So, here's a thought, Team Trump keeps pursuing this angle because they find it literally impossible to imagine that the other side isn't as corrupt as they are.
Also, of course, the whole "her emails" thing delivered them the presidency in 2016, and I mostly blame the media for that.
They're just so freaking *irresponsible* with how they report on things. And I know supposedly it's all about money and clicks and ratings and whatnot but I don't actually think it is, I think it is ACTUALLY about propping up existing power structures
There's a bit in Susan Faludi's Backlash where she talks about how patriarchal male TV network execs will make these decisions -- for example to screw around Cagney & Lacey -- and they will TELL you, if you ask them, "oh, it's about ratings" & everybody accepts that, but --
If you look at the numbers, it doesn't bear it out.
These execs are making decisions that actually *harm* the supposedly all-important bottom line in order to enforce patriarchy, and I think we've seen them do the same thing to maintain racism and other inequities.
So this is my theory: a lot of the time people use "Capitalism" as an excuse to do wicked things that aren't even done to make money per se, they're done to maintain power hierarchies.
Which I guess is why I think we can't separate the struggle to end Capitalism FROM the struggle to end white Christian patriarchy & is why I get so frustrated with "class only!" leftist types.

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My take: it's a little bit of all of them.

First, the right wing has been sliming Hillary LITERALLY since her husband was president, and they've basically never stopped -- that's a lot of backstory, a lot of TIME for the name "Clinton" to be a boogeyman to the right.
One of the ways propaganda works -- smear campaigns especially -- is to set you up so that a single word, like "Clinton" or whatever, can call up this big bucket of associated ideas and feelings.
Hillary had this whole character that was created for her -- she was shady! Had people murdered! Partied with Epstein! Partied with Trump!

I mean -- seriously -- I saw people use her past associations with TRUMP to discredit HER.
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Even if you liked something about Trump's policies -- like, I dunno, you're rich enough to benefit from his tax cuts -- it seems like it is objectively and obvious true that he's bad for the country.
Back in early 2001, I was doing some kind of software thing in Alabama, and I remember our client as one of those "nice" conservative types --
He was driving me back to the hotel & said something like "I'm glad we have a new president, I think the other guy was bad for the country" -- meaning specifically the sexual infidelity & impeachment --
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Kind of fascinated that people on this thread are talking about a "contingency plan" like... we need a plan either way, kids, and there's still a BUNCH of factors in play, it's not a simple toggle between "everything's okay" and "holy shit, revolution time"
I mean, one thing the damn pandemic probably should've taught us is that you can't really make plans, actually.
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What a fricking tool

His article is such self-serving nonsense. "While followers of Jesus are being told we cannot worship in public spaces, violent paid rioters are taking over our streets and being given license to occupy and destroy entire sections of our cities."
"paid rioters"

You mean cops? Because the only people getting PAID to start riots are cops.
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Before I close this tab, I will forever be cynically amused that they showed us all the deranged spider webs made under *illegal* drugs but not the caffeine one.…
Anti-drug propaganda in the US is so ridiculous. I mean, a spider has eight legs, no brain to speak of, will die if you cover it in dish soap... but, sure, it's super-relevant to talk about what LSD does to a spider.
Note: this was inspired by a zoom meeting where a co-worker had a spider drop from the ceiling straight toward his coffee cup, like it wanted some.
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It only sort of makes sense viewed through the lens of Reaganism. I can explain --
To reiterate, under the political philosophy of Reaganism, the federal government is allowed *only* these three purposes: maintain a military, siphon money and power to rich people, and prevent, by any means necessary, effective opposition to Reaganism.
Reaganism as I've defined it pertains specifically to the federal government, but as a governing philosophy it applies to states, counties, cities -- all the way down. So, Republican governors operate according to the principles of Reaganism.
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