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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishbone View Post
    That presumes one of two things. Either that there IS a way to convince multiple parties with divergent ideas on govts role, ability and responsibility to solve certain common problems. ( Hopefully without creating more or worse problems )

    Or, that all of their proposed solutions, ideals are equally correct. They can't be.


    No, I don't necessarily presume either of those things.

    My point actually has nothing to do with deciding which ideology is better, either morally or intellectually, in practice or in theory - or even if there is a better ideology. My point is completely regarding the methods and behaviors to which both sides subscribe: Which is aggression, demonization and relentless, bottomless hate. Both sides are shouting their exaggerated frustration into an echo-chamber which reflects their own thoughts back to them with more intensity... To which they respond with even more intensity.... ad infinitum.

    You know what it reminds me of?

    Stephen King wrote a book, roughly seven thousand years ago, called "Firestarter". Everyone remembers little Charlie hurling fireballs down the street - but remember her dad? In the movie he could control your mind by grabbing fistfuls of his own hair and staring at you like you just totaled his Camaro. But the book described the process more thoroughly, particularly how a thought affected the recipient: At first the projected thought would be an echo. A pattern of thought would emerge, and it would simply repeat itself in the recipient's brain at a nice rhythm. As time went on, the rhythm would increase in both frequency and amplitude. When it reached critical mass, the "echo" would become a "ricochet" - When the thought was in ricochet, it was a full blown obsession. The obsession would continue to grow and intensify until the only way you could get the thought out of your head was to blow it out - with a bullet.

    As a nation, we have two groups - two heads - and their patterns are in full blown ricochet mode. And there is no endgame beyond for self-destruction.



    Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe if both sides self-destruct, those of us who are more interested in "progress and liberty" rather than "winning" can pick up the pieces and possibly have a decent future.
    I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed naked guy I saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxick View Post
    I disagree with this premise.
    So do I, but that is indeed the prevailing mentality. You and I don't get to make those societal rules. All over social media you see the players either hating "the Republicans" or "the Democrats". No specific individuals, just our team vs. their team. Occasionally they'll pop up with a Tebow or a Brady to focus on, but more often it's just the team as a whole which they target with wrath.

    Keeps things simple. Wouldn't want anyone to be thinking, now would we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxick View Post
    ... those of us who are more interested in "progress and liberty" rather than "winning" can pick up the pieces and possibly have a decent future.
    Liberty is the only thing I'm interested in, as I've seen what they call progress.

    You can't get Liberty from those that want to "Control" you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishbone View Post
    Liberty is the only thing I'm interested in, as I've seen what they call progress.

    You can't get Liberty from those that want to "Control" you.


    When I use the word "progress" non-sarcastically, I don't mean it in the same way "they" do. I don't mean "there are 7000 equally valid genders, yay! Basic income for all, yay! Ban oil, yay! Mandatory Health Care, yay!"

    No I mean actual scientific and societal progress. Teleportation, cures for diabetes and cancer, space travel, abundant clean renewable energy, quantum computers, 250 year lifespans, plentiful food, massive water desalination techniques.

    And most importantly, virtual porn that is indistinguishable from real hot fetish laden sex.
    I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed naked guy I saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    You and I don't get to make those societal rules yet.

    I fixed that up for you.


    Don't mention it!
    I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed naked guy I saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxick View Post

    And most importantly, virtual porn that is indistinguishable from real hot fetish laden sex.
    I'm not normally religious but that's blasphemy!

    There is no substitute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    I'm not normally religious but that's blasphemy!

    There is no substitute.


    Well there would be if we could all get past this political division.
    THIS IS TEARING US APART!
    I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed naked guy I saw.

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