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Election Season: More Argument than Duck Season v. Rabbit Season

BucketmanBucketman Call meSkraggRegistered User regular
edited March 2016 in Social Entropy++
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In the Red corner we have the following contestants:

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First on the docket we have Ted Cruz the Canadian Christian who has values for days.

Hes a top tier contender who the religious conservatives and GOP seem to favor.

Sadly he ate a booger on TV and it kind of looks like his face is melting.

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Marco Rubio is probably the most handsome of the candidates, sadly his campaign seems to be losing steam against the tide of the other GOP candidates.

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John Kasich might be the most sane GOP runner thus far, sadly that isn't saying a whole lot and he is at the bottom right now.

BIG BELT TITLE CHAMPION: Donald "The Donald" "The Best at Donald" Trump

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I won't say anything because I was told if you can't say anything nice don't say anything, but I really don't like this guy at all.

NOW IN THE BLUE CORNER!

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Hillary "Hill Rod" Clinton she seems to the favorite for the DNC, she runs on the party lines.

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Bernie "The Revolution" Sanders. AKA The Meme Machine. He is running on a ticket of Democratic Socialism, also known as that thing no one on your Facebook understands.

I know the race started and got crazy very early this year, but I think these threads act as a good place for us to discuss the election and I personally have learned a lot from the last threads.

Please keep discussion civil and refrain from letting arguments on the internet make your blood boil. Count to 10 and take a deep breath.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    My state government had a terrifying meeting last week where they nearly (but thankfully not successfully) voted to remove separation of church and state from our state constitution and, horrifyingly, voted in favor of removing licensing and training restrictions on carrying handguns in public.

    One representative said, and I quote "more guns means less crime, end of story."

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    Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus Gorgeous Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    I live in Texas.

    Need I go on?

    I got nothing for you now. Try again later.

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    YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    I am raising money for Hillary as we speak

    which is pretty funny since I am extremely on the fence over who I'm actually voting for and I am apparently tied for most raised in the office for the week

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    Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus Gorgeous Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    Thanks @Bucketman for putting this together. I always learn so much from these threads.

    I got nothing for you now. Try again later.

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Personally I am still feeling the Bern, though I have been informed that if I feel the Bern for more then 4 hours I should seek medical attention

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    I'm in Canada where we already aced our election in a fraction of the time you folks are taking

    But I'm still watching yours because it would be really nice if you guys could keep having decent presidents for another 4-8 years at least because I like a lot of you and would like things to get better for you

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Seriously though, don't elect Trump or Cruz. Britain already disappointed the heck out of me by electing Cameron twice, I'd like something to be happy about.

    And also further signs that the trend towards conservative, xenophobic governments in recent years (hi, Europe!) is ending or turning around would be super nice.

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    CelloCello Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    I'm in Canada where we already aced our election in a fraction of the time you folks are taking

    But I'm still watching yours because it would be really nice if you guys could keep having decent presidents for another 4-8 years at least because I like a lot of you and would like things to get better for you

    But really, a 78-day campaign was entirely too long

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    YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    update: in a little under 3 hours I have raised 1200 ding-dang dollars for Hillary

    never underestimate the power of pretending to care

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    A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    YaYa wrote: »

    never underestimate the power of pretending to care

    Please tell us more.

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    Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Proud Father House GardenerRegistered User regular
    edited March 2016
    I have a policy that if I complete sign orders or postcards or decals or whatever for a gross candidate
    I donate twice the price to their opponent.

    I hope someday these politicians look at the donated spending list and go to someone else.
    I would prefer to not do the jobs, but I feel like this is a better, more democratic alternative.

    And of course, we quote them at the same price as anyone else. Taking advantage via pricing discrimination, or as a means to deter service, would feel skeezy as hell.

    I draw the line at personal attacks and hate speech and symbols though.
    Local politics can be gross as heck.

    How have you guys managed to deal with politics at work?

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    How have you guys managed to deal with politics at work?

    Mostly by keeping my mouth shut, since I live in the Bible belt and work with a group of very religious, white, middle-class folks.

    Most of them are pretty clearly in the tank for Trump (authoritarians), one wanted Carson because he's nice or smart or religious or something. She's actually the only one I really talk to about this stuff, because she's rather intelligent and pragmatic.

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    I engage people looking for political discussion at my place of work with intellect, reason, respect and a desire to better inform and develop my own views as well as theirs.

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    YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    ChicoBlue wrote: »
    I engage people looking for political discussion at my place of work with intellect, reason, respect and a desire to better inform and develop my own views as well as theirs.

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    Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Proud Father House GardenerRegistered User regular
    ChicoBlue wrote: »
    I engage people looking for political discussion at my place of work with intellect, reason, respect and a desire to better inform and develop my own views as well as theirs.

    I'm immature. There's a lot of days where a co-worker is dealing with a customer, and I just strategically take my break and go to another room, or step outside to take care of trashcans/maintenance. A whole lot of disengagement.

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    edited March 2016
    ChicoBlue wrote: »
    I engage people looking for political discussion at my place of work with intellect, reason, respect and a desire to better inform and develop my own views as well as theirs.

    I tried that. Until I brought up for commentary the whole Cruz eligibility thing (specifically how it was a bit of a birther backfire), and one of my colleagues jumped in with the "fact" that we still hadn't seen Obama's birth certificate.

    I pretty much gave up after that. She actually thought that candidates were required to file their birth certificate to prove citizenship and eligibility. AND that somehow Obama had managed to not do that, and not only still run, in every state/territory, but actually win a major party's primary, as well as general election and reelection.

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    GundiGundi Serious Bismuth Registered User regular
    edited March 2016
    Oh hey so I read some interesting stuff about how a lot of countries in Europe (Including countries like France, Italy, and the Netherlands) have super reactionary, immune-to-facts, hateful political figures like Trump who are pretty influential and get similar percentages of the constituency as Trump. (If you discount the "jump on the winner's bandwagon" effect maybe about 30% of Republicans, who are significantly fewer than Democrats and doesn't include the huge number of independents, really support Trump. So that's like maybe at most 10% of the population who are currently enthusiastically supporting Trump.)

    So anyone who lives in Europe wanna comment on the mirror between Trump and Europe's own extreme rights?

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular

    How have you guys managed to deal with politics at work?

    I've been lucky enough that there is only 2 people who work on my shift with me. One agrees with my views 100% and the other disagrees but loves to just talk policy and political history with people.

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    Romanian My EscutcheonRomanian My Escutcheon Two of Forks Registered User regular
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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    One of the high levels managers here is an Oathkeeper an has a ton of don't tread on me bumper stickers and stuff on his car so I just avoid polotics unless its someone I know very well

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    How have you guys managed to deal with politics at work?

    God...

    I try to just shut up or be like "I dunno about that.........." but sometimes people get me going and I try to talk in a way that explains positions without making people upset.

    One of my coworkers is a hardcore libertarian and he'll start talking his own brand of crazy all the time and I just can't.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
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    PantsBPantsB Fake Thomas Jefferson Registered User regular
    edited March 2016
    Cello wrote: »
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    I'm in Canada where we already aced our election in a fraction of the time you folks are taking

    But I'm still watching yours because it would be really nice if you guys could keep having decent presidents for another 4-8 years at least because I like a lot of you and would like things to get better for you

    But really, a 78-day campaign was entirely too long

    78 days is is 21% of a year. Canadian population is 11% of the US. The election will be like 19 months. Per capita, we're way more efficient

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    PantsBPantsB Fake Thomas Jefferson Registered User regular
    edited March 2016
    Bucketman wrote: »
    BIG BELT TITLE CHAMPION: Donald "The Donald" "The Best at Donald" Trump

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    I won't say anything because I was told if you can't say anything nice don't say anything, but I really don't like this guy at all.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuesauNtqTU

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    Its not even an exaggeration. He's literally been in WWF/WWE
    Bucketman wrote: »
    NOW IN THE BLUE CORNER!

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    Hillary "Hill Rod" Clinton she seems to the favorite for the DNC, she runs on the party lines.
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    PwnanObrienPwnanObrien He's right, life sucks. Registered User regular
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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    *than

    I scoured my post looking for this typo on a word I didn't even use for like 5 minutes before I realized it was in the title!

    Also

    (Relevant because Trump called Christie an absentee governor while Christie was standing directly behind him yesterday)

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    rhylith wrote: »
    How have you guys managed to deal with politics at work?

    God...

    I try to just shut up or be like "I dunno about that.........." but sometimes people get me going and I try to talk in a way that explains positions without making people upset.

    One of my coworkers is a hardcore libertarian and he'll start talking his own brand of crazy all the time and I just can't.

    Despite living in Kansas pretty much all the people in my immediate cubical vicinity and lunch crowd have politics largely in line with my own. I don't think I've seen any of my conservative coworkers support Trump either. It's pretty refreshing.

    Now, at my previous job which was in tiny town it was pretty much the opposite and I did my damndest to keep my head down. About the only time I ever spoke up was when someone said something I could shoot down with math, like about taxes or global warming. Also one time when the lady who sat behind me said "I don't know about this Obama guy. That name doesn't sound American." and I just spun around and said "You have the most German name I've ever heard and I'm a Mennonite, so that's saying something."

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    Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    I know you guys in america have it pretty rough right now, but hey, guess what's going down in europe

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    Andy JoeAndy Joe We claim the land for the highlord! The AdirondacksRegistered User regular
    Gonna vote for Hillary in the NY primary

    As a Capitol Region resident, I'll be damned if I ever vote for some syrup-sucking Vermont hipster

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    GundiGundi Serious Bismuth Registered User regular
    Primary's today. Good thing they're semi-open primaries.

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    -Tal-Tal Registered User regular
    rubio is kind of winning my sympathy

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    HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    I'll only be able to think of Rubio as thirsty, so very very dry and parched and thirsty

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    KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    That so perfectly Carson I am amazed

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    I DID A LOT OF PRAYING lAST NIGHT AND REALIZED THAT I LOVE MONEY AND POWER

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    mcpmcp Registered User regular
    I've only seen the edited version of this, what actually happened here?

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    mcp wrote: »
    I've only seen the edited version of this, what actually happened here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1QL1MmyMhQ

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    HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Hobnail wrote: »
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