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I am not an English Major. I do and will from time to time make grammatical and spelling errors. It would be appreciated if those errors are pointed out using DU mail, but if you must show your superior ability to use the English language by posting on the forum, do not be offended if I choose to point out your need to show that superiority on the public forum also.

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Can you imagine a President Romney?

I can't. Not just because I am for President Obama, it is because I have no clue who he is or what he will do.
He is the most secretive candidate running for president I have ever seen.
Records of his are either destroyed or kept under lock and key.
He has changed his opinions more than any candidate I have ever seen, he even keeps changing back and forth.
He is the quickest to claim his opponent has no plan while he has no plan or simply lofty outlines with no details.
He is the quickest to criticize his opponent while suggesting we do exactly what his opponent is doing.
He is the quickest to take credit for things which he had nothing to do with, some he was even publicly against.
He is the quickest to not take credit for things which he did, even if the proof is very public.
He wants to use rules which apply only to his opponent but not him or apply only to him but not his opponent.
He does fine if he is reading a teleprompter, but let him say anything on his own he puts his "silver foot" in his mouth.

So, just what would the nightmare called a Romney Presidency actually be?

Last night I watched the 1975 movie Hindenburg

I have had it for years, in fact my copy is on VHS, if that give you any idea of the age of my copy but it has been years since I have watched it and had forgotten much of the movie.

You may now be asking what does this have to do with Politics 2012?

The movie for those who may have not seen it or like me it had been a while, is about the final flight of the German Airship, Hindenburg. One thing which was made very clear was the methods of the Nazi government, including the actions of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (MPEP).

Now for Politics 2012. FOX News is serving the position of the MPEP, Rush, Glenn and the others on AM Conservative Talk Radio (AMCTR) are part of the MPEP too.
I don't just mean they are taking the Republican side as does some of the other media outlets which don't actually allow a fair discussion but they are simply taking sides.
What FOX and AMCTR are doing is actively creating deliberately false negative information about the other side or false positive information about their side, just like the MPEP. They, in the cheaply veiled facade of news are helping to create an alternative reality which millions are willing to believe.

FOX and AMCTR is dangerous for our nation, our way of life.

Sadly, I don't know the solution. I don't know the answer.
What should we do to stop this madness?
With the 1st Amendment is there anything which can be done?
Does the 1st Amendment defend this type of speech?
What do you all think?

Defend My Dividend commercial

I keep seeing a commercial where a group called Defend My Dividend states there is soon going to be a doubling in dividend tax. It of course makes it sound as if this is going to hurt the middle class. I know a lot of people own some stock which pays dividends, but generally I think of dividends as impacting the rich more than the poor.
I went to the website and no surprise it didn't give me but one side. I did notice the following in the "about" area of the website
The Defend My Dividend Web site is maintained by the Edison Electric Institute, in partnership with the Alliance for Savings & Investment and the American Gas Association.

Can someone who understands what is going on help me on what is this really about? Why is this important to the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association?

Should we repeal the 2nd Amendment

I know there have been at least two polls but by request I am adding one more with additional options than yes or no. Please forgive the new poll and what could be considered redundancy in some of the questions I want to try to cover as many options as possible. Please add comments as you feel needed.
Thanks


Questions: Should we repeal the 2nd Amendment?

Good luck with that.

Yesterday in the flood of posts about the Aurora shooting I noticed a common phrase used by the pro-gun members here on DU, “Good luck with that”, I didn’t notice if it was just one or two posters who posted a lot or if it was being repeated by several posters.
I also don’t know the real intent of the phrase.
I could have been arrogance, “We have the support of the majority of the American people, we have the NRA, we have the politicians, and we have the money, so shut up”.
It could have been aspiration, “Are we having this discussion again, come on, nothing is going to change, so why not just give up”.
It could have been desperation, “Oh, gee you are right there really is no reason to have a 100 clip magazine, or an assault weapon to hunt or for self protection not to mention 6000 rounds of ammo.”
It may have been a combination of all three, but never the less it seemed to be the “phrase of the day”.
But, it made me think of the phrase beyond the possible intent.
I started thinking what if this phrase had been around for the last 250 years. I thought of times when it may have been used in the past.

• When we the King of England received the Declarations of Independence did he say “Good luck with that”?

• When some wanted to free the slaves did the white plantation owners say “Good luck with that”?

• When women wanted the right to vote did the men say “Good luck with that”?

• When the blacks marched for civil rights did the bigots say “Good luck with that”?

• When progressives say we want an end to Citizens United do the wealthy say “Good luck with that”?

We have seen how four of those examples did change and one is still playing itself out, so I do see how circumstances can change the tide and what once seemed impossible becomes possible.

So my question is what event or events would it take for the tide of public opinion to shift the balance of power in the argument of guns?

I need some context clarification

Tonight on The Ed Show one of the guest said calling Obama un-American was no different than Obama calling Bush unpatriotic.

I say there is a big difference. When Obama called Bush unpatriotic it was for exploding the deficit with tax cuts and two wars. Remember for 7 years before that we were call unpatriotic if we questioned ANY thing the Bush administration did. This was a term very much in the vocabulary because we were all being called unpatriotic.
When Obama is called un-American it is in the context of the birth certificate, Socialist, Communist, Fascist and Muslim conspiracies. It has elements of Joe McCarthy and his Committee on Un-American Activities. The term un-American is considered about the worst insult you can make toward any American much less the President.
The point being made is the term un-American is code for all of those conspiracy theories and in essence black.

For me there is a big difference between calling Bush unpatriotic and Obama un-American.

Have I missed something or am I just too bias to look at this from a rational point of view.

S.E. Creep is on MSNBC this morning.

She looks constipated. Maybe she needs more fiber.

What happened to the dream?

I have never found pride in my being a white southerner but I have never been ashamed to be one either;
I have always hoped to be able to show the rest of the world we are not all bigots;
I supported Al Sharpton when he ran for president then I supported Barack Obama and did so proudly, not because they are black but I supported what they believed in, what they said.
I have supported President Obama, and I am proud that he is my president.

I find hope when I see pictures of those who go to his rallies. They are young and old, white and black, they are gay and straight, they are from many different cultures and are a cross section of America. It brings tears to my eyes when I see children drawn to this president. These children are our future and it give me hope when I see pictures like the one I saw here on DU of a small child leaning over to kiss President Obama. These people, especially the children don't care he is black. They are proud he is THEIR president. I am proud he is MY president.

However I am becoming to be ashamed to be a white southerner. When I hear all the code words for racism it grieves me to think in 2012 race is still a matter of concern for some. When I see people hate President Obama for no real reason other than he is a black man, when I see people support a candidate who would do things which would impoverish them just so they will no longer have a black man as president, it make me ashamed to be associated with that sort of person, even if it is just because of out sharing a skin tone and we live in the same part of the country.

I once had a hope that within my life we could stand together and simply call ourselves American, for me that was the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., that hope is starting to fade.

What has happened to the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.?

Worst, Most and Record Breaking

Those word seem to be in every weather report I hear these days. Usually when those term show up in the weather reports places are considered disaster areas and start looking for government money to help. You could call it State Welfare. This is an important part of what our tax dollars do through the government.
I would like to know if the Senators, Representatives and Governors of the "red" states who are cutting right and left, who are blocking tax increases on the wealthy and complain about big government are going to turn down any State Welfare for their states since big government and taxes are so bad?

Mittens claims on Obama speech

I keep hearing how President Obama's speech was taken out of context. I think I watched both the Obama speech and the Romney speech in which he took it out of context on TV. If it was the speech I heard it was taken out of context and it is being defended to some extent on MSNBC but I would like to watch it again. Does anyone have a link to a video or transcript?
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