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Post-Santorum Musings: Are We Really That Polarized?

We now have a presidential race. No crazies and a chance at a real choice for America. We have two candidates that have the ability to govern through compromise.

Candidate Rick Santorum faced reality yesterday and dropped out of the race for the Republican Party nomination. He did the math and, facing a defeat in his home state, he realized that dropping out was the best thing. So, now all the far right wing crazies have dropped out. Well, I guess Newt is still in, but he just loves the attention too much to do the reasonable thing.

As a liberal I had several things I expected from President Obama. Single payer universal health care, cap and trade, high speed trains, a dollar tax on each gallon of gas and total withdrawal from war were all on my extremist list of liberal wants. Pretty early in this first term for President Obama it became clear that not all of my wish list would come to be reality. It is just too extreme. I get that.

The Republican right wing Tea Party needs to get it, too. Compromise is not evil and the radical position that says compromise is evil is starting to lose its grip. That favorite son of the crazy right is faltering. He is losing advertisers and he is now losing affiliates. Rush L. has been spewing his form of sophomoric, parent testing form of hyperbole for a very long time. He also has been on a campaign to stop any compromise all along the way. Glenn B. is ....where is he....haven't heard. He to is gone because all that scary stuff that came from his mouth that just would not pass the fact checkers. Both of these shock jocks play so loose with the facts and always take the extreme view while saying that compromise is some kind of bad thing.

You can have a government that has no compromise because its been done before. Let's see, that would be those famous for no compromise. Look under Hitler, Stalin, Caesar, Henry VIII, Mao... All of these guys were ultimate failures for the people they were supposed to be serving.

Maybe this primary system really does work after all. The GOP will have a candidate that has demonstrated an ability to work out some compromises and craft laws in one of the most liberal states... ever. (Only state McGovern carried, and yes I voted for him, too). Romney got plenty of good laws passed in Massachusetts, and it could not have been easy.

By running Romney, the GOP is moving to the middle just like Obama did when we ended up with the It's not as satisfying as getting everything you want, but it's real. Remember: "You Can't Always Get What You Want....You Get What You Need."

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Mike Hipp April 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Karsten. You're wrong. I accept the fact that you're entitled to your opinion; but it's incorrect. Mr. Santorum is a perfect example of my point. Here we had a fundamentalist who went around the country, stoking hate for minorities and social democratic principals.... using gays as a wedge issue and women as his piss pot. Religion is a charade and religious leaders are charlatans that lead the weak minded and the vulnerable to vote hate and discrimination into the state and federal laws of the land in a plea to religious freedom and moral correctness. Spare me your righteousness. This country was founded by enlightened men who ... were probably atheists ... but called themselves agnostic because they would have been burned at the stake for speaking their truth. Religion has no place in politics; America would do good to be rid of it completely. We can support each other without some sky king to look up to. Wake up.
Karsten Torch April 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Yep. Because I'm the one sleeping. You don't realize that people legislate based on their beliefs. You're right, we should just leave our personal feelings out of it. Like you've done such a good job of doing. Give me a break. All politicians do things based on their beliefs, be it religion, socialism, conservatism, whatever. And when most of this country believes in a higher power, you somehow assume we're going to leave religion out of it. Santorum believes in what he says. So now you'd rather have him keep it all inside and not admit to any of it? Maybe get into office and start pushing legislation based on his beliefs so we can all be surprised? You haven't had enough of that lately? And yes, you're probably right. They were really satan-loving atheists. They just interjected God into about every document they got their hands on because they were trying to fool the public. Why didn't I think of this? I also never said that I thought we should govern based on religion. I said we already do to an extent. And that religion, to an extent, is not a bad thing. But I personally believe that some laws that are obviously religious in nature are dumb. No alcohol on Sundays, prostitution laws, etc. To me, if you're not bothering anybody else, there probably shouldn't be a law against it. Victimless crimes shouldn't exist. But maybe that's a discussion for another post.....
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew April 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Grant your statements above are correct if you classify “secularism” itself as a religion as well.
Grant April 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Karesten writes "Victimless crimes shouldn't exist." Ummm, that might have started a long time ago. See Onan. And yes Jeff.. I am judging him, he's a wanna be p[olitician, it's our job as citizens to judge him , besides I'm not bound by some magic spell or ancient campfire story that would preclude me passing judgement on Frothboy and those moronic enough to believe that a guy like that is qualified to lead this country . ,
Jeffrey Allen April 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Whatever, man. Judge, insult, spew your own special kind of froth all over the internet, don't care... Just spare us all the vulgar indignation next time you don't like an opinion that doesn't mirror your own, OK?

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