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Freedom or Freedumb?

February 16, 2014

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Karl Marx wrote this nearly 150 years ago and it has become the slogan of Communis....

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rmiller

Feb-18-14 8:11 PM

Spike,

Yes, I do see the generational admittances to Ivy League Colleges. I'm simply suggesting that the Alumni enrollees are the lesser of the sum total. No doubt, knowing Daddy is on the board, tilts the scales in favor and I would suggest that they, like athletes may not all be academically prepared.

But, elitist advantage, if there is one...would tilt democratic favor.

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spike2

Feb-18-14 10:43 AM

Cap - don't you find most who are career military have good footing, so to speak. If the ridiculous wars would end (ie: Vietnam and Iraq as examples)and the military again seemed about protecting and serving something of value, that more would enlist? There is much positive about military experience. There is a bit more nobility in being willing to die for something that matters. RMiller - I absolutely agree as to sports. There are some athletes who are academically worthy, most are not. I think you see the generational issues in some Ivy League and very large colleges. These are the degrees that make you "masters of the universe".

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MrShaman

Feb-18-14 10:18 AM

"It was so cold this morning I actually saw a Democrat with his hands in his own pockets" - Steelman

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Shouldn't you (and, Ted Cruz) give Bob Hope (at least) PARTIAL-credit for that one???

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rmiller

Feb-18-14 7:53 AM

Good morning Spike,

"My point is many are admitted to colleges, who frankly are dumber than a box of rocks,because parents are alumni and significant donors. Obviously, the more expensive the college, the greater the likelihood."

The percentage of college attendees who fall into this category, are small compared to the remainder of students enrolled. The problem I have is the amount of sports scholarships awarded more on physical contribution than brains. Then, they are given tutors and still.....because sports is a god in this country....the test results remain obscured. Talk about unequal opportunity.

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rmiller

Feb-18-14 7:46 AM

Communism has already taken root, only foolish people ignore danger signs.

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thecaringkind

Feb-17-14 9:41 PM

Enigma. As long as capitalism and corporate greed continue to rule the day in this country there simply is no place for communism to take root. Period.

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thecaringkind

Feb-17-14 9:41 PM

Enigma. As long as capitalism and corporate greed continue to rule the day in this country there simply is no place for communism to take root. Period.

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Capricorn1

Feb-17-14 9:00 AM

Spike, I agree with everything in your statement. But my point was that while everybody may not have the same opportunities in life, most do have the opportunity to work hard and make a living. And the fact is, more and more people are choosing to take the easy route and blame those that have, for what they don't have. I personally know a couple of veterans that have lost limbs and were still able to be very successful and on the other side of the scale I also know several people that are drawing SS disability when there is absolutely nothing keeping them from working. When I was in the service I also held a second full time job after my divorce in order to make sure I could maintain my household and provide for my kids. Making it in life is hard work but IMO this county is becoming extremely lazy and a nation of "entitlements".

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Steelman

Feb-17-14 7:59 AM

It was so cold this morning I actually saw a Democrat with his hands in his own pockets

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spike2

Feb-17-14 7:53 AM

Cap - no as to being born into a wealthy family. I am saying it automatically jumps your chance to being financially successful to above 75%. My point is many are admitted to colleges, who frankly are dumber than a box of rocks,because parents are alumni and significant donors. Obviously, the more expensive the college, the greater the likelihood. Do you really think all these politicians were Harvard worthy for generations? my point is that he who starts with significant family financial backing or a guaranteed job will probably remain financially secure with minimal effort. We can't correct this but we can acknowledge that everyone simply does not have the same opportunity based solely upon initiative and determination.

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 6:40 AM

"There is an established Communist Party in this country. Van Jones, a first term appointee of the President was a member of it." - enigma

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Ya' gotta quit listening to Porky Limbaugh. He's still a liar.

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See:

Van Jones to Conservatives: Put Down the Red, White & Blue Wrecking Ball - YouTube

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 6:29 AM

"Can someone please tell me what planet Mr. Tinker lives on?" - thecaringkind

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I'm guessing...the flat one.

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See:

NewsHounds

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 6:05 AM

"Spike, are you saying you have to be born into a wealthy family to become successful?" - Capricorn1

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No...I think Spike was referring to those folks who assume they have some "divine right" to maintain the staus-quo (of our ever-growing Plutocracy).

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See:

Estate Tax Quotes | United for a Fair Economy

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 5:54 AM

"Sideliner, did you ever think that the gap between the rich and the poor is a possibly caused by the inactions/actions of the poor?" - Capricorn1

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Seriously...you're suggesting the House (Class o' 2010 gridlocking-Teabaggers)...that's making EVERY effort to sabotage our economy...is comprised of "poor"-people???

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 5:49 AM

"Apparently Mr. Rinker thinks we have a communist government." - CMReeder

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Gee...I can't POSSIBLY imagine WHY!!!

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See:

Media Matters for America

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 5:44 AM

"The American Dream is further and further from the grasp of the average American. -Sideliner

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"Obviously the millions of illegals crossing the border each year haven't gotten the message." - Capricorn1

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...And, the people who hire them couldn't BE more-happy, about that!!!!

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 5:39 AM

Enigma: "we can't criticize him because he's black. How stupid is that. He's done more harm to the country than any enemy ever has and we are required to love him because of his skin color. That's just racist."

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There is no good reply to this comment.

Nope,,,,,'got nothin." - farmer

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Well, except to mention...Enigma's "love" (for the President), is the result of his "requirement" to do so...that he isn't doing-so, "freely".

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MrShaman

Feb-17-14 5:27 AM

"It is discouraging to work harder and harder and get less and less for those efforts while record profits are realized at the top."-sideliner

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"So called "income inequality" has gotten worse in the first five years of the Obama administration. This can be accredited directly to his policies, but he calls himself a defender of the middle class and his faithful followers believe. He has given more money to his rich supporters than that dastardly Bush ever dreamed of." - enigma

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Yeah...sure..."everybody knows" it was merely a "coincidence" the folks at BU$HCO implemented tax-cuts, right-BEFORE they pulled-the-pin on 2 wars.

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factck

Feb-16-14 9:53 PM

That's my whole point, we need reality.

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JerryfromRI

Feb-16-14 5:52 PM

Hiya factck, I'm glad you choose my observation on which to comment.

I'm sorry to learn that you are unsatisfied with our country's current leadership. Thankfully, the 1st Amendment protects your right to so colorfully share your opinion.

Since we're talking children's fiction, is there another character you believe could better lead us?

What say you?

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factck

Feb-16-14 4:26 PM

"FYI, Oz from the Wizard of Oz, was a socialist utopia." JerryfromRI If you remember He floated in with a balloon and the sheeple there made him King. So much like the Idiot we have in charge now! When will the dumbocrats wake up and realize that they were wacked on the head and see what is the right way to govern the US of A.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-16-14 4:05 PM

Capricorn1,

I still disagree with you. Might I suggest that you read "The Creature from Jekyll Island". I read it 10 or 15 years ago around the sub-prime mortgage collapse and it was very revealing. There may be some other equally good books but this is one that was beneficial.

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enigma

Feb-16-14 1:38 PM

"He seems to have an obsession with a political ideology that does not exist in the United States." - thecaringkind

Methinks you protest too much. One letter hardly seems like an obsession and as far as the political ideology not existing in the U.S.? There is an established Communist Party in this country. Van Jones, a first term appointee of the President was a member of it. The President in his own books claimed to be an adherent to that political philosophy. But you claim that it doesn't exist in this country. What is it that you think Progressives are progressing toward? It's Communism. But you just go back to sleep and when you wake up we'll be there, or at least that's their plan.

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thecaringkind

Feb-16-14 1:29 PM

Can someone please tell me what planet Mr. Tinker lives on? He seems to have an obsession with a political ideology that does not exist in the United States. He offers not ONE empirical piece of evidence to support his claim that somehow this country is shuffling its way off to a new 'collective' form of government. Opinions are interesting things. When they are based on anything other than fact they are a far more a curious construct than most of us could ever have imagined...

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enigma

Feb-16-14 12:39 PM

"Congratulations for this letter's author for understanding that Communism is different from Totalitarianism." - JerryfromRI

Totalitarianism is a government system while Communism is an economic system. That said, Marx recognized that the only way to implement Communism was with a Totalitarian government. So while they are indeed different things, they are related. You can have Totalitarian government without Communism, but you cannot have Communism without Totalitarianism.

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