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DrToast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:26 AM
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Republicans keep talking about how they need to go back to their roots?
What roots are they talking about?

"There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.

If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism,'" Barry Goldwater, Congressional Record, September 16, 1981.


http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/04/the-threat-of-christianism.html

Can anyone imagine a Republican saying this today?
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blueworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:29 AM
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1. Haven't they sunk low enough already? I mean, good grief. n/t
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:31 AM
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2. Well, they really like their Golden Era of the late 19th century
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HowHasItComeToThis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:31 AM
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3. REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SCREWING AMERICA SINCE 1960
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Retrograde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 01:26 PM
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4. that would be nice
pro-worker, pro-public education (who do you think passed the Land Grant College legislation in the 1860s?), pro-public transportation (ditto the trans-continental railroad funding), pro-government in general. Yeah, bring back the party of Lincoln.
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