It's unfortunate that Ravenel's personal behavior has come to dominate this discussion. The condescension and hypocrisy of our elected officials deserves recognition.
Our government is spiraling out of control. These NSA/CIA allegations are the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully Edward Snowden saves some of the better stuff for later.
It's not about the history of S.C.,It's about Glenn McConnell & the NAACP. Glenn has done a lot more for ALL of the people of S.C. than the NAACP. Fact. And of course the history of the great state of SOUTH CAROLINA wouldn't BE without people like GLenn. USS HUNLEY
T-Rav is a libertarian?
The hyperactive response to Edward Snowden from both sides of the political aisle has been disgusting and the fact that no one in Washington has the balls to come to his defense has been disappointing. The corporate press have even been complicit in his vilification and have worked to keep the focus of the media on Snowden himself rather than the issues that he's revealing. Snowden's decision to slow play his hand has been brilliant as well as courageous. Once the media asked every politician in Washington whether they thought Snowden was a traitor, he became old news and the media have been forced to deal with the information that he's providing.
Glenn Greenwald has also been fantastic in getting the information out. I was skeptical of his move to First Look and the whole idea of truly independent and "new" digital media but The Intercept is a great site that is completely dedicated to pursuing the information Snowden reveals. (https://firstlook.org/theintercept/) First Look has recently hired another one of my favorite journalists in Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone. I can't wait to see what he brings to the site.
A lack of transparency in government is one the issues that infuriated me about the Bush Administration and despite campaigning on a need for transparency, if anything, Obama has been worse. We need our legislators to check the power of the Executive Branch and exercise their oversight responsibility and too often we have seen our Senators abdicate their responsibilities in this regard. Thomas is clearly capitalizing on a political opportunity to hammer Graham on his hypocrisy but I agree with him on the issue and respect his willingness to offer a little support to Snowden's cause.
But if Thomas hopes to revive his political career, he'll have to do more than talk a good game. I think people would be willing to overlook his playboy past if they knew it was in his past. Southern Charm is not helping him shed his reputation. Stop me if you've heard this one: Thomas pulls more tail than a special needs class in a petting zoo. We all love a story of redemption but the person needs to actually do something to redeem themselves. What is Thomas doing beyond playing polo, getting drunk on random Wednesday afternoons, and having children out of wedlock? I'm not some prude who wants to put value judgments on his personal life, but I would like to see evidence that he's willing to put his money where his mouth is. He should do what other rich people do and start a foundation and WORK for the causes he says he believes in. Only then would I believe that he would faithfully represent We the People and not just join the DC cocktail party circuit while abdicating his oversight responsibility to the Executive Branch like every other politician in Washington.
I agree with what a lot of you say about TR but you are just adding fuel to the fire. You read his article because of the name. The website gets hits, the advertisers get excited, etc, etc. So just know while you complain about him, all you are doing is helping him.
He was a sweet man. I'll miss his super smiley self.
Instead of focusing on the writer, how about the article. Many of the pro NSA spying legislature are now up in arms that the CIA has been doing the same to them. We deserve privacy for every member of this nation, and I am for one glad that these politicians are now getting their spoonful. Hopefully some empathy can be gained from this situation.
Listen, I need to get my hands on 454 grams of cocaine for personal use. Anyone know anyone who could help me out. Lookin' at you TR!
TR says he doesn't care what others think of him....so why should we think his opinions are valid or worth discussing. Someone with such poor judgment (and an over-rated sense of self worth) with regards to his attitudes and behavior should remember the old adage: "Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
I'm glad Reagan's law of "never speak ill of another Republican" is over.
I just love watching these guys try to kill each other off.
Wasn't the 10th amendment basically overturned by the 14th and 17th? Because I'm thinking that there were a whole lot of things that couldn't be done after those that could be done before (like slavery as the largest example).
Why are you publishing this crap? Oh yeah, to fill the comment section. Sorry
Thank you for this. This means a lot to me as I'm sure it does all his friends and family. He was a rare soul. A free thinker with unique, refreshing perspectives. A passionate, loving man with a lust for life and keen sensibilities and an extraordinary eye for detail. His spirituality and philosophies were deeply rooted in love and respect. A truly unique one of a kind kinda guy with a lot of light. I was intigued and fascinated by him from the very first conversation i had witj him years ago. He was a pleasure to work for and beside and to call a friend. He will be missed. Rest easy, my brother.
You have to wonder about this guy's judgement. He gets a 21 year old who sleeps around with three guys on Southern Charm pregnant all of which is played out on a trashy realty show for his future daughter to see and his best friend JD (John David) Madison and wife Elizabeth have numerous forclosures and lawsuits against both of them which is all public record. And you expect to have any credibility with anyone Ravenel?
Is anyone really listening to Thomas Ravenel?
TEA party activist started out with what seemed like a good idea. Minimal governmental intervention was one of the precepts. Politicians did not create or cause in any way the possible or probable new zygote. Politicians will not be around to nurture, feed, clothe, correct and raise that child. Many of today's politicians have slashed budgets of Food Stamps and Housing Assistance. Today's politicians have slashed school budgets and cut funding for colleges and universities. What gives politicians the right to interfere with a woman's right to make her own decision about her body? Michelle Bachmann said, "Government is not the church and should never be our doctors office!" She said this at CPAC. No man, no politician who didn't contribute in any way to the making of a child should have any say over another based on his/her own religious beliefs.
Beaver stankaroos??? Hahaha!! Too funny!!!
All political ads are for someone or against someone. The discerning voter will research who is on their side and who isn't! Political yahoos cry loss of freedom, supporting the Constitution, 2nd, 4th and 10th Amendment, limiting government intrusion, free enterprise to help strengthen families. So tell me how interfering with a woman right to choose what will happen to her body will strengthen families? How will repeated blocking of voter access improve freedoms? Will performing background checks on gun buyers inhibit their ability to get guns? Who should have authority to intervene when polluters damage rivers and waterways, grounds, soils and backyards? Should the state and federal government have some say over Big Oil, Gas and Coal and hold them liable for any damages incurred? How will communities get rectification without state or federal governmental intervention to control the mega-corporations when they create instances like Love Canal, the Brio Site, the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, the coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia and the 2013 Mayflower oil spill occurred on March 29, 2013, when an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying Canadian Wabasca heavy crude from the Athabasca oil sands ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock? What recourse does the average person on the street have against huge corporations who have mega-dollar lawyers and accountants on their side? What could go wrong?
Lets beef up the musical lineup a little and get a decade or two of history behind it before we start dubbing Dig South the next SXSW.
And change the name.
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