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Slavery Reparations

CedarStrip Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 9:45 AM
I think the "War on Poverty" and other "Great Society" programs were largely reparationist. They were catastrophic to the black community in particular and the country in general. What these communities need most will have to come from within. Might not sound "fair", but that is the way it is.
Over the past 100 years we have transferred too much power to the executive branch under the assumption that Congressional oversight could handle abuses of power. It is very clear that oversight isn't up to the task. It is too easy to stonewall and the process takes way too long. The media can control the political fallout by ignoring or hyping the issue. Issa will do what he can, but don't expect much.
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Rubbish: Emails Don’t Get Lost

CedarStrip Wrote: Jun 16, 2014 10:05 AM
I would like to see the email system administrator testify under oath and be required to explain how selective emails could be deleted by a glitch. No one with any technical understanding believes this ridiculous story.
J_inVT commented on Obama's profile being similar to Mussolini's. Mussolini was the architect of fascism. Soviet propagandists managed to equate fascism & Naziism -- not really accurate, but it stuck. Here is Mussolini's description of fascism. Does anyone see a similarity to Obama's ideology? "The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State. ... the Fascist State is itself conscious and has itself a will and a personality -- thus it may be called the "ethic" State...The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone..."
Questions about abortion will never be decided by one vote in the Senate. These will always be decided in the Supreme Court. Before you can get the kind of decision you want the Repubs need to control the Senate and White House. That will need to persist long enough for probably 2 or 3 more Supreme Court justices to be appointed and confirmed. It will be a very long struggle. If you fritter away every Repub because they aren't good enough for you it will probably never happen. The progressives started working on their agenda over 100 years ago. They had a strategy, a plan. They are committed to it. They support every Dem and when they get elected they pressure them to conform. Yes, America needs to wake up, and that includes you. You are tilting at windmills my friend.
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America's Budding Tyrants

CedarStrip Wrote: May 21, 2014 4:16 PM
“For it is very clear that in fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members.” Woodrow Wilson.
Religious arguments are only persuasive to people with the same religious beliefs, which makes them superfluous. Just a way of displaying your understanding of a particular dogma. Logic can persuade anyone.
So immigration needs to be reformed. It's obvious. But it seems that "reform" has become synonymous with amnesty. Does reform also mean open borders? If not, when are we going to start controlling the border? How many new government workers will it take to process 12 million or more illegals? When Obama got elected I read that we were still processing amnesty seekers from Reagan's deal. Reagan had promises from Democrats that border enforcement was part of that amnesty deal. I have zero confidence that any "reform" will be enforced and managed. I won't support any reform plan that isn't fully explained and I am convinced will be enforced. I don't see that happening.
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Life Under the Obama Doctrine

CedarStrip Wrote: May 02, 2014 11:02 AM
What people need to realize is that this is the 21st century and we don't do things the old way anymore, and besides these treaties are "living documents" like our Constitution and what they mean is up to Kerry and Obama. And then there's elections and we can't do anything to upset the Dem donors. Don't get upset, everything is under control (for a while).
Based on the comments I'd say that many readers failed to get the message of the article. The author is not promoting income equality, she's saying that free market advocates need to do a better job of selling it.
I don't think you read the article carefully.
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