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Old 18th January 2021, 09:46 AM   #1361
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I'm not saying these people are stupid or morons, just that they lack in capacity to participate in a representational democracy. (even if it represented their own privileged interests)
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Old 18th January 2021, 09:55 AM   #1362
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Originally Posted by cosmicaug View Post
They are not just one thing. This "they are just a bunch of dumb hicks" narrative diminishes them and it is, for that reason, extremely dangerous.
Another way in which many Democrats behave as if their goal is to keep losing & failing indefinitely.
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Old 18th January 2021, 09:57 AM   #1363
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Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
Another way in which many Democrats behave as if their goal is to keep losing & failing indefinitely.
The Democrats lose, and they try to play off their losses as being too good to play the game, therefore they get a moral victory, therefore they never really feel like they lost, so they never adjust their actions.
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Old 18th January 2021, 10:09 AM   #1364
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Originally Posted by Apathia View Post
I'm not saying these people are stupid or morons, just that they lack in capacity to participate in a representational democracy. (even if it represented their own privileged interests)
I'm gonna go ahead and call them stupid. It's the intellectual elitist in me that pooh-poohs the wearing of dead raccoons and murder as a means of expressing political dissatisfaction.
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Old 18th January 2021, 10:18 AM   #1365
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I'm gonna go ahead and call them stupid. It's the intellectual elitist in me that pooh-poohs the wearing of dead raccoons and murder as a means of expressing political dissatisfaction.
What's with the dead raccoons? Did I miss a fashion trend? That's the second reference I've read to dead raccoons in two days.

With respect to the "stupid" discussion, I think the danger is in assuming that all Trump supporters are as stupid as the ones in that video..
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
What's with the dead raccoons? Did I miss a fashion trend? That's the second reference I've read to dead raccoons in two days.

With respect to the "stupid" discussion, I think the danger is in assuming that all Trump supporters are as stupid as the ones in that video..
I'm thinking a couple few of the Capitol aggressors were wearing Davy Crockett style racoon skin caps. You know, that whole, "Remember the Alamo!" , line of thought kind of thing. It's the only "logical" conclusion I can see.
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Old 18th January 2021, 10:34 AM   #1367
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Originally Posted by Thermal View Post
I'm gonna go ahead and call them stupid. It's the intellectual elitist in me that pooh-poohs the wearing of dead raccoons and murder as a means of expressing political dissatisfaction.
It's difficult to deprogram someone with cultish beliefs if you begin by calling them "stupid," especially if they're stupid.
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Old 18th January 2021, 10:45 AM   #1368
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So many of them are just dumb as a box of rocks.
I really want people to stop saying this. Even if some of them are. There are some intelligent people that are Trump supporters. I think their epistemology is poor and lacks methodological rigour. But this isn't about intelligence. Just as having religious beliefs has nothing to with intelligence, neither does these people's support of Trump.
I guess the question is how you actually define 'dumb/stupid/etc.'.

Yes, there are people who are otherwise successful but whom otherwise support. But, if a person is so.. gullible/foolish that they would vote for/support someone who is such an obvious fraud as Trump... that's a pretty big blind spot that they have in their intellect.
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But we must be about changing hearts and minds, instead of rolling our eyes and mocking.
The question here is... is it actually possible to 'change hearts and minds' of Trump supporters. They have drunk the kool-aid, and may be forever be unreachable.
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Old 18th January 2021, 10:47 AM   #1369
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I'm thinking a couple few of the Capitol aggressors were wearing Davy Crockett style racoon skin caps. You know, that whole, "Remember the Alamo!" , line of thought kind of thing. It's the only "logical" conclusion I can see.
You think Davy Crockett, I think Dan'l Boone. My brother and I belonged to the Fess Parker Fan Club and we each received a genuine imitation coonskin cap. Davy Crockett is maybe more on topic but I think Fess Parker played them both, so that works too.

I sure hope the hats were fake. Hate to think they were real!
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Old 18th January 2021, 11:01 AM   #1370
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None of those things happened, but instead we ended up with a guy wearing no shirt, a headdress that was some combination of Norse and Native American, with Norse tattoos, babbling in the chair of the President of the Senate, and a small but enthusiastic crowd shouting Amen!

I must admit I didn't see that coming.
I remember seeing articles & videos about him at some protest in AZ (it may have been the 'the pens they gave us made our votes invisible to the machines' conspiracy protest —do I remember correctly that at one point there seemed to be danger of protesters breaking in at this one?) and reading how he was a regular at these sorts of things. Him being the poster boy of the most prominent event of our stupid coup, the takeover of the Capitol building? Yes, that was definitely a thing I did not see coming.
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The problem is you can't argue any version of the "It's all our fault because we gave Trump too much attention" argument without arguing that Trump is somehow validated in doing what he is doing because he got so much attention.

Yeah we maybe, in hindsight, shouldn't have given proto-Trumpism so much attention. That still doesn't shift the onus and blame from Trump to us.

And really only in hindsight do we know whether Trump was something that was going to "go away" without attention. Some problems die in the without sunlight, some fester and ooze and come back stronger years later. Attention sanitizes somethings and feeds others.
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Old 18th January 2021, 11:15 AM   #1372
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
What's with the dead raccoons? Did I miss a fashion trend? That's the second reference I've read to dead raccoons in two days.
Our intrepid Qanon Shaman is sporting what indeed appears to be roadkill in this winter's insurrectionist fashion lineup. Nicole Miller is scrambling to make rodent headgear all the Congressional rage on the Spring catwalks.

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With respect to the "stupid" discussion, I think the danger is in assuming that all Trump supporters are as stupid as the ones in that video..
I don't think they are all stupid. I share the common belief that many are uncompromising Red voters, and will pull that lever for any candidate with an R next to their name. Some are simply anti-all-these-wild-and-crazy-young-folks.

But the Dildo Stormers have to be stupid by definition, IMO. It was just painfully foolish to think that the US government would tolerate what they were trying to do. Maybe some got swept up in the fantasy, and meant no harm. That is stupid too.

Stupid is as stupid does, I've heard. Are you thinking that anything about the Storming showed good thinking? Not seeing that.
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Old 18th January 2021, 11:21 AM   #1373
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Yes, there are people who are otherwise successful but whom otherwise support. But, if a person is so.. gullible/foolish that they would vote for/support someone who is such an obvious fraud as Trump... that's a pretty big blind spot that they have in their intellect.
And here I'll take acbyTesla's side, and say that Trump supporters don't have to be stupid.

Some of them are just Republicans. They have values. They have opinions. Trump is closer to those opinions than Biden is. They don't like Trump very much, but he's better than a Democrat. That doesn't mean they are fooled into believing Trump is anything other than a fraud. It just means they don't think his fraud is as important as low taxes, or whatever their pet issue is.

Among those people there are even people who like Trump a lot better than other Republicans, because Trump had the conviction to plow ahead with policies in the face of opposition.

So, I would say that if you can't see that he is a fraud, that's a blind spot. If you can see the fraud, but figure it is tolerable, or perhaps even beneficial, in you getting what you want, then that's just being a Republican. It doesn't mean you are stupid.

But that guy in the video looking through a Senator's notebook and being certain that there was going to be dirt that he could use against those scummy Senators? He's just dump as a stump.
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Old 18th January 2021, 11:26 AM   #1374
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Stupid is as stupid does, I've heard. Are you thinking that anything about the Storming showed good thinking? Not seeing that.
I don't imagine there were many, if any, bright people who entered the Capitol with the crowd. I don't think all Trump supporters are like the people on the Mall that day.

But I was struck by how few of them actually entered the Senate chamber. There were a handful, even as video taken at the same time showed hundreds of people roaming the halls nearby. I think a lot of the crowd may have decided that going into the Senate Chamber was going just a little bit too far. They thought they could get away with just being in the building, but they realized entering the actual Senate chamber was crossing a line, which showed some measure of intelligence.

The ones who actually went in? They were dumb as stumps.
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*Loud cough* So let me get this straight. A bunch of stupid people just keep being stupid and you can neither reason with them (because they are stupid) or just call them stupid (because that is mean) but also they are like... doing a lot of damage and we can't just ignore them.

WOW IF ONLY THERE WAS A MOVEMENT OR SOMETHING THAT TRIED TO WARN US THIS WOULD HAPPEN!
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I suppose that even when I say "Trump supporters", there are a couple of different definitions. There is anyone who voted for Trump. There is anyone who thought Trump was a really good President. Finally, there are people who thought, and may still think, that Donald Trump is the rightfully elected President of the United States and that Joe Biden is a usurper who stole the election.

It's easy to be intelligent and vote for Trump. It's not quite as easy to be intelligent and thing that Trump was actually a good President. It's awfully hard to believe that Trump won the election, but it was stolen. That last category is filled mostly by the low IQ crowd.

ETA: And, with respect to that last category, those who pretend to be in it in order to manipulate the stupid people.
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Old 18th January 2021, 11:32 AM   #1377
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I'm gonna go ahead and call them stupid. It's the intellectual elitist in me that pooh-poohs the wearing of dead raccoons and murder as a means of expressing political dissatisfaction.
My grandmother taught me, "The Good Book says, 'Be kind to dumb animals.'"
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My grandmother taught me, "The Good Book says, 'Be kind to dumb animals.'"
...and to those who inexplicably wear them on their heads.
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And here I'll take acbyTesla's side, and say that Trump supporters don't have to be stupid.

Some of them are just Republicans. They have values. They have opinions. Trump is closer to those opinions than Biden is. They don't like Trump very much, but he's better than a Democrat. That doesn't mean they are fooled into believing Trump is anything other than a fraud. It just means they don't think his fraud is as important as low taxes, or whatever their pet issue is.
But was Trump really closer to their values than Biden or Clinton is?

Republicans have traditionally been pro-free trade. They have generally been in favor of the use of the American military. Trump appears to be opposed to many of the values that these republicans had previously professed.

As for Taxes... yes, Trump and the republicans cut taxes. But the cuts heavily favored the wealthy. Poor/middle class people didn't really benefit. (And its even worse for many of them after covid-19). If middle/lower class people are sticking with Trump because "they love them some tax cuts", even though those tax cuts aren't helping them, that's also a form of stupidity.

Perhaps having anti-abortion supreme court judges might be a reason to have supported Trump. But then, the majority of Republicans actually want to see Roe v. Wade left in place. So these republicans are voting for a guy who's doing something they don't want.
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This is going to be very not easy to put into words.

Obvious caveat; Trump Supporters are not a homogeneous Borg collective they, even on an individual level, don't have one singular, consistent reason for supporting Trump. Caveat entered into the record.

We're making the wrong distinction. It's not between smart and stupid, if such a thing could even really be put into words, it between politics driven politics and politics driven by things that aren't politics.

It's a huge mistake to look at a phenomenon like Trump and go "I don't understand these people's politics."

Trump is not a political entity in the same way Obama, Clinton, the Bushes, or even Reagan was.

This is, largely not completely obviously (again caveat already entered into record, don't @ me) but largely not a political movement. It's a movement against politics. And even that's over-simplifying it.

It's a movement against a bitter, cynical, nihilistic strawman version of politics.
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You think Davy Crockett, I think Dan'l Boone. My brother and I belonged to the Fess Parker Fan Club and we each received a genuine imitation coonskin cap. Davy Crockett is maybe more on topic but I think Fess Parker played them both, so that works too.

I sure hope the hats were fake. Hate to think they were real!
Looks like we're both right!

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But was Trump really closer to their values than Biden or Clinton is?

Republicans have traditionally been pro-free trade. They have generally been in favor of the use of the American military. Trump appears to be opposed to many of the values that these republicans had previously professed.

As for Taxes... yes, Trump and the republicans cut taxes. But the cuts heavily favored the wealthy. Poor/middle class people didn't really benefit. (And its even worse for many of them after covid-19). If middle/lower class people are sticking with Trump because "they love them some tax cuts", even though those tax cuts aren't helping them, that's also a form of stupidity.

Perhaps having anti-abortion supreme court judges might be a reason to have supported Trump. But then, the majority of Republicans actually want to see Roe v. Wade left in place. So these republicans are voting for a guy who's doing something they don't want.

Most Republican voters don't understand Republican policy preferences.

We have a large portion of the US public that not only doesn't know what they are talking about with regards to policy differences, but also don't know what they are talking about with many issues of objective reality.

Moreover, there is no way to communicate this to them because the very act of doing that will be defined as condescension, elitism, and be dismissed as coming from 'the fake news media'.

There is little difference between this level of ignorance and malice.
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Not against politics, but at right angles to it. Trumps followers care not a whit for governance. They care about social power and influence on the street
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This is going to be very not easy to put into words.

Obvious caveat; Trump Supporters are not a homogeneous Borg collective they, even on an individual level, don't have one singular, consistent reason for supporting Trump. Caveat entered into the record.

We're making the wrong distinction. It's not between smart and stupid, if such a thing could even really be put into words, it between politics driven politics and politics driven by things that aren't politics.

It's a huge mistake to look at a phenomenon like Trump and go "I don't understand these people's politics."

Trump is not a political entity in the same way Obama, Clinton, the Bushes, or even Reagan was.

This is, largely not completely obviously (again caveat already entered into record, don't @ me) but largely not a political movement. It's a movement against politics. And even that's over-simplifying it.

It's a movement against a bitter, cynical, nihilistic strawman version of politics.

It is a pure version of tribal identity politics.

'We're right because we're the good ones, and we're good because we're on the right side. Anything we do is good, and everyone on our side is good because it is who we are.'

If they don't identify you as 'us' (Republican) then you're wrong because you're not one of the good guys. This is also why 'RINO' are even more at risk of violence for their betrayal.
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I suppose that even when I say "Trump supporters", there are a couple of different definitions. There is anyone who voted for Trump. There is anyone who thought Trump was a really good President. Finally, there are people who thought, and may still think, that Donald Trump is the rightfully elected President of the United States and that Joe Biden is a usurper who stole the election.

It's easy to be intelligent and vote for Trump. It's not quite as easy to be intelligent and thing that Trump was actually a good President. It's awfully hard to believe that Trump won the election, but it was stolen. That last category is filled mostly by the low IQ crowd.

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But was Trump really closer to their values than Biden or Clinton is?
se republicans are voting for a guy who's doing something they don't want.
Their real values not the ones they pretend to hold for the sake of argument. The consolidating of wealth in the worthwhile classes and using white supremacy to maintain power. Once you see the goals as furthering wealth inequality and white supremacy it becomes easy for an intelligent person to favor Trump.

They might be morally bankrupt but that doesn't make them stupid. They know what they want and Trump really was effective at getting that.
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Old 18th January 2021, 12:11 PM   #1387
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
This is going to be very not easy to put into words.

Obvious caveat; Trump Supporters are not a homogeneous Borg collective they, even on an individual level, don't have one singular, consistent reason for supporting Trump. Caveat entered into the record....
People currently support Trump for the same reason some people have always supported Trump: initially they think that he can get them something they couldn't otherwise, and when they have wasted too much time and resources on him they support him out of a sunken-cost fallacy.
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Old 18th January 2021, 12:23 PM   #1388
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
This is going to be very not easy to put into words.

Obvious caveat; Trump Supporters are not a homogeneous Borg collective they, even on an individual level, don't have one singular, consistent reason for supporting Trump. Caveat entered into the record.
Indeed.

But I want to enter my own statement into the record, again.

When I commented that the people who were featured in a video taken in the Senate chamber were stupid, that comment was not based on their political beliefs. It was based on their use of grammar and language and their inability to form coherent thought into words.

They were morons.
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Petty bourgeoisie and reactionary politics, name a more iconic duo.
Petty Borugeoisie?
Long time since I heard that one.
Your hatred for the Middle Class is showing....
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Given that you have that experience, what do you think would be a good approach to, for example, getting Trump supporters to accept that the evidence for widespread electoral fraud is somewhere between inadequate and nonexistent?

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Mass lobotomies?
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Petty bourgeoisie and reactionary politics, name a more iconic duo.
Lenin wouldn't want the Trumpists except as useful idiots.
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
Petty Borugeoisie?
Long time since I heard that one.
Your hatred for the Middle Class is showing....
#NotAllMiddleClass

You don't think it's noteworthy that so many of our capitol hill invaders are well-to-do professionals with a lot of lose? Normally you don't expect so many white collar professionals to become violent felons overnight en masse. People that ought to be enjoying their retirement or golfing at country clubs are now looking to spend time in a federal prison.
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I'm thinking a couple few of the Capitol aggressors were wearing Davy Crockett style racoon skin caps. You know, that whole, "Remember the Alamo!" , line of thought kind of thing. It's the only "logical" conclusion I can see.
"Remember a bunch of udiotic, incompetent slave-owners".
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"Remember a bunch of udiotic, incompetent slave-owners".
We are supposed to remember the Alamo not the causes for it.
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
Mass lobotomies?
And how would that help?

If one could reverse lobotomies, that might be better.
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#NotAllMiddleClass

You don't think it's noteworthy that so many of our capitol hill invaders are well-to-do professionals with a lot of lose? Normally you don't expect so many white collar professionals to become violent felons overnight en masse. People that ought to be enjoying their retirement or golfing at country clubs are now looking to spend time in a federal prison.
Ah...

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"Remember a bunch of udiotic, incompetent slave-owners".
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It's the sheer anaracy that scares me in the New Yorker video.
And those shots of Qanon Shaman in Pence's chair will not help him since he has been portraying himself as just somebody who got caught up in the mob.not as a leader. Sure looked like some sort of a leader in that video.
In the mass Parler dump there are numerous shots of him screaming, 'Freedom!' He even brags that he just walked out and 'We won!'

Because he is highly articulate and cuts an ultra self-confident figure people seemed drawn to him as they echo-ed his ridiculous roars and took videos of his strutting around the place like he owned it.
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If you want to understand how and why Trump was elected you cannot disregard over a decade of PR and marketing that the production company and networks put into The Apprentice and Trump. They created the character that was elected - the hugely successful businessman, who speaks his mind, has a no nonsense approach, takes no prisoners, billionaire mogul, without that he would have had no chance to be elected.

Of course he is stupid and if you ever truly wonder how literally stupid Trump is I think no story illustrates it better than this one: https://theweek.com/speedreads/78589...med-apprentice
The strangest thing is that after about twenty episodes (which I confess I was glued to) and his choosing Lil John as the winner, the other day, he swore blind he had never heard of Lil John. Of course, it was the producers who scripted him and chose the winners, otherwise all the ethnic minorities would have been out pronto. [Just having a quiet giggle at the bust up between Meatloaf and Gary Busey. It was good television.]
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The insanity is exemplified during the scene where the guys on the floor are rifling through Cruz's papers, and in the background you can hear Horned Shaman singing something up in the gallery.
There is one really insane Parler download (see around 4:27pm) some guy is invited by a quasi interviewer to describe what he saw of the shooting. The dude full face to the camera describes being eight feet away and seeing her get a plastic bullet in the chest and a bullet in the neck, 'with blood all pouring out of her back' <fx does an impersonation of her flopping about backwards>. The interviewer says can I pray for you? The guy takes off his hat [even better for FBI to identify him!] and bends his head as a patronising prayer asking Jesus to hold him in his hands and help heal the terrible trauma he has just suffered, is adlibbed by the Parler devotee.

Only in America...
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#NotAllMiddleClass

You don't think it's noteworthy that so many of our capitol hill invaders are well-to-do professionals with a lot {to} lose? Normally you don't expect so many white collar professionals to become violent felons overnight en masse. People that ought to be enjoying their retirement or golfing at country clubs are now looking to spend time in a federal prison.
It's seldom been the poorest people in any society who rebel against it. Those with nothing to lose have nothing to gamble with.
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