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Sowell: The 'Fairness' Fraud
Creators Syndicate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 02/24/2014 10:28:43 AM PST by jazusamo

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.

That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society."

When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't become doctors or scientists nearly as often as the sons of Ph.D.s, that is taken as a sign that American society is not "fair."

If equal probabilities of achieving some goal is your definition of fairness, then we should all get together — people of every race, color, creed, national origin, political ideology and sexual preference — and stipulate that life has never been fair, anywhere or any time in all the millennia of recorded history.

Then we can begin at last to talk sense.

I know that I never had an equal chance to become a great ballet dancer like Rudolph Nureyev. The thought of becoming a ballet dancer never once crossed my mind in all the years when I was growing up in Harlem. I suspect that the same thought never crossed the minds of most of the guys growing up on New York's lower east side.

Does that mean that there were unfair barriers keeping us from following in the footsteps of Rudolph Nureyev?

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1 posted on 02/24/2014 10:28:43 AM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 02/24/2014 10:29:50 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I’m ‘upwardly mobile’ but someone keeps lengthening the ladder....................


3 posted on 02/24/2014 10:32:23 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: jazusamo

At least Sowell took a break from bashing Ted Cruz to write this article.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 10:34:30 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Red Badger

How far someone advances, in terms of achievement, should be measured from their starting point.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 10:38:48 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Red Badger

They only do that so you can reach your maximum potential. :-)


6 posted on 02/24/2014 10:38:59 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Lost a lot of respect for Thomas Sowell after he took up the GOP-E Surrender Monkey banner and attacked Ted Cruz.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 10:39:50 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I certainly believe he is wrong about Ted Cruz.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 10:41:40 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Those who preach this counterproductive message will probably never think that the envy, resentment and hopelessness they preach, and the welfare state they promote, are among the factors keeping people down.

It almost seems like they are doing this purposely.

9 posted on 02/24/2014 10:44:02 AM PST by oldbrowser (Obamacare is Obama's Great Leap Forward)
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To: Beagle8U

True, but they keep moving the goalposts.....................


10 posted on 02/24/2014 10:51:20 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: sauropod

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11 posted on 02/24/2014 10:51:40 AM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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12 posted on 02/24/2014 10:57:17 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Has he finally decided to start bashing leftism again?


13 posted on 02/24/2014 10:57:55 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: MNGal

Yes, it’s a nice breather from the backstabbing last week.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 11:01:55 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: MNGal

“At least Sowell took a break from bashing Ted Cruz to write this article.”

Scrutiny from your own side is not necessarily such a bad thing.
Had the Democrats and, particularly, left leaning independents
scrutinized the current POTUS, the nation might now have better
leadership.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 11:03:40 AM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Sivad

“Scrutiny from your own side is not necessarily such a bad thing.”

I agree, but I thought that the 3 or 4 anti-Cruz articles in 1 week was a little much.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 11:09:15 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Sivad

The do-nothing, Dem-loving GOPe or someone who actually stands and fights and inspires?

tough choice.


17 posted on 02/24/2014 11:10:38 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Sivad; MNGal
Scrutiny from your own side is not necessarily such a bad thing. Had the Democrats and, particularly, left leaning independents scrutinized the current POTUS, the nation might now have better leadership.

Care to share how you think the drivel that Dr. Sowell published about Ted Cruz will EVER lead to better leadership from the GOP-E
18 posted on 02/24/2014 11:10:40 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: jazusamo
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theories on an order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the type of grinding poverty that you're talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they've had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it is in exactly the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that ... the record of history is absolutely crystal clear …. that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people, that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system …. Milton Friedman
19 posted on 02/24/2014 11:15:43 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: MNGal; SoConPubbie

Sowell made a mistake with Cruz, but Sowell has been fighting liberalism effectively for longer than Cruz has been in politics. We cannot afford to throw him under the bus for one mistake.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 11:19:49 AM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Care to share how you think the drivel that Dr. Sowell published about Ted Cruz will EVER lead to better leadership from the GOP-E?”

I think you misunderstood my response. I didn’t agree with Sowell’s “drivel.” I agreed with the comment that had the Dems and left-leaning independents scrutinized the current POTUS, we may not be in the dire straits that we find ourselves in now.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 11:21:49 AM PST by MNGal
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To: MNGal
I think you misunderstood my response. I didn’t agree with Sowell’s “drivel.” I agreed with the comment that had the Dems and left-leaning independents scrutinized the current POTUS, we may not be in the dire straits that we find ourselves in now.

OK, I apologize for that, however, why attempt to link the two?

Dr. Sowell's commentaries concerning Ted Cruz were not so much critical thinking and an appropriate questioning of Ted Cruz but a sop to the GOP-E.

What you are talking about is actual constructive criticism.

They are not the same.
22 posted on 02/24/2014 11:24:18 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: unlearner

“Sowell made a mistake with Cruz, but Sowell has been fighting liberalism effectively for longer than Cruz has been in politics. We cannot afford to throw him under the bus for one mistake.”

I completely agree that Sowell is a true warrior for the conservative cause. I found it very curious that he had a “slug” of articles last week that were critical of Cruz. I was stumped as to why Sowell was attacking someone who seems to be fighting on the same side.


23 posted on 02/24/2014 11:24:31 AM PST by MNGal
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To: unlearner
Sowell made a mistake with Cruz, but Sowell has been fighting liberalism effectively for longer than Cruz has been in politics. We cannot afford to throw him under the bus for one mistake.

I'm not throwing Dr. Sowell under the bus, I am, however, correctly taking him to task for writing commentaries against Ted Cruz that can only be called sacrificing conservative ethics and principles for the historically failed strategies of the GOP-E.

I have enormous respect for Dr. Sowell's past efforts; but his latest editorials leave me believing either that he has changed, in a dramatic way, from being a stalwart conservative to somewhat mushy conservative, or he was never what I thought he was.
24 posted on 02/24/2014 11:27:19 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

“They are not the same.”

Very true.


25 posted on 02/24/2014 11:27:25 AM PST by MNGal
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To: SoConPubbie

I never thought in a million years we’d be sitting here discussing Sowell’s criticism of Ted Cruz. What, do you suppose, prompted the attack??? I call it an attack because it wasn’t just ONE article...it was MULTIPLE articles in one weeks time.

Thoughts?


26 posted on 02/24/2014 11:29:44 AM PST by MNGal
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To: SoConPubbie; MNGal

My opinion is that Sowell is being overly pragmatic about what the GOP can accomplish. I’m pragmatic also to a degree. I held my nose and voted for the past two GOP presidential nominees, but I also fought for them NOT to be the nominees as much as possible.

In this article he says that “fairness” mentality is what got us Obmamacare. I think the GOP pragmatism is what got us Romney and McCain as loser candidates.

Maybe running a Cruz or a Palin will lose too. But I would rather lose with a good candidate than with a mediocre one.

So, in my mind, I always want to hear what Sowell has to say, but his take on Cruz is a rare case in which I must disagree. Otherwise, he is still a conservative hero to me.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 11:39:03 AM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner

“Maybe running a Cruz or a Palin will lose too. But I would rather lose with a good candidate than with a mediocre one.”

I would love to see a Presidential debate between the Dem nominee (Hillary???) and Ted Cruz (or someone like him). It frustrates me to no end to watch the Republican nominees trying desperately to “out Democrat” the Democrats. I wish they would play their own (conservative) game and just see which ideas the public likes more.

On the other hand, we may have reached the point in this country where candidates promoting personal responsibility, free market principles, traditional morals and values, and individual sovereignty will be consistently outvoted in national elections.


28 posted on 02/24/2014 11:51:46 AM PST by MNGal
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To: MNGal
I'm glad to see that. I've come to the sad conclusion that Dr. Sowell has a blind spot for Ted Cruz.

Sort of like Pat Buchanan who writes very analytical thoughtful articles unless the topic involves "Jooze." At that point, Buchanan is off into Cuckoo land and I skip the entire article.

29 posted on 02/24/2014 12:02:30 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: jazusamo

Does that mean that there were unfair barriers keeping us from following in the footsteps of Rudolph Nureyev?


Actually what it means is there is/was FAIR BARRIERS to not becoming a ballet dandy..

there are many FAIR barriers to doing stuff you don’t want to do..
and unfair barriers to doing stuff you want to do...

What stops you makes you stronger UNLESS what stops you makes you WEAKER..
The weak want the gov’t to be their MOMMY!...

The strong.......................... laugh at them..


30 posted on 02/24/2014 12:18:45 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SoConPubbie
I'm not throwing Dr. Sowell under the bus, I am, however, correctly taking him to task for writing commentaries against Ted Cruz that can only be called sacrificing conservative ethics and principles for the historically failed strategies of the GOP-E.

Yes you are.

YOU are the one spouting this nonsense "correctly taking him to task for writing commentaries against Ted Cruz that can only be called sacrificing conservative ethics and principles for the historically failed strategies of the GOP-E."

I disagree with Dr. Sowell's thoughts on Cruz, but he's human just like me. So spare us all the over-the-top stupidity!

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




31 posted on 02/24/2014 12:20:09 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: unlearner
Maybe running a Cruz or a Palin will lose too. But I would rather lose with a good candidate than with a mediocre one.

Says who, you?

Did God give you the ability to see into the future?

Do you know they were saying the exact same things about Reagan, and those stating that were the so-called Moderates?

Don't mimick the GOP-E.
32 posted on 02/24/2014 12:22:32 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: rdb3
YOU are the one spouting this nonsense "correctly taking him to task for writing commentaries against Ted Cruz that can only be called sacrificing conservative ethics and principles for the historically failed strategies of the GOP-E."

And just how is it nonsense and NOT the truth?
33 posted on 02/24/2014 12:23:23 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
Did God give you the ability to see into the future?

Did God give you the ability to understand the word "maybe"?

34 posted on 02/24/2014 12:25:42 PM PST by Hugin
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To: rdb3

I disagree with Dr. Sowell’s thoughts on Cruz, but he’s human just like me. So spare us all the over-the-top stupidity!


I see you(we) cannot disagree with Sowell, why because he’s black?..
right most of the time?.. a “conservative?”...(probably)..

Actually I rarely disagree YOU!... but will if you say something STUPID...


35 posted on 02/24/2014 12:30:36 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: rdb3
Just a smattering of the GOP-E infected ramblings of Dr. Sowell lately:

At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other.

Senator Cruz's filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government -- and his threatened filibuster this year forced several Republican Senators to jeopardize their own reelection prospects by voting to impose cloture, to prevent Cruz from repeating his self-serving grandstand play of last year.

Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican Senators is an act of utter irresponsibility, a high risk with zero benefits to anyone except Ted Cruz -- and the Democrats.

All Dr. Sowell is doing is parroting the GOP-E.

His statement that "a high risk with zero benefits to anyone except Ted Cruz -- and the Democrats" could have been written by any Democrat flak and any GOP-E flak.
36 posted on 02/24/2014 12:32:34 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: hosepipe
I see you(we) cannot disagree with Sowell, why because he’s black?..

Negative. That's a juvenile way of thinking.

Actually I rarely disagree YOU!... but will if you say something STUPID...

And thank you for helping in making my point!

I simply find it PATHETIC when disagreement with anything within on our own side is really a "conspiracy" in aiding the GOP-E!

What, we can no longer disagree amongst ourselves without spewing false accusations?

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




37 posted on 02/24/2014 12:51:05 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: SoConPubbie
GOP-E this and GOP-E that.

Yada yada yada...

Ooooh, watch out! The GOP-E is hiding under your bed and in your closet!

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




38 posted on 02/24/2014 12:58:38 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: rdb3

I simply find it PATHETIC when disagreement with anything within on our own side is really a “conspiracy” in aiding the GOP-E!


Hard, to not, admit there are several serious conspiracy’s going on at any one time in America..
The very word conspiracy has become a “by word”...

A word used to discredit looking “into” the very conspiracy’s being foisted on America at any given time..
At last count almost everything related to the Executive Branch is some form of conspiracy..
AND thats just the stuff “We” know about..

Makes you dread looking at Congress or the Supremes closely..
God knows what hanky panky is going on with those guys..

RINO season is open... and the hunt is afoote’..

I say.... IT’s ABOUT TIME.. YES; shoot the complicit.. let the revolution begin...


39 posted on 02/24/2014 1:03:44 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: rdb3

I see that when you say conservative and when I say conservative, it’s not the same thing.


40 posted on 02/24/2014 1:13:44 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I think you need to read what I said more carefully. I said “maybe” this might happen. I don’t see why you twisted that into me claiming that God gave me the ability to see the future.

My point is the opposite of what you made it out to be. The GOP told us we need to go moderate in order to win, but that did not work with McCain or Romney. If either had won then maybe the GOP would have a stronger argument for moderation and pragmatism, especially if McCain or Romney had won and then governed conservatively.

No, I think Palin or Cruz have a BETTER chance of winning the general election than a milquetoast moderate. So I certainly see no advantage in watering down the conservative message for the third (or more) time in a row.

My point was that running moderates has proven to be a consistently losing strategy. Running a solid conservative like Palin or Cruz is not guaranteed to win, but that is the ONLY route worth taking this side of war. The GOP-E needs to move right or get out. Conservatives are tired of compromising with evil.


41 posted on 02/24/2014 2:03:44 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yah. Some of those you guys describe as GOP-e are really GOP-cs.
These chickenshits are looking for a leader and they just might
support someone like Cruz if he learns to play his cards right.
Among other things that means taking on the media and taking
his case directly to the masses ala a man named Reagan.
Some of what Sowell says should be taken to heart by Cruz as
cautionary advice while other things may be ignored. If 100%
of Freeperworld were solidly behind Cruz that still wouldn’t get
him elected to anything. He needs to expand his audience.

And, this talk of a GOP civil war is ridiculous. You don’t fight
the other guys, you absorb them. Then you take on the
liberal shitheads.


42 posted on 02/24/2014 2:16:13 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: rdb3
GOP-E this and GOP-E that.

Just another version of the left-wing label of "purists" applied to Tea-Party members.
43 posted on 02/24/2014 2:47:52 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: unlearner
I think you need to read what I said more carefully. I said “maybe” this might happen. I don’t see why you twisted that into me claiming that God gave me the ability to see the future.

Two points:

1. Yea, I do need to be more careful in my reading.
2. Don't give the other side ammunition of any sort. Both the GOP-E and the Left are already doing all they can to destroy the Tea-Party, don't give them even the smallest bit of help, even by accident.

44 posted on 02/24/2014 2:50:09 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Red Badger

I was upwardly mobile until I quit growing at six four. I have noticed that most NBA players are taller than I am and I think I am being discriminated against, they should not be allowed to grow taller than I am.


45 posted on 02/24/2014 3:09:02 PM PST by RipSawyer (No tagline added because I have switched to tackle.)
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To: jazusamo
I, for one, never though of becoming a Cruz basher.

Does that mean society is limiting my ability to grow into a highly successful TEA Party basher?

46 posted on 02/24/2014 4:31:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: hosepipe
I say.... IT’s ABOUT TIME.. YES; shoot the complicit.

You'd get no argument from me on that, hosepipe!

And take out the shame of my home State, Crybaby Boehner. He's an embarrassment.

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




47 posted on 02/24/2014 7:15:51 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Sivad

And, this talk of a GOP civil war is ridiculous. You don’t fight
the other guys, you absorb them. Then you take on the
liberal shitheads.


The liberals have absorbed the republicans.. OR havn’t you been watching..
Some........ see what they WANT to see.. “drop the bong”..

UNLESS.... the voting mechanisms have been compromised..
You know... vote one way the machines register the opposite..

Would explain conservatives selecting Myth Romney a known democrat compromiser(2012) ..
INSTEAD of a whole range of actual conservatives.. REJECTED..


48 posted on 02/24/2014 7:25:18 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: MNGal

” - - - At least Sowell took a break from bashing Ted Cruz to write this article. - - - “

I agree.

A great mind such as his should not be wasted on the insane defense of Republicans In Name Only who genetically hate those who Conserve.


49 posted on 02/24/2014 7:37:53 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: hosepipe

If you believe that the liberals have absorbed the Republcans then
you have already surrendered every bit as much as you claim
the GOP has so why would you bother? Did you note my assertion
that some of the GOP lite types are looking for GOP leadership
which could be provided by someone like Cruz? But throwing
red meat to his fans alone won’t get him past Senator Cruz.

As far as voting machines go I suspect widespread voter fraud
from the Dems. Other than that I have no idea what you are
talking about.


50 posted on 02/24/2014 8:14:50 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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