I guess, it’s the reason why it surprises you, that so many people “don’t get” what you say.

Seems to me that if a person is locked into a partisan perspective (e.g., “democrats good, republicans bad” (and the reverse) AND/OR are dedicated to the view that Trump Is The Worst Thing Ever (and we’re all going to die because of him) then it’s harder to understand the perspectives of Caitlin Johnstone.

People in the former group have to come to grips with the fact that both parties have an underlying world view which is in full bipartisan agreement with the other and is not operating in the best interests of the citizen. That’s a hard road to hoe, if you’re looking at certain politicians (Cruz, Kasich, Warren, Sanders, Harris) as the ultimate salvation of the people. It requires you to look at politicians in an entirely different light, instead saying “OK, what will this person be doing differently in their foreign policy that will get us out of this “Pax Americana” hegemony which sucks down huge amounts of US resources such that there’s no money left for (for example) universal health care, or to financially rescue Social Security and Medicare?”

The reason the richest nation on earth can’t afford universal health care or a decent senior citizen pension scheme is not the Republicans; it’s the Pentagon, after all.

People in the latter group are unable to comprehend that the President that they hate (often for good reasons :-) ) has at least one characteristic (being suspicious of the use of American hegemonic power abroad) which could, if successful, alter the course of American behavior on the world stage for the better, and lead to a better life for not only them but future generation of Americans.

And, of course, if you’re a dedicated neo-con, you’re going to amplify all the anti-Trump rhetoric you can and make him as unsuccessful as possible, so you can remove the threat to the Pentagon budget. If you were busy cheering John McCain for subverting the ACA overturn at the last minute, you probably missed how unbelievably underhanded and unprecedentedly (and that’s saying something, in politics) conniving what he did actually was, as far as his behavior to his own party (not just Trump) was.

Does anyone here think that John McCain really gives a shit about the ACA? About anyone currently covered by the ACA? About the people of Arizona? Really? This was about making Trump a one term president, so he can be replaced by a neocon. Doesn’t matter what party the neocon is from.

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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