We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You might be living through The Turn if you ever found yourself feeling like free speech should stay free even if it offended some group or individual but now can’t admit it at dinner with friends because you are afraid of being thought a bigot. You are living through The Turn if you have questions about public health policies—including the effects of lockdowns and school closures on the poor and most vulnerable in our society—but can’t ask them out loud because you know you’ll be labeled an anti-vaxxer. You are living through The Turn if you think that burning down towns and looting stores isn’t the best way to promote social justice, but feel you can’t say so because you know you’ll be called a white supremacist. You are living through The Turn if you seethed watching a terrorist organization attack the world’s only Jewish state, but seethed silently because your colleagues were all on Twitter and Facebook sharing celebrity memes about ending Israeli apartheid while having little interest in American kids dying on the streets because of failed policies. If you’ve felt yourself unable to speak your mind, if you have a queasy feeling that your friends might disown you if you shared your most intimately held concerns, if you are feeling a bit breathless and a bit hopeless and entirely unsure what on earth is going on, I am sorry to inform you that The Turn is upon you.
The Turn hit me just a beat before it did you, so I know just how awful it feels...
Common sense quote from this essay:
"Not being a left-wing racist or police state fan doesn’t make you a white supremacist or a Trump worshipper, either. Only small children, machines, and religious fanatics think in binaries."
IN 1960 I was a high school student. JFK was running for president and I can remember the buzz for this charismatic politician. Unfortunately the state and city I lived in was Democrat and back then Democrats were pretty much dishonest and mob connected so I didn't think much of JFK. But in retrospect JFK represented the overall "old" Democrat party who were first of all true Americans. That memory is probably stronger because of the cold war and the 2nd WW being fairly recent in memory. That was what would now be called "your fathers Democrat party". Some where dishonest, on the take, cheating on elections but all in all still true Americans, loved America and put America first. Probably if you were to bring up Trumps arguments about making America great again back in 1960 the Democrats would have made it part of their party platform.
That all changed, the grift changed and the Democrats changed to follow the grift. You may remember Ted Kennedy actually conspiring with Russia to try to keep Ronald Reagan out of office. You might remember that it was Ted's idea to open up the immigration flood gates and the master plan was to convert immigrants to the Democrat party. The Democrats eagerly sold out America and moved jobs off shore and profited nicely for it. If you looked closely you would see that pretty much the terrible mess we find ourselves in today was the result of the Democrat grift; profiting from their political position.
Did the Republicans do the same thing? Sure, a few did, but mostly the Republicans have never been as organized as the Democrats and the few who joined with the Democrats in selling us out were not representative of the Republicans.
Mostly it was the Democrats who changed into the far left, communist leaning, totally corrupt party we see today. This is NOT your fathers Democrat party. Nancy Pelosi can trace her history right back to working with the Mafia in Baltimore. Tip Oneil can trace his beginnings to working with the Mafia in Boston (as can the Kennedy's). But the Democrats have parlayed that into something far more sinister and now they work with our sworn enemies. Oh! It pays well, Nancy is a multi-millionaire and most everyone in congress are multi-millionaires by the time they leave office. They didn't get rich by astute investing!! But WE are paying the price of that grift. There is never enough money for them and they have to constantly betray their office, their oath, their constituents and their country to keep that money flowing. They aren't your fathers Democrat party anymore. If anything they are Ji Jinping's party now and are richer than ever.
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Warning! Those people living in Tiawan who can get out should do it. Most likely after the Winter Olympics ends China will create some pretext for invading Tiawan. Minimizing casualties is not an option, the invasion will be swift and brutal and completely over within 24 hours. Survivors will most likely be jailed and then disappeared. If for whatever reason the U.S. and other major nations choose to boycott it the timeline for invasion will be moved up. Biden's (puppetmaster's) response will be a sternly worded letter.