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Palin says what farmers need is to be left alone
The Tri-State Neighbor ^ | August 15, 2013 | Barry Amundson

Posted on 08/15/2013 11:25:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Five years after running for vice president on the Republican ticket with U.S. Sen. John McCain, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin showed she still has a following as she heaped praise on the people of the Upper Midwest at the ninth annual Ag PhD Field Day at the Hefty farms near Baltic.

With more than 5,000 people listening to her talks at two different locations on the farm July 25, Palin got the biggest applause when she said, “I would argue what farmers need most is for politicians to butt out and just leave them alone.”

Palin, who is said to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Alaska next year, said the farm bill is a good example as it’s loaded with 1930s-era relics and would churn out more regulations for farmers.

“The problem is a big, arrogant government,” she said, “when government is in every aspect of your life and in your business and collecting so much data on you.”

“It’s a bloated, out-of-control government, and it’s not just a Republican or Democrat thing, but big, stupid government making our life harder, not easier.”

She talked about an Illinois farmer who told President Obama that he preferred starting his day in a tractor or combine cab rather than filling out forms or applications for permits.

She said Brian and Darren Hefty talk about the “weed of the week” in their television and radio programming, and she suggested that Washington, D.C., should employ a reformer who would find a government program or bureaucrat that isn’t needed and call it the “weed of the week.”

She also got a big laugh and applause when she said she rather would be governed by the South Dakota Farm Bureau than “the bunch we have in Washington, D.C., right now.”

Palin, who was accompanied by her daughter, Piper, to the event, said farming has been called the “profession of hope.”

“That’s what I see when I visit. I see optimistic, good, hard-working and patriotic Americans who believe the tomorrows are better than today.

“I think that’s what our farmers give us. It’s the real hope, not this hopey-changey thing we hear from Washington.”

Palin said the “elitists on both coasts” call this area “flyover country.” However, she said, she thinks of it instead as the heartland and the salt of the Earth.

Using food metaphors, she likened this region’s people to the beef patties inside a Big Mac or the good, creamy filling in the middle of an Oreo cookie. “You’re the meat and the sweet stuff.”

She said she hasn’t been at many ag appreciation events over the years. In fact, the last time was at the Alaska State Fair when her cell phone rang with a number she didn’t recognize after her visit to the ag tent.

She went to a nearby tent at the fair, and it was McCain asking her whether she wanted to be his running mate.

With her husband working far away at Prudhoe Bay, her Down syndrome son Trigg only 15 weeks old, a son overseas in the military and a daughter who had just told her she was pregnant, Palin said, “Yeah, I have nothing else going on. Sure, why not?”

“Well, it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Palin said about the election. “But I guess things turn out the way they are supposed to be.”

She spends most of her time in Alaska now, and she said that although fisheries, gas, oil and minerals are the main industries, Alaska has a vibrant agriculture industry.

She mentioned in particular the cold-weather vegetables that grow to huge sizes in the land of the midnight sun during the summer months.

She said Alaska holds the world record cabbage at 127 pounds. She also mentioned that state residents have grown a 96-pound kohlrabi, 82-pound rutabaga, 42-pound beet, 39-pound turnip, 35-pound broccoli and 18.9-pound carrot.

“That’s the size of a salmon,” she said of the carrot.

“We grow ’em big, but of course it’s nothing like you all produce for the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

Although farming is changing with all of the technology, she said what hasn’t changed is the American farmer.

“You not only feed America, but you are what has helped make America so special, so exceptional. You helped build America.”

In all, an estimated 6,500 people from 30 states, including a busload from Pennsylvania, attended the field day, the largest such event in the U.S. and the largest for the Hefty family since it started the event.

Darren Hefty said that Palin’s appearance wasn’t meant to be political, but with less than 1 percent of the U.S. population involved in farming, it was a chance to talk about ag issues with an influential person.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a Democrat, was the main speaker last year.

“She was certainly a draw,” Hefty said. “We wanted her to speak to farmers about how their voices could be heard more effectively in Washington. I thought she delivered a good message about the importance of agriculture to our country and how farmers are viewed in a positive light by the general population.

“It was just an encouraging message that what we are doing is being seen by most people and we just need to unify our voice and speak to our legislators.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: agriculture; palin

1 posted on 08/15/2013 11:25:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If she had it to do over, knowing what she knows about McCain now, there is no way she would sign on as his running mate.

NO.WAY.


2 posted on 08/15/2013 11:34:38 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." - Glenn Beck)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s time to transfer the forest service to another department and eliminate the rest of the Department of Agriculture.


3 posted on 08/15/2013 11:35:25 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can’t imagine what Wesley Clark had to say to the farmers that was the least bit pertinent.

Sarah on the other hand is a kindred spirit.


4 posted on 08/15/2013 11:37:35 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: txrangerette; sickoflibs

Really? It made her a household name.

She campaigned for his reelection. And she’s still praising his ass, she did it just the another day.

No sale.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 11:38:53 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Did you think I was trying to sell something?

Wrong.

And I’m talking the political McCain, on the issues and on caving to liberals, that she would not run with today, not some personal comments she might make, silly.


6 posted on 08/16/2013 12:38:31 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

Lord, I admire this woman. And though she will never be forgotten as helping McLame win his seat over J. D. Hayworth, I’ve prayed that one day it will be possible to forgive her. Time passing helps, but it still hurts a bit.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 12:55:38 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Urban Farming in Tokyo
8 posted on 08/16/2013 12:59:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: V K Lee

She DID NOT help McCain win his seat over Hayworth.

Quit the Urban Myth Stuff. She showed up at ONE McCain Fundraiser. Hayworth was not up to the task. Geez...

Ever heard the old saying, you leave with the one that brung you? If McCain never picked her as his V.P., she would be just one of many Republican Governors.

What’s next, she’s a quitter?

Palin / Cruz 2016. Sounds good to me.


9 posted on 08/16/2013 1:17:52 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
"Palin / Cruz 2016. Sounds good to me."

Ditto.

;-\

10 posted on 08/16/2013 2:51:34 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: txrangerette

I think Palin is right. We need to get the government out of farming entirely. The free market will provide all the regulation farming needs. Do away with farm subsidies with its distortions, its corruption of market forces, and its paperwork and productivity will soar.


11 posted on 08/16/2013 3:04:51 AM PDT by paristexas
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To: paristexas

Farm subsidies are nothing more than “Vote” buyers.


12 posted on 08/16/2013 3:17:58 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: paristexas

Farm subsidies are nothing more than “Vote” buyers.


13 posted on 08/16/2013 3:17:58 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Kickass Conservative
My choice remains PALIN/BOLTON!
14 posted on 08/16/2013 3:26:16 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Progov
Farm subsidies are nothing more than “Vote” buyers.

Yup. You can't speak out against crony capitalism and yet remain silent on the topic farm subsidies unless you're a hypocrite.

15 posted on 08/16/2013 3:29:50 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She talked about an Illinois farmer who told President Obama that he preferred starting his day in a tractor or combine cab rather than filling out forms or applications for permits.

Permits for what?

16 posted on 08/16/2013 3:45:26 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Impy
It’s time to transfer the forest service to another department and eliminate the rest of the Department of Agriculture.

What about food inspectors?

17 posted on 08/16/2013 3:48:16 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: 0.E.O
Permits for what?

Permits to purchase, store and apply pesticides, for one thing. Many of them require a federal permit to even purchase.

I imagine the same now goes for some fertilizers (e.g., ammonium nitrate).

Federal permits to draw irrigation water from a nearby creek or river would be another one. Or to place a culvert in a drainage.

One year when I was running a pecan orchard, I counted a total of 72 federal permits or reports that I was required to complete.

18 posted on 08/16/2013 4:01:42 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: txrangerette; Impy; stephenjohnbanker
RE :”If she had it to do over, knowing what she knows about McCain now, there is no way she would sign on as his running mate.”

Really, she really hates him now, huh?

Governor Palin: I Respect Senator McCain’s Stance on Foreign Threats
, (Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 11 2013 | Steve Flesher )

19 posted on 08/16/2013 4:56:05 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs

She “hates him now, huh?”

Nope. Didn’t say that.

She disagrees with his political actions on just about every issue across the board. Tell me where her ideology lines up with McCain’s. She lines herself up with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, whom McCain hates and calls “wacko birds”.

It’s really simple, easy. She’s avoided confronting him on that, because he picked her and has said nice things about her. She can say something positive about his middle east efforts by cloaking her comments in words that are generically complimentary. Such as the words you cite.

It’s easy for people, such as those who worship at McCain’s military service and POW alter, to come up with bromides such as how he’s trying to help security in the ME. Like a bull in a China Closet, yeah, sure, he only makes things worse but, ya know, he’s trying, he cares, yada yada. I sound a bit like Rush but there it is.

I’m not talking about that stuff. I’m saying that the reign of terror McCain has gone on since being re-elected in AZ on issue after issue and on caving to the liberal enemy is the opposite of what Sarah Palin stands for with the tea party and her issue comments on Fox News.

I’m saying this McCain version and Sarah Palin could not be on a ticket together. The McCain who portrayed himself for years as a Ronald Reagan Conservative Republican - a misportrayal - though, she did get on board with.

The Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee-DESPISING John McCAIn, uh, NO. Sarah Palin could not, would not.

McCain has gone off the deep end. The very, very DEEPEST of ends. Any bromide she throws his way now comes by the hardest. Is the thinnest and tiniest of fig leafs. Nobody can cover up with McCain is now. And with McCain, not only is it clearly LEFTIST caving, it is some kind of personal crusade to make himself the center of everything, just like for Obama, it’s all about Obama.

He’s always done this. Just now, it’s more extreme and more troubling than ever. She has to be thanking her lucky stars McCain was never elected President of the United States. But will she dare hint at such, openly, of course not.

She’s still cowtowing to McCain, personally. But you tell me where she and McCain line up, they don’t. He expresses hatred for all that she expresses love for, politically. She’s not stupid, she knows that.

It’s for personal considerations, the political issues aside, that she pretends otherwise.


20 posted on 08/16/2013 5:29:25 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette
RE :”’s easy for people, such as those who worship at McCain’s military service and POW alter, to come up with bromides such as how he’s trying to help security in the ME. Like a bull in a China Closet, yeah, sure, he only makes things worse but, ya know, he’s trying, he cares, yada yada. I sound a bit like Rush but there it is.”

????

If he was in charge we would be trapped in a few more Iraqs and Afganistans, w him and his Robin Grahamnesty.

Neocons like them believe that the worlds problems will be solved if we just get third world nations poor uneducated losers to vote, even if they hate the USA.

21 posted on 08/16/2013 6:14:52 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: txrangerette
If she had it to do over, knowing what she knows about McCain now, there is no way she would sign on as his running mate. NO.WAY.

Even SP can make an error in judgement. But it did seem like an open-door opportunity for her at the time. Her star was on the ascendency anyway so now it seems she chose poorly.
22 posted on 08/16/2013 6:22:35 AM PDT by Resettozero (Daniel 6:4)
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To: txrangerette
She’s still kowtowing to McCain, personally.

I'd replace "kowtowing" with "being respectful to", but you're right. And like you, I don't have a problem with that. It's called good manners. It's something conservatives have, but many liberals are lacking.

Palin does oppose many of McCain's policies, and I'm sure she'll continue in that direction.

23 posted on 08/16/2013 7:15:32 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The headline I want to see:

Palin says what farmers Americans need is to be left alone

24 posted on 08/16/2013 7:27:08 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is not only “easy on the eyes” but brilliant as well. The total package! Farmers have said this for decades, but then the dayum subsidies started because production was waaaay too high—they over produced.


25 posted on 08/16/2013 8:58:52 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: txrangerette; sickoflibs; DoughtyOne

” She’s still cowtowing to McCain, personally.

It’s for personal considerations, the political issues aside, that she pretends otherwise.”

Well, that is certainly a great reason to support her......


26 posted on 08/16/2013 11:07:53 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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To: Impy; onyx; Bigtigermike; KC_Lion
"And she’s still praising his ass, she did it just the another day."

Would you have a link?

27 posted on 08/16/2013 12:31:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s already been posted in this thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3053689/posts

There you go.

Given what he’s doing with shamnesty I think it’s a horrible idea to give him praise on any issue especially out of thin air.


28 posted on 08/16/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kickass Conservative; V K Lee; sickoflibs
She DID NOT help McCain win his seat over Hayworth.

YES SHE DID!! She endorsed his ass.

Hayworth was not up to the task

BS. I'm sorry if it gives you cognitive dissonance but it's a fact, she helped him and that was unacceptable. She's not a perfect paragon, deal with it.

29 posted on 08/16/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: 0.E.O; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

I forgot about that, they can be transfered to HHS along with anything else that’s worthwhile and not just a conduit for farm pork. The National Agricultural Library for example.

I would like to really downsize the Cabinet. Too many departments and too much unconstitutional spending.


30 posted on 08/16/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Never said she was PERFECT, nobody is.

If you think Sarah caused the Primary Landslide Victory of McCain over Hayworth, think again. As I said, Sarah did one McCain Fundraiser before Hayworth even got into the Race.

She would have looked pretty petty not Endorsing the guy that brought her into the National Political limelight. I never said she didn’t endorse him BTW.


31 posted on 08/16/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: Kickass Conservative; V K Lee

You said she didn’t help him. You are splitting hairs to defend her.

She did help and that WAS NOT COOL and I would dispute you claim that made it so little difference McStain may well have have won anyway, or maybe not we can’t know, but she damn well had an impact in all of her endorsements. The man is scum. I didn’t say she had to campaign with Hayworth (though she should have) but she could have damn well stayed out of it.

There are much more important things than not looking “petty”. McStain USED HER. She owes him NOTHING.


32 posted on 08/16/2013 2:03:33 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: paristexas
government out of the economy completely except for tariffs on foreign imports and a 10% sales tax that's it no income taxes ,no agencies, no regs, no property taxes

just a few simple laws that uphold property rights, patents , contracts and let individual private owners settle any disputes in courts. just the constitution and not much esle

33 posted on 08/16/2013 3:47:39 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Impy

so if the race for president were

Sarah Palin vs Obama

or Sarah Palin vs Hilliary clinton

would you vote for Palin?

she could help the USA ,Obama and democrats will only further socialism and turn the USA into a large detroit


34 posted on 08/16/2013 3:50:31 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: 0.E.O

Permits for what?


I kid you not they even tell you when to scoop manure these days....................................


35 posted on 08/16/2013 3:58:02 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: Democrat_media

Don’t play games me with. Of course I’d vote for Palin or probably any Republican against Hillary or Osama. I voted for that piece of bilge McStain and that crapheel Romney after all.

I ask you what the hell the point of your stupid question was other to try to paint me as a democrat because I dared criticize a figure you admire. Childish nonsense.


36 posted on 08/16/2013 4:11:24 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Then you’re wrong. When his criticism of Mr. Obama is correct, you say so. Are you an Obot?


37 posted on 08/16/2013 5:38:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lame vet, lame.

No one asked her, she posted praise of McCain apropos of nothing. Why?

Honest to God, I am real tired of this. Say a single negative word about a certain person they idolize and some fool calls you a democrat. Grow up man.


38 posted on 08/16/2013 6:14:15 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kickass Conservative; Impy; V K Lee; stephenjohnbanker
RE:”She (Sarah) DID NOT help McCain win his seat over Hayworth.”

No?? HUMMMM

Palin at a McCain rally in AZ 2010 :”John the maverick spent his entire career fighting for common sense conservative solutions.... We are not the party of NO, we are the party of HELL NO”,
bringing wild cheers.
Palin: McCain's 'gonna win'(video March 2010 in Arizona rally)

Looks like common sense conservative Mccain got back with the party of 'YES Sir Mr President put it right in HERE, YES it feels good there..'

39 posted on 08/16/2013 8:04:52 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs

Well, there you go.


40 posted on 08/16/2013 8:47:29 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

RE :”Well, there you go”

I go??


41 posted on 08/16/2013 8:49:22 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Impy
Not ‘defending” anyone. Just stated the facts as I understood them.

If my facts are wrong, “refudiate” them.

One other thing. It seems that your Post in some way insinuates that I am a big McCain fan because I am not convinced that Sarah Palin put him over the top in beating Hayworth. Either way, Hayworth was a weak Candidate with some issues and the McCain Campaign beat him over the head with them. That being said, I have no doubt that Hayworth would have been a big plus for us in the Senate. McCain only disappoints at every opportunity. In other words, see my Tagline..

42 posted on 08/16/2013 9:01:51 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberal Democrats are Communists. RINO Republicans are Communist Sympathizers.)
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To: sickoflibs

Yes, there you go.

Just validating your Post. Everyone is entitled to their “opinion”, including me.


43 posted on 08/16/2013 9:03:50 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberal Democrats are Communists. RINO Republicans are Communist Sympathizers.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

No you are not.

Only I am entitled to my opinion LOL


44 posted on 08/16/2013 9:10:58 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs

Well, there you go. hahaha


45 posted on 08/16/2013 9:26:54 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberal Democrats are Communists. RINO Republicans are Communist Sympathizers.)
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