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Independents will elect the next president


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."

-John Adams

A few months ago I got a call from an acquaintance inviting me to a public event.

"We need to make sure we get plenty of Democrats there," he said somewhat jokingly. The event wasn't a political one, so I was a little surprised when he made the Democrat reference. I suppose the man assumed that because of my anti-Bush, left of center political writing that I must be a Democrat.

I declined the invitation because of a conflict, but made a point of letting the man know that I was not a Democrat, had never officially been one, nor had I ever contributed to a Democratic political campaign. For the record, I have voted in every election since 1972, sometimes voting in the past for Democrats as well as a few Republicans. More often than not my vote has been cast for a default candidate - usually the one whose list of values most resembles my own - as the choice is usually limited to candidates of the two major parties.

The reality is that I, like most of the voting public, consider myself an independent.

In his book Independent Nation - How centrists can change American politics, John Avalon shows statistics from the National Election Studies program at the University of Michigan that in the year 2000, 40 percent of Americans voters described themselves as independents, 34 percent as Democrats and 24 percent as Republicans. And the trend is growing, as 44 percent of those aged 18 to 29 - the so-called Generation X - consider themselves independents.

As a group, independents share a common thread:

• More and more they believe that the two political parties are controlled by their partisan extremes and special interests.

• Most consider themselves political moderates or centrists, those in the middle of the political pack; the so-called bell in the bell curve.

• They possess no loyalty to the Democrat or Republican parties.

• They tend to believe in fiscal responsibility and social inclusiveness.

• They are fed up with politics as usual and willing to shake up the system.

"Not coincidentally, as our professional politicians have become more partis .....
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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High en ..... 
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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Musings from the lawn chair

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three tr ..... 
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Word Play

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding l ..... 
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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmor ..... 
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Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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Let them eat cake

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State ..... 
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