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Deap

What defunding the police and hiring social workers in cahoots with the teachers unions will look like:, except it is already here: https://reason.com/2020/08/17/teachers-zoom-classes-parents-child-services-coronavirus/

ZOOM for schools has become Big Brother. Thank a Democrat - they know what is best for you. This is their very dystopian future. Where is the fine line between finding hidden problems; and creating problems where none existed before?

Bill H

Democrats also consistently howl about how Trump has "mishandled the Coronavirus pandemic," but when you ask them what specifically he has done wrong you get one of two answers. They either state something that has actually been done by state governors, such as stay at home orders, closing businesses, closing schools, failing to test adequately, etc. Alternatively, they just call you a racist.

blue peacock

While I did not watch any of the Democrats convention, I've read that there were many Republicans who casted their lot with Biden & Kamala.

It also appears that the Trump administration may not get to the bottom of the Russia Collusion hoax. Clearly the Republican majority in the Senate whitewashed their so-called investigation of that matter.

Laura Wilson

Wow...not a "real" convention? You must be one of those folks that really did NOT want to give up your horse and buggy. For the last 6 months people all over the world have learned to work from home and have "real" meetings and do "real" work.

Heck, I'm 71 and still able to move forward using technology when the other options aren't readily available. Get on board! And, seriously, didn't you think the roll call was both shorter and a lot more interesting this time around? It felt like a quite trip around the USA.

I'm sure the GOP will consider their convention "real"....it just isn't the same old thing.

CK

I am wondering if the shortages in shotguns rifles and ammo is being manipulated by the manufacturers; so many other major industries have gone all in on supporting antifa and blm.
Get woke go broke.
I have been trying to find a Kel Tec KSG25 for three months.

walrus

Larry, I think you are right. We had a similar event last Australian elections when the leftists lost their ‘unloseable “ election against a not very good conservative administration.

The proximate cause was the leftists, led by Bill Shorten, losing contact with planet earth and their supporters by floating away in a cloud of gender/identity/fluffy policies that had no appeal to anyone not on strong illegal drugs.

It sounds to me like Biden/harris are going to do exactly the same as Australian leftists did.

Martin Oline

Donald Trump is running for President and Joe Biden is running for Lord of the Flies.

Fred

Laura Wilson,

"work from home and have "real" meetings and do "real" work"

Yes!!! we can outsource to the suburbs, better yet the suburbs of Channai, no need for pesky H1B visas and we can pay the prevailing wage, which is a whole lot less than Americans expect. Contract your favorite IT service provider now. Network security, why yes we control who gets access, just like that staged broadcast controlled the narrative. Can't have pesky things like protesters or prankster disrupt things by doing in-person events. We can even expand that to other fields. How about teaching in person? We can outsource that to anyone with a computer. No need for school buildings, buses, drivers, or even all those social workers; or a whole lot of teachers, either. Think of the money we'll save by returning all those tax dollars back to parents.

Diana Croissant

I've been thinking of Kennedy's inaugural speech. I was about fourteen or fifteen. It was the first year I really started following politics. This line impressed me the most: “Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside”

He was referring to Russia at the time and China, but I think many of us younger people, not old enough to vote, took it as a warning about turning to any sort of communist ideology growing inside our country.

I was saddened years later about the communal hippies and the anti-Vietnam protestors, and those rioting at the '68 Democratic convention.

It certainly appers to me that there are many, many young people now riding that tiger and ending up being devoured by it.

I was lucky. I had many older people in my family who mentioned the Bolshevks they had escaped from as if they were devils. I learned early to fear sociolism and communism.

EEngineer

Typo: pig and eagle
Should be: pig an eagle

EEngineer

When I try to ascertain the root cause of the collapse of the left I notice the complete lack of actual policy. It's a form of anti-intellectualism. The "science" of CV19 and climate change has very little actual science in it, but it has become their religion. Odd considering how most of them are scientifically and mathematically illiterate. It leads to one's credentials being tied more to one's skills in virtue signalling than problem solving. That would be why this feels like we're reliving the Salem Witch Trials.

This 11 minute video: Chaos by the Bay: The Truth About Homelessness in San Francisco shows just how alien the entire idea of cause and effect has become on the left. They say all sorts of flowery things, but they have no relevance to the issues at hand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw8MACDZ3RI&list=LL3bYlxHNbWlXSFKiZ7LVhXQ&index=7&t=0s

I've been in Portland Oregon for 20 years and every major city in the left coast now looks like this. It wasn't that bad back then, but it the chaos has exploded exponentially over the last decade.

I'll be leaving soon. I expect it will look like this in another decade: http://www.forgottendetroit.com/

David J Schuler
Americans are not stupid and they know a double standard raised on a foundation of hypocrisy when they see it.
They are unlikely to see it. The most commonly-watched news sources aren't covering it.
Barbara Ann

"For some reason, the Democrat leadership is so blinded by their raging hatred of Donald Trump that they cannot (and will not) see that they have chugged a lethal poison that makes a win in November impossible."

Larry

Your analogy with the Jamestown cultists is apt. The Left, particularly in the recent woke manifestation, is exhibiting all the signs of a delusional, millenarian cult hell bent on the destruction both of itself and anyone else they can take with them.

November 3rd will be the test of who will imbibe the Democrat's deadly concoction. Unfortunately, unlike Jonestown, a majority of brainwashed cultists will be sufficient to poison all.

EEngineer highlights the Left's embrace of anti-intellectualism. I think the mass delirium has an even deeper cause; self-loathing leading to masochism and ultimately the will to self-destruction.

Just look at the joy with which Democrats (governors, mayors and those in the general populace) have embraced unquestioningly the apocalyptic 'rona and its attendant impositions of isolation and self muzzling. It seems to me that a good portion of the left positively enjoy the never ending stream of news of our impeding doom. Are their lives so devoid of meaning that they need a Jim Jones (read the government) to frighten them with ominous portents in order to find their place in the world? I truly suspect so.

The good news is that the silent sane majority is regarding the preparations for mass sacrifice with increasing alarm. "You want us to elect a POTUS with transparent cognitive decline?!".

I have high hopes that a massacre can be avoided on 11/3. Of course the cultists will not give up their destructive urges, but at least the lethal punch bowl will have been wrestled away.

AK

Barbara Ann,

"It seems to me that a good portion of the left positively enjoy the never ending stream of news of our impeding doom. Are their lives so devoid of meaning that they need a Jim Jones (read the government) to frighten them with ominous portents in order to find their place in the world? I truly suspect so."

I firmly believe this is the case, as well. I started noticing very early on in this, it seems that along with a particular political orientation and worldview comes the latent desire for something to fear. I suspect their tendency toward fear is a sub-conscious corollary requirement for the outward characteristic of "harmlessness" or general "kindness" (the superficial variety, mind you) that leftists value so highly. If you convince yourself that the inability or unwillingness to hurt a fly is a virtue, you've pretty much closed the door on courage and self-reliance as resources for yourself. And we all know how they deal with rational consideration of data and information - in just about the same fashion as vampires deal with the sunrise.

Vegetius

Boomer conservatives need to wake and smell the nationalism.

It's not too late to drop the loser libertarianism that has made their grandchildren minorities in the land their ancestors' conquered.

Otherwise, you will be remembered as the worst generation in American history.

Barbara Ann

AK

Yes, spot on. My 2 cents of amateur psychoanalysis FWIW:

I think the psychosis described is associated particularly with the utopianist world view so characteristic of the progressive left. The utopian desire presents a paradoxical problem; it is forced to reckon with our innate human need to deal with suffering.

How can one signal one's virtue in the absence of adversity? Much in life is easy for many of us first worlders these days. So in order to practice the superficial kindness you describe, fictitious problems must be invented. Inequality of all kinds is of course a favorite, but this mindset craves more severe kinds of misery.

The pandemic is manna from heaven to such folk. So many opportunities to demonstrate 'care' for others and the warm comfort blanket of a stern government curtailing those dangerous freedoms that can get people hurt.

The mass delirium of self-induced angst is now acute and a Trump victory is sure to push the collective psyche of the left over the edge. I can't see any chance the Democrats will be able to accept another defeat & 4 more years of disruption to the inexorable march of Progress. A fast track introduction to real adversity and misery awaits the cultists if (as seems inevitable) it turns nasty in the aftermath.

Peter VE

Hello Larry,
As someone who actually holds many of those far left views (MFA, demilitarize the police, reduce mass incarceration, collapse the Empire), I find it risible that you accuse the DNC of going far left. The DNC is the slightly softer wing of the Corporatist Party, and is heading rightward as fast as they can. They espouse "liberal" social positions to appeal to the PMC, but in economics, they are far to the right of Eisenhower and Nixon. Unfortunately, the Trump campaign seems to be following the same path in warning of socialism from the DNC. I had great hopes for them with the first ad they ran in the Super Bowl: it featured a black woman who had been freed from prison due to actions by Trump, but they seem to have fallen into the clutches of the professional scammer class.

Lastly, your slur of NASCAR watchers is typical of the suburban educated class sneering down at all those hillbillies. The skill needed to handle those beasts within inches of one another cannot be taught in an Ivy League classroom, and the people who watch NASCAR understand those physical skills. The day Dale Earnhardt died at Daytona was one of the saddest of my life.

I won't bother with Sleepy Joe tonight, and I'm sure the media will be happy to tell me tomorrow what a bright future he envisions for America.

Diana Croissant

American Graffiti is still my favorite movie of all time. Though it was set in California, the events of that movie matched those of any Friday or Saturday night across the country during my teenaged years: kids cruising in their older cars. The drag stip scene, too. In my town it was "Dizzy Block" where everyone spent their gas money.

The NASCAR culture is an important part of our American culture. National Auto Stock Car Auto Racing. It's emblematic of how Ford and Chey (and Pontiac) helped to build and unite our country through driving on highways all across the country. (While providing many factory jobs, too.)

Many Good Old Boys really were/are good men. They are good sons and fathers who like simple pleasures and family activities. They work in factories or at local businesses--or they farm. They enjoy watching the local high school teams compete on Friday and Satuday nigts during the school year. Many, if not most, atend church on Sunday. They do take interest in politics enough to vote for the candidates that appeal to their dreams. They just have no interest in the blather that comes out of Congress or the offices in New York and DC.--unless they hear something that would put an end to their own lifestyle, which they do think of as an American lifestyle. Then they do pay attention enough to vote against it.

You have to admit, New York and DC try very hard to be considered cosmopolitan and Europe leaning. Frost's "Good fences make good neighbors" is an apt statement for local and urban and international politics, if you ask me. Live and let live.

It's very sad to me that so many people--many of them Black--have not taken advantage of the ability to move out of the slums of the cities and into the less populated parts of the country. It's sad that so many don't choose the lifestyle of a family with a mother and a father. If they would give it a chance, they would find many remarkably friendly and welcoming and helpful people in small towns and small cities all across the country.

It would mean having a mother and a father in a home. There would be no special meaning for the term "baby daddy." And abortion clinics would certainly not be as plentiful as they are now.

I will defend our small town culture always. It's been a good culture in which to grow up and in which to raise my own family. More people should give it a chance. With mayors like the current mayor of New York City, I hear that many are finally choosing to flee that urban jungle. Hopefully they will find a nice small towns in which to set up their homes. Maybe someone will invite them to a NASCAR event.

Living a cosmopolitan lifestyle is probably more tiring and less satisfying than most people want to admit--certainly it's less spiritually satisfying, I think.

We should send Mr. Smith to Washington and then allow him to come back home and send Mr. Jones in his place, then Mr. or Miss or Mrs. (Fill in the name) bext, I am sick of the many, many politicians who have never really had a regular job. The embedded political class is a cancer on our country's health.

I was listeng to Barr last night. He really seemed to me to be a man who relates to individuals as equally imprtant as he is. That is what we need.

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