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March 29, 2016

The libertarian movement and the Republican "obstructionism"

"In the eyes of many, there never was the sense of who the authentic Mitt Romney really was. It was a problem for him when he squared off against his fellow Republicans and it was a problem in the fall. It wasn't that he was too moderate, or too conservative. It was a question of which was the real Romney."
Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory.

I imagine that some of the problems in the U.S. politics come from the libertarian movement and the Republican "obstructionism". Universal health care, which most of the libertarians abhor, is a commonly accepted idea outside the U.S. If Mitt Romney really supports universal health care, he is right.


March 20, 2016

Dark Money

"Lowering taxes and rolling back regulations, slashing the welfare state, and obliterating the limits on campaign spending might or might not have helped others, but they most certainly strengthened the hand of extreme donors with extreme wealth."
(Jane Mayer, 2016)

Jane Mayer describes "the Kochs and their ultra-wealthy allies on the right" in her book "Dark Money".

"His[Trump's] call to close the carried-interest tax loophole, and talk of the ultrarich not paying its share, as well as his anti-immigrant rants, made his opponents appear robotically subservient, and out of touch. But few other Republican candidates could afford to ignore the Kochs."
(Jane Mayer, DARK MONY, 2016. p. 373)

What Is The Carried Interest Tax Loophole?


Trump attacks McCain

Trump attacks McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'
Read more: Ben Schreckinger

Donald Trump reportedly attacked McCain. I suppose that McCain did not agree with Trump's "more enhanced" torture techniques, which would contradict the laws every person in a "great" country should abide by.

Trump's narrative in his campaign is unacceptable in public spaces where you discuss common issues. I wonder why some people feel that he says what they want to say. Are they too desperate to notice the absurdity of what their favorite Trump proposes to do as a president of the United States? Do they believe that the tycoon in the real estate and casino business will save them from their predicaments? Do they find a sort of charisma in his ostentatious personality?


March 08, 2016

"Political correctness"

"Political correctness" is not the cause of socal problems. We are more or less irrational and xenophobic. There should be some rules when "xenophobic people" have to discuss public or common issues. I don't know why some people hate PC so much and enjoy bulling others. It is, of course, needless to say that "equality before the law" is different from, and more fundamental than, PC. You should not confuse PC with the more fundamental principle in modern society. 

"PC is used to describe language, behaviour, and attitudes that are carefully chosen so that they do not offend or insult anyone."(LDOSE)

You can say anything in your closet. Political correctness is mainly related to the way we communicate each other in public places. It is not necessarily a legal matter. If you don't like some PC expressions, you may disregard them at your own risk. Trump reportedly declared that Glenn Beck, who is a comedian-turned commentator, is a 'really dopey guy' who 'looks like hell.' I don't know how Trump should have said this with political correctness.


March 07, 2016

Donald Trump will never make the country "great".

"Trump has been accused of racism for literally as long as he's been in public life — in his capacities as a real estate developer, a TV star, and now as a politician. At various times, he's insulted African Americans, the Japanese, Native Americans, Muslim Americans and Latinos."
"Timeline: Donald Trump has been getting called racist since 1973"

"At least eight top figures in the marginalized white nationalist movement said — in recent posts, podcasts, and interviews with BuzzFeed News — that they want Trump."
Top Racists And Neo-Nazis Back Donald Trump

If these descriptions are true, Donald Trump will never make the country "great". He might be a "heretic" to most Americans with common sense. I am not sure why he is so popular with some Americans. Are they "poor whites" who adore the tycoon in the real estate and casino business? Do they want to see a reckless authoritarian leader or "Führer" at the balcony of the White House.?


March 05, 2016

Have you seen Donald Trump?

"Republicans have fed the country ideas about decline, betrayal and treason. They have encouraged the forces of anti-intellectualism, obstructionism and populism. They have flirted with bigotry and racism. Trump merely chose to unashamedly embrace all of it, saying plainly what they were hinting at for years."---Fareed Zakaria

"In the last month, Trump has called Mitt Romney a 'failed candidate,' Jeb Bush 'pathetic,' Sen. Lindsey Graham 'a disgrace,' and President Obama 'totally incompetent.'"---Fareed Zakaria

According to Fareed Zakaria, the words "failure', 'pathetic", and "disgrace" were recommended in the memo put out by Newt Gingrich's political action committee, which urged Republican candidates to use these words against their Democratic opponents.

The title of the article by Fareed Zakaria is "Where were Republican moderates 20 years ago?".


River, rival, and arrive

Do you know that the origins of the words "river", "rival", and "arrive" are common?
Rivals are people who live on each side of a river.
Arrival used to mean arriving at the bank of a river.



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