for me it is crucial to keep pounding home the fact that Democrats do not commit violent revolution when they lose. MAGA does. Or as Biden has correctly dubbed them, MAGA Republicans. Do something, the rest of you former Republicans - it is not the Democrats responsibility to beat Trump in the primary. What is your strategy? We are waiting.

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Thoughts at large: Words when said in public by public figures over and over again do become policy and the words listed here as blared out at CPAC are becoming normalized in the United States of America.

I have been pondering why we have gotten to the edge of Civil War. These new "Policies" of the alt right as imbued by these very "Words" used as flag symbols by Those seeking power at any and all costs are hardening not only the alt right but the progressive left, of which this writer is proud to acknowledge that I am part of.

I wonder just exactly what our police and military will do once and if the Maga minions do take up arms in their crazy attempt to take power again but this time they will be more prepared and have a strong

plan. Words thrown about like so much fluff are very, very dangerous. Beware however that words belie feelings and thoughts just prior to boiling over into action.

We are heading for serious trouble and all of us will have to make choices when that day or event comes. Better we all shout out at the top of our lungs that these types of words will not go unchallenged. By doing this, only then perhaps we will create enough significant doubt in the simple minds of the Maga alt right that even they will pause and take a moment to recalculate their goals and shrink back into the dark corners that they crept from once Trump and others brought their motives into the sun and complimented their ideas and advice.

Bless you Charlie and the rest of the "Bulwark" writers for doing some shouting!

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I'd fear "The Bulwark" is radicalizing me but my threshold is a low bar; I was fully and completely radicalized when candidate (maybe even not-yet-candidate) Trump said we could save money by making the South Koreans, the Japanese, and the Saudis build their own damn nukes.

While America's in this condition there will always be another Trump so long as white grievance, fear, and hate endure. Mining that cursed vein (at which demagogues excel) brings riches and power.

THAT is the swamp that must be drained and hitting Fox with a 1.6 billion dollar lawsuit might be the best first step in that direction (while elections are won and the criminal trials play out).

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Everyone should read the actual transcript of that speech. Horrifying and sickening doesn't even begin to touch it. Mostly it's like drowning in an ADD shattered mind's stream-of-sewage-consciousness but little chunks floating by stick out as not the vocabulary or syntax one would expect Trump to come up with himself. "Retribution", for instance, doesn't seem the term Trump would cough out without reference to a flash card or list of pre-prepared remarks. "Payback" or "revenge" would be more in keeping with his normal discourse. And this entire, coherent, rhetorically integrated phrase protrudes like a rock of Gibraltar in a sea of mucus: "In 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today, I add I am your warrior, I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution." He had help with that one.

I've been on the fence which is the worse -- Trump, or DeSantis. Having read the transcript, it's Trump.

I actually don't see in the long run any real difference; either way, it's the end of a republic of law. But at least DeSantis will take his time, be careful, and gradually boil us frogs. I'm almost 70; with DeSantis we might get a gradual slide into Francoist resurrection of the American South's one-party white supremacist state from 1877 to 1964, and maybe I'll pass on before the revolution is completed. With Trump we'll get an immediate plunge into madness.

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Anyone who uses the word like as many times as DJT Jr does in defaming John Fetterman should never be allowed near a mic ever again. The overuse of the word like as a figure of speech is in epidemic proportion among the intellectually deficient with DJT Jr being the poster boy

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How can I get a refund on my subscription to the Bulwark. I haven't gotten any issues for about 4 months.

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There are times when I marvel at the level of mental defection or willful blindness it must take to still believe Trump’s whole “they’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you, I’m just standing in the way” spiel these days. He’s been out of office for over two years. Obviously nobody is coming for Trump supporters en masse, only him. And, of course, they ARE after him because he’s credibly suspected of multiple felonies that are taking a painfully long time to rightly prosecute — although this is no doubt compounded by Trump’s demonstrated skill at using the court system to delay all forms of accountability. Sigh.

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Maybe Kari Lake was trying the old "look at your top button. OOps! My finger went up to your nose" trick on Tim Miller.

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"But, like, is it unreasonable for me to expect, as a citizen of the United States of America, to have a United States senator have basic cognitive function?”

I don't know you fat f***, is it reasonable to expect a president to have basic cognitive function?

When will we be rid of the syphilitic ball sack?

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"Keep your thoughts positive because your thougts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.

Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour become your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."

Possibly, more or less, something Mahatma Gandhi might have said once.

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Someone of you are sounding extremely low...so, if any of you need a vicious Friend of Dorothy personal protection detail with a propensity to throw extremely sharp objects at extremely nasty people, just let me know...I'm probably available.


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"But, like, is it unreasonable for me to expect, as a citizen of the United States of America, to have a United States senator have basic cognitive function?"

A question for DJTJ in follow up to this quote:

Is it unreasonable for me to expect, as a citizen of the United States of America, to have a United States President to have basic cognitive function and obey his oath to uphold the Constitution?

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Can we stop calling them "conservatives" now?

I'm a liberal but I have more respect for conservatives than to give that name to Trump, his enablers, and his imitators. Surely we can come up with a more accurate label for who and what they are - for example, fascists: "a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition."

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I hope we have learned that when someone acts like a cruel fascist, and bases his campaigns and polices on intolerance, discrimination, and cruelty, then that is who they are and what they are likely to do with more power. Read the two books DeSantis has published. They are his Mein Kampf. Take him seriously, and stop him before he begins rounding up "undesirables".

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Listened to the focus group podcast.


Wasn't shocked about the tornado comment in the title. I had someone, a stranger, tell me that the Camp Fire (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Fire_(2018)) was God's punishment for the liberals. We had just met on the street in front of my in law's house and had been having a normal chat until he asked if I believed in our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Being an atheist I knew to say yes if I wanted to be safe. That was evidently all the invitation he needed to give me the good news of liberal deaths at God's hands. If they are praying for it I'm not at all surprised they think liberals are doing the same.

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"I am your retribution" also translates to "Send me your contribution."

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