To bebot - although I've already agreed that government can sometimes be too
overreaching, claiming that "our freedom is all but gone" is a
ridiculously ignorant comment. I assume that you, like me, have the freedom
to:Pack up all your belongings and move anywhere from Hawaii to
Maine on a whim, without any paperwork or application.Choose any and
all of your friends.Worship at the church of your choice, or be a
devil-worshiper, or be an atheist, without even a hint of government
coercion.Run for public office as a Democrat, Republican,
Independent, Green Party, Nazi, Communist, or Llama Lover, and face no
prosecution if you lose.Write editorial comments to the newspaper
without any fear of repercussions.Go to WalMart and find a gazillion
options for every conceivable product, and purchase whatever you can afford.Prepare for and pursue the career of your choice.Pick up on
a whim and vacation anywhere in the country you want, whenever you want.I'm running out of my 200 words, but I could go on for a very long time.
Besides being unable to smoke pot, I'm curious about all the oppression under
which you think you live.
DSBA drug dealer is an attempted murderer? What about the state
liquor store? What about tobacco companies?(I believe that they should be shut
down because the costs of cancer treatment and the direct correlation to death).
For you to say someone who is in jail for drug use(personal drug use, not a
violent drug dealer), is worse than someone who cheats hundreds of people out of
millions is where I disagree with current policy. White collared crimes haven't
been persecuted until very recently. If we outlaw drugs lets outlaw liquor and
To bebotI differ on my opinion of drug usage. As far as I'm
concerned, drug dealers are attempted murderers, and turning it into to a
regulated, legal business just turns attempted murder into a legal operation.
To me, the callous indifference to the havoc wreaked by hooking people on drugs
that so often lead to an escalation of use, addiction, misery, and even death is
so despicable that I think it's worse than embezzlement, and should carry
heavier penalties.I do agree we are a far different country than our
founding fathers pictured, and our freedoms are indeed impaired by a bloated and
heavy-handed government. But, I certainly don't imagine that our founding
fathers pictured a potheaded population of drug addicts, and morally bankrupt
drug dealers with no value whatsoever for the impact of their activities on
To DSB,My point was drug charges often carry larger sentences than
insider trading and embezzlement cases. Why allow tobacco and alcohol use, but
in order to stop marijuana we sacrifice millions and millions of dollars plus
however many deaths because of the drug cartels. It's not the governments job to
tell me what I can and can't do with my body, let alone put me in jail for years
for using drugs. Our country doesn't resemble anything that the founding fathers
pictured. Our freedom is all but gone.
To DSB,My point was drug charge
I would like to see Perry run a liberal state like that of Massachusetts. I
don't think he would have an easy time touting jobs in a state like that. He is
lucky to have been head of a conservative state like Texas.
To Bebot - which is worse, a heinous murder, or embezzlement? Maybe we should
stop prosecuting embezzlement.I think Perry is a buffoon, and if
he's nominated, I'll have to concede that the most powerful segment of my party
is dedicated to providing endless fodder to late night comedians and left-wing
media, so they can paint exaggerated caricatures of Republicans as people who
choose uneducated, mentally incompetent idiots as their leaders, just like they
did with Bush as President.I think Romney, Huntsman, and Gingrich,
and possibly Cain or Ron Paul, could help us move away from the mockery of
self-appointed intellectual elitists, and possibly force them to argue ideas
instead of level personal attacks on intellect. But, Bachman and
Perry will certainly expand the range of jokes. And, heaven forbid Sarah Palin
gets nominated - there would never be a break.
He's got to stop with the attacks. I'm sick of hearing his name even. There is
something wrong with is guy. Can you imagine 14 more months of him let alone 4
years. Whether you liked Bush or not compare the two when they stand at a
stage. Scary huh!
I have looked at Texas. I don't want Perry harming the United States the way
he's harmed Texas. No, thanks.
Rick Perry cooked his goose in the last GOP debate when he cornered himself on
illegal immigration. Illegal immigration will NOT be solved until the magnets,
i.e., special consideration in the form of college tuition breaks, are gone. I appreciate they are "down and out", and probably need help,
but what about all of the LEGALS here who are also down and out?? He
is pandering to the hispanic vote, and it has backfired on him.
To me he is just a great big fraud and we will still be in big time trouble if
he wins. He might be a good Governor in Texas but he does not have the smarts I
think to get us out of the problems that we are facing. He also lies it seems
every time he turns around. There are a few of the men in the race who I feel
can do a much better job being our next President.
By a margin of 63 percent to 32 percent, respondents in a Bloomberg Global Poll
approved of the presidents proposal, known as the Buffett rule.Do
you seriously think that a Republican candidate can oppose this tax on those
making more than a million dollars per year and still get elected? Quite a
quandary for the Republicans; support the tax proposal and not get nominated or
oppose it and not get elected. We are trapped by a primary system that is in the
firm control of wackos.
I'd like a candidate who will finally make real changes that are good changes.
First change to make is to pull out of afganistan, Iraq, and any other country
that we have no business being in. I am also opposed to this defend Israel at
all costs agenda, I don't understand it, and think it's an unwinnable situation.
Second we need to reduce government size. Too much regulation, red tape, and
interference. Take from the rich and give to the poor is crippling the country.
Entitlement programs have good intentions but are heavily abused and drag on the
economy. Corporations and jobs will continue to leave the country if we continue
the high taxes or increase them. People are not created equal. Some people are
talented and motivated while others are not. It's not fair to take from people
who risk everything to start a business then take a huge portion of their
earnings to support lazy people who are milking unemployment, stretching the
definition of disabled, or abusing the welfare program. Corporate lobbyist need
to be shutdown. Legalize marijuana, pardon non-violent drug offenders, and start
enforcing important laws. What's worse smoking pot or embezzling millions.
The more this guy talks, the more convinced I am that he'd make a bad president.
Why is he for tax payer funded college education for illegal immigrants and
their children.What makes them so special besides potential votes?
So has anyone asked Rick perry why he was Texas campaign chairman for Al Gore?
It is question he needs to answer.
Perry needs to spend more time covering his specific economic plan and less time
bashing Mitt Romney.At the end of the day, people are going to give him a thumbs
up or down on what HE can do NOT what he thinks Romney can or can't do.
Perry is just out of his league in this race. It's obvious that a group of
people want him to be President, and that he has convinced himself to be
President ... but he has no capability to be President.The debates
typically do not help or hurt a candidate, but Perry implodes every time he
opens his mouth on stage. Even Santorum looks better than Perry, and Santorum
does not have much to offer.The polls are tipping back to Mitt. It
shouldn't be long until Perry collapses in the polls.
No candidate yet, can solve the emission problem by continuing the same lifelong
employment system that created it. However, by returning to the land, we can
quickly and easily solve not only the emissions problems, but the whole energy
crisis, pollution to our air, land, water and food that makes young and old
diseased, war, immigration, inequality and unfair and expensive social welfare
programs, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. with their expensive
government payroll attached.We need to select Gods garden paradise
lifestyle and make it known; God will give us a candidate to bring it in
smoothly. Gods way has no sorrow added. That would be a delightful change.
The way is prepared for us; we need to prepare the way for God.
I hate to remind Perry, but there is a lot more to this nation than healthcare
and climate change. True those are big issues, but the top three are1: Jobs2: The Economy3: Debt and they're all very
closely related.The man who has the best plan to address those will
win this election.