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  1. billymills

    American Politics

    Ranked ballots are a bad idea for presidential elections unless it's adopted simultaneously for all states (based on national vote). If it had any effect whatsoever, it would only enable third parties to win locally, allowing for the spoiler effect at the state level. Imagine Bernie winning only...
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    Serious Mathematicians on Smogon

    I've been interested in number theory and complex analysis for a while. Something about going around in circles and actually getting somewhere is pretty cool. Can definitely relate to liking random sports statistics and subway maps. When I was younger I'd used to read the sports page in the...
  3. billymills

    American Politics

    Blue Ohio but red Arizona? Agree on voter suppression preventing any chance in florida, but hopefully NC and WI have some sort of chance. I think he stands as a reminder of what 40% of the country really believes. You can ignore it or pretend it doesn't exist, but that's what we're all up...
  4. billymills

    American Politics

    No. Democrats have again banked everything on 'not Trump' being enough, and frankly it should be. (Now that people have experienced Trump.) Trump isn't really the problem. Most of the issues with Trump are that he enables senate republicans to do whatever they feel like. Biden isn't a...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Sam you're privileged enough to have both parties act as viable conduits for your opinions. But this is false equivalency, and a trademark Republican tactic. It's absolutely absurd that 'centrists' get to play 'both sides are the same.' How about instead of just deciding its basically the same...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    I hope you realise that's just thinking about doing anything
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    what have you done since the election?
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Myzo brings up a good point. If your fighting the system consists of voting off brand every 4 years, you're not really trying.
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    idk man the zodiak killer got pretty close in 2016
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    I mean I voted green last federal election. And voted third party the one before that, and the one before that. But that's because candidates from all sides were not fighting against the very concept of democracy. I'm pretty damn dedicated to changing the electoral system, but not in the...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    You don't have to do anything. You take the options as presented to do you, and try to figure out what would result in the better outcome over the next 4 years. I'm not going to argue your image of Biden vs. your image of Trump. All I'm saying is what the candidates are going to do over the...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    I hate to be the guy defending Biden. I had him as last place in my choices for the nomination. But there are bigger things at stake here, and an accountable Biden beats out anything the republicans have to offer. Democrats eat their own. Even when they're in power. Biden will be on thin ice...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Left wing american politics is so puritan. Constantly trying to eat itself up. I wish progressives would be more forward thinking, looking at what would get the country on the right track, rather than constantly looking at history. We are talking about an instance that may or may not have...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Trump's going to win. Why would Trump hold an election Trump wouldn't win? GG liberals.
  15. billymills

    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    You have no idea what I was saying do you.
  16. billymills

    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    You can spin it all you want but Joe Biden saying "Nothing will fundamentally change" is a blunder no matter how you look at it.
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Your concern trolling is appreciated.
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    Biden's probably not going to do that much damage to the democratic party. His reasons for running have been clear from the start: he thinks he's the most suited to beat Trump. I'm not convinced he has long term plans for the democratic party. Even in the event that he wins, I'm not convinced...
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    serious coronavirus thread

    That frame is the type of thing I wouldn't catch unless it was directed at me, and still don't really have a good gauge for how 'bad' it is. I kinda hope China won't be able to brush off international attention for this like they have been able for Hong Kong and Xinjiang. But you're right that...
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    Serious 2020 Democratic Primary Thread

    I mean I'm sure I said it. There's definitely a lot of subjectivity on how I apply it to each case though (which imo, there should be). In Kavanaugh's case, I think it was pretty clear from his testimony that he was not appropriate for the supreme court. Any of a number of other republicans...
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