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  1. charliebrown's Avatar
    absolutely do not agree with the repeal of the 17th amendment. There are 50 states in this nation and no matter how small, our how large the state is, there should be an intellectual equal say in our government works.
    Our government is failing because we are failing. We are failing to stand up to our government. We are failing to educate ourselves about this government. We are falling within our states to support our citizenry and diverting to much power to our federal government.
    We should not start ripping up the work of art that has been the beacon of light for governments throughout the world. We should stand up on a local and state level and take more of the responsibilities that have been abdicated to the federal government.
    If special interest had to influence every state senator instead of every federal senator to get things accomplished, it would be more difficult to do so. If they had to influence local politicians instead of state politicians, the task would become more difficult yet again.
    We have the ability to communicate and get news in near real time, we look at every problem to be solved at a national level and most problems are not nationalized. As long as we want our Federal government to become bigger and more powerful, we will continue to have horrible government.
  2. LiberalAvenger's Avatar
    I spent time in Biloxi when I was a shrimp boat captain back in the sixties.
    I rember one hurricane that struck Biloxi at the time. The fish hose/canning factory was torn off of it's slab and completely destroyed. Across the street from it a Catholic church with lots of glass was left untouched.

    Some trivia about Biloxi: Jane Mansfield died in a horrible auto accident there in which her head was torn from her bodt. Jane Mansfield's daughter plays Liv on law and order's
    svu. A one time mayor of Biloxi was convicted in a murder conspiricy.

    It is a beautiful place and a fisherman's paradise.
  3. RedAkston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket
    This is excellent proof of what I have been saying for a long time now - the radical right wing wants to eliminate the mention of RACISM or RACISTS in public discussion. They feel it damages them since it is nearly always that they are accused of it and they feel they cannot win. At the same time, the party of conservatives - the GOP - has swung further to the right and has embraced racist political positions and this is just a slimey and despicable tactic to inoculate themselves from the charge.

    It is disgusting.

    Racism must be talked about when appropriate. The spotlight of truth needs to be shined upon racists when they are uncovered.
    Ahh, more red herrings...

    Where did I say that I want to eliminate the mention of racism? I have no problem with calling someone a racist based on the actual facts. I simply pointed out that the term is being used where it is not applicable. Disagreeing with Obama because he doesn't understand economics, the free market or the Constitution does not make one a racist. And if you think I'm "radical right", it only proves that you clearly do not have a clue about me in the slightest. Your statements are pathetic, lacking in actual facts and only further justify the point of this blog. The left is so full of hatred for anything that doesn't fall in line with their convoluted and twisted view of reality, that they have to resort to red herrings because they can't win based on the facts.

    Racism should be pointed out when it is appropriate, but the left fails to recognize what actual racism is anymore. Quite sad actually.
  4. RedAkston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen
    You'll have to explain to me what was untruthful about my posting. But that is the answer I would have expected from somebody who refuses to recoginze the evil history of his beloved 'deep south' and still continues to belittle examples of racism today. Kind of SOP for Conservatives.

    Of course, you could always ban me or give me an infraction for calling BS on your post. It wouldn't be the first time.
    Who is not recognizing that the deep south has an "evil history" with regards to racism? I certainly didn't. I smell a red herring.

    I didn't say that the deep south is "beloved" did I? I smell another red herring.

    I commented on the fact that the term "racist" is thrown around without the proper understanding of what racism truly is. I've seen racism and it's very, very ugly. The point, which is obviously lost on you, is that just because someone opposses Obama's policies, stances or beliefs does not make them automatically a "racist" just because Obama is (half) black.

    Racism still exists, there's no denying that. But calling someone a racist just because they disagree with Obama is nothing short of a red herring, which you are obviously hell bent on putting on display for all to see.
  5. haymarket's Avatar
    This is excellent proof of what I have been saying for a long time now - the radical right wing wants to eliminate the mention of RACISM or RACISTS in public discussion. They feel it damages them since it is nearly always that they are accused of it and they feel they cannot win. At the same time, the party of conservatives - the GOP - has swung further to the right and has embraced racist political positions and this is just a slimey and despicable tactic to inoculate themselves from the charge.

    It is disgusting.

    Racism must be talked about when appropriate. The spotlight of truth needs to be shined upon racists when they are uncovered.
  6. Wiggen's Avatar
    You'll have to explain to me what was untruthful about my posting. But that is the answer I would have expected from somebody who refuses to recoginze the evil history of his beloved 'deep south' and still continues to belittle examples of racism today. Kind of SOP for Conservatives.

    Of course, you could always ban me or give me an infraction for calling BS on your post. It wouldn't be the first time.
  7. RedAkston's Avatar
    Wiggen - not letting the truth stand in his way of spreading lies since 6/18/11 (and most likely long, long before that).
  8. Wiggen's Avatar
    Hugh - nice try, but I'm not buying it. I find it interesting that conservatives are so concerned about false charges of racism. It would have been nice if they'd been as concerned about racism itself. Still, I suppose that's too much to ask for.

    Anybody who doesn't think a signficant part of the opposition to Obama is based on his race is simply deluded. In most of the deep south, Obama's mother wouldn't have been allowed to marry his father. It's only during his lifetime that southern universities decided to admit their black citizens. The disgusting rebel flag is still waived and displayed proudly, as though it stood for something noble.

    So as I said, I take everything said by conservatives who live in the deep south with a boulder of salt when it comes to racism. With all due respect, you don't get a vote on this.

    And I can't believe that somebody actually posts complaining about racism against white people. Laughable when compared to the vile racist history of parts of this country.
    Updated 04-15-12 at 12:22 PM by Wiggen
  9. dontworrybehappy's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Kal'Stang;bt1462]This is the first time that I have responded to a blog here at DP. So that alone should say something considering how long I've been here. But I believe that Hugh was "spot on" also. I am really getting tired of the racist label being applied to me just because I do not like Obama or because I believe Zimmerman acted in self defense based on the evidence available to me (never mind the fact that me and zimmerman are not of the same race...if you can figure out why I'm racist for defending a man not of my race let me know please). The term IS used far more and far more inappropriately for anyone with a brain to consider it seriously any more imo.[/QUOTE]

    I feel the same way. In fact I was DIRECTLY accused of racism because of my avatar. As Hugh said, I don't care if the president was lime green, anyone with his beliefs and behaviors I would dislike as much as physically possible.

    What people hate is the fact that I can turn that around on them. If they hated Bush, it must be racism against white people. They hated him because he was white. Wait, there is no such thing as racism against whites?
  10. RedAkston's Avatar
    We had a few tarballs come in on shore, but nithing major in any way. Having said that, there is most likely oil all over the floor of the Gulf and it will be years before the ramifications to marine life are fully realized.
  11. RedAkston's Avatar
    Wiggen, let me provide you with some facts.

    I moved to the Gulf Coast in 2008. I spent the first 36 years of my life living in the midwest, so I'm not the "typical southern conservative" that you portrayed me to be. I'm also not "very conservative" at all. I'm fiscally conservative, I believe in a much smaller federal government and I'm a huge proponet of personal responsibility. I'm very liberal on most social issues and I'm more of a Libertarian than I am a Republican, although I belong to no party.

    It's no wonder that you missed the point of the message. Both sides do it and I called both out on it. But because you thought I was "very conservative", your partisanship (inability to see anything through your **** covered glasses) blinded you from the truth. But I applaud you for following your playbook of shooting the messenger and ignoring the message. Well done.
  12. Kal'Stang's Avatar
    This is the first time that I have responded to a blog here at DP. So that alone should say something considering how long I've been here. But I believe that Hugh was "spot on" also. I am really getting tired of the racist label being applied to me just because I do not like Obama or because I believe Zimmerman acted in self defense based on the evidence available to me (never mind the fact that me and zimmerman are not of the same race...if you can figure out why I'm racist for defending a man not of my race let me know please). The term IS used far more and far more inappropriately for anyone with a brain to consider it seriously any more imo.
  13. digsbe's Avatar
    Why is it ok for you to disregard someone and discriminate based on their political philosophy and location? Discrimination is the heart of racism, and your discrimination against a southern conservative is akin to someone that discriminates against another person due the color of their skin or nation of origin. I think Hugh was spot on.
  14. Wiggen's Avatar
    Why should anybody take what somebody says about racism who is 'very conservative' and lives in the deep south seriously? It's the new approach for you folks, isn't it? Accusing anybody who points out racism as 'playing the race card'.

    In fact, much of the Conservative opposition to Obama is fueled by good old fashioned racism. Hell, a good percentage of the Republican Party think he's a Muslim and another part think he's the anti-christ

    Your attempt to label all racism as equal is laughable. Let me know when blacks take over the political structure of a dozen states and impose Jim Crow laws.
  15. Rhapsody1447's Avatar
    How did this end up? Was the oil as bad as you feared when you first wrote this post?
  16. fredmertz's Avatar
    I 100% agree with the repeal of the 17th amendment. I found this great article explaining how it could be done, quite easily, as it was unconstitutional to begin with (at first I thought it was bogus under the assumption that a constitutional amendment can't be unconstitutional as it is an amendment TO the constitution). To change the system of 'how to elect senators' is perhaps the ONLY situation which would need 100% states to approve per the constitution. They only got 80%. Which means it should never have been passed and could easily be repealed. check out the article:

    Magic Bullet to Kill the 17th Amendment, Sunday, May 09, 2010
  17. American's Avatar
    As it turns out, Hugh was pretty much incorrect about the party division and the media regarding the Tea Party. Sorry Hugh, but I think the media knew all along that the Tea Party was really the strongest "conservatives" bitchslapping the Republicans, saying "We're going to throw your ass out if you pull this spending bull**** again." The media had it wrong about the Republican Party controlling the Tea Party, it was closer to the opposite. The establishment Republicans were put on notice, be conservative or hit the road.
  18. RedAkston's Avatar
    Thanks for the kind words kaya. So far, so good. Just a few tarballs have rolled up to shore. It will most likely take a tropical storm/hurricane to bring the oil ashore in vast amounts. To their credit, BP has done a great job of trying to keep the oil from reaching our shores. Part of it was dumb luck and part of it was BP spending a lot of money to pay for the clean-up and containment. But so far, so good (for now).
  19. b.larset's Avatar
    I agree- no to the imperial congress!
  20. phattonez's Avatar
    I feel the 16th amendment is what really allowed the federal government to avoid the states' rights issue and to do whatever it wants. Money is power. Once you have the money you can bribe states into doing whatever you feel. I suggest reading Frank Chodorov's "The Income Tax: Root of all Evil." It's a short read but very enlightening.

    The Income Tax: Root of all Evil, by Frank Chodorov - - Mises Institute
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