Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Reason magazine makes a good point about "moderates":

"The most worrisome thing about Merrick Garland, President Obama's choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, is that reporters routinely describe him as "moderate." Although that label is supposed to be reassuring, in politics it usually refers to people who combine the worst aspects of the left and right, united by an expansive view of government authority and a narrow view of individual rights."

I appreciate those that don't hang too far to the left or right, but the point about moderates is spot on. I'd argue Donald Trump fits this definition of moderate.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

So someone who is rabidly racist, sexist, xenophobic and terminally ignorant is, to you, a moderate? Whatever.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger SGT Ted said...

racistsexistblahblahblaaahhhh. It has become so tedious. You folks really need better material.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Fred and Ted. I think trump is a moderate. Julie,it's primary season. trump is selling himself to the racist, xenophobic, sexist portion of society. Just wait till the national election. He will shift towards the center

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Showed up on my moderator's page and I couldn't figure out how to publish it here so, copy and paste:

"Military intervention is a big issue in this election? Are you sure about that? The only anti-intervention candidate is Bernie Sanders and he's getting slaughtered at the polls. Hillary Clinton voted for the war and is clearly a willful player in the military industrial complex. Yet she's winning. Now here's the main reason I disagree with your premise. Donald Trump's rise really happened after the Paris attacks, when we started being an interventionist in his speeches. I'm afraid that the American public is salivating at the mouth for another war. Or five. War is entertainment, job creation and boosts national pride. All at once. Football games only provide a certain amount of violence. Americans want it to go one step further and see some blood from some brown people. on Lorretta Sanchez For U.S. Senate?"

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Military intervention is a big issue in this election?"

Note that I wrote MI is MY big issue in the election, not the public at large's. You are correct that most Americans don't seem to care about attacking other countries. Nearly all the main contenders talk a lot in support of military aggression. In fact, just yesterday, Reason magazine published a piece pointing out that, of the mainsteam candidates, Trump is coming off as the least aggessive militarily now.

They made a good case,citing his new advisor team and some other things. I still felt they neglected Trump's tendency to go by whatever strikes his fancy on a given day so his rhetoric could easily change a week from now.

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WW3 is eminent. Nothing we can do about it. But, we can man up with the best chief available.
The big 5 are all in place. Russia, China, North Korea, Venzuela (yep, starve the citizens, sell weapons), & U.S.A. (all caps, corporate owned).
Economists are freaked out.
Who who who should be at the helm??
As for me, I choose either Gary Johnson who will accept expert advice, unlike the war mongrels. Heck, I even applaud John McAfee due to his love & dedication to LIBERTY. I'm sure he will seek expert advice too.
The rest of them? Bahumbug! Arrogant bullies. Don't worry, I got this, we'll do what I say. Or First, let me send an email to Russia about our uranium deals. Or there's always the VW air force one mobile dropping diplomas across the nation's like propaganda pamphlets.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It amazes me how reverse psychology is being used with Trump. Those who've watched every interview, rally, debate, know he is innocent of the petty insultive crimes against him. So, they defend him. They get so busy defending him that they begin rallying for him. Say what?!
If they really wanted to undo him, they would point out the truths that are detrimental. More spying, patriot act, control of the Internet, and so much more. This is where we need to focus.
But, then, those who bully through lies, definitely want government control in every aspect, to the fullest extent, of our lives.
By golly, I think I'm awakening.


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