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Thu Mar 21, 2019, 09:50 AM

Ask me about policies advocated by Democratic candidates.

I'm initiating this thread as a vehicle for our leftist friends to ask me about policy issues being championed by any of the current Democratic Party presidential candidates.

I promise to give you my honest opinion, the reasons why, with no snark or flippant responses.

You pick the subject. Green new deal. Medicare for all. Slavery reparations. Electoral college. Foreign policy. Whatever you want.

Ask away. Perhaps you'll change my mind. The ball is in your court.

A chance for an actual discussion at the Discussionist.

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Reply Ask me about policies advocated by Democratic candidates. (Original post)
Jack Burton Mar 2019 OP
Ilovestx Mar 2019 #1
Time Mar 2019 #2
orson Mar 2019 #3
Time Mar 2019 #4
Jack Burton Mar 2019 #5
Cold Warrior Mar 2019 #6
Jack Burton Mar 2019 #7
Carlos W Bush Mar 2019 #8
Jack Burton Mar 2019 #9

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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:03 AM

2. AND....

the first response is from a self ejaculating lefty!!!

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Response to Time (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:07 AM

3. The phantom of the internets

I haven't seen an actual post in months; only the deletions.

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Response to orson (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:14 AM

4. Me neither

but if the author considers it be too retarded to be worth of reading, so do I.

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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:14 AM

5. Come on Ilovestx

Ask me about a real issue. I often see posts at DU wondering why conservatives think a certain way. Here is your chance to get an answer. No judgement. No venom. No snark. Just honest answers. Let's have a discussion.

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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:23 AM

6. Ok, a slight twist

There are factions of both the Republican (new-Cons) and Democratic (neo-Libs) who wish to maintain the Bush/Obama administrations’ aggressive war policies in the ME. These are supported by both Israel and our ally, Saudi Arabia. Trump has sent mixed messages on this. One one hand, he has promised withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. OTOH, he has brought Neocon-in-Chief John Bolton into his administration.

What is your opinion of the non-intervention policies of Tulsi Gabbard, should she become the Democratic nominee. If you feel I have mischaracterised anything, please feel free to correct me.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:50 AM

7. I'm not familiar with her specific policy positions.

I went to her website at www.tulsi2020.com but found no discussion of position on the middle east. I did some other searching but didn't find a concrete summary of the candidate's position. If you point me to a link or summarize it for me I will attempt answer more thoroughly.

Going off your post "non-intervention policies of Tulsi Gabbard" I'll speak in general about what I think about non-intervention in foreign affairs.

I am not in favor of the U.S. being the world's policeman. I don't agree with the country building policies of say the Bush administrations or what I think Hillary Clinton would have done in this regard. In full disclosure, my son lost his life in Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps. So this colors my thinking.

I am something of a fatalist when it comes to war and strife and problems countries have. Throughout history all cultures, regions, nations have had periodic wars and terrible cruelty and oppression. It seems like this is more the norm than peace time and abundance. I feel terrible for the people suffering everywhere. So what should the U.S. do about as a policy?

For the most part, I am a non-interventionalist. I don't know if I align with Tulsi Gabbard on this, simply because I don't know the specifics of her position.

I don't have confidence that people in Washington DC of either party have the smarts or understanding of foreign regional cultures, conflicts, pressures to architect a lasting solution. So my general thought is to let the principal parties work it out themselves.

If the U.S. is going to become involved in a military capacity then I think we should have a clear plan of action, a defined exit point or strategy. I think most of our foreign meddling over the last many decades as been mostly a failure.

I don't think the U.S. should be a hermit kingdom and totally isolationist. The State Department serves a valid function and should influence other countries to the benefit of the U.S.

But I think if we are going to war then we should go to war. Have Congress formally declare war. I do not like these executive actions, sending troops, limited military ops. I am more absolutist here. If we go to war we should go in with all we have to kill and completely crush the enemy.

“You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” ― William T. Sherman.

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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 10:59 AM

8. State control of the means of production and elimination of private property.

Thoughts?

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Response to Carlos W Bush (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 11:06 AM

9. I'm totally against this.

I agree with the Framers that private property is the foundation not only of prosperity but of freedom itself. Common law, state law, and the Constitution properly protect property rights and the rights of individuals to freely acquire, use, and dispose of property.

I am not in favor of state control over much of anything. The people in Washington DC are no smarter than people elsewhere in the country. I know I have seen it up close. Centralized control from a remote location is never a great idea. Capitalism, the free market, individual liberty did more to improve the lot of human beings than any other form of society in the arc of human history.

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