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The 5 living presidents opposed Trump

I don’t think there is a piece of evidence I can share to change the mind of most Trump fans, since few of them are willing to try to make their views consistent with logic. But here are 5 former presidents who have criticized Trump and think with their years of experience in politics that he should not be president.

Barrack Obama
[url=https://facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10155227588436749]https://facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10155227588436749[/url]

George W. Bush
[url=https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/full-text-george-w-bush-speech-trump-243947]https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/f…ch-trump-243947[/url]
http://www.businessinsider.com/george-bush-trump-north-korea-travel-ban-2017-9

Bill Clinton
[url=https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/09/06/bill-clinton-calls-trumps-daca-decision-irresponsible-and-cruel/637181001/]

George H.W. Bush
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/04/both-bush-presidents-openly-condemned-trump-book-claims-one-even-voted-for-clinton/

Jimmy Carter (has overall been the least critical, but he is 93 years old and has always gone against the grain. Before Trump became president he strongly criticized him and voted for Bernie Sanders, but he wants to work with him and his main complaint appears to be that Trump has inflamed racial tensions.)
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-10-23/donald-trump-finds-unlikely-ally-in-jimmy-carter
http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/why-jimmy-carter-is-defending-fellow-outsider-donald-trump

Most CEOS hate him and have consistently resigned around him, or have paid millions to run ads attacking him after he became president.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/15/news/trump-charlottesville-ceos/index.html

And most philosophy forums and professors think he is a dangerous and irrational man, with most pyschologists opining that he exhibits the signs of a narcisitic sociopath. All the intellectuals are sitting on one side of the theatre and not liking the film, while the side who watch Fox News are loving it. But if you don’t take the experts seriously when they all sound alarm bells when they sight Trump, then you don’t value intelligence and are just another warm body who pays more attention to your peers than to experts who write books about cutting through falsehoods.

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Trump is finally ruining the stock market

Stock market is falling because Trump has started a trade war with China. Do you remember all the partisan Republicans who praised Trump for the rising stock market in the past 6 months while ignoring the rising national debt that fueled that bubble? So why aren’t they complaining right now while Trump takes no credit for the falling stock market? Why are the Republicans who supported free trade still deflecting all criticism from Trump? Why aren’t the isolationists and the blue collars turning on the Republican congress because they are never gonna adequately fund their beloved wall? Why aren’t the disenfranchised threatening to defect to the Democrats and giving the billionaires an ultimatum if they don’t take their new tax cuts with social responsibility and actually bring back manufacturing from other countries and fund public education?

Why aren’t the fiscal conservatives turning on the Republicans and vowing to vote Democrat after the Republicans boosted up spending more than any Democrat ever did? Why are the libertarians shrugging? Why do the NRA nuts stand by Trump and the Republicans even in the states where they’re ushering in more restrictive gun legislation? Why do the evangelicals, their lobbyists and the preachers stand by Trump when they know he has no morals, isn’t Christian and doesn’t have family values?

The entire Republican party is ridiculously partisan and brainwashed by the government mouth-piece that is Fox News.

Hitchens – Socialism is dead by defintion

 

Socialism is dead by definition (It’s now rich workers discriminating against poor workers)- Hitchens

Yeah, there’s definitely a contradiction there.
Midway through this video he also explains why we cannot accept a theocratic Iran, and justifies action in Iraq even if the occupation has messed up, and justifies action in Afghanistan as a test of will and also a transformational war.

He also talks about how Afghanistan and Iraq are our responsibilities because we helped elect the leaders we must now fight against, and we have that responsibility whether we want to or not.
I really need to start bookmarking Hitchen’s articles like this because they can be hard later to find since he was so prolific.

I’m a liberal hawk now like Hitchens

I won’t format this well, but I’ve finally came around to the idea that Hitchens was right about Iraq. A little background first…

Years ago I thought that since Saddam was a dangerous dictator it was a good idea to depose Saddam, but then I thought it was a mistake because the war didn’t seem to go well and we didn’t seem to have an exit strategy or a way of making the place democratic and stable. When we found out there weren’t WMDs, the liberals became pretty powerful, George Bush made the case worse by speaking like an idiot, and it was the popular thing to dislike the war and the Republican led government. (I don’t think I ever totally stopped supporting the initial intervention, but for me I questioned why we stayed there if it weren’t to gather oil, and I thought it was a grey conflict I didn’t need t care that much about.)

Anyway, I read when Richard Dawkins condemned the war like a typical European back in 2003, and he didn’t seem to have the insights of Christopher Hitchens. I think he was wrong about Iraq and that Christopher Hitchens is right. I was cautious of accepting Hitchens’ arguments since Iraq did seem to get worse after he died, but his moral convictions were right, and I think history will show his view was better than that of his opponents. (Incidentally, I tried to be charitable and understand his contrarian position by watching a few of his interviews and he gave them right up until his day where he spoke about it, and the debate he had on Iraq.)

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2003/11/restating_the_case_for_war.html

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/hitchens-and-iraq

Hitchen’s earlier views might have been wrong and blinded by Anti-Americanism of the Marxists he hung out with, but ever since 9/11 he seems to have had an epiphany and realized that America could be a force for good. Like he did, I do feel that kind of clarity again.

 

When you look at the counter-factuals, sooner or later we would have had to confront Iraq. The Europeans would always have opposed us because they were frankly morons and have a European guilt complex (and look at what is happening with Muslim violence in their countries now.)
Yeah it’s convenient to be right, but I did fight it for a long time and to be skeptical of it. I considered some of the conspiracy theories like it was about oil or some vendetta left over from his father. Ultimately though, we couldn’t let such dangerous people control such a vital part of the world. It might take decades, but if we can make Iraq democratic, that would be a huge improvement and might lead the Middle East upward. (I’m not so sure about Afghanistan.)

Of course, it does limit our military options when we are bogged down in the Middle East, but since the Europeans won’t help and much of NATO is useless, we have to do it, and American exceptionalism has a lot to say for it. I guess I’m onboard with the neocons as fellow travelers; the American revolution really is the only one that hasn’t been put out yet.

I can take some pride in that aspect of my American identity, because we do have a better foreign track record abroad than most countries. (Certainly better than the peaceniks in Europe.) Sure we’ve supported lots of dictatorships in fighting the Communists, but it’s pretty obvious that a lot of those decisions were forced when we were in ethically gray areas. Moreover, in cases like Iraq, we had to go in because France and Russia kept vetoing our sanctions.

(I’m not sure that I can agree with torture, but the Americans are basically the good guys compared to everyone else on the stage right now.) You see the other side beheading people in Iraq, you see the Russians poisoning spies, you have seen the ungrateful Europeans contributing nothing for decades while relentlessly criticizing the American policy in the Middle-East from under the umbrella of protection America gives them. It’s sad that they get to enjoy their socialism and get fat dumb and happy, while Americans actually sacrifice our freedoms and our lives to keep them free. China is a dictatorship; the Middle-East and Africa are a mess, and the Australians are probably just as Anti-American as the Europeans (although they send troops.)

I’m starting to think actually that although most people don’t like the neo-cons and foreigners understandably resent being forced to follow someone else,  the critics don’t actually really understand how much thought the neo-cons have given to trying to make the world freer. It’s so much easier to be a bien-pensant liberal. If you don’t defend democracy abroad, you will lose it at home; just look at how the Russians tried to subvert our election.

You know, one of these days I should go to Taiwan for myself as a private citizen and talk to some of those people and make friends there, in the name of defending democracy. I know they don’t want to be part of China. I need to start thinking about how people who want freedom everywhere regardless of the language they speak or the country they live in are my fellow travelers. There’s something in all of us that wants freedom, and doesn’t want to be oppressed, and that’s why you had all the revolutions against the USSR in Eastern Europe, and the slave riots, and so forth. There are some universal rights, and contrary to what those liberals and isolationist conservatives say, they do exist.

 

Europe (especially Germany, France and Spain), Russia and China are off-limits! No more supporting the peaceniks or autocrats with my tourist dollars!

Why more guns can’t save lives at a mass shooting

I always hear the argument, “If 1/3rd of the people at that Las Vegas concert had a gun, they could have trained the guns at the window and fired, and sooner or later he would have been hit and died with fewer deaths!”
Not sure if my rebuttals have been pointed out, but if all of the people opened fire on that Las Vegas hotel, just think about how many shots would have missed his window and how many people in that hotel would have died! That’s the main reason the police allegedly did not risk returning fire when they identified the room until they could break through his door.

State Senator Ernie Chambers

This is one of the best senators ever. He’s an atheist, he has a strong moral compass, and he’s not above making fun of theists. He even sued God once for crimes and to stop terror threats as a publicity stunt. Read the brief, it’s great, and you can tell he’s having fun:

https://www.wired.com/2007/09/nebraska-senato/

>”This Honorable court has jurisdiction by virtue of the fact that Defendant, being Omnipresent, is personally present in Douglas County.

>Defendant is present in Douglas County by and through putative agents, representatives, spokespersons (hereinafter “agents”) of various religious denominations, persuasions, cults and the like, who publicly and notoriously hold themselves out to be agents of Defendant who are authorized to speak for and represent Defendant.

>It would be a futile and perhaps unlawful act to nail a notice to the front door of each such agent, even if one were known. >Plantiff, despite reasonable efforts to effectuate personal service upon Defendant (“Come out, come out, wherevery you are”) has been unable to do so..

>Plantiff respectfully resquests this Honorable Court to take judicial notice that Defendant, in addition to being Omnipresent, also is all-knowing (“Omniscent”).

>Defendant has made and continues to make terroristic threats of grave harm to innumerable persons, including constituents of Plaintiff who Plaintiff has the duty to represent.

>Defendant has manifested neither compassion nor remorse, proclaiming Defendant “will laugh” when calamity comes.

>Defendant has made and continues to make terroristic threats of more such calamitous catastrophes.

>Defendant’s ongoing terroristic threats are credible, based on Defendant’s past conduct and history.

I never thought I’d feel envious of Nebraskans, but their government is in good hands. They have a unicameral “non-partisan” parliament.

Video is of an old atheist senator pointing out the logic fail for a Christard who claimed he had taken conversion therapy and learned to stop being gay.

And he has done or threatened to do filibusters to block new conservative laws that hold back the lgbt. It’s too bad we don’t have any atheists in the US capital though:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/atheists-in-congress_n_3944108.html

Sam’s Club Membership

I wish people would stop supporting Sam’s club. They’re owned by mother fucking Walmart, the company that can’t pay their employees, and that poisons the third world, and that destroys hundreds of small towns and downtowns in America while causing countless Americans to kill themselves. The older generation are always tempted to buy a membership card because they’re more greedy than they are ethical.

Support Costco at least. They pay their employees well above average and give them stock options and rewards for doing good service or for being loyal. They have a recycling program that’s superior to most American companies, and they’re basically a more progressive company as far as economics go.

With Walmart you’re literally supporting the richest group of self-serving elites in this country. Their family is the richest in the world, and doesn’t care about anyone, or anything except becoming even richer. Don’t get a membership card with the devil. It’s a Faustian deal.

WSJ editorial condemns FGM, but not circumcision

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/cutting-young-girls-isnt-religious-freedom-1503617269

If this article weren’t written in America for Americans, it would equally condemn Male Genital Mutilation, aka circumcision. There are no real benefits to the risks in our hygienic modern environment, and the primary idea was the same as with cutting off the clit: to limit a man’s pleasure because prehistoric goatherders thought it was sinful and were told a man in the sky would get mad if they didn’t cut off part of their dicks. It amazes and revulses me how many Americans can condemn FGM because it seems backwards and barbaric to them, while supporting male circumcision simply because their culture has made them used to it.

I haven’t been to Europe where they condemn circumcision, but I already have a much wider understanding from internationalism than Americans of how biases can make people believe stupid shit. Christians only defend circumcision because they feel required to: they are afraid to condemn practices they believe were revealed and ordered by their sky god, and they are equally afraid to call that God primitive and barbaric in case that God exists and would send them to hell for arguing with them. Fear is what drives people to religion, not actual love, propaganda to the contrary aside.