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2012-09-02 12:31:01 PM  

skipjack: A liberal circle jerk given to you by the mods...and you guys have barely got it over 50 posts.

/son..i am dissapoint


Don't worry princess, I'm sure they'll post something stupid from something like TownHall or American Thinker to suit your tastes.
 
2012-09-02 12:31:06 PM  

skipjack: A liberal circle jerk given to you by the mods...and you guys have barely got it over 50 posts.

/son..i am dissapoint


We thank you for your contribution.
 
2012-09-02 12:31:20 PM  

skipjack: A liberal circle jerk given to you by the mods...and you guys have barely got it over 50 posts.

/son..i am dissapoint


It got you to come out from under your bridge, so I guess it was effective in that regard!
 
2012-09-02 12:31:38 PM  
The answer is 'because I have a weird face, got picked on during my school years, and never farking go over it.'
 
2012-09-02 12:34:08 PM  

Mrtraveler01: skipjack: A liberal circle jerk given to you by the mods...and you guys have barely got it over 50 posts.

/son..i am dissapoint
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Don't worry princess, I'm sure they'll post something stupid from something like TownHall or American Thinker to suit your tastes.


Nah..not a fan of american thinker. Town hall is hit or miss. I'm just surprised you guys haven't taken off with this. the best so far is the normal "fark you i got mine" stuff...you guys are off your game.
 
2012-09-02 12:34:59 PM  
Why I'm NOT a Republican:

-I believe in a homosexual's right to marriage/civil unions and to receive all the rights and benefits therein
-I believe in the social safety net
-I believe in responsible management of natural resources, not raped-earth glutinous frenzies as proposed by Romney-Ryan
-I believe in a woman's inalienable right to choice and birth control
-I believe in equal pay for equal work
-I'm against shooting wolves from airplanes for sport
-I'm against rabid deregulation
-I believe in Keynesian economics
-I'm not afraid of Shariah Law and nor do I believe it's a threat to American law
-I'm against racial profiling
-I have a sense of humor
 
2012-09-02 12:35:35 PM  

skipjack: Nah..not a fan of american thinker. Town hall is hit or miss. I'm just surprised you guys haven't taken off with this. the best so far is the normal "fark you i got mine" stuff...you guys are off your game.


Two posts and this is all you can come up with? You might as well go back to bed.
 
2012-09-02 12:36:20 PM  
i49.tinypic.com

"... So I vote for the party that explicitly shoots down tax cuts for small business owners, and picked a Presidential candidate who made his fortune gutting businesses, raping their assets, and leaving them to pick up the tab for loans he used to give himself bonuses. I'm an idiot."
 
2012-09-02 12:36:24 PM  

valar_morghulis: Why I'm NOT a Republican:

-I believe in a homosexual's right to marriage/civil unions and to receive all the rights and benefits therein
-I believe in the social safety net
-I believe in responsible management of natural resources, not raped-earth glutinous frenzies as proposed by Romney-Ryan
-I believe in a woman's inalienable right to choice and birth control
-I believe in equal pay for equal work
-I'm against shooting wolves from airplanes for sport
-I'm against rabid deregulation
-I believe in Keynesian economics
-I'm not afraid of Shariah Law and nor do I believe it's a threat to American law
-I'm against racial profiling
-I have a sense of humor


THIS X 1000!!!
 
2012-09-02 12:36:29 PM  

zappaisfrank: skipjack: A liberal circle jerk given to you by the mods...and you guys have barely got it over 50 posts.

/son..i am dissapoint

It got you to come out from under your bridge, so I guess it was effective in that regard!


Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.

At least you didn't do the typical troll bit because I dared to disagree with you...so plus a million interwebs for you.
 
2012-09-02 12:37:09 PM  

skipjack: Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.


You're a troll because you called a thread a circle-jerk and didn't contribute anything to the thread.
 
2012-09-02 12:37:14 PM  
There's no excuse for it anymore. Republicans are cultists, of the worst sort. Completely dishonest, delusional, and full of malice.
 
2012-09-02 12:37:21 PM  

WhyteRaven74: DarwiOdrade: "Because rich people are Republicans and I always wanted to be rich." - my mother.

Have you ever mentioned Warren Buffet and Bill Gates to her?


Of course. If she were rational, she wouldn't be Republican, now would she?
 
2012-09-02 12:37:45 PM  
Because giving more money to the rich and taking money away from the poor will make America strong again!
 
2012-09-02 12:38:09 PM  
The TL/DR version from the FTFA:

Casey Pick - Because Jesus
Dan Bognino - Fark IndependentTM
Dave Myers - Delusional
Nikki Haley - Delusional (Republicans aren't going to make decisiona for you and your family - seriously?)
Herman Cain - I have mine so fark you
Mitch McConnell - The Federal Government is scary and oppressive - be very afraid
Mary Burke-Russell - Genetics
Scott Thomas - I'm going to have mine, so fark you
Tony O'Donnell - Because Reagan
Ron Morrell - Fark IndepndentTM
Alexander Reber - I have a man crush on [Virginia Gov.] Bob McDonnell. Otherwise, my spending priorities align with Democrats.
Michael Carr - Delusional Libertarian
Betty Heinamen - Social conservative
JoAnn Fisher - I hate Mexicans
April Bengivenga - Because Reagan and scary Black Man
 
2012-09-02 12:38:25 PM  

maxwellton: Because giving more money to the rich and taking money away from the poor will make America strong again!


It worked last decade!

/oh wait
 
2012-09-02 12:38:50 PM  
Having read that, each person says basically one of three things:

I'm a libertarian, and I like being tied down to a party that only tangentially follows my beliefs

Ronald Reagan, or some other person, inspired me to be a Republican

I completely fail to understand the issues, and think both parties do the opposite of what they actually do.
 
2012-09-02 12:38:54 PM  
Because you're rich or you're a farking idiot, or both, that's why.
 
2012-09-02 12:38:58 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Two posts and this is all you can come up with? You might as well go back to bed.


What's funny is there are plenty of conservatives who've given up on the GOP. People like Jon Huntsman Jr, yeah he was running for President a year ago, but I wouldn't exactly expect him to have much good to say about the GOP. Hell he pretty much admitted he's done with the GOP until it changes in some pretty substantial ways when he was on The Colbert Report the other night.
 
2012-09-02 12:39:17 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Nah..not a fan of american thinker. Town hall is hit or miss. I'm just surprised you guys haven't taken off with this. the best so far is the normal "fark you i got mine" stuff...you guys are off your game.

Two posts and this is all you can come up with? You might as well go back to bed.


I plan on taking a nap this afternoon...will that count?

If you'll notice, at least guntram tried something different.

do you have something better than the typical "fark you, I got mine"?
 
2012-09-02 12:40:17 PM  

skipjack: do you have something better than the typical "fark you, I got mine"?


It's the truth though. Tell me it's not.
 
2012-09-02 12:40:19 PM  

skipjack: cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Nah..not a fan of american thinker. Town hall is hit or miss. I'm just surprised you guys haven't taken off with this. the best so far is the normal "fark you i got mine" stuff...you guys are off your game.

Two posts and this is all you can come up with? You might as well go back to bed.

I plan on taking a nap this afternoon...will that count?

If you'll notice, at least guntram tried something different.

do you have something better than the typical "fark you, I got mine"?


Not really, no. You haven't offered any good reason to be a Republican, and neither did the guys in TFA
 
2012-09-02 12:41:33 PM  
i45.tinypic.com

"A B-list actor who intentionally stalled the release of the Iranian hostages as President? So dreamy!!! Black people scare me, because they want to steal from me."
 
2012-09-02 12:41:34 PM  

valar_morghulis: -I'm against shooting wolves from airplanes for sport


We appreciate that.
 
2012-09-02 12:41:37 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.

You're a troll because you called a thread a circle-jerk and didn't contribute anything to the thread.


So..this thread is worthy of contributing something to when it's an obvious dump thread for folks like you?

Stop the thread folks...we're about to fix the world economy..that's how important this thread just became.
 
2012-09-02 12:41:59 PM  

Mrtraveler01: valar_morghulis: Why I'm NOT a Republican:

-I believe in a homosexual's right to marriage/civil unions and to receive all the rights and benefits therein
-I believe in the social safety net
-I believe in responsible management of natural resources, not raped-earth glutinous frenzies as proposed by Romney-Ryan
-I believe in a woman's inalienable right to choice and birth control
-I believe in equal pay for equal work
-I'm against shooting wolves from airplanes for sport
-I'm against rabid deregulation
-I believe in Keynesian economics
-I'm not afraid of Shariah Law and nor do I believe it's a threat to American law
-I'm against racial profiling
-I have a sense of humor

THIS X 1000!!!


Oh, and I forgot a few:

-I don't categorize rape as ANYTHING other than "rape."
 
2012-09-02 12:42:17 PM  

skipjack: cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.

You're a troll because you called a thread a circle-jerk and didn't contribute anything to the thread.

So..this thread is worthy of contributing something to when it's an obvious dump thread for folks like you?

Stop the thread folks...we're about to fix the world economy..that's how important this thread just became.


You could've offered your reasons to be a Republican, or at least why YOU are a Republican. But no, you decided that we're all conspiring against you.
 
2012-09-02 12:43:10 PM  
www.npr.org 

This has potential
 
2012-09-02 12:43:51 PM  

Weaver95: i'm gonna guess....a mix of 'battered wife' and 'Stockholm' syndrome.


Dunning-Kruger.
 
2012-09-02 12:44:10 PM  
i46.tinypic.com

"I've been trained to hate myself."
 
2012-09-02 12:44:33 PM  
culebra
Because you're rich or you're a farking idiot, or both, that's why.

There are also many believers in the "just-world" fallacy in the republican party.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:07 PM  

EnviroDude: I will be able to take a pain pill when I need a pacemaker at an elderly age per Obama. So much for the right to live.


And if you think the Republicans are gonna save you, think again. Then again, it's not like y'all actually think.

ignatius_crumbcake: I used to be a republican because I believe in small government and individual rights. Unfortunately the republican party no longer agrees with me.


Same here. They wouldn't know liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness if it bit them on their retarded asses.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:07 PM  

Mrtraveler01: skipjack: do you have something better than the typical "fark you, I got mine"?

It's the truth though. Tell me it's not.


It's the truth for some of the GOP'ers, not for others. Stereotypes break down eventually.

However, the answer to my question should have been no...you don't have anything better.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:07 PM  

DarwiOdrade: Of course. If she were rational, she wouldn't be Republican, now would she?


good point
 
2012-09-02 12:45:13 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.

You're a troll because you called a thread a circle-jerk and didn't contribute anything to the thread.


What he said. All you did was drop in and throw out an insult, thinking you were cute and clever by doing so. You weren't. If you wish to debate the merits of the article and the discussion at hand, I'm all ears, but if all you're going to do is threadshiat, then whine how you're being picked on when you get called on it, you deserve what you get.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:14 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: [i49.tinypic.com image 639x439]

"... So I vote for the party that explicitly shoots down tax cuts for small business owners, and picked a Presidential candidate who made his fortune gutting businesses, raping their assets, and leaving them to pick up the tab for loans he used to give himself bonuses. I'm an idiot."


"and I vote for a candidate who along with his rich friends sent their money to overseas banks where it could never be lent out by banks in the US as small business loans and lines of credit"
 
2012-09-02 12:45:49 PM  

skipjack: Mrtraveler01: skipjack: do you have something better than the typical "fark you, I got mine"?

It's the truth though. Tell me it's not.

It's the truth for some of the GOP'ers, not for others. Stereotypes break down eventually.

However, the answer to my question should have been no...you don't have anything better.


It's because you haven't given any better reasons to be a Republican. And do you know why? There aren't any.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:52 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: [i46.tinypic.com image 639x439]

"I've been trained to hate myself."


Why isn't she just a Libertarian then.

Then she can be gay all she wants without having to feel awkward about being part of a movement that wants to treat gays like second-class citizens.
 
2012-09-02 12:46:11 PM  

SuperTramp: There are also many believers in the "just-world" fallacy in the republican party.


Ayup.

...that only two things really drive conservative morality: is us versus them, and punishment and reward. Worship of free markets, psychological dependence on dualistic religious schemes of heaven and hell, and even their apparent mass lack of empathy is really all about punishment and reward. If you didn't get rich enough with the right job, you deserve to be poor and die of untreated medical conditions. If you didn't keep your legs crossed, you deserve to be forced into childbirth. If you did anything to bring yourself under government suspicion, you deserve to be subject to police brutality and torture. The rest of the racial and religious aggression and resentment is just a function of tribal us versus them mentality. Sanctity, loyalty and authority aren't core values of the conservative mind, but simply functions of the principles of punishment and reward, and us versus them. Link
 
2012-09-02 12:46:44 PM  
Gotta admit, it truly amazes me that anyone making less than 250K a year would vote for Romney.

But hey, it's America.
 
2012-09-02 12:47:01 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: cameroncrazy1984: skipjack: Yes yes....i'm a troll because I dare point out the obvious.

You're a troll because you called a thread a circle-jerk and didn't contribute anything to the thread.

So..this thread is worthy of contributing something to when it's an obvious dump thread for folks like you?

Stop the thread folks...we're about to fix the world economy..that's how important this thread just became.

You could've offered your reasons to be a Republican, or at least why YOU are a Republican. But no, you decided that we're all conspiring against you.


you can't have it both ways.
Did he give a reason or not?
 
2012-09-02 12:47:50 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: [i49.tinypic.com image 639x439]

"... So I vote for the party that explicitly shoots down tax cuts for small business owners, and picked a Presidential candidate who made his fortune gutting businesses, raping their assets, and leaving them to pick up the tab for loans he used to give himself bonuses. I'm an idiot."


That and the GOP is going to extreme lengths to shut out the libertarian-wing of the party from participating in anything.

I mean it's fine if you want to be a libertarian, but being a libertarian in the GOP makes no farking sense to me.
 
2012-09-02 12:47:53 PM  
Because I'm too farking lazy to change my party affiliation.
/Not too lazy to vote- I never miss one (including local issues only ones)
//Took perverse pleasure in voting for Frothy in the primary... and damned if we didn't get close
///Will not vote for any R for a real position of power based on their behavior over the past decade
 
2012-09-02 12:48:00 PM  

AnEvilGuest: you can't have it both ways.
Did he give a reason or not?


Can't have what both ways? No, he didn't give a reason.
 
2012-09-02 12:48:17 PM  
I was a Republican for many years, most of my time on Fark actually, up until the point that the party abandoned anything looking like Conservative thought--that is responsive tax policy, responsive spending policy, responsive domestic policy, and responsive foreign policy based on actual conditions, as opposed to the whims of a 12 year old who didn't want to share.

I still consider myself fairly Conservative. I still believe in the Constitution--which means church and state don't meld, that we deliver on free speech, the freedom of assembly, and that pesky equality under the law. I don't care what your churches want to do in their own confines, but I do draw the line against mandating that for the rest of the populace. Sadly, what passes for "Conservative" thought nowadays, only seems to like bits and pieces, and wants to take a pupu platter approach wherein the Second Amendment seems to trounce all the others, and the First is just an impediment, as is the Fifth and the 12th and the 14th.

The radicalism on the Right has soured me on the Party. And that is really what the RNC Convention highlighted, was the radicalism that the party has taken to heart. It is no longer the "Conservative" party, although it likes to style itself as such, to cloak the radicalism at its heart. "Social Conservatives" are anything but social in that they don't really like their neighbors all that much, and embrace a radical vision of the nation and law, while "Fiscal Conservatives" have taken "tax breaks" to their core, while abandoning anything like intelligent and considered spending policy.

That the party has abandoned Conservatism, for a rebranding of their radicalized agenda to be called as such is what turned me from her ranks. Intelligent and considered thought was what drew me to the party. Considered and intelligent like Snowe of Maine, like William Cohen whom she replaced. Like Margaret Chase Smith. And that saddens me a great deal, because careful and considered thought should be the hallmarks of the Republican party traditionally. As well as for standing by and for the continuance of the republic--and at this point, we have secessionists entrenched within the party itself.

Policy cannot be set into stone, save in the defense of said republic. To strive to deliver the promises of said republic. And the GOP lost her way some time ago, and the voices to bring her back to sanity seem lost in a sea of DERP at this point, and that is what turned me from her entirely. Not because I changed, but because the party has abandoned the defense of the republic and her people, to instead play nothing but politics as a team sport, with peoples' lives as pieces in the game.

If that means that I have to vote for Conservative candidates who happen to be Libertarians, that is what I will do. If that means that the Democrat on the slate is more in line with the policy that continues the promise of the republic, that is what I will vote for. Lately, the Republican candidates, in very few races, have been that voice, and that is what saddens me, because party affiliation at this point means towing a line that is increasingly militant, increasingly radicalized, and increasingly a bad choice for communities and state and nation.

It may take folks like myself leaving the party, and voting against the entrenched interests that have skewed the party towards this sort of "anything to win" strategy that has cost the party its heart and soul. WE did this to ourselves, as a party. We took money, and allowed it to skew the agenda, as a party. We equated cash with voice, and that we cannot blame anyone else for. That so many seem to now equate the team over the ideas, and leap to defend "their" party, even against their interests is particularly damning, because it shows a lack of depth of understanding of fundamental issues, as well as the history of the party.

Right now, we have Republicans looking to slice rights from citizens. The party of Lincoln is looking to disenfranchise millions. By dint of drug policy, by dint of "tough on crime" policies, by dint of immigration "reform" that will limit citizenry, by dint of "voter fraud" protections, and looking to excise the rights of citizens to choose their own path in matters of religion and to assemble even. This is not what I can support, and so long as the party stands in this fashion, I can't support her with my membership, nor can I support candidates who tow this line for the RNC.

Get sane again, and I'll come back, but at this point, the party may have to die a lingering and bitter death before something can rise from its ashes...
 
2012-09-02 12:48:24 PM  

Vindibudd: MacEnvy:
Because I'm an asshole.

This is what Democrats call tolerance.


Is this the "you're intolerant of my intolerance" defense?
 
2012-09-02 12:48:29 PM  
i50.tinypic.com

"... Close enough? I don't know. Thinking is hard."
 
2012-09-02 12:48:45 PM  
I question NPR's sampling methods.

6 of the 15 are women, and 2 of 15 are black. Does that sound representative of the GOP as a whole?
 
2012-09-02 12:49:43 PM  
I'm not a Republican because I care about my daughters.
 
2012-09-02 12:49:48 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: .

You could've offered your reasons to be a Republican, or at least why YOU are a Republican. But no, you decided that we're all conspiring against you.


I've not said anyone is "conspiring" against me, I did expressed my disappointment that I expected much funnier replies.

I'm conservative because that's the political ideology I agree with. I'm not a car salesman and if you want a more convincing "why", you're not getting it.
 
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