Tom Martin 
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Re: “Don't be so gullible as to let your freedoms slip away

Billy, yes, the economy is in a good state, since it started recovering under Obama, that was a good recovery, and it has continued recovering under Trump. But now Trump has started a trade war, which I predict will start affecting the economy negatively.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 29, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Trump-backed McMaster wins gubernatorial runoff as Charleston goes for Warren

Amazing that Wilson was nominated after he tried to fire the special prosecutor. Some Republicans just don't care about such scandals. At least nowadays. In the 1970's Nixon got the special prosecutor fired, and months later had to resign.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Re: “How Mark Sanford's principles cost him his seat in Congress

Lynnar, the reason most blacks vote for Democratic mayors, is because they know Republican mayors would be worse for them. Look what Republican presidents have done for blacks, not much, they mainly wanted to cut some aid to the poor, like those working for a minimum wage, like quite a lot of blacks are doing. Look at what Republican governors have done for blacks, not much, like they did not even want to extend Medicaid through Obamacare to those somewhat poor, who aren't poor enough to qualify for normal Medicaid. Like our governor McMaster and our Republican legislators. Many blacks are poor because of history, it is certainly not because of Democratic mayors. Look at the conservative mayor of North Charleston, mayor Summey, do you think blacks are richer in North Charleston than for example in New York City? Plenty of crime and other problems in large parts of North Charleston, due to poverty.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 20, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “A South Carolina Democrat's notes after watching the Republican primary

Lynnar, I am certainly no fan of Herbert Marcuse, he was a Marxist. And Angela Davis is a member of the Communist Party USA, she is dangerous. That is not normal Progressivism, that is Marxism. Normal progressivism is like universal health insurance, like they have in most European countries. Yet we can't have this here, because many claim it is socialism. Yet in countries like Germany and France, it is not a state-run insurance, it is run by non-profit private insurance companies,but it has to be for all citizens. That is not socialism. That is what we need here. Even Nixon advocated universal health insurance. He was quite progressive. Even though he was a Republican. But in today's Republican party, such opinions are rejected, it has become dominated by ultraconservatives. Like, most Republican politicians would even want to ban all abortions. That is not what most Republicans advocated when Roe v. Wade was decided.
While it is true that public universities are generally dominated by liberals, and so are most private non-religious universities, religious universities are generally dominated by conservatives. Some are even dominated by creationists. Look at Bob Jones university here in SC. Or certainly here the Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is not dominated by liberals. Maybe the College of Charleston, though its president is Glenn McConnell, a former Republican politician, who loves the Confederate flags. And radio media is dominated by conservatives. Look at the radio news talk shows here on WTMA or WSC, all hosted by ultraconservatives. And their callers are generally ultraconservatives too. People conservative on all issues, not independent thinkers.
Of course Trump is no Hitler. But he is generally pushing an ultraconservative agenda, except for protectionism, which used to be advocated mainly by some progressives. I am mostly progressive, but I reject protectionism. I want all tariffs gone.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 15, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “A South Carolina Democrat's notes after watching the Republican primary

I have listened to the candidates and I have researched. Certainly the fact that McMaster has endorsed Trump so early, and now Trump has endorsed him, is troubling. So in the primary run-off, I intend to vote for Warren again. In the general election, I plan to vote for Smith, though I don't think Smith can win. Still, better to vote than to abstain from voting, at least I will add one vote to Smith, and to the other reasonable candidates that are running against the Republicans in the other races. After all, I am liberal on most issues, conservative on only a few. So I can hardly vote for any of the ultraconservatives that are running as Republicans. The Republican party has been taken over by ultraconservatives.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 13, 2018 at 2:42 PM

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