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Point well taken. But at least it's a start.

I rather like the term "savage capitalism." I hope it's a slogan that sticks.

Please proceed, assholes.

A pleasant surprise! I'm afraid my estimation of much of the American voting public is not very high. After all, they send morons like ted cruz, rand paul, marco rubio, louie gohmert (Oh forcryingoutloud!!!), darrell issa, and the Oklahoma Twins-from-Hell (inhofe and coburn) to Washington, and keep voting for jackasses like jan brewer, ken cuccinelli, scott walker, rick scott, and sam brownback on the state level.

Point taken. Only problem is - that sounds like the reasoning of Harry Reid when he fell for

mitch mcconnell's "promise" to be reasonable - so he left the filibuster rules intact. SURELY the opposition would be reasonable! And guess what happened? mcconnell went ahead and broke his "promise," as most of us expected he might. Harry Reid had a chance! His logic was along the lines of not wanting to set a precedent that might come back to bite the Dems in the ass if ever they lost the Senate.

Well, guess what? If the worst happens and the republi-CONS do win back the Senate, do you think for one instant they'll behave as cautiously as Harry Reid did? HELL NO!!! I would expect them to change every rule they can to make sure the minority does NOT have a voice at all. I'm not a betting woman, but I would bet on that one. They're just fucking ruthless. I wish our side were, too.

Maybe it's time to move now, to act now - WHILE we have the strengths that we do. Worrying about what might happen if, if, if... seems counterproductive and unrealistic, considering how ruthless the opposition is that we're facing.

AMEN.

I'm sick and tired of people dumping on Obama first. If that's where they reflexively go, then they're getting their information from Pox Noise and various media wannabes, or from the limbaugh/breitbart clones.

Or romney?

ICK!!!!! He'd probably tell 'em to get money out of their secret bank accounts, or just go start a business.

God forbid!

Hmmm... come to think of it, I guess God DID forbid. Fortunately enough.

No. FAR MORE than 17-miles-long.

This selfish bastard's views help buttress and support and give aid and comfort to some downright unAmerican thinking - that hurts us ALL. The damage his world view does - extends far beyond his own beleaguered constituents, although, unfortunately, they're directly in the path of it at the moment.

And yet I wonder how many of them will go ahead and vote for him again the next time he's up for reelection...

But let's remember, too, Thessalonians wasn't the word of Jesus Christ. It was an interpretation by

Paul the Apostle. Who could be rather a hard-ass.

Our misguided friends who consider themselves strict "sons of Paul the Apostle" will always find something in the Bible to buttress their unforgiving, rigid, uncaring, selfish, short-sighted, pennywise/pound-foolish, and horrendously uncompassionate views. And notice not one of them EVER quotes the Beatitudes to support the points they make. Not once. It's as though the Beatitudes don't exist. Even though the Beatitudes came from the mouth of Jesus.

My favorite has always been "republi-CONS."

'Cause all they offer is a CON JOB.

Welcome to DU, School Teacher!

Glad you're here. I can't tell you how strongly I feel towards our teachers at this moment. I'll certainly try, of course, but it's hard to find the words sometimes.

School teachers, much maligned, WAY too expensive to the CONs' point of view, excessive, too demanding, too this, too that - ARE THE REASON MANY CHILDREN FREAKIN' SURVIVED!!! TWO TIMES OVER!!!!!! Sorry to shout, but I AM ANYWAY!!!!!

There are children who are ALIVE at this moment, in Oklahoma tornado country. There are children who are ALIVE at this moment, from Newtown. Why? Because a SCHOOL TEACHER put her life on the line to protect them. Six of them paid for that with their own lives in Newtown if memory serves. My daughter's kindergarten teacher carried a tote bag around with her that featured the following inscription: "I touch the future. I teach."

I've never forgotten that. IMO, there is no money enough to reward them and pay them appropriately and reinforce them and honor them the way they deserve to be honored and supported. Our teachers are EVERYTHING as far as our nation's future is concerned. They're the vanguards of that future, because they teach and guide and protect our children, sometimes with their own very lives and bodies. I say give our teachers EVERYTHING they want.

All you need to see is that video of the kid whose teacher just saved his life in that tornado, and how all you saw was his arms clamped around her waist and NOT letting go. And you could hear him sobbing. She'd saved his life and he knew it. I bet that kid will never vote against teachers or vote to nickel-and-dime them when he's old enough to vote. Hopefully his parents won't, either.

Teachers are worth their weight in gold-pressed latinum. And MORE.

Point made. HOWEVER, I'd rather defend a party in which there actually are people who DO see this

and DO fight. AT LEAST our side has people like Elizabeth Warren and Barbara Boxer and Al Franken. Who've they got, on the other side? Anybody? Who are the "leading lights" on that end of the political spectrum? Anybody? Got a name? Other than just more walls of obstinate 6th-Century minds that willfully refuse to see reality for what it is, and facts for what they are.

More false equivalency, seems to me. They're NOT all the same. The two parties are NOT the same. Yeah, there are some spineless assholes on our side. They're everywhere. But there's far more of them on the other side than on ours. There actually ARE people in our camp who do share our views. I'd challenge you to find even three to five on the other side with whom you'd find any sort of serious agreement on some of these serious issues. There's virtually NOBODY on that side that would share your/our views.
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