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Has U.S. Democracy Been Trumped? Bernie Sanders wants to know who owns America?

#18121 User is offline   Chas_P 

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Posted Yesterday, 19:02

View Postkenberg, on 2021-April-19, 12:28, said:

And we seem to have political problems.

So what do you see as a solution? I value your opinion.

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Posted Yesterday, 20:56

There are all kinds of reasons why a head of state (a normal one) might seek to take a path between sucking up and bared teeth aggression.
The face value of these comments is meaningless.
It sounds like he is trying to lower the temperature to return to the pre-psycho government of the past four years.


All the same, my confidence levels for better government throughout the world is not at an all-time high.
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Posted Today, 07:40

View PostChas_P, on 2021-April-19, 19:02, said:

So what do you see as a solution? I value your opinion.


In the 1960's Tom Lehrer had a song with the following suggestion:

Step up and shake the hand
Of someone you can't stand
You can tolerate him
If you try

A nice combination of idealism, realism and humor.

Which, of course, is just my way of saying I don't see a way out of this mess.

I might come back to this later.
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Posted Today, 08:51

I can tolerate many people. I choose not to tolerate people who would have preferred if I had died 20 years ago, or actively wish my friends dead. I have told several such, at the bridge table or at the bar after. It's frequently a shock, because I *look* like the kind of Alberta Conservative-voting Professional they've spent their entire lives around.

Which, of course, is my way of saying I don't see a way out of this mess, at least in the United States. It seems here, the conservatives are running into "Hey, our 'hate others, and 20 years from now I'll be dead, so who cares' strategies don't seem to be getting us the younger voters, what are we going to do?" a bit earlier, and it never was as rabid (okay, maybe in rural Alberta). But we also don't have "party affiliation is a family value" quite as hard as the U.S., either.
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Posted Today, 12:27

This issue of intolerance cannot be solved - it can only be resolved. It requires change by the affected individual. The only way to try to influence the individual is to continually place in front of them the truth until cognitive dissonance becomes intolerable, at which point change is possible but so also is total abandonment of reality. For many, the latter has already occurred.
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