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Tired of American Politics and Its Shockwave of Unreason

Discussion in 'Political Debates' started by Debater Slayer, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Debater Slayer

    Debater Slayer Born-again Glompist
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    We recently had the UK elections, yet the number of threads about those was a mere fraction of that of threads about Trump. I realize most members are in the U.S., but it seems to me the numbers are still disproportionate when we also have many members outside the U.S.

    I'm simply tired of hearing about Trump, AOC, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and any and all other right-wing or left-wing ideologues and demagogues in the U.S. My own country has a myriad of its own issues, yet even local media still reports about US politics a lot during election seasons and events like the ongoing impeachment debacle while often ignoring significantly more pressing local problems.

    It is doubly obnoxious that those of us elsewhere in the world have to constantly hear about the circus of American politics simply because of the influence and interventionism the U.S. practices. I'm sure most Arabs, for example, are more worried about the crumbling Arab economies and regional conflicts than "white privilege" or "cultural appropriation."

    And because of how much focus there is on the U.S., some people in other parts of the world have picked up the practice of trite, virtue-signaling, amplified outrage that is currently more or less a staple of American politics. This exportation of unreason is toxic, boring, and downright unfortunate--especially when it happens in countries with far more urgent and pressing issues to talk about and address.

    /rant, I guess. Keeping up with world politics is nice and all, but only as long as "world politics" isn't conflated with "US politics" and only as long as we also get to hear and talk about the cases of people like Raif Badawi and Rahaf al-Qunun for a change--because, you know, being "woke" might just entail being up to date on more than social media wars about Halloween costumes or people of color in video games.
     
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    Have your tried not reading the threads about U.S. Politics?
     
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    Sure, and then I found that it still seeped into my social media news feeds and local news.

    I mostly stay away from "social" media nowadays with that being one of the main reasons.
     
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    Being on staff makes seeing the mudslinging hard to ignore.
     
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    Moderating an internet forum is something like driving a stagecoach pulled by six 14-foot alligators. I question your sanity for taking a job like this.:)
     
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    It does seem to get more and more pervasive as time goes on, but people enjoy a break from their own real world problems -similar to watching any other TV drama. Reminds me of when people slow down when they drive by a car accident and think to themselves "wow, at least I'm not that guy." Traffic then is slowed down for everyone else, and folks are forced to deal with everyone around them rubbernecking.

    I just mentally check out when I read things about US politics, mostly. It's all background noise at this point.
     
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    Lots of us in America are exhausted from it ourselves. We want a break from it all, but it never comes. Such as, we'll still be awaiting full counts from 2020, and far too many American wankers will start discussing 2024.
     
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    Here in the US we have a tried and true method of avoiding the problem you have described. It's called the on/off button of the remote. Works wizardly...
     
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    You think *you're* tired of it? Try being American!
     
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    I tend to ignore most of them unless i can add my bit, (i guess as staff you don't have that option).

    I am not american so my bit it probably irrelevant but as the saying goes, if America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.
     
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    Most of the people here are from the US, so talking about the US is what they do. :D

    Yeah, there are plenty of laws that have been passed that are sneaking in the interim and the Dems have been using the impeachment screen to cover up. But, I digress it's generally smoke and mirrors anyway -- what you want to see they hide, what you see is what they want to you see. If you take a bite you swallowed the poison. :D

    Most of the USA's interest is in Israel and Saudi Arabia, because they buy our expensive military equipment. It's a financial relationship to be sure... :D

    Most of the Arabs throw in with Iran or Pakistan and that's why their economies stink -- they're picking the wrong side of the fence to stand on. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE got it figured out -- play nice with USA and you make the money. We're the largest market and also have the best tech for protecting yourself.

    You're always going to have the bleeding hearts, the mentally unstable, and the useful idiots regardless of what group they affiliate with. If you're talking about the USA it's the right and left, but other parts of the world it just switches from political parties to religious ones.

    I digress here -- US politics for all intents and purposes and world politics are the same for the impact that US politics hold over the rest of the world. It's not because of some self-deluded concept of egotistical supremacy. The worlds largest market is here -- anyone that does business with us does better than their neighbors who don't. What goes on here certainly effects the economics of the entire planet... You can easily see this in places like the currency markets and other things. (Gold prices, Oil, etc...)
     
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    Personally I wish we had more and deeper coverage of USA (and UK) politics here in Brazil... although I must say that UK media is unbelievably shallow and biased, even the BBC when it comes to Brexit. The only exceptions seem to be The Guardian and The Mirror (and Channel Four). It is almost as if everything else wanted to out-Fox Fox News.

    Our political news largely ignore foreign matters as much as they can, and I find that frustrating. But I am very much the exception.
     
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    Yeah, but she's good at it...and I never heard her say anything about her being sane.:D
     
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    Feel lucky you can get away from it. Here, you can turn off the tv, but you can't turn off people who are obsessed with it and keep bringing it up in conversation.
     
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    Another reason we really enjoyed that winter in Mauritius. Very little American news. You're lucky you're not in Canuckistan. It's really really HEAVY here.
     
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    Canuckistan....without news from Ameristan, they'd have no news at all.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    Not exactly....

    We'd just have news that we could care about, rather than worry about...
     
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    How would you know? (We had a coyotes in the city story the other day.)
     
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