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The blame stops here

The Campaign for Our America shuts its doors for good at the end of this month, dead from lack of support, voter apathy and my own inability to rally enough people behind the cause. I’ve spent the last three months trying to generate more support but appeals for help have gone largely unanswered and you can’t have a “national grassroots organization” with fewer than 100 contributors.
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Just partisan political pukes

From time to time, some partisan political puke will email or confront me in a coffee shop to try and convince me that America will be so much better off with their party in power. Currently, it's the Democrats who shout from the rooftops that the only thing America needs to cure its ills is to put someone from the party of the jackass back into the White House. Yeah, right: And there will be pork in the tree tops by morning. This is what makes the American political system such a laughing stock. When partisanship trumps practical thinking, reason takes a holiday and America loses.
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Where, and when, did we go wrong?

At what point did this country lose its way? America used to stand for law, freedom, decency and human rights. When, exactly, did we stop believing on those basic concepts? We used to be admired around the world. Now we are despised and feared in some quarters and considered a laughingstock in others. The Senate confirms, as Attorney General, a man who says he doesn't know if waterboarding is torture. Doesn't know? What alternative universe spawned this misguided sub-species?
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Revolutions must start somewhere

Remember remember the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot The English know that ditty as part of the history of Guy Fawkes, leader of the Gunpowder Treason and a plot to blow up Parliament and kill King James I. Many Americans know the poem from the movie, V for Vendetta, which told the story of a futuristic England rules by a despot with strong parallels to the Presidency of George W. Bush.
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The biggest crime of all

People, it is said, are judged by the company they keep. GOP Presidential wannabe Fred Thompson jets around the country on a plane owned by a drug dealer. A top fundraiser for Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton turned out to be a criminal on the lam. Even holier-than-thou Mormon Mitt Romney found himself saddled with a top aide who posed as a cop and then ran like hell when another supporter, Sen. Larry Craig, copped a plea for trying to get a blowjob in an airport men’s room.
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Another name for mercenary is ‘murderer’

Erik Prince, owner of the "shoot first and make excuses later" group of mercenaries called Blackwater Worldwide (formerly known as Blackwater USA) claims calling his collection of hired killers "mercenaries" is a "slanderous term." I don't know if it is possible to slander a slimeball like Erik Prince. A soldier of fortune who built his empire with his daddy's money, Prince is just another killer for hire. He's also dumb as a stump when it comes to American history.
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When shame replaces pride

An email from an active-duty Marine suggests the phony press conference staged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the California wildfires last week wasn’t the only skullduggery pulled by the Bush administration during that state’s emergency. The Marine, home between deployments in Iraq, says he was sent to California to help in rescue and relief efforts but was ordered to not wear his USMC basic utilities but instead was given a uniform of the Army National Guard.
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America’s lost soul

America, a once-great nation founded on a notion of freedom, has lost its way. America is a country without a soul, controlled by leaders without conscience, fueled by political agendas without honesty and dominated by issues without purpose. Some say the loss of soul began in 2003 when we invaded a sovereign nation without reason, using rationalizations based on lies, promoting a fear based on political expediency.
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American Gestapo: The sequel

Phil Francis is a liar. Phil who? Phil Francis. Ordinarily we wouldn't give a damn who Phil Francis is but his emergence as yet another lying bureaucrat in a federal government filled with liars makes him worthy of mention.
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