Politics isn't simple

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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I've heard US politics explained as: the Republicans care about money and the Democrats about people. That sounds simple.

    But even if that was true in 1935, I don't think it was true when in 1964 a Democrat president drafted men to fight the Vietnamese. Nor when Bill Clinton signed NAFTA.

    A better explanation might be: that Republicans know that money is the way resources are allocated, and bad financial decisions affect people.

    So both parties care about people, sometimes.

    And politics is crazy complicated.
     
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    It could be argued that US party politics is random, that both parties are owned by basically the same people and on average do the same things.

    But there is a difference, and this applies to many nations; that one party has a strong preference for globalization.
     
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    Years ago, I was not worried about globalization because I'd heard all the bad-mouthing of nationalism as being a far worse alternative.

    That Hitler was a nationalist. He had a number of problems but it was his globalist dreams that were a big problem. Invading Poland got a war started against him. He had arranged with Joe Stalin that both would invade Poland at the same time, and nobody was going to try to fight both Russia and Germany at the same time.

    And nationalism was equated with patriotism and both are described as bad right-wing Republican qualities.

    But I'm with them.
     
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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Now I can see that globalism means destroying every major country, not just Russia but the US as well, so no single entity can oppose an entity that runs the whole world.

    I don't think it's going to happen because the population of this big country is not pleased with Joe destroying the country even if it is claimed to be for a good cause, nor would we be with anyone destroying this country.

    We need to find a way to prevent someone from lying their way into power and then turning against the people who elected them, who are then unable to get rid of them for four years.

    It hasn't just happened in the US. Zelenskyy ran on a platform of bringing peace to Eastern Ukraine but instead decided to stand up to Russia. Even though the war is going very well with Russia completely routed, and is claimed to be completely just, nonetheless he did the opposite of what he was elected to do.

    And Joe Biden is outside of his mandate.
     
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    yangforward Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    This is a core problem of political science, how to deal with turn-coat politicians who have fixed terms.
     
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    Globalism is a defective idea. Why should one group of people, like the ones running the US, also run half of the world, when they can't even run this country?
     
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    The people vote them in because they want to believe. When the Roman arena games end so too will the power of the politicians

     

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