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John McDonald

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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2 years 49 weeks

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As a married Catholic father, I am disheartened by the stance of Minnesota's Catholic bishops (led by Nienstedt) on the subject of marriage equality. Why is it that these blessed men, who have known neither marriage nor fatherhood (but who probably count as co-clergymen many gay brothers), find it their urgent task to champion passage of the proposed marriage-between-man-and-woman amendment to Minnesota's Constitution? Has the station they have achieved within the Church come at the cost...

Posted on 03/13/12 at 03:15 pm in response to Why voter ID rulings in Texas and Wisconsin may not apply here

"A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence — the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote — imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," Niess wrote. He said the disenfranchised would have included "struggling souls" who are constitutionally entitled to vote but lack the resources to comply with the law.

Let's hope our courts have the guts to do the same. Just remember:

18% of elderly...

Posted on 03/05/12 at 02:19 pm in response to Voter ID plan raises many practical questions

18% of elderly citizens do not have a government-issued photo ID
15% of voters earning less than $35,000 a year do not have a photo ID
18% of citizens 18-24 do not have a government-issued ID with their current address and name
10% of voters with disabilities do not have a photo ID
25% of African-American citizens of voting age do not have a current, government-issued ID
0.0009% of votes may involve voter fraud

Need I say more.

Posted on 03/05/12 at 03:05 pm in response to Voter ID plan raises many practical questions

Ironically, the actual effect of this master plan is that the GOP is losing credibility among moderates. People ultimately abhor extremism, no matter side of the spectrum it comes from. The social conservatives have turned a sensible choice like middle-of-the-road businessman Romney into a veritable schizophrenic while propelling extremists like Santorum and Gingrich into the limelight. It has gotten so bad that even when traditional Republican strong-suits like religious freedom and...

Posted on 02/29/12 at 05:11 pm in response to Santorum's takeback on JFK and upchucking

It never takes Santorum long to rise to the level of his own incompetence. I truly hope he gets the nomination and has to debate Obama on constitutional issues. Obama to Santorum: "I worked with Laurence Tribe. I know Laurence Tribe. Laurence Tribe is a friend of mine. Rick, you're no Laurence Tribe."

Posted on 02/27/12 at 09:56 am in response to Obama as unpopular lifeguard

Obama should continue to act presidential, which some mistake for being too nice. What he really needs now are a few good henchmen. He needs a fighter to turn out the base, Biden to start talking about the Republican field of social extremists, and a young notable to reinvigorate the youth that got him elected in the first place. He has to stay above the fray and keep on message. I love Bill Maher, but he's hardly someone from whom I'd take campaign advice.

Posted on 02/23/12 at 03:08 pm in response to From GOP debate: Why Obamacare is really Santorum's fault

Don't blame them for being confused, Eric. It's a wonder any Republican candidate can keep track of what they are supposed to be for or against these days. So, instead of making it so hard, here's a short list: (1) Abortion should be illegal in all cases, including incest, rape and harm to the mother; (2) Contraception should be banned, but Viagra should be covered by insurance; (3) Gay marriage must be banned even in states that want it; (4) The 12 million illegal immigrants, even those...

Posted on 02/24/12 at 11:22 am in response to From GOP debate: Why Obamacare is really Santorum's fault

And cunning linguists.

Posted on 02/15/12 at 12:22 pm in response to Rick Santorum’s absurd claims

Try Googling "Santorum quotes" instead of just his name. The results are equally, if not more, disturbing.

Reagan's Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 remains the single largest peacetime tax hike in the nation's history. The act was meant to alleviate a deficit swollen by dramatic increases in defense spending and the massive tax cuts of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which dramatically slashed taxes across the board. Republicans and conservative think tanks predicted doom. But contrary to such claims, the economy started to expand only after the passage of the...