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Worst Presidents

Even during his first term, with war raging in Europe, he sought to get the United States involved as a neutral mediator, fostering a peace agreement to break the tragic stalemate that had the nations of Europe in its grip. When that effort was rebuffed, he ran for reelection by hailing himself as the man who kept the United States out of the war. But, immediately upon entering his second term, he sought to get his country into the war by manipulating neutrality policy. While proclaiming U.S. neutrality, he favored Britain by observing the British blockade of Germany (imposed, said a young Winston Churchill, to starve Germans, including German infants, into submission) and by allowing armed British merchant ships entry to U.S. ports, which in turn fostered a flow of U.S. munitions to the Allied powers. At the same time, Wilson declared that Germany would be held to a “strict accountability” for any American loss of life or property from Germany’s submarine attacks. This policy applied, said Wilson, even if affected Americans traveling or working on British or French ships. He declined to curtail what he considered Americans’ “right” to travel on vessels tied to France or Britain (but not Germany). Wilson was warned, most notably by his secretary of state, William Jennings Bryan, that these lopsided policies inevitably would pull America into the war. When he ignored those warnings, Bryan resigned from the Wilson cabinet on a stand of principle. As Bryan predicted, America did get pulled into the conflict, and it certainly appears that that was Wilson’s intention all along. Then three things happened. The moral of this story is? 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans. At least they're winning some sort of race.  (May 31, 2015 | post #2)

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Worst Presidents

In the realm of commission failure, three presidents come to mind—Woodrow Wilson, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Bear in mind here that nearly all failed presidents have their defenders, who argue, sometimes with elaborate rationales, that the perceived failure wasn’t really failure or that it wasn’t really the fault of this particular president. We see this in stark reality in our own time, with the ongoing debates about the presidency of the second Bush, reflected in the reaction to senator Rand Paul’s recent suggestion that GOP hawks, with their incessant calls for U.S. intrusion into the lands of Islam, contributed to the rise of the violent radicalism of the Islamic State. The prevailing view of Bush is that his invasion of Iraq, the greatest example in American history of what is known as “preventive war,” proved to be one of the most colossal foreign policy blunders in all of American history, if not actually the greatest. According to this view, Bush destabilized the Middle East, essentially lit it on fire and fostered the resultant rise of the Islamic State and the deepening sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the region. Where this all leads, nobody can tell, but clearly it is going to play out, with devastating consequences, for a long time to come. But of course there are those who deny that Bush created all this chaos. No, they say, Bush actually had Iraq under control and it was his hapless successor, Barack Obama, who let it all fall apart again by not maintaining a U.S. military force in the country. This is the minority view, embraced tenaciously by many people with a need to gloss over their own complicity in the mess. There is little doubt that history eventually will fix upon the majority view—that Bush unleashed the surge of chaos, bloodshed and misery that now has the region in its grip. As Princeton’s Sean Wilentz wrote in 2006, when Bush still sat in the Oval Office, “Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.” And bear in mind that Bush also presided over the emergence of one of the most devastating financial crises in the country’s history. Then there’s Nixon, whose Watergate transgressions thrust the nation into one of its most harrowing constitutional crises. There are some who argue that Nixon’s transgressions weren’t actually as egregious as many believe, particularly when viewed carefully in the context of the maneuverings and manipulations of many of his people, some of them conducted behind the president’s back. There may be some truth in this. But in the end it doesn’t matter. He was president and must take responsibility for the culture and atmosphere he created in the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Building. If his people were running around and breaking the law, he must bear responsibility, whatever his knowledge or complicity. And we know definitively that Nixon himself set the tone in his inner circle—a tone so dark, defensive and menacing that wrongdoing was almost the inevitable result. Also, there can be no dispute that the president himself stepped over the line on numerous occasions. Which brings us to Woodrow Wilson, whose failures of commission probably had the most dire consequences of any U.S. president. His great flaw was his sanctimonious nature, more stark and distilled than that of any other president, even John Quincy Adams (who was no piker in the sanctimony department). He thought he always knew best, because he thought he knew more than anybody else. Combine that with a powerful humanitarian sensibility, and you get a president who wants to change the world for the betterment of mankind. Watch out for such leaders.  (May 31, 2015 | post #1)

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The Republican Party Is Dying

“I’ve never seen anyone doing any studies on how many dead people can’t vote,” laughs William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in demographic studies. “I’ve seen studies on how many dead people do vote. The old Daley Administration in Chicago was very good at that.” Frey points out that, since Republicans are getting whiter and older, replacing the voters that leave this earth with young ones is essential for them to be competitive in presidential elections. But the key question is whether these election death rates will make any real difference. There are so many other variables that dead voters aren’t necessarily going to be a decisive factor. “The [GOP] does rely too much on older and white voters, and especially in rural areas, deaths from this group can be significant,” Frey says. “But millennials (born 1981 to 1997) now are larger in numbers than baby boomers ([born] 1946 to 1964), and how they vote will make the big difference. And the data says that if Republicans focus on economic issues and stay away from social ones like gay marriage, they can make serious inroads with millennials.” But what if Republicans aren’t able to win over a larger share of the youth vote? In 2012, there were about 13 million in the 15-to-17 year-old demo who will be eligible to vote in 2016. The previous few presidential election cycles indicate that about 45 percent of these youngsters will actually vote, meaning that there will about 6 million new voters total. Exit polling indicates that age bracket has split about 65-35 in favor of the Dems in the past two elections. If that split holds true in 2016, Democrats will have picked up a two million vote advantage among first-time voters. These numbers combined with the voter death data puts Republicans at an almost 2.5 million voter disadvantage going into 2016.  (May 18, 2015 | post #2)

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The Republican Party Is Dying

It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party’s biggest—and least discussed—challeng es going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party’s own nickname. The Republican Party voter is old—and getting older, and as the adage goes, there are two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Right now, both are enemies of the GOP and they might want to worry more about the former than the latter. There’s been much written about how millennials are becoming a reliable voting bloc for Democrats, but there’s been much less attention paid to one of the biggest get-out-the-vote challenges for the Republican Party heading into the next presidential election: Hundreds of thousands of their traditional core supporters won’t be able to turn out to vote at all. The party’s core is dying off by the day. Since the average Republican is significantly older than the average Democrat, far more Republicans than Democrats have died since the 2012 elections. To make matters worse, the GOP is attracting fewer first-time voters. Unless the party is able to make inroads with new voters, or discover a fountain of youth, the GOP’s slow demographic slide will continue election to election. Actuarial tables make that part clear, but just how much of a problem for the GOP is this? Since it appears that no political data geek keeps track of voters who die between elections, I took it upon myself to do some basic math. And that quick back-of-the-napkin math shows that the trend could have a real effect in certain states, and make a battleground states like Florida and Ohio even harder for the Republican Party to capture. By combining presidential election exit polls with mortality rates per age group from the U.S. Census Bureau, I calculated that, of the 61 million who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, about 2.75 million will be dead by the 2016 election. President Barack Obama’s voters, of course, will have died too—about 2.3 million of the 66 million who voted for the president won’t make it to 2016 either. That leaves a big gap in between, a difference of roughly 453,000 in favor of the Democrats. Here is the methodology, using one age group as an example: According to exit polls, 5,488,091 voters aged 60 to 64 years old supported Romney in 2012. The mortality rate for that age group is 1,047.3 deaths per 100,000, which means that 57,475 of those voters died by the end of 2013. Multiply that number by four, and you get 229,900 Romney voters aged 60-to-64 who will be deceased by Election Day 2016. Doing the same calculation across the range of demographic slices pulled from exit polls and census numbers allows one to calculate the total voter deaths. It’s a rough calculation, to be sure, and there are perhaps ways to move the numbers a few thousand this way or that, but by and large, this methodology at least establishes the rough scale of the problem for the Republicans—a problem measured in the mid-hundreds of thousands of lost voters by November 2016. To the best of my knowledge, no one has calculated or published better voter death data before.  (May 18, 2015 | post #1)

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Difference between democrat and republican

Perhaps it was your comment of how the Ku Klux Klan is primarily made up of Republicans that struck a nerve ? True that they are, but the truth is something the Republicans and their voters like him stem to hide from. Victim in this case is himself. He voted for them and now he is a sore loser that need to get some new material.  (May 10, 2015 | post #15)

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President Hillary

I'm sure the local intellect will decide this election. Break out the lipstick, because the dance is about to begin on the next great GOP president!  (Apr 29, 2015 | post #3)

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Republicans Have A Race Problem

"To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that's unfortunate," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN. Israel's GOP counterpart Greg Walden (R-Ore.), also on the show, rejected the idea that race plays any role in GOP opposition to Obama's policies. Racial bias is incredibly difficult to quantify. You can't simply ask people if they're racist because nearly everyone -- racist or not -- will say no. That's partly because prejudice often acts at the subconscious level (Want proof of this? Go take the implicit bias test developed by researchers at Harvard, the University of Washington, and the University of Virginia). So pollsters often try to measure prejudice indirectly. An Associated Press poll conducted in 2012 attempted to measure implicit racism among Democrats and Republicans by asking respondents to compare black, white, Asian and Hispanic faces. It found that 55 percent of Democrats expressed implicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 64 percent of Republicans -- a difference that the lead researchers called "highly significant." Another proxy for measuring racial prejudice is a person's views on interracial dating and marriage. The Pew Research Center has been polling on this question for 25 years. In 2012, 18 percent of Republicans disapproved of blacks and whites dating each other, compared with 5 percent of Democrats. Perhaps even more telling is that this gap has widened in recent years. In 1997, nearly identical numbers of Democrats and Republicans disapproved of interracial dating, at 30 and 31 percent, respectively. Democratic disapproval of interracial dating has softened considerably faster than Republican disapproval since then. So, taken at face value, Israel's statement does have some support: Data suggest that a section of Americans who identify as Republicans express measurable racial prejudice at a higher rate than their Democratic counterparts. This doesn't mean that all Republicans are racist, of course, or that all Democrats are free of racism. Indeed, as the Harvard implicit bias test shows, we're all carrying around racial baggage of some sort or another. But the survey findings above indicate that Republicans have more work to do to address such prejudice within their ranks. There's an obvious moral imperative behind this, but there's also a strategic one: A party can't sustain itself if it continues to grow older and whiter while the rest of the nation grows younger and more diverse. Christopher Ingraham Washington Post Polls show that Republicans are 64% more likely to make racial comments than Democrats. Look lets just cut to the chase. The GOP has a even bigger problem that the race problem. The biggest problem in the GOP is , their hate period.  (Apr 29, 2015 | post #1)

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Hillary the corrupt ole granny

Do you have you're lipstick on Comrade? It's not 2016 yet and you are already posting your fear of losing yet another election by trying to manipulate someone you dont know other than what Fox and Ann Coulter? LOL, tells you. Ann Coulter has been exposed for so many misleading lies she tops O'Reilly, Hannity and Limbaugh combined. If you honestly judge someone by listening or reading something someone else said, then you need to blow the dust off that imperative book you promote you live by and learn it's teachings because you flunked severely. Bad enough I don't think the Special School District could help you. Why is it with you "alleged " Christian you instill hatred and fear and judge people by the words of others who are in the business of lying and taking a story they dont have all the facts and twist it and then sell it for money? Churches beg for it, you complain about it, Christians main concern is about money. Why is that if Jesus is the main focus of Christianity? This is what people like you believe in. We believe our government should put corporations first and people second. We believe others should pay taxes but not me. We believe Jesus believes in 50 round clips and concealed carried. We believe those who don't think like me should not have a voice in society. We believe healthcare should be only for those who can afford it. We believe if I've got mine, then that's all that matters. We believe I have the right to tell a woman what she can or can't do with her body. We believe I have the right to know what goes on in the privacy of your bedroom. We believe my beliefs should be everyone's beliefs. We believe in being pro life but once the baby is born it better not want food or healthcare. We believe liberals are evil because they're open minded, educated and know facts. We believe everything Fox tells me because I don't believe in facts. We believe it's okay for our government to torture prisoners if a Republican is President. We believe it's okay for our government to spy on its citizens if a Republican is President. We believe I'm a super patriot even though I never served in the armed forces. We don't believe in a minimum wage. We don't believe in work place OSHA safety regulations. We don't believe in the luxury of clean air or water if it affects corporate profits. We don't believe in holding corporations accountable for illegal business practices. We don't believe in compassion, charity, understanding, or a lifestyle other than my own. I don't believe the government should help people unless it's me that needs the help. We don't believe any woman or LGBT person should be elected president in our Christian nation. What shade of lipstick will you wear in 2016?  (Apr 25, 2015 | post #7)

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What our dumb@$$ president is up to now.

Anything for attention you lonely soul. You attract more flies with honey, than the vinegar you desire. You're an amazing dolt. You cry you want peace but you want it through by means of war. Yet when you get what you want, you blame others because of it. You preach like a televangelist with scripture you clearly do not live by, then use it for intent to defend yourself from looking like the racist dolt you are. The problem is still every clear with you. You hate Obama because he is a black man. You also hate Obama because he has outperformed his predecessors in multitudes that their party cant muster up a candidate to overcome not only him in the last election but the next one in 2016. I cant wait to see you do your "candidate dance" again next year like you did in 2012 and 2008. You jumped from candidate to candidate like a Las Vegas street hooker. Dont forget to wear lipstick next year!  (Apr 12, 2015 | post #43)

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Republican's Only Attract the Best & Brightest.

Mr Cruz, the Republicans would like to hide your birth certificate but still deny Obama's birth certificate. Republican party is literally falling apart. GOP = Going Outta Politics......how true is that when they cant get along with each other?  (Mar 22, 2015 | post #2)

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Republican's Only Attract the Best & Brightest.

GOP (G-oing O-utta P-olitics) - We only attract the BEST and the BRIGHTEST! WE ARE THE PARTY OF: Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, T. Nelson, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ted Nugent, Donald Trump, Alan West, Jan Brewer, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, George Bush, Jeb Bush, Grover Norquist, Glenn Beck, The Koch Bros., Mark Sanford, DickCheney, Paul Ryan, Larry Craig, Mitch O'Connell, Chriss Christie, John Boehner, Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee, Trey Radel, Bobby Jindal, Eric Cantor, Michael Grimm, Stacey Campfield and last but not least FOX NEWS and Joe the Plumber! The American Dream TEAM!....How did the Republicans come up with this many idiots in such a short time ?  (Mar 22, 2015 | post #1)

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Believe In The Republican Lie?

Just as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan want to keep the black community feeling oppressed so they can profit from it, the Republican party wants the southern voters to feel that Democrats and Liberals are evil and the anti Christ and of course "they will take your guns from you" LOL  (Mar 15, 2015 | post #2)

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Believe In The Republican Lie?

Over the past six years after every election, a relatively common question is why do so many Americans dependably vote against their own self-interests. Despite poor white people in southern red states barely surviving on slave wages, welfare, food stamps, and no adequate healthcare, they routinely vote for Republicans openly campaigning on driving their constituents deeper into poverty. It is true that opposition to Democrats as surrogates for an African American President is driven by racial animus, but even that fails to explain poor white voters electing abusive Republicans promising to eliminate programs that keep them alive and block Democratic attempts to lift them out of poverty. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson understood how abusive Republicans could succeed, if only they kept the population unenlightened, or in street vernacular blind, dumb, and stupid. Jefferson said, “I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of power.” That was in 1820, but even before that Jefferson wrote that “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree. Therefore, it is imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” Jefferson was not the first man to identify the death knell of democracy, or “self-government,” was an uneducated populace. Republicans understand they could hardly garner any electoral support if the population was educated and informed, so they have went to extraordinary and, often, unconstitutional lengths to keep the populace ignorant by cutting education funding. Whether it is transferring public school funding to private, religious, or underperforming charter schools, or just slashing education funding, Republicans will employ any measure to keep Americans stupid so they will vote against their own self-interests. It is beyond refute that if the citizens of this country were informed and educated, Republicans would be hard-pressed to get elected as dog-catchers, much less legislators. The assault on public education goes beyond Republican-control led states as evidenced by congressional Republicans regularly cutting education funding. They, Republicans, know that if the public were educated, they could not demean science as the work of the devil, or claim contraception is abortion, or push the Christian bible as true science. There is a reason so many morons in the conservative movement are certain that god created America, wrote the Constitution, established America’s borders, and installed Christianity as the state religion, and it is simply due to their inability to pick up a history book or the founding document to check Republican claims for veracity. Americans are not unintelligent, but a fair proportion of them are dirt stupid; it is the only reason a Republican ever gets elected. What Republicans are doing in the states to education is to maintain an ignorant, superstitious, and uninformed voting bloc as well as prepare the next generation to regularly vote against their own best interests. They will continue using any means to destroy public education because they know, as Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said, the only “true corrective of abuses of power is to see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” It is a corrective that Republicans are waging a fierce battle against because their electoral survival depends on keeping their supporters uneducated, uninformed, and frankly, stupid from religion.  (Mar 15, 2015 | post #1)

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Republicans Committing Treason

Fox is not a credible news outlet to say the least good about them. They do have flashy colors and promote promiscuity with their female reporters as to wear short skirts and always show some leg to attract the male white viewer. So take that into consideration and what do you end up with, with the way Fox promotes hate and sexual over tones? Angry white men who would cheat on their wife. My question is, why do the majority of Fox viewers admit they are Christian? This is implacable in comparison when Chirst did not harbor hate or lie, or was a skirt chasing monger, according to what Fox promotes.  (Mar 14, 2015 | post #4)