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  •  I believe in this (13+ / 0-)

    I think there has to be an opposition.  I may vociferously disagree with it, but a NOBLE opposition helps both sides refine their argument and leads to real progress because a real debate of ideas can happen.

    I disagreed with Dole on a great number of things.   But, I can also acknowledge that on some issues, I agreed with him.. after all, he (personally) helped fund one of the few remaining Mental Health Disabilities hospitals in Kansas (KVC).  And his work on the ADA touched my family directly.

    While I disagreed with him on many issues, even in those issues he debated those from a viewpoint of "this is what I believe."

    There isn't a single republican out there right now, it seems, who acts as a "NOBLE" opposition, a group where you can bitterly disagree with their position but feel as though they argue from a point of real belief.. instead, you've got a party filled with political con artists who either are too stupid and just parrot points, or they just craft a message designed to win an office rather than a point of reason.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 01:13:09 PM PDT

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    •  There was also talk at certain points (4+ / 0-)

      of a "Loyal Opposition."

      "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
      No representation without taxation. Rich and don't pay? Shut up.
      Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

      by OleHippieChick on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:45:44 PM PDT

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      •  That's one this this current crop is not (4+ / 0-)

        They don't have any loyalty to anything. Just themselves. A loyal opposition wants what's best for the country, though reasonable people can disagree on what that is. They will listen, and sometimes change their minds.

        Good ideas aren't confined to one side or another, and if you won't even listen to any other ideas but your own, you miss huge opportunities.

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