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Should The U.S. Declare War On ISIS?

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 23, 2014 3:16 AM
There are two problems with declaring war on the Islamic State. The first is that the Islamic State is not a government with defined jurisdiction, it is more a culture that happens to predominate in a particular area, but exists in pockets throughout most of the world. It would be a lot like waging guerrilla war on a couple of hundred fronts. The second, more serious problem, is the concept of war itself. Americans fight to make the enemy stop fighting and start negotiating. The Islamic State fights to destroy the enemy, or enslave him. Americans negotiate to reach an agreement. The Islamic State negotiates to gain time and/or position from which the enemy may be more easily destroyed or enslaved. America has no stomach for a war of extermination, but if we go to war with the Islamic State, that is the only kind of war we can ever hope not to lose.
OK, if the clerk forgets to credit your double coupons, violence inside the store is unavoidable. But otherwise, it is a pretty safe place.
That is just stupid. Everybody knows that violence rarely occurs in the grocery store. The parking lot, on the other hand, can turn dangerous at any moment, especially after dark, and most especially for women alone. The problem is, if you leave your piece in the car to save the delicate sensibilities of precious flowers like ZinnBinn, what are you going to do when you get accosted on your way to the car? Beat your assailant off with a French roll? Much easier just to keep a weapon handy. Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
Nope. In Southern California we are assured that if we dial 911, our attacker will wait patiently until the police arrive to provide defensive services before proceeding with his agenda. Apparently violent criminals have a rock-solid sense of fair play, at least according to the Authorities. Not having been mugged or assaulted yet, I can not vouch for the truth of this assertion personally.
Who carries a rifle on a regular basis? They are uncomfortable, clumsy and awkward. Even a scabbard hinders your movements. A nice handgun in a comfortable holster is much better for daily use. But if a rifle is all you have, it's still better than New Yorkistan or New Jerseystan, where the only thing you are allowed to carry is the loud scream that will herald your arrival in Paradise.
"Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America, having done great harm to immigrants, abortion clinics and people without health insurance during his 14 years in office." Really? Pics or it didn't happen. I dare you. Show me just one picture of the damage.
So, we hire a handful of lawyers to maintain the integrity of public servants, and we find out they have no integrity themselves. Somehow there is suddenly a law that says we have to keep paying them anyway? I want to see that law!
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Part One: The Problem With The Right

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 14, 2014 2:06 AM
For some strange reason, conservatives seem to feel the need to apologize when leftists are offended by the truth. If you cry rape because your boyfriend proposed with a 1/4 carat diamond instead of the 1 carat diamond you wanted, your claim of rape is not legitimate. If you spend over $3000 on birth control products in a year, you actually are a s-l-u-t. And if you vote for politicians because they will maintain or increase your welfare payments, then you a proud member of the 47 percent. Nobody needs to apologize for saying these things publicly or privately, and anyone who claims that such statements of fact are offensive, or stupid, is a liar.
Supporting a Republican has become a blind leap of pure faith. We have seen far too many candidate campaign on Tea Party values, then legislate with Democratic abandon. We know the Establishment Republicans are none too fond of the principles that made our nation great. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how much love could be lost by unknown newcomers. For a conservative who loved America and wishes it could be brought back, ya puts yer vote down and ya takes yer chance.
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An Open Letter to the Political Right

Steven668 Wrote: Aug 03, 2014 11:42 PM
The point that Derek seems to miss is that if you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still end up with evil. Setting aside basic principles to vote for a candidate who only wants to tear out a little of the Constitution over one who wants to tear down the whole thing still leads to a country ruled by men, not by law, where freedom is an empty buzzword. Show us a Republican candidate that will actually lift a finger in support of freedom, and we will vote for him or her with all the enthusiasm and gusto we can muster.
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