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Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

Tina Trent Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 11:31 AM
Yes, and when he comes out with a real record of resisting amnesty, I will perhaps consider him as someone I might vote for. But he has lied and changed up too much on this issue, fun desert parties with the 1 - 2% that is libertarian voters notwithstanding.
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The Intellectual Poverty Law Center

Tina Trent Wrote: Jul 07, 2014 9:24 PM
Even when I was on the Left, I knew they were a bunch of deeply corrupt race-haters-for-profit. And they are still being empowered to act as an arm of our DOJ, a real crime that should be discussed openly. They are given disturbing latitude to dictate what is and isn't hate crime, and their sleazy "hate group" lists (really political enemies lists) are used by federal officials in investigations. If there was one principled conservative in the legislature, he would at least try to sever this disturbing relationship between our criminal justice system and these hate-for-profit clowns.
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The Intellectual Poverty Law Center

Tina Trent Wrote: Jul 07, 2014 9:14 PM
True, but their activists have a presence there -- I dealt with them frequently, always trying to squeeze information so they could shill it for cash -- and the Center for Democratic Renewal, a wannabe SPLC with an intertwined pedigree and research activities, was based in Atlanta. What is that Chesterton saying about not being able to pick your neighbors?
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The Intellectual Poverty Law Center

Tina Trent Wrote: Jul 07, 2014 9:10 PM
The SPLC had nothing to do with "ending lynching.". One would think a criminology professor would know something about crime history. Lynching was ended decades before the SPLC was founded.
Squishy puppets. We should use that.
I've had students who attend far less expensive community college and work and actually support their families while following the law. Note the resentment, lack of gratitude, and presumption that there will be no limits on benefits and aid to illegal immigrants. Then call your congressman and senators and tell them no immigration legislation with this lawless administration in power and no real effort at border control. Then do it again tomorrow. The real dreamers are those whose livelihoods have been diminshed by lawlessness. And nobody has their back, except maybe you.
And yet, right down the road from there, the Feds made much of an alleged anti-Muslim hate crime that sounded very suspicious, to say the least. Now they're mum on what sounds to have been another hoax -- a fire set on a garage door of Bosnian Muslims, when they were alleged to be away. That led to candlelight marches, public chest-beating by the usual suspects, denunciations of all Americans for prejudice, etc. Students set up teach-ins, college students marched, and everyone was treated to a big dose of anti-American activism disguised as sensitivity. It's no mystery that the feds don't take terrorism seriously. They're in the business of ignoring it unless they can blame Americans. It's always a hoax when the garage door's the thing that gets burned.
Try Bearing Witness. They have Orlando-based members and are a great organization.
You're right, and Matt Towery is right regarding messaging. But he and too many others don't see the destructive effects of the pressure placed on these groups by disdainful RNC consultants and the libertarian national groups that take far too much credit for the energy and activism of individual Tea Party groups. In Florida, arguably the most important swing state for Republicans in the election, the nationals created a losing campaign strategy and were far too cozy with Jeb Bush and contemptuous of social conservatives. It took a toll and probably cost us the state. After the election, they colluded in betraying the base once again by slyly claiming to be sitting out the immigration debate -- which is tantamount to supporting the Gang of Eight's amnesty. Worse, they have pressured activists to not oppose the bill while feigning neutrality. I have heard whispering about crazy Christians and purported failures to "value diversity" and other ugly nonsense better suited to be coming from leftists. The task for the Tea Party is, unfortunately, to come to terms with all the people who are trying to silence them, including those who have stood with them on other messages. The betrayal of two-bit hacks like Marco Rubio is painful, but it has to be confronted. Likewise, they need to confront those in the libertarian wing who are in bed with Jeb Bush and the beltway consultancy RINOs. The problem with the Tea Party is that they're too decent for the sort of political manipulations being thrown at them by the left and some on the right. It's a good problem to have, but also a hard one.
Great article, but I'm more worried about the people on the Right who want to suppress Christians, from the obsessives at Reason magazine to the assorted libertarians who are pressuring value voters to sit down and shut up. They do ten times the harm.
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