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Do the country a favor.....


Tue. Oct 31, 10:36pm

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How about we forget the party affiliation per se and talk about what we specifically want in our politicians?
I want...
A politician who won't go starting expensive unnecessary wars.
A politician who supports biomedical research, including stem cells.
A politician who can unite the country on issues of common ground.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 11:29 PM

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Great post.... Let's do this. It's time for change!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:49 AM

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 7:10 AM

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I think the Iraq war was very necessary. Very simply is brought the battle to the heart of the middle east, and forced the issue between modernity and extremism. No matter what you hear in the anti-Bush media- the Iraqis and people in the middle east are just people, and want pretty much the same stuff that everyone else does. It is the height of arrogance to assume that they either don't want a good life or are incapable of it. They are and need help. Our military is doing a fantastic job, and is bleeding and dying to help them achieve that goal. And the military knows it. Contrary to John Kerry, they are not stupid. Quite the opposite in fact.

Is the situation messy and bloody? You bet. Is Rumsfeld arrogant and stubborn? He sure is. Can Bush articulate complex arguments? Obviously not. But were they correct to go into Iraq? Absolutely. In life you have to tackle tough problems, not shrink for them.

A vote for Democrats, and their current dominant beliefs, is a vote for the bad guys. Now a vote for the GOP is a vote for bad stuff too (Christian extremism in my view), but you have to pick your poison.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 8:02 AM

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No, a vote for Dems will bring back a much needed balance of power. Maybe our Congress will start doing some actual work again...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:13 AM

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Personally, I can't tell the Democrats and the Republicans apart in my state. They all seem to be anti-gay, anti-civil rights in general, pro-war, women-barefoot-and-pregnant-in-the-kitchen types. Very frustrating.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:08 AM

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I was raised as a pro-union, blue collar democrat. I have since changed to a republican. I am still pro union and I am still blue collar, but I do not agree with the things the dems platform on. I do not believe in abortion, and I do not believe that everything with the word "GOD" is offensive. The world is so politically correct that nothing can be done or said anymore. I have a good education, I have a good job, I believe in America. I think the boarders should be closed, and that the problems should be addressed in our country before they are addressed elsewhere. I also agree that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are right, but are being fought wrong. If the media would leave, the soldiers could do their jobs without fear of the media spin. The military has a hard job to do to begin with, let alone being undermined by people in the states not supporting - and downright persecuting them. People like Cindy Sheehan are a total discredit to the US - she should be tried for treason for her relations with Chavez and her anti-war sentiment. I'm not saying that the republicans have all the answers, but the democratic extremists are just as bad as the republican extremists. I wish politicians were for the people as the intention of a democracy.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:17 AM

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I agree completely that both wars are right, and are being fought wrong. We are being too nice in both places, held back by the media and our own morality. In Iraq, we need to kill Sadr and any other thug who steps in our way. Instead we are trying to cut deals with these people. Bush is making the same mistake here that he accuses his critics of. In Afghanistan, we had a chance to take out 100 Taliban at a funeral. We elected not to, because that would be "wrong"- but our enemies have no such compunction. That is a sure way to lose. We are being too PC by far.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:36 AM

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:42 AM

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Save a tree, kill a baby. Where do you place your priorities? Vote liberal? No thanks!

My religious and personal beliefs are too important to make a wrong decision like voting for a liberal. Sorry if you are offended. I'm not far right, I lean to the right and have yet to see a politician (republican or democrat) who is 100% honest. None of them deseve my vote, but I have to pick the lesser of 2 evils.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:18 PM

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So the fact that pure genocide was going on in the middle east should be ignored because we shouldn't "butt in" and act "arrogant?"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:20 PM

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Party affiliation aside, we need to demand that our politicians behave like adults. What ever happened to statesmanship? This partisan b*s*, Republicans hiding (literally) behind doors so democratic committee members can't find them, Democrats no doubt looking to do the same if they regain power. The honest straight-talking adults (like McCain) are labelled mavericks, I am sure they will pick Barack Obama apart, especially since he is open about areas where he differs with Democratic heads
(read the linked article and find out how our elected officials in WA are behaving- it is sickening). All the shallow voting populace who vote the emotional hot button issues (do we really want gay marriage as the litmus test of a competent politician-screw emminent domain and our bill of rights, we need to micromanage gay family life ??????) No one knows about the thousands of earmarks slipped into the few bills congress does pass, but we all know the latest detail about Reese and Ryan's break-up. "Sorry to have awaken you from your slumber America" .

To the original post, I would like to add......Do the country a favor, get yourself informed on the issues, then vote. I don't care what party you vote, but please don't vote from an ignorant or emotional stance. Invest a bit of time in yourself and the country and really try to understand what you are voting for, and how it will affect our children's future. Reach for the voter's guide, not the People magazine.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:28 PM

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I will!

It's time for a change!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:28 PM

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Yes, please vote Democrat. Give the other party a chance to humiliate themselves so that their supporters can get off their high horse and start acknowledging that politics and politicians suck no matter what side of the fence they sit around getting fat on.

I, for one, will be exercising my right to NOT vote.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:36 PM

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Yay Dems ... we're gonna kick SOME ASS next Tuesday! WOO HOO.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:30 PM

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i m voting democrat we need a change in this country. we are fighting a war for which we gave wrong reasons, 600,000 iraqis have died 3,000 us soliders have lost their lives, the rest of the world looks down on us, unemployment is up, kids are not getting proper education, kids are getting more and more violent and we as a nation (60%) are obese. lets make it happen vote democrat it is a no brainer

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 10:32 PM

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To the 8:02 poster, you offered a thoughtful comment on this otherwise simplistic thread. However, how do we decide which despot to overthrow? What about Sudan, which has murdered one million of its citizens and created one of the worst humanitarian crisis' in recent Afrcian history (which is quite a feat)? By weakening Iraq and Afganistan, we have emboldened Iran, traditionally Shiite and now with no strong Sunni nation in the neightborhood to temper them.

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 7:26 AM

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10:32- Either you are stupid or a liar. Unemployment is at historic lows. This is the kind of spin that has Americans hate political parties. Its like Bush talking about Iraq. A bunch of lies generally. Both sides are liars, and we all know it.

I'd buy the argument that the GOP needs to get thrown out right now because any group in power too long abuses it- and they clearly are. But the alternative are the current Democrats who are generally insane, ill informed, and out of touch with reality. Think about this- an overwhelming number of Americans want to vote the GOP out right now. The Dems should pick up 100 house seats. But they won't- because most Democrats in leadership positions are insane. And Americans are not that irresponsible.

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 8:51 AM

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851 - unemployment may be at historic lows.... but what kind of jobs is the economy creating? Family-wage jobs or low-wage, service industry jobs? Most definitely the latter --- and quality is far more important to measure than quantity.

Friday, November 03, 2006, 4:06 PM

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To the 8:51 poster..the untold story about the growth in jobs recently is that they do not provide health insurance benefits. The number of Americans without access to basic health care continues to grow. With the govornment spending $400 billion in Iraq there is not going to be any relief for the foreseeable future. If you don't think uninsured Americans affect you, what are you paying for health insurance these days, if you have it. Likely you are paying more and receiving less.

Friday, November 03, 2006, 6:01 PM

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I commend the 12:18 poster, my views also!

Saturday, November 04, 2006, 7:43 AM

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