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  1. Why are you republican? I follow american politics regularly, and I understand that american society is more of a “pull yourself up by the booth straps” mind then most European societies. There are a couple of things I honestly don’t understand. 1. Even tough I don’t agree I can understand the Roe vs Wade debate, innocent children are “murdered”. I wonder if you are better off being born if you are not wanted, or really sick, but I understand the position, my question is; If you are against ending ones live, why don’t you oppose death sentences and why are you not promoting free birth control, I think that is the best option for preventing abortions. (Kids as young as 6 get sex Ed and around 12 they can take condoms home, at 16 girls can get free birth control pills without parental consent here and our abortion and teen pregnancy rates are really low (even though you can get a abortion within 10 miles anywhere in the country)) 2. Why don’t you advocate for better public education? The best equalizer and really the only way that you can ask people to fend for themselves is giving them the same opportunities in live. And the only way of doing that is education. (We are well off and give our children, when neccessary, tutors, I think those should also be equally provided for all children for the simple reason that kids should have the same opportunity) 3. How come free market and religious believes are in the same party? I don’t believe in free markets or god, but what I have understood of Sunday school is that Jesus thinks the best people look after the weakest in society, does that not go exactly against the free market principles. 4. Why don’t you want people to be a bit happier (no worries about children, healthcare, housing and food equals basic happiness levels) in exchange for additional private jets for the richest people? I don’t pretend in socialist society everything is perfect, over here poor people can’t always live where they want because social housing is really popular in big cities and kids realize Christmas presents at other houses are more expensive. And sure we complain a bit when the tax bill comes in, but I’m really happy to know no one thinks twice about taking there kids to the doctor and I never have to “go fund” someone’s doctors bills.
  2. As I'm sure you all know already, the Republicans are in a never-ending war to make it harder for anyone who isn't a white, Christian Republican to vote. But even though this is public knowledge, it still startles me by how brazen they are about it. I've read three articles today alone about how little the Republicans care about the will of the people. 1. Fox News basically admitted recently that they can't win elections without gerrymandering. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/26/1637882/-Fox-N-ws-admits-to-Republican-gerrymandering 2. State GOP Chair opposes bill making it easier to vote: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/montana-mail-in-ballots_us_58b0549de4b0780bac289c5d?7cfkddpdmdv7k3xr& 3. This article is a voting rights round-up that covers several states: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/24/1636656/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-North-Carolina-Republicans-plot-even-more-new-ways-to-rig-elections
  3. GOP parts ways with county chairman after indecent exposure arrest involving stun gun More widestancing, it seems. How much you want to bet this guy is against marriage equality?
  4. Yeah I know this article is from January of last year, but it's too good not to share. It has the five types of conservatives to ignore. They're the Hitler was on the left idiots, the Civil War wasn't over slavery buttholes, anti-choice extremists, and the Rush is right dweebs. And my personal favorite; And right between the eyes too.
  5. This thread is dedicated to resources and links to help the effort to turn the U.S. House of Reps blue! https://swingleft.org/ Swing Left was mentioned previously on here. Enter your zip code to find the nearest swing district to you. You can take a variety of actions like volunteering or donating to the opponent's campaign. Running List of Vulnerable Seats - Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) Daniel Donovan (NY-11) John Faso (NY-19) Claudia Tenney (NY-22) John Katko (NY-24) Leonard Lance (NJ-07) Ryan Costello (PA-06) That's all I have time for now. You can use the map on their website to find more - both parties have vulnerable districts, so some people may want to help out in vulnerable blue districts instead.
  6. Another Republican says what they're thinking https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/14/oklahoma-bill-would-require-father-of-fetus-to-approve-abortion Hey, Humphrey, fuck you! What's next you piece of shit? Women having to get permission to leave the house? To drive?
  7. I was hoping that I had clicked onto an Onion story but no, apparently the Republicans in Michigan have totally lost their minds. Thanks, Trump! https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/16/michigan-republicans-consider-kid-rock-as-candidate-for-us-senate Michigan Republicans consider Kid Rock as candidate for US senate If the star of a reality TV show can become president, then anyone can go into politics, right? That appears to be the thinking of Republicans in Michigan, who are apparently considering asking Kid Rock to run for the US Senate next year. Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, reports that Rock’s name came up during discussions about the state’s senatorial race at a convention of Michigan Republicans. If selected as candidate, Rock – real name Robert Ritchie – would be running against the Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow, in what is traditionally a safe Democrat seat. However, Donald Trump narrowly took Michigan in the presidential election, winning by 10,704 votes, or a margin of 0.23%.
  8. He actually said this while Obama was in office bit it's picking up again now. On the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’, hosted by Bill Bennett, Republican Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was the guest. Before right-wing radio, Bennet’s previous job was Secretary of Education under President Reagan. He’s also known for being hypocritical: He gambled away millions while preaching morals and values at the same time. Paul Ryan was on Bennett’s showto discuss his House Budget Committee’s report called ‘War on Poverty: 50 Years Later’. In this report, Ryan states that the root cause of continued poverty in America is actually anti-poverty programs developed under President Lyndon Johnson and the Presidents since. Ryan used thinly-veiled, coded language during the interview when he claimed that black men are perfectly satisfied with being poor and do not wish to have a job with a working wage. He also said that previously developed anti-poverty programs by the government and non-profits create a culture of laziness. He expanded on this by recommending that wealthy white people from the suburbs should spend extra time mentoring black people in the inner-city. So the answer for those living in poverty without employment opportunities is to have someone whitesplain the tired old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” line? http://countercurrentnews.com/2017/01/paul-ryan-black-men-are-lazy-and-the-cause-of-poverty-in-the-u-s/
  9. SpoonfulOSugar

    Political Cartoonage

    Thanks to the mods for starting this forum! I like politics in small doses, but I also like them contained. I've been thinking for some time we need a thread for political cartooning. I'm not fussy about party - anything that makes a point, I believe it's fair game. I'll start off with this one:
  10. Now, I'm not from the US, but since basically everything the US does affects the rest of the world too, I'm very interested in US politics. And I have to say, I'm also very concerned. Especially with the Republican front-runner candidates who are simply insane. In fact, if I were a US citizen, I'd rather vote for Bernie Sanders than for someone like Trump or Cruz, or one of the other Republican loonies, and I'm definitely not a social democratic or even socialist by far. Since we have some members here who actually work or have worked in politics, or otherwise seem to know a lot about that topic, I'm interested, what do you think will happen? Will Trump really get the Republican nomination? And if yes, does he have any chance to actually win the main election? And if not Trump, who else will be the Republican candidate? And what about the Democrats? Do you think Sanders will win? Or will it be HRC?
  11. Donald Trump's triumphant procession toward Inauguration Day continues . . . . . . in his own feeble mind. In the real world, the Trump/Clinton polling is closer than many would like. Trump gave a really rambling interview to the Washington Post (what's new.) Multiple media sources are reporting panic in the Republican National leadership. Politics are dissolving friendships. (That is sad. ) And Huffington Post has this to say: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katrina-pierson-cnn-obama-khan_us_57a14823e4b0693164c337fb? Three Trump: the evangelicals' choice. *sigh* OH! Last page of the previous thread:
  12. It's been 30 years, but the GOP reaction hasn't changed since... Just sayin...
  13. The venue for the Republican Convention does not allow firearms. A petition to allow firearms at the convention has over 25,000 signatures. What could possibly go wrong? Guns don't kill people. It is the bad people with guns that kill people. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/25-000-sign-petition-allow-guns-republican-national-convention-cleveland-n546076
  14. SpoonfulOSugar

    Republican Debate 3 March

    I don't watch politics. Among other things, it's not good for my blood pressure. I usually read lots of articles and analysis. Occasionally, I may watch a snippet. But the reports about last night's debate just. WOW. Did we really have candidates for President on a national forum talking about the size of their penii? And did Donald Trump actually brag that he would force members of the US military to violate the Geneva Convention? http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/donald-trump-and-an-even-cruder-g-o-p-debate I'm not sure whether to bang my head into a wall or vomit.
  15. Me thinks this guy has some issues. but at least he did not go too far “We’re not going to outlaw masturbation in Utah.” http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/01/31/republican-porn-is-worse-than-cocaine-govt-has-to-act-on-public-health-crisis/
  16. Buggaboo

    Right Wing Pagans

    Can someone please explain to me the logic behind someone who worships an alternative religion being for Romney? I just re-joined a group of Wiccan friends on FB. They are mostly from Texas, and most all are very vocally anti Obama. I like these women a lot most of the time, but this confuses the shit out of me. I'm not even trying to be snarky when I ask......can someone explain this to me? I'm really having a disconnect here and frankly, I lose respect for them when I see that. Eventually I will just ask them but right now I don't feel ready.
  17. Thought this was hilarious! Yn6Qzrbbeg8
  18. http://www.politicususa.com/dirty-thirt ... ng-agenda/ This is a comprehensive list that outlines all of the "wars" the Republicans are waging in numerous states. The War on women, War on marriage equality, War on Science, War on the right to vote etc. This is an excellent reference that I recommend to read. It outlines all of the political fuckery that is going on in this country right now.
  19. This is a very long, but I still think very worthwhile read. Towards the end he starts talking about how fundamentalism managed to help take over the party: http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-re ... 1314907779
  20. It's sad that it's the case because time as proven that beliefs in god do not make you a good president. RACHEL ZOLL Published: Sep 3, 2011 6:40 AM Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web. There was no symbolic nod to other American faiths. No rabbi or Roman Catholic priest was among the evangelical speakers. It was a rare, full-on embrace of one religious tradition in the glare of a presidential contest. Looks like another raucous season for religion and politics. It used to be simpler. Protestants were the majority, and candidates could show their piety just by attending church. Now, politicians are navigating a landscape in which rifts over faith and policy have become chasms. An outlook that appeals to one group enrages another. Campaigns are desperate to find language generic enough for a broad constituency that also conveys an unshakable faith. There is no avoiding the minefield, especially with early primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, where evangelical voters are so influential. Nationally, more than 70 percent of Republicans and more than half of Democrats say it's somewhat or very important that a presidential candidate have very strong religious beliefs, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. In 1960, John F. Kennedy could blunt Protestant fears about his Catholicism by calling his religion private. After four decades of culture wars and Christian right activism, the Kennedy strategy no longer works. Politicians are evaluated not only by what church they attend, but also by what their congregation teaches and what their pastor says on Sundays. "Candidates often have to make tough choices about their religion - whether to talk about it, what to say about it and even what to do about it - such as leaving a church," said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Ohio. "These tensions are quite strong among Republicans as the presidential nomination contest heats up, partly because of religious disagreements among key constituencies, but partly because of differences in issue priorities - economic versus social issues." The current campaign began with two cautionary tales fresh in the minds of political strategists: In 2008, candidate Barack Obama broke ties with his Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after videos surfaced of Wright sermonizing that U.S. foreign policy played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. "America's chickens are coming home to roost," Wright said. Obama was so close with Wright that the Democrat took the title of his 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope," from one of the pastor's sermons. Republican Mitt Romney was the other example. The former Massachusetts governor had struggled to address concerns about being Mormon despite a major faith-and-values speech in 2007 in Texas. He quoted the New Testament and declared his belief in Jesus; many Christian denominations don't consider Mormons to be Christian. He commended the deep faith of the Founding Fathers and decried secularism. Like Kennedy, he promised that "no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions." Yet, polls continued to show an unwillingness to vote for a Mormon, especially among white evangelicals. "That speech probably drew more attention to his Mormonism than it was worth," said Ed Kilgore, a former policy director at the centrist Democratic Leadership Council who oversaw programs that urged Democrats to talk about the values behind their policies. "It raised a lot of questions and didn't really resolve them." Romney is once again running for president. He has barely discussed his religion so far. Politicians are facing complex questions on religious doctrine, prompted in many cases by their own attempts at highlighting their faith. Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has been asked to explain a statement she made in the context of her 2006 congressional campaign, that she submits to the authority of her husband. The teaching is based on Ephesians 5:21-23 and other Bible verses. Evangelicals say the doctrine is about sacrificial love, the way Christ sacrificed himself for the church. A wife should put her husband's needs first and the husband should serve his wife, although some Christian conservatives view the teaching as a license to control their wives. In a recent GOP debate, Bachmann was asked to explain whether, as president, she would submit to her husband's authority. The audience booed the question. Bachmann was tight-lipped as she listened, then thanked the questioner and said that to her, submission means that she and her husband respect each other. Bachmann also found herself in the midst of a row about the Reformation. News outlets reported that the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the tiny denomination she formally left around the time she launched her presidential campaign, said on its website that the papacy is the anti-Christ. The Lutheran World Federation agreed in a 1999 joint statement with the Vatican to drop the doctrinal condemnation. The Wisconsin Synod is not a member of the federation. Bachmann insisted she was not anti-Catholic. Perry largely dismissed the outcry over his July prayer rally, held the week before he announced he was running for president. The event was his idea and was financed by the American Family Association, a Tupelo, Miss.-based group whose policy director believes that freedom of religion applies only to Christians. Among the supporters were well-known Christian conservative leaders such as the Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. Other endorsers were Pastor John Hagee, a Christian Zionist who had called the Catholic Church "the great whore," though he later apologized for the statement. Activist and historian David Barton, who argues that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation, was another backer. Religion was so in the foreground in the 2008 presidential race that for their first appearance on the same stage after their party conventions, Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agreed to an event at a church where they would be interviewed by a minister. The Rev. Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California, asked the candidates what faith in Jesus meant to them and at what point a baby gains human rights. For the latter question, McCain answered, "At the moment of conception." Obama joked that the question was "above my pay grade," then went on to explain the moral thinking behind his support for abortion rights. Obama soon after apologized for the way he started his answer, saying he was too flip. "These folks are not professional theologians and, except in a few cases like Huckabee, they haven't been to seminary," said Gary Smith, author of "Faith & the Presidency" and a historian at Grove City College, a Christian school in Pennsylvania. Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential hopeful, is a Southern Baptist minister. "Most of them haven't had more education about the relationship between Christianity and politics than the average person on the street," Smith said. "While they have their own personal faith, it isn't usually well informed by history and theology." Voters have started pushing for specifics because they no longer consider belief separate from action and faith unrelated to policymaking, said Kathleen Flake, who specializes in American religious history at Vanderbilt University. The nation's Catholic bishops, more vocal than ever on the duty of Catholic lawmakers to follow church teaching, underscored that way of thinking. Bishops have said repeatedly that a true Catholic cannot support any policy that allows abortion. "The voting public no longer believes, as they did as late as the 1950s, that religion was about what you thought and not what you did," Flake said. The trend started with Democrat Jimmy Carter, who in 1976 said at a campaign event that he was a born-again Christian. Although Carter's liberal-leaning policies would ultimately alienate many evangelicals, his declaration sparked Christian conservative involvement in politics and set the stage for deeper scrutiny of candidates' faith. Politicians and their strategists began preparing a standard response to what became known as the "born-again question," which was asked not only in private meetings with Christian conservatives, but also in presidential debates. Doug Wead, an adviser on evangelicals to the presidential campaign of Republican George H.W. Bush, recalled a meeting between the then-vice president and a group of televangelists, who asked what Bush would say if he "were to appear suddenly at the Pearly Gates," and St. Peter asked why the politician should be allowed into heaven. Bush, a mainline Protestant, answered, "I would tell him I'm a good person. I tried my best to do the right things," Wead said. "I thought, 'Oh, no,'" said Wead. Evangelicals don't believe salvation can be earned. They would expect true Christians to say they would enter heaven because Jesus died for their sins and they accept Christ as savior. Today, Wead advises Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a libertarian and Texas congressman. Paul has issued a statement of faith saying that he was raised as a Christian and accepts Christ as his personal savior. For the 2012 race, analysts predict that Romney will eventually have to talk about how his faith would influence the way he governs. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a 2012 contender, is perhaps the first presidential candidate claiming the "spiritual, not religious" mantle. He was raised Mormon but said he is not very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Huntsman's wife, Mary Kaye, who was raised Episcopalian, told Vogue magazine, "We are a family that combines two, and it works for us." Religion scholars have noted the growing popularity of the "spiritual, not religious" approach to faith, so Huntsman's outlook would resonate with many Americans, although people who hold this view are hardly an organized political group. Some Democrats are trying to persuade Obama to return to the religious language he used in the 2008 race as one way to clarify his values and inspire voters, even though the strategy will raise questions about Wright and about the misperception among some voters that the president is Muslim. Surveys have found that around 40 percent of voters say they don't know his religion. "For the first time, we're not only interested in whether someone is religious, which is essentially a question of, 'Do you have a morality that the voter can identify with?'" Flake said. "It appears that there's a significant portion of the electorate that's interested in what the particular theology of the candidate is. Do they believe in Jesus? If so, what kind of Jesus do you believe in?"
  21. Arizona to start partial Medicaid freeze PAUL DAVENPORT Published: Jul 1, 2011 5:58 PM PHOENIX (AP) - Federal officials cleared the way Friday for Arizona to bar thousands of low-income residents from seeking Medicaid coverage in the next year as the state tries to close a budget shortfall projected at roughly $1 billion. The partial freeze that will prevent adults without children from either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling in the Medicaid program if they left previously is set to begin next Friday. It had initially been scheduled to begin a week earlier but the state needed federal clearance to implement the program, and federal officials weren't yet ready Thursday to act on the latest version submitted earlier this week. Estimates on the number of low-income Arizonans affected in the next year because of the July 8 freeze and a smaller one for parents planned to take effect Oct. 1 for another eligibility category range from 130,000 to 150,000. The state's Medicaid now covers approximately 1.3 million. Cindy Mann, director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said federal officials regret the state's decision to reduce eligibility and were only acting on the implementation plan. The partial enrollment freeze is part of a package of eligibility reductions and other changes being implemented to save a projected $500 million to eliminate about half of a state budget shortfall that was projected for the fiscal year that began Friday. Along with the freeze, the implementation plan approved Friday includes provisions for appeal rights, notices to beneficiaries and steps to shift people to other eligibility categories. Monica Coury, assistant director of the state's Medicaid program, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, said earlier Friday that federal clearance of the implementation plan would mean the freeze will take effect July 8. State officials need the time to make preparations that include changing computer programs, she said. On Thursday, a judge denied a request by opponents of the partial freeze for a temporary restraining order to block implementation. Arizona expanded its Medicaid eligibility when voters approved a 2000 law, and that is the core issue in a legal challenge to the eligibility change. Opponents argue that the state cannot scale back eligibility because doing so violates state constitutional protections for voter-approved laws. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislators contend that the 2000 law's wording gives the Legislature flexibility to fit eligibility to available funding. The court case remains pending despite the judge's denial of the request for a temporary restraining order. Tim Hogan, a lawyer for the challengers, said he knows of no legal avenue to block the July 8 start of the freeze. However, Hogan said a new request for a temporary restraining order is planned once people are actually barred from enrolling. The judge on Thursday said it hadn't been demonstrated that the planned freeze had actually harmed anybody. Hogan said the challengers' lawyers believed the enrollment freeze is barred under maintenance-of-effort requirements imposed on states' Medicaid programs by the federal health care overhaul. "We think the law requires them to maintain the effort that was in place and the federal government is letting them get away with it," he said. Mann said in her letter approving the implementation plan that the plan itself was required as a result of the state's decision to scale back its program under a renewal of its status as a Medicaid demonstration project. "This is a matter of state choice," Mann wrote.
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