In a guest column published June 11, Anna Wygrys of Santa Fe defended the prisoner exchanged that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Anna Wygrys asked, “What has been gained by trying to make President Obama fail?”

The answer: Absolutely nothing.

The most casual observer will note he has done a splendidly transparent job of that all by himself. Period.

Larry Porter

Galveston

(31) comments

GW Cornelius

It is amazing how great a job he has done considering the mess he inherited from Bush.

Chris Gimenez

It's amazing how utterly bought-and-sold his supporters are.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

It's amazing how the Republicans/Tea Partiers don't give a flip about the struggling middle class, yet this enmeshment of two "parties" somehow has hapless, uninformed, fearful, and unsuspecting folks as so-called members of whom the "establishment" simply does not care for. (Hispanics, Log Cabin gays, women, other minorities).

Carlos Ponce

Again, sverige, you prove that you don't know what you are talking about.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to carlosrponce posted at 3:30 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2014:

Ponce! Would you care to elaborate? All you need to do is log on to some sites that quite plainly delineate that Republican/Tea party followers are typically Anglo and anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-gay/lesbian. No matter how the teapartiers try to dress it, it is what it is.

These current contenders and recent garnerers of votes (Ted "Rafael" Cruz and Dan Patrick), namely - are NOT friends of Hispanics, African-Americans, gays/lesbians, women, et cetera. Most folks who are honest with the circumstances readily realize it as such.

Carlos Ponce

There you go again, sverige. I think your own prejudices are clouding what your thinking. Do you consider me Anglo? Or people with last names of of Ramirez, Sanchez, Esteban? Do you see Dr. Benjamin Carson as an Anglo? How about Colonel West? What about Bobby Jindall? And we are NOT anti-immigrant, just anti-illegal immigration, The women in the TEA party movement would laugh at your inane statement that they are anti-woman. Do you consider the Catholic Church anti-woman because it opposes artificial contraception and abortion? There are also Homosexual members in the TEA party who feel they are Taxed Enough Already. Ted Cruz, a Hispanic no MATTER what you say, not a friend of Hispanics? That is sheer NONSENSE. Again you don't know what you are talking about. But keep it up, sverige. Spewing such inane diatribes helps people realize that the Left will say anything to get a vote. You are turning them off.

Chris Gimenez

Hey Servitude the Ridiculous, if you go into a LGBT bar you'll find mostly LGBT people enjoying the moment. If you go into a hospital you'll find mostly sick people. If you go into a restaurant you'll find mostly people who are eating. Your analogies only serve to reinforce the ignorance that comes from the Left.

What you find at Tea Party rallies and events are people who believe the government is wasting too much of our tax dollars, are probing too much into our personal business and lives, and are destroying the belief in many of our youth that working hard, playing by the rules, doing what's right, and enjoying the success and fulfillment that comes from those ideals is no longer what this country is about.

Your people and those who don't believe in the Tea Party values believe government is here to take from those who've worked hard and give it to those who don't want to work in order to level the playing field.

Why does your president believe the "Dreamers" aka; illegal aliens, are the future of this country when most of them can't speak English, don't care to learn, haven't learned a single thing about this country other than how to obtain free stuff, and why aren't they then the future of the country they're leaving?

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to carlosrponce posted at 6:20 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.:

It's generally true in regard to the lack of representation in the Republican party. Whether we give nicknames to high profile politicos, that's sort of inocuous and immaterial. But, to accuse a sitting President of being a dictator is much more high on the bitter, treasonist, and negativity scales than calling someone like Cruz all of his namesakes. We all know that Mr. Obama's 1st legal name is Barack, not Hussein.

Nevertheless, did y'all see the article about what was asked to Cantor regarding his defeat? He was asked if his being the only Jewish republican congressperson had an effect on his latest non-win. He refused to answer, but let's face it - that WAS part of the equation. Republicans are also very underrepresented in the Jewish population.

Then again, a large number of Jewish individuals are indeed of high intellectual capacity. Ipso facto, they typically vote the more enlightened party - Democratic. Also, our Jewish bretheren knows the adversities of discrimination, violence, and rejection due to their unique circumstances.

Carlos Ponce

I suggest you look up the definition of the word "dictator". "I have a pen and a phone...."
And Mr. Cantor's faith has NOTHING to do with his defeat.

Chris Gimenez

Servitude The Ridiculous, there's no such thing as a "1st legal name". A person of U.S. citizenship has a legal name-not a first one or a second one or a third one.

"Then again, a large number of Jewish individuals are indeed of high intellectual capacity. Ipso facto, they typically vote the more enlightened party - Democratic"

You're certified dude.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Well, bevoresident -
Haven't you known in your many decades of life the portrayal of the typical Jewish Amerian? Yes, they are intellectually superior. They are a small majority of our doctors, lawyers, PHd professors, etc.

You're simply "anti-intellectual". Makes sense, b/c that's the MO of most republicans. And it easts your heart out that folks like me "call" you on it.

Chris Gimenez

Servitude The Ridiculous, you represent exactly why this country has become an entitlement society with almost half of our country on government benefits, rampant unemployment, a stagnant economy, failed foreign and economic policies, and a divisiveness among the people and races unlike anything we've seen in the decades.

"Haven't you known in your many decades of life the portrayal of the typical Jewish Amerian? Yes, they are intellectually superior."

You are truly a sick person. The "portrayal of the typical Jewish-American"? Wow, how much more racist can someone be? What you don't understand is that the Jews-like so many other LEGAL immigrants to this country-brought a work ethic and a desire to contribute as an American to the U.S. and that's what they're known for. Thank God this forum indicates that Left-wing loonies like yourself are the minority in this part of the country.

Carlos Ponce

The Jews I know who did vote for BO have expressed regret for that vote. Add to that John Kerry's comparison of Israel to an "apartheid state", if the election were held today, many more Jews would vote for the Republican candidate. In fact I have heard "buyer's regret" from people of all walks of life, male female, all races, all creeds. There still are some, like sverige, who still sing " Stand by your man".

Sometimes it's hard to be a Democrat
Giving all your love to just one man
You have bad times, and he'll have good times
Doing things that you don't understand

But if you love him, you'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand
And if you love him, oh be proud of him
'Cause after all, he's just a Democrat.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to bvresident posted at 9:39 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

To say that the typical Jewish American is a hard-working, intelligent, intellectual is in no way a "racist" statement. It is, instead, a recognition of a group of people's resourcefulness and hard work ethic.

No, Ponce - most Jews today in this country still would vote for a Democrat. The majority of Jews realize that oppressive and dangerous message the Tea Partiers give regarding immigrants of today. As for bevoresident, since you don't know my background, let me tell you this: I know quite a few Jews who are established in the Houston area. Many of them were rejected decades ago from River Oaks. They adhere to my stance and mentality quite well. They would quite frankly be scared of the non-encompassing words you use. They know the oppression, and even your oft-ed references to Obama as "Hussein" is a strong signal of your personality origin(s). To judge one through their culture and name. And, what you fail to realize is that our President is a Christian, not a Muslim.

The Jews typically vote Democrat and think of Repubs/Tea Partiers especially as racists. Illustrated case in point: "Jewish Vote Goes 69% for Obama" -

Response to bvresident posted at 9:39 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

To say that the typical Jewish American is a hard-working, intelligent, intellectual is in no way a "racist" statement. It is, instead, a recognition of a group of people's resourcefulness and hard work ethic.

No, Ponce - most Jews today in this country still would vote for a Democrat. The majority of Jews realize that oppressive and dangerous message the Tea Partiers give regarding immigrants of today. As for bevoresident, since you don't know my background, let me tell you this: I know quite a few Jews who are established in the Houston area. Many of them were rejected decades ago from River Oaks. They adhere to my stance and mentality quite well. They would quite frankly be scared of the non-encompassing words you use. They know the oppression, and even your oft-edreferences to Obama as "Hussein" is a strong signal of your personality origin(s). To judge one through their culture and name. And, what you fail to realize is that our President is a Christian, not a Muslim.

The Jews typically vote Democrat and think of Repubs/Tea Partiers especially as racists. Illustrated case in point: "Jewish Vote Goes 69% For Obama":

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/jewish-voter-exit-polls_n_2084008.html

Carlos Ponce

sverige, you cannot speak for the Jewish people I know and they have already expressed their feelings. To paint all within a particular ethnic group with the same political paintbrush is racist. Maybe the Jews you know have not changed their mind on Obama. Those I know have. What about the 31% who did not vote for Obama in the first place? Are they not Jewish too?
http://jewagainstobama.wordpress.com/
Top American Jewish Leaders Slam Kerry, Obama Admin. Over Iran, Peace Talks Comments
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/11/10/top-american-jewish-leaders-slam-kerry-obama-admin-over-iran-peace-talks-comments/
Obama Administration to Israel: Call Off the Jews, Please
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/01/23/obama-administration-to-israel-call-off-the-jews-please/

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to carlosrponce posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

Considering the minority of 31% of Jews who didn't vote for Obama and saying "You can't speak for Jews" is splitting hairs. The statistics are overwhelming. Non-whites and women do not want to be a part of a party (Repub/Tea Party) if their importance is downplayed. That's not "speaking for", that's speaking about.

Case in point: the proposals for a lawful minimum wage. Why are the Tea Partiers so much against it? Because it would give minorities and women an edge. Why are most intellectuals who are Jewish vote Democrat? Because they are intelligent people who are informed, realize and lived oppression, and have the wherewithitall-ness to act upon it at the voting booths. So, if that's "speaking for" them, then fine. I definitely have more to identify with a Democrat Jew than a fundamentalist Tea Partier "Christian".

Carlos Ponce

Minimum wage. You are always looking to Northern Europe as an example for enlightenment.
Sweden -No minimum wage
Norway-No minimum wage
Finland -No minimum wage
Iceland-No Minimum Wage
Denmark-No Minimum wage
Switzerland-No minimum wage
Russia-$1.04 in American Dollars per hour
Estonia- $2.73 in American dollars per hour
Latvia -$2.48 American Dollars per hour
Belarus -$1.48American Dollars per hour
Should we go to Mid and Southern Europe for our Enlightenment?

Jim Forsythe

." About 90 per cent of the workers in Sweden are protected by collective agreements.About 70 per cent of all workers in Sweden are affiliated to a trade union. This high level of unionisation coupled with the absence of legal provisions restricting the organisations' activities means that there is a considerable degree of autonomy for the social partners to conclude collective agreements".
90% of the workers in Sweden are covered by collective agreement, they have no need for min wage.

George Croix

Talking about minimum wage is an excellent distraction from the dearth of good paying jobs under the 'fundamental changer in chief' and the cut backs to 29.5 hours from 40 of the ACA and the ideological pass on badly needed and ready to wear good jobs like Keystone.
It is hardly 'helping the middle class' to stick them in a low paying job as their primary source of income, then argue for making them a little less poor.
Maybe a bit less time on the links and a bit more towards positive economic moves rather than Adminsitration demagoguery would be a better answer than the ability to buy two Big Macs rather than just one and call that a 'career'.....?
Maybe...

Carlos Ponce

NEWSALERT:
Poll watch: Hispanics help drive President Obama's approval rating to a fresh low
http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-watch-hispanics-help-drive-president-obamas-approval-rating-to-a-fresh-low/article/2549875

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to carlosrponce posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

You'll have to define "racist", if you're able to . Truth is, that word is used too often and very loosely nowadays. I would think calling someone a name or treating him/her differently than other racial groups can be considered "racist".

Simply dileneating a voting bloc of a certain group to certain political party(ies) is simply an observation. What I say stands: The majority of Jews in this country are highly educated professionals. They overwhelmingly vote Democratic....and that goes for every region in the country they are in. Here in TX, South Florida, New York, California, suburban Denver.

Chris Gimenez

"Truth is, that word is used too often and very loosely nowadays". Yes, and it's most often abused by the Left in their zeal to demonize anyone who doesn't march to their agenda.

Servitude The Ridiculous is just a local manifestation of the hyper-vitriolic, fear-mongering, paranoid mindset of the Left.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

On the contrary, bvresident:

I have met up with quite a few Republicans who are nice people. Misguided, yes. But, one typical example would be a middle-aged to elderly type woman who clings to the "old days". Her whole world is in a box where it's an aberration to be "different". That is, "boys can't play with dolls". Girls can't be engineers".

This type of individual isn't one to demonize, but to simply try to understand the circumstances. Now, from what I read on these threads, I see very little (if any) "understanding" of an individual who might be down and out and needing governmental assistance. To the fearmongers we read so often, in their minds they are part of the "entitlement" population.

Now, you and I don't really know that, do we? As I've mentioned before, I don't think you or I should envy anyone who uses a Lone Star card for himself/herself or family. Ultimately, they very likely don't have the finer things that you and I have in life. THAT'S the difference between a liberal and a conservative. A liberal has a heart. A conservative tends to be quite "judgy".

Chris Gimenez

You give made-up examples and your opinions of others that don't mean a thing except in your own warped mind.

Carlos Ponce

sverige, from your posts, you are VERY JUDGY.
In his book, "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism", Arthur C. Brooks, an Independent, a professor at Syracuse University, discovered:
-Conservatives give more to charity than Liberals even though Liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of Conservative families.
-Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
So you claim that Liberals have more "heart". Maybe you do, but as a whole, Conservatives outshine their Liberal friends. I know I contribute my time, talent and treasure to local schools, church, and Historic Associations. How about you?

Carlos Ponce

sverige, Racism has different aspects to it. I have already defined some of them for you. Your notion that the Democratic Party is a better choice for some ethnic groups and races falls under one of those definitions. Let each person decide what is best for them. No group is monolithic. Don't chastise if they choose a different route. You have a tendency to do that.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

sverige1, I'm not sure where stereotyping ends and racism begins, but, overall, I think both are dangerous paths to tread.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to kevjlang posted at 5:24 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

And you illustrated my point exactly. If one were to say, "Oh, he's Jew and don't we all know that Jews are Democrats?" would be a stereotypic statement.

What I pointed out that MOST Jews are Democrat. Most are highly educated - far more in proportion than other groups in this nation.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

sverige1, it's still hazardous to follow personal or subscribed statistics into the realm of tendency, stereotype, or racial profiles. It's a good idea to have representatives of the different groups on hand to phrase the conclusions appropriately. Your assertions may be valid, but that doesn't mean that they can't be interpreted in ways you don't intend.

Now, I don't think many Jews would take offense to be called highly educated. However, if we suppose that 80% of Jews are highly educated, and there's some other group that has 74% having higher education, they might take offense to the "far more in proportion" statement.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to bvresident posted at 8:33 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014:

Isn't the opinions we all express on these forums, by and large, not based on hard scientific evidence? That's what opinon forums are for, to express the readers' editorial-type views.

The bottom line is that all of you soothsayers who regard Mr. Obama's presidency as a "failure" have no factual basis to come to that conclusion. The first evidence of a failed presidency would be a collapse in either: economy, law and order, and attempts to overthrow the powers given to his executive branch.

We can assume that such a claim could have been made in, let's say, 1998 or 1999 in regard to Mr. Clinton, when the House impeached him of perjury and obstruction of justice. As of now, Mr. Obama, to many of us, is the supervisor who has held on to his job, but it's safe to say he'll win no recognitional awards soon.

Finally, we can say that I am correct in my statistics in simply saying that, in general, more educated people vote Democratic. There's certainly abberations to this, but I never claimed it to be "all or nothing". Just mark my word that Hillary's victory in 2016 won't be based on Obama's perceived failures or successes. That's just not the way the average voter "rolls". Now, if she personally did or said something to sabotage her campaign...that would be an all together very different matter.


- - HILLARY 2016 - - VICTORY

Carlos Ponce

sverige, did you see either of Hillary's interviews? She is distancing herself from Obama's policies at Warp Factor 10 (pretty darn fast). And if you are fortunate to watch real news you would have noticed that President BO's numbers are lower than Bush's. Too bad many so called news outlets failed to report this. Bill Clinton went with the polls which saved his presidency. He knew when to side with Speaker Newt.

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