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Jan 23Liked by Ken Klippenstein

Hi Ken, thank you for giving attention to how just embarrassing it is that NH voters’ top concern is immigration. As a NH native, I can safely say that this is the least surprising thing I’ve heard when I found out about it. This is one of the whitest states in the country and it’s nearly as far away from the southern border as you can possibly go. And yet, of course it’s the top concern of voters there. It’s very frustrating watching people from my home act so stupidly. I don’t know how else to describe these people’s behavior other than stupid. You were able to write effectively about something that’s been eating at me since I first found out about the priorities of New Hampshirites. If NH can be convinced that the most pressing issue of our times is something that none of them will ever experience a legitimate problem with, then I am really worried about how bad the rest of the country is going to be about this stuff. So thank you for putting my frustration into words.

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Are ordinary Americans actually affected or touched in any way by the migrants coming into the country? Like, especially. People in New Hampshire? They, along with many other American citizens, seem to be terrified of "the other" without any clear knowledge or understanding of who the migrants are. But are any migrants near enough for the scared people to know them? C'mon, people! Think. Consider the reality. The migrants are just people seeking a better life for themselves and their families. We Americans should feel flattered that they've chosen our country to flee to. Despite our many problems (racism, gun violence, substance abuse, greed, income inequality, excessive militarism and intent to rule the world, etc.) people around the world choose to come here, believing they will have a better chance to thrive than in their home countries. That says a lot! We should welcome them and support them in their quests.

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Jan 23Liked by Ken Klippenstein

The border crisis rhetoric isn’t even just a republican talking point anymore. My mom is incredibly anti-Trump and voted for Biden in 2020 and she repeats a lot of the open borders stuff you hear on Fox News

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Jan 23Liked by Ken Klippenstein

Thank you, I think you are right, unfortunately.

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Jan 23Liked by Ken Klippenstein

This is so interesting to read, I live in New Hampshire and I don’t know anyone who freaks out about immigration. But also I don’t associate with red hats so maybe that’s why

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Is it really astounding that Republican primary voters' top concern is immigration? Conservative media has been screeching nonstop about the border since the beginning of Biden's term. Mayorkas is the second biggest boogeyman of the administration next to Biden himself.

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why is "immigration" top priority? Manufactured consent. i.e. Propaganda.

classic meaningless issue, to drive people's attention away from actually important things.

as an example: looking at my W2 for 23, my employer and I combined payment for health insurance for my spouse and I, no kids: $23000

$23000!!! WTF we are both healthy, and practically zero health issues. the lies and bs of "free market" have cannibalised health care in the US. we are DYING so pigs on wall st with their dark money pools and Private equity, can rob us all blind. all while outcomes, crash. This affects every single person in the US. not on the radar though, because immigration? Yes, immigration is an issue.. but is it KILLING US like the screwed blue and tattooed health care robbery is? NO

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of." -Edward Bernays "Propaganda" 1928

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Not everyone who sees immigration as their top issue look at it the same way. As an immigrant who lives near the Mexican border, it is my top issue. I agree a secure border is needed. But more importantly, we need to address the human rights abuses that our look away system supports. Human trafficking. Unfair labour practices. And overall a system that keeps these people in a legal and social gray area. We need immigration reform. We need to know who is here. And those coming here need to be able to work starting day 1 and have a clear and incentivised path towards citizenship.

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Jan 24·edited Jan 24

Hopefully your meme "media brain" gets some traction and makes its way around popular news media.

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