This is the year

We have to regain control of America -- and it could be our last shot

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Even as the economy skids along a rocky bottom, and a molten federal government oozes and hardens over more and more of American society, many Americans blithely believe the system itself will save us. It has so far, hasn’t it?

Maybe. But this time is different.

This country has never had leadership more antithetical to American founding principles of individual liberty and self-reliance and free enterprise, or more dedicated to “transforming” the country into something else no one has yet defined.

We’ve never had a Department of “Justice” that arranged to sell guns to America’s drug-cartel enemies while at the same time warring against any state that dares to protect itself from illegal immigration or voter fraud.

And were it of another era to be recounted in your history book, the battle over the overreaching health-care law – in which more than half the states are suing the federal government to stop it – it would be termed nothing less than a rebellion of the states.

Nor even in the early-American days of governance by well-to-do landowners have we had more imperious, impervious, out-of-touch rulers than we do today. They cannot be dislodged from the halls of power with a crowbar and winch, as we thoughtlessly cast them in bronze poses of pickpocketing.

While they spend taxpayers to the precipice of ruin – encumbering future generations with bone-crushing debt – they, themselves, make off like bandits: The net worth of a member of Congress, reports The Washington Post, has nearly tripled in 25 years, as yours has likely fallen.

No, the system won’t save us anymore. It is cannibalizing itself and the country we love right before our eyes.

Sorry to get so political on New Year’s, but there’s good reason: This is the year we all must be political.

It’s the year we must throw the spenders out on their padded fannies, stop the igneous flow of smothering nannyism from Washington and return the country to our birthright of self-determination and the sovereignty of man over the government he formed.

We may only have one more shot at this. This simply must be the year.

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Haki
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Haki 01/01/12 - 04:53 am
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Sounds like a Obama 2012!

Sounds like a Obama 2012!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/01/12 - 07:02 am
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"We’ve never had a Department

"We’ve never had a Department of “Justice” that arranged to sell guns to America’s drug-cartel enemies"... good gaawsh ACES, you guys ain't up on your history. May I direct you to a decade called the 80's? And I'm too young to remember it. Its in books donchaknow! I'm waiting for the nanny state to establish the DPW.. Department of Butt Wiping. For security from ourselves of course.

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copperhead 01/01/12 - 08:26 am
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We need hussein to enact more

We need hussein to enact more laws and regulations to protect us from ourselves! More taxes more spending more tzars more division AND more wars! This is eden!

copperhead
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copperhead 01/01/12 - 08:30 am
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holder needs to declare all

holder needs to declare all state laws unconstitutional and put the feds in charge of all law enforcement. We all know that the feds know what is best for us and they are here to help. mmm mmm obama mmm mmm holder mmm mmm i have a tingling up my leg!

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willie7 01/01/12 - 08:48 am
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This editorial is old.
Unpublished

This editorial is old. President George W. Bush is out of office.
I thought Mike Ryan was a knowledgeable guy; he needs to read his history books , and stop listening to Limbaugh.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/01/12 - 09:00 am
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willie7, those that do not

willie7, those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it! Please keep this in mind.

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Rhetor 01/01/12 - 09:38 am
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Really, now? Never before?

Really, now? Never before? Have you forgotten the record-setting deficits of Reagan's budgets? Have you forgotten that Richard Nixon imposed wage and price controls, for heaven's sake? Have you forgotten that the top individual tax rate under Nixon was 70%? Have you forgotten about the invasion of liberties under Bush's Patriot Act (which, as I recall, forgive me if I'm wrong, the AC endorsed)? And health care reform? The Dems passed a market-based health care reform law based on proposals by Gingrich and Romney, and, instead of taking credit for it, the Republicans turned on their own proposal with false accusations of death panels, socialized medicine, and a government takeover of health care. Have a great new year, everybody. I, for one, have boundless confidence in America. I'm sorry if you don't.

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seenitB4 01/01/12 - 09:53 am
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I have a lot of confidence in

I have a lot of confidence in the people..

0 confidence in Washington Dc..

We will change the direction/economy/jobs/business/banks---some won't like the change---bite the bullet, it has to happen.

dinohunter
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dinohunter 01/01/12 - 12:05 pm
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One of the major problems is

One of the major problems is that there is an entrenched aristocracy in Washington. The aristocracy pass laws which do not apply to them, get to vote on their own pay raises and often return to office again and again because there are enough sheep (voters) who are uninformed or have a great deal of apathy.

The aristocracy, whether Republican or Democrat only care about holding on to power and creating more government.

They all need to be tossed out into the streets and replaced with those who put country first, not their own self interest.

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allhans 01/01/12 - 12:19 pm
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I haven't forgotten the

I haven't forgotten the dot.com bubble burst during the Clinton years. That might be because GW never stooped to placing blame for the slowing economy on his predecessor.
Now Obama has nothing to run on except "blame Bush" or blame the TEA Party. What a difference character can make.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/01/12 - 12:23 pm
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Dinohunter, you hit the point

Dinohunter, you hit the point exactly, until people start realizing that just 2 parties in government are not good enough, we will continue to have the same crap going on. The parties either need to listen and connect to the people or watch as another party rises that will defend the constitution, balance the budget, and protect the voters from big business, big government, and social anarchy.

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RunningMan 01/01/12 - 12:46 pm
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff sounds more like a sound byte from Fox's. When did you all ever get this right? 12 years ago? I think not. You may have control of the AC and the opportunity to write this nonsense, but most of us real Americans know better. Obama has a lot of accomplishments to run on, and thanks to those seeking the republican nomination for President, he should have no problem in 2012. I do agree however, Its important that we get this right, AGAIN. But most of us true Americans already knew that. Next time try putting this on the front page of the AC, it might get more attention.

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robaroo 01/01/12 - 01:11 pm
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People who say we are passing

People who say we are passing the debt to our children and grandchildren are living in a fantasy. Whatever comes next is likely to happen much sooner than that. I'm watching Europe now to see how it plays out there.

After the checks start bouncing, will the two major parties still be around? Will one party be able to successfully blame the other party?

When governments collapsed in the 20th century, the new governments were single party totalitarian governments. I hope we can make the hard choices here before that happens.

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dichotomy 01/01/12 - 01:44 pm
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Apparently, if you start a

Apparently, if you start a new country, set it free and give it protection FROM the government it will eventually vote itself into slavery TO the government.

Our continually expanding government has become dangerous and it all stems from government "giving" things to people. I emphasized "giving" because the government doesn't give us anything since that means it is "taking" from someone else. A classic example is healthcare. Somewhere in our past government decided to force hospitals to treat anyone who showed up at the door. Based on that first step and the inevitable expansion of government provided healthcare, the government now thinks it is entitled to tell me how much salt I can eat, how much sugar I can use, and whether or not I can use tobacco. The basic problem is not that they now want to tell me how to eat; the basic problem is that government should never have become the nation's healthcare provider in the first place. Most of the rampant inflation in the costs of healthcare stem from the government's guaranteed payment programs like Medicaid. We created the EPA to clean up toxic waste dumps and reduce air pollution. Now the EPA is totally out of control, ruining our economy, telling us what kind of light bulbs we can use, dictating what kind of vehicles will be available for us to purchase in the future, and preventing us from using our own energy resources and thereby forcing us to buy oil from our enemies. Every new government "program" eventually gets totally out of control and begets more government intrusion and the "taking" of someone's money to pay for it. And to accomplish all of this intrusion into our lives the government knows no limits on how much money they take from us to do these things. A quarter of our money, half our money, three quarters of our money, it all seems perfectly plausible to our government. We should have never reached the point where the citizens, on a daily basis, are afraid to wake up each morning and see what our "government" has come up with to punish us next. I am at that point. I am afraid of my own government. It's time to either turn it around or tear it down and start again. Governments are just like appliances, cars, or anything else. Sometimes things get so broken that you just have to throw them away and get a new one. People all over the world are overthrowing dictatorial governments and that is what our government has become, a representative dictatorship with an insatiable appetite for consuming private resources and dictating personal lifestyles. All done in the name of the "common good". The question is, who's common good. The "Live Free" half or the "Live for Free" half.

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drivenslow 01/01/12 - 04:05 pm
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as i recall obama resigned
Unpublished

as i recall obama resigned and strengthened the patriot act and how about indefinite incarceration without charges and wow iran contra cia selling cocaine in the hood you folks wouldnt know history if it slapped you in the face

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harley_52 01/01/12 - 04:27 pm
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superb post, dichotomy.

superb post, dichotomy.

KSL
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KSL 01/01/12 - 05:03 pm
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You can judge a person by who

You can judge a person by who he hangs out with. Obama's golfing buddy, a friend from the past in Hawaii, just got nailed in a prostitution sting. Anybody see that reported by the mainstream media?

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Willow Bailey 01/01/12 - 05:13 pm
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It was an excellent post

It was an excellent post dichotomy. Our story though is as old as time. Like the Israelites, we keep wandering in circles, lost in the dessert, putting our faith and trust in all the wrong things and all the wrong people when we could have freedom in the land of milk & honey.
We settle for dog scraps with the heathen when we could feast at the banquet with the King.

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 01/01/12 - 05:56 pm
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The interest on the American

The interest on the American debt will cost taxpayers around $1 trillion dollars in a few years (2020?)..... Bush and Obama have pawned America's future and sooner or later someone is going to have to pay dearly for owing more than we take in....

Some one said the interest on the $1.2 trillion America owes China will completely cover the Chinese military's budget...so we better start demanding some real change or learn to speak and write Chinese.

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carcraft 01/01/12 - 06:18 pm
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omnomnom- Never heard of fast

omnomnom- Never heard of fast and frurious? The Justice department had a program that allowed over 2,000 guns to enter Mexico and go straight into the hands of drug cartels. The Mexican government wasn't aware of the program and over 300 Mexican citizens and one US law enforcement officer have been killed with these weapons and dim wit Holder has no idea the program was going on..but he is aware that South Carolina's voter ID law is "flawed" ...give me a break. Of courxe nobody in the lame stream media has even begun to ask Obama about Holder and fast and furious. It is interesting that Obama talked with the Mexican President about just such a program several years ago....

robaroo
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robaroo 01/01/12 - 08:16 pm
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Dichotomy, the US would be a

Dichotomy, the US would be a lot better off if the two major parties gracefully bowed out and let some other parties try to clean up the mess. Starting a whole new country is a poor choice. The current form of government worked well enough for the first 200 years.

allhans
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allhans 01/01/12 - 09:10 pm
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Doing away with the parties

Doing away with the parties wouldn't change the way people vote.

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