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Smokin' Joe April 19, 2014 at 02:28 pm
That's the astonishing part, that their depth of expertise, even amongst their insiders, is soRead More shallow that they might not know.
Donald Lee April 19, 2014 at 02:32 pm
Once you breach the wall and allow for agenda to trump principle, almost anything is possible - andRead More permissible. Re-establishing principle always seems horribly unfair, but the alternative is continuing, and worsening chaos.
Liberaltarian April 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm
I'm glad that you included a couple "if true"s in your post. I'm pretty skeptical of aRead More story based solely on "according to a person". Don't journalists feel any obligation to confirm a story anymore?
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Roy Roscoe April 19, 2014 at 09:12 pm
Liberaltarian writes "In general, the "freedom to worship without the government sayingRead More no" is overstated as a cause of the American Revolution. It is why some people moved to the colonies, but once here, England wasn't preventing those people from practicing their religions." Actually, if people believed the Revolution was because people wanted to worship as they pleased that would be a mistake. But, religion was a major factor in starting the revolution because ministers were the best formal news source of the day. Religion was also the major player in formulating the nation: mostly from a standpoint of it being an impediment and many different beliefs had to be satisfied in order to gain sufficient consensus to even form the United States. Religion was the obstacle not the reason for formation.
Old Coot April 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm
RR, yes and no on your latest post. Very briefly, have you heard of the Great Awakening and it'sRead More probable contribution to the revolutionary spirit? Also, it seems to me that the main reason for compromise was to find ways in which 13 sovereign nations could be coaxed into giving up some of their independence, finding ways in which they could work together (hence, the "general welfare" provision of the constitution). And, of course, slavery was also another big issue requiring compromise. Finally, the culture of the southern states was, in many respects, quite different from the culture of New England (not only in religious terms but in other ways as well). Arguably, the Civil War was a kind of replay of the religious and cultural differences that ripped England apart in the 1640s. Interestingly also King George III is reputed to have said that the American Revolution was the Calvinists revenge on the English monarchy (or words to that effect).
Roy Roscoe April 20, 2014 at 12:09 am
Old Coot, You are absolutely right Rev. John Witherspoon and others were integral, so much so KingRead More George called it, many times, the "Presbyterian Uprising.". The founders spent much time selling various religious leaders in different states and religions that Federalism would never hurt their particular faiths.
Governor Dayton (official photo)
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
Dr. Jerod Ochsendorf April 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Remember not only to look for organic... But also non-GMO! Just because it says it's organic doesn'tRead More mean it's good for you... Look for organic heirloom seeds... Happy Gardening!
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Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.
Rachael Harvey April 13, 2014 at 07:21 pm
The river is beginning to flood. It is over the levee in Stillwater. See it live atRead More www.stillwaterwebcam.com
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