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  • Liberal Democrat
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    When you hear the phrase "wacky and unhinged", the first person that you think about is likely to be Donald Trump.

    I've already read Michael Wulff's "Fire and Fury", and am halfway through Bob Woodward's "Fear". In my mind, there is little doubt that "wacky and unhinged" accurately describes the tweeter-in-chief.

    Not surprisingly, that is the EXACT phrase that Trump uses to describe California billionaire Tom Steyer.

    A few days ago, I received a mailing from an organization called "needtoimpeach.com", which Steyer started last October.

    Here is the website:

    https://www.needtoimpeach.com/

    Although I am mailing back the postcard I received, it is also possible to join the movement by using the website above.

    If you read Steyer's bio, you'll recognize that he is a VERY accomplished guy, and "wacky and unhinged" is NOT an accurate description of him:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Steyer

    Although Woodward's book is fascinating, it's also not not surprising, since it simply reinforces what is already common knowledge about Trump. It's real value will be to provide additional ammunition to the recent New York Times op-ed that will (1) help Mueller's investigation and (2) wake up enough voters so that significant changes can be made during the mid-term elections.

    Omarosa Marigault Newman is also releasing her own book about Trump, titled (aptly enough) "Unhinged", which I do NOT plan to read simply due to the fact that I have already had my fill of news about Trump.

    As I mentioned a few days ago, I firmly believe that Trump will not finish his first term. Impeachment is only one of several methods that could be used to end of his reign of terror, but I'm not sure that it is the best method. Voiding the 2016 election entirely would be the most equitable, but is not likely to happen, and invoking the 25th amendment would also be a stretch, which means that Mueller's investigation, or actions of state courts, will be the most likely solutions.

  • Center Left
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    I read that another book is due out the first week of October. Just in time to add to the pre midterms mindset. The next one is about JK. The first son in law.
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote: I read that another book is due out the first week of October. Just in time to add to the pre midterms mindset. The next one is about JK. The first son in law.
    The problem is that the 32% does not read, or never learned to read, or are stoned, drunk, or live in la la land and only watch FOX news.
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote: I read that another book is due out the first week of October. Just in time to add to the pre midterms mindset. The next one is about JK. The first son in law.

    Trump consider himself and his family to be the successors to the Kennedy family, but far smarter, better looking, and more famous. The Kennedy family are trailer trash in comparison to the greatness of the Trump family (According Trump).

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch:

    You are exactly correct. Trump voters definitely read less than us liberal folks. The cartoon below appeared in the Arizona Republic a few days ago:

    Cartoon for Sept. 6, 2018.

    To give you two quick examples that I am familiar with, consider 2 of our relatives who voted for Trump (strictly because of the abortion issue). One of them had not read a book for pleasure since leaving high school more than 40 years ago. The other one lived in a small town in Iowa for 18 years, and never set foot in the local library. Both of them say the rosary every day.

    It's also apparent from "Fear" that Trump doesn't do much reading either, which is why he is so dangerous.

    In contrast, Obama assigned himself 52 hours of reading on his summer vacation.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/13/president-obama-assigned-himself-52-hours-of-reading-on-vacation/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b4b6bdd67449

    JFK also reportedly read 11 newspapers a day.

    Most of us are under the impression that Trump hasn't even read the books he supposedly has written (as his ghost writer for "Art of the Deal" has alleged) but I was surprised to discover this morning that he has written EIGHT books. Reading them, however, is not an uplifting experience. To quote a reviewer who read all of them one weekend:

    " Instead, I found .?.?. well, is there a single word that combines revulsion, amusement, respect and confusion? That is how it feels, sometimes by turns, often all at once, to binge on Trump’s writings. Over the course of 2,212 pages, I encountered a world where bragging is breathing and insulting is talking, where repetition and contradiction come standard, where vengefulness and insecurity erupt at random."

    https://www.quora.com/How-many-books-has-Donald-Trump-written-himself

    Our most prolific presidential writer is Jimmy Carter , who has written 46 books

    Obama, surprisingly, is not far behind, at 42

    Kennedy wrote 30

    Hillary wrote 14 (including her scholarly publications) , but has had more written ABOUT her than just about anyone, and a lot of it is negative, which is a shame since she is one of the most qualified leaders our country has ever had.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Hillary_Clinton

  • Independent
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    For many, if not most, of trump's base, reading is consider be a"Liberal' activity, something intellectuals do, then debate among themselves. In other words, Real Men don't read because they have far more important things they should be doing; reading is for pussies.

    Trump Voter: "If I caught one of my buddies reading a book, I beat the shit out of him. The only guys I know that read books are fags"

  • Center Left
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    If it's difficult, avoid it.

    I bet far too many have embarrassingly low vocabularies and what enjoyment is there in a book if you're looking up definitions constantly. I didn't actually type deplorable. I may have agreed it's worthy...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    My wife's mother was a very conservative Catholic. She did not want her daughters to go to college because college "would put ideas in their head". That mindset is still very much in vogue with today;s Republican Party. Here is the key phrase from the 2012 Texas Republican Party platform:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/texas-gop-rejects-critical-thinking-skills-really/2012/07/08/gJQAHNpFXW_blog.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6131a78ae176

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    My wife's mother was a very conservative Catholic. She did not want her daughters to go to college because college "would put ideas in their head". That mindset is still very much in vogue with today;s Republican Party. Here is the key phrase from the 2012 Texas Republican Party platform:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/texas-gop-rejects-critical-thinking-skills-really/2012/07/08/gJQAHNpFXW_blog.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6131a78ae176

    2012 or 1612 ???
  • Independent
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    Yes Guy; that is the problem in this country; if you take for instance an Orin Hatch or Grassley then I'm convinced that they are super "evangelical" especially the one coming from Utah, must be a Mormon. Thus the biggest problem in this country is that this government for the last 10 years has been more and more been influenced by the "religious right" than any time before. Their objective is to get it their way with abortion, birth control, as well that churches can preach from the pulpit for who you should vote. It is just an "power play" to demand obedience as well get more "tax free" money. Sorry this country is running 500 years behind Europe; churches there have barely nothing to say related to governing. The cathedrals are more or less artifacts and nice to see related to what they "stole" in those times from the poor peasants.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    My wife's mother was a very conservative Catholic. She did not want her daughters to go to college because college "would put ideas in their head". That mindset is still very much in vogue with today;s Republican Party. Here is the key phrase from the 2012 Texas Republican Party platform:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/texas-gop-rejects-critical-thinking-skills-really/2012/07/08/gJQAHNpFXW_blog.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6131a78ae176

    Um, I guess said beliefs must not be too fixed. Indoctrination by parents is called “raising them right”. Exposing children to other ideas and developing critical thinking is indoctrination. At least according to the right.

    how the hell does half this country tie their shoes in the morning?

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Keep the help under control. Educate them and they might want more.