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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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I'm glad that Tapper confronted him on it

but the rightness or wrongness of a bill/law doesn't rise or fall on whether there are instances of something or not- nor on whether or not something has "broad support".
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:23 AM (0 replies)


A solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:21 AM (0 replies)

Stuff like this really frustrates me

I can't stand people whom insist that the only way to win is to continue to support and appeal to ignorance and not seek any kind of improvement in our institutions, treatment of minorities, etc. Keeping our society barefoot and ignorant and appealing to the dying breed of bigots in our country is not IMHO the way to electoral success nor moving our country forward. Sorry. I just don't get it.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Apr 10, 2021, 04:50 PM (0 replies)

I don't know if he went into the situation intending to kill him per se

but he didn't seem to care if he did. And he certainly didn't fear any legal consequences if he did based on what have publicly seen over and over again in recent history. I sincerely hope that he is proven wrong and that we- as a society- have finally had enough with cops being allowed to discriminately use extreme tactics and violence against POC in situations that in no way, shape, or form required the use of violence, let alone the death of the suspect.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:25 PM (1 replies)


They are giving up on democracy. And, practically speaking, do they not think that, one day, these laws will bite THEM back. *They* won't be in charge forever.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Apr 3, 2021, 09:50 PM (0 replies)

I would say that there were several inflection points

but the moment that COVID became politicized and/or people got more focused on "the economy" and "freedom", any hope of beating COVID quickly like some countries were able to do (i.e. New Zealand, Australia) went out the window. Plus, Trump pitting states against each other for scarce resources, as well different states taking different approaches to it (which may work with some things but not with airborne viruses and mobile vectors like people) undoubtedly made its continued widespread presence inevitable. If Hillary had been POTUS, we may still have had an outbreak on our hands, both in terms of the virus as well as political insanity from the likes of Ron DeSantis and Gregg Abbot (among others), but she would have been undoubtedly way more responsible and able to ensure that resources were available despite the perceived shade of color or voting record of each individual state and may have been more effectively minimized. At the least, she would never be caught standing in front of a podium musing about the potential curative properties of bleach or other untested/unproven "remedies" like HCL.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Apr 3, 2021, 10:58 AM (1 replies)

Some Republicans haven't even made it through their Denial Phase

A sizable number of House Republicans and a handful of Senators literally tried to overturn the election- and would have if they could have. And their former ringleader sicc'd a mob on Congress to prevent them from certifying the election, leading to the loss of human life. Many of them still can't openly admit that Biden was the legitimately elected winner of the last election without hemming and hawing so as to avoid Trumpublican fury. If I were President *I'd* be extremely leery of working with them too, although it's not like Biden is not trying. Mitch McConnell has already put his foot down hard on anything Biden is proposing. Not sure there is much to work with at the moment, unfortunately.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 11:31 AM (0 replies)

I wish the media would stop giving the big lie oxygen

Perdue, Trump, et. al need to show us the goods or just shut up, not continue to be invited onto news shows to spew their lies. They have nothing to show because there was nothing to show nor any tangible evidence that the GOP- which controls Georgia- were "in the tank" for Joe Biden or Jon Ossoff and help facilitated fraud. The GOP would have put out reams of evidence of fraud if they had it- but obviously they didn't. As we knew even then, they were kings and queens of voter suppression and disenfranchisement. If they could have legitimately overturned the results of that election, it seems like they wouldn't have hesitated to do so. But they didn't have anything so they couldn't have fraudulently manufactured tens of thousands of votes to give it to Trump without creating a massive uproar that would have cost even them their jobs.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Apr 1, 2021, 09:39 PM (2 replies)

I know that everybody has their issues and things they want to achieve

but is it absolutely necessary for NPR to run stories every day with some group or another complaining about Biden "not doing enough" to address their issue- legitimate though it may be- and he's only been in office for under 100 days so far, especially considering:

1. Biden basically had no real transition because Trump-run agencies stonewalled and slow-walked the entire transition process, basically almost having to be dragged to court to do what every outgoing Administration has done right up through President Obama. There's also little doubt that Trump installed last minute cronies at major agencies to help stonewall sharing of information and hide sensitive documents
2. Confirmation of heads of major cabinet positions due to Republicans slow-walking the power sharing arrangement following the Georgia runoff elections
3. We are in the midst of a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic that was horrifically mismanaged by the previous Administration.
4. There was a literal coup attempt/insurrection leading up to the Inauguration that is still being investigated and dealt with- and some of the people behind it are still, amazingly, in office.

So, at the risk of sounding like I'm minimizing people's legitimate issues and concerns (I'm not) and/or making excuses- albeit legitimate ones- for why they have yet to be addressed, I'm calling on everybody to just chill out for a second and let the man unpack his toothbrush and focus on the most pressing needs first and just..........be........ a little patient and cut the guy some slack. I am concerned that these people are letting the media use their concerns to gradually cut away at his support and demoralize activists and convince them that nothing is going to change. I remember sort of the same thing happening with President Obama and it's disheartening. A lot of these things are problems that have been festering for years and it's been nearly impossible to address them because they keep getting buried under constant Republican shenanigans and messes that they keep creating while they're in office. Just cut the guy some slack. And news agencies- find some different things to cover.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:06 PM (8 replies)

I've noticed a political pattern since Clinton (1993)

Democrats came in to office winning WH and Congress and passed a big economic plan in 1993 to address the Recession then, angering Republicans and getting votes for none of them. Republicans lied and smeared about the package and won Congress in 1994, riding a "populist" wave of anger against government, taxes, "the elite" etc..

After two miserable terms of George W. Bush and a Great Recession to have to deal with, Democrats came into office winning WH and Congress by large margins and immediately passed a Stimulus Plan (which attracted a small number of Republican votes but the package was pared down to win those votes). Republicans lied and smeared about the package- Plus Obamacare- and won the House in 2010 and, later, the Senate in 2014, riding a "populist" wave of anger against government, taxes, "the elite", etc (known as "Tea Party" ).

After one miserable term of Donald Trump and a Pandemic and resulting economic disaster, Democrats came into office winning WH and Congress (by the smallest of margins) and immediately passed a Relief Plan (which got no Republican votes). Republicans are lying and smearing about the package now. The question now is whether Republicans are going to be successful in lying and smearing about that package- or anything else- ride that "wave" into victory/gains in 2022/2024. Going into the final votes, the Relief Plan commanded around 70% of support of all Americans and a substantial number of Republicans (citizens). How they will manage to make "Lemonade" out of those "Lemons" is anybody's guess?

I realize that there are lot of factors and this is somewhat oversimplified but I think that it's pretty accurate.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Mar 14, 2021, 12:35 PM (0 replies)
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