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  1. According to Heather's mom, she missed a call from the President on the day of the funeral (yes, several days after the event), and then received three "frantic" messages from the President's press secretary(ies). Seems likely that the President's team was desperate to "check the box" of speaking with her after being criticized publicly for not reaching out earlier.
  2. Agreed, and I think that's what I stated.
  3. I grieve for Susan Heyer's loss, and I can understand her reluctance to speak with the President and her criticism of his "both sides" rhetoric. That being said, Trump hasn't said anything critical about Heather Heyer or equated her with the white supremacists and Nazis at the rally as people have claimed.
  4. The Republicans control all three branches of government. But if Trump fails, it's the Democrats' fault?
  5. You again miss the mark. By condemning white supremacist groups and what they stand for, the President isn't telling people what they're "allowed" to think. He is simply condemning their principles of hatred and bigotry. And by condemning white supremacist groups and what they stand for, he is not prohibiting them from engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment.
  6. The ACLU is defending their freedom to march. That is far different than condemning their message and mission. By your logic, the President shouldn't speak out against communism. Or socialism. Or the Democratic Party platform. That's absurd.
  7. Every Trump voter who opposes these white supremacist groups and what they stand for should be calling for Trump to denounce them forcefully and specifically.
  8. Every Trump voter who opposes these white supremacist groups and what they stand for should be calling for Trump to denounce them forcefully and specifically.
  9. Shaving years off your retirement? That doesn't sound good. The front end or the back end?
  10. I was wondering whether I was the only one who remembered this!
  11. It's not a focal point to be sure, but it's expressly noted both at the beginning of the movie (the French saving Tommy and covering his retreat to the beach in the opening sequence), and at the end of the movie (Commander Bolton staying behind on the beach to help the French).
  12. Yeah, this sort of bears on my point no. 3. I'd like to see some data showing that patients were denied cures or improved treatments because they did not have access to them under our current system. In short, I'd like to know that this bill solves or addresses a problem that actually exists. It very well may, but I don't want to assume that is the case simply because it seems to make sense that that is the case.
  13. For the record, I wouldn't characterize myself as being on the "other side." Just that these are some of the issues that I would want to consider before throwing my support behind this bill. I approach this from the mindset that I had a son with a terminal illness who didn't qualify for any trials. I wonder what I would have done if we were presented with some experimental drug of unknown efficacy and unknown side effects. Would we have given it a shot? And what if it caused him horrible pain during the balance of his life? And what would I have paid if some charlatan wanted to charge me $75,000 for this experimental treatment? These issues give me pause. But yes, I want sick people to have a shot at life. For sure.