US Presidential Election 2016: Who will you vote for?

Posted by: UCS123

PLEASE LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS - Just so you guys know, Ted Cruz was born in Canada and therefore cannot run for president.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States. From 2009 to 2013, she was the 67th Secretary of State, serving under President Barack Obama. She previously represented Ne... w York in the U.S. Senate. Before that, as the wife of President Bill Clinton, she was First Lady from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham was the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College in 1969 and earned a J.D. From Yale Law School in 1973. After a brief stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977. In 1978, she became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation, and in 1979 the first female partner at Rose Law Firm. The National Law Journal twice listed her as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America. As First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she led a task force that reformed Arkansas's education system. During that time, she was on the board of Wal-Mart and several other corporations   more
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Rand Paul

Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. He is a member of the Republican Party and the son of former U.S. Representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. He first received national attention in 2008 w... hen making political speeches on behalf of his father, who was campaigning for the Republican Party's nomination for president. During his father's final term in the house, he was the first United States senator to have served simultaneously with a parent in the United States House of Representatives.A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, Paul began practicing ophthalmology in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1993 and established his own clinic in December 2007. He remained active in politics and founded Kentucky Taxpayers United in 1994, of which he is still chairman.In 2010, Paul ran as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, defeating Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the primary. He subsequently defeated Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election. A member of the Tea Party movement, he supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, the Read the Bills Act, and widespread reduction in federal spending and taxation. Unlike his more stridently isolationist, or "non-interventionist", father, Paul concedes a role for American armed forces abroad, including permanent foreign military bases. He has garnered attention for his positions, often clashing with both Republicans and Democrats   more
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Bernie Sanders

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives and served as mayor of Burli... ngton, the largest city in Vermont. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and has praised Scandinavian-style social democracy.Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an independent on the ballot. He was also the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history.In an interview with The Nation on March 6, 2014, Sanders stated that he is "prepared to run for President of the United States" in 2016   more
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Other

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Gary Johnson

Gary Earl Johnson is an American politician, businessman, and member of the Libertarian Party. Johnson served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, as a member of the Republican Party, and was the Libertarian Party nominee for Presid... ent of the United States in the 2012 election.Born in Minot, North Dakota, Johnson moved with his family to New Mexico in his childhood. While a student at the University of New Mexico in 1974, Johnson sustained himself financially by working as a door-to-door handyman. In 1976 he founded Big J Enterprises, which grew from this one-person venture to become one of New Mexico's largest construction companies. He entered politics for the first time by running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994 on a fiscally conservative, low-tax and anti-crime platform. Johnson won the Republican Party of New Mexico's gubernatorial nomination, and defeated incumbent Democratic governor Bruce King. During his tenure as governor, Johnson became known for his low-tax libertarian views, adhering to policies of tax and bureaucracy reduction supported by a cost–benefit analysis rationale. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget: in part, due to his use of the gubernatorial veto 200 times during his first six months in office. Johnson set state and national records for his use of veto and line-item veto powers: estimated to have been more than the other 49 contemporary governors combined, which gained him the nicknames "Veto Johnson" and "Governor Veto"   more
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Jesse Ventura

James George Janos, better known by his stage name, Jesse Ventura, is an American politician, actor, author, veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
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Marco Rubio

Marco Antonio Rubio is the junior United States Senator from Florida, serving since January 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.A Cuban American native of Miami, Florida, Ru... bio is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker in November 2006.Rubio announced a run for U.S. Senate in May 2009 after incumbent Republican Mel Martinez resigned. Initially trailing by double-digits against the incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Crist, Rubio eventually surpassed him in polling for the Republican nomination. Rubio won the Republican nomination after Crist opted instead for an independent run. In a three-way split against Crist and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek, Rubio won the general election in November 2010 with 48.9 percent of the vote.In June 2012 it was reported that the Republican Presidential candidate of that year, Mitt Romney, was vetting Rubio as a possible running mate, but Romney ultimately selected Paul Ryan. Rubio gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address   more
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Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan appeared in the 2012 film Koch Brothers Exposed.
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Michael Steele

Michael Stephen Steele is an American politician and MSNBC political analyst as of May 2011. Steele served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 until January 2011. From 2003 to 2007, he was th... e seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce, actively promoting an expansion of affirmative action in the corporate world.In 2006, Steele made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate, losing to Democrat Ben Cardin. He then served as chairman of GOPAC, the political training organization of the Republican party, was a political commentator for Fox News and a partner at the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP before making his bid for RNC Chairman. He co-founded the Republican Leadership Council, a "fiscally conservative and socially inclusive" political action committee, in 1993. On December 13, 2010, he announced his intentions to seek a second term as Republican National Committee Chair. On January 14, 2011, after four rounds of voting, Steele dropped out of the race and endorsed Maria Cino. Reince Priebus went on to win the election to succeed Steele. He commenced as a columnist for online magazine The Root in May 2011   more
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Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician, who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. Warren is...  an active consumer protection advocate whose work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance.In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She later served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. In the late 2000s, she was recognized by publications such as the National Law Journal and the Time 100 as an increasingly influential public policy figure.In September 2011, Warren announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown. She won the general election on November 6, 2012, to become the first female Senator from Massachusetts. She was assigned to the Senate Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee   more
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Joe Biden

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. Is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, jointly elected with President Barack Obama. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was a United States Senator from Delaware from January 3, 1973, un... til his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency. In 2012, Biden was elected to a second term alongside Obama.Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving to Delaware. He became an attorney in 1969, and was elected to the New Castle County council in 1970. Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history. He was re-elected to the Senate six times, and was the fourth most senior senator at the time of his resignation. Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. His strong advocacy helped bring about U.S. military assistance and intervention during the Bosnian War. He opposed the Gulf War in 1991. He voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, but later proposed resolutions to alter U.S. strategy there. He has also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties, and led creation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Violence Against Women Act. He chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas   more
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Martin O'Malley

Martin Joseph O'Malley is an American politician and the 61st and current Governor of Maryland. First elected in 2006, he defeated incumbent Governor Robert Ehrlich, and again in a 2010 rematch. Prior to being elected as Governor, he served as the M... ayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, having previously served as a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013.As Mayor, he focused his attention on public safety, and by implementing crime response reform, violent crimes in Baltimore were reduced by nearly 40%. As Governor, in 2011 he signed a law that would make certain undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition on condition; and in 2012, he signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Each law was challenged to a voter referendum in the 2012 general election and upheld by a majority of the voting public   more
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Jill Stein

Jill Ellen Stein is an American physician specializing in internal medicine, and was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Stein was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2002 and the 2010...  gubernatorial elections. Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School.Jill Stein was endorsed for President in 2012 by Noam Chomsky, a linguist, author and activist, and by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, among others   more
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Nysa2468 says2014-03-30T18:06:35.9814307-05:00
Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen.
UCS123 says2014-03-30T20:54:02.3621581-05:00
Well maybe he can run for president. All i know is that the definition of a natural born citizen has been debated.
UCS123 says2014-03-30T20:55:57.3141367-05:00
Also Ted Cruz's father was born in Cuba and only much later became a US citizen. But his mother was born in the US.
Haroush says2014-03-31T09:26:03.8983450-05:00
What about Pat Buchanan?
Haroush says2014-03-31T09:27:56.7850346-05:00
And O'Malley??? Yeah right! Even many democrats don't have much respect for him. He has a pride issue.
Haroush says2014-03-31T09:30:02.9801356-05:00
Well, if a man from Africa can run for president, I don't see why anyone else couldn't at this point.
UCS123 says2014-03-31T15:26:18.4025747-05:00
LOL please don't tell me you believe Obama was not born in the US.... You know that was a hoax?
progressivedem22 says2014-03-31T15:35:51.0262343-05:00
Way to expose how utterly racist and ignorant you are, Haroush.
Haroush says2014-03-31T16:11:48.0456723-05:00
To some that was a hoax, but even if you look at the in depth research which was done by forensic scientist, you can clearly see that the final birth certificate was a fraud. Maybe you feel that I am racist for my thoughts, but I trust a well experienced forensic scientist.
progressivedem22 says2014-03-31T16:14:16.4494236-05:00
Where's your source? I hope you realize it's illegal to release a long-form birth certificate.
Haroush says2014-03-31T16:14:19.2730417-05:00
Also, even computer graphic specialist gave evidence it was a fraud.
Haroush says2014-03-31T16:27:31.1497178-05:00
http://www.storyleak.com/obama-birth-certificate-confirmed-forgery-according-top-experts/ http://obamadocuments.wordpress.com/
progressivedem22 says2014-03-31T16:30:37.1341100-05:00
If only this nonsense hadn't already been debunked -- http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/birthcertificate.asp
UCS123 says2014-03-31T16:37:03.0805840-05:00
Those sources aren't credible and there are many other sources that contradict what you say. Of course it really doesn't matter because his most was born in the US and is a US citizen, so technically he is considered as a natural born citizen depending on your definition. But from the evidence i have seen, i think he was born in hawaii. Http://www.Foxnews.Com/politics/2011/04/29/expert-says-obamas-birth-certificate-legit/ EVEN FRIKEN CONSERVATIVE FOX NEWS SAWS OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS GOOD LOL
progressivedem22 says2014-03-31T16:41:36.1915347-05:00
UCS, it isn't worth it. Birthers thrive on denying facts. Frankly, that's why they fit so well into the GOP.
Haroush says2014-03-31T16:48:10.8986426-05:00
Not saying you are necessarily wrong UCS, but Foxnews isn't the most credible source of news and neither is most of the mainstream media. I'd rather get my news straight from the source or from underground media.
Haroush says2014-03-31T17:05:24.0218874-05:00
By the way, (progressive) I will say I am sure Obama isn't a Muslim. Despite his past, it is clear he isn't Muslim today. Besides, being Muslim isn't necessarily a bad thing unless you agree with Al Qaida's standpoint on the Muslim faith.
progressivedem22 says2014-03-31T17:11:15.0085373-05:00
So you've conceded something utterly irrelevant. Congrats.
jery1569 says2014-03-31T20:11:05.4002375-05:00
I don't see any Independent Centrists. Oh well, there goes another presidential election not worthy of participating in. Unless the extremist idiots on the right and the extremist idiots on the left come to their senses.
Haroush says2014-03-31T21:03:27.4912005-05:00
I was trying to show you progeressive there are things we do agree on. And Jerry who says independents can't be biased in any kind of way? Its not like they aren't humans and they don't benefit from the same political system as democrats and republicans do. Honestly, it seems to me that independents and libertarians are just jealous because democrats and republicans have well established political parties. Though this is my opinion.
cucommonsense says2014-04-01T12:53:45.7391754-05:00
Who would vote for Joe Biden? Just saying.
UCS123 says2014-04-01T16:33:16.4722283-05:00
Joe biden is a better choice than mitt romney, rick perry, rick santorum, sarah palin, barack obama, and marco rubio. And it's not that i would want him to be president- i certainly would not LOL. I'd rather have someone like Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, Angus King, or Jesse Ventura. Heck, even Jill stein wouldn't be too bad.
Haroush says2014-04-01T16:35:59.8943267-05:00
I would like to see Pat Buchanan get more involved with things again.
UCS123 says2014-04-01T17:01:37.4292905-05:00
If Heather Mizeur, a gubernatorial candidate running to become governor of Maryland, becomes governor and does well, I would love to see her run for the presidency in 2020 or 2024. She is running as an underdog democrat, but she is amazing. She has criticized the Obama administration whenever they have been in the wrong (Ex. Keystone XL pipeline), she has refused to take corporate donations, she wants clean elections, she wants to cut taxes, she wants everyone to be able to enter Pre-k, she wants to legalize weed, she wants to make real environmental and energy changes, she wants gender equality, she has effective strategies for public safety, jobs, and foreclosure protection. In addition, she wants redistricting reform where an independent, nonpartisan commission would be created to organize geographically compact districts to ensure effective representation for all Marylanders (Gerrymandering has been a problem with the current democratic administration). I normally would never support a 'two-party' candidate, but she is the real deal!!! Also many people /have/ to use the two party system just to get anywhere. Look at Ron Paul- he is a libertarian but has needed to use the republican party to get support. We need to break the two party system.
Haroush says2014-04-01T17:49:14.3576582-05:00
UCS, You do realize this is just a reflection of what O'Malley did in order to swindle his way into office.Right? O'Malley promised to do so many things, but didn't. For example, he said he wouldn't raise taxes, but what did he do? Raise taxes. He said he was against building a casino, but what did he do? Build a casino. He said he was a devoted Catholic that was against gay marriage, but what did he do? Reject the Catholic Church's letter. He said he would lower BGE bills, the opposite happened. He raised the tolls from 2 to 4 dollars which in turn means if you have to travel over the key bridge 6 days a week, you would be paying out 192 dollars just in tolls for a month. And this is just tolls. Oh, by the way, it was confirmed O'Malley was manipulating numbers when it came to crime numbers in Baltimore city as a Mayor. Please do respond.
UCS123 says2014-04-02T21:10:21.6090978-05:00
Haroush, you do realize that Heather Mizeur is NOT supported by O'Malley and many other democrats of the general assembly. O'Malley's lieutenant governor Anthony Brown is running for governor and so is our attorney general Doug Gansler. Each are supported by the major politicians and corporations. Heather is supported by many local groups and many organizations. Heather Mizeur is a lesbian, she vehemently opposed building casinos, and she was against O'Malley's redistricting of congressional districts. I don't know how you are connecting her to O'Malley... She has been constant in her views and is much more grassroots compared to O'Malley. In fact, despite her running a democratic ticket, he does not support her. Please make a direct connection between the two of them. BTW, the Catholic church doesn't run our government. Here's a quote from our first catholic president: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference -- and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him. I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish -- where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches, or any other ecclesiastical source -- where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials -- and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.” ― John F. Kennedy
Haroush says2014-04-03T02:26:38.3419982-05:00
UCS, First point, Maybe Heather Mizeur is "against" O'Malley, but competitive politics within a political party has been a well known tactic in politics for centuries on out. Why? It helps maintain a healthy balance of diversity within a party in order to cushion lost votes. I mean isn't it obvious Democrats are facing a sleeping giant in Maryland after Democrats running the show for decades on out now. Look at what they have done to Maryland. They have decimated it. How do you not know how I am connecting her to O'Malley? It's obvious. She is a Democrat and even if she says she wants to do this and that, it very easily could be a political ploy. Especially when you take into factor all of those who have gone before her and how much planning it takes to even to run for political positions such as a Governor. Now you may try to turn around and say," Well, Republicans can do that too." Of course they can, but in Maryland Republicans haven't had any type of majority for a LONG time now. That being said, it is about time Republicans take Maryland back. Not just by the Governor seat, but in ALL political positions possible for them to take back. As far as Heather being a lesbian... What does this have to do with anything? Does that mean she is a better leader just because she is homosexual? No. As far as Governor O'Malley goes.. Since he claimed he was a devoted Catholic, people had to take him for his word. The fact is he was a liar. Not only is he a liar, but since he even said before the whole Gay Marriage Act, he would oppose Gay Marriage if it ever were to be brought up. He willingly compromised his faith for societal popularity among Marylanders. That is why many people don't even see him as being Catholic at this point. The point is if anyone is going to fix Maryland, it is going to be a Republican. At least they won't have to worry about a bunch of lying propaganda meant to trick you into higher taxes, less jobs, and more progressive societal changes. On a side note, there should be a separation of secularism and state too.
UCS123 says2014-04-03T20:09:34.7145017-05:00
Secularism IS the concept of religion NOT being in government lmfao. Again, Heather Mizeur is NOT supported by corporations nor by O'Malley or any other mainstream democrats- she is pretty much all grassroots. Just because your a democrat, does not mean that you are supported by your fellow party members. Look at Ron Paul, even though he is a Libertarian he has technically been a republican in the past. If you knew anything, the Republican party is the last thing that Maryland needs. I don't like O'Malley but there are some things you have to recognize that he did. He legalized marriage equality (I'm not straight), he has made Maryland number 1 for education in the nation for 5 years running, he has brought the fastest rate of job growth in the region since the lowest point of the recession, he has made Maryland number 1 in holding down tuition costs in the nation, he has made Maryland the number 1 ranked state for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running, he signed the Maryland DREAM act, he has reduced the size of Maryland’s executive branch to its smallest size since 1973, he has put Maryland on a path to eliminate the $1.7 billion structural deficit he inherited in 2007, he has made Maryland maintain its AAA Bond Rating even during the national recession (only 7 states have this), he has made income tax bills lower for 86% of Marylanders, as mayor Baltimore achieved the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities, and under his administration, Maryland is one of only a handful of states that has recovered all the jobs lost during the recession. He hasn't been perfect, and I certainly would not vote for him. But he is the lesser evil- especially when it comes to the environment, welfare, and energy. Of course Heather Mizeur is MUCH more aggressive when it comes to the environment (unlike O'Malley), she also is willing to legalize Marijuana which O'Malley has vehemently opposed, and she is strongly advocating for redistricting reform and clean campaigns. Do you HONESTLY think Brown is going to do this? NOT A CHANCE! Mizeur has been known for being outspoken and has often gone against her party for the people. You may not like her, but at least she isn't controlled by anyone. And if you ever noticed, Corporate backed democrats and republicans behind the scenes are very friendly, especially in Washington. You don't have that with Mizeur. She's not like O'Malley getting in the pants with the feds and taking charge with Homeland and what not. If not Mizeur, who do you want to be governor of Maryland? BTW i mentioned the fact that she was lesbian to distinguish the differences she has from O'Malley who, like Obama, has been flippy floppy on the issue. Also you can be catholic and be pro marriage equality. If what your saying is true, I guess most of the EU, Scandinavia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, many US states, regions in Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. must not have real Catholics. Some of the areas i mentioned do in fact have large catholic majorities and politicians.... People like you don't understand how marriage PREDATES Christianity and that it was never only limited to hetero couples. And regardless of history YOU CAN'T CONTROL PEOPLE'S LIVES!
Haroush says2014-04-04T18:20:31.3936955-05:00
"Secularism IS the concept of religion NOT being in government lmfao. Again, Heather Mizeur is NOT supported by corporations nor by O'Malley or any other mainstream democrats- she is pretty much all grassroots. Just because your a democrat, does not mean that you are supported by your fellow party members. Look at Ron Paul, even though he is a Libertarian he has technically been a republican in the past. If you knew anything, the Republican party is the last thing that Maryland needs. I don't like O'Malley but there are some things you have to recognize that he did. He legalized marriage equality (I'm not straight), he has made Maryland number 1 for education in the nation for 5 years running, he has brought the fastest rate of job growth in the region since the lowest point of the recession, he has made Maryland number 1 in holding down tuition costs in the nation, he has made Maryland the number 1 ranked state for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running, he signed the Maryland DREAM act, he has reduced the size of Maryland’s executive branch to its smallest size since 1973, he has put Maryland on a path to eliminate the $1.7 billion structural deficit he inherited in 2007, he has made Maryland maintain its AAA Bond Rating even during the national recession (only 7 states have this), he has made income tax bills lower for 86% of Marylanders, as mayor Baltimore achieved the greatest crime reduction of America’s largest cities, and under his administration, Maryland is one of only a handful of states that has recovered all the jobs lost during the recession. He hasn't been perfect, and I certainly would not vote for him. " I didn't say secularism wasn't what you said it was, but the fact is when you believe in something profoundly, you don't turn against those beliefs. The fact is O'Malley is a liar and the reason why Maryland is in as bad of a state it is in is because of Democrats. As far as all of those stats you brought up.. They aren't accurate as there is plenty of other stats which contradict the ones you presented. This brings me to the point about your claim about O'Malley as a mayor doing good for the city of Baltimore... Simply, he didn't. And it was proven he manipulated crime statistics in order to get those crime stats. As a matter in fact, crime doubled under O'Malley and more rape cases went unanswered because of O'Malley. "she also is willing to legalize Marijuana which O'Malley has vehemently opposed, and she is strongly advocating for redistricting reform and clean campaigns. Do you HONESTLY think Brown is going to do this? NOT A CHANCE! Mizeur has been known for being outspoken and has often gone against her party for the people. You may not like her, but at least she isn't controlled by anyone. And if you ever noticed, Corporate backed democrats and republicans behind the scenes are very friendly, especially in Washington. You don't have that with Mizeur. She's not like O'Malley getting in the pants with the feds and taking charge with Homeland and what not. If not Mizeur, who do you want to be governor of Maryland? BTW i mentioned the fact that she was lesbian to distinguish the differences she has from O'Malley who, like Obama, has been flippy floppy on the issue. Also you can be catholic and be pro marriage equality. If what your saying is true, I guess most of the EU, Scandinavia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, many US states, regions in Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. must not have real Catholics. Some of the areas i mentioned do in fact have large catholic majorities and politicians.... People like you don't understand how marriage PREDATES Christianity and that it was never only limited to hetero couples. And regardless of history YOU CAN'T CONTROL PEOPLE'S LIVES!" So, what would legalizing Marijuana do? Nothing good. All it would do is create more crime and more pot heads roaming the streets with no purpose in life except for getting high. Even if you had it for just medicinal purposes, medicinal purposes could cover any kind of medical issue such as a simple headache. This being said, if someone had a list of number of medical issues they could visit the clinic multiple times for the use of marijuana. Colorado is a perfect example of this. Also, yes you can be a Catholic and be pro marriage equality, but are you truly representing Christ then? No. And if marriage predates Christianity, then this would mean morals were created by humans which I don't agree with. Besides, marriage doesn't predate Judaism. Lastly, this is why you can't be a religious Jew or a Christian and be a secularist at the same time. (When I refer to a religious Jew, I am speaking of those who actually take the Torah literally.)
UCS123 says2014-04-04T22:36:31.2663286-05:00
I tried to be as concise as possible; i apologize for writing so long. If you do respond to this please take the time to read this post in its entirety: We can disagree on statistics, and that's fine. I don't care much for O'Malley anyways. But as a citizen of Maryland I can personally say I was barely effected by the economic recession in 2008, at least compared to other regions of the country, and my quality of life has improved in this state. When it comes to Marijuana there's a lot that you don't understand. 60-70% of profits made by drug cartels are from marijuana. Legalizing marijuana will aid in fighting drug cartels and lower the crime rates on the Mexican border and lower the amount of murders in mexico. Also arresting anyone for doing drugs is stupid, BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY HURTING THEMSELVES (also it's a waste of billions of tax dollars)! Now if someone does drugs and they get in an accident then you can charge them for that crime, but NOT for simply doing drugs. Now you might say it's the drugs that caused this so we must make those drugs illegal..... That is stupid because you will just create a black market and foolishly think the problem is solved. What you should do is realize that this person has a problem. Drugs aren't the problem, people who do drugs have other problems in their life. (also if you want to solve the problems of accidents we could automate cars- the technology isn't new). What we need to do is focus on drug education and rehabilitation. And let's establish something here, marijuana is only a gateway drug because the drug dealers just happen to sell other drugs, and people are going to try these other drugs to better forget about their problems. My dad smoked tobacco, marijuana, he drank, and he did cocaine. He has been clean for years now, but if you were to ask him which of those drugs are least harmful, he will tell you marijuana. For one thing, marijuana itself is not addicting, and you can't find a shred of evidence to say it is addicting. It's also very natural compared to mainstream crap filled tobacco cigarettes. Of course weed on the black market could easily have other added drugs and crap in it. The medical uses of marijuana are being more and more uncovered. Certain extracts from the plant have been shown to stop seizures and kill cancer cells. And the advantages of the plant don't just stop at the medical level, it could be what we all use for our paper in the future, because 1 acre of hemp can give you the same amount of paper from 4 acres of lumber. AND it grows faster! This was what many newspapers were made of 100 years ago. In fact the US department of Agriculture predicted that all paper would be made from hemp by the 40s or so. Of course other newspaper companies that used lumber couldn't compete and so they lobbied and here you have it- weed is illegal. BTW, I'd like to see the study that says that people using marijuana have a higher chance of committing crimes. Are you sure you're not confused with alcohol? Lol. Change of topic, you mentioned that a catholic being pro marriage equality is going against the teachings of Christ... Better go back to your bible. I use to be a Catholic and i know for a fact that Jesus of the bible did not say anything against gay people (and in all honesty it would be out of character for him to be discriminatory and be against love). And again, secularism is SIMPLY removing religious influence away from political/civil affairs. So those that /really/ believe in freedom and are religious understand that just because you believe in something, it doesn't mean that that should become the law of the land. I'm sorry, but i don't want to live in a world where Sharia Law or Canon Law or whatever the hell it may be dictates my life. NOW, I don't know what you mean when you said ""And if marriage predates Christianity, then this would mean morals were created by humans which I don't agree with"".... We know for a fact that marriage predates Christianity. Practically every accredited scholar will agree that the institution of marriage predates recorded history. Now the origins of morality is something which is actually being understood through science. Of course to understand it, it's best if you have at least a basic understanding in social structures, behavioral science, evolution, evolutionary morality, phylogenetics, and general biology. But in the simplest way of explanation here is why morality is built into human nature: Homo Sapiens (us) actually have less genetic information compared to our relatives Chimpanzees. That mutation that lost information gave us weaker/smaller muscles mainly with our jaws. Unlike Homo Sapiens, other primates such as Chimps and gorillas have jaw muscles that take up massive space in their heads. With our smaller jaw muscles our brains had more space to grow. Humans, despite being very smart, are extremely weak (individually). So in order to survive, we were better adapted to our environment when we work together and generally strive for the common good. This is why all human cultures generally promote happiness/collaboration and share similar ideas such as forbidding rape, murder, stealing, etc.. Consequently, sociopathic, psychopathic, and narcissistic traits have been diminished in the gene pool- of course they do still exist. Now It's really not all that simple, but that's the simplest way to explain it without having too much confusion. There's more i want to mention but i'm almost running up to 1000 words- sorry!!! {typed this late at night- apologize for grammatical errors}
UCS123 says2014-04-05T18:16:27.6029275-05:00
Sorry I assumed you were christian, you might not be.

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