do you think republicans are becoming paranoid?

United States
June 2, 2009 10:57pm CST
I was looking around the internet and came across this article on newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/id/197895 its best if you go to the link and read the whole story but the caption of it is "To the Republicans, everything Barack Obama does is a sign of weakness and a threat to American sovereignty." now i know im probably going to have lots of people telling me that the story is wrong, but id like to look at it from a unbiased kind of view first and say that I think its very surprising and interesting that polls show that only 23% of americans identify themselves as republican now, i have noticed that there are a lot more independents out there before but seeing that low number for republicans was shocking,,,,,so what do you think of this article??
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@lisan23 (444)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I don't think all republicans are paranoid. What I think (and I've said this before) is that a group of Americans have become polarized. There were liberals who, while Bush was in power, were extreme. Everything that went wrong was Bush's fault. They believed EVERYTHING left wing news said - and since a Republican was in power they were more visible (online and in the media). Now that we have Democrat president, it's basically the same thing, but conservatives instead of liberals. I think more and more people are realizing that BOTH political parties are the problem in this country. We have a lack of viable options, both Republicans and Democrats are for big government. They both spend way too much money and don't solve enough of the problems we're dealing with. This is what I think is fueling the independent/moderate movement that I think is gaining momentum. Either way, I think the polarized Republicans (and Democrats) are just an extra loud minority. They want to make sure that their views are heard, but I don't think their views are necessarily shared by the majority.
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• United States
3 Jun 09
That makes a lot of sense, and the back and forth between parties of the president, like there was a democrat and then a republican and now a democrat, its a vicious cycle that makes everyone play the "blame game" and people are starting to not want to just sling mud, and so there are more independants that are looking at both sides and forming an opinion
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• Philippines
3 Jun 09
who wouldn't be? Not only they elected a Black President (NO Offense there but some Republicans there i think are kinda racist)\, but also he's a newbie to this sort of Job, and timing was kinda troublesome because He's going to lead US in the time of Financial Crisis. but most of you voted for him so, you gonna simply have faith and hope that He'll be able to pull it off after quite some time.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
3 Jun 09
"Not only they elected a Black President...." what has that got to do with anything? "(NO Offense there but some Republicans there i think are kinda racist)" which ones....names please? and what specific things did that person or people do or say that was "racist"? "but also he's a newbie to this sort of Job," you can say that again "and timing was kinda troublesome because He's going to lead US in the time of Financial Crisis." he knew that when he took the job "but most of you voted for him" No, just a little over half voted for him "but most of you voted for him so, you gonna simply have faith and hope that He'll be able to pull it off after quite some time" No, we don't put blind faith in government in this country and we really don't have "quite some time"
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• Philippines
4 Jun 09
Wow! really? so what are you gonna do about it then? I can't Name them? sources told me that he'll hacked my computer if i do exposed them. MAN! why do i have to stupid to give a damn clue!
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Jun 09
um.....yeh.
@baileycows (3670)
• United States
4 Jun 09
First of all before I voice my opinion. I am neither republican or democrat nor I vote just for a party. Now with that said the question becomes are republicans paranoid or seeing the truth? Whose to say, but if you do your research and study history and the basis of American. We are not becoming stronger we are becoming very weak. Now a second theory is if you believe in the Bible. These biblical prophecies are being fulfilled right now and the stage is set for New One World Order and the majority of the democrat party is for this! Hrmmmm! That doesn't sound fun for me. The likeness that you see is more of a socialistic or facism type government. When government becomes big you always have problems. Things are going on all around right now that are not really good. If I may make a suggestion go and read some of the foreign papers and what they say about the US. The things they say are happening and true, but they have known for years what some of us are just now learning. WHY? Because we always thought that we lived in the best nation. May I tell you how corrupt we have become and how mind control works? There are many sheep being roped in right now by Obama and his promises. I urge you to stay strong and research and learn for yourself. When we become dependent on our government is when they when and have control. It is really sad. Just in the making Russia and China are working on a new currency. WHY? Because the value of the American dollar is becoming absolutely worthless. Might I add if you listen to the news and media for your information that is sad. You need to research true genuine people that have a cause and really want to help. Ron Paul and Alex Jones although often called conspiracy theorist are really good people with good causes. I could say so much more on this, but it is to much. I have really learned alot in the past 9 months doing my own research and going back 100's of years. I urge you to do the same. Look for the truth. Live in the here and now.
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@hometyme (288)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Bailycows, I believe that what you ask will prove to be too much work and not enough fun for most and this is the reason 'this' can be happening to us. Why is there a national debt? Why do we, the citizens, who elect 535 representatives to represent us, who also let "this" happen, have to repay a national debt that increases by about $1 million every 10.5 days for each of us? How does anyone expect it to be paid back? Or do they? Why should we have to pay interest on money that is based on nothing, printed at will and loaned to us at will for whatever whim that comes along? Who is the Federal Reserve? Who owns the Federal Reserve? Do citizens really own part of the "bailed banks"? General Motors? How so? Who really is in charge? Our government is a government "of the people for the people"? Really? Which people? Is it too much to ask for those who are quick call others, "cynics" to "look for the truth" as you suggest? I challenge everyone to do so. Incidently, the title, "cynic" seems to work very well in some circles to control disagreement. Go ahead, please, learn what is really happening.
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@hometyme (288)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Oh, and if this is paranoia, it is carefully calculated and I would like to suggest enough of it for some investigation by as many others as possible.
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• United States
3 Jun 09
First of all, it's Newsweek. So being able to take the article seriously has already gone out the window. Newsweek is to the left of Time (already leftist), but not as liberal as say, the New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly. So I'm not going to bother reading the article. The only mainstream news magazine, US news, has even gone to the left since the election. I wouldn't say that Republicans are becoming paranoid, but they are getting increasingly worried. See, most conservatives and Republicans actually love their country and what it stands for. I can't say the same for Democrats, when I've heard so much talk about 'being proud of my country again' (as if they weren't before) when Obama got elected. That's not love for one's country. It's depressing to see Obama take away so much of what we developed as a nation.
@lisan23 (444)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Loving your country and being proud of it are not one in the same. I can be disappointed in my child, but I will always love her. The same with my country, I may not take pride in all it's decisions, but I love it. Unfortunately, I think you may represent the polarization that I am referring to in my post. (Several mylotters seem to belong to this extremist view.)
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• United States
3 Jun 09
Let me just add to my defense, i didn't know that newsweek was totally to the "left" i just found the story, i found it off of msnbc i think and just thought it would be best to link the original article...i know that there are a lot of both sides that post links that are totally biased but i didn't think that newseek was one of them, i guess maybe i was wrong but i repeat that wasn't my intention, but i wouldn't go as far to say that "to take the article seriously has already gone out the window" and to say that you won't bother to read the article makes you off of the topic because if you read the article then you could respond to it instead of going off on another tangent
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@anniepa (26607)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I don't think the typical mainstream Republican - the very FEW there are these days - are or are becoming paranoid but when you hear what the most vocal of the high-profile member of the GOP speak it sure looks that way, doesn't it? In a recent speech former GOP V.P. candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin said, "We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government gets to get in there and control it. And mark my words, this is going to be next, I fear, bail out next debt-ridden states. Then government gets to get in there and control the people." Fear, fear, FEAR is one of their favorite words! Then you have the former V.P. and still the world's favorite D1ck Cheney saying the new Administration is making us "unsafe". Senator Inhofe calls our President "anti-American" and wonders out loud what side he's on and Rush Limbaugh says President Obama is beating al Qaeda in destroying America. I guess they're not BECOMING paranoid because I'm afraid some of them are already there! Annie
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• China
4 Jun 09
oh,Mr Obama is a strong man,why say so? I do not agree to you.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
3 Jun 09
That number demonstrates that the republican numbers are dwindling. They are not really paranoid, just franticly trying to keep more from breaking ranks. You see, many republicans now are realizing what many of us independants/other parties have already figured out, that BOTH the two major parties are RUINING this country and everything it stands for. We're all just wondering what the hell is taking democrats so long to realize it too. "To the Republicans, everything Barack Obama does is a sign of weakness and a threat to American sovereignty." I do see a lot of what Obama does as a danger to our republic. Grave danger, though i am not a Republican. A more acurate statement would be, "Everyone but the democrats realizes what a danger Obama is to America". It isn't just republicans who realize what he is doing. It is only democrats who DON'T realize it.
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• Canada
31 Aug 09
I am a Canadian on the outside looking in, and living in Canada (Thank God). My American husband is also now living in Canada. He and I both agree that the United States of America has got to be one of the most paranoied countries in the world. Even he has his own unique paranoias about American politics.
@hometyme (288)
• United States
3 Jun 09
The real question, I believe, should be, "How much difference is there between Dems and Rep's... and would someone please investigate and tell me how US citizens own ANY percentage of the "bailed" banks and auto makers? Senator Bayh(sp) recently said the national debt is growning by $1.3 million per hour. That's another $1 million every 10.5 days for you (just you, individually). My generation was taught in history in public school, that we owe the national debt to ourselves. Then why do we, the same 'ourselves', have to pay it back? I believe it's one of the biggest lies we have ever been told. Check it out, please. How will it ever be repaid while it grows at $18,000 per second? I'm registered Republican and have voted both ways. I think I'm changing to Independent. The other two partys' agenda seem to be pretty well the same -- economic slavery!
@tom99x (25)
• China
3 Jun 09
Ha ha, I read the news so fewer of these do not quite understand.