Sonikku wrote: I strongly disagree with the notion that he is the president America needs, though certainly, if nothing else, he is the president we deserve. He has played you for a fool if you earnestly believe he gives a damn about jobs going to Americans. He employs foreigners in the manufacturing of his own damn goods for pete sakes Frozen.
Trump blasted the practice on the Late Show as Letterman looked through his so called signature line of clothing he was plugging only for it to be exposed it as part of the same. Trump is guilty of basically every business practice imaginable he now blasts businesses for. "Rules for all of you, none for me". It could not be more ironic that so many prop him up on a pedestal as the solution to these behaviors when he himself has always been part of the problem.
He isn't blasting the business practice, he is blasting the fact that it is happening. After all, a businessman who refuses to acknowledge the reality of the market is a businessman that is going to be out of a job. Given his experience, one would assume he fully understands why companies are moving overseas and not hiring Americans, which is what makes him qualified to fix the problem. Calling trump a hypocrite because of those business practices is like calling a vet a hypocrite because they have to sometimes euthanize animals, or amputate animal limbs. Doesn't mean the vet isn't able to invent a new procedure that prevents the disease that forced him to euthanize the creature.
Thief wrote: The thing about responding to politics is that it's largely speculation on the possibility of future events. Everybody is fundamentally misinformed in one way or another, and future events have no truth value until they occur, so it's only in hindsight that any political thought has any impact - as a reflection on what's happened. But as for voting, or predicting the "correct" political structure? Might as well just sit back and see what happens. I mean, I could argue all day with other misinformed and speculative people on what is "going to happen", but I just don't see the point. I'd rather focus my efforts reacting to the the changes of political structures, rather than believing I have any sort of ability to change them. In short, I no longer give a fuck. Things will happen and nobody knows if they will be good until they are/n't. Whatever.
I think the fact that people are misinformed is an argument for encouraging political discussion. But, the problem is that so many people make their preferred politicians or political party part of their identity so they take offense to any opposing views. Good for politicians because that is how you create loyal followers, but bad for the general populace. It is bad because once you make your politics part of your identity, you end up painting anyone who thinks differently than you as a 'bad person'. Then you start associating people who dress a certain way with the opposing view.... then you start judging on other aspects of their physical appearance such as skin color or sand. Then... oops! You are now a bigot, racist or sexist!
By talking to each other about your political views then you are forced to reevaluate your stance because people will expect you to have a decent reason for believing things the way you do. I mean damn, just look at this guy
who got a ton of KKK members to disavow by befriending them. On the other end of the spectrum, here
are a bunch of people with good intentions who end up painting black people are lazy and poor people who don't even know how to get on the internet.
If your views are never challenged you end up believing that the stupidest shit is right.