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The Problem With “A Strong Leader”

by Jessica B. April 22nd, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
While the right wing claims to fear socialism and fascism most of all, they seem to have a bizarre fetish with the "strong" leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Maybe they are too distracted by his muscular physique, but over the last month right wing pundits have called Putin "a strong and gifted leader", with Sarah Palin putin obama wh2 saying Putin is “a dynamic and powerful leader with a clear vision."

But what is it exactly is it that the right wing is applauding? When Obama pushed the Affordable Care Act through congress by using democratic methods to win votes for his
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Poli Talk

  • It’s a commitment — I keep my commitments.
    -Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., after not committing to run in 2016

  • Well, I made it pretty clear that that really wasn't an option, to stay on.
    -Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • It's bad. It's wrong. He needs to answer and be held accountable.
    -Greg Walden, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, on Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister's affair with an aide

  • Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love.
    -Former Governor Jeb Bush, Florida, on illegal immigration

Ride ‘Em In, Rawhide

by Eric M. Blake April 21st, 2014 Conservative Considerations
cowboy-4896_640As someone who deeply appreciates cinematics and theatricality, I cannot help nodding in respect for a fellow artist whenever I see the clips of Cliven Bundy riding proudly across the plains and up a hill, holding a large American flag up high.  If I were to pick a musical piece to "score" the scene, it would almost certainly be Copland’s "Hoedown" (aka the theme for the supremely awesome Sam-Elliot-narrated "BEEF… It’s What’s For Dinner" commercials).  Say what you will about the man — he has excellent taste in iconic imagery.  Regardless of your viewpoint regarding the issues, one "mood" is
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The Sebelius Principle

by Ronald A. Rowe April 17th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sebelius whKathleen Sebelius  -- Loser – I’m sure that Secretary of Health and Human Services seemed like an upgrade from being the governor of Kansas to Kathleen Sebelius when President Obama offered her the job.  Little did she know at the time that her first order of business would be to oversee the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Even if she had known that, how could she possibly have foreseen the disaster that awaited her with the implementation of the website which would be the centerpiece of Obama’s legacy
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Major Study Concludes the U.S. is Not a Democracy

by Jason Lightner April 18th, 2014 Independent Ideas
flag-129531_640OLIGARCHY

ol·i·gar·chy [ol-i-gahr-kee]
noun, plural ol·i·gar·chies.

  1. A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

  2. A state or organization so ruled.

  3. The persons or class so ruling.


(from Dictionary.com)

This week, a peer-reviewed, scientific study concluded that the United States of America's form of government is, in fact, not a Democracy, as many have been lead to believe. It is also not a Democratic Republic, as various political and social pedants like to point out, from time to time. It is, in irrefutable and indisputable fact, an oligarchy.

The study,
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Major Change at HHS

by T Akery April 15th, 2014 Republican Reflections
new dhhs whHealth and Human Services underwent a major change this week. Kathleen Sebelius, once the face of Obamacare, has announced her resignation.  Sylvia Mathews Burwell is nominated to step into this position.

The announcement was made after the President claimed that, with seven million enrolled in the system, Obamacare was a success. In that speech, no credit was given to the role of Kathleen Sebelius in the implementation. Whether this was an oversight or attempt to put some distance between her and himself because she was resigning is still somewhat of a mystery. However, it may be a mixed bag for Democrats
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