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Dutch Wrote: Jared; I wished it was all that simple; it is not. Read my threads about why the system is broken. You get isolation if a country has problems with itself; then there is no incentive to look outwards and deal with others because we (don't) know it all.
Yes, it is that simple.
There is no oligarchy pulling the strings. We are not living in a fascist dictatorship. We are still a republic made up of local, state, and federal governments that are chosen by the people who get off their ass and vote.
Do I hate the electoral college? Hell yes I do. Do I find it infuriating that Senators from states that have a few hundred thousand people are just as powerful as Senators from states that have 30 million? Absolutely. Do I want a fairer redistricting system that doesn't thwart the will of the American people? Darn tootin'. But that doesn't mean we are living in some post apocalyptic dystopia; it simply means that governing a nation of 330 million people can be messy.
We have plenty of problems. I've never claimed we don't, but you lose me when words like fascism, dictator, oligarchy, and robber baron are thrown around willy-nilly.
Dutch Wrote: Right now the whole world is following what is going on here; in the Dutch news there was an detailed report about Trumps behavior related to the Niger disaster and how Trump dealt with it related to the widow of the fallen soldier. Times have changed Jared; the whole world is following in detail what is happening here. Those countries who always looked up to the US have changed their opinion drastically, which adds to the isolation of the US in the world. China has taken over that role.
Times are always changing.
I fully understand that the the world is viewing what's going on in our country with a sense of shock and horror. They watch our narcissistic sociopath of a President spew hatred day in and day out and are rightfully justified to be concerned. Donald's Presidency may irreparably damage relations between us and much of the world. I'm aware of all of this, but I also understand that there is literally nothing I can do about it because Bernie or busters decided this monster was a better choice than Hillary Clinton.
That's why I comfort myself in the "all politics is local" philosophy during this time because that's the only thing that can keep me sane. People need to turn off CNN, MSNBC, or heaven forbid Fox "News" and subscribe to their local paper and get a better understanding of what their local and state governments are doing because those people are the ones who are passing laws that will affect them a hell of a lot more than the vast majority of Federal laws passed.