Tom Martin 
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Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Gloria, I guess few people agree with the whole Democratic platform, maybe even Hillary did not agree with everything there, and surely Sanders did not.
Concerning guns, it is a sad fact that guns are so common in this country, so that the murder rate is several times higher than in Western Europe. But I guess nothing much can be done about it, it is part of the culture, many have guns, so then many guns are stolen from legal owners, and that is the way it is. No country is perfect, each country has its faults, and our murder rate is one of our faults. Still it is surprising that there is a time limit of 3 days, so if a background check is not finished yet, the gun can be sold to an illegible buyer and it is too late. That loophole can be fixed.
I guess a lot of people wanted Hillary, so she outvoted Sanders in the primary. But she did turn out to be a weak candidate, too flawed, and too lacking in charisma. She did win more votes than Trump, but he won in the electoral college, so now we are stuck with him. What a terrible election this time, two very flawed candidates.
And about housing, I don't really know why builders are not building a lot of tiny apartments that the poor can afford. After all, I am not an economics major.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 19, 2017 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Jshicke, background checks rarely take more than about 5 days. So when Roof was able to buy the gun in 3 days, even though he would have failed the background check, then he could have gone to do his massacre very quickly, if he knew that FBI is working on background checks even after a gun is sold and then sends ATF to confiscate the gun. I guess that is not what FBI normally does. After all, NRA was spreading the propaganda that Obama wants to confiscate our guns. So the FBI did not want to do anything to feed that propaganda and send in troopers to confiscate somebody's legally bought gun, risking a shootout. After all, we remember what happened with Branch Davidians.
And most whites in SC did not stand side by side with most blacks in the voting booth, they voted against the wishes of most blacks. The racial divide in the voting booth is still very wide in SC.
And why not take down the flag that represents racism and slavery? Look at Germany, after the war was over, they quickly took down the similarly hateful Nazi flags and even banned flying that flag. South Carolina did not go that far, to ban flying the Confederate flag. If somebody wants to show his support of white supremacy, he can still go and fly that flag. Or should South Carolina have the Nazi flag at the statehouse? Or the Soviet flag? We don't want flags of hateful ideologies to represent our state. We have freedom of speech, so a citizen can fly the flag of Nazi Germany or Soviet Union or Red China or apartheid South Africa, but such horrible flags should not represent our state, which we are trying to make better.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 17, 2017 at 11:48 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Sanford doesn't buy 'He's new' defense of Trump; Revisiting Townville; SCE&G solar program

Dorrie, Trump is the ultimate elitist. He is rich and he cares only about the rich.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 10, 2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “S.C. congressman driven out by tea party says he voted to impeach Clinton for less serious issues than those facing Trump

Inglis was quite conservative in the House, though not on all issues. It is sad that conservatives are so intolerant of those who listen to science on global warming, that they gave so much money to Gowdy as to make sure Inglis is defeated in the primary. In many Republican districts you have to agree with the conservative consensus on all issues, to be elected, rather than think for yourself. So the ultraconservatives now dominate the Republican party, both in Congress as well as in local offices, there is little room for moderates any more.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 10, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “The Agenda: 7 years since Alvin Greene; Duncan deletes Facebook post; More flooding days in Chs.

Yes, global warming has advanced, so there is more tidal flooding in Charleston. And yet Trump does not want to fight the global warming.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 10, 2017 at 4:03 PM

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