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charivara said...

Another conservative revision of history.

“Slavery was undeniably a national sin that could not exist in a free nation.” Tennessee adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States which included Article I Section 9(4) “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.” Is that the kind of free nation conservatives like Smith have in mind with their small government, more power to the states mantra?

Just because the Founding Fathers prayed for divine guidance doesn’t mean they expected everyone to. Today’s conservatives want to force us all to live by their idea of what religion is all about. (See proposed Amendment 1 to the Tennessee constitution in the upcoming election.) The Founding Fathers would be aghast.

It is a federal bureaucracy that has “run amok for 150 years” which has made the United States the most admired, wealthiest, most powerful nation on the globe. It is today’s conservatives running amok who are threatening that achievement.

The states are much more interdependent than they were 150 years ago. The population of the U.S. is about 10 times larger than it was in 1860. Anyone who believes a larger government is not essential lives in a Utopia, not in the 21st century world.

Smith, the states that sought the right of property in negro slaves lost the Civil War, deal with it.

October 24, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
charivara said...

Instead of snarky, meaningless little pieces of no importance like these, how about educating your readers about all of the wonderful things Republicans are going to do for working Americans if they gain control of Congress? Or remind readers of all the helpful things Republicans have done in the last six years to reverse the effects of the economic disaster that they've created for average Americans? Or just point out how much conservative economic policies of the last 30 have benefited working stiffs? You are merely succeeding in giving credence to the rumor that too many conservative columnists are basically useless rabble rousing scoundrels.

October 20, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.
charivara said...

conservative: why do you insist on revealing yourself to be a complete idiot?

Less than a year after a Republican Congress passed and a Republican president signed a renewal of the Voting Rights Act we suddenly have Republicans concerned, really concerned, about the sanctify of voting: Here are some of their comments:

Phyllis Schafly “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that ‘early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.’

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told a gathering of Republicans that their voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer told The Palm Beach Post that the explicit goal of the state’s voter-ID law was Democratic suppression. “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told the Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only ... ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’” he said.

Don Yelton, a now-former North Carolina Republican official, admitted that North Carolina’s new voting law, which includes a flurry of new provisions including voter ID, is “going to kick Democrats in the butt.”

“Stop Obama’s nutty agenda and support voter ID,” read a card attached to a pack of peanuts passed out by the state’s GOP, state Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Myrtle Beach)

Franklin County (Columbus) GOP Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer when explaining the party’s motivation for limiting early voting: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.” one state Republican was particularly blunt.

Yeah, voting rights suppression charges are really hard to take seriously.

October 19, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.
charivara said...

“Republicans have no such tool.” What do you call Fox “News”, the Koch Brothers, ALEC, Heritage Foundation? Tools, all of them. Their phony concern with religion, immigration, privacy rights, federal taxes and spending, etc. are all tools to frighten the uneducated and inflame the bigots. The base of the Republican party.

It’s not the “lefties” who are committed to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and the blacks. It’s not the “lefties” who have caused the economic meltdown of recent years. It’s not the “lefties” that have spawned the terrorists of the Middle East. That’s been the work of Republican “patriots”, guardians of the Constitution, upholders of family values, defenders of the free enterprise system.

Give it a rest, Mike. Looking for tools? Gaze in a mirror.

October 2, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.
charivara said...

Working for the common good with a democratically elected President, chosen by a majority of voters, is right, even if no Republicans do it.

September 15, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
charivara said...

Re:Thanks, Michelle: Did I miss something? There is no mention in this piece about a CBS report that “the CBS report” refers to.

However, following the District 214 paragraph with “the CBS report” deceptively implies that the two are related when, in fact, that information came from a very conservative magazine ( and has nothing to do with a CBS report.

Now one has to question the veracity of the claim that a million students and $1 billion in waste was in “the CBS report”.

Perhaps there is some truth to the rumor that conservative columnists are basically dishonest rabble rousing scoundrels.

September 8, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
charivara said...

Obama : for the Rich? And pray tell, how are Republicans going to change that? Are they going to support a minimum wage increase? Make profit making corporations actually pay taxes and withhold federal subsidies from them? Treat capital gains income the same as income from real labor? Support consumer protection laws? Tell us what Republicans have tried to do to increase the income of the bottom 20% by even1% that this President has prevented them from doing. Write a column about how Republicans have attempted to work with the President to make this country stronger and all its people more prosperous. Explain to us how it’s all his fault and that Republican economic policies of the last 30 years have nothing to do with this disparity in income results.

September 8, 2014 at 9:47 a.m.
charivara said...

Come on timbo, conservative: “blah, blah blah”, “is that a man or a woman” etc. etc. That’s your idea of a rebuttal to an editorial about a serious issue to people who are knowledgeable about these kinds of things? You really should wait until you get out of the 5th grade (mentally, if not chronologically) before you comment about things you obviously are ignorant of. Blah blah blah is exactly what your contributions to any meaningful discussions have ever meant.

June 4, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.
charivara said...

If you are peddling “truth” you can start by calling the Civil War for what it was: the War Against the Federal Government by Some States. It was all about states’ rights and individual liberties only if you believe in the right of a state to hold one group of people in slavery and denying them their individual liberties. Even after they lost the war, the condition or treatment of former slaves didn’t change much. Southerners weren’t going to abandon their states’ rights and phony defense of individual liberties justifications just because they got away with treason.

One could argue that most non slave holders fought in the Civil War because they were duped in the same way that today’s Southern workers are duped into voting against their self interest by the economic descendants of plantation owners. Southern wage earners haven’t learned much, that’s why they continue to be the lowest paid in the country.

Having a doctorate in history, philosophy or anything else does not guarantee open-mindedness, honesty, empathy, tolerance or any other human quality. Nor is it an inoculation against being an ideologue. And it certainly doesn’t confer ownership of truth.

February 18, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

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