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Ditto Mr. Hofmeister-
I think this describes the political evolution many of us go through. Some earlier than others! Great letter!
Too bad they didn't get them on candid camera...
I think that guy's problem honestly had more to do with an inability to grasp the correct word than the fact that he was trying to undermine the tea party movement. I don't think anyone anywhere ever could have called that a riot. And thanks on the speech. I notice you didn't compliment my extraordinary singing voice. To be honest, after we got home, my boyfriend told me he loves me even if I'm tone deaf.
Have to say that I really empathize with your moniker! I agree that so many people are torn between whether to vote for the guy with the R or the guy with the D. I agree that the parties have made it impossible to decide who is the lesser evil. On the one hand, you have a Democratic party emphasizing a socially liberal agenda based on entitlements to welfare, abortion, tons more social programs than you really want to accept, and on the other hand you have a Republican party pushing a movement against abortion, to demand prayer in schools, and people who don't want evolution taught. It's a hard decision to make, but here's the truth: both parties have taken such stands because they think that enforcing social policy will get them votes. Social policy, be it Planned Parenthood, prayer in school, cash for clunkers, or the teaching of evolution is inevitably a limit on the liberty that all Americans should enjoy. So when I vote, I think about the things that our government should be enforcing, like national defense, the responsible use of tax dollars, the protection of Americans' constitutional rights, the promotion of capitalism, and the encouragement of liberty. And I vote for the candidate who most aligns with me on the issues that the government has the legitimacy to enforce. And I would really advise you from taking any one person's tea party stance from a news source like CNN...they didn't even report on the woman and her boyfriend who were beaten to a pulp for wearing Sarah Palin pins. All news in this country is one-sided, so make sure you get lots of it-from lots of different places.
PS-I have found South Park in poor taste on more than one occasion, actually, almost every single time I've ever watched it, but I think that censoring this to submit to a radical sect of Islam is wrong. I actually find this very disturbing on a certain level, since I firmly believe that a society's art reflects much more than ongoing asthetic standards. I really believe that by putting one aspect of culture off limits, we restrict free speech. For example, you've all heard of "product-placement," but I heard the craziest thing on the radio today. There is actually a documented move toward "belief-placement" in TV shows and movies. Like, for example, recycling-and I guess that anyone who doesn't agree to, say, throw the can in the recycling bin instead of the garbage on camera actually doesn't get parts. I think it's really disturbing how "mainstream" our pop art has become, because it really reflects the rejection of free speech.
Sorry, I have other stuff to do. And yes, it was a late night. Guess that happens sometimes when you have to work Saturdays and have other obligations. I’m sorry I can’t just sit around to respond to you. You seem to have confused me with someone else. I am just telling you what I found in my research that directly contradicts your statement about the chemicals in marijuana. Again, I don’t care if you smoke as much weed as you want. Believe it or not, I’ve tried smoking weed before. And I don’t like it. So calling me ignorant for not smoking weed seems a little biased to me…because I’m sure that you believe that everyone should just be entitled to do what they want, right? And I’m the brainwashed, ignorant sheep here? Because I tried something, don’t like it, and don’t care whether you do as long as it doesn’t infringe on me? Do me a favor and look up the definitions of every adjective you called me and tell me whether you really think I fit any of those. And I’m sorry if you don’t care enough to respond. As for other prescriptions out there, you’re probably right. Never said you weren’t. Here’s my question though: Does the fact that you are medicating with a federally illegal drug still mean you are medicating, the same as it is when an anxiety sufferer finds relief with wellbutrin, or how someone with a sore throat can cure it with cleocin? So when you allow anyone to get a medical marijuana card with little or no supervision, and allow the people with it to sell the drug to their buddies the second they leave the dispensary (I see it multiple times every day with my own eyes), are you discouraging overmedication, or encouraging it? The difference is a respect for the laws that our governing body sees fit to enact. Sick of these laws not representing you? Maybe you should check out the next tea party to protest a government establishment (on both sides of the aisle) that doesn’t really embody your liberty to live your life the way you want to.
By the way, if you would like links to the many places I verified the marijuana chemical research on, just let me know. There are more than a dozen, so I guess I can claim to have done research.
I'd also like to thank the Pilot for sending that photog to the Steamboat rally. But where was the actual reporter? Heck, I'd have settled for an editorial columnist, even though we all know the way it would have gone. Was construction just too much, or were there so many other things going on in Steamboat that all of those eyes and ears were just eaten up at noon on Thursday, April, 15 (after the mountain closed). I know it's probably just my ego speaking, but WITW was going on that one of your many reporers couldn't cover this event?
Finally, to everyone else-
I thought that maybe since the Craig Tea Party got so much coverage I thought I'd share the Steamboat Tea Party Experience with you.
First, I was entirely embarassed by singing the National Anthem. Music is not a talent of mine. Quite a few people spoke, beginning with Mr. Dennis Lodwick, and moving into local activists-including me. I spoke about the fact that the United States of America was founded on a dream of liberty. I talked about how houses, cars, purses, and anything else material are only the manifestations of the American Dream. The American Dream is not to own these things, but to have the liberty and ability in life to live the way we want, how we want, and not have undue influence upon our lives, and be able to satisfy these tangible dreams. During my short talk, I outlined my own finances, and the many ways that taxes, fees, taxes, and more taxes were stopping me from getting to my American Dream. We also had a few speakers from the national stage. During our rally, we had people who chose to sit on mainstreet with encouraging posters. There was not one speech that wasn't interupted by a bigrig waving and smiling and cheering us on. I also noticed one younger gentleman specifically who only showed up to take pictures of the signs, didn't pay any attention to any speakers, and left before the "key-note" speakers said a word.
After the rally, I was approached by quite a few individuals. One woman told me that she drove from her second home in Granby just to be here, and we had several families that brought all of their children. One very generous, gracious man gave me his poster, and afterwards I was asked by quite a few poeple to represent them in a public position.
Next, I went to a very well known 1950's style diner downtown. Upon arriving, my boyfriend and I met a very gracious family. I forget exactly what branch of the military the father was serving in, but he had kids between 16 years and 1 month. This gentleman stopped by my table, introduced himself, his wife, and his amazing kids. Next thing I knew, the gentleman who had been taking pictures of signs at the rally was seated in the booth next to me. I shushed my boyfriend, and was able to overhear him describing the scene on the courthouse lawn. He described it to his friends as a "riot," and that he was only doing a public service by taking pictures of the signs the prostestors held. In the meantime, I was looking at a serviceman's family sitting at the bar and a few booths and kept asking myself why the people holding the signs were the rebels.
Don't really give a jellybean about teleprompters...I agree that it's not a big deal-and I never made it one, if you read closely. The point is that the fact that Sarah Palin wrote some notes on her hand is that it seems to diminish her in most of the media, and therefore many Americans' respect for the job she has done and the positions she has held. I only had a five minute speech at the most recent Tea Party, but I had 15 cards. I don't think being over prepared in case she dropped something or had one of those "oh @#$%" moments is worth criticizing someone the way she has been. As far as that interview, there are several leaked backstage videos/blogs/other weird accusations about the editing of that interview that have called the ethics of the interview in question, well, into question. Also, can't anyone ever have an off day? I fondly remember Michelle Obama's quote last week about "both members of Congress" (we can only dream) but I don't really think less of any politician or political figure who has had a long day, and made an obvious mistake. They are flawed too.
I'm sorry. I'm never, ever, ever a sarcastic person, ever. I guess I just don't feel like I should quit being me to make my opinion known online. So if you have something substantial to say, that you can back up, do it. I can't make fun of facts. I can, however, educate you on the history of irony and sarcasm...after all, I went to public school! If you can't deal with sarcasm, or irony, or the facts, just ignore them. I mean, that's Nancy Pelosi's philosophy!
Seriously though folks, I wouldn't want anyone to not post their thoughts because of my sarcasm, but honestly, if they can watch Comedy Central, they can put up with me. After all, I think what goes on in this thread is probably more legit than what goes on in Washington behind those transparent, but still closed, doors. So if I have information that is at odds with your opinion, it's not an attack, it's a conversation. You might not agree with me, but that's the truth. As for the real debate issue, in 2012 let's not tap a moderator who has a vested interest in who wins (in the form of a biography she wrote about Obama). Sarcasm looks better and better, doesn't it?
I already admitted my mistake. Please take the time to read everything I type before bothering to unneccessarily take up time and space. If you want the attention, here you go-as I already mentioned, GE paid no taxes either. No large corporation does. Yet my mom and dad, who are self-employed, do. Why are 18 year-olds being quoted? Last time I checked, that made you a legal, eligable voter in the United States. I would be willing to bet that anyone who was homeschooled in American history may know what they are talking about with respect to the Vietnam War. Are we now only placing people who lived through certain events in history in charge of the history? If I were to say, "I think we should only allow people who were alive during the Civil War to vote on racial issues," where would we be today? Racial inequality would be better now if that were the situation? I agree that Obama was voted in, and I'm not the "birther" you want me to be. The point is that American citizens pay taxes to cover the financial responsibilities outlined in the Constitution. Not to pay for Nancy's jets, Obama's closing down Manhattan, not to pay for private institutions' solvency, and not to pay for the fact that government policy has created a social inequality to guarantee votes. This movement has little to do with Obama specifically, and more to do with the fact that the average American is already struggling, and can't support any more social, un-Constitutional spending programs that only result in more government agencies. So if you really do feel silly for paying taxes for 40 years, you aren't the only one. But feel free to pay mine next time you want to support the government.
I don't exactly understand why you keep arguing with me. I don't have any problem with you smoking as much weed as you want, or ingesting as many marijuana products as you want. Heck, I don't even care if you want to ingest everything else under the moon. The only time I care about the way you live your life or how stupid or smart you are is when it infringes on my life. And we start running into that gray ground right about the time I have to support your life because of your habits, because you have the direct right to do whatever you want, and I have the indirect right to not pay for you to live how you want to. That's it. Our government got messed up by trying to be everything to everyone. If you (not you per se, but anyone) were legally able to smoke weed, but had to make that mortgage, pay your own bills and wouldn't be bailed out if you couldn't, we would both be happy. I didn't mean to imply that you were dumber than me-just that everyone is entitled to their own mistakes.
By the way-the research I did today showed me that THC is the main active ingredient in cannibis, and that CBDs only affect that high. Weed high in THC but low in CBD makes for a "level, clear headed, more energetic high," while weed high in CBDs but low in THC results in "more of a stoned feeling. The mind feels dull and the body feels tired." Clarify your previous statement for me that implied otherwise, because my belief is that drug tests pick up THC and not CBDs. So I guess you could smoke weed regularly, get drug tested for jobs, pass every drug test, and still have a foggy brain. So, strains low in THC but high in CBD could actually allow someone to skirt the system, right? Also, how am I brainwashed, exactly? Because I choose not to use a "medical drug" that you do? Give me a break.
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