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    NSA Moves Forward Spying on US Citizens

NSA Moves Forward Spying on US Citizens

Commentary by James Turnage Whenever our government wants to hide the truth from the American people, they claim that the information is ‘classified,’ and if it was revealed it would ‘jeopardize national security.’ The American people are the nation, and we have a right to know what happens inside our own nation. The fourth amendment protects our individual right of privacy, or at least it used to. The NSA continues

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    GOP Disappears by 2044

GOP Disappears by 2044

Commentary by James Turnage The Republican Party is primarily an organization of white, wealthy aging men. Its policies reflect their membership profile; protect the wealthy; support Christian beliefs; ignore the needs of blacks and Hispanics; ensure women remain under the control of men. With these facts in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau’s projections will see the disappearance of the GOP by 2044. Throughout the next three decades, the GOP will

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    Inexperienced and Un-talented Politicians Play into Democrat’s Hands

Inexperienced and Un-talented Politicians Play into Democrat’s Hands

The battle continues at this hour. At stake is a 1.1 trillion dollar spending package. If it fails to pass, a real possibility exists that the government could be shut down; again. TEA Party members exhibited their inexperience and lack of talent and gave the Democrats leverage during the unusual weekend session. The basic problem with the TEA Party is that they are not Republicans. The agenda of the mainstream

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    Campaign Finance Reform Needed but Defeated

Campaign Finance Reform Needed but Defeated

Not only does the average American not fully understand the contents of legislation proposed by Congressional members, members of the House and Senate do not either. But sometimes they do. A spending bill to keep the government running was recently passed by Congress. Hidden within the 1,603 pages was an inclusion which basically pronounces any campaign reform dead. Other than politicians, the remainder of working class Americans believe reform is

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    Does your Congressman Read the Bills which Receive his or her Votes?

Does your Congressman Read the Bills which Receive his or her Votes?

Some political neophytes may actually believe that their Congressmen works hard reading and dissecting every bill which has been placed on his or her desk. They might also believe that when he or she votes for or against a piece of legislation, a full understanding of every section of the bill is the reason for a ‘yay’ or ‘nay.’ This would be an erroneous assumption about everything above. The truth

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    Democrats and Republicans 2016 Weakness

Democrats and Republicans 2016 Weakness

Whether you align yourself with either major party, or consider yourself an independent, one thing is certain; your choices are few. There is a simple reason why ‘none of the above’ might be your choice for president in 2016; both Democrats and Republicans are displaying weakness with their probable candidates. Although the polls claim that Hillary Clinton has a lock on the Democratic nomination, is that a good thing? Not

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    America’s Growing Ignorance

America’s Growing Ignorance

When I find myself needing affirmation that some intelligence remains in our nation I watch the first episode of ‘The Newsroom.’ Jeff Daniel’s character is part of a panel at a university. A pert coed asks him why the United States is the greatest country in the world. He looks at her with disdain and proceeds to explain why we are no longer a great country. The primary reason we

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    ISIS or Mexican Cartels?

ISIS or Mexican Cartels?

Once again the United States is at war in the Mideast. Our government is not intelligent enough to keep us out of an area of the world which doesn’t want us there. The battle which needs to be fought is just beyond our border. Should we be fighting ISIS or be assisting the Mexican Government in their battle with drug cartels and other hoodlums including many of its own law

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    NSA and why Every American Should be Outraged

NSA and why Every American Should be Outraged

Whether or not you believe Edward Snowden was a courageous man, he must be thanked for exposing the NSA’s un-Constitutional program of spying on individuals who are not under investigation for acts of treason. I’ve heard people in public places who make the statement ‘it’s no big deal,’ they claim to have nothing to hide. If you have one iota of patriotism remaining, every American should be outraged at the

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    Political Extremists are Destroying America

Political Extremists are Destroying America

Commentary by James Turnage Writers such as myself who attempt to be Independent with our political alliances rarely succeed at our efforts. We read too much and follow far too many news programs. It is difficult to be unbiased. One thing we all agree on is that political extremists are destroying America. When I read statements such as ‘he or she is not liberal enough,’ or ‘he or she is

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