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Dems need to speak Mr. Hyde's language sometimes.

The Dems should not be goody two shoes all the time. Sometimes they need to frame issues so that Mr. Hyde gets it.

Sure, we ought to say that we want the economy to provide a living to everyone who works hard and plays by the rules. But we also need to say that the Republicans will destroy the economy just like they did last time, and that means for Mr. Hyde too. When we say that someone who works hard should not be in poverty, Mr. Hyde gets a bad feeling. He likes other people living in poverty. Imagining people not living in poverty gives him the same bad feeling he gets when you tell him about someone who got subsidized health care and didn't die.

If you attack hatred, Mr. Hyde feels insulted and angry. Hatred is one of his main emotions. He wouldn't know who he was without hatred. You need to channel Mr. Hyde's hatred, not try to eliminate it. Right now, for example, he hates climate scientists, primarily because the liberal Dr. Jekylls love them. For Mr. Hyde, the message about global warming needs to be about him losing property values. We don't need him thinking dust bowls will hurt poor people. Again, that is fine with him. We need him to imagine dust bowls driving poor people into his neighborhood asking for food and water.

It's really very simple. Mr. Hyde takes joy in other people's misery and feels misery when he perceives other people's joy. But even though he is an evil asshole, we good people still have a common enemy with him. A bad climate and a bad economy hurt us both. We need Mr. Hyde to realize that his own hide is on the line.

Is there no interesting demagogue out there?

Why in the hell do we have to have this Idiocracy version of a demagogue? It's embarrassing to the human race. Donald Trump? What a farce.

It's a hiccup.

It will do nothing except increase attention for the DNC.

In a world that is nutso enough to make Donald Trump a presidential candidate, a few "scandalous" emails aren't going to do much of anything. People really feel empowered and informed by this Internet thing, and they are definitely giving us an experiment in democracy.

Now we have a "leak" specifically timed to affect a national political convention. So it appears that Wikileaks is in fact exactly what everyone thought. A bad idea. The timing shows that Wikileaks is just another way to try to manipulate power.

They can't get us all.

I'm not frightened by the terrorist attacks at all. I'm not even all that angry. There are 7.4 billion people on earth. The terrorists kill maybe a couple thousand a year. Godawful amounts of heartbreak and tragedy are happening every day. The actual terrorist affect on humanity is minuscule.

When I hear of a terrorist attack, I just think systematically about the terrorists. Drone the leaders, take away all of their money, stop making more terrorists. I don't have a big rage fit or panic attack.

It really is like Franklin Roosevelt said. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. These puny terrorist groups can't get us all. They can't even get a fraction of a fingernail of the world's population. They are nothing.

But their impact on us is magnified by Republicans. Imagine if Republican George W. Bush never occupied the White House. Osama Bin Laden's 9/11 success would have been his last success. Everything would have been downhill for him after that. But under Republican George W. Bush, Bin Laden was able to create damage to the West beyond his wildest hopes. In lives, in treasure, and in psychological damage, Republican George W. Bush magnified Bin Laden's success a thousand fold.

Look at us now. We're still scared of our shadow thanks to Republicans. Angry, scared, throwing away our money, lives, peace of mind, and character...that defeat of America is the win the Republicans hand the terrorists every day.

Republicans must all be voted out of every office in every election. The terrorists can't get us all, but a complete dipshit like Trump riding the emotional wave of a bunch of yahoos and hyenas can get us bad. It is already starting to get us. How many more times are we going to let the terrorists bee sting us and the Republicans stampede us off of the nearest cliff?

Trump's got a lot of nerve to talk about making America safe again.

After all, it has been Trump who has been attacking all Muslims instead of just the Jihadists. That is plain stupid, and it was designed to appeal to the ignorant for political gain. Trump traded America's safety for a few popularity points from the ignorant.

What if Hillary were held to Trump's honesty standard?

Secretary Clinton, what did you think when you first heard that your husband had an affair with an intern?

Well, that never happened. The people who said it happened were all just lying, nasty people.

Fair enough. And what's your plan to secure our borders?

No one was talking about just putting a glass dome over the country before I said it. I'll put a dome over the country and force the Martians to pay for it.

Your opponent says that's impossible, and there is no such thing as Martians.

It will be a beautiful dome. And the Martians will pay for it. We're gonna make them pay for it.

Fair enough...

Are the right wingers causing the surge in Islamist radicalization?

Pretty much everyone told these right wing numbskulls to keep their mouths shut and not rile their yahoos. But people like Trump and that one bozo in France wouldn't listen. That has lead exactly where we thought it would lead: a rise in bullying and intimidation against the Muslim community. That would explain why the new lone wolf attacks are coming from the marginal nutballs in the Muslim community.

The "Republicans" (American false conservatives and their counterparts in other countries) are succeeding in nothing but throwing gas on the fire. Their fiery, dumb, ignorant, paranoid rhetoric is contributing to terrorist incidents in their own countries even as the grown-ups are succesffully mopping up the "Caliphate." The civilized countries will still win this, because the Caliphate is going down. But we do need to get the right wing yahoos back in their attics as soon as possible. They are nothing but troublemakers.

What I find offensive about Trump

It isn't Trump himself, really. I look on him as mainly just a charlatan. But I don't view him as "fooling" people like a charlatan. I view him as heading up a large, nasty group of charlatans.

Sure, there are a lot of people who back Trump who are just ignorant or taken in. They are the kind of pitiable folks that a Republican economy jettisons and then misdirects to Democrats with the complaints. These folks don't know who their friends are. They like their enemy, because he plays to their ignorance and offers them something concrete to focus their anger on. Republicans prey on these folks, and they are essentially trained to run into whatever chute the Republicans herd them into.

But what I find offensive about Trump is the same thing I found offensive about Romney. I despise this wholesale, grotesque willingness on the part of probably most of Trump's backers to join him enthusiastically in charlatanry. In short, the thing I find most offensive about Trump is the thing he shares with other Republican leaders, a widespread, practically limitless embrace of dirty lying.

Paul Ryan is every bit the liar Donald Trump is. Even moreso, actually, because Ryan isn't winking, clowning, and doing the old "aahhhhhh-boo!" baby entertainment trick with Republican voters that Trump is. Ryan and Trump both know they are lying, but Trump makes no attempt to hide it.

Unfortunately, what that means is that a bunch of Trumpies are just rotten revolutionaries at heart. Their refusal to disqualify Trump from the Presidency despite his indisputable unworthiness means that they want to drop a turd on the country. Since I like the country, I naturally look on these people as yahoos, no better than vandals.

RNC Freak Show vs. DNC Star Fest

It's going to be interesting to see how the RNC Freak Show compares to the DNC Star Fest.

The Republican convention is going to have Trump out there showing leg as much as possible, "hair" blowing in the wind, mouth puckered weirdly as usual like he is about to clean algae off the side of an aquarium. But the poor Republicans have a lot of time to fill with D-level celebrities, F-level politicians, and a soundtrack that will be almost universally unapproved by the artists. The last Republican example of presidential leadership, Republican George W. Bush, lucked out. His already predetermined lack of presence at the convention now has a fig leaf rationale. The whole theater marquee is going to be five big letters. There's no one else.

The DNC is going to be a Star Fest of A-level everything. It's going to look and sound like a four-day Superbowl halftime.

Ratings-wise, who knows? I wish left leaners could hold off on protests at the Republican convention. It's the only chance the right wing yahoos will have for generating eyeball attractant. Trump is counting on protesters to save his butt ratings-wise. The whole thing could get ugly. You can bet the crew cuts, butt cracks, and Taxi Driver mohawk guys are going to be marching around with very little bend at the knee. AR-15s glistening in the sun, vibrator attachments humming.

On edit: Crew cuts are fine by me for most people, not yahoos though. Butt cracks and mohawks not so much.

We need to save the Republicans from themselves.

When I say (constantly) that we need to vote all Republicans out of every office in every election, I'm not just saying it because it is the right thing for the world in general. I'm saying it in part because that complete loss of power is what Republicans need to recover their sanity and commitment to uprightness. As long as they are able to gain power by acts that are progressively lower and lower morally, they will do so.

In games, cheating has to have consequences or the game is ruined. It is exactly the same in life itself. We can't continue to allow Republicans to:Gerrymander. Modern technology just makes that too effective for it to continue to be allowed.Bar legitimate voters from elections using rules weighted to hinder and obstruct primarily DemocratsUse Congressional investigation authority to directly attack political candidates. That's a high crime, really.
Those activities are destructive to the human race as a whole and beneath normally acceptable levels of moral and ethical conduct. We need to stop Republicans from engaging in them, both for our own good and to try to get Republicans back on their feet in terms of virtue and honor.

Unfortunately, that means that all Republicans must be voted out of every office in every election until their water starts to run clean again. We aren't going to be able to get them all out of office, of course. That's just the goal. If only about a third of them are sent packing by a tidal wave of democracy, that would probably be enough to jolt them back to the right side of the moral and ethical boundary lines.
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