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    04-17-2016, 07:34 AM
    Strange world we live in when the most honest politicians go by the name "Pirate."
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    04-17-2016, 07:24 AM
    You're missing the point. I will repeat it so that you can get it. Rand, had he done better, wouldn't have decided to skip cOlorado. Now I didn't bring up Rand. Someone else did. I brought up Ron. ANd Ron didn't skip Colorado. And Ron won delegates using the very system Donald is calling "rigged." That's the point. No arguments from me their. Again I was responding to what someone else said about Rand. I didn't bring him up. You're getting confused.
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    04-17-2016, 06:30 AM
    22 pages? I keep hearing about the 28 pages. Is this something else?
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    04-17-2016, 06:09 AM
    Ron didn't say the delegate system was rigged. What he said was that the rule changes that happened after he won delegates in a way that Trump is calling "rigged" prevented Ron from speaking in the convention. In other words "Nothing wrong with the delegate system. Everything wrong with the party bosses not honoring the results after the fact." I don't at all think Ron was hoping or expecting the party bosses from preventing him from speaking at the convention once he won the required number of delegates.
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    04-17-2016, 06:05 AM
    Actually Ron did compete in Colorado and the rules were pretty much the same. The only difference is that Colorado got rid what was before a non binding popular primary, which Ron lost badly. While Ron didn't win delegates in Colorado, he did win delegates in other states using the exact same process even though he consistently lost the popular vote. By the standards that Trump thinks should rule the day Ron wouldn't have won a single delegate.
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    04-17-2016, 06:01 AM
    Did Rand lose the first contest by not competing and claiming it was rigged? Ron won delegates where he was behind using the same system that Trump is calling "rigged." Are you going to address that? And note that I said "in the same fashion." Losing "in the same fashion" as Trump lost in Colorado would mean leading in the popular vote but just deciding not to compete because you know you can't win a midwestern caucus state (Trump just lost Wyoming) and so you just claim it's all "rigged."
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    04-17-2016, 05:54 AM
    So Ron Paul didn't guarantee the survival of this country but Donald Trump does. :rolleyes: Ron Paul wasn't the fear mongerer Trump is. This reminds me of the crowds picking the hot head Barabas over a certain humble carpenter from Galilee. Edit: And Ron Paul was not a single issue candidate.
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    04-16-2016, 03:41 PM
    If Trump doesn't get the nomination he is going to run himself you can bet on it. Sure he'll have ballot access problems, but he will find a way to run.
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    04-16-2016, 03:39 PM
    Quote of Ron Paul actually saying that? Because he said the opposite in the video I posted in the OP. ^This.
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    04-16-2016, 03:37 PM
    Exactly! And that's why I gave the analogy of the black plague. Sure there were some positive effects. Maybe more positive effects than negative. It's still not "good." I'm still trying to understand the point of this thread and so far I haven't seen it. The OP claims he doesn't want to see more empire but that empire is/was "good." Education is good. I want to see more of it. Trade is good. I want to see more of it. Empire may sometimes have some good effects, but it's not good.
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    04-16-2016, 03:23 PM
    Did they see them having sex? If they didn't then the adultery charge is hearsay. But regardless, this entire thread has been an exercise in obfuscation by those supporting Trump. The issue isn't whether Ted Cruz is more moral or less moral than Donald Trump. Phyllis Schlafly, a woman who claims to be about Christian morals, refused to endorse Ron Paul in any election cycle, but endorsed a man who bragged about committing adultery with married women. He bragged about it. Calling that "repentance" is just laughable. Trump's "I don't apologize to God" comment is borderline Satanic. I wouldn't care if Mrs. Morality hadn't endorsed the man.
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    04-16-2016, 03:19 PM
    Oh. My bad. :o I actually misread what you wrote.
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    04-16-2016, 03:18 PM
    Did you vote for Bernie in the democratic primary? Seriously, why just work to destroy the Republican side of the corrupt system?
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    04-16-2016, 03:17 PM
    I did not say that Frank Luntz was standing on principles. In fact I said I could care less if standing for principle makes Frank Luntz happy. In other words, I'm standing for principle. Ron Paul is standing for principles. If you principles don't matter and all that matters is stopping Hillary than you should have voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary. Seriously. That would have given you two chances to try to stop Hillary instead of just one.
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    04-16-2016, 03:08 PM
    Colonialism redivided regions that had been stable artificially putting groups that were natural enemies in endless conflict with each other. Look at the long unbroken reign of stability in Ethiopia versus the past 50 years and get back with me.
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    04-16-2016, 03:06 PM
    :rolleyes: So know failing to put forward a logical coherent argument you are going to resort to personal attacks and cheap name calling? Whatever dude. And Lenin created an empire so I guess you are the real marxist here. Jesus predated Marx by over a thousand years. And His principles are timeless and cannot be undermined by you quoting Lenin for whatever silly reason you are quoting him. Empire does not allow for isolationism. At some point you need some other empire to come to your aid to defend your empire. Or you have your eye set on expanding your empire into the empire of someone else. Britain wanted to take over the middle east. The Ottoman empire was in the way. World War 1 got them out of the way. Empire is a big part of the problem. It is certainly not the solution.
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    04-16-2016, 08:13 AM
    LOL. Don't give away your location AF!
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    04-16-2016, 07:42 AM
    All you're doing is proving that you don't know what hearsay even means. If the only thing you are a "witness" to is a statement by someone else? That's hearsay. Don't take my word for it. Go to an legal education website worth spit and do your own research. You now, someday you will wake up, look in the mirror and say "WTF was I thinking" with regards to Donald Trump. It may take awhile, but it will happen. I'm sure underneath it all you are a decent person. But right now you are defending the morality of someone who has bragged about adultery and said that he doesn't even apologize to God. And for what? Because he's going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it? Donald J. Trump, by his own words has not "beaten his chest and begged for mercy." He can't even admit he's wrong about anything. Cruz may have committed adultery, but frankly you haven't proved it. You've just proven a lack of understanding of the legal system (no idea what hearsay means), and a rabid capability to jump on whatever bandwagon is sliming it's way through. You know, with all of the "evidence" supposedly against Bill Cosby, some of his accusers had to back down once it was proven that their claim that he had raped them at the Playboy mansion was false because the Playboy mansion records proved that Cosby hadn't even been there. Oh...but you're sure Cruz is guilty without even a direct witness. Okay. Whatever you say. It's your conscience you'll ultimately have to deal with. My is clean. Trump bragged about adultery. He has openly mocked God. That's not repentance by a long shot and deep down you know it. Edit: This is what you are calling "beating his chest in repentance and sorrow?" “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller,” Trump wrote in his book “The Art of the Comeback.” Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430381/donald-trump-ben-sasse-twitter-question-marital-infidelity
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    04-16-2016, 06:50 AM
    This.
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    04-16-2016, 06:48 AM
    :rolleyes: Wrong Zippy. 3. Physics and aerospace sciences include 5,812 scientists trained in the fundamental physical and molecular properties of gases, liquids, and solids, which are essential to understanding the physical properties of the atmosphere and Earth. 4. Chemistry includes 4,822 scientists trained in the molecular interactions and behaviors of the substances of which the atmosphere and Earth are composed. 5. Biology and agriculture includes 2,965 scientists trained in the functional and environmental requirements of living things on the Earth. 6. Medicine includes 3,046 scientists trained in the functional and environmental requirements of human beings on the Earth.
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    04-16-2016, 06:44 AM
    Except Rand wouldn't have lost Colorado "in the same fashion" as Donald Trump lost Colorado because Rand would have actually competed in Colorado! That's the point that you are missing even though Ron Paul himself said it. The deck was stacked against Paul in 2012, yet he won delegates in states where he lost the popular vote because he read the rules and understood how to work them. If Rand skipped out on Colorado like Donald Trump did then yes, this forum would have been in an uproar over how stupid Rand was.
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    04-16-2016, 06:13 AM
    The irony of all of this is that World War 1 itself shows why imperialism is actually a bad thing. The only reason for the war itself was competition between empires. The British, French, Austria-Hungarian, Ottoman and Russian empires were all jockeying for supremacy. Britain didn't stay out of it because the nature of empire is they couldn't stay out of it. It's like asking a hungry binge eater to just "cool it" at a smorgageboard. Empires are maintained not only through the leading country's force of arms, but also through a system of "entangling alliances." That's simply the nature of the beast. By definition you cannot be an empire and mind your own business. My worldview is a decidedly Christian worldview. I reject the Freemason / Machiavellian idea that the "ends justify the means." (Ironically, by the time Machiavelli came on the scene, the Christian church that opposed him had long been Machiavellian.) Christianity was well on its way to complete transformation of the Roman empire by stealth in the first few centuries of its existence. It conquered through kindness and steadfast adherence to virtue. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "Love your enemies. Be kind to them that persecute you." were first and foremost among Christian ideals. It's these principles that Ghandi used to end the "Raj" that you seem so fond of. The "Raj" was so free market that it didn't allow people to make their own salt. :rolleyes: And India was a jewell before Britain took it over. The Queen of England did not build the Taj Mahal for example. Did exposure to British culture cause some improvement in India? Of course. Cultural exchanges generally do that everywhere they happen. But was a British style empire required for that exchange? Of course not. You brought up how the British treated the Native Americans versus how the U.S. did? Well how about the French? They respected Native American culture and lands. They worked through actual trade, not mercantilism. You keep your hunting grounds and give us beaver pelts for our shiny beads. That is freedom of association. Here is a good essay that explains this further. http://www.studymode.com/essays/French-Vs-British-Treatment-Native-Americans-During-Early-64941742.html
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    04-16-2016, 04:43 AM
    "I think Donald Trump is off base when he says it's rigged. There's a lot of rigging going on but I don't think he understands how it works." The entire video is good, but the part that gave rise to this thread is here: https://youtu.be/li0CPcRH4vk?t=2m Ron Paul confirms what I and others have been saying. Trump absolutely could have competed in and won Colorado with a ground game. Ron Paul won delegates where he lost the popular vote and the establishment was against him because he and his team read and understood the rules and worked them to his advantage. And yet Trump, with a ton of his own money and the popular vote behind him, couldn't work a ground game and just chose to skip the state?
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    04-16-2016, 04:32 AM
    I voted for Virgil Goode 2012 on the strength of Chuck Baldwin from 2008 only to learn later that Goode was a neocon. :( Nobody gets it right every time I suppose.
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    04-16-2016, 04:29 AM
    Yeah Tennessee! (Donning my coon skin cap and whistling the Davy Crockett theme song.) Remember the Alamo! The Tennessee volunteers are a coming! (Seriously I like the sound of this. I might get involved. Gotta see who the libertarians are throwing up.)
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    04-16-2016, 04:14 AM
    Buying guns and learning how to hide them well is the best way to secure the right to bear arms. Getting involved with your local gun rights group is also a good way to secure the right to keep and bear arms. And the NRA needs to get back to its roots. When it originated it was a group that went to the south post civil war to teach freed blacks how to effectively use guns for self defense. The NRA should go to the inner city, teach responsible gun ownership, and recruit new members.
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    04-16-2016, 03:54 AM
    // I can't stand how that one jackass, Michael Block, tried to tie being pro-abortion to libertarianism. Libertarians are divided on that issue and rightfully so. "I think an act of aggression is killing a live fetus." Kick some ass Ron Paul! And on "gay rights", the libertarian position is that gays don't have the right to force someone else to bake them a wedding cake. Nobody has that right. Government should be out of the marriage business period.
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