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Everything posted by timschochet

  1. It’s Superman’s son who is going to be bi. I think it’s awesome.
  2. Look, any article or study that says that shines a positive light on these people is very likely going to be written by either a liberal or libertarian (and in some cases by the Chamber of Commerce.) And any article or study that shines a negative light is likely going to be written by a conservative or nativist. We all know this. There are very few dispassionate points of view on this subject, and it’s not a science with an objective truth that we can all share. Illegal immigration is a fluid situation, constantly changing, and there are many ways to measure it. Truth be told, since this is the Joe Biden thread, I will tell you that I admire your view, and that of many other conservatives here, more than I admire his. I think you guys are wrong on this issue, but at least you’re consistent and you arrive at your position honestly. I like Biden as you know, but I think on this issue he and many other Democrats are cowards. They refuse to stand up for what they believe because they think it will lose them votes, and they care far more about power than they do principle. That is the root cause of the current chaos IMO.
  3. Except that I’m not a leftist by any means. My views on the issue of illegal immigration are shaped by my love of capitalism.
  4. Because they commit far less crimes: https://news.wisc.edu/undocumented-immigrants-far-less-likely-to-commit-crimes-in-u-s-than-citizens/ Therefore by inference.
  5. Fair questions: 1. I don’t know, but most studies of this subject report that illegal immigrants, once here, are actually significantly more law abiding than natural born citizens, making them safer to be around than the latter. So I would suggest your fear of them in terms of violence is misplaced. 2. Nobody knows, but I believe that illegal immigrants are a net economic benefit to our society. Again there are some prominent studies that suggest this is the case, and there are other studies which contradict this point. The answer to this question is unclear despite constant attempts by the anti-illegal immigrant types to claim that it is. 3. I don’t know. But I do know that the key factor in all illegal goods is consumer demand, and you can’t stop these goods from flowing so long as the demand is present (see our failed War on Drugs, and prior to that, Prohibition.) I also know that the vast majority of illegal immigrants, who are destitute people coming here in search of a better life for themselves and their children, have absolutely nothing to do with drugs or any other contraband. 4, Your last point really isn’t a question but more of a statement, and one that makes me feel quite comfortable referring to you as a nativist: you blame these poor people for problems they have nothing to do with.
  6. I don’t think it’s a proper role for churches, but with this church I’m willing to make an exception.
  7. I’m not. What I wrote IS provocative; I admit that, but I honestly think that way. There is a concerted movement to disenfranchise black voting in southern states. This means that, just as in the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement, blacks need to use every tool at their disposal, including their churches, to combat this new discrimination. If that means campaigning for certain candidates, so be it.
  8. I think it’s perfectly fair to label anyone who says “lock down the border” as a nativist. On the other hand I think YOU have reasonable concerns. But I disagree with your solutions (assuming that I understand them correctly.)
  9. And I can see where this is heading. The hawks are going to demand that we spend billions (or trillions) on upgrading our nuclear capacity in order to deal with this “threat.” That would be terrible. We can’t allow this to happen.
  10. Sorry It’s just not compelling. I’m not interested in the ins and outs of a tactical nuclear war. I don’t believe this changes the status quo at all. China will never engage in a nuclear battle with us because the risk to them is too great.
  11. Upon further reflection, while I’m not OK with this for churches in general, I’m OK with it for black churches.
  12. I don’t see how locking down the border does anything positive for our safety and health. It makes some nativist types feel good (for a short time until they start looking for other scapegoats to blame for their problems).
  13. It wasn’t. Chaos at the border, while not great, is far preferable to Trump’s policy. Biden is making a terrible mistake by returning to it.
  14. I think you got it all along and you’re being willfully obtuse in order to make a rather insipid point, but that’s just, like, my opinion.
  15. I didn’t willfully misunderstand anything. I love “Brown Sugar” and I think it’s stupid for anyone to be concerned about it. I’m merely pointing out that for all of the stupidity amd excessiveness that political correctness can sometimes produce, the improvement in civility is a worthy trade-off. And I find your comparison to previous censorship to be rather silly.
  16. I’m pretty confident that, unlike the examples you bring up, the changes to society that political correctness has brought will be permanent. And that’s a good thing, despite your attempt to diminish them.
  17. Sorry but I don’t think concerns over racism, sexism or homophobia are funny or worthy of ridicule. At all.
  18. Sure, but people who have fought for less sexism, less homophobia, more racial inclusion, etc have come off as far less ridiculous than the ones you’ve focused on. So it all depends on the subject.
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