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20 February 2020

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Diana Croissant

I watched the History Channel series on Washington. It was very good, and it was inspiring.

The Eighteenth Century is often called the Age of Reason. Certainly some very great minds wrote during that time. I can't think of anyone today who could match many of the greats of that time period.

I was blessed by having excellent History teachers as I grew up. The series reminded me of so much of what I had read and learned. It's quite sad to me how little our young people know of our country's founding and of the ideas of the philosophers of that time period.

When I graduated from high school, my counselor persuaded me to major in English rather than History. It was a good choice since my English education also really provided history lessons. I got to read literature that was inspired by the philosophers throughout English and American literature.

If I had majored in History, I would have been expected to coach some sport. That is why our history education is now terrible. Those teachers are not teaching but showing videos and even Hollywood movies based on whatever they are supposed to be teaching. There is no discussion happening--just true/false and multiple choice and fill in the blank worksheets being filled out and grades by student helpers. The teachers are busy planning their strategies for the next game.

And now History and English instruction is also controlled by the particular "ism" that each teacher prefers: socialism and feminism being the preferred isms, though deconstructionism also had some sway for a while.

Again I give credit to parents who home school or send their kids to charger schools and private schools, usually at great financial cost. They are doing it to make sure their children do get an eduction.

Laura Wilson

"His inability to deal with other humans as though they were his equals was spectacular in its naked visibility. He seems to think that his statement of availability + his expenditure of a billion or two insures his election. It was clear that he does not think his magnificence should be questioned."

Doesn't this describe our current President pretty well? Maybe this is the new normal for our elected officials....Thank God television did not exist in 1786!

Bill H

The media is cheering wildly for Warren and saying that she won the debate, but I found her to be utterly repugnant. She comes across, to me, as even more shrill, harsh, angry and unlikeable than Clinton did at her worst.

Deap

Bummer. Does this mean we really have to look at Mooshell Obama leading the Democrat ticket this Fall?

I like the idea of Democrats fielding Sanders-Abrams ticket myself. Clearer ideological choices make outcomes more substantive. Put it all out there, Dems. Run with your greatest contrasts. Not your socialists that proudly claim they are capitalists.

Plus I want to learn how Sanders will make the US exactly like Denmark. Does this include free blue contact lenses that must be worn at all times?

Sure hope it also means we all get Danish pastries as good as one still finds in Bornholm. That you will have to take from my cold Viking hands, Bloomberg. More rhubarb. More rhubarb. More rhubarb.

turcopolier

Laura Wilson

Trump is actually campaigning for president and he beat HC with far less money than she spent.

turcopolier

Diana Croissant

I, too, was an English Major at a school that was primarily a STEM college, the 3rd oldest undergraduate college of engineering in the US - 1839. The English faculty were allowed a few students as majors probably to compensate them for the enforced company of engineers.

Master Slacker

The longer this Democrat dog and pony show continues the more I have a sense that it is a false flag operation whereby the most unelectable (Feel the Bern) is being raised while the most competitive (Tulsi Gabbard) has been shunted aside leaving no trace.

elaine

Bloomberg will fund the campaign of any Dem against Trump & if that
campaign needs money it will carry Bloomberg's water. Last nights debate was just an entertaining distraction, a true circular firing
squad, fodder for Trump's campaign.

Seamus Padraig

It was like watching a pro wrestling match where everyone decided to gang up on a single wrestler in the ring -- and that wrestler was totally and completely caught off-guard.
Yeah, it gave me that WWE feeling too. The whole Dem primary is starting to seem so contrived somehow--a bit like a reality TV show. And I'm not the only one who feels that way: https://off-guardian.org/2020/02/20/michael-bloomberg-the-democrats-billionaire-strawman/

Upstate NY'er

I don't know about "fun" until November.
I don't have a lot of faith in the American electorate to resist the siren song of "FREE" everything.
The end of democracy begins when the electorate discovers that it can vote itself free money.

doug

That "debate" was highly amusing. But I'm concerned that Bernie is going to get the nomination and has a good chance of winning the election due to the impact of shortages on Chinese goods. Price increases and shortage induced job losses will be wrongly blamed on Trump. Bernie is an outsider promising bread, circuses, and healthcare.

As much as the Dem establishment hates Bernie, they hate Trump more. The Dems will coalesce around Bernie just like the Never Trumper Republicans did with DJT.

Offtrail

Setting aside your comments about Democrats, of whom I am one, I'm very glad to see you give props to President George Washington. His greatness is largely forgotten today. Without him, the nation would have died early. His story is in many ways a tragedy. He wanted others, including his cabinet, to serve with the same nonpartisan public spirit as he did himself, and he was terribly disappointed in that.

Tom Milton

Master Slacker et al

Was privileged to attend a Tulsi Town Hall last evening in Colorado Springs.
Very impressive from start to finish. Estimate 300 attended, many young military, and many there identified as Republicans including a former CO State Senator.
Try to catch this wonderful candidate in person. Her positions are available in considerable detail on Wikipedia.
She may be shunted aside by the MSM, but she's leaving way more than a trace for sure -- a redemptive force for a troubled and divided nation.

turcopolier

offtrail

I grieve for you. Which Democratic Party do you cling to?

Eureka Springs

With exception of Sanders I can't imagine any candidate on the stage last night offering Gabbards a position in their administration.

If Bernie Sanders were President of say any South American country every other Democrat on stage last night would be delighted as president themselves to covertly and overtly destroy him and his nation. Think Honduras, Paraguay, Venezuela and Bolivia for the most recent examples.

This country is getting a very clear lesson in the fact not only is not a democracy, it's anti-democratic to its core. I hope at long last it finally sinks in among the half of eligible voters who still legitimize it with their vote.

divadab

The US of A should do as EVERY other advanced economy did - and implement single payer healthcare and eject the profiteers from the medical system, which is a public good. Germany has had universal medical care since Otto von Bismarck implemented in the 1870's to unify the country - most other countries implemented it in the 20th century (UK just after WW2; Canada in 1963' and so on). This will liberate US Americans from the advanced world's most expensive and inefficient health insurance system, with administrative costs of over 20% compared to Canada's 2-3% depending on province. And Bernie Sanders is the only Dem candidate who unequivocally stands for Medicare for all - the rest are to some degree or other captured by health industry cartel payoffs, much as the Dem party is.

Bernie or bust! He's not a commie; he's a democratic socialist, in the model of FDR's New Deal. Yes he's bad on foreign policy - do you-all really approve of what Trump has been doing on behalf of "client states" who really run the foreign policy show in their domains? I'm not sure if this will ever change - no president wants to end up like JFK. But what is important is to improve the lot of all of us poor citizens who get to pay for all these shitshow foreign SNAFU's - will they ever end? Not while the likes of Pompeus Maximus is in charge....

Timothy Hagios

The question on my mind is which of these clowns has the highest probability of doing something stupid that ends in a major war, if not an apocalyptic one. IMO Biden, Buttigieg, and Sacagawea have sadistic/psychotic tendencies that make them the most dangerous candidates. Sanders and Klobuchar strike me as the least violent. The Monopoly Man possibly views warfare as something beneath the station of a financial aristocrat such as himself, which if nothing else might give him some immunity from feeling the need to prove how "tough" he is. I put Trump somewhere in the middle.

Offtrail

Colonel, I'm in the Bernie Sanders - Elizabeth Warren wing, while favoring a Tulsi Gabbard foreign policy.

The Twisted Genius

Offtrail,

Bernie's and Tulsi's foreign and domestic policy positions are damned near identical. That and the fact that Tulsi was one of Bernie's most ardent supporters in 2016 leads me to believe that they may very well share the ticket. I think they would be a formidable team.

Vegetius

He's a plutocratic cosmopolitan for whom I would never vote, but I will allow that some of the things that Bloomberg had said in the past and is being attacked for now are at least partly if not mostly true. So I hope he stays in at least long enough to push the Democratic party even further in the direction of unreality.

Hopefully this will give us time to liquidate Conservative Inc and perhaps 4/5ths of all sitting Republican Senators and Congressmen. This is unavoidable if the GOP is to be remolded as a vehicle for a non-interventionist nationalism which combines economic populism with social conservatism.

Upstate NY'er

divadab:
First, it's not "Medicare for all", it's MEDICAID for all.
Current Medicare has less than a 10 year ETA for running out of money.
Sanders' plan has been estimated at $3.3 trln/year and we all know how wildly UNDERestimated govt. programs are.
Finally, no one will admit it, but any universal payer depends on rationing - which is already part of the "much loved" Medicare -, long wait periods and hospital budgets at the mercy of politicians.
Think Sanders, or any other politician, is going to wait 6 months to see a cardiologist?
Like the much-missed USSR - at least by Bernie - it's "socialism" (everyone is equal - in shared misery) for the masses, 1% capitalism for the rulers.

akaPatience

In spite of Bloomberg's poor debate performance, since he's got the establishment Democrats/MSM on his side (although last night must've been absolutely crushing for them, poor dears) and he's willing to spend at an immeasurable burn rate, I guess I'm not counting him out just yet. But admittedly, it's not looking good for him. He had a brutal week so the debate was his chance to overcome the nasty revelations, but he failed - bigly. People I know who regarded him as the Great White Hope are crestfallen today. Still, they'll vote for anyone who opposes their anti-Christ.

The "Washington" miniseries was a wonderful way to celebrate President's Day (and beyond). Great stuff. Imagine owning 1800 contiguous acres in VA. Yowza.

James O'Neill

Bernie Sanders a "communist". You seriously need to join the modern world and catch up on the obvious gaps in your education.

turcopolier

James O'Neill

Always happy to be counseled on my lack of education by an Australian. Were you always a Communist sympathizer? How old are you? It IS true that the Soviet Union only lives in the hearts of a few loyalists like Sanders and you.

akaPatience

Typo: I meant Washington had 18,000 contiguous acres in VA, not 1,800 (SWMBO's estate)

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