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I have known this gentleman from our days in the Navy.  I respect his service and generally ignore the email diatribes about Obama and Democrats but every now and then, I feel the need to push back.

To his credit, he keeps pushing on and we maintain a level of respect.  I look forward to meeting with him should we be in each other's home geography (he lives in northern CA, me in So Cal).

So  here's the latest episode and my reply.  I did kind of stick a needle in him in my opening salutation ;-).

The email arrived with the body in 16pt bold font.  I had to reformat in my reply to make any sense of it.

My responses are in bold.

Lighten up.  You have two more years to obstruct legislation and work to flip the Senate.  Good luck.

Things could be worse.  Oh – they are – the State legislature has a Democratic super majority.

AH

From: M
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 7:28 AM
To: OBAMA; reader@guardian.co.uk; Speaker Boehner - Email Replies
Subject: MARXIST/SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA

WELL, it is official and final. It would appear that the majority of the American people have made their decision and decided Marxism and socialism over the Constitution, her Amendments, the very heritage and ideals of our founding Fathers and the principles that brought this Nation its pinnacle before it's demise on November 6th, 2012. To borrow a phrase from WWII, a day that will live in infamy. These so called Americans have along with the head Marxist/socialist in charge, have buried our Constitution, Amendments, and in doing so, in their ignorance, have begun on a larger scale, have given up, they have chosen to give up their rights, their freedom, their individuality, individual responsibilities to themselves and moreover, these same people are coming after what you have left under this re-elected regime.  Yes.  The majority, which is democratic and constitutional, chose not only to reelect the President but selected congressional representatives which indicate they want policies that are more inclusive and respectful of all ethnicities, genders and economic classes and a more just and equal economic system in which to live.

We are now officially a Nation who people feel they are entitled to your money, your retirement and your very way of life right down to taking your heritage without lifting one finger to earn it. Tell me what policies have changed or will change overnight.  The three branches of power are pretty much the same as before the election.  Let's see what actually happens over the next two years before panicking.

I am a baby boomer born 1948, I observed John F. Kennedy and the Soviet Unions attempts to place nuclear arms in Cuba, whereupon I was and had attended two one room schools where we were taught to drop and duck.

It was not long ago our Federal Government, the news media (Walter Cronkite) and most parents educating you and me everyday about evils of communism/socialism and communist domination.  Well, we all watched in my age group the removal of the missiles from Cuba, Ronald Reagan bringing down the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Soviet Empire, much to my amazement, to have it resurface right here in my front yard.

Now some people are going to say these are nothing more than ramblings from a Senior Citizen.  Is this Senior Citizen tired, yes, burnt out, oh yes, but there is no disputing, these are in truth the facts as our generation grew up with and there is no burring these facts under any carpet.

I served my Country for ten years, making a career out of the United States Navy.  Having served in-country Viet Nam, returning to the Fleet was mundane, no challenge, so I chose another avenue and private life. I guess to make my point, it would appear I am dancing around the fire pit so to speak. I took an oath when I went into the service of my Country, and in my opinion that oath has no expiration date, and that oath states: "To defend this Country from foreign and domestic threats,"  well people, that threat has arrived in this election of November 6th 2012.  Where do you stand on global warming, the consequences of extreme weather and the damage that has wrecked the East Coast?  I think that is far more an existential threat to lives and property than an imagined threat from a President who has been as effective as could be expected given the bag of shit that was lift at his doorstep by his predecessor.

Having gotten out of the service as so many millions of other service members from WWI through my generation of Viet Nam, lived and still live by that oath, again, it has no expiration date on it.

Believe me when I say, I will defend and give my life for my Country on that oath, the principles and values of our Founding Fathers, the Constitution and her Amendments, but never think, for one moment, I will for Marxism and socialism that this new wave of Americans or this Marxist/socialist re-elected administration who feel is what this Country is all about.  It's only a new wave to those who haven't been paying attention to the population growth of Latinos and other citizens of non-white ethnicities and the growing proportion of young people of all ethnicities.  It's simple demographic change which can't be turned back, just getting adjusted to.

Under this re-elected administrations Marxist/socialist policies, think they have found a new home, not in my Country they haven't.

God Bless the United States, those who believe in Freedom, the Constitution, her Amendments and Principles of our Founding Fathers.
And fuck the rest of us who don’t share your views – very American!  
 

I firmly believe that the time is at hand, to lock and load, time to defend your home, time to defend your freedom and time to defend your very way of life from tyranny.  Welcome to the Socialist States Of America.  Live in Scandinavia for any length of time and then tell me that the US is socialist.  The US has become a corporatist state.  Our personal taxes are high because the extremely wealthy and multi-national corporations have exploited an unfair tax code for decades.

WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THEIR GOVERNMENT
THERE IS TYRANNY: WHEN GOVERNMENT FEARS
           THE PEOPLE, THERE IS LIBERTY !

                    THOMAS JEFFERSON                      

THROUGH THIS INSCRIPTION, I WISH TO ENTER
MY DYING PROTEST AGAINST WHAT IS CALLED
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I HAVE WATCHED IT
CLOSELY SINCE THE DAYS OF JACKSON AND
KNOW THAT ALL THE MISFORTUNES OF OUR
NATION HAS COME TO IT THROUGH THIS SO
CALLED PARTY, THEREFORE BEWARE OF THIS
                      PARTY OF TREASON.

The Democratic party of the time was treasonous as it was primarily a Southern oriented party.  Thanks to Nixon, that whole heritage of treason (yes, seceding from the Union was treason) was inherited by the modern republican party.

                          N. GRIGSBY
                        APR 16th 1890
                        2nd LT. CO. G.
                       10th IND. CAVY.

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  •  I have a few friends that are like your's. (5+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler, myboo, MaikeH, NormAl1792, Philpm

    But, they have been strangely silent since Tuesday night. I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
    And they are good friends. They would give me the shirt off their backs. Unfortunately, they see conspiracies under every rock.

    What are their names and on what street do they live-David Crosby-"If I Could Only Remember My Name"

    by IB JOHN on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:43:28 AM PST

  •  I always wonder at this seeming dichotomy between (10+ / 0-)

    Socialism and the Constitution.  The Constitution doesn't forbid Socialism..in fact, it doesn't enshrine any economic system.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:44:36 AM PST

    •  Sadly, not one of these silly little people (10+ / 0-)

      have the faintest clue what Socialism is. They think it's taking all their money to give away Obamaphones to the undeserving (not like us, hint, hint) folks, instead of taking all their money to fatten defense contractors.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:48:40 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's all of this never ending hyperbole (1+ / 0-)
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        milkbone

        that has just turned their brains to mush.  They aren't capable of even basic clear-eyed analysis.

        Just reading the first sentence of that email is actually sad.  He clearly has the education and intellect to write well, but then what he writes is pure nonsense.  

        These people think that anyone who disagrees with them is an evil opponent out to destroy them.  As if 315,000,000 Americans should all have the exact same beliefs and attitudes.

        They understand America/democracy about as well as they understand Christ.

        •  The constitution doesn't specify the type of (1+ / 0-)
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          milkbone

          religion or economic system that is the law of the land.

          That's what elections are held for, to introduce policy that then has to pass the executive and judicial tests.

          A point that is lost among wing nuts.

  •  these people (4+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler, devis1, Pompatus, flycaster

    are consigned to the ashbin of history.  They have nothing but hate for people like me, and wouldn't think twice if I was thrown into a concentration camp.  So they can go fuck themselves.

  •  He forgot the part of the oath (7+ / 0-)

    that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States.

    It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision. Barbara Jordan

    by UTRepub on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:57:23 AM PST

  •  I have a cousin and a former colleague (3+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler, MaikeH, Philpm

    Who have been posting on facebook about Obama's lack of plans for the economy and the laying off of employees today by dozens of large corporations, attributed to the election. Also, the coming unfair payment of healthcare expenses by the rest of us.
    sigh

    •  Until the conservative echo-chamber bubble (1+ / 0-)
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      flycaster

      bursts, these people will live in fear and loathing.

      Too bad for them.

    •  Wingnut friend of my boyfriend's got laid off (1+ / 0-)
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      Ammo Hauler

      from Diebold.

      I don't wish unemployment on anybody, so I'm doing a lot of tongue biting these days.

      261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

      by MaikeH on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:23:18 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I have friends and facebook friends like him (1+ / 0-)
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      Ammo Hauler

      Last night kicked off the nuttiness. Same complaining about the Dow tanking, all the companies lay offs caused by Obama & how the GOP should obstruct all Obama legislation. They then ended by telling all Obama supporters to enjoy our 'free stuff'. Finally decided enough is enough and unfriended them.

      Watching Colbert in his bathrobe the other night is the same way these people are acting.

  •  Ammo (1+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler

    I get much the same type of things from much the same type of people who are in other contexts friends and acquaintances. Now and then just like you, I get fed up and respond to them much as you did.

    Inevitably they respond back that I am a close-minded robot  from San Francisco blindly parroting liberal talking points and think I am superior to everyone else.

    Eventually I gave up even bothering to respond to them and decided instead to increase my contributions to the Obama re-election campaign.

    •  So true! In fact, I just got this back (with my (2+ / 0-)
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      myboo, grasshopper

      response in bold:

      AH, you absolutely amaze me, what is it you don't understand about a government going in and taking over the auto, health care, banks and insurance companies?  It is socialism, it is illegal under the Constitution and yet, people like you and millions of others think that is alright. I think not.  
      Not illegal and not unconstitutional – quote me the passage/amendment that states that it is illegal for federal government to act ‘for the common good’.  

      Banks and insurance companies and GM are quite pleased with the government support they received in 2008.  I am not WRT the banks and if it is illegal, I would like the government to put people in jail.

  •  Had the exact same conversation (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Ammo Hauler, Philpm

    with a neighbor I barely know, but through text messages. Communism, anti constitution, the works.  It was much shorter than this, but the essence was the same.

    I was peacefully minding my own business, walking my dog when she sent me the first email and it was so obnoxious. Then she said that I "sadly fell for their lies" Sadly.  Totally rude.  But I was able to manipulate and shame her enough about how to be a good "friend", I could say the same about HER, but I would never ever do that. We're not friends, but I'm not above doing stuff like that, until she asked that I "enlighten her" to which I said "anytime, anywhere, my treat".  Haven't heard back yet. Bet I never will, but I will run into her one of these days on the street.

  •  I'm telling my wife constantly now to ignore (7+ / 0-)

    my increasingly fanatical anti-abortion family on Facebook.

    She keeps telling me the latest nonsense that they're shitting all over cyberspace with. And I keep telling her: stop struggling with these people. You can't debate them. You can only outnumber them.

    As we did with the election. Win, then ignore.

    Win, then ignore.

    If I ever get out of here /Thought of giving it all away /To a registered charity/ All I need is a pint a day /If I ever get out of here- Paul McCartney, "Band on the Run"

    by Wildthumb on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:14:07 AM PST

  •  Good advice - but once in a while, I have to (2+ / 0-)
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    devis1, Philpm

    respond.

    Unfortunately, the response usually merits ignoring once again.

    And enjoying their obvious despair.

  •  suggest that he pick up a dictionary (3+ / 0-)
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    devis1, Ammo Hauler, Philpm

    and read the definitions of socialism, marxism.  Oh and how is 10 years in the Navy a career?  

    O'Reilly just may be right this time. Democrats do want free stuff...Their Rights.

    by regis on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:20:31 AM PST

    •  As I recall, he either got tossed or left under (2+ / 0-)
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      Philpm, regis

      less than cordial circumstances.

      A very bright guy but too outspoken for some of the people he worked for (he was an E-5).  I liked him because he was a hard worker and a good leader.  He should have gone to OCS.

      His parents were part of Reagan's inner circle (according to him).

  •  Dictionary.com (1+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler

    Socialism:  a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

    Marxism:  the system of economic and political thought developed by Karl Marx, along with Friedrich Engels, especially the doctrine that the state throughout history has been a device for the exploitation of the masses by a dominant class, that class struggle has been the main agency of historical change, and that the capitalist system, containing from the first the seeds of its own decay, will inevitably, after the period of the dictatorship of the proletariat, be superseded by a socialist order and a classless society.

    Fascism:  a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

    Communism:  a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.

    When they get their terms straight, I'll listen to them.  Then I'll know they're at least not parroting Fox, et al.

    I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by nilajean on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:42:34 AM PST

  •  Do the rightwing bozos really think that (1+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler

    JFK was plotting to put Soviet nukes in Cuba?

    I don't think I ever heard that particular CT...

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by beemerr90s on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:45:12 AM PST

  •  His Jefferson Quote Was Stupid (1+ / 0-)
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    Ammo Hauler

    That Democratic party vanished entirely.  The Republicans took its place for the Civil War, because Republicans were the party of a strong central government.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:52:11 AM PST

    •  It's a sure sign of willful ignorance of history (0+ / 0-)

      that wingnuts quote things out of context.

      It's also a sad indictment of how otherwise smart people are so easily misled by the propagandists.

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