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You said you rather pick principles over party. What priniciples has President Obama shown that makes you feel he is better for the job over McCain?
Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.
And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.
Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?
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Originally posted by The All Seeing I
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Nice of you to tune back in just enough to tune back out again. If you actually took the time to review the thread instead of just topically responding to the OP... you'd see that this inquiry has to do with the chameleon nature of the portion of the political body that has made a blatant attempt to absorb a third parties' ideologies. This is a very interesting phenomenon to witness for those who have an avid interest in politics. As far as divisiveness goes... the neo-cons are king... i think it's important to have a close eye on their anti-social psychotic tactics... just as well a closer eye needs to be on the party currently in power for it is it's turn now to give off the illusion that they care. Yes we are being played on both "sides"... this thread's focus is not on both "sides" it's on the one that left us bleeding... and continues to push for more.
What you advocate by your example and post is to take a defeatist stance and tune out. What i am advocating with this thread is to tune in and not take anything at face value. No one here is denying that both parties serve the same master and that this country is essentially a plutocracy masquerading around as a democracy.
[edit on 29-4-2009 by The All Seeing I]
Star, Kudos, Bravo... that's what i like to see... fire in the belly. You really do care after all. You are more of an asset to country and ATS if you actively participate in this info-war. Each of these threads, that you could broad stroke bipartisan bicker banter is an opportunity to set the record straight... that the system is fixed... this you could say has been my ulterior motive.
Sorry to say the boycott will not work. Whether we like it or not we all have to be engaged for there to be any chance of evolving past this con game. Pointing out the absurdities and the hypocrisies of the beast we in turn collectively learn to recognize it's deceptive ways... and therefore seek out alternatives.
What amazes me is how much they flaunt their disrespect for us in our face. They know how intellectually lazy and emotionally delayed we are and they milk it from every angle/side. We are sheeple in their eyes... and they have us tag teamed...
but the more of us that recognize that the man and dog work together... the greater chance we have at changing the rules of the game:
At some point in our lives, each of us faces the loss of someone or something dear to us. The grief that follows such a loss can seem unbearable, but grief is actually a healing process. Grief is the emotional suffering we feel after a loss of some kind. The death of a loved one, loss of a limb, even intense disappointment can cause grief. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has named five stages of grief people go through following a serious loss. Sometimes people get stuck in one of the first four stages. Their lives can be painful until they move to the fifth stage - acceptance.
Five Stages Of Grief
1. Denial and Isolation.
At first, we tend to deny the loss has taken place, and may withdraw from our usual social contacts. This stage may last a few moments, or longer.
The grieving person may then be furious at the person who inflicted the hurt (even if she's dead), or at the world, for letting it happen. He may be angry with himself for letting the event take place, even if, realistically, nothing could have stopped it.
Now the grieving person may make bargains with God, asking, "If I do this, will you take away the loss?"
The person feels numb, although anger and sadness may remain underneath.
This is when the anger, sadness and mourning have tapered off. The person simply accepts the reality of the loss.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.