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  • From:USA

Date Posted:01-11-2018 03:33:40Copy HTML


Is Trump on the ballot?

No, President Trump is not up for re-election in 2018, but yes, the 2018 election will be a good bit about the Trump presidency.


Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 in an election that surprised him and his campaign as much as anyone else.  As President, Trump’s learning curve has been steep, filled with missteps, mistakes, and mis-directions largely of his own making. Voters, both Trump supporters and opponents, have watched the daily news cycle become the daily Tweet, for good or bad. And to be frank, mostly for bad. Friends and foes alike will offer that they would prefer fewer tweets and more presidential conduct.


But the Trump presidency is not about his tweets, his quirky personality, or his oft questionable financial history and activities. The Trump presidency is about who we are as a people, and what our aspirations are as a nation. As the president campaigns across the nation in his special form of personal idolatry, thinking voters cannot help but consider if this president is meeting their best expectations or lowering the bar for what has been the American Vision.


And there is, and has been, an American Vision. America has been a nation of Immigrants, people from across the globe bound together by the freedom of opportunity and connected by the acceptance of difference as a strength and a virtue. We are the nation where your religious preference, or your preference to not be religious, are equally honored and respected. We are Jews, Muslims, Christians, agnostics, and every other variety of belief held together by that very freedom to be who and what we are and to find tolerance and acceptance among those who are equally different and equally unique.


What we have not been, and must not become, is a nation divided by fear and distrust has often expressed by our Great Divider President. Trump’s rhetoric did not invent bigotry, it simply fans the flame and feeds the fire.


America has been a generous nation, where our place in the world order is not strictly transactional, not based upon “winning” only at the expense of others losing. We fought for freedom from the power of dictators, fascists, and against the mindless cruelties of extremism, building a coalition of nations to protect and preserve the peace. The result of those efforts has been a world less at war today than ever in human history. That peace, that partnership with other nations, has been largely undermined by the Trump administration.


We have been a nation of virtue for moments of our history, whether helping rebuild a devastated Europe after WWII, or offering help after natural disasters across the globe. We have stood for the ambitions of nations seeking to recognize their people’s rights to free and fair elections and representation. Until recently under the Trump administration, America has been the loudest international voice for these causes. This administration has befriended some of the worlds’ most dangerous and ruthless leaders, while distancing us from our friends and allies around the globe.


At core, part of the American Vision has resided in the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, for our forefathers knew that all our freedoms are at risk when freedom of the press is under attack. This president has declared the fundamental building block of liberty, the free press, to be “the enemy of the people.” In this regard, Trump poses a clear and present danger to the nation.


Likewise, free speech for all of us is at risk when our president has virtually no relationship to truth telling. This president, and his administration, has worked diligently to argue that truth is not at all important to them as they offer us “alternative facts” once called simply lies.


Voting in 2018 is a chance to give this President a message, a message that we expect a good deal more from our President. Vote for the Democrat on the ballot.


Op Ed

Drjim893

11/2/18

 

 


skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #1
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 04:15:59Copy HTML

No, President Trump is not up for re-election in 2018, but yes, the 2018 election will be a good bit about the Trump presidency.


Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 in an election that surprised him and his campaign as much as anyone else. 

He and his campaign were not in the least surprised.

 As President, Trump’s learning curve has been steep, filled with missteps, mistakes, and mis-directions largely of his own making. Voters, both Trump supporters and opponents, have watched the daily news cycle become the daily Tweet, for good or bad. And to be frank, mostly for bad. Friends and foes alike will offer that they would prefer fewer tweets and more presidential conduct.

And yet we have the lowest unemployment in history, particularly for minority groups, etc.

But the Trump presidency is not about his tweets, his quirky personality, or his oft questionable financial history and activities. The Trump presidency is about who we are as a people, and what our aspirations are as a nation. As the president campaigns across the nation in his special form of personal idolatry, thinking voters cannot help but consider if this president is meeting their best expectations or lowering the bar for what has been the American Vision.

So we aren't about a good economy and more jobs than we have applicants for, Jim?  We aren't about small business and consumer optimism?  We aren't about law and order?  Who knew?

And there is, and has been, an American Vision. America has been a nation of Immigrants, people from across the globe bound together by the freedom of opportunity and connected by the acceptance of difference as a strength and a virtue. We are the nation where your religious preference, or your preference to not be religious, are equally honored and respected. We are Jews, Muslims, Christians, agnostics, and every other variety of belief held together by that very freedom to be who and what we are and to find tolerance and acceptance among those who are equally different and equally unique.

America has been a nation of LEGAL immigrants, Jim.  The rest of your paragraph is blather.

What we have not been, and must not become, is a nation divided by fear and distrust has often expressed by our Great Divider President. Trump’s rhetoric did not invent bigotry, it simply fans the flame and feeds the fire.

As you ignore the fanning and flaming by your idols of the left, most recent among them Don Lemmon.

America has been a generous nation, where our place in the world order is not strictly transactional, not based upon “winning” only at the expense of others losing. We fought for freedom from the power of dictators, fascists, and against the mindless cruelties of extremism, building a coalition of nations to protect and preserve the peace. The result of those efforts has been a world less at war today than ever in human history. That peace, that partnership with other nations, has been largely undermined by the Trump administration.

Really?  How so?

We have been a nation of virtue for moments of our history, whether helping rebuild a devastated Europe after WWII, or offering help after natural disasters across the globe. We have stood for the ambitions of nations seeking to recognize their people’s rights to free and fair elections and representation. Until recently under the Trump administration, America has been the loudest international voice for these causes. This administration has befriended some of the worlds’ most dangerous and ruthless leaders, while distancing us from our friends and allies around the globe.

Befriended?  Distancing?  How so?

At core, part of the American Vision has resided in the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, for our forefathers knew that all our freedoms are at risk when freedom of the press is under attack. This president has declared the fundamental building block of liberty, the free press, to be “the enemy of the people.” In this regard, Trump poses a clear and present danger to the nation.

Seriously, you never give up on empty blather, do you?

Likewise, free speech for all of us is at risk when our president has virtually no relationship to truth telling. This president, and his administration, has worked diligently to argue that truth is not at all important to them as they offer us “alternative facts” once called simply lies.

Our free speech is not at risk from HIS free speech, Jim.

Voting in 2018 is a chance to give this President a message, a message that we expect a good deal more from our President. Vote for the Democrat on the ballot.


What more do you want, Jim?  We already have full employment.  We already have the highest numbers of gainfully employed minority in our history, Jim.  We already have a burgeoning economy, small business optimism through the roof, consumer confidence through the roof, and we are on track for one of the highest grossing holiday shopping seasons in decades.

What is any democrat on any ballot offering, but failure?

TITANPANTHER1 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #2
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 05:36:34Copy HTML

The political strategy of the Democrats is about making the mid-terms about Trump and the so-called "blue wave" coming down the pike both of which may come back to bite the backside of liberal hopefulls. Yes, the Americans (including conservatives)  favor immigration, the empahsis (and something liberals tend to omit) being on LEGAL immigration and that would include the majority of American voters. On the immigration issue, Trump should receive the higher rating for at least attempting to enforce our immigration laws. Secondly, the majority of Americans seem favorable to the economic upswing and thirdly, even liberal political pundits are beginng to acknowledge the so-called "blue wave" which started out with a bang is now on the verge of dying with a whimper. A very close race for the mid-terms is now not only probable but likely.



skwanderer Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #3
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 05:48:21Copy HTML

The mid terms ARE about Trump. He is a vile man with a chilling message. His latest midterm campaign videos showing marching migrants along with illegal serial killers is nothing short of Nazi jewish hate mongering racist propaganda. "The democrats let them in...they want murderers" Illegal immigration was down under Obama and has been steadily down since 2000. The people marching are also not illegal because they have never yet been to the US and are hoping to apply for asylum. Calling them all illegals and associating them with serial killers and spreading lies that Soros is paying them is heinous vile Nazi shit. Many wont deserve asylum for sure, but are we a country that simply says "our doors are shut, you cant even ask" ?
skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #4
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 06:57:24Copy HTML

The mid terms ARE about Trump.  He is a vile man with a chilling message.  His latest midterm campaign videos showing marching migrants along with illegal serial killers is nothing short of Nazi jewish hate mongering racist propaganda.  "The democrats let them in...they want murderers"  Illegal immigration was down under Obama and has been steadily down since 2000.  The people marching are also not illegal because they have never yet been to the US and are hoping to apply for asylum. Calling them all illegals and associating them with serial killers and spreading lies that Soros is paying them is heinous vile Nazi shit.   Many wont deserve asylum for sure, but are we a country that simply says "our doors are shut, you cant even ask" ?


What is untrue about this:



“Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!” a slogan at the beginning of the ad, which the president tweeted Wednesday and pinned to the top of his Twitter page, says.

Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen, was given the death penalty in April after killing two California police officers during a crime spree in 2014. He became known for shouting profanities and issuing repeated defenses of his own behavior during trial, even threatening to kill more.

Trump’s video highlighted some of those moments, showing video of Bracamontes in the courtroom laughing and showing no remorse for his crime.

The video then pivots to the caravan of thousands of migrants traveling northwards through Mexico towards the southern U.S. border.

“Who else would Democrats let in?” flashes onto the screen.

Are Democrats encouraging the caravans?  How do you know who is paying their expenses?  Do share, pretty please?

They can ask all they want.  What they cannot do is invade.



oldarmybear Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #5
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 07:20:29Copy HTML

Yes, this mid term election is all about Trump. I believe the dems are in for a big letdown come Midnight November 6th...
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  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 08:50:42Copy HTML

We are likely to put Trump in his place rather than give him full rein to do what he wants because somewhere in the political battles that ensue will be the interests of the people getting served. Not well, perhaps, but better than without significant opposition. He will likely get a second term because it’s so expensive to change administrations..... and wasteful since the new throws out the old, renames it and brings it back for credit with constituents. Despite the repetition, voters haven’t seemed to catch on, figured out what to do about it, cared......
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #7
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 11:09:31Copy HTML

I can't help but wonder if Obama had received the message in his first midterm if Trump would be in the WH with a sea of red downticket.  Personally, I do not expect Trump to be anything but who he is and that isn't going to change no matter who does/doesn't get elected. 
govols Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #8
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:01-11-2018 11:12:20Copy HTML

I don'tthink Trump is onthe ballot. The possibility of Speaker Pelosi or Majority Leader Shumer, along with a Trump presidency, is on the ballot. The House whould do nothing but investigate the administration, and the Senate wouldn't confirm a single new federal judge for two years. Might wind up shutting down the government for nearly two years for lacking the ability to even pass continuing resolutions on appropriations. 

Hm. Maybe.....

docjim Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #9
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 02:25:05Copy HTML

I am excited about next Tuesday's election, and I thank the president for it.


Trump has made the choice stark and clear...a vote for a republican is a vote for his racist, nationalist policies. He has also made it clear that the economy is irrelevent, as is the tax cut...both arguments that have been obscured in the attacks on the women and children two months from reaching our borders.


Will the military be able to stop these totally helpless people? Will the army fire upon anyone, man, woman, or child, who throws a rock? Will the US create long term prisons without hearings for anyone who dares approach our southern borders? Will the US violate US and international law and ignore the right of asylum seekers to have their day in court?


I really do not know who will win the election, but I am curiouss to see if the most deplorable Americans, Trump's supporters who still shout out "lock her up" at rallies will win the day and now represent the country with their ignorant ideas and racist thoughts, or if the good people of the nation will finally say "We are not Trump."


I cannot wait to see the fate of the nation.



skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #10
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 03:44:32Copy HTML

I am excited about next Tuesday's election, and I thank the president for it.


Trump has made the choice stark and clear...a vote for a republican is a vote for his racist, nationalist policies. He has also made it clear that the economy is irrelevent, as is the tax cut...both arguments that have been obscured in the attacks on the women and children two months from reaching our borders.


Will the military be able to stop these totally helpless people? Will the army fire upon anyone, man, woman, or child, who throws a rock? Will the US create long term prisons without hearings for anyone who dares approach our southern borders? Will the US violate US and international law and ignore the right of asylum seekers to have their day in court?


I really do not know who will win the election, but I am curiouss to see if the most deplorable Americans, Trump's supporters who still shout out "lock her up" at rallies will win the day and now represent the country with their ignorant ideas and racist thoughts, or if the good people of the nation will finally say "We are not Trump."


I cannot wait to see the fate of the nation.




What racist and nationalist policies?


The economy, I assure you, is NOT irrelevant to those of us in flyover country.


What 'attacks' on women and children?


What 'helpless' people?  Who do you think is providing them transportation, Jim?  Who do you think is feeding them?  How is it that their clothing is clean?  Where are they using bathroom facilities?  Who is helping them, Jim?


What do you propose, Jim?  A rock throwing competition?  Tell us, Jim, if someone entered your home, just busted through your door, and threw a rock at you, would your response to protect yourself and your family be to pick up the rock thrown and throw it back?   If that person busted down your door, threw a rock at you, and then demanded you take them in, feed them, clothe them, educate them, provide transportation for them, get them a health assessment, and pay for their next child's birth, because they were 'afraid', would you simply believe them and acquiesce to their demands?


What a fool you are, old man.

_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #11
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 03:45:36Copy HTML

I cannot wait to see the fate of the nation.



Come visit California, San Francisco in particular,  for a sneak preview.  

docjim Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #12
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 07:31:21Copy HTML

Skrumpie,


Why do you thing Trump is selling the illegals as his main speech line, his threat to America? It is because his tax plan ended up totally unpopular. It is because the country knows presidents' don't buy and sell, invest and spend, they just talk...economies are not owned by the president. And I cut Trump some slack here, because as you may recall he thought he created the stock market boom...he did not...and it is not his fault that the 2018 markets are flat.


But the poor men, women, and children now in Mexico are not a threat to America. They are not bad people, they are just some of the poorest people on the planet looking for any form of hope. Many of them will stay in Mexico, safer than where they came from. Some will apply for asylum and our laws will grant them that opportunity whereever they reach our border. And we will not shoot them, will will not imprison them endless, we will follow our own laws and international law, because we are a country of laws, not a shithole of Trumpisms. 


And we are not a nation that Trump would have us be, a nation of division with a white peoples' party of you racists and bigots. We are a better people, a better nation, a nation of compassion and justice, not a farm ground for lies and dishonesty, not a harbor for hate and division. 


this president is the cause of violence in America, the agent of hatred, the speaker of the dead, and his rhetoric is lighting fire to a troubled country. This election will define if we are indeed a nation of you deplorables, or if we are a people proud of all we have done, and all we will do, as the people of an America with a vision.


This president attacks the media for reporting the insanity he speaks, for speaking to the absurdity of his presidency. There is an enemy of the people, but it is not the media, it is this president. This president undermines freedom of speech by denying the existence of truth.

skwanderer Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #13
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 07:36:02Copy HTML

And we are not a nation that Trump would have us be, a nation of division with a white peoples' party of you racists and bigots. We are a better people, a better nation, a nation of compassion and justice, not a farm ground for lies and dishonesty, not a harbor for hate and division. ___ not right now we aren't. White extremism on the rise. Hate crimes against minorities on the rise. There is no mystery as to why. Donald Trump.
skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #14
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:02-11-2018 08:54:41Copy HTML

Skrumpie,


Why do you thing Trump is selling the illegals as his main speech line, his threat to America? 


Because, Jim, combating illegal invasion was a promise he made to us, and that is, in the main, exactly what most Trump voters voted for.


It is because his tax plan ended up totally unpopular. 


Yes, it has been so unpopular that the result has been the lowest unemployment in history, and the highest employment of minorities we have EVER seen, as well as skyrocketing small business optimism and consumer confidence, that is going to lead us into a very profitable holiday retail season.


It is because the country knows presidents' don't buy and sell, invest and spend, they just talk...economies are not owned by the president. And I cut Trump some slack here, because as you may recall he thought he created the stock market boom...he did not...and it is not his fault that the 2018 markets are flat.


Look at your investments and get back to me. 


But the poor men, women, and children now in Mexico are not a threat to America. 


You have no way of knowing who is and who is not a threat, nor do you get to define what is a threat to anyone else.


They are not bad people, they are just some of the poorest people on the planet looking for any form of hope. 


Again, you don't know.  But I will indulge you.  Why, Jim, when America has finally recovered from the misery of Hussein Obama, would we want to import literally tens of thousands of 'poor people'?


Many of them will stay in Mexico, safer than where they came from. 


As they should, due to international law, if they are truly seeking 'asylum'.


Some will apply for asylum and our laws will grant them that opportunity whereever they reach our border. And we will not shoot them, will will not imprison them endless, we will follow our own laws and international law, because we are a country of laws, not a shithole of Trumpisms. 


See answer above.

And we are not a nation that Trump would have us be, a nation of division with a white peoples' party of you racists and bigots. We are a better people, a better nation, a nation of compassion and justice, not a farm ground for lies and dishonesty, not a harbor for hate and division. 


What a hateful sore loser you are, Jim.


this president is the cause of violence in America, the agent of hatred, the speaker of the dead, and his rhetoric is lighting fire to a troubled country. This election will define if we are indeed a nation of you deplorables, or if we are a people proud of all we have done, and all we will do, as the people of an America with a vision.


See answer above.


This president attacks the media for reporting the insanity he speaks, for speaking to the absurdity of his presidency. There is an enemy of the people, but it is not the media, it is this president. This president undermines freedom of speech by denying the existence of truth.


See answer above.



skwanderer Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #15
  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 12:10:23Copy HTML

 

Because, Jim, combating illegal invasion was a promise he made to us, and that is, in the main, exactly what most Trump voters voted for.
__

 What illegal invasion?  It has been down since 2000.  It is an excuse to demonize minorities.
___

Yes, it has been so unpopular that the result has been the lowest unemployment in history, and the highest employment of minorities we have EVER seen, as well as skyrocketing small business optimism and consumer confidence, that is going to lead us into a very profitable holiday retail season.

___

Completely unrelated.  The unemployment and all economic indicator trajectories are virtually unchanged for 9 years.
__

Look at your investments and get back to me.


_______

Currently everyone's investments are flat due to recent falls affected by Trump's trade claims. But again, the market trajectory has not changed under Trump.  It rose over 250% under Obama.

_______

You have no way of knowing who is and who is not a threat, nor do you get to define what is a threat to anyone else.
_______

This is why we have immigration laws.  They are not immigrants or illegal immigrants yet.  They are migrants.  They apply for asylum and get accepted or denied.  You don't need the national guard shooting at them to do that.


Try not to be such a vile racist hateful person.  You will be able to focus on real problems.

skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #16
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 02:02:16Copy HTML

 

Because, Jim, combating illegal invasion was a promise he made to us, and that is, in the main, exactly what most Trump voters voted for.
__

 What illegal invasion?  It has been down since 2000.  It is an excuse to demonize minorities.


The one headed our way.


Yes, it has been so unpopular that the result has been the lowest unemployment in history, and the highest employment of minorities we have EVER seen, as well as skyrocketing small business optimism and consumer confidence, that is going to lead us into a very profitable holiday retail season.

___

Completely unrelated.  The unemployment and all economic indicator trajectories are virtually unchanged for 9 years.


Wonder why it was only after O'Un

hinged The Hussein that we saw tangible improvements such as small business optimism, lowest unemployment numbers in history, and the promise of the highest grossing holiday retail season in a decade.
__

Look at your investments and get back to me.


_______

Currently everyone's investments are flat due to recent falls affected by Trump's trade claims. But again, the market trajectory has not changed under Trump.  It rose over 250% under Obama.


And still better than anything under O'Unhinged The Hussein._______


You have no way of knowing who is and who is not a threat, nor do you get to define what is a threat to anyone else.
_______

This is why we have immigration laws.  They are not immigrants or illegal immigrants yet.  They are migrants.  They apply for asylum and get accepted or denied.  You don't need the national guard shooting at them to do that.


By international law, they have a duty to apply for that asylum in the first country they come to that offers it.  That is Mexico.  When offered, the illegals refused it, which is good enough for me to turn their asses away.  If they were really fleeing in fear, they'd take the first safety offered them.


Try not to be such a vile racist hateful person.  You will be able to focus on real problems.


Try not to be such a pimply-faced tool for liberal asswipes.  You will then be able to focus on........oh wait.  What am I saying?  You'll still be a butthurt, pimply-faced tool for liberal asswipes.



skrumpie Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #17
  • From:Argentina

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 02:35:21Copy HTML

They are migrants.



migrant

 nounmi·grant | \ˈmī-grənt  \

Definition of migrant 

one that migrates: such as

a a person who moves regularly in order to find work especially in harvesting crops

b an animal that shifts from one habitat to another


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migrant



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  • From:USA

Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 03:28:23Copy HTML

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 10:00:10Copy HTML

I think Trump is on the ballot. I think most Presidents in their first midterms are, because it is the first chance the nation as a whole gets to comment on their administration. I am hopeful that things will go strongly Dems way. There are more natural Dems than Republicans anyway, so even if both sides has an equal uptick in turnout, as the early returns seem to suggest, that is better for Dems than the GOP if only because of the greater number of Dems than GOP.
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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:03-11-2018 10:10:34Copy HTML

 Come visit California, San Francisco in particular,  for a sneak preview.  


San Francisco has only one problem: the failure to mitigate the consequences of harm reduction. All the things people are complaining about, the dirty streets, the addicts shooting up in broad daylight on city streets, the aggressive begging from tourists--these are all outgrowths of harm reduction, which says it's better to enable these behaviors than to see these people die from OD's.


One can argue the merits of that viewpoint. But it is clear that failing to recognize that if you enable drug use, users will use, so you need to find a place they can do it OUT OF THE FUCKING KIDS' VIEW. You need to recognize that one of the consequences of opiod addiction is first constipation and then inability to control release, and that that means your streets are going to be dirty if you allow opioid use on the street.


In order to combat these problems,  you can't just add people to a "poop patrol", you can't just hire people to go out and pick up needles. You need to address the issue itself--your decision to let people do drugs openly on the street.


Everything is a learning process. The development of harm reduction methodology is a direct response to the other--equally failed--methodology of locking people up, which does nothing but turn drug users into yhhardened drug uses. But clearly the city has not yet reached a synthesis--harm reduction in its way is as pernicious and dangerous a policy as is locking people up and then releasing them back to the street. NEITHER really offers a way out of the predicament drug users find themselves in, and in the meantime, it is the non-drug users who find themselves the victims of the policy as much as the drug users.


However, I'm happy to say that I think enough of us are starting to get pissed off that things are changing. The leading candidate in my district, 6, for supervisor, has cleaning up the streets as the main theme of his campaign, not the "end homelessness" that the other two leading candidates are espousing. The point is that the guy Matt Haney is reflecting what many of us are saying, while the two women opposing him are representatives of the current harm-reduction ehtos.


Which brings me to a final point. Men and women do think differently. San Francisco is pretty much dominated by women, who are simply, more often than not, softer than guys. I think that part of how we have gotten into this position is because we've been electing too many women to public office in this city--we need a better balance.

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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:04-11-2018 12:45:18Copy HTML

Oops. Looks like the local Five on our side was running a story about the record lines of early voters and when they went to ask why so many people were out there voting early the story ended abrubtly and they cut to something completely different. lol.


I'm sure it was just a glitch. (har, har) 

_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #22
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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:06-11-2018 04:13:09Copy HTML


San Francisco has only one problem: the failure to mitigate the consequences of harm reduction.



MRat, you've made an excellent argument explaining why I oppose statism.  You are focused on one example of "harm reduction", but iI'd argue it is a truism whenever government involves itself in "problem solving".  It could be argued there are "problems" that are larger than the consequences of "doing nothing", but there will always be consequences from "doing something".  Let's say for the sake of argument that SF successfully "does something" to clean up the streets, is that going to solve the problem of demo trends there?  Sorry, but it won't fixed the housing shortage, the lean towards males/white/Asian, the "highly educated" inculcated to vote for "more of the same" as middle class stability is choked out.    SF policies are attracting the top and most problematic at the bottom.  

    


IMHO, the real issue being the misguided belief that it is the government's role to engage in "harm reduction" as the rule rather than the exception.   Wealth/power concentrations are not new in America, and it isn't even new that the government has fostered them.  But what has been a sea change is people demanding the government solve their problems which they are capable of solving rather than those it SHOULD be solving, so much so that the majority now has problems BECAUSE of their own clamoring.   I would argue that Trump in the WH is a pushback of 8 years of Dems being tone deaf to millions of people being harmed with no redress.    Trump is appealing to some of these folks, but as he seeks to redress their problems, he is doing damage in other ways.  There is no way to NOT do so at this point, so the trend we are going to see for however long it takes before we implode from debt, is reactionary voting from impotent rage.   

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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

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I'm so tired of this stupid talk of a great economy, why does skrumpie lie like this?


The economy sucks for working people, great for the 1%. 


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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:06-11-2018 07:01:09Copy HTML

Best economy ever? Most homeless people ever? Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

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Economy is great around here.

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Re:Is Trump on the ballot?

Date Posted:06-11-2018 07:40:37Copy HTML

Best economy ever?  Most homeless people ever?   Something is definitely wrong with this picture.



Indeed.  Something is wrong with that picture.

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