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Study: Republicans Leaving Party Are
Tired of ´Two Evils´ Argument

Bretbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak

Original Article

Posted By:mikkins2, 7/4/2013 8:18:08 AM

A new study by the Frontier Lab, a conservative market research group, found that Republican voters who leave the party do so because they are are tired of being told to vote Republican as the "lesser of two evils." The study, "Switching Behavior: Modeling disaffiliation from the Republican brand," is published on the group´s website and applies scientific methods of qualitative research to the GOP´s most urgent problem. Unlike the official Republican National Committee (RNC) "autopsy," which was prepared by consultants and political figures using familiar campaign-season methods such as focus groups and polls

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I am surprised that a study even needed to be done. Commonsense leads one directly to the same conclusion.

The part that is so hard for the Republican Establishment and its minions to grasp is when you live by the "lesser of two evils" doctrine, you have to actually win a few elections to make it even a semi-believable argument.

The undeniable fact is that the Republican Party will continue to lose elections when the main goal of the party is to please K Street, not voters.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: anonymous, 7/4/2013 8:24:45 AM     (No. 9408299)

The "two evils" argument is a classic trick that is basically designed to get people to lower their standards and accept the unacceptable. It´s basically a false choice proposition where you are forced to make a choice between A and B even though both may be rotten choices but one is slightly less rotten than the other. It degrades society by incrementalism in the down direction.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 7/4/2013 8:27:46 AM     (No. 9408304)

I´m ready for C.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: alpha91c, 7/4/2013 8:40:20 AM     (No. 9408319)

I know I for one am fed up with the "lesser of two evils" approach, and the establishments, be nice to democrats, can´t we all get along mentality. We must destroy liberalism, not try to get along with it. I am no longer a republican, am a conservative.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 7/4/2013 8:46:21 AM     (No. 9408326)

The old argument of third party will never win no longer applies here. A third party is very viable. Like the IRS, strike while the iron is hot and do away with it.
It´s new dangerous times and status quo and lesser of evils won´t work.
I´m not voting Republican and I have given my all to it but not any more. I´m done and will not vote until conservative candidates run in a party that I approve of. Tea Party would be a good start. Let the Republicans rot on the vine.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/4/2013 8:46:36 AM     (No. 9408327)

Who wants to be affiliated with unprincipled spineless compromisers?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: STLstudent, 7/4/2013 8:49:16 AM     (No. 9408333)

EXCELLENT article! The spike is being driven into the heart of the country-club Republican establishment who has been in bed with the liberal Democrats for many decades. In future national elections, the Romney-McCain-Bush cabal will get about 30% of the popular vote if nominated by the Stupid Party (oops, I meant Republican Party).

The deception is exposed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Cherrybark, 7/4/2013 8:50:57 AM     (No. 9408338)

When a GOP related fundraising letter arrives, I redact (obviously watching too televised many committee meetings) my personal information, write the following and return the letter without donation in their postage paid envelope.

"I didn´t leave the Republican Party. The Party left me."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 7/4/2013 8:57:42 AM     (No. 9408356)

I am NOT going to accept complacency, progressivism or socialism lite anymore...period.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TheMom, 7/4/2013 9:12:05 AM     (No. 9408386)

Until recently, I´ve always considered a 3d party as a means to hand elections to the Ds. Now that they have figured out how to commit massive election fraud, what is the drawback to a 3d party?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dolphin, 7/4/2013 9:13:13 AM     (No. 9408391)

Ross Perot lives?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Merlin251, 7/4/2013 9:13:34 AM     (No. 9408392)

I am a conservative, not a Republican. The party has way to many RINOs who need to be put out to pasture, or to just be honest and declare themselves as Democrats and stop pretending!!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 7/4/2013 9:14:41 AM     (No. 9408396)

The key point in the study for me is that the reason people leave the Republican Party is a perceived lack of leadership by principle. All too many Republican leaders have only one principle, acquire political power.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Breccia, 7/4/2013 9:22:41 AM     (No. 9408408)

Here´s an analogy: The GOP leadership is somewhat like generals that direct disastrous battles (elections) because they rely on subordinates (consultants and big donors in this case)to provide advise. Plus they never actually go to the front to see for themselves to evaluate the facts on the ground.

So in the aftermath of the battle the general relies on his subordinates to tell him why the battle was lost. So who does the subordinates blame? The front like troops (conservatives and non-rino republicans) who fought and died based upon the subordinates advise to the general.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/4/2013 9:23:07 AM     (No. 9408409)

My wife and I formally left the Republican Party yesterday. We don´t hang with gutless wonders.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/4/2013 9:32:11 AM     (No. 9408424)

The lesser of two evils is almost always the product of ´bi-partisanship´ , too.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Merlin251, 7/4/2013 9:33:20 AM     (No. 9408426)

Will someone please take the remote away from John McCain and Lindsey Grahamnesty. They have practically become cartoon caricatures of themselves!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pindarjr, 7/4/2013 9:34:48 AM     (No. 9408429)

The only problem with the photo at the head of the article is that today´s GOP doesn´t have tusks; the Dems cut them off years ago.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 7/4/2013 9:36:34 AM     (No. 9408431)

I went outside the nine dots and voted for H. Ross Perot two times because I was so darned disgusted with the Republican party and I would do it again. Bring on a third party and see how many conservatives there are out there. It would be hard not to vote in the next election after a lifetime of casting a vote, but I would have to think long and hard to color that little black dot for yet another go along to get along Republican candidate. I have a permanent dent in my nose from the clothespin.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/4/2013 9:40:18 AM     (No. 9408443)

I´m sad to hear that, #18. If you had known Ross Perot, as I do, you would never have considered casting your valuable vote for such a person, but Bill Clinton appreciated the Perot voters´ help both times.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pros7767, 7/4/2013 9:44:59 AM     (No. 9408454)

I´m starting this year by refusing to cast a vote for Chris Christie. His appointment of Chiesa and the subsequent vote for immigration was the end for me.

I remain a registered Republican because I want to be able to vote for the most conservative candidate in the primaries. However, if an acceptable third party rises, I will drop the Republicans in a heartbeat and never look back.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dman, 7/4/2013 9:45:57 AM     (No. 9408456)

Scales are falling off eyes. Conservatives are grudgingly realizing that to unseat the Democrat juggernaut, they must unseat the GOP first.

#19 simply regurgitates the "two evils" argument. Perot threw the election, plain and simple. What he accomplished, however, was to expose the political vacuum that still exists. It´s time to fill that vacuum before it is too late.

"Freedom Party" has a nice ring to it on this Independence Day, doesn´t it?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/4/2013 9:56:04 AM     (No. 9408479)

Ross Perot dragged me away from the Dems. Nobody has yet convinced me to join the Reps.
I vote Libertarian when there is no conservative on the ticket. I did vote for Romney because I saw him as a foot in the door to saving the country. I think the country can´t be saved now and we need a clean slate. Wiping out the IRss Taxstapo and the HHss Healthwaffe would be a good start.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jasmine, 7/4/2013 10:01:29 AM     (No. 9408490)

I declared my independence from the GOP in 2007, the last time John McCain insisted amnesty wasn´t amnesty.

It is a choice to become an unaffiliated voter rather than an unappreciated one.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Babsathome, 7/4/2013 10:02:51 AM     (No. 9408494)

I also send back the envelopes looking for Donations to Republican Party with an explanation of why i wont donate anymore. tell them i give to individual candidates of my own choosing. Been doing so for several years but it doesn´t seem to dissuade them. Tell the phone callers same thing. Stop wasting both of our time , please.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nerdowell, 7/4/2013 10:08:47 AM     (No. 9408508)

Good reply, #18.

Take 100 people, 50 Republicans, 50 Democrats. If one Democrat is persuaded to vote Republican, you have 49 Dim votes to 51 Republican votes, a difference of 2. If a Republican votes third-party, the result is 49% R to 50% D.

The country is approximately 50% Dim, 50% Republican. Divide the Republican side and you have a permanent Democrat majority.

A vote for Ross Perot was 1/2 a vote for Clinton.

In the last election, a non-vote was 1/2 a vote for Obama, Valjar and Holder.







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Reply 26 - Posted by: Judith, 7/4/2013 10:10:15 AM     (No. 9408510)

For the last two elections, I have considered leaving the republican party.....but stopped because I would NEVER vote for a dem, so why leave the pubbies? Last election we got a call from the pubbies trying to raise money and my husband told them he does not donate/contribute to liberal democrats....and that is what he considers the republican party. A month after the last potus election, when the pubbies were claiming they were going even further left, I re-registered and quit the republican party.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: god of irony, 7/4/2013 10:12:06 AM     (No. 9408518)

I understand the frustration but instead of leaving the party or sending back empty envelopes to the RNC why are you people not doing something to change the Republican party? Take it over at the grass root level and force the change from the bottom up.

You people claim to be "tea partiers" but the fact is our Founding Fathers were men of action not sideline complainers.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/4/2013 10:14:47 AM     (No. 9408526)

Before you decide to disaffiliate, you should check whether you live in a closed primary state. If you do, you lose your primary vote.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/4/2013 10:17:20 AM     (No. 9408533)

The current crop of Republican federal office holders prove that those who stand for nothing will fall for anything. Amnesty is not amnesty. The border will be sealed and close to militarized. The problem is that as soon as "reform" is mentioned, the discussion of enforcement of current law, a "humanitairian law" passed in 1986 to put an eternal end to border leakage, stops. We have become a nation of selective enforcement. I wish I could live like an illegal - get cash, no taxes, full scale "assistance", and the list goes on. When the state begins to issue licenses to "undocumented" persons, I´m taking myself down to get one...great for DUI stops and assorted fraud.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: kahunavol, 7/4/2013 10:25:05 AM     (No. 9408551)

Haven´t failed to vote for the R candidate since 1980. As I have said before though we not longer have two different countries in mind, the only difference is how quickly we get there.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 7/4/2013 10:29:32 AM     (No. 9408564)

I disaffiliated in February when I moved and changed my address. I was tired of being sold out or taken for granted by a party that wants my money but considers me a yahoo because I´m conservative. I lost nothing because my state´s primary is so late in the year that the nominee has been selected by the time we caucus.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/4/2013 10:33:27 AM     (No. 9408571)

It´s pretty simple, the Republicans are not going to win future national elections by being increasingly known as the Democrat lite party.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: slipstik, 7/4/2013 10:36:43 AM     (No. 9408581)

The republicrats have been in the sack with the democrats who´ve been in bed with the progressives since the first Roosevelt presidency. The ruling elite have essentially and atomically betrayed us. There is no political solution any more. Only contaminated people are allowed to run for office higher than dog catcher. By the time one can run for president, one´s soul no longer exists. I knew that when I was 12 and that was more than 50 years ago. There ain´t no fix. The wheels fell off long ago.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: zoidberg, 7/4/2013 10:42:31 AM     (No. 9408591)

A "two party system" means we get one more choice than they do in Communist China.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: runningdoc, 7/4/2013 10:46:43 AM     (No. 9408598)

The problem with the argument that if we vote for a third party candidate is that we get a Clinton, is that had we won we would have had a Dole, or a McCain, or a another 4 years of Bush41. If the Republican party wants me to give money again and publicly admit that I am a Republican, they need to run really conservative candidates. I will always vote and vote for the most conservative candidate in the election. But, I will not campaign or contribute again to a Chris Christie Republican.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/4/2013 10:47:17 AM     (No. 9408601)

For those of you who are unhappy with the current major parties, Democrat and Republican, I have a question. Are you actively involved to change anything? If you are yearning for a third party choice, do you know there are many, many parties to choose among, not just Republican and Democrat? There´s lots of whining going on among these threads. Tell us what you´re doing about your frustrations, aside from blaming your unhappiness on those who ARE doing something...the Karl Roves, the Ted Cruzes, yes, the Jeb Bushes, the House Committees. Changing your party affiliation is a start, if that makes you happy, but there have to be further steps. If you are waiting for Sarah Palin to lead your charge, good luck. She has an active PAC to which you can contribute, but I haven´t seen her laying any real groundwork, either. Words are easy. Work is harder.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/4/2013 10:55:40 AM     (No. 9408616)

If the republican establishment does not change its nomination process (letting Iowa, NH and blue NE states chose our candidate) a third party is the only solution. To nominate our candidate I propose states hold (CLOSED!) primaries in order of how they went the previous election i.e. if a state goes conservative 55% it holds its primary before any state that only went 50% conservative. The primary order thus changes each cycle.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: QRP, 7/4/2013 10:56:57 AM     (No. 9408618)

I doubt the establishment republicans are going to miss the conservatives. Oh sure, they won´t win elections, but they can always find staff jobs in DC and will get invited to better parties. In addition, they won´t have to hear their wives gripe at them about having to be associated with those red necks and religious people.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: kate318, 7/4/2013 11:18:51 AM     (No. 9408656)

#26, you neglected to account for democrat vote fraud. I believe that would skew your numbers in favor of the dems.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/4/2013 11:37:41 AM     (No. 9408694)

The republican swells can save our money on their studies. We tell them what we think every day for free on Lucianne.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: JediJerry, 7/4/2013 12:15:10 PM     (No. 9408755)

I just re-registered to vote as Libertarian Party member. I live in California and was born here in 1950. The once great California Republican party has been reduced to an asterisk in all elections. The Mexicans believe Republicans hate Mexicans, and are only for white rich people and that they will NEVER vote for any Republican. I have become disgusted by the actions of GOP members in Congress like McCain, Graham, and all the other gutless RINOs that sell out consistently. The Two Evils argument has no affect no me leaving the party. The party left me a long time ago. Buh bye....

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Reply 42 - Posted by: tisHimself, 7/4/2013 12:22:10 PM     (No. 9408771)

Does pointing out the arrogance, lack of principle and losing record of antiPalin Rove luving Bush acolytes count?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: absalom, 7/4/2013 1:04:46 PM     (No. 9408824)

As more and more of the R rank and file grasp the nettle; that the GOP is little more than the corrupt tail of the DC duopoly; hope remains. Predictably, the usual suspects will trot out their tired bromides about not wasting a vote on a 3rd party. Of course, for these fear ridden harridans, they define a conservative as someone who wears laced shoes plus a shirt, tie and blazer, w/proper schooling, nice manners and good breeding. Good riddance to the GOP!!!!!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: coyote56, 7/4/2013 1:13:43 PM     (No. 9408838)

To all you "conservaties" on this website who did not vote in 2012 - I will not even comment because of language police. 3rd Party has always been "bad" for America & still is. Anyone heard of RAND PAUL? We need to get behind him NOW with the help of Cruz,Sessions,Perry,Gingrich,Levin,Rush,Golmert,Johnson,DeMint,Palin(even Palin) & a few others. Young people can understand him & will support him because he makes his ideas plain & simple. I´m not a Ron Paul person but he had a following. Too bad about Rubio he is sadly past history. I go along with #22,#19,#35 & #37 - keep the party & bring it back to life!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/4/2013 1:36:38 PM     (No. 9408854)

Newsflash: Every politician will sell you out eventually, if selling out is defined as disagreeing with you on any one particular issue. How many former Tea Party darlings have sold you out already? Rubio? Scott Walker? Ayotte? Is Rand Paul a hero or a villain? He´s one thing to some folks here, the opposite to others. Can some even remember from day to day whom they love and whom they hate, and why?

The only one left is Ted Cruz. And I guarantee that sooner or later he´ll do or say something unforgivable.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: absalom, 7/4/2013 2:55:07 PM     (No. 9408945)

The reason several can´t/won´t let go of the GOP is because they have neither an affinity for, nor a grasp of, the core of principled conservatism. Conservatism is attitudinal, revering tradition rather than the trendy zeitgeist. Its bedrock principles are derivative of order, natural law, the family unit, culture, authority and responsibility; among other concepts. It is neither an economic system, a religious impulse nor a political philosophy that touts some brainless piece of legislation concocted by a gaggle of political jackasses.
The GOP was forged during the Civil War as a party of government, in contrast to the Agrarian Democrat South. It evolved during the Gilded Age into a party of secular progressivism and later, beginning w/Taft in ´12, morphed into a party of big business and errand boy for corporate interests where it remains embedded today. The GOP is not and has never been a party of conservative principle; its Potus candidates during the past 100 years being mute testament to that cold reality. Being all sail and no anchor, the GOP´s troubles are all of its own making and of little concern or interest to the average citizen.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/4/2013 2:59:39 PM     (No. 9408955)

"The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VII (#8.1)" (1996):

Kodos: It´s true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It´s a two-party system. You have to vote for one of us.
Man 1: He´s right, this is a two-party system.
Man 2: Well I believe I´ll vote for a third-party candidate.
Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAT_BuJAI70

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Reply 48 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/4/2013 4:31:23 PM     (No. 9409053)

It is a problem. Third party may end up being my only choice if Republicans keep bowing to the gods of power, elitism, and hate all things Tea and Palin. Those who promote the establishment Republicans are their own worse enemies. Because they show scorn and lack of respect for Tea people...and yes, for Palin..they can´t then pretend to want our votes and money. No one wants to be treated like a stupid person of no value. I wonder that E.R. on this site have the nerve to expect us to vote for their Favorites. If the usual apologists for E.R. will tell me why I should again vote for Republicans when they have such little regard for people like me. If they would debate Palin´s beliefs and words rather than heap scorn on her as a person..I would not mind. That at least is showing respect. But to ridicule and bash Palin just for being alive and well and giving her opinion makes Tea people turn their backs on your party. They always say the Republican party is the Stupid party....and I am beginning to believe it. Arrogant, stiff necked know it alls are what is ruling the Republicans. So do not ask us low grade people to follow you. We are turning our backs in droves.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: chumley, 7/4/2013 9:05:58 PM     (No. 9409300)

Here is something conservatives are doing to change the party from within. They are leaving. They are telling the GOP in no uncertain terms that since they have sold out to the enemies of freedom and ignored the constitution, they will lose elections forever. If they get the message and change more than just their talk, they may get followers back.
Another positive thing conservatives are doing is not trashing Palin at every opportunity.

The schoolyard bully line about "If you don´t like it, do something about it" doesn´t fly. If I don´t like it, I´ll do something different. You can go bully someone else. I´m not playing any more and I won´t be guilted.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: MarshallMan, 7/4/2013 11:53:41 PM     (No. 9409393)

Count me in as a former Republican voter - not a Republican, one who would hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. Not any more! I will not vote for Dem light again in my lifetime. if that means the Dem lights never win a national election, so be it. The Nat. Rep. Party will sooner or later realize that it needs to build a coalition and work with Conservatives. Either that or the Party will go the way of the Whigs and Federalist Parties.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Bohallx, 7/5/2013 10:43:16 PM     (No. 9410738)

When considering third party politics remember that the fate of the Whig party was for its remaining state chapters and local affiliates to become, for the most part, units in the new Republican Party along with the Abolitionist Movement in its entirity.

As we all remember, the Whigs were the original public works log rollers ~ they were or ports, docks, a coast guard, canals, railroads, roads, and so forth.

The greatest Whig enterprise in American history was called the Eisenhower National Defense Highway System ~ known as the Interstate Highway system for short! After all, once slavery was abolished, the slaves freed, and everybody was playing patty pat and goody two shoes after the reconciliation of 1876, the Abolitionists turned once again to successful Whig proposals and ambitions.

The basic political structure of the United States is the single member district. You must win 50%+1 vote to win with certainty time after time.

Over time the body politick resolves itself into a series of special interests that serve as coalition partners in one of two national parties.

The only way a third party can work is if it takes over an existing large national party. That´s how the Commies did it to the Democrats. That´s how it needs to be done to the Republicans.

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Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/15/2014 9:06:56 AM     Post Reply
Republicans are famously divided on immigration reform, but Democrats pretty much unanimously support it. There´s a reason for that. In stark, partisan political terms, continuing the high level of immigration of recent decades, and certainly increasing immigration as envisioned by many reformers, will result in more Democrats winning more elections in coming years

GOP Needs to Pledge to Clean
Up Washington´s Sleazy Culture
Townhall, by Carol Platt Liebau    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/15/2014 8:50:53 AM     Post Reply
There is a culture of sleaze in Washington that´s worse than ever. Too-big, all-powerful government not only cripples the freedoms of the regular people who have to live under it, it also creates a whole shadow infrastructure dedicated to working it to the advantage of the elite and the connected. Three recent stories illustrate the point: Matt Continetti´s piece about the divorce of lobbyists Tony and Heather Podesta shows how connected insiders can make out like bandits in Obama´s Washington. The Podestas have offered their vast and wealthy clients little in the way of objective value. Rather, they´ve gotten rich just

Governor Sandoval: Send in the Guard
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 9:04:27 AM     Post Reply
By now most people are familiar with the potentially deadly situation emerging at the Bundy ranch in Nevada. Right now, the back-story is not nearly as important as the immediate necessity to de-escalate this life-and liberty threatening situation, although it does play an important role and must be addressed. The fact that this situation could have been pulled from the script of the 1974 movie Chinatown or any of the Godfather movies is well known and must be exposed, but not before immediate action is taken to assure the preservation of life and liberty. The current critical nature of the crisis cannot

Nevada officials blast feds over
treatment of cattle rancher
Cliven Bundy
Fox News, by Robert Gearty    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:50:09 AM     Post Reply
Two of Nevada’s top elected leaders are riding to the rescue of a rancher whose decades-long range war with the federal government has reached a boiling point in recent days. The federal Bureau of Land Management has surrounded the Clark County ranch of Cliven Bundy with armed officers, helicopters and four-wheel drive vehicles. Last week, they began seizing cattle found grazing on adjacent federal lands in violation of a law meant to protect an endangered desert tortoise. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.”

Bundy Ranch, the Federal Government,
and the Nevada Water Tipping Point
American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Republicans Feud Over
Tea-Party Candidates
Wall Street Journal, by Brody Mullins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/11/2014 7:56:04 AM     Post Reply
The continuing battle between the establishment and antiestablishment forces within the Grand Old Party is getting bitter. Scott Reed, a chief political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, quips that the antiestablishment Club for Growth has morphed into the “Club for Dopes.” Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller charges that the head of a Washington-based pro-incumbent political group, the Main Street Republican Partnership, “may have eaten a lot paint chips as a kid.” Maybe that is what happens in any family feud. But it is the first time in recent years that the Republican intraparty battles have turned publicly

Why Libs Love Dead Commies
American Spectator, by Greg Gutfeld    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/11/2014 7:43:46 AM     Post Reply
The quickest way for a commie a**hole to gain weepy fans is to die. This is something I’m willing to accept, as long as it happens regularly. But it’s no surprise that when someone truly awful dies, the cool break out in reverence. Which is what happened when Hugo Chávez croaked. On that day in March 2013, we saw a parade of misty-eyed celebrities and solemn left-wing hacks paying tribute to a dead guy. Out of the woodwork came a parade of Hugoslavians, tyrant-lovers who could overlook the heathen’s badness for the sake of coolness. See, someone can be truly evil.

Ted Cruz: Congress Should Impeach
Eric Holder If He Takes No Action
on IRS Targeting Scandal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/11/2014 6:13:54 AM     Post Reply
On the day the House Oversight Committee held Lois Lerner in contempt, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Congress should impeach Attorney General Eric Holder if he does not indict those like Lerner for their roles in the IRS´s targeting of conservative groups. In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity´s radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law." He said Holder´s actions were not in the spirit of the Department of Justice, which Cruz said has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law." Cruz cited examples of Holder´s

Sen. Mike Lee Makes Free Market,
‘Anti-Cronyism’ Push
Wall Street Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 3:08:42 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah launched an “anti-cronyism” agenda Monday with a column in the National Review urging the Republican Party to advocate populist, free-market reforms over tax loopholes, government subsidies and federal bailouts. That kind of Republican party, he writes “could not only unify and excite conservatives, but appeal to hardworking families in the purple and blue communities that President [Barack] Obama’s special-interest favoritism is leaving behind.” Mr. Lee is scheduled to continue the rollout with television appearances, town halls, a speech at the Heritage Foundation on April 30, and several pieces of legislation. The bills would give Congress the power

The Tea Party Establishment:
Outsiders become insiders
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 2:38:29 PM     Post Reply
Will the real Republican Establishment please stand up? In the four years since the Supreme Court struck down fundraising regulations that effectively gave the Democratic and Republican parties a monopoly on large-scale political activity, a collection of Tea Party-affiliated organizations has arisen in Washington that competes with the GOP for campaign contributors, money and influence -- and over what legislation to push and which candidates to nominate. The groups, including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, have moved aggressively to kill legislation they oppose and oust incumbent Republicans they deem insufficiently conservative. Like the national Republican Party, which they



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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
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Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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