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Idealizing the past

March 4, 2014

Judging by the letters sent in to the Sun-Gazette, many people think that our country was better off in the past than it is now....

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0futm2

Mar-06-14 12:53 AM

" "Unfortunately", Libs/Progressives don't have the "psychic"-skills "conservatives" claim to possess.

I guess that'd (also) explain why "conservatives" are most-often WRONG about what they "guarantee" the future holds. "

Ah yes, Russia hasn't invaded the Ukraine, the muslium brotherhood was good for Egypt, obamacare only cost $800 billion,

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 9:53 AM

"So does voting for the guy with the campaign slogan of "Change we can believe in" without knowing what the change is and the consequences?" - ToTEXASfromPA

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"Unfortunately", Libs/Progressives don't have the "psychic"-skills "conservatives" claim to possess.

I guess that'd (also) explain why "conservatives" are most-often WRONG about what they "guarantee" the future holds.

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 9:46 AM

"You obviously respect Col. Hacworth's opinion, but I don't recall him spending time as a POW either." - farmer

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As a rule, I don't think TOO-many "conservatives" are all-that-familiar with (actual) combat-vets.

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See:

Peoples Century | Guerrilla Wars | Col. David Hackworth

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 9:28 AM

"Sorry I have been away for a while but I am so glad to see that MrShaman is still actively engaged in his favorite activity." - mahs81

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I can't take all the credit.

"conservatives'"/Teabaggers' track-record makes it much-too-easy....

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See:

Why We Did It | MSNBC

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 9:15 AM

"But I have to say, apparently you never had a fighter jet you were flying get shot out of the sky behind enemy lines. You were never alone in the jungle when you faced capture/surrender." - farmer

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...And, neither was John McCain. Despite what the "legend" might say...he had a water-"landing".

Hey...we can (possibly) forget about that other "bad-ass", who wants to see the President get more-aggressive, in Ukraine....Lindsey Graham; a former "trooper" with the "fightin'" JAG!!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 8:37 AM

"I, in fact, pointed out the illegitimacy rate over all AND among blacks. Neither of which is acceptable IMO." - Capricorn1

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Ah, yes.....

"When over 40% of kids today (75% among blacks) have no father in their lives..."

....because, after ALL, it was so "necessary" to EMPHASIZE the percentage of Blacks!!!

This is the same lil' game "conservatives" play, with food-stamps...emphasizing percentages, over (actual) head-count...to avoid the fact more Whites receive food-stamps, than Blacks.

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 6:38 AM

....DESPITE the fact he'd NEVER experienced any ground-combat, himself!!!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 6:36 AM

"My name is Terri if it makes you feel better. I'm sorry if you don't recognize sarcasm when you see it. It was in response to all the disrespect shown by Mr. Shaman today re. John McCain and military in general." - Tgrammiex4

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No...not "military in general". It was Cap who'd suggested as much.

My criticism is aimed (solely) at McCain...who TOO-often whines about why we can't be more hard-ass about each-and-every conflict...how we "need" to show our military-"strength", more-often.

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MrShaman

Mar-05-14 6:14 AM

"It seems the only time that people yell disrespectful is when it is a veteran who is of the Republican party but not of the Democratic party. They will only honor a veteran who is a conservative/Republican." - CMReeder

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...aka the minority.

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See:

Who served? - AWOLBush

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Generation Chickenhawk: With The College Republicans - YouTube

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-05-14 6:09 AM

"Third, idealizing the past makes us susceptible to manipulation by those seeking political office. "

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So does voting for the guy with the campaign slogan of "Change we can believe in" without knowing what the change is and the consequences?

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Scott36

Mar-05-14 12:15 AM

LauriH, Regarding your 8:32 post--It brightened up my night. It was precise, to the point, & I believe it was your honest feelings. Some of these posters on these boards have all the criticisms, yet very few constructive ideas/answers. May you, & your family have a safe, pleasant,& happy day!!-Scott

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Scott36

Mar-05-14 12:04 AM

Please don't count Republicans as conservatives, because they are not the same.-eriklatranyi

Then why do you dyed in the wool far Right wing Conservatives not form your very own exclusive party??(& claim your 7-8% of the electorate) Judging by your comments, the once Great GOP seems to not be good enough for you, so why do you continue to leech off of them??? Why not stand, or fall on your own two feet?-Scott

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Scott36

Mar-04-14 11:52 PM

When it comes to the rights of individuals, children (both born and unborn) are the most vulnerable since they’re not yet able to defend themselves against abuse of their rights, why wouldn’t I stick up for them?-underwood

I simply was trying to say I agreed with your statement. But if you prefer, I will limit my remarks to the things I disagree with you on. Have a nice tomorrow-Scott

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farmer

Mar-04-14 9:45 PM

That letter was to Alsever.

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farmer

Mar-04-14 9:45 PM

Thank you for your service to our county. My sister is a colonel in the army and I have great respect for her and solders like her.

But I have to say, apparently you never had a fighter jet you were flying get shot out of the sky behind enemy lines. You were never alone in the jungle when you faced capture/surrender. And you never spent a day in a NV POW camp, let alone five years. You obviously respect Col. Hacworth's opinion, but I don't recall him spending time as a POW either. So in my opinion you are both tarnishing your service records by disrespecting those solders who went through a he11 you will never understand.

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LauriH

Mar-04-14 9:05 PM

In all honesty Erik you or I will never know what party has the most abortions. I am pretty sure that "What is your party affiliation" is not a question asked I am sure. So the fact is women of all races,all political parties and financial backgrounds are having abortions.

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LauriH

Mar-04-14 8:50 PM

Oh yes and I almost forgot you Mr. Underwood, you are a piece of work. So you think that unemployment compensation should be cut along with any gov't support,so I can assume you or maybe a loved one won't be using medicare or medicad,social security, or a discount prescription plan paid in part by the gov't?? I am so happy for you that you will not need to depend on some things so many others have to. Many are not as ellite as you seem to think you are.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-04-14 8:43 PM

LauriH said:

"Erik, there you go assuming only liberals have abortions, shame on you."

I will put big money that the number of conservatives who have abortions pales in comparison to liberals.

Please don't count Republicans as conservatives, because they are not the same.

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LauriH

Mar-04-14 8:32 PM

I am going against my better judgement but here goes: Erik, there you go assuming only liberals have abortions, shame on you. One more thing, please explain in what circumstance would you have the need to call any child illegitimate??? Umm maybe in the 1960s, oh no they were called bastards back then, is that coming next?

Capricorn1, You sir talk out of both sides of your mouth. Oh the poor children!! Who do you think suffers most from the cuts to government assistance? Children born to single mothers. You are for those cuts correct? Cut funding for birth control,family planning for the poor and this is what you get. You can not have it both ways.

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gavinf56

Mar-04-14 8:23 PM

...and you are an idiot if you think we are going to take military action against them, and economic sanctions without the EU being on board, puhleeze.

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gavinf56

Mar-04-14 8:22 PM

You can go back 100 years and see what any President, "D" or "R" has done to Russia for invading or occupying another country,...nothing.

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FortySixand2

Mar-04-14 6:47 PM

Let us examine what the Bush administration did while Russia more or less invaded South Ossetia and Georgia in 2008 in order to "protect Russian citizens". Answer....NOTHING!

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GoBB62

Mar-04-14 6:08 PM

Speaking of the past, how did that "reset button" with Russia work out for ya, Hillary supporters????

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-04-14 4:42 PM

Scott 36, or whomever you are: My name is Terri if it makes you feel better. I'm sorry if you don't recognize sarcasm when you see it. It was in response to all the disrespect shown by Mr. Shaman today re. John McCain and military in general.As far as the name I use, it is what I am called the most by those who matter the most to me.

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Alsever

Mar-04-14 4:26 PM

Farmer--ever hear of Col Dave Hackworth? He also thought McCain was a Coward. And speaking of Cowards--Why don't use your name? Or is your name "Farmer"?

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