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Comment Re:Granted Government Powers (Score 1) 1013

Sure, stop black people from stepping foot into your home or your store. Refuse to buy or sell with them. It's your right!

There are things you can do that I don't think are good ideas. There are things you can do that I think are immoral or even dangerous to yourself. I am not endorsing business owners being bigots, but they do have certain rights to exclude people from their private property and rights of association. I'm willing to meet them half way and say "if you don't want to do business with XYZ type of people, that's fine as long as you post a sign plainly stating that. No surprises after the fact".

Similarly if a technology company wants to exclude certain types of traffic or communication from its services, I'm fine with that as long as it is understood what is and is not allowed. As long as the forbidden content is described, they can go ahead and do it.

Comment Re:Another one to add to the list (Score 1) 10

But weren't the broken promises part of what led to President Lawnchair having a democratic majority for only a vanishingly short period of time? If tallying up the broken promises helps to drive out some of the hacktacular idiots in 2018 I'm all for it.

You do have a point, though - he hasn't put many people in his cabinet yet that GWB wouldn't have selected. Now whether or not Cruz would have selected them is a different matter...

Comment Another one to add to the list (Score 1) 10

This is but yet another campaign promise that Trump is breaking before inauguration. If we start from 282 promises Trump made on the campaign trail (an abridged list, most likely) and then eliminate the ones that are too vague or simply impossible (like "make America great again" - for whatever that is supposed to mean today), and then subtract the ones he has already backed out on (including notable ones like this as well as "lock her up", "repeal Obamacare", etc), what is left? Not much, I suspect.

This could be a return to failure is not an option.

Comment Re:Different people, different rules (again) (Score 1) 1013

You're making an assumption there based on your own assumptions rather than what I wrote. I never said I would force the bakers to not be bigots. If they want to refuse certain types of customers I could care less, as long as they are upfront about it. Let every person who walks in know (say, with a sign near the front door) that you won't bake for people of type X. Then there will be no surprises for anyone, and everyone can make a decision to care about that decision or not.

In other words, the same as when Twitter says they won't propagate hateful speech. They are saying it before hand, so that people who are posting hateful speech will know they might not find their speech propagated through that service. Similarly if Twitter said ahead of time they didn't want to be used to advertise a certain neutral product they could do that as well provided they declare that ahead of time so everyone knows.

Comment Different people, different rules (again) (Score 4, Insightful) 1013

The GOP wants bakeries to be able to reject potential customers based on their religious beliefs, yet they want twitter to be forced to broadcast the angry ramblings of Trump just because he's Trump? The double standard is staggering. I haven't seen anyone preventing Trump from hiring someone two come up with their own site similar to Twitter; if he's as wealthy as he wants everyone to believe he should have no difficulty hiring brilliant programmers to write something that people would want to use even more than Twitter.

Comment Re:Why should I care about... (Score 1) 33

Indeed the leading democrats have been quickly lining up to drop trousers for ass-ramming from the GOP this time. The whole bit of "give him a chance" makes me nauseous. Not once in his campaign did he ever express the slightest interest in listening to people of other view points, and we see that in his cabinet and advisory selections so far as well. He's likely to go for the GWB "political capital" bit and try to use it as justification to make life awful for his opponents.

Comment Re:You were surprised? (Score 1) 33

I'm surprised only that he's getting away with it. While the GOP politicians of recent memory have been most dramatic only in their magnitude of evil, they have at least been consistent in their degree and application of it. Trump is running all over the place right now, and I would expect that his followers would at some point call him out on it. Even for someone who - as more than one person has pointed out - is known for having nearly every position on every issue, he is failing to hold a steady course post-election (and we're barely 2 weeks past the election!).

So yes, I am a bit surprised here.

Comment Re:So... (Score 3, Insightful) 1321

This election was more about the educated vs the blue collar workforce.

I rather doubt it. Trump offered nothing valuable to the blue collar workforce.

Much more likely is that this was a battle between "Not Trump" and "Not Clinton", it came down to who could get more people to the polls to stop the other party's candidate. At the end of the day, the GOP hatred for Clinton won out over the democrat's concern over Trump.

Just look at this year's numbers. Between 2012 and 2016, our country's population increased by over 10 million, yet 6 million fewer votes were cast. The bulk of those votes that were cast in 2012 but not in 2016 were people who voted Obama in 2012 and stayed home in 2016. There are very few states where Trump (in 2016) received more votes than Romney (in 2012), but there were many where Clinton (in 2016) received notably fewer than Obama (in 2012).

Hence the real question is whether the democratic voters sat out because they didn't care (or didn't like Hillary) or sat out because they believed all the polling before election day that said she was going to win easily.

Comment Re:Sounds like a regular politician to me (Score 1) 33

So what is the platform of your fantasy third-party candidate(s)? What will they campaign on that will bring out the non-voting voters and get them to vote for your person? We've had plenty of candidates for different offices across the land run as third party, and it seems quite clear that a platform of simply "I'm not one of them" is not sufficient.

Comment Re:Sounds like a regular politician to me (Score 1) 33

The democrats don't need people to walk away from Trump and vote democrat. The democrats merely need to get the people who voted for Obama in 2012 and stayed home in 2016 to come out and vote in 2018 and 2020 and they'll have it. The democrats did themselves in by putting up a candidate for POTUS who was so greatly un-liked.

Comment Re:Sounds like a regular politician to me (Score 1) 33

I'm certainly not disappointed that he is already falling to earth and realizing that he can't do some of what he promised for so long to do. More so I'm wondering how many of his followers are paying any attention to the fact that their revolutionary "new guy" is behaving just like any other old guy. Just as be promises to "drain the swamp" while pulling in established lobbyists as advisers.

Comment Re:It was a battle of un-popularity (Score 1) 46

The democrats currently occupy the moderate-right, which is where the GOP was back in the 80s (including Reagan himself). Since then the GOP started marching increasingly further to the right, and the democrats did the same. As many have pointed out, Reagan himself would be kicked out of today's GOP for being too liberal and insufficiently confrontational / hawkish for their liking.

Though yes, there is a lot of overlap. The ACA ("Obamacare") fracas will really expose that if they dare to actually pursue it after the January inauguration - we've seen essentially zero proposals from elected republicans that are significantly different from the standing law.

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