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    This old thread was from a year ago right after Trump was elected, but in browsing through the posts, much of discussion is as relevant today as it was then. We hate the fact that the ignorant and haters are in charge of our government.

    Elections have consequences as we now sorely know after Trump's first 10 months in office. Wow, it seems like a living nightmare. Did anyone predict it would be this bad? Oh yes...Dutch amongst others.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    This old thread was from a year ago right after Trump was elected, but in browsing through the posts, much of discussion is as relevant today as it was then. We hate the fact that the ignorant and haters are in charge of our government.

    Elections have consequences as we now sorely know after Trump's first 10 months in office. Wow, it seems like a living nightmare. Did anyone predict it would be this bad? Oh yes...Dutch amongst others.

    Thanks Schmidt; however the really bad news is still to come. Do you really think that Trump goes away without an huge fight? None of that will move this country forward; Pence will fight as well to take his place. So my prediction is that the Titanic for sure is going to hit the iceberg. The captains are to busy with themselves and forget to steer the ship.
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    Kirti123 Wrote:

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    Yes that's all we need right now; may be you can help Trump, he's got bad teeth from all the junk food.
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    Schmidt, I think you are looking to create a communist society by what you are conveying. If we teach the future of America that only one party is benevolent, and the "other party" is malevolent, then where have we really led our country? To make sure that our future generations do not think for themselves? To create a one party system that forbids another party from existing (now actual communism at this point in the post)?

    Schmidt, you must understand that balance is healthy. Ultimately, both parties right now are the most polarizing and toxic they have ever been. If you,a much older individual than myself, are too narrow minded to admit that both the republican and democratic parties are extremely toxic and polarizing right now, then your opinion is merely subjective.

    It is imperative to be capable of admitting the short comings of both the party you side with, and obviously the party you oppose. Praise God that you do not run this country. Free thinkers unite!

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    Nuts, "both" parties? No only one party dictates "dictatorship" with an "bully mob trained" idiot on top. Forgetting that this total "idiot" came from an KKK supporting family who milked tenants in their rental homes. The idiot "kid" never ever worked a day in his life; if he needed handout money, Pappy gave him millions. His parents never taught him that the word "no" exists. The "butt crawlers" around him are all low life and even more stupid than himself. So where did you come up that "both parties" are guilty? Sorry "one" party has sunk so low that they allow "murders" and close their eyes for it.

    He "arranged" the murders of Khashoki as well Epstein via an "phone call" the same with all the murders now take place in Syria by the Turks on the Kurds. He loves "dictators" and wants to be one. Does anyone in the DNC do that?

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    Mike:

    I agree with you. Balance IS important, which is why states that are somewhat more balanced in the Cook Partisan Voting Index are governed more responsibly.

    In my opinion, the Republican Party went of the rails in 1994, when Newt Gingrich introduced the "contract for America", and things got MUCH worse with the rise of the Tea Party in 2010. Today, they called themselves the Freedom Caucus, but they are just as crazy as the Tea Party/John Birch Society was.

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    Phil Wrote:

    Schmidt, I think you are looking to create a communist society by what you are conveying. If we teach the future of America that only one party is benevolent, and the "other party" is malevolent, then where have we really led our country? To make sure that our future generations do not think for themselves? To create a one party system that forbids another party from existing (now actual communism at this point in the post)?

    Schmidt, you must understand that balance is healthy. Ultimately, both parties right now are the most polarizing and toxic they have ever been. If you,a much older individual than myself, are too narrow minded to admit that both the republican and democratic parties are extremely toxic and polarizing right now, then your opinion is merely subjective.

    It is imperative to be capable of admitting the short comings of both the party you side with, and obviously the party you oppose. Praise God that you do not run this country. Free thinkers unite!

    Phil -- I don't know how you could construe that I would be conveying a communist state. That is absolutely nonsense. I have never advocated for a one party system or that one party is benevolent and the other party is malevolent. A one party system would be disastrous for our country.

    Is advocating for better education, in particular lessons in civics, (the topic of this thread) somehow advocating for a one party? Maybe you misread my posts, but I have been a long term champion of critical thinking on this website since its inception (look at my 6,525 posts), and critical thinking involves considering the facts of both sides of an issue.

    I do, however, see the current demise of the Republican Party as unhealthy for our democracy. The old Republican Party used to be a check on the Democratic Party's sometimes overly ambitious agenda. Now they have devolved into a bunch of Trump sycophants, apologists and enablers where they hold Trump up as some kind of messiah...the "chosen one". We need to get the party back to be more "John McCainish", not that I agreed with him, but at least he wasn't wedded to a party first mentality, or more accurately now "a "Trump first party". Lindsey Graham epitomizes what is wrong with the party...a lack of critical thinking. He used to be a critic of Trump. Now he has the title of "Chief Trump sycophant."

    Oh and I don't buy this shit of "both parties" are engaging in toxic warfare. I see Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff conducting an ethical impeachment inquiry according to laws, and I see nothing but Republican sycophants obstructing justice and living in an alternative reality while lying to the American public on the Trump propaganda network (Fox News).

    Finally I do not praise God for anything. I am an atheist...a critical thinker or free thinker as you put it.

    Welcome to this website, but do your homework before making accusations against me. Go check out any of my posts and blog articles. I stand by them all. My opinions are well researched.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch has made numerous posts on how our education system has failed us. I don't necessarily agree with everyone of his points, but certainly knowledge of civics is sorely lacking.

    Huffington Post: America’s Schools Could Be Partly To Blame For Donald Trump’s Rise

    “This shock to our system, I think, requires a comparable investment in civics education,” said Kahlenberg. “We have to teach kids a love of democratic values because the point isn’t that Trump had a certain position on trade or abortion or any other issue, but he was running against what had been broadly accepted constitutional norms.”

    "The report argues that students must learn to think critically and make informed decisions as citizens and future voters. They need to appreciate the factors critical to a functioning democracy, like civil rights."

    In canvassing for both Obama and Clinton, I was almost shocked how little people knew about how our government functions. And the younger they were, the less knowledgeable they were on government. For many of the older generation, I was appalled how they hated government, blaming them for their circumstances in life. They are fodder for people like Trump to feed them anger and hate for their own political gain. Ignorance was a big factor in the election.

    Don't forget indoctrination has quite a bit to do with what might be taken as lack of education too. Picture a room full of young students in a classroom where a prominent figure is visiting just because he or she can.

    Now picture a group of eligible voters in a room where the electoral college is meeting, and twisting arms to get one or more people to see it by what the peers are proposing. A situation where let's say there's 25 people gathered, 23 of them are pro trump, 2 are not. By the end of the meet, there will be 25 pro trumpies through arm twisting, threats, and indoctrination.

    In the photo below, reading my pet goat by Bush 43, right at the time he should have been defending the USA, instead, he was practicing indoctrination.

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    We have forgotten what a bad president George Bush was. His approval ratings were on the floor when he left office due in large part to the Great Recession, but also his and Cheney's lying to get us into the Iraq War. Again the distinguishing characteristic of both Bush and Trump is their advocacy for corporations and the rich.

    I recall back in October 2000 when Bush addressed an audience of rich at the Al Smith dinner: "This is an impressive crowd—the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites - I call you my base." He said that in jest, but it rung true for his presidency.

    Of course, Bush's base then was more than just the corporatists -- it included the "cling to their god and guns" crowd, as Obama aptly named them -- the evangelicals and the gun crazies. Trump, likewise, has continually pandered to that portion of his base. It more or less defines the Republican Party now, a ruthless party lacking in moral values putting Trump and tribalism ahead of country...but with the super rich and "God" in charge.