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43 minutes ago, soon said:

First, I realize I forgot to directly answer your earlier question: Yes the party is on board with neoliberalism. It was a Conservative who negotiated (in secret) and implemented NAFTA. As far as I can tell its not something that many of them take issue with. Like they will rail against loosing jobs to other countries, but Ive never heard them address the core elements of neoliberalism. And they are pro fossil fuel and anti union.

In the previous leadership race the runner-up quit the party after his loss and started the Peoples Party which would in-theory be home to those critical of neoliberalism (but as it was with the new party, they were all too bonkers to even know what neoliberalism is). He lost his seat and no PP candidate won election.

The last time Conservatives formed govt it was a squarely neocon brand of neoliberalism guiding the ship. And just like you called it here, they cut corporate taxes and jacked up military spending like mad. That leader, Stephen Harper, is still their dark over lord but the party really got an ass whopping over his tenure as PM. Thats how we got the Prime Minstrel. Trudeaus slogan was actually "sunny ways" because shit got that dark with Harper and his brazen islamophbia. He ran the largest deficit in recent times.

Harper has in recent days chased out the most progressive candidates from the leadership race despite the fact that they lost the recent election due to a lack of voter uptake on socon values. I guess thats where it gets interesting to me. The whole appeasing everyone and pleasing no one thing. That paired with the fact that fiscons cant address the climate crisis because it costs so much money to address, kinda leaves the party in a tough spot - neither traditional base will address climate change. Theres tons of potential conservative voters who accept the science, though.

The party can appease its socon base and loose an election. Or it can loose its socon base to potentially win an election (can they though?). Thats my arm chair observation at least, lol.

This lady is among the early front-runner currently, for CPC leadership. In the first 25 seconds you can hear her suggest that allowing parents to grow up to 4 plants of weed means that "little Jonny can go get some and smoke it in the toaster oven" :lol: She also once read a poem she wrote in opposition to legal weed! Thats how out of touch the socons are here. But theres many of them.

 

Ha, that all sounds just like our Republicans. I place the blame where it belongs, with the big time donors and the media which spits out these talking points/policies, and I'm sure those on the left would have the same critique's of the mainstream of their parties.

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34 minutes ago, Basic_GnR_Fan said:

Ha, that all sounds just like our Republicans. I place the blame where it belongs, with the big time donors and the media which spits out these talking points/policies, and I'm sure those on the left would have the same critique's of the mainstream of their parties.

Yeah, I can see what you mean. In my lifetime there hasn’t been multiple conservative parties. It looks possible that the Cpc is facing the threat of splintering currently - and here we could have a second viable, major right leaning party.

imho we don’t have a viable left party here. We have the new Democrat’s who ostensibly fill that roll though. And I suppose I do have similar criticisms. Although socons did just loose for being socons, whereas I don’t know that New Democrats - who also just lost - going further left would hurt then at all. Their progressive leader started the last election campaign as an embarrassing child, but came out the other end a statesman. :headbang:

anyways I didn’t mean to derail US politics thread!

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... Okay Ill share my thoughts on Rogans endorsement then :)

Never chase away anyone who is willing to embrace a progressive message.

In NA thats the way that leftism exists in todays world - people come to us. They didnt used to be lefties and maybe thought some shitty things... maybe they DID some shitty things, but they are home now.

Rogan will always be the guy who is "friends" with Alex Jones, who made that horribly racist Planet of the Apes comment, and the guy who has mindlessly mainstreamed alt right and bigoted ideologues. The key there is that his reach has the ability to mainstream ideas and people. There is absolutely no reason to not jump on that production line and mainstream Bernie to Rogans largely unaffiliated audience. (if the audience in general had strong affiliations he couldnt maintain all of their attention as he hosts guests from all over the spectrum - the spectrums of both politics and sanity that is :lol:).

I forget who said of Turmp "His followers might not all be racists, but they sure dont mind if Trump is." And to win this thing we need all people of good will, not just all people of Columbia University Poli-sci :lol: So I would frame it this way,

Not all people who will vote for Bernie are Progressives, but they sure dont mind if Bernie is. :headbang::headbang::headbang:

 

 

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52 minutes ago, soon said:

Rogan will always be the guy who is "friends" with Alex Jones, who made that horribly racist Planet of the Apes comment, and the guy who has mindlessly mainstreamed alt right and bigoted ideologues. 

:facepalm:

When you say things like this it makes you look very uninformed and close minded.

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36 minutes ago, soon said:

And yet you didnt even try to explain why... :lol:

So I think Im good.

Because any endorsement like this is a real problem for the democrats and the mainstream media, they don't want Bernie.

They're mad because Joe Rogan is massively popular, more people listen to his podcast than all CNN hosts combined together.

The narrative that Joe Rogan is an alt-right nazi is out of touch and the outrage is fake.

 

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4 minutes ago, Silent Jay said:

Because any endorsement like this is a real problem for the democrats and the mainstream media, they don't want Bernie.

They're mad because Joe Rogan is massively popular, more people listen to his podcast than all CNN hosts combined together.

The narrative that Joe Rogan is an alt-right nazi is out of touch and the outrage is fake.

 

You've misread my post. :) 

 

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5 minutes ago, Silent Jay said:

Yet you fall into the false narrative that Rogan is an alt-right figure propagating as a smear against your candidate.

No. Thats not at all what I said.

I didn't call him an "alt-right figure."  Again, you should re-read my post.

I also embraced his endorsement. :shrugs:

 

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I dont tend to think that Rogans audience are bigots. Like I say, they are typically politically unaffiliated (broadly speaking). Its Rogans past comments and some of his guests, like Molyeneux, that create what some see as a problematic scenario for an endorsement. Again, as I stated in my initial post, I reject that premise and celebrate the endorsement. I doubt that Rogans endorsement will change any of his bigot guests minds. But it will inform the opinions of his centrist and apolitical audience.

So I dont think the main issue that some have is the potential that bigots vote Bernie (which many will), but its more of an optics thing.

To me the optics are great! 'Online Leader of Dudes Endorses Sanders' looks good from where Im sitting. 

The reason that me and many others are trying to give the complainers a swift kick in the pants is because this type of bs has already caused Bernie to reject Cenks endorsement!! Fucking bonkers! Cenk co-founded the Justice Democrats. The Justice Democrats are the people who brought the world - and certainly the Sanders campaign - AOC! And that was over issues that Cenk had clearly evolved on. :facepalm:

Here in Canada the "in it's purest form or death" types join the Marxist Leninist Party. And they get even less votes than the Canadian Communist Party (who are cool!) :lol:. Its not a winning strategy. 

 

TL;DR - Fuck virtue signalling!! Lets win this thing!

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A father in Indiana was carrying a loaded gun while wrestling with his 4 year old son indoors. And if you live outside the US you'll easily guess what happened next. Oh yeah. But Dad is expected to survive his injuries. So theres a Go Fund Me to cover his medical expenses :facepalm: This is America.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/olivianiland/4-year-old-shot-head-indiana-play-wrestling-with-dad

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When i was maybe 5 i found my dads .38 under his dresser.

I only remember little pieces but my dad said that it was one of the scariest moments walking in the living room and seeing me sitting there with it in my lap.

Luckily i seemed to understand the danger of it and there was no accident.

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Trump and Netanyahu are both facing serious issues at home and have decided nows the time to attack the Palestinians...

Trump will announce his 'deal of the century' about Israel and Palestine at noon est. And good people will resist it.

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Trump set to unveil long-awaited Middle East peace plan

Netanyahu has called for annexing parts of the West Bank 

"....A key element will be whether the proposal includes an American approval to any Israeli annexation of the West Bank.

In the run-up to Israel's March 2 election, Netanyahu has called for annexing parts of the West Bank and imposing Israeli sovereignty on all its settlements there. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, and the Jordan Valley in particular is considered a vital security asset.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank and east Jerusalem as parts of an independent Palestinian state.

The international community considers both territories to be occupied and all settlements illegal. But the Trump administration, in a break from its predecessors and the rest of the world, has taken a much friendlier approach and in November declared it does not consider settlements illegal.

After a slowdown in settlement activity during the final years of the anti-settlement Obama administration, Israel has stepped up its plans for construction since Trump took office.

Both settlers and their critics call this the "Trump effect," and predict a jump in construction in the coming years.

According to the anti-settlement watchdog group Peace Now, Israel in 2019 pushed forward plans to build 9,413 settlement homes, roughly the same levels as 2017 and 2018. The figures are more than triple the level of settlement planning during the final two years of the Obama administration...."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/dc-white-house-mideast-plan-1.5442749

 

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On 1/22/2020 at 6:26 PM, soon said:

How about the US economic warfare against Venezuela? The Lima group? Hello??

I mean, do I have to frame the argument on behalf of both of you?! :P:lol:

 

 

What economic warfare against Venezuela?  

The Venezula economy has contracted by over a third since 2013.  

3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015.

But all of this is America's fault?  

You reference the Lima group (something America isn't even officially apart of) as though that's suppose to mean anything. 

Venezuela's economic and humanitarian misery started long before both the Lima group and the Trump administration.

Venezuela's economy has been largely dependent on one commodity: oil.  They have done nothing to diversify or broaden the economy.  When oil prices crashed in 2014, so too did the Venezuelan economy.  It's leaders did nothing to save for a rainy day.  There was a complete lack of investment in  state owned oil production, leading to a dramatic drop in yields between 2008 and 2018.

The sanctions leveled at Venezuela in 2014 were only after the Maduro government instituted a violent crackdown on those who protested mass inflation and shortages.  The sanctions were limited and targeted to the individuals accused of human rights violations; they were not broad-based sanctions affecting Venezuelan people.  

The Trump administration has ratcheted up sanctions since 2017 by restricting trade in Venezuelan bonds and the state owned oil and gas company, PVDSA.

But again, these actions came long after the economic ruin that the Maduro and Chavez governments are responsible for. 

 

 

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On 1/25/2020 at 6:17 PM, Silent Jay said:

Because any endorsement like this is a real problem for the democrats and the mainstream media, they don't want Bernie.

They don't want Bernie because Trump wins in 2020 if Bernie is the nominee.

Look, no one has taken a shot at Sanders.  All the candidates have treated him like kid gloves until now because they don't want to offend or put off his supporters, who they'll likely need if they become the nominee.

But this fantasy that Sanders is the best candidate to take on trump is just that, a fantasy.  Why do you think Trump wants Sanders to be his competitor?

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/01/trump-bernie-sanders-socialism.html

The problem isn't so much Sanders politics; it's that his politics just isn't as accepted in America as progressives want it to be.  Nor has anyone given his policy and real scrutiny on how exactly he'll pay for them.  The truth is America already has trillions in unfunded mandates already on the books that it likely can't afford to pay in the coming decades.  Without a drastic reinvention of the American economy (which isn't happening without a major depression like what America felt in the 1930s), Sanders' policy would only add tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt.  It's reckless and unsustainable.  

Trump knows this.  It's why he'll run on a platform of fear, particularly a far of socialism.  A Sanders nomination makes Trump's strategy far more effective.  

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2 minutes ago, downzy said:

You reference the Lima group (something America isn't even officially apart of) as though that's suppose to mean anything. 

Its painfully obvious that the USA isnt part of Lima Group. You say that as if its supposed to mean anything.

And yes the Lima Group 'means something' in the conversation about coercing regime change.

The Lima Group is where Canada works with Bolsonaro in opposition to tyranny? 

 

 

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Just now, soon said:

Its painfully obvious that the USA isnt part of Lima Group. You say that as if its supposed to mean anything.

And yes the Lima Group 'means something' in the conversation about coercing regime change.

The Lima Group is where Canada works with Bolsonaro in opposition to tyranny? 

 

 

LOL, coercing regime change.  I guess governments of the 80s were guilty of coercing regime change in South Africa.

Again, please spell out how the Lima group is part of American economic warfare against Venzuela.  Your comments have been limited to simple implication as if you're actually making a point.  

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