I had a somewhat strange experience last night. The phone rang, and it was a pollster from LSU. She was calling for a survey they were doing about state political issues, mostly, but she also gathered demographic data for context. I normally don’t participate in polls, but because this was about state issues, I figured that my opinion might carry more weight, however minuscule. When we got toward the end of the survey, she asked me if I was a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. “Independent,” I said. That’s how I registered to vote here, and that’s how I think of myself.
I get the imp[ression that he is really trying to say that the Tea Party is too rigid and the GOP elites too controlling. As to his charge that our principles have not changed in many years, I guess that is true. I am not sure what he wants us to do about that. It seems to me that what we are facing is a revolt of a newly evolved majority determined to take power into its own hands and away from the descendants of original settlors.Where once immigrants were glad to learn from us now they want to rule us. And, what would stop them?
I think reader´s reactions thus far are very knee jerk. I knew nothing about Fortenberry, so I went and read some of the interview between he and Rod. I see nothing wrong with considering Fortenberry´s considerations.
Currently we are going to hell in a handbasket. Wall Street´s power has been consolidated into five large banks - that´s not good on any level and opens Wall Street to even more cheating and stealing.
Fortenberry still wants de-centralized, small government - I see that as the best starting point on a new and better vision for the future.
To dismiss someone as a cruncy con and not more deeply consider All that was said is being intellectually lazy.
"All the energy on the Right seems aimed at hunting down the heretics within."
He is absolutely correct with this line. And whether you agree with him or not, realize that there are plenty of Republican voters who do feel this way. No, they are not liberal. No, they do not want to vote for liberal Democrats. But they do not like this attitude among some Republicans that you are a RINO and therefore of no value if you don´t agree with them 100%. That attitude will never achieve power.
My opinion is that the rinos own the republican party. And to think that social conservatism is not linked to economic conservatism is a little short-sighted. The liberal social policies are VERY expensive and have spiraled out of control thus impacting on our economy. Too bad (and why I don´t know)the republicans are not willing to make that argument. And where the republicans are headed should be no surprise to anyone that would crack open an American history book and see the evolution of the dem party.
Worthless twaddle from someone who likely thinks of himself as an intellectual!
It is time for a major sea change in politics. Congress is composed of Democrats who want an ever increasing share of my hard earned income and Republicans who want an ever increasing share of my hard earned income. The only difference seems to be the rate of confiscation.
IMHO, the author is saying in a long winded diatribe that he has no principles, but is willing to change his views to suit what he feels is "electable". He stands for nothing. Sounds like the problem rather than the solution.
Here is just one small, possibly illustrative, sideshow of Cirque du Weiner, and it has to do with how the Candidate and Huma Abedin designed the rollout of the ill-fated mayoral campaign, right at the start of the Summer Without Shame, and how it came to be that he managed to cheat The New York Times Magazine, yet walk away himself feeling cheated. In the early months of spring, having spent his very brief “retirement” consulting and planning his next move, Weiner and Huma Abedin agreed that a run for mayor was now possible. This could work. Abedin was the perfect
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Taxpayers shell out $52,000 a year to maintain the home of Black History Month founder Carter Woodson. Yet the tiny, dilapidated row house in northwest Washington D.C., with a "No Trespassing" sign and iron bars blocking the front door and windows hasn’t seen a visitor in the seven years since the National Park Service bought it for $2.1 million and designated it a National Historic Site. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,points to the house as one tiny symbol in a sea of dysfunction in the National Park Service. The Service, with its comparatively small budget, is, he says, a microcosm for wasteful
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A few months back we were treated to MSNBC identifying George Wallace as a Republican. Yesterday, CBS News proved itself unable to distinguish J. Edgar Hoover from Herbert Hoover. (See about the 21-second mark in the video below. Hat tip: Ann Althouse.) It’s a wonder they can still tell the Kennedys apart.
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On Monday, NBC News reported that President Obama’s administration knew for three years that Americans would lose their current insurance under Obamacare. The story quickly became the lead at the Drudge Report, making it the hottest political story on the Internet immediately. For several hours, there was no problem. Then, late at night, the story was pulled, the link was changed thereby breaking the Drudge link, and stealth edits were made to the piece. In particular, one key paragraph met the cutting room floor: None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that
It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did. It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily
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