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Make Congress Vote On War

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 8:48 AM
We need to NOT get into another Iraq war! The surrounding Sunni governments will have to contend with the Jihadists....and they have much to fear of ISIS! Sunni will be fighting Sunni probably sooner than we might think. We made a mistake in Iraq and probably Afghanistan too. We cannot afford to repeat our mistakes!
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Bombing Won't Save Iraq

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 20, 2014 9:55 AM
We do have an interest in the Middle East but not a military one! We do not seem to bring ourselves to fully understand the religious, cultural and political dynamics to bring constructive influence to bear upon the region. We cannot force change there! This is another reason why we must continue to pursue all avenues toward energy independence! Our future depends on it!
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The Endless Invasion of America

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 10, 2014 9:59 AM
The gutting of the American Middle Class! This is what is occurring and this is what is going to pull down the country. America prospered when the Middle Class prospered. It will decline as the Middle Class shrinks. No amount of government welfare (of all kinds) can reverse this trend. We need to get back to the basics of individual responsibility and honest enterprise at all levels, not the least of which is the political level.
Sadly, Susan Rice is a disconnected "nitwit". She simply does not understand the military other than from her own distorted abstract point of view. In this, she reflects the same mindset that pervades this administration from top to bottom. The military brass is on the line on this one and the troops will be watching very closely because much depends on how they proceed! They cannot dodge this bullet.
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War Hero or Deserter?

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 03, 2014 8:42 AM
The bottom line is that Obama and his administration are totally inept (or worse) in leading this country. This prisoner exchange sends the wrong message to both our friends and our enemies. Yes, we were duty bound to retrieve Sgt. Bergdahl but his case demands a full and complete investigation and, if warranted, a court martial hearing. This may be one way Obama wants to clean out Guantamamo and close it???? As for Susan Rice, what more can be said than she is a shill for Obama and continues to expose her naiveté if not her outright stupidity. Hopefully, this nation will come to its senses and rid DC of these "progressive" self-styled "enlightened ones" who put their ideology and self interests (political and personal) above common sense and historically grounded principles of responsible self-government. It will be interesting to also see how DoD Secy Chuck Hagel and the Military proceed on this matter!!
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Is Democracy Another God that Failed?

Jim3912 Wrote: May 27, 2014 9:52 AM
A sobering thought by one of the nation's founders and former President! Too bad John Adams has not been elevated to his proper place in our pantheon of political sages.
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Is Democracy Another God that Failed?

Jim3912 Wrote: May 27, 2014 9:48 AM
Republican democracy has not failed so much as those in power who have failed it. The concentration of power in the hands of those who play fast and loose with policy (domestic and foreign beyond constitutional constraints) and the government printing press (i.e., taxpayers' money), we will continue to see an erosion of responsible self-government and an erosion of our standard of living and well being as a nation.
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The Specter Haunting Europe

Jim3912 Wrote: May 23, 2014 9:07 AM
As always, Pat presents a historical perspective to his views that deserve serious thought and reflection. There is no question that there is a contest of sorts between "internationalism" and "nationalism", the former representing the more liberal end of the political spectrum and the latter the more conservative end. I believe there will always be tension between the two that will continually be sorted out one way or another. The bottom line is that we must understand this tension and have the understanding and capacity to deal with it in peaceful and constructive ways that advance the well being of all peoples, individually and collectively.
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A Legendary Failure of Liberalism

Jim3912 Wrote: May 20, 2014 9:02 AM
Those who rely on Government largesse are prone to dependency. It's a pretty simple fact of human nature! And those who elevate themselves to know what's best for others while excluding themselves are prone to authoritarianism and crass hypocrisy. It's a pretty simple fact of human nature! Unless and until we imbue all of our citizenry with the basic principles of responsibility and accountability, we will continue to flounder in education and elsewhere.
Chuck Todd is representative of a media that has lost its way. He is and has been an apologist for the liberal left and Dems. If anything, he should be sacked by NBC as a partisan advocate.
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