However, I do not know any Trump supporters or even Trump voters. I feel this is a sad state of affairs as there is little to no debate going across the lines.

Chuckles. You reminded me of that line from “The Blind Side” when Tim McGraw says to Sandra Bullock “Who would have thought we’d have a black son before we met our first Democrat?”

Funny/sad all at the same time.

But, I’d like to respond to these, as a woman, as a Muslim, and whose in-laws were all born someplace else (mostly Syria).

Women’s rights to reproductive health care. Access to reproductive health care.”

Nothing in this regard has changed, outside of banning US taxpayer money for abortion abroad. Any GOP president was going to change this. You still have the same access today as you did last term.

“Environmental protections”

At this point, no environmental protection has been lifted. The coal restrictions were never about the environment, and the Waters of the US regs were held up in court anyway because Obama had overstepped his legal authority.

“Immigrants rights — My husband is an immigrant.”

Same here. My entire set of in-laws are Muslim, 1st gen immigrants, highly educated, and all Trumpsters. I will be glad to explain if you’re interested. At any rate, a 90-day timeout on visa issuance is not an attack on immigrants; neither is border security.

“Education”

Not under attack in the slightest. “Experts” to try to tell us that support for school choice is an attack on the public schools offer us a false choice. It is not a rational argument.

“Arts funding”

True. Reasonable people, however, should be able to debate the pros and cost about this. At any rate, whether we fund arts or not, this doesn’t hurt anyone, in the sense that their basic needs are being threatened. Not a big deal in the big scheme of things.

“A tenuous peace with contentious foreign governments, (He has blatantly baited Iran).”

Well, he should bait Iran; it’s a repressive totalitarian government that traditionally we do not attempt to make common cause with. Further, Obama elevated Iran’s position as a geopolitical power whilst shutting out the other major players in the region from the table, which destabilizes the region further.

“The right to a free press — In fact, all of the principles of the 1st amendment.”

There has been no attack on freedom of the press. Everyone should always hold the quality of journalism accountable, and not just take for granted they are doing a competent and unbiased job. Plus, there is a difference between press FREEDOM and press ACCESS, although the press seems to not like to be reminded of that.

“Civil rights”

I am unaware of any individual in the US who today has fewer rights than under Obama. Please specify.

“Health care.”

Again, broad topic. Please specify. The GOP is precisely accurate when they say that the ACA is failing; reasonable people should be able to debate on whether the existing system should have more money thrown at it or we need to start over. No alteration any other health infrastructure has been proposed.

“Our autonomy from influence of a foreign power, (Russia)”

So far, no proof of this has been shown. It’s an open question. I look forward to the results of the FBI investigation and have decided not to jump to conclusions without seeing their findings.

“He has been both disturbingly autocratic and ridiculously ignorant.”

It should be noted here that we have been living under increasingly autocratic regimes since WW2. Refer to the ongoing debates on the Unitary Executive, which occurred under both the Clinton and the Bush II administrations, as well as Obama’s. It seems odd that we’re suddenly worried about it now.

“We are living in fear of how his presidency will effect not only our personal lives but the very foundation of our nation. You may not have this fear. You may not feel that the issues I mentioned above are of importance to you.”

I think I have more reason to fear than you, and I’m not worried in the slightest. I trust our system of checks and balances. Further, I am very interested in most of these areas, but I don’t see at this point anything that’s been done (or is proposed) that ought to overly concern me. It;s pretty garden variety conservative stuff, up to this point.

So, there’s that. But I also want to address your statement the 40 year Pax precipitated by Reagan. We have been in a international conflicts since Reagan.

Well, since WW2, actually. We went right from there to the Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Iran incident under Carter, Desert Storm, etc. Our international conflicts certainly didn’t start with Reagan; in fact, Reagan kind of calmed the storm between Carter and Bush I.

“Not to mention that the roots of our last recession can be traced to policies implemented during Reagan’s presidency.”

Well, it would be inaccurate to state that. The roots of the last recession started during the Depression when a good idea (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) were allowed to continue without being wound down after the Depression. The next big step towards recession was in 1968 when LBJ legalized the sale of mortgages between institutions, and in concept legalized the securitization of mortgages into mortgage backed securities. Then, in 1972, Ginnie Mae took that idea and invented the CDO, which was the primary vehicle which, when they bubbled and crashed, caused the events of 2008. There are other interesting datapoints in that process, but nothing major during the Reagan administration.

The moment you look at the data as to what events happened that caused this or that, one’s perspective changes. Radically. More problems started in the late 1960’s than people realize.

Hope that helps.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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