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The Need to Explain

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:35 AM
Traditional conservatives, who in saner times voted Republican, are staying home out of pure disgust with the choices the oligarchy has pre-approved for their voting pleasure. Citizens United is succeeding beyond everyone's wildest dreams. It has turned the electoral process into a three ring circus -- entirely befitting a country which has devolved into a banana republic.
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The Need to Explain

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:35 AM
The only people voting Republican will be rich white guys, and poor white guys who happen also to be misogynists and racists, and the deluded souls out there in Fox News Land who remain convinced that prosperity is just around the corner if you only work hard enough and keep the trickle-down faith. And there are a fair amount of voters who will pull the Republican lever simply because they hate everything the Democrats stand for. Actually, they hate an incumbent who simply does not exist in the real world: a Kenyan Marxist anti-colonialist running wild and forcing everyone to sign up for food stamps.
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The Need to Explain

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:35 AM
Look who is funding the Republican candidates: fabulously wealthy white guys with arcane agendas. With Mitt, it's the Wall Street vulture capitalist crowd of which he is an integral part. With Rick, it's one lone billionaire who can get away with going on cable TV talk shows and joking how women should practice birth control by holding an aspirin between their knees. Newt Gingrich has been bankrolled by a gambling mogul who is quite upfront about his own one-track, pro-Israel agenda.
Americans are gradually concluding that Tea Party hatred of Barack Obama played a bigger role than concerns over deficits or dislike of big government. Hatred, very likely driven by racism, is what brought the Tea Partiers together, and they haven't betrayed that hatred. It's still raging.
The Republican candidate, Romney, has exhibited signs of, at its kindest, what can only be described as "emotional instability". Romney's comments are so twisted and confusing it's hard to tell if there is one Mitt or five.
The modern conservative formula has proven to be a winning one so one can't fault conservatives for using it. An election is a popularity contest, not a competency contest. Even a candidate with a severely conservative intellect can typically memorize the procedure that solves all problems, cures all ills and guarantees re-election. To solve any problem, follow this procedure: 1. Cut taxes. 2. If the problem remains, privatize. 3. If the problem remains, deregulate. 4. If the problem remains, start a war. 5. If the problem remains, pray harder. 6. If the problem remains, blame it on liberalism. 7. Get re-elected and go back to step 1.
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G.W. was MIA

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 10:46 PM
What is most frightening about Republican's long- running con game is the curious fact that the party's white, poorly- educated, low-income political base keeps falling for the same trick-when they are the primary victim of Republican economic policies which always favor the wealthy at the expense of other groups.. This can only be due to the party's massive propaganda apparatus with its constant use of fear-mongering,wedge politics, demonization of the poor, so-called "family values", guns, religion, immigration.and abortion politics. These are purely diversionary tactics developed long ago to dupe the gullible to vote against their own economic interests.
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Sex and the City (of Washington)

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 10:32 PM
The biggest supporters of segregation always considered themselves Christian conservatives.
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Sex and the City (of Washington)

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 10:31 PM
The way the modern day Republican party wants to purify America's history reminds me of the Nazi mentality toward purification. I mean, does the good ole days include slavery, segregation and lynchings? Today's google challenge is "Cherokee trail of tears"
We can have a discussion about the Vietnam war and its after-effects. Many Republicans also say something like this, "The North Vietnamese were brutal to the people they conquered once we left. How many people died at the hands of the conquerors?" No doubt about that. You can add in several million more from Cambodia who died in the 'Killing Fields.' I met some 'boat people' while working in 1982. One guy was from Haiphong in North Vietnam (the number one B-52 target) He said that he feared 'going to school' more than the American bombing. That's why he fled and ended up in the USA. What was the alternative in 1973? Keep half a million American personnel there and continue to pay those costs, forever?
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GOP Convention

Henry_VlIl Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 9:56 PM
I asked him about Newt Gingrich. He said, "Newt was a victim of the Main Stream Media." And how about Ronald Reagan, scion of Republican family values virtuosity? He said, "I'm sure God forgave Ronald Reagan for getting divorced for he was married to a wicked woman." Here's what Jesus says, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
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