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December 7, 2016

Many immigrants fought for our country

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  • Question posted at 6:54 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    Respectfully Mr. Janek, the implication that somehow republicans don't welcome immigrants is not just wrong, but I suspect deliberately deceitful on your part. The difference between the immigrants republicans welcome versus those that democrats welcome is two fold. The republicans welcome "legal" immigrants and recognize their contributions to our country and the democrats welcome "illegal" immigrants and recognize their potential votes. You are in good company though, as most of those on the left have a real problem with the truth.

  • Matt Coulson posted at 12:32 pm on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

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  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:26 pm on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

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    I can't speak for Mr Janek, so I'll say this: the Republican Party seems to have either deliberately or inadvertently cultivated an unfriendly image.

    Whether their official policy says so or not, it appears that people of Mexican, Asian, and African heritage are unwelcome. It appears that Women are unwelcome. It appears that Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus are unwelcome. In fact, it appears that non-Christians of all types are unwelcome. It appears that anyone not agreeing with ALL conservative tenets are unwelcome.

    What this means is that Republican candidates are in danger of being marginalized in any elections beyond a few enclaves like Texas. And I, for one, a long-time Republican voter, will be happy to see that happen. The Republican Part is very, very disappointing.

  • sverige1 posted at 7:08 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Response to Jake Buckner posted at 11:26 pm on Sun, Feb 9, 2014:

    My sentiments exactly. The republicans need to change their tune and get with the 21st century. What is so sad is that some of the younger "up and coming" republicans still are not of the best character. Some more desirable players need to soon come to light if the party wants to become viable again.

    So many of the current visible republicans are of the comical and "fancy pants" ilk of Cruz and Rubio. Then we still have the vestiges of the likes of the older comic reliefs of McConnell. Aside from Christie's current political problems (which I am of the belief it will blow over soon), perhaps other folks like Jindel from Louisiana will emerge. Come to think of it, ex-candidate Cain actually had s no-nonsense demeanor. Many may not have not agreed with a lot of things he believed, but he appeared somewhat genuine.

  • Question posted at 8:47 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    Really? You can say all that with a straight face? You and your ilk (the main stream media included) have drummmed up these so called "wars" and have been successful so far, but a wave is coming of people who have seen right through you and yours. Hold on to your seat my leftist friend.

  • sverige1 posted at 1:00 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Response to Question posted at 8:47 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014:

    Oh well, regardless of your people's clinging to the vestiges of "Americans for Americans only" and "god and country", Hillary is contemplating and drafting her future executive cabinet members.

    - - - Hillary 2016 - Join the Party, and PARTY!! - - -

  • Jake Buckner posted at 2:06 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Damn right I can say it with a straight face! You crack me up because you have no idea what "my ilk" is. You don't know me, and what I stand for, just like the GOP doesn't know or understand the millions -- probably tens of millions -- it's alienating!

    Here's an anecdote for you, even though you don't care about "my ilk." I have been a staunch conservative most of my life, worked in the defense industry for 36 years. There's no way I would vote for any of the current Republican hopefuls in any of the upcoming elections, or the presidential election in 2016. Don't care about aging white guys? My daughter, 21, will be voting in her first presidential election, and even with a strong Republican heritage (Republican Women's Club president as grandmother; mother has NEVER voted Democrat), she will not even consider a Republican for any office. Don't care about the youth? My mom, 87, who hasn't voted Democrat since KENNEDY, has told me that if she's still alive in 2016 her vote will go to Hillary because of the stupidity of the Republican Party. I doubt you care about seniors either.

    Get it through your head: reality doesn't even matter when appearances are so appallingly bad. The party APPEARS unfriendly, uninviting, and non-inclusive. Your chances suck, everywhere but a few places like Texas. Take that to the bank.

  • kevjlang posted at 2:56 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    C'mon Jake. Don't hold it in. Tell us how you really feel! :-)

  • Bigjim posted at 2:59 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    “This Republican Party base is white, aging and dying off,” David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies told the Post. According to the Pew Research Center, 87 percent of Republicans are white, a far higher proportion than the 63.7 percent of non-Hispanic whites that made up the U.S. population during the 2010 census.
    In contrast, just 55 percent of Democrats were white during the same time frame. Given this, Bositis was far from the only one to question why the GOP of the 21st century does not reflect the ethnically diverse United States.”
    Republicans need to take a good look at what is pulling them down as a party . We need two viable parties.
    Some may be blinded into thinking nothing is wrong , because Republicans are in charge of most of Texas, not like a lot of the rest of U.S.A.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Bigjim says, "We need two viable parties." Exactly!

    I would rather every general election featured two candidates equally capable of moving us forward with skill, enthusiasm, and dignity -- because I don't care which party a candidate belongs to; I simply vote for the one who best represents my values and wishes, and I'd rather have two good choices.

    IMO the Republican Party is barely viable nationally, and I hope they get their act together soon. Locally, I don't even look at a candidate's party.

  • Question posted at 7:39 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    You mean dumb down like dems? The new people coming up are not democrat lights. They truely represent what people in this country want. A nation of laws with opportunity for all and a hand to those who really need one. Not the same old "I'll give you stuff for your vote" crap coming from dems and some old republicans. The left has shot their wad and have proved that a bunch of professors can run a country in a classroom, but fall far short of the mark in real life.

  • Question posted at 7:44 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    Typical liberal tactic. " I always voted republican. My whole family voted republican", but now all of a sudden they are going to vote democrat. Even an idiot can see the direction this administration is taking us, so your little fairy tale doesn't hold much water.

  • Bigjim posted at 8:14 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Question said
    "Typical liberal tactic. " I always voted republican. My whole family voted republican", but now all of a sudden they are going to vote democrat. Even an idiot can see the direction this administration is taking us, so your little fairy tale doesn't hold much water".
    So You know what Jake Buckner doing and how he thinks.
    You have the idea that no one can think for themselves, so he must be lying. I do not know him but he seems like a very fair person that can think for himself without a party telling him how to vote. Seems like the Republicans lost a whole family.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 8:59 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    I'm beginning to think Question is just a troll, with no dog in the hunt. He/she has none of sverige's droll liberal wit, none of IHOG's hard-nosed conservative wisdom. Just bluster.

    Sorry, Question, you're gettin' too silly to take seriously.


  • kevjlang posted at 10:31 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Believe me, the New Conservatives and the Tea Partiers are promising stuff to people and companies. The test will come shortly when the people voting for them start looking to see what promises have been delivered. So far, the budget isn't balanced, Obamacare hasn't been scrapped, spending hasn't been significantly curtailed, and taxes have not been significantly cut nor restructured. I believe that, at least for the next cycle or two, their feet will not be held to the fire nationally, because, truth be told, the established GOP and Democratic caucuses haven't delivered much of substance over the last decade or so, either. So, for now, we're looking at a bunch of legislators that are failing miserably at the jobs we're hiring them to do, and we, as voters, are showing a willingness to let others try to shake the system up. We have no idea yet whether they can successfully lead, and we have no idea if we'll like what we get should they demonstrate some success.

  • Question posted at 10:56 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    good luck with that one. Even dems don't like her.

  • Question posted at 11:07 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

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    No, actually the tea party has delivered. They have been successful in stopping liberals from from advancing their agenda on illegal immigration, on the second ammendment, on minimum wage, and on taxes.

  • Question posted at 11:21 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    sorry to disappoint, but any dog would be better than the one we have running things now. I may be silly in your estimation, but I'm not blind. I get real suspicious of "lifelong" republicans who are all of a sudden going to vote democrat. Why would anyone in their right mind do that? Because things are going so well? Because our unemplyment rate is ficticiously down? Because the labor participation rate is at a 30 year high? Why would a lifelong republican and his whole family do such a thing? Lifelong republican my behind................He's a liberal .............................

  • Question posted at 11:35 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    My daughter just turned forty was a democrat,but will not be fooled again. She's tired of seeing her hard earned money go to socialists who want to "redistribute" the wealth of this nation. You see she learned something that you never got. Anyone who ever worked for a living will eventually grow tired of the socialist programs that support those who won't support themselves. There are jobs in every paper in the country. Why won't people take them? Because the administration you voted for pays them more not to work. Appearances are propped up by the left leaning media, but the youth of the country are depending less and less on those so called appearances. Putting lipstick on a pig only lasts so long.

  • Bigjim posted at 4:23 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Question, said

    ".I get real suspicious of "lifelong" republicans who are all of a sudden going to vote democrat”
    Would you get suspicious of someone who went from Democrat to Republican? After years of disappointment some families do change.. Its called revaluating what one is looking for in a party. If a party does not deliver what one needes then they will go to another. In the Republican or Democrat party not all will be life long with that party.

  • sverige1 posted at 7:05 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Jake, your family very much mirrors my family. Even some of the relatives I have in the more rural parts have aged, and their children have helped teach the older folks how our country is changing. And to let go of the rigid ways.

    The Republican party definitely is in a watershed moment. What would be difficult is to see where they are going to lead themselves in the future. My suggestion would be to exploit the fiscal responsibility/"budget cutting" part of things. That is, to be the party of reason when it comes to the allocation of funds.

    Lord knows the Republicans fail on the moral front. It's way too funny to hear them talk about "family values", yet so many of these old guys get caught tapping restroom stalls or going off with a hustler in secret after giving their big-arena sermons.

  • sverige1 posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    sverige1 Posts: 4054

    Trolls?!?! BTW - what happened to gecroix? How quick he was to pen the "don't listen to him, he's a troll" phrase. What happened to gecroix??

    So, Question - the first rule of being a good troll is to BE FUNNY (you're kinda falling short on that one)...and write something that folks will want to come back and read. I've found that some of the best trolls are college kids, submitting their live's parodies on the blogs in between classes. But, despite their hurried lifestyles, they still have to work at it.

    Rule of thumb: think before you write. Also, conservatives don't make good trolls. Just ask IHOG! LMAO!! [beam]

  • sverige1 posted at 7:30 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Er, Question:
    I used to be a Republican. I was conditioned in my white-bread conservative upbringing that the Reagan-Bush years were to continue into the 90s. So, I got my 1st voting, as a young and uninformed voter.

    I soon came to being that the very people I thought were my contemporaries and "my kind" were the type of people who did not like folks who thought out of the box or thought differently. And, God forbid if someone grew up to be a non-business person, or [gasp] one of those gays or lesbians. Or, if they married a Jew.

    That's why so many people got tired of the Republicans. They came to represent divisiveness in the guise of "morality". They took the extremism of my great-grandparents' belief that anyone who was divorced was damned to hell. The republicans took it further to substitute the "divorced" word and insert in its place any other adjective (non-christian, non-white, gay, liberal) to shut out outsiders. I soon came to find that at my family reunions, any of these subsituters were deemed inferior.

    That's why people got weary of the Republicans.

  • Question posted at 7:52 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    hooked you didn't I. But don't take great pleasure in hooking libs as they tend to want blab on about their selfrightiousness..............................

  • Question posted at 8:02 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Wow, for someone who has converted to the party of the Klan, the party that voted against the civil rights movement, the party that was infiltrated with communists. you sure have not done much homework on your new found friends. The Koolade must have done the trick. The only thing your new friends are interested in is maintaining power. Once they run out of things to give people to vote for them they start start encouraging you to quit your job and join the ranks of the nanny state. "Hey friend why work, we'll pay you more not to work". They make you their slave for life.

  • Question posted at 8:26 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    PS I like the fact that you think serious topics are best dealt with humorously. I no longer see any humor in the great suffering that this liberal administration has caused the middle class in this country. There's a time for humor and then there's a time to get serious..........................you must be doing well, because you think it's still funny. Just wait, you'll get there my friend.

  • sverige1 posted at 9:34 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Well, Question:
    I've taken things seriously enough through the years to know when NOT to take some things seriously. The topic at hand "Many Immigrants Fought for Our Country" is one of them. Humor is a great thing. In fact, the topic of Immigration reminds me of a "South Park" episode from a few years ago. It illustrated the hypocrisy that many of our extreme/paranoid USA defenders have. In short, the episode said that without immigrants, our country would be left with a lot of holes in regard to employment in areas that you and I would never want to work in. Character of Butters illustrates it best. Here's the link: "The Last of the Meehecans" -


  • kevjlang posted at 10:39 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Sorry, I have a hard time seeing the task of roadblock as a lifelong venture. Sure, it's good to stop bad legislation. But, on the other hand, it's also good to advance good legislation. So far, neither party has made any strides in that direction in years. However, where does one find the inspiration that the Tea Party is going to be the one that leads that?

    Frankly, at best, the Tea Party has kept us going sideways. Maybe sideways is better than backwards, but who knows. It's certainly not as good as going forward, and I'm not sure that by going sideways we've even laid a foundation for going forward.

    Nationally, so far, I'd have to suggest that the Tea Party is more bluster than substance. However, they're in great company in DC, where substance is in horrendously short supply. Promise of substance? Perhaps. However, from a campaign perspective, that's what the GOP and D parties offer, too.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:17 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Hey Question -- I'm actually an independent voter, not a lifelong Republican. I'm a long-time conservative who tended to vote Republican because I often felt they offered the best candidate. I would gladly vote for a new Republican if I thought he (or OMG, she) were the best person for the job. I would never vote for a candidate simply because they belonged to a particular party.

    BTW, Lars deals with ALL forum topics humorously, serious or non. I bet in real life he takes certain things seriously, like when he votes for Hillary in 2016, he'll really mean it...

  • sverige1 posted at 12:03 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Response to Question posted at 7:39 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014:

    "The left has shot their wad". LOL..now, THAT'S funny!

  • Question posted at 5:45 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Question Posts: 101

    There is no problem with immigration. The problem is with illegal immigration. I grew up on the border so I've witnessed years of this where the rest of the country is just coming to find out how it affects us and our economy. Our schools, our hospitals, our jobs and our social services are greatly affected. The myth that somehow illegals take only jobs that no American wil do is just that. Jobs as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, construction workers are just some of the jobs. Jobs that used to go to college students, high school kids and first time job seekers are also being taken. Jobs in hospitals are being taken. Most of these workers are paid in cash under the table, so no taxes are taken and no social services are paid into. Where does the money go? Back to their home country for the most part. Giving them legal status only encourages more illegal immigration as witnessed by the fact that Reagan granted amnesty to three million with the promise we would secure the borders. You can see what that got us. This is all about votes for the socialists, nothing humane about it.