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Freedom to Troll

Dom: Yo, Pharma-bro got seven years in federal prison. I guess you shouldn’t talk shit before your sentence drops. Lol

Amy: Kinda fucked up actually.

Dom: What do you mean?

Amy: Based on the charges he was found guilty on, shouldn’t he have gotten six months instead. Kinda fucked up that shit-talking gets you more time. Feels like a restriction on free speech.

Dom: He deserves it tho. He gouged drug prices and defrauded investors. Then he makes fake threats against a presidential candidate and brags about how little he’ll be sentenced. It’s very stupid.

Amy: It may be stupid but its also free speech. Can we agree that government retaliation for speech in this round-about way is fucked up and kinda unAmerican actually?

Dom: I think of it like karma balancing itself out. Why should shitty people have the freedom to treat people like shit?

Amy: The price of speech I think. Protect speech that the government hates. If they can punish someone more harshly for speech like that, doesn’t that invalidate free speech and discourage others from exercising their rights? Freedom to troll I say!

Dom: Get outta here, lol.



Vote by Mail Sale

Neo: Random thought: Can people sell their vote?

Trin: Uh…Don’t they already? Donor money influences how politicians vote bro.

Neo: No, I mean you and I… Can we sell our vote?

Trin: How do you figure?

Neo: People are pushing hard for vote by mail right? How would the government know if I sold my voting postcard to someone who wanted it? Say I sell it to someone. They fill it out and drop it in a mail box. No one has to know and I have money in my pocket. Win – win.

Trin: I’m pretty sure that’s voter fraud yo. The point of vote by mail is to make it easier for the electorate to participate in elections, especially during times when people cant risk voting in person.

Neo: I hear you but how could they prevent people from doing it. No id checks, no in person verification, no signature required. In fact, if one were so inclined, you could buy thousands of votes, drop them in a printer and have them filled out quickly. Sounds like a business opportunity to me.

Trin: So you’re saying elections could be bought…..literally?

Neo: Yup, why not?

Trin: Stupid


General Politics

Mean Girls

B: What do you think? :

G: I can’t say that I think anything about it. As a citizen it’s embarrassing that our president is mocked. But we mock him and he deserves to be mocked so 🤷🏾‍♀️. They’re making fun… over a couple drinks… why not.

B: They sound like girls to me. Like they envy the attention Trump gets and have to share their dislike of it with their peers. Seems like a bad look for them.

G: I didn’t listen to the volume, just read the captions. But sure, I’m sure trump views it the same way you do

B: It think of it like this: we are a star athlete trump is our agent. He should be an asshole to the rest of the world because he is negotiating for us. He’d be a bad agent if he was polite, kind, and nice. He should be arrogant, loud, demanding, and unreasonable in order to secure us great deals.

G: Sounds like you’d have no problem with hitler

B: This is the fastest I’ve seen Godwin’s law exemplified.

G: You’re welcome. Cept I wasn’t comparing trump to hitler, what I said was based on your description of a preferred leader, you would have no problem with hitler. Subtle difference.



Impeachment or nah

Ay: What do you think of the impeachment hearings? Do you think they’ll follow through with it?

Se: I tried watching it the first day but couldn’t get through more than 20 minutes of it. Based on the clips I’ve seen, it looks like a flop for dems. They’re committed to it though so they’ll have to follow through. No chance the senate convicts him. Plus how does this help dems? Creating the sense of loss in a Trump voter’s mind before the 2020 election is just bad persuasion. Seems like they’re motivating his supporters to come out HEAVY.

Ay: I don’t think so. The impeachment hearings show how little faith there is in his ability to lead the country lawfully. He even admitted to bribery for God’s sake. He’s proven time and time again that he is incapable of being president and its about time congress does something about it. Whether or not they can get a conviction in the senate is beside the point. Congress has the power and duty to investigate. Period.

Se: Bribery? He wasn’t bribed. He did the “bribing” if you want to call it that. Its standard practice for the American government. Did you have a problem with Obama giving a pile of CASH to Iran prior to the nuclear deal signing? Same sh!% bro.

Ay: That money Obama gave was money owed to the Iran when a airline deal wasn’t fulfilled back in the day. Overall, I think these hearings will galvanize the democratic party to come out in 2020. Especially if the hearings aren’t fruitful. In the end it shows another instance of Trump being a bad President. We’ll see how the voters feel in 2020.


General Politics

Gerrymandered too much?

Godzilla: Lol. Gerrymandering is the reason why minorities have representation in government.

Ling: Not really, Probably in more metro areas, But tell me who represents the inner cities in the state outside nyc, The don’t break up towns or villages but it’s mandated to break apart cities, So look at how the districts in nys are broken up, you’ll see the hoods being split up and being in the same districts with the well off areas, Making minorities more disenfranchised. It’ll be hardly possible for them to run for larger offices

Godzilla: So a representative has constituents in both affluent and impoverished areas? Why is that bad? Should hoods be consolidated into one district? Is that best? Plus its elected officials deciding the maps. Seems like if a party wants to prioritize forming safe seats with larger majorities vs moderately risky seats with smaller majorities for more overall seats, its their perogative. How would you change the rules for districting? Should districts be formed to match the racial distribution of the state? Should minorities be pooled into districts? Organized by party affiliation? Divided so that every seat is competitive or so that every seat is safe? Lastly, who makes the decision. Should it remain in the hands of elected politicians? People vote? Third party?

Ling: Elected officials are going to break it down to keep their desired status quo. If there are ways to make it easier to have a more balanced and representive body which will make it more challenging for them to win, why would they change it

Godzilla: Seems like gerrymandering is just a tool. Can be used for good or bad. Seems like Dems complain about it because they suck at math and statistics.

Ling: Lmfao personally, I believe the democrats like gerrymandering as much as any party that’s in control

Godzilla: For sure. Just pandering to their minority base with the anti gerrymandering rhetoric.