Max Boot: The GOP is now the party of neo-Confederates

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I don't think the free market is infallible and believe there is a need for limited government. A Jeffersonian type Constitutional republic where the federal government has oversight for defense, ensuring interstate commerce, disputes between states, and foreign relations. And maybe a few others. I don't know how the free market would address these areas, and frankly don't care, because if we ever returned to this our government would be so massively smaller than it is now I wouldn't care about the distinction between limited government and a total free market.

States and local governments should be the incubators that have autonomy to try different things and to let people live in communities where the local government reflects their values. We don't need "national solutions" to health care, traditional vs gay marriage, abortion and a thousand other issues.

I would agree with a fair amount of that. Thanks. I'm certain I'm favorable toward higher government involvement than yourself, primarily in drivers of technology, energy, and etc., but government should always be limited in extent, lest it get too powerful, and particularly in the wrong hands. I do feel that, at this point, the health care industry is the main area in which increasing gov't involvement is necessitated, since whatever "market" exists is pounding the customer, and health care is not just something one can choose not to accept, at least much of the time.
 
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Half of my lifetime, I have been involved in some form of the healthcare industry. And, now as staff to a clinic, I see healthcare in a different light. First, we have a food crisis. It isn't that we don't have food. The crisis is found in the quality of food. Take magnesium. It is essential to over 300 body functions. Without it, your body goes downhill fast. The problem with magnesium is that it generally resides mostly in tissue and it rarely gets flushed through urine and has limited amounts in plasma with a very wide fluctuation. So, it is rarely evaluated. However, we do know that there has been a 42% reduction in magnesium in plants over the last 50 years. So, we don't get as much from legumes and grains anymore. Why? Acid rain flushes away magnesium in soil. When I see people come into the clinic with high blood pressure, part of that is due to dietary reduction in magnesium intake. Same for heart health and neuropathies. People complain of fatigue. Oops, low magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is just a tiny fraction of the problem with food. But, people walk into the clinic like they are 20 years old and world class athletes when they are really fat, dumb and full of chronic disease caused by personal behavior who claim they should be cured of their ills without as much as a lab test; and, they claim nothing was wrong with them yesterday. And, if you evaluated the midline of their arm for vasculature, many couldn't show a vein larger than a capillary all the way through their muscle mass. And return bloodflow is almost none existent.

But, somehow this is the 'gubbements vault' or the fault of healthcare, or the fault of insurance. And, really, I could make a case that it is the fault of acid rain and decades of reduced soil magnesium, even though magnesium is one of the most abundant elements found on planet earth. And, it used to be one of the most abundant elements in fresh water. No longer. That source is also declining.

Makes me wonder just how stupid humanity has become! But, I know the answer to that. We are neurologically slower than our forefathers because neuro transmission needs magnesium to function well. But, we don't get all that we need for our body or mind these days. And, we blame Congress, Democrats, Republicans, doctors, nurses, insurance companies, the ACA, and non resident aliens for our healthcare woes. It could be as simple as acid rain. Our health sucks because of a substantial reduction in essential magnesium.

Maybe that is why their are neo Confederates running around like being a new Confederate is normal. Maybe that is why they view healthcare as a failure, because they eat a deficient diet of sourced magnesium. Just maybe we view problems and assume the wrong cause of failure. I suspect that most of us couldn't find the right source for the cause of large scale issues because we look to the wrong source for answers.

Jennifer is fat. She eats a well balanced diet and exercises. Yet, she is in chronic poor health. She has depression, diabetes type 2, heart disease and has a BMI above 30. What is common to all those conditions? Low magnesium is the only common factor. With low magnesium, she develops insulin resistance. And, her energy level declines as cellular transport of glucose is impeded. She develops an irregular heartbeat. Why, magnesium no longer is in sufficient supply to regulate calcium. So, her heart calcifies and its electrical discharge is insufficient for a powerful heartbeat. Since her diet is assumed to be just as good as 50 years ago, magnesium intake is not evaluated. Her depression and general irritability is also reduced due to loss of signal in neurotransmission. And, she seems slow on the uptake to new information. So, she is considered not a candidate for complex work. So, her income is depressed and her productivity slows.

Yet, we are to believe some idiot on the internet that the cause of all her woes are dark skins, alien welfare queens, the deep state and Obamie, when it just might be acid rain and coal fired electric plants as the major cause of many of our ills. But, who the **** am I to blame an essential element as abundant as magnesium for a majority of our societal woe? There are no economic impact studies, no Congressional reports, no doctoral thesis, or a Nobel Laureate that speaks of such things. If I were you, I wouldn't trust what I wrote here. After all, I speak like the deep state. I mistrust neo Confederates. And, I mostly disgust in the dribble nearly everyone on GH posts.

End of rant. Signing off for another few weeks or months.
 

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If we just took magnesium supplements, we'd all be fit as a fiddle. I've always said this too.
 




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Supplements are scams for most people.

Depends on the supplement. The good supplements are the ones that cover for the nutrition you're missing due to western diets (or a lack of sunlight).

My regiment:

Fish Oil
ZMA
Vitamin D
 

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Depends on the supplement. The good supplements are the ones that cover for the nutrition you're missing due to western diets (or a lack of sunlight).

My regiment:

Fish Oil
ZMA
Vitamin D

Fish oil = scam, giant scam
ZMA = scam unless you have certain genetic conditions
Vitamin D = undecided
 

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I take Kentucky bourbon, but only as a supplement.
 





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Fish oil = scam, giant scam
ZMA = scam unless you have certain genetic conditions
Vitamin D = undecided

There's tons of literature out there on each of these topics that prove the benefits.

My favorite thing about fish oil is the anti-inflammatory properties. As soon as I'm off the stuff, my old weight lifting knees hurt like hell, even when just walking.
 
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Galty, I definitely respect your opinion, so I want to ask you this question, given you haven't piped in on the subject. "Free market." I know you are all about it, but do you believe, like S2, that the free market solves all problems and is infallible, that there is little to no reason for government, and that government is always wrong/bad and should just leave the market alone to solve all problems?

I don't care if you disagree with my take that we should leave the market alone when it works, but rectify it when it doesn't (I expect you do disagree). Just wanted to hear your thoughts on the subject.

who says "solves all problems"? Still not me. You should really not quote me, or try to. Other things I've never said: There is no reason for government, the government is always wrong, etc.
 

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who says "solves all problems"? Still not me. You should really not quote me, or try to. Other things I've never said: There is no reason for government, the government is always wrong, etc.

This country is not a "free market" and does not engage in true "capitalism." At this point, i would call it corporate socialism.
 



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I would agree with a fair amount of that. Thanks. I'm certain I'm favorable toward higher government involvement than yourself, primarily in drivers of technology, energy, and etc., but government should always be limited in extent, lest it get too powerful, and particularly in the wrong hands. I do feel that, at this point, the health care industry is the main area in which increasing gov't involvement is necessitated, since whatever "market" exists is pounding the customer, and health care is not just something one can choose not to accept, at least much of the time.

There are few industries in the US with more government involvement than health care, finance/banking probably equal or greater. Health care is probably the least market based industry in the entire US. So the customer is certainly being pounded, but it ain't the market.
 

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There's tons of literature out there on each of these topics that prove the benefits.

My favorite thing about fish oil is the anti-inflammatory properties. As soon as I'm off the stuff, my old weight lifting knees hurt like hell, even when just walking.

So stop walking! :confused:
 


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There are few industries in the US with more government involvement than health care, finance/banking probably equal or greater. Health care is probably the least market based industry in the entire US. So the customer is certainly being pounded, but it ain't the market.

This. Remove the un-needed regulations and bureaucracy and bring it back to the more consumer oriented industry is used to be. Prices will come way down.

I wonder what the industry would look like if there were no employee subsidized health care by companies.
 

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There's tons of literature out there on each of these topics that prove the benefits.

My favorite thing about fish oil is the anti-inflammatory properties. As soon as I'm off the stuff, my old weight lifting knees hurt like hell, even when just walking.

I'm sorry but all the new long term studies that have come out on fish oil have shown it to be a scam this whole time. Along with most supplements.
 

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I'm sorry but all the new long term studies that have come out on fish oil have shown it to be a scam this whole time. Along with most supplements.

Yes. Plus all supplements are made in China or India in conditions that would never be allowed in the US. Sometimes in open air facilities.
 

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I'm sorry but all the new long term studies that have come out on fish oil have shown it to be a scam this whole time. Along with most supplements.

The pharmaceutical guy feels a little threatened by the OTC stuff is what I'm hearing.
 

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The pharmaceutical guy feels a little threatened by the OTC stuff is what I'm hearing.
That's because you are a no-nothing dickhole who sees darkness in the center of the sun.
 

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The pharmaceutical guy feels a little threatened by the OTC stuff is what I'm hearing.

Actually I'm against a ton of the medications people take. A lot are a joke and the evidence just isn't there. And a lot of medications could be eliminated if people weren't so dang lazy and just went for a walk and put the slice of pizza down. When family and friends ask about starting new medications the majority of the time I recommend against it and making lifestyle changes first.

As far as supplements go most are a waste of money and a scam.
 

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Actually I'm against a ton of the medications people take. A lot are a joke and the evidence just isn't there. And a lot of medications could be eliminated if people weren't so dang lazy and just went for a walk and put the slice of pizza down. When family and friends ask about starting new medications the majority of the time I recommend against it and making lifestyle changes first.

As far as supplements go most are a waste of money and a scam.

Just kidding you BB, I agree across the board.
 

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That's because you are a no-nothing dickhole who sees darkness in the center of the sun.

Oh hey Jake. I'm sorry you've spent your whole day fuming about me. Maybe go for a walk?
 

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There's tons of literature out there on each of these topics that prove the benefits.

My favorite thing about fish oil is the anti-inflammatory properties. As soon as I'm off the stuff, my old weight lifting knees hurt like hell, even when just walking.
Have you tried glucosamine? I tore my PCL in my 20’s, which caused some laxity in the knee joint and eventual pain. NSAIDs didn’t help, but after 6 weeks of 1500 mg of glucosamine daily, I had no pain. That lasted 20+ years before my knee had more complex issues b/c of the initial injury. I’ve been taking glucosamine for over 30 years now.
 

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That's because you are a no-nothing dickhole who sees darkness in the center of the sun.
Remember when I called you jerk, as in GopherJerk, and you asked me “you mad bro?”.

I wasn’t even mad. I was just giving you a new monicker.

But I have to ask, you mad bro?
 

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Remember when I called you jerk, as in GopherJerk, and you asked me “you mad bro?”.

I wasn’t even mad. I was just giving you a new monicker.

But I have to ask, you mad bro?

Jake is completely unhinged. He's probably back on the wild turkey.
 

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Remember when I called you jerk, as in GopherJerk, and you asked me “you mad bro?”.

I wasn’t even mad. I was just giving you a new monicker.

But I have to ask, you mad bro?
If calling out an obvious troll makes me mad, then I'm fuming, bro!
 






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