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Andrew, I have to refute your claims that there is no "greatest" country. While I believe that all nations would benefit from the principles and morals that are inherently a part of our great country. While our political system is far from perfect and I disdain the role that big corporations are allowed to play and subsequently abuse our government, I dare say we do it about as best we can.
If you disagree, I'd encourage you to take a trip to Syria sometime soon. When you dig deep in to the violent atrocities that take place in the world to people who dare to challenge the political system, much like you are doing right here on this very comment board, you would be physically harmed.
I'm glad to say we have not reached that point in this country and I pray that we never do. (And to tie back to the original topic, I will say, while I disagree with just about everything the man says, Ron Paul would probably protect us from that sort of persecution better than any of the candidates.)
Utopia is a beautiful place...that doesn't dwell anywhere near the house that reality built.
Yes, this all seems like a productive and constructive discussion of our political system.
I wonder what you folks would do without DR's column to rail against once a week.
Please, it takes a lot more than comments on the local newspapers website to upset me. If you want to waste your time repeating the same useless rhetoric until November be my guest. My point was that the ability of commenters to make, what is essentially a police blotter, something political is silly. It's not an editorial. Has nothing to do with politics. Why bring it here? Oh, right because someone has to have the "last word."
You're not changing anyone's opinions and certainly not mine. But if this is where you get your kicks, keep it going, I can't stop you. I can be annoyed by it and pithy garbage that is spewed back and forth by both side. You can have the "last word" on these comments that the same 14 people comment on, but the "side" with the last word will be determined after the polls close on November 6th.
PS. I've read your comments. I don't believe you do keep much to yourself.
Way to go commenters. You took a perfectly legitimate article warning residents of Pinehurst to be aware of scammers and some how made that in to another political mud wrestling match. I think it's fair to say we're going to see enough of that for the next 11 months.
Save it for Dusty and Geoff's columns. Get a hobby. I hear golf is big in the area.
We have term limits for Congressional Representatives. They are called elections. Don't like it? Better vote and encourage others to do the same.
As product of the MCS I'm excited to see someone hired who will have kids that will be integrated in to the system that he is serving. It's also promising someone who has experience with high schools. While the growth of our elementary and middle schools is encouraging, at some point those kids grow up and need a high school environment that will meet their needs. I feel confident that Dr. Spence will be able to provide that. Welcome to the land of the pines Dr. Spence, best of luck. We can be a tough crowd, but I like to think we're worth it!
The fact of the matter is that the 2012 election is the GOP's to lose. As someone who supported Obama in 2008, I have been disappointed in his actions more frequently that I care to admit.
The vitriol that goes back and forth on these comments is so tiresome, but what seems to be forgotten in between the name calling and blame placing (that occurs on both sides) is that it is never the Republicans or the Democrats that decide an election. As nation we have never been more divided in terms of partisan support. Democrats will vote for Obama and Republicans will vote for who ever the GOP nominates (unless it's Romney, then there is the fear that evangelicals will stay home...seriously, if you want a chance, go with Newt or Huntsman), but on that fateful Tuesday next November it will be 2% of the population that decides the election.
It's the 2% of independents that will always decide the election in this country. To which Dusty's analysis of the 2011 elections would be correct. "Over reaching" will do nothing but weaken the GOP's position going in to '12. Because if there is anything that independents hate more it's an extreme one way or the other. They live in the middle of the road and if you don't meet them there, they won't be coming to you.
Want a local example? First Republican controlled General Assembly in NC, in how many years? Do you know how hard they are going to have to fight to maintain that majority? Do you know why? Because instead of tackling jobs and finding solutions to reduce our state deficit, the GOP picked up the giant banner of social issues, including gay marriage. That's not what people care about right now. Any where. We care about jobs. We care about the economy. "It's the economy, stupid.
To many, (probably about 49% of the population) Obama hasn't handled the economy the way they wanted. But when the alternative is someone who seems to care more about "personhood" rather than getting an actual PERSON a job, then yeah, you're going to have four-more years of Obama.
Just park in the lot behind the Sunrise Theater and be done with it.
Case in point: http://www.suntimes.com/news/roeper/6069282-452/president-obama-impersonator-pleases-then-upsets-gop.html
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