Posts from Stumpy in thread „Politics“

    I spent 23 years in the military. During my time in service, some of the very best buddies I had were black, Hispanic, Asian, you name it. I served a couple of tours in 'Nam and I can tell you that ALL races bleed red.

    But having said the above, I can also tell you that I'm enraged by black attacks against cops. IMO, the function of police is to protect citizens of all colors - in other words, their duties are very much like that of the military. So as a former soldier, I feel a kinship with all police officers.

    It's been my opinion for many years that the very worst thing that ever happened in the United States was the institution of slavery in the early 1860s. But my reason for thinking that is probably 180 degrees from other Americans.

    The MAIN reason I hold that opinion is that, as we all know, America now has a large black population. And blacks and whites just don't get along very well, as has been proven by recent events. And what's really bad is that things are probably gonna get much worse.

    Far as I'm concerned, here's what REALLY counts.

    I'll be damned - I used to know how everything works on this site but not anymore. Guess I'd better do some research before I make any more posts.

    Yes, I was really sorry to read about that, Keith.

    IMO, the survival of so-called Western civilization is far more important than the survival of the EU.

    Let me just say this, Kevin - it's good to STILL be around these parts. Lol I'm 78 years old now and not nearly as mentally and physically capable as I once was. Dammit!

    I'll make an effort to participate more, Rob.

    My biggest problem anymore is old age. I'm not nearly as sharp as I was 5 or 6 years ago. And I don't stay on the 'net like I used to.

    The new format has confused the heck out of me. Will take awhile to familiarize myself with it.

    Good to hear from you. Hope things are going great for you and my other buddies across the pond.

    Hi Rob,
    Good to know that most of my buddies on Duke's website are still around. Sorry it's been so long since I posted here but I don't spend 8-10 hours a day on the computer like I used to.

    Jim here. Been awhile. Thought I'd check this thread and see if any comments have been made about the upcoming UK vote to leave the EU. I don't know what your personal opinion is regarding this matter but I'd like to see England become English again. If those of us west of the Soviet Union and China wish to remain free, we'd better stop playing the political correctness game and start defending our countries from the idiots who want to do away with national borders.

    From what I've been reading about UK politics, UKIP sounds like they may rescue the people from both Conservative and Labour.

    I feel that President's and Prime Ministers etc really have a no-win job there will be thousands out there who vilify them and it's impossible to please all the people or even most people, these jobs require a healthy dose of pragmatism and with that you always run the risk of upsetting some people. For example the things that Bush is vilified for, would Clinton or Reagan or Roosevelt have handled them any better? It's impossible to say and I think deep down these guys hands are hugely tied in their jobs and often wonder if these men really have the influence over history and events that many suggest.

    Everyone has been giving Obama hugely deserved hell for driving the U.S. further into bankruptcy with his spending but G.W. Bush was almost as bad. Please don't suggest that presidents' hands are tied when it comes to spending too much. Every single one of the last several presidents have used the U.S. Treasury to buy votes.

    I couldn't agree more.

    I've been a Republican voter since 1960 and I personally think both Bushes were total disasters as presidents. In fact, IMO the old U.S. of A. hasn't had a decent president (or even a decent candidate) since Reagan left office.

    John Wayne was a political conservative, but his movies transcend any such silly labels. His movies are about the human condition, and speak to something far deeper than whatever political category we put ourselves in. He plays specific characters who find themselves in certain situations, and we -- that is, all of us --are moved by what those characters experience, enjoy and suffer, emotionally and physically, in part by what the director, screenwriter, etc., created, and in part because of what John Wayne, human being and great actor, brought to those roles.

    A lot of my favorite actors were or are conservatives, including Ward Bond (who was arch-conservative) and Ben Johnson. Who they voted for is irrelevant, IMHO, when I am watching them on the screen.

    My, my, Paula -whatever gave you the idea that I was referring to you as one of our resident liberals? :laugh: