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« Reply #1680 on: December 05, 2019, 08:32:01 PM »
Well said, well said. 8)

Now substitute "the flyover states" or "the Bible belt" or, I dunno, Texas, and ask yourself if you'd say "well said" at someone dismissing an entire sector of the electorate so casually.

I myself was also given a nudge recently about how diverse California is on this very thread for asking how they could elect Devin Nunes four times in a row.
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« Reply #1681 on: December 05, 2019, 08:42:27 PM »
I wouldn't trust the people of California to vote for my hair stylist, let alone the US president.

Dude, you left your can of aerosol mousse in the loo.
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« Reply #1682 on: December 05, 2019, 08:50:16 PM »
Now substitute "the flyover states" or "the Bible belt" or, I dunno, Texas, and ask yourself if you'd say "well said" at someone dismissing an entire sector of the electorate so casually.

I myself was also given a nudge recently about how diverse California is on this very thread for asking how they could elect Devin Nunes four times in a row.

You have as much of a right to comment on the United States as I have to comment on why Quebec hasn’t succeeded from Canada yet. I have no personal experience with Quebec or Canada in general, so what gives me the right to tell people who do live in that country what’s right or wrong? The same kind of logic should apply to you. Have you been to California? Do you know people in your personal everyday life that have come from there? Have you interacted with them in person and got a firm understanding of what the state is like? Of course you haven’t, you live in New Zealand. ::)
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« Reply #1683 on: December 05, 2019, 08:59:26 PM »
I think I have as much of a right to comment on US politics as you do on NZ politics - by which I mean: go right ahead, wont bother me at all. There will be the expectation, for both of us,  that local knowledge will correct an illuminate some misconception made without ant assumption of perfect or complete knowledge.

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« Reply #1684 on: December 05, 2019, 09:09:16 PM »
I think I have as much of a right to comment on US politics as you do on NZ politics - by which I mean: go right ahead, wont bother me at all. There will be the expectation, for both of us,  that local knowledge will correct an illuminate some misconception made without ant assumption of perfect or complete knowledge.
I hope you are aware of the current situation in California.
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« Reply #1685 on: December 05, 2019, 09:13:43 PM »
I think I have as much of a right to comment on US politics as you do on NZ politics - by which I mean: go right ahead, wont bother me at all. There will be the expectation, for both of us,  that local knowledge will correct an illuminate some misconception made without ant assumption of perfect or complete knowledge.

And yet you totally missed my point. I think you’ve drank too many L&Ps. :)
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« Reply #1686 on: December 05, 2019, 09:26:32 PM »
And yet you totally missed my point. I think you’ve drank too many L&Ps. :)

You better draw me a picture then.

What gives me the right? Trumpism is a global issue not just an American one, and American politics have a global impact anyway. Also all of the left/right debates are playing out globally and with the same spins and fallacies.

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« Reply #1687 on: December 05, 2019, 09:31:28 PM »
You better draw me a picture then.

What gives me the right? Trumpism is a global issue not just an American one, and American politics have a global impact anyway. Also all of the left/right debates are playing out globally and with the same spins and fallacies.

So tell me, how has Trumpism affected New Zealand?

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« Reply #1688 on: December 05, 2019, 09:57:03 PM »
So tell me, how has Trumpism affected New Zealand?

[Pulls up chair.]

I'm not sure I understand the question. Events in London or New York have as much significance here as events in Auckland. The rise of far right xenophobia as acceptable and whimsical market fluctuations tied to the tweets of One man certainly have an impact. As do other foreign leaders and trading partners winning elections through hate baiting and divisive nativist tactics.

Or did you mean just locally? Well a mosque shooter wore a MAGA hat and quoted Trump  in his manifesto responding to heated race baiting rhetoric.

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« Reply #1689 on: December 05, 2019, 10:53:06 PM »
Dude, you left your can of aerosol mousse in the loo.
This is getting interesting. Can we start another thread in the Diner section? A collectively written movie script centred on Californian eccentricities. First off we need to choose a director. Sadly Fellini is no longer with us.
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« Reply #1690 on: December 06, 2019, 01:43:12 AM »
If you didn't know, according to polls if it is Bernie vs Trump, Bernie could win Trump EVEN in Texas! For Bernie the hard part is getting the nomination, not beating Trump.

Texas should just split.

No JFK assassination; no Dubya, no Dallas Cowboys, no Miss Texas every year.

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« Reply #1691 on: December 06, 2019, 02:33:18 AM »
So tell me, how has Trumpism affected New Zealand?

I don't know about NZ but I'l tell you how Trumpism affected Romania. Since Trump has been elected the Social-Democratic Party* went from winning general elections with 46% to losing EU elections with 22% and presidential elections with 34%. They also lost a confidence vote and consequently their government was replaced by a Liberal (which in Romania means center-right) one.

* the name is misleading; they are nationalist, xenophobic and kleptocratic.

So I'd say Mr. Trump did a nice job. Give him four more years and the Socialists will be history in Romania.

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« Reply #1692 on: December 06, 2019, 02:36:11 AM »
Do you seriously think that this a Trump effect? Why and how did Trump affect Romanian politics in such a way?
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« Reply #1693 on: December 06, 2019, 02:38:39 AM »
Do you seriously think that this a Trump effect? Why and how did Trump affect Romanian politics in such a way?

Oh, gosh! I should have bracketed my post thus:

<irony> Post </irony>

but I thought it would be obvious even without it.
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« Reply #1694 on: December 06, 2019, 02:50:02 AM »
I thought so, but I honestly was not sure. Because in Germany Trump is actually often used as scapegoat for any kind of development the milieu juste dislikes. I think he is also blamed for encouraging brexiteers, so sinister influence on Romanian politics should not be excluded a priori.
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« Reply #1695 on: December 06, 2019, 03:50:53 AM »
I thought so, but I honestly was not sure. Because in Germany Trump is actually often used as scapegoat for any kind of development the milieu juste dislikes. I think he is also blamed for encouraging brexiteers, so sinister influence on Romanian politics should not be excluded a priori.

In Romanian politics Trump is a non issue. We have been maintaining excellent relationships with the USA (including NATO-wise) regardless of who was president, and we'll keep doing that in the future.
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« Reply #1696 on: December 06, 2019, 03:58:56 AM »
Or did you mean just locally? Well a mosque shooter wore a MAGA hat and quoted Trump  in his manifesto responding to heated race baiting rhetoric.

I, for one, could sadly see a response along these lines coming.

While we're here, I'd like to apologise for one of our most awful exports.
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« Reply #1697 on: December 06, 2019, 04:07:05 AM »
By the way, I can certainly think of one way that Trumpism affects my own country (and quite possibly New Zealand as well): trade policies.

The USA is our closest ally (and indeed, we're arguably your closest ally, in terms of willingness to pitch in to various international/military operations, we've spent upwards of 70 years following your lead on just about everything).

China is our biggest trading partner.

Mummy and Daddy are fighting a lot lately and it makes us extremely nervous. We would very much prefer not being put in a position where we have to choose sides.
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« Reply #1698 on: December 06, 2019, 04:51:09 AM »
There is of course a very similar dilemma in Germany. The establishment dislikes Trump but needs NATO (and is mostly quite fond of hawks like Hilary) and decent trade relations to both the US AND China. Therefore one sees the politicians getting into all kinds of contortions wriggling through these contradictions.
Because of horrible internal and European politics all kinds of tensions arose and led to an unprecedently strong right-wing party (which is except for a few cranks not further to the right than most mainstream conservatives used to be 25 years ago and began as a somewhat libertarian anti-Euro party), but instead of themselves the establishment blame the stupid people and the evil populist Trump who gave them ideas that one could give the establishment the finger.
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« Reply #1699 on: December 06, 2019, 06:15:27 AM »
There is of course a very similar dilemma in Germany. The establishment dislikes Trump but needs NATO

Yeah but they apparently need NATO for themselves only. Just yesterday I saw a poll conducted in the US, the UK, France and Germany. The question whether NATO should defend Romania in case of an attack was answered in the positive in US and UK only while French and Germans rejected the idea*. Now, given that "all  for one and one for all" is the very raison d'etre of NATO, I wonder whether France or Germany are really and genuinely committed to the collective defense and security or whether Trump was absolutely right in denouncing these countries as wanting to reap all the benefits of NATO without sharing any of its burdens.

* A fact which is corroborated by another one: NATO drills in Romania are attended exclusively by American, British, Canadian and Eastern European countries. No French or German soldier was ever seen on such occasions. I think Macron might have been right about "cerebral death" but in a different sense than he thought.
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