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I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush.

TunTavern Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:32 PM
And then there is the GOP hilarity of fielding candidates who brag about how they're not "career politicians". In fact, they're not even politicians AT ALL! "You should let me do surgery on you---because I'm NOT a doctor. Matter of fact, until las week I was a janitor. I'm REAL---just like you. I talk like you, I THINK like you...now, lay back, relax, and let me start cutting!"
curmudgeon10 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:51 PM
a politician is a slickster that can convince people with various goals and fears that he is the one for them. lying, subterfuge, trickery, and deceit are intrinsic. in an election, we are choosing a chief executive, or a representative, hopefully to do the best job for the country as a whole, yet we do it in a process that does not select the best candidate, but rather the slickest liar. hence, the politician who represents himself as not a politician. again, more lies, as expected. the politicians are dishonest, the public is stupid and ignorant, and the two are made for the destruction of our country. it is working very well.
curmudgeon10 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:55 PM
if the qualifications for being a surgeon were deceit, treachery, and lack of skill, as are the qualifications for being a politician, i would seek someone who was not a surgeon, or just endure the malady.
auntbee Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:21 PM
and last night i stayed in a holiday inn
LtScrounge Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:46 PM
Versus a candidate who has spent his life as a community organizer?
pastorial Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 1:09 PM
a few years is not a life time.

William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and occasionally democratic statism at home.

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