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Politics is the art of the possible.
Aug 17, 2012 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 08/17/2012 3:16:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

I've often heard the elites waving away conservatism by wisely exclaiming, "Politics is the art of the possible."

So what is art?

art

Noun:

1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.

2. Works produced by such skill and imagination.

Art is just a word for imaginative creation. In other words, politics is all about the creation of an image. And creation in this sense, means enhancement. Accentuate the positives. Eliminate the negatives. Shade the truth. Lie by omission. Illusion. Fiction. Fantasy.

Conservatism is about TRUTH. But all truth is lost in the art of politics when said art entails trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

And man, oh, man are we seeing that in spades today. They've taken a liberal progressive Reagan-hater and have built him up to be the ultimate conservative savior. More conservative than Reagan himself. But, unfortunately, it's all based on art. Ultimately the truth will out. It always does. Now Reagan had his flaws but he was no pig's ear. He was a liberty loving conservative from the git go. Some spit and polish is always necessary to make an image really shine, but they've had to build the new Romney from the ground floor up. Hell, they had to dig him up from beneath the ground first.

Myth Romney is just such a work of art. And that's the truth.

The other side lies a lot, but they do not try to hide the fact that Obama is a spread the wealth around Marxist. Or a gun grabbing, abortionist, homosexualist, global warming advocating, amnesty pushing, big government Keynesian socialist/statist. Just like Romney (based on his actual record and previous boasts).

Any truly conservative Republican candidate would already have this thing in the bag. It should've been a slam dunk Reaganesque landslide with all liberty loving Republicans, independents and grassroots conservatives turning out enmasse to rid the world of the usurping communist wannabe dictator. But Romney was languishing in the weeds. Why? Because the world knows it's all a lie. The proof will be as the polls begin registering the introduction of the conservative Ryan and they get an uptick. Just as Palin pulled in the conservatives for the RINO McCain, Ryan will pull in many conservatives for Romney. But the GOP-e is still sweating bullets that it won't be enough.

Perhaps we should all be praying that Karl Rove, the GOP-e & Co., have created a masterpiece. In fact, we must pray they've created a miracle. Unfortunately, only God does miracles. And, according to His Word, God is pro-life and pro-marriage and has a long memory.


TOPICS: FReeper Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; rinoromney; romney; romney4rinos; teofrawk

1 posted on 08/17/2012 3:16:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

The GOP-e has co opted the possibility of a real conservative thinker in matching Ryan with Romney. Romney may wind up ruining the possibility that Ryan would eventually be a conservative standard bearer.

Time will tell and we’ll be watching carefully no doubt.


2 posted on 08/17/2012 3:24:34 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Jim Robinson
Steely Tom's definition of Art:

"Art is what you do with a system's excess degrees of freedom."

3 posted on 08/17/2012 3:24:44 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Jim Robinson

America needs a vocal, VERY loud Conservative to
speak up CONSERVATIVE principles every single day.
Today. Yesterday. Tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Mr. ROmneyCARE HIDES.

Fast and Furious - he hides.
Congress increasing the budget again - he hides
DOJ erasing “equal justice under the law” - he hides
Congress failing to defund RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE - duh
Obama’s lack of documentation - he slides and protects
Obama, and in return Mr. RomneyCARE’s taxes are now the
“issue”.

EVERY SINGLE ISSUE OF CONSERVATIVES IS MOOT with MITT.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 3:26:22 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."- Mark Twain)
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To: Steely Tom

There are no excesses in freedom.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 3:28:02 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
It's your house, Jim, and your rules. I share many of your reservations, and I supported Rick Perry, Hermain Cain and Newt Gingrich in order before Romney won the nomination. But now that it's down to just Romney and Obama, I am wholeheartedly in Romney's corner for this race. Paul Ryan adds excitement since he shares more of my Conservative views, but I'd still crawl on broken glass to elect Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.

Thanks for tolerating me for the past 15 years!

6 posted on 08/17/2012 3:28:57 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: atc23

“Romney may wind up ruining the possibility that Ryan would eventually be a conservative standard bearer.”

I don’t think so. He won’t get torn to shreds like Palin was.


7 posted on 08/17/2012 3:30:32 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Always A Marine

“Paul Ryan adds excitement since he shares more of my Conservative views, but I’d still crawl on broken glass to elect Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.”

Amen, Brother!


9 posted on 08/17/2012 3:33:29 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: Tzar

” but I’d still crawl on broken glass to elect Mitt Romney over Barack Obama. “

Dedicated to the proposition that a Liberal Statist with an ‘R’ on his jersey is somehow superior to a Liberal Statist with a ‘D’....


10 posted on 08/17/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Tzar
They are trying to make Ryan look like an airhead by focusing on his looks and fitness.

You are right, it won't work on a man. In 2008, it was meant to push women away from Palin. Cattiness factor.

Ryan is a fit guy, which is appealing to men who admire the discipline, and women who admire the results.

13 posted on 08/17/2012 3:41:59 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Jim Robinson
"...God is pro-life and pro-marriage and has a long memory."

Yes! He sure nuked Sodom and Gomorah and that was after he wiped out the whole earth because man's thoughts had become continually evil!!!

"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the son of man." (Genisis) (Bible, for all you "freedom FROM religion types that are undoubtedly lurking)

By the way... That's pro- (HETRO) marriage. When he said "be fruitful and multiply he wasn't talking about populating the planet with preeverts!!!

14 posted on 08/17/2012 3:47:14 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Government it'self is the REAL "Free Rider!" Obamacare will create burdensome "Free Riding!!!")
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To: Jim Robinson
There are no excesses in freedom.

I'm not sure.

Satan sought freedom from the supremacy of his maker.

One can't have too much freedom from the agenda of government and the flawed humans who make it operate, that I agree with.

I was using the term "degrees of freedom" in its engineering sense. I was, perhaps, too coy.

15 posted on 08/17/2012 3:49:28 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I find it both amazing and disgusting how Romney trashed and slashed his conservative rivals during the primary season, but named his conservative VP before the convention to stave off any floor fight and also to try to win "his election" on Paul Ryan's back.

Of course, nobody ever votes for the VP.



16 posted on 08/17/2012 3:52:32 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Uncle Ike; Tzar
Dedicated to the proposition that a Liberal Statist with an ‘R’ on his jersey is somehow superior to a Liberal Statist with a ‘D’....

Who knew that Robin was a liberal statist?

17 posted on 08/17/2012 3:55:25 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Jim Robinson
It should've been a slam dunk Reaganesque landslide with all liberty loving Republicans, independents and grassroots conservatives turning out enmasse to rid the world of the usurping communist wannabe dictator.

Well even 1980 was touch and go this far out from election day. Reagan was polling very close to Carter right up to the last week before the election. It looked like a dead heat, much like this 2012 election does now. Romney may yet win by a large "Reaganesque liberty loving landslide". We just don't know yet. And if Willard pulls it off it might be even more amazing than what Reagan did considering the demographic changes this country has seen.

But Romney was languishing in the weeds. Why? Because the world knows it's all a lie

Huh? Is this some kind of conspiracy theory? The world knows what's a lie?

We lost in the primaries Jim. Face the fact that the conservatives in the race just weren't very strong. Romney won because our preferred candidates were lackluster. Period. I'm not happy about it either, but folks just gotta get over it. Romney is what we've got and he is a heck of a lot better than Obama. Since when do we have some expectation that our general election candidate is going to be anything impressive anyway? In most of our lifetimes ONLY Ronald Reagan was worth truly getting excited about - and even he didn't cut government at all or follow through on many of the conservative policies many hoped for.

18 posted on 08/17/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

The image of Romney as a conservative is a lie.

Here’s Romney the liberal progressive in his own words:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQoBxZZPqU&feature=player_embedded


20 posted on 08/17/2012 4:03:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
God may strike Romney down for all the reasons you state. However, that is God's decision and business, not mine. My business is to help save the USA for a little while longer and Romney will do much less harm than Obama.

So count me with all those RINOs like Palin, Gingrich, Cheney, West, Coulter, etc who have endorsed Romney for the sake of our future.

21 posted on 08/17/2012 4:04:02 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Any truly conservative Republican candidate would already have this thing in the bag.”

There were too many “truly conservative Republicans” entered in the primaries, and in hindsight that wasn’t smart, or effective.

But those candidates individually decided to enter, not some mysterious “gop-e” power in the sky.

If conservatives expect to do better next time, they must do better at the basics of politics; namely strategy, tactics, fundraising, policy positions, persuading voters.

But meanwhile, this game is underway, with the two teams and players now on the field.


22 posted on 08/17/2012 4:04:35 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

No, the GOP-e decided early on which GOP-e puppet to push (Romney) and which to torpedo (all the others). And FOX News was only too happy to help push the big lie.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 4:17:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Longbow1969
In most of our lifetimes ONLY Ronald Reagan was worth truly getting excited about

The nomination of Ronald Reagan was a moment of change for millions of Americans as they embraced his conservatism and flocked to the Reagan party

It led Mitt Romney to leave the party and drop his republican registration that year, a dozen years later, Mitt Romney was running for office on his anti-Reaganism.

Now Romney is the republican presidential candidate that has spent 5 years creating the myth, in statement after statement, on TV and on radio, and in interviews, that just like himself, Reagan was "adamantly pro-choice", a rewrite of truth and history, reminiscent of the Soviet Union

24 posted on 08/17/2012 4:26:14 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: truth_seeker
There is one team, two players, both to the left of Ted Kennedy.


25 posted on 08/17/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."- Mark Twain)
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To: Longbow1969

“We lost in the primaries Jim. Face the fact that the conservatives in the race just weren’t very strong. Romney won because our preferred candidates were lackluster. Period. I’m not happy about it either, but folks just gotta get over it. Romney is what we’ve got and he is a heck of a lot better than Obama. Since when do we have some expectation that our general election candidate is going to be anything impressive anyway? In most of our lifetimes ONLY Ronald Reagan was worth truly getting excited about - and even he didn’t cut government at all or follow through on many of the conservative policies many hoped for. “


Our candidates lost due to a combination of many different problems. Number one, Mitt Romney had a lot of money to promote his lies. I recall that quite a few of the States Mittens won early on were actually the ones with the least voter participating than their average. In those he lost early on, voter participation was above the average. Mittens literally demoralized conservatives into staying home, leaving a minority that voted for him on the basis of his having a Presidential chin. Number two, Mittens had the support of the GOPe, especially on Bloody Thursday aided and abetted by Matt Drudge and so called “Republicans” releasing lies about Newt Gingrich’s personal character. This happened after Newt won big in Georgia. Number three, Rick Santorum was also running highly negative ads going after Newt’s character, while also running on the “God loves me better” and “I’m above it all” platform. Conservatives, therefore, were highly divided. Number four, Open Primaries early on tilted the early momentum to Mitt Romney’s favor, whereas conservative states like Texas didn’t even have a chance to vote for the nominee. Well, we did, but it didn’t matter at that point since they had all dropped out.

Whatever the case, to pretend that Mittens won it because he was the better candidate is absurd. He simply had the most money and he lied the most. He was the better liar, and the lucky usurper, but nothing more than that.


26 posted on 08/17/2012 4:42:39 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Tzar

“They are trying to make Ryan look like an airhead by focusing on his looks and fitness. Fortunately, he is a man so it might not work like it did against Palin. Yay, sexist liberals!”


I think Ryan is an air-head. I’ve read quite a few analysis of his budget plan over the past week or so, which I had never bothered to do before. There is an article I posted early this morning from Karl Denninger’s Market Ticker that really lays it out. I think we’re experiencing one fraud after another in this election.

I think Myth Gimmick found himself a nice Gimmicky soft-conservative, which is why he was comfortable with choosing him in the first place, when this same guy (Myth) felt it necessary to try to destroy Sarah Palin’s career. That’s another thing I do not like about setting up Paul Ryan for the Presidency later on. I don’t think conservatives actually know who he is. Just who they hope he is. Same thing happens quite often. I call it the Colin Powell effect.


27 posted on 08/17/2012 4:48:11 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: AmusedBystander

“God may strike Romney down for all the reasons you state. However, that is God’s decision and business, not mine. My business is to help save the USA for a little while longer and Romney will do much less harm than Obama.
So count me with all those RINOs like Palin, Gingrich, Cheney, West, Coulter, etc who have endorsed Romney for the sake of our future.”


I think it’s actually already toolate. I suspect a financial collapse is coming very soon, and neither party has any plans for it. Mittens will likely manage to get himself blamed for it by virtue of being the warm body in the oval office. Conservatives, meanwhile, will not be talking about the solutions either since they’ll be too busy playing defense for their Progressive masters. We’re looking at the slow and steady decline of the United States, with lots of people hoping and praying for things that will never be. Mitt Romney can lie and steal for his Presidency all he wants, and you guys can cheer and turn your heads when he does it, but the end solution is the same.

I think the country is under divine judgment, and that is why we have the “choice” of leaders that we do. Both Mittens and Obama represent us very well. They are shallow, self-righteous, deceitful beyond measure, selling us out but marketing it the way we like it. They represent the spiritual condition of the country as a whole.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 4:55:40 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Jim Robinson

Bump for later!


30 posted on 08/17/2012 5:01:35 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Longbow1969

Obama the constitution ignoring, America-hating, communist wannabe dictator is infinitely worse than Carter. At least Carter was an American and he served his country. Obama is complete and utter Islamic world evil. I repeat, ANY conservative Republican would already have the full support of EVERY liberty loving American!!


31 posted on 08/17/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Tzar
"They are trying to make Ryan look like an airhead by focusing on his looks and fitness."

If you look at what the press did to Palin, Bush 43, and Quayle, they turned a speaking style into an IQ test. None of these candidates was dumb. They simply had speaking styles that could be portrayed as such with effective editing. Palin was, in my view the hardest to do this with. She had quick, witty answers. They turned this, along with her slight accent into a negative.

It will be harder, in my opinion, to do this with Ryan. He has an eager, almost boy scout image, and also is very informed on critical issues. It's hard to make that something that will turn voters off.

32 posted on 08/17/2012 5:42:53 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Jim Robinson
Like knuckle balls, politics and history tend to move in erratic and unpredictable ways. We may take heart though that Romney unexpectedly picked a conservative for his running mate and embraced the fundamentals of his plan for Medicare reform.

If Romney and Ryan win and GOP House and Senate candidates do well, they will have a mandate for entitlement reform and the political capacity to carry it out. Add in tax reform and rate cuts, regulatory reform, the development of domestic oil and gas resources, more assertive foreign and defense policies, and an economic recovery, and the Romney administration will look an awful lot like a return of the Reagan years.

Moreover, unlike the Reagan era, there will be a Republican Congress with a VP heir apparent who is even more conservative than the President. I am not an optimist by nature, but I am full of hope these days.

33 posted on 08/17/2012 5:56:27 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, you are sick. You are Jim Jones sick. The fact that you have a handful of slobbering syncophants puts emphasis on that fact. I've observed this for about a decade, and for a time, I believed you were providing a service to your adherents, but after years of reading and occasional posting, I have come to realize the similarities between you and other cult leaders.
34 posted on 08/17/2012 6:32:55 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: billhilly

Well, thank you very much. May I have another, sir.


35 posted on 08/17/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Rockingham

Well, knuckle ball, spit ball or in your ear ball, I’m still not going to vote for an abortionist/homosexualist statist and all that liberal progressivism entails. Thanks anyway.

We are the resistance!!


36 posted on 08/17/2012 6:39:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Well, thank you very much. May I have another, sir.”

Well, hey, Jim, you just gotta love a cult leader that has a sense of humor. Right?


37 posted on 08/17/2012 9:40:02 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: Jim Robinson

Strategically, given our limited choices, I think the best approach is to elect the abortionist/homosexualist statist — and then make him pull our cart, including on the social issues. Romney is unprincipled enough that I think he can be turned into a serviceable draft horse if we keep a close watch and our political whips at the ready.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 10:42:48 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Jim Robinson

Principles and values and morals are not disposable and to be simply tossed aside when inconvenient. Either one has them or they don’t. To say one thing and do another is hypocrisy no matter how it is rationalized.


39 posted on 08/17/2012 10:59:55 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Jim Robinson

The opposite of an elitist is a populist.

Reagan was a POPULIST.

I do not blame Reagan for being a populist.

Harry Truman was the son of mule trader and even though he was a bean counter for the Pendergast machine , he was a populist which made him a better man than that elitist snob Thomas Dewey.

When Reagan voted for Truman and not Dewey, he got it right and Reagan was an Eisenhower Democrat and did not vote for that elitist snob Adlai Stevenson, Reagan got it right again.

Reagan was a UNITER because there were a large group of voters who were proud to call themselves Reagan Democrats.

There were no Daddy Bush Democrats.

There were no Bwilly Clinton Republicans.

There were no Jethro Bodine Bush Democrats.

There are no Barry Hussein Obama Republicans.

And there will be no Mittens Romney Democrats.

Reagan was a populist and he could unite parties and ideologies.

Ivy League clowns like those guys name George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barry Obama are elitists to their very core.

Ronald Reagan was a Midwesterner who graduated from Eureka College and Harry Truman never graduated from college but both were populists who never cowtowed to the Rockefeller Republican elite or in Truman’s case the Roosevelt socialist elite.

Conservative and liberal are terms of art used by the propagandists on those cable news channels like PMSNBC and Faux News.

Populism is for real and all the populists showed up at Chick-fil-A last week to support the First Amendment Freedom to Freedom of Speech.


40 posted on 08/17/2012 11:18:44 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: All; Jim Robinson
* No Tears, No Excuses and No Votes for Myth-Rom! *


And in 1964 another guy named Romney stomped off stage and refused to endorse or support the nominee.

8 posted on August 14, 2012 by cripplecreek


Boehner has no intention of holding Romney's feet to the fire (should he walk out of the Convention as the nominee, and if he wins the election).

He's much beholden to Romney for making this effort to get Ryan out the way!

When Romney's current and former staffers and close friends get done with Ryan, he'll be a gelded Vice President as well.

It's the same old same old with the GOP-e. They must be purged NOW ~ not later!

32 Aug 14, 2012 by muawiyah (Since 1998)



Support a FReeper for President - TOM HOEFLING aka EternalVigilance @Post #83

Defending Life within the Boundaries of the Constitution

41 posted on 08/18/2012 12:06:37 AM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: All

Support a FReeper for President - TOM HOEFLING aka EternalVigilance @Post #83

42 posted on 08/18/2012 12:08:03 AM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: billhilly

43 posted on 08/18/2012 1:20:27 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: billhilly
Do you work for Soros? or just Obama?

"3 of every 4 Americans DO NOT WANT ROmneyCARE or ObamaCARE."


44 posted on 08/18/2012 3:36:07 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."- Mark Twain)
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