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Matt - I'm a very strong Trump-supporting conservative and until recently saw absolutely no common ground with progressives on any subject. However, recently I have. And I agree we might be the Populist Republicans (vs Establishment.) The common ground is Anti-Trust, which is really an umbrella that in addition to monopoly prevention extends into Federal Reserve shenanigans, deficit spending and protection of small businesses.

Together we could make some very quick and impactful steps starting with the Federal Reserve. I have found common ground with hte like of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders I would never have admitted. See the letter they wrote (still unanswered I believe) to the Federal Reserve with salient questions with respect to the Repocalypse and the hidden bailout of large banks. Big thanks to Bernie for being one Democrat to oppose TARP and to create things like the Sunshine Act. It would be yeoman's work to identify the Senators and Reps that got the waiver for the Sunshine regulation in the CARES Act. Believe me, Populist Republicans would have none of it it they started pulling back the curtain.

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I am a populist Democrat, and I agree that, if you bend the political arc enough, it will meet at anti-trust and challenges to private equity.

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If we bring manufacturing back onshore what guarantees buyers? American Prestige is the largest manufacturer of medical masks but cannot get customers to commit to long term contracts which would allow them to expand because after every crisis the hospital buyers go right back to cheaper offshore suppliers. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/watchdog/2020/04/03/if-you-imagine-that-a-local-business-making-surgical-face-masks-is-working-247-guess-again/

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Put tariffs on certain things such that the hospitals will find them more expensive overseas but don’t let the tariffs become so high as to prevent a legitimate level of competition in order to keep our own businesses competitive

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"what guarantees buyers" for domestic production: domestic content requirements.

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These signs of ideological shifts within the GOP are a promising sign that a bipartisan populist revolt is a real possibility. Rubio's speech communicated the new framing well. He seems to have good reform ideas - liked the idea of investing in small enterprise strategically in key industries to build capacity and buffer against 2025 Made in China initiative.

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So simplifying a bit, the Democrats are culturally tolerant but increasingly tied to Wall Street and ideologically opposed to wielding power. Republicans are culturally intolerant but increasingly interested in resisting Wall Street and embracing government power.

I wonder if this could be the beginning of a polar switch, where some progressives start to see it as more achievable to join the Republicans and try to change the party's cultural conservatism than try to overcome the daunting institutional resistance to populism in the Democratic party. Meanwhile, we're already seeing some Bush-era neocons shift to the D's.

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"Polar switch"...Excellent! Exactly right.

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Knowing all this, can you explain how you remain a Democrat? And can you explain the reasoning behind why at the end you felt the need to put the completely unrelated statement "undercurrents of racism" thereby undercutting the entire article as being overshadowed by liberal bias and falsehoods according to the "narrative"? Very few fall for that kind of inane rhetoric these days. Better step up your game.

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Change this cycle is hopeless. It's going to come down to Biden vs Trump in November. Biden's platform is maintain the status quo, and Trump is the status quo.

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What do you think about this editorial from a bar owner in Portland that says PPP probably won’t help him or his crew?

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/04/07/28258799/guest-editorial-even-if-offered-a-loan-from-the-paycheck-protection-program-i-wont-take-it

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It is encouraging to read that there is finally a shift among populist republicans. But let us not forget that their roots go back to Goldwater and Reagan. Another obstacle is with Clinton establishment of the democratic party. Both of these movement are based on the centralized power of the corporate state. And though many support certain Sanders & Warren policies, do they support the a more equal and just society?

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Neoliberalism is bipartisan. Reagan is the lodestar of "both" Party establishments. Remember Obama, the boss (let's call the role what it is) of the Democratic Party at the moment, styling himself a Reagan Democrat?

If the Democratic Party simply wants a more demographically representative oligarchy, they don't support a more equal and just society either, and they need to be punished for this, and to be seen to be punished.

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