"Go around the world and see how most countries handle elections. Voter ID is used around the world, but no here..oh, no..."
Most of those countries have a national ID card and there is no hardship involved for elderly or poor people to get it. Here in the states, most conservatives are opposed to a national ID because they think it smacks too much of "big government."
"Who's restricting anyone from getting an abortion? Who?...Nobody is taking it away."
Abortion is still legal and the right of a woman to choose is still constitutional but no thanks to RWNJs and Christian anti-abortion fanatics. For the past decade and more they have succeeded in shutting down countless abortion clinics throughout the country and passing legislation that makes it increasingly difficult for a woman to get an abortion or for a doctor to perform one. In most states a woman has to travel long distances just to find an abortion clinic that is still open and then once they get there the woman experiences long delays and newly enforced procedures that make it much more expensive and more difficult for her to even go through with it. Anti-abortionists know that they probably would not succeed in getting Roe v. Wade overturned but they are doing everything in their power to make it so difficult for a woman to get an abortion that it might just as well be considered illegal.
Not only does it not refute evolution, it actually strengthens the argument that science is more intent of ferreting out the truth than resting on its laurels or accepting any evidence at face value. Connie is not only grasping at straws, he's grasping at mere shadows of straws.
It is understandable that any Southerner would take a keener interest in the Civil War perhaps than most Northerners, since it was fought predominantly on Southern soil. But it's a shame that too many Southerners lack the good sense to realize that the South was indeed wrong on every count and it was far better to lose the war than to imagine what would have become of this nation if a Southern victory had assured us of being a house permanently and irrevocably divided. The South was wrong in thinking that states' rights were more sacrosanct than a nation held intact by a strong centralized government, wrong in the matter of choosing to secede, and wrong in trying to keep justifying slavery and clinging to it as the backbone of its economy.
Today we have a whole slew of Southerners who are calling for secession again and their heads appear to still be stuck in the 1860s, stubbornly clinging to a false pride and honor. I only wish that they would just go ahead and secede. Only let's not have a war over it this time, let's just let them go and be done with their foolish whining and regressive thinking. Maybe then we could pull this nation out of the toilet of gridlock and constant bickering that we're stuck in and get down to making the positive progressive changes we need to make, if it's not already too late.
You make a good point, Plato. I was so bowled over by the fact that this conservative editor had anything positive to say about Obamacare that I did not think to remark on that part of his article, which indeed bears criticism. In fact, I believe that I was actually hasty in my praise of Mr. Cooper's article. It seems that he was not really pushing for implementation of Obamacare, or even that part of it which would allow Medicaid expansion, as he was for Haslam's pro-actively going forward with his "Tennessee Plan," whatever the heck that is.
You're right, librul. The havoc that his influence he has wreaked on this country is just part of the overall picture. His vile half-baked economic policies and our political leaders who have bought into them hook-line-and-sinker have been responsible for making us the imperialistic, greed-centered, terrorist nation that we are and have been for decades.
I have not see this film you supplied a link to. I'll check it out.
As for explaining to you how individuals cannot meet the needs of those in poverty, I have pretty much done so. I can't help it if you are too stupid to see the basis for my argument. I am not saying or even implying that raising taxes alone would eradicate poverty or hunger or inadequate health care or lack of education, but higher taxes on the rich certainly needs to be one of the main avenues of revenue, especially considering that approximately 85 Americans have over 40% of all the wealth in this country. Hell yes, we need to tax them more! And raising the minimum wage to at least $10/hr. would instantly elevate tens of thousands of Americans out of poverty and get them off the government dole. Not to mention, it would be an invigorating shot in the arm for this sluggish economy.
The main problem with individual charity is that some few would take it upon themselves to give but many would not or could not. That is why taxation has always been a reliable source of revenue for greasing the wheels of government and society, because it assures a steady stream of revenue for the elemental things needed to make it work. You conservatives like to call it "stealing" but that is only because you lack the intelligence to see that taxation is simply what every government of every society in the history of humankind has utilized to keep it afloat and productive. Taxes are not "stealing," they are simply a necessary fact of life if you want to live in a civilized society.
Now...enough! I have wasted way too much time on the likes of a simpleton like you. Rickaroo is leaving the building.
I am going to say this and then I'm done with you. You are like a gnat. You don't really say anything of substance, you just buzz around annoyingly and make your disgusting presence known.
First off, I have had maybe 2 exchanges with Commander in the past and I don't know what the hell you are talking about when you say that I have been "called out" by him on my sources or lack thereof. I don't get into playing that silly "source" game because every source can easily be refuted by some other source favorable to whatever ideology one is defending. I don't care how unbiased a source might be, you conservatives call it a "liberal" source if it happens to dispute your argument. I have seen posters here butt heads over and over and over again, supplying sources to substantiate their arguments, and in the end it's all for naught, no one was swayed in the least by the other. Like I said earlier...no matter what I say, you are going to disagree with me anyway, so what difference does it make whether I provide a source for my comments or not? That's why I don't spend entire days on this forum like so many of you deadbeats because I have better things to do than to waste my time wrestling in the mud with you conservative pigs, knowing that in the end we are going to still disagree anyway. I have had more time on my hands today than I usually do and that is why I am still here but I am beginning to suffocate in this dank, fetid air with you lame-brained rabid righties regurgitating your nonsense. After I have my say here I am getting out of this cesspool that you RWNJs have infested with your ignorance and bile.
Everybody knows that Tennessee is a red state, fool. It has voted Republican for years now. You put your idiocy on display every time you peck at your keyboard.
As for Friedman... his supply-side economics has worked out really well for us, hasn't it? If it worked at all it would be working right now. Taxes on the rich are practically the lowest they have ever been, so why are those filthy rich "job creators" not creating jobs?? They have more money than they have ever had and they are making more and more money every year. So where are the jobs?? Friedman's economic theories (delusions) need to be pronounced dead like him and put to rest once and for all.
I'm sorry, soakya. I will strive to be less opinionated, political, and ideological and more open-minded and reasonable like you. I'm impressed by how you remain above the fray and never let yourself be swayed by personal ideology. You and your conservative cohorts certainly dwell on a higher plane of consciousness and fairness than us biased progressives, but I for one will do my utmost to use you as a role model going forward. I am truly humbled by the magnanimity of your intellect and the depth of your wisdom. I would bow and kiss your feet if only I could, but why don't you just...kiss my ass instead. God, you're such a twit.
"a dying curse." Indeed.
But progress towards enlightenment and freedom of the mind seems to be a very slow and uneven process, not a smooth and linear transition but a one-step-forward-two-steps-back sort of thing. For every stride, however great or small, that humankind has made towards lifting the veil of superstition and ignorance, there have been too many narrow minded, faith-based people still around who strive to take us backward instead of forward. And even though they have always failed in their battles with reason and freedom of thought in the past and will inevitably fail in the march to greater and more expansive freedoms of the human spirit in the future, they still manage to make it a very rocky and sometimes impassable road in the meantime.
Would that the curse of their nefarious presence die off a little more quickly so that we could get on with realizing the true potential of a more peaceful and prosperous life on earth, where no one has to live in poverty or squalor. I'm not a praying man but if I were I would pray for their "Rapture" to hurry up and get here and wisk them all away to their special paradise in their imaginary heaven...and leave the rest of us here on earth to ring in the dawn of the New Age of Reason and Freedom of Thought, unobstructed by the dimwitted hate-mongering religious nuts and naysayers.