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My first up-close glimpse into the enduring power of political fearmongering came through a two-way mirror in 2006.

I was watching a focus group of women in southern Ohio discussing a variety of issues, when the topic turned to terrorism. One young mother shared her fear that foreign terrorists might attack her children’s playground in their small town.

“It could happen,” she said, looking around the table. “We all know it could.”

Several of the other women nodded their heads. My notes from that evening describe one of the women shivering as she pulled her cardigan tighter and said, “Really, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before they find us.”

There was no logical reason for these women to believe that in their remote patch of Ohio, a suicide bomber from the Middle East would fly a plane into their children’s school or blow himself up on their playground. But Republican rhetoric had worked its magic, and these women lived in constant fear for their families’ lives. They also seemed likelier to vote for Republican candidates because, not remotely coincidentally, the Republican Party was vowing to protect them from this nonexistent danger. I marveled at the cynicism of it all, even as I felt utter disgust for the tactic.

Ten years later, the Republicans are still at it, bringing their doom-and-gloom show to Cleveland. In one of the more memorable moments, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently called the Black Lives Matter movement “inherently racist,” offered an unhinged screed. Repeatedly jabbing the air with his hands as he screamed, Giuliani declared: “The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe. They fear for their children. They fear for themselves. They fear for our police officers, who are being targeted with a target on their back.”

The Republican Party’s platform insists that parents of gay children should be allowed to force them into “conversion therapy.” Abuse, in other words.

The platform also includes a prescriptive for Donald Trump’s long-touted war on America’s immigrants: “The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Because, you know, Mexicans.

The Republican Party of Trump wants us to fear the other.

If we’re straight, we should fear the LGBT community.

If we’re working-class, we should fear the poor.

If we’re white, we should fear African-Americans.

If we speak English, we should fear anyone who speaks with a foreign accent, which is any accent that doesn’t sound like ours.

We should fear Muslims, all of them, always.

In Trump’s world, we should fear anyone who is not like us. What a long, miserable list that would be.

In 1950, Eleanor Roosevelt addressed this fear of the other in a keynote speech to Americans for Democratic Action on Individual Liberty:

“Somehow we must keep ourselves free from fear and suspicion of each other. I sit with people who are representatives of communist countries, and to sit with them is a lesson in what fear can do. Fear can take away from you all the courage to be an individual. You become a mouthpiece for the ideas that you have been told you must give forth.”

Some might argue that Roosevelt spoke for a different time in our country and therefore for a different world.

Fortunately, there is no expiration date for wisdom. As a country, we are as much at risk today of letting fear rob us of the courage to think for ourselves as we were in 1950, when Red-baiting ruined lives.

I understand the seduction of fear. It can feel easier to believe the worst about our world — and rely on someone else to save us — than to take charge of our own lives. If we tell ourselves we are in constant danger beyond our control, we are also more willing to surrender our duties as citizens to those who claim to know better what is best for us. The Republicans count on this.

This fear takes its toll, whittling away at our self-esteem and rendering us timid in a country that needs our strength. It takes courage to accept the truth that though terrorism is surely a threat in the world, most of us Americans are free of danger every day of our lives. Living this truth unleashes our own powers as citizens, emboldening us to elect leaders who reflect the enduring optimism that continues to make this country imperfectly great.

A leader is not someone who reflects the worst within us, leaving us cowering in the shadows.

A leader reminds us who we are — and inspires us to try harder.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism. She is the author of two books, including “…and His Lovely Wife,” which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. Her email is con.schultz@yahoo.com.

 

Photo: The delegates of the Republican National Convention pose for a group photo at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths -- a collection of her previously published columns -- and ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

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  1. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

    It takes nerve to tell millions of Americans that the citizens of this nation are dropping like fumigated flies at a time when our economy is the strongest in the world, our GDP is second to none, the DOW is at an all time high, bankruptcies and foreclosures are back to normal levels, the unemployment rate is at 4.9%, and efforts are finally being made to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and protect our environment by transitioning to alternative energy sources.
    Instead of acknowledging the overwhelming might of our Armed Forces, including the recent launching of a 13th carrier, the most sophisticated jet fighters in history, helicopters that can fly without a pilot, and the largest and most lethal nuclear arsenal in the world, the GOP is promising to make our military great again! Are they talking about napalm, carpet bombing, or WW1 style human waves?
    Not surprisingly, the party that controlled the White House on 9/11/01, and when eleven U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked, with a death toll that exceeded 3,100 people, is focusing on Benghazi, because 4 Americans were killed! Pythagoras must be turning in his grave.
    Let’s give credit where credit is due, not everybody has the guts to deny what we can all see, and get away with it. The message we heard was not one of hope, or specific policies designed to overcome the remaining challenges we face. It was, instead, a message of fear bordering on paranoia.

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    1. FireBaron July 22, 2016

      Dom, you know damn well that the GOP has never allowed documentable facts to interfere with their platform.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

        Facts are just a small bump on the road for them. Their focus is on fear mongering and projecting illusions to influence those who are easily manipulated, and it seems there are a lot of them among us.

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    2. Elliot J. Stamler July 22, 2016

      You’re right as you usually are, Dominick! I guess we so often agree because great minds think alike. Congrats.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

        🙂

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    3. Box July 22, 2016

      You make things sound so rosy. What country has this level of debt, not only as a percentage of GDP but the interest on which is itself approaching un-payability? My congressman said if we have 100% income tax we couldnt pay the debt in 135 years. Unemployment is closer to 18% because you fail to count those who have gone off the counter after a certain amount of time unemployed. You also dont count those under-employed, those being people who lost full time jobs and took a part time job instead. I know people who havent been able to regain a job in five years; i know people packing to leave the country to seek a job elsewhere; i know people who sold everything they own and live on a small sailboat or a little cabin they built in the woods; i know people moving into their cars. None of those people are counted in your 4.9%. How can you bring up 911? Hillary was warmed about Benghazi, Bush was not warned about 911 (unless you are a truther). So how can you compare? Meantime I listened to the RNC speeches and felt hope and no fear at all. If you felt fear we dont read things the same way.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

        The national debt represents the accumulation of ALL budget deficits, borrowing, obligations, and interest on the debt. The only increases that can be attributed to President Obama is the stimulus package, and the cost of running the ACA. Both combined amount to less than $1T. Please enlighten us and tell us why the recent increases in the national current debt should be blamed on President Obama’s policies.
        George W. Bush, and his entire administration, were warned repeatedly and clearly of an imminent attack against the homeland during the daily national security briefings that he neglected to attend, and by his senior national security advisors. Just in case that probability was not clear enough, OBL wrote and published a Fatwah promising to carry out an attack on U.S. soil.
        Try your right wing propaganda at a Tea Party rally, where it may resonate. It is not going to take you very far in this forum.

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      2. timmfr30 July 22, 2016

        gulp gulp my dear lizard

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  2. AgLander July 22, 2016

    It takes real nerve to post an article like this after 8 years of a daily message of fear and demagoguery delivered by Obama and his Democrat machine against targeted groups.

    Fear your local law enforcement officers, they want to kill you
    Fear your U.S. military, they are evil
    Fear corporations because they make a small profit when you buy a loaf of bread.
    Fear corporations because they only want to destroy the country they operate in.
    Fear your neighbor if he attends church because that means he prays!
    Fear him even more if he’s white and attends church because he’s a racist!
    And sic the IRS and Lois Lerner on him if he’s a conservative because he’s EVIL!
    Fear anything that doesn’t have a “Democrat approved” stamped on it.

    Fortunately, this madness is about to end with the swearing in of a Republican team that will restore law and order on our streets and address the real and dangerous threats we face instead of the imaginary ones ginned up by President Demagogue, Barack Obama, over the last 8 years. Help is on the way!

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    1. FireBaron July 22, 2016

      Scuse me, Ag, but where were these daily messages of fear from our current administration? All the ones I saw were from your fellow right-wingnuts blasting that the country was going to Hell because we elected a Black man president.

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      1. Box July 22, 2016

        Fear of big companies out to get the little guy, fear of police of any color wanting to kill black people irregardless of whether they were committing a crime at the time, fear of oil, fear of coal, fear of global warming, fear of Koch Bros trying to destroy the world with free markets. Dont you read your own newspapers? Yes, the world went to hell and Im a democrat who voted for Obama. And Clinton. And stop saying black…..i voted for Obama and would have voted for Herman Cain but he didnt get the nomination. So what about blacks? Meantime both sides are fear mongerers, nothing else works with people. The reason I wanted Cain was for his tax scheme which would end big banks and return control of finance to the people, the point being that I didnt care that he was black, I wanted what he was selling.

        And there is more daily fear from this administration–the fear of Trump. How many in here have said they fear Trump because he cant be trusted with the football and will start WWIII? How many liberals in the country fear so much a Trump WH that they threaten to leave the country, presumably to run for their lives? The fear from liberals doesnt stop. Fear of guns, fear of NRA. What dont you fear? Its ALL fear. Cut the BS please.

        Last, where is your proof of the problem being Obama is black? Show me someone in the media for example who said the problem is that we elected a black man. I dare you. Even ALEX JONES never said such a thing. Or this is just something “you just know?”

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

      It takes even more nerve for a delusional person like yourself to pretend to not understand what is really happening in America.

      Are you that blind, or are you just a wind-up toy programmed to repeat the same idiocies over and over again.

      Restore Law and Order? You must be the ghost of Nixon, Agnew, Reagan, etc. rolled into one.

      Did you finish high school, or get beyond the 8th grade?

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      1. AgLander July 22, 2016

        Good morning, my self-loathing racist friend…..Hate your own and all others…..a hell of a way to live!

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        1. cpbis July 22, 2016

          You just don’t get it! You sound like the Germans when Hitler threw fear into them which led to hate and anger. That’s what has happened to several Americans who have been led to the edge of the cliff as have you! Remember FDR’s words about fear?

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          1. AgLander July 22, 2016

            Rule #127 from the liberal playbook when a liberal feels threatened by a comment and has nothing of substance in the way of a solid rebuttal……..accuse the other person of being a fan of Hitler. It’s meant to shut down the discussion, but amusingly, it never works!

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          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

            Rule #1, and the only rule by the way, in your playbook is to thrust your fingers in your ears, close your eyes, and speak nonsense. The 3 monkeys that epitomize those patterns have more insights than you and Otto combined.

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        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          Are you related to Otto the Goat. He too hates himself and has nothing uplifting or encouraging to say—EVER!
          The two of you must be from the same gene pool. The sooner you can break away from your Siamese twin, the better.

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      2. Paul Bass July 22, 2016

        aaron,
        Ag obviously didn’t EVEN READ the article he missed Roosevelt saying,

        “Somehow we must keep ourselves free from fear and suspicion of each other. I sit with people who are representatives of communist countries, and to sit with them is a lesson in what fear can do. Fear can take away from you all the courage to be an individual. You become a mouthpiece for the ideas that you have been told you must give forth.”

        Do you think Ag would sit down with a “communist”! What a ‘fraidy cat he and the GOP trolls (otto, david…) must be!

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        1. AgLander July 22, 2016

          You just unwittingly validated my comment about the last 8 years! Thank you!

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          1. iamproteus July 22, 2016

            Ag, you, Otto, Box and David say the dumbest things!

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        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          No, I don’t expect Ag to read anything or sit with anyone except with someone who’s a myrmidon like himself.
          Those who are fearful and have a negative perception of others would rather be in the company of like-minded people for fear of having intelligent thoughts invade his mind.

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      3. Daniel Lopez July 22, 2016

        for some reason I really hate to say it but I will are we sure we are living on such bad times that gas is down. pell grants are up and umemployment low , and here In my home town there is so much construction going on. wow

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    3. timmfr30 July 22, 2016

      sip sip

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      1. dtgraham July 22, 2016

        That was more like tip the pitcher back and gulp. Gawd, Aggie must be feeling refreshed after guzzling all that ice cold, far right, whackjob Koolaid.

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  3. David July 22, 2016

    “Nonexistent danger”? Right. Tell the people of Nice how “nonexistent” danger from the muslimes is.

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    1. jmprint July 22, 2016

      Yesterday a man got shot while his hands were in the air, a young lady got pulled out of her car, because a cop feared her colored skin. Who need to fear who?

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    2. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

      You DO know that if you add up all of the Americans murdered by jihadis since 1995 it amounts to less than 3500. Americans murdered by other Americans? 15000 PER YEAR. Maybe get your priorities in order.

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  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

    The GOP is all to eager to peel back more and more layers of deception and conceit that hides the perversity that festers within their collective souls.

    Never in such a shameless manner has any entity stood so naked to the whole world, thanks to modern media, in the history of humanity. (The Muslim fanatics are the only other group so willing to expose their dark side, albeit more violently and with no false veneer of sincerity which the Convention projected, complete with stooges of various stripes and walks of life).

    The RNC has displayed a depth of depravity that most of us anticipated, even though we weren’t fully aware of how ingenious and reckless they would be in exposing themselves—in the same reckless manner as a flasher on 42nd Street Manhattan would do, in broad daylight !!

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    1. Leftout July 22, 2016

      No fears ? I drive through the NY Lincoln Tunne too often . The traffic slows to a creep , a Rented Yellow Ryder Truck passes by slowly . . There is a lot of fear. Everyday . I would consider my self a courageous person , but you can not be brave if odds Are against you by surprise
      attacks from cowards .

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      1. AgLander July 22, 2016

        To pc obsessed Aaron, that make you a bigot for being wary of the surroundings you described. Of course odds are that with your heightened sense of awareness of your surroundings, you will be a survivor, while Aaron and his blissfully blind pals will be splots on walls and the pavement with their last sounds heard of Allah Akbar!

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          Aggie is still pouting and ranting like a 2-year old.

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      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

        Poor Leftout—he sees demons everywhere like Joe McCarthy did. Make sure you check your closets at light before bedtime—the boogie man may be waiting for you to fall asleep.

        BOO!!

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      3. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

        You DO know that if you add up all of the Americans murdered by jihadis since 1995 it amounts to less than 3500. Americans murdered by other Americans? 15000 PER YEAR.
        Your fear of the Ryder truck driving next to you should be real. It’s your neighbor Bob “I was born in American to American parents” coming to murder you. Maybe move to Canada?

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        1. Leftout July 22, 2016

          I was born in Canada, but I am US citizen, became Navy Pilot in Kuwait / Iraqi trist.

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        2. Leftout July 23, 2016

          Yes , but Islamic types have a higher kill ration , it only takes a few of them to carry bombs , pressure cookers to an even and have taken down hundreds at a clip . I am sure that they will catch up to your needs

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          1. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            Yeah, and they’ve been so successful at it that they’re behind 1000:1. You guys are always screaming to the sky about the “alien threat”, but have no problem with the 100X greater threat of your own spouse or next-door neighbor.
            An illegal shot and killed one person in CA and scream-scream-scream for months. You know, on the same day Americans murdered about 100 other Americans, but that’s perfectly OK with you guys. It seems like murder is OK with you so long as it’s natives doing it.
            Gotta have a nuclear-powered-assault-rifle-with-grenade-launcher ready to shoot them aliens!!!

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          2. Leftout July 23, 2016

            I work in your kind of neighborhoods and have known wives like yours. These incidents are self limiting in that they kill off family and can no longer produce.
            Terrorists , of these low threshold, mentally challenged , Moslem areas , are heaven bent on mayhem with the promises of a lusty afterlife, this is a great inducement to some , weak in spirit and who have only deserts / desserts ? for a Horizon . I rather would want to have a licentious life in this world. Do you not agree. !

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          3. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            As Bon Jovi says “I want to live while I’m alive”.
            Is depression limited to the mental disease that causes murder and mayhem? No, financial depression, knowing you can never achieve a stable life, also opens the door to Islamist (or other screwed up) idealism. Tim McVeigh was not Islamist. Eric Rudolph was not Islamist.
            Is it “weak in spirit”, or an overwhelmingly screwed-up life? Is that why it happens more overseas, in their self-imposed ghettos, than here?

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          4. Leftout July 23, 2016

            It is a mental challenge to focus your mind to excel and get out of any environment that makes your life miserable , women dump your bad husbands or dependencies , there is outside support for any such circumstances. Inner city people can make it out of thier poverty.

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  5. yabbed July 22, 2016

    Instead of sounding tough and powerful, Trump and his supporters sound like little ‘fraidy cat weaklings.

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    1. AgLander July 22, 2016

      Did you just accuse Trump of being a liberal Democrat??

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

        No, Aggie–he didn’t. Can you read?
        Read the comment again and don’t insert juvenile impressions in the process. Such impressions are figments of your imagination.

        You sure do love masochism and feeling pain. Little wonder that fear is a welcome emotion for you and others with constipated thoughts.

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      2. timmfr30 July 22, 2016

        go hunt flies somewhere else lizard

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  6. I of John July 22, 2016

    Well done, here here.

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  7. Mama Bear July 22, 2016

    Fear is an evil ally. Nothing good can come of employing it.

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  8. rednekokie July 22, 2016

    I always go back to FDR “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
    These words are as appropriate today as they were in the 1940’s.
    The fears of Trump and his ilk are the same fears the Nazi’s forced upon Germany.
    Fear of ourselves and the world can bring us down. That’s about the only thing.
    Fear is wrong!
    And, yes, I’m old enough to remember (and miss) FDR.

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  9. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

    Trump has always appealed to pathetic middle aged males who left Daycare feeling a neurotic need to push others out of the way to get attention. Trump himself is one of these. He loves to toss around his POWER…when the reality is he is in such deep trouble legally, his only escape is to hope he becomes president so he can play dictator like he has always done to his employees.

    I have no idea what the hell is in the minds of right wingers these days who think they will just walk all over the rest of us for no reason other than their big mouths, swaggering and playing Rambo in public.

    That crowd at the RNC is bogus since Trump’s appeal is to junior Johnny Jump Ups of the Corporate world who are hoping a Trump presidency will mean we get to be their corporate slaves who work for free, earn THEIR profits and absolve them of any legal responsiblity for their actions.

    They know if Trump gets away with his criminal activity, they are banking they will to.
    Fear has always been the game of the Republicans but now it is as maniacal fever pitch and they are beginning to eat their own.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

      Eating their own “feeds” their cannibalistic tendencies. Poor Cruz and his wife barely made it out of the RNC hall alive.
      Something tells me that he’ll just shrug it off and be back to business as usual.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

        I haven’t bothered to watch the RNC Convention. I think I caught the first 30 seconds before I had deja vu of a Roman area cage match between hungry lions and their blood lust for human meat.

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          A wise choice on your part. Hopefully, there were sufficient supplies of barf bags.

          Your impression of a Roman Coliseum is right on the mark—the Emperor(Lord Trump) himself presided from his chair and looked out at the rabble in the hall and whenever he gave the high sign, they would erupt with gusto thirsting for blood.

          Just modern-day emperors and gladiators, fighting the lions of reason and enlightenment and failing in the process.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

            We both know that the Republican attack dogs are simply playing rock stars.

            They don’t get a single ounce of empowering from me. I know these little creeps too well. Worked with them my entire life. They love their showmanship as if it was reality. Until someone, usually someone they least expect, pulls the rug out from under them.

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          2. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

            Imperial behavior with shades of spiritual prowess. Honestly, I think he has transitioned from Emperor to be, to a Messiah, and his obedient followers love every bit of it. What we are seeing is not a political campaign, or even a movement, it is a cult. A dangerous cult.

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          3. dpaano August 19, 2016

            As I said earlier…Trump is looking to start his own religion…Trumpism!

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    2. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

      It is not only males. The fascination of so many women with Trump, a man who has insulted American women, and has shown a preference for women from Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, is a bit perplexing for me. Is it indoctrination, ignorance, or masochism?

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

        Trump appeals to younger males who are hoping he will be their career saviour and young women lining up to be the next $2 million Playboy Centerfold photo op.

        If Trump seems to prefer Slovak women, it is only because he can pick them out of some Craig’s list at the cheapest price possible. And he know these are women in the sex slave trade who are desperate to get out from under and he then rescues them and becomes their devoted saviour.

        Trump is all about exploitation. I get the sense he thinks he will forever change the laws in this country and get Pence to do all the work while he continues his corporate empire building.

        Trump is not quite the brightest bulb in the pack as the late Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, would tell you. He is always in a hurry to close deals which is why they always end up a failure.

        The reality is that Pence was NOT Trump’s choice. He approved him but it was the GOP and Paul Ryan who subtly pushed Pence in the VP position. Ryan needs Pence.

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      2. jmprint July 22, 2016

        This old white ladies, whom have lived generously on their husband military retirement, that have not experienced the hardships of a world that caters to the elite.

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      3. AgLander July 22, 2016

        But Hillary, in her ongoing role as executive director of the “Bimbo Eruptions War Room” where military type tactics are used to destroy Bill’s latest sexual conquest is not even a blip on your insult of women radar screen…..you are a sad, pathetic and amoral person. You have to be to support the Clintons.

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    3. Box July 22, 2016

      Heavy words! You said “we get to be their corporate slaves who work for free, earn THEIR profits and absolve them of any legal responsiblity for their actions.” Please cite specific examples of that.

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      1. jmprint July 22, 2016

        Fraud and racketeering cases in court are not enough for you.

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        1. Dominick Vila July 22, 2016

          Maddoff, ENRON, Lehman Brothers, AIG…

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        2. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

          Box is one of the crooks of the right. Why else do you think they want no business regulations, no EPA to stand in their way of killing us off and never having to share what they earn in profits with those who EARN those profits for them?

          These guys all loved it when Bush made it easier for them to rip the rest of us off. Now Boxie can’t stand that his money trough is dried up.

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      2. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

        Sure…I can prove it…Walmart…refuses to pay living wages to its employees and then tells them to go collect welfare. Trump hired employees who worked their butts off in 2 casinos and then he closed them without paying them…Free corporate slaves…and you want Trump to be president?

        You’ll be lucky if one of those small business suppliers to his casinos don’t take him out.

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        1. David July 22, 2016

          Eleanor!!!! Isn’t Walmart that corporation out of Clinton’s Arkansas? And, exactly how do you equate the actions of Walmart with those of Trump?

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          1. dpaano August 19, 2016

            And what does that have to do with anything? Just because Walmart is located in Arkansas has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the Clinton’s….it’s apples and oranges! Try something else because your analogies are ridiculous!

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          2. David August 19, 2016

            Dpaano —
            I would think that a “lawyer” such as yourself would understand that Eleanore complained about Walmart’s conduct and likened it to Trump. The irony is that, if her statement was true, Walmart is based out of Clinton’s Arkansas. You do know what “irony” means, don’t you counselor?

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    4. AgLander July 22, 2016

      Trump has more females in managerial positions than men…..He hires based on talent. You need not apply!

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

        Puhleeze! I’m so underwhelmed by his tokenism and paternalistic attitude. But you’re easily impressed by trite gestures by his Lordship.

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  10. Elliot J. Stamler July 22, 2016

    Many years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Eleanor Roosevelt. I attended a luncheon at my undergrad alma mater and she spoke. Her words echo through the years. And they’re fully apt today. I think Connie Schultz is very right in almost everything she writes in this column but–we do have things to worry about. Very serious things. To me the fundamental issue in that regard is: WHO CAN BEST LEAD THE COUNTRY WHEN TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN OR ARE THREATENED? DONALD TRUMP??? As his own former ghostwriter has written: he is a sociopath and his fingers on the nuclear codes could usher in WWIII. He is not only evil, he is mentally disturbed with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder AND Anti-Social Personality Disorder that are acute beyond belief. Hitler had them too!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

      Wow! You are so lucky! I’d have given anything to have met Eleanor Roosevelt. My Mom named me for her. The funny story there is that the first time I saw Mrs. Roosevelt’s photo I was livid my Mom named me after her because she didn’t look like Lana Turner or Rita Hayworth. My Mom said, “She is the smartest woman in the world. Beauty doesn’t last nearly as long as brains.”

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      1. AgLander July 22, 2016

        Were you named similar to how Hillary claims she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary even though he was 6 years away from even being a known, public figure when Hillary was born!? Don’t fret, I’m not calling you a liar, but you are supporting a real BIG one!

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          Are you named after a herd of cattle?

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        2. InformedVoter July 22, 2016

          Good post. You certainly put Ellie in her place. The main reason Ellie was upset about being named after Eleanor Roosevelt is that she is not as good looking as Mrs. Roosevelt (self-admitted). Can you blame either FDR or Bill Clinton for seeking the attention of someone not so homely?

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    2. Box July 22, 2016

      And you accuse the RNC of fear mongering? Did you read your own post? Pure fear.

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      1. jmprint July 22, 2016

        It’s pure knowledge, when you have many people that have first hand experience with Trumpf and tell YOU, what a creep this guy is. Fraud, racketeering and rape are not qualities we cannot put aside, sugar coat, shut our eyes and not fear.

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        1. AgLander July 22, 2016

          There is nothing “pure” about the polluted knowledge you claim to possess. Jim Jones was successful only because of a pool of easily led people like you.

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          1. timmfr30 July 22, 2016

            you would know all about “easily led”

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      2. AgLander July 22, 2016

        Well stated…….but you are addressing sheep.

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          Says one conservative myrmidon to another. You fellows, Box, the Goat, and yourself have a nice little club of 3.

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      3. Elliot J. Stamler July 22, 2016

        As a matter of fact I did not accuse the RNC of fear mongering–others did; but I will join the accusation.
        There are so many lies from the Republican Party and above all from Donald Trump that it is stupefying.
        I have in a long life seen a lot of politicians lie or fudge but I never saw anyone who throughout his entire life lies the way other people breathe air. But to his supporters like you, that and nothing else matters. You and he both want to destroy democracy in America which is now the goal of the Republican Party…indeed their billionaire speaker a night ago, Peter Thiel, has explicitly called for the destruction of democracy in America.
        Here is some news, Box: a- you are going to lose this election; b- if you win it you’ll provoke in time the gravest constitutional crisis in the country’s history since the civil war and may even provoke a second civil war.

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        1. David July 22, 2016

          But, Hillary doesn’t lie! At least not all the time.

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          1. dpaano August 19, 2016

            David: Apparently you aren’t aware that we ALL lie from time to time….no one, especially you, is a saint!

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          2. David August 20, 2016

            Lol…”But at this point, what difference does it make?”.

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  11. FT66 July 22, 2016

    Fear is bought by those who always depend on others to think for them instead of themselves. What makes a person to see the danger others don’t see? And what solutions that person who talks about fear give to take it away. Fear is created by people and never exist by its own.

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  12. Karen July 22, 2016

    I watched the convention every night while the bile rose higher and higher in my throat. Guillianni’s speech alone discredited him from any credence given him after 9-11. I found myself last night exhibiting Tourette syndrome during that appalling acceptence speech. I thought it might never end…..and if Trump is elected it won’t. It didn’t serve it’s intended purpose of making me fearful, it left me extremely angry. Angry that a political party through years of grooming it’s base of supporters now is left helpless in the face of the evil they’ve created
    I ask, what can I do, what can we do, to fight against the mindset overtaking some in the country?

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker July 22, 2016

      Karen..Try not to fall for the rock star falderol. If you know anything about Trump, you should know his amazing ability to make people believe him. He’s done this so often that he now can’t set foot in NJ without death threats from unions, businesses and employees he stiffed.

      All of those crowds are not the entire population of the USA. Colorado’s delegation walked out on the first day. Several of the old guard are already considering switching to the Dem Party because they are so ashamed of what the Republican Party has become.

      Here is something I do. I contact my friends in my local region and tell them to get on the phones to their state GOP representatives. These Republicans are so tired of the complaints that they have literally blocked any more phone calls.

      But, persistence always pays off. They won’t take calls but they have NO control over sending messages loud and clear in online newspapers and the media. If there is anything Republicans hate most, it is a court of public opinion that disagrees with them.

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      1. AgLander July 22, 2016

        Don’t worry, Ellie……President Trump will represent all of us after his election, unlike the current guy who only welcomes followers of Saul Alinsky to his table.

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    2. AgLander July 22, 2016

      You don’t have to like it, but you do have to accept it…..just like you will have to accept hearing the words “Mr.President” when you see people addressing Donald Trump.

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      1. timmfr30 July 22, 2016

        we will see how that works out for you lizard…watch for hungry circling birds

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  13. Box July 22, 2016

    I cry foul. Article says “We should fear Muslims, all of them, always.” Ok any of you, reply with any proof of that statement. Who said it, when, where. Prove it by those quoted words or specific actions by those who are alleged to have said it– or STFU.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

      Proof no longer has an impact on you, Box. You would dispute that the sun is shining on a clear day.

      Here’s a quote from Mark 8:18 that you should ponder to help figure out why you can’t understand the article:

      “Aware of their conversation, Jesus asked them, “Why are you debating about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Do you have such hard hearts? ”

      Box, do you have a hard heart?

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      1. David July 22, 2016

        What is sordid and depressing is the number of people who worship that lying c..t

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          CRUDE is flashing on your brow like a neon sign, David. Didn’t your mom and dad teach you better?

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    2. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

      Well, there’s the nominee: “”Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release said.”
      Why ban them if you don’t fear them?

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  14. AgLander July 22, 2016

    I just don’t see, other than much older women from an earlier era when sexual harassment and lower pay was a way of life for them, can support a candidate like Hillary Clinton over a Trump administration where you will have a millennial woman in Ivanka who has already announced that she will be working side by side with her president to ensure that women receive the rights that they are entitled to in the form of equal pay for equal work and treatment that are already being implemented and have been for many years at the Trump companies she is intimately involved in managing. Compare that to Hillary Clinton and what has she done for women over the years other than lip service at best……and at her worst, viciously attacking and destroying/silencing the women who have been the victims of her husbands many sexual improprieties. Millennial women and women of education and intelligence will surely will have no stomach for supporting a woman who has repeatedly used predatory behavior targeting woman after woman that has enabled her husband to lead a decades long life of predation and exploitation of women for his own prurient desires

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    1. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

      Good to know that Trump will be outsourcing his presidency once elected.

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    2. David July 22, 2016

      He “did not have sex with that woman”. Unless, you consider a blowjob and sticking a cigar up inside her sex.

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  15. LCR78 July 22, 2016

    Our crime rate in the US is about the same as in 1960 and about the lowest in the 20th or 21st century. Murder rate is also among the lowest its been. The murder rate was 8 per 100,000 in 1995 and its now 4 or 5 per 100,000. About the only thing most people have to fear is having a heart attack from fear mongering by politicians, especially Trump.

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    1. David July 22, 2016

      We have to fear “assault weapons”!
      I don’t know about you, but those inanimate objects are terrifying!

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

        David’s on a rant rampage. Don’t get around much, do you.

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  16. tb thomas July 22, 2016

    There is plenty to worry about. A constantly expanding governing class, funded by the national credit card and US Dollars printed out of thin-air by Liberals, in order to pay for their ever growing list of entitlements, and millions of new undocumented illegal immigrants with desperate needs, and no prospect for jobs.

    The suffocation of our private-sector economy with more and more layers of regulations, and regulators necessary to enforce them.

    The release of duly convicted violent Black felons, who Liberals believe should be set free because a great-grandfather of theirs may have been enslaved, abused, or murdered by a great-grandfather of a “White person” (almost all of whom were, BTW, Southern Democrats).

    The proliferation of nuclear weapons into the hands of religious fanatics with nothing to lose by using them against anyone who challenges their genocidal impulses.

    The evisceration of US military hegemony, which has been the foundation of a golden age of comity amongst nations for over 70 years, unprecedented in modern history.

    The negation of our constitutionally limited republic, in favor of a neo-Bolshevik authoritarian state run by a “permanent majority” of duly compensated party members.

    You’ll notice I did not use the word ‘fear’ to describe what is motivating those of us who intend to voted for Mr. Trump. He’s just the best option we’ve got at the moment. Either way, we will oppose you, and eventually prevail. Why? Because industry and ingenuity always beats arrogance and hypocrisy in the end. Count on it.

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    1. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

      Congress spends the money. If you don’t like the spending, bame the teabaggers who shouldered us with this mess.
      Regulations? Like the ones that say that an oil company has to clean up the spill? The power company has to clean up the coal-ash dam collapse? The banks have to have more cash on hand if they made bad loans? The bigAg companies have to clean up the Everglades from the decades of fertilizer dumps? Those regulations?
      The US military today: “The U.S. military is the world’s second largest, after China’s People’s Liberation Army, and has troops deployed around the globe.”
      The “golden age of comity” began with eliminating once-per-generation wars in Europe, which had little to do with US military strength.
      The “constitutionally limited republic” is doing just fine given that the SCOTUS still invalidates the overreach of the teabaggers.

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      1. David July 22, 2016

        Yep, and your Demorat congress saddled us with Obamacare. National debt 8 trillion when Bush left office—pushing 21 trillion now. What a great President!

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        1. johninPCFL July 22, 2016

          Sorry, I prefer facts.
          From “debt to the penny”, national debt at the close of GWBs last signed spending bills (including TARP) on 9/30/2009 was $12.8T.
          Interestingly, debt on the close of Clinton’s last bills on 9/30/2001 was $5.8T. So GWB added $7T to the debt in eight years.
          The teabaggers have owned spending since 2010, so the debt growth from $14T until now is theirs. Happy bagging.

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          1. tb thomas July 22, 2016

            Really pathetic overreach on the debt numbers. Bush doubled it, and now, incredibly, Obama has doubled Bush. That’s a fact.

            But it doesn’t end there. Federal Reserve net balance sheet when Obama took office: $0.5-Trillion. One year later (after Obama relieved Too Big To Fail, Inc. of their fraudulently packaged mortgaged-backed securities): $2-Trillion. (These were the guys Obama pledged he would “hold accountable” as a candidate. The following Christmas, they were all back paying themselves 6, 7 & 8-figure bonuses.)

            Today, the Fed has $3.9-Trillion in fiat-dollars floating around Wall-Street and various money laundries elsewhere, propping up the illusion of US Government solvency — and that’s just the part they are required by law to report.

            You prefer facts? Here’s a fact: you (and your ilk) can convince yourselves of anything, and invariably do. You are basically the gangrene that is consuming this country, and with it, the world’s prospects for a peaceful and prosperous future.

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          2. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            I prefer verified data, such as from “debt to the penny” rather than numbers Ailes pulled out of his ass and fed to Hannity and O’Reilly, and the from them to the rest of the Faux News crowd – like you.
            The Fed is a non-government entity. I strongly disagree with their policies of monetizing Congressional spending, but the president has little to do with that. Central banks all over the world are doing the same thing, so is Obama responsible for the actions of the BoJ too? How about the ECB?

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          3. tb thomas July 23, 2016

            ‘…the president has little to do with that.’ Really?

            Apropos…
            Moreover, to help improve conditions in private credit markets, the Committee decided to purchase up to $300 billion of longer-term Treasury securities over the next six months. The Federal Reserve has launched the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility to facilitate the extension of credit to households and small businesses and anticipates that the range of eligible collateral for this facility is likely to be expanded to include other financial assets. The Committee will continue to carefully monitor the size and composition of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet in light of evolving financial and economic developments.
            Fed Announcement, March 18th, 2009.

            Re: Obama, Poseur-in-Chief

            Who repeatedly promised to hold the organizers and beneficiaries of systematic securities fraud over at least a decade — among them, Robert Rubin, one of Obama’s “key economic advisers” — responsible for what amounts to large scale racketeering. Then totally abrogated that promise in practice upon taking office.

            December 12, 2014:

            Around nine o’clock last night, the House passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending plan. This action averted a government shutdown—a good thing. Less good was the fact that the bill also contained a provision, said to be written by Citigroup, repealing a key part of the Dodd-Frank Act.
            The provision enables the big banks once again to use insured deposits and other taxpayer subsidies and guarantees to gamble in the derivatives markets—the very type of business that drove the 2008 financial crisis and the economic devastation that followed.

            (http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2014/12/12/with-dodd-frank-rollback-the-big-bad-banks-are-back/#23977b94100f)

            Need I mention the tens-of-billions in Civil Damages the crony financial institutions have been allowed to pay (in-lieu of criminal prosecutions for massive malfeasance) as the Obama administration continued it’s policy of not-even-investigating, much less pursuing criminal charges against the top executives of TBTF banks?

            Bottom-line: do you really think it would have been possible to add $10-Trillion to the national debt, without a politically corrupt Fed making it clear it would do whatever necessary to prop up the US government’s “unlimited line of credit”?

            When government no longer has to rely on money that was actually earned by citizen tax-payers, and instead funds itself by way of credit, or debasing the currency, we no longer have a functioning democracy. And by conveniently acquiescing to gross fiduciary misconduct, both parties have in-effect hijacked government, using credit and monetary policy to protect their illicit hegemony over government at all levels.

            You choose to believe this country can continue to fund profligate social policies, as well as wasteful military spending, using Dollars fabricated out of thin-air. I understand and know that doing so merely puts off a day of reckoning which will be precipitated suddenly, with devastating consequences to billions of people on this planet (a holocaust without precedent in our history), for decades or even centuries. But by then, you crusaders for “social justices” will be long-gone, having fled to your respective “safe-havens”, paid for with the entitlements you conferred upon yourselves “back in the day…”

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          4. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            “You choose to believe this country can continue to fund profligate social policies, as well as wasteful military spending”: you know nothing about me.

            The central banks didn’t do anything illegal, so there was no prosecution to be brought. Do you know differently – provable information? If so, why aren’t you using the whistleblower statutes to bring them to justice?

            And as I recall, the teabaggers own the House, so a bill passed in 2014 seems like a teabagger proposition, right?

            But you are correct that the wasteful spending will have to stop:”The reams of central bank credit may have stopped a cataclysm in 2008. But now it’s a net negative, according to a June report by Thornburg Investment Management. Echoing S&P:
            ZIRP and QE may have been effective in limiting the depth of the recession in 2009, but on their own, they have clearly been ineffective in generating robust or sustained growth in the U.S., Europe or Japan. To the contrary, they now seem to be a drag on growth, given higher sovereign and corporate debt levels.
            With the awesome, towering power of buying unlimited assets with unlimited money the Fed creates for itself, you can be sure that nothing bad will permanently happen to the banks, the stock market, the bond market, the housing market, the auto loan market, the student loan market, the derivative market or government deficit-spending or anything else, because if they don’t, it’s “Game Over, Player One.”
            Oh, sure, the Fed will let markets sink and rise, up and down, around and around, probably dramatically, so as to allow the sleazy banks and the ethically-bankrupt financial sector to profit from manipulating the markets and transferring investor money to themselves. Just like always. No problem. They’ve been doing it for years.
            And with a ludicrously out-of-control fractional-reserve banking (where reserves held against loans) are almost non-existent, we are suddenly talking over a (gulp!) quadrillion potential dollars, just from the Federal Reserve! Which is not to mention all the other desperate governments and central banks around the world who would LOVE to do this crap!
            So why am I saying this again now? Because Ben Bernanke, disgraceful former chairman of the Federal Reserve, has, so the rumor holds, visited the government of bankrupt and massively over-indebted Japan to explain why his previous advice to drown in massive amounts of debt didn’t work, and now to advise them to literally give people money.
            Unfortunately, it will end, years from now, in disaster when the skyrocketing cost of food and energy (“death by price inflation”) caused by this insane mega-expansion of the money supply makes people grumpy and things grind to a halt.”

            I just don’t classify government spending for the benefit of the citizens as “wasteful”.

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          5. tb thomas July 23, 2016

            The central banks didn’t do anything illegal, so there was no prosecution to be brought. Do you know differently – provable information? If so, why aren’t you using the whistleblower statutes to bring them to justice?

            If you watched the FCIC hearings (as I did), and studied it’s report (as I did), you’d see the evidence was plain and irrefutable. High level executives attempted to make the CEO and members of the Citigroup Board (including Robert Rubin) aware that they were packaging and selling “junk” CDO’s to clients. They were ignored, or in many cases, instructed to desist from sending such advisories.

            The same thing was going on at other banks like JP Morgan and Goldman, as well as the ratings agencies. (All of which were thoroughly documented by testimony before the FCIC.)

            The DOJ never even launched any criminal investigations, claiming that they had determined on their own there was insufficient evidence to prove criminal activity. That, in spite of the fact that we have an entire set of statutes (RICO) designed specifically to enable the government to proceed against de-facto criminal associations where the leaders of an alleged criminal organization, operate in ways which obviate the need to engage in well-defined acts of complicity with lower-level criminal operatives.

            As for a whistle-blower, here’s one:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQISNV4T7QA

            Even at the time this video was made, JP Morgan was actively involved in a culpable enterprise still within boundaries of the statute of limitations for wire-fraud, and yet, the Obama DOJ refused to investigate.

            Apropos your comment: “You know nothing about me…”

            Indeed, I know a few salient things about you: intelligent enough to locate and analyze on-line information when you have reason to believe it can be used to lend credence to your ideological conceits and persona biases.

            However, when it comes to critical thinking skills (or put another way, the desire to validate your beliefs by thorough objective investigation of evidence which might undermine those beliefs) you are (like most narcissists/liberals) cowardly and self-indulgent.

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          6. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            Your conceit and personal bias are showing.

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          7. tb thomas July 23, 2016

            I missed the second part of your earlier reply. Apropos…

            And as I recall, the teabaggers own the House, so a bill passed in 2014 seems like a teabagger proposition, right?

            This response makes my point about your lack of intellectual curiosity as far as the truth, and understanding what’s really going on in Washington D.C. I did provide a link to the full op-ed, but you obviously didn’t bother to check it out.

            FYI…

            The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass in the coming days. After four years of twisting arms in Congress, Wall Street had finally found the perfect moment to reshape financial regulation—less than three hours before the government was about to run out of money.
            Even Obama administration officials were forced to work late into the evening lobbying Democrats to support the bill, arguing that this bill was less bad than any deal than they would get next year when the GOP controls both chambers of Congress. The measure ultimately passed 219-206, with 57 Democrats supporting the bill.

            So, to clarify: one of the few positive aspects of Dodd-Frank: a provision which partially reinstated the restriction on co-mingling depositor funds with TBTF bank’s investment activities contained in Glass-Steagall (the repeal of which by the Clinton administration and Republican Congress enabled the sub-prime mortgage racket in the first place), was quietly removed with the active and aggressive support of the Obama administration, in response to pressure from their cronies on Wall Street.

            And it was done ‘under the cover of…’ the threat of another government shutdown, with the consent of a Democrat controlled Senate.

            As for my ‘conceits’ and/or biases, I don’t see how exposing your ignorance of Obama’s profoundly corrupt character, and actions in office, has anything to do with my biases. I voted for the guy in 2008. Hard to explain how someone with a bias against him would do that.

            Rather, my opinion of him here and now is based entirely on careful observation of his conduct, since he took office. You see, I do have at least one ‘bias’, I am a strong advocate of “…an informed electorate”. Apropos…

            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 constitutional power.
            –Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.

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          8. johninPCFL July 24, 2016

            So, as I pointed out, the teabaggers in Congress passed a spending bill. Or did none of them vote for it? 57 Dems out of 219 ‘PRO’ votes does not seem to be the majority.
            Apropos…you seem stuck in neutral…

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          9. tb thomas July 25, 2016

            No, a bi-partisan majority of the House passed a spending bill which was negotiated by the leaders of both houses, and with the Obama administration taking a leading role in making sure it passed in the House. It was then passed by the Senate, and signed by the president.

            The reason the bill was brought up was due to the necessity to raise the debt limit, or shut down the government. So you tell me why it included the repeal of a key provision of the Obama administration’s flagship financial reform legislation: Dodd-Frank? A provision which limited the ability of the TBTF banks (cronies of the Obama administration), to utilize ordinary bank depositor funds in their highly speculative (and demonstrably very risky) hedge-funds and derivative investment schemes, without putting up their own money to insure the risk.

            It was this practice of co-mingling ordinary bank-deposits with speculative insider-trading activities which created the sub-prime mortgage bubble, which nearly caused a global economic collapse in 2008. Obama ran on a platform which promised to punish those responsible for the sub-prime mortgage fraud, and in spite of overwhelming evidence that these people did in fact defraud main street investors, the Obama DOJ chose not to launch a single criminal investigation into the role the top executives of the TBTF banks had in the melt-down.

            Instead, Secretary Geithner, working in collaboration with Bernanke and the Fed, setup a program to use money “printed” by the Fed to relieve the TBTF banks of toxic (nearly worthless) mortgage backed securities, so they could resume loaning money to prospective home-owners.

            Apropos…

            The Federal Reserve, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, introduced the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) to encourage the issuance of securities backed by privately originated loans to consumers and businesses and to improve market conditions for ABS more generally.
            (That was announced in March of 2009.)

            So you see (dim-wit), I didn’t change the subject at all. The whole smarmy bail-out was engineered by the Obama administration and the Fed working hand-in-hand. And that’s how the Fed’s balance sheet went from $700-Billion, to $3.9-Trillion at the behest of the Obama administration, which was poised to go on a national credit-card spending-spree which has now reached $9-Trillion, and will very likely end up at $10-Trillion or more over Obama’s 8 years in office.

            As for the “teabaggers”, I have no idea why you keep mentioning them. The “Tea Party” is a political action group that favors lowering taxes, reducing government spending, and a laundry list of other issues they believe to be important. So what? Lots of people prefer lower taxes and lower government spending — the people who pay most of the taxes the government collects in particular.

            Is there something “systemically wrong” with holding that point of view? Perhaps you think wanting lower taxes and less government spending is “racist” (?)

            I, on the other hand, have no problem with raising taxes. That’s exactly how the founders of this country expected the government to obtain the funds it needs to “provide for the common defense…” etc. Taxation is a critical part of any viable democratic government. It insures accountability, on the part of the tax-payers, and as well on the part of those in government who decide how to spend the tax revenues.

            However, the Democrat party doesn’t really want to have to spend tax-dollars on the entitlements it hands out in order to stay in power. Why? Because raising taxes and re-distributing the money to cronies makes ordinary tax-paying citizens angry, and makes them want to vote Democrats out of office.

            Far better (from the Democrat point of view), let’s just put those entitlements on the national credit-card, or better yet, let’s just print more US Dollars and use them to pay for the hand-outs. Why? Because the typical “low-information Democrat voter” (people like you “johnin”) couldn’t care less what the “debt to the penny” number is, as long as they get more free services and stipends from the government.

            That practice, which has accelerated out of control over the last four decades, is utterly corrupt and unconscionable, and it is undermining the bedrock of the US economy. There will be a day of reckoning for it, but like I said, the people actually responsible for plundering our credit and debasing our currency will be long gone to their “safe havens” by then, when the serious consequences hit everybody else.

            And BTW, you’re aimless meandering comments provide a very compelling case-in-point as to why this country is going down the tube. It is exactly your brand of know-nothing, talking-point-twitter-addicted ‘political discourse’ which has led us to a 2016 election which is literally “theater of the absurd…”

            (So, I’ll say thank you for that.)

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          10. tb thomas July 23, 2016

            So, I find it amusing that whenever you make a post, someone with an ID ‘dtgraham’ conveniently up-votes your comment — within a matter of minutes, no matter what time of day, nor how innocuous your comment happens to be. (Like this one-liner about my ‘conceit and bias’.)

            Are you and ‘dtgraham’ kinda like “joined at the hip”, or do you call this person up and let them know when you’ve made a new post? (Or is it possible, you have another login, and ‘dtgraham’ is just “another version of you…” !;)

            Either way, it makes you look a bit ridiculous.

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          11. johninPCFL July 24, 2016

            Paranoia will destroya…

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          12. johninPCFL July 24, 2016

            One thing I overlooked here. I spoke of the Fed and you replied with data about the big banks. So, billions in fines they paid constitutes no penalties in your mind. And you presented no data at all on the Fed, which was the basis of my comment.
            So change the subject and distort the info? Nice ploy.
            Once again, conceit.

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          13. tb thomas July 25, 2016

            Changed the subject? The money the Fed printed was used to buy up the toxic, fraudulently AAA rated sub-prime mortgage assets the “big banks” sold to main street investors. That’s securities fraud — a criminal offense. Proceeding civilly against the executives who orchestrated this racket, in-effect allowed them to get away with a crime that cost private citizens and tax-payers $Trillions of dollars. We incarcerate people for stealing beer from convenience stores, and yet, in this case, due to the illicit (utterly corrupt) relationship between Obama, Geithner, and their crooked banker buddies, those bankers ended up keeping literally $Billions in ill-gotten gains, and were never even investigated criminally.

            As for the fines, the net effect there was simply to give the Obama administration a commission on the racketeering. Those fines represented the DOJ’s estimate as to the financial damages done to ordinary American investors by the actions of the banks in question. In other words: those banks stole money from American citizens, put a big chunk of it in their own pockets, and were allowed to keep it, thanks to the Obama DOJ. The people responsible for the criminal activity didn’t even have to pay their own attorney’s fees.

            Are you saying that’s okay? Is that your idea of “holding the people responsible for the sub-prime mortgage fraud accountable?” Are you going to blame that on the “teabaggers”?

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          14. David July 22, 2016

            Well, if you like facts, then how about using them? National debt on 9/30/07 – 9.0 trillion; 9-30/15- 18.15 trillion
            TeasuryDirect.gov
            Your mulatto president is responsible for this disaster.

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          15. johninPCFL July 23, 2016

            And what do those dates have to do with anything? The closing date of GWBs spending two years before his last spending? The closing date the year before Obama’s last spending?
            You seem confused about how governmental spending works.

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          16. dpaano August 19, 2016

            David has been confused about many things and giving him the facts doesn’t seem to work. He’s going to believe what he’s been brainwashed to believe from the GOP! To hell with facts!

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        2. dpaano August 19, 2016

          You got ONE thing right…..we were left with $8T in debt when Bush left office! You also have to remember, that this amount did not include the war that he failed to add to the budget and didn’t pay for, along with the drug program that he also failed to put in the budget or pay for!

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    2. David July 22, 2016

      Well done!!!

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    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

      A chorus of “2” agrees with you, Thomas the atheist.

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      1. dpaano August 19, 2016

        And at least ONE of the two has already proven himself/herself to be totally clueless!

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  17. jake hawkes July 22, 2016

    I knew it! Conservatism isn’t a political way of thinking; it is a brain disease.

    http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-05-11/article/39705?headline=THE-PUBLIC-EYE-Conservative-Brain-Syndrome–By-Bob-Burnett

    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the degenerative brain disease found in football players with a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE brain syndrome leads to memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and eventually, dementia. The frequent occurrence of these symptoms in Republican politicians suggests that CTE is a widespread phenomenon.

    Researchers in Great Britain have discovered that liberals and conservatives have different brain structures. “Liberals have a larger anterior cingulate cortex… showing a greater ability… to cope with conflicting information.” “Conservatives have larger amygdalas… [showing] a greater tendency for fear… anything new to them is a threat.” Studies such as these indicate Republicans lack the ability to respond to new data or retain flexibility in complex circumstances. But is this condition the product of nature or nurture? Were Republicans born conservative or is this conditioned by years bashing their skulls against reality?

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    1. David July 22, 2016

      I think it is from spending countless hours trying to educate the ignorant liberal masses of free loaders.

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    2. dpaano August 19, 2016

      There might be some truth in what you say, Jake!!! I know Republicans can’t POSSIBLY know what they’re doing when they believe everything that Trump says!

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  18. InformedVoter July 22, 2016

    The Democrats have been using fear to get their voters for years. So now the Democrats are crying foul because the GOP beat them too that tactic. The polls show that 75% approve of Trump’s speech and this has them running scared. Look for the Democrats to crank up the fear factor next week. It’ll be fun to watch how they explain how it’s OK for them to play the fear card but not for the GOP to do so. Can you say President Trump?

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

      The fear factor was cranked up decades ago. Where have you been Van Winkle?
      You didn’t pay much attention to your history lessons in school. From time immemorial, the strategy of those who seek to overthrow or gain power is to demonize a particular group(s) as dangerous in order to incite witch hunts, similar to the current GOP witch hunts.
      Learn to pay more attention and to think critically–that way you will have earned your honorific title of “InformedVoter”. For now, the title is a misnomer.

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      1. David July 22, 2016

        Like the Demorats choose to demonize the Tea Party voters?

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

          Now there’s a party that richly deserves to be pilloried for their nonstop nonsense and fear-mongering.
          Just admit it, David—your aim is only to be recalcitrant and play the part of the puppet on the GOP string.

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      2. InformedVoter July 23, 2016

        The National Memo was misleading and making it sound like the GOP was using fear to motivate voters. I was pointing out that the Dems have been using fear more often than the GOP. Try actually reading some history before you run off your low information mouth!

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 24, 2016

          It’s apparent that you’re the one who needs to read. You still don’t deserve that conceited moniker of “InformedVoter”—not even close.

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          1. InformedVoter July 24, 2016

            The Dems have used fear and intimidation to get their way. And the establishment GOP just fell in line. Trump is SO popular because he’s finally telling the Dems to “shove it”. ALL the independent voters have had it with the Dems telling what is PC, etc. All across the country, the university students are pissed that Bernie didn’t get selected. Hillary’s VP choice has further alienated the college crowd. With college students abandoning the Dems and with independents turning to the GOP, the Dems are in real trouble. Or perhaps you have not been listening to Michael Moore and other left-leaning news sources. You remain part of the low information crowd and you continually prove it.

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    2. David July 22, 2016

      President Trump!!!!! Yes!!!!!

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    3. A. D. Reed July 22, 2016

      “The polls show that 75% approve of Trump’s speech …”

      Well, the poll actually showed that 75% of the voters who watched the speech approved of it, either generally (57%) or strongly (18%). Those were the voters who watched the speech, i.e., about 85% of them were Republicans.

      People who watch the Democratic convention will approve of Hillary’s speech, and Bernie’s, and Mr. Obama’s and Mr. Clinton’s, and Michelle Obama’s … because most of the viewers will be Democrats.

      Totally irrelevant numbers.

      What matters is that among all voters (both parties and no party), Trump is trailing Clinton by 3% to 5% nationally, and by similar or stronger margins in key swing states, including NC, VA, CO, PA, and Ohio–where Trumpeters just held their chaotic convention.

      Democrats won’t “crank up the fear factor” about the state the nation is in; they will raise people’s concerns about a possible Trump candidacy, while pointing out that the nation is not going down the tubes, ISIS is not on your doorstep, the murder rate has been falling steadily for 25 years, there is not a yuuuuuuge increase in “cop-killings,” and the world is not coming to an end. What they will point out is that America as we know it COULD come to an end if Trump gains the reins of power.

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      1. InformedVoter July 23, 2016

        Most of what you posted is not true. Even Michael Moore, on the Bill M show predicted that Trump will win. The Dems are running scared and they will play the fear factor. Unfortunately for them, the middle ground voters have seen terrorist acts, soaring health insurance premiums, the elimination of jobs and wealth, a race relations debacle, etc. These folks are tired of seeing the greatness of the USA get stripped away by the Dems. These folks are scared and with good reason. These are the folks that will carry Trump to victory.

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        1. A. D. Reed July 23, 2016

          “Most of what you posted is not true.”

          Another assertion, with nothing to back it up except your opinion and beliefs.

          Bye, uninformedvoter.

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          1. InformedVoter July 23, 2016

            The “information you posted” is not supported by any source other than the government. Everyone knows that the 4.9% unemployment rate is really just over 10%. This is a perfect example that you are LOW INFORMATION! The majority of your “claims” are just your opinion, based upon no real facts. I find it interesting that you claim my comments are opinion and beliefs. My comments are rooted more in true facts than your contrived media sponsored propaganda.
            You’ve been outed and put on display as being a government dummy.
            You quoted numbers about Hillary leading by 3-5%, yet you failed to mention that these same learned sources had Hillary up by 11-15% just last week.
            Hence, after Trump’s patriotic speech this week, the Dems are scared. I’m waiting for you to explain why Michael Moore, who’s about as left as anyone could be, would say on national TV that Trump has got the election won.
            All I’m hearing is uh, uh, it must be uh, uh. Those are probably the most intelligent comments the left have made in quite some time.

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          2. A. D. Reed July 24, 2016

            “Everyone knows” is not a piece of evidence nor a respected source of information.

            Based on that approach alone, I dismiss everything you say as B.S.

            Because after all, “Everyone knows” that you are an idiot.

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  19. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

    Jay Hawkes, Eleanor, Dominick, and other keen observers have for some time noticed the advancing decay of Conservatives that has reached a stage that portends disaster for the country and the world.

    The morbidity of rational thought processes has led to a maniacal group consciousness that is cult-like and hypnotic.

    Donald’s insistence on the dangerous notion of “American Exceptionalism” shows a troubling transition from just being self-centered in a juvenile and kooky way to a Messianic/quasi-Religious aspect that has “Jim Jones”-like qualities to it.

    Christianity is being swept aside in favor of the Gospel of “Trump and the GOP”. These are indeed dangerous times and perhaps this trend has to happen in order to snap us out of complacency and smugness.

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    1. David July 22, 2016

      Oh, really? The Democrats wouldn’t sweep aside Christanity, would they?

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      1. iamproteus July 22, 2016

        Nope!

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      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

        Have you heard any bluster from them about their sanctimony, or suggesting/implying that we should be fearful, suspicious, hate foreigners, and other lovely non-Christian ideals? Have you heard someone from the Left gloat about his genitals on a public stage?

        Grow up for once in your life, David. For now, you lack clear thinking to understand what any of us are talking about. Otto the Goat and AngLander are your cup of tea for irrelevancy.

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    2. dpaano August 19, 2016

      I think Trump would like to start his own religion!! It would be interesting to say the least….then he could be the God that he has always wanted to be.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 20, 2016

        it would more in the form of a CULT

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  20. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 24, 2016

    To the “InformedVoter”, “AgLander”, “Otto the Goat”, “Thomas”, “itsfun”, “leftout”, and similar mindsets, and to all the others here who are truly informed, I commend to you the purchase of the latest “New Yorker” July 25, 2016 issue.

    Pages 20 and 63 are of particular importance. The former describes from an intimate perspective an examination of the mental instability of Trump that is alarming and confirms what those who aren’t seduced by the Dark Side of Trump already suspected;
    the latter speaks of a mesmerizing force that has gripped the hearts and minds of those who persist in seeing themselves as a separate subspecies of humanity according to skin color and choose to see the world mainly in terms of Black/White, Left/Right, Christian/, Democrat/Republican, Us/Them.

    The aforementioned entities specifically mentioned above suffer the same afflictions which handicap Trump, and explains why they feel the “holy” duty to arise to defend him whenever someone paints an unflattering picture of Lord Fauntleroy, because of the flaws of short attention, shallow responses, and generally being averse to reading and thinking deeply, as pointed out of Trump in the article on page 20.

    Page 20 portrays a man of monumental mental/spiritual defects that are chilling in light of the nightmarish prospect of him wearing a new crown “King Trump—Lord of America and Defender against “The Others”.

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  21. dpaano August 19, 2016

    Good article!

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  22. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 20, 2016

    Repeatedly jabbing the air with his hands as he screamed, Giuliani declared: “The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe. They fear for their children. /// well lady’s it was the GOP GANG OF IDIOTS that got the country in a war using the B/S to make the people in office be afraid of B/S intelligence of WMD . and you think its safe for you to vote them in office ? yes ok put another DIRTY BUSH in the house so thy can rebury the country . DONNY DUMP can and would do that plus have all the more people of the world hatting the USA and wanting us dead

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