Pendulum has reached its left margin

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As a former resident of Massachusetts, I never expected them to elect a republican to fill Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. What a shocker. And the ultimate irony is: the democrat controlled MA legislature passed the law requiring a special election a few years back during Romney’s tenure to prevent GovRomney from appointing republicans to fill vacant seats. So the dems in Mass did it to themselves. LOL

Cal Beverly was right. Buyers’ remorse on President Obama has officially set in. The pendulum has reached the left limit of its swing. The swing back toward the center is gaining momentum. The people have realized they were sold a pack of lies about “hope, change and transparency” in 2008 and they are fed up. But President Obama still doesn’t get it. In the aftermath of Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts, President Obama said, “One thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting things done and dealing with the immediate crises in front of us, that I think we lost some of, of, you know, speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are.” You’ve got to be kidding. How out of touch can he possibly get? After nine hundred and eleven speeches and 42 news conferences last year, the American people are tired of being spoken “to” by President Obama. It is time for POLITICIANS TO LISTEN. We don’t need politicians to tell us about core values. WE ALREADY KNOW THEM. Our core values are the ones that made America great - not the politically correct values being forced down our throats by this administration, Reid & Pelosi. Health care is NOT a RIGHT. It is a privilege that is earned.

President Obama even blamed the election of Scott Brown, NOT on the events of the past 1-2 years, but on the events of the last 8 years. More Bush bashing. OMG. How self-deluded can one man possibly be??? Like it or not, the election of Scott Brown was a referendum on the policies and direction of the Obama administration and Congress (republicans and democrats alike).

Because our current Congress will never pass any new law that puts a limit their term of office, it is time for the American people to force term limits DOWN THEIR THROATS. It is time to enact term limits for all national level politicians. Every politician should get ONE six year term. That’s it. No more career politicians. If you can string together a House seat, a senate seat, and the Presidency, fine. You must be doing something right. But that will be the exception, not the rule. We don’t need any more Kennedys, Thurmonds, Byrds, Bidens or McCains serving multiple decades. We need selflessly motivated and enthusiastic citizens who are in touch with average Americans and want to be elected so they can do their civic duty to improve our nation - not improve their own personal power, coffers or sense of grandiose self-importance.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 9:12pm.

"Air America Radio, a radio network that was launched in 2004 as a liberal alternative to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators, on Thursday shut down abruptly due to financial woes."

Sincere condolences - to both of it's listeners.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 8:57am.

Hack, Sniffles, Dm and Jeff will have to litens to the Golden Oldes Channel now.. Air America's other 3 listeners are switching over to Sirius left.

But I have to wonder since America is such a Liberal Country why it did not succeed?

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?... I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~~ Patrick Henry
"Illegitimus non Carborundum"

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 8:59am.

that now Ordinary Corporations can now enjoy the same Freedoms that Corporations that own Media outlets have..

Ain't America GREAT.

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?... I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~~ Patrick Henry
"Illegitimus non Carborundum"

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 11:54pm.

Don't be all gloom and doom about that decision. A little further research would tell you labor unions will also enjoy the same removal of limits. And we all know where unions are safely tucked away....

Maybe they will view it as a consolation prize since they apparently won't need that little sweetheart deal your party had gift-wrapped for them, well no time soon anyway. Thanks to the voters of Massachusetts....

Submitted by kevin king on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 7:14am.

There are a few aviation companies that have non-union pilot groups.
Do you, in order to stand on principle, fly these companies, or do you feed the evil union overlords by daring to ride on country-ruining-union piloted aircraft?

Bet I know the answer Smiling

Remember Sully of the Hudson? Filthy stinking union guy!

The nerve of some people!


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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 10:54am.

I defer to a higher principle on that one. I have enjoyed free flights for a few decades now.

Submitted by USArmybrat on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:29am.

Good one! Also, it is nice to know that average citizens will be able to take out ads or campaign in whatever way and no matter how close to an election and not worry that the government has outlawed that "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" for us everyday Americans! Just for Hack---I thought McCain was a SOB for supporting this ridiculous legislation! You upset about that?? Or is that ok? NO, even a former POW and military hero is not exempt from criticism! ESPECIALLY, if it involves our constitutional rights!!

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 10:53am.

Can't agree on term limits. I know it seems like our form of governance is gamed to favor incumbents and the prevailing two party system of ineptitude, but the American voter has the power of term limits already: it's called voting them out of office if desired. The vote is the most powerful term limit out there. It's also the way to change how the system is presently rigged to favor incumbents and also to assure only 2 parties have a realistic chance in most elections. Voters can do this without a law dictating term limits.

Having to pass term limits on politicians seems to be admitting that Americans are too ignorant, stupid, lazy, whatever to decide who should or shouldn't be in office. I'm not ready to concede that point. At times the voters make me wonder but maybe the time has come where the citizens enforce accountability on their elected leaders instead of being apathetic or sticking their hands out and saying "gimmie gimmie gimmie." Term limits doesn't change whether the voters give a damn or not; it only changes who serves for X amount of time and having experienced elected types isn't all negative either.

Submitted by renault314 on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:29am.

Just because youre not ready to concede the point, doent mean its not true. Most americans are to busy or lazy or stupid, to vote. One need only to look at our dismal voter turnout percentages to see that. Even in national presidential elections we're lucky to get a %50 turnout. Wheras recently democratized eastern european countries rerely get less than %90.
whatever. the point is that we have to stop making politics a career path to wealth. People get elected on issues, but stick around for the money. When was the last time strom thurmond authored a meaningful piece of legislation? Or anybody thats been there for more than 4 consecutive terms? And why do they get paid so much in the first place? Its not like you need a college degree for the job. Maybe if they reduced the pay to what the average E-5 makes, and put in term limits, you might get people in there that are actually interested in sponsoring some meaningful, relevant legislation ( or reducing the size or gov't) and things will happen.
As long as congress has their own retirement theyll never fix ours, because its in their financial intrest not too. And as long as they have their own helthcare, theyll never do anything good for us, cause they dont have to.
If a law was passed tommorrow requiring all members of congress to do their own taxes by hand without the aid of computer software, The IRS would be dissolved in a year.
Bottom line: not having term limits gives them the ability to hang around forever with no incentive to actually fix anything.

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:43am.

Wasn't it Harrison Ford who played the part of that rookie Senator on that TV series? Also, I'll contend that it was prior to 2003 that the late Senator Thurmond authored a bill.

Regarding voter turnout, politicians know this and use it to their advantage. If it were mandatory to vote, there would be those screaming that their First Amendment Rights had been violated.

Lastly, my friend, today politicians are elected largely on soundbites, not issues. But, they certainly stick around for the money. So much so that one was found with $90K in his freezer.

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