Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 6:30 a.m. MDT
I don't see Rand Paul ever getting the Republican nomination, not because
of anything mentioned in this piece, but because his foreign policy is
diametrically opposed to the policy choices of virtually all Republicans. If all
you knew about Sen. Paul was his foreign and military policy positions, you
would think he must be an ultra liberal Democrat, certainly far to the left of
"Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though
the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so
low?"Really? They need to ask?How about, Because
it's the right thing to do?Because when elected, you represent
all people. Your policies affect everyone. Not just those who voted for you.
Since the takeover of the Republican Tea Party by the "bubba" element of
the South, it will be impossible for any Republican/Tea Party candidate to
garner the votes of almost any minority. Applying a bit of
cosmetilogical legerdemain to a porcine mammal, does not turn said mammal into
anything different than it is.The Republican/Tea Party will have to
remain the party of old, white, largely conservative, religionists.
Seriously....is there ANY republican possible candidate who even stands a chance
for Pres?There aren't any on the horizon...except maybe Huntsman, and
he, word has it, doesn't want to be President.
The progressives just don't know what to do with that part of America that
disagrees with their view that everything should be free and government needs to
take away individual rights for the good of the whole. In other words, the
progressives can't reach their Utopia with those who can actually think for
themselves and just want the government to protect them in their rights
guaranteed under the Constitution (which, by the way, is a hindrance to
progressives). I don't agree with everything that Paul stands for, but I
sure as heck support his desire to protect my Constitutional rights, which is
the real reason progressives dislike him. This author would do better by just
stating what he believes, rather than waxing philosophical about a political
leader that is really good about stating what he believes. If the progressives
would just clear their muddled heads enough to come to terms with what they
really want,then state it, I would be open to listen to them. Until then, give
me what the Constitution guarantees me and leave me alone. I will be a good
neighbor as well, something progressives only know by government delegation.
Whenever I need a good laugh, I'll read post from a regressive who rambles
on and on about how Rand Paul will protect his Constitutional rights and about
how anybody who disagrees with his/her point of view is nothing more than a
free-loading progressive. Hilarious.
" their view that everything should be free and government needs to take
away individual rights for the good of the whole."I hope that
you dont really think that. But, it is a nice, partisan box to put people
in.There are plenty of "progressives" that are quite wealthy
and dont need the free stuff you talk about.In the end, our deficit
is driven by SS, Medicare and Defense. And I can assure you that a good number
of conservatives are partaking of SS and Medicare and scream loudly if we touch
defense.What "conservative" politician is actually working
on these huge chunks of the budget?Do yourself a favor think
logically. You are ranting about the pennies and letting the dollars slip away.
The conservatives just don't know what to do with that part of America that
disagrees with their view that everything should be flowing upward to the 1% and
government needs to take away individual opportunities for the good of the
wealthy minority. In other words, the conservatives can't reach their
Utopia with those who can actually think for themselves and just want the
government to protect them in the rights they think they are guaranteed under
their interpretation of the Constitution (which, by the way, is a hindrance to
conservatives unless twisted to their wishes). If the conservatives would just
clear their muddled heads enough to come to terms with what they really
want,then state it, I would be open to listen to them. Until then, give me what
the Constitution guarantees me as a real, living, breathing human being (not a
corporation)and leave me alone. I will be a good neighbor as well, something
conservatives have completely forgotten.
Two certainties. One is that Rand Paul has no chance of winning the GOP
nomination. The 2nd being the party will nominate an older white male, who
embraces Reagan, talks of smaller goverment, religous freedom, abolishing the
IRS, but in the end losses.
Wow, Gerson, a Republican, eviscerating a Republican. The GOP will see a
bloodbath over the next 2-3 years. They don't know what they stand for,
where they want to go, lack a vision, and have no obvious leader. Probably a
good thing. The last time the were in charge, it didn't turn out so good
and we are still paying the price and will for some time yet.
Hey Republicans - two words: Chris Christie.
As I watched the violence and protests in Missouri unfold over the past week and
I hear and see the ugly - volence laced - ignorant crowd that walks the streets
I have to wonder what effect the Democrat Party has had on the Black Community
over the past 50 years. In Chicago for example there were 12 black on black
murders just over the past weekend and the percent of Black children born with
no father is at 70%. That is shocking to say the least. To make the absurd
suggestion that the ideology of the Democrat party has helped the Black
community is nonsense. It has made it MUCH worse. The Democrat party has no
answer for the Black community and proof is in the numbers of every major city
from violence to high school drop out rate to out of wed lock children and
abortion and so on......New thinking is CRITICAL to help African
Americans as well as Hispanic Americans. The same ole same ole throw a bunch of
money at the problem doesn't work. New leadership is also needed in the
White House! Handouts will never work!! Dr. Ben Carson is a breath of fresh
With the full support of the media, the progressives continue to perpetrate the
myth that the GOP only cares about the rich 1% and is racist at its core. They
also equally support the myth that progressive policies have somehow actually
helped instead of hurt the poor and middle classes in this country.If those things were really true, then poor black people would be making
substantial gains in their position in society under this administration. We
would see big improvements in unemployment rates, incarceration rates,
graduation rates, stable families, etc. among the minority groups.Instead, we see some of the biggest declines in the history of this country.
Just like how Detroit refuses to acknowledge how Democratic rule destroyed that
once great city, liberals refuse to even think that Obama's policies might
be detrimental to poor people.
@ patriot, you make a truly astounding statement that any one political party is
responsible for racism in America, something that predates the United States.
It just never has gone away. Your attack on the Democrats for trying to help
minorities is ill-conceived. No program is perfect, but what the Democrats are
doing is trying to help. The Republicans offer nothing at all and have refused
to lift a finger. I would prefer to err on the side of helping, even though it
might take another 200 years to turn around what this country did to its
minorities over the past 400+ years.
re:EsquireEsquire - look at the numbers because they do not lie
guy!! Over the past 50 years every stat I sited has gotten much worse and the
reason is due completely to the failed liberal policies that the Democrat party
use. Hand outs and welfare and disincentives for work will NEVER be the answer.
Never. The GOP has some great ideas and Paul Ryan and Dr. Ben Carson have
actually articulated them recently. When something isn't working you
don't keep doing it making the absurd judgement that it is better than
nothing. Sometimes you have first STOP doing the bad policies and then reverse
and insert new thinking into the problem. Now let's look at why
the Democrats do what they do. You suggest it is out of concern and care. I
completely disagree with that. It is actually out of a lust for power for
themselves and making people dependent is the key. What black people need is
freedom from government dependence and the power to achieve that. Show me one
policy from your party that acheives that!
My wife is African American, from nearby the trouble in Ferguson, Missouri.The Civil Rights Act, Affirmative Action and many liberal programs
indeed have had a very, very beneficial effect for many African Americans, who
we now see among us, out of the ghetto, welcome parts of our middle class,
integral parts of the wonderful mosaic of America.Unfortunately,
there are too many people who have not benefitted from equal rights and social
programs, and I don't think anyone has ready answers on how they might be
helped, or better yet, motivated to reach up and achieve.We have too
many people - regardless of race - who have concluded they're not going to
win (or even be respectable) in the the race to prosperity, and instead they
seek to survive by bypassing our regular economy. The racism of
yesteryear has become the "class-ism" of 21st century Capitalism, and if
able-bodied, college educated, hard-working, loyal employees are easily
discarded as "uncompetitive" via globalization, it's hard to see
how the even less fortunate will succeed.
"Over the past 50 years every stat I sited has gotten much worse and the
reason is due completely to the failed liberal policies that the Democrat party
use"Patriot. It should be obvious, but maybe you are missing
it.If it has happened over the last 50 years, maybe, just maybe, it
is not just the Democrats using these "failed liberal policies". You do know that in the last 50 years, the GOP has been in power quite
often. Sorry to break it to you, but they have not historically operated
significantly different from the Democrats.And vice versa.Sad that so many can not see this very apparent fact.
One old Man. If you can defend whether something is Constitutional,I am more
than happy to support your cause. Progressives, however,view the Constitution as
an impediment to their "do-gooder" ideas. The endless tit and tat of
ideas can cease if that question can get answered. It doesn't matter
whether the poor man is poor or the rich man is rich. The progressives are
still under the delusion that they have some program to fix poverty or any other
number of challenges in this country. I don't want a Utopian society. I
want human beings that have to live life without somebody trying to live it for
them, which progressives are doing all they can to do. Since when was this
country founded under the principle that everyone had to have a certain level of
income to be happy, or educational attainment, or Health care? I don't want
government taking care of me! Progressives are under the delusion that people
need their help to be happy. That doesn't stop them, however. Rand Paul
doesn't like compulsion, something that progressives know is a threat to
what they can't live without, power!
Hmmmm . . . So we have Gerson, a former GW Bush acolyte . . . And he's
dissing Rand Paul.We've seen how completely DESTRUCTIVE to this
nation Republicans can be.“The single most important thing we
want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president . . .
”Mitch McConnel's infamous dictum and the consequent
sabotage of all useful legislation favored by the President showed the
Republicans' willingness to harm America if it can help achieve a
questionable political objective.And now Republicans are showing how
destructive to their own party they can be. Apparently silly bickering takes
precedence over party solidarity.Let's just stand back and let
this take its course.Republican continually show their propensity
and inclination to destroy. If they direct their animus toward one another,
that could be a good thing, couldn't it?
In my eyes, the act that is most revealing of the heart of the Republican Party
today is its effort to restrict access to the polls. IMO, this says loud and
clear, "We aren't trying to win hearts and minds. We have in our tent
who we want and now we have to figure out a way to win with what we recognize is
a minority."It both sickens and saddens me to see the party in
this state. I used to respect it.
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