I recall a bumper sticker - "Tyrants prefer un-armed peasants" - I think more instructional would have been: "Tyrants prefer un-educated peasants" - (unfortunately - it seems uneducated armed peasants are useful to a tyrant) - I think the major failing here - was education - critical thinking - analytical thinking - in a world with where Walter Cronkite isn't telling you the truth every night - and you have endless barrages of rubbish from which to derive your perceptions - critical thinking is required - "does this make sense?" - cause and effect - analytical skills are not only important for a society - they're important for prosperity of that society - the failure - in my view - has been education - people (in the US) are simply not properly educated...I don't recall - when I was young - people being as irrational - just plain stupid - as too many people seem to be being today...
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in the run up to the 2016 election Trump employed one of these big-data analytics companies to hone his message - it says 2 things - (probably more than 2) - 1) he knows the mind[less) of his base - and therefore he also knew what he was inciting (though that might be giving his unexceptional intellect too much credit) - 2) by Trump's rhetoric - it really says a lot about the intellect of his base that his message resonates with them.
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it seems incongruous to arrest and charge those who physically defiled the Capitol building as a result of the incitement from Trump - and not punish Trump - perhaps Trump should pardon them (their guilt is his guilt) and then resign himself. In one paper - it was called the "beer belly putsch" - priceless
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I am surprised - didn't think that even the break-in his mob into the capital building - an act of violence he (trump) incited - would silence the monster - but I guess - eventually they'd have to take it the Supreme Court
and then then the burden of proof that the election was stolen would be Trump - which they have not been able to prove...catastrophic...the Reps need a brand new brand...a new and charismatic and untainted torch bearer...what was the hold the D had on folks - he wasn't even clever?
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Congratulations to both newly elected senators - I think if you compare and contrast Warnock and Loeffler - Warnock did not come from a wealthy family whereas Loeffler is minted - was not elected (appointed). Wanock's victory is exactly what the American dream should be - representative of aspirations of the average citizen - I'm sure Warnock would like to have been born with a silver spoon up his nose and have loads of stocks to sell off when it became apparent the market will be affected by COVID-19...as Loeffler did - but he rose to this occasion by his own initiative - Good for him
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At issue - or seemingly so - is the legitimacy of the election outcome - there have been counts and re-counts - and (as far as I am aware) no statistically significant variations of the results reported have been found - all of this constitutional nuance is not the point - an election was held in a democracy - the source data is there - the machines have been audited - signatures have been audited - indeed pressure has been brought to bear on people who SIMPLY tabulated data - if there was significant election fraud to have changed the outcome of the election - it would be trivial to prove it - and as yet - has not been proven - this whole thing is sort of like having been transported back to the dark ages when "scientists" discarded observations that didn't fit into their hypothesis - as opposed to letting the data drive the hypothesis -
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if someone swears an oath to uphold the constitution and then is recorded pressuring state officials (who've counted the votes 3 times - and had a signature matching audit) to over turn a certified election - are there not legal consequences?
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I think the State officials in Georgia have been exemplary in their diligence - including the recent signature matching audit. I'd like to see an audit of - say Florida or Texas - just from a "vote integrity" perspective - just because some people don't like the outcome of an election - it seems the good folks in Georgia did a damn good job
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I guess one of the reasons the Trump legal team cut ties with Sidney Powell (reported Nov 23rd) is because the Trump re-election fund is still raising money ($170mil reported Dec 1st) is that now that the voting systems companies who where slandered in Powell's findings (made without due-diligence or even a basis in factual reality) - slandered - and who's grievances include not only potentially diminished professional reputation but threats of violence to their employees - is that the courts work both ways - and now that those companies are starting to retaliate - the Trump administration did not want to leave those re-elections funds on the table for plaintiffs...
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