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A Seventeen Year Old's response to the election
The band of Patriots ^ | 11/07/12 | Austin Paul

Posted on 11/08/2012 3:18:46 PM PST by AustinPaul19

It’s final. We lost. Over the last eighteen months, we have fought the good fight and we have done our best to spread the message of smaller government and fiscal sanity.

We did not lose this election to President Tee Time. We lost this election to a class of politically ignorant Americans.This is the group of people that pays little, if any, attention to politics until the first debate or even later. These are the people that get their news from the likes of Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, and Jon Stewart. The people that waste their time watching E! and Dancing With the Stars. These people simply do not care enough about the future of this country to wake up and pay attention to what is going on around them. They vote based on a combination of “White Man’s Burden” and worthless social issues that will never change.

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Here is my response to the election Tuesday night. Please check it out and share. Thanks!
1 posted on 11/08/2012 3:18:47 PM PST by AustinPaul19
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To: AustinPaul19

You’ll get along fine here.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 3:21:32 PM PST by skeeter
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To: AustinPaul19

WELCOME TO FR


3 posted on 11/08/2012 3:21:46 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: AustinPaul19

your response is not without merit. kudos to you as a 17 year old for realizing that. you should run for public office or something.


4 posted on 11/08/2012 3:23:19 PM PST by Reagan_Country_USA
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To: AustinPaul19

Dude! You’re only 17??


5 posted on 11/08/2012 3:24:49 PM PST by MNDude
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To: AustinPaul19; humblegunner

In before humblegunner accuses you of blog pimping!

Welcome to FR.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 3:25:22 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: AustinPaul19

You are older than you think..............


7 posted on 11/08/2012 3:26:59 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: AustinPaul19

If only more of our young people had your insight. Very well written


8 posted on 11/08/2012 3:28:13 PM PST by chiya (If Hitler had ruled India, Ghandhi would have been a lampshade.)
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To: AustinPaul19

bttt


9 posted on 11/08/2012 3:33:55 PM PST by petercooper
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To: AustinPaul19

AustinPaul19, hang in there. Don’t let anyone discourage you. You have given me encouragement in some of our young people coming up for the future. Welcome to FR.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 3:34:39 PM PST by native texan (I love Texas)
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To: Osage Orange

You are older than you think, says Yoda.

May you always stay on the Brightside, never succumb to the Darkside, and keep wielding your Lightsaber of Truth.

You have just begun a journey of many Episodes, coming to a political theater near you, and at FR.

May the Force be with you!


11 posted on 11/08/2012 3:34:47 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: AustinPaul19

We lost this election to a class of politically ignorant Americans.

Amen Bro !


12 posted on 11/08/2012 3:42:27 PM PST by Paisan
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To: AustinPaul19

Nicely done, people will start to realize what they have done by re-electing this un-American president.
Americans apparently need more pain before they learn - Just wait until employers start dropping healthcare and just pay the 0bamacare fines.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 3:45:41 PM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: AustinPaul19
It’s final. We lost.

I stopped right there.

Just kidding. Good essay and a good 40k foot view. There are people who have forgotten what TEA stands for and let the left redefine it. TEA is the radical middle in American tradition. Big government cannot be conservative. Cut the government first and then we won't have to listen to Planned Parenthood radio commercials every ten minutes paid for with our tax money (e.g. the Romney bashing commercials of the last election)

14 posted on 11/08/2012 3:50:31 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: AustinPaul19

Thumbs up, and welcome!


15 posted on 11/08/2012 3:51:59 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: AustinPaul19

On the money


16 posted on 11/08/2012 3:54:15 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

That made me laugh.


17 posted on 11/08/2012 4:08:48 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: AustinPaul19

Well done and welcome. Have to keep on doing what we can to win next time. Personally I am in favor of ending the GOP and forming a Conservative Party of America.


18 posted on 11/08/2012 4:16:13 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: AustinPaul19

Nice post - you should be proud and so should your parents!


19 posted on 11/08/2012 4:22:18 PM PST by MissH
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To: AustinPaul19

In Regards to Tuesday

It’s final. We lost. Over the last eighteen months, we have fought the good fight and we have done our best to spread the message of smaller government and fiscal sanity.

We did not lose this election to President Tee Time. We lost this election to a class of politically ignorant Americans. This is the group of people that pays little, if any, attention to politics until the first debate or even later. These are the people that get their news from the likes of Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, and Jon Stewart. The people that waste their time watching E! and Dancing With the Stars. These people simply do not care enough about the future of this country to wake up and pay attention to what is going on around them. They vote based on a combination of “White Man’s Burden” and worthless social issues that will never change.

The twelve million Americans that are unemployed and underemployed do not matter to these people because these people get their paycheck at the end of the week. The senseless murders of Brian Terry, Glenn Doherty, Tyron Woods, Chris Stevens, and Sean Smith don’t matter to these people because there are either too selfish or too incompetent to see or understand anything beyond their daily lives.

I love my country and I thank God every day that I get to live in a place where we have the chance to elect our leaders. With that being said, I don’t understand the logic behind reelecting Barry. Just looking at his record over the last four years shows what will happen over the next four. We are looking at four more years of out of control debt, reckless spending, ballooning deficits, and budgets that nobody on either side of the aisle will vote for because they are that unimaginable. The gridlock in congress will be like nothing that we have ever seen before. This man will use his “executive privilege” to bypass the congress completely and push through his radical agenda. That is just one of the things that we have to fear with four more years of an Obama presidency.

First off, John Kerry is on the short list of being the next face of US foreign policy. Yes, this is the same John Kerry that “won” three Purple Hearts. As if America is not already the laughing stock of the world after the turnout yesterday, Barry wants to make this man the face of all things American. At least Hilary Clinton is somewhat competent, but she can’t stay on because she has her own political future to worry about. It seems Obama is more concerned with surrounding himself with a series of “yes” men instead of men who are actually capable of solving the problems facing this nation.

The other potential problem facing us is the Supreme Court. Barack could have the chance to appoint at least three, maybe four justices to the court in the next four years. Two conservatives, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, are seventy-six. The liberal justice, Ruth Ginsburg is seventy-nine and the liberal justice, Stephen Breyer is seventy-four. The appointment of one justice in the place of one of the court would tip the balance of the court to the left. Thus, we would lose the court for the next ten to twenty years depending on the president. If you thought Justices Kagan and Sotomayor were bad, just think of the justices Barry can appoint without having to answer to the electorate.

Now, it’s time to call out the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has failed us once again. They forced us to settle with a candidate for the second election in a row. I had no problem after he won the primary and I think he would’ve made a decent president, but after losses in two straight elections I believe that it is time to stop with the establishment candidates. It is obvious that these establishment Republicans are unelectable. In 2008 and 2012, we settled for an establishment, old guard Republican and we lost. In 2010, we nominated non-traditional Republicans around the country and won in a landslide. What does this tell us? It tells us that people are tired of the traditional GOP.

Social issues have a place, but right now, a platform focused on traditional social issues won’t win elections. The Republican Party needs to adopt a Rand Paul style platform of small government, true fiscal conservatism (which means a total rejection of Keynesian Economics and a return to the Austrian School), and state’s rights. We can be the party of morality and acceptance. This is just simply telling people, “Hey I disagree with you on moral and religious grounds, but our country is facing bigger problems. Let’s fix it.”

The Republican Party can truly make a comeback in American politics, but first it must re-examine itself. Although I hate the term “progress,” sometimes, a progression of beliefs is a good and healthy thing. This term, much like the term liberal, has been adopted by the American left and subsequently branded with a negative connotation. If the Republican shifts and adopts a more libertarian ideology, it will be an unstoppable force. When it boils down to it, Americans just want to be left alone and allowed to control their own lives.

It was a hard fought campaign and the results did not come out the way we wanted them to, but we can turn things around. Together we can take this country back. Together we can restore this great nation to the original principles of our founding fathers. Together we will make America a beacon of freedom for centuries to come. God bless America!

*NOTE*

Somebody that reads this will probably take offense to the terms I used when describing the president. Frankly, I don’t care how offended you are. I hold nothing but respect for the office of the presidency. The current occupant of the office is both a disgrace to his forty-three predecessors and to our nation as a whole. If this truly offends you, get over it!


20 posted on 11/08/2012 4:26:51 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: AustinPaul19

You made me smile for the first time in two days... Thank you and God Bless.. Keep up the good fight, your a winner.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 4:27:05 PM PST by just me (We are taking our first steps into a thousand years of darkness)
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To: AustinPaul19

Sorry AP119,

I posted your entire article to save you a major pain in the ass.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 4:29:12 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: AustinPaul19

You write and think well. I’d bet you didn’t learn that in a public school. I admire your final comment that someone may be offended, get over it.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 4:44:00 PM PST by Anima Mundi (You can lead a brain to facts but you can't make it think.)
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To: AustinPaul19

Welcome to FR.

“When it boils down to it, Americans just want to be left alone and allowed to control their own lives.”

You’d think that would be the case, but I have doubts..

Anyway, it’s always good to see another libertarian here. ;)


24 posted on 11/08/2012 4:46:52 PM PST by CzarChasm (My opinion. No charge.)
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To: JohnnyP

It’s funny because it’s true. :)


25 posted on 11/08/2012 5:02:28 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: AustinPaul19

We can be the party of morality and acceptance. This is just simply telling people, “Hey I disagree with you on moral and religious grounds, but our country is facing bigger problems. Let’s fix it.”

How right you are!!! Too bad there aren’t more like you that feel this way. Let’s fix the country, then everything will fall into place. We can “big tent” most of the people on the social issues.
Great article and great thinking.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 5:15:22 PM PST by rustyboots
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To: AustinPaul19

I am inspired by your patriotism for our country and for having the courage to stand up for it, particularly given the typical programmed liberal minds that are unknowingly being controlled and brainwashed by the MSM and the online social media who has reluctantly admitted to influencing everything from lifestyle choices to fashion to political beliefs.

Run for office and make us proud someday.


27 posted on 11/08/2012 5:45:27 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Randy Larsen

Thank you! I’m new here. Didn’t really know what to do.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 6:02:45 PM PST by AustinPaul19
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To: AustinPaul19

Hi Austin. Welcome to Free Republic. How’d you find us?

sneaks


29 posted on 11/08/2012 6:21:28 PM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: AustinPaul19

Dear AustinPaul: great essay, well advanced and supported. I have a 17 year old daughter who thinks much along the same lines, she was in tears when she heard the news yesterday morning.

Keep it up & thanks for sharing. It gives us hope for the future.


30 posted on 11/08/2012 6:22:21 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: AustinPaul19

Good post, and welcome to FR!


31 posted on 11/08/2012 6:26:20 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: carriage_hill
Dead balls on. Huge numbers of people take the left’s stereotype of Repubs and seek justification for it. Boom. A couple of candidates give loaded sound bytes to the left about rape and abortion and the decision is made. Then back to Dances with the Stars.

The left celebrating a President so dangerous and paranoid as to create social network tattle-tale sites like #Attackwatch and has the audacity to lie to the point of absurdity knowing that the complicit media will cover is almost funny.

We had people in our offices that had never heard about Benghazi.

During the Bush years, we all completely knew how each Gitmo prisoner was treated.

Media has power. They do not fear conservatives. They fear ObamaInc. They are afraid to ask questions or mock him.

Conservatives are civil. Almost too civil.

32 posted on 11/08/2012 7:50:15 PM PST by Voter62vb
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To: AustinPaul19

You are right about watching Dancing with the Stars. I have talked to three Obama voters today. One believed that military spending was 60% of federal spending and social programs 15%, one had never heard of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and one hadn’t heard about how Obama has treated Netanyahu or the projection that Iran will have a nuclear warhead by next spring.

I think there may be buyers remorse for 2 of them - not that they could be persuaded before the election (because I tried). The nimrod with the statistics cannot be fooled by facts.

My prayer has been and is for God to bless, forgive, and help our nation, but I have come to believe His answer is no. As with Israel, He is merciful and patient, but also as with Israel, His judgement will not forever be avoided.

Hang onto your hats, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride until Jesus returns.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 9:45:06 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Voter62vb

“We had people in our offices that had never heard about Benghazi.”

I ran into numerous people who “heard about it”, but didn’t know “what happened”. I’m not so civil or polite; I filled ‘em in, bigtime. They were floored.


34 posted on 11/09/2012 3:55:23 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: AustinPaul19
well said.

You're 17?

Please ignore the folks telling you to run for office.

Seriously.

Get some real-world experience first.

Join the military. Or go to college and study something real. (Not "political science". Barf.) And then join the military. Or get a private sector civilian job doing something vaguely related to what you studied. Learn what it really means to accept responsibility, delegate responsibility, take orders, give orders, meet a deadline, stay under budget, deliver to a customer, make payroll ...

THEN ...

Run for office.

Whiz-kid theoreticians, who come out of "poli-sci" programs all full of themselves with fantastical ideas that have no grounding in reality are the death of this Great Republic.

35 posted on 11/09/2012 4:07:28 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Thanks for the advice. I do plan on joining the Marine Corps after college and I am thinking about a career in law or engineering. Then running for office.


36 posted on 11/09/2012 2:36:25 PM PST by AustinPaul19
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