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Posted: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I was quite taken aback when I heard an ad on our local radio station featuring Buck McKeon. He stated that he has spent years “fighting liberals.”

I am a liberal. Isn’t he supposed to represent ALL of his constituents?

He goes on to say he supports Tony Strickland, a conservative, to replace him. Tony Strickland approved the message.

Am I to assume that Tony Strickland wouldn’t represent me, either?

When will these politicians tell us what they are for instead of what they are against?

I guess Tony Strickland is running against me, and I have never even met the man



ricketzz: Posted: February 26, 2014 6:42 a.m.

If you take "Mein Kampf" and change everywhere it says "Jew" to "Liberal" you have the modern right wing plan for the future of America. Devalue your opponent so future reconciliation is impossible. Meaning Ruth is lucky they haven't singled her out for stoning. The radical right has poisoned the dialog for years to come and they have no way out. They'd have to climb down off a mountain of lies and they like the view from up there.

I have never accused them of anything worse than being traitors to our Revolution; they accuse me of the same (and more), but refuse to compare notes, like I am not worthy of a fair fight or something.

Our political system is thoroughly corrupted. From the landscaped medians to the proxy wars in the Holy Land, nothing is what it seems, and what happens does so for all the wrong reasons. I wouldn't shed a tear if it all fell apart; it can only be an improvement.

BrianBaker: Posted: February 26, 2014 7:07 a.m.

I guess, using the "logic" presented here in the LTE and ricketzz's comment, that I can say that barring the House of Representatives I am not "represented" anywhere in the federal government.


Apparently, neither understands what the word "represented" actually means.

17trillion: Posted: February 26, 2014 8:10 a.m.

"I am a liberal"

I'm sorry about that but it's not too late to make a change for the better. Liberalism, as we see today, is a cancer. Not to mention an utter and total failure, as we see again!

philellis: Posted: February 26, 2014 8:33 a.m.

17, after reading comments from folks like ricketzz, Lois, Horton, Vignola and WIndy, I am not sure these folks are curable.

17trillion: Posted: February 26, 2014 8:47 a.m.

Of course not. One of the main tenets of liberalism is the failure to see your own failure.

therightstuff: Posted: February 26, 2014 8:49 a.m.

"""I am a liberal. Isn’t he supposed to represent ALL of his constituents?"""

You mean the way Barack Obama represents ALL of his constituents?

17trillion: Posted: February 26, 2014 9:32 a.m.

Is there anything worse than a whiney liberal living in CA, of all places, crying and moaning about one stinking Republican who is not even a conservative by any measure? God liberals are such babies, even when they own the whole playpen.

Waaaa, Buck doesn't represent my good liberal ideas....waaaaaaa! Move 10 miles south, they have lots of braindead liberals there.

17trillion: Posted: February 26, 2014 9:34 a.m.

And by the way, Buck doesn't represent me either. I haven't voted for him in over a decade. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. Lets get the next windbag, nation destroying, politician a chance.

ricketzz: Posted: February 27, 2014 8:01 a.m.

There is no reason for hope.

philellis: Posted: February 27, 2014 8:15 a.m.

There is no reason for hope.

Agreed - look what happened to all the Obama supporters.

Allan_Cameron: Posted: February 27, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Congratulations and a positive "shout out" for Brian Baker and Phil Ellis. Brian and Phil are not at all adverse to doing what people with conviction do as a matter of simple routine.

Brian and Phil back up what they say by standing on the platform of who they are.

Brian Baker and Phil Ellis use their real names.

17trillion: Posted: February 27, 2014 1:07 p.m.

Give it a rest Allan. Did it ever occur to you that I may not have occurred to others to use their real names?

technologist: Posted: February 27, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Like Mr. Baer's use of his real name in public documents, Mr. Cameron? Please keep bleating your nonsensical "accountability" requirements. Your particular circumstances can't be extrapolated globally and it's a demonstration of naiveté in the digital age.

(FORTUNE) -- Every journalist loves a peaceful protest-whether it makes news, shakes up a political season, or holds out the possibility of altering history. Then there are the ones that show up on your curb--literally.

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that -- in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action -- makes his family fair game.

Waving signs denouncing bank "greed," hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer's steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer's teenage son Jack -- alone in the house -- locked himself in the bathroom. "When are they going to leave?" Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

17trillion: Posted: February 27, 2014 4:27 p.m.

And by the way Allan, there is absolutely nobody that posts here that I wouldn't share my name with. But really, people that post frequently aren't the potential problem are they?

technologist: Posted: February 27, 2014 5:31 p.m.

Recollect that one of our regular posters is an educator in the public school system. Anyone that believes a public sector administrator is a model of tolerance for diverse opinions has been ignoring "zero tolerance" horror shows for years. --edited.

philellis: Posted: February 28, 2014 4:16 p.m.

Tech, I have always thought that "zero tolerance" was nothing more than an excuse for not thinking.

ricketzz: Posted: March 1, 2014 7:17 a.m.

Senior staff at JP Morgan belong in prison; having a parade of scary brown people on the lawns of the criminals is a good start.

OldReliable: Posted: March 1, 2014 7:25 a.m.

Liberalism is the bane of America and has been for 50 years. Are Democrats actually proud of their record of immorality & lack of personal responsibility so prevalent in our society today? It certainly seems so....

23024ludwig: Posted: March 1, 2014 11:03 a.m.

Buck McKeon Is a RINO! He is under the Republican ticket but most of his voting is sided with the liberals. I am not sure who he is representing! Maybe his Washington buddies? This is a perfect example of term limits. There is a ruling class in Washington. --edited.

technologist: Posted: March 1, 2014 6:21 p.m.

"Senior staff at JP Morgan belong in prison; having a parade of scary brown people on the lawns of the criminals is a good start."

Hallucinating again, ricketzz? The link was about B of A and you might want to check out the photo to qualify your racist assertion.

ricketzz: Posted: March 2, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Them too. Wall Street megabanks are too powerful. Their management is drunk with power. They are psychos every one. (Who besides a psycho can work beside them? Think Enron traders audio logs.)

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