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GulfCoast66

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About Me

Upper middle class southern white guy in my 50s. Republican till Obama but really not that tuned in till then. Now a Social Democrat like my father was. College educated liberal redneck. Love to fish, hunt, garden. The wife and I both drive trucks, she the big one. We have a boat. But love to travel to Europe and Asia and do our best to go overseas yearly. We are both studying a foreign language in our middle age! Our travel due to the fact kids were not in the cards for us. Love the South despite all its flaws. Especially the Gulf coast. The diversity of people, food and language is still attractive to me. Hate stereotypes of all kinds.

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Political Correctness is not Political but driven by Adam's 'Invisible Hand of the Free Market'

Top of the list of most Trump fans is their hatred of Political Correctness(PC)

And they all believed that once Trump was elected they could once again revel in their open racism, misogyny, anti-homosexual, anti-anything but Fascist-Christian rhetoric.

What they were too stupid to realize was that the government does not weigh in on speech and was not the driving force in Political Correctness. You can say whatever racist screed you want and the local sheriff will not come beating down your door.

Your employer? That is another story. As this country becomes more diverse, no business can accept allow openly racist working for them. We see news story after story where some newly empowered racist sets upon someone they hate, it is filmed on a phone and they lose their job. Be it Starbucks, Pools, Restaurants, theaters or even on the street. If a person goes off as a total bigot and are identified you will lose your job.

This in my mind is the most powerful social tool that decent people have to fight against the resurgence of bigotry. Film the Motherfuckers. Post it everywhere.

The only reason my ancestor gave up slaves is because they lost a war and hundreds of thousands of men. The only reason my ancestors allowed African American to vote was the threat of Federal Action.

What we have is just as powerful. Show yourself as a total racist prick in public...lose you job.

Even if the Republicans continue to hold political power, business will still respond to public indignation.





The most encouraging thing I have seen in months. Voter registration in Florida!

I bet I have not started 10 discussion since being here but today I saw something y’all need to know about. We took some books to donate to the local library which is shared with the local community college. Although a public library it feels more like a college library and is a somewhat affluent area.

At the entrance of the library there were three young gentleman and I would guess were students, two of them African-American. They were registering voters.

I grew up in the south and I am over 50 years old. I have never seen anyone under 40 trying to register voters. I engage them in a brief conversation and left totally energized. As expected they were not wearing partisans clothing, just voter registration shirts. They told me they Had been doing this for several weeks and had registered a couple of hundred voters.

I could not help myself, on the way out I made a quick comment, “blue wave coming”. I got 3 big smiles in response.

Those three smiles meant more to me than anything I have a read on DU in the last 18 months.


Their fear is obvious even on DU!

I do not do OPs.

But the NRA must be frightened

In my 2+ years on DU I have not seen so many Firearm related OPs get Removed in one evening. All designed to divide us but very obvious and poorly done. Almost like those posting do not really understand our culture. Go figure.

Whoever is on watch here tonight, thank you.

There Back...

I very seldom start discussions. Just not my style.

But many of you predicted that those who
were forced to leave DU for refusing to conform to DU rules after the 16 primaries would be back in different a guises prior to the 18 primaries. Well, you were correct.

And they are attempting to use the same argument that worked so well for them in 16.

As a southerner to hear a Governor elect...

To speak about Diversity with a Southern Accent warmed my heart.

Perhaps LBJ was just a couple of generations off and we Southerners will return to the party of the people. A person can hope.

I had an encouraging conversation in a bar

A couple of time a week I get together with 3-5 other guys to drink different beers. How we met is an interesting anecdote but not relevant. I find the group attractive because we are from very different walks of life...a professional manager(me), a heavy equipment mechanic, a retired computer guy, a chronically underemployed guy who cannot wait till he can get on Medicare, one who sells brewery components. You get the idea.

And we never talk politics. Just beer and bullshit.

Last Friday, 3 of us were talking and the guy waiting for Medicare(he is 62) commented that his health care is from the ACA(he called it Obamacare) and that he is worried he may lose it. I kept my mouth shut but he computer guy asked if he voted for Trump to which he said no, he did not vote because both parties are the same. I that point I asked him why he did not vote for the Democratic Party if he was dependent on the ACA. And here it came...because Democrats are too Liberal.

At that point the beers got to me and I asked him what program the Democratic Party supported that was too liberal. I mentioned the ACA, Medicare, Social Security, Marriage equality, Abortion rights, Civil rights, etc. He agreed with all of them. He then said that he has been hearing for years how liberal the Democrats were but he had never really thought about it. He admitted that maybe he should be a democrat.

But that was not the best part of the conversation! The computer guy, who is from Canada commented that he was a huge Trump fan and he and his wife had voted for him even thought their grown kids about disowned them. I was floored. After all, he is from Canada!

What he said next is why I am writing this. He said it was the worse vote he has ever made and that Trump and the Republican are truly crazy and we will be luck not to get into a war. And that he could not wait until he can undo that vote. He is a buddy so I did not shoot back that he cannot undo the vote because that would have been rude. But I thought it.

I know this is a long post, and I very seldom do OPs, but I found this conversation very encouraging. We always say that the Trumpers will not change and I agree most will not. But some are. And we do not need them all.

Have a great evening

Question submitted by GulfCoast66

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The ghost of Ted Kennedy...

So when the ACA passed I was a republican. But the behavior of the republicans since then and the grace of President Obama, plus the pull of family history made me return to the party of my roots with the zeal of a convert.

Remember that Teddy told President Obama to sign any bill put before him because once Americans knew they would have health care, no matter how imperfect, they would reject anything else.

I am 50 years old. I now fully expect that before I die(assuming I get to live to my actuarially predicted age) I will see health care for all like they give themselves in Europe.

And even if it takes 20 more year and I am gone, I sure as shit hope that Americans, and especially Democrats remember to thank not only President Obama but Senator Kennedy.

Perhaps it was Russia that released the emails?

So the question of the hour/day/week is how did the Times get the email. Because the only reason Don Con Jr. was 'transparent' was the fact that the Times was about to publish.

Speculation is focused on one of the Trump lackeys being the leaker, and that is most likely correct. But there is one possibility I have not yet heard, or read.

What if it was Russia?

After all, it seems they have Trump by the short hairs but have received nothing for it and it looks like they will not. These guys play hard ball...like people end up dead hardball. Not even they are willing to assassinate someone close to Trump, but what better way to make Trump take desperate actions like lifting sanctions than a shot across the bow that results in his name sake being forever shamed and potentially imprisoned? Because doing so make it clear that they are serious and Trump is next.

It will be interesting to see how Trump responds in the next few days vis-à-vis actions concerning Russia? Wanna bet they get their spy palaces in DC back?

Have a nice evening.

Questions about TOS

I have been asked to serve on a lot of juries lately and have actually voted for more hides than I am accustomed to. Ironically, many of the hides are a result of a comment that is really not related to the conversation, but a gratuitous insult that clearly violates the TOS, at least in my mind.

If I were to start a thread stating this, would I be in violation of the TOS. I am thinking I would be, and if you choose to not respond I will assume I am correct and will not consider starting a thread.

And again, thank you for all you do.

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