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Shameful.

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"The Republican National Committee also issued a statement saying “there is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.” I remember how the Republican Party stood up for this principle when John Kerry was being Swiftboated.

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Trump should enlist Krusty the Clown as his running mate... that might give him some credibility...

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The The Associated Press is just a tool in the establishments pocket. Not going to get a honest word from them. Notice how they write "Mexican immigrants", when Trump all along has been talking about illegal immigrants. The AP disparaged Ralph Nader to no end.

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Trump is a bomb thrower who knows the dirty secrets of Washington. I think he is ultimately clearing the way for the other candidates to exercise their own free speech rights and essentially not care how they're going to be taken. Whether any one more electable has the standing to step into his shoes is the question.

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American Politics is sure strange, I wonder what Trump is doing insulting American POW's? My guy considers it an insult to him as well. So I wonder what he will do for an encore?

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Why is Trump making idiotic remarks? It is same reason why rich people have bad taste. There is no one around to tell them they are off. Is Trump stupid? Is Trump crazy? No, he is drunk on power.

If I were being paid (or offered a free beer) I'd write an essay on power drunkenness. Napoleon had it. Hitler had it. Jefferson Davis had it. Abraham Lincoln did NOT have it. I have watched colleagues get it and then have to resign.

That Trump has become popular because of his stupid remarks says something about American politics. It is a circus and so far Trump is putting on the best clown act.

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What's happening is that the rest of the GOP isn't comfortable when their nutjobs vote for a different nutjob. They all want to be the nutjob getting the nutjob vote, and Trump is getting in the way of that.

The more stupid things he says, the more he goes up in the polls. It's like the Republican base is just some kind of hate group. If I were them I'd try to double up on Trumps stupidity and ride it to second place.

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What's happening is that the rest of the GOP isn't comfortable when their nutjobs vote for a different nutjob.

Coming from the group that think Bernie Sanders is a credible Saint! Lol

They all want to be the nutjob getting the nutjob vote, and Trump is getting in the way of that.

The only nut job is Trump and the people that vote for a loon like that or a socialist loon like Sanders. disgraceful. If we didn't have Obama, we wouldn't be seeing either of these loons!

The more stupid things he says, the more he goes up in the polls.

Because you have a very, very large segment of the population that is beyond angry at this idiot of a president and Trump like him or not taps into that anger.

It's like the Republican base is just some kind of hate group.

Really? Want to go and yawn spread that lie again about the GOP being racist?

If I were them I'd try to double up on Trumps stupidity and ride it to second place.

But you're not.

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People who are so outraged about Trump should realize that for the most part, he is just saying what all the Republican candidates are thinking. He just doesn't have that political filter that most of them have. The only real difference between him and the rest of them is that he says it out loud.

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Well, he's certainly getting a lot of attention. If he were a newspaper publisher, that might be good. For a presidential candidate, though, I can't see how it helps him or his party.

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What a clown

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"What a clown" indeed. But remember when everyone said the clown named Ronald Reagan could never become president.

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"While officials privately fretted about the damage he could do to the party, they are also worried about alienating voters drawn to his celebrity, brashness and willingness to take on establishment Republicans."

IMPLOSION! Hilarious to watch the Republicans, who have supported the man EVEN when he makes racist comments -- because that is welcome in the party and they clearly support it -- are now scrambling to try not to support him now. Cruz still certainly supports him, which says a lot.

Anyway, regardless of how obviously some want him out because of the damage it does in bringing out their racism and bigotry, Trump is literally a Republican, and they let him in so they have to live with him. Serves them right.

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People who are so outraged about Trump should realize that for the most part, he is just saying what all the Republican candidates are thinking.

When one reads what he has actually said...he hasn't lied or misspoken, his only crime in the eyes of the media is fighting their agenda without backing down. Are the other candidates even thinking "It's going to get worse in our country and we better start fighting a lot tougher than we're fighting right now." ? Hard to say, they certainly aren't communicating that to the general public.

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Because you have a very, very large segment of the population that is beyond angry at this idiot of a president and Trump like him or not taps into that anger.

bass -- why don't you have the guts to call it what it is? It isn't "anger", it's bigotry, plain and simple. And since Trump is now polling upwards of 17% among Republicans, the other candidates are too scared to take him on. All he is proving is that the Republican party is a party that preys on divisiveness and hatred and the one who can tap into that "base" the best, will get the nomination. Truly a sad state from the party that gave us Reagan and George H.W Bush.

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The only nut job is Trump and the people that vote for a loon like that or a socialist loon like Sanders. disgraceful. If we didn't have Obama we wouldn't be seeing either of these loons'

Obama is to blame for loons as well as everything else wrong with the planet? Not really a sustainable argument, is it? I think you'll find political loons were around long before Obama. It's just that your ire has been fired up by the real loons at Fox and your manic hatred of the Kenyan socialist has warped your perspective and sense of history. The US has a long and proud history of policital headbangers but what has changed is the emergence of a madly partisan media and you have devoured the rightist side of this without chewing.

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"Republican pollster Frank Luntz said Trump could siphon off enough votes as a third-party candidate to cost the party the White House.

“If you tell me Trump is running as an independent, I will tell you that the next president will be Hillary Clinton,” said Luntz,"

That's amazing.

A lunatic fringe extremist like Trump pulling off such a significant number of conservative voters  that the entire party goes down?

If that's even remotely possible it goes to show how many nutjob conservative voters there are out there in the heartlands. But we already knew that.

This looks like the beginning of the end of the GOP even before the debates start.

Trump will have enough support to get into the 10 candidates permitted on stage for the GOP debates.  He'll shred the other 9 who will be too petrified to attack him if he is actually nominated and wants a Veep. While he's doing that, he'll out-extreme all of them, his support base will swell proportionately, and all the other candidates will be pulled even further to the extremist fringe right - if that's even possible. 

Cruz - who let's remember is the ultra extremist who led the charge that actually shut down the government - will be left looking like a moderate, while most of the rest - including Jeb - will look like Liberals in Trump's shadow.

As I've said many times before: conservatives NEVER learn. They are making exactly the same mistake they made in 2008 and 2012: putting up largely un/under-educated extremist candidates in a debate schedule that sees them tear themselves - and their party's hopes - to pieces.

The key to their ongoing record of election year failure is education, or rather lack if it.   

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Jimizo: Obama is to blame for loons as well as everything else wrong with the planet?

That's the official story.

Check out the Jade Helm nutjobs. Their entire reasoning is "if you think we are extreme then that's evidence of how much distrust Obama has created." Or any Ted Cruz comment on the issue will suffice.

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Bush III was always the nominee.

Trump's ego and bank account are swollen enough for a run as an independent.

He's the best thing to happen for the democrats, ever.

Bring on the debates!

Trump/Palin '16

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Jimizo: You can't actually expect the GOP or supporters to think that any of this mess, or the problems with the GOP or Trump are actually THEIR fault, can you? That might lead to them actually learning from their many, many mistakes, but obviously that's not a possibility.

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You can't actually expect the GOP or supporters to think that any of this mess, or the problems with the GOP or Trump are actually THEIR fault, can you?

Conservatives will freely admit the current state of the party is a problem spawned in part by bad GOP presidents and losing candidates.

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People who are so outraged about Trump should realize that for the most part, he is just saying what all the Republican candidates are thinking.

As well as a lot of Democrats as well.

He just doesn't have that political filter that most of them have. The only real difference between him and the rest of them is that he says it out loud.

Which is what the people like. The same goes for Bernie Sanders. At least, unlike off the rest of the progressive liberal Democrats, he's up honest and direct about his socialist.

IMPLOSION! Hilarious to watch the Republicans, who have supported the man EVEN when he makes racist comments

Who supports him besides the voters?

-- because that is welcome in the party and they clearly support it -- are now scrambling to try not to support him now. Cruz still certainly supports him, which says a lot.

So let me ask you, why is it ok to support an outright and open socialist, but NOT a person that makes a valid point about Mexico and its open borders and corrupt government

Anyway, regardless of how obviously some want him out because of the damage it does in bringing out their racism and bigotry,

How can Trump be racist when most of his wives were foreigners, his workers Mexican and Oprah one of his closest friends? How?

Trump is literally a Republican

Not even close.

, and they let him in so they have to live with him. Serves them right.

Still wondering how the Dems allowed a lying politician and a socialist to run? How is that possible?

bass -- why don't you have the guts to call it what it is? It isn't "anger", it's bigotry, plain and simple.

No, it's anger and rightfully so. I'm from California and we have a lot of Hispanics and many of them and the legal ones, the 4th generation ones feel the same, so are they prejudiced towards other Hispanics as well? We have an open border, look what happened in San Francisco the other week. An innocent woman is murdered by an illegal that was deported more than 5 times and because of the out of touch sanctuary city laws

And since Trump is now polling upwards of 17% among Republicans, the other candidates are too scared to take him on. All he is proving is that the Republican party is a party that preys on divisiveness and hatred

So what proof do you have?

and the one who can tap into that "base" the best, will get the nomination. Truly a sad state from the party that gave us Reagan and George H.W Bush.

Thank God for them, otherwise we'd definitely be a third world country by now.

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Lizz,

Conservatives will freely admit the current state of the party is a problem spawned in part by bad GOP presidents and losing candidates.

Yet they fail absolutely in changing their ways. Personally, this just confirms that the GOP are truly insane.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein

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They are absolutely going to be changing -- no more GOP establishment votes and most are not voting for Trump either.

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How can Trump be racist when most of his wives were foreigners, his workers Mexican and Oprah one of his closest friends? How?

You're right. Case closed. Labeling the majority of Mexicans as criminals in a declaration to run for the presidency is definitely not racist. He likes white women with foreign accents, hires recent immigrants to clean his toilets, and has one very rich black woman as a friend.

You're a genius, bass. The Donald is the very model of a multicultural gentleman.

We have an open border, look what happened in San Francisco the other week. An innocent woman is murdered by an illegal that was deported more than 5 times and because of the out of touch sanctuary city laws

--the Republican party is a party that preys on divisiveness and hatred

So what proof do you have?

What you said. You cherry pick cases to support your disdain of a certain ethnic group, Mexicans. That is why you are clearly in the Republican camp. Good luck with that.

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Yet they fail absolutely in changing their ways. Personally, this just confirms that the GOP are truly insane.

Changing their ways? For what reason? Now if you're talking about Trump, you have a legitimate argument.

You're right. Case closed. Labeling the majority of Mexicans as criminals in a declaration to run for the presidency is definitely not racist.

But the majority of ILLEGAL Mexicans do engage in a higher percentage of crime.

He likes white women with foreign accents,

But foreigners nonetheless or do you want to argue semantics now?

hires recent immigrants to clean his toilets, and has one very rich black woman as a friend.

That's a lot.

You're a genius, bass. The Donald is the very model of a multicultural gentleman.

Which there is NO denying.

What you said. You cherry pick cases to support your disdain of a certain ethnic group, Mexicans.

Oh, so now you are calling me a racist? You have never seen me, don't know the first thing about me and you can emphatically and concretely call me that? I keep forgetting, libs live by the creed of profiling and throwing out false accusations.

That is why you are clearly in the Republican camp. Good luck with that.

Thanks, but I'm not a Republican nor would I pass their purity test.

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Lizz,

They are absolutely going to be changing

Future conditional. I like it.

As of the 2016 elections, they've clearly written off ever holding the Whitehouse again.

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Future conditional. I like it.

Because there are unambiguously conservative candidates running this time.

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As of the 2016 elections, they've clearly written off ever holding the Whitehouse again.

Yeah, you guys said that in 2010 and 2014 as well. Uh, huh....

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So what proof do you have?

bass -- thanks for the laugh -- You using the word "proof". For example:

but NOT a person that makes a valid point about Mexico and its open borders and corrupt government

What "proof" do you have about anything he has said about the Mexican government or immigrants from that country? Like, for example, that he will build an impenetrable wall, "and the Mexican government will pay for it". LOL.

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thanks for the laugh -- You using the word "proof". For example

Yes, that's right, meaning, please show proof that the GOP are racists and actually, it's not funny at all, it's a complete fabricated ruse.

What "proof" do you have about anything he has said about the Mexican government or immigrants from that country?

Are you serious? What proof do I have? First of all, have you ever been or lived in Mexico?

Like, for example, that he will build an impenetrable wall, "and the Mexican government will pay for it". LOL.

I hope he does and I hope they will!

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Politicians are all the same like crabs in a barrel, don't want the one one top to get out of the barrel so they try to bring each other down. All of the politicians both DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS are just want the words says Poly-Ticks poly meaning many and ticks are blood suckers they are sucking the will out of the people both parties. They preach to the people what the people want to hear only to do what they want once they get the vote. Hillary is a liar and see nothing wrong with doing it, Ok Trump is a racist, but hey at least if he is elected the people know what they are getting the rest of the field are playing the field, TRump at least is bringing issues up front that most candidates are hiding behind. Bring the people the truth that is what the people want, not the fighting and bashing one another!!!

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'Because there are running this time.'

What is it with the conservatives and history? Are you saying the GOP hasn't had 'unambiguously conservative candidates' before? This circus show line-up of cross-eyed used car salesmen, swivel-eyed evolution/climate change deniers, bible-thumping bigoted crackpots and Wall Street arse-kissers is pretty much par for the course.

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Lizz

Because there are unambiguously conservative candidates running this time.

Can you name names please? Most of the inmates running are the very same that where wheeled out of the Ayslum for the '12 Lose-a-thon,

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It's kind of funny to listen to Republicans say that guy leading their polls isn't Republican.

Then they tell us how much they respect him and how much his "straight talk" is needed. But please don't confuse him for Republican. But he is a great businessman. But definitely not Republican. But they do love his stance on immigration. But he's not part of their party. But they defend him. But not because he's a Republican, which he isn't.

Hope that clears thing up.

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But they defend him. But not because he's a Republican, which he isn't.

They'll be right at home defending him when he runs as an "independent conservative" then. Heh.

I'm guessing with an ego like Trump's - and the perceived power that has come from nutcase-fanbase - I'm seriously expecting him to run as an independent once Bush III is given his birthright nomination by the GOP.

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Whatever party he or anyone else claims he owes allegiance to, one fact is clear: he would never have a chance of being taken with any degree of seriousness by the Democratic Party, whereas a sizable faction of the Republican Party is lapping him up. And they do so truly deserve him, finally reaping what they have sowed.

A scarier thought is, is Trump the culmination of GOP insanity, or is there worse yet to come, and, if the latter, in what still more monstrous form will this appear?

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What is it with the conservatives and history? Are you saying the GOP hasn't had 'unambiguously conservative candidates' before? This circus show line-up of cross-eyed used car salesmen, swivel-eyed evolution/climate change deniers, bible-thumping bigoted crackpots and Wall Street arse-kissers is pretty much par for the course.

Yup and they still couldn't come close to the lies, deception, treachery,, scandalous and unethical deeds that Hillary Clinton continues to perpetuate on society. At 67% disapproval rating with Independents, I would think it's worse than a problem.

It's kind of funny to listen to Republicans say that guy leading their polls isn't Republican.

Because it's true. No matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it's still a pig.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/03/donald-trump-donated-heavily-to-democrats-especially-during-election-which-put-reid-and-pelosi-in-power/

Then they tell us how much they respect him and how much his "straight talk" is needed.

Yup, so very true?

But please don't confuse him for Republican. But he is a great businessman. But definitely not Republican. But they do love his stance on immigration. But he's not part of their party. But they defend him. But not because he's a Republican, which he isn't.

You are learning.

Hope that clears thing up.

Sure does.

They'll be right at home defending him when he runs as an "independent conservative" then. Heh.

Let's hope not.

I'm guessing with an ego like Trump's - and the perceived power that has come from nutcase-fanbase - I'm seriously expecting him to run as an independent once Bush III is given his birthright nomination by the GOP.

So why aren't you complaining about the Hilarious moon bats that support Hillary and even worse...Sanders?

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'A scarier thought is, is Trump the culmination of GOP insanity, or is there worse yet to come, and, if the latter, in what still more monstrous form will this appear?'

Don't underestimate these people. To borrow Madverts' asylum analogy, just before the last election a delirious GOP politician ran stark naked through his institution screaming women couldn't get pregnant through rape. One day, someone from the isolation ward could end up winning the nomination. Napoleon said that stupidity isn't a handicap in politics and in the modern GOP insanity isn't either.

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Don't underestimate these people. To borrow Madverts' asylum analogy, just before the last election a delirious GOP politician ran stark naked through his institution screaming women couldn't get pregnant through rape.

That was a ludicrous statement to make, just as much as when the president said, if you like your doctor you can keep him, that was far worse to swallow- No pun intended.

One day, someone from the isolation ward could end up winning the nomination. Napoleon said that stupidity isn't a handicap in politics and in the modern GOP insanity isn't either.

You can apply that logic to both parties. Can't argue with you too much on that.

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'Yup and they still couldn't come close to the lies, deception, treachery,, scandalous and unethical deeds that Hillary Clinton continues to perpetuate on society. At 67% disapproval rating with Independents, I would think it's worse than a problem.'

Are you as vitriolic about the WMD lies which caused a revolting bloodbath and utter failure in Iraq? I'll call out lies from every politician but I'm hard pressed to come up with anything as foul as that one which left at the least 100,000 dead and many more maimed. You are approaching this with your usual partisan anger which seeks to depict Hillary Clinton as something unholy ( I actually have no time for her ).

Balance, Bass, balance.

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Are you as vitriolic about the WMD lies which caused a revolting bloodbath and utter failure in Iraq? I'll call out lies from every politician but I'm hard pressed to come up with anything as foul as that one which left at the least 100,000 dead and many more maimed.

Without going off topic, how do you feel that the majority of those deaths were caused by the out of control sectarian violence? That was equally as foul, wasn't it?

You are approaching this with your usual partisan anger which seeks to depict Hillary Clinton as something unholy ( I actually have no time for her ).

I'm not angry, No need to be and as a non-partisan why should I? I just despise liberal one-sided hypocrisy.

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bass4funk: "Because it's true. No matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it's still a pig."

A pig you yourself said you share a lot of views with and admire for his straight talk?

Well done!

And by the way, he's Republican. What ticket is he running on again? Deny it all you want, he is accepted and embraced by Republicans, and as you yourself admitted, he's a straight talker -- and quite a number of Republicans clearly agree with his racist and bigoted remarks. They just want to appear more 'moderate' and, like yourself, talk about how much you "agree with what he says," but, "he's not a Republican" and, now, that he's a pig.

"I'm not angry, No need to be and as a non-partisan why should I? I just despise liberal one-sided hypocrisy."

Hahaha!! Here you go again claiming you are "non-partisan" while spending more than half your comments making partisan remarks, including "liberal one-sided hypocrisy" in response to Trump's moronic and racist remarks! But let me guess, you "don't have to answer that", right?

Hilarious! It is SO fun to watch the Conservatives get so upset and scramble about trying to neither support nor condemn Trump, while also supporting him. It's like the coward Cruz!

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'Are you as vitriolic about the WMD lies which caused a revolting bloodbath and utter failure in Iraq? I'll call out lies from every politician but I'm hard pressed to come up with anything as foul as that one which left at the least 100,000 dead and many more maimed.

Without going off topic, how do you feel that the majority of those deaths were caused by the out of control sectarian violence? That was equally as foul, wasn't it?'

I'm the first to criticise sectarian violence. Getting back on topic, will you attack the disgraceful lies which led to this bloodbath? Again, it's a simple question.

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Am so happy I can not vote in American elections. My husband tries to explain it to me but it is hopeless. My husband makes up his own mind on who to vote. My English is so so and what was Trump really saying?

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American Politics is sure strange

@Yuri. LoL, I was thinking the same. How long has the LDP been in power in Jpn? As for you, make up ur own mind. Do ur own research. Don't let ur husband (though he means well & respects you) sway your vote.

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Lizz,

I was really hoping you to name names as per my earlier request.

Who are the "unambiguously conservative candidates running this time"?

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Wc626 I have not voted for LDP in my life voting for opposition candidates. Maybe one day it will do some good but voting for LDP is voting for eliminating article #9. As for American politics they talk nonsense. A Constitutional amendment against homosexual marriage. Even I know it would never get the 2/3rds vote in Congress never mind 3/4 of the states required to change it. So they are just emitting greenhouse gases. What puzzles me is I do not know what they agree but only what they oppose. What concrete measures will they do to improve things?

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if Republican leaders want to argue that attacks on Americans’ military service are simply beyond the pale, perhaps party officials can take this opportunity to apologize to John Kerry, who was smeared by Swiftboat lies in the 2004 cycle – lies that were celebrated at the time by 2016 candidates like Jeb Bush and Rick Perry – and who saw the spectacle at the Republican National Convention of party activists mocking Purple Hearts. While they’re it, Republicans can express some regret for related smears directed at former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.).

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And by the way, he's Republican.

if Trump's a Republican then I'm a liberal progressive.

What ticket is he running on again? Deny it all you want, he is accepted and embraced by Republicans, and as you yourself admitted, he's a straight talker

Yes, it's true, he is indeed running as a Republican, but is HE a Republican in his heart and historically, absolutely not. It's just like Obama was against gay marriage, never believed in it and now he's for it? The same with Hillary? You can believe that if you want, but these lying pieces of work, No way!

-- and quite a number of Republicans clearly agree with his racist and bigoted remarks.

As do a lot of liberals, they're just too chicken.... To admit it. I'm still trying to see where he's supposed to be this bigot...

They just want to appear more 'moderate' and, like yourself, talk about how much you "agree with what he says," but, "he's not a Republican" and, now, that he's a pig.

That's right, that's my point, the man thinks or wants people to think he's something that he's not. But if you know Donald or better yet, the average New Yorker will tell you, he's not a Republican, sorry. He could walk around claiming he's gay, would never believe it, he's a liberal through and through.

Hahaha!! Here you go again claiming you are "non-partisan"

Sorry, not claiming.

while spending more than half your comments making partisan remarks, including "liberal one-sided hypocrisy" in response to Trump's moronic and racist remarks!

Yes

But let me guess, you "don't have to answer that", right?

Sure, I do. I'm commenting on a liberal masquerading as a Republican, nothing partisan about that and by the way, when I do criticize conservatives, you never pick up on that, you just focus on my comments about liberals, but I can understand why, they do screw up more and they give me more stories to talk about.

Hilarious! It is SO fun to watch the Conservatives get so upset and scramble about trying to neither support nor condemn Trump, while also supporting him. It's like the coward Cruz!

And it brightens my day when libs sweat and worry themselves to the bone when watching their ONLY star candida at is slipping with independents and an old Marxist is gaining on her in the polls and popularity.

I'm the first to criticise sectarian violence.

Glad to hear that. I'm noting that down.

Getting back on topic, will you attack the disgraceful lies which led to this bloodbath? Again, it's a simple question.

I have always said, the international intelligence community and the Bush administration screwed up on the WMD program. And later used that as an excuse, I was never on board with that, never believed it, but as far as the removal of a Tyrant, completely supported it.

if Republican leaders want to argue that attacks on Americans’ military service are simply beyond the pale, perhaps party officials can take this opportunity to apologize to John Kerry, who was smeared by Swiftboat lies in the 2004 cycle – lies that were celebrated at the time by 2016 candidates like Jeb Bush and Rick Perry – and who saw the spectacle at the Republican National Convention of party activists mocking Purple Hearts. While they’re it, Republicans can express some regret for related smears directed at former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.).

You are joking, right?

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@plasticmonkey,

You know Trump? didn`t think so. How many jobs have you created? oh that many? You mean illegal immigrants? Ya, get them out. There is a process. Keep all criminals out.

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Trump gave a lot of money to Democrats, but that was before Obama took office. Needless to say, when the black man got into the a White House then Trump became the poster child the birthers and started contributing heavily to the GOP.

I glanced through bass' article but there was no mention of that. The bubble at its finest.

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'I have always said, the international intelligence community and the Bush administration screwed up on the WMD program.'

Lied. It's a simple verb. Why as a non-partisan can't you use it in this instance? The fury around the world was enormous as we saw the most disastrous foreign policy move in the postwar era ( yes, I know some 'dems' and 'libs' voted for it but let's drop the partisanship and focus on the lies if you can ). 'Screwed-up' doesn't really sum it up. One more time, try saying 'lied' as you do with those 'dems' and 'libs'.

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YuriOtani: "As for American politics they talk nonsense."

As are most politics everywhere, Yuri, but Japan is amongst the worst. The system here is modeled on the British system, of course, but it is so badly abused here it's ridiculous, which is why the level of apathy is so high most people don't even vote, and why leaders like Abe can come in and do whatever they want and say they have the 'Japanese peoples' approval'. At least in the US you can vote directly for whom you wish to be President. In Japan you can only vote for the local politicians, which are usually one LDP incumbent and ONE other person no one knows.

But I digress.

bass4funk: "if Trump's a Republican then I'm a liberal progressive."

You can dream.

"Yes, it's true, he is indeed running as a Republican,"

There you go. So no more saying he's not a Republican.

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Trump gave a lot of money to Democrats, but that was before Obama took office.

He also gave money to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid before Obama took office.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/donald-trump-donations-democrats-hillary-clinton-119071.html

Needless to say, when the black man got into the a White House then Trump became the poster child the birthers and started contributing heavily to the GOP.

You mean the Black man Trump was so ecstatic about after he took office and excoriated the GOP and then when Obama started to screw up, Trump as he usually does when he's not happy jumps the other way.

Lied. It's a simple verb. Why as a non-partisan can't you use it in this instance? The fury around the world was enormous as we saw the most disastrous foreign policy move in the postwar era ( yes, I know some 'dems' and 'libs' voted for it but let's drop the partisanship and focus on the lies if you can ).

Never have been. Just pointing out the obvious facts, you and most libs seem to not want to accept, but I understand, it's a liberal syndrome

'Screwed-up' doesn't really sum it up.

As in the words you libs like to constantly use, move on, it's the past.

One more time, try saying 'lied' as you do with those 'dems' and 'libs'.

If the shoe fits....

I glanced through bass' article but there was no mention of that. The bubble at its finest.

Don't go there. There are hundreds of articles. Believe me, Google won't laugh even at Liberals.

You can dream.

I don't need to dream, he's a generic wannabe conservative. That's the reality.

"Yes, it's true, he is indeed running as a Republican,"

That doesn't make him a conservative. Everything other than securing the border, there is nothing socially that really makes him a true conservative, but as an American, he has the right to call himself what he wants, but I don't have to buy it and millions of Americans don't as well.

There you go. So no more saying he's not a Republican.

Well, technically he's not.

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There you go. So no more saying he's not a Republican.

Well, technically he's not.

In Bass' world, Bass is a non-partisan.

I think that takes away any credibility in his ability to determine whether or not someone is a Republican.

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'One more time, try saying 'lied' as you do with those 'dems' and 'libs'.

If the shoe fits....'

Comical evasion and your usual 'yes, but your mum is fatter' childish partisanship. Even funnier from someone who actually believes himself to be non-partisan.

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In Bass' world, Bass is a non-partisan.

Because Libs want to see things the way THEY want to, we've been doing this dance with the guy in the WH for 6 years who does the exact same thing. Marinade on that for awhile.

I think that takes away any credibility in his ability to determine whether or not someone is a Republican.

Actually it doesn't. I'm old enough to remember when Trump came on the public scene. He was always a liberal through and through and now he wants to mask as a Republican? Give me a break.

If the shoe fits....'

Comical evasion and your usual 'yes, but your mum is fatter' childish partisanship.

Not evading don't need to, but funny, if you guys evade, it's ok, but if a conservative does it, it's considered childish? ROFL.

Even funnier from someone who actually believes himself to be non-partisan.

Hey, if you can't handle the truth....

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I think that takes away any credibility in his ability to determine whether or not someone is a Republican.

Actually it doesn't. I'm old enough to remember when Trump came on the public scene. He was always a liberal through and through and now he wants to mask as a Republican?

Sorry, but your reasoning is entirely irrelevant, since you have already proven your inability to determine who is or isn't a republican. Even if your reasoning is sound, it would need to come from someone who has credibility in that field for it to be listened to.

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I think bass is having a hard time dealing with the fact that a hypocritical bigot is leading the polls in the party he cacuses with, so he's invented an alternate reality where the GOP leader is not part of the GOP.

And that's fine with me. Seeing Trump in the debates standing with the GOP will eliminate any confusion for people who are more rooted in logic and reality, and bass can't stop that.

Now, bass, please bring up some random points about Hillary Clinton. You have to write something, right?

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'Comical evasion and your usual 'yes, but your mum is fatter' childish partisanship.

Not evading don't need to, but funny, if you guys evade, it's ok, but if a conservative does it, it's considered childish? ROFL.'

Stop looking at the world through the mad partisanship of us vs them. I asked you, a self-declared non-partisan, to call out lies from both sides and you refuse to do it. That's evasive. That's okay but stop calling yourself a non-partisan. It's utterly ridiculous.

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Sorry, but your reasoning is entirely irrelevant,

Ahh, because you say so? ROFL!

since you have already proven your inability to determine who is or isn't a republican.

Actually, I did, you libs just don't want to accept it. Yes, Trump is running as a Republican, but his views on taxes, income redistribution, jobs, etc. He is in EVERY way a Democrat. He can all himself Obama if it suits him, doesn't make it so.

Even if your reasoning is sound,

It is actually.

it would need to come from someone who has credibility in that field for it to be listened to.

If you feel like that, stop watching all the news, stop watching all the cable news, stop reading all the print news, avoid watching YouTube this where we ALL get our media information from at one point or another. There are enough pundits who are credible and we try to take the info based on their credible sources. So like you, I'm doing the same, it's just I'm older and I remember a younger Trump in 1984 bursting on the scene, EVERY SINGLE person knew what he was and still is.

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Readers, please stop bickering.

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bass4funk JUL. 21, 2015 - 02:42PM JST Because Libs want to see things the way THEY want to, we've been doing this dance with the guy in the WH for 6 years who does the exact same thing. Marinade on that for awhile. I think that takes away any credibility in his ability to determine whether or not someone is a Republican.

If you recall, Trump never served a day in military and you want him to attack McCain? He's a nothing but a coward. McCain was on a dangerous mission in service of the U.S., the kind of mission the men and women have carried out since the beginning of America and why we enjoy the freedom we do today. What did rich Trump do in the 60's? Trump owes big apologies to people that served in the military.

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bass4funkJUL. 21, 2015 - 03:38PM JST The difference is Trump can do as he likes,

For how long? Few month? That is it for him.

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If you recall, Trump never served a day in military and you want him to attack McCain?

Absolutely NOT! i want him gone! I was shocked by Trump's big mouth saying not only something that's factually NOT true, but he double-downed and refused to take it back.yes, I agree with him when it comes to the border and illegal immigrant issue, but that's it.

He's a nothing but a coward. McCain was on a dangerous mission in service of the U.S., the kind of mission the men and women have carried out since the beginning of America and why we enjoy the freedom we do today. What did rich Trump do in the 60's? Trump owes big apologies to people that served in the military.

I agree and going a step further, he should take himself out of the race, he totally disqualified himself from ANY logical debate after this latest stunt!

For how long? Few month? That is it for him.

I guess as long as he gets enough support, but personally, I would like to see him leave now if possible.

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Smith this is about the USA and not Japan. So what about the apathy in Japan. In America less than 1/2 the eligible voters bother to vote. They have all sorts of neat excuses like no time but the real reason is they do not care. Young people in America do not know their history like Pearl Harbor. Ask them about it and you get no answer. Ask them about Japan and they say the Japanese are breeding like rabbits.

Now comes Trump and he has a massive support from people who know nothing. His minions are spreading lies and the uninformed accept it as fact. He is attacking all the other Republican candidates. If he does not get the nomination will run as a 3rd party candidate.

The election is still well over a year away, how about running the country?

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"By using his considerable wealth, his celebrity status, and his mouth to draw attention to himself, rather than to raise awareness of the issues facing America, he has coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process."

-- Editorial, The Des Moines Register

I have a slightly different view:

He is a charlatan. A modern PT Barnum. He no more believes the schlock he peddles is "diamond encrusted" and has "more beautiful women" than he believes Obama is not a natural born American, or that Mexicans are rapists. He says all that crap to get attention and make money.

And now, after flirting with first the freak show, and then moving to the side show, he wants to play the Big Top. He's giving a big part of the angry Republican base what they want. They want to hear that all problems can be solved by the guy with the biggest balls. He appeals the selfish who by happenstance and ruthlessness took more than their fare share just as much as he appeals to to losers who do not understand the world, or why it is they are on the bottom, when, after all, they are white men.

Trump is the puss festering up from the open wound on the American body politic known as "the Republican Base."

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H ignored his challenge to argue on Hispanic/ So he is argueing with Walker now. He likes to raise his point and Walker will help now.

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