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The 2012 presidential election is being hailed as the most important of our lifetime. But isn’t every presidential election?

Fortunately for all of us, the United States is the only nation on the planet that has enjoyed peaceful transition of leadership for more than two centuries – and, since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a president with a time-date stamp. In the past 36 years, only three incumbent presidents have been sent home: Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. That notwithstanding, the crossroads question is: Where do we go from here?

I listened attentively to the rhetoric of both conventions and the first so-called presidential debate. Regardless of what the candidates said or did not say, our country is in an era of tricky national and international economy and politics. Perhaps neither candidate is actually capable of steering our ship of state to a safe port.

However, we must make a choice. One obvious choice is to reject the politics of party divisiveness, class warfare and economic fear-mongering, fueled by the endless stream of ads that insult the intelligence of voters actually willing to consider that the major issues are more important than a candidate’s likability or TV appeal.

The present state of affairs suggests that we should reject incumbents of either party who just want “another chance” to fix the problems that they claim to have inherited and that, unfortunately, persist. Ultimately, the decisions concerning the next four years are not subtle. If your post-2008 life has been a “Love Boat” cruise, then sail on – you are truly on a great voyage. If you find that you have been left at the dock, then you should book passage on a different ship.

Lawrence Devoe

Augusta

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/11/12 - 10:57 pm
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Okay

Two Republicans have been sent packing after one term, while only one Democrat. In 2012, it is time to even the score.

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palmetto1008 10/11/12 - 11:32 pm
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The voyage hasn't been great
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The voyage hasn't been great given the stormy waters, but it sure is getting better. So, I'm sure not jumping on the other ship.

allhans
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allhans 10/12/12 - 01:31 am
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According to a tweet from

According to a tweet from CNBC's verified Twitter account, an after-debate poll shows Ryan crushing Biden 56 - 36%

CNBC✔
@CNBC

[POLL RESULTS] Who do you think won the VP Debate? Paul Ryan: 56%, Joe Biden: 36%, Neither: 8%. #CNBC2012

11 Oct 12 Reply

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CNN just announced the results of their scientific post-debate poll. That also showed Ryan winning 48 - 44%.

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wayne2410 10/12/12 - 05:39 am
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Ryan dominated Biden last
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Ryan dominated Biden last night, he put forth clear ideas whereas Biden was foggy and all over the place. Liberals need to quit pitting American against American and become true citizens again. The way they are acting now there is little difference between liberals and islamic terrorists, they both seem to have the same goal in mind, the tearing apart of the United States.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/12/12 - 06:36 am
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this has been the most

this has been the most dishonest administration in the existence of our republic.....not one promise that was made has even been tried to be kept...obumler is a polarizing agitator not a uniter as he promised with one exception ...he did get bi-partisian support on his proposed budgets..usually 98-0 not one vote ever for his budget....thats how bad he is...the problems with the housing goes way back, the entitlement problems has been brewing for a long time all have grow fat and full of fraud..it has nothing to do with tax policy ie cuts...look at tax cuts since kennedy and revenue to the IRS has grown every time..stop the lies..its a spending problem by a ever expanding inefficient govt..loved by those who are in charge and those who very existence relies on wealth distrubtion..start a honest dialoge as dylan stated in the classic all along the watch tower "lets us not talk falsely now the hour is getting late"

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omnomnom 10/12/12 - 07:54 am
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Well...I am making more money

Well...I am making more money than I ever have before, but I wouldn't attribute that success to any party ,or ideology ,but my own. Anyway I may make more than I did floor or eight or twelve years ago but everything from food gas to electricity is skyrocketing...but its just the end result of the nature of the insidious tax of inflation, brought to you by the federal reserve, which is ran by a private cartel of banks that have bought and paid for Congress. Inflation would not occur artificially if we did not have a deficit or national debt. sound money tied to physical wealth be it hold or land makes deficits more difficult to justify operate on a deficit.

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Angie H 10/12/12 - 08:24 am
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I wonder why the liberals

I wonder why the liberals defend Biden's answer for Libya of "we acted on the intel we had....we just didn't know", but want to hang Bush out to dry for the same answer? Especially when there is video and written documentation that proves Biden isn't telling the truth.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/12/12 - 01:45 pm
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"This is a president who's

"This is a president who's gone out and done everything he has said he was going to do."

Joe Biden

Really? Is GITMO closed? Is the deficit cut in half? Are bills posted on the internet for the public to see prior to signing? Are the troops home?......need I go on. Joe Biden just told a bald faced lie, and Obama's supporters don't even care.

edit: I notice that I have a thumbs down here....so at least ONE person is indicating that they are happy about Biden telling a bald faced lie. You know who you are.

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justthefacts 10/12/12 - 09:07 am
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Good News

"Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos, whose polls are aggregated into mainstream averages to show where the presidential race stands in the swing states, said he’s finished polling in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia because President Obama has no shot of winning those states."

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rmwhitley 10/12/12 - 09:11 am
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biden said
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we didn't have the intelligence on the ground in libya but "we will know when iran has nuclear weapons". Now that's a vice president for you. What do you reckon his boss knows?

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Techfan 10/12/12 - 09:17 am
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Makes him a heck of a

Makes him a heck of a pollster when he stops doing his job and tries to swing a race.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/12/12 - 09:32 am
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Techfan. Isn't that sort of

Techfan. Isn't that sort of like leaving out California's unemployment stats so that the overall unemployment shows under 3%? Or are you ok with being deceptive when it favors Obama?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/12/12 - 09:42 am
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Haha

Techfan, knowing your history, I know you looked him up to see if you could discount his intentions only to find he is well respected by Libs and cons alike. Sorry. But, hey, he could be wrong. It is not a perfect science.

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nofanofobama 10/12/12 - 10:05 am
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denying that we have no

denying that we have no structural problems is not a plan its a disgrace to not hone up to our major challlenges and then attack those who put a plan to resolve the problem...instead of using a plan as a starting point in negotiations ** biden looked at us directly thru the camera and said there was no problem that he sat down with reagan and tip in 1983 and fixed it....do you really believe this????????? we got problems... spending structural problems that will lead us down to the path of greece...4 years no plans.. just rhetoric...we dont have any more time for the children to run the country...time to grow..

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dichotomy 10/12/12 - 10:58 am
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Financially we are ALREADY

Financially we are ALREADY Greece. The only thing keeping us afloat is our reputation for coming back. If we don't start coming back soon the party is over. $16 trillion and growing debt. Two financial downgrades. High unemployment. Obamacare fixing to crush us with more debt. No budget in 3 years. No spending cuts. And the only plan the Democrats have is to "tax the rich" enough to run the government for 6 days a year. That AIN'T a plan. That is nothing more than a class warfare slogan to get re-elected. It would not fix anything.

Everyone should eat nothing but goat cheese and baklava between now and the election to remind themselves that we ARE ALREADY Greece about a month before their collapse.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/12/12 - 11:30 am
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dichotomy...i feel we got a

dichotomy...i feel we got a small window ...rommney and ryan are our only chance...whether they can do it is up to debate...the children in charge now cant, wont and even deny we are tettering on the brink of economic disaster..if rommney wll truly work on our structural problems we need to support him...tax reform, regulation reform and spending cuts all need to be addressed..plus thru spending cuts the the size and scope of DC needs to be changed and give power back to the states...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/12/12 - 11:32 am
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Trust Us

I just had to laugh when Biden, out of ideas, returned to the "trust me on this, folks" line over and over again last night. Sorry, Joe, but I do not trust you.

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Gary Ross 10/12/12 - 01:02 pm
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The question still stands...

What are we going to do about the terrorist attack in Lybia? We're spending all our energies fighting eachother and trying to put the facts together about who knew what and when. We know who did this terrible deed, and we need to deal with them 2 weeks ago! The investigation should be secondary.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/12/12 - 01:08 pm
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What do you mean "what are we

What do you mean "what are we going to do about the terrorist attack in Libya?" The President has already appologized for it once...what more can he do?

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allhans 10/12/12 - 04:37 pm
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Biden on the stump at a

Biden on the stump at a college (naturally. They go for the very young) and for the entire twenty minutes that I listened he berated Romney & Ryan. He gave no details or facts of the Obama/Biden plan because there is none to be had. There only idea is forward with more of the same.

What a sad sack of citizens some of us have become.

More of this inflation (I know, it is not inflation, it is our imagination).

KSL
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KSL 10/12/12 - 05:29 pm
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Just read

Obama sent a woman to meet with the Iranians to try to persuade them to announce a suspension of their nuclear program at least until after the election in exchange for lifting some of the sanctions on Iran.

It's all about that traitor in the White House, not what is in the best interests of America.

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rmwhitley 10/12/12 - 05:35 pm
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I thought
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Mr. Ryan did a magnificent job against three (3) opponents: abc, raddatz and biden.

KSL
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KSL 10/12/12 - 07:18 pm
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JFK's December 14, 1962 speech.

Just Google that. I won't post a link since some of you don't trust links posted by other posters. I want Obama supporters in particular to listen to it.

KSL
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KSL 10/12/12 - 07:41 pm
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It is a real eye opener to

It is a real eye opener to what has happened to the Democrat party over the last 50 years.

KSL
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KSL 10/12/12 - 08:45 pm
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Hello!

Hello!

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 10/13/12 - 01:24 pm
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Kennedy

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country".

KSL, you're right my friend! The Democratic "party" has fallen to an all time low. Shall we follow along like blind sheep? The question keeps comming up whether we are better off than we were 4 years ago. Perhaps the more important question is, will we be better off four years from now that we are today?

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