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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anyone else watching Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2? on: December 17, 2014, 10:26:54 pm
Reunion show. Josh looks so cuteee.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 17, 2014, 07:49:45 pm
The Federalists have been a one man show for a long time now. I feel bad for Yankee. He's really running the party alone. By the time I finally went back to The Party, which had been calling for me beyond the hills for months, it was literally the two of us communicating and no one else. Losing Hagrid was pretty much their end, but losing tmth(activity wise at least) and ZuWo hurt very much too.

Not that this will endear me to anyone (that's why it's so great to be an Independent Tongue), but my feeling is that it has always sort of been a one-man show. How well the Federalist Party does just comes down to a combination of the amount of time the "one man" can put in, how frustrated the "one man" becomes, and the raw skill of the "one man." This person hasn't always been me (but it was for a long time), and there have been a few successes here and there that really were rooted in fantastic group efforts, but at the end of the day, getting everyone on the same page and mustering up individuals to actually help is hard. The one man is vital; it all comes down to him. I'm not saying Yankee is ineffectual, but the cards he has been dealt IRL have made it difficult for him to achieve success for the party. Maybe it's time for new leadership, but they've reached the stage where most of the people who could turn things around are too frustrated to do anything about it.

If we're airing everything now, there were sort of four reasons why I left.

1. I was tired of being the "one man."

Even after stepping away from the leadership, it was hard for me to get away from the whole "if you want something done right, do it yourself" thing. Maybe others were capable, but I always felt like the only time the party ever had big successes was when I played a role and got the pieces moving. Sure, we have individuals who've been very successful, but that's no thanks to the "Federalist machine." Lumine and Duke won in spite of their party-ID, not because of it. They won thanks to their own merits.

And if I'm the guy who actually can make it work, why should I attach myself to an organization that only stresses me out and pisses me off? I have good GOTV skills. I can make things happen. If I want to run for office, I'll be fine.

2. It did stress me out.

When you're the one man, it's difficult to separate the party from yourself (or, at least, it was for me). So every criticism of the party was like a wound that only riled me up. I remember the night Griffin posted his bloody coat hanger attack ad. I shouldn't have let it get to me, but f-ck was I pissed. It's not healthy, and I don't wanna deal with this sh-t if I don't have to.

3. The party relies on the support of a few bigoted imbeciles that I often had to molly coddle and sell my soul to for any type of win.

I'm not going to name names because everyone knows what I mean. I'm just tired of supporting these people and trying to balance their personalities, especially when many of them oppose rights for people who are not straight, like me. I don't want my name in with theirs.

4. My views are actually evolving.

I've was hesitant to switch to the green avatar because I do still identify as anti-Democratic, but, again, I'm not the far-right social conservative that people once thought I was. I don't want to tow the party line and I don't want to sit in embarrassed silence as right-wing extremists in the same party as me pass ridiculously misogynistic legislation in the Mideast. I'm done with it.

Anyway, this turned into a giant rant, but leaving the party in silence obviously left some things unanswered. It sucks to see the Federalist Party crumble, but it's a terrible beast of a thing. Being on the right in this game sucks, but being a member of the organized right is even worse. There are many reasons for its lack of success, and I don't think they'll ever be addressed. So if it's going to be a laughing stock election after election, with only Yankee coming out to defend it in another one of his incomprehensible grandpa speeches, I just can't deal. And whether it's the Whig Party, the Federalist Party, or some other big-tent right-wing group, the same problems will always exist. The first step is getting away from even needing "one man" and instead have it actually be a team, but that just doesn't happen.

So all I can say is good luck. When you run people who are decent, I may even vote for ya. Sorry to be so blunt here, but it honestly is kind of personal for me.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 17, 2014, 01:21:29 am

It has been much easier to "come out" to people in my real life now that I'm able to not-so-subtly mention "my boyfriend." It's easier for me to talk about "me and my boyfriend" because it means I can sort of skip ahead of the awkward coming out. I was completely closeted less than six months ago, and the amount of progress I've made on this front is so astonishing.

That being said, I was fortunate to start a new program this year at school a short drive away from main campus, so I've almost been able to compartmentalize my life. I'm completely out at school and even hold hands with Tommy on campus, so all my new friends know, but I'm not as open about it in other spheres of my life. It's great when it can just be a part of me from the get-go. Telling my existing friends, however, has been a challenge. I've found it easier to tell the females and really hard to tell the males. Funny how that happens.

I realize, however, that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a boyfriend to help with the coming out process. It sort of forced my hand, to be honest... which I guess is fine. If not for Tommy, though, I know I'd still be completely in the closet. For me it's especially hard because I honestly feel like every label I've come across doesn't do my sexual orientation justice. I don't want to tell people "I'm gay," because I don't think I am. There's the odd girl who really will captivate me. On the other hand, I don't want to say I'm bi, because practically speaking, I'm a lot more gay. Frankly, I just want to be me and avoid the rigid categories altogether. A simple name does not seem adequate to describe something that, in reality, is so complex. Unfortunately, not choosing to identify with a label makes coming out a really difficult thing to do... I mean, what the hell would I say if I couldn't casually mention a boyfriend? Nothing, I guess. And maybe that's fine too.

So I haven't told my family, and I'm not sure how I'm going to do it. They aren't homophobes for religious reasons, but I do know they think it's "icky." Plus, I don't want to let them in on the nuances of my sexual orientation, because I don't want them to rationalize it as if I should just make the "choice" to be with a girl. But saying I'm gay would be a bit of a lie too... I just don't know! Ah! Like Clarko, I've kind of come to terms with the possibility that I may have to cut a lot of people I love out of my life. Thankfully I think I'll have the means to be more independent after this year. We'll see.

Anyway, the bottom line is there's nothing easy about coming out, and for some people the whole thing is a lot more nuanced. Even at school where I am out, acknowledging that I'm not straight is always a bit of an awkward thing at first. Dunno if it will get easier, but whatever... I'm pretty happy with things right now, and that's how it should be.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 15, 2014, 11:54:02 am
I don't really care if people choose to use the wrong names for things. I still know they're wrong, and that's good enough for me.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rudy 9/11: Eric Garner death caused by teachers' unions on: December 15, 2014, 10:38:32 am
If teachers unions had done more to effectively teach students, the achievement gap which plagues African-American communities would not be as significant a problem.

Well, that's complete lunacy.

On the other hand, while I don't think it's the chief problem, I do think there's some truth in the idea that there will be disproportionate violence against a group of people that has disproportionately higher contact with the police. Does that erase the significant undertones of racism that often underpin this relationship? No. But I do think there's more than one problem that needs to be addressed, and throwing all law enforcement under the bus because of the small percentage of bad apples doesn't do much for anyone.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz vs Warren 2016, Who wins? on: December 15, 2014, 10:31:17 am
Probably one of the few scenarios in which Warren wins.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When did you begin focusing on Christmas 2014? on: December 15, 2014, 10:28:25 am
It's on my radar almost immediately after Halloween. I got my tree on November 28th though, so I'll say it was then. I didn't really "feel" in the spirit until this past Saturday.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Zero In: December Election Tracker on: December 15, 2014, 12:38:50 am
Congrats to the winners, etc. etc.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Robot Unicorn Polling: Articles of Impeachment Against Pres Lumine & VP SJoyce on: December 13, 2014, 03:40:09 pm
Maybe because our Presidents and Vice-Presidents actually did their jobs and didn't disappear from the Government board for more than a week at a time. I no longer have an agenda, other than one that rains hell down upon people who phone it in while occupying offices others could be holding. If you run for office, do the job. If you can't, then get the hell out of the way and let someone else do it.

Not my fault that legislation (actually, legislation sponsored by your party) has stripped the Vice-Presidency of virtually all of its Constitutional duties. There have been no ties that have needed to be broken and so I am fully fulfilling the duties of my office under the Constitution.

For the record Sjoyce, I was the only Nay against that. So I don't think my party should be to blame for that specifically.

Windjammer, your party is Adam Griffin and TNF, and as long as they keep pursuing actions like this, you and people like you will be stuck under their cloud. It's kind of unfortunate.

As an aside, I do get a kick out of the way Adam has so mismanaged the hand of cards he's been dealt over the last six months. It's been fun. Tongue
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Chelsea Manning vs Julian Assange vs Edward Snowden on: December 13, 2014, 02:53:13 am
Well, I have zero respect for each of them, so it's kind of an impossible question.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Robot Unicorn Polling: Articles of Impeachment Against Pres Lumine & VP SJoyce on: December 13, 2014, 02:34:15 am
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where do you stand on abortion rights? on: December 13, 2014, 01:06:41 am
I've never heard a compelling point in favor of the idea that we ought to treat each fetus as a member of society, even in a limited sense.

That said, I would tolerate a fairly strict set of restrictions - a ban after the first trimester, say, which comprises the lion's share of abortions anyway - with comparatively little complaint if it meant diminishing how heavily the issue figures in our politics. The public debate is absolutely noxious, futile, and ridiculous. None of us profits from claiming that our opponents are irredeemable sexists or abettors of mass murder, and I doubt that most of those who make these claims actually believe them.

On the contrary, I think at least half the pro-choicers here legitimately believe that people who are against abortions are irredeemable misogynists. It really makes me lose a ton of respect for those folks, too. Cuz they're really missing the point.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions on the following issues on: December 13, 2014, 01:02:26 am
Abortion is a Women's Right: Oppose
Gay Marriage: Strongly support
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Absolute Right to Gun Ownership: Support
Capital Punishment: Strongly oppose
Prayer in Schools: Strongly oppose
Make Taxes more Progressive: Oppose
Privatize Social Security: Oppose
Government playing a stronger role in Healthcare: Support
School Vouchers: Support
Legalize Marijuana: Oppose
Stimulus Better than Market Recovery: Oppose
Expand Drilling: Strongly support
Prioritize Green Energy: Support
Animal Rights: Support
Expand the power of Unions: Oppose
Pathway to citizenship for Illegal Immigrants: Support
Protectionism in trade: Oppose
Increase military spending: Support

Kind of all over the map.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 12, 2014, 11:39:44 pm
Well, I'm more just being a smart ass. "Might be" and "distantly" are qualifiers that leave things pretty loose... Tongue
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will GOP 2016ers endorse restarting CIA 'enahnced interrogation' program? on: December 12, 2014, 11:37:55 pm
With respect, I have a hard time believing that enhanced interrogations aren't still going on.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If the GOP had 'smoked-filled room' who would they pick? on: December 12, 2014, 11:36:23 pm

But I can see the argument for a Sandoval type. I legitimately think the establishment wishes they could kiss the SSM issue goodbye, and that's what they accomplish with someone like Sandoval or Portman. Unfortunately the base isn't quite ready for that, but if those candidates were able to avoid a primary all together, the story might be a little bit different...
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Romney runs, would he win the Republican nomination? on: December 12, 2014, 11:33:22 pm
Of course. There's no stronger candidate. Some people will argue that that's a reflection of the sad state of affairs for the GOP (I disagree), but it is true that the bench doesn't look very impressive.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 12, 2014, 11:28:36 pm
So I might be distantly related to Deval Patrick.

I might be too.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 12, 2014, 11:27:48 pm
[1] Cris
[2] Write-in: Maxwell
[3] Polnut
[4] Write-in: HagridOfTheDeep
[5] JCL
[6] Bacon King
[7] SWE
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: December 10, 2014, 07:21:47 pm
Voters care about more than one issue, I guess.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: December 10, 2014, 06:54:51 pm
I'm super cool with my hipster ukulele, right?

22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How do you feel about law enforcement officers at different levels? on: December 10, 2014, 05:55:55 pm
Pigs are pigs, no matter where they are. Of the three, locals are probably the least porkish.

Seriously, what the hell happened to you? I expect it from TNF, but you should know that it's not "cool" to so transparently "stick it to the man." If your shtick is to be ridiculously progressive, try not to make a rush judgement about every member of a group based on the actions of a few. It doesn't look good and really undermines what you try to say elsewhere.

Anyway, I tend to respect the individuals who put their lives on the line to keep our streets safe, thanks.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: October 2014 Convention (24 hr Snap Vote On Endorsements) on: December 10, 2014, 04:24:36 pm
Just dropping in because there's been some confusion about your party's midterm conventions.

I moved to amend the by-laws to remove these conventions from the schedule some time ago. They were a bitch to run, and oftentimes we still had business going on in the thread for the last convention; it didn't make sense to uproot everything and move it to a new place. We also found that not too much was even going on for the midterms. We'd have, like, two candidates running, and opening up a convention just for that seemed unnecessary. The goal was to make our conventions meaningful and important. Six per year watered down their importance. The party agreed with me and voted to eliminate them.

That being said, the current Federalist Party by-laws are very specific about a ton of dates and other obscure things. The rules had gotten us in trouble in the past, so I wanted to make sure they were clear. The thing is, under my leadership as well as the leadership of subsequent chairmen, we didn't really follow some of the rules.

I know it's not a giant priority for a struggling party, but my advice is to take a look at the by-laws and see where they can be watered down. I'm more than happy to help and give advice whenever needed, but it would be great if you could get to a place where the rules are clear and easy to understand, not laborious to read. The by-laws can be quite challenging at times, even for me. And I wrote them. Tongue

Best of luck.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of the Interior on: December 10, 2014, 04:11:53 pm
Interesting to see an activist SoIA (sorry, I still like the old terms Wink). Best of luck.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where do you stand on abortion rights? on: December 09, 2014, 09:06:21 pm
I'd be against the right to terminate the life of an unborn child if men were the ones who get pregnant too, so I hardly see what this topic has to do with misogyny... (but I understand that it's a useful line).
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