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Old 12th April 2019, 09:05 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by Belz... View Post
If the electorate cared about the truth more than about what they want to hear, a magic 8-ball could beat Trump.
This. I had a recent conversation about this. Coal miners didn't believe he would actually bring back coal jobs they just liked the lies better than the truth.

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Which, in a way, a lot of life is about.

Somehow you slidie right over her law degree from Harvard and work as an attorney.
Still doesn't give her much in the way of qualifications to be the president.*

*Yes, I know, his orangeness isn't either. The point to that comment is to point out how strange it is to reach out to Michelle as opposed to literally dozens or hundreds or even thousands of other people with an open letter to implore them run for the presidency. Atleast consider the dozens that have expressed interest in the job or those that have experience like say, being the governor of a state or a cabinet secretary maybe.

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Old 12th April 2019, 09:06 AM   #82
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Yes with Hillary, not so much with Bush Jr since his dad wouldn't be literally living in the White House, but still some dynastic appeal I didn't like, and I was quite happy to see Jeb crater.
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Rolleyes indeed. I replied to a bigoted statement in the spirit in which it was offered. But that bigotry didn't trigger you at all.
Bigoted? How can one make a bigoted statement about themselves?

Try harder.
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Old 12th April 2019, 09:08 AM   #84
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This. I had a recent conversation about this. Coal miners didn't believe he would actually bring back coal jobs they just liked the lies better than the truth.
Well, that's depressing.

I guess reality really is overrated.
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Old 12th April 2019, 12:52 PM   #85
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Not if you're doing it right. Very little of my life is about event planning.
That speaks to the importance of event planning in your life, not to its value in other people's. I rarely use duct tape, but that doesn't mean it's useless. Your (purely hypothetical) lack of people skills doesn't mean people skills aren't important.

A legal trial is an event. A lesson is an event. Medical treatment is an event, at least in the patient's life. Creating a positive experience matters in a wide variety of contexts.
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Bigoted? How can one make a bigoted statement about themselves?
Many, many Americans are bigoted about Americans. The usual technique is to make an exception for themselves.

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I feel like I'm putting in just about as much effort as your concern actually deserves.

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Still doesn't give her much in the way of qualifications to be the president.*
Well maybe I shouldn't publish my open letter to George Clooney.

You know a key qualification to be president? It helps if you're tall. Michelle's 5'11". Coincidentally, so is Melania.

So is George Clooney, but he's in the men's bracket.
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That speaks to the importance of event planning in your life, not to its value in other people's.
You're waaay overthinking this. You made a general observation. I gave a general reply. It's too late - and also unnecessary - to convert to a personalized observation. Just let it go.
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You're waaay overthinking this. You made a general observation. I gave a general reply. It's too late - and also unnecessary - to convert to a personalized observation. Just let it go.
Letting go is an important life skill, but then, so is persistence.

It's a conundrum.
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Letting go is an important life skill, but then, so is persistence.

It's a conundrum.
Not if you're doing it right.
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Old 12th April 2019, 04:19 PM   #91
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The point to that comment is to point out how strange it is to reach out to Michelle as opposed to literally dozens or hundreds or even thousands of other people with an open letter to implore them run for the presidency. Atleast consider the dozens that have expressed interest in the job or those that have experience like say, being the governor of a state or a cabinet secretary maybe.
Did you not see where I specifically said I'd looked at those who have expressed a desire to run and felt that they would all to lose?

Just think hypothetically for a second.

Tell me where you think she'd be in popularity of candidates if she were running?
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Old 12th April 2019, 06:40 PM   #92
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Still doesn't give her much in the way of qualifications to be the president.*

...how strange it is to reach out to Michelle as opposed to literally dozens or hundreds or even thousands of other people with an open letter to implore them run for the presidency. Atleast consider the dozens that have expressed interest in the job or those that have experience like say, being the governor of a state or a cabinet secretary maybe.
You are wrong. The most important qualification (actually the only one - apart from being a US citizen, at least 35 years old, and breathing) required for being president is getting people to vote for you. Everything else is just support.

Is Michelle Obama qualified to be president? I don't think so, but not because a law degree from Harvard or managing the White House are not good qualifications. I just don't think she would make the sacrifices required to get the votes.

And this idea that a First Lady is disqualified because she hasn't had the experience of say, the governor of a state or a cabinet secretary, is BS. You think the person who was closest to the president for 8 years isn't likely to have at least as good an idea of how to do the job as say, the former governor of Alaska? Throughout history there are many examples of women who came to power through being the wife of a leader, and ended up being more effective than their husbands.

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Yes with Hillary, not so much with Bush Jr since his dad wouldn't be literally living in the White House, but still some dynastic appeal I didn't like, and I was quite happy to see Jeb crater.
That's right, a 'dynasty' can be more than just a succession of hereditary rulers.

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A dynasty is a sequence of rulers from the same family, usually in the context of a feudal or monarchical system, but sometimes also appearing in elective republics. Alternative terms for "dynasty" may include "house", "family" and "clan", among others...

The word "dynasty" is sometimes used informally for people who are not rulers but are, for example, members of a family with influence and power in other areas, such as a series of successive owners of a major company. It is also extended to unrelated people, such as major poets of the same school or various rosters of a single sports team.
A succession of leaders not related by blood or marriage but who are members of a homogeneous group with influence and power is still a dynasty. Therefore I am calling out the GOP as a dynasty, and also all white Christian males!
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Tell me where you think she'd be in popularity of candidates if she were running?
I'll attempt to answer that myself - I see the question was asked in a poll in December last year, so not that long ago. She marginally behind Creepy Joe, but I'd estimate a lot of people wouldn't have ticked her box because they know she won't stand.


Massive support for someone avowedly not in the race.

And check out her popularity with Conservative voters - small sample, but very noticeably more than double anyone else's support among them.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/w...illary-clinton

Never mind some attention-seeking nobody on the outer eastern arm of the galaxy planet, if I were a member of the Democratic Party, I'd be kidnapping her dog until she agrees to run.

Would destroy the Republican Party.
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I don't want Michelle Obama to run, and neither does she.

More important, though: Henceforth beginning November 2016 no discussion of who or who is not qualified to be President of the United States means anything whatsoever.
It's this and that's it.

We can talk electability, etc., but how anyone can say Person X is unqualified while we suffer with that thing in office right now is beyond me.
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I don't want Michelle Obama to run, and neither does she.

More important, though: Henceforth beginning November 2016 no discussion of who or who is not qualified to be President of the United States means anything whatsoever.
It's this and that's it.

We can talk electability, etc., but how anyone can say Person X is unqualified while we suffer with that thing in office right now is beyond me.
How does this argument work?

"Well, we have a president who has little government experience, is a failed businessman, career criminal, and reality show star, and he's doing a terrible job as president, so we should consider everyone who meets the bare minimum constitutional requirements to be qualified."

Huh?

It's a strong argument for why the GOP, and most republicans, can't possibly be good judges of character or qualification, but I see no need to toss out my own considerations, based on a guy that I've said was entirely unqualified and unfit to be president (or even to manage a Foot Locker) as far back as 2011.
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How does this argument work?
I should've clarified that it's from the perspective of Trump voters and tolerators that it makes the most sense, i.e., "you support that, so you have lost all standing in claiming that this other person is unqualified."

From the perspective of Democrats and other Trump alarmists it's less clear – for the reasons you indicated – but it still holds water I think. Were Trump merely incompetent there would be gaffes, but it's his extraordinary abetted-by-the-GOP competence in being a crime boss that's unraveling the fabric that binds this country. An incompetent non-criminal who was willing to learn and support American institutions and take the oath of office seriously would still be an outstanding president in comparison to Trump. The danger I see on the Democratic side is setting the bar to some impossible purity-tested standard for the perfect candidate, when any 35-year-old schmo who approached the office with honor and integrity would be a vast improvement.
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Yes, I know you detest politics.

Yes, I know you’ve said you will never stand for office.

Yes, there’s going to be a but…

(...)

If there’s an antidote to a vile, white, sexist, entitled racist, it’s surely a woman of colour, and I don’t see anyone else in your country with the position and popularity to take that mantle on yet.

(...)

Stand up and let your daughters – and hundreds of millions of other children around the planet – grow in a cleaner, happier, more peaceful world.

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Yeah, but is Moore's agreement an endorsement of the idea, or an indictment?
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Yeah, but is Moore's agreement an endorsement of the idea, or an indictment?
What is "indictment"?

I'll take Obvious Answers for $400, Alex!

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Bastard's been reading my posts!

And here's one more, and she's cuter than Michael Moore!

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And here's one more, and she's cuter than Michael Moore!
Hard to argue with the kid who said Justin Beiber would be a better president than Trump.
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Yeah, but is Moore's agreement an endorsement of the idea, or an indictment?
Absolutely an endorsement.

The right would sell it as an indictment, but then, they have people like Tucker Carlson to look to.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Moore, he at least has the profile to make the statement very public, which is good.

The Dems could certainly do with her about now.

Imagine the ads for her - they could just show her and her obvious warmth towards Dubbya and she sells herself as someone who isn't afraid of the right, but would do it right.

And Moore is absolutely right; of anyone potentially standing against Trump, she is the one who would destroy him utterly and wipe the stain of his racism, sexism and all-round vileness from the White House.

Come on Michelle - put that hand up!
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Eh, I'm not on the right, and Michael Moore's opinion weighs with me somewhere between that of Alex Jones and a conversation overheard in a bar. In other words, anything he endorses is going to be viewed with a bit more suspicion unless there are additional facts to overcome that.

But that's just my opinion.
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Absolutely an endorsement.



The right would sell it as an indictment, but then, they have people like Tucker Carlson to look to.



Regardless of how anyone feels about Moore, he at least has the profile to make the statement very public, which is good.



The Dems could certainly do with her about now.



Imagine the ads for her - they could just show her and her obvious warmth towards Dubbya and she sells herself as someone who isn't afraid of the right, but would do it right.



And Moore is absolutely right; of anyone potentially standing against Trump, she is the one who would destroy him utterly and wipe the stain of his racism, sexism and all-round vileness from the White House.



Come on Michelle - put that hand up!
Huh.

This whole time, I thought Barack was supposed to be the Obamassiah.

Turns out, he's just Michelle's John the Baptist.
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Hard to argue with the kid who said Justin Beiber would be a better president than Trump.


Justin Bieber / Johnny Manziel 2020.
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Last chance, Mrs O...

The utter debacle of Iowa has handed Trump re-election on a plate, unless you put your name in the ring right now.
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I'd put money on the position that from here, Michelle Obama is the only person with the appeal - notably across all demographics - character, personality and mana to carry it off.

What a shame there's zero chance she'd do it.

Whichever clown the Democrats finally manage to select will get Trump-whipped in November.

Four years the planet can ill afford, but it is what it is.
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Four years the planet can ill afford, but it is what it is.


Oh, so that's why you find it so hilarious!



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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...021242712.html

Way to gain credibility, guys.

Four more years.
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Oh, so that's why you find it so hilarious!
My mind went there immediately as well.

Nice to see The Atheist and cullenz among others get a kick out of the worst elements of U.S. politics.

It's all a game....only when it isn't. Justin Trudeau learned that the hard way.
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Nice to see The Atheist and cullenz among others get a kick out of the worst elements of U.S. politics.
As I see it, there are two choices:

1 - sit in a corner and cry
2 - see the funny side of it

I'll take #2 every day of the week.
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As I see it, there are two choices:

1 - sit in a corner and cry
2 - see the funny side of it

I'll take #2 every day of the week.


I dispute the notion that the only options are laughing and crying.
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I dispute the notion that the only options are laughing and crying.
True, he did write a letter on the off-chance that Michelle Obama browses the forums.
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I dispute the notion that the only options are laughing and crying.
I'd be interested to see the other options then.

As I see it, the best plan would be to vote Trump out, but the opposition to him is either completely pathetic, hypocritical, self-defeating, or all the above and there's zero chance of him losing in November, so there will be four more years of climate destruction that the planet just can't afford.

Yet I know for sure there's a woman sitting at home in America who would wipe the deck with his sorry fat arse, but she doesn't want to play.
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True, he did write a letter on the off-chance that Michelle Obama browses the forums.
No, in fact I'd guarantee she never has or ever will read the forum.

I sent the same letter to a large number of left-leaning media outlets. None of them printed it, which didn't surprise me at all.

The only reason I posted it here is for evidence that it happened and I can have an extra laugh when whichever clown the Dems pick fails to beat a human mutation who's so stupid he doesn't know the difference between the Baltic and Balkan regions; who got away with abusing a Gold Star family and a disabled reporter; who threw the Kurds under a truck and who's been kissing Bibi's backside. The list goes on quite a bit, but I'm sure you know what the issues are so I don't need to post them all.
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Old 5th February 2020, 04:46 AM   #116
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Old 5th February 2020, 05:48 AM   #117
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I'd be interested to see the other options then.

3. Anger
4. Indifference
5. Dis.........Nah, I don't think you really need me to inform you of the other options. I think you're just reaching for some reason to excuse your callous behavior.

And that's fine.
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Old 5th February 2020, 05:48 AM   #118
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I think is HAS to be a Democrat.

The puss-filled wound that is Donald Trump needs to be excised and cauterised. What the orange bastard has done has to be brought into the light - he has to be exposed to the world for the criminal piece of **** that he is. A Republican will NEVER, EVER to that, they will only be interested in covering it all up and pretending none of it ever happened. (Look up Proclamation 4311, on September 8, 1974). That is what we can expect to see if a Republican other than Trump is elected president.
That kind of Partisan venom (And no not defending Trump), only shows bitterness and pettiness of the other side which is much of what's wromg with the current system. Both sides are so heavily invested in bickering that they've forgotten their constituents.
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Old 5th February 2020, 07:06 AM   #119
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Yes, I know you detest politics.

Yes, I know you’ve said you will never stand for office.

Yes, there’s going to be a but…

The “but” is that you are probably the only person who can “save” the planet. Were Alexadria Ocasio-Cortez a decade older, it might well have fallen on her shoulders, but in 2019, there is only you. None of the current Democratic candidates are or will be able to attract the kind of support needed to rid your country of a would-be demagogue.

Only you have the power, the prestige and the implacable desire for equality to satisfy the American people, win the presidency and institute a policy of change for the better that will benefit the entire world.

You don’t need me to tell you your current President is on a course that will ensure the destruction of the human ecosystem; you certainly don’t need me to tell you he is also enabling racists, increasing internal inequality and badly handling foreign affairs, giving tacit and open approval to the worst despots.

He, his background team of cronies and profligate billionaires, and their policies of raping the earth and the American people must change.

The only way for that to happen is to have a leader who unites, who is clear of scandal, and who is respected for their honesty. No background of dirty jokes or racist comments, but someone who is equally at home explaining to kids why growing vegetables is fun and healthy, and someone who appeals to all parts of the socio-economic scale. (Well, except billionaires, and they don’t need your help.)

Please, re-think your position and commit to running for the Democratic nomination.

I hate psychics, but I’d gladly give my prediction right now that your fundraising – all from small donors – would create a new record by an order of magnitude. You are internationally admired - please don’t take this badly – and you’re not guilty of the same mistakes your husband made in office; there are no pics of you laughing on the golf course, but plenty of you being a mother and friend to children.

If there’s an antidote to a vile, white, sexist, entitled racist, it’s surely a woman of colour, and I don’t see anyone else in your country with the position and popularity to take that mantle on yet.

As we’d say in New Zealand, be a good bastard and have a go.

I’d like to think the example shown by our own Prime Minister – who got the job in the space of ten weeks – would provide an example of what a strong, empathetic leader can achieve.

Stand up and let your daughters – and hundreds of millions of other children around the planet – grow in a cleaner, happier, more peaceful world.

Don’t Be Better, Be Best!

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Oh, you're so absolutely right! My older son has been reading the Michlele Obama autobiography to me (over the phone actually) and it is just one of the best books. I love the way she continued to support the children she met; no fly-by-night pretended interest, but caring and maintained support.

Incidentally, I have been reading the Wikipedia page on Catherine Johnson. I am so delighted to know that at 101 she is still alive to continue being a wonderful role model for all young people, not just Afrrican-Americans.

ETA that, returning to the OP, I have now noticed that your post was written in April 2019, but it is just as relevant today.

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Originally Posted by SusanB-M1 View Post
Oh, you're so absolutely right! My older son has been reading the Michlele Obama autobiography to me (over the phone actually) and it is just one of the best books. I love the way she continued to support the children she met; no fly-by-night pretended interest, but caring and maintained support.

Incidentally, I have been reading the Wikipedia page on Catherine Johnson. I am so delighted to know that at 101 she is still alive to continue being a wonderful role model for all young people, not just Afrrican-Americans.

ETA that, returning to the OP, I have now noticed that your post was written in April 2019, but it is just as relevant today.
Hey, it's my favourite poster of all time! Great to see you still around.

Yes, I bumped the thread because the current crop of clowns the Democrats have lined up are keeping the Republicans laughing at how easily they'll be swept aside.

Michelle, on the other hand, has no chinks in her armour and the world is going to miss a great opportunity as a result of her not standing.
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