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If I were a Republican


Fri, May 28th, 2010
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If I were a Republican, I would be kicking walls and weeping.

When did the Grand Old Party give up on the voices of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Quie and Arnie Carlson and start singing along with the shrill cry of the nut bars on the far, far, far away right?

Family legend tells me my father was a Republican. He died when I was five so we didn't discuss politics much. On that fine day when I get to sit for an eternity to love and argue with him, I'll change his mind.

The formula was simple awhile ago. The GOP stood for lower taxes and less government intervention. Intelligent conversation could be framed up around that. It still is, with the old guard. The Neo Conservatives lost that mission when they went to bed with the evangelicals, who brought loads of money and passionate social missions. How do reproductive rights and same sex partnerships meet the "less government" agenda? How do we fund wars with "lower taxes"?

I'm told that my dad was wildly opposed to FDR. I wildly admire FDR. After "So, how did your life go after me?", this will be our first topic. I was his little schnooks, he'll have to listen. Had he lived, he would now be 97 years old and I bet he'd be elaborately happy about Social Security. Think he might have benefitted from Medicare? That's why we have many 97 year olds today.

The DFL has fallen into traps as well, I admit. As a street marching Feminist in the 80's, I have wondered sometimes if we lost the message but still applaud the tremendous strides made. Shaving legs and armpits were never the primary issue. We now have over 50 percent of medical and law students that are women. Men have not exactly stepped up to the plate in childcare and domestic chores, but the path is cleared and the details are going to be worked out for a few more decades.

But the poor GOP. A respectable philosophy, sold out for votes and money and traded its mission in the process.

Both parties have been riddled with scandal. It happens. Men still lead the parade and as power brokers they have much more temptation put before them than men who punch a time clock. The hypocrisy, though, of those garnering votes on "family values" is beyond laughable. It is sad. I'm not a Christian, I am a Jew by choice, but for all those sincere Christians to watch that respected tradition be absconded with for political and monetary gain then defiled, I grieve.

I miss smart, well read Republicans. I miss di .....
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The definition of liberal

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

First, thanks John Goucher for your great article "Bigger is Not Always Better." Second, thank you Jerry Grehl for your letter to the editor, as well. Contrasting the two articles illustrates very clearly how out of touch with reality liberals are. ..... 
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One Moment Please - It could have been a lot worse

Fri, May 21st, 2010
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On Wednesday, May 19, following my daughter's pre-school graduation ceremony at the Fillmore Central Elementary School gymnasium, I journeyed back to the office for a mo ..... 
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You're Angry? Fine. But channel it constructively

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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Everywhere you turn these days, you find someone insisting that Americans are fed up. They're angry at the White House, or at the government in general, or at politicians as a breed.

The fiery rallies and other signs of bubbling discontent s ..... 
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A moral duty

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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In John, chapter 21, Jesus directs Peter (and all his followers) to "feed his sheep/lambs." We are very good at feeding ourselves; we super-size already outsized meals and throw away tons of uneaten, perfectly good food each day. If your refrigerato ..... 
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Getting Your Priorities in Order

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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During this uplifting time with the eruption of spring and the vibrant new life that reliably comes with it, we can still look back and appreciate the past. Some of those structures that are in the winter of ..... 
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One Moment Please - 'Pay it forward' in Fillmore County could travel

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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The mother of a teenager walked into the Fillmore County Journal office on Monday, May 3, to place a "Thank You" line ad in recognition of a random act of kindness. The ..... 
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Senior Health reform

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is trying to put its pants on,"  Mark Twain.

Pundits and politicians are publicly decrying the vitriol and violent speech surrounding politics and especially the recently passed ..... 
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Bigger is not always better

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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Unless you have been in a coma for the past 30 years, the size and scope of the federal government has gone through massive growth. This expansion in the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries goes far beyond what those who founded our government ever en ..... 
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