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Berkshire Eagle

Reject Tea Party politics

Our politicians who have come to see themselves as a "noble" class rather than representatives/em ployees of "We the PeopleOur self determination. Our right to pursue our happiness as we see fit, even if that means we fail. How is it that we somehow recognize that any creature of this world, when in distress is further hurt if we take it in and meet all it's worldly needs in such a way that it can no longer perform/succeed in it's natural habitat is detrimental to that creature.? Yet our social solutions for mankind are all geared to that exact process, leaving generations of human beings totally dependent upon government for their existence.? The jewel of independence and freedom, individuality, self determination, is sancrosanct in a free society, but we now have politicians who believe it is their roll to dictate based upon their belief that they are more enlightened than "we the peopleA slow process that we were warned about by our founders. We as a society have turned a blind eye to the incremental bloating that has infected all aspects of our governmentRight from under our noses..  (Jun 8, 2010 | post #4497)

Berkshire Eagle

Reject Tea Party politics

Left and Right, we point at the other team and easily point out how "they" have drifted from the Constitution.. Point is, BOTH sides have become elitists that see themselves as controlling every aspect of our lives.. You don't have to agree with every point the other side makes to see that both sides are in it for themselves.. So grab a corner of this crate of tea and heave it into the sea.. Read the Federalist/Anti-Fe deralist Papers and familiarize yourself with what America SHOULD and could be.. Then demand of your OWN party that the politicians we send to DC are men of integrity and honor that STICK to the rule book..  (May 13, 2010 | post #3352)

Berkshire Eagle

Racist roots of Obama hatred

I believe it's because of the simple human frailty that it's easier to point at the other team and see it's flaws, rather than seeing the flaws in our own team.. The tea party movement has more republicans than democrats, so it would make sense that it makes it easier for them to point at the democrat's flaws with a more critical eye than they look at the republicans..  (May 12, 2010 | post #164)

Berkshire Eagle

Racist roots of Obama hatred

I believe the view that the tea party movement is based on racism is a shallow one, and misses the point entirely. If you read the Federalist/ Anti-Federalist Papers and the writings of our founders, you'd be hard pressed to lay claim that we have kept to the spirit of our Constitution as the founders intended. Within those great documents, we are warned repeatedly of the propensity of man to over reach in the quest for control and power. We are warned that we must be diligent, and vote into office men of integrity and honor lest they become self serving and elevate themselves into a "noble class" that views we the people as needing their guidance and direction, because they know better than we what is good for us. Our Founders regarded individual freedoms as "the jewel" that was sacred and precious, and that jewel would require us to be VERY diligent in our dealings with our politicians.. Right or Left, you'd be hard pressed to make the argument that our politicians today are adhering to the Constitution. I believe THAT is at the base of the tea party movement more than anything else..  (May 12, 2010 | post #145)

Berkshire Eagle

Pioneer in care while dying

Agreed  (May 4, 2010 | post #2)

Berkshire Eagle

If youa re sick, dona t call a Republican

Please cite the LAW that "REQUIRES " you to do any such thing.?  (May 4, 2010 | post #79)

Berkshire Eagle

If youa re sick, dona t call a Republican

Could you please cite the Law that "requires " you to do so.? The last time I checked, at least PRE-ObamaCare, there was NO such requirement. You have been free to choose to insure, or NOT insure, as you see fit to your personal needs. You have also been free to shop around to find a company you like better than others. (or at least choose among those companies "allowed " to do business in your state) There is a HUGE difference between being dissatisfied with your choices, and having a gov agent shove a choice down your unwilling throatShould the Government then regulate those lifestyles and behaviors JeffShow me how I expect YOU to cover the aboveWe are also, or should be, a nation of freemen. Individuals with rights that no one can take away, even if under the guise of "for the greater good".. That is the flaw in the socialist scheme. It always requires further regulation than a "free" society can tolerate, and still call itself free. IE Gov provides health care, therefore gov must control lifestyle choices to mitigate health care costs, etcAgain, to what law do you refer that requires you to buy into a health plan scheme. You have been free to buy into or NOT buy into health insurance.. IE you have made a FREE CHOICE as you have seen fit..  (May 4, 2010 | post #76)

Berkshire Eagle

If youa re sick, dona t call a Republican

A single valve is $500,000.00 Multiply that by the number of existing rigs that would have to install them.. That is significant.. Also, could you please provide a source for the claim that Bush prevented this.? What was the legislation involved.?  (May 4, 2010 | post #74)

Berkshire Eagle

If youa re sick, dona t call a Republican

I'm curious Jeff as to whether or not you see the government as having the constitutional power to dictate to us what we can eat, smoke, etc.. You point out all the lifestyle issues, but you don't come right out and say you want government to control those issues.. So be clear: Do you believe government has or SHOULD have the power to regulate those things.?  (May 4, 2010 | post #73)

Berkshire Eagle

Answer from a tea partier

Oh YA man.. LONG since past time when we demand an amendment spelling out term limits. Time for a Constitutional convention. To clarify terms like "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED".. And other "confusing " things like that..  (May 3, 2010 | post #38)

Berkshire Eagle

If youa re sick, dona t call a Republican

Well 1st, the driver of the car would be liable. 2nd, how does anything in the sad story make it "OK" to place a gun to your neighbors head and demand that HE cover the cost.? Hiring an IRS g-man to hold the gun doesn't change the facts..  (May 3, 2010 | post #41)

Berkshire Eagle

Answer from a tea partier

You paint with a broad brush, which rarely does justice to our fellow man.. Many of the Founders were against slavery, and did not own slaves. And it was the words that they placed in our Constitution, at our core, that eventually freed the black man, gave women the vote, and will someday free gays to marry.. Those "horrible people" made possible great leaps of freedom for those who came after them.. Certainly they were human, complete with human flaws and frailties.. But your view is very slanted and does not do justice to the great accomplishment that they gave to us..  (May 3, 2010 | post #32)

Berkshire Eagle

Answer from a tea partier

It's that ""somewh at more sophisticated "" and ""The degree of regulation grows as society grows and becomes more complex: civil codes, air regulations, tax regulations, health code regulations… ad infinitum." " mindset that tries to justify controlling every aspect of our lives that many have a problem with. If we are to keep at our core those freedoms that our forefathers believed so strongly in, we must somehow keep our politicians from creating regulations "ad infinitum", and from trying to control every aspect and detail of our lives.  (May 1, 2010 | post #15)

Berkshire Eagle

Questions for tea partiers

Explain. I agree that we have many Laws that are not equally applied to every citizen.. I'm just not following you on the ""You need only look at our justice syystem and our prison system to see that.I wonder why the Teaparty movement has never been outraged by this."" part.  (Apr 29, 2010 | post #135)

Berkshire Eagle

Questions for tea partiers

I agreeTo what do you refer here.? IE what opinions do you refer to and what is the false information they are being based uponI would agree with the above, but I'm betting that you fall into the reactionary category as well. We can sit and debate the merits of the Tea Party all day long and we would probably never hit the nail on the head. The "rage", as you put it, runs far deeper than a dislike of taxes, or selfish ignorance as the left paints it, thinking of course that if those ignorant rednecks would just listen long enough to the "great plan" they would of course see that it's "for the good of the collective" and therefore they would lovingly fall into lockstep.. The problem Jeff is that "the rage" isn't about taxes alone. It's about the bastardization of our Constitution. It's about the chess game that our politicians have played with that document that is SUPPOSED to be at the core of all we do that protects our INDIVIDUAL freedoms. It's about the spirit of freedom, liberty, and fairness that our founders speak of in their letters and writings that seems lost in the chess game of the lawyers we have sent to DC to lead us.. It IS reactionary, but it is a reaction to an action. You remember that little physics gem, right.? America swings like a pendulum do.. As long as we as a society are willing to "target" a group of our citizenry for different treatment under our law, we will be a fractious people. There is no way around that.. It doesn't matter if the intentions are "for the better good" as viewed by whoever is in charge at the moment, it only matters that we drive a wedge into our own heart by allowing "those people" to be treated differently under our law.. Because "those people" will ALWAYS feel that it is unjust.. And they will be right.. Law with a caveat will be our down fall..  (Apr 29, 2010 | post #133)

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