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Pardon in 3....2....

Trump must be sweating bullets, hoping the GOP somehow manages to maintain control of congress in the mid terms.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/opinion/happiness-inequality-prosperity-.html

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Today it is free-market conservatism that is voiceless. After insisting for two generations that inequality does not matter, the heirs of Mr. Reagan and Mrs. Thatcher — people like the House speaker, Paul Ryan — have neither a coherent program to reduce inequality nor a philosophical rationale to seek one.

Like it or not, inequality in today’s America drives politics toward rage and polarization, and toward destabilizing and dangerous populisms of both left and right. Trumpism and Sandersism have something to say about inequality, but mainstream conservatism does not, and it will be no match for them until it does.


I find it difficult to disagree with most of this article.


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I thought conservatism was irredeemable around Tea Party popularity, now it is beyond any doubt that there is no mainstream conservative party left in the US politics.


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Originally Posted by Sini
I thought conservatism was irredeemable around Tea Party popularity, now it is beyond any doubt that there is no mainstream conservative party left in the US politics.


I think that was an important moment, and good sense lost out in the end. Largely due to media treatment, and that includes media of all stripes. Fox wanted to create an army of unthinking authoritarian populists, other media highlighted on the worst parts and made them seem as though they were the norm - and in the end, that it what the norm turned into.

This is the problem with movements without leaders. Much ado has been made over the course of history about the problems of movements with leadership, less about movements without - especially in a modern media environment. Its an interesting phenomena, where a movement with largely X characteristics and some Y can be decried as being Y, and thereby not only dissuading the X component from further participation but signaling to Y that their own backwardness is both popular and accepted - and thereby bringing out more of the previously closeted Y.

Originally the Tea Party was mostly about decrying the bailouts and big govt - particularly big govt in service to powerful vested interests. Obviously that isn't what it came to stand for over time, and certainly not what the Trump Party is about.

This is rather unfortunate, as the old school conservatism had already been killed off by the neo-cons and religious right. The neo-cons now suffer from debilitating failures in policy and foresight to the point of lacking any credibility popular or intellectual, and the religious right has defected to the new Trump wave, despite Trump being neither religious nor conservative.

Sadly the left is faring little better, with the neo-liberal sub-branch of neo-conservatism (lets face it, that's what it is - hi Hillary) suffering its own popular and policy setbacks, with the emerging far-left alternative being based on ideas that were thoroughly discredited intellectually around 70 years ago. (and again and again henceforth. apparently a not insignificant swath of people still mistake short memories and idealistic hopes for workable public policy)

Its as if since 9/11, people have lost any capacity whatsoever for any sort of thoughtful objectivity in the public sphere.

What troubles me is that I cannot fathom even a hypothetical way out. At least in the past, one could hold hopes (however slight, and ultimately doomed) that people would catch their breath and calm down a little, and with slightly clearer eyes see where we went wrong, and slowly start putting it right. Instead, the insanity seems to be accelerating. Perhaps were it not for social media, we would have. For a bit it seemed like our culture had finally started to adapt to the 24/7 news cycle and the constant barrage of talking heads, but suddenly everyone was able to find their own personal echo chambers, ready to legitimize any and every view they could possibly hold.


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The United States and Mexico have reached agreement to revise key portions of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement


Looking forward to reading the independent analysis of the deal.


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Trumps ensures no deal with Canada

I am not sure how he plans to take on China with no allies on his side.


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Resistance Inside the Administration

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It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.


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Frum: Just Impeach Him Already

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If the president’s closest advisers believe that he is morally and intellectually unfit for his high office, they have a duty to do their utmost to remove him from it, by the lawful means at hand. That duty may be risky to their careers in government or afterward. But on their first day at work, they swore an oath to defend the Constitution—and there were no “riskiness” exemptions in the text of that oath.


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Yeah.. I'm not really ok with the notion of "rest assured, there are adults in the room." I watched a snippet of the daily show guy talking about this, and I think he got it spot on even if it was partially satire. If the situation in the administration is such that there's even a need for a "resistance" then it's probably bad enough to invoke the 25th amendment. That's what it's there for. That said, is 2 years of Pence better than 2 more years of Trump? Classic case of damned if you do damned if you don't...

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