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Everything posted by Shryke

  1. Huh? This is the Democrats actually having a spine and playing smart. They literally have no power here so they are throwing McConnell's own words back in his face to oppose him in the media. It won't work because, again, they literally have no power to stop the appointment and McConnell doesn't give a shit about anything except power, but it's more or less the attack they've got. The only other real track to take here is the whole "Trump is under investigation" thing. But that amounts to about the same, just different messaging.
  2. The same thing that stopped them from stealing the majority on the court in the first place: nothing. But it's already happening so you either fight back or you roll over and accept complete defeat.
  3. The precedent is already set. The GOP stole a SCOTUS seat via conspiring with a hostile foreign government. They are using that court, literally as we speak, to destroy the Democratic party and to curtail rights and democracy within the US. Since the structure of the US Senate makes impeachment of a justice basically impossible and since Gorsuch will never voluntarily resign, packing the courts is the Democrat's only option for dealing with the situation.
  4. No, no, no, no. Let's not undersell what went on. McConnell, the leader of the Republican party in the Senate, and with the cooperation of the rest of his part prevented the legitimately elected president from filling a supreme court seat so that hopefully someone from his own party could do so instead after the election. And election that McConnell knew his party was conspiring with a hostile foreign government to steal, which he knowingly covered up. They were not derelict in their duty. They literally knowingly prevented Democrats from seating a SCOTUS justice as was their legitimate right given they won the election so that they could take the seat by working with a hostile foreign government to steal the election.
  5. What the fuck are you talking about? Where have you been for years? The Republicans already stole a Supreme Court seat. This is not hypothetical. They literally already pulled this trigger. The only recourse is to fight back.
  6. Nah. Their SCOTUS successes have been made possible because Republicans vote to control the courts and have for decades. And Democrats just don't vote or vote third party.
  7. Oh don't be so short-sighted. This is also the end of rights for women, minorities and the LGBT community. Have your abortions now I guess. Kennedy has managed to secure himself one hell of a legacy here. A list of horrific decisions this week and then letting Trump appoint his successor. The only play for the Democrats now is to pack the courts. They've either got the balls to do it or they may as well stop pretending they are a political entity within the US.
  8. Nope. The Republicans have defined the agenda of the federal government since the 80s. Clinton snuck in on a 3-way spoiler race and this entire conversation was about that tack to the centre that he used to win those races. The Democrats were pushing hard for the centre because they didn't believe they could win otherwise and the results are pretty suggestive of that being correct. Like, you wanna keep making this about something else. Your only point is horseshit based on misinterpretation.
  9. But that doesn't contradict anything I said. Like, I feel the issue here is your own interpretation of what I mean by the domination of the US political sphere by conservatism and extending to some "they could never win southern states ever" stance I never took. The New Democrats and the things that preceded them and they way they shaped the Democratic Party and it's inner workings are a product of that conservative domination. To get back to the whole actual point I was making, Clinton's stances in the 90s are very indicative of a trend within the Democratic Party as they desperately tried to win presidential elections again.
  10. Sorry, let me be more clear: How does any of this contradict anything I said?
  11. Which southern states?
  12. I don't see how it paints anyone as victims. It's just taking a real look at how the public was voting throughout that era. White supremacy carried the GOP to a cultural dominance that is still at work today.
  13. It's pretty indicative of a trend over time I'd say. The truth is basically that Nixon used the culture war to stomp the american left's face in and the democratic party was left out in the wilderness for decades, with their only way to succeed being (or seeming to be at least, but I think it's pretty accurate) tacking towards the centre ala Clinton, who actually won. As voting demographics are shifting you are seeing new strategies being employed but that is a distinct change from what they were doing and what seemed to be the only thing working in the 1970s-2000s.
  14. Plus as the Republican party has proven in 2 of the only 3 elections they've managed to win in the past 26 years, vote numbers don't matter, it's where those voters live. The Republican party will continue to be quite strong because the american system hugely advantages their base on basically every level.
  15. Or, you know, because the american people lack the political will to actually support such a policy and would scream about "partisanship" and such if any such thing was even remotely attempted. It doesn't matter that the Republican party conspired with a hostile foreign power to steal the presidency and, for example, install an illegitimate justice on the SCOTUS. No one will impeach his ass the minute Trump is thrown out and reverse all his decisions, despite the obvious illegitimacy of it all. Not because it's "hard" or because people are "cowards" or whatever but because the american polity will not accept that plan. There is no consensus and will be no consensus on the basic facts of the matter and what should be done. People don't care or think it's fine. There is no political will within the voting public itself to tackle the problem that is the Right and the Republican party.
  16. Yup. Race warrior. Called it.
  17. I think they are fishing for a test case that Kennedy likes.
  18. I've seen the non-major media covering this a lot. The IG report tries really hard to softball it but the evidence presented is damning. The FBI staged a soft-coup to keep Clinton from power. The FBI is not fully accountable to the DOJ but also and above that to a fraternity of former agents who have both access to classified information and use that power to organize for political ends.
  19. As usual though, especially because a core Conservative principle is projection, the argument itself is very revealing about the thoughts and motives of the author. Specifically their obsessive concern with religious, racial and cultural dominance. Got a race warrior all up in here.
  20. Because people demand change eventually. The more things are bad for them, the more they demand it. And certian things in Ontario (see - power) have been pretty bad lately. So basically people turned to the "anyone but the Liberals" option. Which for a lot of Ontario is the PC party because they hate the NDP because for some reason Bob Rae is satan.
  21. Nah, he's thinking "I'm dealing with a fucking rube. This might be even easier then I thought!" He's gonna have a one on one meeting with the guy, no handlers. And Trump cares only about his own ego, his own pocketbook and his image in the press. Kim can easily wrangle at least Trump publicly saying he's gonna give real concessions to North Korea in exchange for empty words, some bribes and a few "good" photo ops.
  22. Also, your latest update on how current US immigration is a crime against humanity, from Trump right on down to the lowliest jackbooted racist thug in border services: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/06/09/borderseparations/Z95z4eFZjyfqCLG9pyHjAO/story.html
  23. Kind of. Trump is a cause and symptom in that Trump basically exploited the division between the base and the Republican establishment to steal the nomination out from under the party's control. (PS - this is why primaries like the US has can be very dangerous) Just regarding foreign policy and US hegemony, Trump's antics are in line with standard US populist rhetoric, especially on the right. But that has always been at odds with what the interest groups who usually actually direct US foreign policy want. Because of that previously this was never really an issue. But now the GOP has elected themselves a populist who's views are the same as their base's and put him in a position where the party establishment and/or Congress has no control over him. So he's pushing the populist vision of american foreign policy. Who's inevitable result, if it continues long enough unchecked, is the destruction of american hegemony.
  24. When it comes to international economic policy, Trump doesn't really have a policy agenda so much as a driving series of personal failings and beliefs. In no particular order: - Corruption and graft. Trump is all about making money by abusing his position. - Protectionism and dominance. Trump doesn't understand mutually beneficial relationships or alliances. Or trade. He thinks only in terms of winners and losers and thinks of the US as being the god-king natio of the world that should get anything it wants cause if not we will destroy you. So if the US is in his mind not getting 100% of the benefits of a deal, they are getting screwed and he's mad about it. - Authoritarianism. Trump believes in the idea of both himself and america as wielding absolute power and crushing those that stand in his way and he admires other world leaders that he perceives as doing that and is jealous of them. - Flattery. Trump loves flattery. This is the other big reason he loves authoritarians. They know how to put on the pomp and circumstances and crush any hint of dissent. - Russia.Trump is deep in bed with the Russians and easily influenced. - Lack of self control. Trump just says shit because he's an idiot who can't control himself or stop himself from bullshitting and lying all the time. What this all leads to is what we are seeing now with economic policy and the like: Trump attacking allies because he thinks that trade deals are bad for the US because the US might possibly be not benefiting on every level and because the other nations aren't servile enough. Trump starting trade wars over this because he thinks trade wars are easy to win. Trump talking up Russia. Etc, etc.