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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am

This is one person’s observations on the present state of the political scene. Normally it makes little difference who the party selects to carry their banner into the fray; it’s the platform that is all-important.

Their candidate is on an interim basis; the party is forever. When their candidate veers off course, they have little option but to support him. Survival is paramount for lasting control. They also need to admit that their vetting process was just plain sloppy; maybe the right horse, but the wrong jockey!

Recently, Congress passed legislation to increase the federal budget. Enough Democratic members of the House of Representatives went along with the vote — not because they endorsed it, but because they knew that to block it would cause another government shutdown. A shutdown that the public would blame on the GOP, and would hinder their progress on their primary goal — wrest the hands out of the liberal progressives in the Senate. It is that important! The vote is this year! Their aim is to control both the House and the Senate, and then dismantle the improperly named Affordable Care Act, the backbone of this administration. Now that obviously is their plan, and it is extremely crucial to them.

With that accomplished, the result would be an even weaker president. With only one viable candidate to succeed him, the party will be in disarray. Their most likely strategy will probably be one they have used successfully in the past: personal attacks, class and race issues. It is questionable if the public will again go along with this demigod logic. Having weathered eight long years of unkempt promises, the false information, the paucity of truth and the veiled threats to our individual freedoms, plus the tarnished charisma and the lack of leadership demonstrated by the party leader, the smoke and mirrors approach has worn pathetically thin.

Should the above observations come to fruition, then the strong hand would belong to the conservatives. But, as Yogi Berra was quoted as saying, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Played intelligently and with strong support from the Tea Party, it looks like a “slam dunk” for the GOP. Played foolishly, who knows?

Richard Viall


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:47 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Still wondering WHY there are at least half a dozen of my comments that have not been posted, Mr. Birch.

    Care to give me an explanation? Or do you just automatically delete anything I submit?

    Mr. Viall wrote: "Having weathered eight long years of unkempt promises,"

    Didn't know that promises could be badly groomed. I think this one deserves a more complex explanation.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:36 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Chuckle, I have absolutely NO memory problems. Apparently YOUR memory isn't so good. Can't even remember a couple of successful liberal programs out of the long list you claim exists? Come on Eric, you can give me a few if you try really, really hard.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:15 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1647

    Memory problems Joe?

  • Christina Welch posted at 9:20 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 532

    I agree, Kevin. And I too appreciate many Libertarian ideals. Unfortunately, the historic record does not bear out positively for third parties (other than the Republican party, that is.) We are and always have been a two-party system, for a variety of reasons. With that said, however, if we could get some serious campaign finance reform, then maybe third parties could have more of a chance. Money is the root of the problem, in my opinion, with both parties. It gives them way more power and control than they should have.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:47 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1647

    Ed I looked up multiple list of the Worlds Greatest Leaders and it doesn't appear good looks have anything to do with it. I know the right likes their pretty Hollywood politicians but none off them made the list. If you have some source that confirms Hillary gave the stand down order please share it with us otherwise it seems your being a little disingenuous. Also it has been thoroughly proven that the 4 Americans had already been killed when the rescuers showed up in Tripoli a good two hours from Benghazi so your statement that "the stand down that killed 4 Americans" is incorrect.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:10 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Yoo Hoo, Eric, just a gentle reminder. I am still waiting for the list of SUCCESSFUL liberal programs that you claim exist.

  • Walter Chang posted at 3:47 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1286

    Beautiful Dreamer

    Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
    Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
    Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
    Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd away!
    Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
    List while I woo thee with soft melody;
    Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
    Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
    Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

    Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
    Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelie;
    Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
    Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
    Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
    E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
    Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
    Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
    Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

    Rich, Bing Crosby does it best. Enjoy


  • Kevin Paglia posted at 2:40 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2294

    To be honest don't know most of the "next in line" Republicans. Rand Paul, MIGHT be good for them, but he galvanized the Left against him as well.

    I would love to see a non-politician run for office. A person who built/grew their own business. Someone that remembers what it is like to be in the real world, not the political dream world. That is why I like the Libertarian party. Their offerings are usually business people with diverse ideas pulled from left and right for the betterment.

  • Ed Walters posted at 11:22 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 685

    Paglia: After reading your post, you speak of charismatic leadership and I wonder who you had in mind. Maybe Rand Paul on the Republican side (?) and then there is that person on the Demo`s side who`s face looks like a worn out catchers mit, and still can`t remember who called for the stand down that killed 4 Americans. No matter who wins in `16 it will be more of the same, same tune different words. Being so bumed out with government as a whole, perhaps you might find another person joining your libertarin party. While I do not know much about that party, who would you suggest as their person of interest in the `16 election?

  • Eric Barrow posted at 9:42 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1647

    I think that Richard is confused on the difference between observations and predictions. Two questions however, how does Hillary fit into your pipedream and don't you think Obama will veto any bill dismantling ACA or does your fantasy include a veto proof majority?

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:57 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2294


    As a conservative libertarian I would have to say the conservative/republicans have already LOST the next election. Not for platform stance but because of lack of any charismatic leadership. When the ones that ARE making the news are making it for doing/saying dumb stuff then they become the face of the Republican Party. There is no leader that is stepping up and becoming a positive face for the RP.
    I would predict at least another 10 years of Liberal leadership in D.C. The only way the RP can come back into power is to take the time and effort to rebuild, much like a football team. They need young blood that are powerful speakers, are likeable and have solid ideas.
    That said, the ONLY hope I have for this country is if people who were truly fed up with the Democrat vs Republican constant fighting, belittling and power-plays that are crippling this country would vote for the third party candidates they did like. We need more people in D.C. who are NOT bound to the power hungry political parties, but instead care about America.


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