So you are a democratic socialist, nice! And yeah I see now why you'd vote for Warren. My political identities are basically the same things as you but my feminism is intersectional not radical. On Israel I'm more in line with AOC and the squad. I believe we need to be clear on where we stand on the human rights violations the Israeli government commits to the Palestinians. I'm Jewish so it pains me to see how their government is behaving and I really do want to see Israel flourish but not at the expense of others, we need to set our boundaries of how far we're willing to enable their government.
Don't let the haters get you down, I've always thought of you as a progressive and from what you've told me it does sound like you are one. But I guess you could go with something generic like "economic populist" though basically all progressives are populists but idk honestly. Regardless don't change how you identify based on others reactions toward you and how they make you feel "not in the club," they're just judgemental purists. Change your political identity because of yourself.
I agree with AOC the most probably like 85-90% of the time, Bernie about 85%, Liz about 70-75%, Biden about 20-30%, 45 and vp 0% of the time.
I generally have a positive view of Israel, but I can't stand Netanyahu. Partisan, toxic, and borderline far-right. His disrespect and contempt towards Obama was disgraceful. How does a foreign leader come to the US to speak in opposition to the head of state? How can he complain about the no-strings-attached US aid?
American friendship with Israel must continue, but unless Netanyahu is out or does a 180 in his undiplomatic conduct, he should expect a cold shoulder.
Considering the sheer range of self-contradicting positions that emanates from the White House in a given week, is it actually possible to disagree with Trump 100% of the time?
It's very rare, but every so often I find myself incidentally agreeing with Trump. For example, we were just discussing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's threat to sue the U.S. government if Elizabeth Warren is elected president because she has pledged to break up major tech companies like his that engage in monopolistic business practices. The Trump White House, for its own reasons, is also investigating Facebook for potential violations of antitrust law. So there's one thing I can agree with.
Another of these rare examples goes back to the 2016 primary season. There was a point during that campaign wherein a bunch of Christian leaders held a high-profile event wherein the host pastor called for all of the non-heterosexual people in this country to be rounded up and executed. Participating in this event, and excitedly shaking hands with said pastor shortly after he had delivered this sermon, was none other than presidential candidate and Senator from my home state Ted Cruz. Now one is not guilty by association in my mind (are we not all realistically associated with homophobes, after all?), but...the overlap between those two things sent chills down my spine. That's an idea you should definitely rebuke in your own speech if that just happened right in front of you!
My mind contrasted that with Donald Trump's response to the Pulse night club shooting. I mean yeah you could say that he had his Muslim ban (he was still on the original, comprehensive version of which at the time) in mind, but still one had to notice the difference in attitudes toward gay and lesbian people. I've just never really gotten the feeling, in fact, that Trump personally has an issue with same-sex attraction as such the way the Christian conservatives (like Mike Pence!) do.
A month later, there was a moment at the Republican National Convention wherein the attendees applauded Pulse and Trump said something like "It's good to hear you clap for that". Something like that. Anyway, my point is that the fact that Trump wound up winning the nomination seemed to have the effect of making many Republicans a bit more accepting of gay and lesbian people. I think that's something of value anyway. That counts for something in my book.
There was also the First Step Act.
Yeah, that's really the best I can do when it comes to finding areas where I agree with Trump, but just saying that it is theoretically possible.
Concerning Israel, the good news is that it actually looks like Benjamin Netanyahoo, who will always be this guy in my mind...
(Now if only he could get his hands on a weather forecast.)
...will probably be unable to form a new government following last month's election. His party failed to win the most seats in this most recent election and Netanyahu himself is currently facing indictment for fraud and bribery in three corruption cases. His main rival, a liberal centrist, has stated that he has no intention of participating in any government headed up by someone facing criminal charges. So it's actually looking like there is (finally) an impending change in leadership.
Last edited by Jaicee - on 02 October 2019