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  1. That is a fair point, and is largely true.. But as you stated my main point of my sparky reply: the conservative talking point painting dirty immigrants as a source of COVID is gross and appeals to racist attitudes.
  2. During times of crisis, America has to do what it does best. We rally around each other, stand up, and blame immigrants and poor people. It has nothing to do with idiots and red states not getting vaccinated. It's surely the dirty immigrants from Mexico, a country of 127 million people that *checks notes* is reporting as many daily cases of COVID as the state of Florida.
  3. The worry is also that even if Trump isn't the nominee (it's his choice at this point), somebody Trump-y will get the nod. And it's clear that supporters of the Republican party are completely on board with this sort of thing, thus enabling whoever emerges from the field a free pass to push whatever anti-democratic nonsense they want.
  4. My singular point is that Republican leadership is causing harm to their constituency through their policies regarding masks (as well as right wing messaging regarding vaccines). The fault lies with the voter's who support them no matter what, just like Ron DeSantis - the leading non-Trump candidate - who banned any laws regarding mask mandates even in schools. This is despite his state leading the country in hospitlzations among children. The DeSantis/Abbot race to the bottom would be funny if people weren't dying as a result. Let me ask you this: who would you vote fo
  5. In fairness to Archy, I would be surprised if they wouldn't be leaked at least in part. I agree with him on this point. At a minimum the NYT would write an article which likely confirms what they published last year, at least that's my guess.
  6. I use you (and your blind regurgitation of conservative talking points) as a proxy for support of Republican candidates in office, it's nothing personal. The reason DeSantis can threaten to withdraw funding for schools who wish to impose mask mandates - despite his state leading the country hospitalizations amongst children (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tampabay.com/news/health/2021/08/02/florida-leads-the-nation-in-kids-hospitalized-for-covid/%3foutputType=amp) - is because of blind support for the Republican in his state - other "Archy1221's" who also regurgitate blind conse
  7. The goal of masks is to make them less severe. Florida and Texas will always get hit hard because of their large populations. But the governors should act least act responibily and implement policies that save lives. By they don't because the @Archy1221s in their state won't vote for them if they do.
  8. Politicians act and behave in ways that get them elected. Lying is always better than telling the truth, etc.
  9. To add to this, the political essay starts with this. Simply replace "Goldwater" with "Trump" and this is true nearly 60 years later. American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style simply because no oth
  10. Distrust of government has been a Conservative talking point dating back decades, famously getting Reagan elected (Wellfare Queens). What the GOP decided in 2008 was to put that talking point on steroids (Death panels). The message shifted from racist (Welfare helps lazy black people) to the government is coming for you (death panels). Trump took that message and pushed the fear ever higher. Now there is a deep-state government conspiracy to hinder Conservative causes. The government wants to take away your guns to implement a socialist takeover, the radical left is s
  11. What a pile of trash. Resign already. Bury him in civil lawsuits (or criminal when applicable).
  12. https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/07/30/which-americans-are-against-the-jab Identifying as a Trump voter is the single most likely predictor of vaccine hesitancy. Being black is the second most. However, as a percentage of population you can see that Black vaccine hesitancy accounts for ~7% of the total while ~78% identify as white. The vast, vast majority of vaccine hesitancy is directly correlated with support of Trump, nearly 11 times as many people. We need to improve vaccination rates for both groups, but don't act like they're equivalent
  13. It looks like that link was paywalled so I didn't get a chance to read it. But you are correct, minority populations also are less likely to get vaccinated which is unfortunate. This likely stems from decades of mistreatment by people in power. The difference is that for white conservatives, this distrust of government was carefully manufactured and fed to them during the Obama years and culminated in the election of Trump. Hopefully for situations like this, officials can win back trust so the country can respond to crisis more effectively.
  14. I agree. But look, one side leads to deaths and hospitalizations and the other relentlessly pushes masks. These are nowhere near equivalent. Just because they're both annoying to hear doesn't mean that the have the same impact on society. Florida, Texas, and Louisiana have hospitals filling with COVID patients. They could've avoided that with a free 10 minute appointment to get vaccinated in the last 2 months and they've chosen not to. What is the single greatest indicator of vaccine refusal? Support of Trump/the GOP. So yes, Democrats are annoying but thei
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