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The point I'm making is: assuming the course of world history would be worse, rather than better, had Adams' position prevailed, is not the sole possible outcome.
Two things... If the pragmatism of Reagan is the ideal for a Republican (FYI my first vote for a president was for him, and it was the right one), why is America in the condition it's in 30 years later? Bush the elder was also quite pragmatic, and Clinton was an expert in pragmatism. I never see Democrats being pragmatic with their principles - they stick bye their guns at all costs. And if being pro-life isn't a core principle, I don't know what is! To Lora K's comment: If Adams' position had prevailed, who's to say what the outcome would have been? Maybe the northern colonies would have split off by themselves. Maybe we would still be British citizens. Maybe slavery would have died a natural death. Maybe the world would have been spared two World Wars. So maybe, was the continuation of slavery in early America the worst possible outcome?
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Russia’s Militaristic Victory Day

deaconAR Wrote: May 09, 2014 1:05 PM
What a bunch of foolishness! To dismiss, with a westerner's bravado, the death of over 8 million soldiers and over 7 million civilians, and the ravaging of their native land - this is the height (or depth) of ignorance. The west (Americans especially) have no concept of what "total war" carried out on their land does to the very core of a country's soul. And please, don't use our civil war as a foil - the total casualties for our entire civil war are less than the casualties suffered by the Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad within the city limits alone!
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Good Thug, Bad Thug

deaconAR Wrote: May 06, 2014 3:55 PM
This is what happens when the West encourages mob overthrow of elected/established governments in Egypt, Lybia, Syria and Ukraine. We have sown the wind, now we will reap the whirlwind...
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Is Obama Wrong on Ukraine?

deaconAR Wrote: May 06, 2014 3:46 PM
Mr. Buchanan always equates the current state of affairs in the world to the best outcome from past geopolitical events. How can one be so sure of oneself as to say that if Ike, LBJ, Reagan etc. had taken a different tack on the issues that were before them, that the outcome we would see today might not be overall better than what it is? The world would be different for sure…maybe “better,” maybe “worse” – but definitely different.
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Staying Out of Other People's Wars

deaconAR Wrote: Feb 07, 2014 3:07 PM
I would postulate that they were in our interest at the time they were ratified. If they are not now, then we should "man-up" and renegotiate them - that would be an interesting gambit.
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Staying Out of Other People's Wars

deaconAR Wrote: Feb 07, 2014 2:42 PM
"How many of these treaties, which could require us to go to war with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China over tiny islets and minuscule nations half a world away, are truly in America's national interest?" Unless we want other countries to view treaties made with the US as worth nothing more than the paper its written on, we better view honoring these treaties as in our national interest.
"While some hippies and agrarian poets may disagree, most people wouldn't say we'd be better off if 7 out of 10 people still did back-breaking labor on farms." I fear (and human history of the past 100+ years shows) that these same "most people" would be happy sleeping in the energy pods from the movie The Matrix. "You know, I know that this steak doesn't exist. I know when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you what I've realized? Ignorance is bliss." - Cypher from the movie The Matrix. In the name of "progress" we are going to make our lives so easy, that soon there will be no need to get out of bed. But I hope that before then, our own arrogance will lead to us hitting a brick wall, knocking us on our rears, and giving us a chance to stop and take a look around.
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The Pope and Rush Limbaugh

deaconAR Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 10:02 PM
That the Earth orbits the Sun is not a theory, it is a fact. Man's earlier understanding of this fact was in error, as was the Roman church's fear of the fact. An economic theory is just that - a theory. Evolution between species is also just a theory. They are theories because the model can't be proved without umpteen exceptions being needed to make the "data" fit. And this doesn't make much difference to the central point of doing for the other, rather than for self.
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A Challenge to Our Beliefs

deaconAR Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 2:44 PM
"Century of the Self", a 2002 4-part documentary from the BBC is a vital bit of information that sheds much light on the mind control mechanics of modern societies. But a warning, once you watch and understand it, you will never be able to put your head in the sand again.
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