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Old 09-21-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I realise that this is a tangent, but in terms of "forever", it's instructive that by the eve of the Civil War, there were no African-Americans held in bondage in New Castle County; the remaining approx. 1,800 enslaved persons in the state were all in Kent and Sussex, mostly in southwestern Sussex (even then the "peculiar institution" was small-scale with the largest owner possessing 16 persons in bondage). When the thread about whether or not DE is in the South was still active, I observed that at the Rehoboth Museum, there is an exhibit that includes an advertisment for Rehoboth as the premier beach resort in the South. It is dated around 1910. Joe Biden, of course, during the 2008 campaign stated that wags who were characterising DE as a Northeastern "liberal" state simply didn't know much about DE, with its large rural, small town and agrarian aspects. The fact that DE was at the time of the Civil War a slave-holding state that did not secede pretty much says it all: the state is somewhat divided within itself but overall politically moderate.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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Chiming in late, but major kudos for Delaware for kicking out the career good ole boy politician. Forty years in DC is a joke; he voted for tarp, he voted for stimulus, he supported cap and tax. COD shocked the establishment once, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she did it again. You go girl!
That good ol' boy also did not march lockstep with GW Bush while he was taking a $1.8 trillion dollar federal budget and increasing it to $3.56 trillion in 8 years. The Tea Party is many things but students of fiscal history is not one of them. That is why O'Donnell is the new flag bearer.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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It would seem fairly clear that Mike Castle has done a satisfactory job of representing the majority of the electorate in DE, which these days includes a majority of Democrats and swing voters. Since DE is not an open primary state and only registered party voters can vote in their party primary, what is clear is that the energised portion of the Republican electorate did not support Castle in the recent primary race. However, in a statewide general election, Castle would almost certainly have prevailed with an electoral coalition made up of mainstream Republicans, cross-over Democrats, and independents not registered with either party and thus unable to vote in the primaries. I'm in the leftmost corner of the Democratic electorate and hence would not have voted for Castle, but it's clear historically that a large number of Democratic and ticket-splitting voters would have done so in the senatoral race, just as they have done in supporting Castle's long career in the House. At a purely personal - not political - level, I feel quite sad for Mike Castle in that his political career has ended in this sorry manner.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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Chiming in late, but major kudos for Delaware for kicking out the career good ole boy politician. Forty years in DC is a joke; he voted for tarp, he voted for stimulus, he supported cap and tax. COD shocked the establishment once, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she did it again. You go girl!
Just curious Sophiasmommy. Since TARP is the brainchild and was implemented by Bush43, Cap and Trade is the brainchild of Bush41 and 1/3 of the stimulus were tax cuts I can only assume you will be voting Democrat this November in protest of these policies you so despise.

Do your homework lady.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Dela_where
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Electing religious fanatics and obviously disturbed people like O'Donnell is not going to help.
What the heck makes you think she's a religious fanatic?

Just throwing out name calling is not going to help your cause either, it's been tried over & over & over again and it doesn't work & the people are finally finding out real quick that it doesn't work!

Here's a perfect example, watch this..... http://bit.ly/bndRpL

By the way I'm an atheist & could care less about someone's religion!

Last edited by RehobothBeachDela_where; 09-22-2010 at 06:59 PM..
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I should think that an atheist would be concerned about someone trying to impose their personal religious beliefs on the secular republic. The main problem with someone like Ms O'Donnell, from my POV, is that she is fundamentally a fraud and a psychopath who has used political campaigning as a substitute for gainful employment. This isn't like ordinary politicians: this woman has had no financial solvency for years, no proper employment for years even in the absence of an elected office, no completed higher education until very recently. She is a political huckster and ironically would seem to be everything that the mindless tea-sheeple are fomenting against.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Dela_where
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I should think that an atheist would be concerned about someone trying to impose their personal religious beliefs on the secular republic. The main problem with someone like Ms O'Donnell, from my POV, is that she is fundamentally a fraud and a psychopath who has used political campaigning as a substitute for gainful employment. This isn't like ordinary politicians: this woman has had no financial solvency for years, no proper employment for years even in the absence of an elected office, no completed higher education until very recently. She is a political huckster and ironically would seem to be everything that the mindless tea-sheeple are fomenting against.
I don't understand you people with the name calling, it just makes you sound so foolish!

It doesn't work anymore!

I haven't heard her imposing any religious beliefs on anybody!
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:10 AM
 
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I don't understand you people with the name calling, it just makes you sound so foolish!

It doesn't work anymore!

I haven't heard her imposing any religious beliefs on anybody!

That's all they got! Republicans?...all crazy...yeah that's the ticket. Beck? Crazy. Palin? Crazy. O'Donnell? Crazy. Democrats???...mmm mmm good.
So what if the US goes bankrupt and ceases to exist as we know and love it, "fundamental" change my butt. I've been looking to move to DE, now I don't know if I should change my mind or move there to cause trouble
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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My father never discussed politics around us. He knew what he believed and he voted for people who BEHAVED the way he believed.. I suspect that people who seem to push STRONG political views actually dont know what they really believe. After serving a career in the military defending the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, I am sure of several things that I believe.

Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

The United States is free because brave people are willing to die to keep it that way.

The Constitution is not open to interpretation. It is concrete and can only be changed by the
will of the people.

We the People, especially Sarah Palin, are BEHAVING as though these are their beliefs.
Voters in Delaware obviously believe this also.

Peace be with you all.

Last edited by TravelingBud; 09-24-2010 at 04:50 PM.. Reason: grammar
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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If Constitutional issues weren't subject to interpretation there would have been no need for the Constitution to have established a Supreme Court. Most countries have constitutional courts that likewise deal with questions arising in this general area of law.

I don't claim that Republicans are all crazy. Misguided, yes. Venal, money-grubbing capitalists, in some cases yes. Social reactionaries and bigots, some of them. Dupes of the super-wealthy who have been persuaded to vote against their own class interests, many of them. I'm ideologically opposed to the views and political programme of the Republican Party. I know what I believe in regard to political philosophy and it isn't encapsulated by the official platform of the Republican Party or the advocacy of persons like Newt Gingrich or John Boner.
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