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Old 01-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #16
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
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I'm not. It's a legitimate question. Does the system preclude a viable third party from forming?

I understand that the Democrat and Republican machines are firmly entrenched politically and are fundraising juggernauts, but what is preventing an alternative from eventually giving them a run for their money?



Although the Libertarian presidential candidate is on every U.S. ballot,
have you ever seen the Libertarian candidate participate in a presidential debate with the candidates of the two major parties?
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Although the Libertarian presidential candidate is on every U.S. ballot,
have you ever seen the Libertarian candidate participate in a presidential debate with the candidates of the two major parties?
I'd love to see that for all parties.
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It also includes Mo Brooks, Ted Yoho, Ron DeSantis, Steven Palazzo and John Fleming from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, all of which are states that received much-needed federal aid following Hurricane Katrina, the only hurricane in American history that was more costly than Sandy.
Further proof that the GOP REALLY loves irony. Good job, guys. Hope you're all proud of yourselves.

At least nobody from my state showed up in that list, so...yay?
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #20
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omg i'm like sooooo shocked.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:23 PM   #21
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Colin Powell Accuses GOP Of Racism: They ‘Still Look Down On Minorities’ | Mediaite

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and had some strong words for his fellow GOP members: “The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed.” Powell criticized the GOP of today for everything from their views on climate change to taxes. Most importantly? The party has a “dark vein of intolerance” running through it and “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.”

Host David Gregory asked Powell why he was still a Republican and he noted that it was the way he was “raised,” but that “the Republican party right now is having an identity problem.”

The GOP “still looks down on minorities,” Powell said. He slammed Sarah Palin‘s “shuck and jive” comments from last year about President Obama and criticized Republican’s use of the word “lazy” to describe the president.

“Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?” he asked.

The choice of the next Republican candidate may be less important than what the party actually stands for, Powell added.

“If it’s just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty,” he said.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #22
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Colin Powell is Wrong (with a Tribute to Edward Brooke) - Norcross, GA Patch
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The GOP described in this link is what it used to be, like 60 or 50 years ago. It is completely different now.
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Seriously, how is it that iron can find some of the worst written "articles" on the internet?
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Obama Urged to Resign Over Beyonce Scandal : The New Yorker
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Republicans have a new strategy for 2016: Change the rules of presidential elections in order to swing the electoral college in the GOP's favor.
On Wednesday, Virginia's Republican-controlled legislature became one of the first to advance a bill that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district. Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed pushing through similar proposals in other states with Republican legislative majorities.
The strategy would have states alter the way they translate individual votes into electors -- thereby giving Republican candidates an advantage. Had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republicans plans, Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes. Here's how:
In the 2012 election, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 126 electoral votes.
What The 2012 Election Would Look Like Under The Republicans' Vote-Rigging Plan

What sore losers! Now they know what it was like for Democrats in 2000.

I know some may see this as more GOP bashing, but the GOP is making such of fool out of themselves, some have to watch and see what happens, whether it be a train wreck or something more damaging to America.
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So, the Republican Party is trying to woo Latino voters. Somehow, I don't think Alaska Congressman Don Young got that memo.

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Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), in an interview with a local radio station released Thursday, referred to Latinos working on a ranch by using the derogatory term “wetbacks.”
“My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks and — to pick tomatoes,” Young said in the interview with KRBD. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
The term “wetback” is a slur often used to refer to illegal Mexican immigrants. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a Mexican who enters the United States illegally,” “from the practice of wading or swimming the Rio Grande where it forms the U.S.-Mexico border.”
In a statement released late Thursday, Young said that during the KRBD interview, “I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”
In his statement, Young said migrant workers “play an important role in America’s workforce, and earlier in the said interview, I discussed the compassion and understanding I have for these workers and the hurdles they face in obtaining citizenship. America must once and for all tackle the issue of immigration reform.”
The Republican National Committee has in recent days and weeks urged the party to adjust its tone on issues of immigration and gay rights and to try harder to appeal to minority communities.
But Young isn’t the first to foil that plan. A Republican National Committee official on Wednesday posted an article to his Facebook page that referenced the “filthy” homosexual lifestyle.
Young, 79, has represented his House district since 1973 and is currently facing an ethics investigation.
Republican Rep. Don Young refers to Latinos using racial slur

What kills me is he doesn't even think he said anything wrong. Seriously. Growing up in the Central Valley, I still remember hearing white kids call me a wetback. It's been a long time, but it still stings.
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Holy crap.
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The GOP is going to have to kiss up to groups they used to look down on if they want to survive. Problem is, they don't know how to do it and no one in those groups will trust them anyway.
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so one congressman's ignorant remark is representative of the whole GOP?

because they all endorsed his remarks?

GOP leaders denounce Rep. Don Young’s use of slur

Don Young sorry for ‘poor choice of words’ - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com


there are enough things to find fault with, condemning this remark is one, which it seems all parties have done, that is a good thing.
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