The 10 radical new rules that are changing America

SethBullock

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WARNING: This article excerpted from Fox News. Read at your own risk!

1. Money is a construct.
It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.


2. Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.

How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.

3. Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily — if at all — by an American commonality.

4. The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.

Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the "founders" than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.

5. Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote.

Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing and normative rules of school behavior. They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating and air conditioning.

6. Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism and homophobia. The elite need these exemptions to help the helpless. It is what you say to lesser others about how to live, not how you yourself live, that matters.

7. Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it. It is more humane to let thousands of homeless people live, eat, defecate and use drugs on public streets and sidewalks than it is to green-light affordable housing, mandate hospitalization for the mentally ill and create sufficient public shelter areas.

8. McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.

Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.

9. Ignorance is preferable to knowledge. Neither statue-toppling, nor name-changing, nor the 1619 Project require any evidence or historical knowledge. Heroes of the past were simple constructs.

10. Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter are the new gospels.



Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

The answer determines whether a constitutional republic continues as once envisioned, or warps into something never imagined by those who created it.



Victor Davis Hanson (born September 5, 1953) is an American conservative commentator, classicist, and military historian. He has been a commentator on modern and ancient warfare and contemporary politics for National Review, The Washington Times and other media outlets.

He is a professor emeritus of Classics at California State University, Fresno, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and visiting professor at Hillsdale College. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a presidential appointee in 2007–2008 on the American Battle Monuments Commission.
 

hatty

cynical profane bastard
I'm glad i didn't stop at fox....... not a bad read

The western world (apart from the silicon valley stuff) is responsible for just about everything on that list.
 

Squire

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  1. GOP policy since Reagan and before when tax cuts and spending increases blew out.
  2. GOP only ever enforced laws that advantaged whites and disadvantaged coloreds.
  3. GOP has always been racist as has much of white America. It is reflected in GOP membership.
  4. Immigrants have been preferred to citizens since 1492.
  5. Pedophilia? Matt Gaetz was right?
  6. GOP has always been the preferred party for hypocrites.
  7. GOP has always contended the homeless have a right to be homeless.
  8. GOP is the party of McCarthyism. McCarthy was a staunch Republican.
  9. Donald Trump reinvented ignorance and spread it to the educated.
  10. Christianity is declining in the face of GOP lies and hypocrisy.
 

johnsmith

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Money is a construct.
it's true ... it is a construct ... the problem is?


Laws are not necessarily binding anymore.

that has always been the case.

Racialism is now acceptable.

like banning muslims and mexicans?


The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen.
Depends on the citizen

Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children.
Makes sense ... most children I spoke to thought trump was a joke. And yet American adults voted for him .. American adults can learn a lot by listening to their children

Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it
nothing new here.

Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive.
The republicans have always been like that .. nothing new

McCarthyism is good.
Trumps gone now so you'll likely see less of that

Ignorance is preferable to knowledge.
seems to be the status quo in the USA

Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity.
Not true ... it's just the right have labelled anyone and everything they don't agree with as woke ... they'll find a new word in a year or two and then woke will be forgotten .. Christianity however will live on for as long as we get days of work for xmas and easter
 

Squire

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The US ship of state is being steered away from the rocks by helmsman Biden after the previous incumbent Dopey Donald Trump propelled it into mortal danger with lies, slander, and insults.
 

Shellandshilo1956

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Fox News is an oxymoron. Fox has been described as the "right-wing propaganda machine". It is designed by its masters to echo the views of its master, in promoting only the GOP agendas. It does this by ridiculing token guests with opposing views. Also, by disseminating misleading, biased, false narratives, lies, and only half-truths, to the ignorant and the gullible. But if you are a republican/conservative dogmatic ideologue, then Fox would just be music to your ears.

1. Money is a construct.
Money, itself, is not a construct. But the inherent value that it represents, is. As I've said before, "nations don't go broke, they just print more money.". Although REAL money IS becoming more virtual everyday. The National Debt has never mattered to either party. It has only been a political talking point, to give the appearance that either party gives a shit. Do you think that any of the lawmakers, or any member of Congress didn't get paid, during any of the government shutdowns. Of course not!! The only thing that these fake egalitarians care about is what happens at the ballots, and what happens in their bank accounts. The rest is just politics.

2. Laws are not necessarily binding anymore.
Biden can't willfully(or otherwise) make any Federal Law null and void. The Constitution guarantees all immigrants a pathway to become a naturalized citizen. All immigrants, documented or not, are protected by the Constitution(due process, equal protection under the law, privacy, voting, etc.). Biden swore an oath to protect all Constitutional rights. Where in the President's oath of office, does he swears to defend all federal or immigration laws? Also, Federal law is not Constitutional law(Primary Law).

3. Racialism is now acceptable.
I serious doubt if Antifa would agree with you! And, I seriously doubt that most ethnic minority groups would also agree with you. We have all seen what happens to people who try to stand up to racism and bigotry. The crusaders have become the criminals. They are attacked, persecuted, demonized, and slandered, for attacking this social disease headon. Under the fake outrage and indignation, that these groups would actually admit that they are prepared for violence. Not like the peaceful marchers against racism, who accepted being beaten, murdered, and having excrements thrown at them. Didn't hear racist Whites bitching about the violence they were blatantly, and openly committing. Nor were they repentant afterwards. The road that starts with exclusion, will end at the crematorium. Even though all races are a mutation of the Black gene, This is what's in the Jim Crow Museum of racist memorabilia. https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/letters/2012/apes.htm

4. The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen.
Firstly, no one chooses where they are born, their parents, or their gender. Therefore, demonizing and criminalizing anyone who was born elsewhere, is just privilege and arrogance speaking.

Can you at least present any evidence, that would suggest that illegal/unauthorized immigrants are in fact, ignoring Covid-19 quarantine rules? That is, any more so than other US and naturalized citizens? Or, is there a double standard here? Otherwise, it's just more of the same unsupported right-wing immigration bashing. Maybe people will realize, that it is the Constitution that opens America's shores and borders to all Immigrants(with specific exceptions). NOT bigots and racists, with their conditions. If NOT for the Constitution(and world opinion), Blacks and other minorities would still be enslaved by Whites.

5. Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children.
Most Americans SHOULD be treated as children. Because most Americans ACT like children. Tell them that they are the best at everything, and anything, and they will believe whatever else you tell them. Most Americans grow up on a steady diet of ads and movies, designed to entertain 8 year olds. Independent thinking and reasoning is certainly discouraged, and not required.

6. Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive.
Since most Americans are compliant, docile, indifferent, ignorant, and self-absorbed anyway, hypocrisy and virtue-signalling are irrelevant. I mean Trump told nothing but lies to the end, and still people were willing to storm the Capitol Building in his name. Nothing to do with either.

7. Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it.
Even worse. They will simply keep promising every 4 years that they WILL do something about this crisis. As long as the poor and the homeless are unable to fight back, fuck'm. As long as the poor don't band together or become violent, too bad so sad. Just another political talking point, like law and order and gun control. All talk and promises.

8. McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers.
It is now more about Terrorism and Patriotism than McCarthyism. We still haven't learned, that the more people we kill, and the more hatred we keep fostering, then the more terrorists we will create.

9. Ignorance is preferable to knowledge.
Ignorance is ALWAYS preferable to fake and false knowledge. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. But, false knowledge and lies are even worse.

10. Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity.
Sorry, I don't see any obvious comparison here. Unless you are saying that wokeness is now the new religion of the wealthy? A religion that focuses only on wealth at any costs, then I agree.

A retired military history professor, whose expertise is modern and ancient warfare? Really Seth!
 

SethBullock

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John, a little feedback for you ...

like banning muslims and mexicans?
We have neither banned muslims or Mexicans.

Makes sense ... most children I spoke to thought trump was a joke. And yet American adults voted for him .. American adults can learn a lot by listening to their children.
The narrative from the left is that it is too hard for black people to obtain an ID, therefore, no ID should be required to register to vote. This is the soft bigotry of low expectations. It is insulting. It is condescending. It is an example of latent white superiority, and an underlying belief in black inferiority. A valid picture ID is required in the U.S. to drive, to go to the doctor, to get a job, to have a bank account, to cash a check, to travel on an airplane, to obtain government benefits, to buy a gun, or to buy alcohol or cigarettes. If a person cannot qualify for a driver's license, they may obtain a state ID card. "But requiring an ID to vote is racist."

The republicans have always been like that .. nothing new
No. This is the modus operandi of the left.

Trumps gone now so you'll likely see less of that
No. McCarthyism is the new practice of the left.





Fox News is an oxymoron. Fox has been described as the "right-wing propaganda machine". It is designed by its masters to echo the views of its master, in promoting only the GOP agendas. It does this by ridiculing token guests with opposing views. Also, by disseminating misleading, biased, false narratives, lies, and only half-truths, to the ignorant and the gullible. But if you are a republican/conservative dogmatic ideologue, then Fox would just be music to your ears.
Fox News does present a right wing perspective of things. This is a good thing because everything you just said about Fox applies to CNN, NBC, and CBS.

Two sides to a story are preferable to only one side.

Biden can't willfully(or otherwise) make any Federal Law null and void.
He can if he orders his subordinates to disregard the law and they obey those orders.



I serious doubt if Antifa would agree with you! And, I seriously doubt that most ethnic minority groups would also agree with you. We have all seen what happens to people who try to stand up to racism and bigotry. The crusaders have become the criminals. They are attacked, persecuted, demonized, and slandered, for attacking this social disease headon. Under the fake outrage and indignation, that these groups would actually admit that they are prepared for violence. Not like the peaceful marchers against racism, who accepted being beaten, murdered, and having excrements thrown at them. Didn't hear racist Whites bitching about the violence they were blatantly, and openly committing. Nor were they repentant afterwards. The road that starts with exclusion, will end at the crematorium. Even though all races are a mutation of the Black gene, This is what's in the Jim Crow Museum of racist memorabilia. https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/letters/2012/apes.htm
You missed the point. The point is that the left defines us by our race. We're not Americans anymore. We are, instead, white, black, latino, Asian Americans.

Most Americans SHOULD be treated as children.
This part refers to the modern American leftist narrative that says black people are so utterly helpless that they can't obtain a valid ID card, therefore no ID should be required to vote.

Even worse. They will simply keep promising every 4 years that they WILL do something about this crisis. As long as the poor and the homeless are unable to fight back, fuck'm. As long as the poor don't band together or become violent, too bad so sad. Just another political talking point, like law and order and gun control. All talk and promises.
The problem of homelessness is greatest in Democratic-run cities and states. My own state is a good example.

A retired military history professor, whose expertise is modern and ancient warfare? Really Seth!
I don't know if he is retired or not. He is a university professor.

His article is not about him, but instead, about his perspective on what's happening in America.
 
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Squire

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America has been perverted by 4 years of Trumpery, lies, insults, and slander to such effect as to have the morals of the nation desensitized to lies, insults, and slander.

It cannot be possible that Trumpers believe the election results are fraudulent. They are just miscreants and mischief-makers incensed that their idol was defeated by a huge margin to become the biggest loser ever in US political elections.
 

SethBullock

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America has been perverted by 4 years of Trumpery, lies, insults, and slander to such effect as to have the morals of the nation desensitized to lies, insults, and slander.

It cannot be possible that Trumpers believe the election results are fraudulent. They are just miscreants and mischief-makers incensed that their idol was defeated by a huge margin to become the biggest loser ever in US political elections.
BUT TRUMP!!!
 

johnsmith

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We have neither banned muslims or Mexicans.
Only because Rethuglicans are incompetant. That didn't stop them trying though ... tell me, what were Trumps travel bans for? Certainly couldn't have been to try and prevent terrorism or he would have included the countries that have exported the most terrorists .:50/50

The narrative from the left is that it is too hard for black people to obtain an ID, therefore, no ID should be required to register to vote. This is the soft bigotry of low expectations. It is insulting. It is condescending. It is an example of latent white superiority, and an underlying belief in black inferiority. A valid picture ID is required in the U.S. to drive, to go to the doctor, to get a job, to have a bank account, to cash a check, to travel on an airplane, to obtain government benefits, to buy a gun, or to buy alcohol or cigarettes. If a person cannot qualify for a driver's license, they may obtain a state ID card. "But requiring an ID to vote is racist.
"

the whole 'id to vote' is a load of bollocks. It's just scaremongering by the republicans, more of the 'divide and conquer' who try to use ID requirements to limit votes against them as those most likely to not have id's will be democrats . We have no requirement for ID in Australia and I'd say out electoral system is even less corrupt than yours.

No. McCarthyism is the new practice of the left.
Nothing new about McCarthyism, Rethuglicans have been practicing it for decades. Anyone who has advocated for better social system was automatically branded as a communist. If thats not enough, ask those in Gitmo about their due processOops
 

Shellandshilo1956

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I don't know if he is retired or not. He is a university professor.

His article is not about him, but instead, about his perspective on what's happening in America.
If you say that he is an "emeritus" professor, then he IS retired. "Emeritus" is an honor, not a job. Therefore, he would not be getting paid by his academic institution(Cal State Uni).

Also, outside of his academic expertise, his opinion on changes in the American society is no more, or no less valid, than the opinions of anyone else. This is the problem whenever you try to appeal to authority. It is entirely possible that the opinions of a person(or institutions) of authority is wrong. Therefore, the opinions of a person or institution have NO intrinsic bearing upon whether their opinions are true or false.

Fox News does present a right wing perspective of things. This is a good thing because everything you just said about Fox applies to CNN, NBC, and CBS.

Two sides to a story are preferable to only one side.
Really Seth. The old, "Well they do it too...", argument? I think we are better than that.

Fox News presents a 99% conservative and right-wing agenda, and also claim to be a fair and balanced news channel. It also demonizes all other points of views as being, baseless, inaccurate, unpatriotic, un-American, and dangerous. Its left wing guests are so outnumbered(token) or ridiculed, that most never return. Remember Megyn Kelly's comments, that Jesus and Santa Clause were both White men? The comments of this lawyer sums up the entire persona of Fox News. A modern day ideological dinosaur, with every conservative right-wing WHITE(look at the hosts) American antiquated and self-serving dreams and beliefs, out on full display.
This is not about presenting both sides of a story. This is about presenting a clearly BIASED reporting of the news along a partisan divide. This means that ALL narratives will be politically biased. If Fox claims that it only serves to maintain the values, beliefs, religions, policies, customs, and opinions of White conservative right-wing America, then that's fine(like Rush Limbaugh). But if it claims that it is also a fair and balanced journalistic news channel, then they are lying. These are the 5 core principles of Journalism. Which of these principles describe Fox News?

Truth and Accuracy
Fairness and Impartiality
Independence
Humanity
Accountability

He can if he orders his subordinates to disregard the law and they obey those orders.
I would need an example. My common sense tells me, that legally, no one can order anyone to break the law. Immigration and Migration Laws are Federal Laws. What would the President do if his subordinates refused? I doubt if he would want to draw attention to what he was doing. Are you also suggesting that he also is ignoring legal advice? Or, that his legal team are also ignoring their oaths as well?

You missed the point. The point is that the left defines us by our race. We're not Americans anymore. We are, instead, white, black, latino, Asian Americans.
You originally stated that Racism was NOW becoming acceptable. Clearly this is not true. And, I used Antifa and other minority activist groups to illustrate that they would certainly take a different view. Thanks to the continuing of White-wing ultra conservative racists rhetoric, people are still being defined by their color, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and patriotism. How to you change the minds of stupid people, who have been indoctrinated to believe that they are superior to everyone outside of their group(White Americans)? This racist and bigoted rhetoric, only taps into our evolutionary instilled primate need to protect only members of our own group. Moreso, than our need to cooperate with all groups. This is NOT a conflated "right" or "left" partisan thing at all. It is all a social and behavioral human condition.

This part refers to the modern American leftist narrative that says black people are so utterly helpless that they can't obtain a valid ID card, therefore no ID should be required to vote.
Maybe. There have been many legal tricks in the past to exclude Black Americans from voting. That is an awfully wide net you're trying to cast over Black doctors, lawers, scientists, teachers, a President, university graduates, etc. Clearly, these Black Americans are utterly capable of obtaining a voter ID card. This is insensitive, and almost borderline bigotry. Especially, to use a racial stereotype to stop the use of voter ID. There SHOULD be a paper trail for all those who vote. What evidence suggests that this is exclusively a leftist narrative? Again, Americans SHOULD be treated as children.

The problem of homelessness is greatest in Democratic-run cities and states. My own state is a good example.
Evidence Seth! And, while you're at it, please include all the other contributory factors(employment, domestic violence, poverty, demographics, crime and drugs, housing availability and affordability, mental illness, related social factors, etc.) as well. Please, let's stop conflating this problem as simply partisan. This blame game is at best, only a distraction. It distracts away from finding solutions to this problem. The homeless don't give a shit if they are homeless in a left or right run city. These 553,742(0.1% of the US population) homeless only want affordable housing to live in. NOT what party they should blame.

None of the social issues are directly partisan, except in the mind of a political ideologue. No one cares who is at fault, only about the solutions. Again, except in the mind of a political ideologue. If you want to end homelessness, freeze the price of all essential commodities, build more affordable housing, insure that all related support housing support groups are funded, tackle unemployment, increase educational opportunities, ease SOME restrictions on mortgage lending practices, and stop spending Trillions of dollars overseas on useless wars. IMHO.
 

hatty

cynical profane bastard
I agree with Shell...... fox news is an oxymoron.

I was teaching my 8 year old son about oxymorons, and asked him if he could give me an example.

I don't know if everyone is familiar with crass Australian online betting ads.......... but.....

With his huge dark brown eyes he looked at me and said "gamble responsibly!?"

hahahahaha i was so amused and proud of him. /cool story bro
 
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SethBullock

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Fox News presents a 99% conservative and right-wing agenda, ...
I'm fully aware of that. CNN, NBC, etc, present the Democratic Party agenda. It is unwise to listen to only one side.

You originally stated that Racism was NOW becoming acceptable.
No. Not "racism". "Racialism". What the author is saying is that the left is painting all of us by our race, rather than by the fact that we are all Americans. I am sick of that. As far as I'm concerned, we all Americans.

Maybe. There have been many legal tricks in the past to exclude Black Americans from voting. That is an awfully wide net you're trying to cast over Black doctors, lawers, scientists, teachers, a President, university graduates, etc. Clearly, these Black Americans are utterly capable of obtaining a voter ID card. This is insensitive, and almost borderline bigotry. Especially, to use a racial stereotype to stop the use of voter ID. There SHOULD be a paper trail for all those who vote. What evidence suggests that this is exclusively a leftist narrative?
The left is working furiously to end the requirement of reliable ID in order to register to vote. They are simultaneously accusing conservatives of racism for working to require it.

I am not trying to cast a wide net over black people. I and other conservatives thoroughly believe, in fact, we know, that black people are not helplessly incapable of acquiring an ID. We believe that is utter hogwash! It is not conservatives that are casting that wide net; it is the Democrats. As I said before, it is insulting, and it is an example of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Evidence Seth! And, while you're at it, please include all the other contributory factors(employment, domestic violence, poverty, demographics, crime and drugs, housing availability and affordability, mental illness, related social factors, etc.) as well. Please, let's stop conflating this problem as simply partisan. This blame game is at best, only a distraction. It distracts away from finding solutions to this problem. The homeless don't give a shit if they are homeless in a left or right run city. These 553,742(0.1% of the US population) homeless only want affordable housing to live in. NOT what party they should blame.
We have homeless people living, crapping, and pissing all over the streets of the bluest of the blue cities in California, Oregon, and Washington State. If there is no emergency housing for them, no affordable housing, no mental hospitals for the profoundly mentally ill, and no robust drug treatment for them, then don't ask me. The question of "why" should be asked of the wealthy, elite liberals who run those cities and states. Conservatives have virtually zero control over the administration of those states or those cities. This sits flat on the doorstep of the wealthy liberals who have uncontested control over these states and their very blue cities. This is their baby, and there is no blaming conservatives for it.

None of the social issues are directly partisan, except in the mind of a political ideologue. No one cares who is at fault, only about the solutions. Again, except in the mind of a political ideologue. If you want to end homelessness, freeze the price of all essential commodities, build more affordable housing, insure that all related support housing support groups are funded, tackle unemployment, increase educational opportunities, ease SOME restrictions on mortgage lending practices, and stop spending Trillions of dollars overseas on useless wars. IMHO.
Estimates vary, of course, but some researchers have said that as many as 90% of the homeless living in ramshackle encampments in Seattle, Portland, and L.A., are drug addicted. Whatever the actual percentage, this is the fundamental, underlying problem. Mental illness is probably the second leading problem. It's not unemployment, it's being unemployable because of these things.

I know we all value our time, and one hour is a long time. But this is an outstanding documentary report, and, most significantly, after spending 44 minutes showing what's wrong with Seattle, it spends the rest of the time showing how one city is proactively and holistically addressing the problem. In the end, it leaves us not with the impression that it's hopeless, but that there can be hope ... if we make the investment.


Seth
 

hatty

cynical profane bastard
The whole fucking planet is dying in large part due to humans

human nature...... there is a fucking oxymoron right there.
 

Shellandshilo1956

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I'm fully aware of that. CNN, NBC, etc, present the Democratic Party agenda. It is unwise to listen to only one side.
You should really heed your own advice, Seth. It is also unwise to listen to the advice of ANY purely partisan news channel. They will only tell you exactly what they want you to hear. This only promotes an even stronger division. I generally listen to independent news outlets, and do my own research. At the end of the day, all major news corporations only care about the size of their market shares, their profit margins, and in keeping their shareholders happy. The plight of these homeless drug addicts, is just another opportunistic means of achieving their goals.

No. Not "racism". "Racialism". What the author is saying is that the left is painting all of us by our race, rather than by the fact that we are all Americans. I am sick of that. As far as I'm concerned, we all Americans.
Just type in "racialism meaning", click "enter". It reads, "another term for racism". So, let's not focus too much on semantics, shall we? Unless you can point out any significant differences, the words are interchangable.

Our own Constitution begins with "We the PEOPLE...", NOT "We the AMERICANS..". There are only two types of facts about being an American. There are objective facts(birth certificate, Immigration status, passport/social security card, etc.), and subjective facts(race, language, religion, employment, etc.). Are these the facts you are referring to? Are you saying that the "left" don't think that we are all Americans? Evidence? I personally think that "being all Americans", is just another self-serving politically created deepity, that is objectively meaningless. Like "national security". No one chooses where they are born, their parents, or their own race. Therefore, claiming that we are all Americans, based on these facts, is purely coincidental and happenstance.


The left is working furiously to end the requirement of reliable ID in order to register to vote. They are simultaneously accusing conservatives of racism for working to require it.

I am not trying to cast a wide net over black people. I and other conservatives thoroughly believe, in fact, we know, that black people are not helplessly incapable of acquiring an ID. We believe that is utter hogwash! It is not conservatives that are casting that wide net; it is the Democrats. As I said before, it is insulting, and it is an example of the soft bigotry of low expectations.
Again, I asked for evidence. If you are going to accuse one political group of using racial stereotypes, to justify ending voting registrations, then what is the evidence? Is there any party memoranda that would indicate this? Are there any senate or house hearings that have discussed this? I certainly agree with you that this is absurd. But, I also would like to know who is behind this?

We have homeless people living, crapping, and pissing all over the streets of the bluest of the blue cities in California, Oregon, and Washington State. If there is no emergency housing for them, no affordable housing, no mental hospitals for the profoundly mentally ill, and no robust drug treatment for them, then don't ask me. The question of "why" should be asked of the wealthy, elite liberals who run those cities and states. Conservatives have virtually zero control over the administration of those states or those cities. This sits flat on the doorstep of the wealthy liberals who have uncontested control over these states and their very blue cities. This is their baby, and there is no blaming conservatives for it.
One of the comments made on the video was, "Without intervention, there IS no solution". I agree with this. I also learned that virtually all of the visibly homeless, are drug addicts or are mentally challenged. I didn't know that before.

You seem only interested in blaming the "left" for everything, and resolving your party of any blame. Not in finding a solution. Like you said, "This is their baby, and there is no blaming conservatives for it.". How does taking this position contribute to any solution? If you believe that this is the "left's" fault, then let's see the evidence. If there are none of the provisions you mentioned available, then why not? Why aren't these people being treated for their illnesses and addictions?

I think that people never gave a shit before about the homeless and the druggies. And only only when they are stepping over the shit they've ignored for decades, do they now care. Do you really think that this issue only materialized itself over the last year or so? Don't worry, we'll have 4 more years of political promises, no matter what party is in office. Each will just blame the other(like you), and nothing will get done. We lost our best chance to save society when we lost Tulsi(even conservatives and libertarians liked her).

I know we all value our time, and one hour is a long time. But this is an outstanding documentary report, and, most significantly, after spending 44 minutes showing what's wrong with Seattle, it spends the rest of the time showing how one city is proactively and holistically addressing the problem. In the end, it leaves us not with the impression that it's hopeless, but that there can be hope ... if we make the investment.
If you take the time to support your argument, I will take the time to look at it.

Firstly, the first half of the video was the usual slanted/demonizing misrepresentation of the homeless(druggies), as dangerous criminals, and disease-spreading walking health hazards. Secondly, the same sensationalized narrative, of the cops being powerless and legally handicapped, to fight against the onslaught of these drug addicted and mentally challenged hordes. So much so, that this was the only reason why one seasoned cop retired early(even the cops interviewed couldn't keep a straight face). Thirdly, the hand-picked testimonials, about just how much this horde is damaging the business, tourist, and hospitality industries. The same propaganda tactics that Goebbels used, to justify getting rid of the Jews. Demonize, dehumanize, and then exterminate.

I truly enjoyed the humanitarian second half of the video. It focussed entirely on intervention, treatment, and counselling, as solutions to this problem. If any human being in America is suffering from the effects of drugs, then they should be treated, period! I think these "MAT" and Codac facilities are a great idea. Maybe we can use some of the trillions of dollars wasted overseas taking lives, to help fund facilities needed to treat, counsel, and in saving lives here.

Not once was it mentioned that this was a partisan issue. Not once was partisan blame mentioned. I sincerely hope that both parties would put aside their partisan fixations, on making all social issues their talking points, and take a look at what a solution actually looks like in Rhode Island.
 
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