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    11-21-2017, 06:18 PM
    The voters haven't turned against Trump. I'm not talking about the Jeff Flakes and the McCains. They'll never vote for him regardless. But he's got the GOP voter base locked in. And mark my words he could do pretty much anything he wants and they'll continue to support him. Just like the GOP supported Bush until he couldn't run anymore due to term limits. Just like the democrats supported Obama until he wasn't able to run anymore. "he's our guy! defend him!" Once you're in the white house, you get a certain degree of immunity from internal criticism and an overly-generous benefit-of-the-doubt granted by the average voter. We just gotta figure out how to get our guy in there.
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    11-21-2017, 08:22 AM
    I'm not above the Trojan horse strategy. I've joked before that we should take a candidate and make him out to be the most blood-thirsty foreign interventionist and drug-warrior in the Republican race. Because, once you win, your party is going to defend everything you do, and the other party is going to attack you no matter what you do. We are too polarized as a nation for that to stop happening. Once safely in office, rip off your shirt and reveal the giant L on your chest, and watch as the people who voted for you defend you even if you call all the troops home, end the Fed, stop funding the war on drugs, etc. Voters are stupid. I say we stop trying to win them over and instead fool them into freedom.
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    11-20-2017, 06:57 PM
    Kudos for handling it then and there.
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    11-20-2017, 04:33 PM
    Why does it take so long to report these things though? My patriarchal mind cannot comprehend. Someone stole a toolbox out of my garage one day when I left the door open. I didn't wait 5 years to report, 'oh yeah, someone stole a toolbox out of my garage 5 years ago when I left the door open.' Must be a woman thing.
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    11-20-2017, 03:58 PM
    I wonder if 'culture' is a mis-nomer. Ideology seems to be the biggest threat. Historically I suppose culture and ideology have gone hand-in-hand, but everything seems to be spilling over the edges these days.
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    11-19-2017, 08:42 AM
    That's not the impression I get, when the solution to co-opting is to start a fresh, even more-obscure party. It very much looks like we are the ones running—infinitely divisible. That's not a problem when you are discussing secession, but when trying to build a political party with enough clout to do anything worthwhile . . .—just, NO we do not need another political party, that's my opinion, and this is a poll thread so I'm giving it. the point is that we wrote them all off as 'teocons.' Any new recruits we might have gained were rinsed into the gutter with the real troublemakers. We basically helped the leftist media and the neocon establishment kill the Tea Party movement. it's a shame too, because there was more common ground between the libertarians and tea-partiers than any other political force out there.
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    11-18-2017, 11:01 AM
    And then do we run from this party too when people start coming in that don't align 100% with the stated goals? Do we again just throw our hands up in the air and cry 'woe is me, we've been co-opted!'? Pretty much when some of us were out distributing End the Fed flyers at Tea Party rallies, other people on these forums were whining about "Teocons" when in truth many of these average republican voters were disgusted with the GOP and ready to leave the party. It was a prime audience. The two movements now have more common ground than ever before, the enthusiasm drained from them like a Wall Street crony's corporate account before pulling the ripcord on his golden parachute. A lot of libertarians on these forums don't seem to grasp the concept that the road to 'no government' and the road to 'smaller government' share the same stretch of asphalt for much of the way, but you won't work with anyone who doesn't land on Chance and proceed to full blown anarcho-capitalistic, collect $200.
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    11-17-2017, 10:19 AM
    Indeed, no real republican will be safe from women coming out of the woodwork claiming they were raped/fondled 200 years ago but just didn't feel like reporting it to anyone until it was politically convenient.
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    11-14-2017, 07:12 AM
    That still pales in comparison to the likelihood of black people being victims of violent crime at the hands of a "person of color." A poignant question would be: Can "people of color" be friends with "people of color"? But you will never hear them ask that, because people would quickly realize that it's not really the white man keeping the black man down anymore.
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    11-14-2017, 06:54 AM
    Meh, they used to send inmates off to war.
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    11-14-2017, 06:46 AM
    If only we could find out what pushes Graham down a thousand or so points.
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    11-10-2017, 07:34 AM
    I was just thinking this morning about how radically different forms of protest are on the left and the right. When conservatives protest they grab lawn chairs and go to the park and listen to public speakers (tea party protests looked more like a nursing home field trip). When liberals protest they set trash cans on fire and block traffic and scream.
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    11-09-2017, 03:15 PM
    I just threw out an example to say that you can live comfortably in the countryside for the same cost of living in the city. I've lived on both sides of the city limits sign. Got out and never looked back. I suppose when you are used to it, the thought of going without the conveniences the city has to offer is a bit frightening. But it all comes at a cost, and the cost only gets higher as the city raises taxes and grows which attracts more liberals who vote to raise taxes and grow the city which attracts more liberals who vote to raise taxes and grow the city which attracts more . . well, you get the point. They can keep their level 1 trauma center. I may die in the back of an ambulance on the way from Backwaterville but at least I'll die having experienced a bit of freedom in my life.
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    11-09-2017, 12:10 PM
    Do not read the comments.
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    11-09-2017, 11:57 AM
    Din do nuffin
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    11-09-2017, 11:50 AM
    On the bright side, when you do sell that 960 sq. foot home, you'll be able to afford a nice 2,000 sq. foot home on 10 acres of land without fire, police, sewer systems, or medical care (and therefore liberals won't be interested in moving in next door to you, meaning you will have relatively lower taxes for the foreseeable future).
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    11-08-2017, 03:20 PM
    Well, really the constitution only applies between people and the government, not people and other people (perhaps with a few exceptions such as slavery, you might run into problems if you tried to enslave your neighbor, lol). It's why a restaurant can tell you not to bring guns inside, and all you can really do in retaliation is stop doing business with them or abide by their rules. I had a good friend though, who lived in one of those cookie-cutter stick-built subdivisions where the houses are exactly alike and built so close together you can barely fit a fence between the lots. Some crazy bitch living down the street was trying to rally the neighborhood into forming an HOA and he was strongly opposed to it. I'd be curious to know what your rights are in that situation, if you were there long before the covenant came into play. Eventually he got tired of fighting it, said the lady was relentless (didn't like kids apparently, if you wanted a tree house you should go to the park or something). He moved out.
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    11-08-2017, 09:56 AM
    Virginia's problem is its proximity to D.C. Kind of like NH and Mass. It's a great place to live, vote, and within driving distance of all those bureaucratic jobs just over the Potomac. Many conservatives look to Virginia as helplessly as the guy in the movies whose buddy falls into the water and gets eaten by piranhas. They're turning blue all right, but I doubt it's an ideological shift as much as it has to do with migration. Then there's this, which I thought was pretty substantial: https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-study-one-nine-virginians-foreign-born
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    11-07-2017, 03:28 PM
    Interview with the guy who shot the gunman. Didn't see if this had been posted yet.
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    11-06-2017, 03:40 PM
    There's a deterrence factor as well (which I understand some people don't believe in either). In any case, if you can beat the snot out of a senator and only have to pay $5k and spend a year in jail, they might as well be operating it like a dunking booth. Unless they increase the charges, this whole thing is a joke. Come one come all. Got a ticket? Fantastic! Step right up. Keep throwing 'til you hit the bulls-eye.
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    11-06-2017, 11:19 AM
    The real problem is when people start spending money they don't have. Everyone's gotta have that new I-phone 30, complete with all the features of I-phone 29 but frivolous new feature added! Unfortunately they can't scrounge up $50 to go see a doc when they get sick every now and then. No no, those costs are someone else's problem. As a society we have forgotten the difference between NEEDS and WANTS. It's critical. If you cannot tell what your needs are then you become incapable of caring for yourself.
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    11-06-2017, 07:11 AM
    It doesn't really work when you are all clumped together, unfortunately. In 1861 the differences in ideology were neatly drawn along regional borders, perhaps with the exception of the Mason-Dixon areas. This guy was his friggin neighbor, and I think we both know what neighbors are good for. What is more likely to happen is a "Bleeding Kansas" situation where people are just beating each other in the streets. Hell, it's already starting to look like that, even in the well-to-do communities of doctors. Bring it on, I say. We're just delaying the inevitable.
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    11-05-2017, 07:50 PM
    Lordy help me I clicked on the comments. Can we please write off the Left and just let the Right kick the shit out of them? Of all the Republican senators in D.C. they are celebrating and mocking Rand.
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    11-05-2017, 07:14 PM
    Bail is probably the most backwards, screwed up thing in our judicial system. They do need to up the charges on this, possibly even to aggravated assault. It takes a lot of force to displace a rib (fracturing is fairly easy but the bone usually stays relatively in-line).
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    11-04-2017, 06:33 AM
    Sounds like they intend to make the guy a political martyr. Spain should probably pardon him if they want this thing to blow over rather than escalate.
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    11-04-2017, 06:29 AM
    He must not have heard of Colorado.
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    11-04-2017, 06:07 AM
    Spot-on analysis. The perception was that Trump was the outsider. He established that from the start. Whether or not that was or is actually the case is irrelevant, because in the eyes of the voters, by process of elimination, anyone who attacked him from that point on was considered establishment. Rand would have done better to hold his fire a bit longer in the race until the field became narrowed so that he might actually have debated Trump on policy (the current state of debates is pretty lousy, though, 'Candidate X, what is your favorite color? Now to candidate B, what is your response to candidate X's reply?'). Even so, watching these candidates line up to attack Trump was watching a fight in a low budget ninja film. I had to close my eyes at times. Politics is more about perception than principles or policy.
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