I feel for Kagan and Sotomayor, if Ginsburg or Breyer pass and get replaced with conservatives they don't have much reason to show up for work with a 6/3 or 7/2 conservative hold.
Banned for wrongthink no doubt.
Demonstrated himself unfit to be a judge? When professional politicians destroy your reputation and label you as a serial rapist because they couldn't win seats on the Supreme Court fair and square? Having Kav throw in the towel only subsidizes this hysterical behavior. You can't possibly run the judiciary like this.
American Bar Association doesn't feel the same way as you do, and I'm going to guess they review a lot of judges.
They actually bumped his rating down around 2006 because of his temperament.
Yeah, about that...
Are we being raided right now?
Absolutely nothing about the way Merrick Garland was treated is fair, don't make me laugh. Bitch McConnell cockblocked him for a year and rushed Kavanaugh through as fast as possible.
Absolute hypocrisy, but that's normal for the GOP these days.
are these epic libtards triggered or what xD
Here they come...
They make an excellent team. Yeah, I can't make memes for shit, but it's more of a critique.
I think you're angry buddy
Maybe. Nothing wrong with anger though, not in this case - and I'm not even American.
Maybe if you're a baby, there isn't even a reason to be mad
This thread is like a lightning rod for brand new troll accounts. There have been 3 already in just the last page.
Alright, lets try this again.
Literally stop replying or even rating these alts and they'll stop coming.
Whatever happened to not feeding the trolls
UncleJimema, you're a hero for that ban reason.
I know this is a bit off-topic and my pre-emptive apologies to Uncle Jimmema for that but I think it's a little funny that you were complaining you only see me go for zingers instead of bringing anything to discussions, yet here you are, boldly and openly laughing at someone for being sexually assaulted.
Because clearly that's what I should be doing instead.
Don’t. Most of the problems in American politics are a symptom of the petty and hateful attitudes of the voters - both left and right. I don’t think anyone outside of America wants Americans (not you in particular, but in general) coming over and bringing their brand of political participation with them.
This is 100% false. Most of the root problems in our politics stem from things we have zero vote in, like corporate money.
Wait, how are you going to say it's a problem of leftist voters when Republicans control all three branches of government, including both houses of Congress? What even is "petty and hateful" about the American left?
This is such an unbelievably arrogant statement.
Yes, at the moment it is mindless violence. Shit's rolling downhill and picking up speed but there's still time to stop it without having to resort to violence. And anyone trying to do so at this point would be jumping the gun and find them not only with little support but on the wrong side of the law under an administration that will do anything it can get away with in order to stamp out dissent.
And you're completely overlooking an important part of what I said: A huge portion of our populace is completely out of touch with reality. Resorting to violence might get rid of the immediate threat but would antagonize them while simultaneously not actually dealing with the issue that they're so out of touch.
Luckily for you that won't be a difficult task to accomplish. They could pick any random idiot off the street and have a high chance of finding someone just as qualified as Kavanaugh.
Yeah, unless they plan to storm in there to rip the fucker away from his seat and then proceed to lynch him on those stairs, this isn't going to accomplish much of anything.
That's a suspiciously generous lol, but thanks. E vero sono parlo un po di italiano gia, ma molto male...
I said it’s the attitudes of all voters in America. You won’t find any other western democracy where division is wider and people hate each other so much. If you want examples, just look at the vicious posts by members here at Joe Manchin faces massive backlash from constitutes back home af.. and Republicans fear Democratic 'blue wave' spreading to once
I don’t want those kinds of people coming over to Australia and bringing those attitudes with them, making our political discourse worse.
Really? Does Britain not count?
I'm of the opinion that the divide is more a symptom of the flaws in our system rather than a main cause. Take one of us out of this environment, give them time to acclimate to another country's way of doing things and they'll probably be fine.
To be honest, not anywhere near to the same degree. Brexit is arguably more harmful to our economy than Trump will be to America's, but the Conservative party is not trying to take away people's healthcare and the leadership speaks out against racist remarks whereas Trump creates them. Our leadership isn't really comparable to America.
Much like what Hail Satan (Lambeth) Said. Respect needs to be earned.
If you parade around your party ideologies, that are being Homophobic, transphobic, racist, ignorant, and being all around cunts. There is absolutely no chance they will be getting any sort of respect.
Think about it. No Western democracy has the same history as the US, it's what makes us more politically and socially volatile. We are considerably more liberal than the Anglosphere, let alone Europe, while also having a unique colonial character that meant we lacked feudal history, had a different class structure, and had racial questions. We have always been much more regionally diverse and with a unique social interpretation of religion, fueled by romanticism, that helped condition a rising national identity that would help us transcend colonial divisions and shape 'city upon a hill' social liberalism.
We saw ourselves as an empire of liberty, and this would color our role in the rising modern, interconnected world which meant that we were the only power (aside from the USSR) that could create an international order. All the while, complicating this historical development I'm describing was prolonged slavery that was made a hot issue by industrialization and westward expansion, political turmoil associated with everything from expansion of the franchise to changing relationships between states and the federal government, urban development and immigration shaping the heights of a burgeoning modern society, and destruction of an old middle class and farmers mixed with rise of great labor struggles.
The depression forced major political change that helped crystallize an economic division between the two parties while WW2 gave us a leading role in the world. The 1950s/60s saw the end of a legislated caste system, the great expansion of the welfare state, growth of suburbia, the first great disillusionment with our role in the world, and left-wing reformation. Changes in the life of women altered balances in the family and the sexual market. The 1990s, with the collapse of communism, rise of tech, and unleashed globalization, also proceeded to alter society in many ways, you get the idea.
There's a hell of a lot more I'm missing but, basically our development has been phenomenal yet is also a double-edged sword. What never changes is that not all change is progress and not all movements are forward, yet change has regardless gotten increasingly total and revolutionary in scope. It creates social and political bubbles because development is never even, can actually increase inequality elsewhere, and not everyone has the same stake in it.
With growth in some places there is usually greater stress elsewhere or conflicting interests brought to a head, and great political or social questions of a generation are never truly solved nor are they ever an equal win-win for everyone. At the same time, all of this development comes with a lot of centralization that is in turn built on a fragile house of cards suffering from its own internal dynamism that cyclically opens the wounds of old struggles. In that view, it's no coincidence that the erosion of the middle class, the changing role of the nation-state, demographic change, and other thaws is provoking great ideological and cultural conflict about the most fundamental of values. It's because the country is facing its greatest change as of yet, what it should look like in the 21st century.
Think about the stakes involved. America is, like, the cutting edge of human history, the pinnacle of the international order, and the engine of the world economy. As a result, there's really nothing like our culture wars between right and left. This was all a long time coming. @Borealis once asked me what the question of our time was, I have no idea. You can just see that something was coming down the pipeline and that it would force totalizing conflict about the most fundamental of differences. It's captured here:
"Controversy erupted in 2010 when pollster Frank Graves suggested that the Liberal Party launch a "culture war" against the Conservative Party. "I told them that they should invoke a culture war. Cosmopolitanism versus parochialism, secularism versus moralism, Obama versus Palin, tolerance versus racism and homophobia, democracy versus autocracy. If the cranky old men in Alberta don't like it, too bad. Go south and vote for Palin.""
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