An Election Rant

Russell Michaels

Russell Michaels

Russell is inside his own mind, a comfortable yet silly place. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    An excellent rant.

    We have representatives that don’t represent us, a senate that does not deliberate, and an executive that does not function. Maybe things would work better if they delegated more things to the states.

    (Looks at the states)

    Maybe things would look better if they delegated more things to the counties.

    (Looks at the counties)

    Hoo boy.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    You know whose fault Trump is? The people who voted for him.Report

  3. Avatar Kristin Devine
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    I love this. I’d long wanted to do a “this is how you got Trump” where I rehashed all this stuff, and now I don’t have to since you did it so brilliantly. Thanks buddy.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Democrats believe that some or many issues demand a strong national response and that Federalism is not appropriate for all issues is not exactly a newsflash.Report

  5. Avatar Aaron David
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    An excellent rant. Most rewarding reading.

    You covered a lot of fertile ground in this oratory. The blindness of our “betters” is appalling.Report

  6. Avatar greginak
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    Churchill’s Bust??? Um okay. Yeah. I’m a liberal type and i can agree some of the issues you point out with Obama. Not most but a there is something there. On the other hand i disagree with a lot of this.

    However one of the weirdest ticks on the web is people insisting that those damn people only want to go to cocktail parties which is a complete 100% explanation for why they are such bad people. I get that it’s a standard belief in conservative circles but A) where does it come from and B) it’s insane. Can R’s not have their own parties? Do people care about cocktails? Are there no liquor stores or bars? People from different parties have been hanging with each other for centuries so what is different now (RBG/Scalia, etc)?

    To be clear (hat tip Obama) i think this is shallow name calling without any insight. The R consultant class is the product of the Republican Party and it’s voters. Don’t like it, find a mirror (not you specifically but R’s in general) The same goes for D’s by the way.Report

    • Russell Michaels Russell Michaels in reply to greginak
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      It was a slap in the face to the British government. It was returned with no reason given. It stuck in my mind as a petty international incident.

      The consulting class that rose to prominence in the post-Reagan. These guys didn’t lose influence until Trump. They threw away at least one winnable presidential election.Report

      • Avatar greginak in reply to Russell Michaels
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        The consulting class built the republican party. They established the policies that were impossible to fulfill. They sold tax cuts are free and will make everyone rich. They were part of the endless cycle of insults. They built the expectation of ending abortion or getting rid of the ACA with this next vote, etc. They got devoured because they sold impossible promises not because of cocktail parties.

        The base realizes they were sold a line, but haven’t figured out which part was the lie. There was no new and better healthcare that would get rid of the ACA. Trump and the R’s plopped on that. You can’t cut taxes forever to get the best prosperity ever with no deficits. The base still wants the lies the consultants sold. They havn’t figured out the lies were…well….bs that couldn’t be delivered.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Russell Michaels
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        The Churchill bust that was lent to W personally, not to the nation, and which was returned when W left office, as opposed to the other Churchill bust that stayed put with Obama?

        The whole “controversy” was as fake as fake gets. You could tell from the fact that the chief aggrieved party was Boris Johnson.Report

  7. Avatar LeeEsq
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    I’m going to disagree with this. Anybody who sees Trump as the obviously corrupt, authoritarian, and human rights abusing dipshit that he is has the moral obligation to vote Biden because Biden is the only realistic alternative. We are in the KPD refusing to vote for the SPD because they are social fascist territory here. Biden and the Democratic Party are the only realistic alternatives to Trump and the Republican Party. Therefore, any refusal to vote for Biden and the Democratic Party, even if you disagree with them strongly and kind of hate them, is at least an indirect vote for Trump and the Republicans.Report

  8. Avatar LeeEsq
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    My comment is in moderation.Report

  9. Gabriel Katz Gabriel Katz
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    I agree with this entire rant (very strongly)!!!Report

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