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Tough question. I do believe you have a civic responsibility to vote and to vote for the best person for the job. On the other hand, I strongly disagree with the national party picking our candidates and backing incumbents at all costs. The people in each state must have the right to pick their own candidates without NRC interference. Since they did choose to interfere to protect their guy, I strongly feel that they should then get him elected. I perfectly understand a conservative who can't bring themselves to vote for a pork barreling corruptocrat.
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Two Anti-Choice Parties

amackent Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 12:12 PM
Or we can fix those things in the Republican party that are out of whack. There are many libertarians in the Republican Party. Generally, we support free markets and economic liberty. There are also a lot of us who are more socially libertarian. We can certainly agree that the Federal government should have no say on any of the topics mentioned in the article. The states should have a lot more discretion to regulate, but that's simply not the role of the Federal government and as far as that goes, Libertarians and Republicans should be peas in a pod.
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Is It Ever OK To Spank?

amackent Wrote: Sep 23, 2014 9:11 AM
Or are they not really my children at all?
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Is It Ever OK To Spank?

amackent Wrote: Sep 23, 2014 9:11 AM
In your (not so humble) opinion. I firmly believe that physical discipline is a valid tool to have in the parenting toolbox. How about a more important and relevant question? Do I have the right to spank my children? Don't I have a right to raise my children as I see fit?
I want to like Jindal, but this list is as exciting as his SOTU response a few years ago. Blah. Point 1 should have been kept, but split in two or three points. Point 3 is ok. Point 4 is generic to the point of meaninglessness. The rest are leavening garbage that negate your whole argument. Overall, Obama could easily use the same list. Please, please, please Bobby - say what you mean and mean what you say!
If the testing to get into the school is what kept up the standards, then why would this change. I'm sure any tuition credit from the state wouldn't cover a private academy's tuition so people would still have to come up with something to attend. I'd think you could continue on your snobby way without concern.
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No Military Dog Left Behind

amackent Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 11:14 AM
It's extremely rare for me to side with the Humane Society on anything, and I'm sure they'd take it further, but the article is well written and I agree that we should have a basic respect for life and at least bring service dogs back home when they're too old to serve.
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No Facts, No Peace

amackent Wrote: Aug 21, 2014 6:39 PM
This is all true to the best of our understanding, BUT why hasn't the Ferguson PD been more forthcoming with the facts. Why wait days while the story blows up before releasing the fact that the officer was seriously injured? Why no statement from the officer? Why hide his identity for so long? Why not release a police report? Why no earlier witness accounts? The vacuum allowed the agitators to blow this up directly resulting in mass rioting and looting. Meanwhile the PD brought out all the surplus military hardware they could find clearly demonstrating that they don't trust the people and that they see them as the enemy. The original officer may have behaved well, but the reaction from the department, governor and state patrol over the 1st 10 days after the incident will be a case study in what not to do.
Ugh! My boys are in college now and I see no value whatsoever in the diversity propaganda that are offered on the liberal arts side of the college. I'm not looking for the university to round out my children. They've already got their world view. I don't trust almost any University to get anywhere near their souls. No possible good could come from it. They're at college to get a good technical education. At this point, both in computer science. Re-reading the last few paragraphs it looks like the author agrees with my contempt for today's liberal arts education, but I don't agree that it's really all that much of a loss. University isn't the only place that can challenge your soul. I think it to be any part of a goal for a University.
I didn't see any trouble with the number of debates last time around, but I couldn't for the life of me understand how they agreed on the moderators.
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