Interesting take, FUNKbrs. I agree with the false dilemma argument by the way.
Let's not forget the very beginning of how we got Trump.
Jeb Bush ran an attempt to become Bush III, and crush all opposition that operated by traditional means. He was very much a "NEVER" candidate for the Left and moderates within the Republican Party. No traditional Republican could stand in his path.
Republicans shouted "GIVE US THE TRUMP!" with the same nihilistic venom normally associated with the phrase "GIVE US BARABBAS!". They knew full well they were throwing their party's chances of success down a ravine, but preferred another 4 years of democratic presidency than Jeb.
Hillary would have stomped the brakes off Jeb, and would had a close run against Kasich.
Hillary used the exact same techniques Jeb used against Trump in the Primary, but the Ron Paul Revolution hadn't occurred in the Democratic Primary yet and Hillary was allowed to successfully manipulate the primary, which in the good old days would have been considered a display of political acumen.
But not in the post Ron Paul era. Ron Paul could have beaten Obama, and the backlash of Primary reform in the wake of the Obama victory made Trump unstoppable. The Democrats should have learned their lesson the easy way and enacted their own post Ron Paul Revolution reforms....
But they didn't, because Hillary had been waiting her turn after giving Obama a pass, and she needed the game to remain playable so she could play it.
At this point the "GIVE US BARABBAS!" argument of nihilistic rejection of the political process had gained more strength, not lost it. The average voter was tired of having their options dictated from above, and only given blue and red options for two basically identical candidates. The age of the classical logical fallacy of the false dilemma was over.
The information age is an age of transparency. We no longer falsely assume politician's are clean because they successfully do their dirt in secret. This is why no amount of scandal will shake the Trump presidency. We're numb to it.
The Republicans know what the Democrats need to learn; the other foot connected to the one on the back of your neck will be firmly planted in local soil. Success at the state and local level has all the real reigns of control over society. The Federal Government is a policing agency for local government, and every body hates being told what to do. Putting an idiot in the white house makes perfect sense when you realize president is a sheriff, and most people are outlaws.
25! Of course I've never been to Jack London Square sober.
@CL - According to the article, they were sidestepping the freight, and didn't look for the Amtrak coming on an opposing, separate track at about 25 MPH. Even at 25 though, a train hits you, you are gonna feel it. Hope they recover fully. Though at his age, Yoshi's may be the last gig he plays.
As I remember, trains travel about 5 mph past Yoshis and thru Jack London Square so.... I think they may have been doing what musicians stepping outside of clubs have been doing for generations.
But still dammit.
@CL - Yeah, no kidding... I have to have at least 20 albums he played on around here someplace...
Motherfucker! Garibaldi is a national treasure. Tower is the best.
@Nick - Huh? If you're talking about Amtrak, you don't have to wait, it just did:
But you really can't get anywhere on the trains in America anymore. There used to be so much passenger traffic in the US, even up to the Vietnam War, that it was common to get orders to a new duty station accompanied by a train ticket to get there. Now, besides the NE corridor, they are almost nonexistent.
Maybe we need to invest in bringing them back...
Oaktree, Not only are there still trains, the big one is a runaway. But let's wait until it hits something before rushing to judgement.
Mullins, I'm more a junior Parker fan.
So now I have this mental image of Mary Tyler Moore... No... That just ain't right..
Every Memphian's dilemma.
@Dayn - Odds are it isn't worth getting up to find out. Probably just an obese neighbor with sleep apnea.
Well, there will be a problem in my house if aerosol cheese gets too expensive.
No trains, then what was that loud chugging in the middle of the night?
@Nick - We don't have trains anymore. Hell, we don't even have trolleys...
Oaktree, do you mean let's keep the trains running on time?
As the Buddhists like to point out, it really doesn't matter how we got here. We are here, now. How we react to that immutable fact, is a reflection of our character. And I am officially tired of saying I told you so.
Now. Let's try to keep whatever nervous breakdown that the elites in government and the mainstream media are having, from putting the train off the rails shall we?
Nightcrawler, the progressives ran Bernie Sanders. A good rant shouldn't overreach itself.
Well, I'm sure thankful that a forked-tongue, self-enriching, foul-mouthed, career public trough feeder who is still under investigation for her illegal "home server" and her "pay to my foundation for future payback" is not my problem, either.
We have Trump because the Democrat Pro(re)gressives ran the absolute worst candidate ever in their brief history.
It is what it is.
Have we forgotten already that Hillary, using her power as Secretary of State, facilitated the sale of 1/5th of American uranium supply to the Russians through the Canadian mining giant Uranium One? And this coincided with a massive contribution from Uranium One to the Clinton Foundation totaling $2.35 million, a "donation" that wasn't publicly disclosed despite an agreement with the Obama Administration to do so. It's not fishy that every major political publication has a story insinuating Trump is a Manchurian candidate, all on cue. Project Mockingbird? Or is this the end result of the recent congressional repeal of the law prohibiting domestic propaganda? If you haven't noticed, it is the our own government acting suspiciously in a Soviet manner.. This is not cool.
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