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What's actually striking to me is how fair the comparison is.

Rome was of course every bit as murderous and dictatorial and unjust as any 20th century regime yet somehow, escapes the opprobrium that we assign to latter day regimes.

I'm imagining some 23rd century historian documenting about the Great Empires of the past, which are of course, Imperial America*, the Soviet Union, and Maoist China.

The ruins of Soviet tractor factories and hydroelectic dams and the Interstate Highway system and the massive Foxxcon works will be painted by legions of artists the way we fondly paint the Colosseum and Parthenon.

*after the fall of the Republic, but before the unfortunate Twitter Incident by the Mad President

I like how "murderous" was too broad, and needed to be qualified with "communist".

I've mentioned a couple times to my fellow leftists that even if the emerging nonwhite majority happens, there isn't any iron law of the universe that says it will be tolerant and egalitarian.

Which is why the current white identity politics embraced by the GOP is so dangerous.
When the idea of a Superior Group gets normalized and accepted, everyone can play that game.

Because even if Asians and Hispanics become "white", history shows that its just as easy to move other groups into the "nonwhite" or "wrong kind of white" category.

But I'm not saying anything that the Right hasn't already grasped, even intuitively. All the caterwauling from people like Erick Erickson, and the Quillette crowd about discrimination against Christians and conservatives shows that they are terrified of being on the wrong end of the power hierarchy.

Except rather than embrace equality and tolerance they have just doubled down on trying ever harder to keep themselves in power no matter what.

But as you say, once the drilling and mining takes off, the population will explode.

And who else but young, immigrant labor is going to fill those nonunion low wage jobs in the frozen tundra?

Nope, we're looking at a duplicate of Alaska, with California's demographic makeup.

Senate Majority Leader Ingmar Karlaaskuit, and President Warren and Speaker of the House Pelosi will make sure this is so.

For the record, the Leftentariat approves of the two new Democratic Senators from the great state of Greenland.

How about we throw in some paper towels?

"A Face is a point of failure. "

Two term President, Nobel Prize winner, and world's most admired man Barack Obama is on line one.

I so, so very badly want Nancy Pelosi to take a trip to Mexico and offer Texas, with maybe Arizona as an option.

We have always needed to purchase Eastasia.

I'm still not grasping the concept:
"If only we make Rashida Tlaib The Face Of Democrats, America will recoil in Horror!"

*Scans headlines*

Face of Republican Party tries to buy Greenland, gets humiliated by nasty Danish lady

Face of Republican Party announces he is the second coming of God

Face of Republican Party tells Jews they are disloyal

Um..yeah.

If by "scare the Left" you mean "Make me sigh dreamily and write 'Mr. Chip Ocasio-Cortez' over and over in my notebook", well, yeah sure.

From the "Democrat Party Lurches To The FAR LEFT" files:

Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks from plastic cups with her name on them and eating cinnamon sugar donuts from Dreesen’s at a fund-raiser hosted by movie executive Jamie Patricof and his wife Kelly as the summer of Democratic fund-raisers rolled on in East Hampton.

The senator and former California prosecutor assured donors “I believe in capitalism” during a jam-packed weekend of pitching her plan to save the middle class. Harris is looking to raise enough money to keep her campaign fueled through the next debates in September and beyond.

She also had events on Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island that is a playground for celebrities, including the Obamas, Bill Clinton and David Letterman, on Friday and Saturday. Tickets ranged from $100 to $2,800…

Harris’s event on Sunday night went head to head with one at musician Jon Bon Jovi’s house for Cory Booker. Pete Buttigieg will be in the Hamptons over Labor Day weekend. Joe Biden, who’ll be in the Hamptons next weekend, has already hit up Cape Cod, Aspen and Sun Valley, Idaho…

“I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people,” Harris said on the patio steps of the Patricof house, looking out at a peach orchard among flower and herb beds. She said she recognized people who’ve become successful by working hard and following rules, but that the middle class needs help…

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/08/21/election-2020-open-thread-fundraising-in-the-hamptons/#more-266230

Man, if radicals like these are the face of the party, we're doomed!

Well, the GND and free college are vague enough proposals that about 80% of Democrats could support or oppose depending on how the question was asked.

I mean, look at this:
Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-signs-executive-order-cancelling-student-loan-debt-for-disabled-veterans

But anyhoo, I think you hit the nail on the head, which is that "The Squad" are outspoken women of color and don't mince words when they talk about racism and misogyny, and that puts fragile people on edge.

I mean, its not like they are saying mild things like the human race depends on rape and incest, or that we need a Second Amendment Solution for Trump.

What gets lost in all this, is what exactly ARE the positions of "The Squad"?

The people on this board are about the most hyper-aware political junkies I know, and yet I doubt if anyone here could, without Googling, name some of their positions, and how they are different than the median Democrat.

Yet everyone just assumes they are all somehow just wild revolutionaries with bizarre radical views.

I think they are seen as "radical" mostly because they are outspoken women of color.

Its from the same playbook as calling any modest social welfare program "socialism".

And after enough of this, people have looked at Social Security, Medicare, and Obamacare and said, "Hey y'know, I'm kinda diggin' this socialism stuff!"

Pretty soon people are going to be saying, "if only the Dems would nominate a reasonable centrist like AOC..."

Scene from Unforgiven:

"You just shot an unarmed man!"

"If he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend's body, he better arm himself."

While it is true that the GOP has only one remaining true principle, that of white identity politics, the bad news is that this is a really, really powerful one.