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  • What are your opinions on Trump as a presedential candidate and who would you consider a smart choice for him to delegate as a Vice President and why?
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Generally I keep a safe distance from enthusiastically supporting him because he says and does things that are off the wall, like his most recent move to poison the well with the Trump U judge.

    But I will vote for him. Trump is a gamble and his official written policies are well-thought out and align with what I think needs to be done. Hillary is absolutely unfit for any office, having already let an ambassador and servicemen die under her care. Then she lied about the cause for over a week in public. All while communicating during her entire tenure via an illegal, unapproved method which has been proven to be easily hacked.

    Johnson/Weld are clowns - Weld a backstabbing clown - with no shot who think conscience rights are a lower priority than legalizing weed. They can and should pull votes from the left, which I'm fine with strategically.
    Do you believe in the American Dream? Legitimately curious, since you painted Bernie as a "literal bum before he got elected to Congress (where he remains a bum)". Isn't going from coming from a poor ass family to being a senator the kind of thing you would applaud?
    Do you have a hidden message you leave when your trolling and when you aren't? Please I need help understanding you.
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    In Firebot politics threads I make arguments with the same vehemence and venom that is accepted in Congregation of the Masses for opinions the mods agree with - except they will disagree with the opinions I post in Firebot.

    Cong has a policy where "wrong" opinions (determined through the lens of the mod's personal biases) are "oppressive" or "hate" and get deleted. Cong is basically the "Safe Space" Eric Cartman sang about on South Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXQkXXBqj_U

    Every time I post in Firepot politics threads I am effectively mocking Congregation of the Masses in the only discussion forum that actually allows open discourse. That Firebot keeps posts up that use words like "shitlord" is a bonus because I get to use slang humor too.

    Am I trolling? Am I serious? Like a magician, I never reveal my secrets!
    does that customized meta get a ladder on PS as the CAP is being made?

    if not, maybe it should
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    That is the intent, yes. Last time during the Suspect Test we had the Suspect Ladder run concurrently with the CAP Metagame ladder.
    What are your thoughts on Rand Paul? I know you like Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul seems to be quite similar but for the complete abolishment on spying on individuals and less likely to go to war with Iran. He also will surge in Iowa, because he has some of the best grassroots in Iowa EVER. (1000+ prestinct chairman, with 10,000 students voting) So I certainly see him as having a chance.
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Generally I like Paul and suspect he will do better than people think because of ground game in IA and especially NH (which trends libertarian, not "moderate"), but just like Ron Paul did in 2012, he has the opposite problem of most candidates.

    Most candidates have the problem that their support is a mile wide and an inch deep. Paul's problem is his support is a mile deep and an inch wide, i.e. his supporters are the most zealously committed to him but, by comparison to others, they are few in number.

    Rand has also been very bad at surrounding himself with the right influencers. For example his argument is that he expands the party to new constituencies but one of his photo ops was with Al Sharpton . He has also sided at various times with Mitch McConnell which undercuts a lot of his anti-establishment credentials. Both of those guys are Kryptonite in this GOP primary cycle.

    Finally, he's a bit of a victim of circumstance because this cycle has had more emphasis on ISIS and terrorism than on the NSA, and Paul has never been effective at neutralizing the argument those two issues aren't linked. Throw in immigration and the basic calculation of Cruz has been this: "Paul is right on spying, mostly correct on national security, and wrong on amnesty. Rubio is wrong on spying, mostly correct on national security, and wrong on amnesty. Cruz is right on all three."
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    tl;dr campaign analysis version is that Cruz got in very early (March 2015), specifically targeted Ron Paul type voters as well as evangelicals and Tea Party voters, and as other candidates with those bases (Scott Walker first, Ben Carson more recently,) faded he made the most gains among their supporters. That strategy left Rand with a shadow of Ron's support, which is still significant, motivated, and politically effective, but not enough to project that force into the kind of primary polling numbers you need to obtain to build momentum.

    I could go on but I've given you enough of an essay for now.
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Yes. Let us condemn people for what their supporters say/do.

    By this standard, Barack Obama has bombed the Pentagon because he launched his political career in Bill Ayers' house and Hillary... well, you don't need to reference her supporters because her negligence already got four people under her authority killed while she lied about it (to their families, not hers), and domestically broke every law about US national security document security on the books.

    But you didn't read about any of that on addictinginfo because they are leftist bootlickers.
    I know you probably get really annoyed by constant political questions on your wall, but what pair would you like to see win the presidency and vice presidency, not necessarily just he president

    I like Cruz and Rubio
    If a Democrat were to become POTUS, which of the current demo candidates would you prefer take that position?
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Bernie Sanders. He's not a criminal and he maxes out at one term.
    Who do you think is the best candidate in the Presidental race right now? Why? (I'm kinda curious) :P
    sunny004
    sunny004
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Have heard of nationstates, too much maintenance for me to sustain.

    I'm supporting Cruz. I think he has shown sufficient fundraising capability, broad support, and of course he aligns with me on issues.

    The best candidate so far on objective metrics looks to be Trump. Top of the polls, he's been the force driving ratings at the debates, and he was able to cover a major hurdle in actually getting ballot access in Virginia, which means he's not just running on celebrity but doing the actual groundwork necessary to win convention delegates.

    Carson is a inexplicable to me as to why his support is so high and has been sustained, but he may be advantaging from people who really hate politicians but think Trump is an embarrassment.

    Rubio is essentially in the same position as Cruz, but with a different donor mix and appeal. Those four are the only conceivable nominees at this point.
    dick knight imo
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    In a world governed by excessive placidity, some must stand boldly for the self-preserving masculinity of a competent culture. Some knights - must be dicks.

    And who better than I?
    Who better than I?
    Can someone plz help? I am unable to type in the boxes used in forums that you usuall type in.I can't select them , aIthough I can write titles in pms. I have had this a ccount for quite some time does anyone know how I can recticfy this?
    would you rather have trump become potus or have obama serve a third term
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    If Trump wins the nomination I am totally voting for him.

    I do hope Obama does get a third term - in prison, after serving a first and second there. It's not like his SecState can set up a homebrew server with a backup in a Denver loo without him knowing about it, come on.
    what do you think of donald trump
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    Went on vacation starting Friday, so I've been away from my PC. Basically I won't vote for Trump in the primary because he attempted to game eminent domain against an unwilling seller, but I'm pretty happy he's stirring things up and bringing attention and ratings to the GOP race.

    I do hope he loses the nomination though because he's already hyperbolic and it just gets embellished even more because he's upending the "respectable" applecart of punditry so many people have milked for so long.

    The oddest thing is, is that Trump is actually a fantastic executive. Donald Trump, Sr. runs a great company, works well with employees, clients, and vendors, and operates a massive operation all over the country. Unfortunately he's been running as the media creation "The Donald" from his Apprentice show. I was hoping he'd turn off "The Donald" for the debate and turn on "Donald Trump, Sr" just for that night.
    Ununhexium
    Ununhexium
    I saw Donald Trump speak today (yesterday) and I do have to say he is a really good speaker and does a great job bringing important things to the table for discussion

    But yeah I'm hoping someone like Rubio takes it
    The irony @your sig is that I never made the Smogon Gold thread because of likes being removed. I actually wanted to do that thread for a while, but it coincidentally occurred after likes being removed.
    Deck Knight
    Deck Knight
    I know the notion of a coordinated humor forum staff is somewhat a contradiction in terms, but it would help a lot in keeping the firebotters happy.
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