mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - Obama cavalier about horror inflicted by enemies

Just a shot in the dark, but I think Ms. Murray is alluding to Obama's plan (actions) to release convicted drug dealers from prison based on the premise that their crimes are non-violent and on the international front ISIS.

I believe she's saying drugs often lead to death in one way or another.

*Not sure why everyone commented here if the letter was so inconsequential and incoherent; almost seems, dare I say, mean.

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

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well its kind of hypocritical to say "they don't want answers", I began my letter by saying I don't delude myself into thinking I'm changing minds.

The entire full length videos of the Planned Parenthood pieces are available on YouTube. Apparently, you and Mr. McCutcheon are misinformed. The ninth state (MA) just began a formal investigation into PP; I don't believe that if this were an "editing hoax" they'd be wasting their time.

And while everyone is talking about the definition of "selling" versus donation the tapes make clear that there is a willingness to change procedures in order to preserve usable parts, which is also illegal.

Regardless, you use the name "father" in your moniker and are not repulsed by the cavalier disregard for human life exhibited? Without being a wiseass or trite, I truly believe that those cruelty to animals commercials would elicit more compassion from many on the left. Disengage for a second, forget politics, and think about what is being discussed.

As for climate change, I have zero interest in arguing via other people's opinions and projections, scientific or otherwise. There are far more urgent issues.

As for evidence, show me all those socialist/communist societies that are thriving out there; my questions were about policies moving us in that direction.

With all of its warts and hiccups, this country and its design based on capitalism and Judeo-Christian values still offers the greatest opportunity for individual happiness in the world and does the most for all of humanity.

Keep looking at the negatives, that will get you far.

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

NewIn

The "good old days" to me were when American citizens were not embarrassed to be so. When our good deeds worldwide and throughout history were given equal weight with our darker moments. I have no problem with equality and the application of our founding principles for all people. I do have a problem with people falsely saying there is an overt effort and conspiracy to deny those rights to anyone. Are there isolated examples of abuse, of course, but its the individual, not the system at fault. For heavens sake, it is not just a cute slogan when it is pointed out that we elected a black " President with a foreign name , twice. His upbringing and history refute every false tale of systemic barriers (and there are myriad others, including Dr. Carson).

I am sorry if you find my broad statements annoying (yet you say "that thing you right wingers do..."). However, most axioms do have a basis in truth.

Your view of gov't's role in our lives is vastly different then mine.

I believe that the self esteem and achievement in catching a fish is far more desirable and sustainable than giving someone a fish. Progressives believe giving fish is the solution. They also believe "right wingers" don't want to give any of their fish to anyone, which is simply not true. However, we believe far fewer people have legitimate reasons for needing to be given fish.

You would be very surprised at my personal beliefs and actions in terms of designating them "right" or "left", but for a civilization to thrive there must be a system based on personal accountability and destiny. The inalienable rights on which the Bill of Rights are founded have an inherent level of personal responsibility which I believe your political view negates.

Every system has its individual failures, I am no fan of Geo W, but again, I am not damning our system because a man used it unwisely (see Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot etc).

Being white has nothing to do with my belief in our founding principles or how I treat people daily (professionally or socially).

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

As I've said before, your problem, and it is a problem, is that you live in a nation that was formed on values and principles you vehemently disagree with. That being the case, I am not being flippant when I ask, why not simply move to where they already practice your values?

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

when you say there's a political class that is ANXIOUS to send our youth to die, don't you think there's a boat load of what you accuse Garrett of in that statement?

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

Negotiations. Regardless of any of your points, IT COULD NOT HURT TO ASK. More specifically though, the Iran negs were not limited to Nuclear issues: they lifted personal sanctions on an Iranian terrorist, they lifted sanctions on CONVENTIONAL weapons.

Bergdahl is not "a captured serviceman", he walked into the Taliban's arms and Americans died trying to find him.

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

Immigration Policy You say "local cities have [an] obligation to enforce immigration laws" then go on to say they can elect to do so or not. Confusing. If laws can be ignored then why have them?

Planned Parenthood- I will be honest, I will not use your FactCheck link. The entire videos are available on YouTube. If you are making some kind of legal distinctions I cannot argue. Listening to those women is nothing short of horrifying. You can not edit these things out of their mouths.

FactCheck must not be that impressive, nine (9) states are formally investigating PP now.

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

You do the Fools Choice thing with the ISIS issue....ie ignore them (ineffectual policy) or have an all out war with American youth dying. C'mon, Obama squawks about a 60 country coalition, where is it? There enough people who see ISIS as an aberration of Islam including truly Islamic nations to destroy this pestilence in short order. Obama lacks the will or fortitude. Sometimes hard decisions are necessary. Please apply your argument to Hitler, if we were too tired of war in the 40's we would have ignored it? Should have?

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

4- I would gladly listen to those "disproportionately shot and killed" stats. Number of violent white criminals shot versus number of violent black criminals shot, as a percentage.

No doubt there is a difference in interaction with law enforcement, but is the difference based on experience FROM BOTH PARTIES?

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mlesko73 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

NewIn

I dont believe that you actually answered the questions put forth, but rather provided rationalizations through the lenses of the Ameritopia you believe historically failed principles can create. Alas, I will continue the ruse of honest debate.

That the Confederate Flag is a "symbol of racism" (according to some and probably a minority) does not answer the question about why the rush to legitimize a political regime that abuses many of the tenets you supposedly espouse: freedom, equality, choice, human rights etc etc.

The "answer" to #2 (and others) is simple: this President moves on whatever is politically expedient. Period. It ironic you would use the reasoning that lowering the flags could be seen as political propaganda, but don't see that the rainbow is precisely that.

3 I do not buy the hype that has been discredited in every one of these "high profile" police shooting cases, you do. Minorities have disproportionately higher crime rates and it follows that there will be more violent incidents involving them. The sum total of all police interactions in this country are like 99% non violent (sorry for the lack of exact %). Hands up, don't shoot was a bumper sticker based on a lie. Tawana Brawley etc etc. Its horrible that the race baiters inhibit any true development.

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