Published: Saturday, March 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
There are lots of moderates out there...they are just all democrats, including
Amen.California's congressional and state legislative lines are
now drawn by a 14-member independent commission, created by ballot initiative.
Commissioners must have voted in at least two of the last three statewide
elections, and may not have changed party affiliation for at least five years.
Neither commissioners nor immediate family may have been a candidate for federal
or state office or member of a party central committee; an officer, employee, or
paid consultant to a federal or state candidate or party; a registered lobbyist
or paid legislative staff; or a donor of more than $2,000 to an elected
candidate. Furthermore, neither commissioners nor immediate family may be staff,
consultants, or contractors for state or federal government while serving on the
commission. With an eye to analytical skills, impartiality, and diversity,
a panel of three state auditors choose 20 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and 20 who
are neither to be nominees for the commission; the four legislative leaders may
each cut two people from each pool. Eight commissioners (3 Democrats, 3
Republicans, 2 neither) are chosen randomly from the remaining nominees; those
eight choose six colleagues (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 2 neither), to reflect
the diversity of the state. The final commission thus has 14 members (5
Democrats, 5 Republicans, 4 neither).
This letter is absolutely correct. This Country is under direct attack from left
wing extremists. Unfortunately, the response of some is to engage in equally
extreme behavior on the right.Extremism is not the answer. We must
have moderation, prudence, respect, and tolerance. Pointless bickering and
arguing will accomplish nothing.We must return to being a nation of
brotherhood and loyalty. We cannot weaken ourselves from within, while so many
outsiders are waiting to tear us down.
We need a conservative coalition. Period.
An EXCELLENT letter, Mr. Hunt.Thank you for some much needed fresh
air and good thinking.
I think true moderates are a small part of the population and that is why they
only have a small voice. That and we have too many democrat politicians who
pretend to be moderates, who are anything but moderate. The are more like
infiltrators trying to grab some votes from people on the other side (John
Kerry). The right is tired of these very liberal people claiming they are the
middle ground between conservative and liberal just because they can name one
person more liberal than themselves. Most of these so called moderates are as
far left as I am far right. But at least I am honest about who I am and what I
The cry from the Left seems to be "come join with us as we trample the
Constitution". Some people don't believe in law and order. They think
that they are the law. They think that they have the right to implement laws
that are contrary to the Supreme Law of the Land.In America, the
people hold all power. The government does not "give" any rights to
anyone. The people are the repository of all rights.There can be no
"moderate" position when the highest level of government attacks its own
people by restricting them in ways that are explicitly forbidden by the Supreme
Law of the Land.Talking things to death does not make permissible
attacks on religion, attacks on free speech and attacks on the our right to keep
and bear arms. ALL rights are held by the people except those few rights that we
have explicitly assigned to government. Obama seems to think that he can
demagogue us into submission. When "moderates" stop talking
law breaking and start talking about solving problems that have been assigned to
the government, then people of all parties can sit at the same table and talk.
Amen and amen
The cry from the Right seems to be "come join with us as we trample the
Constitution". We saw that in very stark outlines within the tortured eight
years of the administration of President Cheney and his little friend. I forget
which of them came right out and said it."The Constitution is
just a piece of paper." Was that Dick or was that George as they sought to
demagogue us into submission?Thankfully, we are rid of them and we
dodged a bullet with Mitt.If only we could bring some common sense
into Congress now -- on both sides.
"When "moderates" stop talking law breaking and start talking about
solving problems that have been assigned to the government, then people of all
parties can sit at the same table and talk."Mr. Richards, thank
you for keeping to your usual form, assuming you and you alone are the arbiter
and final say on the intent of the constitution of these United States of
America. It amazes me that there are those who clearly believe that
the rule of law is something only recognized and adhered to by one side of the
political spectrum. Only one view is lawful... everything other then their
own orthodoxy is without morals and merit..
"There are lots of moderates out there...they are just all democrats,
including President Obama."What a genius! So are Castro,
Ahmadinejad and Chavez, 3 world leaders who most dems idolize!
There can never be coherent discussions with people who resort to attacks rather
than discussing the issues. The issue that must be settled first is what
authority the government has before discussing how the government is going to
use that authority to do its assigned job. Discussing programs that are not
authorized serves no purpose. You wouldn't waste time discussing whether a
thief had used the money he stole from you for a good purpose. You would
discuss how to keep that thief's fingers out of your wallet.Liberals love to talk about grand programs that "help" Americans.
Their grand schemes don't work. FDR made promises that have not been kept -
in 80 years. LBJ told us about the great society. That didn't work.
Social workers have demanded and gotten trillions to "help" unwed
mothers. The result is millions more unwed mothers.Fix Washington
before you waste your breath trying to sell us another boondoggle. Obama is
selling the same soap that FDR tried to sell us. It didn't work then and
it won't work now.Agree on the rules before discussing issues.
re:MikeRichardsIn the decade following the 1964 introduction of the war on
poverty, poverty rates in the U.S. dropped to their lowest level since
comprehensive records began in 1958: from 17.3% in the year the Economic
Opportunity Act was implemented to 11.1% in 1973. They have remained between 11
and 15.2% ever since.Poverty has significantly fallen among
Americans under 18 years old from 23% in 1964 down to less than 17%, although it
has risen again to 20% in 2009. The most dramatic decrease in poverty was among
Americans over 65, which fell from 28.5% in 1966 to 10.1% today.
"Liberals love to talk about grand programs that "help" Americans.
Their grand schemes don't work. FDR made promises that have not been kept -
in 80 years. LBJ told us about the great society. That didn't work. Social
workers have demanded and gotten trillions to "help" unwed mothers. The
result is millions more unwed mothers."Well, by that logic, lets
get rid of prisons. Hundreds of prisons have been build, millions have been
held in them, and what is the result, millions more crimes keep happening.
Using Mr. Richards logic, Prisons don't work because we still have people
committing crime."Agree on the rules before discussing
issues."Problem is Mr. Richards, the vast majority of this
country has agreed upon the rules. They might not like the decisions of the
Supreme Court in all cases, but the constitution of the US has given that body
the right to determine the constitutionality of law - not you, or your buddies.
If you are waiting for the nation to bend to your personal interpretation of
constitutional law before having a discussion, that discussion will not happen.
John Charity Spring calling for "moderation, prudence, respect, and
tolerance. "Huh? Serious question Do you
feel that you are a moderate? Tolerant?
Moderates are just gutless wonders who are never willing to take a stand,They never stand for anything.From the Book of Revelations
3;26:So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I
will spue thee out of my mouth.Not even God likes fence sitters.
"Moderates are just gutless wonders who are never willing to take a
stand,"truth... no... moderates are those who choose to think
for themselves.... who take the time to look at things issue by issue, and judge
each based on their merits. I am willing to take my chances with
Gods judgement - your judgement really concerns me not.And Truth -
do you really believe that using scripture, which is clearly not talking about
politics, to twist those words into a meaning that clearly they were not
intended, that you are acting in a way consistent with your self proclaim
mantle? Oh... and BTW - Revelations Chapter 3 only goes to verse
22... it is actually verse 16 you are referring to, and it is talking about
works. 15 reads," I know thy works, that thou art neither cold
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot"He is talking about works
as evidence of your faith - not which political party you agree or disagree
with. Twisting sacred words into gutter level political snipping.... not
something I would feel really good about..
OK truth,What would you call me.I think we spend too
much. That Entitlements need to be cut. The military is too big and
costs too much. I believe that the upward movement of the wealthin this
country is damaging.I believe that we need to give business the
freedom to make their own choices in the name of profit. But not complete
freedom, as we see often some bad deeds that they do.I am not gay,
but don't see it as a threat to my marriage.I fully support peoples
right to own guns, but not every gun, everywhere.I thing GW Bush was
a decent man. I believe Obama is also.Believe me, I can take a
stand. It is just at odds with the Democratic party at times.And it is at
odds with the Republican party at times.I have a feeling that you
will agree with me on some things and not others.I think I am a
moderate. What do you think?
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