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The mystery to me is why the so-called "conservatives" of this country (those who stand for smaller government, less spending, and adherence to Constitutional principles) continue to cling to the GOP (which is NONE of those things) like a sailor clinging to a water-logged life raft? Apparently, the economic and political situation in this country has not become dire enough for the defining moment when the last conservative 'turns the lights out' as he leaves the GOP. The very fact the GOP is currently seriously floating Bush-III as its guy for 2016 shows the GOP is (1, totally out of touch with its base, and (2. TOTALLY out of ideas and vision for where to lead this country.
San Francisco- a rapacious, greed-driven real estate market vs. a dictatorial and overbearing "Nanny government" on steroids. With Liberals manning the ramparts on both sides of the equation; kind of like watching "King Kong" and "Godzilla" battle it out for the ownership of Tokyo Bay.
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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 25, 2014 12:31 AM
"I hope our nominee has Mitt Romney’s sunny demeanor and ample communications skills, but it must be fused to a demonstrable passion for the kind of muscular, unwavering conservatism on all fronts— social, fiscal and foreign policy.." You are going to have to bring Calvin Coolidge out of retirement to match those requirements. Today's GOP are Big Government statists who are experts at lip synching a conservative script, but are in reality considerably Left of FDR and the Democrats of the 1930's.
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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 25, 2014 12:25 AM
"I hope our nominee has Mitt Romney’s sunny demeanor and ample communications skills, but it must be fused to a demonstrable passion for the kind of muscular, unwavering conservatism on all fronts— social, fiscal and foreign policy..." You're going to have to bring Calvin Coolidge out of retirement to match those requirements, Mark. NO such critter exists in today's GOP. Today's GOP is considerably to the Left of FDR's Democrats.
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Why Republicans Don't Get It

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 2:15 PM
It wasn't a "little protest", Ted. You don't 'get it', do you?
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Why Republicans Don't Get It

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 11:20 AM
The Republican Party just needs to go away. Like the Whigs in the 1850's who lost sight of their purpose and disconnected from their base (to be replaced by a brand new Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln), the current GOP is a historical anachronism that is tone deaf to the current situation in this country, and divorced and oblivious to the will of those it supposedly represents.
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Mitt, Jeb? Sorry, No

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 20, 2014 10:19 AM
The RINOS that control the Republican establishment are determined to re-introduce Romney (or Jeb Bush, or some other Big Government equivalent) into the 2016 national election as the national candidate. Actually, they are not interested in winning the election. They would rather back a proven loser, and remain permanent second party at the Washington DC pork festival than let loose of their grip on Statist, big government control.
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Mitt, Jeb? Sorry, No

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 20, 2014 10:14 AM
Football players in pink?? What a perfect metaphor for what this nation has become, seduced by the progressive, touchy feely, progressive, feminist LIE.... When this all comes to a screeching halt, it ain't going to be pretty.....
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Staring At the Void

Andy544 Wrote: Oct 19, 2014 12:44 AM
Years ago, I worked at a State Social Services office in Seatte, WA. A man came to my office to apply for medical benefits for his aged mother who was failing fast. During the course of our interview, the man (in his 60's) said something I never forgot. He was wrestling in his mind with a question his mother had asked him only a short while earlier. She had asked him, "I don't know how to die. HOW do I die"? I could tell he was badly shaken by her question, not only because he didn't have an answer for his mother, but because he didn't have an answer for himself. Being a young Christian (and a state public social service worker) I gave the man a halting, stumbling word about having faith in God. I realize now, with regret, that my response was completely inadequate and was not emphatic or clear enough about the centrality of Jesus Christ in the whole process of LIFE and DEATH. "How do die?" is a terrible and heartbreaking question to go into eternity not having answered.
The movie "2001, A Space Odyssey" and its mano a mano showdown of man vs. computer- the rogue computer H.A.L. and the astronaut 'Dave' matching wits for control of the space station after the computer has killed all the other astronauts on board- is still, IMO, the best artistic treatment of this subject. Also, IMO, I believe the real danger to humanity in the area of robotics is not a 'super computer' going rogue and taking over; the real danger is in robotics that are programmed to track and kill humans as part of warfare. Drones are the first installment in that concept.
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