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I agree, I can't trust anything our government does or says nowadays & it's best to keep an open mind until all the facts come in. It's just too convenient that as the UE is refusing to put sanctions on Russia & to support the puppet government in Kiev, that now a civilian jet gets shot down & the EU is now jumping on the bandwagon to do something against Putin, Russia & the Ukrainian separatists.
What you said, sadly is basically true & you definitely have a gift at writing! :) I kept telling people that Romney would lose and that the GOP's only real chance (& polls confirmed it) was to nominate Ron Paul, who would have pulled a lot of liberty minded Ds to vote for him as well as all the small government minded Rs & Independents. But the big government loving, corrupt Establishment Rs would have none of that!
I believe the TEAs are a "substantial minority" only in terms of money raised to fight with, not in numbers of potential voters or in winning principles (the same principles that once made our level playing field capitalistic, small government, Constitutional Republic the greatest & richest nation in the world). We collapse when we abandon those principles & the GOP deserves to collapse for having abandoned them or it can survive as the alternative party to the big government loving D party if the GOP is willing to listen to the TEAs & reform itself (I doubt that will happen).
If millions of truly conservative voters simply left the corrupt GOP and got together for a real 3rd Party alternative (one for small, Constitutional government, a balanced budget & a return of our liberties), the remaining, corrupt Establishment Republicans would find themselves as back benchers whose only viable alternative would be to do the honorable thing: join the other big government loving D party! Then we'd be back to a 2 Party system that offered voters a real choice: big v small government.
1. As IrishMensa notes, voter fraud was committed & anyone associated with that should be punished. 2. If millions of average truly conservative voters (who wants SMALL, Constitutional government, a balanced budget & a return of our liberties) would only donate a small amount of money each to real conservative politicians, we could beat the Establishment in the money raising campaign & win the war against them. I, for one, put my money where my mouth is & that's another reason I'm so disappointed with some of the supposed Tea Party candidates that then break their promises/change their colors & side with the Establishment once elected. Better to elect a 3rd Party, non-R who would not do that once elected.
I keep getting disappointed in the GOP, even supposedly those supported by the Tea Party but who, once elected, become part of the Establishment. I doubt those who want small, Constitutional government with a balanced budget & a return of our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties can ever take control of the Republican Party now run by big government loving, Constitution trashing Republicans who make no real effort to balance the budget or return our liberties. It's probably best the GOP dies off asap & is replaced with a 3rd Party real voter alternative pushing for small, Constitutional government.
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Frank130 Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 9:58 AM
@ Birdman III: Please read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins to understand our "American Empire" achieved primarily via monetary (the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency) & economic means (big corporations & Central Bankers enslave people). Governments are controlled & tribute is collected by primarily non-military means.
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Frank130 Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 9:48 AM
We are making serious mistakes in our unwise adventurism. Wars always lead to unforeseen consequences. We making more enemies, not fewer. The world is less stable overall, not more stable. Trillions of dollars & tens of thousands of deaths in wars around the world is not "a pretty cheap price".
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Frank130 Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 9:40 AM
1. With our forwardly deployed troops we are fighting more wars, not fewer wars & we cannot afford to be the world's policeman. Neither would our Founding Fathers want us to be the world's policeman. 2. Yes, Hitler & Stalin were backed by Western Central Bankers. Please read "The Creature from Jekyll Island" & check out the references & evidence in that book. Sounds incredible, I know, but sadly true! 3. We are making more enemies by trying to impose our will on the world. The world is less stable today after we invaded Iraq than prior. 4. Western Central Bankers have mostly "bought" the Western political leaders. Read some of the articles by Reagan's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ ) & Reagan's Director of the OMB, David Stockman ( http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/ ).
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Frank130 Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 9:19 AM
Exactly.
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