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Mr. Ransom - The MMGW hoax is simply another way of destroying / controlling our individual sovereignty. The correct wording in your first paragraph is not "since" the Civil War but rather the correct word should be the continuation of the Clay's American System" - aka Crony Capitalism - which was the central aim of the Republicans in waging civil war...That was the destruction of State sovereignty and with it individual sovereignty. To paraphrase James Carville: "it's the consolidation, ...." The Radical Republicans could have avoided the deaths of 700,000 people by changing one word in the Naturalization Act of 1805 - using the same strategy they used in imposing the Morill Tarifs... Try reading the full version of: "The president's Message to Congress in Special Session" - July 4th, 1861 - To see why that speech is our republic's equivilant of Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon....
Derek - Why not use the correct term for these people? It should be obvious that these people are neither Liberal nor Progressive. It turns out that Columbia Political Science Professor William A. Dunning coined the correct term: Emotionalists. You don't hear it because he was writing about the beginning of the Welfare State by the Radical Republicans. aka Radical Reconstruction - was not about bricks and mortar reconstruction of the South but rather consolidation of the republic.
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7 Ways That Republicans Fail Politics 101

Otis4 Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 7:20 AM
Isn't he definition of insanity doing the same thing and expecting a different result" The great myth in American politics is that the Party was founded as THE Conservative small government Party. The opposite is true. It was Radical Republicans that created Crony Capitalism (aka adoption of Whig Henry Clay's American System) and the welfare State - Radical Reconstruction after the Civil War... It should be obvious by now that the infamous 1831 cartoon was correct - the monkeys are in charge.- "Everyone for himself at the expense of his neighbor."
I really get tired of the misuse of the word "Liberal" by people who claim to be pundits (learned ones). Our Founding Fathers were Liberals in the correct use of the word. William A. Dunning, Chair of the Political Science Department at Columbia actually coined the correct word for these people - "Emotionalists" - As in their emotional response trumps actual thought and common sense. The unfortunate fact for Ms. Coulter, the Limbaughs, Hannity, Levin, et-al. these people were also the basis of the formation of the Republican Party which was founded in 1854, in Ripon, Wisconsin by a group of Fourierian Utopian socialists. These people were all Publisher (of Karl Marx's columns) in his N.Y. Daily Tribune Horace Greeley acolytes. .. Ever wonder why the GOP consistently undermines the Tea Party types? It is part of their basic DNA. These are the same people who eventually Nationalized (consolidated) and destroyed the great confederation of States in human history.
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12 Unspoken Rules For Being A Liberal

Otis4 Wrote: Sep 01, 2013 6:52 AM
Our Founding father were Liberal or Libertarians in today's parlance. What Mr, Hawkins really means is Progressive Utopian socialists. His fundamental ignorance is that these people were the originators of the Radical Republican Party coalition - Know Nothings, Abolitionists, Whigs, Fourierian Socialists, Communitarians, Transcendentalists and Marxists. (Slaves are considered Capital in economic terms - hence their interest.) This is why the term RINO meaning a Progressive Republican is an oxymoron. That IS the Party's DNA
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