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11 minutes ago, freefourur said:

What's wrong with defunding the police anyway? Police budgets should be reduced and the money should be spent on housing, education, and other community needs. 

 

Defunding is probably a poor word choice.  


Police budgets need to be examined, and more money put into training--with less money going towards military style weapons.  

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^When you've only got a hammer everything looks like a nail.

 

I'm actually getting a sense that Trump has actually lost interest in being President. He thought it was going to be all getting himself and his buddies rich, tricking hillbillies, being on TV a lot, talking sh*t, Tweeting, flying around and shaking hands with dictators.

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53 minutes ago, freefourur said:

What's wrong with defunding the police anyway? Police budgets should be reduced and the money should be spent on housing, education, and other community needs. 

 

 

It's more a question of sloganeering - I think people with more radical sensibilities come up with these "abolish" slogans that sound crazy, but then you look at what they're actually saying and it's like, ok, I get what they're saying... Just like you explained in your post above.

 

But how many people will ever get to the point of looking up those policies and just latch on to "abolish/refund ice/police!" Especially in our soundbite culture. So it becomes easy for people like Trump to caricature.

 

The flip side is that the activists who use these slogans say it's a great way (or maybe the only way) to get attention, which is definitely also true. No 100% correct answer.

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16 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

^When you've only got a hammer everything looks like a nail.

 

I'm actually getting a sense that Trump has actually lost interest in being President. He thought it was going to be all getting himself and his buddies rich, tricking hillbillies, being on TV a lot, talking sh*t, Tweeting, flying around and shaking hands with dictators.

 

He was never interested, to be honest. He's in it for the rallies.

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#babygate recently trended on twitter.  But unlike most "-gates", this one isn't a scandal about babies.  Instead, its about President Trump and fencing he had installed around Lafayette Park, which is immediately north of the White House grounds.  Trump had the historic park cleared of protesters for his now-infamous photo-op in front of the nearby St. John's Church.  After this, the park was enclosed with 8 foot high chain-link fencing to prevent protesters from using this historic protest point in front of the White House.

 

When this photo of the fencing with the White House in the background was published, some on twitter thought it looked like a baby gate:

 

But the D.C. Mayor may have gotten the last laugh on Trump when she had the words "BLACK LIVES MATTER" painted onto the street that leads to Lafayette Park and the White House.  Here's a couple views of it:

 

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