The Pity Party - And Response (5)

Monday, November 19, 2012


I think it is time to finally call the Republican Party the "Pity Party." Not only did the members and followers of this group lose, they really lost.  

Obama won the office of the president and so glad am I that only a silly grin keeps me wanting to hear more and more from the Republican faithful. Tennessee remains a Republican state largely because the voters seem blinded by a belief system that does not stand scrutiny.  Dr. Scottie and Chuckie seem to be not the best candidates for the positions they hold but the folks here don't seem to care.  

The Chickamagua dam is in deplorable condition and Chuckie professes allegiance to Grover Norquist. Dr. Scottie has multiple affairs with patients and advises abortions and he holds an office of great importance, but not relevance to the constituents his district.

Robert Brooks

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I think it is time to stop name calling on both sides and start acting like grownups. 

It would be wonderful if politicians were not allowed to have a party affiliation and the American people had to actually look at their stances, voting records and ethical (or lack thereof) behavior and vote on something besides a letter. We all ought to be ashamed of what we've elected and how we elected them. 

On both sides. 

D.J. Locke

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Thank you, Mr. Locke.  I agree wholeheartedly.  The politicians have distracted us with all the division and finger pointing so that we won’t notice they are no longer working for us.  They’re working for their party and for the highest bidder.  And we’ve bought into it.   

If you want to “take back” the country then start by taking it back from the politicians on both sides who care more about advancing their own careers than representing the people who elected them.  

Hayley Roberson

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Well put, Ms. Roberson....start with the local representative that is trying to propose bills that only help big auto insurance companies, pharmacies that spread meningitis, etc...and limits your rights to protect yourself...which includes each of us..yes, everyone reading this....and then paints it as good for jobs....right.  Big auto insurance does not create jobs here. 

Jay Kennamer
Chattanooga

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Mr. Brooks while I know this might be hard for you to admit or understand seeing you are so excited that Obama was re-elected. The blame for the stoppage of work on the Chickamagua Dam can be laid directly at his feet. There was funding in place for the completion of it and many other infrastructure projects nationwide until he pulled the funding on them. It seems he has to spend (or repay depending on who you ask) money on companies to produce solar energy panels. Many which are now out of business but walked away with millions of dollars worth of loans that now the tax payers are responsible for paying back.

Dee Layne

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I was not aware the Obama withdrew the funds for the completion of the dam project. Perhaps the person that submitted this "fact" can, in fact, verify it's existence. We have our duly elected representative, Chuck Fleischmann in office and he, as you may not know, votes only the party line. By the way, he is a Republican. If the funding for the dam was rerouted to a solar company I would like to see the proper reference and not a story dreamed up by the right wing of the recently defeated Republican Party. Please, I am willing to change my opinion about the state of the dam and any other issue confronting the citizens of Tennessee and the nation.

Robert J. Brooks

Chattanooga



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