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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Michelle Goldberg: The country has changed in the past year, and many of us have grown numb after unrelenting shocks. What now passes for ordinary would have once been inconceivable. The government is under the control of an erratic racist who engages in nuclear brinkmanship on Twitter. He is dismantling the State Department, defending the hollowing out of the diplomatic corps by saying, on Fox News, "I'm the only one that matters." He publicly pressures the Justice Department to investigate his political opponents. He's called for reporters to be jailed, and his administration demanded that a sportscaster who criticized him be fired.

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USA Today recently reported that the president has nominated several members of his clubs to federal jobs. Never in modern history, it said, "has a president awarded government posts to people who pay money to his own companies." In another administration this would have been a major scandal. In this one it barely registers.

How can America ever return from this level of systematic derangement and corruption?

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"How can America ever return from this level of systematic derangement and corruption?"

Some people need to learn to love their country again.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-07 11:15 AM | Reply

Couldn't find something more histrionic? He'll be gone in 3 years. The Republic still functions.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 11:18 AM | Reply

"He'll be gone in 3 years"

The plague didn't last forever, either. Time for the Big So What.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-07 11:21 AM | Reply

We are about where I imagined we would be. Not better. Not worse. An unqualified narcissistic President making headline news on a daily basis based on stupid proclamations and insulting tweets, but very little progress being made legislatively on pretty much any issue whatsoever.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-07 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is the symptom of a dying country. If you think we got here overnight, you need to wake up. I'm seeing commercials on TV calling for Trumps impeachment.
www.youtube.com

#5 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-11-07 11:23 AM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2017-11-07 11:21 AM | FLAG:

Let me rephrase that. He MIGHT be gone in 3 years. Given a strong economy, it'll probably be 7 to go. More or less nothing will get done either way, our government is designed to move glacially slow.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 11:36 AM | Reply

"More or less nothing will get done either way, our government is designed to move glacially slow."

Glaciers....oh yeah....I remember them. Too bad my grandkids won't. Trump and his ilk pretend there is not global warming and I always ask them....where did those glaciers go?

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-07 11:43 AM | Reply

"I'm seeing commercials on TV calling for Trumps impeachment."

Yeah, by that left wing radical Tom Steyer. Maybe we should be listening to him?

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-07 11:45 AM | Reply

Glaciers....oh yeah....I remember them.

#7 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-11-07 11:43 AM | REPLY

Not quite as histrionic as the OP but points for trying.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 12:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Electing an unintelligent man baby could have had a silver lining if it scared the oligarchy enough to curb their excesses. But the new tax bill proves that they are more greedy than ever.

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-07 12:30 PM | Reply

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We can start asking now: are you better off than you were four years ago?

In 3-2-1: Hell No!!

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2017-11-07 02:25 PM | Reply

We are about where I imagined we would be. Not better. Not worse.
#4 | POSTED BY MODER8

At least Mueller is ahead of where I expected by now. Of course, he's behind where I want him to be.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-07 02:42 PM | Reply

Yawn... Why isn't crooked Hillary in jail yet... ?

Everyday.. more info on her crimes spills out... while the trail of dead associates keeps growing longer...

#13 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-11-07 03:08 PM | Reply

Electing an unintelligent man baby could have had a silver lining if it scared the oligarchy enough to curb their excesses. But the new tax bill proves that they are more greedy than ever.

The oligarchy learned how to control the unintelligent man baby and it's back to business as usual.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-07 03:21 PM | Reply

Yawn... Why isn't crooked Hillary in jail yet... ?
Everyday.. more info on her crimes spills out... while the trail of dead associates keeps growing longer...

#13 | POSTED BY PEGASUS

I see someone works for The Onion.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-07 05:00 PM | Reply

Couldn't find something more histrionic? He'll be gone in 3 years. The Republic still functions.

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

I totally agree. The country is too strong to fold, even with a turkey in charge.

#16 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2017-11-07 09:14 PM | Reply

Yawn... Why isn't crooked Hillary in jail yet... ?
Everyday.. more info on her crimes spills out... while the trail of dead associates keeps growing longer...
#13 | POSTED BY PEGASUS

I see someone works for The Onion. #15 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Syco, please don't insult The Onion.

#17 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2017-11-07 09:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The only solace I can find in Trump being elected is that it just drives all the prissy, self-important drama-queens ------- crazy.

The thing is, I'd probably agree with them if they could find some way to make it less of a self-centered pity party.

Yeah, Trump sucks. Hillary may have been better, but not by much. Bernie would have done well in any high school, promising more recess and no more academics.

Maybe next time you will develop some smattering of intelligence and vote Libertarian.

#18 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-07 10:29 PM | Reply

Maybe next time you will develop some smattering of intelligence and vote Libertarian.

#18 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Remind me, what country has ever been successfully run by libertarians?

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-11-08 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remind me, what country has ever been successfully run by libertarians?

#19 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

This one. For more than 150 years.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-08 11:13 AM | Reply

This one. For more than 150 years.

#20 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

That's just silly.

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-11-08 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's just silly.

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-11-08 03:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's Jeff so you know.

#22 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-08 03:54 PM | Reply

This one. For more than 150 years.

#20 | POSTED BY JEFFJ
That's just silly.

#21 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

Until the passage of the New Deal, this country was governed very much in-line with the Libertarian Party's platform.

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-08 03:55 PM | Reply

Slavery is just one small part of JeffJ's Libertarian" success story.

Don't forget about the endless bank runs, Indian genocide, racist immigration policy, and countless Marine deployments to Central America!

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-08 04:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Libertarian Platform: Take a complex socio-political equation, partially differentiate one variable, then set the entire equation equal to the new partially differentiated equation, wholly disregarding all of the other variables. Thus you can focus on one tiny slope of the puzzle while ignoring the rest and thereby attempt to trick anyone not paying close attention that you took the entire equation into account.

The Conservative Platform: Take a complex socio-political equation, keep differentiating until f(x) = 0 such that the limit of x--->0 of f(x) = 0. Thus with infinite differentiation, you can reduce any complicated problem down to yes or no, regardless of how many variables, coefficients, or exponents are present.

The Liberal Platform: Take a complex socio-political equation, smoke two joints, have sex, and pass out. Get up and make a ham sandwich and look at the equation again.

#25 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-08 04:18 PM | Reply

#24

Not to mention the Great Recession.

100 Signs You Might Be a Libertarian...

001.) If on your Facebook profile, you literally list "the private sector" as your employer ... you might be a Libertarian.

002.) If your high school yearbook quote contained the word "serfdom" in it ... you might be a Libertarian.

003.) If you consider yourself a member of the "capital class" even though you work part-time at Starbucks ... you might be a Libertarian.

004.) If you'd like to legalize drugs for your own recreational use but prevent poor people who also do from receiving welfare benefits ... you might be a Libertarian.

005.) If you constantly criticize the poor for seeking handouts when you're 30 years old and still live with your parents ... you might be a Libertarian.

006.) If somewhere in your home there's a framed picture of a gun ... you might be a Libertarian.

007.) If you actually thought "Bioshock" was an ENDORSEMENT of Ayn Rand's teachings ... you might be a Libertarian.

008.) If you mock theists for believing in an intangible super-being, yet talk about "the market" as if it's an all-powerful force of nature ... you might be a Libertarian.

009.) If your most frequently used word on a daily basis is "coercion" ... you might be a Libertarian.

010.) If half of your home equity is in Rush albums ... you might be a Libertarian.

internetisinamerica.blogspot.com

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#24 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

And don't forget about the bald-eagle-freedom one would feel by not having to bow to the tyranny of choice, pulling the one and only shirt out of your wardrobe, and stepping over dear old mum before heading off to the company store to buy her a biscuit.

#27 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-11-08 04:30 PM | Reply

013.) If you've ever compared seatbelt laws to the Holocaust ... you might be a Libertarian.

014.) If you've ever had a Mencken quote iced onto a birthday cake ... you might be a Libertarian.

019.) If your idea of "fighting the system" is smoking weed and posting image macros on Reddit ... you might be a Libertarian.

023.) If you think it's OK for corporations to do all of the illegal ---- you constantly criticize the government for doing ... you might be a Libertarian.

024.) If you tend to forget that the Gilded Age was ushered in due to government investments in railways ... you might be a Libertarian.

025.) Similarly, if you tend to leave out the G.I. Bill and the Interstate Highway System when discussing the Golden Era of Capitalism ... you might be a Libertarian.

026.) Furthermore, if you spend all day complaining about government intrusion on an information system financed by the government itself ... you might be a Libertarian.

027.) If you're still waiting for a human female to join your on-campus club ... you might be a Libertarian.

028.) If you're completely unaware that most of your Mega-Capitalist heroes would consider you an insignificant piece of ---- ... you might be a Libertarian.

I was just going to post a few more good ones, but there are too many good one, rofl.

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:31 PM | Reply

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#29 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:32 PM | Reply

100.) If your entire life revolves around defending an abstract political philosophy, anchored around intangible-yet-conveniently-fluid definitions of non-existent constructs like "freedom" and "personal right" ... you might be a Libertarian.

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-08 04:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

030.) If you hate FDR more than you hate Hitler ... you might be a Libertarian.

031.) If you use the term "Fabian socialist" because you're too much of a ----- to call the President the n-word ... you might be a Libertarian.

034.) If you're unaware of the hypocrisy of quoting maxims about freedom from a man who raped slaves ... you might be a Libertarian.

037.) If you SWEAR you're not a Republican, even though your political ideology lines up perfectly with theirs ... you might be a Libertarian.

038.) If your idea of police brutality is a parking citation ... you might be a Libertarian.

039.) If you're deathly afraid of the NSA stealing your data but don't care when Google and Facebook sells it without your permission ... you might be a Libertarian.

040.) If you think waiting in line at the DMV makes you a political prisoner ... you might be a Libertarian. * see Ray, lol

047.) If you're in favor of legalizing prostitution because, secretly, you know that's the only way you'll ever -------- ... you might be a Libertarian.

048.) If you've tried to 3D print your own sex doll ... you might be a Libertarian.

057.) If you think the only reason government exists is to provide a military, police and a judicial system, yet all you ever do is complain about the military, police and judicial system ... you might be a Libertarian.

have to stop, he to stop now!

#31 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:42 PM | Reply

Slavery is just one small part of JeffJ's Libertarian" success story.
Don't forget about the endless bank runs, Indian genocide, racist immigration policy, and countless Marine deployments to Central America!

#24 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Yes, the country had plenty of bumps and problems during its Libertarian governance, but to suggest that it wasn't successful, in sum during that time frame, is absurd.

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-08 04:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#32

See 24 and 25 of you might be a libertarian if...

#33 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:45 PM | Reply

This thread is great now Corky.

008.) If you mock theists for believing in an intangible super-being, yet talk about "the market" as if it's an all-powerful force of nature ... you might be a Libertarian.

037.) If you SWEAR you're not a Republican, even though your political ideology lines up perfectly with theirs ... you might be a Libertarian.

023.) If you think it's OK for corporations to do all of the illegal ---- you constantly criticize the government for doing ... you might be a Libertarian.

Are my favorites.

#34 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-08 04:49 PM | Reply

076.) If you think businesses would have naturally phased out Asbestos and exploding car parts on their own... you might be a Libertarian.

082.) If you consider yourself a generator of public wealth because you trade Pokemon on your 3DS ... you might be a Libertarian.

084.) If you constantly criticize the lower class for playing the "victim card," but all you ever do is talk about how the government victimizes you ... you might be a Libertarian.

086.) If you think over the counter heroin would SOLVE more problems than it would create ... you might be a Libertarian.

089.) If you consider AR-15s to be status symbols ... you might be a Libertarian.

099.) If your political platform is "---- the poor" ... you might be a Libertarian.

Ah... good times.

#35 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-08 04:50 PM | Reply

"bumps and problems" is what Libertarians call slavery and genocide.

Funny flag for that!

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-08 04:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Yes, the country had plenty of bumps and problems during its Libertarian governance, but to suggest that it wasn't successful, in sum during that time frame, is absurd.

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-08 04:43 PM | Reply

This country has NEVER been a libertarian country. I don't know which orifice you pulled that out of and og your dastardly declaration that the genocide was a bump or problem is horrific. The worst genocide in world history was perpetrated by our ancestors.

#37 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-08 04:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not to worry, JeffJ will soon clear things up that he was "just joking."

Nothing wrong with us white folks sharing a laugh over slavery and genocide!

#38 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-08 05:13 PM | Reply

Nothing wrong with us white folks sharing a laugh over slavery and genocide!

#38 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

The very essence of White Supremacy!

If you never have to think about race... you might be a beneficiary of White Supremacy.

#39 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-11-08 11:21 PM | Reply

I was contemplating a response but I decided against indulging Snoofy's fundamental dishonesty.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-09 12:00 AM | Reply

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