Bernie vs. Bloomberg as the Nominee

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At this point I think the only thing that could keep Orange Man from winning is voter complacency — people who want him to win refraining from voting because they believe he cannot lose.

Lately I’ve been torn on whom I want his opponent to be.  Biden’s out — tragically, because Trump would have wiped the floor with him, and the sound bites would have been glorious.  (The man basically memes himself.)

Which leaves either Bernie or Bloomberg.  Bernie will take the nomination if he manages to receive enough delegates, which is why the DNC is intent on keeping so many warm bodies in the ring (plus Biden) — to siphon away votes.  Bloomberg will be awarded the nomination via brokered convention if their strategy proves successful.

I hope somebody buys Biden an ice cream cone afterwards or something.

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Coming to America (@Neville)

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Tay says when you come to America, we’re going to introduce you to the following (in no particular order):

1. Dishwashers

2. Garbage disposals (don’t be frightened)

3. Washing machines

4. Dryers

5. Indoor plumbing

6. Steak knives

7. Toothpaste

8. Two-ply toilet paper

9. The automobile (it’s like your horse-drawn carriage, only we got rid of the horses).

10. Proper English

11. The difference between a biscuit and a cookie

12. The difference between fries and chips

13. Ice cubes

14. Modern alternatives to corduroy & tweed

15. Shorts (they’re like pants, only shorter)

16. The English system of measurement

17. Supermarkets (you can find the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker all in one place)

18. Law enforcement

19. Homeland security

20. Freedom of speech

The Pledge of Allegiance

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I refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance.  The schools couldn’t legally force me to say it, but they tried to anyway.  Whatever my parents’ faults, they went to bat for me every time.  It was never a question of patriotism for me but a willingness to conform and obey.

At one point my dad announced a great victory: That I’d be allowed to leave out the “God” part. 🤦🏻‍♀️  He’d totally, totally, missed the point.

I don’t ever recall having used the ‘G’ word.  In elementary school I would simply mumble the pledge before I quit entirely.  Something about standing there, chanting in unison without really understanding what it was we were saying just made me super uncomfortable.

When I got older, it became the notion of the Pledge itself — rather than the delivery — that bothered me the most.  I love America, I think it is the greatest country in the world and (despite its many imperfections) that it has the greatest system of government ever conceived.

But I’m not willing to pledge to my allegiance to any state or nation or any symbol thereof.  I believe in loyalty to ideas.  To principles.  And even in junior high my word meant something to me, and I wasn’t about to make any pledge I didn’t mean.

My dad fought hard against the schools to allow me to simply stand for the Pledge.  Even that bothered me because the school was still trampling my 1st Amendment rights by insisting (yes, the SCOTUS has ruled on it), but I since I’d already been standing anyway, I wasn’t about to make a big deal of it.

Even after the administrators acquiesced, I was still prone to getting teachers and substitutes who would try to force me to say it anyway.  It was obnoxious.  They’d try all sorts of tactics, including denouncing me in front of my classmates for “disrespecting our military”.  Which was a disgusting charge.  They didn’t care about the troops.  All they cared about was conformity and obeisance.

I have zero problem with the Pledge being said in schools or public gatherings, but I do have a huge, huge problem with people being illegally forced to say it or subjected to harrassment when they refuse.

As a side note, the history of the Pledge is rather interesting and dripping with irony.  One could half-kiddingly describe Francis Bellamy as a National Socialist.  (Drops to one-quarter kiddingly when you factor in the salute.)

Ideological Litmus Test

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I find the idea intriguing, but I just don’t see how it would work.

For starters, who would design such a test, and what guarantee would we have that it would be based on core American values when our own people can’t even agree on what those values are or ought to be?

Second, what’s to keep would-be immigrants from simply giving us the appropriate answers?  Even the ones who are either too dumb or too culturally isolated to figure it out themselves could be coached on how to answer.  And there are people both inside and outside this country who would be all too glad to help them defeat such a system.

Chuck and Nancy

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I’d just like to say that I support President Trump 100% on border policy.  The Democrats have been the enemies of national security since the Clinton administration, and they stopped caring about America the day Trump was elected.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are authoritarian leftists who would sooner bring about the destruction of our nation (and blame it on Trump) than compromise their vision of America as a socialist dictatorship ruled by powerful Washington elites.

How did such people come to hold office in the first place, and why for the love of everything that is decent in this world do they keep getting voted back in?  Ignorance. Fear.  Deceit — everything they have accused President Trump of capitalizing upon, and probably a hell of a lot more than that.

“Accuse your enemies of that which you are guilty” is a line Pelosi, Schumer, and the entire Democratic establishment have truly taken to heart.

I’m not a Republican.  I wouldn’t even consider myself a conservative, and I frequently oppose President Trump on matters of policy.  Nevertheless, I have a tremendous amount of respect for President Trump, and I consider him the most valuable ally anyone could ask for in this cold war against the Regressive Left.