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We are told that politicians do what it takes to get elected, and to get elected it is necessary for them to respect the people's wishes. Obamacare may be the law that the people most desire to have repealed, but it is still with us. I suspect that Obamacare represents such an enormous power shift from the people to the federal government that politicians think it makes them partially immune to public opinion. It literally represents the power of life and death over every man, woman and child in America. No politician in either party wants to give that up now that they have it.
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Wow! Just Wow!

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 11:47 PM
Not really. Just not terribly optimistic. There has always been a huge difference between a Republican speech and a Republican vote. One thing about the Democrats, they are pretty up front about their intention to set up a fascist state. I've been waiting most of my life to see Republicans raise a meaningful objection.
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Wow! Just Wow!

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 2:03 AM
So the Republican Party has a majority in both Houses of Congress. Hooray for the Republicans. I guess you guys will get to grab for power and grandstand for the press for a while. That makes everything so much better. So. When do you figure it might be America's turn again?
OK, I will credit Reagan and Cruz. In spite of a couple of stumbles, Reagan is arguably the best President since the Civil War. Cruz also seems to have figured out that unrestricted immigration is probably not the wisest course for America. Or maybe he just decided it is not the wisest policy for Ted Cruz. Time will tell.
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Open Legs and Closed Minds

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 1:44 AM
Reminds me of a time a few years back when a black co-worker made some comment about "african americans" at the water cooler. Without thinking, I snorted and said, "African americans my as*. None of them have ever been any closer to Africa than I have." He looked at me oddly, gave a sharp nod, and carried on his conversation. He did not use the term "african american" again, though.
For as long as I can remember, politics in America has been about one thing. Power. Each Party wants power for itself, and when it gets power, each Party usurps more power for the offices it holds. In my entire lifetime, I can not remember a single politician who cared more for America than for himself. People who feel hopeless and apathetic feel that way because they know that whoever they elect to office, that person will pursue power at the expense of everyone and everything else. They know that the people running the country care nothing for that country, or the ideals, principles, and rules of conduct that made it great. They care only for power. People see the future slipping away from them, and they don't know why, or how to get it back. They are taught in government schools that the government is their only real hope. They are taught that the innovators, the founders of the most successful businesses in the world, were "robber barons" whose depredations against the common man were stopped only by a benevolent government. A government that today will prosecute the common man into poverty or prison for daring to collect water, build a house, or cut a tree on his own property. People think government is like a parent, and like abused children, they can not understand why their beloved government continually does things to hurt them. People no longer remember that they themselves are the nation, and government is merely their employee. Almost everyone has forgotten that government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Courtney, you should ask some of your female compatriots, especially the younger ones, why they voted for Obama the first time. Yes, Virginia, women do vote for the "hot" guy, especially if he promises them free medical services like birth control and abortion. And if he can somehow convince them that he will pay for their mortgage and car loan, even better!
Have you paid the slightest attention to Republican activities in the last 6 years? Every time they had a chance to do something useful for the country, they talk a great game and then they vote for whatever Obama wants. Please try to be serious.
No, he voted FOR someone he could believe in. You, on the other hand, were willing to accept one liberal wannabe slave master so you could say you voted against another. As long as people like you keep choosing between evils, our government will continue to become more evil and corrupt. Thank you. I guess.
First, Democrats across the board (and many Republicans) need to be in prison for what they have done, but that is not going to happen. Our legal system is not equipped to handle criminal behavior on that scale. Since the responsible parties will never be punished in any meaningful way, point 4 becomes the only valid reason to vote for Republicans, and it is terribly weak. It assumes that Republicans care what people think of them, and the last 8 years or so have pretty much put that illusion to rest. What bothers me most about this article is that all it cares about is beating Democrats. Not one word about improving the quality of our representation. Not a peep about maintaining the United States as a unique sovereign nation. Not a syllable about keeping America strong, free, prosperous, or powerful. Just "Beat Democrats." From someone like John Hawkins, I really had hoped for more.
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Things Fall Apart

Steven668 Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 2:21 AM
The Optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. The Pessimist fears this may be true.
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