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taxes are theft; therefore, democrats are criminals

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 02:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

selfishness is too a virtue

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 02:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Making people's lives better is not a function of the state. The state's job is to get out of the way so the market can make people's lives better*.

*or not

scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

wasn't it Jeremy Clarkson that said something once like "governments should build park benches and leave us alone"

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

if your parents don't have enough money, nothing you do matters

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

job security is a necessary evil to coerce the talented

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

if you weren't forced to pay taxes, you could just afford things on your own like insurance and private police protection

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

in my very amateurish opinion modern conservativism has two major planks:

1) denial of any link between capitalism and the undermining of traditional values.
2) strict and explicit separation of society into categories of, let's say, "elect" and "damned" (those deserving of privilege, security, etc. and those undeserving...white supremacy is obviously a huge part of this)

ryan, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

All conservatism is the rationalization and preservation of privilege. The hatefulness and nastiness that seems to travel with it has always been there, but obviously people have had different expectations throughout history about what's uncouth and which are the parts you aren't supposed to say out loud.

Scalzi's essay is a tad goofy but I liked his nerdy explanation of privilege: "In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is."

Any policies that increase egalitarianism in Western societies, by necessity, can be seen as mildly increasing the difficulty setting for Straight White Male. If you're not doing so great at The Real World, and you were already on the lowest difficulty setting, then something's clearly very wrong.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

life is a golf course. climate change is a chinese hoax

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

life is a golf ball, I wanna drive it all night long

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

russian=socialists are the worst ever evil in the world, except when republican president donald trump houses and praises them. government is the problem, as well

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

states' rights except when not

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'd love to see Scalzi recite his essay to the corpse of a drug overdosed white person whose lost all realistic hope for his/her life. Americans don't know each other anymore.

larry appleton, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

that is not in his individual self-interest. individual self-interest is all that matters

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

regulation gets in the way of businesses succeeding and makes capitalism not work. we shouldn't regulate wrongdoing out of existence - the market will react and put evildoing companies out of business. it's ok if 371 people die due to eating salmonella infected peanuts because AFTER those people die, people will boycott the brand!

We could have stopped those people from dying but that would have hurt Planters' sales and really when it boils down to it, aren't 371 lives worth it?

also the Holocaust never happened.

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

People want the government to be run like a business, so that after a few years they can be surprised by a FOR LEASE sign on City Hall, and no idea what it might turn into next.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Maybe it will be a new coffee place, or a hair salon!

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

All white grievance is legitimate, especially hopelessness in the face of poverty

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

except for the four gospels, the judeo-christian bible is the literal word of god, bro

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

All white grievance is legitimate, especially hopelessness in the face of poverty

― El Tomboto, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4:20 AM (eleven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ignoring suffering because of classism and identity politics is part of why we're here. People like you have blood on your hands... POC die because of attitudes like yours, which, on the surface, tries to celebrate them. But it's not out of concern for the lives of POC, but for your own narcissism and privilege, which you then flip on others less fortunate than yourself.

Liberalism and conservatism is the same side of the same coin at this point. Is it any wonder why we are where we are?

larry appleton, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

what would we do without you, larry

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

have you heard of this guy, jim goad? I think his books would grab you

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Well, there was a reason I worked with an Obama appointee, you low-level bureaucratic waste. My ideas make sense and work, they're just not in vogue right now, because of snot wipes like you who want to sip glasses of wine while people suffer and die.

larry appleton, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

The funniest part of your schtick is that everything I've posted to this thread is either me actually linking to and quoting John Scalzi and the rest is ripped off from Ta-Nehisi Coates - I haven't expressed a single original opinion worth lashing out at. But you man, you got the solutions that make sense, and work!

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

beef is when I see you
guaranteed to be in ICU

but you won't have healthcare

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

All conservatism is the rationalization and preservation of privilege.

fucking otm. all hoarding and no empathy. fuck you, got mine. what's that, an oppressed category of people wants equal treatment? get the fuck off my lawn. if you need quotas, that just means you females/non-whites/whatever are simply terrible at what you do. let the free market do its job because the free market is faultless*.

* at preserving old-timey privilege

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is the angriest i've ever been this early in a thread

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

anger is an energy. it's cool to frack oklahoma into earthquake hell, because profit

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

the united states is a republic, not a democracy

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 05:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

That one I've honestly never been able to figure out. It's a non sequitur beyond the rest

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 05:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

Democrats fancy themselves civil rights pioneers but it was REPUBLICANS who freed the slaves we are just like that 19th century party

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 05:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

as Martin Luther King famously said, people should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character

example (crüt), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 05:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

and MLK was a Republican after all!

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 05:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

My ideas make sense and work, they're just not in vogue right now, because of snot wipes like you who want to sip glasses of wine while people suffer and die.

― larry appleton, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:39 (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Moonlight swine leap whiff off this one

The Perks of Being a Wall St R (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 08:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

which ideology is against water fluoridation now?

sarahell, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 08:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

fluoridation is how the govmint gives you gay mind control cancer, keep up

Sacked Italian Greyhound (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 08:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

My ideas make sense and work, they're just not in vogue right now, because of snot wipes like you who want to sip glasses of wine while people suffer and die.

posts that effortlessly etc

Thank you for your service, wasteman (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 09:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

maybe start a thread for recommending a good wine to accompany people suffering and dying

barry snappleton (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 09:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

Egoism is real, altruism is not. Hence, running a state by egoists’ rules - “like a business,” if you will - is the only sensible option. If the state then falls apart, it’s not because a democracy is inherently altruistic, but because the state is broken and needs to be abolished.

Wes Brodicus, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 10:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Right, the only motivating factor you can count on is that everyone wants to get rich. EVERYONE. We all like money right guys? Also, everyone cheats, come on.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 10:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

who among us would not rather have the opportunity, however small, to live beyond the dreams of Croesus rather than to bumble along with our needs generally satisfied but no prospect of rubbing anybody else's nose in it?

barry snappleton (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 11:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

tucking your shirt into your jeans is a timeless look

ogmor, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 11:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

brb I'm off to find a conservative board with a thread explaining liberals and the staggering insights therein

The Perks of Being a Wall St R (darraghmac), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 11:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

Bow-ties are a legitimate fashion choice

Thank you for your service, wasteman (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 11:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

MANY YEARS AGO PRINCE DARKNESS "GANNON" STOLE ONE OF THE TRIFORCE WITH POWER.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

That does explain a lot. And the triforce of wisdom being in eight pieces is why the left is so hopeless.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol @ larry appleton / Tombot guvmint dill-weed beef

have you guys ever considered that conservatism has ideological appeal to its adherents, rather than something dismissive like "the rationalization and preservation of privilege" (what about the millions of non-privileged people who are conservatives? don't say false consciousness!) or "individual self-interest is all that matters"?

flopson, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

I considered, then dismissed it.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

Most problems can be pretty easily explained through racism and false consciousness.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.prri.org/research/lgbt-transgender-bathroom-discrimination-religious-liberty/

Halfway down there's a fascinating graph about which groups face "a lot of discrimination."

Republicans think Christians are tied for most discriminated against (with transgender people) and black Americans the least, but it's more notable that they just think there's half as much discrimination in the US across the board with all groups equally discriminated against (except, again, black Americans). Democrats see loads of discrimination except for whites and Christians.

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Thursday, 3 August 2017 05:54 (three months ago) Permalink

They believe in a just world. God wouldn't allow truly good people to suffer needlessly, therefore people who are suffering must've done something to deserve it. To think otherwise would be to admit that life is random and without inherent meaning or direction.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/03/christians-are-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-blame-a-persons-poverty-on-lack-of-effort/?utm_term=.b2d457dc31e4

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 3 August 2017 23:43 (three months ago) Permalink

getting off the thread topic and just veering directly into the NRO's The Corner rubbernecking territory

El Tomboto, Saturday, 5 August 2017 15:54 (three months ago) Permalink

I can only imagine what John of Patmos would've come up with if his visions had included that picture of five alpacas

― El Tomboto

i don't know that picture looks pretty indistinguishable from el greco's rendering of "the opening of the fifth seal" to me

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Saturday, 5 August 2017 17:41 (three months ago) Permalink

They believe in a just world. God wouldn't allow truly good people to suffer needlessly, therefore people who are suffering must've done something to deserve it. To think otherwise would be to admit that life is random and without inherent meaning or direction.

― reggie (qualmsley)

the just world fallacy is genuinely a huge factor in the conservative worldview. it's fascinating how it's applied, though. they believe that the just shall prosper in this world. therefore, anybody else who isn't prospering is clearly a bad person and deserves to fail. however, when _they_ fail to prosper it's never as a result of their own actions, because they are good people and they deserve all the good things in life.

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Saturday, 5 August 2017 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

On the whole "rationalization and defense of privilege" tip

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/opinion/sunday/white-resentment-affirmative-action.html


That so many of these policies are based on perception and lies rather than reality is nothing new. White resentment has long thrived on the fantasy of being under siege and having to fight back, as the mass lynchings and destruction of thriving, politically active black communities in Colfax, La. (1873), Wilmington, N.C. (1898), Ocoee, Fla. (1920), and Tulsa, Okla. (1921), attest. White resentment needs the boogeyman of job-taking, maiden-ravaging, tax-evading, criminally inclined others to justify the policies that thwart the upward mobility and success of people of color.

The last half-century hasn’t changed that. The war on drugs, for example, branded African-Americans and Latinos as felons, which stripped them of voting rights and access to housing and education just when the civil rights movement had pushed open the doors to those opportunities in the United States.

Similarly, the intensified war on immigrants comes, not coincidentally, at the moment when Latinos have gained visible political power, asserted their place in American society and achieved greater access to schools and colleges. The ICE raids have terrorized these communities, led to attendance drop-offs in schools and silenced many from even seeking their legal rights when abused.

The so-called Election Integrity Commission falls in the same category. It is a direct response to the election of Mr. Obama as president. Despite the howls from Mr. Trump and the Republicans, there was no widespread voter fraud then or now. Instead, what happened was that millions of new voters, overwhelmingly African-American, Hispanic and Asian, cast the ballots that put a black man in the White House. The punishment for participating in democracy has been a rash of voter ID laws, the purging of names from the voter rolls, redrawn district boundaries and closed and moved polling places.

Affirmative action is no different. It, too, requires a narrative of white legitimate grievance, a sense of being wronged by the presence of blacks, Latinos and Asians in positions that had once been whites only. Lawsuit after lawsuit, most recently Abigail Fisher’s suit against the University of Texas, feed the myth of unqualified minorities taking a valuable resource — a college education — away from deserving whites.

El Tomboto, Monday, 7 August 2017 13:04 (three months ago) Permalink

it's all the left's fault. they have normalized hate and racism. the left's insistence that a vote for trump was a vote for racism has convinced real racists that millions of americans are on their side. you libtards have given them permission to stage a hate fueled rally by lying to them and yourselves about the reality that most republicans loathe them as much as you do

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:11 (three months ago) Permalink

the comments. oh my god

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/14/donald-trump-condemns-hate-groups/

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:54 (three months ago) Permalink

there was a time when i would wade into that. but i just can't

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah I just don't feel like I owe it any of my mind space anymore.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:11 (three months ago) Permalink

You should pay rent in my mind.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:11 (three months ago) Permalink

hey I'm struggling enough to pay my rent irl

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:17 (three months ago) Permalink

wading in that cesspool is how I spent my early to mid twenties. I remember even encountering KKK members on fucking ESPN's NBA message boards when I popped on to talk about Tracy McGrady. the shit was and is everywhere and you eventually have to disengage from it or you'll feel overwhelmingly sick all the time.

on the other hand it taught me that people are generally garbage so I guess it was useful to a degree.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:18 (three months ago) Permalink

"George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? ...Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? OK, good. Are we going to take down his statue, because he was a major slave owner. Now we're going to take down his statue. So you know what? It's fine. You're changing history, you're changing culture, and you had people — and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.

"You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side — you can call them the left, you just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that's the way it is…I think there's blame on both sides. I don't have any doubt about it and you don't have any doubt it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say it."

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:57 (three months ago) Permalink

pure cut "conservative" derp

"America did not go to war against the naziss because of their ideals. America went to war to boost its economy, to regain lost posessions in Asia and new ones, because the American public were duped to believe that Germany might invade the USA at some point and because Roosevelt didn't want any European power to become the most powerful nation in the world, not even the British. He wanted America to become the most powerful nation in the world."

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:23 (three months ago) Permalink

martin luther what?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gotta-watch-this

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

May the world not be destroyed by a man given ultimate power by people hypnotized by theoretical love for other people's unborn children.

— David Dark (@DavidDark) January 27, 2017

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Sunday, 24 September 2017 02:09 (one month ago) Permalink

cross posting from the atlantic thread

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/it-takes-a-nation-of-snowflakes/541050/

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

People have to be careful because at some point I fight back. You know, I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

He knew what he signed up for.

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:58 (one month ago) Permalink

you made us pick a side. it's not our fault. it's yours

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

overheard in the office (old school hardass military dude): "athletes need to learn that people don't want to hear them talk about politics"

these people just live in a totally different world, they just believe what they want to believe

brimstead, Friday, 20 October 2017 16:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Big hat enthusiast (R, male) attacks political opponent (D, female) for her big hat.

Christopher Futterwacken (Dan Peterson), Friday, 20 October 2017 17:05 (one month ago) Permalink

she's an empty barrel . . . ?

At the end of the briefing, he said that he would take questions only from those members of the press who had a personal connection to a fallen soldier, followed by those who knew a Gold Star family.

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 20 October 2017 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

POO: empty barrel v. basket of deplorables

what is this 1950?

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:35 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s easy to throw rocks at somebody simply because they have money. And that’s what I’m trying to address. We don’t need to create this class warfare of, "You have, and I don’t, therefore I’m going to punish you, and use the government as the punishment tool." We’re better as a country than that. And we want a country that creates innovation and creates hope, so that somebody growing up in poverty can be successful, could be wealthy, if they invent an idea and they take it all the way to success. Why do we have to continue to divide our country along these lines? It’s a mystery to me.

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 23 October 2017 23:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink

lol at this from sykes:

This brings us to the politicians. Richard Nixon, who embraced the most aggressive versions of the Southern Strategy, was not a conservative of this school, but I do think that there was a temptation among the political class to use both cultural and racial issues to substitute for other issues. Conservatives too often gave in to that temptation. Even those who did not turned a blind eye to the grievances among folks whose vote they needed.

Fast-forward to 2016. Trump deftly exploited those grievances, and continues to do so. Rather than talk about health care, he attacks the NFL. It’s very much the old pattern.But: This doesn’t mean that people whose views were shaped by Hayek, von Mises, or Friedman are therefore responsible for the alt-right.

notice how sykes slyly fast fowards the conversation from the early 1970s to 2016 and then for some reason doesn't see a connection between the alt-right and the Republican Party of those 40+ years that he skipped over.

Currently (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

this sykes guy, he is trickyyyyy

Currently (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:24 (four weeks ago) Permalink

He doesn't even mention a certain legislator whose name rhymes with Schmnwich.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

if you're a connoisseur of pure grade 200 proof derp, do yourself a favor

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/howie_carr/2017/10/carr_hillary_clinton_fbi_colluded_to_ambush_donald_trump

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 27 October 2017 21:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Trump likely already knew about Uranium 1 when he took office, and the day before Mueller began his investigations, he met with Trump (we know that they met). It's likely that Trump told Mueller that they knew about U1 and his involvement with it. Trump made a deal to let Mueller off the hook if he helped him drain the swamp. Next week will likely see Trump exonerated in regards to "muh Russia" and prosecutions at those who tried to undermine his presidency using the dossier to illegally wiretap his campaign.

Admiral Rogers of the NSA was the one that informed Trump of the fact that he was being wiretapped (they moved their campaign transition HQ out of Trump Tower after this meeting). And Admiral Rogers still has his job. It's highly likely that the NSA has been providing Trump with the necessary dirt to go after the scumbags within our government, and he's using that get people to rat out and turn state's evidence/witness with what's to come.

Trump is already tweeting things that indicate what's going to happen next week. And sure as shit isn't going to be about him colluding with Putin.

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 28 October 2017 14:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"The KGB funded the takedown of Nixon. Hillary laundered all the money. She and Mr. Putin are colluding to make Mr. Trump look bad, a deal brokered by Paul Manafort, I mean, Robert Mueller, in exchange for uranium sales and Trump Tower Moscow. Tax cuts."

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 30 October 2017 13:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

DO SOMETHING!

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 30 October 2017 17:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has EVERYTHING to do with the CLINTON CAMPAIGN, Fusion GPS, and Russia. There's CLEAR EVIDENCE of the CLINTON CAMPAIGN colluding with Russian intelligence, to spread disinformation, and smear the President.

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 30 October 2017 20:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I believe that individuals are happiest and most fulfilled when they form their own opinions, assume responsibility for their own actions, and spend the fruits of their own labor as they see fit. I believe that a collection of individuals making their own decisions within the confines of a clear and concise set of laws that they have determined for themselves will advance society much more effectively than will a collection of experts who are confident in their knowledge of what is best for everyone else. This is why I support conservatives, who favor a smaller, less powerful government.

that's from the Mercer memo after he bravely sold his shares in Breitbart to his daughters.

you can quibble with his assumptions, and the hypocrisy of his own actions with respect to his stated beliefs, but to me this seems to get to the core of what conservatives think that they believe, the story they tell themselves. their story always seem to leave out the absolutism that drives these goals. e.g. they want people to assume total financial responsibility for their own actions and the consequences of "bad luck" like cancer or getting laid off after your employer is bought out, so fuck any safety net

Karl Malone, Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They also want people to take full financial responsibility for whether that they are trust fund babies rolling dough or the children of poverty and broke as a joke on the day they turn 18.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that they

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hillary would have been worse

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have read the US Constitution and it makes me sooooo mad I want to spit.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 17:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They should be looking at the Democrats. They should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty. They should be looking at a lot of things. And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:03 (one week ago) Permalink

we should tax student loans as income, so we can cut rates on the *job creators* even more. after all, if your parents can't afford to pay for college, then you don't really deserve to go

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:39 (yesterday) Permalink


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