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(Reason Magazine)   The past several weeks have made one thing crystal-clear: Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins   (reason.com) divider line 211
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2012-08-20 03:48:15 PM  
DNRFA.

But it's true that we are more about politics than country.
 
2012-08-20 03:57:30 PM  
Have to hand it to the author of TFA. Well played indeed.
 
2012-08-20 04:05:41 PM  
"both sides are bad," (so vote republican.)

yawn.
 
2012-08-20 04:21:43 PM  
We probably face unmitigated disaster no matter who wins because (especially if republicans lose) the other side isn't going to let the winners accomplish anything anyway.
 
2012-08-20 05:30:22 PM  
Just look at the Other Side's latest commercial, which take a perfectly reasonable statement by the candidate for My Side completely out of context to make it seem as if he is saying something nefarious. This just shows you how desperate the Other Side is and how willing it is to mislead the American People

Since when did Democrats write for Reason?
 
2012-08-20 05:53:10 PM  
 
2012-08-20 06:11:06 PM  
Both sides are equally bad ...

So re-elect Obama!

/or else you're a filthy racist
 
2012-08-20 06:11:09 PM  
So vote Libertarian.
 
2012-08-20 06:11:17 PM  
Both sides suck, considering that I'm not in a swing state, I'm voting for the candidate of my choice, woohoo, hopefully the congressional race will be close enough that I can make a difference and screw over a republican or even ideally get a libertarian elected.

Socially liberal
Fiscally conservative.

fark Dems and fark Repubs.
 
2012-08-20 06:11:28 PM  
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE IS RUINED FOREVER!!!

bout 2 weeks ago I stopped watching the news and I change channels whenever a political ad comes on. Even here I just hit refresh till the ad changes to something nonpolitical. Much less stressed out now. Tonight I have people comming to my house for a birthday party. I think I will kick them out as they each start talking about any religion or politics, maybe 1 warning and then out they go. This could save my life, my wife is on board too.
 
2012-08-20 06:12:24 PM  
Both sides are bad.

But, they aren't equally bad.
 
2012-08-20 06:12:53 PM  

FlashHarry: "both sides are bad," (so vote republican.)

yawn.


TFA was clearly supportive of Democratic candidates.

/yawn
 
2012-08-20 06:13:25 PM  

orclover: Even here I just hit refresh till the ad changes to something nonpolitical.


luddite
 
2012-08-20 06:13:26 PM  
Fact is, neither side is lying.
 
2012-08-20 06:13:58 PM  
Both sides are bad.

So, vote my side.
 
2012-08-20 06:14:09 PM  

Ambivalence: We probably face unmitigated disaster no matter who wins because (especially if republicans lose) the other side isn't going to let the winners accomplish anything anyway.


How little you know of the Democrats. Many of them will be too scared of their poor re-election chances when faced with an ever increasing conservative voter base that they will vote whatever way they think will get them a better re-election chance (i.e. move right).

Not that the country at large is going conservative, but it seems that only conservatives bother to vote. Liberals and progressives seem to think "punishing" the Democrats by abstaining from voting is a sure fire way to get them to give us more liberal candidates. Or else they forget or don't know if it's an election year.

I think positive reinforcement works better, so let's see if we can't get that pendulum swinging the other way and elect a few Democrats instead of letting the Republicans walk to an easy win.
 
2012-08-20 06:14:44 PM  

ZoeNekros: Both sides are bad.

But, they aren't equally bad.


Your point being some Sides are more equal than others?
 
2012-08-20 06:15:21 PM  
Wait, this isn't an Onion article?
 
2012-08-20 06:15:52 PM  
One side advocates rape. The other side advocates pillaging. Can't we just compromise on murder?
 
2012-08-20 06:16:10 PM  
Right doofus, both sides are the same. The Legitimate Rape Party that believes tax returns should be private and the Black Guy Party who hides the fact that he didn't attend college and was born in Kenya.
 
2012-08-20 06:16:26 PM  
It's about time for a revolution.
 
2012-08-20 06:17:05 PM  

ZoeNekros: Both sides are bad.

But, they aren't equally bad.


Sure they are. But some sides are more equally bad than others.
 
2012-08-20 06:17:33 PM  
What I hate is when someone from the OS turns out to be a nice guy. . .
 
2012-08-20 06:17:37 PM  
Clever editorial, and likely to be popular. Guy hit the nail on the head. He actually whacked it a few more times than necessary to sink it, but he makes his point.
 
2012-08-20 06:17:48 PM  
*shakes fist at Wogus
 
2012-08-20 06:17:57 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: Deliberately inflammatory headline regarding political issue distorts actual content of article with intent to provoke irrational conflicts among debaters. Sarcastic request for members of opposing ideology to inhale sharply


NO U!
 
2012-08-20 06:18:25 PM  

ZoeNekros: Both sides are bad.

But, they aren't equally bad.

 
2012-08-20 06:18:36 PM  

HAMMERTOE: Fact is, neither side is lying.


An Aes Sedai politician never lies, but the truth she speaks, may not be the truth you think you hear
 
2012-08-20 06:18:47 PM  
it's almost as if people in politics employ strategies to engender public support! and sometimes, different people in politics employ similar strategies!
 
2012-08-20 06:18:56 PM  
I'm voting for Obama just to piss off my repubtard friends. Payback for two terms of Bush.
 
2012-08-20 06:18:58 PM  

Lost Thought 00: One side advocates rape. The other side advocates pillaging. Can't we just compromise on murder?


If I can murder with my d, then yeah.
 
2012-08-20 06:19:35 PM  
it's not often i read something online that i understand. for once i've found something i can get behind and support. i think this renewed my faith in humanity. for the first time in a very long time, i can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
 
2012-08-20 06:20:26 PM  

thecpt: Lost Thought 00: One side advocates rape. The other side advocates pillaging. Can't we just compromise on murder?

If I can murder with my d, then yeah.



Both sides are right, but both sides murder. I give up ... why can't they?

/obscure?
 
2012-08-20 06:21:41 PM  

beta_plus: Both sides are equally bad ...

So re-elect Obama!

/or else you're a filthy racist


don't vote for Obama or Republicans might call you a "guy that keeps calling me a racist even though I saw a black guy one time and talked to him for nearly 20 seconds" which is way worse
 
2012-08-20 06:21:55 PM  
So vote LaRouche!
 
2012-08-20 06:22:42 PM  

upndn: It's about time for a revolution.


Agreed

/anarchist
 
2012-08-20 06:23:01 PM  

SpartacusHobbs: *shakes fist at Wogus*


Knew I had to be fast...

/Great minds and all...
 
2012-08-20 06:24:11 PM  
Good or bad, living in the reddest red in the country does have one advantage, very few presidential ads. Obama has a better chance of becoming the first black man on mars than he does carrying Oklahoma. Romney will carry every county, mark it down.
 
2012-08-20 06:24:27 PM  
Ok, that was pretty good.

/Article not originally from Reason
 
2012-08-20 06:25:07 PM  

TheAlmightyOS: upndn: It's about time for a revolution.

Agreed

/anarchist


Idealist :)
 
2012-08-20 06:25:21 PM  
i1121.photobucket.com

No matter who "wins", we lose.

The important thing that we believe in "the process".

Believe that we continue to have some control over our destiny as a nation.


/Don't forget to vote and to attend the church of your choice
 
2012-08-20 06:25:35 PM  
For once they are both right.
 
2012-08-20 06:25:49 PM  

Lost Thought 00: One side advocates rape. The other side advocates pillaging.


That's funny.

/And now stolen.
 
2012-08-20 06:25:55 PM  
Both sides are bad. Vote Lizard People.
 
2012-08-20 06:26:38 PM  

Girion47: Both sides suck, considering that I'm not in a swing state, I'm voting for the candidate of my choice, woohoo, hopefully the congressional race will be close enough that I can make a difference and screw over a republican or even ideally get a libertarian elected.

Socially liberal
Fiscally conservative.

fark Dems and fark Repubs.


You just described the modern democratic party.

socially liberal and fiscally conservative,
 
2012-08-20 06:27:24 PM  

NightOwl2255: Good or bad, living in the reddest red in the country does have one advantage, very few presidential ads. Obama has a better chance of becoming the first black man on mars than he does carrying Oklahoma. Romney will carry every county, mark it down.


Swing state TV is awful right now and its only going to get worse. Campaign commercials are at least better than progressive commercials w/ Flo though.

/just barely
 
2012-08-20 06:28:03 PM  

NightOwl2255: Good or bad, living in the reddest red in the country does have one advantage, very few presidential ads. Obama has a better chance of becoming the first black man on mars than he does carrying Oklahoma. Romney will carry every county, mark it down.


One of the best parts about living in the bluest of blue (CA) is that you don't have to see presidential ads either.

Yay electoral college!

/also much less derp here
 
2012-08-20 06:28:48 PM  
I am not sure what I am any more.
I am definitely not a democrat.
Definitely not republican.
I am more conservative in my views but both parties are at such and extreme that its stupid and absurd to me.
I would say toss all out them out of office and lets start from scratch.
How about the dandies and the wigs.
 
2012-08-20 06:28:48 PM  
Looks like they accidentally printed the template the use for all of the politics articles before the find-and-replace step.
 
2012-08-20 06:29:00 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Girion47: Both sides suck, considering that I'm not in a swing state, I'm voting for the candidate of my choice, woohoo, hopefully the congressional race will be close enough that I can make a difference and screw over a republican or even ideally get a libertarian elected.

Socially liberal
Fiscally conservative.

fark Dems and fark Repubs.

You just described the modern democratic party.

socially liberal and fiscally conservative,


Try convincing the few remaining socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republicans that don't like the social conservative bent the party has taken of that.
 
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