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Richard Giles
Richard Giles

I have never been a Democrat.  After serving in the Marine Corps I voted for JFK in my first presidential election and never again for a Democrat until voting against GWBush.  Actually I was a registered Republican probably for more years than a lot of those posting here have lived.  Admittedly I was an independent Republican as I abstained rather than ever voting for Nixon.  Now I consider myself an Independent and I’m currently registered without declaring a party.  Why the drastic change?

To tell the truth, I really can’t see how any member of the majority can be rational and objective and stay committed to the Republican / Tea Party.  Bush-Cheney, with their irresponsible and total commitment to using their offices and America’s resources for a private agenda to benefit “the few”, their strong supporters and masters, really did it for me and ever since the Republican Party has continued that alienation with the same, or worse, mentality and are now simply literally owned and controlled by the money.  It isn’t whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, a Libertarian or whatever, I won’t fault those individual values, those philosophies as they are personal and valid, but what is flagrantly clear is that the Republicans have completely abandoned the majority, the middle-class, and have become “puppets” to serve the money ... anyone in the 99% majority that supports them is not only being self-delusional but also self-punishing.  

With the power, influence and money provided by the 1% who “pull their strings”, they are cocky confident, stubborn and arrogant as they think they can con, use and abuse the people.   They have become emboldened by past successes with the manipulation of the “conservative” Christian (2000), the Swift-boat propaganda (2004), the Tea Party movement (2010) and even recently with the mega-millions spent in the Wisconsin recall, all being well designed, well organized and well funded efforts to control voters.  Now with the likes of Norquist, Cheney, Rove, the Koch brothers, SuperPacs and other billionaires they seek to continue their success, using their abundant funds to bombard the country with their propaganda and once more con the people and manipulate public opinion.  No one has to take anyone else’s word for it, it only takes recognizing reality by putting aside emotions, biases, prejudices, fears and loyalties to avoid being conned and to then rationally and objectively take a look.

Bush-Cheney were obvious and cost us greatly.  The full Republican Party totally supported all of that and continued with more of the same.  In the last twelve years the Republicans haven’t given the majority anything more than propaganda while insultingly taking them for granted as “pawns” to be used and abused.  They have constantly, irresponsibly catered to “the money”: with favorable policies; denying global warming to allow corporate pollution; blocking bringing American drugs back into the country to protect corporate profits; maintaining substantial oil subsidies; arrogantly faulting and stubbornly blocking all efforts without contributing anything; putting their political ambitions above all else; abandoning Afghanistan to attack Iraq; protecting the Bush-Tax Cuts for the wealthy; on and on propagandizing everything as “conservative” and attacking government spending, the deficit and “big government” as “liberal” and the problems.  Well reality is that while reducing spending and cutting the deficit are good causes, they don’t address what caused our problems; what has repeatedly caused our problems is exploitation by the few, encouraged and allowed by politicians catering to “the money”.  All of it stands to continue to cost the 99% as the 1% feed their insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite and it is all there for anyone who honestly wants to see it.

paulejb
paulejb

ARTraveler,

"Just look at their 2012 primaries where they still don't know who won Iowa because three counties votes "disappeared"."

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There is a difference between Republican incompetence and Democrat fraud.

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

"I have nothing to 'prove'."

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I have nothing that I am able to 'prove."

I amended it for you to reflect reality.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Don't know why this poll wasn't posted, but... Looks like a continuing big drop in identification as Republican. Guess more and more people are becoming embarrassed.

http://polltracker.talkingpoin...

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Here's a  shocker. A Republican being honest.

Mitt Romney shouldn’t be criticized for using off-shore tax havens because “it’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

"Because everyone knows that there's no such thing as 'left' and 'right' in Israeli politics...."

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Can always count on you for a pointless non sequitur, Dirks.

paulejb
paulejb

Palladia,

"What DOES wind your clock?"

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TRUTH, JUSTICE, and the AMERICAN WAY. Everything that liberals hate. 

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

This is the what the GOP has in store for you when they say they want fewer regulations on business.

Black Lung on the Rise; Excessive Mining and Corporate Malfeasance to Blame

"...black lung is rapidly on the rise amongst coal miners, a generation

after it was optimistically believed it could be stomped out completely"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/201...

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"The bigoted right keeps on finding new minorities to exploit and bully. Quelle surprise.---------------------------------------------------------

The race baiting left keeps expanding the victim class. They have never seen a group that they didn't want to exploit.

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

I see paulie's getting particularly nasty with his baseless accusations today.

Maybe happy hour was a little early this afternoon.

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"Next, you will be telling the Jewish folks to "get over it"Oh, you won't . You are a hypocritical Teabagger."

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Jews know that there are a lot of people out to kill them all. The only ones who want to enslave blacks are liberals.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Gov Nikki Haley thinks victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence are a distraction.

And so the GOP War on Women continues.

South Carolina Gov Vetoes Abuse And Rape Prevention Funding, Calls It A Distraction

http://thinkprogress.org/polit...

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

All of the pro v con arguments over the health care reform law really prove to be just that, pro v con debates of mixed value, with both sides having some merit but with the real value being in addressing an important issue of great need.  The truly responsible way it should have been handled by our representatives was to have bipartisan cooperation and compromise, the way our government is suppose to work, to adjust and fine-tune the program.  Why wasn't that done?  It is completely obvious that the Republicans wanted no part of that, regardless of the costs and problems to the people, as they continually just concentrate on their political ambitions, on serving Special Interests (their strong supporters) and on going to great lengths to deceive, con, excite and manipulate public opinion.  This is their consistent behavior today in everything and if the people don't put their emotions, biases, fears and loyalties aside to rationally and objectively see the truth, to avoid being conned, then "the money" will likely win and we could be returned to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, and the problems and costs inherent in that.  If we want a Republican Party that has a conscience and a will to serve the people, then we have to strongly and firmly reject what they have become - "puppets" owned and controlled by "the money".

paulejb
paulejb

nflfoghorn,

"Rusty and Paulie don't seem to mind that some people--particularly dark-complexioned people--are offended by the Confederate flag in any form of display."

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It's history, get over it.

"With malice towards none, with charity for all..."

paulejb
paulejb

Palladia,

"You can't see it, but I'm giggling at the thought of you being able to make me angry.  Amused, yes."

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It amuses me that you admit being a member of the hive. 

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Oh, Allen West is a nutball.

No sources, just an opinion.

jmac
jmac

"Britain's rate fixing scandal is far-reaching and awful"  At last.  Fox News can now come on the scene and maybe we can have daily coverage of what the banks (and regulators) did to us in their greed.    Geithner's "fixing Libor" note can be the Downing Street Memo that never got play to show just what George W. was doing invading Iraq.  So be it.  

What did the Feds know about bank rate-fixing?   Will the Tea Party FINALLY join Occupy SEC/Wall Street?    No.  But they'll certainly want to hang someone in the Obama administration.  

3xfire3
3xfire3

Romney graduated Magna Cum Laude while simutaneously attending both the Harvard Law School and Business School.

paulejb
paulejb

"Obama’s record on outsourcing draws criticism from the left"

'Obama’s critics, primarily on the political left, say he has repeatedly failed in other ways to protect American jobs from being moved overseas.'  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/... 

"Repeatedly failed" 

The epitaph of the Obama regime.

Richard_im_Himmel_bei_Gott
Richard_im_Himmel_bei_Gott

 Here's a thought: try taxing the christ-cult for all its holdings,

properties, etc., upon which it claims the right to be tax exempt -- at

the rate of $71,000,000,000 (yep, 71 TRILLION) dollars EACH YEAR.

What would Jeezus do?  He was a bit of a nutcase socialist, going around

giving healthcare away, absolutely free, to anyone who asked.

GOBAMA2012!!!!  YES WE DID!!!  YES WE CAN!!!   YES WE WILL!!!

3xfire3
3xfire3

Romney graduated Magna Cum Laude while  attending both the Harvard Law School and Business School.

Did Obama graduate with any honors? Oh that's right we don't know that since he will not release any of his college information.

What is Obama hiding and why is he hiding it?

Maybe he's not as smart as many people think he is?

apr2563
apr2563

Reposted:

Joe, I come back to find you as lazy and unoriginal as ever. You quote the everlastiingly mistaken Kristol as a source.President Obama has been giving details for months. You and the pundocracy ignore them. It's hard work to stick to facts and issues.Here is a fact:The Republican Party has become a party of extremists led by the cynical minions of Wall Street. There is no real Repubican Party. If Romney wins, his agenda will be dictated by ALEC, Rove, the Koch brothers and other moneyed elitists. Their goal will be to take us to further back to the Gilded Age and serfdom for the workrs. Who will be their enablers? Look to co-opted Dems, a ineffectual 5th estate, voters who are propogandized by the worst elements allowing the workers to be blamed for the economic collapse rather than corrupt plutocrats, and a lack of outrage at the disintigration of policies that have fostered a robus middle class for decades.Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012...

paulejb
paulejb

"Elizabeth Warren has raised $24 million, but still is not Cherokee"

http://legalinsurrection.com/2... 

Hey! What's wrong with liberals taking advantage of the affirmative action scam that they created?

apr2563
apr2563

Some how the rate fixing scandal will be blamed on those working in public service, the poor, the middle class as has the whole recession.

outsider2011
outsider2011

Congressional Democrats Target GOP In Advance Of Health Care Repeal Vote

In advance of a Wednesday vote in the House of Representatives to

repeal the health care law, the Democratic Congressional Campaign

Committee is going after seven Republican members with ties to the

insurance industry.

The DCCC has released online ads targeting Reps. Dan Lungren and Mary

Bono Mack (Calif.); Bob Dold, Judy Biggert and Bobby Schilling (Ill.);

and Nan Hayworth and Chris Gibson (N.Y.).

Robocalls, meanwhile, are beginning in the seven members' districts, along with those of Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Anne Marie Buerkle (N.Y.) and congressional candidate Rodney Davis (Ill.).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...