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No Longer a Republican

JamesInOhio Wrote: Dec 23, 2014 12:11 PM
Mr. Barber's view is foolish. If he drops his Republican registration, then he gets no vote on who the Republicans nominate in their primaries. If he fails to vote Republican in general elections, he merely strengthens the Democrats. It's people like Mr. Barber who helped the Democrats get 60 Senators in 2009, who gave us Obamacare. All Republicans voted against it, all 60 Senate Democrats voted for it. Idiocy.
I thought every day was a day of rest for the French worker.
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Black Crime and Police Killings

JamesInOhio Wrote: Dec 07, 2014 9:28 AM
An aggressive police strategy is the reason for the vast turnaround in crime in New York City. So to cite a great reduction in New York crime to argue against aggressive police policies is completely dishonest. "White responsibility" is one of the left's codewords for collective guilt. I am not in any way responsible for what another white person did in 1952, or 1922, or 1722. I feel no guilt toward black Americans, nor should I. The Judeo-Christian tradition tells me I'm expected to help my fellow human being who's suffering. That is not a "white" obligation, it is an individual human obligation.
I recently got caught up briefly in the enthusiasm for a Ben Carson candidacy. After reading that Tillis got 18% of the black vote in the North Carolina Senate race, supposedly by tying his candidacy to Ben Carson's potential candidacy, I was fired up. Nominating Carson for President would fracture the Democrat's political coalition, and I was all for that. Then I saw him interviewed on Bloomberg. Dr. Carson sounded like a man who has put all of his intellectual energy into medicine during the course of his career (understandably), and very little into studying political issues, policy, and debate. He was very unimpressive in that interview. He has a lot of work to do.
Guy-Finding thoughts "troubling" is liberal-speak. Maybe you're spending too much time in Washington.
A rule that was left out of the column: Don't primary our national incumbents except in safe red states. ANY squishy Republican in Congress is vastly preferrable to adding an additional vote to Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid's caucus.
Both the Republican Establishment and the Tea Party have their own natural vulnerabilities and weaknesses. The establishment types get too caught up in their own self-importance and the creature comforts of being well-compensated Washington insiders (see, Republican class of 1994). That's human nature. The Tea Party lets its enthusiasm and political inexperience lead it to rash decisions (see, Christine O'Donnell, Richard Mourdock, and the Defund Obamacare government shutdown). That's human nature, too. Each side needs the other, e.g., the Republicans don't win the House in 2010 without the Tea Party, and the Tea Party gets much less of what it wants with Harry Reid running the Senate than it would if Mitch McConnell were running the Senate. For either side to talk nastily about the other is pointless and counter-productive. The Democrats are the real opponent that must be defeated. That has to be the top priority.
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