https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/john-fetterman-tells-maher-that-near-death-experience-freed-him-to-speak-out-says-progressivism-left-me/ar-BB1nS49V

From the article:

The liberal comedian then asked Fetterman whether his shift in various policies had anything to do with his recovery from his 2022 stroke, asking if his near-death experience had given him a “freedom.”

“Absolutely,” Fetterman responded. “There’s a line from the first ‘Batman,’ Joker’s like ‘I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating.'”

“It’s freeing in a way. And I just think after beating all of that, I just really [want to] be able to say the things that I have to really believe in and not be afraid of if there’s any kind of blowback.”

So basically yes, the stroke made him a Republican. Pathetic and disappointing, but all too predictable.

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    I told my inlaws about that “it takes brain damage to be a republican”

    Then proceeded to ask would they vote for him now that you agree with his positions. Both of them said no “because he’s a democrat”

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    This just in: Brain damage leads to conservative values. Conservative votes still matter as much or more than yours. More at 11.

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      it’s usually simpler than that. conservatives pay more than liberals.

      i know a few leftists who have now gone hard right… because they got paid more to spout conservative conspiracy nonsense than they did liberal/socialist stuff.

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        It must be so easy to grift money out of conservatives. Just spout some conspiracy theory about how ‘they’ are actually behind the bad things in the world and watch the money pour in, regardless of how little sense it makes.

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          How are you grifting them when you’re doing exactly what they’re paying you to do?

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          I’ve semi-seriously considered asking my wife if we should start selling Trump /F-biden etc merchandise on etsy. I feel like we could be making huge profits on stuff we cobble together from the clearance rack at the craft store and a tiny bit of elbow grease. A little red white and blue, some aged (or faux aged) wood, maybe a little cowboy hat, the word Trump…

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        In line with this, there’s also an immense left-to-far-right pipeline in media simply because the left will hold you accountable even if you agree with them but the right doesn’t give a fuck as long as you say the thing.

        I listened to a podcast about one such author. I forget what about but she wrote a book based on IIRC a flawed interpretation of whatever subject leading the whole thing to be basically wrong.

        People pointed out it wrong, sales plummet, author gets butthurt and defensive, now they’re playing the antivax circuit I believe it was.

        (Sorry, the podcast was background noise for powerwash simulator so I don’t remember specifics lol)

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            That’s it. Naomi Klein was on the Factually podcast by Adam Conover and she gets mistaken for Naomi Wolf CONSTANTLY, and wrote a book based off of the rabbit hole she went down when she looked into “other Naomi.” I was able to hone in on the episode too if anybody wants it - The main theme of the episode is how smart people become conspiracy theorists, hence the relevance of the Naomi Wolf confusion.

            https://open.spotify.com/episode/0B6sLOKXrwDJPxhEjzHyRC?si=862d3c203a644fb0

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              Read her Wikipedia article. It’s interesting, especially this part:

              Sarah Ditum wrote in the New Statesman, "Perhaps it’s not that Wolf is a feminist who’s degenerated into conspiracism, but instead that she’s a conspiracy theorist who happened to fall into feminism first.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Wolf

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        I like that this implies the left just don’t give enough fucks to bother to pay or even fight for their values which is what is hinted at in these articles. They’re limp dicks and somehow always proud of it. I agree with the headline that people who lean left don’t have any fight in them to pull together and actually rally like they do on the right. Seen many people on the left go to stand up for some values and get destroyed. The left can’t muster anything more than “har har the right are stupid dumb dumbs” as every single person has watched the left choke for over a decade and lose tremendous ground on all their issues while the right votes in assholes like Trump who they only like because you all hate him so much.

        Its as if the left has zero concept of what a leader does socially because they all stand by as right wing snipers continue to pick off every single one of them. And each time its a loud signal to never stand up for left values publicly or you risk massive harassment from both the left and the right.

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        When people are paying me to say things, it’s always some kind of deception. Usually I am tricking risks into thinking they’re merely costs in an elaborate post-hoc fashion.

        But it’s always a lie

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    “There’s a line from the first ‘Batman,’ Joker’s like ‘I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating.'”

    You… you get that the Joker was the bad guy right? Who went on to kill a bunch of people? I guess it makes sense that this is your reasoning for becoming a republican but what a weird quote choice.

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      Dude didn’t even pick a quote from the 1 movie that attempts to cast the Joker as a sympathetic character. I swear…

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    If that brain damaged asshole had any integrity he’d resign because he’s no longer capable of doing the job he was elected to do.

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      He’s literally not representing the people who elected him anymore. It’s practically political malpractice.

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        shit, this bitch from NC ran as a democrat, got elected, and then immediately switched parties to be a republican.

        It’s OK, because Nicole Sidman is going to take back the seat in November.

        Cotham rose to prominence with a speech on the statehouse floor about her own abortion that drew national attention in 2015.

        She ran for her seat, which was heavily Democratic and included east Charlotte before redistricting, as a Democrat and strong supporter of abortion rights. But she switched parties in April 2023, giving the Republican-led General Assembly a supermajority in both houses. That allowed Republicans to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes at will and pass laws they had long sought, such as a stricter abortion limit that lowered the cutoff in most cases to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

        Cotham ran on protecting Roe V. Wade, then switched parties to help dismantle it. She’s a true bottom feeder.

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          Yeah same with that rep from Hawaii. Like how tf we just let these people get past vetting?

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        I don’t know if I’d go quite that far. There’s an old saying about Pennsylvania. It’s basically Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with Alabama in between.

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    I have personally worked with Fetterman a number of times while I was working for Allegheny county. He had some moderate stances on things like Israeli support, but not like this. Also, he spent his entire time as mayor of Braddock pushing a lot of very progressive things. He actively turned down opportunities to not be living in his office, and get highly paid, in order to fight a large amount of resistance he faced, even among the people he directly worked with in Braddock. He had a provable, positive, long term, impact on Braddock. He demonstrated that a lot of progressive ideas works, because Braddock implemented them, and it worked. This had a impact on how Pittsburgh, and Allegheny county in general, looked at the future, and how to best design it.

    He has demonstrated he is staunchly pro-labor and, in the past, has demonstrated so via sacrificing political payola to do that, among many other progressive things. So I am very conflicted at this serious increase in, what was previously a relatively moderate, stance on Israel. I have to wonder if it was the stroke, or did he strike a deal with AIPAC.

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      I think most people that were adults when 9/11 happened dont expect peace to ever be possible between the arabs and the west, and see hamas and all the other extremists as suicidially determined genocidal crusaders.

      Especially so since Hamas knew they had no chance of winning any conflict they started with the Oct 7th attack but did it anyway, and maintain popular support in gaza even now.

      It’s not that older Americans necessarily want to see Palestinians slaughtered but don’t see any peaceful alternative to ending the conflict, and see it more as a ‘fuck around and find out’ situation, so long as Israel doesnt start putting people in ovens (for some even if they do).

      As an aside, geopolitically, thats kinda the point of (funding and arming and training and informing) Hamas. To make peace impossible, because peace benefits the west.

      For the sake of spreading their ideology and increasing their support, their backers want a forever war.

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        Ok. What if I break into your house, lock you up in the toilet and regularly beat you and your family up? Worse, the Police is actively supporting it. Would you fight back any way you can? Would your actions be called “terrorism” or “extremism”? Would you not fight back even when you know the odds are against you? Fuck off, Zionist.

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        I was an adult when 9/11 happened. From my personal experience it didn’t push people to believe this. It simply drew those thoughts out of them. I didn’t know a single person who decided to hate muslims when it happened, those people already hated people who look different, and have different cultures/religions. 9/11 just gave them an opportunity to run their mouths about their bigotry. Also, everything you just said about peace among arabs has also been applied to africans, and was also said about europe until after WW2, regardless of their culture/religion, and was a common line of BS well before it.

        The only thing it may have done is make previously ignorant bigots aware of arabs. The one thing I have noticed that changed, is knowledge of just how much “the west” has intentionally done to destabilize anyone who wont bend to their economic empires, has become mainstream. People living in the west are far less generously minded about their own countries’ current affairs, and histories, than they were 30 years ago. It has actually become a societal issue, in that a significant portion of the population just can’t handle how shitty the reality of their birth place is, and is now one of the major talking points of the alt-right. Backlash to this has also been a growing sentiment to more than just the far right too.

        europeans vs arabs is an old, old, thing. The talking points of how the arab world can never know peace is just as old.

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          Yeah I remember when it happened. I was watching the news but at the same time checking the internet forums (where I actually heard about the first plane), and things there were not nearly so rah rah who dares attack.

          Sure folks were scared but even on the DAY OF the towers coming down people were dropping facts about how, yeah terrorism is bad, but this is a direct consequence of the we in the West fucking with the middle east.

          So I don’t think age is an excuse. It was pretty pretty clear from the start who was cool to getting woke about the reasons behind the attacks and who was a reactionary chud looking for a Desert Storm sequel.