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The Cato Institute is funded by the Kochs, who are supporters of so-called comprehensive immigration reform.
Our recent set of experiences with free speech in America suggests that "American exceptionalism" is not all that exceptional--that we are only a step or two behind England and Canada in these matters. The term has become more an expression of hubris, or to put it another way, "pride goeth before a fall." The hollowness of "American exceptionalism" is best revealed in our approach to immigration, where it seems as though many conservatives really believe our "exceptional" nation is capable of absorbing limitless numbers of peoples of other races, nationalities, cultures, etc.; that even though Europe is doing this and failing at it just doesn't pertain to us. Our country has come a long way, and yesterday my thought was one of pride in what our country once was and hope that it can become that way again.
"To face next week another country that does not have Jack Squat except for soccer?" Belgium has beer. Unfortunately they also have the EU.
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The Paranoids are Back

danr27 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 6:59 AM
I suspect in about two years, should Jeb Bush fail to win the nomination, Paul Greenberg will announce he is voting for the Democratic candidate for President. Another one bites the dust.
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Republicans Won't Pass Immigration Reform

danr27 Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 6:57 AM
Possibly because FoxNews is owned by an individual who contributed to Hillary Clinton's campaign when she ran for Senate.
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Wrong Lessons from Cantor Defeat

danr27 Wrote: Jun 13, 2014 7:22 AM
Linda Chavez, taking over the Town Hall position formerly occupied by Kathleen Parker.
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The Real Extremists Are Being Exposed

danr27 Wrote: May 24, 2014 7:24 AM
Excellent column by Mr. Brown, as usual, but with one exception: he does the conservative side no favor by using the favored propaganda term of the anti-Christians. Even the New York Times, about a month ago, recognized this in an article about "the H-word"--homosexual--which straightforwardly discussed the political advantages of the term "gay" over a word that, first off, contained the suffix "sexual." There's little that's gay about a lifestyle that brought us AIDS and whose participants are over-represented in numerous other afflictions. Homosexuals are deserving of compassion, but the hard truth is that, in the end, it is a condition which no parent wishes upon his child.
TX, that argument is wearing thin. Look at "our" guys in 2008 and 2012--McCain and Romney--both siding today with the Democrats on key issues. To say nothing of the Bushes and Bob Dole. I'm convinced that acceptance of "the lesser of two evils" has been possibly the greatest contributing factor to the present state of our union.
Another victory for Boehner and amnesty.
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A Sterling Example

danr27 Wrote: May 02, 2014 7:05 AM
Here's one set of numbers I heard a couple of days ago, on the Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-Detroit: 9 NBA players "fathered" 72 children with 55 women.
What was Sterling's "crime?" To have his private thoughts revealed via the illegal taping of his conversation with his "girlfriend from hell." The great bulk of people do not look forward to a day when their daughter announces "guess who's coming to dinner?" And I daresay that includes members of every race. The Sterling incident demonstrates clearly that we now live in an era of "hate thought," not terribly different than what was depicted in "1984" or, for that matter, the former Soviet Union. You must not give public vent to such thoughts or you will be destroyed. Lovely, huh?
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