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  #2414965 9-Feb-2020 11:42
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frednz:

 

I've never seen a positive word about Trump on CNN (or on this forum either for that matter)! Are you all Democrat supporters?

 

 

I am not a Democratic supporter as such, but today's polarised binary world doesn't leave a lot of choice. If you are not a Democrat, what realistically is left? I am certainly not a Republican. There used to be 'good' Republicans, fiscal and/or social conservatives who had real values and believed in playing by the rules. Those now seem to be mostly gone. They have been largely replaced by Trump puppets who don't care about democracy or the Constitution or due process or anything except winning by any means fair or foul. I think these people are despicable cop-outs and a real threat to democratic freedom. For lack of any better alternative, I support the Democrats.

 

 





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  #2415048 9-Feb-2020 13:48
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frednz: Have a look at Fox News occasionally, the positive side of Trump is often highlighted, such as:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-will-proposes-big


President Trump is seeking billions of dollars in new funding for NASA  aimed at returning astronauts to the moon within four years, according to administration officials. Trump will propose a 12 percent budget increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration when he releases his spending plan next week. The boost includes funding to develop human landers, Fox News has confirmed. No one has been to the moon since 1972 under NASA’s now-shuttered Apollo program. But since taking office, Trump has made space exploration a top priority, and his administration has set a target of 2024 for the next lunar landing.


I've never seen a positive word about Trump on CNN (or on this forum either for that matter)! Are you all Democrat supporters?


CNN broadcasting Trump's moon return and mars goals announcement:



Most members of this forum are based in NZ and don't have a dog in this race. For the most part CNN and Fox are talk channels. People get talk and news confused all the time. Personally I'm a bit more aware of Fox than CNN. Probably because people in this topic are posting reactions to Fox talk shows. Talk news about talk news about news..

 
 
 
 


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  #2415116 9-Feb-2020 14:54
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Rikkitic:

 

frednz:

 

I've never seen a positive word about Trump on CNN (or on this forum either for that matter)! Are you all Democrat supporters?

 

 

I am not a Democratic supporter as such, but today's polarised binary world doesn't leave a lot of choice. If you are not a Democrat, what realistically is left? I am certainly not a Republican. There used to be 'good' Republicans, fiscal and/or social conservatives who had real values and believed in playing by the rules. Those now seem to be mostly gone. They have been largely replaced by Trump puppets who don't care about democracy or the Constitution or due process or anything except winning by any means fair or foul. I think these people are despicable cop-outs and a real threat to democratic freedom. For lack of any better alternative, I support the Democrats.

 

 

 

 

Realistically there is "Independent" or "uncommitted" or what ever you care to call it.

 

Last 4 elections I have voted differently and have typically voted for a different party to the local MP.

 

I have voted for what I believe are the right policies, but have also voted for whom I believed was the most competent local representative , too often they are not one and the same thing.

 

In NZ we are lucky, we have an independent authority who sets the electoral boundaries.

 

In the US most of them are set by the incumbent party, so gerrymandering is rife, as is voter de-registration, etc.

 

No one should look at the US and believe it is a real democracy.

 

 


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  #2415256 9-Feb-2020 16:36
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Things that doomed the US democracy

Two chambers for the legislature branch

The US legislature branch has two chambers: the "House of Representatives" is what you'd expect.

The Senate, currently controlled by the Republicans, is two Senators per state.

I let the founding father James Madison comment why it i was created

In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place.

If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other.

They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.

The Senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, the people ought to have permanency and stability

Electoral college

From Why Was the Electoral College Created?

At the time of the Philadelphia convention, no other country in the world directly elected its chief executive, so the delegates were wading into uncharted territory. Further complicating the task was a deep-rooted distrust of executive power. After all, the fledgling nation had just fought its way out from under a tyrannical king and overreaching colonial governors. They didn’t want another despot on their hands.

One group of delegates felt strongly that Congress shouldn’t have anything to do with picking the president. Too much opportunity for chummy corruption between the executive and legislative branches.

Another camp was dead set against letting the people elect the president by a straight popular vote. First, they thought 18th-century voters lacked the resources to be fully informed about the candidates, especially in rural outposts. Second, they feared a headstrong “democratic mob” steering the country astray. And third, a populist president appealing directly to the people could command dangerous amounts of power.

Out of those drawn-out debates came a compromise based on the idea of electoral intermediaries. These intermediaries wouldn’t be picked by Congress or elected by the people. Instead, the states would each appoint independent “electors” who would cast the actual ballots for the presidency.

A corporation has same rights as a human

Corporation get more and more constitutional rights, through a series of court rulings. See Corporate personhood

Money is free speech

From Wikipedia'sCitizen's United vs FEC

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case concerning campaign finance. The Court held that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations, including nonprofit corporations, labor unions, and other associations.

The case arose after Citizens United, a conservative non-profit organization, sought to air and advertise a film critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shortly before the 2008 Democratic primary elections.

...In a majority opinion joined by four other justices, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy held that [a reform] act's prohibition of all [money spent by corporations] violated the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

...The ruling effectively [allowed corporations] to spend money on electioneering communications and to directly advocate for the election or defeat of candidates.

In his dissenting opinion, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens argued that Court's ruling represented "a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government."


Facebook, foreign intervention, and a charismatic leader were just the final nails in the coffin of democracy.

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  #2415258 9-Feb-2020 16:53
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Worth noting that the Constitution and the French revolution happened at about the same time. The latter scared the hell out of the ruling classes and undoubtedly had to do with the framers not wanting to give the people too much direct power.

 

 





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  #2415262 9-Feb-2020 17:01
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Trump Acquitted in Impeachment Trial & SOTU Fallout

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Trump’s impeachment trial comes to a predictable end as Senate Republicans vote to acquit him. Meanwhile, right-wing politicians and pundits erupt in outrage over Nancy Pelosi ripping up Trump’s State of the Union speech.


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  #2415565 10-Feb-2020 13:50
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kingdragonfly: I'm about to break Godwin's law, but all posters in this forum were already given permission a long time ago.

I'm sure Trump has done some good things, but so has Adolf Hitler.

Adolf gets credit for the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle. He also motivated Jews to establish Israel.

Much like Trump's love of the coveted Time magazine cover, Adolph was on Time magazine's covers several time including.Time's man of the year in 1939.

Adolf Hitler loved his mother.

Both Trump and Adolf Hitler were called for war time duty, before becoming leaders. Unlike Trump, who has hid from duty by bribing a doctor, Adolf Hitler actually served his country.

Where Trump had to hire a ghost writer to pen his book, Hitler actually wrote his own.

Trump has lived with a silver spoon in his mouth his entire life, and either handed success on a golden platter by his father gifts, or gained it with misappropriation, usually by means of abusing the legal system. While Adolf spent some time as a starving artist.

Hitler was reportedly a teetotaler, nonsmoker, and vegetarian.

So doing a few good things does not make Trump even a sub-par human.

I think females wasps who inject their eggs into living caterpillars probably have more empathy for their victims than Trump.

I think parasitic African eye worms are more pleasant company than Trump.

You could say I'm not a fan of Trump.

 

 

 

And the other great thing about Hitler - he was the guy who shot Hitler 😅


 
 
 
 


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  #2415698 10-Feb-2020 19:59
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Trump's associates seem to relish in others misery, with a hint of being racist.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Says Coronavirus Could Bring Jobs Back to the U.S.

New York Times, by Ana Swanson and Alan Rappeport

The commerce secretary said the virus, while “very unfortunate,” could prompt companies to reconsider operating inside China.

WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted Thursday morning that a deadly virus originating in China would cause companies to reconsider their global supply chains and ultimately “help to accelerate” the return of jobs to the United States.

In an interview on Fox Business, Mr. Ross said diseases like the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed more than a hundred people and sickened thousands, were “another risk factor that people need to take into account” when considering where to locate operations.

..Mr. Ross, a wealthy investor, has been criticized for making controversial or seemingly out-of-touch statements in televised interviews before. In May 2018, he held up a can of Campbell’s soup while arguing that the administration’s metal tariffs would have a minimal effect on consumers. In early 2019, he suggested that workers who had been sent home without pay during the government shutdown should take out personal loans.
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  #2415708 10-Feb-2020 20:28
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While I don’t doubt that it will accelerate the plans of some already in the process of leaving, I’d give pretty low odds that a big chunk of those jobs are going back to the US. Elsewhere in Asia, like Vietnam maybe, but not to the US.





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  #2416306 11-Feb-2020 17:55
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This turned up on Facebook today 😁

 

 





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  #2416585 12-Feb-2020 10:37
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Looks like America has affirmed its new status as a banana republic.





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  #2416807 12-Feb-2020 19:06
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Breaking news: CNN projects Trump win in New Hampshire Republican primary.

 

 





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  #2417039 13-Feb-2020 07:23
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Rikkitic:

Looks like America has affirmed its new status as a banana republic.



The term "banana republic" does not fit the US. It actually has a very strong economy and is not dependent on revenue from a single export/ resource.




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  #2417154 13-Feb-2020 09:51
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MikeB4:
Rikkitic:

 

Looks like America has affirmed its new status as a banana republic.

 



The term "banana republic" does not fit the US. It actually has a very strong economy and is not dependent on revenue from a single export/ resource.

 

I am well-aware of the literal meaning. I was referring to the corruption of government institutions and their subversion to the interests of the rulers. America has been corrupted by those at the top and 'banana republic' was the most insulting characterisation I could think of to describe this travesty of what it used to stand for.

 

 





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  #2417164 13-Feb-2020 10:01
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I am speechless, but then this is the way Trump wants things, as if a street fighter mentality, but now he has influence in the DOJ and doing the same street style corruption tactics.

 

Did anyone hear Jesse's interview with Rick Wilson yesterday.

 

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