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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
The fundamental problem with Levin & Limbaugh is that they are not willing to understand that it was the Radical Republicans who destroyed Federalism. listened to Mr.Levin and stopped when he couldn't or wouldn't explain how the Constitution went from a Contract / Compact/ Concord among equal sovereign States. That is what the word Federal meant to the Framers. That simple fact was confirmed on June 25th, 1787 when the word Nation was struck from the working notes and Replaced with the words The United States of America. (Plural) If Mr. Levin or Mr. Limbaugh had read the speech of James Wilson in Madison & Elliot;s notes for August 10th, 1787; they would know that the fundamental genius of the Constitution was the concept of Dual Citizenship - your State first and then to the general government. The Radical Republicans adopted 2 Amendments that are by definition un-constitutional because they were not ratified. Most of the this Statist nonsense emanated from Judge Joseph Story and was foisted on us by Radical Republicans such as Charles Sumner, Thaddeus Stephens and Seward. Try reading the Tragic Era by Claude Bowers about the failure of Radical Republican Reconstruction. How about we simply remove the offending nonsense and simply return to the Constitution of the Framers and forget about adding more idiocy to it? It would seem to me that one actually has to know how Federalism was destroyed in order to fix it.
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O'Reilly: Killing History

Otis4 Wrote: Aug 02, 2013 8:03 AM
After reading O'Reilly's "Kiling Lincoln" Why would anyone take him seriously as a historian? Lincoln did not use the Oval Office because it wasn't used until President Taft in 1909. Booth did not kill Lincoln because Booth thought that Robert Todd Lincoln was banging Lucy Hale. This is pure nonsense. Booth used Lucy Hale's teenage crush to get close to Lincoln during the second inaugural for a shot... Try reading "Come Retribution" by Tidwell, Hall & Gaddy and "The Dahlgren Affair" you'll know why Lincoln was killed. Could it be that turn about is fair play? O'Reilly lost me with his inaccurate description of the economics of the Oil Industry.
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How Abortion Has Changed America

Otis4 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 8:12 AM
Think of our Federal Constitution as a Polygamous Marriage (contract) among the thirteen original States – Secession was merely the Divorce of a few disenchanted brides. The Radical Republican response was merely the actions of a Battering Husband to enforce the marriage contract. The question that no one has ever successfully answered to this day is: How can the Federal Constitution still be called a contract? That is the problem. The threat of secession, Interposition and Nullification by the States might have come in handy in defeating Roe v. Wade and prevented America’s Holocaust which according to the “Abortion clock” website this morning is: 6,432,477.2 Abortions. Nobody takes these Constitutional remedies seriously after Mr. Lincol
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Newt vs. Newt

Otis4 Wrote: Jan 06, 2013 8:57 AM
Newt as a history professor should: A.) Know the truth of his Party’s founding. B.) have begun the process of re-educating the American public towards an actually Constitutionally Conservative Party when he was relevant… On January First a few in this country celebrated Lincoln’s after fact justification for the murder and maiming of 750,000 Americans on the dubious grounds that He ended slavery. That might have been worth the costs had we elevated and sophisticated the Negro Race. We didn’t. One has to look no further than the fallacy of Radical Reconstruction of the 1870’s a.k.a. the Tragic Era to see the sham. Or, simply look at the history of Detroit or Chicago both cities are metaphors for the failures of the Progressive Left and A
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What's Behind Hatred of Obama?

Otis4 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 8:28 AM
I despise Obama because he his Collectivist (a term which encompasses all of the “isms”.) “Collectivism” is the polar opposite of Federalism as the Framers and Founders designed our original structure of government. Collectivism was not started in this Country by Alinsky, Fox or Pliven; or, even by Marx or Engels. The first non-religious Collectivist was Robert Owen who moved his weaving operation to New Harmony, IN in the middle 1820’s. The first radical communist was Albert Brisbane who imported the doctrine of Charles Fourier into the U.S from France in the 1830’s. It went nowhere until Horace Greeley adopted it (ever wonder “Why” the Press is Left of center?) This became the basis of a “new” political Party founded on the ashes of....
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