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In terms of foreign policy, probably the mid 80s and 90s began to present the republican party as more hawkish than the democrats. The end of the cold war, and Texas being the biggest red state made oil a major cause of US military involvement overseas. The cold war was an era of proxy wars between the two main superpowers and wars were justified on ideological basis. The first gulf war in 1991 was a break away from an old norm where the US was thought to be sensitive to high causalities after the Vietnam war. In 1982 Lebanon for example, one attack against the marines killing circa 250 soldiers was enough to cause the US to redeploy its forces. The success in the Iraq war gradually increased the empire's tolerance of causalities until they began to reach thousands during the Iraq invasion and the occupation of Afghanistan.

Obviously, the Bush family in contrast with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were overly hawkish. To be fair, Trump seems to be an exception when using military force but he is excessive in using sanctions and dangerous confrontations. The relationship with Iran and the US involvement in the Middle East peace process confirms the perception that the GOD is more hawkish than the DNC. The GOP seems to push for more military spending as well hence has more ties with the military-industrial complex.
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DNS wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:27 pm is the GOP (Grand Old Party, aka the Republican Party) really that bad?

Contrasting the foul history & present day support for Marxist style revolution by the Democrat party with the Republican's noble history and opposition to Communism, slavery, women's rights and other points made by Carol Swain, it is clear and plain - Democrat party is only for power & control of others.

Thus, relatively speaking - Good = Republicans - Bad = Democrats. Remember in November - RED: Remove Every Democrat!
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Swain Outs Gay Student, Followers Issue Threats

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NOV 18, 2015 — 2 days ago, Swain ganged up with the former president of Vanderbilt College Republicans to out a gay student and publish his name, face, and personal information online. Within hours, the victim received multiple threats to all of his social media accounts, some even going so far as to target his work and family.

Though the student has reached out to various campus resources, Swain has yet to rescind the article, and has not issued a public apology for her actions. Instead, she continues to repost the article and push it to the national media, encouraging her followers to "band together, and take appropriate action." Her almost 20,000 followers quickly took up the call to arms.

After Swain succeeded in recruiting several other publishers to her attack, the student was forced to delete photos and information from his LinkedIn profile because Swain's followers were attacking his former employment. In the aftermath, Swain boasted on Facebook that "we reached 444,000 people today, and 47,000 discussing the posts on this page. Thank you Jesus for persecution."

The victim has personally condemned the attacks by Swain and her followers, saying that he feels they have violated his privacy in dangerous ways. He insists that he has tried not to let the messages impede his studies or social life, but he admits that it has been difficult, saying in part that, "the nature and frequency of the attacks have become so invasive and personal that I now fear for my safety." He encouraged other students to remain vigilant in reporting harassment, discrimination, and threatening messages or activities to the Dean of Students, the EAD, and VUPD.

Although Swain says she is professional and has never discriminated against a student, her anti-gay Facebook posts and recent outing of a gay student have us questioning the credibility of her claims. Updates will continue to be posted as events occur.

Note: the article(s) and student mentioned above have not been named in the interest of the student's safety.

https://www.change.org/p/vanderbilt-uni ... u/14243434

Suspend Professor Carol Swain

V S started this petition to Vanderbilt University and 2 others

We are petitioning that Carol Swain be temporarily suspended from her position as professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University pending an investigation into student allegations of unprofessional intimidation on social media, discriminatory practices in the classroom, and unclear representation as a Public Figure with invocations of the Vanderbilt name on her Facebook page.

Over the past few years, Professor Carol Swain has become synonymous with bigotry, intolerance, and unprofessionalism. While Swain first and foremost has a right to her personal beliefs and the right to freedom of speech within and outside of the classroom, it recently came to the attention of the Vanderbilt community that Carol Swain has let her hate-filled prejudices negatively impact her work, our student body, and Vanderbilt’s reputation. Since the initial release of this petition, we have gathered significant feedback from the community, and have decided to limit our grievances to the following three issues.

Firstly, Professor Carol Swain has failed to clearly separate her role on her Facebook page as a “Public Figure” from the Vanderbilt name, creating a situation in which the public may misconstrue her as speaking on behalf of the University. We want to make it clear that Carol Swain in no way represents our alma mater, regardless of the fact that she teaches here.
Secondly, there have been several instances in which students have contacted Professor Swain to hold an intellectual debate with her, and in return, she has resorted to name-calling and posting their personal contact information on her public page. In many cases, students claimed this led to public shaming, intimidation, and/or harassment by her followers.
Additionally, several students who claim to have taken Professor Swain’s class(es) have expressed concerns that minority students enrolled in her class(es) – especially those who are LGBTQIA+ and/or non-Christians – expose themselves to unfair assessment in-class and may receive lower grades than their peers simply because of their identities. At a University that prides itself on fairness, diversity and inclusion, these allegations are entirely unacceptable if true.
In light of these grievances, we are petitioning the Vanderbilt Administration that Carol Swain be temporarily suspended from her tenured position as professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University pending the following resolutions:

That Vanderbilt administrators will confer with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) to create and mandate a diversity training program for all Vanderbilt faculty – including Professor Carol Swain – to increase their cultural awareness, foster inclusion of various identity groups, prevent discrimination in the classroom, and to protect the University against inadvertent civil rights violations

That Vanderbilt conduct an investigation of student allegations that Prof. Swain has shared individual students’ personal information or private profiles on her public media page(s) in attempts to potentially shame, defame, and/or intimidate them – and to report their findings to the student body in a public statement after proper resolution.

And that Vanderbilt will conduct a review of Professor Carol Swain’s public Facebook page to confirm that she is not violating Vanderbilt's Acceptable Use Policy by misrepresenting herself as a Public Figure of (and/or speaker for) Vanderbilt University, but instead, is representing herself clearly as a Public Figure in a space unaffiliated with the University. This is to ensure that the public does not misconstrue Professor Swain’s statements outside the classroom as being endorsed by the University.
Until these resolutions have been satisfied, we do not feel that Carol Swain’s allowance to teach here is consistent with Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policies or the Community Creed, and we will continue to push for administrative action. We appreciate Vanderbilt’s initial acknowledgement of our petition, but we are certainly hoping that their response will ultimately amount to more than what we have seen in the past. Historically, the Vanderbilt community has been entirely unserved by the administration's inability to educate, counsel, and/or suspend Professor Swain. However, we remain hopeful that things will change. We are calling on the administration to please hear our voices and take action before Carol Swain causes more harm to herself, our community, and Vanderbilt's reputation.

For those who are unfamiliar with Carol Swain, the articles linked below are a brief sample of her work. (As a reminder though, the focus of this petition is on the allegations made against Prof. Swain. It is not an attack on her beliefs or freedom of speech/press)

Carol Swain’s Op-Ed in The Tennessean: Charlie Hebdo Attacks Prove Critics Were Right About Islam
“Islam is a dangerous set of beliefs totally incompatible with Western beliefs concerning freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.”

Be The People TV: C.S. Lewis on Biblical Marriage and Swain Reflections on Gay Marriage
“If we must live side-by-side with gay couples in a culture with a strong crusading homosexual agenda, our only hope is to strengthen ourselves spiritually and intellectually for the battle that awaits us”

https://www.change.org/p/vanderbilt-uni ... u/14243434

In January 2017, Swain announced that she would retire from Vanderbilt in August, and stated, "I will not miss what American universities have allowed themselves to become".[7] After a series of racial protests erupted in the summer of 2017,[46] an article in The Weekly Standard dubbed Swain "the Cassandra of Vanderbilt".[47]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_M._Swain
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reiun wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:27 pm We are petitioning that Carol Swain be temporarily suspended from her position as professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University . . .
Shooting the messenger fallacy, not addressing the message (in the video). She may in fact be a bad person (I don't know), but that doesn't address the points in the video.
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The Republican Party of today is basically the Democratic Party of the 1990s, including Donald Trump. If you want to understand why Trump seems angry all the time, just look at how far left the Democratic Party has shifted, and how mainstream media and academia cheer on this ideological shift.
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Leftist utopianism is against the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin, because it insists upon the perfectability of mankind and human society. It's also against the Buddhist doctrine of past karma, which prevents human society from collectively being able to perfect itself.
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Presto Kensho wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:36 pm Leftist utopianism is against the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin, because it insists upon the predictability of mankind and human society. It's also against the Buddhist doctrine of past karma, which prevents human society from collectively being able to perfect itself.
Citation?
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reiun wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:55 pm
Presto Kensho wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:36 pm Leftist utopianism is against the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin, because it insists upon the predictability of mankind and human society. It's also against the Buddhist doctrine of past karma, which prevents human society from collectively being able to perfect itself.
Citation?
What kind of citation do you have in mind? Are you familiar with and understanding of the terms I have used?
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Presto Kensho wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:02 am
reiun wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:55 pm
Presto Kensho wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:36 pm Leftist utopianism is against the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin, because it insists upon the predictability of mankind and human society. It's also against the Buddhist doctrine of past karma, which prevents human society from collectively being able to perfect itself.
Citation?
What kind of citation do you have in mind? Are you familiar with and understanding of the terms I have used?
Reiun needs a citation so he can find a Leftist site that debunks the text or person or group quoted.
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If humankind is burdened by the weight of negative karma, then leftist utopianism just can't work in the real world. This shouldn't be too hard to understand.
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Nicholas wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:45 am
Presto Kensho wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:02 am
reiun wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:55 pm

Citation?
What kind of citation do you have in mind? Are you familiar with and understanding of the terms I have used?
Reiun needs a citation so he can find a Leftist site that debunks the text or person or group quoted.
Only if there is such a source. Preferably one you are proud to quote.
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Presto Kensho wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:21 am If humankind is burdened by the weight of negative karma, then leftist utopianism just can't work in the real world. This shouldn't be too hard to understand.
Thanks for exposing that "leftist utopianism" is alive and well. I am indeed a lefty, in fact, I'm even left-handed. My lefty tendency was reinforced in my late teens when I got friends with Nader's raiders. Now, when me and my lefty friends get together, "leftist utopianism" is all we ever talk about! When we get to Utopia, we will be sure to send you a postcard.
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Presto Kensho wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:21 am If humankind is burdened by the weight of negative karma, then leftist utopianism just can't work in the real world. This shouldn't be too hard to understand.
True - but one kind of bad vipaka, exemplified by the cancel culture, is an inability to think or ponder or analyze. Instead the habit is formed of naming or identification. If the words or person or group looks like or sounds like X and I am identified as Y, then case closed, nothing more needs to be done.

Cancel culture is just a modern fad illustrating that ancient bad vipaka of prejudice or bigotry.
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Why was it okay for Obama and Bernie to speak at Mt. Rushmore, but racist for Trump to do the same thing? I am getting tired of the left and the mainstream media's hypocrisy.
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Greetings,
Presto Kensho wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:08 am I am getting tired of the left and the mainstream media's hypocrisy.


:candle:
"He goes to hell, the one who asserts what didn’t take place" (Ud 4.8)
"Let us neither be perpetrators nor victims!" (DN26)

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:candle: "...his name was Seth Rich..."
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SethRich wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:31 am Greetings,
Presto Kensho wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:08 am I am getting tired of the left and the mainstream media's hypocrisy.


:candle:
I didn't want to vote Republican. The Democrats drove me to it with their bat#@$% insanity. I was a Biden supporter until he flipflopped on the Hyde amendment, after decades of supporting it, just to win the primaries.

I admire immigrants like my grandparents who come here with nothing and work their way up, proving that America is still the land of opportunity.

It's hard to believe that such an ungrateful immigrant, who believes America is fundamentally rotten, was elected to Congress.

Omar is a very beautiful woman (as is AOC), and I am happy that people of Muslim and Somali heritage are welcome in this country. The problem, however, is that her political beliefs are garbage. The Squad are using their youth and good looks to fool the country.
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Greetings Presto,

You sound pretty "independent"... hopefully leftists will pay attention to what you have said and come to learn how their "bat#@$% insanity" might play well with fellow hard leftists and the Mockingbird media, but it is a deterrent to everyone else, including moderate Democrats who simply want to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and their families.

Whatever anyone thinks of Biden, it should be very clear by now, by virtue of his weak bumbling attempts to simulate "wokeness", that he is being managed by forces far more malignant and cognitively alert than he.

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"He goes to hell, the one who asserts what didn’t take place" (Ud 4.8)
"Let us neither be perpetrators nor victims!" (DN26)

"Transition to greatness" (Donald J. Trump)

:candle: "...his name was Seth Rich..."
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SethRich wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:26 am Greetings Presto,

You sound pretty "independent"... hopefully leftists will pay attention to what you have said and come to learn how their "bat#@$% insanity" might play well with fellow hard leftists and the Mockingbird media, but it is a deterrent to everyone else, including moderate Democrats who simply want to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and their families.

Whatever anyone thinks of Biden, it should be very clear by now, by virtue of his weak bumbling attempts to simulate "wokeness", that he is being managed by forces far more malignant and cognitively alert than he.

:candle:
The overreach of the radical left is why Richard Nixon, despite his flaws, was elected to two terms. Even if Biden wins this election, there will likely be a heavy backlash against Democrats in 2022 if he can't contain the far left.
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Greetings,
Presto Kensho wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:34 am ... if he can't contain the far left.
From what you have seen, do you believe he can?

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"He goes to hell, the one who asserts what didn’t take place" (Ud 4.8)
"Let us neither be perpetrators nor victims!" (DN26)

"Transition to greatness" (Donald J. Trump)

:candle: "...his name was Seth Rich..."
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SethRich wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:40 am Greetings,
Presto Kensho wrote: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:34 am ... if he can't contain the far left.
From what you have seen, do you believe he can?

:candle:
No, but Obama did for the most part. Either way, it's shameful that Biden, as a professed Catholic, flip-flopped on the Hyde amendment after decades of supporting it just to win the primaries.
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