One thing I do pray ends after the past four years is the intense division and polarisation happening in the west. Or as I like to call it, China and Russia's wet dream we are inflicting upon ourselves. I'd really like to think it will end after Trump is gone - he goes out of his way to divide, and that obviously has in part lead to the current political climate, where even our friendships can be torn apart over whether we support or don't support this narcissistic man child. But I don't know, are we too far gone? Has social media mob mentality trickled into something new and scary? The whole, I need validation so I'll post a witty tweet demonising conservatives I hope my left wing Twitter buddies are gonna retweet? This is a ramble I know, but as a centrist there tends to be one group I always talk about/fear the most, and that's the left. The right wing will generally be out of the mainstream, their most known voices are "cancelled" and "deplatformed," whereas left wing spokespeople by comparison, excuse the language, have their pp's massaged by places like Twitter and Facebook. And the reason why is ... Your right wing opinions being publicised on social media can ruin your life. Your left wing opinions being publicised on social media cannot. SM is increasingly becoming tied into real life, and when this happens, it benefits only the left, and it's always to the detriment of the right, to the point where you're afraid to express right wing opinions for fear of them going viral/being spread around too much - which leads to corny broads and SJWs branding you as a racist or whatever, and when the conversation regarding your tweets gets tainted with accusations of racism, whatever institution is in question will want to distance themselves from you, for fear of the woke crowd mass-shaming them. I've seen so many examples of the tweets or posts in question not even being racist at all, not close, but because the conversation on social media has been tainted with mere ACCUSATIONS of racism by the woke crowd, the "perpetrator" is immediately tarred. This can mean job opportunities being eroded, your friends distancing themselves from you, or as in the case of Sidney Graham, your landlord evicting you.
This issue mostly affects those with eight wing viewpoints and I can't help but feel it's getting worse and worse with cancel culture. This push by the left on SM is pushing centrists to the right. I know what this feels like. It's sort of akin to the innate human will to stand up for the little guy being picked on by the big guy. It disgusts me how normalised it has become to mass shame another human being for their political views. The division. The hatred. What is happening to our society.
Ramble over, I hope these four years are the last of their kind, and I pray it's only because there's been such a terrible president.
I literally just wanna grill
Jk that was a powerful few paragraphs and the time has come for the grill masters to rise above blind complacency, obscured by the smoke of our own naive grills, and promote change and the general wellbeing of not only our community but our country and global community
What a joke the World Assembly has become. This latest vanity project of a proposal seems to be a duplicate of existing legislation.
There really needs to be an "anti-WA" for nations to join. Say players could only be in one or the other. Maybe call it the Sovereignty League or something. Just so new and old players can get away from the cauldron of obsessive personalities that essentially own the WA now.
Alright, let's make a bet lol. Not to be all 2016 but I really think it's gonna be hard for trump to win this time around.
I do wonder what's gonna happen in the debates. Hillary was a sneaky little fairy who led trump into trap after trap to make him look bad and he fell for them. She figured out his narcissistic personality type, is my guess, and punched where it hurt repeatedly. Her success in the debates was less about her, because her performance was average, but more so how bad she made trump look. I don't know if biden can repeat this.
Overall if I had to call it right now I'm gonna list these few things as my view that Biden would win if the election were held today (things could I guess still change until November):
- his primary win in Michigan by double digits, opposed to Hillary who lost it in 2016. Hints that 2016 was just an anti Clinton wave.
- polls had Clinton way lower than Biden at this point in the campaign four years ago, and he's consistently getting 50% or over. Clinton basically never reached that 50% mark.
- the four states polls had wrong in 2016 were Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Ignoring those, Biden now leads in North Carolina, Arizona and Florida. It should also be kept in mind that pollsters would have worked on their mistakes from four years ago and find out what went wrong.
- Clinton had many scandals and was a very hated candidate. The long, divisive democratic primary is testament to this. Biden on the other hand ended the primary very quickly and is unifying his party again Donald
- trump no longer has the outsider shine, he has been the president of the United States for the past four years and he will be treated as such. His record as president will be attacked, and there's plenty to go off. Coronavirus is a big one, and in a poll it was found to be in the top 4 issues this campaign. Another thing he will be held to scrutiny for is his response to the BLM protests.
- trump appears to be targeting only his base and not swing voters - his focus is for some reason on the statues, and his tone is nationalistic. For a swing voter, the concern would be more towards the economy, handling of Corona etc.
- Arizona has consistently shifted towards the democrats these past four years, to the point where both the GOP senator and Donald are losing in polls. This state clearly wasn't so blue back in 2016 and it'll be one of the deciders for this election.
- Trumps victory in 2016 was surprising, but not amazing. His win depended on three states, all of which he won by less than one percent. It really puts into perspective why it's a problem that the RCP average has Biden 9 pc ahead nationally.
Of course a lot of these are circumstantial points, and things can change I guess. But as of right now I'm calling it for uncle Joe.
You have reason i just hope that Trump wins or you will suffer the most massive spending on welfare in the united states history due the millennials generation being poor and left sided
I'm pretty sure the consensus was that trump lost them, but yeah alright. I'm sure you can agree though that a number of things he said made him look bad, as did the manner in which he said them. His outburst after Clinton called him a russian puppet, and so on. I'm really not that invested in American politics all I want is a strong leader of the western world who has our back (UK) and keeps us together against China and the like. Trump isnt that. My ideal US president is honestly as close to the center as possible. Maybe my perspective would have been different if I actually lived inside USA but I doubt it, since here in the UK I despise the left wing of the labour party and celebrated on April when Keir Starmer (centrist) won the labour leadership. I'm what you'd call a "radical" centrist xd
If I had to pick a line of thought I'd theoretically side with in a utopian society, it would be Classical Liberalism. I believe in negative freedom (liberty as freedom from restraint by the govt) and egotistical individualism (living your own view of the good life and a push to do well for yourself,) so I have a big problem with the way my generation and millennials tend to victimise themselves rather than achieve and overcome. Machiavelli would have called them a generation of suckers. That's my biggest disagreement with the left and it's why I'm firmly opposed to socialism, as well as rising welfare. I agree with you, honestly. And I would also share your anti biden sentiment if other issues weren't more important to me. If you get four more years of trump, I dread to think what might happen. I'm thinking long term here. Social spending? Can easily be cut again when a republican becomes elected in the future. But the damage that trump does is long lasting, as well as the division he brings to the nation. What I equally dislike is the ministry of truth - type push against trump which demonises the people who voted for him. It's like they learned nothing from 2016. They're adding more fuel to the fire of division. I remember seeing the weaklings crying and moping around when trump won in 2016 - Clinton ran a divisive campaign exactly the way Donald did and it's no more justified. "basket of deplorables" and the "sexism," ofc