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  • Posted by  $  Dobrien 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    Welcome RightMinded71,
    What makes you think you are the only one.
    Try reading some posts. I suggest you tap the categories and read some posts that were discussed previous to your joining the gulch today.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 2 weeks ago
    There are forums on the internet that you could still voice your opinion. I don't see how Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft could take down them all. We still have free will to take some kind of action. "Our freedom to choose our actions is of the essence of what it means to be human". Based on that Objectivist statement actions can be taken whether in the real world or online. I don't know if Objectivism philosophy would deal with the protection of one's property and using force to keep what you have including personal property. We still have the US Constitution despite how the states and courts interpret it. my concern we are seeing Antifa is becoming what they say they are not. They have gotten away with violence and the police haven't intervened. I'm waiting for the day they hold a demonstration here in The State of Gun.
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  • Posted by MannyG 2 weeks ago
    Radical 'students' (I think many are plants by the Left) are not allowing Conservative speakers visit colleges and universities. Yes, Freedom of Speech is under siege.
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  • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Living in any society puts a degree of restraint on liberty (freedom) and is unavoidable. The Constitution was written as it was to safeguard our individual liberty(freedoms) as much as possible by distributing governing powers and establishing checks and balances.
    What this country needs is more American history taught in schools, civics taught in high school ( junior year), and a much much wider and diversified choice of political parties. Only then can the public make educated choices to preserve that which was set in stone by the Framers.

    How do you know what you've lost if you never knew you had it to begin with. This is the basis on which almost all politicians usurp our freedoms and the younger generation doesn't see what you and I do because they were never taught. In fact, schools today teach self-loathing in our nation and beliefs, we're just another.....
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    • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 week, 5 days ago
      If public schools do not do right in this respect, and we cannot yet abolish them, it remains for parents to teach their children Americanism at home. Even it they can't homeschool them instead of sending them to an "approved" school, they can still tell them these things at home.
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      • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 1 week, 4 days ago
        I pulled my son from public school when he was in 10th grade. I enrolled him in online HS. He not only pulled his grades up but taught himself guitar.

        Today my son is a semi-professional classical guitarist, holds an AA in the arts and a BS to teach. He's worked as a music teacher for the last 4 years while he went to NAU. Aside from being an unAmerican leaft leaner, I'm quite proud of the shit.

        I'll add, telling them at home is well and good (I did all their lives), its nearly impossible to compete with school, friends, TV and music on a daily basis. When they reach the point of forming their independence the jig is up, hopefully not forever.
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        • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 week, 4 days ago
          It should be possible for parents to keep their children from watching too much TV. That is, if there is only one TV in the house. I don't see that it is necessary to let children have their own individual TV sets.--By the way, if you are a "left-leaner", what are you doing in the Gulch?!
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          • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 1 week, 3 days ago
            I'm no left leaner. I've been here quite some time. A well known objectivist leaning constitutional Conservative. My son was tainted in college. I'm hoping he comes to his senses once he has his own.
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    • Posted by  $  Maritimus 2 weeks ago
      Hallow AJA,

      Why would you want numerous small political parties? Look what is happening in the countries which have many parties.

      At this time, in the US, the fundamental question is capitalism and individual freedoms versus socialism and tyranny. Isn't it? It is not just a coincidence that all fascists called themselves socialists.

      We are better off forcing the individual compromises a level lower than the voting boot. Then the winning party gets a majority of the vote, not 30% or less as elsewhere.

      Since we are a federal republic of states, electoral college prevents a few very populous states impose their will on all the rest.

      There are many critics of the Founding Fathers. To me, they demonstrated a very deep understanding of human nature.

      Just my opinions.

      Stay well an enjoy and defend your freedoms.

      Best wishes.
      Sincerely,
      Maritimus
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      • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 1 week, 6 days ago
        The thinking is that the more political parties you have, the more entities are vying for power. In this way what they say has to be more sincere since other parties who align closely would call them on their lies to their own advantage. We have 320 million people. It's foolish to believe that two self serving parties can represent all of societies ideas. It is because if this desparity, I believe, why politicians in the US shamelessly pander to groups rather that build thier platform on principal. The big tent mentality is silencing voices. America has many Conservative groups, good ones and not fringe tin hats, that could vocalize opposition to the emergent leftists far better that the Republicans, who hide their own skeletons. Imagine 3-5 leftist groups arguing over how to use tax money will be seen by the public when another group, libertarian or conservative, points out the hit to every Americans wallet.
        I think the free market approach to political party offerings would correct the problem we have.
        It's not a perfect solution, and it does have its faults, but I think more availability to alternatives to R and D would be more help than harm.
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        • Posted by  $  Maritimus 1 week, 6 days ago
          Hallow, AJA,

          I cannot agree with you. The basic issue is, in my view, how the country would be governed, not the mechanism of how the governing party is being elected.

          I believe that the axiom "the politics is an art of compromise". I think that arriving to many compromises within the parties results in smoother and more efficient governance.

          Stay well!

          Sincerely,
          Maritimus
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          • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 1 week, 6 days ago
            My thinking, and it may be outdated, is that if given enough information and insight into ideas, that the majority of the American people would reject the left for wat it is. When D are openly seen expressing ideas of the american communist party, I'd hope even mush brained Americans could get it. Plus, keeping ones promises would become a leg up or a loadstone when the media cannot hide what other parties are saying. In this way they'd be forced to differentiate themselves and stay truer to what they are promising. If not thier political lives will be short lived. Dog eat dog.
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      • Posted by  $  25n56il4 1 week, 6 days ago
        I heard a reference to this on the news last evening, some country...I don't know which, had an election and so many parties the winner only needed 24% to win!
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 week, 5 days ago
    Well, things have been trending that way, but they have been that way for a long time; sometimes in different ways. When I was a child in school (public school, be it understood), my second-grade teacher used to ask us if we had been to church that Sunday, and when I never answered "Yes", she would bug me about it. I mentioned it at home, but, instead of taking me to church to get her off my back, my mother looked angry and said that whether I went to church was "none of the teacher's business." However, although the school was within walking distance of home (I went on foot up the dirt road, as the bus didn't come down there), if she went up there to tell her off about it, I never heard about it. That teacher also threatened me that, in the upper grades, children were graded on whether they went or not, but another adult (probably my mother) told me this was not so, that that only applied in Bible class. (Public school). Also there was compulsory prayer. Well, now we have a different sort of indoctrination. I will admit that it is more pervasive. As to the Internet, I do not use Facebook much (partly because of my difficulty in remembering my passwords). But there is still the possibility of starting private websites, and such. For instance, this one. (My father used to holler about it some in the kitchen; I enjoyed this; she did not; but I never noticed that he ever went up to the school, or to a PTA or school board meeting to do anything about it. Both did not want me to get into arguments with people about it outside the house).
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 1 week, 6 days ago
    Our freedom of speech is limited online, as in Google faux searches, social media bans on conservative ideas, political correctness.Property rights are now being eroded at every turn, as i
    Oregon's banning R1 housing inside city limits, with only farming outside the city and forest lands (which they will not clean). Wash. state will likely follow, and who knows where else. Our daily lives are becoming controlled by need to save the planet from the faux disaster of clamate change, while no one looks to the Sun for the answers.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 weeks ago
    I speak my mind, but I don't engage in insults or foul language. Generally, I find that civil speech, delivered without anger, is accepted by most people. Do some people get upset with my view of the world? Absolutely, but I refuse to react in the same manner. I usually start asking questions when someone reacts unfavorably, telling them I'm open to hear other views, and will consider changing my position if their counter argument is sound.

    I seem to be able to post pretty conservative positions on Facebook that others have been punished for. I can only assume that my manner of discussion isn't triggering any of their automated censors.

    Is there an effort to stifle any views but far left? Unquestionably, but civil discourse is so foreign to the instigators minds that they don't recognize what a rational person is saying. If your exchanges are kept rational and dispassionate, they're invisible to the radical left.
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