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2012-09-02 02:20:28 PM  

tony41454: As opposed to:
"I am a Democrat 'cuz Obamah gives me free stuff."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe in Utopia on Earth where Iranians kiss Jews and trees and snail darters are more important than people."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe we have the right to kill babies."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz de President is ah BLACK man."

Seems the stocks of Kool-Aid have gone up dramatically.


Welcome to the world of Republitard pink, or what Drew likes to call purple 3.
 
2012-09-02 02:25:01 PM  

violetvolume: . I am Republican because I enjoy the advantage of being a white Christian, and I am a Republican because I want that to continue."


This is basically it. Thread over.
 
2012-09-02 02:31:13 PM  

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. Then I became libertarian.
 
2012-09-02 02:33:22 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Vindibudd: MacEnvy:
Because I'm an asshole.

This is what Democrats call tolerance.

No, it's the truth.

When the reason you're against health care reform is because more people will get insured which will mean longer waits for the doctor, then that's just being a selfish asshole.


Longer waiting periods are fine with me. I already have to wait 3 months for the regular doc and 6+ months for the dentist. Doesn't get much worse then that.

/free clinic waiting periods are a biatch
 
2012-09-02 02:34:15 PM  

hubiestubert: 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 sho ...


That caused me to favorite you as a "sane conservative" - in red of course. ;)

I have always considered myself a liberal independent, but some of my views are pretty conservative, and I wanted to be able to vote for Huntsman. Since the radicals of the right took that choice away from me, and since the last 5 choices of the R's were all anywhere from batshiat insane to ah-fark-no, I am left voting Obama, if for no other reason than to keep Romney out of office. That said, I plan to vote for the Republican gubernatorial candidate here in Washington.

/That is what real independents do - weigh the merits of each candidate on their own
//damn hard to do with the cultist GOP though right now
 
2012-09-02 02:35:28 PM  
Dave Myers, 23, Maryland delegate

"My parents taught me individual responsibility. You have to rely on yourself to get you anywhere."


upload.wikimedia.org

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

 
2012-09-02 02:40:14 PM  

Rann Xerox: Dave Myers, 23, Maryland delegate

"My parents taught me individual responsibility. You have to rely on yourself to get you anywhere."


No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.


As if that guy would know John Donne or how to read.
 
2012-09-02 02:43:20 PM  

Rishathra: Jesus, Jesus, Bootstraps, Bootstrap, Jesus, Bootstraps, Jesus, Jesus ......... and so on.

Bloody hell you yanks have some retarded politics. I mean my country also has retarded politics, but its not that bad. Not by a long shot and quite frankly you deserve better.


You're right, we do. Sadly I only get one vote. Thanks for playing.
 
2012-09-02 02:44:35 PM  

SusanCreature: why I'm not a Republican:

Stumping on abortion as a major platform issue.
Christianity in government

Gimme a call after you've backed away from those two things, no promises but I'll reconsider.


I agree with this and add Gay Rights to Marriage.
 
2012-09-02 02:45:02 PM  

tony41454: As opposed to:
"I am a Democrat 'cuz Obamah gives me free stuff."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe in Utopia on Earth where Iranians kiss Jews and trees and snail darters are more important than people."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe we have the right to kill babies."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz de President is ah BLACK man."

Seems the stocks of Kool-Aid have gone up dramatically.


And here is a big reason I'm not a republcan. They have people like this scumbag, who has a history of praying for the death of people, and thinks its justified and noble. Someone who goes out of his way to maliciously post personal information of other farkers, including phone numbers and addresses, because they disagreed with him.

I'm still baffled why this asshole hasn't been banned yet.
 
2012-09-02 02:49:26 PM  

hubiestubert: 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. (...)


Hubie, even when you identified as a Conservative, I always found your posts to be insightful and intelligent, which is why you are currently my only favorited person here. I'm awfully glad you *are* here, because you help provide a reasonable perspective on things. Personally, I'm registered as "no party affiliation", and wish I were half as eloquent as you in saying what I think. Most times you do say what I think, and I appreciate that. I'm not licking anyone's ass here, but I think credit should be given when due.
 
2012-09-02 02:50:38 PM  
Can we all just agree that the debates are going to be edge-of-your-seat, popcorn at the ready, beer in tow excitement this year? Hell I may even request a 3D broadcast for when Romneybot's head explodes on live TV.
 
2012-09-02 02:51:50 PM  

buckler: hubiestubert: 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. (...)

Hubie, even when you identified as a Conservative, I always found your posts to be insightful and intelligent, which is why you are currently my only favorited person here. I'm awfully glad you *are* here, because you help provide a reasonable perspective on things. Personally, I'm registered as "no party affiliation", and wish I were half as eloquent as you in saying what I think. Most times you do say what I think, and I appreciate that. I'm not licking anyone's ass here, but I think credit should be given when due.


And for every decent conservative like him, there's usually 1-2 cancerous hatemongers like tony. Sad how the party as a whole tolerates and at times even endorses them.
 
2012-09-02 02:52:30 PM  

Veloram: Can we all just agree that the debates are going to be edge-of-your-seat, popcorn at the ready, beer in tow excitement this year? Hell I may even request a 3D broadcast for when Romneybot's head explodes on live TV.


Well that and the VP debates where Paul Ryan will complain that he's being unfairly treated and try to spin the BS he spews as fact...which for him would mean whining throughout the whole debate.
 
2012-09-02 02:53:22 PM  

Veloram: Can we all just agree that the debates are going to be edge-of-your-seat, popcorn at the ready, beer in tow excitement this year? Hell I may even request a 3D broadcast for when Romneybot's head explodes on live TV.


I wonder if Romney will ditch the debates?
 
2012-09-02 02:53:56 PM  

bglove25: violetvolume: . I am Republican because I enjoy the advantage of being a white Christian, and I am a Republican because I want that to continue."

This is basically it. Thread over.


Like that's ever going away.
 
2012-09-02 02:54:57 PM  

Weaver95: Veloram: Can we all just agree that the debates are going to be edge-of-your-seat, popcorn at the ready, beer in tow excitement this year? Hell I may even request a 3D broadcast for when Romneybot's head explodes on live TV.

I wonder if Romney will ditch the debates?


It wouldn't be surprising. Maybe he insists on only doing one.
 
2012-09-02 02:55:49 PM  

Bill Murray said I was weird: buckler: hubiestubert: 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. (...)

Hubie, even when you identified as a Conservative, I always found your posts to be insightful and intelligent, which is why you are currently my only favorited person here. I'm awfully glad you *are* here, because you help provide a reasonable perspective on things. Personally, I'm registered as "no party affiliation", and wish I were half as eloquent as you in saying what I think. Most times you do say what I think, and I appreciate that. I'm not licking anyone's ass here, but I think credit should be given when due.

And for every decent conservative like him, there's usually 1-2 cancerous hatemongers like tony. Sad how the party as a whole tolerates and at times even endorses them.


It's not like there's room for some kind of sane moderate party. Green Party doesn't count. I disagree with some of their stances. I wish someone would make one.
 
2012-09-02 02:56:09 PM  

thamike: Weaver95: Veloram: Can we all just agree that the debates are going to be edge-of-your-seat, popcorn at the ready, beer in tow excitement this year? Hell I may even request a 3D broadcast for when Romneybot's head explodes on live TV.

I wonder if Romney will ditch the debates?

It wouldn't be surprising. Maybe he insists on only doing one.


Romney probably wants to ditch them completely...but limiting them down to just one debate with an exceptionally controlled format is probably his second best choice.
 
2012-09-02 02:57:24 PM  

Bill Murray said I was weird: I'm still baffled why this asshole hasn't been banned yet.


Four legs good, two legs better.

Drew wants to send his son to a "good" college.
 
2012-09-02 02:59:09 PM  

my lip balm addiction: Rishathra: Jesus, Jesus, Bootstraps, Bootstrap, Jesus, Bootstraps, Jesus, Jesus ......... and so on.

Bloody hell you yanks have some retarded politics. I mean my country also has retarded politics, but its not that bad. Not by a long shot and quite frankly you deserve better.

You're right, we do. Sadly I only get one vote. Thanks for playing.


Video - Language NSFW
 
2012-09-02 03:01:06 PM  

Rishathra: quite frankly you deserve better


Do we? I don't think so.
 
2012-09-02 03:06:05 PM  

bglove25: Rann Xerox: Dave Myers, 23, Maryland delegate

"My parents taught me individual responsibility. You have to rely on yourself to get you anywhere."


No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

As if that guy would know John Donne or how to read.


It's not meant for him because he is a lost cause. Perhaps the metaphysical meaning of the poem can serve as a lifeline for someone else who is on the verge of sharing his way of thinking.
 
2012-09-02 03:06:06 PM  
I was looking around for a Carlin quote for another thread, and I realized that I'm a Republican because we co-opt the words of dead liberals and put them in a context completely counter to their actual political beliefs.

Worse, we pretend they were saying them about Obama even though they were dead before he became president.
 
2012-09-02 03:08:28 PM  

Riche: There's only two REAL reasons to be Republican today:

either wealthy sociopath or ignorant/delusional.

It's pretty damn scary when you think about just how many Americans are willing to swallow obvious lies and vote against the best interests of themselves, their country, and world. And you can FORGET about reasoning pretty much any of them out of it-- their faith in The GOP is very similar to religious faith. You might as well try to reason the average Southren Baptist out of Christianity.

Yes, most of the Democratic leadership is corrupt too, but they aren't trying to lock-step the nation into some kind of bankrupt, theocratic third-world hellhole.


You know, demonizing and writing off (respectively) those who oppose you is exactly what the Republicans are doing to the Democrats.

Christ. You're right to some extent, but really, really, REALLY oversimplifying things. For example: where does Condi Rice fit in? Susan Collins? Rick Snyder?

I work for a non-profit and a good % of our supporters are polling for Romney. Not a majority, and I don't have the numbers in front of me.

Even though his "positions" (like he actually has any freaking policy proposals on the table) would roll back things that a) we've worked for for years and years and b) that our supporters agree are important, enough to get involved with donations or other types of support.

Reasons I've figured from talking to people:

1. Too damn busy trying to put food on the table and/or too overwhelmed with information to pay attention... rough time, and these people usually say "I'm unsure... maybe Romney" by default.

2. Born and raised Republican, slightly better than middle class, but not 100% comfortable by any means. Even if the numbers say that Obama is a better choice for their bottom line, they see things like ACA as things that will cost them more. And they aren't 100% secure, especially with seeing retirement portfolios crash, so they'd rather not "subsidize" others even if it would help them in the long run. This isn't entirely ignorance, it's more just a showing of where their values lie.

3. A few liberals and libertarians here and there pissed off at Obama generally about things pretty damn trivial in the long run, often that happened because his hands were tied (Guantanamo) or cleanup after Dubya (bailouts). I'll admit both could be handled better, but for some stupid reason these people focus on those over the big picture.

4. Eisenhower honest fiscal conservative Republicans who probably don't vote straight ticket anymore, and who probably switched to Obama last election because even they couldn't stomach Palin. They're also "maybe Romney", but in smaller races like state house I've had them wholeheartedly support the Democratic candidate if the Republican one is too crazy even for them. They pretty much have nowhere else to go. Although I have met people who had last straws and finally switched to Dem or Independent - ran across two waves of this, one with Palin, one with Akin. They couldn't ignore the crazy anymore.

And then, yes, the wealthy and the willfully stupid. Often what you're labeling as "willfully stupid" are just one issue voters. But some of them are just idiots.

I have a feeling that the debates, depending on how much Obama actually pins down Romney on not having f--king substance behind his "lofty" ideals, will switch over a good # of them.

/my two cents
 
2012-09-02 03:13:44 PM  

Snark Shark II: Bill Murray said I was weird: buckler: hubiestubert: 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. (...)

Hubie, even when you identified as a Conservative, I always found your posts to be insightful and intelligent, which is why you are currently my only favorited person here. I'm awfully glad you *are* here, because you help provide a reasonable perspective on things. Personally, I'm registered as "no party affiliation", and wish I were half as eloquent as you in saying what I think. Most times you do say what I think, and I appreciate that. I'm not licking anyone's ass here, but I think credit should be given when due.

And for every decent conservative like him, there's usually 1-2 cancerous hatemongers like tony. Sad how the party as a whole tolerates and at times even endorses them.

It's not like there's room for some kind of sane moderate party. Green Party doesn't count. I disagree with some of their stances. I wish someone would make one.


I had hopes for the Modern Whigs, but their momentum was stymied by the TEA Party, sadly.

We do need a functional Conservative party in this country. At this point, the Democrats are the ones seeping to the Center Right, and the Republicans have gone to the Far Right, and the leadership has decided to back the most malleable and radical elements.
 
2012-09-02 03:14:20 PM  
No one blindly follows their team quite like Republicans. You could do an entire psych study on these people.
 
2012-09-02 03:16:12 PM  

Mrtraveler01: tony41454: As opposed to:
"I am a Democrat 'cuz Obamah gives me free stuff."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe in Utopia on Earth where Iranians kiss Jews and trees and snail darters are more important than people."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe we have the right to kill babies."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz de President is ah BLACK man."

Seems the stocks of Kool-Aid have gone up dramatically.

-10/10 

A fart would've been more enlightening than this post.


He was trolling?!? I thought he was mocking Republicans by lampooning their most obnoxious talking points.
 
2012-09-02 03:16:25 PM  

justtray: No one blindly follows their team quite like Republicans. You could do an entire psych study on these people.


Somebody already did.
 
2012-09-02 03:16:55 PM  
Also remember people being interviewed are zealous enough to go to the convention in the first place.

That said, the Samantha Bee and John Oliver/Jason Jones segments with convention attendees were effing AWESOME. I feel like Bee has lead people into the "it's my choice" contradiction before, but it was still executed wonderfully. Made me laugh and become completely depressed all at once...
 
2012-09-02 03:17:20 PM  

DeltaPunch: Mrtraveler01: tony41454: As opposed to:
"I am a Democrat 'cuz Obamah gives me free stuff."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe in Utopia on Earth where Iranians kiss Jews and trees and snail darters are more important than people."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe we have the right to kill babies."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz de President is ah BLACK man."

Seems the stocks of Kool-Aid have gone up dramatically.

-10/10 

A fart would've been more enlightening than this post.

He was trolling?!? I thought he was mocking Republicans by lampooning their most obnoxious talking points.


If that was really the case, then I would have that much more faith in humanity again.
 
2012-09-02 03:17:24 PM  
Jesus said to love thy neighbor. Seems to me that Democrats give more love than Republicans.

And don't give me "yeah, with other people's money" or else I'll break out the [red-state-socialism.jpg]
 
2012-09-02 03:19:18 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: That said, the Samantha Bee and John Oliver/Jason Jones segments with convention attendees were effing AWESOME. I feel like Bee has lead people into the "it's my choice" contradiction before, but it was still executed wonderfully. Made me laugh and become completely depressed all at once...


They're pros at making people contradict themselves. Always amazes me that people still fall for it every time.
 
2012-09-02 03:19:48 PM  

hubiestubert: We do need a functional Conservative party in this country


We have a functional conservative party in this country - it's called the Democratic Party. What we don't have - and what we need - is a functional liberal party in this country.
 
2012-09-02 03:19:59 PM  
Never let it be said that liberals will ever waste a chance to spew hate and misconceptions. There's a reason that when asked to accurately state liberals positions on things, conservatives can, and when asked to accurately state conservatives positions on things, liberals can't. That would be because conservatives don't have to lie to themselves or to each other about what liberals believe in so that their own ideas sound better.

Yes, we DID build that, including all the roads and bridges and infrastructure. All of those things are dependent on American business in order to come to fruition, not the other way around. Without successful hard working people to pay taxes, you don't get to have those nice things. I'm a Republican because I don't believe that being beholden to the government is a good thing. I'm a Republican because I believe it's primarily my own responsibility to take care of me and I don't hold out my hand demanding that anybody who made more than me pay my way too.

I'm a Republican because anyone who is paying attention can plainly see that Democrats maintain and continue to buy their way in to power by finding new and interesting ways to write government checks to as many people as possible and if the country goes broke in the process that's just fine because long term success or failure never mattered to a liberal anyway, only intentions.
 
2012-09-02 03:21:41 PM  
If you have to ask yourself that question you are already well on your way to being the libbiest lib that ever libbed.
 
2012-09-02 03:22:15 PM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: hence the reason "Generic Republican" frequently polls better than the actual candidate.

Their 2016 nominee will be Clint Eastwood's empty chair and a footstool.


I am not looking forward to primary fight.
 
2012-09-02 03:22:35 PM  

randomjsa: There's a reason that when asked to accurately state liberals positions on things, conservatives can, and when asked to accurately state conservatives positions on things, liberals can't. That would be because conservatives don't have to lie to themselves or to each other about what liberals believe in so that their own ideas sound better.


That is the funniest thing I've seen you post. Now I KNOW you are just trolling because no one can seriously be stupid enough to believe a steaming load of BS like that!

Thank you for making me laugh.
 
2012-09-02 03:22:50 PM  

hubiestubert: I had hopes for the Modern Whigs, but their momentum was stymied by the TEA Party, sadly.

We do need a functional Conservative party in this country. At this point, the Democrats are the ones seeping to the Center Right, and the Republicans have gone to the Far Right, and the leadership has decided to back the most malleable and radical elements.


Start working on it. We need rational debate and compromise again. The difference in the last 6 or so years is depressing as hell - work is non-partisan, even if we lean liberal. Six years ago we could work with Republicans - not all of them, but a good # - and find compromises to move things forward, esp. since a good % of our supporters were (and still do) identified as Republicans. Now - nothing. A tiny, small fraction who are secure enough in their seats will still help find common ground, but that's it.

I know you know this (and IIRC you're a bit burned out). But damn, find somewhere to start. Take the damn party back, somehow. And I'll sincerely wish you the best. And keep voting for the few sane Republicans standing in primaries when I can (yay independent registration).

/please
//thanks
 
2012-09-02 03:23:03 PM  

BMulligan: hubiestubert: We do need a functional Conservative party in this country

We have a functional conservative party in this country - it's called the Democratic Party. What we don't have - and what we need - is a functional liberal party in this country.


Explain how Democrats are conservative again, please?
 
2012-09-02 03:24:46 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: hubiestubert: I had hopes for the Modern Whigs, but their momentum was stymied by the TEA Party, sadly.

We do need a functional Conservative party in this country. At this point, the Democrats are the ones seeping to the Center Right, and the Republicans have gone to the Far Right, and the leadership has decided to back the most malleable and radical elements.

Start working on it. We need rational debate and compromise again. The difference in the last 6 or so years is depressing as hell - work is non-partisan, even if we lean liberal. Six years ago we could work with Republicans - not all of them, but a good # - and find compromises to move things forward, esp. since a good % of our supporters were (and still do) identified as Republicans. Now - nothing. A tiny, small fraction who are secure enough in their seats will still help find common ground, but that's it.

I know you know this (and IIRC you're a bit burned out). But damn, find somewhere to start. Take the damn party back, somehow. And I'll sincerely wish you the best. And keep voting for the few sane Republicans standing in primaries when I can (yay independent registration).

/please
//thanks


this
 
2012-09-02 03:25:28 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: hubiestubert: I had hopes for the Modern Whigs, but their momentum was stymied by the TEA Party, sadly.

We do need a functional Conservative party in this country. At this point, the Democrats are the ones seeping to the Center Right, and the Republicans have gone to the Far Right, and the leadership has decided to back the most malleable and radical elements.

Start working on it. We need rational debate and compromise again. The difference in the last 6 or so years is depressing as hell - work is non-partisan, even if we lean liberal. Six years ago we could work with Republicans - not all of them, but a good # - and find compromises to move things forward, esp. since a good % of our supporters were (and still do) identified as Republicans. Now - nothing. A tiny, small fraction who are secure enough in their seats will still help find common ground, but that's it.

I know you know this (and IIRC you're a bit burned out). But damn, find somewhere to start. Take the damn party back, somehow. And I'll sincerely wish you the best. And keep voting for the few sane Republicans standing in primaries when I can (yay independent registration).

/please
//thanks


Liberal-leaning as I am, I can second this. It's a good idea, and who better to start than you, eh?
 
2012-09-02 03:26:19 PM  

randomjsa: Without successful hard working people to pay taxes, you don't get to have those nice things.


So if you take away the taxes, isn't the result exactly the f--king same?

There's something to be said for being prudent in spending choices. However, a certain Republican openly mocked volcano monitoring as 'wasteful', money that would be better kept in your hard working pocket. IIRC, he was in the news recently again. I'm not sure if it was the same person, though, since that one was asking the President to hand over a blank check for another type of looming natural disaster.
 
2012-09-02 03:26:25 PM  
I tend to favor the Republican ideals over the Democratic ideals. At this point, however, it feels like both parties have lost their way. I've not come across anything that says one party is better than the other, and am very skeptical of anyone who evangelizes one party or candidate over another. I also do not believe that anyone understands the complexity of our socioeconomic system well enough to definitively state whether or not a given policy or dirction is beneficial or not. It's all a metter of perspective, I guess.
 
2012-09-02 03:26:33 PM  

DeltaPunch: Mrtraveler01: tony41454: As opposed to:
"I am a Democrat 'cuz Obamah gives me free stuff."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe in Utopia on Earth where Iranians kiss Jews and trees and snail darters are more important than people."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz I believe we have the right to kill babies."
"I am a Democrat 'cuz de President is ah BLACK man."

Seems the stocks of Kool-Aid have gone up dramatically.

-10/10 

A fart would've been more enlightening than this post.

He was trolling?!? I thought he was mocking Republicans by lampooning their most obnoxious talking points.


Tony is a vile creature. It means it.
 
2012-09-02 03:26:44 PM  

BMulligan: functional liberal party


farm4.static.flickr.com

They're all over the place.
 
2012-09-02 03:26:54 PM  
randomjsa: I'm a Republican because anyone who is paying attention can plainly see that Democrats maintain and continue to buy their way in to power by finding new and interesting ways to write government checks to as many people as possible and if the country goes broke in the process that's just fine because long term success or failure never mattered to a liberal anyway, only intentions.

Rather than the convoluted Democrat check-writing, I prefer the straight-forward Republican approach of just losing pallets of cash in war-torn countries.
 
2012-09-02 03:27:32 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: So if you take away the taxes, isn't the result exactly the f--king same?


Conservatives are REALLY bad at math.
 
2012-09-02 03:28:27 PM  

Snark Shark II: Explain how Democrats are conservative again, please?


If both parties aren't the same, that means people with vague yet non-negotiable dogma will have to pick one.
 
2012-09-02 03:30:42 PM  

randomjsa: Never let it be said that liberals will ever waste a chance to spew hate and misconceptions. There's a reason that when asked to accurately state liberals positions on things, conservatives can, and when asked to accurately state conservatives positions on things, liberals can't. That would be because conservatives don't have to lie to themselves or to each other about what liberals believe in so that their own ideas sound better.

Yes, we DID build that, including all the roads and bridges and infrastructure. All of those things are dependent on American business in order to come to fruition, not the other way around. Without successful hard working people to pay taxes, you don't get to have those nice things. I'm a Republican because I don't believe that being beholden to the government is a good thing. I'm a Republican because I believe it's primarily my own responsibility to take care of me and I don't hold out my hand demanding that anybody who made more than me pay my way too.

I'm a Republican because anyone who is paying attention can plainly see that Democrats maintain and continue to buy their way in to power by finding new and interesting ways to write government checks to as many people as possible and if the country goes broke in the process that's just fine because long term success or failure never mattered to a liberal anyway, only intentions.


Two things are obvious to me after reading your post (which, the middle paragraph at least, I do not disagree with):

1. You don't understand the platform of the current democratic party.

2. You don't understand the platform of the current republican party.

Stop parroting what the conservative outrage machine is selling you and do some critical thinking on your own.
 
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