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    While it's a creative approach to the problem (if...

    While it's a creative approach to the problem (if it in fact is a problem), I doubt your electoral vote cartel would survive very long after the first time its participants were disappointed by the...
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    The original idea of federalism was that...

    The original idea of federalism was that sovereignty resided with the various states, who would decide which powers would be allocated to the central government. It was never intended that the...
  3. Do not be the judge of people; do not make...

    Do not be the judge of people; do not make assumptions about others. A person is destroyed by holding judgments about others.
    Gautama Buddha
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    There is a recent op-ed piece in the NYT taking...

    There is a recent op-ed piece in the NYT taking the ACLU to task for it's traditional absolutist position on free speech. There's a piece
    in the Atlantic on "what Europe can teach us about free...
  5. A lot of perfectly vile people cloak themselves...

    A lot of perfectly vile people cloak themselves in all manner of labels, poses and assumptions. I like what Jonah Goldberg recently wrote on the subject:

    The simple truth is that history isn’t...
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    Because sometimes, like it or not, you have to do...

    Because sometimes, like it or not, you have to do business with obnoxious idiots.
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    I try to always make the assumption that I'm not...

    I try to always make the assumption that I'm not the smartest one in the room. Even when I'm alone.
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    I think it's the unfounded assumption of...

    I think it's the unfounded assumption of intelligence that gets feared and mocked. What is more frightening than a dangerous incompetent who demands your trust? What is sillier than being lectured...
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    "Vote for me, you benighted bigots. I know what's...

    "Vote for me, you benighted bigots. I know what's best for you even if you're too stupid to realize it." Hasn't worked out that well for them. Maybe a little faked humility might play better with...
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    I think it's just that kind of rhetoric that put...

    I think it's just that kind of rhetoric that put Trump over the top in a lot of areas.
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    Is that really true, or is it just a dramatic...

    Is that really true, or is it just a dramatic pose people like to strike? The president isn't a king you must either swear fealty to or fight to strike down. You might agree with him on immigration...
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    A Microsoft security patch corrupted our active...

    A Microsoft security patch corrupted our active directory domain controller, so I couldn't access some of my key applications. I took a long lunch while they fixed it.
  13. What is your greatest strength? My pure Aryan...

    What is your greatest strength?

    My pure Aryan blood.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

    In a bunker in Idaho.

    Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
  14. That would make for some pretty interesting...

    That would make for some pretty interesting candidate interviews.
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    That's not surprising. In Wisconsin, where you...

    That's not surprising. In Wisconsin, where you lived was a pretty good indicator of how you voted.
  16. I'd hire Caligula if he had a CPA license and a...

    I'd hire Caligula if he had a CPA license and a background in municipal finance. I probably wouldn't eat lunch with him, though.
  17. Perhaps. But I suspect the people being...

    Perhaps. But I suspect the people being misidentified by overzealous or myopic Nazi-hunters are less than appreciative of being collateral damage in this particular crusade.
    ...
  18. I understand there is a campaign underway whereby...

    I understand there is a campaign underway whereby people who think they recognize someone from the pictures of the events are posting names, employers, etc. so they can be appropriately excoriated,...
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    Where I live, it's mostly middle and upper-middle...

    Where I live, it's mostly middle and upper-middle class Republicans. Trump was beaten pretty badly in our primary by warm and cuddly Ted Cruz.

    Probably the commonest attitude here is "close your...
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    Why do you ask? Were you planning on making them...

    Why do you ask? Were you planning on making them wear scarlet "Ts"?

    I think a lot of people who voted for Trump weren't so much interested in his personal qualities or policy goals as they were...
  21. Here is the basic model of HuffPro sociopolitical...

    Here is the basic model of HuffPro sociopolitical theory:

    A) We must ban the racists.

    B) Everybody I dislike is a racist.

    Result: Utopia! And all it took were a few "Except for" clauses...
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    If nobody engaged them, most would probably go...

    If nobody engaged them, most would probably go back to playing HALO 5 full-time.
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    Well it is sad to see the white supremacists...

    Well it is sad to see the white supremacists getting more influence from the political class than any time since the 1924 Democratic convention, but I don't think that's the whole story. Validation...
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    One area where Americans seem to be...

    One area where Americans seem to be self-segregating is military service. More and more, the people entering (and staying) in the military are the children of military members. You're seeing more...
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    There's a column in the New York Times today that...

    There's a column in the New York Times today that speculates on the possibility of civil war (somebody polled some "experts"). Personally, I think that's ridiculous. There was a much higher level...
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