“Oh, was my homework supposed to be done by Jan 29th? Umm.. EVERYBODY yeah, just tell them the dog ate it and wait no no, use the Jedi mind trick on our core – it ALWAYS works on them. WH: “These are not the sanctions you are looking for.” Congress: “Um, how a bill becomes a law?” WH: “Nothing to see here America”. “Quick quick, make up some sanctions uhhh… TOYS, yeah, sanctions on those nesting dolls…. and I’ll make an announcement next week”

“Oh, was my homework supposed to be done by Jan 29th? Umm.. EVERYBODY yeah, just tell them the dog ate it and wait no no, use the Jedi mind trick on our core – it ALWAYS works on them.

WH: “These are not the sanctions you are looking for.”
Congress: “Um, how a bill becomes a law?”
WH: “Nothing to see here America”.

“Quick quick, make up some sanctions uhhh… TOYS, yeah, sanctions on those nesting dolls…. and I’ll make an announcement next week”

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Well, it’s usually not a police state, so there’s always room for interpretation at state and local levels. But the “How a bill becomes a law” process is pretty fixed. Signing and then going “whoopsie, yeah, nah, I dunno” six months later feels more like forgetting to do your homework.
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  I’m expecting some basic sanctions next week against Russia to go into effect once they figure out how to try and save face. I think they just forgot.
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  It’s not so much dim but rather a “fly by the seat of your pants” management style. Agility comes at a cost, which is lack of structured planning. Structured planning (schedules etc) takes bureaucracy and this administration isn’t about that.
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  It’s an 80s management style. Any old business book advocates it. Fire everybody, put your own people in. Hire young and inexperienced because they’ll be loyal to you and follow orders. Keep chaos alive (look busy). That kind of thing.Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails. Usually it’s just to get a quick promotion or deal signed and get out before the smoke clears and before anybody figures out “what happened?”Think Pokemon ability: Confusion.
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  Yes and no, both. It’s more “habit”. “This is how Trump always did things and how he always does things and how he’ll always do things”. Set in his ways sort of thing.
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  He’s extremely predictable – not all that deep. His lawyers usually clean up after him and now he’s got a WH to do that and they try their best. That’s what’s amusing me: the people surrounding him don’t know what they’re doing and it shows.I give that spokesperson credit though. She gets handed new weird stuff to have to explain away daily and she just rolls her eyes and does her job.
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 I forget her name, dark haired lady. I got respect for her.
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 Sanders, yeah. I didn’t know Conway was still around tbh and I don’t know much about Haley.
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  I didn’t watch West Wing either. I’m just not into political stuff all that much. Reminds me too much of school and how people behave in school.House of Reps is like 3rd graders. Senate is like 8th graders. Supreme Court is college. President is… um, I dunno what the President would be except smile and look pretty.
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 “General world view of “let’s pursue intellectual things. Let’s dabble in whatever we like so long as don’t hurt others. Let’s have fun and treat everyone equally regardless of how old they are, where they’re from, etc”
 Sounds like me. I always admired Norway’s “way” about things. Always seemed to be in the year 2150 while the US is stuck in 1899.
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  Thing is though, it’s a process that Norway had to go through too once. I want to be beyond all that too but I can’t declare victory too soon. The USA is a LOT more behind than most places except maybe parts of the middle east.
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 Disclaimers are always better imo. It’s just an extra sentence but it’s civilization in action.
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Well, it is, to American ears. If you criticize white people to a good part of the USA you’ll get the same angry reaction, but be called different things.
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 THAT’S a new word to me but yeah, sounds like a typical American reaction.
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 They got the gay-shield of protection from the larger American community — for now. Racism in American gays has been a dirty little secret for as long as I’ve known but the general public isn’t ready to know about that yet.
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  Oh it’s in the center too but hidden behind other concepts. It’s truly pervasive.Example: “inner city” = black neighborhood. “American values” = property-holding, middle-to-upper class white men, unless there’s a gun involved, then it changes who it means a bit but then it shifts to the right.
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I’d say the “default” American political stance is: center-right liberal.
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  BUT: That’s the default *white* American political stance. The pervasiveness of “White is default” is *really* hard for a white American to see, even with better education.
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  It’s an American problem. America is a plurality of cultures, ethnicities, and heritages and all have theoretically the same opportunities.You don’t have to be bothered by it. I do because I believe in an America for Americans, not just for those who look sorta like me and have similar political views as me.A plurality is difficult of course but we’ve been muddling along for almost 250 years, improving in bits and pieces, but it’s a LONG way off from anything resembling Norway.

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 Kids are kids. They learn bigotry from TV, family, friends. It’s a meme that never seems to become a dead meme. But I think it will eventually.
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  I think ironic bigotry is in the future. Ironic bigotry is fine. Then it really *is* “just jokes”.
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