What an amazingly confused post on so many subjects - all confused.
Is it worth continuing?
It's interesting in a morbid way reading your continued mental deterioration on the Web. You need to take up handicrafts or similar to take up some of your time.
No you don't. After the debacle of 2001-2009 the Republican Party would have been replaced with an American party but for very large amounts of money from a very narrow base.
The Republican agenda now is aligned with that massive funding. That is, crony capitalism and Plutocracy, something like Mussolini's Corporatism or an updated Confederacy/Banana Republic for the simpler minded. The Republicans are no longer Conservative, but rather Confederate. Older people often are confused by the name and don't look at the present reality. Their party has been taken over completely. Republican luminaries of the past like Eisenhower or even Reagan would have no place in the party today. Running Lois Lerner out of government and law enforcement means that money can now take over the Tea Parties too and they will likely be quite docile by 2016.
Why do you think the US President responsible for watching sparrows fall around the world? Republicans used to be isolationists, now our Confederate Republicans are aggressive interventionists. US Consulate attacks in the Sand Trap, many with casualties, have been common for decades. Most of the casualties have likely been bystanders. An exception was the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Lebanon with 250 dead in the Reagan administration.
This President wants to vacate the Sand Trap insofar as possible, then 'pivot' to East Asia where the US actually has interests and the tide of history is running. It's the Republicans who want wars without end with US boots on the ground in the Middle East.
The EU is far more responsible for the Ukraine wars. The US is there because of the NATO treaty of 1949 and the US interest in not having the Russians overrun Eastern Europe again. The Western EU countries are only spending 2% or less on their militaries while the US and Russia spend far more.
Is your idea that every Big Mac you eat is sequestering carbon? I just hadn't realized how much you have sacrificed in public service. Hats off, kb.
The corruption could be kept hazardous for perpetrators and not prevalent except for our Pay-To-Play political system, the US Founding Flaw. That increasingly is taking away both capitalism / markets and democracy itself away from us.
Pay-To-Play has always been here, but we are in a part of a cycle where it has bought enough of the law and regulations that crony capitalism and concentration plus would-be plutocrats have become an unsustainable and inexorably increasing burden. Do we really need another 1929 Crash and a Depression to start another cycle?
Another such Crash could likely not be recovered from now. The US has used up American Exceptionalism and, significantly, nearly used up the special status of the US dollar. 2001-2009 the US took a dive in China's economic warfare. The US then sold Treasuries to OPEC and China to address the trade imbalance - ie they threw the amount on top of the national debt and got the cash flow for their off the books wars, purposeful spending, and bloated government - invisibly to the voters. That deficit artificially increased the voter's standard of living, though it gutted Main Street, and collapsed the economy of Mexico. The Economist, Sept '03, noted that workers in China made 1/4 the workers pay in Mexico in dollar terms. Our government lost the most important war of 2001-2009 in the long term but never made a peep about it, of course, to us. The transfer of wealth and technology to China was historic in scale.
The President 2001-2009 was a Norquist Republican and arrived with an agenda to leave Washington broke and succeeded; the Crash was inevitable. Norquist delivered the extreme right to Bush II in the Convention allowing him to run in the first place. Such a concept of the office and its duties is so perverse that it is far more profound than the 50 cent sex scandal that qualified for an impeachment proceeding. That's an example of what huge funding and bipartisan Pay-To-Play do for us.
There was a guy in Union Square passing out leaflets describing what he said was a personal relationship with God. But you have such a relationship to Musk instead - at least you can plausibly claim that he really exists. How many pictures of him do you have?
Most of the people you like to complain about are from or the descendants of, the Southern Diaspora - millions of people, most driven out.
Actually, now until Nov 2016 is a long time in politics. But as of now Clinton is the only plausible person standing. Recently she came out with the idea of a Constitutional Amendment to fix the notorious, bipartisan US Pay-To-Play political system. That alone may bring out nearly another billion in anonymous money against her and maybe a bit less for her.
Presidents don't have a formal role in passing Amendments - they have to pass in Congress and 3/4 of the states. That last may be impossible since Pay-To-Play is an essential part of what runs state capitols too. But without such a reform the United States is not viable in the long run. The Pay-To-Play system is left over from having to include the slave states in the American Revolution and the new country. So maybe our origins will finally do us in; even after the Civil War that Founding Flaw wasn't fixed..
Americans in general don't mind people starting companies and getting rich. They don't even mind lottery winners getting rich. But Plutocrats, no. The military / industrial complex, no. With the ever-growing Pay-To-Play political system we don't have capitalism, we don't have democracy either. Pre-ACA the US spending on medical care overall was 18% US GDP, the highest in GDP terms or per capita terms in the world by far. Yet the US has the lowest life expectancy of any Western developed country - also a result of the Pay-To-Play system. Inheritance taxes were not so much revenue as social / economic legislation.
The Republican platform so far is crony capitalism, plutocracy, corrupt politics and the corrupt, non-competitive economy that follows. They want to foster social and economic classes and hierarchical order. In general they want to move forward into the 13th century. Their platform is in alignment with their funders, not their voters.
Look up Robert Goddard, the American rocket pioneer who invented the first liquid fueled rocket in the 1920's. His first rockets had the motor at the top.
Odd - you are managing to sound vitriolic but with no content at all.
But 80% or more of the posters here are decidedly low information Confederate voters. Or would be if they actually remembered where they put their voter id.
Does that free the US to sell fancier armaments to the Ukrainians?
Do you remember when Bush II met Putin and claimed to be BFF? He said he saw into Putin's soul , if memory serves.
You guys still remind me of a drawing of a little guy bundled up in a deck chair on the Titanic as it starts listing. He has a smile on his face because he thinks his enemies will drown.
George Bush took the oath of office as a Norquist Republican with the agenda of leaving Washington stone broke and at war. He was successful.
To get the cash flow for his administration under the voter's radar, he took a dive in China's then economic war on the US. China then had set its non-convertible currency at half value and pegged it to the US dollar which is economic warfare. The US ran $2 1/2+ billion per day for years on end. Bush II sold them Treasuries. That was the most important war of Bush II's terms and he just paid no attention to the historic defeat. The transfer of wealth and technology in that time to China was of unprecedented scale as befits the loss of a war and won't ever really be recovered from.
Should he be in SuperMax?