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Saturday, January 21, 2017

A hypothetical scenario:

Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.

But your community rallies around you. Soon, the whole town is talking about your ordeal. Neighbors you’ve never spoken to send cards. Co-workers you’ve never socialized with send encouraging text messages.

None of it changes the objective fact of your son’s condition, doesn’t kill a virus, lessen a fever or ease his pain. All it does is tell you that you and your child are being thought of, that you are not alone.

So: Is that “pathetic”?

Rush Limbaugh would say it was. The National Review would find it “simple-minded.” George F. Will would regard it as “an exercise in self-esteem.”

Or at least, that is what they have said about a roughly analogous situation.

You probably know the story. A terrorist group in Nigeria kidnaps nearly 300 schoolgirls. The reason is found in the abhorrent ideology from which it derives its name: Boko Haram — Western Education Is Forbidden. The families of the girls turn to their government for help and it shrugs. The story is likewise ignored in America by “news” media too busy handicapping the chances of Hillary Clinton’s grandchild in the 2054 midterms to bother with anything so picayune as a mass kidnapping.

So supporters take to Twitter with a hashtag: #BringBackOurGirls. It spreads like fire. Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Malala Yousafzai, Jesse Jackson, Amy Poehler and millions of lesser-known names all join the campaign.

Does it “solve” the problem? Of course not. Who would be so naive as to think it would? Is it the only thing we should be doing in response? Again, no.

But does the international attention spur Nigeria’s lackadaisical government to take the abduction more seriously and to accept international help — including from the United States — it has previously spurned? Yes. Does the hashtag campaign force media to pay attention to a tragedy that was being ignored? Again, yes. Moreover, it delivers to the parents of these girls the same simple, sustaining message as the cards and texts in the hypothetical above: We are with you.

It’s hard to see how anyone — anyone — could regard that as a bad thing. But at least some political conservatives do. As noted, Limbaugh, Will and the National Review have all pronounced themselves unimpressed. Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and Fox’s Steve Doocy have also made attempts at ridicule.

There is something more than usually saddening about that.

It is a truth curdling into cliché that American politics is riven by a partisan gap, left wing and right wing estranged from each other like the husband and wife in some long, bad marriage. But in its behavior here, the right does not so much seem estranged from a competing ideology as from its own humanity.

How is this a thing? How is an expression of caring, concern and outrage deemed worthy of mockery and condemnation? Are these people truly that corroded with cynicism and bile? Is their criticism now just a tic, a reflex bypassing thought? Is every damn thing to be reduced to politics?

Apparently, yes.

Once upon a time, we put politics to the side when tragedy came. Nowadays, that’s something we seem less and less able — or willing — to do. That’s a tragedy in itself.

Nearly 300 innocent girls were taken by madmen. Celebrities, political figures and everyday people wrote the social media equivalent of a petition to express their concern. That simple gesture begat a controversy — and gave us a sobering new measurement of that partisan gap.

Apparently, it’s so wide even compassion cannot get across.

(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via email at [email protected].)

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206 Responses to In Hyperpartisan America, There’s No Room For Compassion

  1. The fate of 300 kidnapped girls is taking media attention away from the important issues. Benghazi! Did the president call it an act of terror or terrorism? Did the president plan the attack on Benghazi and have Hillary carry it out and then cover it up? Is the muslim brotherhood sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom? Is Michelle Obama trying to poison school children by suggesting they eat vegetables and fresh fruit? Do gay marriages cause tornadoes and hurricanes? The list of important but ignored issues is endless!

    • Who knows?…I’ll have to tune in to FAUX NEWS (the only un-biased News outlet) and get to the “REAL TRUTH”!!!!

        • Liar Liar pants on fire (in this case it was the consulate in Benghazi. Nixon stepped down after Watergate. Your man is not doing the honorable thing. Admit it, he made a big boo boo and so did Killary for not caring. Remember ‘who cares.’

          • And please tell us the answer to the following two questions:
            1) What exactly did the President do regarding Benghazi that is worthy of abrogating the results of a legal and popular election victory?
            2) WTH does this have to do with the kidnapped 300 girls and the abhorrent behavior of the right wing?

          • 1) He did nothing, he said nothing, and decided his political agenda was more important than 4 Americans who needed help in Benghazi.
            2)It just goes to show you were his importance lies.

            Get a clue, the Conservatives were just as concerned about those girls as you were. They just couldn’t understand why we could not do more to help get them released back to their families. What has your end done about it. Merely held up signs stating ‘Bring back our girls.’ Just like your thoughts on China adhereing to Climate Change by fixing their pollution problem. You think that we should lead by example and they will follow. Are you idiots or what? It takes action and that is something you don’t understand.

          • So, give a quote, or describe a bold and effective move made, or a stance taken, that gives evidence of a logical, non-partisan, compassionate, game-changing action taken or spoken by a conservative concerning “those girls.”
            (“…your thoughts on China ‘adhereing’ (sic) to Climate Change by fixing their pollution problem.” HUH?)

          • Until you can objectively look at Benghazi within the context of all the other deaths of Americans serving oversees, then place Benghazi in that context, you are just being partisan. Objectively compare Benghazi to Beirut, Kuwait, Bogota, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Denpasar, Karachi, Jeddah, Karachi, Damascus, Sana’a, Peshawar… all of which resulted in deaths of either locals or US personnel and all of which occurred in the three decades prior to Benghazi. Now tell me how many times you have called for investigations or impeachment of the presidents that served at the time.

            Afterwards, I ask you to compare any rhetoric you BELIEVE (lacking any real basis for that belief, by the way) the administration used regarding Benghazi to the proven lies of the Bush administration taking us into war with Iraq and costing the lives of 4000 US servicemen and women and uncounted Iraqis.

            Now that you have done those two tasks, come back and talk to us about Benghazi, because we’ve already placed in in context and investigated the facts and we grow tired of your childish partisanship and petulance.

          • hey bozo. She wasn’t saying she didn’t care about them dying but who cares about who did it whether it was terrorists or demonstrators. Of course if you only listen to fox and they use a snippet of the testimony that takes it out of context you’re going to say something ignorant like that.

          • Did I say that. I just meant that just holding up a sign and not doing another thing does nothing but make some silly statement. Being the over caring Liberals that you are we would have thought Obama would have sprung into action. Oh that’s right, he never does that unless it is something secret, hidden behind the chambers of the oval office like how to play the next round of golf or where to fly next on Airforce one using taxpayer money.

          • Your comment makes no sense at all. It’s just more buffoonery and goofiness about Obama. If I made a statement about any topic, the response is going to be some nonsensical comment on Obama. The right has a fixation on him. I don’t know if it’s because he’s black or they’ve been fed this ridiculous socialist stuff. Obama has been a below average president as far as I’m concerned and that’s because he was foolish to think he could reason with the republicans. I’ve voted republican most of my life until the last 20 years or so, but the republicans and the right have turned into a bunch of loonie goofballs with no sense of what’s good for the country. They’re only concern anymore is ideological garbage. And how anybody with any kind of pragmatic reasoning could listen to their radical idiosy is beyond me.

          • If the schmuck is obozo, he let it slip that he was a racist. It is kind of hard to hide.

          • You are a racist and you discriminate just from an ideological standpoint. Still discrimination no matter how you look at it. What hypocrites. Your true colors are showing and they are truly ugly.

            Coexist is a farce and you are an undereducated moron.

          • Getting to you right, you always start calling names when you run out of BS to run on about.

          • I love it: the racist bigot trying to accuse someone else of being a racist. You really do take the cake.

          • Again, Sand Cat, get your head out of the sand. You did not even understand what I meant when I stated ideological prejudice. It’s still a from of racism and does not uphold the preface that you all adore. That being Coexist. Coexist for who? A little one sided don’t you think?

            Trust me you have just as much racism going on in your camp as we do in ours. Ethnics can be very prejudice against other races especially the white race. Doesn’t that even occur to you? What an idiot. No one is innocent in this game….

          • Why should I “trust you”? You’re obviously just another right-wing bigot desperate to evade the well-founded charge of racism for you and your party by projecting on the opposition. I’m sure there are racists among the Democrats, and never said there weren’t. Unlike the GOP, however, they do not make policy in the Democratic party, nor does the party cater to them or make changes to their fundamental principles to seek racist votes. Without the racist vote, the GOP representation in government would likely be half what it is or less, and they know it, even if you profess not to.
            You have no clue what I adore; Democrats do not practice groupthink as you do, which is another reason why your party is able to maintain a “respectable” presence in the representative branches of government.
            Finally, there is an extremely large difference between “prejudice” against people who do bad things and support policies that victimize the poor and helpless, and prejudice against people for characteristics they did not choose, have no hope of changing, and that do not control their behavior, though of course you would like to drag us down to your level.
            To get back to the topic of this article, the GOP sees compassion as weakness, despises those who are poor, and makes policy accordingly. Maybe you should try staying on topic for once, but then this one isn’t one you would want to talk about, anyway.

          • Of course, you never would admit if I was right. I have agreed with some of you from time to time. But forget that, I’m too dense, right? LOL

            OK, I did mention this article at the beginning and everyone pouncing on me made the subject turn into something else all together. Where….do….the Liberal writers come up with this junk? That being, that Conservatives don’t give a rats ass about other people. I really get to see what kind of ridiculous issues are fed to you that’s what I like about being here. I said it once and I will say it again, as Americans we have always had concern for our fellow man. It would be unAmerican if we did not. However, you take everything to new heights and misconstrue and twist the truth. Anything to make the Conservatives look like Satan. You are not being civil so why in the hell would I want to be either.

            I have said it many times that Christian, middle-class Americans give more to charitable organizations than any other group combined. Sorry if that makes your stomach turn.

            It is fine and dandy to hold up a sign stating ‘save our girls,’ but to just sit there and not do a thing to help these girls is unbelievable. I am all for helping if their is a crisis and this is one. Many of the Conservative outlets cannot believe that Obama has not lifted a finger to help these girls. I also will say it once again, that Democrats have not mentioned ONE thing about helping Muslim women and girls. Not one. It is the Conservative that has stepped up to the plate with regards to the unfairness of their fate, and, as sure as I am sitting here typing, you will ignore this last statement again.

            A petition to express their concern. Well, boo who. That does a lot doesn’t it. It really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

            Oh and by the way,…prejudice in any form is not right and what you say in your last statement is false:) You are being fed baloney.

          • Get it out of your dense head. Not because he is black. God! I love Allen West, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Condalisa Rice, David Webb, Charles Payne, Harrison Faulkner. They have more sense than we all do.

            WE HATE OBAMA’s policies. They suck. He is an active Alinsky follower, a Communist, an anti-colonialist knot head. We hate Obamacare and his disinterest in America. His embarassment of a Country we all love. The one he is trying his best to ruin. The one you are helping him destroy. You want to change it into a huge utopian peace of crap. This is never going to happen. Never.

            Maybe you were only a Republican by name. There are some issues that I flex over onto the Liberal side. I think we all go back and forth on some issues. That is what used to make us Americans. For example, I hate wars and I believe in a woman’s choice with regard to abortion. I am also for some environmental issues if they are not too far fetched. In case you haven’t noticed, Liberals have also gone in the direction of nonsense. There is no middle ground and that is dangerous. You are tending to listen too much to Obama’s rhetoric. All he does is put down the Conservatives. Rather than work with them. In my opinion that is not very diplomatic or mature.

            Just what are you calling radical idiosy. The fact that we want lower taxes, the fact that we want to leave the Constitution and Amendments in tact. The reason we want small government because an over powering one becomes suppressive. The fact that we want to be able to practice our religion and not be condemned because we have a certain belief. The reason we want the border’s to be patrolled and a quoate reinstated because it is unfair to the immigrants that came over here legally. Besides, if you have open borders the whole of Mexico will be here to take our jobs . Let’s face it in our state they are being catered to. No other country gets presidence to come here like Mexico. Why not let it be more fair.
            You claim diversity and fairness for all but here of late you are prejudice against our ideology.

            Our problem is not with your belief system. You can believe in what the hell you want. That is why it has worked in the past. But when you want to start changing things and when you no longer want to accept people for who they are that is still discrimination. Ideological discrimination,

            Coexist my ass. It is only Coexist by your terms and no one elses.

          • Sure, Joe. Anything you say. Funny how you hate all the policies you supported when white Republicans proposed them, but I guess we’re just too dense to understand hypocrisy, or so you think.

          • Funny thing, joe, all those people holding up signs did CAUSE the Nigerian government to finally pay attention and start doing something about all those “worthless females” after completely ignoring it all this time. They even asked other nations to help because of the embarrassment caused by all those “foolish” signs.

          • Hmm, interesting and no one said they were worthless. That is a term u use not me. Still the fact remains they are still being victimized and no one goes in to rescue them.

          • Hey, joe, how about a far better comparison than comparing Benghazi (attacks on our Consulate killing Ambassador Stevens and a staff member and the later attack on a CIA facility killing two of our mercenaries) to an outright criminal act at Watergate and following cover up and, instead, considering how many times did Bush step down after ANY of the many attacks upon US facilities (many times after direct warnings) that resulted in at least SIXTY killed including Ambassador Foy? Oh, yeah, that did not count because Bush was a Republican.

          • Watergate…well Nixon admitted to that and stepped down. Not like the clown who is in office now that admits to nothing. ‘I see nothing, I know nothing. Kind of reminds me on Hogan’s Heros. The Liberals are a virtual gong show.

            Just a little while ago I actually looked up the very thing you mentioned and most of the people killed were not Americans.

            HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (The Tribune)

            2. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (BBC)

            3. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of ‘Bali Bombings.’ No fatalities.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN.

            You said it, Huffington Post.

            4. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (Fox News)

            5. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck
            bomb.”

            REALITY: NINE AMERICAN DEFENSE CONTRACTORS KILLED.

            After numerous State Department warnings, and Saudi Arabia investigating al Qaeda for a potential planned attack, three defense compounds were assaulted with car bombs and armed attackers. Nine defense contractors were killed.

            Bush immediately called the attackpart of the “war on terror,” and two of the attackers that survived theraid were killed by Saudi police forces. You know, just like Benghazi. (CNN)

            6. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (BBC)

            7. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (Guardian)

            8. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide
            bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder
            if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name ‘David Foy.’ This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s
            considered American soil.)”

            REALITY: ONE U.S. DIPLOMAT KILLED.

            Finally, something that’s like Benghazi! Except that the Ambassador wasn’t missing, he was killed instantly. There wasn’t an 8-hour-long
            siege, an AWOL president and Secretary of State, or service personnel hung out to dry with no rescue attempt. It wasn’t a recent warzone, and there weren’t requests for additional security turned down. Oh, and no one falsely blamed a video for causing a non-existent protest. Except
            for those caveats, just like Benghazi.

            9. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (CNN)

            10. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a
            Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN.

            You said it, Huffington Post.

            11. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the
            al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing
            two.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (CNN)

            12. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (Reuters)

            13. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.

            “September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists
            dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal ofweapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.”

            REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN.

            “Attackers used vehicle bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons to mount a coordinated assault on the U.S. Embassy
            here Wednesday, leaving 10 guards and civilians dead outside the main gate but failing to breach the walled compound. No Americans were killed.” (Washington Post); (CSM)

            (Even if there was misreportage, no embassy officials were killed or missing, and those who were killed were done so in a matter of minutes.)

            So of all the Americans killed, only one was a diplomat, and he was killed almost instantly. Nine others were defense contractors.

            It is my belief that this “13 Benghazis” post was published with the intention of deceiving the public. It may have been an attempt at persuading Americans to dismiss further inquiry into how the Benghazi terror attack was handled and how it was reported to the public.

            The post also suits the purpose of running political cover for Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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          • Thank you, joe, for finding and posting a post that proves my point that killing an American Ambassador only counts if a Democrat is president. As your post pointed out, it was just like Benghazi that after an attack that killed 9 Americans in Saudi Arabia (the country run by the best friends of Bush) that Bush did call it an act of terror just like Obama did the morning after the Benghazi attack.

            You did forget to mention that interviews that night with the people who took part in the attack on the Consulate/Safehouse in Benghazi stated that they decided to attack after watching TV reports on attacks on us in Cairo. After reading that report on European outlets I also read that on a Fox report (since it was also reported on Fox I guess that makes it highly suspect since 95% of Fox content is fiction)

          • Like I said, there have been attacks on our diplomatic facilities, throughout history, and the difference is the outrage, as Americans, we felt against the perpetrators. These Benghazi babblers are not concerned with who attacked us.

          • And you will notice they weren’t anything like this worked up when our people in Lebanon were attacked — and lots more were killed that time. But then, that was under Reagan….

          • Speaking of LIAR, you are a great example, bigger one than Nixon.. NIXON CLAIMED HE WAS QUITTING BECAUSE HE’D LOST HIS SUPPORT IN CONGRESS. EVEN YEARS LATER, HE CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN THAT THE ONLY REASON HE GOT IN TROUBLE WAS HE WAS SO LOYAL AND NOBLE AND WOULDN’T TURN ON THE CROOKS HE HIRED.
            You show you have even less integrity and moral courage than he did in every moronic post you make here.

          • We were Americans back then and cared more about our country than our party. When these so-called patriots mention Benghazi, they never mention finding and punishing who did it. They are hypocrites who only want to find something about the president to stab at.

          • Nothing better than to go way back to Watergate ralph, and actually state the watergate deal was worse than Benghazi, he lies and coverup that caused DEATHS?? I am sure this is an “outright criminal act.”

          • The main thing wrong with your exceedingly faulty reasoning, paulyz, is that the administration did not cause the deaths in Benghazi unlike the administration causing Watergate or, more to the point, the hundreds of deaths directly caused by Reagan’s order that our troops were not carry loaded weapons (other UN troops carried charged weapons) so our sentries were unable to stop the bomb laden truck that blew up the building our troops were sleeping in. Reagan’s reaction was to immediately withdraw from the area but not a hint of him resigning, or even apologizing, for causing over 280 military deaths with his foolish order.

          • Or the amount of your young men who were killed or maimed in a war we had no business involving ourselves in.

          • If you have all this inside4 information, you should share it with Issa. He would love you and the koch brothers might reward you. Your rhetoric is what this post is about. You will destroy democracy for the sake of the party.

          • Oh and wouldn’t Soros and Steyer love your ass for helping them make millions and bringing this country to its knees. Your utopian ideology works fine in your head but in reality is a catastrophe waiting to happen. LOL, just wait until the dollar completely devaluates. It may be soon now. It will be sink or swim and just think, you helped us drown.

          • Wow, what an ass you are! Perfect example of the point of the article. Thanks a lot for that.
            Not to mention illustrating what fools the right consists of. Nixon stepped down only after lying and stalling for a years or two, and only when it became clear he would be impeached and convicted of REAL high crimes and misdemeanors.

          • LOL, we can only hope that the same thing happens to Obummer. Oh, and thanks for the new age ideology that you have helped this country evolve into, comrad. It was fine until you started turning Communist on us.

          • You bet, moron. You dodge the comment about your lies and try to change the subject. And I thought you idiots didn’t “believe in” evolution. Once again, anything the right is too ignorant or bigoted to understand or deal with is “Communist.”
            So go ahead and laugh out loud. The sane and rational people are laughing at you.

          • Dodging the comment? Sometimes your comments are not worth addressing. At least Nixon admitted it. Obama has not. There are so many scandal’s involved in this man’s term and a half that by the time he gets through with us there will be nothing left. The reason we can’t touch him is because he is African American and he uses that race card quite efficiently , I might add. That, in my opinion, is suppression.

            FOR THE LAST TIME, I AM NOT IMMUNE TO COMMUNISM, but you are. I will state it again. My family escaped Communism. I still had Communist family members in Europe as a child. I heard the stories all my life. I was over there when I was a child. It was scary and dark and suppressing. Progress halted, people had to stand in line for food, cars were a luxury item and junky at best, buildings and roads stood in decay. Homes were owned by the government as were water rights and all land. You were not allowed to have weapons. May I remind you, these are things you stand behind. My Father says it all the time. He lived through Communism and escaped. The signs are evident, he states that this country is headed down that road. Mind you, my Father is an educated and intelligent man who has lived through a lot in his 88 years of life. America was the promise land for him. However he no longer sees it that way and hates what is unfolding. Who do you think I am going to believe. Some guy like you who has only lived in this country, had it better than anyone who has ever lived in a communist country or someone who has actually lived through the ravages of hell. Well, it certainly wouldn’t be you.

            The psuedo ‘sane’ people can laugh all they want because one of these days the laughter will stop when they realize it is too late to turn back. Hillary will be the final kill. So prepare yourself.

          • How noble. You sure as hell don’t know much about Communism, or how to recognize it, for someone who claims to have grown up with it. But then, who can believe anything you say?

          • LOL, yes I do. Unfortunately, you don’t. If you would know so much about Communism you would be telling me what you know about it and you don’t. Don’t have to believe me. Of course, you wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped you upside the head. What you and your progressive buddies are becoming is pure flat out Communism.

            …and this coming from a guy that believes I solely listen to Fox News and I am too ignorant to have an education or have had worldly experiences in my life. Seems that blue collar union lifestyle is about as far as your narrow-minded brain can comprehend. You cut me down, I will do the same and the world just keeps going round and round and round. Things are not going to change until everyone comes back to the center, but I am almost sure that won’t happen for some time. At least, not until Obama is out of office.

          • You do a lot of laughing. So your alternative to the imaginary Communist threat is a fascist-leaning oligarchy? Maybe you should stop making like the hyena and think about it.

          • Again, why don’t you give me your rendition of what Communism and Fascism stands for. I mean, how it relates to Conservative America. I bet you can’t and you won’t because you do not know. That is because Conservatives are not Communist or Fascists. I can give you a nice list as to how Liberals fall under those categories. Specifically Communism because Fascism takes care of the middle class.

            As far as the laughing. I laugh at what you do not seem to understand.

          • Your “rendition” of Communism is apparently anyone who disagrees with you strongly. I’m sure you could give me a “nice list” of your other delusions, but they have as little to do with this article as they do to reality, so laugh away.

          • Again, you elude my question. Typical Liberal. You can whine and moan and bitch but give me no solutions or factual information. I certainly can give you a nice list but you seem to not be able too give me one so, that indicates to me that you do not quite get it.

            Aside from that, I explained my opinion about this article some time ago. Apparently you missed my comments. No skin off my nose….

          • Yah, what about those girls…. The Conservatives are totally baffled that we do nothing to help these poor girls.

            Honestly, where is the Liberal concern for women in the Middle East? We’ve heard nothing. Seems like the only media talking about how these woman are mistreated are the Conservatives. Gee, isn’t that a switch….

      • Wow, this is really below the belt. This article goes from from just plain flat out bad to getting worse. Yes Jambi, you really should watch Fox news. You might be enlightened to find out that we are not what you think. However, most of you ignoramuses are not like me. I read your stuff and I view Conservative opinions. What I have found out is how much you don’t know about Conservatives. You are all too quick to judge pinning us as heartless buffoons who really don’t give a rats as about the world or our fellow Americans. Pure one-sided bullshit. If I agree with you on matters. I say so and, of course, many times I do not. Unlike Liberals who want to hide everything under the rug, 9 times out of 10 Conservatives will admit when they have made a mistake.

        As far as the voting issue….Gee, most of you sound scared spitless…..And, need I say who won in 2012? Let it be known that in one state, I think it was Philidelphia one of the counties there had 100% of Obama’s vote. Just looked it up and yes it was:

        -In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).

        -In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations – and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).

        – In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters.

        -In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

        -The National SEAL Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.

        – Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout.

        Many on the left believe there is nothing wrong with committing fraud in order to ensure Obama’s reelection. It is a common tenet on the left that the ends justify the means. Saul Alinsky, the 1960’s radical who inspired Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, taught community organizers like Obama that dishonesty is acceptable if it achieves your political goals. And when caught, Alinsky teaches radicals to deny the wrongdoing and change the topic to put their accusers on the defensive. One Obama supporter brazenly posted on Facebook that he was voting four times for Obama, asserting that the ends justify the means.

        Honestly, who cares….just who won? Get over it already.

        REAL TRUTH. I really don’t think you know what that is..

        • No true conservative will ever admit they were wrong. Never. No matter what facts are presented, no matter if it is a DIRECT QUOTE (remember Newt “If you quote me, you’re lying” Gingrich?)

          You cannot show any weakness (and admitting you’re wrong is weakness to the GOP) and remain a conservative. By their very nature, they are all self-centered and care for no one but themselves. Now we know the real reason RR closed all those mental hospitals… so the GOP could grow its base as every Republican is a nut-job and I challenge anyone to show me one who isn’t.

          • Oh yes they do. Didn’t I just state 9 out of 10. How many on the Liberal side have been honest. Let’s see…..none. Not one will come clean. Alinsky has done his job well.

            Talk about weakness. Since none have come clean on the Liberal side and we have the ‘most transparent president ever’ how could you possibly be flawed. I now pronounce you Gods. Gods in your own mind because nothing goes further than your egotistical lunacy. Why is it that every time you mention something like ‘they are all self-centered and care for no one but themselves,’ I can only think that you are actually mirroring yourselves. Conservatives have never wanted to inflict their belief system in your faces, however; you selfishly believe we should be like you and think like you giving little regard for our self-worth and accepting us for who we are. Used to be like that what happened? I know you believe we got too extreme when in reality you became a progressive sect. An anti-pluralist version of Marxist Communism.

            Well, I guess that explains why Obama released all those prisoners from prison. He wanted to add to the Liberal gene pool and kill off those Conservatives. LOL

          • Please don’t compare nutjobs to republicans. I know a few nutjobs. They are good people, and they don’t deserve that on top of everything else. Thanks.

        • Sorry…didn’t know you were the authority figure on “statistical impossibilities”….I see you’re in disagreement with a lot of people ….believe me…I HAVE watched Fox News!!! …get over your election blues,,,you can look under my rug anytime clown!!!

          • Correction, statistical possibilities. Not sure I want to look under your rug at anytime. Well, I suppose you are one well-informed Liberal, however; I see no factual information from you. Only nonfactual jabs.

        • Please don’t engage joe schmo he’s a troll who likes to take people off topic by focusing in what an idiot he is. Please formally ignore him.

          • Thanks Joyce for your perceptual observation. I take it as a compliment to your narrow-mindedness:)

          • pot-kettle joey…you’re an antagonist and just an ugly troll. enjoy your pathetic life

          • Well Joyce, you and your brethren helped create this ‘new’ America. I sure hope you like what you have spawned. Cheers to the future of decadence and immorality. A new form of Communism which looks down on good common folk, celebrates criminality, pisses on the Constitution and hangs old Glory upside down.

            Of course I am an antagonist and that is because I care about America and what it has become. It was the greatest country in the world. Too bad it didn’t last all that long. The devil people got a hold of her because, as usual, they got greedy and wanted it their way all the time. No more sharing. Welcome to the next 3rd world.

        • These people like this clown are absolutely laughable. They don’t respond to what’s being said in the article or try to defend the silliness of the buffoonery of the right wing response. No, they have to drag out some obscure facts and figures about the election 2 years ago from god only knows where. I’m sure these facts and figures come from a reliable source. They use the old political tactic of accusing others of what their guilty of. It’s amazing how totally uninformed and mis informed these people are but they’re absolutely convinced they are right.

          • Do you believe everything you have written because it sounds eerily like you.

            Dude, who won? If there was voter fraud on the Conservative side I just wonder from where it came. We lost. The Conservatives were pretty shocked that Obama got in again after 4 years from hell but shit happens. Since our side lost how could that have been. Geez, stupid.

          • …and you and your immorally decadent views are Voltaire in the flesh. Good luck with that.

          • So, pray tell, what do you know of my views? (Other than that “they are Voltaire in the flesh”, that is.)

          • I truly believe that most that I have come across on this site are very good polemicists. You try to argue your point with the understanding that I am a complete idiotic fool. Voltaire held the belief that many of you uphold. That being freedom of religion (that meaning every religion), freedom of expression (meaning any expression) and separation of church and state (meaning no church what so ever). He also criticized intolerance (which you all do wholeheartedly), religious dogma (many of you hate Christianity) and the institutions that have made our country so great in the past (like the Constitution and Amendments which you seek to change and destroy)

            ‘Nom de Plume,’ Voltaire’s surname, sounds like an arrogant ‘pompidu’ and many Liberals are just that. Unfortunately you just don’t have the sense to go along with that ‘Plume’ being that your belief system is a bit off.

        • I see you are busy ignoring the true facts of voter fraud, joe. It has been proven that what voter fraud is committed has been by the voting officials and all the ID laws in the world shall have absolutely no effect upon that type of fraud. Admittedly, there have been some cases of individual voter fraud and I recall two caught attempting to cast fraudulent votes (both Republicans) in 2012 and that during 8 years of intensive investigations during the Bush/Cheney reign there were 18 cases uncovered.

          For that matter, anyone with any brains can readily see that there is absolutely NO way that an extra 8K to 72K people could vote in person but common sense tells you that the only way to get that kind of tally, including 100% or more for one candidate, is for the officials to be committing fraud. Kindly note that I have completely ignored the fact that your “facts”, joe schmo, are complete and utter BS.

          • Ralph, your caveat “anyone with any brains can readily see” absolutely leaves JoeSchmuck out of the conversation – his brains went AWOL years ago.

          • Well your a hero in your own mind. Just wait until the dollar completely devaluates:) and the corruption under Hillary continues. Don’t think she will get into a 2nd term. I kind of hope she doesn’t win in 2016. Would be nice.

          • What an absolute FARCE YOU ARE!! Your comments are so filled with lies, distortions and total BS that they border on insanity!!!!!!!!

          • Got your goat. You see when you have nothing left to inject or facts to initiate you start babbling and cussing. It means you have no retort. I am perfectly stable. I can assure you of that. But I will not cower to you people. Most Conservatives are tired of the BS being spewed by you all. Trust me, if the shoe was on the other foot you people would be rioting in the streets. That’s just the Liberal mentality. Emotional and violent when provoked. No deduction in reasoning because you think you are ALWAYS right which only means one thing. Your side cannot handle power and , I mean, specifically your President who you foolishly cling to. A better man would be diplomatic and bring the country together as well as the global community. There is no respect for this man internationally. He has created havoc at home and only divided us. Only an immature man brings a country down. A wise man builds it up.

          • Well, schmoo, I’d say you just proved your point about “immature” men bringing a country down — the raging rad. right wants nothing less than that. I’d say you were all suffering from childhood entitlement neurosis which you’ve never outgrown. E.g. — you and your agenda are woefully immature. Lacking in compassion for others (to bring us back on point) is a glaring hallmark of this state of “mind.” Silly of me to bring this up, but how many, many, times has Obama tried to reason (ha!) across the aisle? Why? To build up consensus and thereby — your words — to build up the country. Boner and McGobble won’t give him the time of day. So much for “building up the country.” Oh — and are you now or were you then aware of how the rest of the planet regarded Dubs? You are crammed full of it.

          • The radical right uses the old divide and conquer ploy and are attacking both parties and should not be calling themselves Republicans.

          • Do you even know what you are saying. Just by reading many of these posts, I realize that you don’t know shit about Conservatives. Your only listening to your stupid media which does nothing but brainwash your brains.

            Do you know why they don’t give him the time of day. Have you ever observed how arrogantly he ignores and degrades Republicans. Would I like him if I were in Congress. Hec no! You gain respect only by giving it and there is no indication that he does that.

            By the way, Boehner and McConell are not favorites of many Conservatives. Can’t believe they made it through the primaries again. Guess there is a fear that we won’t pull moderates. As usual we are pulling together. Good thing:) As for Bush, he was not a favorite of ours either. Just by what you say, I can really tell you don’t know us at all.

            …and you are full of bull…..

          • See – some of your comments are absolutely delusional and border on insanity. Like: A better man would be diplomatic and bring the country together as well as the global community.

            Suggesting that Obama could bring together a treasonous group of people who outright hate him and at the very beginning of his presidency made it know to the world that it would be their primary goal to make him fail, is nothing more than a totally insane comment. You can’t even reason with someone or a political party that’s hellbent on trying to destroy you and will do anything it can including destroying the country and everything that’s bad for its people just to attain to their idiotic treasonous goal!!

            And your suggestion that he hasn’t brought together a great deal of the global community also proves that you have your head stuck so far up your rear end that you can’t see the forest for the trees. America’s relations with 99% of the countries in the world is light-years better than it ever was for the 8 disastrous years under the guy who thought he was king of the world – GWB!!!!!!!!

          • Geesh. ‘Border on insanity!’ What is honestly the matter with you people. You are so arrogant. Your heads have become so big from the false power entertained by the White House man. You really need to be deflated.

            Obama is NOT diplomatic. Why would you talk so negatively about the opposing party as he does. Do you really think that makes the Republicans want to work with him. It has always been that way. There is no team in I. I honestly have never seen such immaturity in a president. His lack of experience is showing.

            Treasonous group? Just listen to yourselves. You are the people who wish to change this country. If anyone is treasonous it is you. Why don’t you tell me what our treasonous goal is? I have absolutely no idea what you are even talking about. But just like many questions I have asked you people, you fail to answer them because you are just blowing smoke out of that uber Liberal ass.

            Ignorant, stupid, dumb, treasonous. While your at it explain to me how I am ignorant, stupid, dumb or treasonous?

            No he has not brought together the whole global community together. OMG,You can’t see that. What have you been smoking? He has ignored and ostracized Israel, Russia bullies us and does what it wants, China mocks us while taking our assets and getting away with millions in import dollars. North Korea makes fun of Obama. Russia and China are threatening to no longer use the dollar. Europe is tied to Russian oil. The fiasco in Syria, seriously, drawing a ‘red line’ in the sand.

            Under the circumstances, it should come as no surprise that a sense of U.S. retreat and abandonment has proliferated abroad, and that American allies are busy making deals with Moscow and Beijing. If our officials had any sense of history or reality, they would know that such strategic incompetence only invites further advances from our adversaries. “Epic fail” indeed.

            He was not the greatest, however; I beg to differ about Bush’s foreign policies. They were not as bad.

          • The fact that you even asked me to tell you why the GOP borders on treason proves your bordering on insane.

            Treason is any action that is intentionally injurious to the nation. The GOP over the past 6 years has committed more injurious actions to America than Benedict Arnold ever did and he died for just giving secrets to the enemy with respect to one battle in a war.

            The fact that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner came out and publicly stated that rather than working for the benefit of our country when Obama was elected that it was going to be their #1 priority to make him fail so he would be limited to One Term – and the fact that the GOP has done everything in its power over the past 6 years to try and do that IS TREASONOUS!!

            And the fact that the GOP has deliberately wasted millions of dollars voting needlessly for legislation that they know full well was dead in the water in the Senate, and deliberately refused to even consider legislation that would have created millions of new jobs and raised millions of their constituents of employment, IS ALSO TREASONOUS BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN A DELIBERATE ACTION TO DENIGRATE THE COUNTRY!!!

            And in my mind, all the GOP legislators that have signed agreements with a rich fat guy that they would not vote for any legislation that would raise taxes on the rich by even $1 no matter how much that legislation may help the country, IS ALSO TREASONOUS!!!!

            And you’re so clueless you don’t even deserve this answer. If you haven’t notice, 4 NM bloggers gave my comment suggesting you are bordering being insane thumbs up and one didn’t even think bordering went far enough. And one reason America is in the mess it’s in today is because total numskulls like yourself don’t even see that you and the GOP are doing is the equivalent of committing TREASONOUS ACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!

          • Dude, your guy won. If there would have been all this voter fraud on our end we would have won. So give me a break. Don’t you get it? My God are you guys dense.

          • The funny thing, joe, is that even with all that voter “fraud” the Republican still lost which proves that there is a God after all..

          • LOL, yah right. What God? Most of you are atheists. There was no voter fraud. Your side created that one.

          • Of course I believe in him, joe. I was raised a Lutheran and learned from my pastor that God only listens to prayers spoken in German so Church functions were in German while everywhere else was in English. I was also taught that God gave us the Ten Commandments rather than today’s pseudo-Christians who believe that they are the “ten suggestions”.

          • No wonder you are a Liberal. The Lutheran religion is not usually so stringent or strict for that matter. It tends to be more open minded. Maybe your church wasn’t.

            Hmmm, that is rather unusual that you would actually believe in an old version of the Biblical Commandments versus the new modern pseudo religions that allow for anything that goes. Suppose there is something a little old fashioned in your soul….a sacred thing devoid of secular theology.

          • And there you go JOe LYING AGAIN. Virtually every incident of voter fraud from a reputable news source such as the Huffington Post or the Washington Post documents voter fraud COMMITTED BY REPUBLICANS.

            Here’s the link to 1 article from the Huffington Post that documents a 1/2 dozen recorded incidents of widespread voter fraud by companies contracted by the GOP. One of them involved cases spreading over numerous states:

            GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/gop-voter-fraud_n_1990104.html

            And most of the incidents documented in the Huffington Post article were also documented by the Washington Post.

            Here’s a couple excerpts:

            The latest drama began to unfold on Oct. 17, when the manager of a Tuesday Morning discount store in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley saw a man throwing a garbage bag into the store’s private dumpster. Inside the bag was a file folder containing eight completed Virginia voter registration forms.

            The manager described the man to Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies, who the following day arrested Colin Small, 23, a voter registration drive contractor for the Virginia GOP — and charged him with eight felonies and five misdemeanors related to the destruction and disclosure of the applications and obstruction of justice.

            A few weeks earlier, the GOP had been under fire following reports of suspicious registration applications that had been submitted in 10 Florida counties by a company run by Nathan Sproul, a Republican operative who has long been trailed by allegations of voter fraud. The Republican Party paid Sproul’s company, Strategic Allied Consulting, about $3 million this year for registration drives in five swing states: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia.

            In Palm Beach County, Fla., alone, about 100 questionable voter registrations were flagged, more than half of which involved changing a voter’s party affiliation to Republican or independent. Discrepancies were also found in North Carolina.

            And Here’s another excerpt:

            And a viral video uploaded to YouTube in late September showed a young woman who worked for Strategic Allied Consulting registering voters in Colorado and admitting that she was only looking for Republicans. “Well, I’m actually trying to register people for a particular party. Because we’re out here in support of Romney, actually,” the woman said.

            Given Sproul’s history, it could hardly have come as a surprise to his GOP employers that his canvassers would generate spurious applications.

            And Sproul’s outfit was doing canvassing in more than 17 states.

          • Voter fraud is like the purges in Florida and Texas. It is like closing early voting in heavy Democrat areas in Ohio. It is like finding a wastebasket full of Democrat registrations in California.

        • Once again, the dishonest little bigoted worm tries to drag his critics down to his level.
          Are you really that stupid, Joe? Did you remember to bring up Benghazi, at least?

          • Oh, thanks so much for reminding me of Benghazi. You know all those Democrats who decided to not get involved probably figured they should. Because if they did not involve themselves 1) they would most certainly look guilty 2) Trey would have shredded everyone who took the stand. Trust me on that one. He is a little pitbull. I wish the Repubs would have more like him.

            We already know that Hillary and the State Department are guilty and I am almost positive that Obama knew. Neglect, neglect, neglect. Lies and more lies. So how many of Obama’s departments have gone rogue? Coming clean would give them a hec of a lot more credibility and respect from everyone. Including me.

            Oh and here we go with the name calling, again. It says absolutely nothing.

    • Your perfectly stated thesis, dripping with pin point sarcasm directed at the far right’s obsessive and offensive “causes” is so well put, I think you get the award today for originality and biting truth telling!

  2. Apparently, it’s so wide even compassion cannot get across.

    It’s not about compassion, it is about hate. The Republicans HATE Obama, they HATE America, the HATE everyone that isn’t JUST LIKE THEM. I wish every single Republican would be voted out of office in every election from now until we are 100% free of these vermin who care nothing for the country nor their fellow human beings.

    • It isn’t so much hate as FEAR. They recognize the handwriting is on the wall about the white-male-conservative domination being subsumed by pretty much everybody else. These guys like to brag that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s voter registration card said “Republican”, but then lock out people of color from their upper echelons. They realize they need the Cuban vote to keep control of Florida (“Y’all know them Demmycrats is gonna recanize and support Castro’s gubmint, dontchall?”), but paint every Hispanic with the same “illegal alien” brush. They demand support for Israel, but deny Jews membership in their clubs.

      • Fear and Hate go hand-in-hand as it is far easier to hate something you fear or fear something you hate. Doesn’t really matter what you call it, the end result is the same… a total lack of compassion or empathy.

        If I had my way, I’d have every sittting Republican member of Congress up on charges of treason…. and waiting in Gitmo. I mean, GBush himself said it wasn’t torture….

      • Their “rod and gun” clubs, which is males only in our Iowa town on the liberal (east) side of Iowa. Women may be invited to some occasions. Of course, the club is open by invitation only, just like the Democratic Committee. Let that sink in.

      • Thanks for your racist statement disqus. Making assumptions based on race is what you just did. Everything is about race to Liberals. With all the Illegals, maybe 25 Million in the U.S. & many cases of voter fraud, we need to ensure every vote is legit. This has nothing to do with race like people like you conclude with your bias, it has to do with our Laws. If there were many cases of voter fraud in the Republican Party you can bet your last dollar that the Democrats would pass Voter ID in an instant. We use Voter ID for MANY things right now, big deal.

        • As usual, for a Repug, conservative, you are grossly misinformed. There is almost no voter fraud in the United States. Unless you want to count the Supreme Court, who handed Bush the presidency when he didn’t win the popular vote. Oh yes, almost forgot, there is voter fraud…by the entire Republican party when they want to deny minorities access to the ballot box. If you would quit watching Faux Noise, you might actually become informed of the truth!

          • Wow, tntlimited. Both barrels! Well written!

            Unfortunately, I feel Paulyz is not likely to follow your advice regarding his source of news information, even though it might raise his ability to look at today’s issues to a more accurate level.

          • Hey 788eddie,

            Thanks for the accolades, it is really nice to see a fellow
            American who can see the truth through so much deception
            fostered by Faux Noise and the Repugs…thanks again…

          • I actually have been watching all 3 major networks for years to see the comparrison, & it didn’t take long to discover which one always had opposing views intelligently discussed, while MSNBC, & to a lesser extent CNN, only push their views & propaganda without any opposition. Think for a moment how indoctrinating that is and how much more likely you will get the facts from Fox…..

          • Paulyz, I truly can’t understand what you are talking about. I, Too, watch FOX but I find myself in amazement with some of the plain inaccuracies they have presented.

            Both Karl Rove and Dick Morris were so far off the mark on election night 2012, that they were an embarrassment and eventually suspended from FOX.

            More recently, FOX jumped on the Cliven Bundy band wagon so quickly, and then, embarrassingly, had to back peddle when he showed his true colors.

            This is what you call facts?

            Sorry, Paulyz, I’ll stick with the others (unless I need some laughs).

          • Exactly, the Libs never give facts. All they know how to do is cuss and give emotionally charged rhetorical statements.

          • I see!! Americans should listen to Faux News’ distorted and censored facts so they can be less informed than people who don’t even watch any news. Wow!! That sounds kind of dumb to me but apparently fits you perfectly!!!

            Another study has concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.

            Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University updated a study in 2013 that they had conducted in late 2011. That study only sampled respondents from New Jersey, where the university is located. This time, the researchers conducted a nationwide poll. The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)

            The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don’t watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.

            As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. The study concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers including those who watched
            MSNBC and even those who watched only local news broadcasts.

          • Deny minorities access to the ballot box? See, that statement is racist all by itself, assuming a simple thing like ensuring an important privilege like voting has anything to do about race. The real question is, why are Liberals so worried about Voter ID, because they know that it is the Democrats that have the fraud.
            Actually, Gore had excessive votes in Florida in that election, & you Libs still believe the election was stolen. Get a Life! Faux News has already been proven to be factual, especially when compared to MSNBC which is 85% opinion and pro-Obama, pro-Democrat.

          • After reading the above paulyz tantrum I am thoroughly convinced s/he (it?) is certifiable. We see no facts, no discrimination between Truth and Prevarication, no evidence of the ability to reason, no logic, no perspective, no judgment — a Real Red-Blooded Mur’cam Repug.– a real candidate for stroke and a straight-jacket.

          • Tantrum? There was nothing like that in his quote. He was just making a statement. We both know that both MSNBC and CNN do not have the viewership that Fox has. Sorry if you don’t like that. Congame you are a con because your side never gives facts. You just spew crap out of that emotional blow hole that makes no statement whatsoever.

          • The only reason Faux News garners the highest viewership is because Republicans have become like sheeple: they all gravitate to one news program that they are led to believe by GOP propaganda is the only factual news outlet. While Independents and Democrats are broadminded enough to realize that to get true balanced news you need to listen to a variety of news media. So Independents and Democrats don’t act like sheep and worship one news outlet like a god, but rather they distribute their “viewership” among a much wider array of news outlets.

            So what you basically have is the 37% or so of the American public gravitating to Faux News like it was some kind of god news outlet, while the other 63% of Americans are more sane and distribute their listening to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and many other news outlets.

            The only thing that Faux News keeps proving as it wins the news viewership awards is that Republicans are just like the GOP when something fails, they just keep on doing it like a sheeple thinking MINDLESSLY THAT SOMEHOW down the road it will change.

            Numerous studies have proven that people who listen to Faux News are the least informed people in America, but does that clue Republicans to maybe listening to better news??? No!! Just like sheep they go right back to the wrong source for news.

            And if you don’t believe, that see this!

            Another study has concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.

            Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University updated a study in 2013 that they had conducted in late 2011. That study only sampled respondents from New Jersey, where the university is located. This time, the researchers conducted a nationwide poll. The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)

            The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don’t watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.

            As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. The study concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers including those who watched
            MSNBC and even those who watched only local news broadcasts.

          • So you have been had again….. Just who is the gullible one. Typical American thought pattern.

            “Whatever its origins, there seems to be an innate desire among many lefties to classify those who disagree with their belief system as mentally, morally, or psychologically inferior—or preferably all three. This being the case, it should come as no surprise that in addition to cooking up real academic studies using biased questionnaires designed tomake conservatives look stupid, statists also have a habit of getting taken in by fake “studies” which validate their alleged superiority.

            Perhaps the most famous such hoax involved the fictitious Lovenstein Institute and a ranking of presidential IQwhich supposedly showed former president George W. Bush as having the
            lowest intelligence of all presidents in the 50 years preceding him.
            Gleeful statists repeated this meme on numerous blogs and even in some
            newspapers, never bothering to check whether or not a Lovenstein Institute actually existed. Fast forward to 2012 and once again, the
            left has been taken in by another hoax “study,” a press release from a fictitious Intelligence Institute which claimed that the average IQ of
            Fox News Channel viewers is 80, 20 points below the standard IQ of 100.

            Given that actual legitimate polling of Republicans and Democrats has consistently showed that those on the right are much more likely to be informed about basic political facts, the “study” on its face should have been
            immediately suspect to anyone who read it. The lowball intelligence quotient of 80 also ought to have been a red flag for anyone since it
            means that a huge number of regular Fox News viewers have IQs in the 70s, 60s and 50s, a range classified as mentally disabled, a very unlikely prospect. (THIS IS REALLY LAUGHABLE)

            Readers might also have been tipped off since the original press release directed people seeking more information on the alleged study to
            a Huffington Post articleabout a completely different one which was released in May by an
            entirely different but actually extant organization, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

            But basic logic did not enter into the equation for the liberal blogosphere, however. A member of Daily Kos eagerly jumped to promote the “study,” Democratic Underground also did its part as well. Gullible member “Whovian” posted the press release in whole and received dozens
            of comments before anyone bothered to question the alleged survey. Even more amusingly, after member “gslusher” rained on the parade by pointing out that the study couldn’t possibly be true, his/her post questioning the meme was hidden by the DU community for allegedly violating the site’s terms of use.” (LOLOL) Newsbusters

            Sheeple? LOL, you all are the kings and queens of sheeple. I do not only look at Fox News. I’m here aren’t I reading the propaganda junk that your sites brainwash you with . In fact, I am all over the internet and at times watch CNN which I believe that many others do. Beyond that. My parents were European. We got a lot of information from Europe and we still do. Back in the day of Walter Cronkite, Americans only watched American media. They were inundated by only Liberal media. I knew more because I got to hear about issues overseas. My Father always said that Americans tend to never get further than American issues on the television screen. He was so right. I believe that many Americans haven’t changed much. I think I am pretty well informed and make up my own mind on many issues. Global information is new to many Americans and access through social media, the internet and television is now possible. So you all are more informed. However, by reading many posts here, I also tend to notice how uninformed you all are. I know that Liberal media misconstrues issues so I don’t tend to put too much precedence into what you are saying.

            Conservatives are not the followers you think they are. They question everything and they don’t really trust their representatives or the government for that matter. You all drool all over MSNBC and Chris Matthews as well as Stewart and Colbert. We watch Stewart sometimes because, let’s face it, he attacks everyone.

            Fox draws in approximately 2.5 million viewers each evening, the channel still draws a bigger audience than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined. Fox surpassed then-leader CNN in prime-time viewership in 2002, and has never looked
            back.

            So you think you are the majority. Hmmm, and I actually heard the other day that the Liberal minion bullies have the masses suppressed. Just how long that will last is anyone’s guess.

            According to the Gallup, Pew and Neilsen polls, Fox is the most viewed cable news station. When you look at tvnewser.com Foxes viewership in primetime is always way ahead of the rest of the pac. I tend to listen more to authentic pollsters:)

            Were did you get your information ‘Jon Stewart?’ NPR? I think I am more apt to listen to polls that are less bias. So you can demean Fox all you want. They are still head ahead of the pack. I am certainly happy that we have a voice of some sort because we never used to. Sorry you don’t like the truth. For some reason you always seem to want to demean the Conservatives. We are no less informed or intelligent than you. We just think different and that is what you can’t stand and that is what you want to suppress. Think about it before you post such garbage.

          • Farfetched as ever. How totally ridiculous. Get off the minority crack. The minority is the new majority.

            Will not stop watching Fox news or gathering real-life information to pass on. If it weren’t for them we would never have a voice. It would be like it was in the past, the Liberal viewpoint was all we ever got. You just can’t handle that fact.

          • Hey joe schmo,

            You’re right, the minority is the new majority…and that is WONDERFUL! It is also the reason that the entire Repug party is trying to deny them access to the ballot box. Even some of your Repug heroes have admitted to that fact.

            However, you should check the mirror, you have drunk so much of Faux Noise Kool-aid that the stuff is oozing out of your pores. You couldn’t see the truth if it was floating bigger than life in a Sean Hannity punch bowl… Keep believing their lies because they need ignorant people such as you to keep their propaganda alive…

          • Will you get over yourself already. Why do you think you want to make all those illegals legal. You prey on the ignorant and niave….and I really believe their is stuffing of the ballot box on both sides. That is why you are so desperate to give these immigrants amnesty. We will never really know the truth because one side pits the other. Only difference between you and me is the fact that I realize that and you don’t.

            ….And what I mean by ‘ the new minority is becoming the majority….. ‘ A minority of bullies now run the show for the masses. The Liberals kind of remind me of the characters on the Hunger Games where the dystopian future is run by the minority of Liberals and the poor residents are the majority of Conservatives fighting for their lives… Just who wins in the end…….:)

            As a matter of fact we do need to keep our news alive or you would take over which, in turn, is suppression and no longer allows us to have a free will. That is something you would just love isn’t it. That is also a form of slavery and Communist ideology. Sorry, wouldn’t want what you think on my head.

          • Joe: Your ignorance is truly alarming. Stuffing of the ballot box? There are nearly zero cases of voter fraud that have actually been determined and prosecuted in court. I don’t want to give immigrants amnesty…I just want to see everyone that is a legal citizen have the opportunity to vote. Joe, I feel sorry for you, because you think you are well informed…but you aren’t. You, obviously get your information from Faux Noise, and therein lies the problem. They spew nothing but lies and propaganda…always…

          • No yours is. Do you really believe their is innocence on either side. Zero cases of voter fraud! LOL, I rather doubt it. Now you sound like Obama when he said there is absolutely no corruption in our government. If I believe that then I am really a fool. Honestly, your party has gone to some drastic and corrupt measures to ensure that they remain in power.

            LOL, wait until we are truly a nation of Communists… Waiting 2 years for a car, waiting in line for food, the government owns your home, waiting in line to see a Dr. (not unlike the Veteran’s Administration scandal). Didn’t you know that the government is already dictating policy on government land and trying to steal all water rights. Everyone is equal Steven (No more wealth except for the Government) Now they want to implement a mileage tax. More out of our pockets. And that almighty dollar. In two years maybe more, it may be toast. Communism was a complete and utter financial disaster. Not sure why you want this type of government especially when America has always recognized it in the past and put the kabash on it. Oh well, your choice, but trust me on this one, when it happens, it will be an eye opening experience for you. Maybe you will like it. Then where will we all be. Just think about that. In prison, my friend, in prison.

            Guess what. This did not come from Fox News. This comes from my Dad who lived under communism and sent money and items over to our family in Communist Europe for decades. You will never wake up until it happens to you.

          • Joe Schmo, where in the hell where you when Bush and Cheney lied us into invading Iraq. that damned invasion based on total lies, lasted ten damn years. Barack Obama finally ended it…plus he got Osama Bin Laden…something Bush couldn’t do in his eight years of leading this country into disaster. Man, you need to wake up!!!

            Talk about money out of our pockets. Bush bankrupted this country by starting two wars on credit. Clinton left bush a surplus in the budget, but Bush squandered it immediately, and then plunged this nation into a recession that we still haven’t recovered from. If you can’t see those facts, then you really are so stupid that you can’t spell (there), you constantly spell it as (their). Bush and Cheney committed treason on this nation…and should be in prison fro the rest of their lives. Do you really want to back a party that has absolutely nothing but hate for us average Americans. Your loyalty is truly wasted…

          • FYI many Conservatives were not big fans of Bush and Cheney at the end of their term. At least we were aware of their shortcomings. Something you do not wish to acknowledge with Obama. Get off the mantra of Osama bin Laden. Some kind of deal went down when Osama bin Laden was killed because 6 of the seals that we sent on that mission were later shot down and killed. It was all too suspicious to me. Also when Obama approved drilling in the gulf at the beginning of his first term, all of a sudden an oil rig exploded. Coincidence, I don’t think so, and the list goes on and on. So yes, I would agree with you that Bush was a failure, but so is Obama. In fact, out of the two of them Obama is a bigger one. ‘The most transparent president ever.’ Yah, right. In fact we have had nothing but failures since Clinton. If Detroit is any indication and we keep going in this direction and don’t come together again as a country, our goose is surely cooked. This country was not meant to be one-sided. Why the animosity on both sides…..that’s an easy one, we ‘ain’t’ doing so well and Obummer is dividing us.

            As far as Clinton’s reign, I think he reaped from the programs that Reagan developed

            To review what Reagan did with the economy:

            He steered the Federal Reserve to throttle inflation regardless of the cost, and installed Alan Greenspan as Fed chairman to make sure this policy would continue after he left office.

            He sharply cut taxes in the upper brackets. (And quietly raised some taxes, such as social
            security, that affect primarily those not well-to-do.)

            He expanded military spending as aggressively as he could, pushing for even more than he’d campaigned for.

            He pushed a lot of budget cuts, but focused the cuts narrowly on particular sectors of the budget
            which, despite appearances, he had no mandate to gut, leaving insufficient leeway to find the kind of savings he needed. The result of the tax
            cut, the military boost, and the plan to cut spending which proved fundamentally
            unworkable, was a huge growth in the budget deficit.

            Not saying that Clinton was a complete flop but Reagan helped his cause.

            FYI As far as spelling goes….something you fault people like me and also your own people on, you didn’t even notice that you spelled ‘where’
            instead of ‘were.’ So don’t even go there. Blame it on our horrible Liberal education. Last in reading over all modern countries. Sad, truly sad and all that wasted money stuffed into our ‘union’ based school systems. You see the unions like everything else started out as a noble idea. Unions no longer work because they are so corrupt. Some new laws need to be implemented to help curb some of that corruption.

            Hate! Well, I think you all are doing a very good job of that. I think better than we are….. You average Americans! So what are we chopped liver. You proclaim that you are so American. Why don’t you tell me what is ‘so American’ about you. All I have seen from you all is the desire to completely change the Constitution and the Amendments therein. My loyalty is to our Country first, the Constitution and Amendments, the flag (which I believe you would like to see flown upside down), the Pledge of Allegiance, mom, pop and apple pie. Not sure that is what you want. So who’s being loyal now.

          • Joe Schmo, as usual, you are completely wrong on many fronts. You say Obama is as big a failure as Bush? Do you mean that allowing 3,000 people to be killed in the World Trade Center, killing about 5,000 more United States soldiers, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis, starting two invasions based on lies, committing treason by outing a CIA agent, and then sacrificing Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, for the crime; as well as bankrupting our economy under Bush…is the same as…trying to provide health care for poor and middle class Americans, stopping the Iraq invasion and occupation that lasted ten years under Bush, turning around the economy, saving the American auto makers from bankruptcy and trying to raise the minimum wage for poor people, under Obama?

            If you think the above descriptions of the two presidents…is equal…then you need much more help than the people on this comments section can give you.

            I certainly don’t think Obama is perfect by any means. There are several policy decisions I don’t agree with at all. But to compare him with Bush and Cheney, does a great disservice to the thousands of loyal soldiers that died while trying to carry out Bush’s mandate of lies and treason.

            I am a 75 year old white man, who used to vote Republican. Now I am ashamed to admit that I was ever part of the Republican party. The Republican agenda is based on destroying the middle class and propping up the rich at the expense of the average “Joe Schmo”. The complete irony is that they can convince you, “the less than average Joe Schmo”, to vote for their treachery, and against your own best interests…go figure…

          • You think! I have never seen so many scandals come out of the White House in my life time. The man should be impeached and the rest of his cabinet who are a bunch of crooks, need to go. I really do not think this man will go down in history as one of our better presidents.

            Yes, and my father is an 88 year old white man who has lived through 3 regimes in his lifetime. When he came to this country as a ‘legal’ immigrant, America was a dreamland. Truly the land of opportunity. But throughout his life he has seen that land of opportunity slowly diminish. He correlates the new America to the Communism he escaped from. Of course, I am sure you wouldn’t know about that. Who do you think I am going to respect more. A man who came over here with $7 dollars in his pocket who shoveled shit in a dairy barn, went to school and became an American success story and who is tells me this looks eerily familiar to what occurred in his old homeland. Or should I believe a 75 year old American citizen who most likely participated in a war but never felt the aftermath of what occurred during and after certain wars politically.

            You can be ashamed all you want. Not sure what changed your mind. Maybe it is the mob mentality, the being part of the populist’s that made you decide to be something else. Everything nowadays is all about being en vogue.

            ‘The agenda is to destroy the middle class.’ WOW! Are we any better than we were since he took office. I don’t think so. If anything it is worse and we are getting more suppressed every time we turn around. If their is any indication of what is to come, Obamacare will end up like the VA scandal which I admit has been progressively getting worse year upon year. But dude could have done something and didn’t. I have seen incidents like this one in my private life. Negligence gets innocent people killed. Obummer is just not doing his job. Let me see where do I start with this man. He would open the borders of Mexico if he could to let allllll those poor people in so that they could vote Democrat. In fact a report came out that we are taking better care of our illegals than we are the men who fought for our country. Gee, is he ever respected worldwide. China, Russia, Middle East, etc….walk all over him and he helps no one. Jobs-he has taxed business right outta here. Because of all the environmental restrictions many people have no jobs and no new ones are coming around the bend. What do you suppose is going to happen to people in the East who rely on coal to keep them warm this winter? Military, sure he is bringing the troops home, but he has also cut the military to help pay for those….social programs in which to take care of the illegals (take a look at California and New York if you don’t believe me) 2nd amendment- little by little he is whittling away that right. There is no less crime. Let’s see you walk down the streets of Watts at night by yourself. Do you feel safe? There has been a blatant attack on Christianity which is being replaced by all the free loving, open religion there could ever be. Devoid of morals and the principles that once made us great. 1st amendment, hmmm, I could say the word stink and you would scream…racist, racist, racist. Oh, and what about that space program. Gone, nada. It has been replaced by…..more social programs. The Russians tell us we need to use a trampoline if we want to get up to the space station. America last in reading, 27 out of 32 in math, 23 in science our of 32. Bad….and now they are saying children should not be taught to compete. ‘Welp,’ I guess they are going to fare really well in that cut throat competitive world aren’t they.

            Boy are we ever respected. We don’t even respect each other. If you think the future looks rosy you have another thing coming to you. Good luck with your new political affiliation and, honestly, I hope you get to see the total devaluation of that all mighty dollar and the American collapse before the end of your days.

            Your darn tootin there is a big divide and your president has made sure of that. By the way you can have that airhead Peloser and the nutcase Reidtard while your at it. They are a good reason for term limits.

        • There are no viable voting fraud cases, anywhere, except with the republican who changed registration cards over many states and was paid millions by the GOP, who pretended to be shocked and fired him when called out. It is racist. I am 65 and did not need a voter ID until 2008 when a black man ran. No voter fraud in Ohio. I vote by mail. I did not need an ID in 1970 when I registered and I damned sure don’t now. I did not need one to get into City Hall. The Justice Center. Nothing except for legal business, like a bank account and did not need one when I opened my first one at 18. Did not need it to fly. Get on a bus out of town. Hell, did not need one for my first credit card at J. C. Penney. When ever my side lost an election, I never accused them of voter fraud. We just lost. this was for Nixon, Reagan, Bushes, who ever. Why is it when you lose you cry foul. Especially when a black man won. Even republicans are tired of this crap and are pleading with their republican brethren to leave it alone. You want my vote, but ttake it away in the same breath?

          • paulyz will never reply to any responses to his usual bs non-provable “facts”. In all that I have read there were 2 cases of voter fraud mentioned. One was a woman who cast an absentee ballot and then voted on election day, the other was someone who voted in a number of local elections but was either not registered or illegally registered. Even if there were 1,000 cases of voter fraud that would equal 0.001% based on 100 million voters in 2012. With 10,000 cases the percentage “jumps” to 0.01%, neither of these cases would have effected the last presidential election but the Republicans keep pushing for voter id laws.

          • I have just responded with facts, but as usual, the gullible, useful idiots on here believe all the lies that they are told. Even after Obama & many Democrats have been proven to have lied to you, you still ignore it. You ignore the scandals, the excessive, unsustainable debt, the 6 years of record unemployment, the stealing of $716 Billion from Medicare, the record number of Americans on food stamps, the record in poverty, all under Obama. I myself, used to be a Democrat, but I became enlightened by the obvious.

          • So paulyz how many cases of voter fraud were prosecuted for the 2016 presidential election? Provide your source. As for the unemployment numbers President Obama inherited a growing rate of unemployment numbers, you can check the U3 & U6 numbers starting in 4/2008. The U3 numbers went from 5.0% to 7.8% in 1/2009 , Bush’s last month in office, the U6 numbers went from 9.2% to 14.2% during the same time frame. Bus was glad to get out while the unemployment #’s kept rising. The U3 #’s rose from 1/2009 until 10/2009 when they hit 10.0%. From that point on the U3 #’s have decreased to the current 6.3% as of 4/2014. The U 6 #’s followed the same pattern, they rose to 17.1% in 10/2009 and have dropped to 12.3% in 4/2014. Look at the trend these #’s have taken, going up in Bush’s last year, continuing for Obama’s 1st year then going down.
            You know you were never really a democrat. You right wing trolls keep repeating the same old bs that you hear or see on the right wing media. You can verify my #’s on a number of websites including the Bureau of Labor Statistics but then again you trolls don’t believe in real facts.

          • Why don’t you look at my statistics above. You think you are soooo innocent. Geesh.

            Yes he inherited unemployment but he has made everything a lot worse. Real Facts? Many people have to work 2 to 3 part-time jobs to keep a float. Many graduates have no work. Many middle aged individuals are hard pressed to find a job. You can give me figures all day long but I see little relief.

            I don’t believe the Bureau of Labor statistics. In fact, I don’t believe in any government agency these days.

          • Your statement “I don’t believe the Bureau of Labor statistics. In fact, I don’t believe in any government agency these days” says it all. You don’t believe the BLS statistics now, did you believe them during the Bush administration? Yes the job market still needs improvement but to lay this all on the president is ridiculous what has Congress done to help in the last 5 years. You can ignore the numbers but the trend is towards more private sector jobs being added every month. You can believe whatever you want, though when the BLS #’s were bad no one complained about them then, did they?
            You trolls get so upset when your “facts” are refuted by real numbers. You like to be so judgmental, what has innocence have to do with “provable” statistics?

          • Last I heard 92 mil unemployed, 45 mil on food stamps. Thanks, paulyz

            “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

          • Here you go moron:

            State election officials are looking into thousands of cases where registered voters may have voted in two states or after their reported death. A report presented Wednesday by Elections Director Kim Strach to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee said 81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death.The audit further identified 13,416 deceased voters on voter rolls in
            Oct. 13. The audit showed 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of voters registered in other states,but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere. A total of35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were
            registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. Another 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, date of birth and last four digits of
            their Social Security number were registered and voted in the 2012 general election in North Carolina and another state…A total of 28 states participated in the crosscheck, leaving data missing from 22 other states.

            According to this audit by the North Carolina Elections Oversight Committee, at least 81 dead people have been voting from the grave, and
            more than 35,000 people with matching full names and dates of birth voted in both North Carolina and another state in the 2012 generalelection. To put that number in context, Barack Obama carried North Carolina by fewer than 15,000 votes
            in 2008. Double voting, needless to say, is a crime. Furthermore, state officials were only able to cross check their rolls and voter activity records with 28 other states, leaving loads of potential data
            missing. The above news story ends with statistics that partisan deniers would typically use to dismiss the entire notion of voter fraud.

            Those statistics may be convincing to someone who hadn’t just read the
            rest of the article. Several weeks ago, we highlighted a 2012 report out of Florida
            in which a local reporter took it upon himself to use a single, extremely narrow method to ferret out voter fraud. By cross-referencing Florida’s voter rolls with jury duty cards on which people had checked a box declining to serve due to their non-citizen status, the NBC correspondent pinpointed nearly 100 ineligible voters in his county
            alone. Several admitted on camera to (a) not being US citizens, and (b)voting in US elections. “I vote every year!” one woman boasted. Last week, the California State Senate voted to suspend three Democratic members, one of whom was recently convicted of eight felonies, including multiple counts of voter fraud. Yet the “myth” of voter
            fraud remains solidly ensconced within the Left’s political catechism. Voter fraud undeniably exists. The extent to which it exists remains unclear, as the stunning results of North Carolina’s audit demonstrate. Voter ID laws reflect common sense, are constitutional, and are overwhelmingly popular. I’ll leave you with the Democrat Party Chairwoman openly celebrating a court decision that halted a Republican-initiated effort to purge a swing state’s voter rolls of ineligible and non-citizen voters.

            Hello and get a clue. Remember your guy won and I can’t say it was always by honest means….

          • It’s always nice to see where someone starts a reply with an insult. If you read some articles on this NC search into voter fraud of 35K double voting you would see that there has been no solid evidence of one person voting in 2 states. What these numbers show “As Facing South was one of the first to report, however, the North Carolina election board’s data offered little proof of rampant fraud. The 35,750 figure represented people who, when plugged into Crosscheck’s database of voter files from 28 states, had the same first name, last name and date as birth of people who had voted in other states in 2012. But many of those can be explain by clerical errors and the fact that a surprisingly large number of people in different states share the same names and birthday.

            But I know you don’t any type of gov’t agency statistics. “Here’s another study for you to ignore “In a September 2013 presentation about the program, Crosscheck founder Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, readily acknowledges that out of 84 million records analyzed, only 14 had even been referred for prosecution. Kobach’s presentation doesn’t list any cases of a voter actually being convicted of fraud. Furthermore, in Crosscheck’s 2014 participation guide for states, they admit that “a significant number of apparent double votes are false positives and not double votes. Many are the result of errors — voters sign the wrong line in the poll book, election clerks scan the wrong line with a barcode scanner.” That’s a rate of 0.00002%
            You need to do a little better research before you make claims of widespread voter fraud. And yes my guy won not once but twice. You will never admit that President Obama won by honest means even when presented with irrefutable evidence. Keep believing it for the next 2 1/2 years.

        • “…many cases of voter fraud,…?” Name three. In fact, here in my state there was some ridiculous republican campaign for strict voter ID rules; the powers that be (republicans) scoured all recent voter returns and came up with ONE, count it, O N E case of POSSIBLE voter fraud. I live in a fairly-well populated state. Stuff it.

          • Most of the so-called “voter fraud” involved a person convicted of a crime and wasn’t told that he had lost his right to vote. The total for ten years, nationwide, was less than 1%. If one franchised voter does not get to vote, that negates all the so-called voter fraud. The right to vote is that important.

      • Republicans in America today are reacting much as the Afrikaans Dutch did in South Africa. The parallels are very striking (except for the fact that nonwhites in America are now BECOMING a majority, while nonwhites in South Africa were ALREADY the majority). English-only proposals; forced study of Afrikaans. Domination by evangelical Christians, primarily of Calvinist leanings, in America; domination by the Dutch Reformed Church, a Calvinist denomination brought in by the Dutch Afrikaans (Boer) settlers, in South Africa (the same church that produced the Amway founders, incidentally). Restricting blacks from voting in America; restricting blacks from voting in South Africa. Differences in degree, but the same fear of losing control of a country to “others” in both cases. Some complicating factors there: the presence of another “white” faction, the English, which welcomed black Africans into “their” church (Anglican), even making one of them an Archbishop, which must have annoyed the Dutch; the other nonwhite groups (South Africa actually had THREE legal “races” under apartheid: White Dutch and (purebred) English, called European; African; and “Colored” meaning mixed and non-African non-whites such as Indians (that’s what Gandhi was called when he lived in South Africa).

        But the same thing is involved: a smaller, racist population with political control over others is afraid of losing control.

  3. I am surrounded by people who would call these pleas hypocritical, because what about abortion?. Everything leads back to that. They even accused the President of insincerity over his distress about the Sandy Hook children. How does one have an adult conversation in this country anymore?

    • Just to put things in perspective, the very tragic murders of little children at Sandy Hook was outrageous. But who were the ones that used this terrible tragedy to push more gun control?

      We never hear any outrage over the “thousands” of innocent children assaulted, raped & murdered “every year” at the hands of Illegal alien criminals, of which 36,000 were allowed to remain FREE in the U.S.! ! ! Meanwhile, the Democrat Party constantly pushed one Amnesty after another without EVER stopping Illegals from taking our jobs, using our schools & hospitals mostly for FREE!

      • Not true, they let one go who murdered a child. Another was not found guilty of murdering a child, just atempted murder of his riding companions and he was not driving, just for loud music and no weapon. Bush pushed it, too. Reagan did it for 1.7 million. Learn your history. It is the far right wing that has fought against this just because Obama is black and in office.

      • So when did YOUR sorry forebears arrive in this land? Did they fill out all the requisite forms? Did they immediately sign up for citizenship classes? Or were they…*gasp* … “Illegal aliens?”

        • Nope!, They came thru Ellis Island LEGALLY, had to learn English, be disease free, have sponsors, take a civil exam, & not be a burden on Americans and have a job waiting. How did yours come? Sneak across the border for freebies?

      • Wait a minute here. ‘”thousands of innocent children assaulted, raped & murdered ‘every year’ at the hand [sic] of illegal alien criminals…?” Say WHAT? Where the F are you getting these bizarre statistics? I am truly beginning to worry that there may be more than one of you out there. Back that outrageous statement up with sources, and I mean CREDIBLE sources — which automatically eliminated Rush, Bill, et.al. on F***k Noose.

        • Like every other teabagger, he makes them up as needed. No need for facts when a lie screamed loudly gathers the same attention.

          • Seems like YOU are the one that believes everything the National Memo stuffs inside your ignorant, gullible head!

          • There are actually nutjob websites out there. I get (unsolicited) e-mails from a survivor joe with this kind of b.m. or b.s. There is nothing to prevent insane people from starting a website and attracting like to it.

          • A perusal of that first website you list gave me the following information. I have copied it (verbatim) on the computer:

            “… no one – in or out of government – tracks all U.S. accidents caused by illegal aliens…

            A critical overlook of that site shows me that it is a racist rabble-rousing propaganda scandal sheet; it also states facts “based on anecdotal evidence…” — another line lifted from the body of the text. My, my, what a surprise. I think I’ll take a sharp look at those others tomorrow, after I laugh myself to sleep.

      • oh pick your battles, paulyz. there will ALWAYS be issues. I think your problem is you have attention deficit disorder. You can’t focus on one issue, you through them all together in your venn diagram of absurdity to see how they compare. If we could solve all the problems of the world, we wouldn’t have to listen to blow-hards like you. Pick an issue, focus on its problems and resolutions and move on. Stop throwing them all into the political soup pot.

    • I find it hypocritical that the same ones who have fits over a microscopic dot, cares little about living, breathing children.

  4. The Liberal knee-jerk reactions to any headline that pushes your buttons is so predictable. Conservatives & people that vote Republican and Independent have “real” compassion, not using every issue for political advantage like Democrats,(Liberals.) Many Republicans want to help those poor girls, just not make it the “next feel-good campaign.” Just talking about how compassionate you say you are doesn’t help them. CNN & MSNBC constantly ignores the 6 years of record unemployment, rotten economy, all the scandals, lies & coverups, then tries to change the subject to “compassion”.

    Where is the compassion for thousands of innocent American children that are assaulted, raped & murdered “every” year at the hands of Illegal alien criminals that are left to roam at will in the U.S.?
    Where is the compassion for the un-payable debt you are leaving to our children? Please, give me a break………..

    • Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Paulyz, you are the most pusillanimous medusa faced buffoon ever to desecrate these discussions. Go back to your troll cave and get a job.

    • One “conservative” suggestion for “helping” is for the liberals who want to get the girls back to their parents to just offer to buy them as slaves for the $12 the captors want, then free them. One rant even said the “rich liberals” could afford to offer $1000 each! These same people who cry “appeasement” when we make negotiating offers to actual NATIONS, and say “no negotiation with terrorists” to stifle all chance of a peace deal in Palestine, want to give kidnappers what they want, and even MORE than they want! And what will the Boko Haram DO with the money? Buy more weapons and kidnap MORE children, possibly even the SAME GIRLS AGAIN!

      The only way the “unpayable debt to our children” will not be payable is if the economy in which they live is a third world “Biblical” economy in which the few who will (given right wing policies) HAVE more than enough money to pay it refuse, and put the burden on the 99 percent whom they have impoverished. Tax the EXTREMELY wealthy enough to cover both the debt AND help for the STRUGGLING, DESERVING majority, and the economy will be more than strong enough to cover the debt.

    • Where is the grammatical reason behind your putting quotation marks around “every,” “every” time you reprint that specious paragraph?
      I’m beginning to think you’re even stupider than I thought at first. Certainly obtuse, certainly myopic. Certainly grossly misled, certainly brainwashed; certainly profoundly irritating and certainly just plain WRONG. And certainly unable to cite serious sources for that ridiculous claim you keep making about ravening “illegal alien criminals that are left to roam at will in the U.S.” Please, give me a break too…….oops — gotta stop writing now, there’s a savage roaming Mariachi band lurking about in the back 40, just drooling for a bunch of “innocent American children” to assault and rape and murder.

    • Want some more to laugh at? A Republican, from a small town north of us, wrote a letter to the paper. He said Bush’s campaign money was coming from $5 and $10 donations from the people and Kerry’s campaign money was from special interests. Actually, are you seeing a shrink for your rapid thoughts? THEY ARE COMING TO GET YOU.

    • Mr. Pitts hit the nail straight on. He is to be commended in seeing through all this mess. Now, If the rest of us could just figure out what we can do about it……….

      • Hi Honor2, yes Mr. Pitts consistently hits the nail on the head…I really appreciate his wisdom and patriotism. As far as your question about what to do about it? My solution is to tell, and influence, every friend and family member I have…that we must vote anti-Republican on every single ballot that comes our way. The only solution to this inhuman mess that describes the Republican party…is to eliminate it from the American scene.

  5. Perhaps the children of these heartless excuses of humanity should be secreted away for a while to see whether any thought for something besides themselves and their money bubbles to the surface.

  6. Thank you Mr. Pitts for illuminating so clearly the difficulties caused by Republican radicalism.

    This is coming from a registered Republican. I feel that my party has been taken over by the conservative radicals, and no longer represents its historical ideals.

    • There are a few of us still out here. Actually, at least in my area, there are quite a few. But all the noise in our party comes from the radical reactionaries. (I don’t think it is really accurate to call them conservatives, even if they have mostly succeeded in appropriating the label.)

      • Thank you for the “correction,” wjca. I will agree that “conservatives” is probably not the correct term. I guess I was being polite. And thanks for the reassurances.

        • It is all too easy, with all the noise from the far right, to lose track of the fact that there are still a lot of us sane Republicans out here. Moderately conservative Republicans even. I have a couple running in my state legislative race — “fiscally conservative and socially moderate” as one of them puts it in her campaign material. (Indeed, I saw something today that there are even 3 gay candidates for Congress this time around who are Republicans. Whether they will win is another story. But at least they seem to feel that it is worth the effort to try.)

      • You are right. They should have been honest enough to start their own party. Instead, like Spanish Moss they latched onto the Republican Party and are destroying, not only the party, but Democracy.

  7. I have studied Nazism extensively. I have read many, many books written by survivors. There were those who risked their lives to save others and those who turned the victims into the nazis. Now, I am wondering, who among us would be which. There is a lack of compassion and it is disturbing.

  8. People should not be ridiculed for their expressions of support. It’s always good to believe that someone’s got your back even if, as the author points out, it amounts to emotional and spiritual support and has no ability to change the situation. On the other hand, using ONLY tax return data, red states give 2 to 3 times more in charitable contributions than blue states on the whole (Ref: http://blog.dc.esri.com/2009/01/07/dataset-of-the-day-who-is-more-generous-republicans-or-democrats/ ). And yes, this is largely because religiously affiliated people can write-off donations to their churches which is not necessarily spent primarily for charitable causes. Still, conservatives on the whole certainly are not the dis-compassionate, calculating monsters the author attempts to paint them. Likening the mainstream conservative base to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his associates hanging off the right edge of the universe is about as disingenuous as trying to label Californians as killers because Charles Manson did his worst in that state.

      • I agree there’s likely plenty of that going around. Nonetheless, people who give to churches sincerely believe their money is going to a good, charitable cause and that their contribution benefits their fellow man. And although a great deal of it goes to pay the church’s employees and bills, churches (including christian organizations such as the Salvation Army) are also among the greatest contributors to charities, disaster relief efforts, etc. Republicans (not the Koch Brother Republicans) on the whole are charitable, caring people just like Democrats. Measured in dollars and cents, they are indeed more charitable.

      • Absolutely! For example, the Mormon church’s tithing is used to build infrastructure, proselytize, pay the electric bill. But in the last 14 years the LDS Humanitarian Service has spent more than a Billlion (with a B) dollars in 178 countries on charitable projects, food distribution, vaccination programs, medical programs, etc. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LDS_Humanitarian_Services) I can promise you that, in spite of the fact that there is peer pressure to tithe, those tithing payers understand that they are financing charity as well as day-to-day expenses. Spin it however you like, 99% of them are Republicans (yes I made up the 99% statistic, but I’m not far off).

  9. Ya know, I write a post like this from time to time on Facebook:
    It is with a mixture of relief and exasperation that I greet articles like this, articles where the author comes to a conclusion or conclusions I did days, weeks, months or even years ago.
    The GOP are Fascists…the Libertarians, including those within the GOP, are Fascism-suborning. One of the 10 Tenets of the GOP is insanity. GOP Cons (Conservatives) are psychopaths, as they exhibit all or nearly all of the symptoms/signs of psychopathology. GOP Tea Partiers and Libertarians are sociopaths. While some people believe that there are no differences between psychopaths and sociopaths, the simple fact is that there are four substantive differences. One of those has to do with intelligence. Psychopaths tend to be intelligent; sociopaths lack it. Therefore:
    GOP Cons are Fascist psychopaths….
    GOP Tea Partiers are Fascist sociopaths….
    Libertarians, whether in the GOP or not, are Fascism-suborning sociopaths..
    Recently, some in the so-called “Liberal media” have begun to admit something else I’ve known about the Republican Party: how they keep up their support from the masses via a Fascist “gaslighting” propaganda campaign. If you look up the term “gaslighting”, you’ll see the same things I have in the GOP’s propaganda and talking points…..think about it.
    You’re welcome.

    • And we believed naively that what happened in Germany could never happen here. It just takes a whirling pool of psychopaths to suck in the latent psyco-&-sociopaths all around, into an ever-increasing vortex of evil-minded, fear-based and hate-fueled cadre. It IS happening here.

      • Remember, CG, the old saying, “those who do not know of history are doomed to repeat it”…Add to that those of us who do know of history are largely ignored by the ignorant, who end up repeating history….

  10. A sublimely written review by Mr. Pitts of what increasingly is becoming the out of control public discourse from the far right that is almost intolerable to listen to anymore. I do not understand the perverse hate, anger and incessant verbal attacks, always boiling everything down to which side politically one is on. Just so childish, cruel and serves no purpose at all except for the right to feed it’s hateful and angry “base”…….just amazingly destructive of a civil society. Instead of feeding the far right constituency more and more reasons to be angry, vengeful and hate driven, why doesn’t potential leader actually stand up to them and show them a more positive way out of the angry Hell they wallow in. I think one of the news blurbs that happened last week kind of addressed this article from Mr. Pitts of what this country has devolved into and put a rotten cherry on top of this garbage sundae! The 82 year old sheriff in New Hampshire that was heard to loudly proclaim the President of the United States was the “n-word” and not only admitted to it, but would NOT apologize, gave a perverse and offensive excuse from his odious mind, and seemed proud of his abhorrent behavior and also to add insult to injury refused to resign even after many calls to do so with loud voices saying he was an embarrassment to the city and state…….Just a really sad, sad commentary on the many sins that plagues our country.

  11. What did you expect. anything these people do is denigrated by the right. Hate filled just because he is black, has a black wife and a black Attorney general who keeps them in their place, does not step of sidewalks and don’t shuffle along saying yaaa-suh and I am just waiting for him to tell them to kiss his black ass. Now, Mrs. .Obama cannot want these girls home. How can you hate this much and call yourself freedom loving Americans” As a 65 year old black woman, I have watched this type since i was 14 in 1963 during the civil rights movement, murders, marches and bills signed by Johnson in 1964. I see how hate causes more trouble than anything else and the village idiots think it is cute.

  12. More than a decade ago, while I was having an affair with a married Libertarian candidate with a surprisingly high profile, I was told that compassion was weakness. We’re seeing the mainstreaming of that inhumane philosophy.

  13. We have to become involved an vote individuals who will put country first before their personal gain. For if we only think of our own self-interest, we as a country will be unable to help anyone!
    Please, get involved and vote! Make your voice heard!

  14. Why? cant we solve these social problems. Where? has our Democracy gone. Who? are the foes of our Democracy. How come? this great divide is taking place in our country. I am (84Yrs. Young) and I never heard of (Commissiers) running our counties government. Where? have I been. Plutocracy instead of Democracy calling the shots in our counties. What? the hell is going on in America. Our Public schools are being privatized by, WHO? Our use to be government housing for the needy, seniors citizens activity centers being run by management company, the Peoples assets are being privatized Why? People it is time to do some critical thinking and find out Who? are these anti-government people and put them to rest from public-office, We the People do not need this kind of Do-Nothing government just because the People re-elected OBama President of these United States. The VOTE is still Supreme So get rid of these un-America patriots Who? do not want to comply. Good-night sweetheart, this is America, By, Of, and For All the People not some. Thnk You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  15. Although I never felt comfortable with the political stance of George Will, I admired his intelligence.

    Now I realize that intelligence without compassion is worthless. Not something to admire. Rather, it is something to pity.

  16. The author ignores the issues in Nigeria. 1/2 the country is Muslim. The other 1/2 is Christian. Who knows what Goodluck Jonathon has to deal with. Are we going to be happier if Nigeria ends up like Syria or Iraq? Endless civil wars? Maybe he’s trying hard not to inspire one. It’s easy for armchair warriors with amazing 20-20 hindsight to pontificate on what other people in other situations ‘should do’.

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