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Death by a thousand catastrophes


Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

One day in the not so distant future, the Discovery Channel will air a documentary detailing the life and death of the Conservative Movement, that all-white tribe of bible-thumping, war-mongering, rich folk, who, for a brief period in American history, rose to political prominence. It will show that they died a tragic, painful death after eight years of George Bush's reign proved there were few, if any, redeeming qualities to the policies it offered, nor solutions to the problems most Americans faced. In the end, Conservatism became (in a word) irrelevant.

It is entertaining to watch all of these Right-Wing stalwarts of the faith fall on their swords in defense of their movement in light of John McCain's inevitable nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

There was Rush Limbaugh, pained by McCain's ascendency, saying McCain's nomination would kill the Republican party.

"John McCain has stabbed his own party in the back," Limbaugh said on his radio program.

There was provocateur Ann Coulter prowling the air waves saying if McCain were nominated she would campaign for Hillary Clinton.

"I would vote for the Devil over John McCain, thus my claim that I would vote for Hillary over John McCain," Coulter said.

And there was Salem-style reverend James Dobson of Focus on the Family declaring he could not in good conscience vote for McCain.

The problem with the Republican party is that it has been taken over in the last decade by the side-show freaks and ideologues who hold up Ronald Reagan's legacy as the Conservative Gospel that must be both praised and followed.

Reagan Conservatism in 1980 was a natural reaction to the malaise created by a run of successive Democratic Congresses preaching more and more government programs as the answer to most everyday problems.

The apex of the Conservative Movement came in 1996, when the Contract for America swept Republicans into control of Congress. Victory was short-lived however, as 10 years later, voters, upset with the War in Iraq and Republican excesses, brought about a reversal of fortunes, creating majorities for Democrats in Congress.

But as Conservatism's ideology has intensified in recent years, its ability to solve problems has declined.

Writing in a recent issue of Newsweek, columnist Farred Zakaria states that "conservatism grew powerful in the 1970s and 1980s because it proposed solutions appropriate to the pr .....
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My forbidden fruits (and vegetables)

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Rushford, Minn. - If you've stood in line at a farmers' market recently, you know that the local food movement is thriving, to the point that small farmers are having a tough time keeping up with the demand.

But consumers who would like to b ..... 
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Speaking out: The Muni is a win for all of us

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is a fact that a resolution to rebuild the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store (the Muni) with both on and off sale has been brought up for vote before and after change of council members and passed both times. There remains a small group (mostly bus ..... 
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What happened to the R word?

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

What happened to the R word? You know, that old fashioned word called Regulation. Government regulation to be specific. With the sub-prime mortgage crisis and it's shady lenders about to put us into a recession for the second time in 20 years, isn't ..... 
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The ugly stain of torture

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Morris Davis, a bird colonel in the Air Force, and until October the chief prosecutor in Guantanamo Cuba, related the story of Tom Ahern in the New York Times ten days ago. According to Davis, Ahern was the Tehran station chief during the Iran hosta ..... 
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Is it time to change how we campaign for President?

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Eight months until November 4th! Can we bear it?

How many of us are honestly sick of political ads, phone calls, polls, attacks, claims, and sound bites?

Maybe it is time to consider putting some limits on how we campaign for preside ..... 
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Hey, just take a pill

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Winter TV watching is a special health hazard- guaranteed to increase weight and decrease IQ in direct proportion.

Sandwiched between ads for extra cheese pizza and All-You-Can-Eat buffets are ads for cholesterol medications. Dr. Jarvik is ..... 
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How much change do we really want?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As the number of presidential hopefuls gets smaller an interesting field of candidate's remains. Each in their own way represents a certain segment of the electorate. Left in the race is a person of African-American heritage, a woman, a Mormon, an e ..... 
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Nobody was listening anyway

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last Monday night my wife was baby sitting so I was able to watch the "State of the Union" speech in its entirety. There was no one home to hear some of my language.

Most of these speeches are used to lay out bold and broad policy objectives ..... 
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