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GOP Folly

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 3:47 PM
What about asians, turks, muslims from various countries, other ethnic and religious minorities? I'm sure there are quite a few of them.
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Never Despair

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 3:01 PM
Jack2894 writes: "Dont' ask guys like this what went wrong. If they knew it wouldnt' have happened! If you want to know why you lost, then you need to ask your oppononents how they beat you." I hate to say it, but you're right. The real reasons Republicans lost can be found by actually learning from the other side (not just objective analysis, but true engagement with them in order to learn) what they did right, and which forces and trends within society helped them. What Republicans did wrong is very obvious to those on the left, so Republicans will find better answers in that camp than by any internal hand-wringing analyses. Other people can see you far better than you can see yourself. :-)
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Time for Introspection, but Not Surrender

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 2:51 PM
But on at least two issues, abortion and gays, Christians and other like-minded religious people do support government mandate to cause everyone's behavior to conform to their beliefs. Preventing gay marriage is targeting one group of society for fewer Constitutional liberties than is enjoyed by the rest of society. How would Christians react to a law that forbade Christians from marrying, while allowing everyone else to marry? Regarding abortion, it's very unlikely that as a society we will be able to arrive at a nearly 100% consensus, so the issue must be left to personal conscience and individual authority without government mandate. Even God lays the responsibility for our actions squarely on our own shoulders, not government's.
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Post-Mortem

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 1:50 PM
Republicans _don't_ seem to want freedom for each individual to determine the issue of abortion for him- or herself without government intervention or mandate, and don't seem to want the freedom of everyone including gays to marry the person of their choice. Increasingly, it's seeming like Republicans are "picking and choosing" which "freedom for all" they wish to support.
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Post-Mortem

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 1:49 PM
Republicans _don't_ seem to want freedom for each individual to determine the issue of abortion for him- or herself without government intervention or mandate, and don't seem to want the freedom of everyone including gays to marry the person of their choice. Increasingly, it's seeming like Republicans are "picking and choosing" which "freedom for all" they wish to support.
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An Investor's Manifesto

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 1:34 PM
Very interesting comments. Thanks.
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We Reap What We Sow

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 12:54 PM
True. In addition, our beliefs determine for the most part not only which of innumerable data we perceive or regard as important, but also the specific significance and meaning we ascribe to that data. In other words, our beliefs determine to a great extent the experience, decisions and the course of our lives. In my opinion, that's a very good reason for us to critically examine our beliefs from time to time.
Good comments about abortion. Thanks. I personally believe that the issue of abortion is neither a federal government nor states issue, but instead a matter of personal conscience, with citizen's individual authority trumping both state and federal authority. I believe that it's a matter for each individual to decide for him- or herself without government mandate either way.
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What Happened?

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 12:07 PM
Sometimes I felt that Romney was like a car salesman who was trying to get people to sign a contract to buy a car before allowing them to see the car.
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What Happened?

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 12:06 PM
Today's GOP often seems to be composed of just two major groups: well-heeled and well-connected industrialists and "plutocrats" on one side, and religious and social conservative extremists on the other. It seems like the vast middle ground of conservatism has vanished, or been excised by the GOP powers-that-be. I'm hoping that this view is wrong, but that certainly does sometimes seem to be the case.
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What Happened?

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 12:02 PM
I agree. It's as though the GOP has been staring for a long time at a snapshot of how America used to be, instead of looking at the trends that shape the demographic and political landscape now and toward the future. It's like staring at a picture of a river, and then finding oneself in a dynamic reality of strange waters that don't seem to correspond with the picture anymore.
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