*equal opportunity cigar lounge commission, which doesn’t really exist but sounds cool, no?

So earlier in the week, mkbruin offered a reply for debate that I initially took offense to because it took away from the point being made. Plus like most sane folks, I was beyond pissed over Charlottesville.

Anyway I agreed that I would give it the opportunity to be debated. It just took longer for me to post this because I’ve been sick.

Also if anything is out of context, I will correct it as soon as possible.

mkbruin, Atlas VPboredalways

8/15/17 9:30am





It is a good portrayal and solid message; but I believe there is a stronger message that will be missed.

When viewed through the lens of republican vs democrat policies:

Republicans have gone off course over the past decade. What drew me to the right was a focus on the content of ones character, rather than race/orientation/gender. Over the past decade, the R’s have begun to segment its base to its own detriment.

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Democrats, in comparison, went off the deep end of identity politics. If you are not a hyphenated anything, you are not welcome. You must identify solely by your faction, and anyone who looks or act the same but doesn’t think the same must be ostracized. I look at the treatment of African American conservatives, LBGT conservatives, and female conservatives and it’s absolutely appalling how closely the democrat party mimicks that video.

I never saw Trumps rhetoric regarding immigration as racist, as I respect all nations right to sovereignty. However, I see in retrospect how the rhetoric fueled the fire that had been building as race relations declined over the past decade.

I like to think that racism is not solely owned by the right. I also like to think that the racist on both sides of the spectrum are the extremists and the extreme minority, not the norm.

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Regardless, I cannot recall another time when this country was as tense as it is today (politically speaking). This began before Trump, so one man is not the catalyst. I fear we will reach a breaking point as a nation before either side will do what is necessary to heal.