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Jul 26 GhostDog commented on Revolution Now Eating Its Own: Bernie Supporters Boo Bernie Sanders.
@41, @69

A few things.

First, for me personally, cannabis is a somewhat sticky point.

I'm a cannabis user and at one point an activist(I used to be a member of NORML and contributed to the California Prop 19 campaign in 2010) so I am one of those three groups that directly benefited from the last eight years.

Now, if I was voting my activism, I would have an even harder time voting for Mrs Clinton than I do now because from what little she has said on the matter I believe that she is going to attempt to roll back cannabis legalization in the US.

I wasn't making a personal statement on Mrs. Clinton(like I said, I'm voting for her) as much as why people are basically totally unwilling to support Hillary and are basically willing to follow a fringe socialist to the gates of Hell.

Keep in mind I can make a very similar argument as to why the Republican base abandoned the GOP. In their case not only are they taking it in the chin due to economic factors but also on a cultural level their representatives have over-promised and under-delivered far more than anything that has happened on the left.

And I do agree that automation and globalization are playing a big role in the economic problems we are facing. That's part of why I'm as worried as I am. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is talking about economic solutions that will actually work.

We aren't talking about funding research to find the "next big thing" that will create jobs that have been lost due to automation(it isn't going to be manufacturing or .com stuff, btw). We aren't talking about basic income to deal with the people who can't get a job no matter what or supplementing incomes for people who have full time jobs but still live in poverty. We aren't talking about retooling our educational system to teach people how to learn instead of for a career that may not be around when they graduate. We aren't making training available for the skills that people need for the few high skill jobs left. The only thing we are doing right is that we are trying to raise the minimum wage so that the vast majority of jobs of the future(that being manual service jobs that can't be outsourced or automated) will have a living wage.

Jul 25 GhostDog commented on Revolution Now Eating Its Own: Bernie Supporters Boo Bernie Sanders.

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.

Jul 25 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.

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.
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.