.

If we keep doing this, other countries that don't do it are going to end up with stronger cabinets and outperform us.

It's really absurd that you think there is actually one objective best pick for a given job. It speaks to the biases that prevent women from being recognized.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton says half her Cabinet will be women on: April 28, 2016, 10:20:22 am
Well, so far this thread proves exactly why I argued a few days ago that the United States is not actually ready for a female president, even though a female president is what they're going to get.

"How about a cabinet that is 100% competent?" Did some dope really just say that? They think so low of women that they believe Hillary will not be able to find ~10 competent ones for her cabinet? Sheesh. This is exactly why it's important to be up front about gender representation in politics, throw caution to the wind, and flatly argue that yeah, choosing someone because they are a woman is a good thing to do. Current systems of thought do not appropriately recognize the merits of women, so we need to make sure that there are policies in place that help give women a leg up over the invisible barriers they face. Otherwise we'll always have people in power cut from the same cloth and the ideals they reproduce will privilege the same people. And it will continue to look neutral because acting as if it is only merit that has gotten us centuries of mostly male cabinets allows us to not have to question what it would really mean to achieve gender parity. Look no further than this thread to see how threatening real equality of opportunity is.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz major announcement at 4 PM on: April 27, 2016, 07:50:26 pm
The Fiorina selection is not that bad. It isn't necessarily the greatest selection of all time, but it is workable.

I don't really even count it as a "selection." This isn't a legitimate choice because he has no real authority to make a vice presidential pick at this juncture. It is not even remotely likely that he will be the nominee. It's just a total joke, and the whole thing makes both of them look like lightweights.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz major announcement at 4 PM on: April 27, 2016, 03:53:31 pm
This is gross.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 08:24:18 pm
She actually seems like she's having fun being a candidate, which is so refreshing... and kind of new for her.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 08:21:05 pm
Clinton's speech is fantastic.

She's on fire. This is maybe one of the best speeches I've seen her give.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 08:15:34 pm
Why is Hillary's voice so raspy, I always wondered that

Throat cancer duh






(In all seriousness though, it has generally sounded a lot scratchier this cycle than it did in '08, which is peculiar.)
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 03:15:34 pm
Well, I used a bunch of free phone call apps to phonebank for Hillary in Rhode Island today. Tongue The 93-year-old woman was my favourite. Also a mom who I laughed with about Donald Trump. It's kind of fun!

I haven't been able to work up the nerve to phone bank. People say its actually a good way to tackle anxiety when talking to strangers but god forbid I screw up and push an undecided voter to the other side.

It was kind of scary. Especially when it's old people who can't really hear you properly and get pissed off because they think you're selling something. Mostly though I just got answering machines at this hour. I don't think you're "supposed to" leave messages, but I did anyway. I think it's worth it, because some of the people I did reach didn't even realize the primary was today.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 03:08:01 pm
Well, I used a bunch of free phone call apps to phonebank for Hillary in Rhode Island today. Tongue The 93-year-old woman was my favourite. Also a mom who I laughed with about Donald Trump. It's kind of fun!
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Politics and personal relationships... on: April 26, 2016, 11:32:22 am
On a personal level this year has actually been easier for me than most since although most of the people around me disagree with me on a lot, they're generally more hospitable to me than Trumpishness. For once we can all agree on something.


Interesting. It's been the opposite. I get more flack for supporting Hillary Clinton than I ever did for supporting Mitt Romney. Which speaks to how demented these Bernie folks really are, I guess.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which Presidents were better in their 2nd term then their 1st on: April 26, 2016, 11:20:07 am
Obama. The guy exudes a kind of authority now that he certainly lacked for at least the first four or five years of his presidency.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Hillary Clinton ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.. on: April 25, 2016, 09:03:52 am
No, things would have been way better. There was a brief period of time where it was actually cool to like Hillary Clinton, and almost everyone did. She would have been in a much stronger position without Bernie.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Charles Koch ready for Hillary? on: April 24, 2016, 10:33:05 pm

... Seriously?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Since joining the Atlas Forum, have you moved more leftward or rightward? on: April 24, 2016, 10:26:00 am
My time here correlates with the time I've spent in the world learning things and getting an actual education, so naturally I've drifted more to the left. Tongue Moderate heroism is fun and makes the most sense to me.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is America Ready for an All-Woman Ticket? on: April 24, 2016, 10:18:04 am
No. Not until people stop feeling threatened by the fact that it is actually okay to support a person just because they identify as a woman. The people who complain about that don't understand how the system is rigged and why it is important to include voices that have traditionally been marginalized in positions of leadership. There would be mind explosions across the country if Hillary chose a woman running mate, and I don't think it would be positive. She would be accused of playing identity politics even though we have had male–male tickets from the major parties in all but two elections.

That being said, I still think the circumstances could be right for an all-female ticket to win... But I don't think that would represent the country actually being ready for it. Although obviously the move would have strong supporters. It could even be a net-positive political move in that the people who would be most against it likely wouldn't support Hillary anyway, and it could win over others in a tide of female pride. On balance though, judging the intensity of sentiment and the fact that some would support Hillary and still hate the decision, no, the country would not be ready.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Politics and personal relationships... on: April 24, 2016, 12:47:58 am
I always thought I would want a partner who agreed with my politics, but honestly my boyfriend is quite non-political, and it is the most refreshing thing. As long as I can explain why I believe what I believe, he respects it. He certainly doesn't hate me for supporting Hillary like others shallowly do. And it's great to take a break from being too invested in American elections. Tongue

As for friends... Most are liberal, but I have a few who line up with me scarily well and it's always nice to blow off steam with them.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Politics and personal relationships... on: April 23, 2016, 11:01:26 pm
How much do politics influence your personal relationships? I try to be open-minded, but if someone else isn't it's very hard to get along. And I know it's a generalization, but most of the people who are like this, at least those who count as my peers, are Bernbots through and through.

My boyfriend and I have been trying to make friends with a few other gay couples, and even in Vancouver it's been horrible. "Hillary supports fracking!" "Do you know what fracking is?" "No, but I know it's awful." "Do you know why Hillary promotes fracking as SecState?" "Yes, because she's bought by big oil."

Roll Eyes

It's... hard to make friends with these people and hard not to judge.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Any Ideas on who the Vice Presidential Nominees Will Be? on: April 22, 2016, 12:30:12 pm
Al Franken and Chris Christie, of course.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: When did Clinton become the prohibitive favorite? on: April 21, 2016, 09:13:38 pm
I think Nevada was kind of like, the biggest "fork in the road of destiny." I know it was close, but I always felt like a Sanders win there could have seriously legitimized his campaign and propelled him to stronger showings on Super Tuesday.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The new ten dollar bill to have a woman on: April 20, 2016, 02:59:58 pm
"Just" the Trail of Tears? Just?

You people...
Read my post again.  I said that Jackson was awful for reasons other than the Trail of Tears.  To be sure, it would be enough to make him an HP, but it's not the only reason why he was.

Sorry, it was in reference to SteveMcQueen.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: CT-Quinnipiac: D: Clinton 51% Sanders 42%; R: Trump 48% Kasich 28% Cruz 19% on: April 20, 2016, 02:14:49 pm
I think it's actually possible Bernie could drop out next week, if he gets completely shellacked.

He said he wouldn't, for what it's worth.

Well obviously he's not going to say anything that would depress his turnout.

I know what he has said, but, I mean... It must be clear to even him that he's sort of created a monster he can't control in his rabid fan base. And if he decides he's doing more harm than good by continuing s campaign that is now so obviously over, he may pull the plug.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: CT-Quinnipiac: D: Clinton 51% Sanders 42%; R: Trump 48% Kasich 28% Cruz 19% on: April 20, 2016, 10:36:31 am
I think it's actually possible Bernie could drop out next week, if he gets completely shellacked.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic New York Primary results thread (polls close at 9pm ET) on: April 19, 2016, 08:01:28 pm
Ugh, I detest young people.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are social issues really more important than economic/security issues? on: April 19, 2016, 09:48:10 am
Well, the questions you are asking are different.

Voting a certain way because of social issues is not the same as just voting out of emotion. It may be difficult for a straight white man to understand, because social issues don't actually affect you in any way at all so emotional concerns are all that matter, but to everyone else, "social issues" come down, in many ways, to the core of who they are.

A straight white man hears chatter about abortion, gays, etc. and has an armchair reaction but can pretty much go to sleep at night no matter what happens with these issues at the end of the day.

A gay person hears chatter about laws that will permit businesses to discriminate against her and has to struggle with the idea that her quality of life is actually on the line.

Why have things changed? In the 1970s, fewer of these people felt like they had the social capital to stand up for themselves and their causes didn't really gain traction. Today there's been a snowball effect: The people whose lives hang in the balance as a result of "social issues" have organized into strong activist communities and voting blocs and have actually managed to insert themselves into a more inclusive modern pop culture. So even the normies feel the moral prerogative to be allies... as anyone with any decency should.
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