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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby StevoStarks » November 9, 2016, 6:51 pm



What the fuck happened last night?!?
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Re: Donald Trump is President

Postby gradyandrew » November 9, 2016, 8:49 pm

Let's put blame where it's due and say that this whole process started in 2008 with hope for change summed up as "yes, we can", which got changed to "no we can't". Both the continued bailouts and the massive tax payer subsidies to insurance companies called obamacare. In 8 years not a single banker was put in jail for the massive fraud that sunk the economy and Obama flat out lied about his promises to have a public option in health care. Obama won in 2012 against an establishment candidate and by getting black voters to turn out. in 2016, the democratic party sold out by playing favorites against Bernie and Hillary couldn't bear any competition for the spot light so she passed on Warren. Hillary has played defense since summer and just hoped trump would sink himself without her even attempting to change the narrative. Trump won because people who dislike him voted for him because they thought he could mostly affect change. And that's why Hillary lost, all she promised was more of the same.
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Re: Donald Trump is President

Postby gradyandrew » November 9, 2016, 8:51 pm

I think if we're talking Knicks, Melo is Hillary, durant is Bernie, and rose is trump.
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Re: Donald Trump is President

Postby Minkaveli » November 9, 2016, 11:26 pm

Voted for Gary Johnson. I don't think Trump or Hillary was the answer. Oh well. Just got to move on and unite as a country.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Irv » November 10, 2016, 2:54 am

Michael Moore's take:
https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/ ... 3074756857

It's funny how I disliked the guy over a decade ago and I barely remember why anymore, but as a documentary filmmaker who sees things and interviews people that the media ignores, Moore had valuable inside knowledge to points 1-4 of his post, especially point #4. This election result really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. A lot of voices in this country were vastly underrepresented and fed up with how badly the political system was ignoring their needs. For the people who had nothing or lost everything from their jobs to their savings to their homes in poorer parts of the country, what was Hillary and her big financial friends going to do for them when the seeds of their anger were planted during the financial crisis 6-7 years ago? Voting for Trump was a Molotov thrown at the establishment in Washington.

If you read the Facebook comments beneath Moore's post (hint: don't), you'll see that many people still don't get it and probably never will because they have their heads too far up their asses. They still blame anybody who didn't vote for Hillary. To steal a Trumpism: Wrong.

Don't blame those you don't agree with for the choices that they've made in this election. Aside from it being a trait of a petulant, sore loser, those people have a story to tell and you haven't been through what they have to reach the point where voting for Trump sounds like a good idea. It's ridiculous to write all of them off as just being plain old sexist, racist, xenophobic, and/or uneducated. Some of them are, sure, but I'm not so sure they make up the vast majority as those on social media and in mainstream media portray them to be. For every person who sprayed a swastika on a public wall today, how many people didn't? On top of that, since I've been exposed to online communities for 20 years now, my troll radar also questions whether those people who did it were Trump supporters or just sore loser Hillary supporters trying to make Trump supporters look bad.

Was voting for Trump the right action? Only time will tell, but the early sentiment is a resounding no. I've made myself clear in previous threads about not liking him. I am not holding out much hope for the success of his presidency because he is a authoritarian of insatiable ego much like Hillary, but rather than continuing the elitist tradition of politicians who are openly shady and willfully out of touch with their constituents, Trump is a complete loose cannon and wildcard. Electing him wasn't the ideal way to do it, but he is the enema to the political system for those who felt disenfranchised by it. The RNC got theirs already. It's up to the DNC to either take theirs now or continue to self-immolate and give up 2020 as well.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Irv » November 10, 2016, 6:18 pm

I can't believe I'm linking to a Cracked article, but if you haven't spent time trying to learn about the thought processes and the experiences of Americans who are completely unlike you, then you severely misjudge how drastically different people's lives can be elsewhere in this vast nation of ours.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-t ... lks-about/
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby BXGuy » November 10, 2016, 7:17 pm

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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby big_j_NY » November 10, 2016, 8:55 pm

Irv wrote:I can't believe I'm linking to a Cracked article, but if you haven't spent time trying to learn about the thought processes and the experiences of Americans who are completely unlike you, then you severely misjudge how drastically different people's lives can be elsewhere in this vast nation of ours.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-t ... lks-about/


You know what Irv, when I read your previous post I immediately thought about that Cracked article link that you just posted right here. I read this Cracked article immediately when it was released a month ago when someone on my FB feed posted it up in response to the "Trump Phenomenon" as he calls it. This was a pretty damn good quality article DESPITE it coming from Cracked.com of all places.

It was definitely an eye-opener, and at the same time.........it basically highlights how completely divided the United States of America has been for the last decade and a half or so.

As open-minded and respectful as we all say we are, we have been very neglectful to our brothers and sisters out in the countryside. And they weren't gonna let it go unnoticed either.

That is why I made this comment earlier in the thread

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We lost to POOR, RURAL, MIDDLE AMERICA


I was not joking or sarcastic when I made that statement. We really did lose TO THEM
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby shakespeare » November 11, 2016, 5:54 pm

Bill Maher roasts Donald Trump, hilarious stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqpQc7nKK_I
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Irv » November 11, 2016, 8:58 pm

One more, an even longer read on Vox written back in April, but just as informative on the elitist attitude of the left that paved the way for Trump being elected:

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11451378/s ... mpaign=vox

I've contemplated sharing these articles with others over the last few days, but I think it would be a lost cause because a lot of people prefer their echo chambers and pity parties.

I believe we have some great minds in these forums who are more inquisitive and analytical than most, regardless of what our initial impulses may be. We have people here who are willing to give a little more thought to these matters in depth beyond what the media tells us, even if we don't all share the same views. Hell, we're Knicks fans and the media has shitted on us for decades now. If anybody is of the mindset of wanting the media to fuck right off, we should be damn near the top of that list.

The media told us Hillary had this one in the bag. They treated Trump like a joke. They were too arrogant to understand that mocking and alienating tens of millions of voters and branding them as all being racist, misogynist, and xenophobic is not a winning strategy. Same goes for the DNC. Now they're looking for excuses to blame everyone but themselves on how wrong they were and how out of touch they were with reality.

I may not be happy about Trump winning the election, but I am very happy that the both the media and the DNC are scrambling like cockroaches right now because this is the comeuppance that they've deserved for a long time for misinforming the public. Unfortunately, even though a few individuals in the media and DNC have already spoken out, I don't think they will collectively learn their lesson, so we'll have to just settle for them squirming uncomfortably instead of actually taking responsibility for helping Trump get elected.

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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby shakespeare » November 11, 2016, 9:09 pm

Well said. About to check the link. Thanks for posting.

Adding to the Michael Moore theory: I watched this startling video and Trump's appeal to his voters is beginning to make sense to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKeYbEOSqYc
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby n8 the gr8 » November 14, 2016, 11:43 pm

I agree with your posts and got a lot out of those articles. I thought it gave a valid perspective. The fact that I would have to think twice before even trying to approach that subject with most of my friends and family is kind of alarming.

I'm kind of curious what everyone's thoughts are for 2020. I liked O'Malley a lot, I thought he said a lot of good things in the primaries and was probably setting himself up for 2020. But would you guys vote for Obama if he were willing to serve a 3rd term?
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Irv » November 15, 2016, 1:12 am

Obama's done. He can't serve a third term by rule of the 22nd Amendment of the US Constitution.

Too early to be thinking about 2020, but since the DNC was so hellbent on running Hillary this go around and she was so obsessed with identity politics (e.g. "I'm with her"), if they really care about having the first female president, Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard would have been far stronger candidates without decades of beltway baggage attached to their names. That said, Tulsi has no chance as long as any of the current cronies remain in place at the DNC since she resigned from her vice-chair position earlier this year due to them trying to censor her.

There's also Vin Diesel...I mean, Cory Booker.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby nbafreak724 » November 15, 2016, 10:05 am

Do you think Michelle Obama would reconsider a run in 2020? Although, cleaning up Trump's potential mess may seem off-putting for the Obamas at the time.

Julian Castro is another potential nominee, he was considered to be a potential running mate for Clinton.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby gradyandrew » November 16, 2016, 11:11 am

Living abroad it's tough to get a good read on daily life in America, but it still seems to me that it's got the best living standard in a world. It just blows my mind that someone who works as a a waiter can afford a car and their own apartment. I don't think that's true for any other country in the world.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby shakespeare » November 19, 2016, 4:44 pm

Irv, anyone, what are your thoughts?

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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Irv » November 20, 2016, 1:28 am

That was sort of my belief all along, but you can't ever be too sure with Trump. I hope that guy is right, because I'm not a fan of Trump's early rumored nominations for cabinet positions, but I'm also done reacting to the hysteria. I'd rather not give US politics another thought until after the inauguration.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby shakespeare » November 21, 2016, 8:34 am

Irv wrote:because I'm not a fan of Trump's early rumored nominations for cabinet positions


I'm still learning politics, but I too worry about certain rumored nominations.

I read somewhere that Trump's considering John Bolton (and Guiliani) for Secretary of State, which is scary, considering Bolton's the same person who wants to bomb Iran.
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby Mr. Glass » December 15, 2016, 2:56 pm

Anyone expect something strange on the 19th (electoral vote)?
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Re: Trump is the 45th President

Postby KnicksFanInSouthFL » January 24, 2017, 10:09 am

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