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  1. HonestAbe

    The Bumper Cars Primaries

    It will inevitably get very very messy. Whoever the nominee is will have just a couple months to repair and unite the party. It’ll be very messy. Dems should’ve had this ironed out 2 years ago to put a real effort campaigning against Trump. The lack of party leadership is evident with this large field. Party is in turmoil and trying to find its way.
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    Truce and Terms

    You didn’t give data to back up this claim.
  3. He has a lot to offer the conversation. But a mountain to climb in terms of name ID.
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    Truce and Terms

    More data is always a good thing.
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    Truce and Terms

    Thin skin is a portion of the blame for the tension here. But we really need to elevate the level of conversation here too. A lot of juvenile comments (myself included) occur. A lot of posts in here don’t cut the mustard and would get a big fat F if used in an AP Government class. That then frustrates the opposing view holder, and it devolves. We all can do better....let’s be better.
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    Truce and Terms

    P you were doing great your first half, you were using data to try to frame an argument. Then you went back to hyperbole in the second half. If you want to talk wage gap, that's a fair conversation to have. No argument from me the wage gap in America is quite substantial. The existence of a wage gap in of itself is not a bad thing, I'd argue it's a good thing because it creates motivation. But you (I think this is where you were going with the bottom before it got messy) is that that motivation piece only exists if it's a level(ish) playing field, and the opportunity to move up (or down) the many rungs along the way is possible. (not guaranteed but possible) America can, and must improve in this category. The freedom we demand of our nation only exists if we create an environment where equality of opportunity exists. Not equality of outcome, we need to be careful how we shape our course. Equality of outcome and equality of opportunity can not co-exist, it's an impossibility. If you take away equality of opportunity either through too much government regulation, or too little we become a less free society. This country is far from perfect and can improve, but that doesn't mean it can't be it's most stable at the same time, the two are not mutually exclusive. It also doesn't mean that the average American isn't better off now than at anypoint in American history. Part of the reason for wage gap in America is that it's easier to become a millionaire in America than any country in the world. For example there are more millionaires of color in America than in all of Africa and Asia combined.
  7. HonestAbe

    Truce and Terms

    Compared to previous generations of Americans they do, compared to most around the world they do. That’s what the data says. America is at one of its most stable moments in America history. And the America as a “land of opportunity” is going strong. The rate of immigration points to that.
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    Truce and Terms

    I think humans in general like to exaggerate and over value their time and significance in history. I don't think students in 2075 are going to dive into their history unit on the 2010's and 2020's to the same level they will the late 1700's or mid 1800's, or even the 1930's-1960's. But who knows none of us will be around to see. I think in part people and especially politicians are bored right now. The nation is so healthy it's finding issues to complain about, that wouldn't have gotten much air time 20 or 30 years ago. We don't have a foreign rival so we have to try to portray the Russians as somehow significant again, we don't have a threats on border so we have to create one. We have marches on Washington because some of the wealthiest people on the planet are upset that there are super wealthy people on the planet. There were issues during the Pax Romana, and people who lived in that hundred year window that thought government had left them behind, but nobody writes about them anymore. America is at one of, if not it's most stable moment in time (due to Republican and Democratic leadership), most (not all) of the outrage is either, exaggerated, staged, or a viewpoint held by an incredible minority of Americans, or driven purely by boredom or a desire to increase significance in one's moment in time to "stand up against something" like many who came before.
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    Truce and Terms

    I think you might be slightly overestimating the divisions. Most Americans are still reasonably centered.
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    Truce and Terms

    We're all gonna need to do the following the next several months. (Myself included) 1). Use more respectful language, and raise the maturity level of posts. 2). Develop thicker skin. An opposing viewpoint, or even a controversial, unpopular opinion is not an attack on your intelligence and can't be treated as such. American, (not just this forum) will need to grow up a lot in the next few months, because the drama hasn't even begun.
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    New Rasmussen Poll

    In fairness to Rasmussen they were the closest in 2016 leading up to the election. They said Clinton by 2, and She won by 1 in the pop vote. Nobody else came that close.
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    Buttigieg S Carolina Poll

    He said “all lives matter” to the media once
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    Buttigieg S Carolina Poll

    In today’s poll in S Carolina, Buttigieg received 0% support among African-American voters. Not a great signal for Dems if they hope he’ll be a strong general election candidate.
  14. In 2016 Bernie won the NH primary 60-37 over Hillary. Fast forward to the most recent Monmouth Poll. Biden has 36, basically identical to Hillary's total. Bernie however has just 18 percent. The remainder being split by the rest of the field. Those that think the Biden lead will shrink (I'll admit I'm in that group) might want to pause and assume he continues to get the Hillary segment. The large field might be the factor that cripple's Bernie, not all the leaders. Interesting small sampling here.
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    New Rasmussen Poll

    My thoughts on both accounts.
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