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how Romney was instantly a Democrat after he disagreed on impeachment, despite being the prior GOP presidential candidate.

This effect is more pronounced in other countries, seen in
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how Duterte and his supporters will often label political opponents as "drug addicts" in order to kill them in the street without consequence, how people in Russia are often labeled
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as gay if they oppose politicians legislating that homosexuals aren't people/deserving of human rights, how Chinese citizens being imprisoned for posting anything critical of the
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government, etc. It's concerning to see Stalin's tactics openly used so soon after the end of the Cold War, but Americans got onboard with caging people for fleeing cartels and war
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conditions awfully quick, and just over the idea that some could secretly be Muslims, so it's likely that we're heading that direction fast. The dangers of violence and control will
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still exist regardless of which party/political affiliation is in power though, as long as governments and private companies benefit from it, and it indicates that we're heading
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towards more hot conflicts and uprisings.

The comparison to the Roman B&C era is still fitting, but it has been for a long time. I'd say that this replacement of sports with politics
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was most easily/recently apparent in the exodus of fans from the NFL just over players kneeling and the consequent presidential uproar. People with extreme biases find massive levels
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of satisfaction in attacking groups they hate, similar to how sports fans will often spend most of their time talking trash about rival teams, rather than praising the ones they
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support. Stupid people need something to occupy themselves though, and I've spoken with enough rednecks to know that they get just as much enjoyment out of talking shit about
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foreigners and minorities, if not more.