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honor for the office of president and defend

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  • Democrat
    Ohio
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    i would like to know when the democrats will get a backbone. they have let outregous entitled(their feelings} republicans for not only how atrocious they have treated the man but also the office of president. NOOO presidental officer has been disrespected humiliated than any president it started when the preident was called a liar in the well of senate and notype of retribution or apology not for the man but for the office. democrats have done nothing but sat on yheir hands and tape on their mouth and done nothing i was so embarrassed not just as a drm but an american. it is so sad and pathetic the dems are acting at this time and some reepublicans have run riot over the party are stoking bigotry and hatred for poor, many colored type people foreigners that i am getting alittle uncomfortable and scared their is some much hate out theirand they are stoking it with lies please any democrat who believes in freedom equality and respect please start acting likr a man we need a new counter and counterpoint show with statemants backed up by proof not just what they sat they know show me the proof before it is too late
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    respect,
    I want to welcome you to this site. We need more women to offer their views. I agree with your post. I believe that this president get's so much hatred and disrespect because far too many people are still racists. Ann Coulter was blasting the attempt to get a new law on immigration. She called it the browning of America. That points to the hate of the republicans.
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    Just wanted to say, many of us feel exactly like you do. (to be continued).
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Sorry; stop the hypocracy; Presidents are fully aware of why they are elected; either by means of "money" or " interest groups" or "big ego's"
    I have no respect for them other than that they either do a proper task and are not just there to feed their ego's. I personally never would want any such job, my ego is n't big enough for that. Since in this country often these positions are filled via the "lobby" system, it means that not always the people with the best qualifications win. We as voters have very little influence as long as huge piles of money drive the voting system. Thus simply said, our Presidents are just "tools" of the society and are being manipulated by certain groups with money or power.
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    Elections have become so vengeful & atrocious, it's like the bull fights & the gladiator contests of the ancient past. It is almost a blood sport, & in a world of high civilization, it is barbaric. The sophistication & intellectual part is now boiled down to who can hurl the most insults & tell the most lies. For a man of ultimate education & fine character like Barack Obama, it must be like walking through a sewer. Few people would want to take the office under these conditions, & subject their family to all the dangers & contemptuous lies.

    For somebody like Sarah Palin, who should have aspired to nothing more than a "Junior Miss AirHead" contest in Alaska middle school, it is insulting & hideous to hear her making demeaning remarks to Obama. Her sarcastic derogatory tone while mimicking "Green eggs & Ham" as done by Ted Cruz in Congress, was childish & retarded, thus bringing shame & disgrace on the nation's Capitol. But raving fools are "favorites" in the T-Party.

    Imagine how they sound to "normal" people out in the rest of the world, where they still value some degree of politeness & charm, to be fit for the highest office in the land. The USA has been a "super power" for 200 years, but now the essential "decay" has begun to set in, which always happens before the Fall. Empires rise and fall, in due course, but THIS one in America has been "deliberately sabotaged" from within by radical elements of the right-wing in the GOP, -- they have poisoned the well of respectful fellowship, & made any normal form of compromise, an exercise in futility.

    But do not misinterpret the T-Party as just a funny bunch of loonies. It takes a lot of cunning & strategic planning to arrive where they are now. They have been well infiltrated into places of Power & Influence, & have been "well-financed" by multi-millionaires. But of course, they are just being "used" as pawns by the Wealthy, to fulfill THEIR agenda. Someday they may be discarded just as easily as they were beguiled into the fold, in the distant past. Soon the Mask will come off, & the face of pure FASCISM will grin back at them (& you). And America as we know it, will fade away..
  • Independent
    Minnesota
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    The office of Presidency is a standard that only the president himself can really disrespect. We can be disrespectful of the person in the seat, properly, when it is in relation to the office being the standard. In that respect it is in defense of the office, not an attack of the office.

    Also I would request pulling back on similes that don’t match, such as “barbaric” in reference to dirty politicking. Especially since we currently have barbaric actions in Syria against the Syrian Christians (which this Al-Qaeda denounced Islamic group is sacrificing them to Allah.) Or how people in the world outside of the US political arena are “normal” and polite and charming. I laughed when I read that. You need to get out and travel. I found there really is no difference between cultures and their politicking, especially in Asia countries. But in their defense at least they don’t hold it inside.

    One last thought on your point about controlling the populace for personal means. Fascism is when the government doesn’t own your business, but strictly regulates your business to do exactly as demanded by government. And when a corporation gets its hands into the government it creates benefits to itself by placing heavy restrictions on their competition. I really believe there should be separation between corporation and government, but how would that ever be enforced. The capital (in every state and the nation) should not be used as part of the business strategy against your competitor. This decay of America begun over a hundred years ago when the right of the person was not as equal as the right of the corporation.

    The backbone of America is not the Democrats, or the Republicans, or T party, the backbone of America is in every individual. I look at these past several administrations as spinal taps to the America way of life. The findings I fear may be fatal.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I have discussed this before, but I'll add it again. Sheldon Wolin wrote this in 2003 while Bush was president.

    Sheldon Wolin, The Nation, May 19, 2003: Inverted Totalitarianism

    You should read the whole article, but I'll just extract the second to the last paragraph:

    "Thus the elements are in place: a weak legislative body, a legal system that is both compliant and repressive, a party system in which one party, whether in opposition or in the majority, is bent upon reconstituting the existing system so as to permanently favor a ruling class of the wealthy, the well-connected and the corporate, while leaving the poorer citizens with a sense of helplessness and political despair, and, at the same time, keeping the middle classes dangling between fear of unemployment and expectations of fantastic rewards once the new economy recovers. That scheme is abetted by a sycophantic and increasingly concentrated media; by the integration of universities with their corporate benefactors; by a propaganda machine institutionalized in well-funded think tanks and conservative foundations; by the increasingly closer cooperation between local police and national law enforcement agencies aimed at identifying terrorists, suspicious aliens and domestic dissidents."

    This is essentially what Wolin describes as inverted totalitarianism. It differs from classic fascism.