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Is Trump a good president?

A very complex question. He has done a lot of good things, and he has done some pretty garbage things. I'm sure a lot of the things that I would consider "good" you would consider bad, though.

Politically, I think that he is pushing the GOP in the right direction, that being towards a more nationalist, populist party that seems to care about blue-collar workers in a more capitalist manner. While the Democrats seem to want to put a bandage on the problem of poverty with welfare, Trump is getting rid of NAFTA, real wages are going up (pre-pandemic), and while the trade war with China could have been coordinated a lot better, at least he is trying.

The things he has done that I have liked:
Been a protectionist
Lowered immigration and refugee admittance. Hopefully he follows through on his H-1B lowering.
Done a decent job deregulating. Didn't go overboard.
He has been more or less a moderate on climate, which I like. Emissions are going down without too much government coercion. Not losing a lot of important fossil fuel jobs.
Lower taxes
Hasn't started any new major conflict, and he is currently trying to withdraw troops.
Made Central American countries stop illegal immigrants
No DACA amnesty
His judge filling (I guess?). His SCOTUS picks have been somewhat of a disappointment on some key issues, but it is better than what the other side would have put in.
Hope he goes through with his plan to make schooling more patriotic

Things he has done that I didn't like:
Been dickish to allies. Should have coordinated with allies in trade deal instead of targeting them. Would have been a lot more effective.
He should have taken much more drastic federal action instead of tweeting "LAW & ORDER" every other day.
He needs to know when to STFU. During debates, I like that he goes for the throat. Like that quote against Hillary "you'd be in jail". Good if witty, but this round, he just acted like a loud tard.
Hasn't made enough progress on the wall (although I'm not sure how much blame he has since he has been fought the whole way)
Hasn't done much about internet censorship (again, that is Congress' job, but I'm sure he could have done more to push them on it)

I don't blame him for "200k coronavirus deaths". He isn't responsible for what states do, and way before they said 200k was best case scenario.

Those are a lot of the high points. I'm sure I missed a lot of big ones because this is very late. Overall, I think he has been better than the Bush's and better than McCain and Romney would have been.
I just wish he would deliver on more of his 2016 promises. He seemed much more in tune with the needs of his base back then. Now half the time he spits in the face of his base by pandering to groups that won't vote for him.

Do you believe the United States should be more or less involved in world affairs?

That is kind of a tough question. Foreign policy is incredibly complex.

I don’t think we should be much involved in regime-change, whether it be direct or indirect.

In terms of direct interactions, I don’t think there is one war we are currently involved in that I think is justifiable. They need to end very soon.

My profile says I am a “nationalist” and “non-interventionist”.

Nationalism is a litmus test for every foreign affair we engage in: is there a very tangible benefit from engaging in this for our citizens and country?

“Non-interventionist” is not to be confused with “isolationist”. Isolationist means staying out of foreign affairs almost entirely, while non-interventionist is a less binding term. The way I’m using it is to avoid war whenever possible.

In terms of our current foreign relations, I think we should reassess some of our alliances. Like NATO, are we really willing to go to war to defend Bulgaria and Albania? I’m sure not. We are foreign policy bankrupt, meaning if a lot of these alliances are called in at once, we are unfit to provide for their needs.

We need to work with other countries for goals when possible and try to mutually meet all of our needs to reduce the burden we take on for global peacekeeping. But in the end, our goals are always supreme

On balance, has capitalism been a successful economic doctrine?

Absolutely. Countries with higher economic freedom have much better qualities of life than those with more Marxist-style governments. This freedom is indicative of capitalist ideals in those countries.

The USSR and China both experienced higher productivity, GDP growth, and stronger economies from economic liberalization.

That being said, I don’t believe in a laissez-fairre, libertarian-esque form of capitalism. The Industrial Revolution is proof that capitalism is good but that unfettered capitalism leads to abuse of workers and consumers.

What do you predict will be the outcome of the 2020 election?

It is very hard to tell. Similar to last election, the polls are heavily against Trump. He has been making a lot of ground, but he is still down. However, his voter enthusiasm is way higher than Biden's, so his turnout is likely to be greater.

I think the upcoming debates are likely to shift things in Trump's direction among undecided voters, assuming they don't have Biden hopped up on meth or he doesn't have an earpiece in to help him do well.

Assuming no widescale voter fraud, which is possible under such a consequential election when we haven't done mail-in voting nationally before, I think Trump will win with a smaller margin than last time.

Mail-in Voters lean Biden, so if he wins after the fact but Trump wins on election night, our country is done. Tons of lawsuits and a lot of people won't be accepting the results. This is a fairly likely scenario.

Were you always a right-winger/had the political beliefs you do now? Do you feel that you are moving rightward or leftward over time?

I have kinda been all over the place, so bear with me lol.

I started actually caring in 2016 and decided I was a moderate conservative.

I was kind of a dick, thinking most poor people were lazy and the only cultural issue I cared about was abortion.

Then I had a one-year long libertarian phase where I thought all drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed. That sort of thing. Tucker Carlson probably pushed me out of that in a debate with Charlie Kirk about drugs, and I just realized that too much freedom and not giving a sh*t about your fellow Americans' well-being isn't how I want to think.

Over the past two-ish years, I have just slowly moved more right-wing and populist. No longer a free trade advocate. I find cultural issues as the most important goal right now, and that immigration is in the way of both that and the ability for lower and middle class Americans to receive fair wages. A culturally homogeneous people is necessary to have a cohesive society.

So now, I'm super nationalist. I believe in putting America and its citizens first in all foreign policy, whether that be war or trade.
Markets usually work for the benefit of people, but sometimes they need to be aligned with American interests via incentives and disincentives. So perhaps a bit of a corporatist, just not the crony type we have today.
Very reactionary. Our traditions and old values were what made us an empire before we began to die off.

You just see the crumbling and polarization of your country, its abdication of its values, and you see a not-so-bright future ahead for your future children. You see the Left side spewing blood libels against your people long enough, talking about your "privilege" and "fragility" and how "racist" your ancestors and country are (completely rife with double standards might I add), and eventually you realize that a future with them in charge will probably be a world in which my children would be abused. That is what moves me rightward.

Patrick J. Buchanan has probably been the biggest influence on me recently. I encourage you to check him out, either with a book or just listen to a speech. Hoping Tucker Carlson runs for president in 2024. His right-wing take on populism is just what we need right now.

Kind of a scatterbrained response, but it gives the general trends in my thinking, I believe.

What do you think of the Three Strikes Law?

A lot of other issues with the prison system aside, I'd probably support Three Strikes Laws.

Generally, the debate about prisons is framed as "punishment vs rehabilitation", but that is very limited in scope. There is a third purpose to imprisonment, and that is keeping the general public safe.

Now, when discussing "Three Strikes Laws", I'm assuming you are referring to a law stating "if you have, in the past, committed two violent crimes or felonies, the punishment for the third is much more severe" more or less. I support that because- 1 pretty bad mistake? Ok, sure, we aren't perfect. 2 bad mistakes? Maybe. 3 is definitely pushing it and is seeming to be a habit. Some people are just violent people that cannot be changed, sad as it is to say that.

Too much of this is framed on the perpetrator. They say: you are being too harsh on them. But what I personally ask myself is: what about the victims of these crimes? If they commit three felonies or violent crimes, they are likely to keep doing them. It is then the job of the state to understand that this is a violent person who should be off the streets because they are very likely to continue hurting people.

I hope I adequately answered your question. :^)

fan of richard nixon?

100%. Had a whole debate on this site about why he was the best. Unfortunately my opponent didn’t finish it. Must have determined that Nixon was indeed the best :^)

favorite xbox 360 game?

That is really tough. Maybe Fallout 3, just because I played it a ton as a kid. Fallout: NV, Dark Souls 1, some Halos, and some CODs were also really good.

Are you an X-Box loyalist? And why.

Most friends have it, but I got an Xbox 360 before I knew any of them. Halo is a good franchise. I like supporting American companies, so that is a plus.
i just wish we had Bloodborne :/

What’s the coolest thing about science?

Definitely not the Planck temperature.