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Chris Kyle: Symbol For All Ideologues

Buzz42 Wrote: Jan 26, 2015 8:49 PM
Actually, what Chris Kyle's exploits represent in the movie fits only one ideology or, more precisely, philosophical premise: “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” (Richard Grenier?) And those soldiers and their families suffer a personal toll for the service they render. How pathetic that someone with a doctoral degree in philosophy can’t identify that simple, unadorned truth as the heart of the movie.
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The GOP's 20 Car Pile-up

Buzz42 Wrote: Jan 16, 2015 1:26 AM
Do you really think the winning strategy to save America in 2016 is a candidate who has experience in losing or one who would take the same approach to winning as those who lost in the past? If the Republican Party wants to preserve America as a bastion of freedom, they have to nominate a candidate who will fight to reestablish the values and principles of limited government embodied in the Constitution of the United States of America. For a change, let’s rally round a candidate who can philosophically defend and politically advance small government, individual rights and personal liberty and the concomitant virtues of personal responsibility, self-reliance and self-sufficiency as an alternative to living on the Democrat’s government run plantation.
What America society needs to regain are the virtues of laissez-faire capitalism not religion. Once upon a time Americans prided themselves on being independent, self-reliant and self-sufficient and supporting their lives with their personal effort. Having to rely on charity (private or public) to feed themselves was a mark of failure and a source of shame. Things changed. Progressives harnessed government to confiscate wealth from producers and redistribute it to non-producers and crony capitalists. Progressives educate recipients of government largess to think they are entitled to it. Religion philosophically abetted this corrupt transformation to welfare statism with their self-sacrificial morality of altruism. Yes, religion is “costly political baggage” if you want to promote individualism.
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Mistakes of the Past Are Back

Buzz42 Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 12:17 AM
The Judge has a very confused view on what has happened in the past and what is happening now in the Middle East. His column creates the impression of a man who purposely misrepresents thirteen years of history in order to deny the cause and effect between Islam and war with the West, which contradicts his subjective feelings that America would be better off playing ostrich with barbaric Islamists. The Judge’s opinion is illustrative of why Libertarians are unqualified to be president when it comes to national security. Their attitude mirrors Obama’s and would reap the same chaos and insecurity.
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Mistakes of the Past Are Back

Buzz42 Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 12:17 AM
The Judge has a very confused view on what has happened in the past and what is happening now in the Middle East. His column creates the impression of a man who purposely misrepresents thirteen years of history in order to deny the cause and effect between Islam and war with the West, which contradicts his subjective feelings that America would be better off playing ostrich with barbaric Islamists. The Judge’s opinion is illustrative of why Libertarians are unqualified to be president when it comes to national security. Their attitude mirrors Obama’s and would reap the same chaos and insecurity.
What Todd Akin and Amanda Curtis have in common is a lack of respect for and commitment to individual rights and personal liberty. They both are comfortable in denying individuals the freedom to think for themselves and to act on their own best judgment in certain areas of their personal lives. Legally denying someone the right to an abortion is no different than legally denying someone the right to defend themselves with a firearm. Intrinsic to both issues is the concept of inalienable rights. Republicans need to be more consistent and intellectually honest in acknowledging and protecting properly defined rights rather than competing with Democrats to deny them.
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