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What I am going to try to do is to explain in lay terms why President Trump was elected by and is supported by the working class of America. I will be talking about my own views and things that people have told me about how they feel. You know water cooler talk. It seems to the working class of America that their voices can only be heard by one person and that is President Trump. It seems the elites in America, the Progressives, the Liberals all do not want to hear what we have to say or just don't care. That is frustrating to all of us and in writing this I  am hoping to make it painfully clear as to what we are talking about.

The main reason that Trump was elected is his ability to connect to the working people in this country. It is that simple. He connected in a way that most professional politicians can't or don't want to. He is a refreshing alternative to a President who just wanted to lecture the working people of America. It seemed to myself and the people I talked to that President Obama thought he was better than us. That we should just set back and let him and the progressives tell us what was best for us. If any of you know the working class, the blue collar workers, the middle class, the "average" person you know that just does not fly. No way. No how. The really insulting part of it was when we tried to say what we thought, when we gave our point of view, We were called racists, homophobes, xenophobes and other vial things. There was even a candidate who said we were to be put in a "basket of deplorable s."

None of those things.

The thing is that most people are none of those things. The people that support Trump just want to work at a job that provides their families with a life. They want to have a decent vehicle, a nice home, to be able to take care of their kids and help them with their educations and to be able to take a vacation every once in a while. They really don't think that is to much to ask.

The previous administration did not seem to care about those things. They seemed to care more about the feelings of certain special interest groups of people that voted for them. We feel as though our needs have not important except when it came to paying taxes then we were needed. Nobody asked us about how Obamacare would affect us but instead told us we have to participate or get fined. In other words we were to pay for insurance that we could not afford or pay a fine that we could not afford. That money was to come from jobs that barely paid our rent or mortgages because the good jobs do not exist anymore.

Jobs are another of the issues that made us feel like the needs of the working people were not important. The good jobs were being sent to foreign countries to pay people less than they would make here. The answer from the administration was for people to get expensive educations and deal with the new world. We were also told that the problems were caused by the corporations and the rich. If they weren't so greedy then all the worlds problems go away. 

The thing about of that is that most working people do not blame the rich or the corporations. They understand how things work in a free enterprise system. That is after all part of the American dream isn't it? To work hard, achieve and be a success. For many years the Democratic party has villainized success and achievement. If you made it in the business world then you were somehow evil. That again did not seem to be right to the working people. But for years we were told that it was selfish to think that way.  

The elites of Washington and Hollywood

To the elites we were just a joke until time to vote then their "concern" was directed our way. The things promised from the previous administration and the last Democratic candidate sounded so good until you realize that they were just words. That they are the same things that have been said for the last 20 years. When you realize that the people who are saying those words are dependent on the unions and other special interests that do not have the working classes best interests at heart.  

To Hollywood we are just money in their pockets. We are j the people who they look down on when they are flying from coast to coast. We are jokes at their award ceremonies. But yet we are the ones who buy their movies, their music and their books.  They seem to think that we need to be educated by them, maybe we do. Maybe we are stupid for giving them our hard earned money. Maybe we should give our our entertainment dollars to local groups, local people who are just like us and trying to make a living and live the dream. Do you know how insulting it is to have a celebrity who is worth millions of dollars stand on a stage while receiving an award that other Hollywood elites has decided they should have tell us that we are lower than them because of who we voted for? The really bad part of that is that the very celebrity who is preaching about our choice of President gets paid to wear a dress by a designer that none of us can afford for ourselves, our wives or our daughters and they get to keep the dress. These celebrities do not pay our bills. They do not raise our children. They do not work at our jobs yet they seem to know what is best for us.

In my article What I learned From The 2016 Election I touched on some of these things. I also posted a video of the right wing extremist Michael Moore talking about Trump supporters. Again I will make the disclaimer that I know it is not meant to be a praise of Trump but an attack. But the description is spot on. It was exactly why people voted for Trump and still support him. I thought for one brief moment that the left would watch this video and at least understand a part of Trump and his supporters. But no. It is clear that they just do not care. It is clear that they just do not care about 50% of what the country feels.

The Media

One of the really humorous things that has been happening is the way the media is reacting to President Trump. I find it funny simply because for many years the middle and working classes of America has been saying the same things about the press. I mean it goes way back. We have been calling CNN the Clinton News Network, CBS the Clinton Broadcasting System and other names like that since Bill Clinton was president. They make it clear when during press conferences they asked President Obama "What enchants you?" Are you serious? During a press conference they ask President a hard question like that?

What President Trump has done is to tap into that. We know when we are being lied to. We know when a story is being twisted. How do we know that? This is the information age. We can go online and get different angles of the story. There are many ways to find information now. We also know what does not "feel right" when we hear it. When the media spends several minutes on negative stories about a Republican candidate but only sings the praises of the Democratic candidate then we know something is up. When a corespondent states that he has a "tingle down his leg" on election night when a Democrat wins, but then goes into a tirade when a Republican wins or when reporters start openly crying then it is clear their new reporting is not unbiased.

The media also is one of the major groups behind the whole cancerous political correctness culture that is destroying free speech in America today. People who I know and talk to feel as though they have to parse every word they say. They can not slip up with a word that might offend someone. I am not talking about use of the truly offensive words such as the "n" word of other such awful things. I am talking about just a simple holiday greeting like Merry Christmas. That might offend someone so don't say it. There is the phrase illegal immigrant a term that accurately describes something but it is offensive. The proper term is undocumented immigrants. The use of the phrase Islamic extremist is one that is almost as bad as the n word. Really? These are phrases that are used every day by people to describe a situation or problem that they see is hurting our country. By removing those phrases and replacing them with the politically correct version you are diminishing the impact of the problem.  My point is this. It is perfectly acceptable to use a phrase like "right wing Christian extremist" because that is what they are. Yes they do exist and they are a danger. Timothy McVey come to mind? So why is it not acceptable to use Islamic Extremist? If it is offensive to the Muslims who do involve themselves in terrorism then isn't if offensive to Christians who do not support what McVey or others do? Not according to the politically correct left and the media that pushes their agendas.

Even in their political correctness they have a penchant for insulting people. Example you ask. During the election we kept hearing about Trump only having the support of "uneducated white males". Really? It is okay to politically correct say "stupid white men" but Illegal Immigrant is unacceptable? Can you imagine someone writing a story about an uneducated Hispanic man? Wow. But yet it is acceptable to say it about people who  support a Presidential candidate. 

The Connection

As a marketing person I can tell you that one of the most important things when it comes to marketing anything is to make a connection with the people you want to get your story out to. Without that connection you have no chance of having your story heard. Donald Trump made that connection.

He is known as the "blue collar billionaire" for a reason. It is clear to us that he is just as comfortable around working people as he is around the white tie crowd. We can tell by the way he talks that he understands what we are going through. You can see that he has been around working people and not only talked to them but listened to them. His sense of humor, his sarcasm and his speech patterns all point to the simple fact that he understands our lives.  

His family seems to be the same way. I have followed them since he announced his bid to become President and they seem to be a phenomenal family. When he sits on his plane eating McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken he seems to be very comfortable with it. Oh of course there were the people saying that was a photo opp until people in the press said no he actually will send people to get that for him and sometimes buys it for the press. He is an average guy to us. Contrast that with Hillary who was lost in Chipotle.  Had to have Huma help her with the menu. Does that mean that Trump would be a better President than Hillary? No. But it does feel that Trump does have a bit of a connection to people who sometimes consider that a treat for their families.

His war with the media is another connection that is welcome. He is giving voice to the average working person who is tired of political correctness and the press's misleading stories and articles about life in general. The working people are tired of it. Like I said before, we are smart enough to be able to tell when the press is saying something that is not true or heavily slanted to say the least.

I personally enjoy watching Fox News to find out what is going on with the world. I know a lot of you are going to say something like "fake news" but I truly trust Sheppard Smith to deliver the honest news. Why? Because whether you believe it or not he is not a Trump fan. He gets on Trump for a lot of his actions. But you know what? He is fair about it. You never hear President Trump call him out on it. Shep is fair about his reporting. Trump calls out the press on their "fake" news. His supporters also know that when he calls CNN or MSNBC as fake news he is not saying that they are making up stories. He is saying that they are intentionally misleading in their reporting of the news. One example is that when President Trump was running for office the news would report that Trump was having people violently removed from his events. That his security would beat the person. Well now we and have seen that those very protestors were the ones who were violent first. They attacked first. They also reported about physical assaults at Trump rally's but failed to report that the assaults were coming from Bernie and Hillary supporters. Classic example was the poor woman who was attacked with eggs and pushed up against a door trying to escape the assaults from BERNIE supporters. He calls them out on that type of thing. We love it, the press and the left hate it.  

When he does things like that we say "hell yes, it's about time someone said that". When he Tweets most of us feel the same way it's about time. I like the fact that he does not allow the press to control the narrative. That he takes his comments straight to the people.  

When he talks we feel as though he is talking to us, not preaching at us. We feel as though his way of speaking is how we would say it. We feel as though he believes in the American dream. That he wants us to all have a chance to have the success that he has had. His policies will help all Americans have the chance to have a good job, to have a decent or nice car, that we once again can have a hope for the future. These words are not racist, homophobic, xenophobic or anything else. All Americans are entitled. Entitled to a good job, a chance to live their dreams and a chance to get ahead. For many, many years we have felt that the government is more concerned about a global economy. A global view that says that America has to be just as concerned with the people of other countries as we are with ours.  

When he said "We hear a lot of talk about how we are becoming a 'globalized world.' But the relationships that people value in this country are local. There is no global anthem. No global currency. No certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the American flag, From now on it is going to be: America First... Never anyone again will any other interests come before the interest of the American people. It is not going to happen again." I almost jumped out of my chair. Hell I almost jumped out of my skin. He gets it, he really gets it. That is what we have been wanting an American leader to say since Reagan left office. It is not about whether our country is "better" than any other country. It is not racist or xenophobic to say we pay taxes to our government to work for us, not the world. By the very words of the Constitution our government job is to look after interests of America first.


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


That is what we want out of our leaders. America first, not the world first. Trump said that from the beginning and average people like it.  

His connection is that he understands what we have been saying for at least 20 years. We need to stop our jobs from leaving the country. We need to take Islamic Extremists like Al Qaeda, ISIS and others seriously and destroy them.  We need to address the crime rate in our inner cities. We need to take care of our vets. We need to deal with the illegal immigrants who have repeatedly been deported and keep coming back and end up killing American citizens. In other words, we need to put America first.  

This connection is why a large amount of what the media and the elites say about Trump is ignored. We know what we see. We know that the press has a bad tendency to distort stories about him. We know that the press will try to make a left leaning agenda the mainstream and a conservative agenda "extreme". That is even though middle America is a center/right. The press makes it clear every day that they are out of touch with the American people. Sadly probably more than the people in Hollywood.

Bring it all together.

You put all of this together and the middle class, the working class, the forgotten class said enough. We are the ones who pay the taxes. We are the ones who do the work. We are the ones who put in the blood sweat and tears to make it possible for the social programs to exist. For all the government spending. We realize that if you tax every rich person at 100% you would still not have enough money to operate the government. We will not be told to shut up, pay our taxes and to let the government tell us what to eat, what to think, what kind of car to drive or whatever the progressive and popular movement is at the time.  

We did exactly what Michael Moore said. We delivered the biggest F you in the history of the world.


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I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.


 

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The ever widening political climate in America today is the worse I can remember it being. I believe it is being fueled by Social media and the ability of people to search for and find like minded people that will confirm exactly what the person believes without providing a counter point. The sad thing is that this does not only apply to social media. It applies to the media in general. With news organizations like MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and others it is not hard to find vindication in whatever political view you have. No matter how extreme.

In the spirit of full disclosure I must admit that I watch Fox news. As a social Libertarian and an economic conservative I find it hard to find a news channel that I feel is completely nonpartisan.

My thoughts behind this post are simple though. I did not have the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl this year so I did not get a chance to see the "highly controversial" ads that were part of the game. So when I was able to free up time to see them the first thought I had was what is the big deal? Really the two that were so controversial were simply heart warming ads talking about how our country is the "America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere" that Ronald Reagan talked about. How could anyone be apposed to that?

I then started researching the whole thing and it seems that some and I emphasize some Trump supporters feel that the ads were anti Trump and pro illegal immigration. I am sorry folks I just don't see it.

 


Historically, opposition to immigration in the United States has been racially and religiously motivated in the ugliest, nastiest way possible. Grover Norquist


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Take the case of the 84 Lumber company ad. To me it shows a mother and daughter who are in search of a better life in America. They make the arduous trip across Mexico that ends up at the border of America. There is however a wall that prohibits the mother and daughter from reaching their dream. They soon see that there is a way past the wall in the form a door that opens and lets them in with the ending text over of "The will to succeed is always welcome here."

My perplexity about how this could be anti Trump comes from the fact that I am supporter of his. I remember his speech where he said “Trust me, we are going to build a wall, We’ll have doors in that wall but they’re going to come through illegally." So how could that ad be anti Trump? How could it be anti anything? View the full ad bellow.

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Now on the other extremely controversial ad, the Budweiser ad. That one let me tell you is so offensive that I hesitate to bring it up in this post. I do hope you picked up on the sarcasm there.

This one is the story of a German immigrant who also has a troublesome journey  for a better life. The video takes place in the mid 1800's (about the same time my own ancestors came from Germany) and is the story of Adolphis Busch and his trip to St. Louis. Again I wonder what the controversy is in this ad that you can see bellow.




This ad again shows how people who want to come to America, be successful and work at it can achieve what they want. Nothing anti Trump here either. So where is the outrage coming from?

It is relatively easy to understand where it comes from. It comes from the exaggerated political climate that is going on today. There are a large number of people out there who want to stop Trump from achieving what people elected him to do. That then fuels the other side of the debate.

That side of the debate will look at anything that is put out as a possible way being in opposition to the President. Even if these beliefs are unjustified they sill want to make sure that their voices are heard. They will not be pushed around or silenced any more. Thus the outrage.

Although I don't share in the outrage that caused people to speak out about these ads I do share in the fear that people are trying to silence anyone who supports Trump. This election was not about anything other than the middle class being told to shut up, pay your taxes and don't make any noise. You are all "deplorable". But to be outraged by these ads is nothing more than that in reverse. The people who are protesting these ads are trying to silence someone who they believe are on the opposite side.

I also am completely at a loss about the Budweiser ad. This ad depicts a person who is coming into the country by completely legal means. Someone who worked hard to achieve a dream, to grow a company and to help others through building a business. Being a person who loves this country and everything it stands for I find it hard to understand how someone could be "offended" by this ad. I love the diversity of America. I love learning about other cultures. Not from reading books or watching videos but from the people themselves. I like to hear them tell me about their countries about life there and all of it. So I do get upset about those who completely want to stop any immigration into this country.

I do however have a theory about this though. I don't think that this "outrage" is legit. I don't think there is outrage at all. I have many several conservative friends on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Not one of them, I mean not one has expressed any form of outrage over either one of these ads. I even have a couple who I consider to be extremely conservative and nothing from them either. So who is outraged?

I can't answer that. But what I do believe is that people have to use their heads in political debates. I don't think that the first person who started the hashtag even watched the video. I just think that they heard about a Budweiser ad about immigration and decided to "do something about it".

In my post Trying To Stay Positive In Today’s World Climate  I talk about how hard it is for a person who is Bipolar to keep a positive outlook in this climate. It shows how the two extremes can affect a person who has a problem with extremes and things like this exacerbate those problems. But I have decided to try to find the positive side in things, to point out the positive in these things. The positive in this argument is that there is not argument. This is just a few people on the extreme of a political view being falsely outraged over nothing.

The thing I ask of you is to not tolerate the extremes on any cause. The extremes from the left who want to take to the the streets and protest anything that is being done. And the extremes on the right who just simply do not use common sense to justify their outrage over nothing.


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I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.


 

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What I learned From The 2016 Election.

What I learned from the 2016 Election

To start an article of this nature out I have to be 100% honest with the readers. I am a small government type of person. I do not want the government in the bedroom, my wallet, my job or any other part of my life. Or should I say a little as possible.

I often identify with the Libertarian view of life. I see nothing wrong with legalizing pot or a lot of things that are currently not legal for moral or whatever reasons. I honestly believe that the government is way to large and was never intended to be as large or as powerful as it has become.

CNS a conservative political publication is reporting that the total number of government employees out numbers manufacturing jobs by 21,995,000 to 12,329,000. This not only fly's in the face of how American is supposed to be but is also unsustainable as a country. In order to pay these employees you have to have a tax base to support the salaries.

The Media

It became painfully clear in this election that the vast majority of the news media has a bias towards one political party over the other. It was something that in the past was always suspected by people who followed the other party, but this year the press did not even try to hide it.

The most blatant example of this was when on the same day information came out about both candidates. One was the revelation of the video involving Donald Trump and Billy Bush, the other was the Wiki Leaks release that had some bombshell information about Hillary Clinton. The media collectively spent 29 minutes on the Trump video and 58 seconds on the Wiki Leaks news.

When I was growing up I remember that the news was more impartial than that. It seems to me that the news would report on the news and not so much try to hide the news that did not look good for the candidate that they liked. I do also remember that when Ronald Reagan was president the news organizations did not like him. Sam Donaldson was one of the most outspoken opponents of Reagan but it never seemed to be this bad. That makes me fear for the state of the news media in our country.

What has happened that they have not reported on that would make their chosen person look bad? How would that affect the choices that the American people would make? I realize that all news channels have their own slant, that is a given. Even Fox News has a clear bias in their commentary. But they also report the good and the bad about Republican candidates. They often report those things first. Now their commentary about it may be slanted but the reporting of the actual news is right on.

I find it interesting that "more than a quarter of U.S. voters named Fox News as the TV news or commentary source they trust the most, putting the channel well ahead of its cable and network rivals, according to a poll released Wednesday" according to the Washington Times.

It also became clear that the "elite" media holds a certain amount of disdain for the common person. They feel that they know what is best for people who are working hard to support their families and enjoy life. These people have become a joke to the news media. They are stupid and should not have a choice over their own lives. 

How did I get to that point? Because they supported candidates who believe in big government and mocked those who do not like that. The press is in total shock today. The simple reason is that they can not believe that the American people went against what they told them to do.

The danger in the behavior of the press is that their irresponsible behavior and one sided reporting has the world believing that the United States is going to fall apart. That there will be death in the streets, that the minorities will be gutted and beheaded with their heads hung from poles. Yes. with some of the reporting I have heard on the news that is a small exaggeration of how the world views the election.

 The Result

The result of this bias is that the American public is tired of the press dictating what they should think, how they should feel and how they should vote.

The middle and working classes have said enough is enough. Your not doing things right. You are not reporting the truth. We will not listen to you again. The press is in total shock today. MSNBC is devastated.

The Political Insiders

The fact that Hillary Clinton won Washington D.C. by 89% is a clear indication that being inside the beltway is a buffer from reality. But it goes much deeper than that. You can tell that they have no understanding of what the people of America feel. How they feel that they have been left behind.

They do not understand that the working middle class of America is tired of political correctness. They are tired of being dictated to by a government that they feel does not have their best interest at heart. By a government that is more interested in the bathroom habits of a certain segment of the population than in creating an economy that benefits all. If the do understand that then it is clear to the people who voted for Trump that they just don't care.

The Result

The American people clearly feel that they do not have a government that is listening to their needs. They feel that Washington D.C. does not hear them. Does not care what they say or feel. 

The Hollywood Elites

The disdain that the political class and the Washington insiders have for the working people in this country is not carried over to the Hollywood crowd. Unfortunately they have an outright hatred of these people. They want them to follow their beliefs like sheep. To not question the great knowledge that they posses.

It is clear that they have this hatred by the posts on Social Media they posted during the election and on election night. It can be seen in the tweet of Taran Killam a former Saturday Night Live cast member.

That one was only to be followed up by him doubling down on it with this tweet.

The questions that the people have for these folks is what makes them more intelligent about what make life work? How can they comment on the lives of people who do not have multi million dollar contracts to do a few hours of acting? 

Even when the Hollywood crowd does get things right they are and the people who point it out are told they took things out of context and to shut up. The example for saying that is the Michael Moore video he did for his movie Trumpland. In it Moore stated exactly why working America supports Trump. When they pointed this out they were told that they were stupid and took things out of context.

Well no they didn't take things out of context. Moore may have been showing his elitist attitude about the American people but the sad thing is that he was absolutely correct in his assessment of the trump supporter. He hit the nail on the head.

But the really funny and I am using funny as ha ha funny is that these Hollywood people think that they are so loved and so great that if they make a threat like "If Trump is elected I am moving out of America" actually resonates with the American people and will have some impact on their life choices.

The Result

The result is that the people told Hollywood to shut up and do what we pay you to do. You do not know anything about our lives. What it takes live in a country where you are trying your hardest to just get by. You do not know anything about having to work overtime to pay for health insurance that by the way that overtime will raise your annual income and cause your insurance rates to increase.

These people were told go ahead and move out, do you really think that your views matter to me? Really, do these people think their views are worth more than my neighbors, my friends' or my families or my own?

The American People

Over the past 16 years at least the working people of this country have been marginalized at best. They feel they have been being told to shut up, pay your taxes and let the more intelligent people tell you how to live your life. They have been told that if you disagree with the President you are a racist. If you disagree with a candidate you are sexist. If you want your country to have clear borders and expect that immigrants should follow the law when coming to America you are racist. I could go on and on but by now you know how it goes.

The working people do not see themselves as racist, sexist or any other ist. They believe that the very laws they are subject to should be followed by everyone. They believe that there is a clear bias that protects the ruling class. They believe that if they or someone they know would have done the same things as the Secretary of State had done they would be in jail. They do not understand how no less than four people could be doing jail time for doing less than Hillary Clinton did. They do not understand how a foundation that provided pay to play for foreign leaders could still be allowed to operate.

The working people in this country would like to know how a family that left the White House "dead broke" in 2000 can be multi millionaires in 2016 with no actual business, no job and no explanation for their wealth.

It has become clear that no matter what the Liberals and Socialists say, the working people do not begrudge rich people. If the person has built a business or a brand and worked hard to grow it then they support them. But there is no clear reason the Clinton's have the wealth they do. There is a clear reason Donald Trump has his wealth. The working people and the middle class just want their chance to reach for that wealth too.

The sad thing is that there are people who simply say that you should not support people like Trump because you will never get the chance to achieve those goals. The working people do not believe that. They believe that they can achieve this lofty goal if the government and the
Washington insiders get the hell out of their way. To stop the regulation, the political correctness and the other bull and let them live their lives.

The Result

That the working class, the "forgotten class", the ones told to shut up, pay your taxes and do what your told have decided to rebel. Is this a tea party type rebellion? No. The Tea Party was intended to look out for this class remember? Well they failed. They did not live up to their promises. 

It is as Michael Moore put it. "biggest 'fuck you' ever recorded in human history." And it felt good.

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