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How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:51 pm

So I was chatting with some folks over a couple beers, visiting Americans as it were, and we got to talking about the image problem the GOP has back home, and how they keep failing to secure both younger and independent voters. And it dawned on me: they need to steal the marijuana issue from the left, push it, and build a social movement around it as has been done with same-sex marriage. Democrats won't touch it (and haven't thus far) because they don't want to be seen as soft on crime. It's the perfect issue to galvanize the libertarian streak in a lot of independent voters.

And frankly, it just makes sense on so many levels, aside from potential tax revenue sourcing and reduction in street crime, there are broader social benefits too. Plenty of responsible, working adults use it recreationally all over the place, but are forced to be dishonest about it. Why should they be? This is an issue of individual liberty. The GOP is the best place to start separating this issue from the distracting and lame stigma of lazy potheads.

Question is, will/would they??
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:58 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Question is, will/would they??

No. Because the GOP is guided by (in the main) rich white guys who think it's entirely defensible to get whacked on Jim Beam, but taking a spliff is immoral. Because it's a drug, unlike Jim Beam.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:20 pm

There already is a party that does much of what you suggest, they are called the Libertarian party.

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
And it dawned on me: they need to steal the marijuana issue from the left, push it, and build a social movement around it as has been done with same-sex marriage.

The problem is that marijuana legalization does not have as much widespread support amongst the young and independent voters as gay marriage does, and frankly does not galvanize people as much gay marriage (which people can echo back to the civil rights movement, etc).

[Edited 2013-07-07 06:22:00]
 
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:31 pm

Quoting Polot (Reply 2):
The problem is that marijuana legalization does not have as much widespread support amongst the young and independent voters as gay marriage does, and frankly does not galvanize people as much gay marriage (which people can echo back to the civil rights movement, etc).

   Agreed. Same-sex marriage is usually viewed as a civil/human rights issue. Legalisation of pot (or other products) is more viewed as a recognition of what is now de facto in our society. I think what's happened recently in Washington and (I believe) Colorado is progressive, but for most legislators is not top of mind.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:47 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
they need to steal the marijuana issue from the left,

Dennis Peron did that in 1998. When California briefly had open primaries, marijuana advocate Dennis Peron ran for the Republican gubernatorial primary. He lost to Dan Lungren who eventually lost to Grey Davis in the general election. Dennis Peron was the only Republican I had ever voted for until 2010.


The gay marriage issue has more attention because it has more money behind it than the marijuana issue. Ironically the marijuana issue almost always wins when it's on the ballot while the gay marriage issue almost always lose when it's on the ballot...
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:49 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Democrats won't touch it (and haven't thus far) because they don't want to be seen as soft on crime.

Actually, Democrats are the biggest supporters of legalizing pot. As far as crime goes, the argument is: people who do not need to be in jail will be released reducing crowding. It has opened up space in many urban jails around California by being soft on pot. But, the right has to be against it because Democrats are for it.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:52 pm

Well gay marriage and abortion are both issues because of religion, and unless I'm mistaken the religions of the book aren't big fans of drugs either, so this will get nowhere until religion is booted off the GOP platform. Besides if they do that, the left will have no problem doing it too, so it will not be a differentiating factor.
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Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:54 pm

Maybe not a bad idea, IMHO. I personally believe that the legal marjuana issue (and legal prostitution issue for that matter) suffers because of a lack of designing a tax system for it.

But that, in itself, makes no sense because politicians (Reps AND Dems) are very astute in designing ways to steal money from the public by creating new taxes.

As 'Fly says, almost every time the marijuana issue wins public support, so why not capitalize on it?? regards...jack
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:02 pm

In my opinion, the way for the GOP to gain massive numbers of votes and be virtually unstoppable is to embrace a group with strong values of religion, family, education and other such 'traditional' values.

Hispanics

Culturally, the traditional hispanics with families are much more aligned with values and issues the Republican party supports than the Democrats.

Just that a vocal minority in the party demonizes the illegals, especially illegal family members of legal immigrants/ birth right citizens. Very reasonable immigration reform plans by President Bush were shot down in the past decade by that minority.

Even if legal Hispanic voters agree almost 100% with the Republican party platform - they are not going to vote Republican if the party wants to send grandma back to Honduras.
 
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Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:05 pm

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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:40 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
The gay marriage issue has more attention because it has more money behind it than the marijuana issue.

Prop 8 ?? Tons of anti gay marriage money there.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 6):
Well gay marriage and abortion are both issues because of religion, and unless I'm mistaken the religions of the book aren't big fans of drugs either, so this will get nowhere until religion is booted off the GOP platform.

Wine seems to be viewed quite favourably in the New Testament. Also by the Catholic church. But I guess alcohol isn't a drug now, is it ?

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 8):
Even if legal Hispanic voters agree almost 100% with the Republican party platform - they are not going to vote Republican if the party wants to send grandma back to Honduras.

It would be really cool if granny came back as a member of MS13.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:02 pm

There is support for legalization/decriminalization of small amounts of pot from Libertarians, who are sometimes seen as right of the Conservatives/Republicans. I don't think many Republicans will support changes in pot law on the Federal and State level due in parts to the Religious right, the private jail industry, law enforcement support and a general attitude toward pot/drug users that = them to liberals.

More likely the Republicans will keep their basic policies of reducing government spending especially on the poor, reducing taxes especially on the upper and 'middle' classes, reducing government regulation, increasing/maintaining spending on the military and tough on 'law and order' issues. There are using their dominance in the states to rig election districts to keep them in power (of course, Democrats have done that in the past for generations). They have put the Democrats on the defensive side of these issues, along with social issues (abortion, gay rights, civil rights for non-whites). As a result, they have continued to gain voters toward them.

Eventually another major financial crash will happen, or enough people will not vote for the 2 major parties and move to the Libertarian, Green or more progressive parties who will offer a better balance of the above and other issues
 
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Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:13 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 10):
Prop 8 ?? Tons of anti gay marriage money there.

Tons of money on both sides of the issue.
Not much money on the marijuana issue yet it consistently wins in liberal and conservative states.
Can't say that about the gay marriage issue....

As far as Prop 8 goes, there was a lot of confusion and many people voted 'yes' thinking that they were voting in favor of gay marriage when it was the opposite.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 11):
the private jail industry,

...and the public jails with their very influential prison guard union thugs.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 11):
Eventually another major financial crash will happen,

Impossible. Obama is in charge and we will have 8 years of Hillary as well....
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:42 pm

The way for Republicans to win in 2016 would be to introduce a legislation that sentences Hillary Clinton a lifetime in prison, making her ineligible for candidacy. Unfortunately, Obama's DOJ and the Democrats in the Senate will do everything to give her an unfair advantage by rigging the election as they did in 2012.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:42 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
mpossible. Obama is in charge and we will have 8 years of Hillary as well....

Naw, she's not running due to health reasons. They found a brain tumor during her last colonoscopy.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:23 pm

Keep in mind, 11 million new illegals/criminals have been awarded US Citizenship last week. They'll reward the party in power (Democrats) for many years to come. The gay marriage issue is irrelevant to them knowing that they were the party that allowed them to jump ahead in line and be awarded citizenship.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 13):
Unfortunately, Obama's DOJ and the Democrats in the Senate will do everything to give her an unfair advantage by rigging the election as they did in 2012.

Did you mean 2008?
There were two unknown Democratic candidates that challenged Obama in the 2012 primaries and I voted for one of them (I forgot his name).

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They found a brain tumor during her last colonoscopy.

        
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:58 pm

As to 2016, Democrats have a tough situation especially as to keeping the President's seat. As I noted above, the Republicans have policies views that are popular with enough voters, that force the Democrats into a defensive position and unable to come up with ones that will get them those lost voters. They need to find a moderate that the more liberal voting primary base will support but right now I don't know of any possible candidate. I don't think Hillary Clinton is the answer either, she has too much of a record, too connected to President Obama and her husband with their baggage.

Still the Republicans have a serious problem as well for the office of the President, they too need a moderate but also have a problem with primary voters who are dominated by radical right-Tea Party group. in 2008, McCain screwed himself with Palin as VP and didn't cover the base party voters and Obama got overwhelming support from non-white voters. In 2012 Romney came off as an uncaring rich guy that turned off many voters including economically falling white middle class voters. Not more Bushs either, 2 were enough. The possible candidates from Christie to TX's Perry just have too many problems to satisfy the base and the moderates needed to win.

Both parties may face issues from how 'Obamacare' works out or doesn't, if quality paying job creating improves or not, if the economy improves for the middle class or if go too far with social benefits cuts. Some may just say it is the Republicans turn in the top spot as want 'change'. Who know if a 3rd party either a progressive-liberal or a Tea Party/Libertarian one may develop that could skew the votes of either the Democrats or Republicans. Some voters may not be able to vote due to the recent changes by the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act or just not vote as believe it won't make a difference anyway. There could be another 9/11 like terror event in the USA with it's distortions. 2016 will be interesting election year.
 
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:20 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):

Hillary will run and she will win. (unfortunately)
She will inherit all the fools that voted for B.O., the 11 million new fmr. illegals, newer college voters and the millions of more poor people that were once middle-class that will be lining up for government handouts. In fact, she may even pick up a few Romney voters of 2012.
I see Hillary winning by a larger margin than B.O.'s margins of 2008 and 2012.
Issues such as the economy and national security wont matter because too many people will be expecting some sort of handout and electing the first female President is too important for a lot of voters so logic again will be out the door.

Christie being governor of New Jersey is just a novelty. Just like Mitt Romney, he will not be able to win his home state and I doubt he would be able to expand on the 206 electoral votes Romney won.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:27 am

The GOP could also gain a lot of votes if they started supporting gay marriage, abortion, etc. I'm not gonna deny that politics creates a lot of double standards and hypocrisy just to get votes, but that doesn't mean a party will just accept a policy that they are totally against in order to win. A lot of GOPers are against pot whether you're for or against its legalization.

I see them abandoning the least heart-felt issue(s) they have and/or abandoning the issues they know are lost causes. I don't think marijuana is a hot enough issue for them to accept legalization to save their skins
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:40 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
And it dawned on me: they need to steal the marijuana issue from the left, push it, and build a social movement around it as has been done with same-sex marriage.

I agree they should and one thing the GOP does much better that the p*ssy democrats is that they move the polls where the dems chase them.

Two points.
1) Republicans almost always side with corporate interests and the private prison industry is very powerful and will continue to lobby for DA's that will throw people in jail for pot possession who have no business going to jail.

Did you hear the story of the man in San Diego that was threatened with 13 years in jail for chalking the sidewalk of a few Bank of America branches. This prison lobby is behind asinine charges like this, thankfully he got off.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/loc...m-case-at-bank-of-america-branches

2) I am not sure the support of legalizing pot is on there on the right because those days of them keeping the government out you life as much as possible are long gone. Today's GOP wants the government out of their wallet but if up to them still would dictate who can marry and they are passing even more crazy abortion bills each week at the state level it seems.

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Democrats won't touch it (and haven't thus far) because they don't want to be seen as soft on crime.

In DC there is no way that any law regarding the legalization of pot is going to pass and I would argue it is the republicans that would stop it for the reason I mentioned above. States (even centrist ones like Colorado) are legalizing it themselves and you will see more of them doing this in the coming years. However this is moot when federal law trumps state law and ignores the state law.

Look what happens in California, medicinal dispensaries get raided all the time.

If the GOP wants to gain votes power it has to become more libertarian. Which they are when it comes to money, however their lack of will to invest in anything such as a jobs program or infrastructure hurts them but makes sense simplifying regulations and the tax code are rational. They also need to stop trying to legislate women's rights and attacking immigrants (illegal or not), I know there are a lot of Republicans who believe a good chunk of what I just said and the biggest thing they can do is say is these extremist tea partiers are not representative of the GOP.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 1):
No. Because the GOP is guided by (in the main) rich white guys who think it's entirely defensible to get whacked on Jim Beam, but taking a spliff is immoral. Because it's a drug, unlike Jim Beam.

Add those in to the Prison lobby.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Impossible. Obama is in charge and we will have 8 years of Hillary as well....

If the GOP runs a sensible person that runs on the points I mentioned above and doesn't run Ted Cruz or someone like him, then they have a shot. I would think someone like Bloomberg (without the soda limiting nonsense) or Rubio who sees the benefit to immigration. The answer is not going further to the right but have a good centre right option.

Saying all that politics has been become a game of extreme partisanship and that isn't just on the US side of the 49th parallel, it happens up here too. Many voters believe that not wanting to compromise and come of with a collective solution is a sign of weakness, to me this is huge stupidity and would not be tolerated in the business world or in a relationship.

I say lock them all of the capital and not let them out until a deal is reached.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:55 am

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 18):
The GOP could also gain a lot of votes if they started supporting gay marriage, abortion, etc. I'm not gonna deny that politics creates a lot of double standards and hypocrisy just to get votes, but that doesn't mean a party will just accept a policy that they are totally against in order to win. A lot of GOPers are against pot whether you're for or against its legalization.

I think ultimately that the GOP has not lost enough elections to make any meaningful changes, maybe looking at successful right wing parties in other countries to compare themselves to, or just ask people not affiliated to them what they think !

If they lose the white house next time, then things will probably change.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:53 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Keep in mind, 11 million new illegals/criminals have been awarded US Citizenship last week

Not yet. The Senate passed the bill, the House isn't going to pass it as is (which will help the Democrats in 2014 and 2016) and it will be years before these people become voters.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
As to 2016, Democrats have a tough situation especially as to keeping the President's seat.

The biggest challenge the Democrats have is the difficulty in a party retaining power after 8 years. Politicians tend to become arrogant when they are in office for a long time. (Tea Party politicians tend to be arrogant from Day One.)

Bush I had the opportunity of being re-elected, but the level of arrogance in his Administration was a real turnoff for many. Ironic as Bush himself was far from an arrogant himself.n It was the John Sanunu attitude that seemed to be taken over that got me to vote fro a Democrat for the first time in my life.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
I don't think Hillary Clinton is the answer either, she has too much of a record, too connected to President Obama and her husband with their baggage.

Her record includes being SecState and doing a pretty good job of cleaning up the mess our reputation was in after Bush & Cheney.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
Still the Republicans have a serious problem as well for the office of the President, they too need a moderate but also have a problem with primary voters who are dominated by radical right-Tea Party group.

That is the scary part for the GOP. Moderate republicans who could attract Independent & Democrats will be destroyed in the primaries.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
in 2008, McCain screwed himself with Palin as VP

That is the understatement of the thread.

Looking back Palin did deliver a great First Impression. Her Convention speech was outstanding. Then she was asked challenging questions - like "what do you read". She lost it all when she started talking about Russia - and Saturday Night Live delivered one of the best political skits ever.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
Not more Bushs either, 2 were enough.

It's sad, but both Bush I and Bush II had their reputations ruined by people in their Administrations. Sanunu & Friends for Bush I and then Cheney & Rummy for Bush II. If W had been able to get Colin Powell to be his VP then the world would have been a different place - and Jeb would have a real opportunity.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
The possible candidates from Christie

Christi has taken the first major step for running and that was his surgery in February. I wish him well with it and believe that if he achieves his goals weight wise then he will have demonstrated the self control a lot of us are looking for in him.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
TX's Perry

Perry recalling the Legislature for the abortion bill pretty well gives his chances in the general election an abortion itself.


Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
Hillary will run and she will win. (unfortunately)



Don't know about that. I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't stand behind a very good Democrat who has a good chance of winning and take the VP slot.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
In fact, she may even pick up a few Romney voters of 2012.

Bill Clinton can probably pick up more. His 2012 Convention speech was outstanding. If the GOP puts a Tea Party type then look for Slick WIllie to shred the guy to pieces.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
electing the first female President is too important for a lot of voters so logic again will be out the door.

I believe that the the voters are going to be far more interested in the economy, being able to get health care, knowing their children and grandkids aren't going to be screwed on Social Security & Medicare. Basic, simple stuff like that.

That means the GOP needs to stop holding votes to end Health Care Reform every few months and they need to understand that continual flapping around on abortion will abort their candidates candidacy in it's infancy. Give those old dogs a rest.
 
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:47 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
America is headed towards a 1 party system (Democratic) and the fall of the country will be on their watch.

Actually, with the propaganda coming from the right-wing media and so many millions believing it AND the redistricting going on all over the nation AND voter suppression, the right is assured this will be the "Christian" answer to Iran.
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:29 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 6):
and unless I'm mistaken the religions of the book aren't big fans of drugs either

Therein lies the problem for the GOP to not take up this issue. No specific verse in the Bible even addresses drugs. The closest thing, perhaps, is 1 Corinthians 6:19 :

Quote:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

So technically they can argue both ways:
1. They can say that The Bible does prohibit drugs, but just like gay marriage, there's no direct verse about it*.
2. They can say that The Bible does NOT prohibit drugs, but then that opens the door for other things...like gay marriage.

In fact, there's more sense to prohibit alcohol consumption since more verses appeal to that...I don't see the GOP arguing against drinking alcohol.   

To put a better question, one has to ask: which is the GOP trying to uphold: the US Constitution and its laws, or the Bible and its laws?

*(Off topic, but to make a point) I place an asterisk because many usually cherrypick the verses and what to say or not. Many say that the Old Testament is no longer valid and it's the New one that's current...but then when you bring about many other things explicitly forbidden in the New Testament, they don't want to follow through. Or when you say that Jesus never mentioned anything about drugs/alcohol/homosexuality, they say that the Bible said so (and usually quote Leviticus)...so one has to wonder, is the whole Bible relevant? Which verses of it are relevant?
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:34 am

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 21):
Don't know about that. I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't stand behind a very good Democrat who has a good chance of winning and take the VP slot.

Hillary won't play 2nd fiddle to anyone.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 21):
Bill Clinton can probably pick up more. His 2012 Convention speech was outstanding. If the GOP puts a Tea Party type then look for Slick WIllie to shred the guy to pieces.

Ummm, Bill Clinton can't run again.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 22):
Actually, with the propaganda coming from the right-wing media

  
What propaganda? What right-wing media?
I'm just giving my own observation. I'd love to be proven wrong on this topic. Only time will tell. Let's revisit this thread come November 2016.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 19):
Ted Cruz

He was born in Canada.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 19):
I would think someone like Bloomberg

Oh HELL no!
I'd rather put Dubya back in office than Bloomberg and I still consider Dubya to be one of the worst Presidents ever.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 19):
Saying all that politics has been become a game of extreme partisanship and that isn't just on the US side of the 49th parallel, it happens up here too. Many voters believe that not wanting to compromise and come of with a collective solution is a sign of weakness, to me this is huge stupidity and would not be tolerated in the business world or in a relationship.

Can we please borrow Stephen Harper to be our President?   
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:14 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
build a social movement

No. Social issues are what is killing the GOP.

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
potential tax revenue sourcing and reduction in street crime

NOW you're talking! The Republicans need to swing back to fiscal conservatism.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 13):
The way for Republicans to win in 2016 would be to introduce a legislation that sentences Hillary Clinton a lifetime in prison, making her ineligible for candidacy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_repression
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preventive_repression

Quoting seb146 (Reply 22):
Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
America is headed towards a 1 party system (Democratic) and the fall of the country will be on their watch.

Actually, with the propaganda coming from the right-wing media and so many millions believing it AND the redistricting going on all over the nation AND voter suppression, the right is assured this will be the "Christian" answer to Iran.

Both of you settle down. Neither party is going anywhere.

Superfly: There will always be uneducated voters who vote for the candidate they think will give them "handouts", but there are enough educated voters that realize that a healthy economy is the best social program. This transcends both major parties.

seb146: Religious affiliation, as a whole, is on the decrease in North America. I'm not sure what you're worried about. The "Christian Right" exists, but they aren't going to be much of a threat in the coming elections.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
Can we please borrow Stephen Harper to be our President?

To borrow your own phrase: "Oh HELL no!"

We need him to make sure Trudeau doesn't get elected in 2015.   
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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:10 am

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 25):
There will always be uneducated voters who vote for the candidate they think will give them "handouts", but there are enough educated voters that realize that a healthy economy is the best social program.

You should see the folks showing up to the polls in 2008. The uneducated voters maybe a minority but large enough to tip the election in their favor.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 25):
To borrow your own phrase: "Oh HELL no!"

We need him to make sure Trudeau doesn't get elected in 2015.

I'd like to see Neil Peart make a run for it. Should Rush decide to retire from recording and touring, he'd be a great leader.

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RE: How The GOP Could Gain Votes

Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:22 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 21):
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 16):
I don't think Hillary Clinton is the answer either, she has too much of a record, too connected to President Obama and her husband with their baggage.

Her record includes being SecState and doing a pretty good job of cleaning up the mess our reputation was in after Bush & Cheney.

When Newt Gingrich publicly comments in the campain that Hillary Clinton is the smartest, hardest working person in Washington DC - focused on serving the needs of her nation regardless of party politics - you know she must be something special.

However, she will be too old in 2016. And worse, she LOOKS old and tired. She won't get the votes in the primaries if any organized candidate opposes her.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 21):
The biggest challenge the Democrats have is the difficulty in a party retaining power after 8 years.

After 8 years, the voters frequently decide - anybody but a _____ - is a better option.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 25):
Religious affiliation, as a whole, is on the decrease in North America. I'm not sure what you're worried about. The "Christian Right" exists, but they aren't going to be much of a threat in the coming elections.

While religious affiliation may be decreasing - so is voter focus. The non-religious population is largely apathetic and doesn't vote in large percentages as the religious population. The total numbers are actually showing more power at the ballot box for the religious voters because they actually vote.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
You should see the folks showing up to the polls in 2008. The uneducated voters maybe a minority but large enough to tip the election in their favor.

The Republicans had the election won - until they decided to not focus on the economy and on Bengahzi. That left thousands of normal Republican voters sitting at home, not bothering to go vote.

Has Fox News not betrayed the Republicans economy message and turned off so many voters - Romeny would be President today.

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Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:33 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 1):
No. Because the GOP is guided by (in the main) rich white guys who think it's

And the DNC is not guided and been run by rich white guys?
 
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:29 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
The uneducated voters maybe a minority but large enough to tip the election in their favor.

"Obama is a socialist! Obama is a Muslim! Obama was born in Kenya! Obama caused....!" Like that? Even those lies didn't keep people from voting for him.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 27):
until they decided to not focus on the economy and on Bengahzi. That left thousands of normal Republican voters sitting at home, not bothering to go vote.

Actually, if you look at raw numbers, a majority of Americans who voted in 2012 (I think that's what you were talking about when you responded to a post about the 2008 election) actually voted Democrat. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...-democrats-won-majority-2012-popu/
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:33 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 29):
Actually, if you look at raw numbers, a majority of Americans who voted in 2012 (I think that's what you were talking about when you responded to a post about the 2008 election) actually voted Democrat. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-me...popu/

Untrue. Obama ONLY won due to voter fraud, and that is not my opinion but an ABSOLUTE FACT. He should be impeached IMMEDIATELY, and ALL Democratic senators should also be removed from office and imprisoned for life.

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Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:45 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 30):
He should be impeached IMMEDIATELY, and ALL Democratic senators should also be removed from office and imprisoned for life.

      I should have known better than to have taken a swig of coffee before opening this thread!

You know, all the Democrats need to do to keep winning offices is just sit by quietly while the GOP holds its gabfests, if this is the kind of stuff that's going to continue to come from the party faithful. It just gives elections away.
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:49 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
And it dawned on me: they need to steal the marijuana issue from the left, push it, and build a social movement around it as has been done with same-sex marriage.

While it might attract some younger and libertarian voters to the GOP, it would also alienate some of the GOP's base. The religious right doesn't like marijuana and doesn't want it legalized. It's not a winning issue for the GOP.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 23):
In fact, there's more sense to prohibit alcohol consumption since more verses appeal to that...I don't see the GOP arguing against drinking alcohol.

The issue that the religious right has with marijuana is the fear that it undermines religion. Traditional religious right thinking says that when you are worried about problems in life and seek answers, you should seek religion. However, with marijuana, why worry about problems in life...just light up a joint and your worries fade away (temporarily at least).
 
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:57 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
You should see the folks showing up to the polls in 2008. The uneducated voters maybe a minority but large enough to tip the election in their favor.

I see that as a one-time phenomenon. Remember all those videos of low-income individuals going on about "Obama's gonna get me a free cell phone!", among other things? Well, he obviously didn't give everyone free cell phones, or many of the other freebies they thought they were getting for whatever reason, so I would assume they would have been disillusioned to a degree, hence the one-ff occurrence. It's been discussed so much on here that Obama didn't win in 2012 so much as Romney lost, and I feel that it's because of the educated voters moving away from him.   

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
I'd like to see Neil Peart make a run for it. Should Rush decide to retire from recording and touring, he'd be a great leader.

That's an interesting proposal that I've never given any thought. There's no doubt Neil Peart is a good Canadian, but I would have to see him publish his platform and engage in a 5-party debate before I would take his candidacy seriously. I seem to recall from my very limited knowledge of his political affiliations that he has had rather inconsistent political views over the years (certainly since the time that video was recorded - 1993).

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 27):
The non-religious population is largely apathetic and doesn't vote in large percentages as the religious population. The total numbers are actually showing more power at the ballot box for the religious voters because they actually vote.



That's easily explained away by age, and actually supports my original point. As you no doubt saw in Doc's thread regarding the "nones", the number of atheist persons in the US are quite heavily skewed to the younger adults (18-25). This age group has historically always had a weak turnout at the polls, while the older age groups (35+) have always had a very strong showing. Given that, it's pretty fair to say that as this less-religious generation gets older, there will be far more non-religious voters. It will take a couple more elections before we see a drastic shift, but it will happen in a decade or so.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 29):
"Obama is a socialist! Obama is a Muslim! Obama was born in Kenya! Obama caused....!" Like that? Even those lies didn't keep people from voting for him.

That's another thing the Republican Party needs to contend with: those on the very far right, and I'm not talking about the Tea Party. I'm talking about those that are so fanatical that they actually harm their cause. They are to their party what the Westboro Baptist Church is to Christianity.

The GOP needs to stop allowing these folks to get in the limelight under the "Republican" guise and disassociate with them. When you get these old, white dudes screaming about Obama being a Muslim, Kenyan, Communist, whatever...even the uneducated, low-income voters realize how crazy it is and it gives them a sour perception of the right-wing party, and thus solidifying their vote for "the guys who aren't those crazy, white dudes".

Of course these types exist within the Democratic Party as well, but since they've been winning elections recently, it's not as pressing an issue for them at present.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 30):
Untrue. Obama ONLY won due to voter fraud, and that is not my opinion but an ABSOLUTE FACT. He should be impeached IMMEDIATELY, and ALL Democratic senators should also be removed from office and imprisoned for life.

You're always good for a few laughs, 1337Delta764. But since you brought it up, could you kindly post credible links to a source? 'Cause, ya know, "ABSOLUTE FACTS" usually have sources...

And again, what's with the whole imprisoning Democrats thing? You say it in just about every thread, but you're never able to provide legal grounding for any of your statements.
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:08 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 33):
And again, what's with the whole imprisoning Democrats thing? You say it in just about every thread, but you're never able to provide legal grounding for any of your statements.

Because they have been rigging every single recent election to give their party an unfair advantage. Send them to prison and it will give the Republican Party a fair advantage.
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:16 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 34):
Send them to prison and it will give the Republican Party a fair advantage.

GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces

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Republican officials, who have used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters, are furiously trying to distance themselves from a growing number of GOP voter registration drives that either submitted false applications or threw away authentic ones.

The incidents might have been overlooked if not for the GOP's clamorous campaign to restrict registration drives, purge voter rolls, roll back early voting, and pass voter ID laws that opponents point out have the effect of depressing the vote among minorities, the poor and other generally Democratic constituencies.


Oh dear! GOP fraudsters!
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:21 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 34):
Because they have been rigging every single recent election to give their party an unfair advantage. Send them to prison and it will give the Republican Party a fair advantage.

Apparently you didn't see the links I posted earlier. Here's a refresher:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_repression
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preventive_repression

Trust me, they're short reads, it won't take you very long at all. Might do you some good to realize what you're advocating.

Also, you conveniently ignored my request for credible sources on your accusations. The offer remains on the table.
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:40 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 27):
The Republicans had the election won - until they decided to not focus on the economy and on Bengahzi. That left thousands of normal Republican voters sitting at home, not bothering to go vote.

You have a right to your opinion but not a single poll backs up your claim. Obama had a small lead throughout most of the year. Romney didn't get any traction until after the first debate where he had to school Barack on how the economy works. Even then, Romney never had the election "won" as you put it. The only two Republican candidates that screwed themselves was Senate candidates Todd Aiken and that clown in Indiana.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 33):
I see that as a one-time phenomenon. Remember all those videos of low-income individuals going on about "Obama's gonna get me a free cell phone!", among other things? Well, he obviously didn't give everyone free cell phones, or many of the other freebies they thought they were getting for whatever reason, so I would assume they would have been disillusioned to a degree, hence the one-ff occurrence.

Two-time phenomenon but you are correct. In fact, the infamous Obamaphone lady no longer supports Obama. The sad thing is that she said she'll never vote for him again.  Wow!
Poor thing, she doesn't even realize that he's already won his 2nd term and won't be on a ballot again.


Here is a heart-warming interview where Tea Partier Alex Jones reached out to Obamaphone lady and had dialogue. The Obamaphone lady has seen the light.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8nyyOVDq3I

There has always been a derelict under-class in our society but they never voted. The demographic is getting larger and they're voting now. I'm all in favor of people exercising their right to vote. My concern is their motivation that is driving them to the polls. If they're motivated by a candidate that is offering new opportunities to them to better their lives and the candidate has a proven track record of creating jobs then that is wonderful. Now if they're motivation to go to the polls is to get free phones and free money then I have a problem with that.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 33):
That's an interesting proposal that I've never given any thought. There's no doubt Neil Peart is a good Canadian, but I would have to see him publish his platform and engage in a 5-party debate before I would take his candidacy seriously. I seem to recall from my very limited knowledge of his political affiliations that he has had rather inconsistent political views over the years (certainly since the time that video was recorded - 1993).

The man is brilliant and would be a incredible statesman for your country. He has written many books. Since 1993, he lost his family within a span of 11 months. His 19 year old daughter and only child was killed in a car accident and 11 months later lost his wife to cancer. The man has been through a lot and so I'm sure that would alter one's views on life quite a bit.

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Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:10 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
How The GOP Could Gain Votes 

Perhaps by subtraction through voter suppression? If the GOP can repeal the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments that will take care of the Democratic party base.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
America is headed towards a 1 party system

It's about time! President Hillary Clinton will be succeeded by former governor and current senator Gavin Newsom, who in turn will be succeeded by Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky...until such time Malia Obama is eligible to be president.   

The Party will reprogram former Democratic voters (including expats) who have lost their soul and strayed into the abyss. And for non-party voters, they shall be placed into reeducation camps for rehabilitation back to sanity.   

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Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:16 pm

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 38):
It's about time! President Hillary Clinton will be succeeded by former governor and current senator Gavin Newsom, who in turn will be succeeded by Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky...until such time Malia Obama is eligible to be president.

Won't be Gavin Newsome. Too many close associations with me in San Francisco.  
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:31 pm

It will take more than just doing the right thing on one single issue to get people voting Republican again. I am a big supporter of legalising pot but I wouldn't vote for them if they remain on the wrong side when it comes to invading foreign countries, hurting womens' rights, being racist or being in favour of tax cuts for the rich.

Only when they do the right thing on all these issues will they win meaningful elections. They only won the Congress because of jerrymandering - they lost the popular vote there too.

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Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:00 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
Hillary won't play 2nd fiddle to anyone.

She did asFirst Lady and then Sec State. She may well be happy as VP as long as she is involved in the Oval Office. No way would she play the bucket of warm spit.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
Ummm, Bill Clinton can't run again.

I know that, just as I know that he can bring in a mountain of campaign contributions and a lot of voters. He's still a massive force in US politics and can deliver a speech like he did at the 2012 Convention,

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
He was born in Canada.

That's the best news I've had today - he can never be president.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 25):
The Republicans need to swing back to fiscal conservatism.

They need to swing back to financial responsibility. Going to war on the credit card while holding onto those unaffordable tax cuts was a disaster. A real Guns & Butter & Cake political program.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 25):
There will always be uneducated voters who vote for the candidate they think will give them "handouts"

And then there are the well educated corporate elite (and their lobbyists) who pour a lot of money into the system because they KNOW it will get them hand outs.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 27):
However, she will be too old in 2016.

And how old was Reagan when he ran the first time?

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 30):
Untrue. Obama ONLY won due to voter fraud, and that is not my opinion but an ABSOLUTE FACT. He should be impeached IMMEDIATELY, and ALL Democratic senators should also be removed from office and imprisoned for life.

        
 
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:09 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 30):
Untrue. Obama ONLY won due to voter fraud, and that is not my opinion but an ABSOLUTE FACT. He should be impeached IMMEDIATELY, and ALL Democratic senators should also be removed from office and imprisoned for life.

Sigh... can you at least provide links to your sources? No matter what your position, you need to back up what you are saying. Otherwise no one can taking your view seriously (and that's not being biased either, that's just simple fact checking)
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:30 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 41):
And how old was Reagan when he ran the first time?

He was 65.

He was 69 years, 11 months and 19 days old when he took the oath of office.

Hillary will be 68 during most of the 2016 campaign - she will be 69 just before the election.

If elected, she would take the office at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 25 days.

Reagan was a very good actor, and knew and used a lot of things he learned in the profession to keep his appearance and impression to the voters of a 'youthful' 69 years of age.

Hillary simply isn't as good at hair and makeup - she look OLD and TIRED - most of the time.
 
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:55 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 41):
Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
He was born in Canada.

That's the best news I've had today - he can never be president.

As much as I like this statement, his mother was born and raised in Delaware so technically he's a McCain case (born outside the US to at least one US parent). However, as much as the GOP tried with Obama and the birther conspiracy, this one is actually true and ergo, the GOP will have to shut its trap if Cruz becomes the nominee and birther conspiracies come about him.

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 43):
Hillary simply isn't as good at hair and makeup - she look OLD and TIRED - most of the time.

A hair makeover can do wonders actually. When she campaigned with short hair back in 2008 she looked more energized than when she left the State Department. The hairstyle was what made the difference.
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Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:57 am

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 44):
As much as I like this statement, his mother was born and raised in Delaware so technically he's a McCain case (born outside the US to at least one US parent).

McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone in a US base though, so the argument could be made that he is still a "natural born" citizen (and even then controversy still surrounded him regarding that issue). It is harder to argue that for someone born in Canada.
 
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Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:18 am

Didn't the House pass a bill to say that he was born on US territory ? Can't happen with Canada I would think/hope.
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Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:22 am

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 43):
Hillary simply isn't as good at hair and makeup - she look OLD and TIRED - most of the time.

The gays are going to get on that and she will look better than Katy Perry in her "Friday Night" video LOL
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Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:06 am

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 41):
She did asFirst Lady and then Sec State.

Like she was going to stop Bill from running back in 1992?
You think she had a chance as a wife of a governor of a small southern state at the Presidency? Hillary got in to politics on the back of her husband and the election of him in 1992 was only the beginning and set the stage for her to get in to politics.
The Secretary of State job got her out of the Senate but is a more important role than VP.
She has been more visible than vice-President Chains....
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Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:26 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 27):
The Republicans had the election won - until they decided to not focus on the economy and on Bengahzi. That left thousands of normal Republican voters sitting at home, not bothering to go vote.

I don't know if they ever had it won but it certainly would have been a lot closer had they focused on the economy like Republicans of the past had, which means being pro-business but not as far as being puppets to corporate interests.

If they has stuck to the message of simplifying regulations and the tax code to make things transparent for small businesses and even corporations, it would have improved their chances. The problem with that is it always remains a talking point as big business has an interest in a complicated tax code because they benefit from it.

The problem with the GOP is that they go too far to the right when it comes to things like regulations where they were proposing things like abolishing the EPA. If you polled Americans on this they might favour simple and transparent regulations regarding something like the internment but not destroying the organization all together. That is just an example.

Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 32):
While it might attract some younger and libertarian voters to the GOP, it would also alienate some of the GOP's base. The religious right doesn't like marijuana and doesn't want it legalized. It's not a winning issue for the GOP.

It can be because you can't win an election on your base alone and the religious right is the reason that they have lost 3 of the last 4 major elections. People in the centre are driven away by this kind of nonsense that GOP run state legislatures are passing and lets also note that there are more non-believers in the US that there are blacks. All those non-believers are liberal but I bet most of them will not vote for the GOP if they are going to continue be run by the religious right.
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