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  • 3 months ago
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    The point of this article though is that, regardless of if it's blocking entry from the right countries, this action reinforces the narrative that America hates Islam and supports the IS recruitment narrative.

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  • 3 months ago
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  • 3 months ago
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    Got it. Thanks y'all.

  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    I feel like I was pretty straightforward/even/respectful with my approach here. Perhaps it wasn't a helpful criticism worth offering to begin with. I was hoping to provide some constructive feedback but it seems it was likely inappropriate or misdelivered for this particular audience. You certainly aren't breaking any site policies or anything so carry on however you want.

    Let me know if you have any specific thoughts or feelings on issues with my approach, thought process, or language so I can have more meaningful discussions moving forward.

  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    Yeah. It may not mean Mexico is paying for the wall but it seems like a pretty reasonable common sense change that wouldn't have a super drastic impact.

  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    I probably wouldn't call that analogy a fair comparison to America's current political landscape. Digging into that just a little, if the Democratic party is the only adult in this scenario then maybe it's a problem that so many actors in our political system are just 4 year old children behind the wheel of a car. The Republican party and it's politicians have more agency and skill than a 4 year old. American voters have more agency and skill than a 4 year old. Even if the Democratic party is the only true adult in this scenario then perhaps you should also blame a preestablished system that relied on a single adult that could do so much damage without any check on them.

    In reality, the Republican party is filled with adults that have the ability to make an impact on the world around them, the media is filled with adults, American voters are adults, President Trump is an adult. If we had so many adults around and they were at the mercy of just one adult (the Democratic party) that could cause so much damage while everyone else just helplessly watched, then maybe we shouldn't just blame the Democratic party. Maybe we should also take a long, hard look at the system that left only one adult in charge and fell apart so easily.

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  • 3 months ago
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    Just as you could fault the Democratic machine for providing an easy opponent for Trump to beat (among other errors), you can fault the process of the Republican primary for allowing Trump to rise to the top of a highly competitive field of 15 candidates (there was some involvement of the Republican party in that process). You could also fault the Republican establishment for standing by throughout a campaign in which their nominee did not campaign for or espouse their core values. You could note the contribution of the media in creating a dichotomous story line that was often high on drama and low on details. You could fault American people for voting for a candidate believing he would not actually do what he said he would (and now being surprised that he is actually doing what he campaigned on).

    That irony kind of gets to my point. I definitely would not assign full responsibility to the blame game. But I might call it a contributing factor along with the other factors listed above (as well as others I have not mentioned and may not even be aware of). With so many factors, I would be cautious to assign 95% of responsibility to any one of them. Mentioning the blame game was a way to highlight the potential danger of oversimplifying and attempting to assign full blame to a single factor in a complex issue. So I agree with your criticism of playing a blame game and therefore think that, rather than looking for something to place full blame on, we should focus on humble evaluation of the many complexities of every situation in the world and even our own negative contributions to them when appropriate.

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  • 3 months ago
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    [Question] Is there an easy way to see responses to your posts and comments in one place?

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  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    Some leaks from his office, negative stories from anonymous staffers in his administration, and legal issues already surrounding some of his actions seem to suggest an inattention to detail and unwillingness to respond to changes and feedback around him, which are concerning characteristics in a president. I hope he broadens his circle of influence and shows a greater willingness to acknowledge facts that may contradict his opinions, rather than only accepting whatever paints him in the most positive light.

  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    Not sure what tone you're talking about.

    I'm not trying to say you aren't allowed to take a certain tone. I just think your sometimes unnecessarily negative tone doesn't help further your cause. For example, your response to me feels lectury, overly defensive and superior (whether that is an accurate interpretation of your intentions or not) and makes me feel more inclined to recoil, paint you in broad, negative strokes, ignore your potentially meaningful response, and become overly defensive myself. Although I appreciate the content of what you say and probably mostly agree with it, I have less desire to listen to it or further dialogue with you because of your less constructive tone.

    If the way I speak makes it difficult for you to hear or appreciate the point I am trying to make, please let me know. I don't want to waste my words by not picking them well.

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  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    That seems like an oversimplification. Surely an incredible number of complexly interwoven economic, political, global, and personal/individual-level factors contribute to who becomes presidents and how the rest of the government and the world interact with him.

    It's definitely helpful to identify the failures of the Democratic Party but it seems like a stretch to assign near total blame to it. For example, some would say the tendency to totally blame a certain party or individual for everything that is wrong helped get us to where we are today.

  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    Is killing more women and children (16) than Al-Quaeda members (14) typical in this kind of raid?

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  • 3 months ago
    Analysis heilschwein

    The Border Adjustment Tax For Dummies: Who Will Pay For The Wall?

    The most clear and even handed explanation I've seen.

  • 3 months ago
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    Every US household will pay $120 for the border wall if Mexico doesn't pay for it

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  • 3 months ago
    Comment heilschwein

    @AdelleChattre - Chickenosis has some good feedback for you. I've seen a few different comment threads where you seem pretty combative and use inflammatory language (regardless of if your point is well made or not). This is a small community and you comment a lot. Your comments do a lot to shape the tone of the site and your tone is often negative without constructively supporting your point.

    Thank you for providing meaningful responses and viewpoints that encourage discussion. Don't let your tone negate the value of your thoughtfulness.

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