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  • This is a great day for Karma.
    Lerticus
    Lerticus

    Now there only needs to be a plank-walking into the Mississippi from the back of a steamboat. Unlikely, but remotely possible.
    We often talk about monsters/people who do monstrous things having zero empathy. But the real monsters, IMO, are the ones who have empathy and do the monstrous things anyway.
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    Horton
    Horton
    Ugh people like that are pathetic.

    Almost like they fail IRL with it and go online moaning
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    Maybe, but two of the major people that were hit by revelations of that were pillars of the community and well-regarded by all - the former one I held as a personal friend. (I imagine the reason he never harassed me in our private conversations is because at the time, I was still presenting as male because I hadn't come out as Trans yet. Small favors, I suppose). The other I respected but didn't get on with - of course, it turned out that *she* was actually a he who had been also maintaining several other identities to help with his catfishing and sexual harassment (also claimed to be a Jewish lesbian to get more points when he went around labeling people Nazi Homophobes).

    So, profoundly unpleasant people in reality, but really good at faking it. The one that was my friend had like, nine years of being a leading figure in the community, respected by all sides, more or less, before the truth came out because people were finally willing to actually go against him publicly and say as much. And he'd been at it for *years*. It was very #MeToo, frankly, in his case, albeit the whole reveal predated MeToo, to a great extent
    Horton
    Horton
    Oh I’m really sorry to hear that. Hugs
    Look, the fact is, if I could remove Jefferson from the Timeline after 1783, I would. Without killing him - murder's bad, mkay? :p
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    Because Jefferson was an awful secretary of state, an awful VP, an awful president and gave America a really terrible ideological legacy.
    DarthDakka
    DarthDakka
    Eh. I'd say Woodrow Wilson did far far worse.
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    Wilson was an idiot, yes, but he didn't actually manage to accomplish most of his idiocy. Jefferson actually managed to "grace" America with an ideological legacy that still poisons us today.
    It's a wonderful maxim of the internet that policing the use of a word tends to increase the use of that same word.
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    Mark Poe
    Mark Poe
    All the more reasons to ban every single word in every language then!
    Voting against your economic self-interest is rather the technical definition of stupid.
    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Unfortunately for you, I never claimed to have a high wit.
    "Welcome to the Internet! Enjoy your cats and porn, sometimes at the same time."
    Thoughts on Republicans? I know you’re no fan but the actual people?
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    Depends on the person. As a gay transgender woman, it's rather hard to be friends or even friendly with anyone, of any political identity, that doesn't think I deserve the same basic rights as any straight cisgender man (or woman, or cis gay man, etc, etc). Republicans tend to have a much higher proportion of such people than Democrats or Independents, so I'm always going to look in askance at any self-identified Republican at first. Plus, many Republican policies and positions fly in the face of observed reality, so it becomes very hard to do what I'd like to do, which is respect their positions.

    Strictly speaking, not every Republican voter is a racist or a sexist or even a homophobe/transphobe, etc, but they're certainly okay with voting for politicians that are, or that actively court the votes of such people. They're not necessarily corporate stooges, but they're okay with voting for them. (That, or they're really fucking unobservant). I have mildly more respect for Libertarians, but their ideas are quite silly.

    The Republican Party had some good ideas, and even today, there's a few good ideas, but these days it's owned lock stock and barrel by an unholy alliance of Religious Fundamentalists, Neo-Confederate Racists, Corporate Would-be Oligarchs and Warmongering Neocons. So I have minimal respect for the party or it's politicians, and it's rather hard for me to respect someone who willingly votes for these clowns if they claim to not be one of the above four groups, since then they're just voting against their own interests.

    While I don't agree with Conservative fiscal policies to a great extent, if they just focused on those and actually showed any sign of caring about the budget, it be much easier to get along with them. As it stands, however, the party and its leadership and too many of its backers hate me simply for being what I am and want to shove me back into multiple closets or, in the case of some actual republicans, just straight up kill me.

    In theory, I try to take everyone on a case by case basis, and there's a reason I rarely debate politics online beyond snarking here and there, but I don't get along with many self-identified Republicans for all the reasons discussed above, and more related. Rather hard to look at someone who voted for and still supports the Donald and believe they really respect me and my right to exist.
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    The problem, fundamentally, is that in American politics, voting is a package deal these days. Even if you like the Fiscal policies of candidate X, but dislike the social or cultural policies of X, you're getting them all with the same politician. So fine, someone could vote for say... Mitch McConnell, or <insert random homophobic Republican Congressman here> or whatever, on the fiscal issues, but that means you (impersonal/generic you) decided those fiscals issues - such as you believing you'll end up with tons more money or something - took precedence over those social issues... which includes my right to exist as an equal citizen.

    So even if you (again, generic) really are pro-gay rights and pro-choice and not transphobic, etc, etc, you still decided your wallet took precedence.

    Which is why we need more than two parties in the US, but to make that work we need to overcome Duverger's Law
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