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Cake day: June 28th, 2023

  • The vast majority of voters are not that dialed in to politics. They vote for names they recognize, or the name next to the D or R that they support. Name recognition is a commodity you can buy with money. If you asked a candidate whether they would rather have a billionaire donor or 10,000 volunteers, guarantee they would all pick the billionaire.

  • Ok, but that’s also total bullshit. Elected officials don’t give a shit whether you’re young or old, politically inclined or not, foreign or domestic, it only matters if you have money.

    These are all good suggestions, and the best way to fight the power. But don’t expect to make politicians care. The goal is to make enough noise and demand your rights, because the powerful will only concede ground when it becomes unprofitable to fight you.

  • themeatbridge@lemmy.worldtoPolitical Memes@lemmy.worldI'm confused
    4 days ago

    We don’t know yet why the shooter tried to kill Trump.

    We do know how the Republicans will spin this.

    Trump can’t be intimidated.

    Trump is a soldier and a warrior and a survivor.

    They tried to silence him.

    Trump’s opponents are desperate and violent.

    Guns aren’t that dangerous.

    And more bullshit like that.

    This assassination attempt will energize GOP voters and blunt Democratic attacks. It makes it easier for Trump to promote himself and criticize Biden, while Biden has to defend himself without endorsing a madman, and cannot attack Trump without starting with, “I do not condone violence, but…”

  • Do you have any concerns about that process being seen as undemocratic by voters?

    Absolutely not. Some of these delegates were actually elected on the same ballot that the presidential candidates ran on. Some states actually placed the names of delegates on the ballot. In the states that don’t do that, delegates were elected in open, well-publicized meetings after the primary. In other words, anybody who’s a bona fide Democrat can sign up and register to run for delegate. And then you go to a congressional district caucus or a state convention or some gathering, and you bring with you as many friends as you possibly can. That’s why these delegates tend to be local leaders of some sort or another.

    Yeah, except that’s exactly how the GOP is going to spin it. You cannot say “absolutely not” when that’s going to be the tagline for every attack ad. “The candidate nobody wanted.”

    Experts tend to overestimate the knowledge level of the general public. Most primary voters have no idea how delegates are selected, or how the process works. And for every book written by an expert, there will be ten morons with podcasts calling it a coronation.

  • Ironically, what you’re doing is called “equivocating.” It’s the assumption that two different concepts mean the same thing, often because they are named with the same word.

    In this case, you are equivocating the concept of judging the relative merits of two things with the concept of noting differences between two disparate things. Both concepts are called “comparing” but they are different concepts.

    To use your example, you can compare bikes and cars by speed, by price, by cargo capacity, by viability as a means of transport, by weight, etc. You are looking at the qualities, quantifiable or otherwise, to evaluate the two things in relation to each other.

    You can also compare the mechanics of the two machines. A car has an engine and a transmission, a gas tank, power steering and brakes, electronics, a radio, rearview camera, tire pressure sensors, and cup holders. A bike has gears, a chain, pedals, a frame, brakes, a bottom bracket, a fork, shifters, reflectors, and a little cage for a water bottle. These might be similar in components and functionality, but you wouldn’t say one is better or worse, because they are each built for a specific function. If you compare a cup holder to a water bottle cage, you could define how they are similar and how they are dissimilar, but it would not be the same sort of comparison as comparing the top speed of a car to the top speed of a bike.

    Both uses of the term “compare” are correct. There’s no inaccuracies in your language, because the word “compare” means something different in each context. English is full of words like this, where the meaning can be slightly changed or even entirely opposite depending on when and how it is said. That doesn’t mean you are using the words wrong. Your confusion of the two concepts is the mistake, not the use of one word to describe two different things.