The nice thing about Trump is that he's got the amoral playing-to-win quality of the left without the patina of compassion and woolly universalist values that makes the left ineffective at winning consistently.
I read a Tweet the other day along the lines of, "well yes, but if Trump wins in the Supreme Court and disenfranchises the people it won't be a real win," and I laughed, and I laughed, and I laughed.
It's irrelevant to me if Trump cares about me; in public life, judge by actions, play against pieces. Personally, I don't think he's nearly as narcissistic as he play-acts (he's been self-consciously branding himself for a long time), but matters little.

If Trump wins, there will be nothing preventing him from invoking the Insurrection Act or similar. That is, the left won't be rioting for four years, there will be one riot and then a hasty federal bill to build more prisons.

yeah tick tock libs! watch out grrr grr!

Seriously though I just mean that he would clear the streets as the National Guard did whenever anybody with authority got serious this past summer. It's not particularly hard to stop riots.

Watch out libs we r gonna truth commission you all! We're gonna form our own truth commission that insists it is an admiralty court when you r trying to hold YOUR truth commission!
I think of such things in behaviorist terms. The game in politics is to imbue meaningless signals and symbols with emotional heft such that they can be used to manipulate responses. Hence the eu/dyphemism cycle, etc.: as soon as a powerful new talisman is
is created, and its magic is potent, it will begin to get stolen away by amoral manipulators who drain it of its inherent force as they use it to drive actions. And Trump is quite good at marshaling his core values, which would traditionally be called pretty leftist, in this way.
The real reason Trump is disliked so much by left and right politicians is that he's better than they are at doing what they are supposed to be specialists at.

And why?

Trump is self-aware enough to know it is a game.
Just as people with anxiety disorders often concoct florid justifications for their unconscious habit of anxiety, people love to wax poetic about the substantive values at play in politics. But the talking cure deepens anxiety, while behaviorism cures it. And values are empty.
Politics Without Romance.
.... and THAT'S WHY it's clear that Buchanan and Tullock were Buddhists, even if they didn't know it, MAN
I think that's my natural mindset, so of course I agree.

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20 Nov
This Tweet makes me like Sarah Cooper considerably more, since she's at least forthright and honest that she is looking to have scary possibilities explained away.
More people (men in particular) could stand to learn the trick of just blurting out what they are feeling, rather than coming up with some elaborate rationalization.
(I enjoy thinking about weird and upsetting things, but it seems most do not share that preference.)
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People seem to still not grok that the way the MSM lies is typically not through overt untruth, but by framing and selecting stories. You can tell a frame is on when everybody frames the story in the same artificial way in order to further some point.
this was like the "who shot first, Han or Greedo" debate for the mid-Trump generation (time moves 20 years per year now)

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I am a long time Trump hater, always have been, even called myself a Nevertrumper until he won and it looked silly, and I assure you that my view that he is being rude and should give up is driven entirely by the merits and strongly confirms my view of Trump.
Some wags of course will be tempted to speculate that I just started with my bias and then lazily ported it to this new context, as I've been doing for the past four years. Not so: my hatred of Trump proves I can evaluate him in an unbiased way
Dissimilar from all those so-called "conservatives" who care for trifles such as, "ever winning an election."
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The craziest conspiracy theory that I think might be true is that Trump somehow had gotten reliable info on Obama's birth certificate, but people under Brennan's direction hacked the social security website to insert the certificate of live birth.
Completely nuts, of course, but it makes so much sense from a story perspective—Trump's birther kick was truly strange, even for him, and I don't think anybody expected him to take things this far after Obama humiliated him at the WHCD.
And there are enough circumstance elements to at least give the story a proper Oliver Stone treatment.
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No evidence!
Decided to make the thread w/ more appropriate people, ty @Bugs_Meany and my pardons to --.
So as I was saying: since there's currently no evidence, it will surely be highly persuasive if even one piece of evidence is produced!
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