Comments Posted By BarryD
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Nobody is "my President." Nobody ever has been.

I am not a subject. I am a citizen of a Republic, where we elect people to do the jobs required to have a functional country.

I don't have a king, and I don't have a president. The country does. The country is an organization, an entity that exists for the benefit of the citizenry.

I can be a patriot, which means I choose to act in certain ways because I believe in the country as something of intrinsic value for a whole list of reasons. The guy elected Executive is not our ruler, not my ruler. He's a guy with a job.

The problem I have with the Left is that they want to tear down the country. BDS is an excuse for, or a method to, the madness. I couldn't care less if they like George Bush. I do care that too many actively oppose the country, which I do support, again, for a whole list of reasons.

Comment Posted By BarryD On 14.10.2008 @ 16:35

One more thing...

The Left has been doing what they can to tear others and the country apart.

Now they want their guy in office. However, they want him there in order to gain more power in their efforts to tear others and the country apart. They want, for example, the "fairness doctrine."

There's no evidence that I've seen that would indicate that these efforts of the Left would subside, just because suddenly they have a BETTER shot at accomplishing their goals. Why would they?

Comment Posted By BarryD On 14.10.2008 @ 13:10

"thenceforth refer to our “elected” officials as mr. or ms."

Or simply refer to Obama as "Obama", even when he's clearly acting as President, acting as Congress decides. Make sure to use language that implies that he's acting entirely on his own, representing nobody.

I can't count the number of times I've seen "Bush" used that way.

Comment Posted By BarryD On 14.10.2008 @ 13:06

"I mean, you can’t vote without providing the proper identification."

I don't know what state you're in, but in most states, this is simply not the case.

Here in California, you just walk in, tell them your name, and vote.

Comment Posted By BarryD On 14.10.2008 @ 12:53

"Unfortunately, politics has become a bloodsport, and the times you speak of in your commentary are gone, not to return again."

A quick perusal of American history will show that these times NEVER EXISTED.

The acquiescence of the Country Club Republicans to Democratic majorities in Congress, and Democrat-driven agendas, from Kennedy through Carter, has little or nothing to do with the history of American democracy in the larger view. That was about incumbents protecting their jobs, and was probably a worse example of the flaws of American politics than the "ugliness" is.

Have we become such wimps that we can't handle some "ugliness"? Seems like Sarah Palin can. Whatever her faults, if the remaining 99% of the GOP had her balls, the Democrats wouldn't have a chance.

I'm not suggesting we become Daily Kos. However, one can fight, and fight hard, without becoming immature.

To me, that's the priority: be the grownups in the room. That DOES NOT mean letting ourselves be trampled on in order to avoid "ugliness." Codependence is not maturity.

Fight the good fight. Don't worry if someone doesn't like it. Don't be the Veruca Salts of politics, but if it gets "ugly", so be it.

Comment Posted By BarryD On 14.10.2008 @ 12:03

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