below86 wrote: Brandie Tarvin wrote: david.edwards 76768 wrote:
Don't want to turn this political, but thinking of you guys on the left side of the pond. I just finished re-watching the excellent West Wing two days ago after a 15 year wait, then was glued to 24 hour news last night. Fact can truly be stranger than fiction sometimes.
How does it feel to be living it?
A little traumatizing. I have family members who are Trump supporters (cannot figure out why as his policies are directly affecting their standard of living in a bad way) and I'm hoping none of them were stupid enough to be part of the initial rally and the chaos that followed.
Also, very PO'd at the Republicans who suddenly have problems with Trump as if they didn't see this coming. SERIOUSLY? As if!
Exactly my thoughts, even the hoping some relatives were not part of it.
The folks raiding the Capital buildings were just some nuts, probably qanons and boogaloos. I'm not going to lose my relationships with conservative friends and family because of some nuts. If you wonder why people vote for trump, just ask. I tell them why I vote otherwise if they want to know. The thing is, political policy is subjective and unproveable, and some issues held very deeply by folks can be used to wedge in policies that have nothing to do with the issues these folks hold very dear, but politics is politics.
Still, I think the scene was set in 2016 when the GOP primaries concluded and we ended up with you know who and heck for that matter, I hear that about the DNC's choice too. Was the USA really that short on credible candidates that we had to go the way we did?
On the other hand, I've held a theory that modern opportunities reward the most intelligent and capable people to an extend that, well, what high achieving thoughtful individual looks at a career in politics as something they want to do anymore when there are so many more interesting pursuits available? Heh for that matter, look at how we as a citizentry treat politicians we don't like, especially during campaign time? I mean who wants that mess? "Hey man I don't like your policies, let me vandalize your house."