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  • William
    ... Mary, The young dems were impressive. Enthusiasm is needed as the reps are so old and tired. My Senator Tom Harkin really panned Clint Eastwood as a
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 5, 2012
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      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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      > They certainly pushed all the right buttons last night. It was nice to be reminded of accomplishments instead of focusing only on the unfinished business ahead. What a contrast between the faces of the two parties' delegations. What a contrast in values. My favorite was the calm, Kansan Kathryn Sebelius.
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      > Though unity and resolutions are decided before the convention these days, rendering issues less vigorously contested, it's great to be reminded of the possibility of a national identity which can be respected in the world. President Obama has begun to restore this, and "Forward, Not Back" is an appropriate slogan.
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      > Mary
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      Mary, The young dems were impressive. Enthusiasm is needed as the reps are so old and tired. My Senator Tom Harkin really panned Clint Eastwood as a grumpy old man who rambles endlessly. Who do we know like that? When I begin to ramble I try to not send what I wrote. These machines should have a bull shit meter that goes off when the repetition starts up. I now reject about one third of my posts and expect the number to grow.
      Michelle was powerful but may have over acted a bit. I doubt Dick has much understanding of the bubble that surrounds the first family. Few people even know who the British PM might be let alone give up their life to harm him. In IOWA we have seen the security so strong for so long we begin to feel the substance of the bubble. Politicians and cameras and security have been endless and we are worn out and dishartned by the hoopla. I hope they leave us alone after the election. This is a small state and we have been trampled over by the hoardes. The rep primary season was endless and the Iowa caucauses are esentially a straw poll. They should go somewhere else next time. We do not have the votes or stomach for such attention. As each Rep took over the lead we were treated to banner headlines about the great new wave. Bachmann was the worst with her Koch Bros. bucks and all she did was win a straw poll in Ames.
      I say elect Obama and forget about politics for three years. He is a strong and wise man so let him do his best. It would be good to live in the country rather than fight over it. I do not think we are in that bad a shape and some ignoring of the process might let a good leader get something done. At any rate send the right wingers somewhere else and let the sane have a rest. Bill
    • Mary
      Bill, The existentialist mantra of having to choose was a blatant feature of the speeches, as well as Mrs. Obama s drawing a straight line from the President s
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 5, 2012
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        Bill,

        The existentialist mantra of having to choose was a blatant feature of the speeches, as well as Mrs. Obama's drawing a straight line from the President's personal values to his political decisions. Campaigns are an expensive farce, but the election of officials who most closely vote our personal values drives the electoral process. Voting is an individual act for the common good. Iowa is weary from the primaries, and Wisconsin is weary from recall efforts. If we don't elect enough representatives who actually do something, Obama will be faced with another obstructionist Congress. Government and most institutions are not corporations. A spirit of reason, not of business acumen, must prevail if a culture is to survive. Philosophy is a vital part of culture; to question assumptions and frame questions provides a framework for progress. Information, petitions, and boycotts put pressure on the bottom lines of corporations who stooge for the irresponsible wealthy. In the last year many petitions I've signed has resulted in corporate policy reversals. Power to the word!

        Mary

        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "William" <vize9938@...> wrote:
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        > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@> wrote:
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        > > They certainly pushed all the right buttons last night. It was nice to be reminded of accomplishments instead of focusing only on the unfinished business ahead. What a contrast between the faces of the two parties' delegations. What a contrast in values. My favorite was the calm, Kansan Kathryn Sebelius.
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        > > Though unity and resolutions are decided before the convention these days, rendering issues less vigorously contested, it's great to be reminded of the possibility of a national identity which can be respected in the world. President Obama has begun to restore this, and "Forward, Not Back" is an appropriate slogan.
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        > > Mary
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        > Mary, The young dems were impressive. Enthusiasm is needed as the reps are so old and tired. My Senator Tom Harkin really panned Clint Eastwood as a grumpy old man who rambles endlessly. Who do we know like that? When I begin to ramble I try to not send what I wrote. These machines should have a bull shit meter that goes off when the repetition starts up. I now reject about one third of my posts and expect the number to grow.
        > Michelle was powerful but may have over acted a bit. I doubt Dick has much understanding of the bubble that surrounds the first family. Few people even know who the British PM might be let alone give up their life to harm him. In IOWA we have seen the security so strong for so long we begin to feel the substance of the bubble. Politicians and cameras and security have been endless and we are worn out and dishartned by the hoopla. I hope they leave us alone after the election. This is a small state and we have been trampled over by the hoardes. The rep primary season was endless and the Iowa caucauses are esentially a straw poll. They should go somewhere else next time. We do not have the votes or stomach for such attention. As each Rep took over the lead we were treated to banner headlines about the great new wave. Bachmann was the worst with her Koch Bros. bucks and all she did was win a straw poll in Ames.
        > I say elect Obama and forget about politics for three years. He is a strong and wise man so let him do his best. It would be good to live in the country rather than fight over it. I do not think we are in that bad a shape and some ignoring of the process might let a good leader get something done. At any rate send the right wingers somewhere else and let the sane have a rest. Bill
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      • William
        ... Obama had two wars and has shed one of them but defense spending remains very high. Slash defense spending to pre war levels and there would be plenty
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 5, 2012
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          --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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          > Bill,
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          > The existentialist mantra of having to choose was a blatant feature of the speeches, as well as Mrs. Obama's drawing a straight line from the President's personal values to his political decisions. Campaigns are an expensive farce, but the election of officials who most closely vote our personal values drives the electoral process. Voting is an individual act for the common good. Iowa is weary from the primaries, and Wisconsin is weary from recall efforts. If we don't elect enough representatives who actually do something, Obama will be faced with another obstructionist Congress. Government and most institutions are not corporations. A spirit of reason, not of business acumen, must prevail if a culture is to survive. Philosophy is a vital part of culture; to question assumptions and frame questions provides a framework for progress. Information, petitions, and boycotts put pressure on the bottom lines of corporations who stooge for the irresponsible wealthy. In the last year many petitions I've signed has resulted in corporate policy reversals. Power to the word!
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          > Mary
          > Mary, I have been reading economists and business blogs in an attempt to discern if this jobs and economy talk is on track. Many writers say that the president has little to do with how the economy fares. One source compared party with economic success and found little corelation between party and prosperity. External forces ,especially war and its termination are most prominant.
          Obama had two wars and has shed one of them but defense spending remains very high. Slash defense spending to pre war levels and there would be plenty of money to build the country. The US corps are loaded with cash and are anxious to make more. Opportunity abounds.
          You and I have all but run our race. What we have got is what we will have. I have begun to adopt a attitude of who cares. Those who have the time and energy to cause change through effort are the young. Firing them up is the only thing that will benefit us all.
          Compair the census of the two conventions and the value of the parties become evident. The people who can make a change are in the democratic party. The Old republicans can only direct their death benefits . So I see our fate now in the hands of the young and the young have few republicans. For me that is good news as I am closer to the nursing home than to building my own home. The softer ,socialist leanings of Democrats may allow me to survive a few years longer. If I have the health and energy to enjoy that time is another matter. So I am interested to see what a contemporary,Clinton has to say. A rich, peaceful USA could make our passing easier. Bill
          > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "William" <vize9938@> wrote:
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          > > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@> wrote:
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          > > > They certainly pushed all the right buttons last night. It was nice to be reminded of accomplishments instead of focusing only on the unfinished business ahead. What a contrast between the faces of the two parties' delegations. What a contrast in values. My favorite was the calm, Kansan Kathryn Sebelius.
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          > > > Though unity and resolutions are decided before the convention these days, rendering issues less vigorously contested, it's great to be reminded of the possibility of a national identity which can be respected in the world. President Obama has begun to restore this, and "Forward, Not Back" is an appropriate slogan.
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          > > > Mary
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          > > Mary, The young dems were impressive. Enthusiasm is needed as the reps are so old and tired. My Senator Tom Harkin really panned Clint Eastwood as a grumpy old man who rambles endlessly. Who do we know like that? When I begin to ramble I try to not send what I wrote. These machines should have a bull shit meter that goes off when the repetition starts up. I now reject about one third of my posts and expect the number to grow.
          > > Michelle was powerful but may have over acted a bit. I doubt Dick has much understanding of the bubble that surrounds the first family. Few people even know who the British PM might be let alone give up their life to harm him. In IOWA we have seen the security so strong for so long we begin to feel the substance of the bubble. Politicians and cameras and security have been endless and we are worn out and dishartned by the hoopla. I hope they leave us alone after the election. This is a small state and we have been trampled over by the hoardes. The rep primary season was endless and the Iowa caucauses are esentially a straw poll. They should go somewhere else next time. We do not have the votes or stomach for such attention. As each Rep took over the lead we were treated to banner headlines about the great new wave. Bachmann was the worst with her Koch Bros. bucks and all she did was win a straw poll in Ames.
          > > I say elect Obama and forget about politics for three years. He is a strong and wise man so let him do his best. It would be good to live in the country rather than fight over it. I do not think we are in that bad a shape and some ignoring of the process might let a good leader get something done. At any rate send the right wingers somewhere else and let the sane have a rest. Bill
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