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Subj: Re: The Tea Party
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 at 09:17:53 pm EDT (Viewed 83 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Tea Party
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 at 07:41:30 pm EDT (Viewed 88 times)

    I suppose so. I know a fair number of polls and articles on them that I have seen seem to point to racial and cultural anxiety as the primary driver. So, I suppose racism was right.

On a somewhat related note: The Ottoman Empire (an Islamic caliphate) was a bastion of intellectual enlightenment, was generally liberal and culturally tolerant until its declining years. As the empire waned, it became paranoid and 'culturally anxious'. The article/video suggested that this was common in empires and nations on the decline.

Does a healthy society have cultural anxiety, fear of immigrants, etc.? I would say probably not.

    I feel Obama in particular was a fairly optimistic guy. I do not know him, but his speeches were mostly trying to bring people together. They rarely did, and did get more ideological as they went on, but the man really tried at the start.

    Hardly a perfect president and had many policy flaws of his own, but he could speak and make sense and did not seem to jump from scandal to scandal and yell at everybody around him as always out to get him, even when it is clear he is lying.

I agree, and I think Obama would have been a fine president had the other side been acting in good faith. Rather than, you know, being the embodiment of malevolence.

Centrism is an optimistic idea, which is why it fails.

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