Data scientist David Shor: Why Trump Was Good for the GOP and How Dems Can Win in 2022


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Jun 4, 2007
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Thanks that was interesting but.... I think this could change if the democrats turn things around regarding Covid-19 and the economy. It has to be clear to anyone, the republicans are a failure for democracy, their only appeal is oppositional. The diehard republican voter is managed by a few words today; say leftist, cancel, woke, socialism, immigration and their otherwise empty minds react like a puppy being feed. Kinda sad but awful too, the republican party has become so blind to reality many republicans are opposed to it today. But Trump's cult followers are another story, they buy into victimhood and drink the cool-aid regardless of reality. Frum was a republican.

'The Conservative Cult of Victimhood'

"The president [Trump] is a nationalist, which is not at all the same thing as a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst, and then tells us that we are the best. A nationalist, 'although endlessly brooding on power, victory, defeat, revenge,' wrote Orwell, tends to be 'uninterested in what happens in the real world.' Nationalism is relativist, since the only truth is the resentment we feel when we contemplate others. As the novelist Danilo Kiš put it, nationalism 'has no universal values, aesthetic or ethical.' A patriot, by contrast, wants the nation to live up to its ideals, which means asking us to be our best selves. A patriot must be concerned with the real world, which is the only place where his country can be loved and sustained. A patriot has universal values, standards by which he judges his nation, always wishing it well—and wishing that it would do better." Timothy Snyder 'On Tyranny'

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