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Both are subject to an extra heaping of criticism, skepticism, and scorn because there is some culturally-validated argument to be made about how they are different from some perceived status quo.
And in modern mercenary America, the mythology is "win at all costs" whether it's politics, business, religion, education, or Returning That Thing You Broke even though it's out of warranty because goddammit we're entitled to All The Things!!!!
To gain or preserve power, you need to win
It is acceptable -- even laudable -- to win by any means necessary (legal, ethical, loophole, grey area, "disrupting" or otherwise)
To win you must be good and work hard, but plenty of winners take shortcuts, cheat, break rules/laws, harm others, and/or fraud their way to the top -- so in order to stay on the field, you need to become open to those tactics whether you believe it's right or not (see: Lance Armstrong). Meanwhile internally, you have built-in psychological mechanisms that enforce you...
Some of the more interesting bits:
End of Afghanistan “mission"
Appeal to double down on middle-class economics
Increase availability and provide tax credit for quality childcare
Getting paid sick leave laws on the books
Raising the minimum wage — “If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it."
Lowering cost of community college to free
Asks companies to provide more job training, hire more veterans
Bi-partisan infrastructure plan to attract businesses / industries
Trade deals in Asia, Europe — “95 percent of the world’s customers live outside our borders, and we can’t close ourselves off from those opportunities."
Precision Medicine Initiative — pursuing cures for cancer, diabetes; personalized health information
Free, open, and fast Internet
Colonizing space — “not just to visit, but to stay."
Closing corporate tax loopholes brokered by lobbyists
Opposing Russia, supporting Ukraine
by doctor paradox · November 5, 2008
So much to be awed by from last night’s election and I’m still unpacking it all. Some notables:
The first African-American President of the Unites States of America. I hope this goes a long way toward starting to heal the rift still left behind by the history of slavery in this country and white society’s lack of reparations.
John McCain’s extremely classy concession speech (and some dunderhead Republican booers)
Obama won an unprecedented number of battleground and traditionally Republican states including Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
A record number of young voters turned out to vote in this election, many for the first time. Up 6% in participation from 2004 for 18 to 29-year-olds.
For me the evening was emotional and awe-inspiring. Between Twitter, Facebook, SMS, voice and a constant stream of news from various sources I felt both plugged in and informed as well as surrounded by friends and other exuberant Obam...