Overdose of freedom?

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Conservatives outnumber liberals nearly 2-1 in America, and even outnumber self-described moderates, according to a new Gallup Poll.

So when is the country going to start acting like it?

We seem to be barreling toward government-run health-care, government-run bartering of carbon emissions, government-ordered caps on executive pay and more. We've already seen car companies and financial institutions nationalized -- temporarily, we're told.

And, tellingly, in trying to sell his government health care program, President Obama recently said you would be "allowed" to keep the doctor you want. Since when does the federal government have to "allow" such a thing?

Consider, too, the state of the culture. You can't turn on a TV without commercials about sexual performance or programs depicting or referring to it. Repeatedly. Violence is the norm in prime time, as many shows require dead bodies to pile up in order to attract warm bodies to watch.

"By the time an average child leaves elementary school," writes the Parents Television Council, citing various studies, "he or she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence. By the time that child is 18 years of age, he or she will witness 200,000 acts of violence, including 40,000 murders."

"The debate is over," concludes the American Psychiatric Association about the link between viewed violence and aggressive behavior in minors. Says the American Psychological Association's Jeffrey McIntyre, "To argue against it is like arguing against gravity."

It's not just about kids, either. Adults aren't above being poisoned by an anything-goes culture. In New York, Calvin Klein recently replaced a huge billboard after complaints about its depiction of apparent group sex.

Passersby were much more comfortable with the replacement: a stories-high billboard of a woman in a string bikini.

That someone even briefly thought a building-sized, orgy-like scene was appropriate to display in public is an indication of a society that is increasingly overdosing on unrestrained freedom.

Philosophers have warned us that, without responsibility, freedom is meaningless -- and, in fact, can be toxic to the body politic. In this, our radical Islamic enemy is at least partially right.

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HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/29/09 - 05:06 am
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Interesting way to interpret

Interesting way to interpret the Gallup poll. If you actually look at the poll results, 56% of Americans identify themselves as either moderate or liberal, outpacing self-identified conservatives by 16%. That's a substantial majority. Moreover, violence on television has declined, not increased. You're right, however, about depictions of sex, and I, too, despair about the sordidness of much of our popular culture. However, it makes no sense to link these trends, which have been underway for many, many years, with the current administration, in office just over five months. As usual, this editorial is a distorted hodge-podge of finger-wagging and hang-wringing.

shivas
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shivas 06/29/09 - 06:04 am
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Guess all these things

Guess all these things corrupted Sanford. It's not his responsibility.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/29/09 - 06:37 am
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For decades our government

For decades our government has forced the "group" mind on the population with it's endless commercials and school programs. The individual is without importance to the socialist mind. You must be categorized into some "group" so when you encounter a "difficulty" it's the fault of the group, or an opposing group, or "society". Individual responsibility and accountability is poo-pooed by EVERY government agency. How can a society survive without personal responsibility and accountability? It can't, obviously. HotFoot finally got something right. Liberals and moderates(code for embarrassed liberals) out number those who identify themselves as conservative. Now that they've elected one of their own to a leadership position and the Repubs have thrown their party off the train, this country is in serious danger of being composted. A cap on income, a cap on research, a cap on effort and a cap on results will be the eventual result. Wake up America, or settle with being mixed with fecal matter and rotting organics until we grow into a European clone.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/09 - 06:42 am
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Does anyone have a link to

Does anyone have a link to that poll? Something doesn't sound right. Hotfoot?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/29/09 - 06:43 am
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Nice variety of mixed

Nice variety of mixed metaphors, PT. Your post goes well with the goulash that is today's lead editorial, which throws everything into the steaming pot--from one's endangered choice of physician (my insurance already funnels me to certain doctors, doesn't yours?) to Calvin Klein billboards to personal responsibility, never managing to make a coherent point. BTW, it was the Bush Administration who slashed research, PT.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/09 - 07:03 am
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HotFoot, thanks for the link,

HotFoot, thanks for the link, but I have to agree with the AC interpretation. I could turn around what you said and say 75% of Americans identify themselves as conservative or moderate while only 21% say they are liberal. What's interesting is the conservatives are growing since Obama gained power. The up line for conservativism looks to be pretty sharp, although it's still early.

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omnomnom 06/29/09 - 07:31 am
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the growth in people leaning

the growth in people leaning conservative is most likely from the vast "undecideds" who can't even make a choice on which grade of gas to get in a timely manner. don't look for public demonstrations against congress or the administration any time soon.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/29/09 - 07:33 am
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When libs choose to not

When libs choose to not understand, they continue to try to confuse.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 06/29/09 - 07:49 am
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Let's see, AC: Unrestrained

Let's see, AC: Unrestrained freedom, when it comes to pop culture is b--[filtered word]a---a---ddd!!! The Taliban is right there with you on this one (hardly any surprise there). However, unrestrained freedom on Wall Street, where unscrupulous psychopaths actually do harm to the masses, is okay. Corporate interests out-weigh the general public's, in your view, when it comes to the degrees of freedom one enjoys. And I love the way you play with polls. You are a Fox-worthy newspaper, I must say. Are Putothomas and Michael Ryan one in the same? The AC seems as lip-locked into Rush's behind as the illustrious PT is. What a rambling piece of exposition, one worthy of attracting only the proper kind of growth to our city that so desperately needs it. PurulentThomas, I see you are on automatic pilot again. You're like a well-oiled machine.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 06/29/09 - 07:51 am
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Only 30% of people are cons

Only 30% of people are cons -- which are all for big government. Only about 15% are like myself, progressive -- or for less government. That leaves the other 55% as moderate or undecided.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 06/29/09 - 07:52 am
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And it will be those

And it will be those undecideds and mods that will have all the say. And for the record, left-leaning moderates outnumber right-leaners.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/29/09 - 08:05 am
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Sorry for the confusion,

Sorry for the confusion, HotFoot, but after reading your posts I don't see any likely change in the near future.

mad_max
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mad_max 06/29/09 - 08:06 am
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Good point about the

Good point about the government forcing the "group" mentality on us. Even to the point of shaming us for not being liberal enough, or eco-friendly enough, or not wanting to pay for everyone else's healthcare. The Communist Chinese kept telling the people they had to do things for the "good of the state". We have become the Communist Chinese of the '60s while they are becoming what we used to be. It's a lot easier for this government to use this method since their main body of constituents get up every morning and turn on the TV so someone can tell them why they should support the current "tax" being proposed. "You WILL enjoy paying more for electricity. You WILL enjoy paying more for gas. You WILL enjoy being taxed on your health insurance. You WILL enjoy paying more for soda pop. You WILL enjoy paying more for junk food. You WILL enjoy paying more for tabacco. You WILL enjoy paying more for beer. And for you folks who work and pay tax, you WILL be happy to know that we will be taking some more of your money and giving it to those who don't work so they can pay these new taxes and still afford their smokes and 40 oz."

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bdittle 06/29/09 - 08:11 am
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I think the more interesting

I think the more interesting portion of the gallup poll is the party identification... seeing as most Americans identify themselves as moderates, the Reb party is very skewed to the conservative side while the Dem party has a more balanced ID with just a slight skew towards liberal. This is why the GOP has been mopped up in the last election cycles... they don't give moderates the comfort level that is needed to vote Republican.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/29/09 - 08:27 am
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Oh, PT, you're so well

Oh, PT, you're so well defended...I wonder what it is you're hiding behind that smugness and seemingly ironclad conviction that you're smarter than everyone who dares disagree with you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/29/09 - 08:36 am
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You're a good party member,

You're a good party member, HotFoot.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/29/09 - 08:38 am
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So WILLISTON, you claim to be
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So WILLISTON, you claim to be a progressive, and for less government? Great, I'm sure you don't want anything to do with GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE! Also, it's interesting that none of the Obama supporters want to recognize that the latest Rasmussen Poll has his support eroding...down to 58% since March. I guess that poll doesn't count. This new Jimma Cahtuh will be a 1 termer. I'm loving it!

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 06/29/09 - 08:50 am
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The only real thing the

The only real thing the conservatives outnumber liberals on, is whiners. If they are in the majority, why do liberals dominate the Executive and Legislative branches of government? To often the conservative movement is highjacked by the intolerant, the greedy and hypocrites,i.e. Sanford, Gingrich,Cheney.They have become experts at making excuses and blaming liberals.Great, at talking the high road and taking the low road.They give us soundbites like, government school,Socialism and group mind.There is little doubt which group they blame for everything .Me, I say forget the Gallup Poll, I'll go by the poll we took last November the fourth.O the President!!!

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/09 - 09:25 am
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The moderates decide

The moderates decide elections. A lot of people consider themselves conservative but vote differently based on the candidates and how they may feel about one particular issue. By focusing primarily on abortion, the Republican Party has become nearly a one-issue party and many people cannot identify with them, so they vote Democrat instead.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/29/09 - 09:26 am
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RCR, if we had intolerant and
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RCR, if we had intolerant and greedy hypocrites in our government, we've traded them for incompetent socialistic hypocrites. And as for whiners...listen to the libs. They control both houses of congress and the White House and what do they scream and moan about? Rush Limbaugh. I don't blame you for not liking polls, especially the last Rasmussen Poll. 2010 is just around the corner, and James Carville, that great Dem strategist for Bill Clinton, is already warning that your party could lose at least one house of congress, possibly both. But hey, look on the bright side...if the Reps win back congress, you'll have something real to scream and moan about. I'm loving this!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/29/09 - 09:37 am
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RCR, regardless of how nasty

RCR, regardless of how nasty your posts are, your 9:50 is spot on. The only poll that matters is the one in November.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 06/29/09 - 09:38 am
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Southern08, so you think you

Southern08, so you think you would be more competent than president Obama?Rightwingers, will say the opposite of president Obama, because they want to be back in power.Not folllowing the dictates of ringwingers, don't mean you aren't competent. It just means they are going in a different direction.If polls make you feel good, then more power to you. But, remember they are unreliable and are usually biased.Depending on who's taking them, you can make them say pretty much anything.So read you polls, that's all you have left.Keep Hope Alive!!!While looking into your crystalball, tell me which stocks will triple in the next two years.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 06/29/09 - 09:41 am
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Pat, I wouldn't call anyones

Pat, I wouldn't call anyones post nasty if I were you.Yours always ooze with racism.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 06/29/09 - 09:42 am
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Actually, southernguy, Obama

Actually, southernguy, Obama will be a two-term pres, just like his two predecessors. If all you have are complaints and more of the same, then the cons are going to go down big in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/29/09 - 09:44 am
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Isn't it terrible how

Isn't it terrible how everyone picks on you RCR? I'll bet you hate it when you're watching football and the offensive team huddles.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 06/29/09 - 09:53 am
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Pat, I'm not worried about

Pat, I'm not worried about you or anyone pickin on me.I'm six feet one, wearing 240 pounds.You can't stop me from achieving nothing I set out to. I just call it how I see it.

perymason
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perymason 06/29/09 - 10:08 am
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Well spoken RCR. Im glad you

Well spoken RCR. Im glad you are "wearing" 240lbs because ity sure is about 235 lbs of straight racist shiet!

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 06/29/09 - 10:14 am
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"Moreover, violence on

"Moreover, violence on television has declined, not increased. You're right, however, about depictions of sex, and I, too, despair about the sordidness of much of our popular culture. However, it makes no sense to link these trends, which have been underway for many, many years, with the current administration, in office just over five months." You must not have watched much television lately - well I suspect that "violence" has been redefined because, like the frog in a pot of water on which the heat is gradually increased, we don't even recognize violence as such any more. Did it ever occur to you that the current administration which is hell bent on making our country into something like a third world country within months, is a PRODUCT of that period of time which you so easily dismiss in your opening statements? If the people of America don't rise up now we will lose our country and will never be able to get it back, following patterns of countries where the same ideas have either not worked or turned their population into robots, much like what happened during our last election. We elected a rookie and we are getting very dangerous rookie results,

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 06/29/09 - 10:25 am
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Perymason, it nice to know

Perymason, it nice to know the slime my posts touch.If you are hurt, my day is made. Now go crawl back to your sewer.

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