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The GOP -- not a club for Christians
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Drive, 12/11/2012 8:21:33 AM

In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate. President Obama did spectacularly well with Asian Americans, garnering nearly three-quarters of their vote. This runs counter to a lot of conventional wisdom on both the left and the right. On average, Asian American family income is higher and poverty is lower than it is for non-Latino whites.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/11/2012 8:26:15 AM     (No. 9059084)

While the Democrats are really good at making the outsider feel at home.....

Sorry Jonah. I love you man, but the Democrats don´t make me feel at home - not when they scorn all I hold dear.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rakasha, 12/11/2012 8:46:07 AM     (No. 9059126)

Let me ask this: If we strip the term ´Christianity´ away, does anyone object to the ideals behind the belief system? Do we agree that people should not bear false witness, that they should not commit murder or cheat on their spouse? Should we love our neighbor and be our brother´s keeper?

My Christianity - the act of following my master - is not defined by a political party and, contrariwise, I do not expect my political party to confirm my Christianity. However, the moral system that comes from God is good for all men, whether they choose to acknowledge Him or not.

So the question is not whether the GOP needs to acquiesce to Christ, but whether they should maintain the moral standards that come from Him. The answer to that will determine the fate of the GOP.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: berthabutt, 12/11/2012 8:54:24 AM     (No. 9059141)

Dems are great at putting on Christianity when it bonds them to a voting block, like putting on a baseball cap of the local team, but I would argue that most Conservatives live their faith as a huge part of their total makeup. Those voters swayed by any ´tribal´ connection aren´t the achievers Jonah speaks of so how do those smart Asian Americans not see genuine morality vs patronization?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: angelesgift, 12/11/2012 9:05:46 AM     (No. 9059165)

I understand where Jonah is coming from, but he doesn´t understand Christians. Does any other religion have as its Founder One who sacrificed His life for them? He is the most-loved head of a grateful family. Other Believers are our brothers and sisters, and it´s like a family reunion when we get together. I think that´s what unbelievers sense, and understandably resent because it can come across as rude.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/11/2012 9:08:28 AM     (No. 9059172)

Color me a little skeptical here. For one thing, quite a few Asians are devout Christians, e.g. many Koreans.

And wasn´t Dinesh D´Souza born Catholic -- and very happy for it? (Or at least he used to be happy to say he was Christian, before his recent public moral slip.)

Someone else floated a theory about the Asian vote that I found more plausible:
Asians have been taught to identify the GOP as the "white" party.

It is sad, but apparently true, that skin-color-solidarity seems to have far more currency than national interest, or even economic self-interest. In ´08 Obama promised to be a "post-racial" president; but he has been anything but.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: aliciacolon, 12/11/2012 9:15:45 AM     (No. 9059187)

I understand where Jonah is coming from. As a catholic, I prefer using the name of Jesus in religious settings but in non denomination arenas I think it would be prudent to use terms like Lord or higher power to incorporate all faiths. By all rights, Asians should be Republicans and he has been told by some why they are turned off by the GOP. One other thing, just because Asians register as Democrats, doesn´t mean that´s how they vote. Many immigrants mistakenly believe the Democrat Party still stands for the little guy. LOL

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 12/11/2012 9:22:11 AM     (No. 9059199)

Jonah, Jonah, Jonah.

As a Catholic "minority," I never joined the dRATS because they have no true moral compass, yet two of my brothers did. I am the descendant of a glorious Faith and Country whose Founding Fathers were visionary enough to include their Maker in their documents. The simple "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance was part of my correct assimilation into later believing in God, Duty, Honor, Country.

If any other "constituency" can´t grasp the basic goodness in the innovators and capitalist that brought them here, then join the dRATS party. At least you will have the ability to someday blame yourself for the failure of achieving your dreams.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: grampus, 12/11/2012 9:26:01 AM     (No. 9059203)

Much of the Asian "thing" is simply emotional attraction to one of color (very light)who has Asian ties....Indonesia and Hawaii. Also, his half-sister, still in Hawaii...except for trips back and forth to Japan and Washington, makes obama even more attractive to some Asians. Nothing to do with politics or religion.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: John318, 12/11/2012 9:41:40 AM     (No. 9059252)

The accepted terminology is all wrong today. It should not be: Liberals, Moderates, and Conservatives. I should be: The godless, the lukewarm, and the Godly.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cym rhondda, 12/11/2012 9:42:00 AM     (No. 9059253)

Sorry Jonah, but I am not looking for a political savior.

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.(Col 1:16-17).

Scripture is clear that all civic and political institutions were designed to represent the judicial righteousness of God.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/11/2012 9:56:42 AM     (No. 9059292)

God help me, for the first time in my life I see the need for a White Christian Party.

Christians and Whites are being denigrated and exploited by those in power - and told to ´like it.´



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 12/11/2012 10:09:52 AM     (No. 9059321)

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar´s, and unto God what is God´s.

Not a good idea to conflate or confuse the two. That goes double for party politics.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Melody, 12/11/2012 10:15:05 AM     (No. 9059336)

Jonah´s summation: ´´The challenge now is to figure out how to talk in a way that doesn´t cause decent and dedicated Christians to pull in like a turtle, while also appealing to non-Judeo-Christians and the nonreligious. That´ll be hard, requiring more than name-dropping Confucius or Krishna.´´

That makes me so sad. You want to find a way to talk that isn´t offensive to anyone. Is that honest?

This article more than anything else makes me think there is now no hope for our country. The believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob formed a great nation by following God. By turning our backs on Him, by thinking there´s strength in numbers rather than knowing our strength is from the Lord, we have brought the country down to the point where it is now. America needs to bless God, before they can expect God to bless America. He won´t do it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/11/2012 10:36:35 AM     (No. 9059402)

Oh Jonah. For the first time I am embarrassed for you. You truly don´t get what it means to be a Christian. And it doesn´t involve putting my faith in a human political figure. My faith goes where it belongs, to God and His son, Jesus.

Maybe before you write something like this again, you should interview Jonah Goldberg the author. He is a Messianic Christian and understands the Christian faith very well.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: pouncer, 12/11/2012 10:54:28 AM     (No. 9059448)

Yeah, because this "natural Republican" meme worked so well with Latinos.
Apparently not.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Alynnmcw, 12/11/2012 11:02:42 AM     (No. 9059476)

The Constitution is a job description. I vote for someone to follow that. I don´t vote for them to be spiritual leader. That job is taken. I believe that is why the founders provided for separation. They knew the purpose of government. When that changed for America it was the start of a long and slow decline. I mourn the loss and pray for a return of the Republic as it was founded. If it never happens the fate of my eternal soul remains unchanged however. America was never meant to be a Caliphate.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/11/2012 11:02:53 AM     (No. 9059478)

Perhaps the NR needs to revisit what its founders stood for. Buckley created his magazine to counter the prevalence of creeping, antiAmerican, antifamily, countercultural influences rising out of academia and the gentrified political class. Whittaker Chambers embraced Christianity.

The truth doesn´t stop working. Don´t be afraid of it, champion it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: octrojan, 12/11/2012 11:10:54 AM     (No. 9059500)

A lot of denial here. I guess some don´t hear how they sound among others. No one is saying to abandon values--as if Jonah would ever advocate that. But it´s telling that when Jonah suggests being more inclusive and being sensitive to other faith traditions, someone starts spouting scripture--a passage that has nothing to do with Jonah´s point about being receptive to their traditions.

You´re also in denial if you think Asians are natural Republicans or if they voted for BO because he´s from Hawaii. If you live in Calif, you know that Asians are overwhelmingly Dems, probably because of immigration and, like Hispanics, they like the idea of a big government--that´s the only thing they know from their homelands.

I´m a devout Roman Catholic and even I find a lot of believers obnoxious. I´m sure a Buddhist does.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rmyersne, 12/11/2012 11:14:43 AM     (No. 9059514)

It is the duty of our Christian churches to reach out to minorities and the poor and to change our culture.

It is the duty of our politicians (at least those I support)to protect our country, the constitution and capitalism.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: altoona, 12/11/2012 11:39:59 AM     (No. 9059587)

Agree with most of the above, especially 13-render to Caesar--and 15-- Romney was too good in this envy charged country. (By the way, many "intolerant" Christians voted for the Mormon, despite their supposed prejudice.)Maybe Asians, seeking to, as Jonah says, "earn like Jews," want to be on the winning side--the side with influence, the side that can grease the skids for their fellow party members. A purely practical matter, not religious, I would posit. Also, the Indians coming here and the Chinese I have met, are from socialist and commie societies. They are elites in those societies or they would not have gotten here. People in the slums of Calcutta are not packing their gold and heading to the USA. Elites gravitate to the party of Harvard and Yale. I am Catholic and don´t care what anyone else is, as long as they revere and adhere to the US Constitution. If Jonah saw tolerance in the Democrat convention as compared to the GOP´s, I don´t know what to say to that.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lazlototh, 12/11/2012 12:02:04 PM     (No. 9059653)

To me a lot of comments here are making Jonah´s point for him. I am not religious but I am highly libertarian. I want the government out of my private life and out of my finances (which SHOULD be part of my private life) and out of my religion or lack of religion. Whenever I hear religious invocations from Republicans I reflexively filter them out and try to get to the political issues, but it DOES make me feel a bit like an outsider, so I can only imagine how others feel who haven´t come round to acknowledging that Republicans share more in common with them than the other parties do. It is absolutely crazy that Asians would vote for democrats and it´s just as crazy that most Hispanics would. We have to figure out a way to get those who don´t think like democrats to vote against democrats.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: udanja99, 12/11/2012 12:07:03 PM     (No. 9059665)

As a Christian, let me make a politcal statement and wish all of you wonderful Ldotters a very Merry Christmas! ( Yes, since PC arrived on the scene, saying that instead of Happy Holidays has become a political statement )

I´m having surgery on my dominant hand tomorrow and will not be able to use it at all for at least 4-6 weeks - which means no typing and therefore no posting. I´ll will be lurking, though.

Blessings to all of you for Christmas and the New Year. And try to keep the faith!!!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 12/11/2012 12:14:27 PM     (No. 9059682)

It is very common for immigrants to enroll their elderly parents, whose entry into this country they sponsored, in Social Security and Medicare. So even though Asian immigrants are highly productive, they often receive this indirect form of welfare assistance. If they assume that it is more secure under Democratic rule, they are probably correct.

Also, in places like California, it is an act of non-conformity to be a Republican. Most people want to fit in, and Asians probably more so.

Having said that, my wife is a Chinese immigrant, not a Christian, but a conservative Republican. I´ve never heard her complain about Republican religiosity; but, I have to admit, it does sometimes bother me.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/11/2012 12:41:31 PM     (No. 9059757)

First, hoping and praying for you in your hand surgery, #24. The surgeons do miracles now. Been there, done that, only it was a brain tumor. Take care of yourself and a speedy recovery.
Back to topic, I agree and disagree with our dear Mr. Goldberg.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: absalom, 12/11/2012 12:46:39 PM     (No. 9059767)

Whether Romney is a good man or not is irrelevant. For sure he was a loser. As Acton observed, "Good men are never great".
The election was for POTUS not Pastor of the Flock.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 12/11/2012 1:06:23 PM     (No. 9059816)

Jonah´s point is that the Asian community , as well as the Indian community and Jewish community
should be natural allies of Republicans because they all share common values.
But, they´re not any longer.
The Republican Party has become known , fairly or not , as the party of Christians only .
And not just Christians, but, the fundamentalist branch.
I wish I could remember his name , but, Bill Bennett had a very interesting discussion recently with
a conservative author who
has written books dissecting voting trends.
He made the same point after viewing the exit polling from
this past election.
People will tell pollsters that they are conservative, but, they don´t vote that way.
The author said the party is perceived as being angry , intolerant , rigid and wants the government to control social behavior.
He said that perception is reinforced during the primaries
where social and religious litmus tests are mandated.
Until conservatives stop giving verbal beat downs
to anyone who recommends
we put social issues on the back burner
and concentrate on fiscal and national security issues , the party will continue to lose elections.
Republicans lost 8 House seats , a net loss of 2 Senate seats and the presidency last month.
Obama and his Senate allies will stock the USSC and the judiciary with radical judges
who will decree everything the far right hates .
They continue to shoot themselves in the foot while the left is much more savvy and stealth in choosing their issues and candidates.
Victoria Toensing was blasted recently by the far right for
advocating " As for morality, our party should live it, not legislate it."
Amen.



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Reply 27 - Posted by: Moose, 12/11/2012 1:08:52 PM     (No. 9059822)

I agree with Jonah. When Romney made his 47% remark, he automatically excluded a whole bunch of high-income folks, many of whom are women. Republicans generally -- and libertarians specifically -- chase off lots of potential voters with dogmatic positions. Surprised to hear this? That´s part of the problem. I have Hispanic and Asian female friends who in no way relate to Rush Limbaugh and the like. That´s just a fact. I suppose we can just right them off, but now might be the time to examine a few of our premises.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: JLoophole, 12/11/2012 1:11:52 PM     (No. 9059827)

We have a friend who is in local politics in a conservatively leaning, albeit blue state. He is a Christian, a pragmatic and hard working Republican. He has told us many times that he gets more civility and cooperation from Dems than from Christian Republicans (and sorry if that is offensive, those are his words) who tend to take their ball and go home (or as Jonah says, pull into their shell) when he doesn´t do exactly as they dictate. He said it is very disheartening, and it shocked him when he started the job; as he expected the opposite.

Yesterday we had an interesting thread about the Korean rapper, Psy, who apologized for his extremely offensive anti-American lyrics from 8 years ago. The world watched as Barack Hussein Obama met him and apparently publicly forgave him. There were no words of Christianity being the motivator, and I have no idea where Obama was coming from, but the ideal of forgiveness was clear...the world is watching. Asian American kids are watching. They vote.



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Reply 29 - Posted by: msjena, 12/11/2012 1:30:21 PM     (No. 9059855)

FTA: "While the Democrats are really good at making the outsider feel at home, the Republicans make little or no effort."(Dinesh D´Souza)
Oh, really? Believing Christians are routinely ridiculed and ostracized by the Democrats.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: msjena, 12/11/2012 1:37:17 PM     (No. 9059871)

A large number of Asians--Chinese and Korean--are evangelical Christians. Google any big college or university and find the link for the club for Christian students. If you look a the pictures, there are a lot of Asians--sometimes all or most.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Rafter, 12/11/2012 1:54:42 PM     (No. 9059911)

Here´s an issue to bring out GOP white Christian voters...
without being overtly offensive or obnoxious about it...

Propose we elect CongressHo´s who will pass a new constitutional amendment...
which redefines the First Amendment...
so that prayer is allowed in public schools once again...
especially Christian prayer...
since in reality the First Amendment does not proclaim freedom FROM religion...
but freedom to exercise whatever religion an individual may choose... if any...
(The constitution does not mention "separation of church and state")

The commie left Warren Court bastardized America beyond recognition...
our nation is no longer what it once was as we knew it...
thank Ike´s commie lib appointee Earl Warren...
former GOP Guber of California.

(Ike gave California the veep spot and the Chief Justice spot for their delegate votes he needed over Taft in 1952. That´s how and why we got Nixon and Warren. Sheesh.)

Certain passionate issues bring out massive vote.
Put a constitutional amendment to allow school prayer in the forefront.
You´ll elect your CongressHo´s and president, and maybe even get the amendment done someday.

Worth trying, and it would generate excitement.
Pensions, taxes, entitlements and sacrifice do not generate positive excitement.
School prayer does.
As a stalking horse or Trojan Horse it´s better than any other issue.
It´s innocuous and well-intentioned.
It´s for the chillrun.
And adults, too.
(You can also include language that permits Nativity displays in public areas at Christmas.)

Once we elect conservatives, GOP or otherwise...
ostensibly to get the amendment revamp...
we can then address the financial predicaments we face, too.

Find a way to win.
Get control. Then address the problems.
This amendment proposal could be a way...
or the way... to git her done.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: supersid, 12/11/2012 2:33:23 PM     (No. 9060013)

# 31 Oh, really? Believing Christians are routinely ridiculed and ostracized by the Democrats.

African Americans are among the most fervently Christian voters and they are solidly dem.

George W. Bush received 44% of Hispanic and a similar number of Asian votes. George HW Bush had 55% of Asian votes. So these blocks are not ´lost forever´, they can potentially become GOP voters again. Between 2004 and 2012 there was this whole focus on social issues starting with Terri Schiavo and stem cell research, that probably began to turn off Asians. If Romney had won the same proportion of Asian and Hispanic voters that GWB won, he would be president.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Hermoine, 12/11/2012 2:39:56 PM     (No. 9060027)

The problem isn´t an Asian, a Jew, and an Indian attend a Republican gathering and the "jokes ensue" because they are non-Christian outsiders.

The problem IS that we, on the right, have allowed the Democrats and their accomplices in the mainstream media define us as "the party of RICH, white, HYPOCRITICAL Christians, who are racist, jingoist and homophobic." In other words, any so-called ethnic group is taught very early on that the GOP is the party of elitist Christians who could care less if the common man, especially the "common brown man" gets ahead in life.

Until we can get up, over and around the mainstream media, this will continue.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bearcat, 12/11/2012 3:10:58 PM     (No. 9060064)

Sorry #34, you´ll never get the votes.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: weejun, 12/11/2012 3:46:59 PM     (No. 9060117)

Say it isn´t so, Ethel: even Jonah Goldberg has jumped onto the "blame it on the Christians" bandwagon. That dog don´t hunt, Jonah.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Pasann, 12/11/2012 5:43:47 PM     (No. 9060309)

Looks as if almost all the posters here are saying to white christians to just sit down and shut up, your opions are not needed.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/11/2012 6:26:29 PM     (No. 9060375)

I´m a Christian and usually vote GOP, but the GOP is chasing EVERYONE away. They have NO TRUE BELIEFS. It is time for a new party.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: mossley, 12/11/2012 6:35:48 PM     (No. 9060393)

He´s right. I asked some friends of mine - who originally came from India - why they weren´t Republicans when they were business owners. They related the story on how they went to the local Republican meetings, they were always pestered to convert to Christianity.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: little guy, 12/11/2012 6:44:05 PM     (No. 9060408)

The GOP´s problem is weak leadership, period. Because we do not fight back through our so-called "spokesmen" we are defined by a biased media. People (all people!) have a strong tendency to believe what they "hear, see & read". When Republicans are ALWAYS depicted as uncaring rich people who hate gays, want to hold back blacks & Latinos and are anti-woman, it doesn´t take long for that unearned bad reputation to stick and to scare anyone from joining that party. The lunatic fringe of the Democrat party is never emphasized the way the GOP´s few losers are highlighted. Who wants to join any party that sounds like every member in it is a nut?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/11/2012 7:56:19 PM     (No. 9060511)

I am a Christian and member of the Methodist Church and a REPUBLICAN and I do not mix the two and never have been in a church that does. Gads, people, lighten up.
Too much fighting about nothing.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/11/2012 8:17:14 PM     (No. 9060531)

American is rapidly becoming No Country for Old White Men, Christian or otherwise.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Melody, 12/11/2012 9:59:18 PM     (No. 9060627)

#24, we will miss you. Learn to hunt and peck with the other hand. May the Lord give rapid healing.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Penney, 12/11/2012 11:08:40 PM     (No. 9060706)

The dem party is a devious, theatrical gathering place for special interest groups to barter for special favors from pols who will promise them anything for their votes. ...Pull back the OZ curtain and what do you see? ...Not a pretty picture.

The GOP is a mixed bag of both conservatives, who are naturally up-front about who they are, principles upon which they stand, and why they so cherish Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S.A., AND some entrenched RINOS who seem most interested in the beltway social circuit & money rather than Liberty´s foundational capitalist system which has enabled the USA to thrive, prosper and provide freedom & justice for ALL for over 2 centuries. ...The Founders got it right & Conservatives respect that fact.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: ramona, 12/12/2012 12:23:33 AM     (No. 9060758)

As a traditional conservative and evangelical Christian who works in the world of higher education, I understand what it means to feel "not at home" in a group. My colleagues have no idea how offensive many of their remarks are to me. Here´s another example - There was never any alcohol in my family, and we were taught that using it in any circumstance was bad. To this day, though I will drink a glass of wine now and then, I never ever go to bars and I am uncomfortable in gatherings where liquor is flowing. Thus I think that Jonah has a legitimate point in making us think about how we welcome "outsiders" to a political party.

There is a time and place for invocations and benedictions at political gatherings, but representatives from a variety of faiths should be invited to take part. (And when it´s the Christians´ turn, they shouldn´t apologize for praying in Jesus´ name). Proselytizing has no place in these gatherings.

But let us also remember that our founders routinely used the words of scripture and we should not apologize for the foundational principles on which our nation and its constitution rest. There is no point (in my view) to back political agendas that seek to thwart those principles.

Ramona (the Pest)




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Reply 45 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 12/12/2012 12:42:47 AM     (No. 9060771)

Reagan was an unapologetic white male Christian. His passion for this country helped others see the value in being a conservative. First in California, then the nation.

The GOP doesn´t need to try to thread a PC needle. They need to find a passionate conservative leader -- and probably a Christian, too. The media won´t allow them to thread that needle, Jonah. Look how they identify the Tea Party: racists, kooks, etc., with no proof whatsoever.

Find an unapologetic, yet charming Leader. With a capital L.

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To Overseas Client, Bank Says
BuzzFeed, by Rosie Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 3:28:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The mysterious American plane that landed at an airport in Tehran belongs to an overseas client, the bank that acts as a trustee for the plane confirmed on Friday. Scott Nielsen, an executive at the Bank of Utah, which according to FAA databases owns the plane, said that the executives had been trying to reach the real owners but “This is an overseas customer and they don’t operate under the same hours as we do.” Clients “can be an American they can not be one,” Nielsen said. “The service is used by all kinds of people for a

Sex Abuse Case Against ´X-Men"
Director ´First Of Many´ Against
Hollywood, Lawyer Says
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 8:53:39 AM     Post Reply
A lawyer who specializes in sex abuse cases says this week´s lawsuit against director Bryan Singer is but one of several Hollywood abuse cases that will come to light in the coming weeks. Today we learned of a suit against Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past and a big Democratic donor, charging he drugged and sexually abused a 15-year-old boy back in 1999. Singer´s legal team denies the charges. Lawyer Jeff Herman, who is representing the plaintiff, cautions Wednesday´s suit isn´t an isolated incident. Herman works as a sexual abuse attorney who previously sued

Mitt Romney returns to political stage as
Republicans prepare for midterms
Washington Post, by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 8:44:28 AM     Post Reply
One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego. He stepped off in Burbank, Calif., and caught a ride to a sound stage, where his on-again, off-again political consigliere, Mike Murphy, was waiting to shoot a commercial on a set that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Oval Office. Looking and sounding like a president out of central casting, he nailed his lines. The crew called him “one-take Romney,” and before he departed, they swarmed, extending arms around his shoulders and angling their iPhones for

Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of
disabled people in pre-Easter ritual
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 8:18:06 AM     Post Reply
ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Francis´ decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican´s own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus´ 12 apostles were men.

Ed Snowden, Russian TV star,
hands Putin a propaganda coup
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 7:28:50 AM     Post Reply
What are the odds? I mean, Vladimir Putin does a call-in show and one guy who happens to get through—to ask a question in English—is Ed Snowden? That is one amazing coincidence—almost as amazing as those soldiers who mysteriously materialized in Crimea turning out to be Russian. In a few moments, Snowden became part of a Soviet-style propaganda machine, even though he clearly views himself as a public-spirited crusader. After Snowden leaked all those NSA documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post, which shared a Pulitzer Prize this week, he fled to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, which was more than happy

Detroit bailout plans just paper over
the problem with more money
Washington Examiner, by Shikha Dalmia    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 7:26:59 AM     Post Reply
In Detroit´s unfolding saga, the only innocent victims are city residents. So if there is any case for a Motown bailout, it is to make the city more livable for them. However, that seems to be the main goal of neither the Democratic White House nor the state´s Republican governor -- both of whom have come up with nifty new schemes to shovel taxpayer largesse to city retirees. Just two weeks ago, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had been threatening to put a buzzsaw to the city´s $3.5 billion unfunded pension liabilities to lop off savings to “invest” in city services. Detroit is facing

Fox News Poll: Voters say Obama covering
up on Benghazi, want Congress to keep investigating
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 7:24:39 AM     Post Reply
Most voters think the White House is trying to cover-up what happened in Benghazi and want Congress to continue to investigate the administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate there that killed four Americans. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Sixty percent of voters want lawmakers to keep investigating what happened in Benghazi. That’s down from 65 percent who felt that way in November, and a high of 73 percent in early June 2013.



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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