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ksupoke

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Asking an honest question bc I'm only 30 and my political exposure is limited to the last decade. Has the Democratic base always been this... emotionally broken or is it a recent thing with my pathetic generation?

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It’s really not the Democratic base it’s the liberal/ socialist democrat base.
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise when this is what your being indoctrinated to in the public school system, it’s actually a good sign that there as many who don’t think this way as there are.

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OSU79

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Asking an honest question bc I'm only 30 and my political exposure is limited to the last decade. Has the Democratic base always been this... emotionally broken or is it a recent thing with my pathetic generation?

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I gave my attempt-at-humor answer yesterday, I'll give you a serious one today:

As with many young people, I came out of OSU in 1979 embracing many of the ideals of the Democratic Party. I still say without embarrassment (well, maybe a little) that I voted for Jimmy Carter the first time I was eligible to vote. He was such a good and genuine guy, and obviously very intelligent (a nuclear engineer in the Navy). But by 1981 my first home mortgage was at 16% and I could see that for the government to provide opportunity to anyone it had to make things better for everyone - "a rising tide floats all boats." Sure, people who were already doing well made even more money, but that is necessary if you want to generate jobs and increase the government revenue necessary to help the disadvantaged. And that has never been more obvious than it is today. Love him or hate him (and I do both), Trump has freed up the economy to improve things for nearly everyone (reducing onerous regulation has been the key, even more than the tax reduction).

Now to actually address your question about the "Democratic base:" No, it hasn't always been as it is today, but no, it's also not completely correct to blame your "pathetic generation." I blame the very highest levels of the Democratic Party. Their strategy for the past 20+ years has been to divide the populace along whatever lines they can (black/white, straight/gay, abortion/non, etc., etc.), generate as much conflict as they possibly can between the groups, then claim they are the party of inclusion and that all are welcome. Now, if you are anywhere near moderate, as most of us believe we are, you are painted as ultra-something, either right or left. The Democratic leaders, guided by the media and the money of their largest donors, relish the criers and the screamers because they make for great television and enable them to paint all Republicans as heartless monsters. It's the demonization of all things Republican that generates all the emotional craziness.

I'm a Republican. I live in OK, so most of my friends are Republicans. Maybe 10% of them oppose gay marriage, the rest, like me, don't care what gay people do. Probably 20% support a litmus test on abortion - most consider it, but not as a deciding factor (in fact, I never support a candidate at any level who promotes their anti-abortion stance as their outstanding qualification for office). Yet I can't even have a rational discussion with certain family members who are Democrats - they're just as emotional as the idiots on tv. It's very strange, but it seems to be what their leadership wants.
 

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Wacky? Or schadenfreude??? I picked schadenfreude because he could have gotten away with it.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article219705870.html


A Springfield, Missouri, man was arrested after authorities said he posted Facebook video apparently showing himself demonstrating how to remove an ankle monitor with a butter knife and utility tool. Screenshot from Facebook

Missouri
Man jailed after removing his ankle monitor in Facebook how-to video, Missouri cops say
By Jared Gilmour
jgilmour@mcclatchy.com
October 08, 2018 08:18 PM

A Missouri man is behind bars after authorities say he removed his ankle monitor and posted video of the stunt on Facebook, providing an online how-to lesson for others.
Court records said Dustin Burns, a 33-year-old Springfield man on probation for violating a restraining order, was charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment last week, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
“This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,” a man who is apparently Burns says in the Facebook video, which has been viewed more than 1,000 times.
Burns was arrested on Aug. 28 and is being held in a Greene County jail on $4,000 bond, according to online jail records. On that same day, the Facebook page in Burns’ name that posted the how-to video was last updated.
The video was posted in July and runs for nearly four minutes.

Dustin Burns, 33, faces charges of tampering with an electronic monitoring device, jail records said.
Greene County Sheriff's Office

As the video is recorded, the man wearing the ankle monitor uses a butter knife to fiddle with the large black device around his ankle. Eventually he switches to a utility tool that includes a screwdriver, video shows.

Along with the video is a descriptive caption: “Today’s lesson how to remove a GPS tracking bracelet without stopping the circuit...encase anyone was curious.”
The man offers a few tips as he works on freeing himself from the monitor.
“Don’t damage it, so you won’t owe f-----g thousands of dollars,” the man advises.
 

RxCowboy

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Wacky? Or schadenfreude??? I picked schadenfreude because he could have gotten away with it.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article219705870.html


A Springfield, Missouri, man was arrested after authorities said he posted Facebook video apparently showing himself demonstrating how to remove an ankle monitor with a butter knife and utility tool. Screenshot from Facebook

Missouri
Man jailed after removing his ankle monitor in Facebook how-to video, Missouri cops say
By Jared Gilmour
jgilmour@mcclatchy.com
October 08, 2018 08:18 PM

A Missouri man is behind bars after authorities say he removed his ankle monitor and posted video of the stunt on Facebook, providing an online how-to lesson for others.
Court records said Dustin Burns, a 33-year-old Springfield man on probation for violating a restraining order, was charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment last week, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
“This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,” a man who is apparently Burns says in the Facebook video, which has been viewed more than 1,000 times.
Burns was arrested on Aug. 28 and is being held in a Greene County jail on $4,000 bond, according to online jail records. On that same day, the Facebook page in Burns’ name that posted the how-to video was last updated.
The video was posted in July and runs for nearly four minutes.

Dustin Burns, 33, faces charges of tampering with an electronic monitoring device, jail records said.
Greene County Sheriff's Office

As the video is recorded, the man wearing the ankle monitor uses a butter knife to fiddle with the large black device around his ankle. Eventually he switches to a utility tool that includes a screwdriver, video shows.

Along with the video is a descriptive caption: “Today’s lesson how to remove a GPS tracking bracelet without stopping the circuit...encase anyone was curious.”
The man offers a few tips as he works on freeing himself from the monitor.
“Don’t damage it, so you won’t owe f-----g thousands of dollars,” the man advises.
Wacky and schadenfreude aren't mutually exclusive. We can laugh at this on multiple levels.