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  • My not personally believing he gives a damn about ethics aside, I have to wonder why the republican party is expending so much effort to try to discredit him. You don’t typically put up websites, (even ones as lazily put together as the lyingcomey one) unless there’s something you’re hiding from or that you don’t want to get out. And just because I don’t believe he gives a damn about ethics doesn’t mean I believe that there’s at least some truth in his book about Trump. There are no heroes in this story and neither is a paragon of ethics, or anyone who should be emulated on any level.

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  • given his past behavior and the tabloid nature of the book, I think there is little truth to be found being interviewed by a hack in journalists clothing, doesn’t exactly score veracity points either. When the dust settles, if it does, voters knew who and what they were getting and made their choice.

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  • There’s nothing wrong with selling a book, even on political subjects. There are plenty of good ones, from intellectuals on both sides of the aisle. The problem with this particular book is that it’s obvious that the individual behind it is an egotistical jerk, and is in no position to speak to anyone else’s morals. To speak to Ray’s comment, I don’t believe for one second that Trump supporters went into this blind, or that they continue to remain so. I’m not in to letting people off the hook when it comes to personal responsibility. I’m also old enough to remember when that used to be a conservative/republican value, and I suspect that eventually there will be a reckoning on that score. But what’s most tragic about all of this is that the acceptance and excuse-making for the shenanigans of the president and his associates opens the door for the same from any other candidate, right or left, and there’s no room for anyone to object because even if they want to, huge swoths of the U.S. population have decided that all of this is acceptable. While I’m not saying we’re immediately doomed or anything like that, (not into fearmongering either), this is how civilizations fall. If you need a refresher on that, go read up on the shenanigans that were taking place during the Roman Empire, specifically those of the emperors and their officials. It took a really long time, but eventually that civilization collapsed, and it wasn’t because the Vizigoths were a superior army.

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  • The main problem we have is that the corporation has been granted overarching power. Multinational corporations are now more powerful than the President and Congress, because the corporations own our major parties, both Democrat and Republican. Even worse is that a supermajority of Americans, and even populations of other nations where the same system of government prevails, either resign themselves to accepting this reality rather than trying to change it, or worse, are perfectly happy with things as they are.

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  • Sorry, but there is no other country on this planet that has the same system of government we have. Every other democracy is a multi-party system. So conspiracy theories won’t help here. Also, “the corporation”, as you put it, is not more powerful than congress or the president. That’s not how any of this works. See my above re: conspiracy theories.

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  • Money in politics is a real thing. Corporations being more powerful than the government, any branch of it, is not. And by money, I mean everything from corporate donations, (corporations are people too is a long-established legal thing, and it’s what allows corporations everything from the civil right of free speech to the right to participate in the political process just like the individual citizens of this country), to donations by lobbying organizations, (disability rights organizations fall under this category), to individual contributions by citizens. These contributions are limited by law. If you want to say that the law should be changed to impose stricter limits, fine. But trying to disallow corporations from participating in a process which determines how they are governed and regulated is absurd. Implying that the only reason things are as screwed up as they are is corporations is also absurd. It removes all responsibility from the people who vote, and people voting while (in most cases) willfully uninformed is a huge part of why things are so screwed up.

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