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Call for a "Republican Awakening"

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Remember back in 2008 when there was all the talk of troop surges in Iraq and something that few people probably understood at the time...the Sunni Awakening. The Sunni Awakening was described at the time by The Political Junkie:

    "There is one major reason for the "Sunni Awakening." Sunni Sheiks were tired of being used and bullied by their former allies, al-Qaeda and saw the need to stand up to them or risk being pushed aside and dominated. They initially saw al-Qaeda as friends to their cause but soon regretted that decision once al-Qaeda began operating outside the interests of the Sunni."

    The House Republicans left today for a retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia that will supposedly be "focused on unifying the conference after the fractious fight over the “fiscal cliff," and preparing for upcoming policy battles."

    House GOP heads to retreat seeking unity

    You can read about their agenda at The Hill at the above link, but I would suggest that what the Republicans really need is an Awakening...not unlike the Sunni Awakening in that they need to do some soul searching as to whether their members are tired of being used and bullied by the likes of the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, AIPAC, the military industrial complex, and more. It would be a wonderful thing if the consensus that emerged from their conference was not of plans for more battles for their sugar daddies, but rather a "Republican Awakening" in which they said "enough" of special interest bullying and ransoming...we are going to put America's interests first. We are Americans!

    Huh? Oh, excuse me. Am I dreaming or what?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" please do me a favor, do not "drinK' and "write" at the same time; it is worse than a dream. Do you really think they will "wake up" with all these nutheads around the table. Mostly at such meetings they have a "sponsor"; I guess the "little table presents" are from what industry and lobby club you think? So please next time drink only Heineken, when you write!!!
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    Depends entirely upon which facet of the Republican party attends.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "wovengems" Does that really matter? The influence of the "Tea aunties" has not evaporated yet, so it depends who's party it is. But anyway they are all so called "capitalists" so "money" is their "god" so I think the whole party is poluted by that.
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    Dutch Wrote: "wovengems" Does that really matter? The influence of the "Tea aunties" has not evaporated yet, so it depends who's party it is. But anyway they are all so called "capitalists" so "money" is their "god" so I think the whole party is poluted by that.
    And here I thought the Republicans were aware of the problem facing them from within.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: "schmidt" please do me a favor, do not "drinK' and "write" at the same time; it is worse than a dream. Do you really think they will "wake up" with all these nutheads around the table. Mostly at such meetings they have a "sponsor"; I guess the "little table presents" are from what industry and lobby club you think? So please next time drink only Heineken, when you write!!!
    Dutch --

    Yes, you are right. I will blame the Canadian Moosehead beer for my sudden inspirational impulse. Next time it will be a Grolsch...and watch out.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" I guess you got a huge problem in this country!! Why?? You are super intelligent and have a sense of humor too; I thougt that was forbidden here!! (at least by one party!!)
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Washington Post: House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection

    “It’s a time for self-reflection,” said one member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of the private discussions. “Our identity with the American people has really, really suffered, and this is a conversation about collectively restoring a values-driven identity.”

    Self-reflection...or an "awakening," perhaps. Ha.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" the "self reflection thing"; it depends on what type of mirror they look at; I guess they never cleaned that mirror and things are showing kind of distorted and drap. I guess it must have algea on it because they like the color of green. Whatever they may come up with, who says the Tea Party members will go away, I doubt it. The future will tell.