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And to think that Merrick Garland might have become a Supreme Court Justice.

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Merrick Garland needs to be investigated for conflict of interest and abuse of power. Then he needs to be impeached.

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I disagreed with the Mitch on that one until I saw that letter from him on School Boards. In hind-sight, my anger at Mitch, and the Republicans, at the time was not mis-placed.

20-20 hindsight.

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I always thought it was the right of the President to appoint judges without the Senate playing political games to avoid considering nominees. And I still do. But I must admit I'm grateful McConnell played that game in this particular instance.

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Yah, me too.

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[was misplaced]. I added a "not".

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Same here.

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And he was the "moderate consensus" candidate that Obama put forward expecting that he would get confirmed with Republican support. Remember how the media chastised the Republican's singing the praises of the boring, but extremely moderate Judge Garland? They lie!

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Oh, yes. Merrick Garland was the epitome of moderation.

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Penny, I sincerely hope you will tell us you were not being serious when you made that comment because a public statement like that about a sitting US Supreme Court justice, whether you agree with his politics or not, fits the definition of domestic terrorism. This is not the type of comment responsible adults make, especially not on Bari's substack.

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Nancy. Penny is protected from any repercussions due to her progressive privilege.

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No doubt Penny is a Rachel Maddow and MSNBC devotee who was fed 24/7 lies and hysteria during the Kavanaugh hearings. NBC was particularly vile in the bad reporting with Leann Caldwell and Kate Kelly actually reporting lies as truth and then it getting picked up on Twitter and the left wing echo chambers. Talk about fake news. It was the democrat treatment of Kavanaugh, especially those democrat blowhards on the judiciary (Whitehouse, Hirono, Booker and especially Harris) that hardened and chastened me forever about the true character and nature of them. As long as I live, Kavanaugh's treatment will always be a turning point for me.

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So you only want one point of view when Bari has clearly stated that's not what she wants here? This substack is already proving to be the place where conservatives feel justified in their beliefs because a self-professed moderate centrist is sometimes aligned with them.

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In a civilized society, if we don't like an official's politics, we vote them out of office or we have them impeached. We don't murder them, and we don't make jokes about murdering them, especially not in an article about "domestic terrorism."

Incidentally, I'm no fan of Brett Kavenaugh, but no one should ever be murdered or physically attacked because of their politics. If you disagree with that, you really don't belong on this substack.

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Agreed.

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The pushback isn't about free POV. One of the best qualities of this board is the fact that most people don't indulge in petulance.

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I'd call the FBI on her.

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WTF are you talking about?

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Never mind, nancy. I see this comment is a reply to Penny. Sorry.

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That's all right. I understand.

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You are nuts....Nothing was substantiated and in fact much of the claims were out right lies. Strange that Julie Swetnick and Michael Avenatti never faced charges over their false statements.

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Not so strange. Progressive privilege. Law does not apply.

What is even more bizarre is how the legacy media promoted Avenatti - all they had to do is 10 minutes of due diligence and they would have realized he was a fraud

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Wonderfully unhinged statement.

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Typical of a person who is part of a cult.

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Penny. Time to take a long look on the mirror.

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Would that be before or after you go after Cuomo, Biden, and Bubba?

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go fuuuck yourself

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Wayne. We all agree Penny is a fool but unnecessary comment.

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I think we need a coalition of Republicans and disaffected Democrats, people from around the center to take this country back from dangerous extremists. Reasonable people who want this country's children to be educated without the political propaganda that infects today's public and private schools.

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Perhaps a Nikki Haley/Tulsi Gabbard ticket? I'd prefer DeSantis/Gabbard, but would live with Haley/Gabbard.

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Haley/Gabbard heck, I'd vote for a Gabbard/Haley ticket.

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Tulsi Gabbard is... ummm.... never mind.

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And Haley/Hawley is a mouthful which would be fun to see the MSM trip over on a daily basis.

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Come on man!

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Nancy2001. The problem is the primary system - which is true for both the left and right. Because most moderates do not bother voting on primaries, moderate Dems are at risk to challenges from the progressives (who are organized and funded by people like Soros) and the moderates repubs by far right.

Truth is the republicans need to make room in the party for moderate Dems to switch affiliation - by agreeing to support the moderate Dems against challenges in Republican primary if they do switch.

Right now, the moderate Dems have huge power but are afraid to use it. All it would take to get Pelosi attention is for a handful to switch parties , then the progressives are dead in the water.

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I can't POSSIBLY agree more. The PROBLEM is partisanship. Hard to get people to change, no matter WHAT it is. VERY hard. Me? Trying to cut back on smokes. Easier to switch parties than do that. That's just me.

Lub Ya... :)

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Yesterday, I listened to a youtube podcast by the British actor Laurence Fox, who is very well known in Britain. He's now starting an anti-PC third party, Reclaim, as an alternative to the Conservative party and the woke Labour party. He's a breath of fresh air, and even though I disagree with one or two of his positions, I'd vote for his party in a heartbeat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkckY9DhI0

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They say America is DOOMED because it only supports a two-party system. I dunno about that. MAY be something to that, or not. Dunno. Not quite the right time, but later? Dunno.

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I gotta admit, M. nancy2001, that I almost NEVER (italics) watch videos. If it doesn't have a transcript, I just don't. But I'm glad I did this one. Yah, I'd vote for him, too. :)

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A breath of fresh air in that he gives license to privileged people to deny others their fact based claims? Okay.

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I'm sorry to have to say this, but to be perfectly honest, and I mean this in the very nicest possible way, I really couldn't care less about what you happen to think about this or any other topic.

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The straight Republican ticket accomplishes that purpose just fine.

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Yes, you're absolutely right. But I think it might be an easier sell to get disaffected Democrats to switch to a third party. And the mere presence of a credible third party that appealed to moderates of both parties could force the Democrats to abandon their zealous and out of control wokeness.

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Making it extremely difficult for independents to get a footing is one area that the DNC and GOP completely agree on. They work together to keep them off ballots and out of debates, lest anyone disrupt their beloved two-party system.

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The actor Matthew McConaughey is considering running for governor of Texas. He's neither a Democrat nor Republican and even though he hasn't yet officially entered the race, 46% of the electorate already said they'd vote for him. He's relatively young, handsome, and well known. And, most importantly he knows how to connect with the values and concerns of everyday people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lArwQ3EQCD4

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McConaughey is a Democrat; Beto in Armani without the cultural appropriation.

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"Is McConaughey a Republican or a Democrat? He says he is neither. McConaughey describes his party affiliation as 'aggressively centric.""

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/04/28/matthew-mcconaughey-governor-political-interests-and-more-we-know/7323029002/

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McConaughey is "independent" the way Bernie Sanders is.

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Gee, I wonder if 46% say they’ll vote for him because ……he’s a movie star?

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It worked for Arnold, Ronnie, Jesse, and Al.

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That is exactly the recipe.

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Exactly what about it is propaganda? Be specific.

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The whole billionaire funded "transgender" activist movement is a dangerous load of late capitalist bunk. There's no such thing as "gender," and it is not assigned at birth. There's only biological sex which is determined during the moment of conception. People cannot change their biological sex no matter how many drugs they take or how many body parts they hack off. There's no such thing as a boy in a girl's body or vice versa. Children should never be put on puberty blockers. Teenage girls should not be encouraged to have double mastectomies, take cross sex hormones, or have phalloplasties. Men do not have babies. I could go on and on all afternoon about this, but life is too short to spend any more time answering your question

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God help your children if any of them have identity issues. You'll drive them to suicide. So caring.

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Don't make me laugh. I'm not falling for that tired, old suicide trope. That's a well known, cheap trick used to intimidate parents into shutting up and falling in line with the big trans program pushed by the money grubbing, autogynephile billionaires and their useful idiot activists. And if "because. suicide" is the best argument you can come up with, you might as well leave this substack now because no one here believes it.

If a child claims they're"transgender," they have serious psychological problems, including autism, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Those problems need intensive psychotherapy, the one effective treatment that your gender bending fellow travelers forbid them to have. Encouraging anyone one who's mentally ill to believe they can become the opposite sex is the perfect recipe for an eventual suicide.

And as for"caring." Your billionaire autogynephile overlords, ain't in this to help anyone but themselves. They're working their well padded asses off to create a brave new world where they can prance about in designer maternity dresses and give birth to babies gestated inside their high tech, transplanted wombs. And just where did those wombs come from? Why it was just some medical waste, recycled from a sixteen year old girl who claimed she was a he and got a hysterectomy a few weeks after her breasts were chopped off.

https://www.cbc-network.org/2021/02/men-now-want-access-to-uterine-transplants/

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You really are a sad person with a deviant soul.

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Steve, bless your little ole, achy breaky heart. You're the perfect instantiation of the desperate social justice warrior, who when faced with a logical argument he knows he can't refute, launches his last ditch effort, Hail Mary pass -- an ad hominem attack!

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You know anything about souls, Steve? Talk is cheap. Lay it out

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No. of course not. Caring about a teenage girl who was raped by a "transgender" biological male who invaded the girl's bathroom would induce way too much cognitive dissonance.

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Yah, I'm sure You're right.

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The pattern of tyranny is one of the oldest documented malformations of government that we have. When governments are unable to control their people with lies they turn to brute Force. This is not new or shocking and history is rife with examples. Stop believing what people say and start watching what they do. The current administration is much more in the vein of tyranny than almost any that have come before it....

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Observations appointees, constitutionally invalid executive orders,actions in foreign policy, foreign relations. Domestic legislation

, Border Ineptitude, policy dictates, military expulsions...

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With open eyes...

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I couldn't love this more if I tried. Thank you so much Ms. Maron for writing this piece. I was literally cheering as I read it.

Much of my career has been devoted to studying and publishing about terrorism so I know a bit about this topic. What is striking when I observe the past week's actions by the Biden Administration and AG Garland is that it's a well-known and well-used tactic that many regimes have utilized to silence political opponents. Don't like what your opponent has to say? Label them a terrorist and suddenly they can be legally and easily silenced, if not removed, from the political landscape. This tactic has no place in American politics and Biden should be ashamed.

The fact that Biden and AG Garland decided to utilize this tactic is perhaps the most important and dangerous sign that we've moved into a new place in our domestic discourse. It cannot be allowed to stand. Regardless of one's political persuasion, every parent, every voter, and every taxpayer needs to send an explicit and immediate message to the White House, their representatives, and their op-ed pages that this is a step too far and will not be tolerated.

Notwithstanding the subsequent disclosure of AG Garland's conflict-of-interest given his son-in-law's livelihood relies upon CRT training in schools and districts, and the hints (still to be verified) that this "letter" and process had roots in September White House meetings, the precedent being established by the Biden Administration and AG Garland to target parents as political opponents for engaging in constitutionally protected speech is chilling. Certainly we saw the effects in an earlier era and with a man named Joe McCarthy what the price is when swathes of political opponents can be painted with broad strokes as "enemies of the people."

Ultimately, one has to consider why the Biden Administration, AG Garland, educational administrators, and school boards (not to mention a certain VA gubernatorial candidate) are so very concerned about parents scrutinizing what they're doing in the classroom to their children. What do they have to hide?

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Also to uncover, who is pulling the strings of Biden and Garland, who seem to be trojan horses, nice guy Kerenskys to backround Bolsheviks who see people as sheep to be culled and herded, sacrificial lambs to their ideology

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"...and the hints (still to be verified) that this "letter" and process had roots in September White House meetings, the precedent being established by the Biden Administration and AG Garland to target parents as political opponents for engaging in constitutionally protected speech is chilling"

You're not the only one hinting at this "stuff," M. Cunningham:

https://wordpress.aflegal.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Garland-Memo-DOJ-IG-Request.pdf

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That was a brilliant comment. Thank you.

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I hope Maud Maron wins her seat on New York's City Council. She's a voice of calm reason, and it infuriates me that nonviolent people like her are being investigated and labeled as "domestic terrorists."

What's happening in the schools today is beyond comprehension. If I had school age children, I would have to homeschool them to prevent them from being brainwashed by all the gender and antiracisim propaganda. The US is beginning to ape the worst excesses of China's Cultural Revolution.

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Not really. The worst excess of China's Cultural Revolution included things like Buddhist monks being murdered by having their brains removed through their eye-sockets with spoons. And in between that worst and the things being emulated by the woke, there were also things like ordinary murders without torture and forcible relocation of intellectuals from cities to farms.

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Did you happen to catch my use of the word "beginning?" The decade is still young. Dial the calendar forward a few years, and we'll see what Ibrahim Kendi has up his sleeve once he crowns himself dictator of anti-racism.

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I did, but I also noticed the phrase "worst excesses". Unless there's some very recent news I've not heard, they'd not begun imitating those.

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When you destroy a person's career and livelihood in business or academia because they refuse to rubber stamp the woke party line, you've effectively sending that person off to the countryside to pick crops and spread horse manure.

Moreover, California's SB 132, which became law earlier this year, states that any biological male inmate, even those with intact, functional penises who were convicted of violent crimes like murder and rape, can request a transfer to a woman's prison merely by claiming to be "transgender." Women inmates, most of whom are in for nonviolent offenses like shoplifting, have already been beaten, raped and impregnated by their "transgender" (biological male) cell mates.

These unfortunate women prisoners are not allowed to defend themselves, and if they complain about having to share a cell with a biological man, they will be labeled transphobic, and their sentences will be lengthened. The situation is so out of hand, women prisoners in California prisons are now being given condoms and instructions on how to secure an abortion. And if the so called Equality Act, which Biden supports, ever becomes US law, this barbaric and misogynistic practice will spread to every state in the union.

This is as frightening and excessive as anything Chairman Mao ever tried to do. Or do you think it's no big deal for a biological woman to be beaten, raped, and impregnated against her will?

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The famine was pretty damned excessive. Trading children to eat so they wouldn't have to eat their own. The government took over all of the farms, you see...

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Friend M. Nancy2001. It's NOT the U.S. It's what Wesley Yang (another good Substack) calls "The Successor Regime." If You GUYS/GALS don't wise up, the monied interests will rule forever. Not like they have in the past, and left a few crumbs for the rest of us.

TOTALITARIAN wise. It could be Biden, or it could be T.Rump. Me? If it's them two, I'll sit that one out.

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You did that once and look what you got? An authoritarian imbecile whose most pressing concern if when his diapers will be emptied.

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I assume You voted for T.Rump? And You call BIDEN authoritarian? Nevermind.

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And the juvenile T.Rump moniker just makes you look ridiculous. No one here has ever given Biden some idiotic name.....and I've certainly heard them.

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When You're right, You're right.

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How many rights did you lose under Trump? Can you name even one?

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The right to an unchallengeable election. In a nutshell, he's just the typical "SORE LOSER."

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...remember 2000, 2004, and 2016...

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Grow up. Name one civil liberty you lost under Trump. You didn't. So stop being a child.

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But Trump should have at least 3 years to claim that he won in 2020. After all, in 2019 Hillary Clinton was still actively claiming she won in 2016.

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Then you've got no right to complain about the consequences pal.

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Garland's memo is just shameful. The extent to which illiberalism and authoritarianism are spreading from the far left to mainstream Democrats is terrifying. And out of the other side of their mouths they talk about fascism on the right...

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It's quite clear that progressives in DC under Joe Biden have loss patience convincing the "rubes, Trumpers and rednecks" (ie, anyone who doesn't blindly agree with everything they say) to smarten up and come around to the new reality. From vaccine mandates to DOJ attacks on parents, to IRS surveillance of our financial lives, to questioning the very reason why America exists, we will be made to comply by Leftists. No dissent is allowed, and if dissent is chosen, the gov't will come knocking (or crashing) on your door. It's hard to believe that Biden voters really wanted all of this, but I don't see them coming forward and denouncing these tactics. All I can say is if there isn't a red wave of monumental proportions in '22 and '24, we're through as a nation I'd want to live in.

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Well, You see ME? I've BEEN denouncing this crap long before THIS post came up.

But if You give me a choice between Biden and T.Rump? It's not a choice of the LESSER of two evils, is what I'm saying.

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That logic of making it a personality issue will only ensure you keep getting this kind of crap. I think Biden is far more evil, but that's me. I thought things were going fine under Trump. And I didn't vote for him the first time. He was one of the last remaining barriers against all this crap. But at least there are no more mean tweets.

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Well put...

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Well, I didn't mean literally no one... :-) For all of his faults (and there were many),Trump was against this type of b.s. Given a choice, I'd take him back in 2 seconds compared to the train wreck currently sleeping in the White House.

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You took the very words out of my brain. Train wreck indeed.

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Agreed, but why are we talking as if these are the only two Americans eligible for the White House? Can't we do better? Why do we keep falling for their fear and vilification tactics that make us fear the "other side" even as we know our own candidates (I'm talking about the two parties) are 3rd rate? Maud Maron and other "lifelong liberals" need to stand up to today's far left progressives that want to either dismantle or control everything this country stands for, our warts notwithstanding.

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Crazy on left leads to totalitarianism because politicians on the left embrace it. Crazy on the right leads to nothing because politicians on the right ignore it.

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Nice one, Neil! Not only is crazy on the right ignored, it's roundly shouted down.

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You may want to be careful about the capitalized "me" in your comments... narcissisism is real and it rears itself up regularly in your comments... ie. I'm the only right-thinking person here...

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False equivalency with respect to uniforms and vaccines because there are no informed consent rules for uniforms. If an employer wants to mandate a vaccine for employees free from government influence that's one thing. If government aims to mandate vaccination then the proper venue to enact such a measure is through the state legislature.

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They're being mandated in the workplace, which means everyone that has a job (except for very small companies). The military as well. Together, that's a lot of people, lol. I believe in vaccines (I worked in pharma for 30+ yrs, 12 or so in the vaccine area), but I don't believe in vaccine mandates. You seem quite willing to give up your freedoms to a gov't that has demonstrated its incompetent in every way imaginable. Oh, and Biden has been credibly accused of avoiding over $500K in taxes, though I'm sure he'll skate--this is D.C., after all. As they say, you could look it up.

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Going to eat at a restaurant is working? Aren't you paying for the meal? Or in New York City do the restaurants pay the customers?

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Yes. It's an interesting idea. A friendly divorce might be much better for both parties than the hateful marriage we have now. And just because the two countries split doesn't mean they couldn't closely coordinate things like national defense, especially if there were a major emergency or a war with China. Many people have strong ties to families, friends, institutions and businesses in the other country, and those would certainly continue. Maybe a split would allow each side to ramp down the extreme political division and return to something closer to normal.

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Who gets the nukes?

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Nukes are products of white supremacy and toxic masculinity and thus entirely incompatible with woke utopian thinking...

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Well, M. RW... This takes the cake. Give Your idea some SERIOUS thought, take a couple aspirin, and call me in the morning.

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Naw. I'm not being authoritarian. I'm suggesting that splitting the country is a crackpot idea. There aren't gonna be many of EITHER party who would agree with You on that. I'm just one among many.

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First of all, You realize that all You hafta to do to get me to quit replying to You, is for You not to post this kind-a crap.

Yah. In THEORY, You got every right to propose splitting up the country. But if You pause and give it about TWO SECONDS THOUGHT... How long after that before You're bowing down to the CHINESE.

While I'm doing this, basically, SINGLE HANDED... I keep stuff like REALITY in the back of my mind.

If I was a conspiracy nut, then I'd swear the CHINESE were behind all this because they're loving every bit of it.

So, NO! This is one-a the WORST ideas that was ever conceived. If You can give me a rough estimate of how long a split country would last against the CHINESE, I might think about it for about two seconds.

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But the UK left the EU in order to KEEP its constitutional rights, which the EU bureaucrats were violating every day.

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Dear Ms. Maron, thank you so much for writing this column. I was stunned when I saw that letter from the US Attorney General.

It's the kind of event that you'd expect in an authoritarian government as it is clearly an effort to quash disagreement by force and threats. And it's especially rich to see that letter coming from a political milieu that spends a good portion of its time warning the world about authoritarians and authoritarian governments.

I see that certain comments are taking you to task for your political beliefs....as if those beliefs were not your right.

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Bless Your POINTY LI'L HEAD, SIR!

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It's amazing to me that the nastiest people consider themselves always in the right.

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I say this as a (former) life-long Democrat: the Left is responsible for this madness, either pro-actively or complicity.

Today's witch-hunts and censorship are arguably worse than anything I experienced on the other end of the religious right's ire. Trust me, I was in the trenches.

If you continue to vote for Democrats, don't be surprised when they come for you, too.

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I don’t remember who said it, but the Democrat party left me. My views are more or less where they have always been, but the leftward progressive lurch is so extreme that only the woke and elites need to apply. The irony is that some positions that were secondary have now been made primary because of the focus of the tyrannical. A good example is race. I am a POC and have “lived” the experience. I thought the worst was behind us. Now the hyper attention on race is creating a new racism that is hard to ignore, to the detriment of all. The Demolitionists cannot possibly be in favor of what they have wrought, or can they?

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Don’t forget, Ms. Maron: you voted for it. There is not a chance in hell that the previous administration would have ever stooped to anything as fascist, totalitarian, and profoundly un-American

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She calls herself a "lifelong liberal" then bemoans the effects of liberalism.

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The Democrats gave up being "liberal" 6 years ago. The trend has been going on for over a decade but they are now "progressives" and have nothing to do with be "liberal".

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Only six? I'd have dated it to sometime during one of the Bush the Younger administrations. They were out of power then, so it was less noticeable.

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I wouldn't say it wasn't pervasive though until about 6 years ago. It's like most Republicans don't believe the Earth is only 10,000 years old but a few extremely evangelicals do and the number is not a growing trend.

In the late 90's and early 00's most Democrats embraced open classical liberal ideals just like most Republicans did. Both believed in free markets though there were some minor differences in how much government regulation was needed. The single biggest divide was abortion. Now, the two parties are talking a different language on almost every issue.

I think the Internet, like the pamphlet wars of the 1600's, created a massive outflow of ideas but there was no real check on the quality of the ideas being presented. The "woke left" took this and ran with it.

I think the "like" button added to social media around 2012 lit a fire on things.

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On the CONTRARY. These are NOT the effects of liberalism. I've voted Dem since McGovern in '72. Do You not understand that liberalism has fallen from Dem platform. Not it's wokeism. No shame to LIBERALS. No more than T.Rumpites.

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Biden has no liberal values. His values were are are always what’s in it for him. He’s never been a moderate, he’s always been super partisan. And whichever way the wind blows, Joey eggplant will certainly be there.

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Corrupt hack, and a buffoon to boot

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You could CERTAINLY be right about this. But if You think T.Rump was in the job for any purpose other than the benefit of T.Rump, You can't read between the lines very well. T.Rump ALWAYS out fer T.Rump. #1 and ONLY priority.

(No character.)

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Gave all his paychecks to charity therefore you are full of shit

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C'mon man! You can do better than THAT, right? Or mebbe You clean FORGOT the arsewad was a MULTI-BILLIONAIRE PRETENDING to be a man of the people.

No, the little I give away hurts me a lot more than the brush of the breeze made a dent in T.Rump's wallet.

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See, here's where partisanship just DESTROYS the mood. First of all, if You think the CHARACTER of T.Rump wasn't fascist, or totalitarian, then You didn't know him very well.

Me? I admit I voted for Biden, and have said repeatedly that I wouldn't do it again. Because the Dems have been BETRAYED by their leaders by the leaders buy-in to the media (social and mainstream) consensus.

Telling people they're stupid LOWERS the conversation, and works AGAINST a common understanding here, right?

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I don't think you have the slightest notion of what "fascist" or "totalitarian" mean. You heard NBC/CNN/ABC use the words over an over again and simply believed them to be true. You use slurs like: "T.Rumpites" thinking you are being "cute". You claim, without evidence Trump was fascist WITHOUT evidence.

Here is an example of fascism: "[The White House is] working with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to remove problematic information." An example of that "problematic information"? Postings to the CDC website the COVID vaccine has resulted in 2X more deaths than the previous 30 years of all vaccines administered combined.

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Ignore the TDS troll. His ilk is why we are all in this current mess.

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How many of You against poor li'l ole me!

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But most people who use "fascist" as an epithet have no idea what it means. For them it's just a meaningless pejorative to hurl at anyone opposing the latest utopia du jour whatever calls itself the Left is pushing at the moment. The fact that the current iteration of the Left has a programme that looks suspiciously like Mussolini's union of state and corporate power doesn't matter to them in the least.

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Well, when *I* use the term fascist, I mean an executive branch that can issue a policy, and then say that if the ones getting the idea foisted on them DON'T go along with it, then Fed dollars will dry up.

We've BEEN living in a fascist state, for DECADES, by my lights.

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But that is NOT the definition of a fascist in the remotest use of the word. If you make up definitions that only YOU know what they mean, you can't communicate with people.

It might be policies you don't like but that is not fascist.

But this is, again, what Marcuse always recommended: "Hearto the brute reality requires a redefinition of terms."

Clown world.

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Oh! I already knew all that about the media (social and mainstream). No news to me. Don't trust YOUR sources much, but I didn't need such as them to tell me what to think. You?

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Time and Molly Ball are leftists...

In early February, political reporter and Nancy Pelosi biographer Molly Ball published a Time magazine article detailing how, as she put it, “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information” had rigged the election to secure a Biden victory.

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Didn't You "hear?" I bought a TV a year ago and it's still in the box. I WEIGH what I read, case by case. You? If You believe people are dying by enormous MASSES of people? Don't quote me YOUR sources.

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I don't think you can understand English well. I never once said people are "dying by enormous MASSES of people" from the COVID vaccines simply it has killed 2X more people in the than all other vaccines int he previous 30 years.

Source is CDC which places the fatality rate of the COVID vaccine at 20 deaths per million doses. Do the math: That is lots of deaths and it is much higher than the death rate by COVID for kids 5-18 years of age.

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I my GOODNESS! I stand CORRECTED (italics).

My math is terrible. How many is that in total. And is it anywhere NEAR what? 700K dead so far? Me? No, I DON'T know. (And only mildly interested.) You see, hard to come up with any HARD NUMBERS of lives SAVED. Does that mean there aren't very many?

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I'll let you practice math. I'll let you practice research. You might learn something useful. You want to save lives during this COVID pandemic, persuade Americans to collectively loose 6 billion pounds of excess weight. That would have been as effective as the vaccine.

Oh wait... That is fat shaming. Can't do that.

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How was Trump fascist or totalitarian ? The left loves to spew such epithets in the absence of evidence just because it feels good to denigrate.

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LOOK, man! Do I hafta go over it all again? Have You not read the evidence I've provided in the past? I'm not denigrating T.Rumpites. I'm denigrating a man that has NO CHARACTER. (Over and over and over again...)

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No character we can agree on. Calling him "fascist" when it is his opponents who are imitating Mussolini's programme is a dim way of denigrating him for having no character. (Hint: Substack is one of the better read reaches of the internet where people are inclined to use "fascist" to describe politicians, policies and programmes that are actually analogous to what the self-proclaimed Fascists of the 1920's through 40's advocated and did. Lay off using it as a pejorative for anyone to your right you vehemently disagree with.)

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So ya got nuthin. Yep.

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If You don't want to see me write anything, Unwoke, why do You keep REPLYING? Funny that.

I'll take a pass here.

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Trump has a good character. He had to make strong statements against the people who were lying to the public because most of the media were run by Democrats. The current estimate is that the NY Times and Washington Post each published more than 5000 false articles about Russia alone.

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I didn’t tell Ms. Maron she was stupid. I said that, with her ballot, she supported the administration she is now decrying.

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And You supported the administration that tried to overthrow the election. Do I hold a grudge? Nup.

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You support an Admin that stole an election. Sorry

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That's what I thought. You're just the only one who came right out and said it, so I admire that. You're contradicting A.G. Bill Barr, tho. So, no...

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That fat deep stater not only didn’t investigate he shut down any investigation of it. He sucks.

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I’m not here complaining about it in a column

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President Trump did NOTHING totalitarian. He fought hard for individual rights. His foreign policy was entirely focused on opposing the worst offenders: Russia, Iran and Communist China, as well as smaller offenders from North Korea to Venezuela.

He strongly supported countries that value human rights and freedom. The Abraham Accords are a wonderful example of this. Five Muslim-majority countries recognized Israel, the one country in the Middle East where women have full rights, LGBTQ people can live, and all religions are welcome.

Trump was the first President to support LGBTQ rights, and he already did so years before he was elected. He supported women's rights through his words and actions, unlike the disastrous Obama administration which acted against women's rights (the Iran 'deal' was the worst action against women's rights in decades, perhaps ever, but was just one of many such actions).

How are these actions totalitarian? They are all the exact opposite.

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Would like some solid examples of “fascist” or totalitarian actions by Trump. He followed the Constitution. Always.

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Have You, perchance, looked at the EVIDENCE for the insanity about T.Rump winning?

You don't get much FURTHER from the Constitution than what happened Jan. 3rd. Not to mention, Jan 6th.

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I have looked at the evidence...the election was rigged. And Jan 6 was a peaceful protest until the FBI infiltrators instigated the crowd...you are one of their "useful idiots". Congratulations.

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Sorry. You looked at the evidence that supported Your views. I looked at the evidence of the REPUBLICAN DOJ. The largely REPUB courts. The REPUBLICAN Supreme Court.

Funny how all them came to a different conclusion than You. AMAZING coincidence, woudln't YOu say?

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Yes I have and Mollie Hemingway has a book coming out compiling ALL the evidence of illegal and fraudulent activity in the last election.

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And I'm sure this Mollie Hemingway had better resources to investigate than THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, right??!?

Sorry, but no...

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Easily better than the DoJ...facts don't lie, but the FBI does easily and often.

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DOJ is corrupt. Sorry you still trust your obviously corrupt govt

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"Any thinking person can only judge an elected official by policies and results."

Stop. That is not true at all and you should know better.

For one thing, a person's character does matter, absolutely. To say it shouldn't be part of the equation is to deny your own humanity.

For another, "results" is not the end-all and be-all of political effectiveness. The Ends does NOT justify the means. It matters HOW you get results, just as much as the results themselves. To say the 'how' doesn't matter is to disregard the complete morality of a given action or policy.

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Do you prefer the "polite lie" or the "brutal truth". All to often, people take the "polite lie" in politics as being a proxy for "character".

At the end of the day, a politician is judged by what they SAY they will do and what the actually ACCOMPLISH (or at least expend the political capital to attempt to accomplish.

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Putting character aside for the moment, what the hell did Trump accomplish?

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He ran on trying to secure the southern border from mass illegal immigration. Given the mainstream press can't separate legal VS illegal immigration, he spent lots of political capital doing this (and I would say is doing a much better job than the current regime).

He ran on moving The US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. You can agree or disagree on this but he fulfilled that promise.

He ran on working on getting better trade deals with China. You can argue if he did but he did get forced technology transfers stopped.

He ran on getting a rework of NAFTA. You can argue if the deal was better or worse but he is the first president since its inception to get any significant changes on it.

He ran on decreasing US foreign military involvement. Compare his lists of new wars/military actions VS Clinton, Bush, Bush or Obama.

He ran on lowering the corporate tax rate. You can argue if repatriating $100's of billions of off shore held dollars was good/bad, but he followed through.

He promised to appoint pro life judges. You can agree/disagree on the abortion argument but he followed through. NOTE: This is a far more complex topic than most progressives give it and much more sensitive than most conservatives give it.

Trump has faults. He does not use data and acts impulsivly. He is self centered, bombastic and grandiose but most of his final policies were not that bad.

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Compare this with Obama:

Within the first 100 days, I will close Gitmo.

I was at an Obama Campaign rally in Chicago in 2007. The crowd went wild. It was a BIG issue to the crowd. He did nothing on that promise.

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No time. But he saw China for what they were. But, in the end, they just blew him off when it came to the COVID. They KNEW, back in Dec. what the pandemic was about. They didn't say anything because they didn't wanna lose face in the international community. And, with the WHOs help, they've pretty much gotten away with it.

That was one thing, tho. THere was a new technology for making the BEST computer chips, and T.Rump got them to agree not to sell to China. That was another small, but important thing. Just off the top-a my head. Gotta get to work now.

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See, it is my OPINION that the Conservative position, as opposed to the FAR RIGHT, is that a man's CHARACTER, as in his being FAIR, SENSIBLE, OPEN to criticism are VALUEABLE TRAITS (recall now, italics right?), among others.

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Every time he opened his mouth to speak you can see and hear his character. That is plainly evident, you don't need to be in a room alone with someone.

Or are you one of those people who think leaders should not be authentic, but rather infinitely duplicitous and clever because the office somehow requires that of a person?

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Probably you are referring to his 2020 State of the Union speech? Considered one of the best ever given by a President. He made wonderful comments about fine people whom he introduced (remember the 100-year old Tuskegee Airman?). He made sensible statements about COVID when the Democrats were attacking him for responding to it. He really showed his fine character in the speech.

Of course Nancy Pelosi showed her character by tearing up the copy of the speech intended for the members of the House.

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I won't argue that what You say isn't ONE way to look at politics. The FACT is that if people elected others based on their CHARACTER, then I would say the last 15 years or so wouldn'a ended up like they have.

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Yep

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Garland will marshal all the forces of the FBI, state, and local government to address domestic terrorism allegedly wrought by Moms and Dads who don’t want CRT taught to their children. CRT is a racist, anti-America program based on Marxist ideology.

Fascinatingly, Merrick’s daughter and her husband stand to make a lot of money off CRT.

Rebecca Garland married Xan Tanner who is a founder and the president of Panorama Education, an analytical software and services company in Boston, The New York Times reported.

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/10/08/conflict-of-interest-ag-garland-under-fire-over-reported-family-connections-to-crt-promoting-group-1145914/

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That company is gathering psychological data on American students. That too is chilling.

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Yes. Panorama is spying on school children and getting these kids to report their parents. It's a massive invasion of privacy and must be stopped. Here's a youtube video I'm listening to now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r33QFt_Mv3A

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It does need to be stopped. It’s as though there is a dark intelligence behind these people—Brandon, Garland, Pelosi that makes it impossible for ordinary people to push back against their narrative/rule. It’s absurd to call parents domestic terrorists and to surveil their children with these tests. Yet hear we are. It’s also funky how incestuous these leaders are along with children/relatives that exert this kind of influence.

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Yes. And artificial intelligence grows more powerful by the day. As the historian Yuval Noah Harari warns us, AI will soon know more about you than you know about yourself. And when that happens, you will lose your last shred of autonomy and agency.

The threat to privacy is much bigger than CRT or trans. That's why we need to protect the personal privacy of children and adults and keep our private lives private and free from the prying eyes of government and business.

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So very true. I was going to do an Ancestry DNA test but since 60 Minutes did a report on 23 and Me and their selling of data to China I’ve thought better of it. We live in perilous times.

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I'm so glad to hear you didn't do a DNA test. I'd love to learn how much Neanderthal DNA I've inherited. But I will never, ever do one of those DNA tests. We have no absolutely control over how that data might be misused today or in the future.

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Yah about Rebecca G. But, see, I'm still not at ALL certain that this isn't some "sabre rattling" to squelch free speech. Future will tell. For one thing, there's likely to be at least SOME kind-a groundswell against this crap. They may double-down, or they may fold. No crystal ball here, on that one.

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There must be many FBI agents who are deeply troubled by this authoritarian nonsense. They need to speak up. And let us know who does and does not stand for liberty.

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Bull. I’ve been waiting for these “true blue” FBI agents for over 5 years. They don’t exist. The FBI is totally corrupt. Evil organization

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Yah, but I'm not sure many people are willing to put their LIVELIHOODS on the line.

Now, I recall "Profiles in Courage" written by JFK. Probably outta print by now.

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Stop voting for democrats. The unfortunate reality is that the party is beholden to radicals. Biden’s admin are actually engaging in activities that we were all warned Trump, the fascist, may do. Progressives and the democrats are totalitarian by every measure.

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So, unfortunately, are T.Rumpites. Do You not see? The problem is there's so few IN THE CENTER. THAT's the problem, and if You're gonna start making claims about how righteous T.Rump was, then You, my fine furred friend, are FAR RIGHT.

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Trump banned CRT by executive order, Biden reversed that ban almost immediately upon entering office. Name calling doesn't change the facts, and it isn't an argument, but it's all the left has nowadays.

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Do You see me denying facts? T.Rump also helped set up the 1776Unites Group. I give small fortune to Bob Woodson's group. You?

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Fuck this guy.

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Same tactic AG Garland is using. Proud-a that, are You?

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CRT shouldn't be banned entirely, it's one of many socio-economic theories. And I don't believe banning it outright would be a good move for any idea, not just that one.

The issue is not that CRT is being allowed to be discussed, I mean it's not like it's entirely B.S. The issue is 1) that nothing else is being allowed to be discussed that contradicts it, and 2) it's being used as a framework for grade/high school curricula with almost no discussion about it. Many proponents of it seem to think talking about anything at all that contradicts CRT is evil and needs to die...that's a huge problem.

All theories, no matter how scared or profane, should be able to be discussed in a college academic setting. And if they want to use a certain theory for young schooling, especially something as controversial as CRT, it needs to be voted on.

So no, banning it outright is not the answer. It would be infinitely more beneficial to all if the dangers of some of CRT's tenets could be laid bare for every one to see. America needs a kumbaya moment around the proverbial campfire.

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CRT, and books based on it, belong in higher education next to the Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto so people can read it, understand it to realize how murderous ideas take root.

Your #1 point is why it is 100% BS. It insulates itself from any and all critics. As a Critical Theory, it rejects rationality. As a Critical Theory it promotes narrative truth over objective truth. As a Critical Race Theory it elevates worth based on skin color. As a Critical Theory, it starts with a conclusion and accepts only data which supports that conclusion.

Would you agree if people voted for teaching nazi propaganda in grade school? Would you object or say… well they voted for it.

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I agree ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (except for one teeny, tiny think).

You see, I've been studying this CRT business for about six months. SCRUTINIZING it. And, to be blunt, there aren't any redeeming qualities about the legal theory that was based on '60s NIHILISM. In the 70s Critical Theory that came outta that. That CRT came outta that was just pure GARBAGE. What d'ya expect from NIHILISTS? But it was when they said, back in the 80s, that CRT was a POLITICALL MOVEMENT, then all that garbage about it being a political theory was just a bunch-a crap. It was a POLITICAL MOVEMENT, from start to finish, based on Marxism. Those rumors are true. In mid-2000s, they turned ACTIVISTS. And the rest is history. Now what's called TODAY as CRT has expanded BEYOND all that folly. It includes BLM, whose founders were Marxists. And the 1619 Project, was pure unadulterated factually incorrect GARBAGE is piled on top-a all that. This is being encouraged by the monied interests, and those with power, for their OWN nefarious benefit, no doubt.

But all that going under the CRT umbrella, put together? They've taken the position that it CAN"T be contradicted, because if people saw the Emporer has ZERO clothes, then they might not be the subservient patsies they've been up till now, right?

IMHO. ICBW. Back to WORK.

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I agree. It's bizarre that those on the right are quick to point out the craziness on the Left, yet are completely blind to their own Right craziness.

At least most rational liberals are completely willing to concede that the Woke Left is a disturbing problem that needs to be called out. Most on the Right, even the sane ones, tend to just cover their ears and lalalalalalalala....

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Biden is following the prime directive of electoral politics: cling to your base. Biden has three potential wells to draw support from: crazies, moderates and Establishment Dems. The moderates voted against Trump so support from that quarter is tepid at best. Establishment muscle comes with strings attached and Biden's sinking approvals means he has no political capital to bring to the table thus leaving the radicals in charge.

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Very well said! The schools gaslight us about Critical Race Theory by never uttering the words. It's hidden under "Social Emotional Learning," "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion," and "Culturally Competent Teaching." And we're not buying it. So the gaslighters recruit the feds to threaten and intimidate us. Calling us "racists" isn't working any more.

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The term racist has become so overused, it no longer has any meaning. According to the woke crowd, every human on earth over the age of three months is a racist.

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Bari. You might want to try and enable an ability for users to block others. You have a couple of trolls that seem to delight in taking over the conversations. If I could block, say jt, I could cut the reading by half. Having trolls Post the same snark over and over and basically being a bully, doesn’t enhance my subscription or my reading pleasure. Thanks.

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Lemme get this staight. You and I agree that Garland is using heavy-handed attacks. And then You do the SAME THING.

Ah.

You see, the reason You see so much-a me, in case You haven't noticed, is that noboby else here will stand up to Your "bull manure." You see anyone ELSE call it for what it is?

Meanwhile, take a quick count of the people espousing YOUR line. If You have ANY measure of FAIRNESS, then ALL-a You gotta go, too.

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No, Unwoke in Idaho is just asking for the ability to filter his own view of the comments, not for Bari or Substack too censor anyone. Read what he asked for, "an ability for users to block others," something that should probably substitute for "moderation" in all comments sections and on all social media platforms, since it would allow everyone to ignore those the regard as trolls or bullies, thereby improving everyone's reading experience, without censoring anyone.

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Her own view.

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Well, M. DNY. Unless I'm SADLY mistaken, neither I nor anybody else FORCED him to read anything he doesn't want to. Nor to reply, either.

But, see, as long as You and Yours are gonna spout nonsense, and try to bully ME, like You're doing right HERE... Well, easy enough for You to block me by pointing Your eyes someplace ELSE.

OR, trying reading with an open mind, as has been discussed elsewhere.

Meanwhile, I would suggest Bari, if she's of a mind to block ANYONE, should look into blocking people who do NOT agree with her OWN opinions on these subjects. But she hasn't done that. And I find it fascinating that the Repub to Independent ratio here is so FAR in favor of the Repubs! On Bari Weiss's Substack, to boot.

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Ah, but people *are* forced to scroll through threads. When one of us, rightly or wrongly, regards a fellow commenter as a troll and doesn't want to read their posts, and when those posts constitute a large portion of a thread, it would be convenient to be able to mute the undesired posts.

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Gimme a break. You can scroll PAST the ones You don't wanna read. And as for being trolls, one whole GANG of people makes up one whole BIG TROLL.

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Then make the choice. Is anybody FORCING You to read something You don't wanna read?

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As a lifelong liberal, this is what you voted for, so this is what you get. This is the mid point on the slippery slope you ignored when you went all in for things on the left. In hindsight maybe you shouldn’t have done that. But you did. And this is where you are. I’m sure you were outraged when McConnell tossed Merritt garland aside. So now we have the kinder gentler side of the garland totalitarian to contend with. Ain’t life grand? And so what if you never raised your voice? You were with people who did so you too are bad.

So howzabout you put that law degree to good use and start suing. Put your bona fides where your dismay is. Start defending parents against the swamp. Talk (writing) is cheap. Action is hard.

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May I remind you that the new Domestic Terrorism agenda is built on an initiative first developed and implemented by the Republicans, to wit: The Patriot Act.

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May I point out that senate dems voted for that as well, all of them except one, and the majority of House dems voted for it. May I also point out that the dems have not moved to rescind it but seem to be the most ardent proponents of using it.

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I agree. The US Fascist Act... I mean the US Patriot Act is one of the reasons I was voting Democrat back in the day. Though it passed the House 357-66 and the Senate 98-1 so I don't know why I thought voting Democrat would have helped.

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