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May 19th, 2017 at 7:10am
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http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/18/george-soros-still-quietly-buying-district-att...

Should it be?

Would it be enough to simply have people know about where the money is coming from?

Do 'democrats' care where the money comes from?
  
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Reply #1 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:19am
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Did you know George Soros is a native Esperanto speaker? His last name is actually an Esperanto word.

Whenever I read garbage about American politics, I think there must be a greater experience of time to tap into than the petty current elections. American elections are always for rich people and we shouldnt concern ourself with the loud and obnoxious masses, voting, vomiting, and wiping their butts with dollars.
  
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Reply #2 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:46am
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kunstler wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 7:19am:
Did you know George Soros is a native Esperanto speaker? His last name is actually an Esperanto word.

Whenever I read garbage about American politics, I think there must be a greater experience of time to tap into than the petty current elections. American elections are always for rich people and we shouldnt concern ourself with the loud and obnoxious masses, voting, vomiting, and wiping their butts with dollars.

Does that mean you approve of Soros buying District Attorneys?
  
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Reply #3 - May 19th, 2017 at 9:29am
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One argument in favor of Soros is that donating to political campaigns is an excercise of political speech.

That's a bit of an odd theory, imo.  To me political speech is being able to say, write what you think.

One might counter with the argument that the ability to spread your thoughts is also part of speech, and that costs money.

This seems to be another instance where an egalitarian ideal of democracy (one man, one vote) is in conflict with the ideal of liberty (unrestricted speech).
  
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Reply #4 - May 19th, 2017 at 10:18am
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kunstler wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 7:19am:
Did you know George Soros is a native Esperanto speaker? His last name is actually an Esperanto word.

I'm curious - is there an American Embassy in Esperanto?
  
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merkelstan wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 9:29am:
One argument in favor of Soros is that donating to political campaigns is an excercise of political speech.

Yes, it is, it's just a little disconcerting to have someone who can afford so much speech that it appears he's buying District Attorneys... Maybe it's a better idea to have governors appoint them?

Yes, I know, then we'd have to worry about Soros buying governors... But hopefully that is even harder to do. Maybe just more expensive?

Transparency is required. If you don't know who is speaking or what they said, when all you know is that their voice keeps being heard, and yours is not, ever... Why is Soros interested in getting all these 'progressive' people to become District Attorneys? How does it help him?

Will I be treated differently by a District Attorney I bought, or by one who didn't even notice my $20 donation... I wonder...
  
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Reply #6 - May 19th, 2017 at 3:24pm
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SkyChief wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 10:18am:
I'm curious - is there an American Embassy in Esperanto?
Of course. It cost $$$Billions to build and huge amounts of $ to staff and protect. It does give us a good place from which to monitor the activities of the Elbonians... so it's worth every penny in National Security Terms.

It would be cheaper to defend if the Esperantians liked having it there.
  
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Reply #7 - May 19th, 2017 at 3:27pm
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merkelstan wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 9:29am:
This seems to be another instance where an egalitarian ideal of democracy (one man, one vote) is in conflict with the ideal of liberty (unrestricted speech).
I don't see that here at all. I see a hugely wealth man with warped ideas and a perverted and failed ideology spending lots of money around America to help elect people who share his warped ideology.

At bottom though , you are correct, egalitarian democracy always destroys individual liberty.
  
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Reply #8 - May 20th, 2017 at 9:06am
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It might be comical-ironic if it wasn't so serious... It seems Soros thinks he should be allowed to buy elections for his favored candidates for U.S. District Attorneys, but the rest of us shouldn't be permitted to donate freely to candidates of our choice, or even learn about them from any but 'official approved sources'. Cheesy

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fec-boss-who-tried-to-muzzle-drudge-now-on-sor...
  
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Reply #9 - May 20th, 2017 at 11:27am
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Jeff wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 7:46am:
Does that mean you approve of Soros buying District Attorneys?


Only in your strawman argument. Mostly libertarianism for me is an expression of provincialism, so a fatcat (even worse, a foreign one, that guy is from Hungary not the USA) buying politicians is obviously not something I support. I've already said to you that I want to watch foreigners in American politics.
  
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