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Liberals Gone Wild!
RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/19/06 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 10/18/2006 10:01:02 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist

Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days? Liberal democrats are beginning to sound like rowdy students on spring break, shrieking and exhibiting themselves on camera.

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Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days? Liberal democrats are beginning to sound like rowdy students on spring break, shrieking and exhibiting themselves on camera.

Consider some of the recent rabid outbursts by once sober, old-guard politicians. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller insists that the world would be better off if Saddam were still running Iraq. Crotchety Congressman John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, rushed to announce that our Marines were guilty of killing Iraqis in "cold blood" before they were tried. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin has compared our interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, while Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry said our soldiers have "terrorized" Iraqi women and children.

Then there is the constant anger from Democratic ex-presidents. It used to be that out-of-office chief executives kept relatively hush. Presidents Ford and Bush Sr. - both voted out of office - did not bray when President Clinton had his trials, personal and otherwise.

Not so now with Presidents Carter and Clinton. They repeatedly harp about the sins of the current administration. By now, everyone has seen clips of Clinton losing his temper (complete with finger-wagging) and lashing out at the "right-wingers" on TV. He lectures on political extremism, even as one of his wife's staff members slandered John McCain by saying he broke under torture while a POW in Hanoi. And even at 82, Jimmy Carter almost daily carps over Bush's foreign policy.

Do not forget the unhinged billionaire leftist philanthropists. Ted Turner said he resented President Bush asking Americans, after 9/11, to take sides in our war against Islamic terrorists. George Soros claimed that President Bush improved on Nazi propaganda methods.

The frustration with Bush & Co. has driven a few in the media almost to the point of clinical madness. In 2004, a clueless Dan Rather imploded by airing clearly forged memos that called into question Bush's National Guard service - with the result that he was eased out by an embarrassed CBS News. More recently, Keith Olbermann, the foaming news head on the struggling cable channel MSNBC, keeps his ratings low with uncontrollable rants about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld pushing a "new fascism."

On college campuses, the old leftist intolerance of unwelcome free speech is back with a fury. A guest spokesman for the Minutemen immigration reform group was shouted down at a recent Columbia University lecture. Earlier, Harvard's liberal president Larry Summers was forced out, after timidly questioning academic orthodoxy about the role of women in science and engineering.

What sends liberal criticism over the edge into pathological hysteria?

Is it that George Bush is a polarizing figure, not just in terms of his Iraq policy, but also because of his Christian Texan demeanor?

Or is the current left-wing savagery also a legacy of the tribal 1960s, when out-of-power protestors felt that expressions of speaking bluntly, even crudely, were at least preferable to "artificial" cultural restraint? Why should graying veterans of the barricades, then, remain "polite" when their country's less sophisticated red-state yokels are taking it in the wrong direction?

The Democrats have not elected congressional majorities in 12 years, and they've occupied the White House in only eight of the last 26 years. The left's current unruliness seems a way of scapegoating others for a more elemental frustration - that they can't gain a national majority based on their core beliefs. More entitlements, higher taxes to pay for them, gay marriage, de facto quotas in affirmative action, open borders, abortion on demand, and radical secularism - these liberal issues don't tend to resonate with most Americans.

To compensate, leftist pundits, billionaire philanthropists and politicians, from current officeholders to ex-presidents, work to ensure that isolated moments of Republican ineptness (George Bush strutting on a carrier deck in his flight suit) and wrongdoing (repulsive e-mails from a perverted Congressman Mark Foley) blare out as the only issues of the day. This distracting drumbeat, not their own agenda, is the only strategy for success in the next election.

True, reactionaries in the 1990s expressed a Neanderthal hatred of Bill Clinton. But now shouting leftists have lowered the bar. The danger, of course, is that by emulating the rhetoric of a Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore, the feral Democrats - when they come back into power again as tamed leaders who must govern -will have created Frankensteins. And, as we know, such monsters always turn on their creators.

1 posted on 10/18/2006 10:01:02 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

One caveat: I don't consider myself "reactionar[y]" or a "Neanderthal" because of my severe distaste for Bill Clinton. That said, just about everything else in this article was right on target.


2 posted on 10/18/2006 10:03:49 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
Liberals Gone Wild!

Feral commies digging in my garbage can again?
3 posted on 10/18/2006 10:07:20 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
isolated moments of Republican ineptness (George Bush strutting on a carrier deck in his flight suit)

Huh? That was the ultimate in rallying the troops. What does VDH expect the "Commander in Chief" to do?

Good piece, but for that pandering-to-the-moonbats line.

4 posted on 10/18/2006 10:08:13 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
Liberals Gone Wild!

If it involves Helen Thomas lifting her top and making out with Lynne Stewart, I'm out.
5 posted on 10/18/2006 10:08:17 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

Reading VDH is fun for a minute you can forget how bad it would be with the moonbats in charge. Of course, how bad it is won't make the news and if it does of course it is the fault of the previous administration. It is bad enough with Demonrats in the passenger seat telling Republicans how to drive.


6 posted on 10/18/2006 10:09:13 PM PDT by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

...exactly...we didnt dispise Clinton the man...we despised his actions


7 posted on 10/18/2006 10:13:55 PM PDT by Armigerous ( Non permitte illegitimi te carborundum- "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

"when they come back into power again as tamed leaders who must govern"

"When"? So long as they act this way, the proper word is "if."


8 posted on 10/18/2006 10:18:22 PM PDT by decal (Building a wall on the border is like treating lung cancer with cough syrup.)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
It's honestly easier to think of the more rabid denizens of the left as religious fanatics because that's what they really are. The left has long taken on a blueprint for the future that involves increasing collectivism, group identities, and deliberate antagonism to groups deemed unacceptable to their doctrine of the moment. Their belief in this blueprint, the "progress" in progressivism, has replaced the emotional role formerly filled by formal religion. They are secular and proud of being so - but are they really?

We see this in their expressions in every picture taken of them in action - violent emotion, condemnation, hysteria, rage, pathological hatred. These are not the earmarks of someone who is convinced of the intellectual soundness of his or her position, they are the signs of someone whose failing belief cannot be subject to examination. They are the signs of a True Believer in a false creed.

What drives them all nuts is that their march to an impossible utopia is not running the way their dearest hopes imagine it should, and someone must be to blame. And all of the frustration for the failure of the "inevitable" progress of history must find a focus.

And so their political opponents must be accorded superpowers, for no ordinary individual may stay the course of history. And inasmuch as the progressives have laid claim to all noble ideals, their opponents must therefore be the mirror image, all things evil. This is genuine insanity.

9 posted on 10/18/2006 10:24:26 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: JennysCool

"What does VDH expect the "Commander in Chief" to do?"

Prior to 2000, sit around playing with himself.


[you all know you were thinking it, too]....;]


10 posted on 10/18/2006 10:29:29 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: Rastus

Why would anyone have athought like that rattling around in their head?
I sure wouldn't post it if I did.

Now people are going to wonder about you.


11 posted on 10/18/2006 10:40:56 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary (Bukhari:V1B1N6 “Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country.”)
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To: Billthedrill

Thanks, you saved me a lot of typing, nice work.


12 posted on 10/18/2006 10:43:23 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (...ON 11/7, YOU ARE EITHER WITH US, OR WITH THE DEMOCRATS...)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Easy: that's what they show in the Girls Gone Wild commercials, and from there, you insert the most heinously hideous liberals you can think of.


13 posted on 10/18/2006 10:44:28 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days?

It's not the Republicans' fault. Leftists are just inherently crazy.

14 posted on 10/18/2006 10:46:08 PM PDT by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: Billthedrill
We see this in their expressions in every picture taken of them in action - violent emotion, condemnation, hysteria, rage, pathological hatred.

Modern day Wagnerians. The same sense of self-dramatization, too.

15 posted on 10/18/2006 10:46:46 PM PDT by Publius (A = A)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

Who is going to explain all of the big words to the lefties so they know what ol' Vic is saying?


16 posted on 10/18/2006 10:48:15 PM PDT by bpjam (Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaida - The Religion of Peace)
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To: Billthedrill
"We see this in their expressions in every picture taken of them in action - violent emotion, condemnation, hysteria, rage, pathological hatred. These are not the earmarks of someone who is convinced of the intellectual soundness of his or her position, they are the signs of someone whose failing belief cannot be subject to examination. They are the signs of a True Believer in a false creed."

Perhaps that's why they support Islamic terrorism, and see nothing wrong with the teachings of the hadith (life and ways of Mohammad) and Koran.
They share a similar disability which is instilled in them by their respective doctrines, the inability to think independently and rationally, and examine a statement and test its soundness. They must instead blindly believe.

17 posted on 10/18/2006 10:53:51 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary (Bukhari:V1B1N6 “Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country.”)
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To: Billthedrill
What drives them all nuts is that their march to an impossible utopia is not running the way their dearest hopes imagine it should, and someone must be to blame. And all of the frustration for the failure of the "inevitable" progress of history must find a focus.

An excellent observation! I have long maintained that today's leftism is merely warmed-over Hegelianism: the doctrine of historical inevitability (we must not "turn back the clock" or wind up "on the wrong side of history"--as though all final outcomes were preordained).

And, of course, it is no coincidence that Hegel was a forerunner of Marx...

18 posted on 10/18/2006 10:54:32 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: Armigerous
we didnt dispise Clinton the man...we despised his actions

Personally, I despised the man. To my way of thinking, you can't separate the man from his actions. When I first heard of Bill Clinton, it was on an NPR piece about his possible run for president in '92 (the piece ran on NPR in 1991). Hearing him for the first time, I thought, "Sheesh, this guy is full of himself." He immediately struck me as a pompous, arrogant, self-aggrandizer. I was right about that. What I was wrong about was that I assumed a guy like that would never stand a chance of winning the presidency. He turned out not only to be perhaps the most disgustingly arrogant person ever to have the position of President, but he turned out to be one of the most dangerous men to sit in the Oval Office. Not only was he a danger because he was more concerned about his next score than the security of this nation, but he was dangerous because of his slash and burn style of politics, destroying anyone who might stand in his way. Bill Clinton sowed the seeds which produced the rotten fruit of the hate politics we see going on on the left today. That's his biggest legacy.

19 posted on 10/18/2006 10:58:50 PM PDT by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
Why have the RATS gone crazy? Because they are stupid and every idea they have is rejected by voters.

They could never win without lying about their agenda,and with the new media/Internet they can't get away with their lies.

We expose their lies within hours and even if it takes the old media days to report it to the sheep, they look both stupid and untruthful.

Airhead Amerika went bankrupt because there isn't enough barking moonbats that want to hear their message. Once they say what their plan is they are finished.

The older voters that voted for Dem's in the past are dieing out and the younger ones aren't fooled with their message once they enter the working world.

Like a empty corn crib full of starving rats, they will attack anything that comes close. They are in for a long cold winter.
20 posted on 10/18/2006 10:59:44 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: Billthedrill

Well-said, and true.


21 posted on 10/18/2006 11:00:10 PM PDT by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: Billthedrill

Well said.


22 posted on 10/18/2006 11:16:36 PM PDT by MonicaG (Praying for our troops, leadership, Israel & IDF. Thanks to our veterans & their families.)
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To: My2Cents

I remember the first time I saw him it was during a debate, and I immediately said out loud "This guy is full of $hit!" How right I was!


23 posted on 10/18/2006 11:32:09 PM PDT by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
"Why should graying veterans of the barricades, then, remain "polite" when their country's less sophisticated red-state yokels are taking it in the wrong direction?"

The new mantra of the graying feral Rats is "Sex, Geritol and Rock N Roll."

24 posted on 10/19/2006 3:27:19 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: JennysCool

As much as I deeply respect Mr. Hanson, I would not characterize the flight deck moment as "ineptness."


25 posted on 10/19/2006 3:28:57 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Publius

The Democrats - Party of drama queens. Or queens in general for that matter.


26 posted on 10/19/2006 3:31:29 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
My first thought when I read the title was, "pics?".

Since coming into a better understanding of the parties (post graduation of high school), I have thought that the Democratic party was really the Communist party in disguise. Now, obviously it is the Communist party trying to appeal to the baseless desires of the people.
27 posted on 10/19/2006 3:44:42 AM PDT by LuxMaker
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

"Reactionary" is just "righteous indignation" mis-spelled.


28 posted on 10/19/2006 3:50:13 AM PDT by Freedom4US (u)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist; Tolik
the feral Democrats

I like that, let's run with it.

29 posted on 10/19/2006 4:03:45 AM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ .05˘ a can.)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

Listen to a morning c-span and listen to the seminar callers. There was one disenchanted republican woman who "sometimes voted for republicans" who could not ID her candidates but said she was definitly voting all D.

It seems all the C-span callers are pretty much anti-american lately. (the democrat callers are just plain nuts)


C-span callers are absolutly NUTS when calling as disgruntled republicans. Now they are magically voting for Democrats? They are all anti-war. All cut and run.


30 posted on 10/19/2006 4:55:12 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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31 posted on 10/19/2006 5:03:38 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: decal
This is not your grandfather's Democratic Party. Its filled with socialists, racists and subversive Hate America Firsters. A scary and volatile bunch.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

32 posted on 10/19/2006 5:05:06 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: metesky

Thanks.

VDH Bump


33 posted on 10/19/2006 5:08:26 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

They haven't gone wild. This is calculated. They are trying to intimidate you into not being part of the democratic process.


34 posted on 10/19/2006 5:18:42 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. - Picasso)
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To: goldstategop
Don't forget the anarchist might take their masks off and vote.
35 posted on 10/19/2006 5:21:41 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

If the Demoncrats regain power, and start trying to impeach President Bush, they should expect literally NO cooperation from the Republican side of the House and Senate.


36 posted on 10/19/2006 5:26:40 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Publius

Wagnerians? More dissonant -- Schonbergians -- with the disintegration of tonality and emotion being the utmost master.


37 posted on 10/19/2006 5:39:09 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: My2Cents

Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days?



Simple; it's the same reason my (almost) 3 year old cries so frequently ,, his vocabulary isn't developed enough to respond or communicate ... in the case of the libs their thought processes fail when confronted with truth and logic and they respond in an infantile way.


38 posted on 10/19/2006 5:40:45 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

BTTT


39 posted on 10/19/2006 5:51:51 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Billthedrill

Good comment, with which I agree completely.

Baltimore's Mayor (who now is running for governor of Maryland), initiated a campaign to improve the city by having giant banners with the letters BELIEVE in huge letters, hung on every public building - firehouses, schools, etc - and bumper stickers put everywhere.

The message was apparently to "believe" that Baltimore could be a great city, but in reality, nothing was ever defined. To me it was a prime example of the leftist kind of magical thinking.


40 posted on 10/19/2006 5:53:38 AM PDT by maica (9/11 was not “the day everything changed”, but the day that revealed how much had already changed.)
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To: My2Cents

"Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days?

It's not the Republicans' fault. Leftists are just inherently crazy."

I believe what drives the Leftists nuts is that they realize that the adults in America do not and will not support their agenda.


41 posted on 10/19/2006 5:59:46 AM PDT by newcthem (Brought to you by the INFIDEL PARTY)
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To: My2Cents
Hear! Hear! I despised Clinton personally as well.

It appears he loves his sins too well to ever consider change - much less repentance.

42 posted on 10/19/2006 6:11:13 AM PDT by doberville
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To: AmericanExceptionalist

Yep, the MSM really wants us to stay home. Not gonna happen...


43 posted on 10/19/2006 6:11:39 AM PDT by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: AmericanExceptionalist
Or is the current left-wing savagery also a legacy of the tribal 1960s, when out-of-power protesters felt that expressions of speaking bluntly, even crudely, were at least preferable to "artificial" cultural restraint? Why should graying veterans of the barricades, then, remain "polite" when their country's less sophisticated red-state yokels are taking it in the wrong direction?

In a nutshell. Almost sounds like jihadism doesn't it?

44 posted on 10/19/2006 6:39:52 AM PDT by oldbrowser (ACLU, communism is the ultimate goal.)
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To: Rastus
If it involves Helen Thomas lifting her top and making out with Lynne Stewart, I'm out.

Be careful of what you wish for or post.:)

45 posted on 10/19/2006 8:09:01 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: oldbrowser
Almost sounds like jihadism doesn't it?

That is an excellent analogy. I have been persuaded for some time that leftist Democrats have a lot in common with the jihadists: a passionate belief that they are RIGHT, and that their worldview MUST prevail; a sad realization that it CANNOT prevail through persuasion alone; and the resulting conclusion that it is fair enough (in fact, morally righteous) to advance their agenda BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

46 posted on 10/19/2006 8:48:21 AM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: Grampa Dave

Please! Not while I'm eating breakfast.


47 posted on 10/19/2006 9:16:21 AM PDT by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: JennysCool
isolated moments of Republican ineptness (George Bush strutting on a carrier deck in his flight suit)

That's called LEADERSHIP..you idiot!

48 posted on 10/19/2006 9:31:18 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: maica
Baltimore's Mayor (who now is running for governor of Maryland), initiated a campaign to improve the city by having giant banners with the letters BELIEVE in huge letters...

Good heavens..."OBEY" would have worked better...

49 posted on 10/19/2006 9:51:42 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: AmericanExceptionalist; Tolik
In my opinion, there is (or was) nothing Neanderthal about my dislike and distrust of the impeached former president nor was there anything inept about President George W. Bush's flight suit; therefore, Hanson only somewhat nails it this time. Everytime I see a leftist going off on one of his or her rants, I picture the person as one of the unwashed potheads I saw wandering around the D.C. tent city that I went there to mock in the early 70s. (Figures: Back when I was able to travel, we didn't have an organized "force" for me to do it with! Instead, my protest consisted of touring the D.C. Police Department Communications Center. I was a dispatcher at a west coast of Ohio, small-city police department at the time.)
50 posted on 10/19/2006 10:26:33 AM PDT by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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