Blakely Thornton The thing is, its not illegal for most people. You can easily work around the the US laws about visting Cuba by going as a part of a "cultural tour" you just have to know the loopholes. People have been doing this for years.
Blakely Thornton So the hell what he went to cuba. Is it a bit insensitive? Yes. Is it worthy of an op-ed? Hell No! Do I get to judge people for going anywhere there have ever been human rights violations or atrocities. Like umm .....the entire American south? Or any part of southern Afica?? Jesus...
Blakely Thornton As nate said, while both the Patriot Act and the NDAA are atrocious civil rights violations, they are more abstract in the minds of voters than making it more difficult for them to vote, which in my opinion is why so many minorities voted against Romney. People remember right or wrong, Jim Crow is higher in the minds of minority voters than Guantanamo.
Blakely Thornton Honestly, I think those are entirely separate issues. Bottom line you can't try to create voter ID laws, and tell women what to do with their bodies and then expect them to elect you commander and chief.
Blakely Thornton I would honestly love for you to write your views in an article and actually make points instead of piggy backing off of everything i say with a knee jerk emotional rebuttal. Do you think you can put on your big boy pants and do that?
Blakely Thornton Dez, I never said America hates me or even that Mitt Romney hates me. Again you are making assumptions. And I guess I am the emotional one considering of your previous posts have been full of sentences in all caps, exclamation points and factual gems like, "... we are far and away the BEST. Recognize" and calling me a "hater". P.S. Black is an adjective not a noun.
Blakely Thornton I think you have a naive view of the Republican party. I'm aware that democrats aren't saints, but this whole "republican's want everyone happy and democrats want you poor" is simplistic, your argument seems more emotionally based than factual.
Blakely Thornton Dez, I think your hate filled emotional rant revealed a lot more about you than the article did about me. If you can have an intelligent conversation without resorting to personal attacks than I'd love to. Otherwise, please stop assuming things about my political convictions and upbringing based on my profile picture, and try asking questions intelligent questions like the other commenters. PS. I'm super sorry that whatever college rejected you left such a deep, open, wound. But hey, with Obamacare at least you can get that checked out! AMERICA!
Blakely Thornton I feel like you are over simplifying, there is a happy medium between republican approved limited government and full on communism. Plus, what's to stop people with money from spending it to ensure the gov't stays limited, or generally in their favor?
Blakely Thornton Mark, I agree that this entitlement runs deep throughout the political system. I feel like this article is being viewed as an attack on the rich, when it isn't, I'm just saying that I get more of an "us vs. them" feeling from Romney (or for that mater any previous GOP candidate) than I do Obama at this point. Republicans used to be conservative, but they weren't doing crazy things like trying to repeal a woman's right to choose, looking to actively suppress the vote, or refusing to answer questions regarding the details of policy. We have problems (mainly the economy) but I want to hear solutions, rather than a repeated mention of a secret solution, which i find condescending. I want to see the party head in a different direction.
Blakely Thornton I agree with you, but only to a point. Personal responsibility needs to be taken, and changing social socio-economic standing is possible. It is part of what makes me proud to me American, however you simply cannot say that i completely disagree with the assertion that this system depends solely on that individual. I personally have not been the victim of socioeconomic disadvantage, but have witnessed numerous hardworking people that have. Multi-millionaires hold incredible coercive power. They fund the campaigns of elected officials who then in turn enact policies that often benefit said millionaires, how can you say that does not directly affect someone else's ability to live an work?
Blakely Thornton Running the government and a private equity firm are not the same thing. Pretty much all politicians are millionaires at this stage in the game, so it would admittedly be pretty dumb to dislike them solely based on their banks accounts. I don't begrudge the man his wealth, it's the attitude that comes with it this this particular case. It just seems very dismissive of those who are less fortunate, and I'm not even talking about those below the poverty line, I'm talking about the middle class. If his father were running against Obama, I would honestly vote for him.
Blakely Thornton I do respect that he gave away most of his wealth, but once again that doesn't negate the implicit advantages of having grown up moneyed, along with the connections and access that brings. I see things like working as a garbage man for a day etc. as a political stunt. Yes, the physical of garbage man is difficult, but the real hardship of being a garbage man lies in the day in day out grind of making your way through life on a Garbage man's salary, and that is something you can't really glean from one day on the job. I respect his credentials as well, but private equity and the presidency are two different things. People are the fat on the balance sheet he would be trimming, and i do not want to see the societal repercussions of that
Blakely Thornton Mike, I am not saying that the GOP in particular is responsible for all those things, I am simply saying if you take a look at American history, those in positions of power have had a sense of entitlement that led to the things mentioned above (slavery, civil rights violations etc) And that the GOP is adding to that spotted history with things like Voter ID laws and other various methods of voter suppression. That is what bothers me more than Romney himself.
Blakely Thornton The title does read "Because he thinks hes the better man for the job" . I just don't agree with some of his recent comments, and won't support someone so dismissive of a massive chunk of the population.