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"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God" In this instance faith is beyond reason. Jesus said, "You have seen and believed, Blessed are those that have not seen and believed. The fool's errand is to try to convince someone to faith by reason. If you believe in God who you can't see, then everything else is possible. Christianity is only "reasonable" if God exists. It will never be accepted as reasonable by the naturalist. Our love and respect toward non-believers need not be reciprocated. It's foolish to expect otherwise.
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The Myth of 'Traditional Marriage'

Randy3153 Wrote: Feb 09, 2014 11:24 PM
I guess its good to know that Social Libs write for TH. I might heave to vote for another Republican loser that tries to twist policy and morality, but, they will get no money or enthusiasm from me. And I'm the real moderate in our party. At least I will go out and vote for him or her. Millions of others will stay home. They have in the last 2 elections in increasing numbers. I don't see any way to change policy without infringing on the rights of religion and speech. Ask the baker in Washingon. This article fits better on HuffPo or MSNBC. You can ask me a thousand ways to change my mind on this. This was about the weakest effort I've encountered.
The "point" will be when Republicans win enough seats to govern. As long as 10 to 15% of the country expect 40% of the elected government to bow to their will, Republicans will continue to be as ineffective as Jimmy Carter.
Common Core only applies to Language Arts and Math. Textbooks are receding in the digital universe. Curriculum Resources will continue to be the challenge to concerned parents and educators. Mr. Norris is writing a reasoned argument in opposition to the Common Core. More like this would be appreciated. Too much argument from people that are completely mis-informed about the origination and content of these standards. We lose the political battle by advocating the closure of public schools. Over-reach by the government is a rational and tenable argument.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

Randy3153 Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 11:24 PM
My only argument is with the concept that there is a unified Tea Party any more than a unified Republican Party. Conservatives are all over the map on a wide range of issues, including so-called Tea Party members (Where do you sign up?). If everyone fed up with establishment politics as usual are Tea Party members, then it appears to be a majority. But, only a small and very vocal minority choose to ignore the political reality of our loss of almost every significant election. They also ignore the consequences of these losses. We are not going to elect 51 Ted Cruz or Mike Lee types. Our stubbornness contributed to the continuing minority in the Senate and loss of states like Virginia. Stubbornness is not only on the right, but, clearly in the center. Many principled conservatives would like to see Republican Caucus members in the Senate and Governors' mansions. If they lose, then by definition, they couldn't win.
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Thank These Republicans for Obamacare

Randy3153 Wrote: Nov 01, 2013 12:05 AM
If we lose in 2014, its our own fault. Fundamentalism causes enmity in religion and in politics. We don't get to choose the senators from other states, and we should quit trying. Ted Cruz would never get elected in Mass or MN. A center right majority is incapable of winning because the hard right won't allow it. But, they can't win, except in about 5 states.
Common Core standards only written for Language Arts and Math so far. There are many content providers with content aligned to these standards. No doubt, some will sell left leaning reading content. Vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, construction, etc., are independent of the political leanings of the content. Ourfacts is right. Ignorance of the standards doesn't help the case against CCS. Common Core standards originated via the Republican led National Governors Assn. They originated because of the weakness of standards in too many states. They remain voluntary. I'm not a single issue voter, but, I think Common Core represents an improvement for most public schools.
I feel like I'm being asked to join the teachers unions in an unholy alliance to maintain the mediocrity in achieving simpler (in most states) standards. States were asked to develop measurable standards on their own under NCLB. Most every state has had to apply for waivers, because they couldn't even master those. Common Core standards provide a voluntary means of comparing achievement between competitive states. I don't expect any converts here. But, conservatives are divided on this topic. Please don't attempt to enforce the idealogical purity on this issue. This is a topic where the idealogy is on the mostly right and far left. I love my libertarian friends, but, I don't agree with them on everything. And I don't have to.
Let's be honest. There are at least as many independents right of Republicans as left. And Obama won most of the independents left of Republicans. Many of those right of the Republicans stayed home. Those of us right of the Republicans need to win a lot more converts before we hope to win national elections. A coalition of fiscal, social, and defense oriented right of center voters can barely win a national election in the current era. National politics generally creates a pendulum that rarely swings large. If you didn't vote in the 2012 presidential, then we have you to thank for Obama. We don't get to dictate policy with only a slim majority in the house and a fractured minority in the Senate. This type of center and right fracture paved the way for Clinton to win with barely 40% of the electorate. A Tea Party party will do worse than Ross Perot.
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