Jim Lincoln wrote: JF, since we don't really know what President Trump is going to try, It's a little early to criticize his record-- he doesn't have one yet.
That's disingenuous Jim on two counts. 1. You have committed to never criticising a sitting President so hiding behind his "record" so far is not honest. 2. It is not only reasonable but wise to criticise and oppose his stated intentions, slogans and platform before it becomes his record of folly and wreaks havoc on your nation.
Jim Lincoln wrote: If there was one thing that Obama in the economy was using common sense and moderation in trying to return the economy to normal. He hasn't done badly according to Bloomberg, q.v., How Obama's Economic Record Stacks Up. He wasn't a Socialist as the fearmongers try to push on us. Don't worry I'll return to the criticisms.
Trump is way worse, with his toxic mix of -class warfare (borrowed straight from the Marxist playbook), -virulent anti-free market protectionism (which any economist would tell you guarantees economic inefficiency).
The old-style jobs of the industrial heartland have been overwhelmingly lost to technological change, not to developing countries and not to climate change policies.
The active backlash of the anti-Trump protestors and the passive backlash of the empty Republican bleachers today are nothing compared to the backlash that will come from the industrial belts that were duped into voting for him and his incoherent slogans.
As Dan Rather said today: "Our democracy demands debate and dissent - fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary." Get with it.
Dave wrote: Well these "Christians" really need to unite with God only. How will uniting with the ungodly help? In god's plan not ours. Fairdincum, I can't believe the train of thought.
Really? I would have thought that this train of thought was perfectly logical and correctly identified as "once-obvious":-
" Dansky made the once-obvious point that viewing male and female as sexes determined by oneâ€™s chromosomes, not â€śidentitiesâ€ť subject to oneâ€™s feelings, â€śis not a conservative argument, itâ€™s not a liberal argument, itâ€™s not even a political argument at all. Itâ€™s basic biology.â€ť"
This question is a general one, not directed at Jim specifically.
Why is it that some Christians in the USA get really het up about 501 c 3 registration by churches but don't bat an eyelid at having to register their own political allegiances to prequalify for a vote?
It is indeed a pity. Personally, I'm a democrat and that involves more than voting every four years. It involves the free flow of debate and exchange of ideas and viewpoints. That's the idea of democratic accountability. And accountability involves, when necessary, criticism.