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I find myself on the outside of American political discourse. I am against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc., but I am for business, small government (especially federal), personal freedom, and accountability.

This NFL kneeling debate is interesting to me. Personally, I think they should be allowed to do what they want. However, Kaepernick in particular should be condemned for not voting, and for using his platform to advocate AGAINST voting.

Democracy is imperfect and awkward, and often disappointing. But the vote is all we have. If the vote means nothing, we have no power and no voice other than violence. I refuse to accept that.

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Part of why we are where we are is low voter turnout; participation moves us forward. Obama won by inspiring desparate and disillusioned people to come out and vote; his campaign won via turnout. Hillary did not visit Wisconsin, and ignored black areas of cities like Milwaukee that came out strong for Obama. The same is true in Ohio. The vote matters, as we have learned from a man who has gained all from exploitation of cyncism.

In recent years, the left had fought for the firing of shitheads like Curt Schilling, for their “offensive” posts on social media

Now the right demands the firing of Jemele Hill, and players who protest the anthem. How do we distinguish?

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How many times have I seen progressives post that the 1st Amendment does not prohibit a private business from terminating an emplyoee for off air comments that are “offensive?”

You can’t have it both ways, and the right is using the weapons of the left against them.

We need a new conversation.