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This morning, +The Conservative Union passed 10,000 members.

In the past year, we have seen dramatic growth in this community, which parallels the immense growth conservatism is seeing nationwide.  After 6 years of the most progressive Presidency in modern times, we see a public disenchanted with the results achieved by those policies.  We see a country looking for better answers to the problems facing Americans today.  Conservatism is ready to provide those answers.

We here want to thank our community members once again for making it the growing, engaging, and intellectually stimulating community that it has become...and hope to see many more members in the future.

THANK YOU!
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Thank you everyone!!!!!

And thanks to +Pradheep Shanker for the prose here - eloquent as always, Doc.
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Michael Villani

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Gilbert Brahms

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The attraction of socialism:  even as you starve, you can blame somebody else for your self-immiseration.
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Victor Breaux

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Senator Cruz was elected over GOP establishment favorite David Dewhurst, the Texas Lieutenant Governor, because Texas Republicans had already figured out that the national GOP Establishment had become exactly what Ronald Reagan himself had accused them of being – “fraternal order” Republicans. More interested in getting along and going along with the Washington Establishment then in opposing it. Or as Margaret Thatcher once said of the British Conservative Party Establishment she successfully opposed, the GOP had become a purveyor of the “socialist ratchet.” Campaigning on conservative themes and ideas, but once elected merely managing the changes made by the last left-wing government until defeated again and handing the reins back to liberals – who would then move the government even further left. With the cycle repeating endlessly. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/Commentary/2015/07/the-hair-the-boots-and-the-great-communicator#sthash.cft893OH.dpuf
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Thatcher's term "socialist ratchet" clearly describes our current situation in the US.
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Bill Ritzmann

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Maybe it's because a lot of them have mortgage defaults on their credit reports.

This is the sort of observation that lends to the insane belief that next time, the federal government will get it right.
 
It’s still too hard for most Americans to get a mortgage: http://urbn.is/1MXldS5
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The federal government isn't the one who gave me my mortgage. When I bought my condo in 2004, commercial lenders were the ones who were giving out money like a Pez dispenser. Luckily, I decided to pay it all back in 2005. When the credit crisis hit before Shrub had even left the building I was okay, but millions were screwed...
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Dan Adams

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var icx_publication_id = 16633; var icx_content_id = 2279675; .icx-toolbar{padding: 0 0 5px 0;} The level of health-care services provided to illegal aliens is about to get a huge boost from the Obama administration, which is hiring contractors to provide the equivalent of 5.5 million additional labor hours of treatment to detainees. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, of [...]
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Trying to prevent the Obamacare Death Spiral, while hastening it's demised. How apropos?
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Terrence Boggs

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Our Rep friends are at it even more:Yet the immigration “reform” considered by Congress most recently—the 2013 Senate “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration bill—would have tripled the number of green cards issued over the next 10 years. Instead of issuing 10 million green cards, the Gang of Eight proposal would have issued at least 30 million green cards during the next decade (or more than 11 times the population of the City of Chicago).
Breitbart News has exclusively obtained text from the Senate's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions.
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democrat voters............as democrats abort new Americans...they "make" more by allowing illegals to take their place....
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Jay R North

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This is what laws will do to you.
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+Crussian Doe
Many black communities have been convinced by politicians that government is looking out for them and that they cannot survive without government handouts. Neither is true.

Historically government has been the greatest perpetrator of discrimination. Slavery was legal. Returning escaped slaves to their masters was enforced by state and federal law. After the civil war "black codes" were enacted by state legislatures in an attempt to re-enslave blacks using the criminal justice system. After the reconstruction era these were replaced with poll taxes, literacy tests, "grandfather clauses", etc. All of these were enforced by law. Today, the same kind of discrimination occurs under the guise controlled substance enforcement, stop and frisk policies, minimum mandatory sentencing, even the sheer volume of laws encourages police to arbitrarily enforce the law. When laws are arbitrarily enforced they become tools of discrimination.

Even the welfare system is just another form of control. Every dollar a person accepts from government comes with conditions on when, where and how it can be used. The poor are given an incentive to stay poor so they can keep receiving government assistance. If any of them attempts to improve his financial situation the government pulls the rug out from under them so they'll come crawling back. The most recent example of this is the minimum wage laws passed in cities like Seattle. Though many of the poor working class lobbied for the wage increase many are now asking for reduced hours because the wage increase jeopardized their qualification for government assistance. This is a form of learned helplessness and it keeps poor blacks compliant and willing to vote for whoever offers to keep funding their survival.
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Ron Lewenberg

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This farce would be amusing if it weren't about nukes.
"Iran's Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi objected to the US Senate's demand for being briefed about the contents of the recently signed roadmap of cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA, warning the UN nuclear watchdog to avoid disclosing its secret agreements with Tehran."
"If you like your nukes, you can keep your nukes"
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+Ron Lewenberg Do you speak the language? Consider where you got the translations from.
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Rodney Graves
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►Party Politics  - 
 
P. J. O’Rourke to the Democratic Constituency:

Democrats need your vote and they’ll do anything—no matter how low and degrading—to get it. They hate you the way a whore hates a john.
I would like to address myself to the poor, the huddled masses, the wretched refugees teeming to America’s shore, the homeless, the economically, socially, and mentally tempest-tossed. Also, I’d like to address the young, the hip, the progressive, the compassionate, and the caring. I’d like a word with everyone who votes for Democrats. Democrats hate your guts. Democrats need your vote and they’ll do anything—no matter how low and degrading—to ...
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Michael Villani

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Pradheep Shanker
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The American public is smarter than this administration gives them credit for. 
 
The more Obama and Kerry try to sell this deal...the worse the American people likes it. 
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The American public is smarter than this administration gives them credit for.
Nah -
The American public is smarter than any administration gives them credit for.
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Benedict Joyce

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Ken Sanger

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The response will be a stern wagging of the finger with an angry face along with the declaration "Don't do it again or else." <sarcasm> 
The administration had previously indicated it would not even publicly blame the Asian power.
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Does the WH even know what the word "retaliate" mean? Is Obama playing with his crayons again? Maybe Obama's hoping that China will laugh themselves into a heart attack after hearing this idle threat...
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Pradheep Shanker
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I'm not sure how the administration will overcome some of the burdens the Supreme Court placed in this year's ruling in Michigan v. EPA...let alone the new legal violations that these regulations create. 

I'll be surprised if most of these regulations ever come into force. 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama's…
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The folks writing laws won't follow them, why be surprised when they ignore legal precedent too?
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Justin Smith

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Live chat where we talk about liberty!  
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+Jay R North​ I thought the exact same thing, but I figured I'd let it slide. :-D 
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Phil Nelson

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This is a genuinely conservative, as I understand it, view of the Planned Parenthood controversy, and institutionalized abortion in general.

“Seek mercy,” she says, and “plead for it for others.”
Maria Grizzetti speaks out on her Incarnation and Modernity blog about “hidden maternity.”
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Pradheep Shanker
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Caring about the environment was an American thing back in the 1960s and '70s, when pollution clogged our rivers and streams and litter piled up on our highways and streets; you felt patriotic about it.

Today's environmentalists — the kind who look at “climate change” as a religion preaching that non-believers will burn in hell — have won; Appalachian jobs, people, communities and families have lost.

We all used to be in this together, cleaning up pollution and litter, punishing companies that did bad things in the night — but retaining the industries that provided jobs that kept generations of families together in the communities where they lived.
In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray...
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