GhostDog
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12:17 PM GhostDog commented on Revolution Now Eating Its Own: Bernie Supporters Boo Bernie Sanders.
@25

First, full disclosure. I'm going to be voting for Mrs Clinton and will most likely volunteer for her campaign if they get back to me.

That said, from what I can see, yes, a lot of people are willing to take the whole ship down exactly because it isn't moving in their direction at all, at least not in a direction that matters to them.

The biggest recent strides in the past 8 years only directly matter if you are gay, trans, or use cannabis.

Wages are still stagnating and have been for decades. Race relations are still catastrophically bad and will continue to be bad until we make some radical changes that nobody has an appetite for(for example, towns that don't have the tax base to be self supporting without using the police as revenue generators, like Ferguson, should be rolled into greater municipal areas). Qualifications for jobs are still and will continue to be a huge problem.

Now that Mr Sanders is not going to get the nomination it is almost a guarantee that things are going to get worse. The only reason I'm supporting Mrs Clinton is that I think things will get worse at a marginally slower rate than Trump.

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12:05 PM GhostDog commented on Revolution Now Eating Its Own: Bernie Supporters Boo Bernie Sanders.
@21. I'm not @8 but I'll give your question a stab.

Maybe, but only marginally. The Republicans have hated the Clintons for decades, ever since Bill Clinton "robbed" George H.W. Bush of his second term. They hounded Bill for years, up to and including impeachment, shut down the government, and threw up dumb scandal after dumb scandal.

Now, I'm not saying that they would have given any other candidate a pass. But I do believe that someone like Martin O'Malley or Cory Booker would not have that decades of seething hatred that Mrs Clinton has going against her.

And yes, I know, they went hard on Obama. But they never impeached him and they only had 8 years for the hate to build up.

Now if Malia or Natasha get into politics and end up running for president, they will most likely have the same problem(or worse) that Mrs Clinton has.
Jul 21 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Different Day, Different Couple, Same Issues, Same Advice.
@18, @22.

Having been in one of those type of situations myself, I can't speak for everyone but I can speak for myself.

There were a few factors. Extremely poor dating pool, lack of personal growth, etc.,etc. However, it boiled down to one simple thing. Sexual contact with a female was so absolutely important that it was worth lots of emotional pain. As long as that was the case(it isn't anymore) then I would continue to endure it.

For me, I had to endure enough emotional pain that I was willing to be single for the rest of my life before experiencing it again. That happened and now I'm way more picky.
Jul 14 GhostDog commented on Some Pokémon Go Enthusiasts Are Saying the Game Is Good for Their Mental Health.
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That's assuming they have nothing in common but the game. Which may be valid sometimes but not always.
Jul 13 GhostDog commented on We Saw You Dividing a Vigil for Black Lives Matter and Hunting Pokémon Outside Hot Mama's.
About this world that "needs our attention so badly".

Our politics have devolved into a choice between a fascist and a tool of the establishment.

Our culture is focused on problems that either don't have resolutions or don't have resolutions that can be implemented in our century.

Our economy has very, very serious issues that nobody reading this can actually make any progress on.

Honestly, when looking at the almost limitless ocean of despair and agony that we are confronted with on an almost daily basis, I can't say I blame anyone for retreating into their Pokemon Go/weed/whatever.
Jul 12 GhostDog commented on Gay Republicans Now Loathed Slightly Less by Their Colleagues.
Oddly enough, I have some sympathy for gay Republicans.

The thing is that, even though most of the readers here are big fans of the Democrats and their platforms, it really sucks that if you are gay you basically have to support the Democrats.

What if you are gay and a fiscal conservative? It seems your choices are to become forever marginalized, I mean, a libertarian, or chose between the abuse of the Republicans or surrendering half of your identity and becoming a Democrat.
Jul 1 GhostDog commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter.
@47 and @48

Yeah. For me it isn't that Clinton is unlikable that worries me as much as the unmitigated(and frankly irrational) hatred that conservatives seem to have for anyone from that family.

They dropped everything they were doing back in the 90's to target Bill Clinton even though he wasn't exactly looking to take over the means of production(for example, drug enforcement efforts under Bill Clinton's presidency actually went up significantly). They have been going after Hillary since she became secretary of state.

My worry is that in order to keep a Clinton out of office Republicans would unite under the devil himself. Honestly, it was going to be an awful presidential year the second that Martin O'Malley dropped out on the Democratic side and John Kasich on the Republican side as those(as far as I can see) were the only candidates that wouldn't cause frenzy on the part of the other side.

Now it's going to be a messy slog to November.
Jul 1 GhostDog commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter.
Honestly, I still think that everyone is holding a lot of Bernie supporters to an unrealistically high standard.

Remember that, for most of the people reading this, this isn't your first time to the rodeo. For me, I remember pretty clearly the dogged tenacity that Republicans had to get Clinton on anything they possibly could in the 90's(and that is a big part of why I don't trust anything they say about the Clintons to this day), the craziness that was W, etc.

For a lot of Bernie supporters, this is their first election ever or at the very least the first time they threw in with a candidate to this degree. Therefore this is the first time they've gotten a full blast of the awfulness that is the political process(and it really is that bad) and, pretty reasonably, they aren't taking it well.

TL;DR: Cut them some slack. They have it bad enough as it is. Don't gloat. Focus on beating Trump and then hounding Clinton to be the actual center left president we need(as opposed to the solid right candidate she is*).

* And yes, I think she is right. It's just that our options were left(Sanders), right(Clinton) and reactionary(Trump). Yes, Clinton is to the left of Trump. So was Nixon.
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Jun 30 GhostDog commented on Emails From Reasonable Bernie Supporters Pour Into My Inbox.
@79 Agreed. I wasn't talking legally through checks and balances. I was saying that the people in the military would straight up tell him that he can't end civilization as we know it because Putin said something mean about him.

However, with that said, I would rather deal with someone who will keep her warfare conventional(and even then not take it too far). She will only do immense as opposed to catastrophic harm.

Still wish we could find someone who realizes that manufacturing jobs are never coming back and will do the work necessary to keep everyone "ok" until the "next big thing" comes along that will replace the jobs that have been lost due to technology improvement but that will happen when people stop being able to buy food.
Jun 30 GhostDog commented on Emails From Reasonable Bernie Supporters Pour Into My Inbox.
So.

In regards to the Bernie supporters.

In many cases this is their first time throwing this much energy behind a candidate and having him/her come up short. Honestly, I'd be more amazed if there weren't people freaking out.

In regards to Hillary/Trump/Bernie.

I agree that Hillary is pretty awful. Under her presidency I am pretty sure that all of the states that legalized cannabis will be shut down pretty quickly and that we will get a gigantic backlash of DEA enforcement.

I don't think we'll actually get involved in a full scale war(I think Hillary learned that lesson from watching what GWB went through) but I do think we'll be doing more meddling than we would under Bernie.

I don't think she will do anything really to reign in Wall Street or address our underemployment problem in any realistic way.

Now, what would happen if Trump won.

I don't think that he will end up causing WWIII. Even if he gets really super mad at country X, it takes a lot of people to launch nukes and the smart money is on the people that see the "launch the nukes and destroy civilization as we know it" button pushed basically saying, "Nope."

I do think that he will appoint Supreme Court Justices that make Scalia look like Cornel West.

Overall, though, I think that Trump is going to put super conservative types into all of his positions and run things like a corporation, meaning that the ones beneath him will do the digging, work, and interpretation and he will make the big level decisions when they are needed.

In other words, I think Trump will be almost exactly like W.

Regardless, if Hillary wins, I think that she will basically kick the can down the road until 2020 which will most likely be even more crazy as more and more people get more and more desperate. And if Trump wins, things will get actively worse and we might not make it till 2020 before things come to a head in some way.

As for me, I'll vote for Hillary and hope we don't have full blown riots by the time her term is up.
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