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A New Social Contract (Barf)
Washington Post ^ | 22 June 2008 | By Michael Kazin and Julian E. Zelizer

Posted on 06/22/2008 5:12:39 AM PDT by shrinkermd

For the first time since 1964, Democrats have a good chance not just to win the White House and a majority in Congress but to enact a sweeping new liberal agenda. Conservative ideas are widely discredited, as is the Republican Party that the right has controlled since Ronald Reagan was elected. The war in Iraq has undermined the conservative case for unilateral military intervention and U.S. omnipotence. Economic insecurity has led Americans to question the rhetoric about "big" government, while President Bush's embrace of new federal programs has undermined GOP promises to cut spending.

... Obama speaks of strengthening families by putting "the rungs back on that ladder to the middle class," giving "every family the chance that so many of our parents and grandparents had." He calls for a tax credit to offset the Social Security tax and expanding the earned-income tax credit and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Obama also favors two big programs that no Democrat before him could realize: a national health plan that would cut costs and cover every citizen; and a sizable tuition grant to college students who sign up for national service.

The long Democratic primary battle masks the fact that the party faithful agree on the basic outlines of a new social contract. It fits a post-industrial society that was barely visible when Lyndon B. Johnson was ramming a series of landmark measures through Congress

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; conquest; liberal; obama; usa
"...Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University. Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

Up through March 2008 only 39% of Obama's donors were the much touted small donors. The PACS were important in his rise to power. Goldman Sachs was the biggest, followed by the University of California. About 6 or 7 was Harvard.

Our institutions of higher learning have been politicized and now operate as fervent supporters of every liberal program--including radical environmentalism.

1 posted on 06/22/2008 5:12:40 AM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

What a sorry prospect for country.


2 posted on 06/22/2008 5:15:49 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: shrinkermd

There’s a reason they call this rag, “The Washington COMpost.” ;)


3 posted on 06/22/2008 5:17:42 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: shrinkermd

Who IS the man behind the curtain?

4 posted on 06/22/2008 5:18:42 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: shrinkermd
Now, Democrats are grappling with insecurities faced by entire families, that institution conservatives always claim to represent. The past three decades have produced growing economic inequality and a shrinking middle class. Younger Americans no longer expect to enjoy as good a life as their parents did. Wage-earners fear for the future of their jobs and incomes. No family is secure.

Oh, dear God, they are stupid!

It's precisely the increase in govt. intrusion that exactly correlates the time line they present.

Over the last three decades govt. has grown and so has societal apathy and fear.

How can these two "professors" be so damn ignorant?

5 posted on 06/22/2008 5:21:58 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: shrinkermd
Conservative ideas are widely discredited

Based on what? Consdervative ideas haven't had a thing to do with how the country has been run for the past 7 years. Bush is no conservative: the borders are still open, the ATF is as abusive as ever, the largest entitlement expansion in history (senior prescription drub benefit), a new cabinet-level position (dept. homeland security), hardly any vetos (e.g. of the pork-laden farm and transportation bills) ... the list goes on and on.

6 posted on 06/22/2008 5:24:21 AM PDT by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: shrinkermd

Our best answer is:

“The Democrats have defaulted on every social contract they’ve introduced: Great Society, Social Security, etc.”

Except that, in a country gaga for nebulous “change” and “hope” nobody wants to hear truth. They want to hear sweet nothings.

And the conservative movement, even with our best answer, has no game.


7 posted on 06/22/2008 5:27:04 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: shrinkermd

The last thing we will hear from the Left as that people should use their ingenuity and human spirit to succeed on their own.


8 posted on 06/22/2008 5:27:10 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: shrinkermd
Conservative ideas are widely discredited...[snip]...while President Bush's embrace of new federal programs has undermined GOP promises to cut spending.

Ha! Ha! If it weren't so scary and sad, it'd be really funny.

9 posted on 06/22/2008 5:30:44 AM PDT by Orbiting_Rosie's_Head (Yahoo!)
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To: coloradan
Conservative ideas are widely discredited Based on what?

Based on the polls. Maybe you missed it, but Hunter and Fred got zero cred in the race---from OUR side.

Americans today want to open a bag of chips turn on a comfy president who will tell them what they want to hear.

Ronald Reagan would lose in a landslide to Obama with America's new 'Katrina Generation.'

10 posted on 06/22/2008 5:31:39 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: shrinkermd
Obama speaks of strengthening families by putting "the rungs back on that ladder to the middle class," giving "every family the chance that so many of our parents and grandparents had."

thanks to FR and only FR, I now know BO's grandmom was VP of a bank. There's a rung or two up the ladder few are going to have, like tenure at these prestigious Universities. Why not skip the namby-pamby socialism, and go straight for a Maoist cultural revolution, where a chicken farmer takes their aademic chairs, that they've already held too long to be fair, anyway?

11 posted on 06/22/2008 5:32:01 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: raybbr
How can these two "professors" be so damn ignorant?

I know it's rhetorical, but we conservative have to let people know these socialist CHOOSE to be ignorant because they can't face the reality that their world view is a failure! It's no different than the Global Warming crowd, the facts are totally opposite their view so they have to smear their opponents to gain support.

The question should be why do so many not care what are the true facts?

12 posted on 06/22/2008 5:34:01 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Yes, Chef!)
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To: raybbr
The past three decades have produced growing economic inequality and a shrinking middle class.

The middle class has indeed shrunk. So has the percentage in poverty.

How is that possible?

Simple. A much larger percentage of the population is now classified as wealthy.

You will note that they never claim that more people are dropping below middle class level, they only (accurately) claim that the middle class is shrinking.

13 posted on 06/22/2008 5:34:40 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: raybbr
It's precisely the increase in govt. intrusion that exactly correlates the time line they present.

Exactly. The authors spend several paragraphs extolling the virtues of The New Deal, The War on Poverty and other huge government programs, then they write this:

It's precisely the increase in govt. intrusion that exactly correlates the time line they present. Younger Americans no longer expect to enjoy as good a life as their parents did.

Don't the authors get the connection? No wonder younger Americans are pessimistic. The government is taking all their money for huge social programs. High taxes, coupled with high energy and food prices (thanks for the obstructionist Democrats) are bringing everybody down.

14 posted on 06/22/2008 5:34:46 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita

If you sense but are not sure why a Democrat-run economy would be a very bad thing, read ‘The Forgotten Man’ by Amity Shlaes. It explains how government intervention caused the ‘Great [for Democrat politicians!] Depression’ and prolongeded it for ten years.


15 posted on 06/22/2008 5:48:31 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: randita; Sherman Logan; sirchtruth
I was on another forum and they were discussing a new poll that showed only 17% of Americans think we are "going in the right direction".

Of course the number is low. Even though most Americans have been lied to and think we are heading toward a more conservative society the exact opposite is true.

Even their skulls full of mush realize, intrinsically that, a move toward socialism is hurting our society not helping.

We, on this forum, study this all the time. But, the average American has been brainwashed by the MSM and our marxist-based education system.

16 posted on 06/22/2008 6:02:22 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: raybbr

I suspect neither you nor I is in the “going in the right direction” group.

Yet the media portays all those who think we are headed in the wrong direction as in favor of moving towards socialism, not away from it.


17 posted on 06/22/2008 6:06:43 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: shrinkermd
...a sweeping new liberal agenda LOL!!!!!

Half of the Democrats may have bought into this type of claptrap, but the general population will never buy it. They never have and they never will.

There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the United States, but over the last 40 years the American people have only voted for a Democrat president three times, and only once with a majority of the electorate voting for that Democrat.

So what make these fools think that the American people will vote for an outwardly liberal candidate with an obvious leftwing agenda?

I can't imagine what, but liberals who are now very heady and calling for nationalizing oil companies and health care institutions and other liberal agenda items, should take a very deep breath.

Since the United States emerged as a world power after the second world war, the American people (despite having the most liberal loving mainstream press), have preferred to hire chief executives who project strength and power in a dangerous world. Obama projects neither and he will never be elected.

A lot of young people may not remember Jimmy Carter, but lot of old people do and unlike young people, old people vote.

18 posted on 06/22/2008 6:10:31 AM PDT by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control & wanted a cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: shrinkermd
Democrats have a good chance not just to win the White House and a majority in Congress but to enact a sweeping new liberal agenda.

Exactly. And for this reason, the sane and benevolent people must band together to prevent them from doing either!

The Democrats MUST be defeated at the polls in November!

This must be the overriding concern of all of us!

The SWEEPING NEW LIBERAL AGENDA is beyond the imagination of most sane and benevolent people.

Remember the observation of Robert Conquest. It is a warning!

“The true criticism of Neville Chamberlain is that he could not really imagine a man like Hitler or a party like the Nazis.”
-Robert Conquest-
Reflections of a Ravaged Century
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000, p. 12.

We need not be able to imagine them to know that we must stop them!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!

19 posted on 06/22/2008 6:21:24 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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To: raybbr
Even their skulls full of mush realize, intrinsically that, a move toward socialism is hurting our society not helping.

Here's the problem, people trade being smart, over being wise. Wisdom always cares about truth. If you don't follow the basic tennents of truth, as the inventors of the "Idea Of America" understood, you will enventually fail society.

What we are witnessing is a totally reversal of what is right and good and trading it for selfishness. Socialist have won the day because people are selfish and are being taught that matters more than what is good for society.

This is the whole problem with America right now, and it will get MUCH worse!

20 posted on 06/22/2008 6:22:37 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Yes, Chef!)
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To: Savage Beast
VOTE REPUBLICAN!

VOTE CONSERVATIVE!

21 posted on 06/22/2008 6:25:27 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Yes, Chef!)
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To: sam_paine

“Americans today want to open a bag of chips turn on a comfy president who will tell them what they want to hear.”

I am afraid that you are right. A week ago, I took part in one of those telephonic ‘town hall’ meetings with our republican/moderate conservative congresscritter. It was a real eye opener! Most of the folks that were called on for questions wanted something from the government and were liberally stupid with ‘ideas’ which they wanted to ‘share’ with our representative.

The one question that really stuck out in my mind was this women that claimed she was disabled and was complaining about the government provided ‘housekeepers’ that came by each week to help clean her house. She claimed they did a lousy job of cleaning her house and went on to detail each and every instance of shoddy housecleaning.

Now guess what this women wanted our government to do about it? She wanted the government to give these people pay raises.....LOL.

To make matters worse, our republican congresscritter said she was not aware of the ‘program’ and would look into it.

I just sat there in stunned silence listening to call after call along the same lines.

EVERYBODY seemed to want the government to GIVE them something.

Very sad.


22 posted on 06/22/2008 6:31:39 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: shrinkermd

“Conservative ideas are widely discredited,....”

This is a lie. The Republican congress critters have abandoned Conservatisim, and they will reap the results of doing that. But Conservative ideas have not been discredited!


23 posted on 06/22/2008 6:32:35 AM PDT by Laserman
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To: shrinkermd
a sweeping new liberal agenda

Oh yes! Shiny new!

1.Raise taxes on everything

2.Spend money on everything

24 posted on 06/22/2008 6:37:56 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: sirchtruth
VOTE REPUBLICAN!

VOTE CONSERVATIVE!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!

STOP THE DEMOCRATS!


25 posted on 06/22/2008 6:46:27 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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To: Savage Beast
Tell me, how do you stop democrats with Rino's? The republican party is controlled by moderates and rino's right now unless that changes the dems are going to be in control. If you don't understand this then you lose.

VOTE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN!

26 posted on 06/22/2008 7:04:40 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Yes, Chef!)
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To: shrinkermd
There is only one "social contract" that works: I will respect your right to your life and property if you will only respect mine.

Everything else is an excuse for theft.

27 posted on 06/22/2008 7:14:00 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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To: raybbr

They’re not stupid. They are willing liars. They are using lies to encourage their stupid students to vote for a smiley-faced Communist.


28 posted on 06/22/2008 7:47:57 AM PDT by abclily
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To: sam_paine

That doesn’t discredit the ideas, it merely means they aren’t popular (which admittedly is also a problem). A discredited idea is one that fails to function as promised, e.g. socialism or appeasement. But Bush has done nothing to discredit conservative ideals, because his administration hasn’t presented conservatism to the people and thereby given any opportunity to be found wanting.


29 posted on 06/22/2008 8:05:26 AM PDT by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan; penelopesire
A discredited idea is one that fails to function as promised,

Let's don't get carried away by pedantry, but:

discredit tr.v., -it·ed, -it·ing, -its.

Conservative ideals are NOT IN FAVOR (heavily doubted and distrusted indeed) with this 'gimme' generation.

Read penelopesire's disheartening firsthand account in #22. And that's on OUR side.

This wrongheaded attitude of blaming Bush for causing harm to conservatism's popularity distracts from the root cause. PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER PRO-CONSERVATIVE LIKE WE ASSUME AMERICANS SHOULD WANT TO BE.

We act like we need a new conservative leader and everything will be ok. That's like putting a new face on a patient with plastic surgery when the patient has late stage metasticized cancer.

Americans have got a taste of the free lunch and they want more, sad but true.

30 posted on 06/22/2008 8:16:58 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Sherman Logan
A much larger percentage of the population is now classified as wealthy.

Hence the Rat plans to "Tax The Rich". Most of the lefties have no idea they now fall into the category of "The Rich".

In their mind, "The Rich" always refers to someone else.

31 posted on 06/22/2008 8:48:05 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: sam_paine; coloradan

I must qualify the impression that all of the people in on the townhall meeting were republicans...THEY WERE NOT. In fact, most of them were liberals. The phone list the congresswomen used included both.

I don’t believe that conservative principles have been discredited.....YET. I also agree with coloradan that Bush did not TEACH conservative principles and when he tried to, it was not reported as such.

The surest way to bring back conservative principles is to educate the masses exactly how all of these marxist programs that the dems want to enact will affect the economy and their own pocketbooks.

The best way to do that is to remind the voters just what happened when Jimmy Carter did far less than what Obama and Pelosi have planned.

Failing that....the leftist/Marxists win and American wakes up 4-8 years from now when our country is in shambles.


32 posted on 06/22/2008 10:39:56 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire; coloradan
The best way to do that is to remind the voters just what happened when Jimmy Carter did far less than what Obama and Pelosi have planned.

I agree that conservative principles need to be more widely held. But I'm afraid they can only come form the inside and cannot be 'taught,' especially to touchy feely emoting types.

My own experience in a conservative rural community agrees with your townhall meeting: I'm shocked at how many gimmee-gimmees there are, (most notably, government should DO something about this or that, and or, 'there oughta be a law' attitudes.)

At any rate teaching logical and rational cause and effect works ONLY with rational, logical people who are willing to learn.

The feminization of America has contributed to an emotional voter base, who merely 'feels' that buying a prius is helpful to the climate, who 'feels' uncomfortable around 'sinister looking' 'assault rifles', who feels that rich people and corporations should pay more of their 'fair' share.

And folks....Jimmuh Cottah was THIRTY YEARS AGO! People who voted for Jimmy for the first time to vote are 50ish or older.Kids who are voting for the first time this time WERE NOT ALIVE during Jimmy's debacle. All they know of Jimmy is what a wonderful, caring, peace-not-war kinda guy the media paints him as.

We've lulled ourselves to sleep since Reagan and this cold water is shocking.

33 posted on 06/22/2008 11:15:06 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sirchtruth

A RINO would be far better than Barack Obama.


34 posted on 06/22/2008 12:50:26 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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To: shrinkermd

btt


35 posted on 06/22/2008 1:04:23 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Savage Beast
A RINO would be far better than Barack Obama.

Ok, after John Mcain has completely converted this party over to rino central and this country is no longer the America we once knew, let's see what you say. Because of thinking like yours we are not going to have a chance to fight the dems. Now, with a veto proof dem congress that's coming because of rinos, what do you think John McCain is going to accomplish?

I'm telling you 40 more years of dem control because of rino/moderates, there will be no more America...All because of the LOTE's. Are you a conservative?

36 posted on 06/22/2008 1:17:39 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Vote Conservative Repuplican!!)
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To: sam_paine

“And folks....Jimmuh Cottah was THIRTY YEARS AGO! People who voted for Jimmy for the first time to vote are 50ish or older.”

You forget about the RUSH BABIES..(wink). My son and most of my friends kids are Rush babies(solid conservatives).

All is not lost my FRiend. Although I agree with you that things look a bit bleak at the moment.


37 posted on 06/22/2008 1:53:00 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: shrinkermd
I want to Democrats to win. People need to see what they mean by their agenda. I suspect we will soon find out if they like higher taxes, more regulations, inflation, unemployment and rationing. All coming your way in November.

"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 Palelologus

38 posted on 06/22/2008 3:37:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: sirchtruth
It's the choice between a RINO and a Radical Extremist. There's a big difference. We can probably undo some, maybe all, of what the RINO will do. The Radical Extremist, especially unrestrained by Congress, will change America beyond imagination and beyond recovery.

Thinking like mine is our only chance to fight the Democrats.

To elect a Radical Extremist is to surrender to their most Radical, Marxist, anti-American Fringe, a Fringe that will seize power and never let it go.

"Are you a conservative?"

No, I do not consider myself to be a Conservative.

But I don't like the two-dimensional "Liberal-or-Conservative" way of thinking. It's the way the Left thinks. Leftists can't think otherwise; they've never met a cliché that they could resist. In fact, the Left cannot seem to think in any other terms. Everything they think, say, and do is a cliché. Most of the so-called "journalists" of the "Mainstream Newsmedia (i.e. the Democrat Party Propaganda Machine) think in clichés. But I'm being too charitable. The sociopaths and other nutcases who pull their strings can think in terms other than clichés--and that's what makes them--and the cliché-ridden robots who follow them--so dangerous.

On the other hand, I am definitely not a Leftist. The word "Liberal", used as a synonym for them is a misnomer! There is nothing liberal about these people.

I am very liberal in the true sense of the word--i.e. loving of liberty, open minded, free thinking, open to truth wherever it presents itself, tolerant--and I expect that you are also. Most honest and intelligent people are.

The word "Liberal" has been commandeered by the Left in an Orwellian paradox, meaning its opposite. To refer to these people as "Liberals" is newspeak, like "love is hate", "war is peace", "freedom is slavery".

If Radical Leftists should seize enough power, the free exchange of ideas such as you and I are now having would become criminalized.

All this said, yes, I am to the right of McCain and disagree with many of his positions. One thing I don't like is that he reminds me of G. W. Bush in his tendency to try to find rapproachment with the Left, which is stupid--it's like trying to appease a pack of hungry wolves--or a gang of Nazis. Many of his positions are revolting: his sanctimonious refusal to drill at ANWR and halt illegal immigration (he seems to have modified his position on both, at least a bit)--his praise for Hillary Clinton--the McCain-Feingold bill--et al.

However, many of his positions--and much that he does not say--reveal a man who is within the realm of reason--in contrast to the man who will be his opponent.

The United States can survive McCain.

Whether or not the United States can survive a Radical Extremist takeover of the federal government is highly questionable.

39 posted on 06/23/2008 5:13:53 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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To: Savage Beast
No, I do not consider myself to be a Conservative.

I really appreciate your honesty here. I can buy what you are advancing, however all I'm trying to say is if republicans keep voting for rino's that is what we are going to get, and that is bad for this country. Believe me, I would rather have John McCain as President over BO, but I will NOT vote for a man that disses me because I have conservative values, is disloyal to his President, and coddles the left! I want McCain out of my party because he can destroy it from within. Let the milqtoast independents vote for McCain and hire him as President.

If McCain does win the Presidency it's not going to matter, the left most likely will have a veto proof majority which, mark my words, McCain will try to find favor with at any point he can. That's when conservatives HAVE TO slay the dragon!

The United States can survive McCain.

Yep, and that's exactly what America will have to do...Survive him!!

40 posted on 06/23/2008 2:37:05 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Vote Conservative Repuplican!!)
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To: sirchtruth

Vote your pocket! vote to keep the Bush tax cuts


41 posted on 06/23/2008 2:51:31 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (IF YOU ARE NOT CONSERVATIVE BY 35 YOU HAVE NO BRAIN. W CHURCHILL)
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To: sirchtruth
Sirchtruth, as I was writing rant post #39, I kept stopping to think and then rewriting as I kept thinking, "Wait a minute. That's not the truth. It's not what I think," and then rewriting again. My wife wondered what I was spending so much time on.

Truth is hard enough to grasp when we're struggling for it, and it's the best we can do, no matter what it is--especially in dangerous times such as these.

There's a lot going on, and much is cause for worry. I am very concerned.

I appreciate your sharing your thoughts and wisdom with me--and by public posting, with everyone.

I have seen quotes from FR (including at least one of mine) in the national "newsmedia" (sometimes the hostile "newsmedia"). Our arguments and observations do not go unnoticed.

And I have been continually impressed with the intelligence and level of discussion here. ~S

42 posted on 06/23/2008 3:33:00 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Republican = Vote NO to the Radical Left!)
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