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E-mail us at email@example.com and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous Thank you Senator for all of your years of service but also for your truthfulness and candor. I am hopeful your advocacy will take a new form of service in the near future. It is sad the Senate (and Maine) will lose this truthfulness … it is much needed as your article notes. You have given it your best …. clearly not one person can make all of that change … but if not that, then how? How does this change happen and how do we fix it? Harry H Snyder III Don’t worry we won’t lose her… She’s running for Governor in 2014. Anonymous never happen Harry H Snyder III How do I find you in 2014 so I can say Nah Nah nah? Anonymous I would LOVE to see that. How great it would be to see some honor and integrity back in the Blaine House, not to mention some class. Let’s send the Beverly Hillbillies packing. Anonymous What you talking about EllyMae Anonymous why would she want to be Governor??? Phoebe Figalilly We need not know the reason why, nor do we care, we just need to know that you’re going!! Anonymous “……… How does this change happen and how do we fix it?” Some ways are: 1. Cut Congress by at least 1/2, down to a workable size. 2. Stop the big money flow, make it so a person running for office can’t spent more then they will make for the term. (Then we might actually get people to run, that will work for the best interest of the “AMERICAN PUBLIC”) 3. They get Social Security just like their “Employers” the “AMERICAN PUBLIC”. This is just a few ideas to start ………………… but probably most importantly is to make these elected officials understand that the “AMERICAN PEOPLE” are “THEIR EMPLOYER”, not Big Labor and anti-change Environmentalists, To Big Too Fail Banks, Big Corporations, Wall Street, Pharmaceutical Companies, Big Oil or Foreign Countries. Anonymous Why do you leave out Big Labor and anti-change Environmentalists in your list? Perhaps that’s exactly the sort of indictment of your attitude that Olumpia’s giving up on. To her credit, Olympia voted her consience along with the “other” party, far more akin to Margaret Chase Smith, certainly unlike the most-worshiped Democrats as Teddy Kennedy, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, or Charlie Rangle! In the Maine State Senate between 2000 & 2004, some Republicans REGULARLY voted with Democrats; but very few Democrats were brave enough to oppose King John Martin. While Marge Kilkelly and John Nutting voted to support Angus King’s so necessary worker’s compensation reforms supported by Republicans; it was a most rare event. Why is it we so rarely read of Democrats who “cross the aisle” as Olympia, and Susan, have done over the years? Could it be a Double Standard such as the one you posted? Anonymous First of all, nobody likes Chris Dodd or Charlie Rangel. You want Democrats who cross the aisle? In the Senate alone: Claire McCaskill, Bob Casey and Ben Nelson. You’re the one with double standards. Stop posting partisan nonsense. Anonymous what’s wrong with Chris Dodd? Anonymous “Why do you leave out Big Labor and anti-change Environmentalists in your list?”, don’t forget, To Big too Fail Banks. Actually because I forgot sorry, but thank you for reminding me, I’ve corrected my omissions. Anonymous It should be too big to fail. not to big. does any1 teach grammar anymore? Anonymous I am sorry to let facts get in the way, but in the last three years in the US Senate, Senators Landrieux, Nelson, Lieberman, Tester, Conrad, Webb, Mancin, and Casey (Democrats or, in the case of Lieberman, a former Democrat turned independent) have all voted with Republicans more frequently than Senator Collins or Snowe have voted with Democrats. Let us look at the most recent vote on the Blunt Amendment: Senators Mancin, Casey and Nelson all voted with the Republicans and only Senator Snowe voted with the Democrats. As this Amendment would have allowed a homophobic employer to exclude coverage for HIV/AIDS treatment in the health insurance he purchased for his employees on the grounds that he was morally opposed to homosexuality, it is shocking that Senator Collins would have voted with her Party. Tom, we need moderate Republicans such as you to take to the road and denounce the takeover of your party by the far right. Senator Collins is so fearful of being Tea Partied in the primary that she is voting with the insane wing of her party. And I do mean insane wing. I trust you have heard Rush Limbaugh denounce Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who has spoken out in favor of contraceptive coverage, as a “slut” who has boyfriends lining up to have sex with her. He has demanded that she videotape her sexual encounters. I have heard no Republican denounce this despicable conduct by Limbaugh. If he said this about your daughter or niece I know you would be outraged. Ms Fluke is the best and the brightest of our next generation. She needs Republicans like you to speak truth to the insanely powerful right wing of your party. Denounce this man. Denounce the mad dog element of your party. Anonymous I have heard if 1 opposed John Martin, he/she was sworn at in French and it wasn’t pleasant. Anonymous By cutting congress, aren’t you cutting representation for the people? Don’t we have enough gangs in cities with tons of people but only a few representatives? Anonymous “Their Employer” please, not there Anonymous Thank you for being a wonderful asset to Maine and the nation, Olympia Snowe! You have been great over the years, and I wish you a great retirement! Thank you for your service! Anonymous r u kidding She was the biggest HACK ever,,,glad she’s leaving!!! Anonymous Chapter 7 – A Mad Tea-Party: Alice becomes a guest at a “mad” tea party along with the March Hare, the Hatter, and a sleeping Dormouse who remains asleep for most of the chapter. The other characters give Alice many riddles and stories, including the famous ‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’. The Hatter reveals that they have tea all day because Time has punished him by eternally standing still at 6 pm (tea time). Alice becomes insulted and tired of being bombarded with riddles and she leaves claiming that it was the stupidest tea party that she had ever been to. Anonymous Ms. Snowe-McKernen: We are delighted with your timely decision to step down form the Senate. In light of your recent vote and praetorian involvement with Obamacare, it is propitious time for the people of Maine to move ahead with someone who respects the US Constitution, fiscal responsibility and our Judeo/Christian heritage. Best wishes for your continued financial success. A Mainer. Anonymous It’s not always about money, success is measured in many different ways. This was part of her message to the citizens of Maine and the country. Anonymous How disappointing that a person of such obvious literary skills could so misunderstand the content of Ms. Snowe’s actions and advice. You, Sir, are exactly to whom and to what she is referring. Best of luck to her. My only hope is that her actions prompt some positive response in the obstructionist agenda. Anonymous His literary skills are not that impressive. His copying and pasting skills, maybe so. http://truthtofreedom.com/2012/02/06/paying-off-the-praetorian-guards/ Anonymous Touche’. Thanks for the laugh. Anonymous I do not see any copy and pasting from the link that you gave. Bad form on your part to accuse someone of copywright infringements. Anonymous Use the internet, much? Anonymous Yes, maybe too much – and your point? Anonymous Have you read NDAA? Anonymous Are you suggesting that only Republicans, when in the minority, are “obstructionists”? Were you alive when Democrats were in the minority and mostly “obstructionist”? That’s simply the nature of whichever party is out of power at the time. Anonymous I don’t believe I mentioned any party in my response. entitled4life You are who she wrote about. Anonymous you are the liberalist that concerns concervatives Anonymous Moving forward with someone who respects the US Constitution and fiscal responsibility will most definitely garner positive results. Keeping the Judeo/Christian heritage in our past would be advantageous for the citizens of this country. Anonymous By “someone who respects the Constitution”, do you mean YOUR interpretation of the Constitution? By “fiscal responsibility”, are you referring to the policies of the Bush-Cheney administration that have cost us so much because of the Iraq war, brought the nation to the brink of economic collapse, and the Tea Party philosophy that if a person is in need there must be something wrong with them, that the concept of the “public good” doesn’t include tax support for such individuals (them’s the breaks, too bad), and that laissez-faire, unchecked capitalism is so beneficial to working people that the Kochs, Murdochs, and Trumps of this world have our best interests at heart? By “Jude0-Christian heritage” is your reference to the Puritans and their ideological descendents? Those folks who were so intolerant that they were driven from England and continued their persecution of anyone who differed. Those folks who used the Bible as an excuse for attempted genocide against the Indians/Native Americans, justified slavery, maintained women’s status as second-class citizens, used Manifest Destiny as the basis of imposing their will across the continent and beyond as far as possible. Those folks who preach about religious freedeom, but in practice really mean “Christian” and, even more particularly, their version of Christianity, who place negative labels and cast aspersions on those who don’t agree with their version of “right”? Those omit the Commandment to “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and Jesus’ similar message throuhout his preaching and teaching (it wasn’t that we should care for the rich). And now, back to the Puritans… Dlbrt Boy! You convinced me! This place Stinks! I’m a goin back to Scotland! Anonymous False accusations from a liberal . You been talking to Bangorian again?? Anonymous why refer to her as Snowe-McKernen? She is a success in her own right. so what if she is not of Judeo/Christian heritage? There is nothing wrong with being a Greek. Anonymous We also wish to thank you for your service, Senator Snowe. This country has been broken for a long time, and in order to restore it, we need more people like you. Show us how to help make these changes possible. It will be a sad day when you are not in office. entitled4life When you have a president unwilling to work with anyone from the other side, constantly and openly does nothing but criticize the other side, you strengthen the divide and partisanship. Barrack Obama is a terrible leader but he is a great democrat. America needs a leader. Anonymous You are who she wrote about. Anonymous As far as I know entitled is not a US Senator. Anonymous True, entitled4life is probably not a Senator — but the kind of blind partisanship expressed by entitled4life is exactly the problem that Sen. Snowe was writing about — partisanship that is so blind that it cannot even credit the president with good intentions, let alone some real accomplishments. Anonymous Why is it only blind partisanship when a Republican has strong beliefs on an issue but only a good person fighting for their constituents when it is a Democrat? Anonymous I think both sides need to cool the rhetoric, and see that the other person is a human being, too. Anonymous It’s unfortunate that this little comment will get lost in the back and forth rhetoric that is being spewed in these comments but this is what it comes down to, ultimately. All opinions are worth considering. Disagreement is natural, but what we see these days is not debate but attacks. And if people would just take an extra second to consider the person with an opposite opinion, I’d like to think we’d see more reasonable discourse. Anonymous Defensive? It’s not. Anonymous Really? How many times have you seen any media refer to Democratic issues as “extreme left wing” issues? Are there any republican issues that are not extreme right wing issues. Anonymous There once was an “extreme left.” In the 1930s and ’40s there was both a Communist Party and a Socialist Party (and Socialist Workers’ Party — the Trotskyites) on the ballot. In 1932 the Socialist candidate for president, Rev. Norman Thomas, got nearly 900,000 votes, and Communist Party candidate William Z. Foster got more than 100,000. In 1948 the Communists endorsed former Vice-President Henry Wallace who ran on the Progressive Party ticket, and got 1,157,000 votes, but failed to carry any states. I remember when there actually still was an “extreme left wing” in the United States — I knew a few old Communists, including some who had been blacklisted in the Joe McCarthy era, and a factory worker who had belonged to a labor union that got kicked out of the AFL-CIO because they wouldn’t sign an anti-Communist pledge. I met Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a Communist (he denied it). Folk singer Pete Seeger, who is still alive in his nineties, was a Communist at one time. I remember when the Weathermen and the Black Panthers were around in the ’60s and early ’70s. But the reason you don’t hear about the “extreme left wing” today is because there isn’t one. Anonymous maybe because the Democrats care about the average Joe and their situation in life, maybe because they value things that are good in life, maybe because they see people as worth more than the content of their bank account. Anonymous Name one thing good he has done?????? Anonymous Where is your outrage in regards to Congress? They have more power than the president and they are a disgrace. Anonymous Okay, here’s my top 50: 1) Got rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and is now treating all military personnel fairly and equally. 2) Got necessary Wall Street regulation (Dodd-Frank). 3) Saved G.M. and Chrysler, and with them the auto parts industry — and many communities. (Romney said, “Let Detroit go bankrupt!) 4) Got the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCares”) passed — expanding access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can’t afford it, outlawing denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, extending until age 26 health care coverage of children under parent’s plans, closing the “doughnut hole,” tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage, tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance, require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care, etc., etc. 5) Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. 6) Expanded CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). 7) Created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 8) Cut middle class taxes — Provided a tax cut to 95% American workers. 9) Expanded oil and gas drilling. 10) Appointed two excellent Supreme Court justices. 11) Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers. 12) Killed Osama bin Laden, and other important terrorists. 12) Ended the War in Iraq. 13) Begun the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan. 14) Participated in the overthrow of Mumar Qadafi, without landing a single U.S. soldier on Libyan soil, and with no U.S. deaths. 15) Appointed Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Board, despite obstructionist Republican filibuster. 16) Banned lobbyist gifts to Executive Branch employees. 17) Annual Federal deficit shrank 8% year-on-year 18) Improving economy/unemployment going down, housing sales up, consumer confidence and spending up, stock market up. 19) Overhauled the food safety system. 20) Won two extensions of the debt ceiling and extensions of unemployment compensation in the face of Republican threats to shut down the U.S. government. 21) Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis. 22) Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system. 23) Ended Bush administration’s torture program. 24) Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals. 25) Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. 26) Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island. 27) Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers. 28) Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%. 29) Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college. 30) Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%. 31) Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. 32) Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. 33) The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan — much of it was tax cuts. 34) Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years. 35) Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history. 36) Reversed ‘global gag rule’, allowing US aid to go to organizations regardless of whether they provide abortions. 37) Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time. 38) Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia. 39) Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5 mpg, starting in 2016. 40) Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. 41) Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB. 42) Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse. 43) Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans. 44) Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids — 4 million of whom were previously uninsured. 45) Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 46) Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. 47) Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions. 48) (EPA) Limited mercury emissions. 49) Ordered $20 billion escrow fund by BP to reimburse lost incomes in Gulf. 50) Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the highest level since 1992. 51) Ended the Bush-era “black out” policy on media coverage of war casualties (2009) Full information is now released for the first time in the War on Terror Is fifty-one enough, or shall I go on? Anonymous LMAO what a joke Where did you find theese and do not tell me you did not copy and paste them . Looks like something Obama wrote for his next fictional book.. Atleast use your own words instead of being so lazy as to cut and paste.. It is a shame you blieve this bull but then again you want to believe it.. has no bases in fact typical liberal Anonymous Are you saying that of those 51 items, there is not a single one you think was the right thing to do? I applaud President Bush 43 1) for increasing spending on AIDS in Africa, saving the lives of many children — and 2) I supported his intervention in Afghanistan. 3) I thought his immigration reform package was essentially a good plan. 4) I believe he acted quickly when the economic meltdown occurred at the end of his term, and although there is much that resulted in his TARP plan that I didn’t like, I thought most of it was the right thing to do. 5) I was glad that he said “We are not at war with Islam.” During the Bush years I tried to find areas I agreed with the Republicans (after all, I’m a former Republican myself). Can’t you find even one nice thing to say? That’s just what Senator Snowe was talking about. Are you trying to prove Sen. Snowe’s point? Anonymous Thank you for your posts. I’m sick of all these people that spout “stuff” but don’t have any facts to back up their words. Anonymous Thanks! Anonymous First off, many of those things are not considered “good things” by many people. Second off, How do you feel about his new powers that allow him to execute American Citizens without and sort of a trial? I know the left cried out repeatedly that Bush was wrong holding foreign prisoners without a trial but I haven’t heard anything about his execution of Americans. Anonymous I believe I agree with you, ea6bmarine, that not everything Obama has done is good. I agree that the president should not have some of the powers that President Obama — and other presidents — have been given. I was asked to name one good thing the president has done, and I named 51 that I think are good. Surely in that list you might think one is good. Dlbrt 52. Relected in 2012 Anonymous here is my rebuttal. 1)i don’t care about your sexual orientation. are there gay squirrels? 2)dodd and frank are one of the reasons for the housing meltdown. why aren’t they running for office again? 3)bailouts. the reason why we are still in a recession. i drive fords. a responsible company. 4)obama care. making young healthy people pay for crackheads, overweight, smokers, and other people not responsible for their own bodies. 5)aren’t all victims of crimes created equal? 6)young children should be healthy, unless they are fat like their parents. i want to help people that are born unhealthy, but not kids of irresponsible parents. sorry i’m so callous, but i would rather take those kids away from bad parents. 7)shouldn’t people be able to read those contracts that they sign. i learned that in high school. ever hear of buyer beware.? 8) cut taxes and raise gas prices. i’ll call that a wash. 9)nice try. where? 10)your jumping the gun on this one. only time will tell. 11)if you don’t have the money, you can’t afford it. duh! 12)i believe the marines killed osama and there is still murders in the streets of iraq. 13)i don’t believe that’s an accomplishment. it’s called retreat. 14)passed the buck to the u.n. had to keep his hands clean. 15)refer to #7 16)didn’t he raise more money than anyone else in his election. aren’t those gifts? 17)you need to go back to math class. can you say trillions in debt? 18)liberal media reporting. talk to your neighbor. 19)more regulation = higher food costs. a garden in 2012 is the same as it was in 1950. 20) we can’t pay back 12 trillion. but if you lend me two trillion more i promise i can pay you back. do you know how to end unemployment? i know. just end it, not extend it. 21)Christopher reeve fell off a horse he was using to satisfy his elitist habits. i’m pretty sure we were helping those people before he came along. 22)can you say fast and furious? 23)i’m sure if we would waterboard ayla reynolds parents we would find out what happened to her, and guess what? they would still be alive. 24)anyone in charge would have done that. 25)funding doesn’t help. but removing judges who let bad husbands bail out of jail might. 26)if everything in cuba is ok then why don’t these cuban americans move back to cuba? 27)again, buyer beware. if you can’t afford higher education, why don’t you just find a job and work your self up the ladder. guess what? i did and it worked. 28)let me see? take a cost of living increase for our senior citizens away, and increase a park rangers pension. 29)our kids don’t need more money for education. they need to better their work ethic in order to motivate themselves for a better education. 30)cheaper drugs = more addiction. half a stick of butter on my baked potato = cholesterol pill. refer to #4. 31)how about trying love. it’s free. 32)refer to #1. 33)most of it was bailouts for states to keep their gov’t employees working. how’s those solar companies doing. 34)the gov’t doesn’t create private sector jobs. the private sector does. how old are you? 35)how long did it take for him to volunteer his birth certificate? 36)let’s keep convicted guilty murderers in jail for life and kill innocent babies. i don’t get it. 37)smoking has been here for thousands of years. if you want to smoke, so be it. it’s your life right? should we regulate how much butter you put on your baked potato? 38)and we can trust Russia. yea right. 39)his wife used more fuel for her travels in three years than i’ll ever use in my lifetime. i drive a ford excursion. come try to take it away. 40)if you don’t like your pay, quit and find another job. 41)refer to #24. 42)refer to #33. 43)refer to #24. 44)you already said it in #6. 45)don’t mess with mother nature. 46)i feel bad for that man and his family. he had no business there and he paid the ultimate price. 47)is china included in that policy? 48)is china included in that policy? 49)bp’s insurance should have paid for it. not me. 50)arts should not be funded by the taxpayer. end all subsidies. 51)war is ugly. let’s show our kids more violence and see where that gets us. you could go on but your wasting your time. all he did was create more gov’t. people need to read this and learn how to self govern themselves. ask not what the gov’t can do for you, but what can you do for yourself. Anonymous Yes, #44 and #6 may be the same — so there’s only 50 good accomplishments listed, not 51. Answer to #34: 64. How old are you? You are proving Sen. Snowe’s point — that you are unwilling to see any good in the other person’s positions or their accomplishments. That kind of partisanship is killing our nation. Elsewhere on this page I listed 5 things President George W. Bush did that I like. I’m willing to give the other side the benefit of the doubt. And yes, I agree that you are callous, as you point out at #6. Anonymous i will be half a century old this year. i consider myself a graduate of the university of reality. the good as you see it is the default in the human being. your supposed to do good. it’s the natural thing to do. i don’t judge people from the good they do, because most people do good. i judge people on the bad they do. i would rather give a person a first chance to do good then give a person who did something bad a second chance. the last three presidents should have never been elected. the machine and money behind them is a sad reminder that the best people are not always the one that wins. callous? no realists. hard decisions are not always popular, but someone has to make them. people, most of the time don’t like to hear the truth. it hurts. they would like to just wish things away. as the last great president (Reagan) said. there is no left or right, just up and down. bi-partisanship is compromise. that’s where we are today. you let me build a bridge here and i’ll vote for your stupid bill there. keep drinking the kool-aid that politicians serve you. you are one of the reasons why this country is failing. you can’t see the forest for the trees. MoniqueC I like this. Let the truth be known. Can I copy/paste in my facebook profile? Anonymous I wrote parts of it, and found other parts on three or four different web sites. Yes, I think it should be circulated. As hwied points out below, #6 and #44 are duplications, so there are only 50, not 51 accomplishments listed. entitled4life I did give him credit for being a good democrat. Anonymous Are you certain you’re not talking about the pure and utter hatred of anything George Bush did? Sadly, such a short memory… BTW, do you consider yourself a “pirate”? I always enjoyed the role of Nanki Po Anonymous Things that I agreed with George W. Bush on, and said so at the time, include: 1) He increased funding for AIDS prevention and treatment in Africa. 2) His intervention in Afghanistan. 3) I was glad he said “We are not at war with Islam.” 4) I thought his immigration reform proposals were as good as any that had any chance of passing, and it’s too bad Bush’s proposals didn’t pass. 5) His response to the economic meltdown at the end of his term was prompt, and although his TARP plan was imperfect, it was important and (along with measures taken by President Obama) probably saved us from another Great Depression. And I think he’s a good father and husband, as far as I can tell, and a pretty decent human being. So yes, I have some nice things to say about President George W. Bush. I also disagreed with him on quite a number of things. BTW, my father was born in Penzance, and yes, I root for the Penzance Pirates (UK football). entitled4life There is nothing partisan about what I wrote but there is about what you wrote. You won’t get it though, you choose not to. Anonymous All politicans need to grow up and work together to come up with solutions. They are more worried about losing votes in the coming election . Anonymous Great Democrat is an oxymoron. Christopher Lord So is “Useful Republican” Anonymous Both you and Bartneally are proving Senator Snowe’s point. Anonymous Why don’t you Democrats take this up with yourselves. Anonymous Your hateful ugly partisanship is killing our nation. Anonymous But the one that’ll be remembered is “intelligent Tea Partier.” Anonymous Both you and Christopher Lord are proving Senator Snowe’s point. Anonymous Because you show a lack of humor, I believe you are a socialist who scare me witless. Anonymous I guess you’ve missed my humor! I’ll try to do better. Seriously, however, I’ve actually met a few Socialists — there used to be some real ones, you know. Now the right wing just thows around the word “socialist” and makes it mean anything they want it to mean, as if the word is an all-purpose insult. But a socialist is actually someone who believes that the means of production (factories, etc.) should be owned collectively (usually by the government). I, on the other hand, am a capitalist, and even was a small business owner for many years. It’s hard to find anyone more capitalist than I am. I think socialism doesn’t work, and the fall of the Soviet Union is proof that socialism doesn’t work. By the way, I’ve never seen your humor, either. So because you show lack of humor, and lack of understanding of what a “socialist” is, should that scare me witless? Anonymous Bravo well said…It is funny the republicans are acused on not compromising.. Every vote in the senate is under Herry Reids control if he does not want to vote on it he simply does not if he has the votes to pass something he want he votes. There are many bills that have the votes to pass the senate but the majority leader does not want them to be voted on…This is a fact that no one can argue with. Anonymous If you have such insight maybe you can enlighten us as to what is wrong with Congress? Guest And it’s sad to say that the right have had almost 4 years to come up with someone for change and look at what they came up with. All but Romney are a joke and Romney is as moderate as they come. Ontop of that, it works both ways in working iwth one another. Phoebe Figalilly You left out circumventing Congress at every opportunity when he knows there’s no way he’s going to get what he wants by Congressional authority. As far as Snowe, just another rat deserting the sinking ship. There are some other heavy hitters leaving, they know something. Be on your guard and prepared, something evil is about to happen. Anonymous like what? Anonymous Where is your outrage in regards to Congress? They have more power than the president and they are a disgrace. Anonymous he’s an improvement over Bush and he better than all the R’s in the running currently. Maybe Sarah Palin? Ha, Ha, Ha…. what a joke, laughing all the way to the bank. Anonymous Thank you for your years of service…now please let your hair down and enjoy your retirement :) Anonymous We’re all tired of what we have been seeing since Cheney-Bush took the 4th branch of government idea out for a spin. It’s disconcerting to see everything we thought we knew or thought we understood about how the Constitution works, being held up for grabs in the current ‘GOP Gone Wild’ series. I’m not sure losing one of our moderate Senators is best for Maine, but I certainly understand the inclination to want to spend one’s time doing something that’s challenging AND rewarding – not just challenging. If I can make a suggestion, Women’s issues are really popular, right now! B and A Another great example of exactly what she is writing about. dwneast you are a part of the problem, not the solution. Anonymous Really? I would be fascinated to read your interpretation of this sentence: “…Indeed, the Founding Fathers intended the Senate to serve as an institutional check that ensures all voices are heard and considered, because while our constitutional democracy is premised on majority rule, it is also grounded in a commitment to minority rights….” Anonymous I think she will fight for women’s issues but not because they are really popular right now. Maybe because she believes in them and it is the right thing to do. Anonymous Can you hear the clapping of my hands? EXCELLENT!! Anonymous Thank you again for your service to the people of Maine and the citizens of the United States………..your deep thinking and knowledge will be missed……..hopefully you will continue to be involved in another capacity. Guest Olympia Snow ‘served’ Maine like Vidkun Quisling ‘served’ Norway. Anonymous The sad part is, she is one of the most neutral, nonpartisan politicians to ever be elected. It’s a sad loss and the unfortunate part is, the Senate and all branches of our Government both State and National are corrupt. Mary Stubbs The problem is the democrats of today are not your grandmother’s democrats. Anonymous The problem is to many lobbyiest corporate greed is going to kill this country. Anonymous Certainly the Republican Party of my youth no longer exists — I’m too young to remember liberal Republicans such as Wendel Willkie and Thomas E. Dewey in the 1940s. But when I was a Young Republican in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and for many years after, the Republican Party included liberals and moderates who worked across party lines, people like President Eisenhower, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (Maine), President Ford, N.Y. Mayor John Lindsey, Sen. Nelson Rockefeller (N.Y.), Sen. Ken Keating (N.Y.), Sen. Ed Brooke (Mass.), Rep. Silvio Conte (Mass.), Rep. John Anderson (Ill.), Gov. George Romney (Mich.), Gov. Frank Sargent (Mass.), Gov. William Scranton (Penn.), Sen Jacob Javits (N.Y.), Sen. Bob Packwood (Ore.), Sen. Mark Hatfield (Ore.), Sen. William Cohen (Maine), U.S. Attorney General Eliot Richardson, Sen. Clifford Case, Sen. Lowell Weiker, Sen. Lincoln Chaffee, Sen Arlen Spector — and the list could go on and on. Even Richard Nixon, known for his strong anti-Communist stands, supported the Clean Air Act, OSHA, and the Environmental Protection Agency, and proposed health care reform to the left of President Obama’s plan. But today’s Republican Party has moved to far to the hard right, and most of its members in Congress are owned by lobbyist Grover Norquist (Sen. Snowe stayed out of Norquist’s clutches), and march single-file behind Rush Limbaugh and the folks at Fox News. At the same time, the Democratic Party once contained a lot of conservatives — many were Southern white Dixiecrats (like Sen. Strom Thurmond) who joined the Republicans when the Democrats supported Civil Rights legislation. Some Democrats were conservatives on military issues but liberals on social policy, like Pres. Kennedy and Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Sen. John Glenn. Sen. Ben Nelson, Sen. Mary Landreu, and Sen. Jim Webb are among recent Democratic moderates — Webb is leaving the Senate. Today, Sen. Snowe is correct, almost no one is willing to work across the aisles to find common ground. The two parties have moved to the right and left, and the center is quickly disappearing. That has been a major cause of the dysfunction in D.C. Anonymous And your grandmother would be proud of tea party republicans? Anonymous Lots of divide in the Senate and in this comment section. Senator Snowe did her best in the Senate and in this article, she wrote to describe and work within the scope of the problem. If some of you continue to speak in opposite polarities the problem will continue,in fact the problem will intensify. My fellow Maine citizens we are now at a junction where all hell may break loose in government,you will not like what is to follow. Speak kindly about Senator Snowe and support her now and in the future. She is likely to use her knowledge and skills to lead the fight for justice and good government. Senator Snowe in behalf of all the Citizens of Maine that cannot write or speak to you personally, thank you for keeping all of us in mind during your years of public service. Harry H Snyder III What some refer to as “bipartisanship” others might see as “caving” When I was a boy I was taught to go out and do “the right thing” with “no compromises.” This wishy-washy idea of “bipartisanship” gave us slavery in our country’s early history. It gave us the civil war, 100 years of segregation, over 100 years of second-class citizenship for women, and the patriot act. Where were the “heroes” when these dark policies where enacted? You need to listen to Aaron Tippin sing “You’ve got to stand for something” It’s a good song… bipartisanship is overrated. Anonymous Agreed, there are certain legitimate, valued principles for which people stand. Equally, people may have principled positions that are in opposition to one another. However, I believe that on the vast majority of issues it is not only possible to find common ground, it is essential in a democratic society. Sen. Snowe is underscoring a truth that is evident every day – that unyielding partisanship and the polarization that it engenders are dangers to the well-being of our society and our nation. Is any individual, group, ideology, or philosophy always correct? As I am sure that you know, there were enormous differences among the founders of this nation about many significant issues. This fact is contrary to the rhetoric heard so often today that “we must return to the values and principles of the founders and the Constitution”, as if these men were all in agreement. There is so much ‘cherry-picking” of the statements, views, and actions of them, as well as that of the Constitution, its words, and its interpretation. We have had other periods in our history when extreme, unbending ideologies dominated, all claiming they were correct. In every instance, more rights were trampled, not expanded. We are at another crossroad. True, there were isuues that the founders did not confront – such as slavery being in the fore front at that time, representing the underlying theme of states rights and individual freedom (now, there is an oxymoron). Yet, without the compromises that were reached, there would be no Constitution, nor the United States as we know it, if at all. Harry H Snyder III The Founders DID confront the issue of slavery. John Adams was vehemently opposed to bringing slavery into the new union. Thomas Jefferson told him (in the spirit of bipartisanship) that he should back off, take the southern (slave states) in and the new Nation would deal with the issue of slavery later. Of course that issue was not resolved without the civil war, untold deaths and almost 200 years of kidnapped African Americans and their families being held as 3/4 of a white man. Not until 1964 when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights act did African Americans have the universal right to vote, use the same bathroom as a white person, and ride in any empty seat on a bus. Secondly; referring to this Nation as a “democracy” doesn’t make it so. The United States is a representative republic. Democracy is a system unworkable with 310 million citizens. In a democracy every citizen gets to vote on every issue. There is no need for House, Senate, electoral college, or even supreme court. Under our system (much better than a democracy in my view) we hire employees to take our thoughts feelings and business to Washington. Because New England and the old confederacy have different views, there will always be conflict. Add the Pacific coast, Hawaii, the mid west, and the rust belt and there are a whole bunch of problems seeking more than a one-size-fitts-all solution. I don’t want New England constrained by National laws which might have the approval of the majority of Californians, but they can out vote us almost two to one. So, for me, divided government is best and that is how I vote, When we have a Democratic President, I vote for Republican represenatives, When the House and Senate are Republican, I vote for a Democratic President. Sometimes when NOTHING gets done it isn’t a bad thing. Anonymous 1. We are in agreement that there were contentious disagreements about the issue of slavery, but Adams, Jefferson, and others of their time making the decicion to put off the issue of slavery is certainly NOT an example of confronting the issue of slavery, nor of bipartisanship. The “slave trade compromise” and the “three-fifths compromise” were certainly not bipartisan in the context that we use the word today. Were these compromises moral and ethical by today’s standards? Of course not (although I submit that we have other form of slavery, discrimination, and oppression that are just as onerous). A question: do you believe that the U.S would have survived if either side of the slave issue had held strictly to its position? What would have been the outcome in 1787? Two nations, or perhaps more, going their separate ways? The inevitable conflict nearly did result in two separate nations. 2. I understand the difference between a direct democracy and a republic, although, for simplicity the words are used interchangeably in our society and in the world. But, you quoted me as “referring to this Nation as a “democracy” “, which I did not. I used the phrase “democratic society”, in which the people do have a role in their governance. This does incorporate the indirect nature of a republic. The degree of influence of the people on policy makers is open for debate compared to other forces. It varies from zero to ?, depending upon multiple factors. 3. Your comment about states and regions having different interests and needs is accurate, but no less so than communities or districts within a state. One size doesn’t fit all, but there has to be a blend if the state or nation is going to survive as a political entity. The ways in which this nation could be divided into separate elements is potentially limitless. To a lesser extent, the same concept applies to the State of Maine. The principle applies to communities, too, small as well as large. Someone will get what they want and someone else will not. It is unrealistic to choose to be independent in any manner of desire and concurrently expect to maintain cohesiveness as a larger entity. There must be give and take. Many people in southern Maine would likely choose to keep their tax dollars there, rather than have them be utilized in northern and eastern Maine. You referenced California. Do you think that its citizens feel the same about their taxes with respect to all of Maine? You can’t have it both ways, Harry. There have always been and there will always be differences about what should apply locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally. True, uniform policies are not universally applicable and sometimes the best decicion is no decicion, but continued partisan bickering does not promote the public good. No one is right all of the time. You waant to keep the politicians “honest” by diffusing the political power of the parties among the branches of government. Fair enough, but if they refuse to get along too often, whether because of ideology or political advantage, society pays a price and what unites us frays. Harry H Snyder III The difference between us is that I’m not necessarily in favor of a “union” I’m perfectly comfortable with a confederation. What’s that they say about democracy? I think two chickens and five foxes deciding what’s for lunch? Right now, the whole northeast region is the chickens… Anonymous You’re a Confederate? Your most recent president was Jefferson Davis? Well, that explains quite a bit! (Or maybe you mean the Articles of Confederation — remember how well they worked?) Harry H Snyder III There is a difference between the Southern US Confederacy and a confederation. Look it up. I don’t have time to educate you. Anonymous I know many Republicans don’t like to use the word “democracy” to describe our democratic republic, because they are afraid to give any credit to Democrats about anything, even a word. Yes, we were founded as a constitutional republic. Under the early years of the republic, women could not vote, slaves could not vote, free blacks could not vote Native Americans could not vote, white men who did not own property could not vote — so no, we weren’t a “democracy” back then. Senators were elected by state legislatures, not by the people. The president was elected by electors, and the electors were chosen by state legislatures, not by the voting public (even as limited as it was to property-owning white men 21 and over). Through various reforms over the years, notably during the years of “Jacksonian democracy” and the “Progressive Era,” the franchise was expanded, and Senators and electors are now chosen by the voters. True, we do not have all citizens gather in one room to participate in “direct democracy,” because that is impractical. But our system is now rightly described as “representative democracy,” or as a “democratic republic.” If you prefer “constitutional democratic republic,” or “constitutional representative democratic republic,” that’s okay, too, although starting to get clumsy. You say were merely a representative republic — of course, so are Cuba and North Korea. They just aren’t democratic republics. You can’t be a “democracy’ without a free and independent press, freedom of speech and religion, and competitive elections — but you can be a representative republic. Anonymous An argument can be made that LACK of bipartisanship gave us the Civil War (Southeren Democrats seceded because a Northern Republican was elected). It was partisanship that started the Civil War. Bipartisanship gave women the right to vote. Bipartisanship gave us the Interstate Highway System, passed the Civil Rights Act of 1965, gave us Medicare, the EPA, and the Clean Air Act of 1970. Bipartisanship allowed us to face down the Soviet threat and win the Cold War. Ugly partisanship is giving us gridlock and indigestion. Anonymous Thank you Senator Snowe. You are one of the good ones….. Everett Peavey President Obama should drop Biden and take Snowe as a running mate for this Presidential election. A bipartisan ticket would be a masterstroke that is needed right now. President & V.P. were not always from the same political party. Anonymous I doubt she would do it. Anonymous Olympia would you please start change right here in our own State with Paul LePage. Anonymous Bravo Senator Snowe! It is indeed unfortunate that the only way you can show the courage of your convictions in the US Senate is by leaving it; a true indictment on our political system. Thank you for your tireless service to the State of Maine and to the country as a whole. Very best wishes to you. Dlbrt Want to end the partisanship? First on the agenda should be a law against Pledges made to outside lobbiest in order to get elected in the primarys. Anonymous I know you think Republicans have changed but maybe you should look at what Republicans are supposed to stand for and see if it is not actually you that has changed. You do not show strength by surrendering your ideals. You only show that you actually stand for nothing and will accept anything. No one has respect for someone who stands for nothing. Goodbye. Anonymous Words of Advice from a refrigerator magnet…….”Wisdom is the ability to discover alternatives”. I suspect that the wise Senator might be looking at alternative ways to get things accomplished. I believe she alludes to just that in her closing remarks. Standing strong with blinders on only allows you to brace for something directly in front of you! Valiant, maybe, but tacticlly naive. Call her what you want, but naive she is not! Anonymous Words of Advice from a refrigerator magnet…….”Wisdom is the ability to discover alternatives”. I suspect that the wise Senator might be looking at alternative ways to get things accomplished. I believe she alludes to just that in her closing remarks. Standing strong with blinders on only allows you to brace for something directly in front of you! Valiant, maybe, but tacticlly naive. Call her what you want, but naive she is not! Anonymous ” I know you think Republicans have changed but maybe you should look at what Republicans are supposed to stand for and see if it is not actually you that has changed.” Why don’t you do us all a favor and show us YOUR argument of why what Republicans stand for has NOT changed. A lot of us could use a laugh. Anonymous Which Republican ideals have changed that you espouse? A. Those of Pres. Abraham Lincoln and the founders of the Republican party Those of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, who was a capitalist, yet recognized and supported the rights of working people; who advocated the use of our natural resources to fuel our industries, but was also a conservationist; and who proudly embraced being a Progressive Those of Maine’s own Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, whose Declaration of Conscience dared to challenge fellow Republican Joseph Mccarthy, exposing the evils of his ideology and that of his supporters; whose life of public service gained the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike; and who was a trailblazer for women in American politics Those of Maine’s own William S. Cohen, who as a freshman member of the U. S. House of Representatives was one of the first Republicans to break with his party in Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up (and who knows what else?); like Sen. Smith’s distinguished public service, generated respect among his peers in both parties during his 24 years as a U.S. Rep and Senator; who was unanimously appointed by the Senate as U.S. Secretary of Defense during Dem. Pres. Clinton’s second term Those of Senators Robert Dole and John McCain, war heroes, long-term public servants, conservative, principled Republicans willing to work with Democrats, Presidential candidates OR B. Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, whose policies and the Republican Congresses that supported them gave us the Great Depression The era of McCarthyism, where an ideology based on fear-mongering, bigotry, prejudice, lies, and guilt-by-association destroyed the lives of countless innocent Americans and their families – all in the name of patriotism Pres. Richard M. Nixon’s abuse of power that labeled American citizens with opposing views as enemies and whose actions treated them as such The Bush-Cheney administration, which faked and/or misrepresented “intelligence” information to give credence to attack Iraq – a war whose cost to the U.S has been thousands of dead, tens of thousands with horrific wounds, countless more with psychological wounds, ruined families, and trillions of dollars of debt; the same war that has destroyed Iraq, has opened the doors to factionalism resulting in hudreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths and untold wounded; not only destabilized Iraq, but may lead to it being a client state of Iran; whose economic and financial policies created conditions, similar in ideology to those of the 1920’s, that contributed to the circumstances that brought our economic system to its knees The current right wing (not conservative) ideology that allegedly supports life, but has no empathy or compassion for the poor and needy (labeling and vilifying people in groups as lazy, etc.); that purports to support the middle class while attacking policies and practices that have evolved since the late 19th century that have improved the middle and working class; that champions personal liberty and religious freedom, but does not grant these tenets to those who differ; etc., etc., etc…. We’ve seen these “values” before, beginning with the Puritans – you know, those folks who supposedly came here seeking religious freedom (actually, they were persona non grata after the Cromwell years) – who promptly began persecuting everyone who didn’t share their “values”. Throughout our history this cycle has repeated itself – all in the name of freedom and righteousness. So, just which traditional Republican values are you referencing – A or B? Guest Twisted one sided view of history. Anonymous Admittedly, our history is much more complex than the statements I made. However, I stand by the principles, and lack thereof, that I have cited in my historical references. There is ample historical evidence, past and present, to support the statements that I made. Your comment is simplistic. Can you put substance, rather than a hollow one-liner, into a considered rebuttal? In a speech at American University in June, 1963, JFK said, “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” Government, like all institutions, is comprised of people. Sadly, man can be as “small” as he wants, too. Is the problem goverrnment, or religion, or business, or any societal construct, or is it people? I contend that it is people and I have provided a small sample that coincides with JFK’s positive observation and its opposite. Anonymous You must of left out all the lies about WMds during the Clinton years, including Sen. John Kerry, and Sec. Clinton, which have all said there were WMds in Iraq, oh ya that does not fit your rewrite of history. Anonymous This is a sad, yet eye opening commentary on our current political system. I guess this all or nothing mentality is the reason Ms Snowe had to vote to nullify our Constitution and replace it with the patriot act. Our Country has been going down the tubes since we got rid of the Bill of Rights. I hope we are at rock bottom now and start rebuilding our Country to greatness and freedom once again. Olympia Snowe has still done a good job of looking out for Maine and I thank her for that anyway. Anonymous Sen. Snow, thank you for a long and illustrious career. You have represented this state with honor and pride and for that i thank you. There have been choices you have made with which I have not agreed. Many to which I have agreed. But I never thought you would not be able to see the difference between fact and fiction or vote against religious freedom. I am hearing that in my area loud and clear. Perhaps retirement is in order after all. Anonymous I am sorry to say that Senator Snowe has lost all credibility in these last years. She has voted lockstep with republican obstructionists on all important matters. What really has happened is that she has lost her ‘power’ in the senate and that is why she is leaving. Watching her during senate hearings has become painful as she flailed about blaming everyone but republicans. Perhaps she can reclaim her integrity by voting her conscience these last remaining months left as senator. That is what she has done by voting against the Blunt amendment. This is not a woman to easily relinguish power. There is more here than meets the eye. Guest Senator Snow, I wish you the best in your retirement. So much of what you said is true and shows great wisdom. But other parts of your piece show how even those who see part of the truth can be blind to other parts. No where is this more apparent than when you mention that you have served the people of Maine for nearly 40 years. You became just another career politician. better than most, but sadly you fell for the allure of power. It is a seductive thing, power. The belief that you know better than others how to “fix” problems. That your intensions are good, but eventually the ends justify the means. You became isolated and out of touch with the average people. Your staff has most of the real contact with people, polls become the source from which you learn about public opinion. Most of the people you have contact with want something from you. They want you or government to fix their problems or perceived problems. The senate was always intended to be a moderating influence on government, a brake, the place where minorities could prevent the tyranny of the majority, one of the worst features of a pure democracy. Those functions envisioned by the founders are under attack daily by progressives. It used to take a 2/3’s vote to stop a filibuster. Now only 60%. Popular election of Senators made them just another politician representing various voting blocks rather than representing the states as originally intended. Guest The woman starts with two lies and drivels on, trying in vain to rationalize 40-years of selling her constituents down the river. Good riddance to her and all the other career parasites like her. Anonymous When are you running for public office? Show us how it’s done! Guest Don’t have to. Paul LePage is already doing it. Guest And please identify yourself so we know who NOT to vote for. Anonymous You are a “Guest” are you want me to identify myself. You are quite a piece of work. Anonymous Please identify yourself so we know who NOT to vote for. Anonymous He cals himself “samadams_knows.” The REAL Sam Adams thought Catholics shouldn’t be allowed to vote, as he thought they were loyal to the Pope and not to the United States. Anonymous pretty cruel, isn’t it? Anonymous The Senate will be even worse off with the election of Baldacci or Pingree as they only vote the party line and would never cross the aisle in the spirit Snowe has. Anonymous Can you prove Baldacci and Pingree will only vote the party line? Get a mirror, you are the type of person Senator Snow is talking about. Anonymous They (Baldy and Pigee) have never crossed over, if you have proof otherwise, let’s hear it mirror boy. Anonymous You think you’re pretty slick Barty baby, you make a statement that you know you can NEVER prove and your reply is to tell me to prove it. You must have been on the debate team at Yale. Anonymous You are right Snowe was talking about the partisan politics in D. C. and Baldy and Pingree are this type of hack. You must be a Democrat to have taken umbrage and therefore you may be disingenuous. Argue with your own party. Anonymous I’ll argue with anyone I want to argue with. Don’t make statements that you couldn’t prove if your life depended on it. Anonymous I have been proud of Maine’s senators, despite identifying as a liberal. Thank you, Senator Snowe, for your reasoned approach to your office and for representing all Mainers. Anonymous to paraphrase Pee Wee Herman ” It is a tale told by a fool, full of sound and fury signifying nothing” The “Greek” did strut and fret her hour upon the stage 1. while we passed the point of no return with regards to Global Warming and Climate Change 2. while the Senate amassed the greatest army of serial killers in our history and squandered our hard earned taxes and invaded countries like Iraq for Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical 3..while the Senate gave personhood to a piece of paper called Corporations. 4. while the Senate refused to acknowledge the evidence that members of the FBI,CIA, US Military and other Government officials assassinated President Kennedy for Corporations in a Coup D’etat 5. while the Senate refused to acknowledge the evidence that members of the FBI, CIA, US Military and other Government officials assassinated Martin Luther King on behalf of US Corporations. 6 while the Senate transferred control of radio and television to American Corporations. Part of this Snowe job BDN infomercial Olympia is hoping we swallow is there are red states and blue states and to quote her ” One difficulty in making the Senate work the way it was intended is that America’s electorate is increasingly divided into red and blue states, with lawmakers representing just one color or the other. Before the 1994 election, 34 senators came from states that voted for a presidential nominee of the opposing party. That number has dropped to just 25 senators in 2012. The result is that there is no practical incentive for 75 percent of the senators to work across party lines. ” Ding ding ding! wrong Olympia. People get elected in this country because of voter fraud.Not because they are a red or blue state, eh? If candidates don’t reflect the views of corporations they don’t get elected. I say this with certainty because we brought Leonard Gates to speak at Bates College in the early 1990’s . Gates was committing voter fraud for the FBI and he told the audience the FBI is committing voter fraud in every state. GOOGLE leonard gates fbi voter fraud landes report So your Saint Crispin Day speech is not going to fly with me Olympia. You are a tragic figure and will have to answer to the tens of thousands of people you helped murder in the middle east when you voted to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. I prefer Kenneth Brannagh’s version . see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM Anonymous Are you left-winged, right-winged or just twisted? Voter fraud? Leonard Gates??? Murdering people in Iraq and Afghanistan? What about 911 buddy? What happened there? Voter fraud? NO, wait! I know! A welcoming home party for Al Quida! Get a grip! Anonymous thanks for the support tat if you say so it must be true, eh? LOL Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party. Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nut,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and of course, “rumor monger.” You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. see the Landes Report for more information about the FBI committing voter fraud http://www.thelandesreport.com/Donsanto.htm Anonymous OK, now I get it, if Landes and Gates says so….then it’s true………BTW what is tat? I have not learned that ‘secret code?’ apparently. My cryptocism fails me…… Anonymous tis is tat for the uneducated and the uneducable high school dropout can’t find work so he joins the Marines to Semper Fi and collect some money. High school dropout is sent to Paris Island to be all he can be. He is trained to kill women and children and a occasional freedom fighter trying to protect his wife from being raped by Mr Semper Fi. High school dropout ships out to invade Iraq for USEmpire and US oil companies. American oil companies are struggling with the problem of Peak Oil. Peak oil means we no longer have a infinite supply of oil.Maybe you saw the documentary film END OF SUBURBIA see http://www.endofsuburbia.com/previews.htm high school drop out didn’t because his high school teachers were too busy DUMBING him down see http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/bookstore/dumbdnblum1.htm High School dropout manages to kill a couple hundred women and children while throwing in a occasional rape. Mr Sempi Fi has now been transformed into Mr serial killer. Mr high school dropout/serial killer now begins to experience extreme depression from his actions. Mental Wealth workers call it Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. But the only people who experience traumatic stress in Iraq are the Iraqi women being raped by Semper Fi’s before they shot and killed them. Good thing serial killer/high school dropout has never read the research of Ian Stevenson MD whose groundbreaking study of 3,000 children who remember previous lives provides the science for the existence of reincarnation. see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1542356/Professor-Ian-Stevenson.html What this means for high school dropout is that he will be coming back again for another life . Of course so will the people he murdered , so for practical purposes he has another couple hundred lives he has to live getting “wacked” by the life forms he semper fi’d. The difference this time is the raped and murdered have had some time to ponder while they wait for him to pass over, how they will “do” Mr Semper Fi- the high school drop out serial killer. Mr high school dropout comes back from Iraq out of work unless he re-enlists. There are not to many job openings for serial killers until he lands a job working with his be all you can be buddies at the local police department or the FBI. Dlbrt There is a Time in everyones life when you just need to take the money and RUN! Anonymous Thank you Senator Snow for believing in the people of Maine and always remembering the “other Maine” within your representation over the years. Being a member of the Senate and always voting your conscience about what was best for Maine as a whole has been a loyal trait of yours that I hope your predecessor (whomever it may be) will adapt that trait as well and exercise it whole-heartedly. You’ve always remembered that the people of Maine bear a cultural ‘uniquity’ that needs to be acknowledged, expressed and considered in the larger scope of government politics and you have never been afraid to speak up on behalf of our culture and values. I admire your courage to tell the truth about what is happening within the Senate House and expressing your frustrations with a group of politicians that are unwilling to look beyond their own interests in order to do what is best for their states and country. This final act as Senator has rapidly gained the national attention that has been needed to get the people realizing that they need to start acting on their own behalf because the House is not. I admire your strength and courage and willingness to call a spade a spade and I wish you the best in your retirement as you have done an exceptional job being the Voice of Maine for so long. Anonymous President Kennedy wants to know why she did not force an investigation into who murdered him. The History Channel made a 9 part series about the Assassination of President Kennedy. The last show in the series was called THE GUILTY MEN. It details the evidence for President Kennedy being assassinated by the FBI. After becoming the most popular show in the series the History Channel pulled it off the air and refuse to sell it. Google the guilty men jfk youtube and watch the 45 minute version or click here to watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgNfQYpS1gQ Anonymous I am sure President Kennedy sent a subliminal message through ESP (N?) to Senator Snow about ‘forcing’ an investigation into his murder….Yeah…. Anonymous again tat thanks for your continued support Unlike you dozens of viewers clicked on the link and viewed the documentary made by the History Channel detailing the evidence for taxpayer funded FBI agents wacking President Kennedy. Oh yea another small detail. In 1999 a jury in Memphis said taxpayer funded FBI agents had assassinated Martin Luther King. Details of the trial can be viewed here or by reading the book called ACT OF STATE THE EXECUTION OF Martin Luther King written by the trial attorney William Pepper. http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl2/mlk-conspiracy-exposed.html Anonymous this is flowery nonsense, sorry. Anonymous The only problem with this type of story being n the history channel is that it cannot say for certain that the conclusions are correct. As much as we might believe or disbelieve, history is only as good as the motives of those telling the story. It is why revisionist policies of political interests are always suspect. Anonymous if you say so LOL Thanks for looking at the program and knocking apart the points it makes,eh? LOL Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party. Dummy up. If it’s not reported, if it’s not news, it didn’t happen. Wax indignant. This is also known as the “how dare you?” gambit. Characterize the charges as “rumors” or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.” Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike. Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nut,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and of course, “rumor monger.” You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money. Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful. Dismiss the charges as “old news.” Come half-clean. This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hang-out route.” This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.” This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable. Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. For example: We have a completely free press. If they know of evidence that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing they would have reported it. They haven’t reported it, so there was no prior knowledge by the BATF. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press that would report it. Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or reporting a distraction. Anonymous Unfortunately, the History Chanel found out long ago that there was no money in doing serious history — so all they do now is conspiracy theories, ancient aliens, and other kinds of sensationalism. I would take their 9 part series, and everything else on the “History” Chanel, with a bag of salt. Anonymous I agree with you 100% except we brought Ed Tatro to speak at Bates College in Maine twice during the 1990’s to discuss his research around the JFK assassination. Tatro scripted the final show THE GUILTY MEN and also appears in the program. The History Channel pulled the program off the air and refuse to sell it after FBI agents complained the program links them to the Kennedy assassination. Tatro attended the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans during the 1960’s. Shaw was the only man to be charged with the assassination of Kennedy. Ed Tatro recently retired as a teacher from Quincy High School where he was a English Teacher for 30 years. Without question Tatro is the foremost authority in the world tying Lyndon Johnson to the assassination of President Kennedy. You would know that if you watched the program here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgNfQYpS1gQ Anonymous Senator Snowe, thank you for your many years of service to the people of Maine. You are an inspiration to us all. Also, thank you for so elequently describing the present state of affairs in Washington. It is shameful. I remember the days when Senators from both sides of the aisle were friends as well as colleagues. They dined together, attended each other’s family events such as children’s weddings and most importantly respected each other. I hope that some day we can leave behind the partisan bickering on both sides and the Congress will again work together for the good of the American people. Thank you again for all you’ve done for us. Anonymous This just proves what ive been saying for the last 3 years our government , the way it stands today does not work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anonymous 2016 1ST WOMAN PRESIDENT!!!!!! Anonymous LOL , she first has to get past these Vets For Ron Paul, eh? http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/must-see-videos/item/6718-veterans-for-ron-paul-march-on-the-white-house-incredible-footage Friday, 02 March 2012 16:13 Veterans for Ron Paul March on the White House (Incredible Footage) Anonymous Pay close attention to the average age of this march, Paul does not have a chance in hell to be President. Anonymous Yo Jed: I never thought Paul had a chance to win after we brought Leonard Gates to speak in Maine during the 1990’s to talk about the voter fraud he was committing for taxpayer funded FBI agents in Cincinnati. Google his name with the words fbi voter fraud what I did pay attention to in the video was the rage in their voices, eh? Anonymous The Senator makes some great observations about the growing schism between the parties and the dysfunction of process in the Senate. In making this statement, she focuses attention on the costs of ideological mutual exclusivity and isolationism. In suggesting the senate cannot repair these shortcomings from within, Snowe seems to be directly addressing the use of filibuster reform to promote action. Instead she says that “there must be benefits from working across the aisle”. This is exactly the trouble with ideologues. They cannot get past their visceral reactions to work towards even incremental gains. I agree with this diagnosis. Filibuster reform is tempting and would certainly mean that “more” legislation gets passed, but that is not necessarily an indicator of the quality. The people would really benefit most from legislation that takes the best of what the two sides have to offer on a given issue and work to distill this into even better legislation. This is how it used to happen. It happened this way before the money settled in and gummed up the workings. It happened this way before the media was engaged in selling ideology disguised as “news”. Presently, the divides run too deep to make it politically practical to work across the aisle. The cynicism that prevails with each party reviling the other has reached the point where there is no longer any overlap. Alternate universes exist and they share no points of tangency. What are we to do? Only a few things could alter this clear and complete division. A national catastrophe could reunite us behind overcoming some external adversity. That happens if it happens and can’t be summoned on request. The division could become even more institutional as well. In the lead up to the civil war, tension ran high and compromise was not happening. The actual dissolution of the nation ended the bickering within this body, but the nation was no longer one. Does the division and subsequent dysfunction of the Senate foreshadow an even greater divide in Americas immanent future? Aside from the fascinating political gyrations this has unleashed, it is worth reflecting on the factors that informed her decision and asking ourselves what we can or should do to mend this broken institution. I fear the “do nothing” approach will result in even greater mutual disdain and further deterioration of the effectiveness of government. I will continue to hope that something will unify and propel us in the direction of progress and action. Anonymous French President Nicolas Sarkozy just tweeted the Greek endorsing her end run for the US Presidency. He expects to make a trip to Maine to show his support but first has some unfinished business. LOL Friday 02 March 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9118178/Nicolas-Sarkozy-takes-shelter-from-egg-throwing-mob.html Nicolas Sarkozy takes shelter from egg-throwing mob Nicolas Sarkozy was forced to hide in a bar after protestors threatened to beat him up during a campaign trip. Anonymous You have written a very thoughtful post. Well one thought is that Senator Snowe could have stayed and not buckled to McConnell’s dictates and his threats of stripping her of her committee seniority which I have seen reported. She could have begun a public discussion of the dysfunction while remaining in the senate. If she had done so she would have lost her power within the ‘party’ but she would have distinguished herself and her legacy. Anonymous This is a profound analysis. Unfortunately, it often seems that people read and/or write the one-liners and short acerbic statements, rather than giving due consideration to introspective discourse. Rob Brown I think the biggest problem with our leadership is that our leader election process for various offices is geared to maximize this kind of problem. to win primary slots with a major party, usually the only way to get elected, you have to please the motivated primary voters, who are more extreme ideologues than the general populace. You can’t really run as an independant very effectively in most cases, unless you are very wealthy and even then you’re at a disadvantage. here in maine our independent tradition is strong but it’s still hard to run that way. to beat this we need to fix our electoral system. When we can vote for candidates that match our ideals instead of the “lesser of two evils”, accountability can be had and polarization reduced. 1. Ranked choice is necessary, as our “first past the post” system breaks when more than 2 candidates are involved if the “will of the voters” is to mean anything. and we must be able to have functional races with more than 2 candidates to have accountability and get past the “lesser of two evils” situation that makes everyone lock into the two poles every cycle. the parties will still be important, but they will not be the only game in town and they will not need primary election cycles. They can weed their own fields as they see fit of course. 2. Public election funding/ending private money in elections is necessary. the politicians must be primarily accountable to the electorate, not to their campaign donors. Private money to politicians is just bribery by a different name. Clean election systems can be used as a model for awarding funding directly through demonstration of grassroots support. Just some ideas. but I hope king, cutler, snowe, and other people who actually care about the welfare of our country come together for this kind of sweeping institutional change. the system is broken: we must fix the system. Anonymous a liberal is someone who walks out of the room when an argument turns into a fight. a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. LOL You don’t get it do you : Snowe is the next President of the United States,eh? All her speeches from today and on are crafted for the Presidential sound bite. Guest You forget that the liberal started the fight in the first place. Anonymous Why is it so hard for you all to figure out why she’s leaving the Senate? Who do you think is running for Vice President with Obama in 2012? She’s shown her love and devotion to him over and over and over again! Remember without Maine’s disgrace Obumacare would never have left the Senate!!! Anonymous Good riddance, Olympia Snowe, D-Maine Anonymous um,she’s a Republican… Guest How can you tell? Anonymous yeah, okay Anonymous If the senate is not living up to what the forefathers envisioned then I think that is all the more reason not to give up and throw in the towel, or you have on the country. Where in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence does it say anything about minority rights? I can however show you where it says in the Declaration of Independence “mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” I see it every day. To much of a hassle to go to city hall or argue, with a business, etc. They will just sit there instead. It also says, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” We are to protect mankind and people from being oppressed whether they are minority or not. Yes, we rule for the majority, but are to protect the oppressed. Although, good luck finding enough guards to provide for future security. Great example of parties voting for their side as a hierarchical species those in power fight for more power, and others fight to take power, “evils are sufferable.”. Evils can also be inanimate objects or forces of nature. If people are not working to find common ground they are not following the Declaration of Independence and how it states, “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. If we cannot respect that we all have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I think we might as well put the Declaration of Independence through a shredder and stop displaying it in Washington D.C. Anymore than the Articles of Confederation. Good luck to the Senator Olympie J. Snowe, and all your future endeavors, and hope you position yourself to do greater things. Anonymous The respect for the Flag, and Country have been lost, just watch any sporting event, starting with the H.S. Basket ball games next weekend, and pay attention to how many people no longer respect the National Anthem, players, coaches, and fans alike, this is what is being taught in the schools, there seems to be very few showing respect today. Guest She’s a victim of the internet. With online news, anyone can see how Olympia and her comrades are stabbing the taxpayers in the back. No need to swallow the manure the BDN serves up. Anonymous Good bye and stay gone! you destroyed enough with your ridiculous voting recently you knew you were going to LOSE,,,I as well wonder what someone must have had on you …you spent an awful lot of mponey to run again already and now your not?????? something is not right here charles I believe not only is Maine losing a honorable Senator but so is the whole country, she was looked up to by many around the country. She worked hard for the good of this nation and help get things done for Maine’s defense workers. 70stillworking Senator Snowe was tired of trying to represent the people of Maine while she had to buck the “good old boy system” in the Senate. It is a shame she had to quit. She was such a good role model for anyone who would go into public service. Good Luck to you Senator Snowe Anonymous http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/snowe/ Anonymous maine is one of the biggests welfare states in the union. thank you snow, for the snow job. Anonymous Occupy Wall Street called an emergency meeting to honor Olympia when they heard she was leaving the US Senate. watch the video Friday, 02 March 2012 21:50 US Military Interventions at Occupy Wall Street http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/must-see-videos/item/6726-us-military-interventions-at-occupy-wall-street fred flintstone Olympia. Nice person. Misguided senator. Anonymous Snowe was only too happy to use her reputation as a moderate, waving it like a flag, when congress was trying to come up with a reasonable health care reform law. She led everyone to believe that she would support the legislation, for weeks and weeks, but all she did was stall the process long enough for her cronies to water it down, and then she turned her back and voted against it anyway. A perfect example of how Snowe has always scampered back to the herd whenever she has had a chance to make a difference, to let her “moderate” voice be heard. Anonymous Term limits, no pensions, no paid health insurance. People in office need to feel what the rest of the country is feeling and if the did, things would change real fast. Guest She entered public life with modest means, earned a maximum of $170k per year over her career and leaves office with a net worth of $9.3 million. She’s got some nerve accusing everyone else in Washington of being to blame. She got filthy rich in the senate. Anonymous Senator Snowe never learned that you cannot find common ground with liberals. The only thing that works is their defeat. They must be beaten back. They do not compromise. They just keep taking, taking and taking. Once they have enough folks totally dependent on government handouts they will have perpetual re-election support. Anonymous What twisted hall of mirrors are you living in? We should send the police over immediately to confiscate the high powered hallucinogens you are clearly ingesting… Anonymous The people of Maine don’t realize what they are loosing. Thank you Senator for all your years of service to the people of the State of Maine and the great USA. Anonymous She was forced out of Washington by the corporations who took over our government. Like they took over the Supreme Court. Anonymous Infuriating that in her op-ed ‘Why I am leaving the Senate,’ Sen Snowe claims that the Senate has a “requirement of a supermajority to pass significant legislation” and that this requirement ought to encourage “its members to work in a bipartisan fashion.” It’s a good thing she’s stepping down if 18 years in the Senate has not taught her how the place works. The Senate can pass bills with a simple majority of votes. The Senate cannot break a filibuster without a supermajority of votes. That a supermajority has become necessary to pass legislation is due to Republican obstructionism and Mitch McConnell’s decision to deny the President any legislative accomplishment by making filibusters a regular maneuver instead of a rare one. The supermajority requirement to vote cloture and end a filibuster is not an opportunity to display bipartisanship but is currently a sign of completely irresponsible leadership with whom compromise has proven impossible. Anonymous Infuriating that in her op-ed ‘Why I am leaving the Senate,’ Sen Snowe claims that the Senate has a “requirement of a supermajority to pass significant legislation” and that this requirement ought to encourage “its members to work in a bipartisan fashion.” It’s a good thing she’s stepping down if 18 years in the Senate has not taught her how the place works. The Senate can pass bills with a simple majority of votes. The Senate cannot break a filibuster without a supermajority of votes. That a supermajority has become necessary to pass legislation is due to Republican obstructionism and Mitch McConnell’s decision to deny the President any legislative accomplishment by making filibusters a regular maneuver instead of a rare one. The supermajority requirement to vote cloture and end a filibuster is not an opportunity to display bipartisanship but is currently a sign of completely irresponsible leadership with whom compromise has proven impossible. E R The woman single handedly gave us obamacare by casting the deciding vote to let that monstrosity out of committee. Even yesterday she voted (sole repub) with the dems against the Blunt ammendment. She is nothing but a democrat infiltrator. Her exit probably has a lot to do with the ongoing fraud investigation against her husband. Good riddance. Anonymous Infuriating that in her op-ed ‘Why I am leaving the Senate,’ Sen Snowe claims that the Senate has a “requirement of a supermajority to pass significant legislation” and that this requirement ought to encourage “its members to work in a bipartisan fashion.” It’s a good thing she’s stepping down if 18 years in the Senate has not taught her how the place works. The Senate can pass significant legislation with a simple majority of votes. The Senate cannot break a filibuster without a supermajority of votes. That a supermajority has become necessary to pass legislation is due to Republican obstructionism and Mitch McConnell’s decision to deny the President any legislative accomplishment by making filibusters a regular maneuver instead of a rare one. The supermajority requirement to vote cloture to end a filibuster is not an opportunity to display bipartisanship but is currently a sign of completely irresponsible leadership with whom compromise has proven impossible. Anonymous What a tragedy to lose one of the last living links to the Republican Party as it once was: deliberative, financially fair minded and committed to the benefit of the country as a whole and not just the interests of a very few. I am a truly sorry Senator Snowe gave up the battle for the middle ground so easily. Anonymous Too bad Sen. Snowe didn’t emulate her predecessor, Margaret Chase Smith, and read a “Declaration of Conscience” on the Senate floor when the incivility began to escalate.