There are many people I respect on here, so it seems very odd to me when they go so off base with critiques on their own writings.
“There is a depressing tendency in modern political life to disparage those who disagree with you as either stupid or evil.”—Ted Cruz, as quoted in today’s Boston Globe.
Poor, brave Obama. He celebrated his awful place in life yesterday with his 150th round of golf. No worries about America or the Philippines.And when he swaggers out to Air Force 1, I hurt for him.
Kendall, you have been down on the goodness of the American people, lately, and our early history. And your sense of reality is sick.
Only a self-confident and brave individual would subject himself to the abuse that bullies have hurled at President Obama. I use the word “bully” here because bullies don’t need a valid reason to attack. The birther movement is an example of bullying.
Joe Manchin was brave in taking on the NRA.
And Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz certainly don't lack cheek.
Bachmann seems unafraid to repeat any lie, no matter how egregious and no matter how often factcheckers expose her lies. Or is she not a brave person, but a pathological liar?
Cruz seems unafraid to place any thought into a rigid ideological framework, no matter how untried that ideology may be. Or is he not a brave person, but a reckless nihilist?
As far as the effects of Obamacare had on me personally, I still have my insurance and the only real changes is that deductibles have went up quite high. This might not be so bad if I was an older individual with very expensive procedures just around the corner but being of the 30 something age...barring something unexpected, I'll never get my deductible paid off before year's end and the insurance won't be paying much.
Now to be fair, I read your letter, "Constitution, Obamacare strive to promote general well-being" and agree with most of it.
My only minor critique lies with, "The latest of these (delivered by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and FOX's Sean Hannity) is that all Americans will have to "give up their insurance policies" and adopt the more expensive "Obamacare" plan."
Did Hannity and Rush actually say that? I could imagine Rush saying something like it but I only recall hearing Hannity talking about those that have lost their current healthcare.
Let's face it Fred, you do have a habit of throwing certain things about when you are debating/arguing those you peg as conservative..such as:
1. Not accepting that Obama is President. You did this to me on page 1 of this forum thread. This in spie that I never questioned the legitimacy of Obama being President.
2. Fantasitcal false statements: You did this 14 days ago when you said, "he believes Orwell's works somehow "belong" only to far right tea party extremists."
Not a shred of truth in that at all. But do we see any , "Oops..my bad", from you? Nope.
"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend (well maybe not "to the death") your right to say it." ~ Voltaire
"Ditto." ~Sam Wheat
"unless you can provide some facts to explain why you called Obama a "pig""
As stated before..I did explain how he is an Orwellian pig. Mostly at the Times. But for some reason you don't seem to be getting that.
"Stop watching FOX.."
I watch Fox, CNN, Stewart and Colbert. I listen to NPR, Smiley & West. I read local news and news from BBC, Fox, CNN, and Haaretz.
"because your party"
I have no political party.
"Did not Ted Cruz say..."
I don't live in Texas, he is not my problem or responsibility.
"When you don't provide facts, but merely label your opponents, you are not contributing to positive discourse on these issues."
You tend to do that quite a bit on here.
"The "tea party" and its ilk have become more or less synonymous with what passes for the Republican Party."
Being the most noticed or vocal does not mean they represent the great silent majority. Also considering that the Tea Party is hardly a definable organization doesn't help in finding definable numbers on exactly how many true believers in the movement their are.
"You are grasping at straws because you called the President a "pig" merely because you don't like his policies"
"I see that you were quoted by Editor Smith in his column in today's paper"
The man has good taste...what can I say?
"SOME Republicans are bigots and neoConfederates,"
And unless the topic is about bigotry or succession....then mentioning such terms is incorrect and isn't any better than Obama haters bringing up socialism when it has nothing to do with a topic.
"SOME Republicans are bigots and neoConfederates, but not all."
And those who belong to the Tea Party..what of them?
"I respond here because you still don't seem to comprehend plain English."
Actually your comments were lacking in clarity. It happens to those that get too emotionally involved with their writings.
"Calling President Obama and his people "squealers" is not using "pigs" in the same context as Orwell's villains."
Actually it is if one understands the character called Squealer in the book and what he represented.
Do you understand?
And no group of loyal Americans would permit that symbol of treason to be flown at a group gathering, whether that gathering be public or private!!!
I don’t oppose Johnson’s pardon; I think it facilitated the healing process.
I also think those who, even today, stick that flag in the faces of loyal Americans are preventing the completion of the healing process.
Those who wave the Confederate flag offend loyal Americans as deeply as a Muslim would offend loyal Americans by standing in front of the World Trade Center Memorial and holding up a sign proclaiming, “Hooray for the jihadists who flew planes into these buildings.”
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