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NOVEMBER IS GOOD VERSUS EVIL
# 1. 7/10/12 7:18 AM by Rick G. - Spencerport, NY
The last election, nobody could have beaten Obama. This time around, the only thing he's going to have handed to him is his ass.
My choice is crystal clear in November.
Editor's Note: my gosh that is well said. two thumbs up.
# 2. 7/10/12 7:35 AM by Bart - Webster
Obama has been governing by presidential dictates and executive orders. He chooses not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and directs the ICE not to deport 800,000 underage illegal aliens. He decides that religious organizations must provide coverage for services that are against their beliefs and yet he exempts thousands of unions, businesses and organizations from the Obamacare mandate. The next president can and should undo Obamacare by executive order also: just choose not to enforce the health care law. Exempt everyone from the mandate. Rescind the directive that religious organizations provide contraception.
# 3. 7/10/12 7:47 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
What's also got me concerned is that too many conservative constitutionalists are nevertheless unwilling to stand up. Has political correctness and nicety so contaminated their sensibilities that they are willing to stand by mute or worse as all they know to be right is slashed and burned. Only that can explain Roberts' contortionist decision. Conservatives are reluctant to admit he has sacrificed principle for self-aggrandizement: "Justices are above all that." B.S. no! These guys are just at human, flawed and corruptible as any other lawyer or politician (forgive the redundancy). Roberts compromised sworn principle and now basks in accolades from the socialists. He undoubtedly will enjoy the Peace Prize along with other dignitaries like Gore and Carter.
# 4. 7/10/12 8:03 AM
The deck has been stacked. Obama got all his losers to vote. It will be decades before all this is undone.
# 5. 7/10/12 8:26 AM by How Many Americans See This - Reality
A Mormon or a Black man?
# 6. 7/10/12 8:32 AM
A local example of the Fed Gov developing "recipients"
# 7. 7/10/12 8:35 AM
who is John Gault?
# 8. 7/10/12 8:38 AM by Biker Bob - Off-Topic
While reading the "Freetime" yesterday, I noticed the gayalliance org. had a "Youth Pride Dance & Drag Pageant at Tilt Nightclub. The advertisement said ages 13-23. The event was held last night from 5-9 pm. I can't believe a gay org. is sponsoring an event for 13 year olds at a nightclub. The first thing that comes to my mind is they are either grooming future sex partners or they are actively seeking new ones. If N.Y.State says 17 is the legal age of consent, how can a purely sexual group hold an event to support themselves and invite 13-16 year old kids? Holy Soddom and Gommorah Batman.
# 9. 7/10/12 8:44 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
You know God has a sense of humor when it's the end of days and a marxist is running against a temple mormon for U.S. President.
# 10. 7/10/12 8:52 AM by Poplar Beach
Obama has a 47% approval rating, coincidentally 49.5% pay no income tax and 50% of Americans also receive some form of public assistance. But some of those folks must see what is happening in Europe. Spain the greenest country and a chosen example for the Obama green agenda is broke, unemployment there is 24%. Greece is beyond broke, Italy too.
Germany seems to be the only European country on a firm financial footing, but what countries has the Obama administration chosen to emulate, those that are most socialist, those that are failing, going broke. What Obama has done and plans to do in the future is not leadership, it is insanity!
This election should be no contest, the fact that it is scares the h-ll out of me.
# 11. 7/10/12 8:53 AM by DD
Bob, did you read about Scranton, PA? The mayor, Chris Doherty (D) has reduced the pay off ALL city workers to minimum wage. He did because he's mad that his request for increased funding was denied. The county court has ruled that he can't do that, yet he did it anyway. The people are suing for their rightful paycheck.
This is politics most evil. It is power unrestrained. The republican party doesn't excite me, but the democrats scare me half to death. This beast has to be stopped before it secures another four years of power.
# 12. 7/10/12 8:54 AM
It's all a f..in joke!!! Its designed to be that way... Where in the world can a Politician get away with what they get away with other than in the United States of America? Just look at Charlie Rangel......
# 13. 7/10/12 9:07 AM by Marie
Last night Jay Leno said that Obama's numbers are bad and that the only thing that will beat Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney. I agree.
# 14. 7/10/12 9:26 AM by David - Herriman Ut
Likewise, there can be no confusion about "conservative Democrats." A blue dog is still a dog, and a smattering of votes on various pieces of legislation means nothing compared to the vote a member of Congress casts for leadership.
I have been trying to explain this to some of my family here in Utah concerning Jim Matheson. They don't make the connection and are fooled that he is a conservative. This truly is all or nothing.
Editor's Note: congressman jimmy is a vote for nancy pelosi for speaker. that's the only vote that counts.
# 15. 7/10/12 9:30 AM by Scott - Henrietta, New York
Prohibition was also brought in despite the fact that the majority of Americans did not want it. It took a few years of that stupidity and destruction before the U.S. Government repealed it.
Hopefully, we can avoid the stupidity and destruction that Obama Care will cause and get rid of it in January.
Editor's Note: actually, most people did want prohibition. it was very popular -- as an idea. but folks hated it as a reality.
# 16. 7/10/12 9:53 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
From a fundamentalist prophetic biblical perspective everything that is happening in our country, our world is screaming, "End of Days".
For a biblical believer that understands and takes seriously end times theology we are right on schedule.
These things all have to happen for the second coming of Jesus the Messiah to occur and make things right. To fulfill His millennial reign.
Very bad things are going to happen. Financial collapse, large scale middle east warfare against Israel. Crazy destructive weather patterns, natural disasters etc...
The rapture or supernatural taking up of all true Jesus believing christians. The setting up of a world governing body. A one world leader, anti-christ, false messiah, to make peace with Israel, the world. The rebuilding of the third jewish temple on mount moriah.
Then the false messiah entering the temple and declaring himself to be god. The abomination of desolation.
Then literally ALL HELL brakes loose on earth. The wrath of God against all who follow the false messiah and will not repent and bow down to Jesus.
Man cannot save himself from the judgment of God apart from a saving faith in His only begotten Son.
These things must occur. We should welcome them with tears for the unbeliever and in awe for those that abide in the Truth.
The end is at hand. Then the new beginning.
Repent and cry out to Jesus for forgiveness of sin and salvation from the second death, the eternal lake of fire.
Look up for our redemption, our Redeemer, draws near.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.
# 17. 7/10/12 10:04 AM by Matt - Rochester NY
Where to begin?
November is indeed good vs. evil. Mitt Romney, corporate raider, protector of the wealthiest and most privileged, vs. Barack Obama, advocate for the rest of us. There is the party of superstition and ignorance, the GOP, vs. the party of reality and reason, the Democrats. The party dedicated to the destruction of education and denial of healthcare, the GOP, vs. the party trying to provide the best of both to the greatest number of Americans. You illustrate both your racism and general ignorance comparing the ACA decision to the Dred Scott case, though other right wingers have compared it to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, so you only get the bronze. You scream socialism at every government action, and don't even know what the word means. Fortunately, the likeliest outcome is an Obama win with 295-300 electoral votes. Another four years for the GOP to gradually become less and less relevant to the majority of Americans. All you have is resentment, fear, prejudice and ignorance....and the $ of the Koch-Adelson ilk. It won't be enough...and it shouldn't.
# 18. 7/10/12 10:06 AM
The only "positive" I can see in all this is that they've "awakened a sleeping giant." So many conservatives are upset about it, but we can do nothing at this moment. There are still four months to go, and hopefully Obama will continue to fumble and deceive, so that the giant won't fall asleep again.
The only way to undo this pile of crap is to rid the White House AND both houses of Congress of the Liberal "stink." Romney may not be the best, but he's certainly a step up from B.O.!
# 19. 7/10/12 10:14 AM by Peter Daniel - Rochester
Bob Mathews did a great job filling in for you. He should be on from 9-12 each day. You could be on from 12:10-1:00 pm. You could also continue to do the Rush foreplay so advertisers don't have to be the lead in spot for Rushbo.
# 20. 7/10/12 10:21 AM by Tom - Fairport
Even Rupert Murdoch doesn't like Mitt Romney.
Editor's Note: thank heaven
# 21. 7/10/12 10:26 AM by Matt - Rochester, NY
If we had a Republican President, Republican led House and Senate, tell me exactly what they would do to bring us this paradise on Earth that you all speak of? They have always promised lower taxes, smaller government, Romneycare (Obamacare), and pretty much promised to bring us to the promised land. Why haven't they done that before? And when all these grand promises go unfulfilled, will you renounce the Republican party then? The party offers no solutions to anything, just rhetoric. You are reactionaries, not visionaries. When Bush was president, this country went to the crapper, under his watch, under his leadership. If it was Obama back then, you would have blamed him. Despite the make-ups of the house and senate. If Romney wins, watch out---this country will be back to square one. Smaller government? I am all for it. Lower taxes? I am all for it. But Romney won't do it!
# 22. 7/10/12 11:18 AM by JKBell - Harrisville Utah
How's that song go ... Turn out the lights, the party is over?
I don't think we can overturn Obama care. We are dead in the water.
And yes, I will vote Republican like I always have.
I remember how elated I was when Harriet Miers rejected. I wonder how she would have voted?
# 23. 7/10/12 11:25 AM by Steve - wvc, utah
#2 Bart - If this is what you are bothered by Obama then you are clearly not seeing the real issues. The border needs to be secured along the beaches and in Arizona. Quit mixing up immigration with this. The defense of marriage act is a waste of taxpayers money and clearly is connected with the LDS church. Obama care will just be switched to Romneycare. Same plan with a different name. I used to think Republican meant right but having a family member in the navy has made me realize what is going on with whales. Now I understand the whale issue that republicans were coaxed into laughing at. My tune has changed. I think both candidates are not good. Romney is a liar and you all just ignore that. His dad was born in Mexico and that is a fact and I think Mitt was too. What names for our President. Mitt. Rediculous. And Obama. Both are strange but I think Mitt is a harvested robot clone. I won't vote.
# 24. 7/10/12 11:38 AM by Adk Hiker
This election will have the biggest turn out of voters in American history. #4 has it wrong. The people who have the most to lose, and that's the majority of Americans (85%), will vote accordingly. Romney will be the winner hands down.
# 25. 7/10/12 12:23 PM by Diane - Utah
As most of us have seen on many Facebook pictures and blogs "I am voting for the American". I didn't vote for Obama but I wasn't excited about McCain. I think the Republican Party let most of us down with that choice. This year, Mitt is qualified. He is a shrewd business man, he has governed and he's not about to let the Consitution be a thing of the past. It is good vs evil. I never thought I would see the day when things would be this bad. I was sure after Carter, I would never experience it, but again at the hands of a democrat socialist, here we are.
# 26. 7/10/12 12:25 PM by One Man
I thought conservatives were FOR "personal responsibility". If they repeal Obamacare they will be in essence passing a Deadbeat Protection Act. Mitt should go back to wearing a white shirt and tie and ringing doorbells.
# 27. 7/10/12 12:50 PM by hc
Yes, okay, I get this column and agree with it. Yes, it's time now to put away the supposed hair splitting and get behind Romney. But the reality is, presidential elections have always been good versus evil. At least it seems that way in my voting life time. The only thing that's changed are the issues (swap out issues like abortion with Obamacare, for example). That and the fact that the "evil" have gotten bolder, and the "good" have gotten whimpier.
Next time around, we are going to need to get someone a lot more solid on issues like immigration than Romney. Because next time we aren't going to have an opponent who is a dead dog like Obama. We are going to be up against a live wire like Cuomo.
# 28. 7/10/12 1:00 PM by Mike - Rochester, NY
It's sad that this election has been reduced to voting against something, instead of voting for someone and something we can believe in. The President and Mitt Romney are jokes. The Republicans had a chance to easily win this election, but completely screwed it up. As conservatives, we are screaming about Obamacare, but we are supposed to elect the only man in the country who has actually developed and implemented a gov't. health care program as a Governor? It pains me to say it, but we will get 4 more years of Obama and the election won't be that close. The only people the Republican Party leadership can blame are the ones staring back at them in the mirror.
# 29. 7/10/12 1:58 PM by Bob H. - Henrietta, NY
People should ignore the opinion polls! Instead, they must head out to the voting booth and vote! If they don't throw Obama out this fall, we may never have another chance in our lifetime to turn this country around.
# 30. 7/10/12 2:02 PM by Tom - Webster
Who would not agree that our Congress is dysfunctional, our Executive branch is way dysfunctional, and now we see that our Supreme Court is dysfunctional. The system of checks and balances our Founding Fathers set up has finally run its course. I'm afraid Herman Cain got it right. We've run out of men and women with convictions and integrity!
# 31. 7/10/12 2:13 PM by Joe - Sparta
This election is going to tell a real story. Whether the country is run by people who vote for a living or who work for a living. Even if the Republicans get the trifecta, I'm still skeptical. They haven't come through with flying colors in past years. Too many of them are able to be molded like silly putty by the media once they get in there, and are only concerned about their own re-election. But I guess they're the only chance we've got. You must have a dilemma with the House race since Bellavia didn't win. I'm disappointed too, but I'm not voting for Hochul. I've written to her several times and gotten back the usual autoreply pap. Might as well stand next to a tree in October and try to persuade it to not drop it's leaves.
# 32. 7/10/12 2:15 PM by Bob - Rochester, NY
I have a feeling Tom is right! Roberts will get a Nobel for this.
# 33. 7/10/12 2:35 PM by Sarah
The constitution is a fluid document, it changes with time. Amendments and court rulings bring the document up to date. the nation was not a paradisiacal state when the document was first promulgated, nor is it now. The USA was a backwards agrarian state in 1776 that practised slavery and suppressed women. As our civilisation matures, one recognises that there are more needs than were catered to in the consititution. Health care should not be a privilege, but a natural human right. If you become ill and decide not to get medical help, that's your choice.
# 34. 7/10/12 3:06 PM by Kevin - Alpine
We need to be able to terminate the Judges on the Supreme Court through an elective process. They need to be approved or removed by the consent of the people.
# 35. 7/10/12 3:50 PM by Rick - Lehi, Ut
The American people were stupid enough to elect a liberal commie lib hillbilly to a second term once before... I fear that Americans will be do it again. As much as I despise the above mentioned hillbilly's wife who ran last time and lost to "Barry" she'd have been a much better choice than who we have now. The main reason Hillary didn't win her party's nomination is that the powers that be in the Democrat Party knew they could NOT control her like they can "Barry".
# 36. 7/10/12 4:48 PM by RMS - Rochester, NY
Your column should have been titled "The Lesser of Two Evils", because that's what this election is turning into.....Romney is not particularly well-liked, so that those who are voting for Romney are not voting "for" Romney, but merely "against" Obama - not exactly a ringing endorsement, if you ask anyone.
# 37. 7/10/12 4:49 PM by Bob - Canadice, NY
Yes, elect Republicans. But, as President Regan said "Trust, but verify". We must be vigilant to ensure that they don't get DCitus and start forgetting why they won. That is where the "Tea Party" can really help. And by Tea Party I mean regular Americans that are finally fed up with corupt and ineffective politicians.
# 38. 7/10/12 6:28 PM by Tiffany
I wish we could vote for a younger person who's more positive and has a lot of energy and integrity like Justin Bieber. He's what America needs right now.
# 39. 7/10/12 6:49 PM by hc
Looking forward to seeing who Romney picks as a veep...that Allen West guy sure is a pistol...
# 40. 7/10/12 7:12 PM by Galen
This column was great. I could see and hear in my mind these words being used as a fiery speech. Thanks Bob
# 41. 7/10/12 7:54 PM by connie - utah
what are the chances of a legal, law abiding, tax paying citizen getting *amnesty* from Obamacare?
# 42. 7/10/12 11:28 PM by Al - Hornell,
A vote for obama's a vote for slavery.
A vote of Mitt's a vote for freedom.
I'll vote for freedom.
# 43. 7/11/12 12:25 AM by DaWiz - San Antonio, Texas
No way, Bob! There is little or no difference between the Demoncrats and the GOP. The Conservatives of the Tea Party Movement talked a good game to get elected, and most immediately morphed into go-along to get-along R.I.N.O.s. The House just voted to repeal ObamaCare, with absolutely nothing to replace it, in keeping with the GOP policy of talking a good game but actually do nothing of substance. Until we conservative voters totally clean-house of ALL the R.I.N.O.s and moderates this country has NO CHANCE of correcting the criminal acts of the Obama Thugs. If the roles were reversed, and the Demos controlled the House and the GOP the White House, the President would have already been impeached! To put it bluntly, the present GOP leadership is made up of only doddering old fools and Gut-less Cowards.
# 44. 7/11/12 1:26 AM by Steve - Webster
Freedom means little if basic needs such as food, shelter and health aren't being provided for. There is no such thing as absolute freedom, except maybe death. Citizens have responsibilities as well as freedoms.
# 45. 7/11/12 5:27 AM
I wish the Republican party was all that you wish it or need it to be. But it is the only choice at this point.
# 46. 7/11/12 5:55 AM
Too bad the world you live in is so simple and one dimensional.
You promote a dialectic for ignorant people of good and evil where you are good and they are evil, belies reality.
People are all a mixture of good and evil with politicians of both parties tending to be more on the evil side.
Wars of choice, sanctioning governemnts causing people to starve, favoring one social economic group or the other; be it public employees or the rich are all examples.
Government should be there to provide a just system for all people which neither democrat or republican believes in.
Romney or Obama 4 more years of change for the better. Beliefs for morons
# 47. 7/11/12 6:37 AM
Once again a moment to decide whether a nation conceived in liberty can long endure.
# 48. 7/11/12 7:15 AM by Gary M - Hornell NY, USA
Please cut Justice Roberts some slack, after some reading I believe his decision was correct. The mandate was not constitutional under the commerce clause, it is mearly a tax on all people. I found a quote by early supreme court justice Joseph story "§ 181. I. The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all instruments is, to construe them according to the sense of the terms, and the intention of the parties."
Obama knows the constitiution, he knew that he could pass a tax, and that is exactly what was passed. The fact that he lied about it does not matter to the constituition.
Justice Roberts has given Romney the means to defeat Obama in November, the largest tax increase ever and the fact that Obama lied to the American people about it.
# 49. 7/11/12 7:24 AM by OldVietVet - Rochester, NY
Yea! I remember the battle w/Congress that Nixon had over his nomination of Abe Fortas for Supreme Court Chief.A friend of mine who was a college student studying Political Science at that time, told me that the ideological fight over the Supreme Court was just starting, and that it would continue for many decades.Over the years, this hope for lawyerism as a curb against the tide of Socialism, and worse,has proven false.Roberts has said as much two weeks ago, when he made his ruling. To paraphrase George Washington Plunkett-vote early, vote often, vote Republican and vote Romney!
# 50. 7/11/12 8:35 AM by FDR - Hamlin
#4 - NO! If so, then we need to restack the deck in our favor. There better not be one person who is opposed to this administration that stays home on election day. Everyone of those people who sends me countless emails complaining of OBummer better ensure that he and everyone of his friends gets up off their arses and votes for the Republican slate on election day.
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