"Anyone who tells you that 'It Can't Happen Here'
is whistling past the graveyard of history.
There is no 'house rule' that bars tyranny coming to America.
History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent
and descended into imperial butchery and chaos."
by:
Mike Vanderboegh
(1953-2016) Alabama Minuteman
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
 -- Mike, Norwalk      
 -- Kyle, Helena, MT      
Right on! This mindset had better get roots, and darn fast!
 -- R J Lindower, Salesville, Ohio     
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    Republic - rule of law. Democracy - rule of majority.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    It HAS happened here -- now what are we going to do about it, that is the question.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I own firearms; I suggest you all do the same. Ineffective deterrence may be of little practical use, but at least they won't take you without a struggle. Things will get worse. With 54 US congressmen registered as "socialists," the UN agenda will probably affect us quite negatively.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    David, Who are these 54 registered socialists you keep referring to?
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    Terry: Here is the list:
    Rep Earl Hilliard (AL-07) 1314 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2665 Fax: 202-226-0772
    Rep Eni Faleomavaega (AS-AL) 2422 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8577 Fax: 202-225-8757
    Rep Ed Pastor (AZ-02) 2465 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4065 Fax: 202-225-1655
    Rep Lynn C Woolsey (CA-06) 439 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0529 Phone: 202-225-5161 Fax: 202-225-5163
    Rep George Miller (CA-07) 2205 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2095 Fax: 202-225-5609
    Rep Nancy Pelosi (CA-08) 2457 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4965 Fax: 202-225-8259
    Rep Fortney "Pete" Stark (CA-13) 239 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5065 Fax: 202-226-3805
    Rep Henry A. Waxman (CA-29) 2204 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3976 Fax: 202-225-4099
    Rep Xavier Becerra (CA-30) 1119 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0530 Phone: 202-225-6235 Fax: 202-225-2202
    Rep Julian C. Dixon (CA-32) 2252 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0532 Phone: 202-225-7084 Fax: 202-225-4091
    Rep Esteban Edward Torres (CA-34) 2269 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0534 Phone: 202-225-5256 Fax: 202-225-9711
    Rep Maxine Waters (CA-35) 2344 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2201 Fax: 202-225-7854
    Rep George E. Brown (CA-42) 2300 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6161 Fax: 202-225-8671
    Rep Bob Filner (CA-50) 330 Cannon House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3461 Fax: 202-226-4169
    Rep Diane DeGette (CO-01) 1404 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4431 Fax: 202-225-5657
    Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL) 1424 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8050 Fax: 202-225-3002
    Rep Corrine Brown (FL-03) 1610 Longworth House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 225-0123, Fax: 202-225-2256
    Rep Carrie P. Meek (FL-17) 401 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0917 Phone: 202-225-4506 Fax: 202-226-0777
    Rep Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23) 1039 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1313 Fax: 202-226-0690
    Rep Cynthia A. McKinney (GA-04) 124 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1605 Fax: 202-226-0691
    Rep John Lewis (GA-05) 229 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-1005 Phone: 202-225-3801 Fax: 202-225-0351
    Rep Neil Abercrombie (HI-01) 1233 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2726 Fax: 202-225-4580
    Rep Patsy Mink (HI-02) 2135 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515-0917 Phone: 202-225-4906 Fax: 202-225-4987
    Rep Jesse Jackson (IL-02) 313 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0773 Fax: 202-225-0899
    Rep Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) 408 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8203 Fax: 202-225-7810
    Rep Danny Davis (IL-07) 1218 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5006 Fax: 202-225-5641
    Rep Lane Evans (IL-17) 2335 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5905 Fax: 202-225-5396
    Rep Julia Carson (IN-10) 1541 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4011 Fax: 202-226-4093
    Rep John Olver (MA-01) 1027 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5335 Fax: 202-226-1224
    Rep Jim McGovern (MA-03) 512 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5759 Fax: 202-225-6101
    Rep Barney Frank (MA-04) 2210 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5931 Fax: 202-225-0182
    Rep John Tierney (MA-06) 120 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8020 Fax: 202-225-5915
    Rep David Bonior (MI-10) 2207 Rayburn House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2106 Fax: 202-226-1169
    Rep Lynn N. Rivers (MI-13) 1724 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6261 Fax: 202-225-3404
    Rep John Conyers (MI-14) 2426 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5126 Fax: 202-225-0072
    Rep Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) 1408 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5876 Fax: 202-225-5898
    Rep Melvin L. Watt (NC-12) 1230 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1510 Fax: 202-225-1512
    Rep Donald Payne (NJ-10) 2244 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3436 Fax: 202-225-4160
    Rep Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) 2448 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5635 Fax: 202-225-6923
    Rep Major Owens (NY-11) 2305 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6231 Fax: 202-226-0112
    Rep Nydia M. Velazquez (NY-12) 1221 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2361 Fax: 202-226-0327
    Rep Charles Rangel (NY-15) 2354 Rayburn House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4365 Fax: 202-225-0816
    Rep Maurice Hinchey (NY-26) 2431 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6335 Fax: 202-226-0774
    Rep John LaFalce (NY-29) 2310 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3231 Fax: 202-225-8693
    Rep Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) 2311 Rayburn House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4146 Fax: 202-225-7711
    Rep Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) 1730 Longworth House Office Bldg. , Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5871 Fax: 202-225-5745
    Rep Louis Stokes (OH-11) 2365 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-7032 Fax: 202-225-1339
    Rep Sherrod Brown (OH-13) 328 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3401 Fax: 202-225-2266
    Rep Elizabeth Furse (OR-01) 316 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0855 Fax: 202-225-9497
    Rep Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04) 2134 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6416 Fax: 202-225-0373
    Rep Chaka Fattah (PA-02) 1205 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4001 Fax: 202-225-3127
    Rep William Coyne (PA-14) 2455 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2301 Fax: 202-225-1844
    Rep Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo (PR-AL) 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2615 Fax: 202-225-2154
    Rep Robert C. Scott (VA-03) 2464 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8351 Fax: 202-225-8354
    Rep Bernard Sanders (VT-AL) 2202 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4115 Fax: 202-225-6790
    Rep James A McDermott (WA-07) 2349 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3106 Fax: 202-225-2349

     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    David, Thanks for the list. Where did you get it?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I can't remember whether I got it from Merlin or from Jimmy Hoffa...... : ) ......The information is on several websites, including that of the Democratic Socialists of America, which is associated with the Socialist International.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    From what I can gather, the list of above congress people are members of the Progressive Caucus, not the DSA. (Of course the policies of the Progressive Caucus are likely to be labelled socialistic anyway.) Here is a quote from Insight Magazine, Feb 22, 1999: DeFazio states flatly that the Progressive Caucus has nothing to do with the DSA. "Nobody I know had any contact with them. I found out about it from some constituents in the southern part of my district, where it caused a great flurry of letter writing and activity. The Democratic Socialists of America put something about the Progressive Caucus on their Website. They can do whatever they want -- there is still free speech. We don't have a Website yet. My staff is working on that. What I will ask [DSA] to do is to provide just a link to us and not put in any of their own commentary or analysis."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer: Are you saying that these fellows are not socialists? If that is what you are saying, you are mistaken. Did you notice that DeFazio is on the list, along with Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, Luis Gutierrez, Bernard Sanders, and other good friends of Castro? Fool yourself if you like.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    David, Thanks for the list.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    What I am saying is that these 54 members of congress are not 'registered' socialists nor members of the Democratic Socialists of America. This is a list of the congressional Progressive Caucus -- so why not say that instead of inferring official membership in the DSA or Socialists International? The head of the committee, DeFazio, denies any official connection with the DSA or SI. Now, is the Progressive Caucus socialistic in its leanings? Most likely. Is the Democratic party socialistic? Yes, most of the time. Is the Republican party socialistic? Well, Nazism springs to mind. Face it folks, the US government has been marching steadily towards socialism for decades. But taking a congressional committee list and calling the members 'registered socialists' (without even mentioning the committee name) is inaccurate and intentionally misleading.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    THANK YOU !!!
     -- Anonymous     
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    Reagan said it right when he warned: "concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."
     -- Jamie, Houston, TX     
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    i think you folks all need to get on that redneck bus,go to Texas where inbreeding is considered acceptable(but Jefferson is not)and secede from the USA.And take your sisters(wives) with you. There is obviously no cogent thought south of the Mason-Dixon line
     -- dan g, san diego     
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    Dan G: Nothing of value to add to the discussion, so you resort to name calling and insults. Typically liberal.
     -- Richard, Charlotte, NC     
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     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or      
    dan g , I wouldn't insult Texas if you live in California where Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and governor Moonbeam are routinely re -elected.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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