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I'm voting Democrat because: I believe the government
will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe white people need
to spend their time at the back of the bus.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe three or four pointy headed elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that paying $4.00
a gallon or more is no reason to drill for the mountain of oil we are sitting on in THIS country. We wouldn't want to have to move a couple of Polar bears now would we?

I'm voting Democrat because: when we pull out of Iraq, I
trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people.

I'm voting Democrat because: I like it when planes fly into buildings full of civilians. I want to see more of that.

I'm voting Democrat because: I don't want a stimulus check to spend. Let the government spend it for me.

I'm voting Democrat because: freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I'm voting Democrat because: I love the fact that I can now marry
whatever I want. I'm going to marry my Brother.

I'm voting Democrat because: I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I'm voting Democrat because: I don't want to eat poison food and drink dirty water. We all know Republicans love that stuff. Ever wonder why the most left wing country in the World (China ) is the most polluted?

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that when the
terrorists don't have to hide from us over there, when they come over here I don't want to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that churches
should only be allowed for political speeches.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that business
should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the employees..

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that I don't
want Doctors who were at the top of their classes to operate on me. I want a government employee who makes $50k a year and couldn't hack it as a contractor or an engineer.

I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that people who
can't tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius..

I'm voting Democrat because: I REALLY believe there is no bias in the media. I'm All for CHANGE!!!
 

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Boy.....I just logged on and saw the title on the homepage. I was fully prepared to jump your shit buddy. VB joins the gun-grabbers then the world has truly gone haywire.

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I'm voting Democrat because: I believe that I don't
want Doctors who were at the top of their classes to operate on me. I want a government employee who makes k a year and couldn't hack it as a contractor or an engineer.
Hey are you refering to Canada's Doctors? They make 200k a year and yes they are shitty cause all our good ones go to the US. :( But yes we get free health care but at what cost? ???
 

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I'm voting Democrat because: I believe white people need
to spend their time at the back of the bus.
I thought all the col kids hung out at the back of the bus? Them and cannibals who like to behead carnie workers.
 

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Sorry, I think it captures what YOU are all about.

This is neither clever, insightful, or even accurate. It's idiotic, and a fine example of what's wrong with political debate in this country.
Are you proud of being a Republican? Why? What proud accomplishments can you point to over the past eight years. The only one that comes to my mind is the Heller decision, and the indications are that Bush didn't support it.

Bush and his cronies have done more to erode your rights under the Constitution than any administration in history.

They lied us into a war that was not only unnecessary for the security of this country, but is inimical to it. That war has made vast profits for Cheney and Bush's family. Not only was it wrong to wage the war, but they ignored the military professionals who tried to tell them HOW to wage it. And they've cut benefits to the troops who have served, and medical benefits to those who have been injured fighting for their country. They've glamorized the use of mercenaries who are above the law (and who have in some well-documented cases been responsible for assaults on real GIs along with civilians). And remember Bin Laden, our former pitbull against the Soviets who masterminded the 9/11 assault on his benefactors? Public enemy #1? Responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians? Georgie now says he's unimportant -- at least, until the next attack.

Public records prove that they enlisted the telcom companies to spy on us BEFORE 9/11.

They've passed laws that allow them to label any American as a "terrorist," then deny that person his Constitutional rights, make them "disappear" and make it a crime to discuss the fact that they have disappeared.

They failed to address the immigration crisis.

They failed to address the crisis of New Orleans (you're doing a heckuva job, Brownie).

They've repealed the posse comitatus act (allowing the Army to be used against citizens of the US).

They've bungled relations with OPEC, resulting in $4 a gallon gas.

They've taken a budget surplus and spent so liberally that our great-grandchildren will still be paying it off.

They deregulated the banking industry to the point that our entire economy is in danger from worthless mortgages that were traded as securities and unregulated and untracked "credit swaps" may prove to be an even bigger problem.

They've made a mockery of the separation of church and state, the principal that Thomas Jefferson says he was the proudest of. And let me say this plainly: Keep your damned religion to yourself. What kind of a moron believes the world is only 8,000 years old? I don't know, but we've got three of them running for local office in my county.

And then there's Georgie's famous quote about the Constitution: "It's only a goddamn piece of paper."

Are these the things that you think distinguish the GOP?

Go ahead, blow me off as some liberal, pinko, Democrat. Son, I was stuffing envelopes for my local GOP Senator long before you were a glimmer in your daddy's eye. I was a nationally ranked small-bore competitor at 14 (in New Jersey, of all places). That was more than 30 years ago. I hate what's happened in this country. But what kind of a choice do we have this election? I want my country back. I used to respect McCain, but he sold his soul long ago. I don't trust Obama at all. Neither supports the Second Amendment. Neither believes in the Constitution.

But, oh, yeah, let's bash the Dems. The Republicans are so much better.

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I am registered as a Democrat........ however I have been voting as a Republician. Why??? Becauce all the Democrats seem to want is more Taxes and MORE giveaway programs. SOMEBODY PAYS, NOTHINGS FREE!!!! I am over 65 so WHY should I pay MORE? As a gunowner WHY am I suspect? Give a Democrat FOUR YEARS (4 years), and find out why. McCain is not perfect, NO ONE IS, but he HAS the EXPERIENCE. :2cents:
 

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Stay home on election day, then you'll never have trouble sleeping at night if your candidate wins.
 

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I don't have time to go over point after point but here is a quick one.

When gas went to $4 a gallon who was in charge? Bush? Cheney? The usual suspects? Wrong!
Try Palosi and her bunch as well as the Democrat controlled Senate and what's his name running that bunch. Please tell me what they have done to alleviate the problem. Allowed more drilling? OK'd more refineries? Lowered gas taxes? Or did they just pack their bags, turn off the lights and go on vacation?

And buddy, your guns are already in their sights as well. PUN INTENDED!!!!!!

I will say it is more of Liberal vs Conservative ideals not Repulican vs Democrat although they typically align with exceptions. :-\
 

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One problem is guilt through association.Let's get one thing perfectly clear,not all republicans share G.W.'s ideas,any more than all democrats are bleeding heart liberals or all conservatives are bible thumping religious nuts.WHY THE FUCK DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER?
There Isn't a party out there that holds all the exact same idea's as me,so I don't claim either major party or any other.I don't equate this with not taking a stand for something or you will fall for anything,because I think most if not all are corrupt and will eventually try to stick it in us at some point in their career.
The whole system is defunct and needs revision,if not an all out burn it down and start over approach.Too much selfishness and not enough selflessness is the bottom line.The question of the century is,what can we do too fix it.I truly wish I knew.



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Here is one system that's kind of interesting:

The Rule of Law without the State
by Spencer Heath MacCallum on 9/12/2007

Were there such a category, Somalia would hold a place in Guinness World Records as the country with the longest absence of a functioning central government. When the Somalis dismantled their government in 1991 and returned to their precolonial political status, the expectation was that chaos would result — and that, of course, would be the politically correct thing to expect.

Imagine if it were otherwise. Imagine any part of the globe not being dominated by a central government and the people there surviving, even prospering. If such were to happen and the idea spread to other parts of Africa or other parts of the world, the mystique of the necessity of the state might be irreparably damaged, and many politicians and bureaucrats might find themselves walking about looking for work.

If the expectation was that Somalia would plunge into an abyss of chaos, what is the reality? A number of recent studies address this question, including one by economist Peter Leeson drawing on statistical data from the United Nations Development Project, World Bank, CIA, and World Health Organization. Comparing the last five years under the central government (1985–1990) with the most recent five years of anarchy (2000–2005), Leeson finds these welfare changes:

* Life expectancy increased from 46 to 48.5 years. This is a poor expectancy as compared with developed countries. But in any measurement of welfare, what is important to observe is not where a population stands at a given time, but what is the trend. Is the trend positive, or is it the reverse?
* Number of one-year-olds fully immunized against measles rose from 30 to 40 percent.
* Number of physicians per 100,000 population rose from 3.4 to 4.
* Number of infants with low birth weight fell from 16 per thousand to 0.3 — almost none.
* Infant mortality per 1,000 births fell from 152 to 114.9.
* Maternal mortality per 100,000 births fell from 1,600 to 1,100.
* Percent of population with access to sanitation rose from 18 to 26.
* Percent of population with access to at least one health facility rose from 28 to 54.8.
* Percent of population in extreme poverty (i.e., less than $1 per day) fell from 60 to 43.2.
* Radios per thousand population rose from 4 to 98.5.
* Telephones per thousand population rose from 1.9 to 14.9.
* TVs per 1,000 population rose from 1.2 to 3.7.
* Fatalities due to measles fell from 8,000 to 5,600.

Another even more comprehensive study published last year by Benjamin Powell of the Independent Institute, concludes: "We find that Somalia's living standards have improved generally … not just in absolute terms, but also relative to other African countries since the collapse of the Somali central government."

Somalia's pastoral economy is now stronger than that of either neighboring Kenya or Ethiopia. It is the largest exporter of livestock of any East African country. Telecommunications have burgeoned in Somalia; a call from a mobile phone is cheaper in Somalia than anywhere else in Africa. A small number of international investors are finding that the level of security of property and contract in Somalia warrants doing business there. Among these companies are Dole, BBC, the courier DHL, British Airways, General Motors, and Coca Cola, which recently opened a large bottling plant in Mogadishu. A 5-star Ambassador Hotel is operating in Hargeisa, and three new universities are fully functional: Amoud University (1997) in Borama, and Mogadishu University (1997), and University of Benadir (2002) in Mogadishu.

The Call to "Establish Democracy"

All of this is terribly politically incorrect for the reason I suggested. Consequently, the United Nations has by now spent well over two billion dollars attempting to re-establish a central government in Somalia. But here is the irony: it is the presence of the United Nations that has caused virtually all of the turbulence we have seen in Somalia. Let me explain why this is the case.

Like most of precolonial Africa, Somalia is traditionally a stateless society. When the colonial powers withdrew, in order to better serve their purposes, they hastily trained local people and set up European-style governments in their place. These were supposed to be democratic. But they soon devolved into brutal dictatorships.

Democracy is unworkable in Africa for several reasons. The first thing that voting does is to divide a population into two groups — a group that rules and a group that is ruled. This is completely at variance with Somali tradition. Second, if democracy is to work, it depends in theory, at least, upon a populace that will vote on issues. But in a kinship society such as Somalia, voting takes place not on the merit of issues but along group lines; one votes according to one's clan affiliation. Since the ethic of kinship requires loyalty to one's fellow clansmen, the winners use the power of government to benefit their own members, which means exploitation of the members of other clans. Consequently when there exists a governmental apparatus with its awesome powers of taxation and police and judicial monopoly, the interests of the clans conflict. Some clan will control that apparatus. To avoid being exploited by other clans, each must attempt to be that controlling clan.

The turmoil in Somalia consists in the clans maneuvering to position themselves to control the government whenever it might come into being, and this has been exacerbated by the governments of the world, especially the United States, keeping alive the expectation that a government will soon be established and supplying arms to whoever seems at present most likely to be able to "bring democracy" to Somalia. The "warlord" phenomenon refers to clan and independent militias, often including leftovers of the former central government, who promise to establish a government under the control of their own clan. They often operate outside the control of the traditional elders and sometimes in opposition to them.

Hence the most violent years in Somalia were the years following 1991 when the United Nations was physically present, attempting to impose a central government. When the United Nations withdrew in 1995, the expectation of a future central government began to recede, and things began to stabilize. But the United Nations continued it efforts to re-establish a government through a series of some sixteen failed "peace conferences." In 2000 it set up a straw government, the Transitional National Government (TNG). However, not only did the northern Somali clans not recognize the TNG, it was unable to control its intended capital city of Mogadishu. Today a combined "peace-keeping mission" of United States–backed troops from Ethiopia, Somalia's traditional enemy, and Uganda under the aegis of the African Union is in Mogadishu attempting to prop up the TNG and secure its control over the rest of Somalia. Violence soars.

The situation is curiously like an event in Greek mythology. The gods on Mt. Olympus were enjoying a festive party, to which, understandably, they had not invited Eris, the goddess of discord. Eris, just as understandably, took the matter personally. She had the blacksmith Hephaestus fashion a golden apple, on which was written ???????? — "To the fairest." Then she opened the door a crack and rolled the golden apple into the festive hall. In no time at all, the gods were fighting over who should have the apple. The golden apple in Somalia is the expectation that there will soon be a central government. As long as there is that expectation, the clans must fight over who will control it.

Somalia and the Rule of Law

Now, I've gone this far without telling you much about Somalia. It's the Horn of Africa, that part of northeast Africa that juts out into the Indian Ocean just below the Arabian Peninsula. The Somali culture area includes all of the Horn and is home to some 11.5 million people. The colonial powers arbitrarily fragmented this culture area so that today parts of it fall under the jurisdiction of Kenya in the south, some in Ethiopia in the west, and some in Djibouti in the north. The remainder along the coast is now without a working government.

What these people have in common, even more than similar language, lifestyle, and physical character is a body of customary law, the Xeer, which differs from clan to clan in nonessential ways such as founding myths but is remarkably uniform with respect to its provision for the protection of persons and property. The Xeer provides a rule of law — customary law, that is — permitting safe travel, trade, marriage, and so forth throughout the region. The Xeer is most intact in the north of Somalia, which was under British rule; in the south, the Italians tried to eradicate it. Nonetheless, it survives to a significant degree everywhere, even in the urban areas, and is virtually unaffected in rural Somalia.

The Xeer is the secret to the whole perplexing question of Somalia's success without a central government, since it provides an authentic rule of law to support trade and economic development. Fortunately, we know something about the Xeer because of Michael van Notten, a Dutch lawyer who in the early 1990s married into the Samaron Clan in the northwest of Somalia, the fifth largest of the Somali clans, and lived with them for the last twelve years of his life. He took full advantage of that opportunity to research the Xeer. The result was his pioneering study, The Law of the Somalis (Red Sea Press, 2005). Van Notten died when his manuscript was half finished. Fortunately, he had largely completed assembling the ethnographic material. In his will, he asked that I edit and complete the manuscript for publication. The task ahead is to see the work translated into Somali.

Highlights of the Xeer

There is time in this short talk to give you only some of the highlights of the Xeer. First, law and, consequently, crime are defined in terms of property rights. The law is compensatory rather than punitive. Because property right requires compensation, rather than punishment, there is no imprisonment, and fines are rare. Such fines as might be imposed seldom exceed the amount of compensation and are not payable to any court or government, but directly to the victim. A fine might be in order when, for example, the killing of a camel was deliberate and premeditated, in which case the victim receives not one but two camels.

Fines are used in another interesting way. It is expected that a prominent public figure such as a religious or political dignitary or a policeman or a judge should lead an exemplary life. If he violates the law, he pays double what would be required of an ordinary person. Also, it should be noted, since the law and crime are defined in terms of property rights, the Xeer is unequivocal in its opposition to any form of taxation.

Second, in order to assure that compensation will be forthcoming even in cases where the perpetrator is a child, or penniless, or crazy, or has fled abroad, the Xeer requires that every person be fully insured against any liability he might incur under the law. If an individual cannot make the required payment, a designated group of his kin is responsible. Van Notten describes in an interesting way how this happens:

A person who violates someone's rights and is unable to pay the compensation himself notifies his family, who then pays on his behalf. From an emotional point of view, this notification is a painful procedure, since no family member will miss the opportunity to tell the wrongdoer how vicious or stupid he was. Also, they will ask assurances that he will be more careful in the future. Indeed, all those who must pay for the wrongdoings of a family member will thereafter keep an eye on him and try to intervene before he incurs another liability. They will no longer, for example, allow him to keep or bear a weapon. While on other continents the re-education of criminals is typically a task of the government, in Somalia it is the responsibility of the family.
If the family tires of bailing out a repeat offender, they can disown him, in which case he becomes an outlaw. Not being insured, he forfeits all protection under the law and, for his safety, must leave the country.

Customary law is similar in this and many other respects throughout the world. An instance is told in the founding legend of my own Clan MacCallum in Scotland. The founder of the Clan supposedly was exiled 1,500 years ago from Ireland because he was a hothead whom his family disowned for embroiling them in fights. In the loneliness of his exile on the North Sea, he became a man of peace. He couldn't return to Ireland, as he was no longer under protection of the law and could have been killed with impunity. So he went instead to Scotland and there founded our clan.

A third point about the Xeer is that there is no monopoly of police or judicial services. Anyone is free to serve in those capacities as long as he is not at the same time a religious or political dignitary, since that would compromise the sharp separation of law, politics, and religion. Also, anyone performing in such a role is subject to the same laws as anyone else — and more so: if he violates the law, he must pay heavier damages or fines than would apply to anyone else. Public figures are expected to show exemplary conduct.

Fourth, there is no victimless crime. Only a victim or his family can initiate a court action. Where there is no victim to call a court into being, no court can form. No court can investigate on its own initiative any evidence of alleged misconduct.

Last, the court procedure is interesting. From birth, every Somali has his own judge who will sit on the court that will judge him should he transgress the law. That judge is his oday, the head of his extended family consisting of all males descended from the same great grandfather, together with their spouses and children. Several extended families make up a jilib, which is the group responsible for paying the blood price in the event a member kills someone of another jilib or clan. The oday, or judge, is chosen carefully, following weeks or months of deliberation by elders of the clan. He has no authority over the family but is chosen solely for his knowledge of human affairs and his wisdom, and he can lose his position if his decisions are not highly regarded in the community.

When an offense is committed, the offender goes first to his oday, who then forms a court with the oday of the plaintiff. If the two odays cannot resolve the matter, they form another court made up of odays representing additional families, jilibs, or clans. A virtue of each person knowing from birth who will be one of his judges, and vice versa, is that an oday knows each person in his extended family intimately and can observe and counsel him before what might seem to be a small problem escalates into a crime.

Once a court forms and accepts jurisdiction over a case, its first action is to appoint a recorder, who will repeat loudly during the hearing each important point made by the speakers. The court then announces when and where it will hear the case. When the court session opens, the court invites the plaintiff to state his case. The plaintiff has the right to appoint a representative to make the presentation on his behalf. During the presentation, the plaintiff has opportunity to confer with his family to make sure that he has not forgotten anything. When the plaintiff has finished, the court asks him to summarize his case and state his demands. Lastly, the court asks the defendant to present his defense and any counterclaims.

Then the court adjourns to deliberate on whether any witnesses should be heard. A disputed fact is admitted as evidence only when three witnesses have testified to its truth. The parties can also call in experts and character witnesses. If the victim has died or has been wounded, the court will instruct a religious dignitary to assess how the victim died or was wounded. These dignitaries assess injuries usually by applying the standards enumerated in the commentary of the twelfth-century Muslim scholar al-Nawawii's Minhaaj at-Talibiin. When the plaintiff has elaborated his case with witnesses and evidence, the defendant is given a chance to refute the plaintiff's charges, arguments, and evidence. It is not customary to cross-examine witnesses.

Finally, the court adjourns again to evaluate the evidence. If less than three witnesses support a fact, or if the witnesses contradict each other, the court will proceed to oath taking. There are several types of oaths. The simplest starts by the oath giver saying, "I swear by my virility." Alternatively, he can say, "I swear by Allah." A stronger oath is the so-called triple oath, in which he swears the same oath three times. A stronger oath yet is the one that is repeated 50 times. Also, there is the so-called divorce oath, in which the oath giver swears by his marriage(s). If it is later found out that he lied, his marriage(s) become null and void.

It should be noted that even when the plaintiff fails to convince the court of his case, the court will usually not rule in favor of the defendant until the latter has taken an oath of innocence.

In a longer talk, I could discuss the role of police and enforcement of judgments, but this much should give some flavor of the legal system practiced by the Somalis. It provides an effective rule of law entirely without the backing of a government.

The Xeer takes its place among such great legal systems of the world as the Roman law, the English common law, the Law Merchant, and the Jewish traditional law (Halacha). It must be extremely old and is believed to have developed in the Horn of Africa. There is no evidence that it developed elsewhere or was greatly influenced by any foreign legal system. The fact that Somali legal terminology is practically devoid of loan words from foreign languages suggests that the Xeer is truly indigenous.

Michael van Notten's book describing this system of law deserves to be better known and widely read. It is the first study of any customary law to treat it not as a curiosity of the past, but as potentially instructive for a future free society. In his book, Van Notten lays out some practical applications to the world in which we find ourselves today, applications I haven't had time to touch on here. Whether or not the intervention of foreign governments, which has intensified with the refusal of Somalis to die or remain poor, will frustrate this potential, only time can tell.

Original: http://www.mises.org/story/2701
 

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One problem is guilt through association.Let's get one thing perfectly clear,not all republicans share G.W.'s ideas,any more than all democrats are bleeding heart liberals or all conservatives are bible thumping religious nuts.WHY THE FUCK DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER?
There Isn't a party out there that holds all the exact same idea's as me,so I don't claim either major party or any other.I don't equate this with not taking a stand for something or you will fall for anything,because I think most if not all are corrupt and will eventually try to stick it in us at some point in their career.
The whole system is defunct and needs revision,if not an all out burn it down and start over approach.Too much selfishness and not enough selflessness is the bottom line.The question of the century is,what can we do too fix it.I truly wish I knew.
I do think this gets to the heart of the matter. Our system has degenerated to the point where the political process is simply about power, not ideas. I knew some damn fine GOP politicians in my youth, people who had principles and a mature, cohesive view of the world. I want candidates who truly believe in:

-- not just smaller government, but less-intrusive government
-- government committed to the rule of law
-- sensible regulation and a balanced budget
-- a level playing field for all, regardless of social status, race sexual preferences, etc.
-- everyone carrying their fair share of the load
-- individual rights over corporate rights
-- the Bill of Rights, and I do mean all of it: 1st, 2nd, 4th, etc. They're there for a reason.
-- self-reliance as a motto, for our country and our citizens
-- that includes energy self-reliance
-- government that is there to support the people, not exploit them
-- a strong dollar
-- a strong military that is reserved for national defense, and not nation building, policing and geopolitical intrigues

I'm tired of the endless pontificating about issues that should be left to individuals and their families: You want your kids to learn a certain religion? Fine: YOU teach them. Abortion is repugnant to you? Understandable: YOU teach your kids a good set of ethics and hope that they never have to compromise them.

Focus on substance, not flash.

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I have never understood why they do not have a box saying ( None of the above ) on the ballots.
That way you participated in the election ,and you sent them a message.
 
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