Politics on twitter: not always depressing!

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    The politics of Max Boot and his characteristic "type" are always and forever depressing. 


    I think people should be praised for becoming open-minded and especially for encouraging others to do so.


    Yeah, me too. As a rule, like all rules necessarily meant to be occasionally broken, I would agree with your sentiment and try to apply it in most cases. Boot says he has changed his political party but has he actually changed his mind about what a political party should strive to do?  You apparently think Boot has become open minded? Maybe ne has, but his self-serving platitudes claiming his own lately achieved wisdom published with glowing reviews in the same venues which gave place and praise for a shining spotlight on his murderous prescriptions they called wise in the past don’t prove it to me.

    Edited to note that this was intended go reply to AA. 


    yeah,he's changed, I've seen him often enough on MSNBC and the like to believe that. One doesn't get the self-serving platitudes impression from his in-person appearances. Rather he's always the one that seems to be the most mild mannered on any panel, and actually tries to temper polemic and spin from the others and really get discussions to a point of fruitful honest talk. Not biting or sarcastic at all, either, more like extremely thoughtful and genuinely interested in communication, works hard at getting people to cut the crap.

    First time I saw him on TV since Trump was president, I didn't know it was him right away, didn't recognize him and there were no identifying chyrons. And I reacted like this: wow, who is that guy? he is really different from the usual. To paraphrase another comment I just made: really good at soothing savage breasts in discussion and introducing points that make people think rather than debate more.



    Interesting review, party because the reviewer is of the variety who has had feelings of being booted from the left for being pro-Israel and partly because he includes many details of Boot's early life from the book:

    Max Boot wrote a great new book. Here's my review---hint: Trumpists won't like it. Boot gets it totally right:https://t.co/HOcjJ6DwYa

    — Ron Radosh (@RonRadosh) October 17, 2018

    Trumpism is really causing a lot of people to rethink where they fit


    FFS - "He tells us that he might have become a Democrat if the party remained centrist; instead, he sees its drift to Bernie Sanders style left-wing extremism." - like what "drift"? There's always been more centrist and more left wing. What cabbage patch did this guy just crawl out of? And that left wing was readily rejected in most primaries (and we're still wondering what happened in Michigan -2x - and other practice collusion states). People really are this troubled w comprehension, aren't they. And what was the "radical" he was worried about if he grokked global warming? A livable wage? (Tied to corporates actually paying taxes) Health care for all? I bitched about fighting TPP and trade in general that brings down poverty - not so unusual. Making banks follow laws? Did he get distracted w making Israel show some restraint and good faith towards peace? Did he Obama screwed up in Ukraine or Syria? Or let in too many Mexicans? Hard to say what his issue is.


    For those who like this sort of thing (not my cup of tea, but whatever get's you thru the night), here you've also got the Boy Scout White Hat Truth Justice and American Way Shining City on a Hill Ronnie's Rolling over in His Grave thing:

     

    The United States should be a shining light for the world, modeling a democracy that values truth, respects free press, protects human rights, and stands against murderers, oppression, and bigotry. Trump and the Republican Party are dimming that light.

    — James Comey (@Comey) October 20, 2018

     

     

    “Men will not cease to be dishonest, merely because their dishonesties have been revealed or because they have discovered their own deceptions. Wherever men hold unequal power in society, they will strive to maintain it.” — Reinhold Niebuhr, “Moral Man And Immoral Society” (1932)

    — James Comey (@Comey) October 20, 2018

    We need a balance of power, badly. https://t.co/iYZoqbwLtS

    — James Comey (@Comey) October 17, 2018

    Is it too much o just ask for sane & normal? I'm a little bit sick of being torn between DIck Dastardly and Dudley Do-right, with Sweet Polly Purebread as some kind of MeToo stomping grounds. I mean sure, if being tied up to railroad tracks is her thing, go for it, but...


    if you prefer getting a grasp on what's going on in the real world from sleazy fixer types as opposed to elite pundits, here's a major one giving free advice:


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