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Of course my initially jumping ugly was not a very good example of thoughtfulness or restraint. I blame much of my going off half-cocked on the frustration with the current political environment. Has me on edge.
And being conservative is not a bad thing. I equate it with being thoughtful and restrained. But as with many other terms and symbols the meaning has been twisted and perverted. Pax.
I will argue ur ‘best informed and educated’ as relative but it would be with friendly intentions. I re-read all your statements and obviously misconstrued your positions and apologize as we are apparently on the same page. I was triggered by your words thinking that “Americas Interests” meant that our Prime Directive is the promotion and expansion of big business. IMHO it does seem to be a fact, but it should not be the point.
tRump would love to resurrect the Inquisition !!!
Yes, uninformed and mislead voters, and a dysfunctional (read: electoral) voting system. And I fully agree with your second paragraph, especially the last sentence. GOP only invokes Lincoln when pandering to the black vote. You NEVER hear them quote or reference TR or Eisenhower or Garfield or any other respectable GOP pol.
I vote generally Dem, although I have GOP pols that I respect and would vote for. Sadly as a Conservative Dem I have been greatly disappointed on occasion when lobbied Dem machine pols actively support stupidity or the dark side (two different things), or support passively through inaction. But far and away the “family values” GOP are the darker force in our society, made worse by promoting their agendas in the name of God. I was also a long time poll worker.
And you would think that, having originally been a colony, we would be less disposed as a country to be imperialists. But whereas the vast majority of US citizens are probably happy to live a normal life, you have leadership that succumbs to the dark side and uses our manpower and resources to further their idea of manifest destiny.Same as it ever was.
God created us with free will, and look at some of the paths’ his children have followed. Greed is the basis of all evil. Without laws and regulations to keep evil in check we have corporations/PACs writing legislation and mental patients buying guns. This country was built by a capitalist system of stocks and bonds that promoted employment growth and infrastructure without robbing the economy in the way of the present Wall St structure and its barely (if at all) regulated operation. True, Rockefeller/Carnegie/Mellon and his ilk did manipulate to their advantaged and later were pushed back somewhat. More globally entrenched oligarchs such as Rothschilds were barely affected. But now corporate animals have broken out of their cages and are feeding at will. We need a tough hunter-attitude reincarnation of Teddy R to come back and round them up so we can still have them in a caged or controlled environment for our use and enjoyment.
Have not commented here in longtime. But I roll eyes @ncorgbl saying corporate moguls/oligarchs are “America’s Interests’” and that we are always able to push back if they become too powerful. That can only occur with a public-friendly administration. One of the GOP POTUS’ that the GOP never invokes is Teddy R. ’cause he browbeat a Rockefeller-friendly Congress to break up Standard Oil. With the incredible efficiency of the present-day corporate noise machine I fail to see a way that Amazon/Google/etc face any real action unless we get a full Dem 2/3 in both houses as well as Dem POTUS to deal with the behemoths as well as the Conservative courts.
The scene kind of reminds me of a Bill Mauldin drawing. He was a tongue-in-cheek master as well