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Hstch05

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Gender: Male
Hometown: RVA
Home country: United States
Current location: RVA
Member since: Wed Jul 4, 2018, 09:16 AM
Number of posts: 133

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I just got polled

and it felt so good!
It was an in-state phone poll, and it seemed pretty legit, not one sided or push polling. The poor woman on the other end seemed a little flustered:
"If the presidential election were being held today, who would you vote..."
"Joe Biden."
"for; Joe Biden or Do..."
"Please don't even say his name. Voting for Joe and Kamala."
"Ok. Do you approve or disapprove of the job... the president has been doing?"
"Do you have anything stronger than disapprove?"
"I can say strongly disapprove."
"How about loathe, or abhor?"
"I hear you, but my options end at strongly disapprove."
"Mine don't, but let's go ahead and put strongly disapprove then."
She was a good sport.

I just wrote to Mitch

I know he'll probably never read it, but I tried to call his office (202) 224-2541 and they are "experiencing a high volume of calls" and "This mailbox cannot receive messages at this time" and then got disconnected.
So I emailed him instead. Again, I have no illusions , but it felt good to write it down and send it out to the universe.

Mitch, whatever else you may be, you are a pragmatist . If you try to push through a replacement for the late Justice Ginsburg in the weeks before the election, you will be the man who costs the Republican part the senate. I know you think that packing the court with some Federalist Society -stooge will motivate your base. Our base is bigger. Our base is more motivated. Our base will flip the senate, you will lose your speakership. And if the future leader decides to play by your rules, you will be the man who lost the Senate for the Republican Party for at least a generation. Be a pragmatist.

Stupid or Evil?

For years, I've been wrestling with the basic question; is Trump stupid or is he evil? Does he just not know any better, like some privileged beast rutting his way through life or is he truly a monster who knows the difference between right and wrong and just doesn't care?
Lately, after reading Mary Trump's book, I was shifting towards stupid. He was so stunted by his father that he just never stood a chance, and grew up in an echo chamber that rewarded all of his worst qualities.
But today, after the Woodward revelations, I have no doubt. He's evil. And really, that's the only word for him. Sociopath, malignant narcissist, put all the psychological terms behind it that you want, but at his core, he really is just...evil.

Don't get distracted; talk about The Treason!

Trump & Co. have spent the last two days hammering on the idea that we have to open schools on time and in-person. He's got his toadies in the Virginia General Assembly pushing forward legislation to that effect. I'm sure he's got legislative sympathizers across the nation doing the same thing. Is this an important issue? Absolutely! I'm a high school teacher. Most people on here have kids or grandkids or nieces or nephews that this policy directly effects. This is something everyone can get passionate about, and if my social media feeds are any indication, it's working. He desperately needs a win on the economy, and he thinks if he can get the schools open and parents back to work, things will rebound enough that me might squeak out a win (at the cost of student and teacher health and another massive viral spike).
But there is something else this serves to do; distract us from the Russian Treason Scandal. With everyone up in arms about Trump and DeVos proclaiming that schools need to open and they will be cutting funding (neither thing they can actually do, btw), no one is talking about The Treason. So whatever they throw at us over the next few months, you need to talk about The Treason. Trump has a gift for sucking up all the oxygen in the room, and he's doing it again with the school distraction. SCOTUS is probably ruling about Trump's taxes today, and whatever happens, that's something else he's trying to distract us from. It's going to be a big deal no matter which way they vote. When you talk about it, tie it into The Treason. Every comment, every discussion, every social media post about Trump you have over the next 3 1/2 months, talk about The Treason.
"Yes, it's insanely reckless that Trump wants to re-open schools. Don't forget The Treason."
"I know it's outrageous that he's replacing Pence at the last minute with Kanye West. But let's talk about The Treason."
"He's opening a unicorn petting zoo on the White House lawn and giving everyone in the country a free unicorn ride! Cool! Hey, remember that whole Treason thing?"

How much Russian influence has there been on masks?

We know that Russia has been meddling in our elections, and attacking us through social media. What I'd love to know is how much of our current mask freak outs have been influenced by Russia?

Proud to be a bad, evil person!

Has an American President ever thought that 60% of the country are "bad, evil people"? That's what he, in his 2nd grade vocabulary, thinks about you, me, and everyone who doesn't drink his particular brand of flavor-aid. He literally said it last night in his latest bout of low-energy verbal diarrhea.
4th of July speeches are supposed to inspire and motivate us to be better citizens. And if that's the case, then mission accomplished. I feel motivated and energized for the long slog to the election. I am ready to do everything I can to show him just how band and evil I am by voting him out of office and helping to rebuild a government that works for everyone.

The 2nd Wave is Coming

We're doomed. I just got back from the West End of Richmond, VA. I was masked, socially distant, all that stuff. In the plaza I was shopping in, here's what I saw: Asian Massage Parlor was open (how do you socially distance a massage?), saw a patron go in, unmasked. The hair and nail salon that advertises that they also have wine: two people going in, both unmasked. The bagel place: 11 people went in and out (including me); 3 were masked. The elderly couple in the handicapped parking spot; no masks. The family of four, all in American flag shirts with two kids under 3 in an SUV with Glock and HK stickers on the back; no masks. The 2nd wave is going to hit us so hard...

Just called my Congresswoman

Abigail Spanberger from VA's 7th District asking for her stance on impeachment. Her staffer was incredibly polite and shared the canned response with me that she's waiting for all the facts to come in from the various investigations before she makes her decision on impeachment.

I told him that I had read the Muller Report and just in the obstruction section alone there is more than enough evidence to at least justify opening the inquiry process, and I hoped that she'd change her mind and push for things to get started.

I understand that she's in a tough spot. Virginia isn't safely blue, and she took the district, which was a conservative stronghold, away from Dave Brat. If she's not careful, it could swing back. As a former CIA officer, she's focused more on the Russian part of the investigations and finding out more about the information that's been redacted. BUT, like I told her staffer, it's time to get things moving.

So call your Congressional reps! They listen, they are polite, and they make it very easy. Let them know what you think and why.
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