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Rand Paul can lead an overwhelming Republican victory. It is precisely because in some things he is outside the GOP mainstream that this will work. Coming from a university environment, I can say with certainty that he would pull all the student vote. He would also pull a large number of democrats because he is being described in all forums of either party as "the one guy who will stand up for the people". Nominating Rand Paul would, in one stroke, obliterate the opposition simply because no one is opposed to him. I very much fear a mainstream regular Republican candidate (and there are some very good ones) will just lose another election and we will end up with one party in power for many, many years. This next election is not one Republicans can afford to lose, and should not be considered "business as usual". Democrats have done an excellent job of demonizing republicans and a mainstream republican victory is just not likely to happen.
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Hate Group in Black Robes

arianwen Wrote: Jul 02, 2013 9:43 AM
Wow! I always read Townhall but this is upsetting. The Supreme Court is the people's last defense against tyranny, and it has done a good job of protecting us. When making rulings, the Supreme Court reads the exact language used. If the language is inexact, or can be presumed to be an attack on anyone, the law will not stand. Those who do not like the ruling should re-craft the law in question, and be more careful how words are used. The Huffington Post is saying something similar about the judges with regard to the voting rights act. The bottom line is this is the final word. It can be changed if legislation is reintroduced but for now this is all there is. Whose responsibility is this? Ours, the people. If you want your children to go in a certain way, then teach them. The direction of the nation is determined by the people and if people stand for what is right and make laws carefully, the Court will also stand with the people. That said, individual liberty, the right to own property, the right to defend yourself, the right to freedom from excess government and the right to be a Christian in the U.S. today are important things and they are all under attack. This issue is trivial in comparison, and to my mind a complete waste of time until the more important questions are addressed. I am a Republican but the side issues, often real moral issues, but nonetheless not the MAIN issues are allowed to get in the way of progress. An example is Bill Clinton's infidelity (who cares??) took everyone's attention away from the fact that he was giving away the country, so he got away with something really important.
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Republicans Do Have Leverage; Use It!

arianwen Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:03 AM
I understand where this article is coming from to a point I agree. However, if there's one thing we learned in the election it's that Republican poll pundits get it all wrong. What I see is NOT 89% of the people want spending cuts if taxes go up on the rich. I see 99% of the people who will blame Republicans if taxes go up on the middle class and who will assure that no Republican will ever again have a chance at being elected. I think it's time for the Republican leadership to realize that we did not receive a mandate in the election, the democrats did. This inability to back off the party position just makes us all look greedy, and as we know, image is everything. The cost is too great for this silliness to continue.
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The Republican Rape Dilemma

arianwen Wrote: Oct 26, 2012 8:10 PM
I support Romney for President, and would defend to the death your right to say exactly what you have. A hard stance on this issue, though, will absolutely cost Republicans the election, and that will be a disaster. I am a Christian. I believe in the sanctity of life, but I also believe in the sanctity of the lives of the victims of crime. I believe society's interests would be best served by compromise. A compromise away from this hard stance of no abortion for rape or incest in favor of a position allowing abortion in those circumstances and through the first trimester would save the lives of millions of later term abortions, and eliminate partial birth abortions.
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