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originally posted by: intrepid
originally posted by: network dude
It's clues like that, that make this look like it was intended to be blamed on the unhinged right wing extremists.
Maybe it was. So? That doesn't mean ya'll are.
We're voting on policy.
A Growing Cancer On Congress: The Curse Of Party-Line Voting
Unfortunately party-line voting has become the new normal. As recently as the early 1970s, party unity voting was around 60% but today it is closer to 90% in both the House and Senate.
Party affiliation has become an all-encompassing identity that outweighs the details of specific policies.
“Partisan identification is bigger than anything the party does,” said Frances Lee, a professor at the University of Maryland who wrote a book on partisan polarization. Rather, it stems from something much more fundamental: people’s idea of who they are.
“It more or less boils down to how you see the conflicts in American society, and which groups you see as representing you,” Ms. Lee said. “That often means race, and religion, and ethnicity — those are the social groups that underlie party identification.”
It more or less boils down to how you see the conflicts in American society
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
In the 1980s, Lee Atwater was a motor-mouthed Republican strategist for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. One of his oft-quoted dictums is: “In politics, perception is reality.”
originally posted by: loam
a reply to: network dude
Of course this is completely unacceptable. But I'm also certain many on the left are secretly celebrating the prospect this was someone on the right. Not because they really care, but rather because they know this can be used to slime half the country with 90% of the media's help.
I can only hope it's not some deranged right winger, as that would seal the deal for dems and likely propel into the 2020 election process. Conversely, if this was a false flag, and it's proven to be such, the dems would be so over. So finding the responsible parties will be a YUGE priority and will have lasting implications.
Conversely, if this was a false flag, and it's proven to be such, the dems would be so over. So finding the responsible parties will be a YUGE priority and will have lasting implications.
I keep wondering at what point will we all hit bottom and realize that the violence ins't worth it?
I heard a story that long, long ago, we voted because of what people stood for and claimed they would do. I wonder how that might work in today's world?
originally posted by: matafuchs
a reply to: network dude
This is how I am looking at it right now...
If this was a real threat...someone would be dead.
If this was a staged threat for votes and the media...you have what happened today.
I suspect White, 35-50y/o Independent who wanted to vote Bernie in 2016
Newsweek appears to be first out of the gate when it comes to blaming Republican officials for the series of mail bombs addressed to prominent Democrats.
originally posted by: TonyS
Won't happen in our lifetimes for 2 rather simple reasons. 1, for a lot of the candidates no one knows what they stand for and if they profess to stand for something, no one believes them, thinking they're just saying stuff to get elected and then 2) no one believes they can achieve any of the stuff they claim they would do.
Result? Every election is about chock blocking your enemies! This ain't about "ideas" or "policies" or "grand vision" anymore.
Trump is the only one in recent memory who does actually work on the things he said he would do.
originally posted by: Konduit
a reply to: matafuchs
All these packages sent out and not a single one exploded. Why am I not surprised?
originally posted by: Blarneystoner
Not celebrating... mourning. Mourning the loss of common decency and integrity... but those things were abandoned a long time ago.
You say that people on the Left don't care.... but that's how they see the Right. When you elect a leader who consistently spews dog-whistle toxic rhetoric aimed at minorities, immigrants, Muslims, and even the disabled.... and you have the #ing nerve to say that the Left doesn't care... look in the #ing mirror.
You're gonna have a hard time convincing most people with any common sense that the Right GAF about anyone....