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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2020, 08:06:39 pm »
1990s nostalgia, a great decade for America:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/23-reasons-living-in-the-90s-was-the-absolute-freaking-best

 1. "Driving to the mall on Friday night with friends and not knowing who else might be there. It was thrilling wondering if you would run into your crush — and not knowing because no one had phones or social media."

 2. "POGS! Nothing like low-key gambling face-to-face games on the playground during recess."

 5. "Developing photos! The excitement of opening the envelope and seeing what memory you captured was a thrill. Everyone would flock to you when they saw you had photos."

 6. "Not having to maintain an 'online image' or prove to others that we had interesting or adventurous lives."

 7. "Not having people pretending to have the perfect life, face, body, etc. in our faces all day, every day thanks to social media. It was really nice."


 10. "The way the Internet was so open. You weren’t dealing with mega-corporations back then — it was all just people running their own websites, starting small companies, trying new stuff."

 11. "It feels like it was the last time the world wasn’t so scary. Everyone was super excited about what a new millennium would bring, 9/11 hadn’t happened yet, and we were all so full of hope and optimism. I miss that innocence."

 13. "Letters from friends studying abroad or going to college in a different state than you. It was so nice to pick up your mail and see familiar handwriting. Long letters — especially those written over a week or even a month — were the best."

 14. "African American representation on television. Martin; Living Single; Fresh Prince; Girlfriends; Half and Half; Sister, Sister; The Arsenio Hall Show; In Living Color."

No matter who you were, you had positive representation in media.

 15. "Going out for dinner with family and friends and not seeing a damn cell phone on the table."

 21. "Space Jam. Michael Jordan (aka the G.O.A.T.), the most famous players in the NBA, and Looney Toons in one movie?! I still get excited when I watch it."


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Re: Uniting Americans
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2020, 11:36:22 pm »
This site lists donors to the Trump campaign by name and location:

https://donaldtrump.watch/

These are all the people who will have to be at least prohibited from reproducing before there can be any possibility of a united America.

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« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2020, 08:34:39 pm »
The Fight to Reclaim the Southwest | States of Unrest
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VICE heads to the Southwest to see how one indigenous tribe’s fight to protect their land and ancestral history is playing out at the San Diego border. Then we hit the streets of Phoenix with a group of progressive military veterans on a mission to change the hearts and minds of voters in the growing battleground state of Arizona.

The 2020 Presidential election is coinciding with one of the most polarizing times in modern American history - VICE travels across the country to learn about the extraordinary actions of ordinary people that could shape our collective future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te7UMbJHsNs

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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2020, 03:17:22 am »
https://us.yahoo.com/news/aoc-wants-cancel-those-worked-110109677.html

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked things off on Friday with a tweet that terrified Trumpworld.

“Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” she wrote. “I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.”

A group calling itself the Trump Accountability Project sprung up to heed AOC’s call.

“Remember what they did,” the group’s sparse website declares. “We should not allow the following groups of people to profit from their experience: Those who elected him. Those who staffed his government. Those who funded him.”

https://www.trumpaccountability.net/

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Re: Uniting Americans
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2020, 10:45:45 pm »
More people are understanding, if not yet in our preferred terminology, that America and the Western occupation are two things:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/americas-two-souls/617062/

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A Battle Between the Two Souls of America

There is a divide in America between the souls of injustice and justice.
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On the day of Floyd’s funeral, the attack lines were set. Floyd’s soldiers were attacking racism and police violence as the problem. Trump’s soldiers were attacking all those demonstrating against racism and police violence as the problem. The battle of 2020—the historic battle for America—was on.
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Biden wrote. “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

No one can now deny the battle. The Biden and Trump campaigns made clear the battle before the nation. But what if American history; what if Charlottesville; what if Trumpism; what if the coronavirus pandemic, demonstrations, and natural disasters this year; what if the election and its chaotic aftermath have shown us something else about the battle? A second national soul on the battlefield?

We the people of the United States do not have a single national soul, but rather two souls, warring with each other. The battle for the soul of America is actually the battle between the souls of America.

I agree in every way except that I consider only one of the two souls to deserve to be called American.

Floyd's soldiers = American soul
Trump's soldiers = Western soul

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If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now, after Trump received the second-highest vote total of any presidential candidate in history; after Trump refused to concede; after moderates started blaming progressives for GOP gains and Trump’s narrow loss. Because, of course, when moderates lose or barely win, moderates are never to blame. Because, of course, when Trump loses, Trump is never to blame.

Humans lie about themselves, like they lie about their nations. Humans and nations hide behind the cloak of ideals and intentions. But the outcome of what humans do and what nations do is never a lie. The outcome—what comes out of a nation’s policies, practices, and ideology—is what a nation breathes. Nations—like institutions and individuals—are not inherently anything. They are what they do. What they do is what they breathe. And what they breathe is their soul.

After millions of Americans partied all day on public streets, after Harris graced history in her suffragette-white pantsuit, Biden gave a rousing victory speech Saturday night from Wilmington, Delaware. “I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America,” he said. “We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.”

But can Biden admit that those darkest impulses are collectively called Western civilization?

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“America is a mix of light and shadow,” Meacham said during his address to the Democratic National Convention on August 20. “Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall dwell in the American soul, but so do the impulses that have given us slavery, segregation, and systemic discrimination.”

Can Meacham admit that the shadow is Western civilization?

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Biden and Meacham both speak crucially about the battle, the twoness. But what if the twoness dwells in the nation, not in a single national soul? Opposing forces can dwell in a mind, in a nation. But can opposing forces dwell in a soul—if soul is elemental like breath? It is hard to imagine the enslaver and the enslaved being together in any elemental sense. It is hard to imagine Trump and the survivor who voted against him being together in any elemental sense. But they have been battling in the same nation.

There is a divide in America between the souls of injustice and justice: souls in opposition like fire and ice, like voters and voter subtraction, like Trump and truth.

The soul of injustice is called Western civilization. (And "ice" should be all caps.)

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There have been many battles between the souls of America on many issues. Both souls—the soul of justice, the soul of injustice—were there at the founding, in the 1770s and ’80s. They battled during the Continental Congresses. They battled in the First Congress. The soul of injustice defeated the soul of justice with the battle cry of “necessary evil” by the end of the 18th century. But the defeated soul of justice battled on in the shadows of history. In an 1844 letter to his fellow abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass called for a “great moral and religious movement” that involved “the quickening and enlightening of the dead conscience of the nation into life, and to a sense of the gross injustice, fraud, wrong and inhumanity of enslaving their fellow-men,—the fixing in the soul of the nation an invincible abhorrence of the whole system of slaveholding.”

Instead, racist Americans compromised on manacled bodies again in 1850, as they had in 1820 in Missouri, as they had at the founding in Philadelphia. The Civil War, which started as an effort to put the soul of injustice back in its slaveholding place, transformed into a battle between the souls of the nation. The soul of justice won the Civil War but lost the battle. The soul of injustice defeated the soul of justice with the battle cry of “separate but equal” by the end of the 19th century. But once again, the soul of justice battled on in the shadows of history.

Then came the Great Migration, and a New Deal for some of those who migrated north, and the great Ella Baker and Rosa Parks. Lawyers like Thurgood Marshall took the soul of injustice to the Supreme Court, and preachers like Martin Luther King Jr. chose “to save the soul of America,” the motto of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, newly formed in 1957.

The soul of justice won the civil-rights movement but yet again lost the battle. Once again, racist Americans imposed a compromise, conjuring a Black criminal menace rather than acknowledging the continued crime of racist policies leading to racial inequity. The soul of injustice defeated the soul of justice with the battle cry of “color-blind” by the end of the 20th century.

Then came the movement for Barack Obama, the Movement for Black Lives, the movement for anti-racism. Then came the movement for Trump, the movement for law and order, the movement for white supremacy. Both movements were powerful. Both movements were mainstream. Both movements were never turning back. All Americans were gripped by one or the other, or both: the movement for the soul of justice, and the movement for the soul of injustice.

And once you consider that the same soul of injustice was found in all the Western colonial powers, it is trivial to identify the soul of injustice as Western civilization.

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But Democrats, independents, and Republicans who religiously believe the myth of the pure American soul are not about to consider that we have had two souls, that we have seen a battle between slaveholders and abolitionists, Confederates and Unionists, red shirts and civil-rights activists, red hats and Black Lives Matter protesters. The two souls are not prime material for political campaigns.

We can change this via consistent messaging.

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Many white Americans, in particular, really did believe that the first Black president was poisoning their nation’s soul. They answered Trump’s call to make America great again in 2016. Four years later, many Americans believed that Trump was poisoning their nation, and answered Biden’s call to restore the soul of the nation.
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In the end, the souls animating both the red hats and the honking cars want a restoration—they want things to go back to normal. In the end, they will all be disappointed. There’s no saving America’s soul. There's no restoring the soul. There's no fighting for the soul of America. There’s no uniting the souls of America. There is only fighting off the other soul of America.

Very well put. When we speak of uniting Americans, we do not mean attempting to unite the two souls. Rather, we mean uniting the American soul so that it can become strong enough to destroy the Western soul.

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Obama and Trump did not poison the American soul any more than Biden can heal it. Trump battled for the soul of injustice, and the voters sent him home. Soon, President Biden can battle for the soul of justice.

Our past breaths do not bind our future breaths. I can battle for the soul of justice. And so can you. And so can we. Like our ancestors, for our children. We can change the world for Gianna Floyd. We can—once and for all—win the battle between the souls of America.

Better yet, we can prove that only the soul of justice deserves to call itself America.
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Re: Uniting Americans
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2020, 11:11:39 pm »
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/11/12/a-memo-to-president-elect-biden-dont-coddle-white-racial-anxieties/

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when many politicians and pundits talk about healing a divided nation, they create false equivalencies between the supposed “radical left” and historic white supremacist organizations. This will not set the table for understanding, nor will coddling the “white rage” that is often mischaracterized as economic anxiety. Healing isn’t about giving people more time to make themselves ready to accept policies that advance racial equity.

Finally more people understand what I have been saying for years, namely that it is a mistake to attribute racism to economic anxiety.

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Liberals and conservatives aren’t necessarily divided by their respective political philosophies; the wedge is racism. For instance, Black and Latino or Hispanic Americans go to church more other racial groups; on the surface level, this might make one assume they vote more Republican, like white evangelicals. But those church-going people of color vote overwhelming Democratic. Republicans would probably have many more Black and Latino or Hispanic members if the leader of the party didn’t
conflate white nationalists with racial justice activists.

Even the supposed divide between urban and rural America isn’t hurting the country as bad as racism. After the 2016 election was called in favor of Trump, it didn’t take long for analysts to declare that Democrats needed to better understand and empathize with rural voters and the working class—as if there are no Black and brown working-class people living in small towns. What’s destructive about these takes is the unstated assumption that the country can’t heal if white Americans aren’t accommodated first.

If Biden is to truly heal a divided country, he should not coddle white racial anxieties rooted in a perceived loss of status and privilege. Policy should not be built on how it may assuage or enflame these pathologies. Americans—particularly those who are Black, Native American, Asian American, and Latino or Hispanic—have little use for policymaking that’s distracted by the threat of a racist backlash. Being a president to all Americans means not centering white grievances rooted in false notions of superiority.
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The recent calls for unity shouldn’t confuse us. Racism isn’t to be negotiated with; it’s to be scrubbed from our policies. Certainly, all Americans must have a say, and the president must acknowledge every voice. However, giving attention to the perceived loss of racial superiority isn’t going to heal a divided country. That can only come by dismantling the racist policies that built up such division in the first place.

Exactly. Unity requires removing those who do not want unity.

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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2020, 04:02:09 pm »
Let's talk about reuniting the country and unity....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxneZbFZzko

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You do not compromise with the most fear based irrational people in the room....

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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2020, 11:01:20 pm »
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/opinion/trump-supporters.html

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‘Reach Out to Trump Supporters,’ They Said. I Tried. I give up.

Seventy-three million Americans voted for Donald Trump. He doubled down on all his worst vices, and he was rewarded for it with 10 million more votes than he received in 2016.

The majority of people of color rejected his cruelty and vulgarity. But along with others who voted for Joe Biden, we are now being lectured by a chorus of voices, including Pete Buttigieg and Ian Bremmer, to “reach out” to Trump voters and “empathize” with their pain.

This is the same advice that was given after Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory, and for nearly four years I attempted to take it. Believe me, it’s not worth it.
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I’ve even tried and failed to have productive conversations with Muslims who voted for Mr. Trump. Some love him for the tax cuts. Others listen only to Fox News, say “both sides” are the same, or believe he hasn’t bombed Muslim countries. (They’re wrong.) Many believe they are the “good immigrants,” as they chase whiteness and run away from Blackness, all the way to the suburbs. I can’t make people realize they have Black and brown skin and will never be accepted as white.

I did my part. What was my reward? Listening to Mr. Trump’s base chant, “Send her back!” in reference to Representative Ilhan Omar, a Black Muslim woman, who came to America as a refugee. I saw the Republican Party transform the McCloskeys into victims, even though the wealthy St. Louis couple illegally brandished firearms against peaceful B.L.M. protesters. Their bellicosity was rewarded with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention, where they warned about “chaos” in the suburbs being invaded by people of color. Their speech would have fit well in “The Birth of a Nation."

We cannot help people who refuse to help themselves. Mr. Trump is an extension of their id, their culture, their values, their greed. He is their defender and savior. He is their blunt instrument. He is their destructive drug of choice.

In other words, if we do not expect to be able to persuade Trump himself to admit he is wrong, we should no more expect to be able to persuade Trump supporters to admit they are wrong. More and more people are understanding this now:

https://twitter.com/Judson4Congress/status/1329435562751750152

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Reach Out to Trump Supporters?

"Trumpism" is simply "permission" to be the WORST possible version of oneself.

To be a complete and utter disgrace to humanity, with ZERO feelings of responsibility to the Society in which one lives.

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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2020, 02:00:50 pm »
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Many Americans’ feeds are nightmares. I know because I spent weeks living inside two of them.
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« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2021, 01:58:51 am »
Baratunde Thurston: Black Americans Consistently Show Up For This Nation
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Baratunde Thurston explains how Black Americans show up for America and implores Republicans and other Americans 'join us because we've been fighting this a long time.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui4ggewTTGg

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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2021, 02:21:02 pm »
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Divisiveness has failed America "in every single way"
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"Sunday Morning" senior contributor Ted Koppel talks about the latest efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic with the Biden administration's chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who says the goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days is entirely achievable. Fauci also discusses how politicization of public health measures (like wearing masks), mixed messaging from the Trump White House, and claims that COVID-19 is a hoax have thwarted America's efforts to limit the pandemic's toll.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S88_IByZsDM

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« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2021, 11:44:08 pm »
The most important aspect to uniting Americans is to have no hesitation about excluding those who do not consider themselves Americans. Our enemies officially do not consider themselves Americans (or, for that matter, Canadians, Australians, etc.), as they themselves make clear with their new terminology which exposes beyond any doubt their true allegiance:

https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2021/01/25/saving-the-white-race-the-problem-and-solutions-part-1-of-3/

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This is what has happened since the 1960s in all the countries of Northwest Europe and the New Europes founded and primarily settled by Northwest Europeans. Australia changed its laws to promote non-White immigration and multiracialism in 1973, Sweden in 1975, Canada in 1976. By the 1996 census, twenty years later, Canada had gone from less than 1% “visible (i.e., non-White) minorities” to 11.2%, or 3.2 million of a population of 28.5 million, and then in the 2016 census to 22.3% non-White, or 7.7 million of a population of 34.5 million, a 240% increase in twenty years. By 2020 Australia’s 3.2 million post-1973 non-indigenous non-Whites were 12.5% of its population. In the same year European Whites were already a minority of the U.S. population under the age of thirty, and the broader category of “whites” (i.e., including semi and non-European Caucasians) were projected to become a minority of the total population around 2043
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So like the New Europe of the United States, the other New Europes of Canada and Australia, along with the populations of Western Europe can no longer be accurately described as racially English, Irish, etc., but as multiracial populations. Their governments no longer serve the interests of their native populations but those of the rapidly growing non-White populations that are replacing them.

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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2021, 12:09:52 am »
I don't think a lot of people believe us when we tell them that these "whites" are LITERALLY Western colonialists. Perhaps those who know of the horrors of Western colonialism think to themselves far to often something along the lines of, "nah, can't be. Western colonialism ended with the Colonial Era."? No, the "white" tribe is LITERALLY Western colonialist!!! Just read what they say among themselves, we are not lying to you!

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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2021, 12:22:46 am »
Exactly:

https://www.amren.com/commentary/2021/01/biden-is-already-making-your-life-worse/

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Based on my 0.1 percent Hispanic heritage, I’m going to say I’m a castizo on all government and medical documents. I speak enough Spanish to get by. I identify with the heroes of the Reconquista, the conquistadors who brought European civilization to the Americas
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