Nine Months More To Bash The President....

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....for whatever missteps we can recall over the last seven years, then until we grow old will we be subject to both the spoken and written words of defammation that still lingers. These certainly are not unlike those when a comparison is made to his predessor, or his, or even his, and so on.

We have gotten to the point of "rewriting" history just to prove our points. Conveniently, we omit certain aspects or circumstances to insure our case is made. All of this by local bloggers, syndicated columnists, and news sources--heck, we've gotten to the point of creating news for news sake.

When are we to realize that each of us has an opinion, and dependent upon how fervent our beliefs, we may never be swayed irregardless of what is truly factual. All, it seems, wish for the best for our nation, state, and community but somehow we have lost the art of listening.

As with Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, etc they each have left their legacy and all experienced success while in office. Likewise, they all experienced failures real or perceived.

A fellow blogger here has said it best, we hold the key to who is in office and that is by our vote. Should you have reason to doubt the credibility or competence of an elected official, exercise that right and vote them out. Your vote and those of whom you can influence will make a difference.

Liberal or conservative, we all have the same goal, we just differ in how we attain it. Make your choice this year and let's not be satisfied with a thirty or forty percent turnout. We deserve better.

Just my two cents worth.

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Submitted by Ga Conservative on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 4:08pm.

Well said, indeed. We are all on the same side here. I tell my friends all the time that both convservatives and liberals love our country. We just see a different future and possiblities.

All of the name calling and anger has just got to stop. President Bush is not a war criminal. President Carter is not a traitor. Conservatives are not fascists and liberals are not communists. Can't people just disagree and still respect each other? Or has it gotten to the point where the one who sinks lower wins?

Jeff-when I met your father I was on my best behavior! Sure, I disagree with a lot of what your father did in office and what he stands for, politically speaking. However when I met him, I told him how much of an honor it was to meet him and thanked him for serving our country, both in the service and in the Office. By God I meant it, too. That has got to be the toughest job in the world. Anyone who does it and doesn't violate the Constitution should be applauded. (by the way-you certainly aren't one of the offenders but you probably are the only First Child on the site!)

So, I guess what Mike and I (and others) agree on is just some civility. We are all in the same boat and if we want to go somewhere it is better to pull our weight together than to bicker ourselves to death.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

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Submitted by Mike King on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 5:08pm.

As an added comment to your post, I will admit to being totally floored and perhaps as angry as I can remember when on his first day in office President Carter pardoned the draft dodgers of the Viet Nam War. But then I was a young Army Captain with, as some might still say, much more guts than brains.

What he did with one stroke of his pen, the preponderance of those making up our national defense were demoralized and tens of thousands more now questioned their time of service.

But that single act that literally took years to overcome in terms of morale of those on active duty. For those of my generation who accepted their obligation and returned, for the family members and loved ones who came home in a box, for those who came back traumatized both physically and mentally, and for those still there that stigma remains.

That mere stroke of a pen took more courage than this old warrior has yet to witness because he simply was right and history is the proof.

Just my two cents worth.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 4:53pm.

Civility, that's the stuff. May the blessings of our Creator be on us all.

Vote the issues, vote the person, stop the partisan nonsense.

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:39pm.

Conservatives want to run the country properly - meaning according to the Constitution as written.

Liberals want to change the rules (aka The Constitution) to suit the purposes of the latest oppressed minority that they have let into their big tent.

Feminists, abortionists, gays, aethists, communists, aging hippies, welfare queens, food stamp recipients, etc., etc., etc.

The next President will certainly be McCain - thank God! The childish performances by Clinton and Obama are being watched every day thanks to the new media and ridiculed every day by thinking people. Fortunately the new Dems who registered this year won't vote when it counts.

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Submitted by JeffC on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 11:57am.

About the conservatives wanting to run the country according to the Constitution as written while the liberals want to change the rules (aka The Constitution).

Without even mentioning this administration's assault on the Constitution, let us look back over the past few years at some proposed Constitutional amendments and see if we can possibly somehow determine which party in Congress proposed them:

1. Amendment to ensure reproductive rights of women
2. Amendment to force the Congress and President to agree to a balanced budget, with overspending allowed only in the case of a three-fifths vote of Congress
3. Amendment to allow non-natural born citizens to become President if they have been a citizen for 20 years
4. Amendment to make the filibuster in the Senate a part of the Constitution
5. Amendment to clarify eminent domain, specifically that no takings can be transferred to a private person except for transportation projects
6. Amendment to allow the President to reduce any Congressional appropriation, or to disapprove of same (akin to a line-item veto)
7. Amendment to guarantee the right to use the word "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto
8. Amendment to restrict marriage in all states to be between a man and a woman
9. Amendment to limit pardons granted between October 1 and January 21 of any presidential election year
10. Amendment to require a balanced budget without use of Social Security Trust Fund monies
11. Amendment to provide a new method for proposing amendments to the Constitution, where two-thirds of all state legislatures could start the process
12. Amendment to declare that life begins at conception and that the 5th and 14th amendments apply to unborn children
13. Amendment to prohibit courts from instructing any state or lower government to levy or raise taxes
14. Amendment to force a national referendum for any deficit spending
15. Amendment to prohibit the early release of convicted criminals
16. Amendment to clarify that the Constitution neither prohibits nor requires school prayer
17. Amendment to force a two-thirds vote for any bill that raises taxes
18. Amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment and specifically prohibit an income tax
19. Amendment to provide for removal of any officer of the U.S. convicted of a felony
20. Amendment to remove automatic citizenship of children born in the U.S. to non-resident parents
21. Amendment to force a three-fifths vote for any bill that raises taxes
22. Amendment to bar imposition on the States of unfunded federal mandates
23. Amendment to prohibit abortion
24. Amendment to disallow the desecration of the U.S. Flag
25. Amendment to prohibit involuntary busing of students
26. Amendment to make English the official language of the United States
27. Amendment to grant protections to unborn children
28. Amendment to provide for "moments of silence" in public schools

Which party do you suppose proposed every one of these amendments?

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Submitted by yardman5508 on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:46pm.

but I don't recall the "liberals" as you call them, proposing any amendments to the Constitution recently. In fact the last amendment I recall is the "sanctity of marriage" amendment that, rightfully, failed miserably and that was proposed by those who revere the Constitution "as written". Keep the faith.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 8:34pm.

wanted to change the Constitution as well, to be in line with the Bible.

hmmmmm, so Mudcat, it's really the Republican's who respect the Constitution, as written?

I think not.

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Submitted by BPR on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:37pm.

I Mike, I met you at one of the coffee meetings in Dec. with my husband. You were such a gentleman and one of the nicest people I have met. It was a pleasure. You might assure Hack I'm not that bad.Eye-wink

I have to say this year is a difficult one for me, for my favorite President is President George W. Bush. I will miss him.

I will vote this year but I am disappointed in the leadership that we have to choose from and what to expect from the leadership.

Hey, Mike why don't you run for President.Smiling

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