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"Uncle Tom's Cabin" is precisely about hope. The slave Tom's faith gave him hope for a better life after his earthly one. Simon Lagree savagely beat and ultimately killed Tom over his Christian faith and his spreading of the gospel and hope to the other slaves. This us vs. them narrative (not just race, but also Christian vs. gay, male vs. female, etc.) is a step right out of the Rules for Radicals. It is no accident that this administration makes every effort to take sides and escalate the rhetoric. The power that hopelessness has to ruin a life and remove ambition is incredibly sad. That it is deliberate is truly evil.
Redneck - without knowing the evidence seen, how can you conclude the NY jury was wrong? When police happen upon someone who acts aggressively, how are they to know whether the suspect is hopped up on drugs or just an a-hole? I am unwilling to take away the rights of law enforcement to protect themselves. That said, I don't think it is out of line to question the use of "choke hold" as a procedural issue. We lost a young man locally to the same procedure. His father was a cop. He was not in the act of committing a crime. The officer in that incident was exonerated, but the use of the procedure was called into question.
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It Takes A Village To Raise A Looter

Patrice13 Wrote: Dec 03, 2014 4:48 PM
Liberal guilt vs. religious (Christian) guilt. Liberal guilt is entirely useless, as it does not take personal ownership of wrongdoings. Religious guilt is reflective (owning ones own thoughts and deeds) with an eye to self-improvement. Liberal guilt sees society as the guilty party/oppressor. Religious guilt sees the imperfections in one's self. Liberal guilt sees society/government as the solution. Religious guilt sees the betterment of self as the solution. These two stances are diametrically opposed. Religion/liberty pairs free will with the results of one's choices. Marxism, Communism, Nazism, Progressivism, tribalism, "Government as the solution"-ism is predicated on total central control of finances, thought, actions and "fair" outcome (rather than opportunity). Everywhere it's been tried, it has failed. This does not deter the "ism" crowd. Their motivation is resentment and envy. Better to bring everyone down than to have anyone succeed brilliantly.
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Ferguson, Fate & Fatherlessness

Patrice13 Wrote: Nov 26, 2014 8:46 PM
Thank you, Ryan. The underlying cause truly is the destruction of the family unit. Selfish women "who don't need a man" are doing a terrible job of raising their children to be anything other than bitter, directionless, resentful and angry. They pass on a man to anchor their family, but demand society provide a greater police presence, thinking that police are there to babysit their unruly progeny rather than enforce the law. It boggles the mind that they will serve up their own kids to defy authority rather than admit they were wrong.
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Ferguson, Fate & Fatherlessness

Patrice13 Wrote: Nov 26, 2014 8:38 PM
Sadly, in order to avoid being objectified, American women found it necessary to objectify their unborn children. SMH
Wow!!! Excellent, Bill Cassidy!!!
This was all a setup to agitate the masses and further entice the police to respond with violence. They notified the residents that they would not be able to protect them .Another dead black kid (by cop), and the liberal MSM, Obama and Holder would be grandstanding all over the place. The use of restraint on the part of the police dept most likely saved lives. The lack of a body to drag through the media circus has taken the wind out of the sails of the race-baiters.
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Taking the Crony Out of Capitalism

Patrice13 Wrote: Nov 23, 2014 1:43 PM
Great post with solid ideas. That said, many of the new Tea Party politicians are reluctant participants - only jumping in because the state of affairs has gotten so bad. Hopefully, they will right the ship, put the proper parameters in place, and strengthen the Constitution before going back to their real lives, as the founding fathers intended political service to be ...... service.
DrawThe_Line: I don't believe that the intent is for redistribution to work. I believe the intent it to get money out of the hands of those who have it, thereby making even more citizens dependent on government handouts. Those plotting to redistribute know perfectly well that those receiving will burn through the cash in no time.
How is this any different from the government indoctrination camps....er, public schools? Captive audience students are rewarded for regurgitating the political agendas of their captors/teachers. They believe persons who spend an hour a week at church are brainwashed, but believe students who spent 13+ years (8 hours per day) at a government/union run schools are "enlightened". Accomplishment has been replaced with good intent, so "feeling good about yourself" is the ultimate goal of the self-absorbed generation, regardless of the detrimental effects of bad liberal policy.
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