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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:04 PM

Morgan Freeman: “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the f--k is that?

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The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the fuck is that? Whose country are you talking about? They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country. Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart! That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/23/morgan-freeman-says-wtf-to-gop-dishes-on-last-vegas-12-years-a-slave-and-batfleck.html

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Reply Morgan Freeman: “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the f--k is that? (Original post)
cali Oct 2013 OP
ruffburr Oct 2013 #1
RobertEarl Oct 2013 #2
Initech Oct 2013 #11
RobertEarl Oct 2013 #12
KentuckyWoman Oct 2013 #34
Metro135 Oct 2013 #44
tofuandbeer Oct 2013 #56
tblue Oct 2013 #3
IrishAyes Oct 2013 #31
Prism Oct 2013 #4
JBoy Oct 2013 #17
uponit7771 Oct 2013 #5
truedelphi Oct 2013 #6
Myrina Oct 2013 #7
heaven05 Oct 2013 #8
groundloop Oct 2013 #9
colsohlibgal Oct 2013 #10
demwing Oct 2013 #13
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2013 #14
Digital Puppy Oct 2013 #51
calimary Oct 2013 #53
Digital Puppy Oct 2013 #57
11 Bravo Oct 2013 #15
tomm2thumbs Oct 2013 #22
quinnox Oct 2013 #16
Rebellious Republican Oct 2013 #18
JimboBillyBubbaBob Oct 2013 #19
Warren DeMontague Oct 2013 #20
tomm2thumbs Oct 2013 #21
Dpm12 Oct 2013 #23
calimary Oct 2013 #52
Uncle Joe Oct 2013 #24
IronLionZion Oct 2013 #25
pampango Oct 2013 #27
aggiesal Oct 2013 #60
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 2013 #26
lunasun Oct 2013 #28
IrishAyes Oct 2013 #29
Snake Plissken Oct 2013 #30
defacto7 Oct 2013 #32
BootinUp Oct 2013 #33
Half-Century Man Oct 2013 #35
frogmarch Oct 2013 #36
NastyRiffraff Oct 2013 #37
nirvana555 Oct 2013 #38
Rebellious Republican Oct 2013 #65
DissidentVoice Oct 2013 #39
nxylas Oct 2013 #40
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2013 #45
nxylas Oct 2013 #67
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2013 #68
Drunken Irishman Oct 2013 #41
Turbineguy Oct 2013 #42
tomp Oct 2013 #43
libdem4life Oct 2013 #46
cali Oct 2013 #47
libdem4life Oct 2013 #48
cali Oct 2013 #49
libdem4life Oct 2013 #50
MoonchildCA Oct 2013 #54
BobbyBoring Oct 2013 #55
Initech Oct 2013 #59
Initech Oct 2013 #58
cindge Oct 2013 #61
bonniebgood Oct 2013 #62
debunkthis Oct 2013 #63
gopiscrap Oct 2013 #64
spanone Oct 2013 #66

Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:07 PM

1. As Always Morgan-

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:08 PM

2. Back

They want to take us back 50 years.

Back to when all the minorities were under control.

Back to when the white man ruled the world.

Back to when everyone was afraid to speak ill of the KKK.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:45 PM

11. No they want to take us back to a time that, um never existed in the first place!

They want everything to be like 1960's black and white television shows. Like Dick Van Dyke, the Honeymooners, or Andy Griffith. They want to live in some bizarre squeaky clean version of America where everyone knows their place and people don't question authority or sexual preferences. That's the kind of world the tea party wants to live in!

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Response to Initech (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:49 PM

12. Yep

Except..... the reality is, some of that really did exist. Slavery and all that.....

In their minds they are so regressive and so oppressive they can't deal with the liberal concept of real equality which we are just now beginning to realize in some places.

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Response to Initech (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:10 PM

34. "Pleasantville" before it turned colored.

Maybe Don Knotts still has the remote.

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Response to Initech (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:08 AM

44. In its day . . .

The Dick Van Dyke Show was more progressive on civil rights issues than most of these Tea Party yahoos are today. And the characters in The Honeymooners were among the working poor. The Kramdens didn't even have a phone. Rather, they want to go back to the world of Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, and Father Knows Best. The heterosexual family unit where mom wore dresses and pearls and stayed home all day.

I mean, right? Of course "father knows best"!

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Response to Metro135 (Reply #44)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:32 PM

56. +1

Ralph was a bus driver, and Norton worked in the sewer.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:46 PM

3. They had it. They messed it up. They won't get it back.

EVER! Not our fault.

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Response to tblue (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:16 PM

31. Well said.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 04:47 PM

4. Impossible not to read in Morgan Freeman's voice n/t

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Response to Prism (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:18 PM

17. Agreed! I was doing that.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:00 PM

5. lofl!!!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:02 PM

6. I stand by some Americans right to say that:

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:10 PM

7. I like that quote:

"I don't want my anger quotient exacerbated. I don't want to keep punching myself in the face with it."

Applies to alot of us lately, I think.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:18 PM

8. you're right morgan

WTF!geez Sick,sick with hate.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:28 PM

9. He's great (plus he owns a blues club, which is bonus points)


Thank God for intelligent people like Morgan Freeman who aren't afraid to tell it the way it is.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:30 PM

10. Love Morgan Freeman

He has always seemed like an honest, decent, smart man with some inner wisdom. Plus he must like the same egghead things I do with his "Through The Wormhole" series. The truth is, of course, out there.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:06 PM

13. Republicans are soft and spongy, like a twinkie...

Like a twinkie...

&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:07 PM

14. Watch the Right claim he's gone senile.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:38 PM

51. At least he isn't talking to some empty chair.... n/t

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Response to Digital Puppy (Reply #51)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:16 PM

53. Welcome to DU, Digital Puppy!

Glad you're here! GREAT point you make! Made me laugh out loud! He wasn't talking to an empty chair, but he was talking about more than a few empty heads (and hearts).

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Response to calimary (Reply #53)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 03:18 PM

57. Thanks Calimary! (Now I'm hungry....) :)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:14 PM

15. My first exposure to Mr. Freeman was via The Electric Company, way back in the mid '70s.

I was a 2nd grade teacher (thank you GI Bill), and that show was a daily must see for my class. He never disappointed me then, nor has he disappointed me since.

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:53 PM

22. Yes - his star was bright from the minute it hit the sky


and continues to shine brighter over the years

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:16 PM

16. he is awesome

 

Morgan Freeman was superb in the masterpiece, "The Shawshank Redemption"

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:25 PM

18. Love his intro to his newest show, is reality real? Could it be a double meaning......

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:40 PM

19. Back to bigoted,

hateful, reality denying, Jesusfreakistan! No thanks..............

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:43 PM

20. Good interview.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 06:50 PM

21. How stupid do you have to be not to get what it means???




Oh wait, don't answer that just yet - Ted Nugent will be Co-Chairing a Texas election GOP campaign so we'll find out all kinds of examples of 'how stupid' as the weeks unfold.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 07:07 PM

23. To the GOP...

...

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Response to Dpm12 (Reply #23)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:14 PM

52. Shit - every time I see a photo of this fellow, I'm totally distracted by the

white fuzzy testicles hanging on his chin.

I'm sorry. I apologize. I just can't get past those crazy whiskers...

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 07:12 PM

24. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, cali.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 07:42 PM

25. Conservatives always think life was just great before and the future is going to suck

Progressives think the future is going to be great because the past sucked. Change vs stay the same (or change backwards). Its the nature of the 2 ideologies.

It may be about something specific like the job situation before women and immigrants, or the cold war. Or just a general feeling that we can do better. But people tend to focus on a few factors while ignoring the others. Some things are better and some things are worse. And this differs for various demographics.

Personally, my life is better now than it could have been at any other time in history, especially in this country.

I once heard someone from another country claim that many countries are better off because their uneducated riff raff emigrated to America. As in if you're not good enough to succeed, go to America where the bar is much lower or something.


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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #25)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 07:56 PM

27. "Progressives think the future is going to be great because the past sucked." I like it. n/t

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Response to pampango (Reply #27)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 04:38 PM

60. And conservatives think that . . .

the future is going to suck, so they have to take us to the past.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 07:48 PM

26. Excellent interview

The political comments are a small part of it. They're pretty profound none the less.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:12 PM

28. America 2013 Love It or Leave it !

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:14 PM

29. I've never felt any particular urge to argue with Morgan Freeman

because I don't know when I've ever disagreed with him. He's especially right about weed, and I'm glad to see polls showing 54% of Americans agreeing at long last.

When people snap at me they're gonna "take our country BACK, we're losing all our freedoms!" I tell them they don't own exclusive rights to it, and they haven't lost anything they had in the first place except the power to rule over others - which they never should've had in the first place.

The slogan "Take our country back!" ranks right down there with "Murika - love it or leave it!" Not only do they not care about anyone else's rights, they don't think anyone else has any rights.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:16 PM

30. TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK TO 1860

That's what they're really saying

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 08:18 PM

32. How can you take back what you didn't own to begin with?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:05 PM

33. I wish I could Rec this multiple times!

Freeman comes out with some good quotes from time to time. Smart man.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:14 PM

35. Mr. Freeman is on my very short list of people I'd like to meet someday.

I think he is a fine actor who can pick very good roles.


What I think is interesting is the idea that conservatives keep saying they are trying to preserve or return us to a way of life which never actually existed. This public devotion to some fantastical historical ideal is a very old phenomenon of the conservative mind. On the surface, Medieval Europe treasured the tales of King Arthur and Camelot; the place where Chivalry was most pure. In practical terms, they wielded power to enrich themselves at the cost of anyone weaker then them. The antisepses of the code of Chivalry. And now as then, the ones who bear the brunt of the cost and the dying is the serfs controlled by the ones vying to preserve the fantasy.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:19 PM

36. I can almost hear him add

"How about I come over there and hang my foot up your ass?"

(from An Unfinished Life)

I love Morgan Freeman!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2013, 09:27 PM

37. Love him!

And he's got a new movie coming out: "Last Vegas." Starring (get this!) Morgan Freeman, Robert DiNero, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas.

Official trailer:

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #37)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:17 AM

38. Morgan Freeman is a national treasure. I adore him. I was at the 3rd street promenade

In Santa Monica several years ago at a movie theatre and he was in the lobby with a friend. I have no memory of the movie but being 3 feet away from Morgan Freeman is something I'll never forget!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #37)

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 07:12 PM

65. To cool!

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:21 AM

39. I'd like to hear him say it in person

Along with Sir Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones and the late Peter Cushing, Mr. Freeman has one of my favourite speaking voices!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:57 AM

40. The title of this thread had me worried

When I read it, I thought God had gone all teabagger on us. Amazing what a difference the placement of end quote marks (which should really have been at the end of the line) can make.

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Response to nxylas (Reply #40)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:08 AM

45. It's not like right wingers haven't falsely attributed quotes to him before.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/12/morgan-freeman-newtown-quotes/60047/

My favorite, though, has to be the fake "I'm tired" quote falsely attributed to Bill Cosby where he sounds like an angry xenophobic racist teabagger.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/billcosby/a/I-Am-76-And-I-Am-Tired-By-Bill-Cosby.htm

For some reason, the right feels the need to manufacture bogus quotes and attribute them to older African American celebrities in desperation that it makes those views more believable.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #45)

Sun Oct 27, 2013, 04:42 AM

67. It's not like real celebrities haven't suddenly turned wingnut

As a huge fan of Prince in the '80s, I'm still smarting from his conversion to the Tea Party cause.

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Response to nxylas (Reply #67)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 01:18 PM

68. True.

But the Bill Cosby "quote" was so off-the-wall that I immediately smelled BS.

Not to mention it actually got his age wrong.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 03:59 AM

41. Morgan Freeman is an American treasure...

One of my favorite actors!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 05:36 AM

42. They should take it back

from the voices in their heads.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:05 AM

43. pretty misleading if you ask me.

as if the rest of the republican and democratic parties are not controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money (the 1%) and as if obama wasn't elected partly because of money from them, and as if many of his major decisions didn't help them.

meh. i'm looking for something considerably to the left of freeman's position.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:21 AM

46. And he is incredibly brave. Real Liberal Hollywood still lives in the shadows, thanks to McCarthy.

We currently have a rabid segment of the House that would just love to whip up some radical Committee to "put them in their place".

Every prominent voice that comes out and calls it what it is, such as Alan Grayson and Dick Durbin, makes it easier for someone else to both recognize and tell the truth. Enough of this PC BS.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #46)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:36 AM

47. It sure as shit doesn't appear that way

hell, hollywood raises an incredible amount of money for dems and liberals and famous actors speak out as openly and frankly as he does just about every fucking week. Last week it was the guy who played Mr. Big.

your claim is silly, faux victim whining.

ugh.

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Response to cali (Reply #47)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:40 AM

48. Thank you for sharing.

Edit for: My subject was racism, not funding.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #48)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 11:00 AM

49. uh, you said this:

Real Liberal Hollywood still lives in the shadows, thanks to McCarthy

so no, your subject wasn't just racism

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Response to cali (Reply #49)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 11:26 AM

50. Not arguing...but for clarity of my thought and intention ...McCarthy is known for his attacks

and public committees against prominent Liberals putting or keeping them in line, one way or the other.

I was actually drawing a parallel between racism to communism and the intense power that still exists. I lived in LA for decades and progress is being made, but name for me more than 2-3 black, female stars on par with Freeman...not light-skinned or bi-racial or married to prominent white men...black women, other than Oprah. Ask her about it.

Same with LAPD and LA County Sheriff ... I could go on and on, but that wasn't my intent.

Sometimes when one tries to edit comments to fit on just a few lines, it's easy to be misunderstood. Thank you for the opportunity as others might have misunderstood, as well.

Peace.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:37 PM

54. My fb status today:

You want your country back?
I want my country forward!

Simplistic, but it gets the point across...

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:53 PM

55. It's "Take are country back"!

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Response to BobbyBoring (Reply #55)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 04:38 PM

59. Morans!!!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 03:27 PM

58. Who we should be taking our country back from is the billionaire terrorists.

They've done more damage to our country than Al Qaeda ever could!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:21 PM

61. Maybe a stretch, but it reminds me on a yard sign a saw the other day...

It said "Pray for America". Not pray for humanity, or pray for an end to suffering, or pray for the end of the war, just America. I'm as patriotic as just about anyone, but I thought that was a wee bit selfish. And what is the deity going to do with that? "Hmm, I think you're right- Americans ARE more deserving than Canadians, or the Swedes, or (whatever)".

(sorry if I insulted anyone, but I truly just don't get it).

Did anyone else see the (admittedly stupid) movie "Midnight in Paris" where everyone is trying to live in a different era? Didn't work then, either. Of course, that may have been just because the movie starred Owen Wilson.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:53 PM

62. When someone say tbagger aren't racist, someone told me to google this

teapartysigns then click images. Link here
https://www.google.com/search?q=tea+party+signs&client=firefox-a&hs=ZIE&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=KNtpUqOPI8K2kAfFx4DgAQ&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1344&bih=697

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Oct 25, 2013, 01:48 AM

63. Actually

 

we sorta do need to take our country back... from the bankers!

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Response to debunkthis (Reply #63)

Fri Oct 25, 2013, 10:20 AM

64. welcome to DU

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2013, 07:13 PM

66. k&r...

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