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    Today, 12:29 PM
    I have not even been a fan of using name-calling, but I find myself coming around:
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    Today, 11:50 AM
    Hey Bernie supporters - here's a stick in your eye! This is pretty shameless. She is openly handing DWS cash for her help in rigging the primaries.
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    Today, 10:37 AM
    Great. The Neocons took over the Tea Party, and now they're coming for the Libertarian Party. Trying to find strong leaders with a philosophy of not wanting to run your life is perhaps an insurmountable paradox. Remember when Ron Paul wanted us to take over the GOP from within? He wanted us to be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities. But most of us bailed a while ago.
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    Today, 09:36 AM
    The article continues here.
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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    Even so, Smitty. HERE's A BLAST FROM THE PAST!!! vote Libertarian and/or 3rd Party in November! :cool:
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    by WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. January 22, 2016 12:25 PM Editor’s Note: The following excerpts are drawn from an essay by William F. Buckley Jr. that appeared in the March/April 2000 issue of Cigar Aficionado. "Many people are inflamed by the rampant demagoguery in the present scene. Demagoguery — demagogy — comes in two modes. Most conspicuous is that of the candidate who promises the voters what are best described as Nice Things. Why not health care for the uninsured? Or for children? Why not cheaper drugs? Free child delivery? (Free funerals?) Sharpshooters tracking down demagogy were out there waiting last summer, eyes trained, when Bill Bradley arrived in Iowa. Would he do it? Would he advocate an end to the subsidy of ethanol? Ethanol is the program, excogitated during the Carter Administration, which sought to augment the staying power of a gallon of gasoline by an infusion of ethanol. What happened is that the price of oil went down, and the potential economic value of an ethanol additive turned out to be less than the cost of producing ethanol, and that was many moons ago. . . What about the aspirant who has a private vision to offer to the public and has the means, personal or contrived, to finance a campaign? In some cases, the vision isn’t merely a program to be adopted. It is a program that includes the visionary’s serving as President. Look for the narcissist. The most obvious target in today’s lineup is, of course, Donald Trump. When he looks at a glass, he is mesmerized by its reflection. If Donald Trump were shaped a little differently, he would compete for Miss America. But whatever the depths of self-enchantment, the demagogue has to say something. So what does Trump say? That he is a successful businessman and that that is what America needs in the Oval Office. There is some plausibility in this, though not much. The greatest deeds of American Presidents — midwifing the new republic; freeing the slaves; harnessing the energies and vision needed to win the Cold War — had little to do with a bottom line. So what else can Trump offer us? Well to begin with, a self-financed campaign. Does it follow that all who finance their own campaigns are narcissists? At this writing Steve Forbes has spent $63 million in pursuit of the Republican nomination. Forbes is an evangelist, not an exhibitionist. In his long and sober private career, Steve Forbes never bought a casino, and if he had done so, he would not have called it Forbes’s Funhouse. His motivations are discernibly selfless... There are moments of deep gloom during the primary season. The candidates are immediately approached after a public event to be told whether what they just finished saying added or subtracted from their probable standing in the polls. And the American voter who wants to see a sign of life and of pride in the participants in our expensive and exhausting democratic obstacle course wonder, sometimes with a sense of desperation, whether what we’re seeing is new. Or, are we looking at merely this season’s reenactment of a ritual that began when Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were quarreling before their conclusive encounter at Weehawken? There is always rivalry, and there is always a search for means of exploiting the means of advancing one’s own position. In other ages, one paid court to the king. Now we pay court to the people. In the final analysis, just as the king might look down with terminal disdain upon a courtier whose hypocrisy repelled him, so we have no substitute for relying on the voter to exercise a quiet veto when it becomes more necessary to discourage cynical demagogy, than to advance free health for the kids. That can come later, in another venue; the resistance to a corrupting demagogy should take first priority." Read more at:...
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    Yesterday, 04:31 PM
    it truly looks like the attempt to "sell" the C + K ticket to the die-hard greater unwash'd is hitting a resistance. Feel the Bern! he's trying to undo 18 months of sheer stubborn defiance and they all ain't ahhh buyin it.
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    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
    sometimes what is seen can't be unseen! this doll errr "action figure" is going to be quite a collector's item!
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    its a little late... :D but yes, the DNC began by being stormy :cool:
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    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    Keep in mind Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz came in second. We all just saw Ted's wry attempt to stake out some 2o2o turf. Hillary groundlings have not paper trained Bernie or his staff.
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    Yesterday, 04:45 AM
    i remember 2oo8 + 2o12 and i hope RAND makes the 2o2o POTUS contest more eventful than i think it is going to be...
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    Yesterday, 04:40 AM
    it boils down to a three~way GOP race in 2o2o? SENATOR RAND PAUL, SENATOR TED CRUZ and ENTREPRENEUR DONALD TRUMP?
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    Yesterday, 04:26 AM
    Thats wrong. They ranked by revenue but that's only one of the criteria that's used to determine inclusion.
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    Yesterday, 04:22 AM
    at least we are all are in a better mood and are more polite with each other here at the RPFs than maybe the Sanders people will be in less than ten hours, when near Clinton people. i am sitting back.
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    Yesterday, 04:19 AM
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    Yesterday, 04:03 AM
    Pigs are now more than just slightly airborne, they are flying!
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    Yesterday, 03:59 AM
    Gunny, i think it elongates the fragile "golden hour" heart attack & stroke victims have. think of classic Star Trek, quite obviously Doctor McCoy would be very familiar with this. Remember the scene in AMOK TIME where Kirk has to contend with Vulcan's atmosphere? a delivery system that bypasses the lungs has no immediate problems until CO2 builds up.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 AM
    "In the most hard-bitten, vitriolic presidential campaign in generations, it is far from certain that Kaine would be ferocious enough to combat Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee who tramples all manner of political decorum." Paul Schwartzman Kaine counters Pence, Hillary assumes she can trump Trump at his own game, evidently.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 AM
    if the "Feel The Bern" people are ignored or even simply antagonized they could lash out. the DNC might have its own explosive moments. i'm not going out of my way to make comments if the Democrats are their usual boring selves. i am wondering if party unity is a chimera. we've all got about 12 hours or so before it all starts up in full fury...
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    Yesterday, 03:29 AM
    i didn't think to check things out, either. :D if she wins this november, i will be totally surprised.:cool:
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    Yesterday, 03:22 AM i know he wants to run in 2o2o and so i have no illusions, but the easier thing to do is a namedrop or two and he deliberately didn't go there. it implied that the people the GOP fielded have a long tough struggle up ahead.
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    Yesterday, 02:32 AM
    No, I'm looking for a candidate who has a proven record of keeping his vows, and fidelity in marriage is one of the best ways to verify that. Sure, many people can keep their affairs secret for a little while, but in the providence of God, their affairs are usually found out, just as it has happened numerous times to politicians (such as Mark Sanford). My point to Smitty was that I don't need to delve deeply into the sexual lives of politicians in order to know whether or not they've been faithful to their vows. If a person is a habitual cheater, then that behavior has a way of surfacing itself, especially through their political duties. It's almost inevitable. But my original point still stands: if a person (like Donald Trump) cannot keep his vows to the woman he claims to love with all of his heart, then what do you think he will do to strangers as a President? What you do in your private life reflects how you behave in your public life, especially with keeping one's word.
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    07-24-2016, 10:13 PM
    I don't know what I like more: Hillary becoming a cartoon, or her supporters not realizing it.
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    07-24-2016, 10:10 PM
    The longest version I've seen ended with her thanking the crowd as she exited the building. She used the chai remark as a rebuff of the question about Warren.
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    07-24-2016, 02:21 AM
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    07-24-2016, 12:48 AM
    But what did Mark Sanford do once his affairs were made public? Did he reason, "Well, I've been advocating for smaller government in my state, so I'll stay in office, even though I was caught cheating on my wife"? No, of course not. Sanford knew that his credibility as a principled governor was shot in the public's eye, so he resigned (and rightfully so). He understood the correlation between his infidelities to his wife and the ramifications of them in holding a public office in his constituents' trust.
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    07-23-2016, 11:06 PM
    Yes, and that metric is simply a matter of public record. We all can find out how many times a candidate has been married or when his sexual infidelities have been exposed to the public. That's all I'm touching on when I mention Trump's multiple marriages as a basis for questioning his fidelities to the American people and the States. Obviously, I can't find out every instance of sexual deviancy from a candidate, so I can only stick with information that is known in the public domain. And to that point, I can generally say that Darrell Castle's marital commitment is much better than Trump's, as evidenced here.
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    07-23-2016, 10:57 PM
    The irony of this (to use imagery from The Dark Knight Trilogy) is that Donald Trump serves more of a role as "The Joker," to his libertarian supporters because, for them, Trump is "destroying the establishment within the GOP," thus, weakening the two-party political structure, supposedly. So, in a sense, Trump's supporters "want to watch the world burn."
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    07-23-2016, 10:47 PM
    I'm in Japan right now, and I'm not planning to vote by an absentee ballot, only because the candidate I would support is not on the ticket in my state--Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party. But, of course, sexual purity is just one of the prerequisites that I look for in a candidate of my choosing.
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    I expect C4L to be our future as well, which doesn't mean we won't be in the GOP, just means we won't 'take directions' from the GOP.

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    oh, Aratus. we'll be weathering much more no matter who is elected.
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    ha!!! you saw my pessimism and raised me realism!! touche!
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    i hear ya!!
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    I don't have a problem with that. I wouldn't be the slightest bit conflicted about which Paul I'd be voting for, either.
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