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Let’s try a thought experiment. Let’s say you had a candidate who was skeptical of some portions of the Bible. Let’s say he took the New Testament and removed the stories of Jesus’ miracles and assertions that he was divine. Let’s say this candidate once wrote a letter to a friend saying that he did not believe in the virgin birth, the immaculate conception, the trinity, original sin and the resurrection. Would you vote for this candidate? If you said no, I regret to inform you that you’ve just rejected Thomas Jefferson.

Barry Lynn (via azspot)

Don’t tell Fox News…

Michele Bachmann is a very scary individual

She and her husband own a Christian counseling center (that receives state funds by the way) that attempts to “cure” homosexuals.  Regarding homosexuals, her husband said:

Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to go down that road.

By all accounts, Bachmann shares the views of her husband.  In 2004 she said:

This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay.

This is not a person with a reasonable worldview.  This is a person whose moral system is based on the most barbarically literal interpretation of Bronze-Age mythology.  She should not be allowed to have a say on what laws are passed in the most powerful country in the world.  That she is being seriously considered as a presidential candidate is…dismaying and evidence of how vacuous our political process has become.

Source and source.

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producermatthew:

FOX News contributor Mike Huckabee says he’s not interested in running for president in 2012.
“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said during his weekend program on the FOX News Channel.

Strike one crazy from the ticket.  I suspect he may end up as a VP candidate.

producermatthew:

FOX News contributor Mike Huckabee says he’s not interested in running for president in 2012.

“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said during his weekend program on the FOX News Channel.

Strike one crazy from the ticket.  I suspect he may end up as a VP candidate.

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Can We Stop Questioning Obama’s Legitimacy Now?

letterstomycountry:

Can We Stop Questioning Obama’s Legitimacy Now?

I remain skeptical of the celebratory atmosphere following Osama Bin Laden’s death  (have we really won after sacrificing so much in the way of civil liberties, blood and treasure to catch him?), but much of this also needs to be said:

So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.

But there’s one effect on US domestic politics that deserves a thought:

Here’s hoping that we have at last seen the end of this ugly insinuation that there is something less than fully American about the black president with the exotic name.

On Friday came the release of the long-form birth certificate that provided the final decisive refutation of the birther lie that President Obama was born elsewhere than the United States.

On Saturday at the White House Correspondents dinner, the most visible proponent of that lie, the blowhard TV tycoon Donald Trump, was publicly ridiculed in front of an audience of 3,000 people – without a voice to excuse or defend him.

And then late Sunday, the president told the nation of the successful execution of his order to shoot and kill Osama bin Laden.

The success of the bin Laden operation is a great moment for the United States – and not only for the United States.

But it is also a deservedly bad moment for some of the destructive forces in American public life: for those who have substituted for ordinary politics a sustained campaign to brand President Obama as an outsider, as un-American, as non-American.

Those of us who oppose this administration’s economic and foreign policies have had so many valid points to make.

Yet some have insisted on traveling beyond those valid points. They have called the president “post American.” A “Third world dictator.” An individual whose behavior could only be interpreted as “Kenyan post-colonial.”  A “thug in chief.” They have tried to present US politics not as a choice between liberal and conservative, but as a choice between American and non-American, between real Americans and between a dangerous dark-skinned intruder. They have sought to portray the President as a man who could not be trusted to lead the country because he owed no loyalty to the country – because he did not belong in the country.

After the events of the past 72 hours, those kinds of attacks should be finished now. It’s a cleaner world without bin Laden soiling it. And American politics will be cleaner for the expunging of the malicious fantasy of the president’s non-Americanness.

President Obama has performed the first job of an American president: he has used the power of the nation well to defeat the nation’s enemies and defend the nation’s people. After an interval for celebration of yesterday’s accomplishment, it will be back to politics as usual. But let’s hope that this time, the usual will have this difference: that the administration can be criticized as “liberal” without being libeled as “alien.”

No I doubt it.  If you recall the birther thing was just one cloud in the larger smokescreen.  Muslim, socialist, Marxist, every label that could possibly disqualify him in the eyes of the conservatives has been used.  I am skeptical about the possibility that this has somehow changed over night.  Perhaps time will prove me wrong.

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The eyes of the country and the media are upon the Donald. He is certainly saying a lot of things people want to hear. He has been absolutely relentless on the birth certificate issue. He has said political correctness is killing the country. He has not been shy about going after Muslims or the Chinese. He wants to repeal Obama care, does not approve of gay marriage and is pro-life. He says he is blunt and he is right about that. He is blunt. But is he right? Donald Trump is an American icon, bigger than life. Trump can sell ice to Eskimos. The question a lot of us need to start asking is, what is he selling America?

If Donald Trump really believes what he is saying and would really govern that way, he could go down as a great President.

Do people change their beliefs over time? Sure they do. Do people who want to be elected to high office tell us what they think we want to hear? Absolutely. Given Trump’s previous liberal beliefs and absent a ‘Damascus Road conversion,’ we have to wonder if Trump is only telling us what we want to hear.

Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation

Hey, Tea Party Nation…
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(via cognitivedissonance)

Part of me really wants the Tea Party and the Republicans to hand over the reins to a complete crackpot just so they can drive the crazy train right off the rails.

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Trump: We should stay in Iraq and keep their oil

liberal-life:

In an interview on Fox News, potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his Iraq strategy to Bill O’Reilly.

“In the old days when you had wars, you win, right?” Trump began. “You win. To the victor belonged the spoils. So when we go to Iraq, we spend $1.4 trillion so far and thousands of lives are lost, right? … And we’re going to leave and 15 minutes after we leave, Iran is going to go into Iraq.”

Having laid out the problem to his own satisfaction, Trump then proposed a solution: “You stay and protect the oil and you take the oil and you take whatever is necessary for them and you take what’s necessary for us and we pay our self back $1.5 trillion or more. We take care of Britain, we take care of other countries that helped us and we don’t be so stupid.”

“So, in a nutshell, we go in, we take over the second largest oil fields and we stay.”

(Source: Raw Story)

Oh that’s cool.  Because I want my president to have the same moral code as a Mongol warlord.