Monday, August 9, 2010

Thomas Jefferson, the last true Republican

Since this column is getting so much reaction I thought I would post a link to it here and get some additional response. I know my readers always have an opinion or two, so chime in, please. 
http://bit.ly/aNzaC0

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

To pen the Declaration of Independence and keep slaves at the same time. How can these acts be reconciled?

The sybil said...

Thomas Jefferson deserves a great deal of credit for the work he did and guidance he offered to the difficult process of founding a new nation. However, just like today, there were differences of opinion on how to approach some problems and setting priorities. Jefferson and the people who disagreed with him used the very same kind of name-calling, hyperbole, and my-way-or-the-highway speeches and writing that the Republican party still uses today instead of trying to reach a workable compromise.

Anonymous said...

I hope Ferman doesn't waste taxpayers' money pursuing this case. She's just another Republican jumping on whatever case she can to promote her own interests.

Federal prosecutors will not file charges against a Lower Merion School District or its employees over the use of remote monitoring software that's at the center of a spying allegation.

Such an announcement from federal prosecutors is rare, as the feds don't make a habit of discussing the beginning or end of an investigation, but U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger says he decided to make Tuesday's announcement to close one part of the matter before the start of the school year.

Memeger says investigators have found no evidence of criminal intent by Lower Merion School District employees who activated tracking software that took thousands of webcam and screenshot images on school-provided laptops.

"For the government to prosecute a criminal case, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged acted with criminal intent," Memeger's statement said. "We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent."

Anonymous said...

The Republican governor of New Jersey chastised Democrats and Republicans for using the proposed Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 terror attack as a "political football," in a sharp departure from members of his own party who are intent on making the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" an issue in fall election campaigns.

Anonymous said...

true republicans:
Sanford,
Vitter,
Craig,
Ensign,
Beck,
Newt,
Hyde,
Steele,
Limbaugh

Anonymous said...

Foes accused Thomas Jefferson, our third president, of not being a legitimate American because of his foreign ties as well. They said he was too French -- he spoke French and had a French cook.

They also said he had a slave mistress (a charge that a DNA analysis later suggested might be true), Crockett says.

Anonymous said...

To be President of the United States and see no wrong with illegals and have an Auntie remaining here when her visit was up - How can non-action be reconciled?

joe the nerd said...

so, by your the title of this piece, are all subsequent Republicans are frauds?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
To be President of the United States and see no wrong with illegals and have an Auntie remaining here when her visit was up - How can non-action be reconciled?

August 25, 2010 11:34 AM
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Obama said that he would leave the "Aunt" issue up to the officials in charge. What's wrong with that? Also, Bush and McCain (before he flip-flopped) both supported the path to citizenship. But, as usual you repugs have very short memories.

Anonymous said...

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said after his Saturday rally at the Lincoln Memorial that he regrets once having called President Obama a racist who hated white people, and said "not a chance" when asked about the notion of a Beck-Sarah Palin presidential ticket in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Some issues are too personal - is that what you are trying to say? How about "The Professor and the Police Officer" and also "The Volunteer Army" - well after all some statements only fall on the ears of the Republicans that have very long memories. We all wish the US would stay out of the Palestine and Israel Issue - they have been fighting for so many years no person can decide what started the whole thing - check the Bible. What we do know is that Israel is building on land that is not their own, but rocks are plentiful. Selective situations seem to be his understanding of the President's Duties. I hope in the present situation with the Oval Office he does not try to go into any decorating business - glad he paid for it.

Anonymous said...

We all wish the US would stay out of the Palestine and Israel Issue - they have been fighting for so many years no person can decide what started the whole thing - check the Bible. What we do know is that Israel is building on land that is not their own, but rocks are plentiful.

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No person can decide what started it... but you know that the land wasn't Israel's to begin with... Yeah, right! Selective reasoning, just like your joke about decorating. Laura picked a sunburst for Dubya. Probably matched the sun in Texas...

Anonymous said...

The phrase itself --'separation of church and state' --originated from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a persecuted Baptist minority group in 1802, well after the Constitution was written and ratified. Jefferson wrote:

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

So why are the tea party peeps and the repubs pushing their religion into schools? Especially that white-washing text book board in Texas?

true repub? Let's see the others be like him. Cold day in you know where before that happens.

Anonymous said...

didn't you hear? Texas took Thomas Jefferson out of the text books for our schools. Most of these books are printed in Texas. Look it up, it happen eariler this year And that my friends is what they want, us to be dumb and dumber.

Anonymous said...

Nixon - tricky Dick was a great republican.

In 1972, Lavelle was a four-star Air Force general. But, according to the Pentagon and historical record, in April of that year, he was removed from command because of allegations that he ordered bombing missions into North Vietnam that had not been authorized.

Reports from 1972 said Lavelle advocated the bombing of radar sites in North Vietnam that were helping the enemy shoot down American pilots on missions.

Before Lavelle's orders to attack radar sites, the North Vietnamese had developed a more effective anti-aircraft defense system and had become very adept at targeting U.S. planes. Existing rules of engagement said the the American pilots couldn't attack the radar sites until the enemy attacked the Americans.

Lavelle also allegedly tried to falsify records about the missions by claiming the bombings were in response to enemy fire that never happened.

When the situation became public, it became the focus of much media attention, even making the cover of Newsweek magazine. The entire scandal was called the Lavelle affair.

Because of his actions and the alleged cover-up, Lavelle was demoted, lost two stars and retired a major general.

Then in 2007, 28 years after his death, once-secret tapes from the Nixon White House were examined. They showed that President Nixon did authorize Lavelle to bomb North Vietnam radar. Other evidence showed he never knew about efforts to conceal the missions or falsify records, and took action to make sure the practice was discontinued.

Because of the new evidence, Lavelle has been formally nominated to the rank of four-star general again.

Anonymous said...

Jefferson's personal life has quite a few No - No's... but how he saw government was unquestionable. The one quote I caught last week was "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from waisting the labors of people under the pretense of taking care of them." I really wish our government would let the people who are citizens take care of theirself. We all would be stronger people and our nation also.