Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Frederick Douglass's descendants speak on this 4th of July

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Way They Were (And How They Are Now)

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Jerry Critter said...

People like Ted Cruz will continue to make the Republican Party the minority party. They are the best reason to vote Democratic.

Rational Nation USA said...

Ah yes That was then, this is now. In essence the current republican party sees themselves as part of the problem. Which is interesting in and of itself.

Government should be limited, or perhaps better put restrained. However it should NOT be STUPID.

Expect more of the same from Rove and Cruz.

FreeThinke said...

It would be helpful in an honest search for truth if a similar outline of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY's aims and objectives from the same time frame were published alongside the item given.

It is not just ONE PARTY that has changed; it is the ENTIRE NATION.

The speeches of John F. Kennedy sound remarkably similar to those of today's conservatives.

And please in your zeal to denigrate and disempower the GOP -- an objective that needs little or no help from Democrats -- remember that the two parties exist primarily to OPPOSE one another.

From the way hyper-partisans today carry on, one would think that "opposition" were not only an illegitimate position, but a dirty word as well.

To take the position categorically that anyone and everyone who thinks differently from oneself is either a demon or a fool is not only irrational, it's ignoble.

NOBODY could possibly be correct ALL the time.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Mr. Free Thinke,

Quite often I have read on the conservative blogs you visit that you blame liberals and progressives for every ill that has befallen this nation, and you often demonize our duly elected American president. Here's an example of what your write:

FT: "Why in the WORLD would you want to even TRY to be "fair" to THIS president? He stinks on ice, as we used to say in Brooklyn.

Trying to be 'fair" to the devil -- or any of his ever-growing army of minions -- will get you nowhere you could possibly WANT to go.



So President Obama is exactly like the Devil himself?

In popular myth and in religion, the Devil is the personification of all evil in the world and to be despised by all decent people.

You're entitled to think that President Obama "stinks on ice," if that's your desire, but to liken him to evil personified, is, IMHO, totally unhinged.

I use my blog to express my political thoughts. I do not go to conservative blogs and tell them their politicians are evil personified and that all conservatives are crazed wackos, as Mr. Bartlett, a Republican, implied.

I give my opinion on my own blog, where you and others are free to disagree, so long as you and others don't attack me or my other commenters.

There's no danger whatsoever in my disempowering the GOP. I have no power to do that.

But I will continue to point to the hypocrisy and insanity that currently has a choke-hold on the GOP.

That's what a political blog does.

Anonymous said...

Actually, you can see the Democratic Party Platform for 1956 and 1976 by going here:

If you actually take the time, Mr. Freethinke is wrong.

Further, the concept of partisanship and political parties used to mean that there were different paths to the same goals but in today's political climate the one overriding goal of the Republican is to keep government from working.

Further, there is no speech of JFK that could in anyway be similar to anything said by a conservative today.

The reality is that within the Republican party there is a rather vocal minority that wants one thing: To end government and as such they could be considered evil, as demons, and or as fools for those of us who accept the concept of a social contract.

Rational Nation USA said...

JFK was undoubtedly a conservative in 1960 by today's progressive standards.

However, he would not be a CONSERVATIVE today by any stretch of the rational mind.

Anonymous said...

JFK always described himself as a liberal.
I'll take his word for it.

FreeThinke said...

Don't take anybody's word for anything, Anonymous.

We are -- quite obviously -- living in The Theater of the Absurd -- aka The Blogosphere.


1. Never explain

2. Never complain

3. Never volunteer

4. Never interfere

5. Never expect gratitude

6. Maintain a friendly attitude

7. Never nurse a grudge

8. Never -- ever -- budge

9. Don't play the clown

10. Don't let the bastards get you down.

Ducky's here said...

It's a wonderful game.

The Republican nut bars move so far into the crazy zone that right of center is vacated for the Dems and any progressive ideology is virtually shut out.

Just a brilliant plan and the usual suspects (military, finance) just keep stealing.

Anonymous said...


What is a progressive?

What is a liberal?

What is a moderate?

What is a conservative?

For balance, we need a group that is even further right of "a conservative."

Keep using terms but yet we don't know how many there are and what the scale is.....

Anonymous said...

“If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.”

JFK - Profiles In Courage

Rational Nation USA said...

In a perfect world there would be no need for terms save one. Everybody would think exactly the same, thus simplifying existence. Or so it would seem.

That aside I believe the term to the right of conservative is reactionary. But given the political landscape today WTFK for sure?

Anonymous said...

"In a perfect world there would be no need for terms save one. Everybody would think exactly the same, thus simplifying existence."

Now that's the description of Communist utopia.

Anonymous said...

By the way, you have not won.

Anonymous said...

LOL Anonymous

Not surprising coming from RN.