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Wee bit off topic, but one of the idiots - Cawthorne - is gone. Not that the person who won is so great, but take what we can.

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Charlie, I really appreciate the many units of punditry I’ve heard you use, of which cornucopia is my fave.

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Re D'Souza, he does what he does for the money. As Mencken said, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. D'Souza is working the corollary whether anyone could go broke underestimating the credulousness of the American people.

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An undergrad degree from Dartmouth does not entitle the diploma holder intellectual credence to demean degrees from well established institutes of higher education. Assuming he believes any of the drivel he is spouting, he is devoid of intellectual integrity. Intelligence does not equate wisdom.

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Nor does knowledge -- speaking as someone who has spent her entire adult life in an academic setting.

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Nor can education teach common sense - which is sorely lacking in a great number of people!

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Where was Elise Stinkpot and the rest of the dimwitted morons of the republican party when St Ronnie Raygun gave amnesty to 6 million illegal immigrants back in 1986? Oh wait, she was all of six or eight years old and knows not of which she speaks.

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Americans don't recall that it was their Canadian subsidiary that opened the door for McDonald's to enter Russia. Akin to Nixon's ping pong diplomacy, it was hockey that kept the then Soviets and Canadian governments talking, which eventually opened that door.

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Are there any sane Rs running in PA? Is there anyone a sane R can vote for?

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No and John Fetterman. ;)

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May 17, 2022·edited May 17, 2022

Proud of Amanda! I’m also a blue collar girl from a tiny mountain town who worked her way through a state college. I’ve managed to be fairly successful. Dinesh sounds like an…elitist.

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Good newsletter today. Thanks for the NATO maps. Never realized their growth if so many countries in past 30 years.

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I propose we stop calling it the Great Replacement Theory and call it what it actually is: the White Replacement Theory.

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On everything after the Russia lede--can Bulwark PLEASE drop the "Dems are messing up" stuff and just get to the logical consequence of its reporting: shout from the rooftops every day that no one should vote for any Republican, at any level (possible exception Liz Cheney, but certainly not Dan Crenshaw), no matter how bad or "extreme" the Democrats act. The country's survival is at stake.

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May 18, 2022·edited May 18, 2022

Liz Cheney was a supporter of the Birther conspiracy against Obama. When she worked for the State Department, she supported the lies her father told to get us into the Iraq war.

Make no mistake, Liz Cheney is also a fascist, she's just a smart one.

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Elise Stefanik is a prime example for why you can't vote for ANY Republican right now. She was one of the good ones. She was center/center-right and pragmatic . . . until she wasn't.

You can't trust any of them except for Liz Cheney and maybe Adam Kinzinger. If Liz Cheney were to run and win in Wyoming (huge if) and the GOP retakes the House, who will have her vote to be Speaker?

(edited to fix state)

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Get your point...but it is Wyoming. Can understand why you'd confuse two off-the-rails MAGA states.

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Oh crap, you're right! Will edit.

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I'm old enough to remember when the Right got super-duper mad at SNL for making fun of Crenshaw's eye-patch.

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I'd love to see the calculus Stafinck used to come up with 11 million immigrants the Dems are smuggling in for voting.

Also, the Ding-of-Bat obviously doesn't realize that states (most controlled by ReTrumplican'ts) determine voting eligibility, not the federal government.

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From what I've seen in past articles is that there are some 11 to 13 million illegals in the US, and that 's supposed to be a total number from whenever, including people who have been here for decades. The RWs are implying without any proof that Dems are bringing in that number every year! And yeah, they can't vote for years!

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Eva, you make an excellent point.

Here's the other reality that is not talked about enough.

Most immigrants do not come here for welfare, they come to work. Therefore, why aren't employers of illegal immigrants brought to the fore and "blamed" for the attack on our southern border.

BTW - search for the 1990s movie, "A Day Without Mexicans" a mockumentary about the effect on the California economy if one day all Mexican immigrants disappeared. The content would be as relevant today as it was a quarter century ago.

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I browse farm websites (for research) on and off. Farmers are complaining about the lack of reliable employees/migrants, especially since the epidemic. They are offering above minimum wage, room and board, days off, etc. They are not getting any MAGAs applying for the jobs. The few that do show up quit when they realize how hard the work is. The US desperately needs a worker visa program that works. We had one during WW2; need one now. And yes, there does need to be enforcement against employers that break the rules they pretend to like.

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May 17, 2022·edited May 17, 2022

The deadly behavior of one more paranoid lunatic seems to have more to do with the unprecedented widespread enabling of violent fantasies, social isolation and the breakdown of mental health treatment in this country than any policy agenda.

That said, fear of immigrants runs in generational cycles. The 1924 legislation - strongly supported by American labor - severely restricted the entry of non-Nordic persons. Not coincidentally, labor, freed from low wage competition, enjoyed its golden age in succeeding decades. After forty years, 1965 legislation loosened the barriers. So here we are again.

"Replacement" theory was simultaneously bolstered by the "minority majority" rhetoric pushed by liberals like John Judis and Ruy Teixeira. Now that it has percolated into the general population, it seems to have outlived its objective validity, but not its emotional impact.

The deeper truth is that human nature can tolerate only so much "diversity." It is risky to rely entirely on imported foreigners to sustain a population, lest the native born become dangerously alienated from their own society. That's why the low birth rate in the West is problematic and needs to be addressed. Ironically, politicians on the Right (not least the Right to Life movement) seem loath to support a safety net that might help to do so.

But as I suggested, that doesn't explain the extreme pathology. After all, Tucker Carlson doesn't urge teenagers to shoot up schools, but they do it just the same.

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The years you're talking about were the WW2 years. A good percentage of men were in the military (over 12 million were in uniform) and businesses were hard put to keep their factories running, especially as the war required a huge reinvestment in military. There were also wage (and price) controls by Washington during those years. (And a number of labor riots as well.) Workers were imported to work the fields, many of them Mexicans. Tax rates also went up to 90%, and CEOs didn't make obscene amounts of money. Businesses also reinvested in their businesses as opposed to shoring up their artificial stock prices. Not to mention the baby boom. If whites continued to have babies at the same rate as in the 50s, perhaps they wouldn't be crying about "replacements"!

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Grossman's article was trash, in my opinion. It completely ignores how Twitter has actively put its thumb on the scale on a number of issues to an extraordinary degree. He may have his own views on the gender debate, for example, if they align with Twitter he is allowed to voice them. If they don't they are banned. Twitter richly deserves this happening to them, and if it also offends uninformed scolds like Grossman, then even better.

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Amanda is a real character, love her. And time for her to come on show again???

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Charlie needs to have Amanda on more often. She has probably the best political instincts of any of his guests.

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