Burch: Independence Day madness

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

The birth pangs of Tennessee and the United States were virtually simultaneous. In 1775, working for the Transylvania Company, Daniel Boone and a group of 30 axmen hacked out a trail called the Wilderness Road across the Cumberland Gap, opening up the western land for settlement. So when the United States was formally created on July 4, 1776, the path had been blazed for approximately 300,000 settlers to enter the new territory over the next 30 years.

Many of the early settlers came to Tennessee seeking freedom. They fought for independence from King George III, who was called a despot by some of the founding fathers and mad by others.

Tennessee earned the nickname “Volunteer State” after hundreds of Tennessee militiamen helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War at the 1780 Battle of King’s Mountain. After the war, more than 2,200 veterans elected to settle in Tennessee, which became the first federal territory to be admitted to the Union, in 1796. During the Civil War, Tennessee once again lived up to its nickname, furnishing more soldiers for the Confederate army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union army than any other Southern state.

Today most Tennesseans claim to be free as they celebrate Independence Day, but I have my reservations. Did we escape the clutches of mad King George, only to bow down to other irrational tyrants, such as:

King Romney the Elect. All indications are that if Mitt Romney is elected president, he will do everything in his child-of-privilege power to favor the 1 percent over the 99 percent, leaving millions of elderly, poor and disadvantaged Americans with hastily shredded safety nets.

King Pain. It also seems likely that Republicans in their current lost-marble madness will try to junk the Affordable Care Act without bothering to provide real-world solutions. To these self-professed Christians, helping the sick, elderly and poor is “socialism,” even though that’s exactly what Jesus Christ spent most of his time doing, asking nothing in return.

King War. If Israel attacks Iran, the U.S. could end up fighting its third major war in a decade. But we are already drowning in debt, much of it due to unfunded war spending. Even if the new war goes well, which seems unlikely, our country might go bankrupt before it’s over.

King Oil. Depending on oil for energy makes war more likely, because the lowest-cost oil is in the Middle East. But even if we can purchase enough oil peacefully at reasonable prices, the real cost remains far too high because polar ice caps and glaciers are melting at a rapid pace. Rising sea levels appear to be indisputable proof that the overall temperature of the earth is increasing. But American politicians — especially Republicans — seem to be impervious to scientific facts and reason.

King Ignorance. We the people have no one to blame but ourselves. We willingly believe lies, such as the one about 9/11 being the result of Muslims hating our lifestyles and values, when in reality the terrorists who were captured clearly said that the attacks were due to the injustices of Israel and the U.S. in the Middle East. Thus, we seem doomed to fight unnecessary, unwinnable wars, rather than simply ending the injustices that cause other people to attack us.

King Kong. The biggest brute on the block is our gargantuan government, which consumes a large percentage of everything we make, wastes mega-billions, and still manages to run up humongous debts. And this King Kong obviously believes that bigger is better, as it constantly sucks up to Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Business, and anyone else with Big Bucks. Republicans who claim they want “smaller government” cannot be believed, because their warmongering puts more power in our bloated federal government’s hands. There is only one true conservative left in the GOP: Ron Paul, a lone voice crying in the wilderness that wars and excessive military spending are bankrupting our nation.

How long can Americans afford to serve so many insane masters? How can we end this Independence Day madness? I believe the path back to sanity is to vote the Republican lackeys of the super-rich out of office, then put pressure on Democrats to end the wars and force the government to start living within the American taxpayers’ means.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 12:12

Mike.

I'm afraid your article is confined to your last paragraph; "How long can Americans afford to serve so many insane masters? How can we end this Independence Day madness? I believe the path back to sanity is to vote the Republican lackeys of the super-rich out of office, then put pressure on Democrats to end the wars and force the government to start living within the American taxpayers' means".

So, who are the insane masters?

The "in-office" nature of the USA is 6 of one and half-a-dozen of the other. Each party runs for office on the concept of getting us out of the situation the other party had gotten us in.

Considering my time of memory, beginning with WWII, 7 Democrats and 6 Republicans have been President of the USA. And the last man in that office has placed this nation deeper into dept than all Presidents before himself and it looks like he might take us into another war soon even though he promised to get us out of war and keep us out of war before he was elected.

So what party is the most responsible for the nation's debts? The Democrats seem to be the party whose desire is to "help the people" with beneficial handouts while the Republican party believes you should earn the money you're spending for your self's needs.

So which is the best philosophy of the two; gimme a handout, or gimme a job?

By: Ask01 on 7/6/12 at 3:24

Mike, while I, as a matter of principle, distrust all politicians regardless their affiliation, I agree the Republican party has devolved into the party of the 1%.

I am constantly mystified by the remarkable number of people who, even though the party could not care less for them, as they earn nowhere near enough to qualify as the 'elite,' continue to lend so much support to people bent on destroying their social class. These pawns of the rich and corporate 'Amerika,' after all, represent a drain on profits to swell the coffers of those at the top.

While they mindlessly, and incessantly repeat the mantra of "Get a job," they forget or ignore the fact jobs are scarce, partly thanks to those they support moving employment overseas to evade taxes. The misguided declare the wealthy and corporations create jobs, which has proven to be a lie. These cogs in the machine somehow believe themselves irreplacable, even though they will be unceremoniously thrown away once they have served their purpose.

Sadly, many of the benefits and entitlement programs they decry will be what a vast number depend on when they retire, if their retirement plans suffer a massive, unforeseen setback.

Case in point, I knew people who worked for Service Merchandise, purchasing stock in the company for retirement. When the company declared bankruptcy, the stock went south, taking with it their retirement dreams. Now, these unfortunates depend heavily on Social Security, and other programs they paid into. Some have government pensions they earned to bouy them in their declining years. The bottom line is, upper management bailed with their Golden Parachutes, leaving the crew to go down in flames.

This is after all, what I interepret the Republican ideal of personal responsibility, free enterprise, and earning your own money, as being all about. In short, everyone for themselves.

Returning to another misconception spread by the supporters, the vision of the poor lining up for the dole rather than working is indeed a myth. Many want to work, but, thanks to the corporate masters cutting jobs to maximize their profits, can't find work.

The idea people won't work for slave wages is correct, but I dare say many of those kvetching wouldn't work for those wages either. Many of the rabid Republican pawns scream, "Get an education," but I suspect many are no better educated than some of those out of work, or had opportunites or advantages they don't wish to make public, as such would deflate their rant.

There are many people working beneath their education or experience level because, as previously noted, their former jobs now support people in China, India, and other countries except America.

Yet they continue to claim the Republicans are the only hope for America.

If the Republican Party would lean on corporate 'Amerika' and their wealthy friends to actually create some jobs, and put America back to work, people would have money to spend and in turn, give that money back purchasing products and increasing profits.

The other option is to let history repeat itself. Once enough of the middle class have fallen to the lower rung and become angry enough, they will take action.

While a bloody, violent revolution is more picturesque, the more likely outcome is a sweep of the House, Senate, and White House, installing a total Democratic regime. Then, corporate 'Amerika" and the wealthy, having failed to spend their money to create jobs for the poor, can instead se taxes grow exponentially.

All of which could have been avoided if they had only created some jobs.

Just my opinion, Mike.

By: Ask01 on 7/6/12 at 4:43

One more item, Mike, before I head off to work.

Don't you find interesting the accusations of instigating class warfare Republicans often level when, from my perspective at least, the great class divide is actually exacerbated by actions of the party and those with whom they are engaged in a symbiotic relationship?

The middle class is being squeezed out, and sadly down. Eventually it seems, the goal is to establish a two class system of nobility and serfs, such as seen in Medieval Europe, which is odd since the greatest fear expressed is of the United States becoming a mirror of Europe. I guess so long as the swarming masses are kept under control and poor, and we stick to days of yore, emulating the Europeans is acceptable.

I have to go punch the timeclock and earn a living.

Have a wonderful day folks.

By: dargent7 on 7/6/12 at 4:49

Romney is indeed scarey.
I'd advise everyone to read this month's issue of Vanity Fair (yogi, you can have it read to you).
He has most of his $250 million in off-shore, European tax shelters and blind trusts.
He has NO idea what "middle America" that he panders to is all about or what we experience and go thru on a daily basis. He cannot even come close to comprehending what "the poor" go thru.
He blasts ObamaCare and will cancel it "on day one"
He will cancel Planned Parenhood "on day one".
He will bomb Iran "on day one".
He might sell one of Ann's Caddy's "on day one".
Basically, he'll change the face of America "on day one", making it worse than nit-wit Bush accomplished in 8 years.
Heaven, or Hell, help us.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 5:12

Hyperbole.

By: Ummm... on 7/6/12 at 5:18

The Teapublican faithful are so deluded, even when they learn of Romney's anti-American Swiss bank accounts and offshore tax havens, they won't care. I no longer listen to the late-night sports talk host J.T. the (rhymes with) "brick," because I have heard him speak on-air about "my man Romney" and equate a limo ride in NY to "feeling like a rich liberal- like Al Gore or John Kerry." Meanwhile, of course, "his man Romney" has a "car elevator" installed in one of his palatial homes. These people can only see one thing- Barack Obama is a black man with a foreign-sounding name. In their eyes, that makes him an Islamic communist trying to destroy "their" America. We can only hope that the Teapublicans first natural constituency- older white men- will die off soon, and that their other natural constituency- the ignorant and uneducated- will stop their rapid growth. It's a tall order.

By: dargent7 on 7/6/12 at 5:24

Romney's 4 car "elevator" being installed in beach front La Jolla, CA (think Belle Meade next to the ocean), is an example of how much money this guy has. And it's only one of 5 homes.

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 5:47

Mitt Romney is "hiding" his money just like the Democrats of this nation are hiding theirs. And I think, if you would simply look into the situation, there is also many "rich" Democrats in the USA. So where did the Democrats get their wealth; earn it through work or politics?

So you have a choice, dargent7: If you want to enter into a communist nation, vote for the man running but says he isn't so he doesn't have to prove his eligibility, who has no legal authority to run for said office, and the Democratic Party is sponsoring him, or the man running as a Republican who earned his personal wealth and is actually a legal candidate as an American citizen.

By: govskeptic on 7/6/12 at 5:49

So, it sounds as if we can list this "former" Reagen voter as doubtful in the
Nov election! Just like the President in his dreadful Independence Day
address, Mr. Birch uses the one National Holiday that salutes and gives
credit strictly to our nation, their salute is loaded with self-interest and
partisan politics versus any grateful credit to the nation or forefathers. What a
blathering twosome!

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 5:49

One more point, dargent7,

Would you refuse Mitt Romney's money if you had an opportunity to achieve it?

By: Ummm... on 7/6/12 at 5:53

Not that I care, govskeptic, but it's spelled "Reagan."

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 5:55

I didn't hear Obama's speech, govskeptic, but I did see him property his hand over his heart in public view during the playing of the National Anthem and it made me think: Well, he isn't placing his hand over his crotch during the National Anthem right now; I wonder if he will revert back to his crotch display after he's thrown out of office.

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 5:59

Well, it's not that I care either, Ummm, but what is the proper spelling of the name of the man sitting in our Oval Office today: Barack Obama..., or Barry Soetoro?

By: dargent7 on 7/6/12 at 6:01

Are you a retarded myna bird, or what?
Mitt changed his name. So did Obama. Mitt didn't like Willard (who would?). Barack was rather odd in Hawaii so Barry fit in.
Mitt's dad, and grandad were BORN in Mexico. They weren't "naturalized" any more than Obama's dad being born in Kenya.
Romney received his J.D. from Harvard, yet never practiced law.
Obama taught law at Harvard. One trumps the other.
Romney fled to France to do Mormon "missionary work" during the Vietnam war era.
Obama was 10 years old during the same era.
Romney didn't "renouce his US citizenship" traveling to France any more than Obama did going to Indonesia to study.
Romney has 5 sons, all of military age, during Bush I & II's Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, et.al, yet no one enlisted.
Yes, a real Norman Rockwell type of American family you sheep that need a shepard, will flock to.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 6:02

Gov, you are either extremely naive or just not very astute.

Yogi confirms that supply-side economics is a failure (congrats) and then goes on a completely moronic diatrabe. Rational thought followed by irrationality...sounds like schizophrenia to me...

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 6:05

Good morning, Nashville.

Another excellent, hard-hitting missive from Mike Burch. I agree with Mike's observations, analysis and conclusions.

Mike mentioned "King Oil" and "King War"...and he mentioned the US-Israel relationship; but refrained from calling the Jewish state, "King Israel"....or the King of Kings....is Israel the Queen of Queens? Or is Israel the court holyman with a mean streak?

Mike touched on all three members of the tripartite war super lobby...Defense, Israel & Energy (DIE). These are the three most powerful lobbies in Washington....and the Citizens Untied ruling has increased their power exponentially.....We the People have been left at the altar.....abandoned.

Instead of celebrating our independence from Great Britain - our closest ally - we should be declaring our independence from the militant nuclear-scofflaw state.... the apartheid Jewish theocracy in Palestine.

Of course, this is never going to happen...Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians have hijacked US foreign policy...the apparent goal: "Expediting Armageddon".

I suspect that Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's bellicose PM, will strike the Iranians in early October of this year....Iranian retaliation will target Israel.... and the US will then be sucked into the conflagration, in order to "save the Jews from annihilation".

Congress will demand that Obama attack the Iranians, once Israel is attacked in retaliation....Romney and the GOP will accuse Obama of "dithering" if he hesitates to strike Iran hard and fast....it's a set-up....enjoy the cheap gas now.

By: dargent7 on 7/6/12 at 6:06

DumbA$$: You are really starting to get on my nerves.
Soetoro was Obama's step dad's name. He took it. So, what?
Just like Gingrich was Newt's 2nd step dad's name. (vs. McPherson).
People, unlike yourself, have lives. They don't always fit into a square box, like your's.
Start eating at Taco Bell: "think outside the box".

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 6:11

Congress will demand that Obama attack the Iranians, once Israel is attacked in retaliation....

I disagree. Congress is benign. They're worthless, especially when it comes to military action. The President will do what he wants.

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 6:16

BTW, Romney will be visiting Israel in September...he's been there at least 11 times before...the devout Mormon Jewannabe will don the required yarmulke and he will pray at the Wailing Wall...he'll shove a prayer note into a crevice in the Wall...then he will be briefed by Israel's top guns...Romney already brags about getting daily briefings from the Israelis....he's working behind the back of a sitting POTUS...isn't that treasonous?

Ed Koch and many influential Jews are switching over to the Republican Party...if Obama loses the Jewish vote and loses the Jewish money he will be defeated by the Mormon Jewannabe.

Helen Thomas explained it clearly...the US media will do whatever the Israel lobby requires. The US media are acting as an Israeli fifth column in the US.

Nobody dares to complain...lest they be labelled as being "anti-Semitic".

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 6:23

Gd wrote, "I disagree. Congress is benign. They're worthless, especially when it comes to military action. "

Uhh, GD, Congress gave Junior Bush the go-ahead for military action against Iraq and Afghanistan....Congress gave Bush the Elder, the go-ahead to "liberate" Kuwait.

Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which paved the way for full Us engagement in Vietnam.

Congress approved of the Korean War and WW2 and WW1...in fact, I cannot think of a war in which Congress did not give the go-ahead.

Congress has never balked at funding the wars....without Congressional approval, we don't go to war....the President's job has been to convince Congress of the necessity for war...historically, they have done a good job in that regard.....the War Super Lobby has made Congressional Approval for war a slam-dunk.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 6:30

The only thing Congress has done is hand that power over to the President. They have no say. Don't believe me? See Libya.

The only avenue they've used in regards to military action is approving the funding, that's it.

By: govskeptic on 7/6/12 at 6:33

Darge: There you go again. Mitt's granddad and his wife were both American
citizens that went to Mexico, neither was born there. You are right that
his dad was born there, but that still made the dad an American!

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 6:37

Honestly, can we stop arguing about who was born where, when and as what? At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. Both Obama and Romney will be on the ballot in November (legally, IMO).

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 6:46

I also believe the talk about elevators, etc is redundant. I could, and would, argue that Romney has no clue about the middle or lower class, but not because of what he's bought, but because he was born to privilege.

Obama's rich too, not as rich as Romney, but his rags to riches story resonates with more Americans as what the American Dream should be.

I intentionally omitted the Americans who think he's Muslim, Communist, Satan's offspring, the man who shot J.R. and an alien from the planet Rimjobia.

By: slacker on 7/6/12 at 6:46

Hey Loner.. I'm sure you're aware that Putin recently visited Israel. They named a street in Bethlehem after Valdimir, they're calling it the ''Ritz.''
Val went to visit, it was... ''Putin On The Ritz''

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 6:52

Congress always caves in to the POTUS, when the POTUS asks for war....the Defense, Israel and Energy lobbies have purchased the Congressional vote....war is always going to get a thumbs-up vote in the US Congress....both parties are on the take....DIE rules!

BTW, Ann Romney is hinting that Willard is considering asking a woman to be his VP....let's see, how many right-wing Jewish-Latino women are in Congress?

FL Rep. Elena Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, comes immediately to mind....she has seniority, gravitas and savvy....she would insure that Romney gets the Jewish vote....and the key Florida vote....Ros Lehtinen is not just Jewish...she is the daughter of Cuban refugees...and that is why she is out of the running....she was born in Havana Cuba....sorry, Elena, you'll have to run for Israeli Prime Minister instead.

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 7:07

Slack...very funny...Putin on the Ritz. Putin did visit the West Bank...something the US leaders never do...Israel doesn't like cameras and microphones around in the Occupied territories.

The Israelis did rename a public square to honor Jonathan Pollard, the convicted American Jew who spied for Israel and caused massive damage to US security across the globe. Jonathan Pollard Square is located in occupied Jerusalem.

Naming a public square after Pollard is akin to the British naming a public square after Benedict Arnold....again, allies do not honor traitors to their allies.

Netanyahu visited Pollard in prison, in 2002, Pollard is still in imprisoned....Netanyahu has demanded hat Pollard be released.

You gotta ask, "What sort of an ally honors a traitor to an ally?" Any nation that would do so is no ally, that's an ingrate parasite nation, not an ally.

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 7:13

Romney would free Jonathan Pollard on Day One? If he promises that, every Jew in America will vote for him....the Jewish cash would propel Willard to the top job in the country....US Vassal to Israel.....and it's all perfectly legal.

By: Loner on 7/6/12 at 7:14

Here's the Wiki on Pollard:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 7:16

Romney is going to cure cancer on day one too. In fact, his first day is so busy, he'll likely skip the inauguration.

By: budlight on 7/6/12 at 7:18

Ask01 wrote "Returning to another misconception spread by the supporters, the vision of the poor lining up for the dole rather than working is indeed a myth. Many want to work, but, thanks to the corporate masters cutting jobs to maximize their profits, can't find work."

Ask01, how would corporations stay in business if they don't maximize their profits? They have many government rules and regulations which cost them tons of money. Workers comp insurance is one of those extremely high costs. I have friends who had to close their businesses because of the high costs of operating business.

So if we shut down all those greedy corporations, where would everyone work? Small, mom & pop businesses are good, but they cannot sustain our economy.

This country has a current King, Burch. His name is King Hussain Obama. He is a dictator; signing all those executive orders as if he were just signing his name in his diary. One day you all will look back and wonder why you wanted a dictator to run our country. By the way, of the 10 richest people in Congress, 7 of them are DEMOCRATS. You just fail to write that in your posts. But then of course, I should expect that because you are a follower of them dems.

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 7:20

dargent7,

First: Mitt, like Barry, are nick names of the two men. They still have their legal names; whatever it is for Obama.
Second: Romney's grandparents moved to Mexico where his father was born. Not his grandfather. His grandparents never gave up their American citizenship, thus his father was born as an American citizen in Mexico. He moved to the USA in his young adulthood and married a young American woman. Their son was born in the USA to parents who were American citizens.

Even if Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, he lost his American citizenship when he was adopted by his Indonesian stepfather. By law, if you ever release your natural born American citizenship, you can only get your citizenship back through naturalization. You cannot become a natural born citizen again even if you was one at your birth.

And getting down to the bottom of the barrel, why isn't he willing to identify himself? Why has he refused to do so from the very beginning. Further, why has the Democrat Party back a man whom they don't even know? Or if they do know him, give him assistance in his secrecy.

By: Rasputin72 on 7/6/12 at 7:22

Burch, you are correct in one thing there are so many "Kings" pulling and tugging on the fabric of the United States that a day of reckoning is coming.

The "Kings" that I abhor are King Underclass,King Free Stuff,King Entitlement and King Class Envy and King Wall Street Slut.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 7:25

Bud completely misunderstood Ask01's post...anyone shocked? Executive orders are nothing new, if you think Obama is a dictator, what did you think of Bush? lol

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/feb/10/barack-obama/obama-says-companies-have-nearly-2-trillion-sittin/

The only issue is regarding why businesses are sitting on the money...is it because of the uncertainty regarding the upcoming election or the uncertainty about Europe?

I'd say both...in regards to the former, I'd be surprised if anyone thinks Washington can do anything constructive.

In regards to the latter, maybe they're saving that money for the bet that the Euro Zone breaks up.

By: Ummm... on 7/6/12 at 7:27

Let the record show that brainedlight (one of the dimmer bulbs) doesn't believe in the power of small business, to which her Teapublican buddies pay so much lip service. And she agrees with Romney that "corprations are people too, my friend." Ergo, she must favor that recent knife in democracy's heart, the Citizens United decision. The amount of pure bullcrap these people can be persuaded to support never ceases to amaze.

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 7:33

You're right on one part of the issue, gdiafarte. Obama and Romney will be on the ballot in November, but only one of them will be on that ballot legally.

If, and I repeat: If Obama was born as a natural born citizen, he gave that up when he was adopted by his stepfather in Indonesia. He could not get that natural born status back once he lost it.

But with a Kenyan father and American mother, if he was born in Hawaii he could only have received dual citizenship. No way, Josea, could he be a natural born American citizen.

Another point: What passport did Obama show to get in to Pakistan in 1981 when Pakistan would not accept American passports in their nation?

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 7:33

And, going back to the "sitting on cash" argument...that flies against the tenets of supply-side economics...that money should be reinvested. Instead, they're squeezing out more production with less workforce. That's a problem.

If these companies aren't going to reinvest that money, then they shouldn't get it. Period. Put that money to better use. Invest it in infrastructure repairs or something to that effect.

By: BenDover on 7/6/12 at 8:12

This election comes down to a question of whether government's role is to defend that which people have gone to the trouble to earn or to take it and use it to advance an often corrupt and politically motivated bureaucracy's definition of 'good'.

Are we a country that can cling to 'liberty' and the thoughtful founding ideals of John Locke; or are we a country that has succumbed to juvenile mythos of Robin Hood?

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 8:15

lol Ben. You really are a drama queen.

By: Sherwood80 on 7/6/12 at 8:28

" We the people have no one to blame but ourselves. We willingly believe lies, such as the one about 9/11 being the result of Muslims hating our lifestyles and values, when in reality the terrorists who were captured clearly said that the attacks were due to the injustices of Israel and the U.S. in the Middle East. Thus, we seem doomed to fight unnecessary, unwinnable wars, rather than simply ending the injustices that cause other people to attack us."

Amazing - this was part of the article, yet to read through the comments, you have to wonder if any had even taken notice of these remarks.

Let me repeat - We the people have no one to blame but ourselves

By: BenDover on 7/6/12 at 8:30

You read Burch's crazy diatribe and then call ME the drama queen?

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 8:34

Read my 6:12 critique of the article Ben.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/12 at 8:36

By: govskeptic on 7/6/12 at 7:33
Darge: There you go again. Mitt's granddad and his wife were both American
citizens that went to Mexico, neither was born there. You are right that
his dad was born there, but that still made the dad an American!

Tell it to the idiot from Gordonsville. He will believe because Mitt’s family is white.

By: BenDover on 7/6/12 at 8:40

Missed it when I was skimming the comments, gd. That was my thought about it exactly.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 8:44

I'd like to believe that either party gives a damn about liberty, the American Dream, or anything else that doesn't involve padding their bank account or obtaining/maintaining power, but I don't.

As long as Americans keep falling in with party lines, as Sherwood stated, we only have ourselves to blame.

By: slacker on 7/6/12 at 8:46

Burch wants to vote out the super rich Republican lackeys, and vote in the Democratic (want to be super rich) lackeys.

We'll have new lackeys, same as the old lackeys.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/12 at 8:48

Putin on the Ritz LOL

I agree with Sherwood80.

By: yogiman on 7/6/12 at 8:49

It looks like the USA is in the process of confirming history of the past by bringing it into the future.

History showed a national usually only lasted a little over 200 years. We celebrated our 236th birthday on the 4th.

The politicians of today have gotten into their self-service stage and to hell with the Constitution our Founders gave to us. When is our nation going to collapse? Could we be a twin of Rome?

By: Mike Burch on 7/6/12 at 8:50

Ask01,

You said, "Mike, while I, as a matter of principle, distrust all politicians regardless their affiliation, I agree the Republican party has devolved into the party of the 1%. I am constantly mystified by the remarkable number of people who, even though the party could not care less for them, as they earn nowhere near enough to qualify as the 'elite,' continue to lend so much support to people bent on destroying their social class. These pawns of the rich and corporate 'Amerika,' after all, represent a drain on profits to swell the coffers of those at the top."

I call this "the curious collusion between the rich and the poor." I think it happens because rich people who care little or nothing about morality use "shared values" and "faith" to seem like the "righteous ones" who will preserve the US by keeping it a Christian nation. But this is a pure sham, because Jews, the apostles and the Hebrew prophets clearly said that the rich should help the poor, rather than taking advantage of them.

Half the Americans who vote seem to vote based on faith and values, rather than their own best interests. But the rich are making them poorer and poorer, and the rich and their political lackeys the Republicans are the antithesis of Jesus Christ.

So it is, indeed, a curious collusion, and one that threatens 99% of Americans while the 1% laugh to the bank and control the halls of power.

By: gdiafante on 7/6/12 at 8:50

I'm pretty sure a national only has a life-span of 80 years or less...