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    I’m not crazy about Biden, but I’ll happily vote for the shitty status quo vs literal “I’ll be a dictator”

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    Yep, Biden is not a great choice- but I’d take boring and uninspired over a wannabe-dictator, flunkie mob boss that failed his way upwards-

    Any day.

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        It’s so bizarre to me that the world over personality is a trait that the media seem to think I care about.

        If they will actually govern the country with something approaching talent and not siphon money off into their own pockets that’s about as much as you can really ask for.

        The bar for politicians is so low that being entirely average is exceptional.

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        I’m not positive because I’m bad at faces, but I think that’s America Ferrera on the right.

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          It is! I had to look it up!
          She looks a little different these days than she used to I guess. Apparently she got her first nomination!

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            Like I said, I’m bad at faces, but I’m not so bad with blatant distinguishing features like scars. There’s something about the shape of her mouth that made me pretty sure.

            Good for her. I caught a few episodes of Superstore and she was good.

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    How exactly is Biden even an evil? So much discourse around him complains about his handling of Gaza and Ukraine lately.

    What do people actually want him to do?

    Feels like so many people saying I don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils or I’m going to vote third party slept through civics class and think that the President can do things like unilaterally declare war or distribute aid package to other countries. That’s now how the US government works. Congress is the one who creates those packages.

    Here’s what he can do, officially https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_the_president_of_the_United_States. I don’t see much there that helps with any of the things people are complaining about. Pretty much any executive order he’s tried to make has also been shot down by our current very useless Congress.

    It’s time to stop blaming the President for not doing the things he cannot do and start blaming our current Congress for being utterly useless. Get every obstructionist regressive Republican out of Congress and then we can blame Biden when we see him veto a bill that grants trans protections or aid to Ukraine and Palestine. Then we could call the man evil.

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        I didn’t see that he’d done this, and now that you mention it he definitely did do something similar with Ukraine at first. Kinda makes me irrationally angry [but I’m actually not sure how he’d show support to Palestine still since the Hamas are the only group that he could really use to do that and they’re not exactly the good guys either… He did recently command the US military to air drop supplies], but unfortunately anything Trump would do is going to be much worse so now’s not the time to try and stick it to the DNC as a wider group. Next cycle is going to be another good opportunity since they won’t be able to just put forth Biden again.

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          Trump would do is going to be much worse so now’s not the time to try and stick it to the DNC as a wider group.

          First, I didn’t say anything about “the DNC as a wider group”.

          Second, if stating a simple fact will cost Biden the election, then he’s going to lose the election. I will be voting for Biden, and anyone with half a brain should be able to see that Trump would be worse in just about every measurable way, but if that isn’t the case, it won’t help to pretend he didn’t do something that he very clearly and publicly did.

          People here aren’t criticizing Biden because they want to see him lose the election (for the most part). They’re criticizing Biden because they strongly disagree with a decision made by the person they voted for to represent their interests. How is Biden supposed to know the sentiment of his base if they avoid discussing it? Applying political pressure to your representatives is a good thing and should be encouraged.

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            This is true. The fact that I can be irrationally angry about something Biden and his administration has done and still find thing to agree on is fine. I fully intend to vote for him anyway. I wouldn’t be so quick to just call him an evil, at worst he’s like a chaotic neutral. There is very little I can find to agree on with the current, highly regressive, Republican party and the few remaining individuals who have at redeeming features are all being driven out. This is horrible and effectively gives anyone save one option and it’s the scariest thing about all of this.

            You get to vote for something rooted in reality or a bunch of lunatics living in a made up fantasy land.

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        Who’s predicted to be Trump’s pick for vice president… because apparently watching Trump supporters chanting about hanging his last VP wasn’t a large enough red flag.

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    I’m confused. On the issues states RFK is Pro-Choice. Did this change recently? Or is this listing just too anecdotal?

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    If he were to issue an EO barring abortion, a federal judge would issue an injunction before he got through signing his last name.

    Also, SCOTUS has already ruled it a states issue.

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      I’ll vote third party anytime someone has a realistic chance to win, but that’s not the U.S. presidential election. There’s a reason for the trope “throwing your vote away”.

      In an ideal world we’d get rid of the electoral college and implement ranked choice voting. Until then, the primaries are where we maybe have some chance to influence who becomes president.

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        If the uncommitted vote wasn’t obvious, there 100% will be a strong front-running 3rd party here in a couple of weeks or so.

        Esp once those 3rd parties see the amount of dissent that exists surrounding the 2 main candidates

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          From your other comments seems like you’re trolling.

          But for anyone else reading this: I had seen numbers between 10-20% from Michigan and Minnesota for people who voted “uncommitted” in the primaries. There is smaller turnout for primaries than general elections, and democrats are only half or so of the turnout at the general election.

          It’s extremely unlikely that a 3rd party candidate will win with a fraction of the primary voters who are a fraction of the general election voters. If people went forward with a 3rd party candidate it does seem likely it could throw the election to Trump.

          I support the uncommitted campaign in so far as it alarms Biden about losing voters who want to see action protecting Palestinians and makes him change his positions.

          I don’t think those same people should vote 3rd party during the general election because of the classic bullshit choice we have to keep making: the lesser of two evils.

          Let’s also remember: there are many obstacles to even getting listed on the ballot, and those requirements vary state by state. Even if someone well funded decided to run today, it’s unlikely they could get their name on the ballot in every state. (So add ballot access reform to the wishlist along with ranked choice voting and eliminating the electoral college)

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            If/when Biden makes those decision too late (hint: it’s too late), I fear most of you are farrrr too dense to vote for an actual candidate.

            Which will result in Trump.

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              Why should 10% of third-party voters support the Democratic nominee when 90% of Democrat voters could simply support [third-party candidate that I can’t even name]? Surely getting 81 million voters to change their minds is a trivial task! Y’all are just dense!

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          there 100% will be a strong front-running 3rd party here in a couple of weeks or so.

          I’ll wager money against that considering a “strong front-running third party” takes more than two weeks to happen.

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            Did you check @RoyalEngineering’s passport? Otherwise, I’m not sure that you can assume they’re an American.

            Believe it or not, the world is not America.

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                  You used to live in L.A. for quite some time.

                  Acting like everybody on here is a complete anon is a naive hill to die on.

                  OP is American lmao.

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            Or maybe it’s just that nobody uses the shortened “MIC” in regular conversation–they would just say the full thing. No need to shorten, just write it out.

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    If your strategy is to choose the lesser evil, evil always wins.

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      As opposed to? You either choose the lesser evil, choose the greater evil or you opt-out which in turn is choosing to allow the greater evil. You aren’t choosing good by not participating.

      Vote your ideals in the primaries. But when the general election comes along, you choose the best option. Simple as that.

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        The lesser of two evils is enabling a genocide. When do you guys rise up?

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          The greater of two evils will accelerate the exact same genocide in question (Gaza) and enable genocide in other areas, e.g. Ukraine, and possibly Taiwan in the future if and when that situation escalates. This is not the argument to make, unless you’re intentionally arguing in bad faith.

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            They are arguing in bad faith, friend. These types of people are just trying to sow dissent. I am glad you made your point, as it succinctly points out the flaw in their logic. Kudos! 👍

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              The third option is to start fresh. Maybe you guys can finally outlaw slavery!

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                Hey, buddy. Do you have a job? Are you able to quit that job and never have to worry about anything else?

                Because if not, well guess what! You are also a slave, just like I am! The true enemies of us all are the elite who throw their infinite wealth around like candy, and fuck us all from the top down, except of course, themselves. The only way to combat this egregious issue, is to band together. Right now, in our reality here in the states, is that we have to choose crusty ass Biden, instead of Wannabe Dictator, rapist, and pedophile extraordinaire Donald Trump who has also gone bankrupt around 7-8 times, and that’s not even including his moral bankruptcy!

                So, your argument here is kind of lost in the void, because the above is our only legitimate way to keep whatever little bit of Democracy we sort of have.

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                  You’re so close you could almost taste it. Strike breaking Biden isn’t going to reverse decades of social decay. Trump is the symptom, not the problem. At best you’re kicking the can down the road, at worst the climate apocalypse starves most of us before it matters.

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            You people are saying that you’re okay with genocide as long as it’s Biden doing it on the other side of the world, and not trump doing it to you. Rise up and fight back.

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              We are saying you are choosing to escalate genocide. I’m not sure why you want MORE genocide, but you keep trying to push people in that direction…

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                I’m literally saying y’all need to rise up, can you not read? Choose no more genocide.

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                  All I see is someone claiming to “want” to end genocide, but working to escalate it through supporting Trump’s election…

                  It is really rather baffling.

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          Apparently not any time soon, judging from the amount of defensive outbursts and copium in the replies. I guess it hit a little close to home. Anyways, Cornel West 2024, truth, love and justice, y’all✌️

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      Your apparent strategy of choosing the greater evil also means evil always wins and is worse.

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        You must be 8 years old or were asleep from 2000-2008 because Bush was also the end of the world before Trump. There’s just going to be another bad guy of the week and democrats will only encourage it because it’s the only thing they run on.

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      Remember when evil was allowed the greater evil to win (Reagen/Thatcher) and the Left in the English-speaking world turned more left as the after effect, creating a wave of new and innovative left-leaning thought?

      Oh right, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

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    Dumb ass dems have themselves a pretty sweet situation, they get to perpetually be shitbags, put up shit candidates, line their pockets with dirty war money. All because they only have to be slightly better than the shitbag on the other side of the isle. We Americans really are getting fucked. For a LONG TIME. We have been drug into a hole that will take us decades to get out of. And the dems are jut taking advantage of the lowered ethical standards.

    They will still lose this election. And they will blame the people that didn’t show up to vote for their shitbag candidate. Fuck them all, greedy fucks. Our children will suffer.

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      We suffer because of idiots like you and the right doing their best to drag us back to the dark ages. I hope one day you gain enough knowledge to realize how stupid what you just wrote is.

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        Actually, we suffer because idiots like you insist that democrats don’t need to improve because the other guys are worse. How about a party that actually fights for us instead of the other way around?

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        What about my comment is incorrect? Do you actually like Biden and think he is the best person for the job? I am still going to vote for him in November. Because he is slightly less shitty than the other shitbag. I’m just pissed off about being forced to do so. I am pretty politically active and I always vote. There are a lot of people like me that won’t take the time out of the day to stand in line and vote for Biden, and I don’t blame them. However, there are a ton of morons that will do it for Trump. Trump is going to win. And it will be the dems fault. Just like 2016. Should be an easy election but they have to go as far to the right as possible and take advantage of the situation to get a controllable sock puppet in there, to the point that we have to worry that a bankrupt, corrupt criminal that is guilty of sedition the last time he lost an election is a candidate we actually have to worry about. This election should be a slam dunk. But here we are, and they know exactly what they are doing.

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          You make a lot of good points. It sucks to choose the lesser of two evils but at the end of the day it’s still the best choice. I agree the Democrats could do better, and there is still no excuse for genocide, but no one will listen to your points until you get over the name calling and mud slinging.

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      We need ranked choice voting. It’s the only thing that will end the tyranny of our two party system.

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      I really wish the dems would run more progressive candidates, but time has told them to run right-leaning centerists, both because that’s what gets votes from everyone who doesn’t want to be a theocracy/dictatorship (“vote blue no matter who”), and because that’s the best the conservatives have historically been willing to work with. (Plus their owners want that, let’s be real)

      They haven’t realized the rules have changed and conservatives won’t work with anyone who isn’t them, and it’s going to be their downfall. We need to fight the maga crowd with progressive candidates, not democrats. But they need to run as democrats or they stand no chance. So basically we are fucked.

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        If the voters, in large, supported progressive ideas as strongly as you do, Democrats would be passing more progressive laws. The issue is, you are outnumbered by people who don’t care as much as you. By people who have no interest in paying attention, much less participating. Those, like the person you were replying to, who are more willing to give up than to make change. The fight isn’t being upset that Democrats aren’t more progressive, many would be more progressive if it reflected what the voters want. The fight is energizing the voters about progressive ideas. And painting Democrats, who are immensely more progressive than conservatives, as the problem does nothing but destroy that energy.

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      It’s depressing how many people are downvoting this. We can’t even express frustration at the lack of representation in our government without centrists trying to shove us under the rug.