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It will be interesting to see if the MAGA agenda gets traction if Trump stays out of it. That’s the issue, not anything else. I see a lot of Republicans in power that don’t want it, and don’t get it. To a lesser extent I see that in the GOP electorate.
Fair enough and I applaud your ability to think rationally and critically.
I disagree. I don’t have your contempt for Republicans. McCain would have been far better than Obama. Romney far better than Obama and both would have been far better than Trump. The MAGA brand is tainted. We need a new slogan.
Most Republicans like Trump. Heck, after Biden, I’m warming up to the guy.
Really? I don’t think so. But like last time he would be able to divide and conquer in the primaries. And then lose ugly in the General. You want that again? Most Republicans would be happy to go with someone else if he would go away.
I am talking about one thing and one thing only: policies.
Not in the political class and there is a worrisome amount in the GOP electorate.
One of the more notorious members here can only think about certain types of morals and the electorate, and I swear he doesn’t think about policies at all. That type of thing.
I think there are many Republicans with good policies.
That is too absolute. I mean a big number.
I don’t believe it. We need people that understand why populism and Socialism are a problem right now. And I mean really understand it, not just a bunch of boiler plate.
Trumpers think populism is wonderful. And unfortunately many people embrace socialism. Republicans can no longer call something socialism and have people recoil.
We need someone who understands the problems and is also a great politician. Desantis looks great, but with his wife seriously ill, he might not run. There are others. We need a candidate that won’t make more than half the country recoil in horror, to the point they vote for Joe Biden!
Trump was doing mostly the right things to put a lid on populism. That is what I’m talking about. That is what they need to do. Not a bunch of Republican boiler plate. You also have to be realistic about the state of the world as far as how screwed up things are.
Hopefully the GOP isn’t as ignorant about the media and all of the other institutions, now.
We need someone who can get the Trump people on board and someone who can get the people who hate Trump on board. Because we win by getting a larger coalition than the other guys.
I see a lot of ignorance of what I’m talking about. Then you have special interests.
Seriously, the ACA is forcing single-payer. It’s working to force single payer. The Republicans that torpedoed overhauling it are stupid or selfish.
They go on and on about the electorate and certain kinds of behavior even though our own DOJ is as immoral as anything can be.
We can’t keep doing this.
I could believe that Biden won legitimately, in part because I think people – or The People – deserve to suffer from their foolish choices. But the other side seems oddly reluctant to prove that they won.
I know it’s a quibble, but I don’t want them to rule America. I want them to govern America.
I know what Jorge meant. English is not his first language but he writes remarkably well. I tried to learn Portuguese once (a posting in Brazil) and it is not easy!
They don’t have to prove it: every state certified their election results and Congress ratified it. That’s the proof. If someone wants to contest the results of the election it’s on them to prove that the reported results aren’t accurate. So far, despite a ton of noisy effort, no one has done that. Why? Because Donald Trump lost the election.
This is not complicated.
It seems the GOP doesn’t want to seize the moment and govern America.
Same as when Trump was president and they controlled the House and Senate for 2 years.
It also discloses some truths about what we “Portuguese native speakers” mean when we talk about political power. It wasn’t an accident that our dictatorship lasted 48 years.
That’s actually pretty normal. I’m no linguist but I know enough world history to know that having a King reign over you is the norm.
Yesterday (5th of October) we commemorated the 111th anniversary of our Republic. However, it was a Jacobin Republic, full of illegalities, murders and it wasn’t in any shape or form a democracy. It was 16 years of chaos that open the way for a right-wing dictatorship. Things actually got worst after we kicked the king out.
Again. I must thank you, sir. The firestick was a game-changer. It really works fabulously.
Technology improves while politics stays the same.
That seems pretty typical too, historically.
I have noticed that too. As a proud American, I am no fan of Kings. But I can’t help notice that almost every king was better than the revolutionary that came after. Even the Czar of Russia who was kind of a jerk.
The Spanish King seemed to be a solid dude. As did the late King of Thailand. I can understand how a moderate Republican would be fine with the holding back on Republican reforms until the good king or Queen died.
Ten whole minutes of reality:
Because human nature stays the same.
Which is why we should genetically engineer humanity.