Keep our freedoms

I am sure that the people of Maine were very happy to hear that Gov. Paul LePage has, with a stoke of his pen, reversed 235 years of American history.

In a move last week, LePage appointed himself the new King Paul. He has made himself the sole arbiter of all new regulations and/or rules that can go into effect throughout the state.

Initially elected by only 39 percent of the popular vote, he has now decided that he, and he alone, has the knowledge and experience to decide what is best for the entire state of Maine.

He does not speak for me, and I am sure there are many others who share my sentiments.

His move follows along the same move taken by Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, another man elected by a minority vote. Thank goodness the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Scott overstepped his constitutional authority.

It is time that the majority of the people, those who do not agree with the wacky extremist members of the new Republican cult, speak up and tell them that they will not be allowed to strip the people of their rights. That the public will fight back with everything they have to keep the freedoms enjoyed today.

People threw off the yoke of a king before, and they can and will do it again.

Robert Tremaine, Livermore Falls

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KRIS KUCERA's picture

Nice Hog's Breath

Only been there once, in '91, right after Homestead was devastated. Don't remember much -- themz wuz crazy times back then -- other than an obligatory visit to the Hog's Breath (I'm a big Ernest fan), and having a double-shot-of-Wild-Turkey-101-proof mishap in the Holiday Inn's hot tub that resulted in a good deal of vomit in said hot tub. Thank goodness there was no YouTube or Fakebook back then, or I'd really be ruined.

Okay, now I'm really done blogging for today. Me swears. Rock on. . . .

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Haha...great to hear from a

Haha...great to hear from a moderate liberal. Actually, the parrot was responsible for that partisan, righteous comment. Naughty bird; he angered you.

Which parts of the last two paragraphs of your post are not partisan and righteous? Just asking.

KRIS KUCERA's picture


In the words of Groucho Marx: I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.

Alas! I am an unenrolled voter. I prefer the pragmatist label, as in solutions over dogma. (Didn't I infer that I would consider Huntsman, a Republican. *shudder*) And I ain't "angry," just disenchanted with the general vitriol of both sides of the fence, especially the conservative Get-off-my-lawn!-you-damn-kids side.

I don't see you acknowledging LePage's new unitary-executive control. Methinks that is not the will of the people, but the whim of a cavalier and ruthless politician. I thought the Founders wanted a separation of powers, not a consolidation of them.

Btw, your parrot has worms.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You give me very little to

You give me very little to disagree with. However, the parrot suffers from flat feet and poor penmanship, both of which are often misdiagnosed in parrots, as worms. Thanks for pointing it out, though.
The Pirate, although registered as an independent voter, would vote for a democrat should one come along that wastn't full of crap.
Lepage? He'll get the job done, I suppose, but really needs to polish his act a bit.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Last one today:

Can't we all get a bong?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Haha..don't know if you've

Haha..don't know if you've ever been to Key West, but down on Duval Street is a street peddler who walks around up and down Duval with a dog on a leash. On top of the dog is a live cat and on top of the cat is a live white mouse. A sign around the dog's neck reads, "Can't we all just get along?". Pretty cool.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great letter; plenty of

Great letter; plenty of emotion, allegations, and inflammatory rhetoric, but only ONE documented fact.
The tribe has spoken, Robert; your letter should have been rejected by the editorial staff.

KRIS KUCERA's picture


I had previously thought the Pirate was a pretty reasonable and clever poster, but your partisan, righteous comments as of late, such as the above -- the letter should've been rejected?!? -- have me realizing the Pirate is actually just Paul, a right-wing malcontent who wants to blame Obama for everything. Set your White Whale free, Paul, and maybe clean your poop deck -- 'cause it's full of it.

Obama is admittedly be tanking, with no help whatsoever from an overly partisan GOP Congress (half of Republicans WANTED us to default on our debt), but do you really want a gunslinging theocrat like Rick Perry in charge? Or the slippery-as-an-eel, double-tongued Romney? Or a bat-[feces]-crazy Bachmann? As Roger Waters wrote, What god wants god gets god help us all.

Too bad your (I'm presuming) party won't nominate Huntsman, an extremely capable yet non-extreme man, much like the Maine Republicans should have nominated for governor a very respectable Peter Mills; yet they instead paved the way for the bombastic and impetuous LePage, who will now rule the state by executive decree. And that's not hyperbole, it's a thumb-your-nose-at-the-Constitution fact.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"I had previously thought the

"I had previously thought the Pirate was a pretty reasonable and clever poster"..
You are absolutely correct on that one. The rest of your post isn't much different from the Pirate's post telling Robert his letter shouldn't have been printed. Nobody gets any slack these days.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

*Ego Alert*

Well, someone is certainly fond of oneself. Isn't it time for you and your TEA Party brethren to fondle your treasure? Because obviously life is all about evil taxes, as in Taxed Enough Already. (I take it the My Money, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine! Party name was already taken?)

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I thought... was YOU who approved the letters for this publication. After all, you tell anyone who disagrees with you what their mental deformities are.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture're still angry're still angry with me. Many disagree with me and I, as you may have gathered, disagree with many, particularly when they choose to distort the truth. And, no, I'm not referring to you, specifically. That's what makes this place fun. BTW--"you tell anyone who disagrees with you what their mental deformities are"...where is that coming from?


On the good side

There is a good chance that he will become so bogged down with the minutiae of this that he will leave the art work alone. One could wish but I suspect he has no intention of doing all that reading. He will most likely just throw all of them out without even looking at them since he is against regulations in general. It's not a bad system when you think about it. We can just wait until people get sick from eating bad food, and paint starts peeling from river fumes and people's hair is catching fire in the beauty salon and then we will know which regulations were needed after all.

Joe Morin's picture

Had me 'till...

"the wacky extremist members of the new Republican cult, speak up and tell them that they will not be allowed to strip the people of their rights." Look, if you can call the Republican Party a cult...Never mind whats the point...

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We threw off the yoke of a King ...

... and exchanged it for the yoke of a Baldacci. Now that the weight is finally coming off altogether, there will be people who can't deal with the missing burden. Chances are good that they come from the 19% of the popular vote who supported the last Democrat candidate.

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or maybe the 61% who voted against LePage?

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Patience ...

Yes, Lilly, thank you for noticing that 100 take away 39 leaves 61. Good job! Don't forget it was 62% who voted against Baldacci last time. I realize it's uncomfortable for some to remember things like that, but you can if you put your mind to it.

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I give up...

...what does Baldacci have to do with LePage's performance - or lack of it. Oh, I see. A smoke screen to cover up the truth. Or lack of it.

Jason Theriault's picture

So what your saying...

Is that LePage is the republican version of Baldacci?

Ohhhh, that's is a super duper ringing endorsement.

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I'm not endorsing anyone.

The 61%-ers are beating their gums about changing the mechanism from plurality to majority. That's nice, but suppose at the next gubernatorial election, the Democrat wins. (I'll pause for the wild, mindless cheering ...) And further suppose the win is 39% or less. Will this organization, and all those who support them, continue to demand the change? Or will they just go quietly into the night? My money is on the latter, because it's impossible to overestimate the hypocrisy of Democrats.

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The 61%-ers...

...will be heard in the next election. Count on it.

Jim Cyr's picture

I just

hope they are all of legal residence!

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Are you accusing me...

...of being an illegal alien?

Jim Cyr's picture

Illegal alien?

How in God's name did you arrive at that conclusion? Are you the 2nd King of Spin?


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