This lady is earmarked for success!
Yep... It's a sorry state of affairs, but when we've put up Johnson Vs Corbyn we can hardly judge the yanks system for giving them two awful options.Personally I’m not hoping for his nomination or re-election but IMHO Tom’s assessment of the situation is spot-on.
Setting aside PR (not in favour at all).think that a more politically central Labour Party with a more credible leader could have snatched it from Boris. Will the US Democrats wake up and take the centre ground? I doubt that they will.
Your experience might be different to mine but in the last year or so I’ve found social media sites who’s members are very anti any point of view but their own. IMHO that’s not a healthy situation, but polarised politics and he who shouts loudest seem to be becoming the norm. Personally I’d rather have a discussion every time and be persuaded of the errors in my logic, persuade others of the errors in their logic or simply agree to differ.I shan't post anything with even a hint of my political views on here again.
It's also a symptom of our social media era...This used to be possible, and it certainly would be my preference, too, but, as you say, many people have succumbed to polarization, perhaps out of lazy ignorance and fragile egos.
I'm old enough to have been taught how to think. It's sad and also disturbing that today's youth seem to be told what to think, but not given the tools to test an idea's validity.It's also a symptom of our social media era...
Even if you have the wherewithal to access a variety of sources/viewpoints, you'll still be consistently bombarded by biased information that conforms to the profile that's been built up on you...
Perhaps it’s just my particular experience but the most ridged, dogmatic and often outright aggressive people that I come across on-line are older people. To an extent that’s been a surprise to me that folk who are more than old enough to know better do, in fact, behave badly towards others. Having a passion for your ideas and commitment to them is no bad thing but, IMHO, to (knowingly) behave badly towards others is next to inexcusable.I'm old enough to have been taught how to think. It's sad and also disturbing that today's youth seem to be told what to think, but not given the tools to test an idea's validity.
I bless the memory of my parents for ensuring and encouraging me to interact with adults from a very early age, and as a consequence, I have always had friends in all age groups. I share your frustration with those old enough to know better than to treat people badly, but I find that it's an individual trait more than a collective one; there are Alpha Hotels in every age group.Perhaps it’s just my particular experience but the most ridged, dogmatic and often outright aggressive people that I come across on-line are older people. To an extent that’s been a surprise to me that folk who are more than old enough to know better do, in fact, behave badly towards others. Having a passion for your ideas and commitment to them is no bad thing but, IMHO, to (knowingly) behave badly towards others is next to inexcusable.
With regard to youth and misguided thought the situation has ever been thus. When I talk to youngsters I find some young adults who really do think and run intellectual rings around their older colleagues, and some others who might manage to do similar in time - so a wide spread of thought from independent to herd mentality. Perhaps my (friends and family) experience here in the U.K. isn’t typical but home and educational life here has facilitated and encouraged questioning thought and it’s just been down to the abilities and nature of the individual as to whether or not to continue with group think or not.
Speaking as an average American, I must, respectfully disagree. I know these points are spoken, however we don't see all of this in real time.I'm not sure what you have against Donald Trump; as far as I can see, regardless what the rest of the world thinks of him, he has done a great deal of good for average Americans - and he was, after all, elected to put their interests first.
The numbers of people in employment have risen, unemployment is down, the numbers of people on food stamps are down, American manufacturers who had previously off-shored their production facilities are moving their plants back to the US, thanks to the significant drop in the costs of both energy and chemical feedstock, thanks to fracked gas.
As for the constant accusations against him; since he was sworn in, his administration has achieved the following results:
1. unemployment amongst black Americans is at its lowest ever level;
2. the numbers of black business start-ups have increased by over 400%;
3. average wages for black Americans have significantly risen;
4. he has pardoned a significant number of black Americans who were wrongfully convicted, and pushed through significant prison reforms;
Yet the Democrats call him a racist!
But I've said my piece, and I'll leave it at that.