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Denise

Frogg, excellent points. I would like to add that some conservative Americans like myself are disappointed that certain Republicans seem to be catering to the left or being too wimpy to stand up to them. For one thing, there's the amnesty for illegal immigrants they keep trying to pass through. Another prime example is the issue of climate change. I haven't heard a single Republican politician speak up for the scientists who say it's all hysteria and that climate change is a normal thing. Instead, we've got McCain sounding like a Democrat when he talks about it. What gives? Is there some green peace nut holding a gun to his head? The scientists are getting death threats, so who knows. Maybe Republicans are too. (And if I hear anymore about those stupid Live Earth or whatever concerts that all those celebrities used up so much fuel to attend, I swear, I'm going to hurl!) >:-(

atheling

Denise:

I'm disgusted with the Republicans for the same reasons. The amnesty thing is particularly egregious. The Democrats, in their drive for power want amnesty because it gives them votes. The Republicans in their greedy drive for wealth want it because it's cheap labor and good for business.

However, I'll probably end up voting Republican because I know they would make better wartime leaders than the Democrats because the Dems don't even know we're at war.

Frogg, USA

Denise and Atheling,

Yeah, that Shamnesty bill was scary, wasn't it? But, you know what was so great about the whole process in the end....

"we the people" spoke. We were powerful weren't we? And, we stopped it in its tracks.

Yes, the Dems are trying to sneak it through in bits and pieces. Some may get through; but, not much.

And, the Repubs who were in support of the Shamnesty bill (ie Kyl, Graham, etc) are now the big pushers of "border security first" bills (and the stuff that had true bi-partisan support).

Frogg, USA

Battleground Poll: 71% Say Congressmen Put Party’s Interests Over Nation’s Interests

July 27th, 2007

excerpts:

Majorities of Americans believe most politicians are not trustworthy and hold an unfavorable view toward them in general. That was in line with what many surveys have shown.

Even more striking was the answer to the question of whether Americans believe their own member of Congress puts partisan politics ahead of constituents’ interests. Fully 71 percent said partisan politics and 63 percent strongly hold that view.

Lake called it “downright flabbergasting and a very, very serious warning” to all politicians that the national political environment is highly unstable. “It’s a warning to all the candidates that they have to straddle these two worlds: effectiveness and not being an insider,” she said.

What are people looking for? The Battleground Poll, which is co-sponsored by George Washington University, asked which qualities they prefer in their politicians:someone who is willing to find “practical, workable solutions” or someone who exudes “strength of values and convictions.” By 2-1, those surveyed said they want someone working to get things done.

The other finding of note in the Battleground Poll was growing disenchantment with Democrats in Congress. Tringali called it “an awfully short honeymoon” for a party that just took over the House and Senate in January.

http://patdollard.com/2007/07/27/battleground-poll-71-say-congressmen-put-partys-interests-over-nations-interests/#more-1854

atheling

Oh I'm fed up with just about everyone at the beltway. Tom Tancredo is the only one who walks the walk and talks the talk, but he doesn't have a chance.

Fred Thompson just shot himself in the foot by hiring Pan Islamist Spencer Abraham to manage his campaign! Pure idiocy!

It's going to be Giuliani, I think. He's too socially liberal for me but I'll take him over Hilary any day.

Simon Newman

Mary Fernandez:
"How would Ron Paul 'restore' the U.S. Constitution?!"

Abolish the Incorporation Doctrine, for a start (see eg http://www.amnation.com/vfr/#008419 ) - more generally, limit Federal power and restore the States to their proper position.

Joanna

I have to agree, the 2006 elections may have been a blessing in disguise. If we had continued with a Republican-controlled Congress until the 2008 elections, I would have been tempted to vote Democrat just for variety--that is, if I hadn't been a thoroughgoing social conservative. The way the Democrats have been playing partisan politics, and their lack of success in getting legislation through...I could go on--makes conservative prospects in 2008 much brighter.

I think the Democrats may have shot themselves in the foot in their approach to Iraq, also. Their "mandate" was more a protest than an approval of their policies.

Mary Fernandez

Simon -

The 14th Amendment was ratified and made part of the Constitution. The incorporation doctrine could easily be repealed by ACT OF CONGRESS, not by any any executive order of Ron Paul.

The Constitution doesn't need 'restoring'. It is just fine. The problem you are concerned with have to do with interpretation (though the incorporation doctrine is very low on my list. Most states have the Bill of Rights guaranteed in their own constitutions and choice of law requirements in Federal court require that Federal judges apply State law). That means a Republican congress and constitutionalist judges.

Ron Paul is dangerously close to being a Larouchie.

Mary Fernandez

Joanne -

I have to agree with you. If you actually studied the individual elections in 2006, what you saw were very conservative Democrats replacing very liberal Republicans. (Good news for the Democratic Party in 30 years.)

Hopefully, the hippie-revival that has been this congressional debacle, will swing people back to voting for grown-ups in 2008. (And, hopefully, the Republicans will have been suitably chastised for going off the conservative reservation.)

Mary Fernandez

BTW

Am I the only one who thinks the picture Adrian Wooldridge looks like a mugshot?

Denise

Mary Fernandez, no! LOL!! :-D

Atheling, despite my disappointments, I too will vote Republican. Because I will never ever vote Democrat. And I'll DEFINITELY take Giuliani over Hillary also.

Steevo

Anyone who votes Democrat, votes for the Devil.

Frogg, USA

The Very Best News Yet in the Battleground Poll

By Bruce Walker

excerpts:

Not only are conservatives a majority in America today, but never in the history of the Battleground Poll has the percentage of Americans who are conservative been greater.

Over the past five-and-a-half years I have been encouraging conservatives to take heart: we are the overwhelming majority of Americans. Consistently, the Battleground Poll, which is a comprehensive poll conducted jointly by a Republican polling organization and a Democrat polling organization and which reveals all the internals of its polls, has shown in Question D3 outstandingly good news for conservatives.

Respondents are asked, point blank, to identify themselves and there are exactly six responses that respondents are allowed to give: “very conservative,” “somewhat conservative,” “moderate,” “somewhat liberal,” “very liberal,” and “unsure.” In every single poll since early 2002 — and there have been nine separate Battleground Polls, spaced apart by six months or more — those Americans who consider themselves “very conservative” or “somewhat conservative” overwhelmingly outnumber all the other four categories combined.

snip

Not only are conservatives a majority in America today, but never in the history of the Battleground Poll has the percentage of Americans who are conservative been greater. Sixty-three percent of Americans, as of late July 2007, identified themselves as “very conservative” or “somewhat conservative.” Only thirty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal.” Two percent are those all-important “moderate” voters and two percent “don’t know.”

As of today – right now – conservatives outnumber liberals in America by a margin of almost two to one, easily the widest gap in the history of the Battleground Poll.

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/07/30/the-very-best-news-yet-in-the-battleground-poll/

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