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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:38 AM

Pic Of The Moment: America Really Is Back



Global approval of the United States has rebounded under Biden, survey finds

America's Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From T---- to Biden



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Reply Pic Of The Moment: America Really Is Back (Original post)
EarlG Thursday OP
peppertree Thursday #1
Initech Thursday #6
peppertree Thursday #8
Initech Thursday #10
peppertree Thursday #11
magicarpet Yesterday #27
KS Toronado Thursday #2
SergeStorms Thursday #3
PatSeg Thursday #9
peppertree Thursday #12
SergeStorms Thursday #13
peppertree Thursday #16
PatSeg Thursday #17
peppertree Thursday #19
PatSeg Yesterday #28
peppertree Yesterday #31
PatSeg Thursday #15
peppertree Thursday #18
PatSeg Yesterday #29
bucolic_frolic Thursday #4
LetMyPeopleVote Thursday #5
Initech Thursday #7
IrishAfricanAmerican Thursday #14
SleeplessinSoCal Thursday #20
sprinkleeninow Thursday #21
JohnnyRingo Thursday #22
YoshidaYui Thursday #23
Johonny Thursday #24
LiberalFighter Yesterday #25
calimary Yesterday #26
BobTheSubgenius Yesterday #30

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:45 AM

1. Amazing but not surprising - because to the world, Trump is the epitome of the 'ugly American'

Just as Bush was - on account of those invasions.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:05 PM

6. That's why I refer to them as "Trumpholes" or "MAGAholes".

If they have MAGA, Trump, or what I like to call "America porn" imagery (guns, bald eagles, flags, torn flags, ripped up constitution, etc) all over their clothing / houses / vehicles, you can almost instantly tell they're going to be toxic.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:21 PM

8. And these are the same people who ARE GLAD to send their sons off to die or be maimed in Bush's wars

It's amazing what you can hoodwink certain people into doing for you.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:27 PM

10. George Carlin said it best:

"Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.".

So true then and now!

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Response to Initech (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:30 PM

11. A font of truth and wisdom - to say nothing of laughs

How we could use ol' George in these times.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 08:25 AM

27. The man was a fucking genius,... on the same level as Carl Sagan.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:46 AM

2. I can hear it now "Pew Research Center is run by liberals"

is how reQublicans will respond and encourage people to get news & information from Qa-nonsense.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:48 AM

3. I don't get the "strong leader" question.

By what are they measuring "strength"? If strength means having a complete lack of compassion and honesty, then Trump wins, hands down. If being unable to listen to others, and then adjusting your decisions on factual data, is strength, then Trump wins, hands down.

If strength means having the will to do the right thing, even in the face of insurmountable odds, Trump gets his ass kicked three ways to Sunday.

So the "strength" question is dubious, at best.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:25 PM

9. I am surprised that Trump got 46%

though that figure was from 2017, before the world saw what a total disaster he was.

Edit to add that in 2017, 72% of those polled also thought Trump was dangerous. Rather peculiar - some people equate danger with strength?

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:42 PM

12. Because to 3rd world right-wingers, being an ass and a bully fits their "strongman" experiences

Sadly, it's not uncommon in 3rd world countries - that have only been democracies since the 1980s or so - to find (some) people who miss the earlier dictatorship.

And when you dig a little deeper, the reason is almost always the same: "General So-and-So wasn't a afraid to break a few skulls."

What they miss that the former dictator wasn't shy about hurting people they hate.

These same types saw the same qualities in Trump.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #12)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:54 PM

13. I think you're right.

Many countries in the world are neophytes when it comes to this "democracy" thing.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:34 PM

16. True. Many countries - and more specifically, many of their voters.

Right-wing authoritarians can be very appealing to people in countries where crime rates are high - despite that fact that right-wing regimes don't bring crime rates down either.

But they are good at making voters (especially in the middle class) feel that "something is being done" about crime - i.e. that heads are getting bashed in.

When people are mugged (or worse), most just want revenge. Right-wing demagogues thrive on that.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:35 PM

17. And some first world countries

still have people who are drawn to authoritarian leaders, in spite of relatively recent history warning of the dangers that come with such leaders.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:41 PM

19. No doubt about it.

You might recall the old joke in New York in the '70s and '80s that asked: "What's the difference between a conservative and a liberal?"

"A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged at least twice."

Right-wingers don't do anything about crime, really - but they know how to thrive on it.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #19)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 09:18 AM

28. Excellent quote

I've known people like that. Being a liberal was very cool until they became comfortable home owners and didn't want the unwashed masses living in their neighborhood. Then it was, "Why can't they pull themselves up like I did? I never needed any government handouts." It was easier to be compassionate when the "poor and needy" were way over there someplace, not in our backyard.

Conservatism is largely based on fear, insecurity, and greed.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #28)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 02:28 PM

31. Why, thank you.

Such is the world.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #12)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:32 PM

15. Yes, you are right

Though of course, that still is very disturbing. We've seen it throughout history, yet some people are still drawn to the "strongman" tyrants.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:38 PM

18. Thank you, and well said: It is one of the great patterns of history.

Right-wing "kill'em-all" talk sounds good to many voters (especially in crime-ridden countries) - until the leaders get out of control and begin going after anyone and everyone.

A little like a snake eating its own tail.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 09:20 AM

29. Yes and better educated people

would be more likely to see the danger signs that indicate they might be next.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:55 AM

4. That kind of polling should settle our queasy fears a little

When you rely on expertise and good ideas, you have something to go on.

Ignorance, stupidity, bluster, corruption, deplorables .... not so much.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:01 PM

5. K&R

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:06 PM

7. What a difference a few years makes!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:29 PM

14. Dynamite!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 02:21 PM

20. Love the questions.

Hard to believe they asked if POTUS arrogant.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:07 PM

21. Dangerous and arrogant should be 'red' 1000%.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 05:55 PM

22. The majority of people are decent and sensible citizens.

It just seems like there are so many Trumpers because they make so much noise.

Someone told me that trump was going to run in 2024. I replied that that's what we want because we know we can beat him. He couldn't even muster more votes than Hillary, and people hate Hillary.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 07:39 PM

23. YEP,.. TRUMP IS A LOSER...

n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:04 PM

24. Trump literally chose Putin over America today and that doesn't bother FOX news at all

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 12:01 AM

25. The other countries knew there was something wrong with Trump.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 01:44 AM

26. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this graphic!

The numbers donít lie.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 11:36 AM

30. I knew absolutely that the President would be able to restore US approval around the world.

Look at how it happened with BHO following the shrub - quickly and easily. I just knew it would be the same this time.

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