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Illinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen ‘Jihad Squad’

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Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes, House Judiciary chairman says

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Traditionally it’s been that the justice dept is part of the executive branch, which the president sits atop, then that the judicial branch acts mainly as a check on the legislature, and that with the ability to shut down the executive branch by prosecuting the individual in control of that branch, it would unconstitutional ly undermine the separation of powers because it would make it impossible for the executive to perform their constitutionally mandated duties.

It all feels a bit convenient to me, since the DOJ has the authority to investigate the executive branch, but if an indictment would all of a sudden hobble the whole branch of government, why wouldn’t an investigation?

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‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair says

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Is this what /r/politics is going to be for the next few months? Every single comment section devolving into frothing-rage at the Speaker and other Dems? I’m not a huge fan of Pelosi either, but I understand the hesitation.

The American voting public is very different than people who follow politics. Only 27% of Americans support impeachment. only 48% of Democrats. 95% of Americans haven’t read a single page of the Mueller report, and most could not tell you any specifics of what Trump has done wrong.

Unpopular opinion here, but now is a really stupid time to impeach. Can anyone give me a solid argument as to why impeaching now versus several months from now is the best strategy for democrats?

I won’t pretend to know what Pelosi is thinking, but it seems to me impeachment would be much more impactful closer to election time.

If you impeach now, sure it may expedite some legal proceedings and bring Trump into the spotlight. But then it’s going to be over months before the election. Trump will scream vindication, 42% of the country will believe him, and our goldfish memories will move on to the next scandal. What the hell will that have accomplished?

By delaying it, you let Mueller, Epstein, and other investigations have their own spotlight and outrage, you let support for impeachment grow. And you put it squarely into the 2020 election, making it impossible to screech how he was exonerated, and hamper his campaigning.

Is Pelosi planning on impeaching at a strategic moment? I can’t predict that, but I can tell you if the GOP could pick a time for Democrats to impeach, they would 100% pick right now, the same timing everyone in this sub seems to be supporting.

People need to step back and realize impeachment will NOT result in Trump’s removal. The Senate will never convict. Therefore, it is no longer an obligation, but a political tool. We should be smart and use it as such, not let our outrage cause us to botch the advantage this could give us and turn against our own party.

Edit: The bottom line is that when half the actors (Congressional R’s) refuse to cooperate, choosing when to impeach is not black and white. I wish this sub would have healthy discussions (like a lot of us are doing now – thank you to those that are) rather than blanket-rage against career politicians who have different motives than you. Hell, if there’s one thing Russian trolls would probably want to fan the flames on, it’s this very subject. I’ll join the Pelosi outrage too if nothing is done in a few months, but I’m not there yet.

Speak your case – argue your point with people like me who see differently. Put pressure on representatives and peers for what you believe. But let’s not spiral into excessive outrage that hurts the party as a whole. The past few weeks, it has been really over-the-top on this sub.

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Trump proposed a ‘white vs black contestants’ season of ‘The Apprentice’ in a recently resurfaced recording

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Police officer suggests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot, calling her a “vile idiot”

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The G.O.P. Is Now a Personality Cult—The party no longer stands for much of anything.

Westlake Legal Group V7_VRBWd8441C5nbMknQoG5bPj7cg0tpVmbK8uodWjA The G.O.P. Is Now a Personality Cult—The party no longer stands for much of anything. r/politics

I think I have figured out the main problem with conservatives. Its fundamentally a problem of imagination. This leads to the inability to empathize beyond something that they cannot relate to. They cannot imagine the nuanced details that lead to someone needing to flee a country for instance.

Geraldo Rivera and Megan McCain are perfect examples. They’re ok if they can relate to an issue themselves. If they cannot theyll take whatever route they can to relate it to themselves as they can and that will be their position.

When Andrew Yang was on the view he said UBI going to everyone would destigmatize it and he was ok with rich people getting it as well for that reason (paraphrasing of course). Megan’s initial comment was ‘no one at this table needs $1000. Therefore in her mind it is a silly idea. She cannot relate to it therefore she is against it. It’s not that she doesnt have empathy, it’s that she literally cannot imagine beyond her own experience.

My sister has become a right winger in recent years and we were debating the refugees coming from the middle east and central America. She kept saying ‘why dont they go elsewhere?’ And ‘Mexico just announced they are offering them asylum’. Now the first thing I thought was maybe they didnt have TV or even really know who the Mexican president is. After all, I dont know who the Guatemalan President is.

I can picture myself being forced to leave the US in some alternative universe (hopefully), running to Ecuador and not knowing shit about their culture, leadership, etc. Just that I heard others are heading there. I can picture numerous ways I could get wrapped up in gang violence or even extremist circles while still remaining more or less a good person. I can imagine foreign scenarios. But I also can admit to myself that I haven’t gone through these circumstances myself so it could also be worse than I can imagine. I dont think my sister is capable of these extrapolations. I don’t think a lot of conservatives are capable of this.

If you want non-Republican children, foster in them an imagination.

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Waco resident gets census test with citizenship question, despite Supreme Court blocking question on 2020 Census

Westlake Legal Group QOqse6DihFphdraXfU8XXiT00AceCqO-pezqYjQwhyk Waco resident gets census test with citizenship question, despite Supreme Court blocking question on 2020 Census r/politics

Former Census employee here: this test was likely printed months ago and they’re just now receiving it. We started testing questions back in 2013 for the 2020 census, along with response methods.

Fun fact: it was blatantly obvious that this administration was trying to fuck us within months of the change over. All the supplementary surveys that gather data from the population about different subjects, from college education to hunting participation, disappeared. My facility, that employed about 120 people, was shut down within a year.

Depressing fact: What was even worse were the folks that voted for el cheeto because he was “different from all the normal politicians”. They slit their own throats, and to this day some still support him.

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Racism Is an Impeachable Offense

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Justin Bieber: I appreciate Trump helping A$AP Rocky, but ‘can you also let those kids out of cages?’

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Trump Says if You Don’t Love America, Leave it. Newsflash: He’s Been Bashing the U.S. for Years.

Westlake Legal Group KCdVSrEaJyrs6Em_ZeRgM_04C6H5JcCR8txdPwP0154 Trump Says if You Don’t Love America, Leave it. Newsflash: He’s Been Bashing the U.S. for Years. r/politics

None of what he said in that video is going to hurt him.

The problem with Trump is that we fought him like a trash fire and he was actually (to continue the metaphor) a trash nuke [1]. We weren’t putting him out with those hoses; we were fueling him.

In 2016, I thought “grab ’em by the pussy” was the end for him. I should have known better. I already knew he wasn’t a normal political candidate. As much as I consider Taleb a hack, the concept of antifragility comes into play. Trump’s base loved him more after he made that comment.

The same applies to his America-bashing. His supporters understand that he’s attacking the American business and political leadership– which they’ve convinced themselves is full of sneering latte-sipping leftists rather than center-right corporate fascists. See, the good news from my perspective (leftist) is that we all hate the same people. I’d guess that 80 percent of us want to see corporate executives and the over-connected insiders deposed (with varying degrees of what that means). The unfortunate problem we face is that the corporates are very good at using racial and religious bigotries to divide the proletariat against itself, which also results in this weird right-wing populism.

Really, though, it’s absurd to think that Trump’s America-bashing is going to hurt him with people who are losing their jobs, while house prices triple in the places where coastal liberals (who consider their job-starved communities not worth living in) are telling them to go, whose kids get turned down by fancy East Coast schools because their families lack connections and savior-faire. They won’t be offended when they hear Trump say, “Nothing works in this country”. That’s the reality most people live in.

I think the problem is that so much of “the left” in this country is comprised of complacent centrists who want votes but don’t really care about doing the right thing, who see Trump making what they would conceive-of as mistakes, and fail to recognize that people who ought to be fertile for leftism are being pulled (with some deliberate right-wing engineering behind the effort) into a creepy, odious right-populism that is dangerous to our democracy but (conveniently, for the billionaires) poses no threat to the corporate system itself. The centrists take some constituencies (e.g., minorities) for granted, playing a “us or the other guy” card, and write off others (Red Staters) whose economic grievances ought by rights pull them to the left.

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[1] It would have to be fusion, since water isn’t fissile, but it would have been pedantic to put this inline. So he’s not merely a trash nuke but a trash fusion reaction.

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