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George Will: Unleash the high court
The Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2012 | George Will

Posted on 06/17/2012 6:51:45 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Because judicial decisions have propelled American history and because a long-standing judicial mistake needs to be rectified, the most compelling of the many reasons for electing Mitt Romney is that presidential elections shape two of the federal government’s three branches. Conservatives, however, cannot coherently make the case for Romney as a shaper of the judicial branch until they wean themselves, and perhaps him, from excessive respect for judicial “restraint” and condemnation of “activism.”

In eight years, Ronald Reagan appointed 49 percent of the federal judiciary; Bill Clinton appointed 43 percent. Clint Bolick says that the power to nominate federal judges has become “the grand prize in presidential elections,” because presidents now choose appointees with special attention to judicial philosophy and because human longevity has increased.

In his lapidary new book, “Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court,” Bolick, of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, notes that Reagan was especially systematic and successful in appointing judges who would not surprise him, and his successors have emulated him. Since Barack Obama appointed Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens, whose liberalism surely surprised his appointer, Gerald Ford, the court’s liberals are all Democratic appointees, the conservatives all Republican appointees, and both cohorts frequently are cohesive in important cases.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; courts; deathpanels; elections; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; kenyanbornmuzzie; obama; obamacare; romney; scotus; swrdswllwngsdshw; zerocare
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1 posted on 06/17/2012 6:51:50 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: BuckeyeTexan; wagglebee; Impy; GOPsterinMA; Sun; Norman Bates; unkus

I don’t like Mitt Romney, but he’s our only chance at overturning Roe vs. Wade, among other things.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 6:57:05 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

George Will can suck it. I don’t read anything he writes any more...he is a token conservative mired in the suckupness of the ITB media whores.


3 posted on 06/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer; Kaslin; SunkenCiv

George Will is clearly flawed, but this editorial is right on the money.


4 posted on 06/17/2012 7:00:13 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Gaffer

Perhaps you should not comment on Will by admitting you don’t read anything he writes any more. Hey, its your right, but you just look foolish in this particular case.

You would probably have liked this one.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 7:01:59 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Clintonfatigued

“I don’t like Mitt Romney, but he’s our only chance at overturning Roe vs. Wade, among other things.”


Why? Because he will appoint liberal activist judges, just like he did as governor of Mass, and they will somehow become “severely conservative” and rule the way you want them to?

Your delusional.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 7:02:58 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"In his lapidary new book..."

When did "lapidary" come to mean -- whatever is meant there?

7 posted on 06/17/2012 7:03:37 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: myself6

Mitt Romney will do what’s best for his career. He knows that if he’s elected President, appointing liberals guarantees he won’t be nominated for a second term.


8 posted on 06/17/2012 7:05:38 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Ordinarily I’d agree with you, but Will has consistently worked against conservative principles as evidenced by his ‘work’ during the tenure of this administration.

He only comes back to the conservative fold when he feels like his token conservatorship in the DC media is faltering. Like it I might have, but I don’t need to hear it from him. He’s useless from a perspective of helping this country get back on track now. We need to discount and discard these pretenders.


9 posted on 06/17/2012 7:06:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Clintonfatigued

Flawed, true. Regardless, I don’t need Will to tell me what to think any more. He is irrelevant and untrustworthy in my opinion.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 7:08:16 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Clintonfatigued

The main reason to vote for Romney presently, is to get rid of Obama. Priority one. The rest can be worked on. Some here seem to be losing sight of this....if you don’t get rid of Obama, nothing else matters.


11 posted on 06/17/2012 7:13:49 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Clintonfatigued

Why would he “KNOW” that?

The dimwits mantra NOW, even though he is a proven socialist in word and deed, is that he sucks but is better than obama.

SO, when he is up for reelection, the mantra then will be, “yeah romney sucks, but we cant afford to let the democrats win” and the dimwits will eat it up.

He will appoint liberals without a shred of GOP opposition. and in 4 years you will be arguing why its important to elect him again because we just cant have “yet to be determined” democrat in office.


12 posted on 06/17/2012 7:18:43 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Will does a good job explaining the counter-point to “restraint”. We are indeed guilty of elevating restraint to the detriment of liberty.

Given his desire for a reduction in executive activism as expressed in “Restoration” some of the commentary is refreshingly critical of the democratic excess.


13 posted on 06/17/2012 7:21:04 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: myself6

From your lips to God’s ears. It sure would beat the hell out of 4 more years of this!


14 posted on 06/17/2012 7:28:59 AM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: EagleUSA
"The main reason to vote for Romney presently, is to get rid of Obama. Priority one. The rest can be worked on. Some here seem to be losing sight of this....if you don't get rid of Obama, nothing else matters."

BINGO!!! If only people would realize this...

15 posted on 06/17/2012 7:41:45 AM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Lady Lucky
C'mon, this is George Will. Make allowances.
I believe that this definition refers to "monumental," by admittedly a quite circuitous route.
16 posted on 06/17/2012 8:27:45 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911

“C’mon, this is George Will. Make allowances.
I believe that this definition refers to “monumental,” by admittedly a quite circuitous route.”

I think that this is a big stretch, even for George Will.


17 posted on 06/17/2012 8:49:02 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Lady Lucky
from Merriam-Webster: lapidary. adj.

"having the elegance and precision associated with inscriptions on monumental stone "

A peculiar way of describing an entire book.

18 posted on 06/17/2012 8:49:15 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Gaffer

I don’t disagree with you on Will in general. I just find it amusing that you bothered to enter a discussion over an article you didn’t read from an author you never read - and the irony is that this particular piece is one you would likely agree with.


19 posted on 06/17/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Clintonfatigued; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Clintonfatigued.


20 posted on 06/17/2012 9:00:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: hinckley buzzard
A peculiar way of describing an entire book.

I figured it meant "heavy," as a tome. However, it's just the opposite at less than 100 shortish pages of text, hence the claim.

Free Preview, which includes the first chapter.

21 posted on 06/17/2012 9:03:16 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

Right now the Senators propose the nominations..and the GOP
Pres goes along with too many liberal appointments. This should stop. Nowhere does it say that the Senate appoints judges..they just confirm and if we have a majority..make them all conservative.


22 posted on 06/17/2012 9:24:38 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Clintonfatigued; Lurking Libertarian; JDW11235; Clairity; TheOldLady; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; ..
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

23 posted on 06/17/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What about Souter?


24 posted on 06/17/2012 10:02:26 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Warren Rudman, then the Senator from New Hampshire, tricked John Sununu into promoting him to George Bush. Republicans now do a better job of vetting judicial nominees then they used to.


25 posted on 06/17/2012 10:05:29 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Oldexpat
they just confirm and if we have a majority..make them all conservative.

"A President is entitled to his appointments."
Orin Hatch.

Hard to imagine how we go to this point, right?</sarcasm>

26 posted on 06/17/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
... Reagan was especially systematic and successful in appointing judges who would not surprise him, and his successors have emulated him.

Whoever said that has a short memory, unless Bush the Elder really meant to appoint a far-left David Souter to SCOTUS. My only hope, and it's scarcely more than a hope, is that a President Romney will break with his Massachusetts history of appointing far-leftists as Judges.

27 posted on 06/17/2012 10:09:26 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I don’t buy the ‘tricked’ argument at all.

But still, he is a liberal who was named by a Republican post-Reagan.

I also don’t see how Will can both claim that Kennedy is a conservative and not somehow have a secure conservative majority as it is. Answer: Kennedy’s a moderate and so we’ve a swing court that leans a tad conservative.


28 posted on 06/17/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: myself6

If the Congress is politically configured similar to the Mass leg-
islature then you may have a point. But the US Senate is not as
completely dominated by libs as is the Mass legislature so Romney,
as president, has some leeway and a degree of exposure to con-
servative pressure when it comes to the appointment of judges.


29 posted on 06/17/2012 10:18:32 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: 9YearLurker

That is true, but it’s more complicated than that. Many call Sandra Day O’Connor a mushy moderate, but that overstates her alleged liberalism. It’s true that her record on human life and affirmative action was dissapointing, but she was great on property rights. Anthony Kennedy is pretty good though not stellar on human life issues, but he’s more trusting of government on property rights.

One of the reasons that George W. Bush choise John Roberts as Chief Justice is that Anthony Kennedy was known to think highly of him.


30 posted on 06/17/2012 10:22:46 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He knows that if he’s elected President, appointing liberals guarantees he won’t be nominated for a second term.

He won't appoint open liberals. He'll appoint judges that appear conservative that will ultimately uphold Roe and force gay marriage on the nation. The last thing Romney wants is to deal with condemnation of having been the President that appointed a judge that overturned Roe.

Worse, his election will prompt Kennedy or Scalia to retire when the otherwise would have waited until after Obama was out of of office to do so.

31 posted on 06/17/2012 11:07:53 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Clintonfatigued

George Will is in love with his thesaurus.

Will took a decidedly leftward slant several years ago. IMO, he is one of the poster childs for waht is wrong with conservatives in this country - They won’t come right out and be clear and plain with their position and defense of conservatism.


32 posted on 06/17/2012 11:08:33 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: EagleUSA
[The main reason to vote for Romney presently, is to get rid of Obama. Priority one.]

I hear that. Romney is more a politician than an ideologue. A conservative Congress can lead Romney by the nose the way Newt Gingrich led Bill Clinton by the nose.

33 posted on 06/17/2012 1:26:15 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Gaffer
George Will can suck it. I don’t read anything he writes any more...he is a token conservative mired in the suckupness of the ITB media whores.

You are free to do as you please -- even if it is stupid.

34 posted on 06/17/2012 3:58:50 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; BuckeyeTexan; wagglebee; Impy; Sun; Norman Bates; unkus

That’s about the best way to phrase it.

For the 1,435,979 time I say this, here, there and everywhere: We can survive Glove; we CANNOT survive four more years of Obama, period.


35 posted on 06/17/2012 5:11:59 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

We can survive Glove; we CANNOT survive four more years of Obama, period.


That’s right.

The thought of Obama being re-elected should be terrifying to everyone. But it’s not and that’s just as scary.


36 posted on 06/17/2012 6:03:05 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

“The thought of Obama being re-elected should be terrifying to everyone. But it’s not and that’s just as scary.”

And how!!!


37 posted on 06/17/2012 6:07:50 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: EagleUSA
if you don’t get rid of Obama, nothing else matters.

Incorrect.

What matters more, is making sure we elect 68 Republican conservative senators who can be counted on to convict and remove Obama from office. If you have the 68 senators, you don't need the White House, because neither Obama nor Biden will be able to get homosexual socialist judges confirmed to the Supreme Court bench, or LOST and the ICC treason-treaties ratified.

You don't need Romney in office to do that.......

But if Romney IS the President, how do you defend against his appointment of a homosexual socialist, or his advocacy of NWO treaties and abrogations of US sovereignty? With a NWO enemy politician in the White House and the titular, de facto leadership of the Republican Party, how much harder does the task of Tea Party Caucus and conservative Republicans become, to defend the nation against NWO Romney-ism?

38 posted on 06/17/2012 11:55:49 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: GOPsterinMA; unkus
We can survive Glove;.....

You may be wrong. See my last.

We are on the horns of a dilemma: the White House is being contested by two of our greatest living enemies. One is the creature of George Soros and the NWO; the other is the creature of Manor Bush, the RNC, and the NWO.

See the problem?

39 posted on 06/18/2012 12:01:25 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: GOPsterinMA; unkus; EagleUSA
Here is an example of what I am talking about, when I talk about "Romney-ism":

"Romney Screws Pooch on Immigration"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2895880/posts

The lesson here, is that Romney didn't "make a mistake" or "misunderstand" or "screw the pooch".

Romney's position is the same as Obama's -- but he won't admit it, and so we get stories like this instead, while other Republicans flail around looking for an "explanation" involving a "mistake". Ain't no mistake, kids -- this is Romney NWO-ism in action.

One-hundred-and-forty-proof Romney, straight and uncut.

And you want to buy four years of this? Maybe eight? With this guy as the Leader of your party, defending you against the Hillary! and Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle and all the Bloombergs and Sharptons and "Moonbeam" Browns?

40 posted on 06/18/2012 12:27:13 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Clintonfatigued
Warren Rudman, then the Senator from New Hampshire....

Why did Rudman do that? I've heard/read that he did, but I've never heard of a motive.

Was Rudman gay? Did want to injure Sununu's influence, or his rep? Bush's?

41 posted on 06/18/2012 12:30:57 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

If you look at the history of just about everyone you hurl these accusations at, you see a history of boosting that looks something like: Sarah Palin / Herman Cain / Allan West / Rick Perry / Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum in either order. All of whom have more conservative bents than Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney, very true, has a chicken side and it shows here. Mitt should stand to learn to say the U word: Unconstitutional. (If he’s the great Mormon Redeemer of America, as I’ve heard it told, he’s supposed to correct America’s straying from the Constitution. So it seems really weird that the LDS hasn’t briefed him on this issue.) Anyhow, Obama isn’t chicken, he’s doing this to be nervy. And also, what happened to the GOP non chickens? Demand for them was diluted to death in struggles among a herd of cats, in a typically underwhelming primary turnout.


42 posted on 06/18/2012 12:45:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: GOPsterinMA; unkus; EagleUSA
From a newer FR thread:

"Romney won't say he'll overturn immigration order"

AP ^ | Sunday June 17, 2012

BRUNSWICK, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney is refusing to say that he would overturn President Barack Obama's new policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

The Republican presidential candidate tells CBS” ”Face the Nation” that if he’s president, Obama’s executive order “would be overtaken by events … by virtue of my putting in place a long-term solution.”

Romney was asked three times in the interview if he would overturn Obama’s order, but he didn’t directly answer the question. Instead, he said would work to pass a law to help those young people who were “brought in by their parents through no fault of their own.” Romney said he doesn’t know why Obama “feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go.”

The candidate’s comments represent a further softening of his rhetoric on immigration since the GOP primary campaign ended.

It's getting deep quick, guys.

43 posted on 06/18/2012 12:49:37 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Clintonfatigued

Mr. RomneyCARE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF MAINLY NOMINATING
ONLY DNC JUDGES.

Why does no one in the GOPe care?

answer: BECAUSE THEY ARE DEMOCRATS.


44 posted on 06/18/2012 3:19:29 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 9YearLurker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Rudman#Senate_career


45 posted on 06/18/2012 4:09:51 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Lady Lucky

It certainly isn’t something I see every day, but observe definition #6:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lapidary?s=t

But I would not elevate Will’s essay to that height. For example, he’s advocating our allowing “activist judges,” and he lays calls for “judicial restraint” at the feet of Conservatives, but that talking point comes from the left.


46 posted on 06/18/2012 4:26:59 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Clintonfatigued

At this point in time, the Federal Courts are occupied principally with the successful expansion of central, Federal government, and the limitation of state government and state’s rights. Regardless of the President, or ostensible party affiliation.

It’s only a difference in the matter of degree.


47 posted on 06/18/2012 4:41:27 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“I don’t like Mitt Romney, but he’s our only chance at overturning Roe vs. Wade, among other things.”

And you base this upon what?


48 posted on 06/18/2012 5:29:51 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: Innovative

“BINGO!!! If only people would realize this...”

I’m waiting for you ABO folks to realize that both candidates are leftists.


49 posted on 06/18/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: GOPsterinMA

“For the 1,435,979 time I say this, here, there and everywhere: We can survive Glove; we CANNOT survive four more years of Obama, period.”

This country survived Woodrow Wilson (far worse IMO that Obama) and a Great Depression. Give this country some credit wouldja?

We’ll survive whomever wins the presidency. Please stop fear-mongering.


50 posted on 06/18/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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