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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:06 pm

More Americans than ever view the news through red-colored glasses. In 2013, when Barack Obama was president, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that only 22 percent of Republicans supported the U.S. launching missile strikes against Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against civilians.
A new Post-ABC poll finds that 86 percent of Republicans support Donald Trump's decision to launch strikes on Syria for the same reason. Only 11 percent are opposed.

That's an astounding shift in attitudes, and partisan instincts almost certainly explain the rapid change. Republican voters opposed Obama, so they had no use for his plan to attack the Assad regime, and Republican voters generally back Trump, so they support last week's strikes.
But look a little closer at the details, and the asymmetry between the parties becomes more obvious: four years ago, 38% of Democratic voters backed Obama's proposed strikes in Syria, and now, 37% of Democratic voters support Trump doing the same thing. In other words, there's been effectively no change.

This isn't limited to rank-and-file voters; the dynamic affects elected officials, too. Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have been brazenly inconsistent on the issue, opposing Obama's approach because it was Obama's approach, and supporting Trump's offensive because it's Trump's offensive.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/syria-reflexive-partisanship-doesnt-apply-both-parties

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:47 pm

Proving that, for Republicans, politics matters over the good of the country.

JS Mill wrote:"I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant that stupid persons are generally Conservative. —John Stuart Mill"

Most Republicans are followers. They don't think on their own...they must be told what to think.

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:18 pm

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:21 pm

Should have added that when Obama proposed a significantly smaller infrastructure stimulus bill, Republicans hated it.

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:40 pm

Just to hammer home this point a bit more, Republicans are (now that Trump's in office) reporting that they are significantly happier with their tax rate than they were last year: http://www.gallup.com/poll/208511/americans-positive-taxes-year.aspx?g_source=Economy&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

The tax rate hasn't changed.

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Post by eddie on Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:49 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:Just to hammer home this point a bit more, Republicans are (now that Trump's in office) reporting that they are significantly happier with their tax rate than they were last year: http://www.gallup.com/poll/208511/americans-positive-taxes-year.aspx?g_source=Economy&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

The tax rate hasn't changed.

NOw that's funny.

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:27 pm

eddie wrote:
Ben Reilly wrote:Just to hammer home this point a bit more, Republicans are (now that Trump's in office) reporting that they are significantly happier with their tax rate than they were last year: http://www.gallup.com/poll/208511/americans-positive-taxes-year.aspx?g_source=Economy&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

The tax rate hasn't changed.

NOw that's funny.

One way of looking at it. Another would be that it underscores exactly what's wrong with the Republican Party.

More on that here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/us/politics/trump-policy-conservatives-rush-limbaugh.html?_r=0

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Post by eddie on Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:52 pm

It's funny because it shows exactly how stupid people are.

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