Why I Consider Myself a Republican

16 11 2008

This is another off-the-cuff thing, so excuse run-on sentences, bad punctuation, and the like!  I’m going to break this down into topics.

First, let me say that I do consider myself a conservative Republican.  That does not make me a racist.  I would have had no problem voting for a black President, just not Barack Obama.  I am not bashing anyone who voted for him.  This is just an opinion piece.  MY opinion.  Everyone is entitled to their own, and I don’t like you any less if you don’t agree with me.  Let’s just agree to disagree, okay?

I am not a religious person.  I don’t believe that I ever was.  I consider myself an atheist, but I have no problem with religious people and I do think that religion can help you become a better, morally sound person.  However, I feel that you can also be those things without religion.  I don’t need a book to tell me that it’s wrong to steal, cheat, lie, and kill.  If you’re interested in reading the blog I wrote about atheism, maybe I’ll post it someday. I AM going somewhere with this, by the way.

Homosexuality and Gay Marriage:

I have no problem with homosexuality.  I also think that gay people are born gay.  I think that each church should be allowed to choose whether or not they want to perform same-sex marriages.  I think that they should have the same rights as married couples.  My problem is that I don’t want my kids to be taught about gay marriage in school.  I don’t want my kids to be taught about any marriage or sex in school.  It is MY responsibility to teach my kids those things.  Just like I will teach them about religion (all religions) and let them choose their own path.

Global Warming/Environment/Energy Blah Blah:

I think that it’s great that this country has made so many advances to take steps towards making the world a cleaner, more efficient place.  However, scientists have done extensive research and pretty much said that this is horseshit, and I believe scientists over Al Gore.  Sorry.  Also, I believe in an “all of the above” approach to securing energy independence.  Wind, water, oil, coal, natural gas, hamsters on wheels… whatever.  And all of you “NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)” assholes, you can pay $5 a gallon for gas.  Put that shit in my backyard please, but gimme free energy!

Politicians:

If I ever ran for office I would make a website, give all of my constituents a log in and password, and have them cast a vote on each issue that I had to vote for.  Then I would vote however they wanted me to.  I know that’s probably not realistic, but I thought that politicians “represent” the people?  Didn’t the people want off-shore drilling?  Didn’t the people oppose the bailout?  I used to work for the government.  Believe me when I say that they don’t know better than you.  They vote how they want to.

Welfare:

I believe that no matter who you are, you control your life.  I don’t care if you grew up in a box under a bridge in Queens, you control your own success.  You can sit there in that box all day and mope about how shitty your life is, or you can find a way to make a couple bucks, go to the Salvation Army and get an outfit, and do job interviews.  “But what job will hire me?  A helpless, homeless man?”  – McDonald’s.  There, I said it. I do think that Welfare is okay to a certain extent.  People fall on hard times, yes, and need a boost.  Okay – but don’t pay these fools more money than they can make working.  Make it the bare minimum.  I know people on Welfare right now who just went out and bought a PS3.  Hello?  I don’t have a PS3.  I think there should be time limits, piss tests, and all other kinds of goodies if you want government help.  Sorry.  Don’t blame me – blame all the other assholes who take that govt check and drink it, smoke it, or snort it.

War:

Admit it, in 2001 you were all about blowing some asshole terrorists up.  I’ve been there, have you?  Can you even find Iraq on a map?  How about Afghanistan?  That’s all I gotta say.

Immigration:

I think that our borders should be secured and that there should be a legal way for anyone to become an American citizen.  America is the greatest country in the world, and I don’t blame all these people for wanting to come here.  The problem is that they have it better than some of us.  Health care, Housing, Welfare – all provided by the taxpayers!  Become a citizen, then you can mooch off the Govt like half the country already does.  Legally!

Taxes:

Flat tax.  I’m not rich, but I truly don’t believe that it’s fair that the top 5% pay 50% of our taxes.  Most of them worked hard to be successful, or their parents did.  We shouldn’t tell them how to spend it.

Abortion:

I am “technically” pro-choice.  Whoa, I know.  BUT I consider myself Pro-Life with exceptions.  Lol.  I do NOT believe in abortion as birth control.  However, I believe in terminating for medical reasons.  Such as – serious birth defects that would most likely result in death anyway. A good example : anencephaly.  Also, if the life of the mother is in serious danger, I would accept that as a good reason, probably.  I may even except incest, but I believe that adoption may be acceptable there.
I understand a woman’s right to choose, because it is her body, but come on!  That’s a baby in there.  Especially once you’re past the first trimester.  It’s your own damn fault you got pregnant (in most cases).  There are so many families out there who can’t have children that would happily accept your unwanted child into their lives, and I think that adoption should be at least looked into before aborting.  As the mother of an unplanned child, you will NEVER convince me that abortion is good just because you aren’t ready, you can’t afford it, or you don’t want stretch marks.  Because I felt all of those ways, too.  My daughter is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Also, this whole thing about how if abortion is banned, people will start busting out the coat hanger and dying because they jabbed themselves in the crotch… That’s your own damn fault!!!!!!!  If you take a sharp, pointy, metal thing and shove it between your legs, and you fuck yourself all up, don’t blame the government.

Stimulus rebates:

Fucking. Stupid.  They don’t work and they are more hassle than good.

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Not all Republicans are rich, bible-thumping, gay-hating, racist assholes.  I am none of the above.  I am a lower-middle-class Army wife, veteran, atheist mother who went through a stage of bi-curiosity!

So, hate me if you wish.  Tell me where you and I disagree.  Did I forgot a topic?  Tell me what!

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17 11 2008
jdhays

OK, I’ll bite. Abby, I come from the progressive-liberal side of the spectrum, but I could never hate you for being an outspoken conservative Republican. You are too smart, funny and quick-witted. Finding that combo in a conservative Republican is a curiosity to me. I suspect we actually would find a lot of common ground as I read your post. You and I both are parents, we each have a daughter–yours is really precious in the “About Me” photo, by the way. We both want to hand on a better world for our children and we’re both passionate about what we stand for. I’m glad to read your positions on homosexuality and abortion. Those are other areas of common ground. My main gripe with many Republican politicians is the way they try to use these issues as wedge issues in their campaigns, but in real life are as tolerant and open minded as most of us. The gay marriage issue for me is one best solved by civil unions which grant the same legal protections and rights under law to gay couples as hetero couples. There are some churches that offer marriage rituals for gays and I say good for them.

The issue we might discuss further is the one you lay out regarding welfare, which also includes poverty and homelessness. This is a big issue for me, since in my area these are big problems. You basically say that a person can’t blame their environment for their situation, it’s up to them to get off their ass and get a job. I respond by lifting up the average age of a person who is not going to sleep in their home tonight. The average age, nationally is 10 years old. Our church is increasingly involved with a non-profit program designed to help homeless families, especially the children in these families. It’s a great program because it screens out the street corner pan handlers and works with folks who do in fact want to work hard to change their circumstances. And we’re finding that these people already work hard, long hours, sometimes at two low-wage jobs; but because of an injury or illness, or loss of one of those jobs, they find themselves and their kids on the street.
I’ve got other disagreements with you on global warming (and it is the science that informs my position) and the value of religion. But screw that! I’m just glad to run into a conservative I like to read and chat with on a blog-wise basis.
By the way, if this stream of consciousness posting gets you to post more often, then by all means go for it!

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17 11 2008
James

I agree wholly with you on all topics. I actually wrote a blog about much of the same discussing the cross between religion and gay marriage: http://sproif.com/2007/09/12/why-homosexual-couples-shouldnt-be-married/

It all comes down to the word marriage because it’s both a religious sacrament AND a union in the eyes of the government.

I’m atheist/agnostic as are you but have no problems with religion. Basically, I consider religion to be a club. The club rules state marriage is between a man and a woman and I’m fine with that. But outside of that club (aka the government), two human beings who decide to work together to make it in the world should be able to be united in their journey and have all the same benefits regardless of sex. In that regard, I consider civil unions to be that equivalent solution, unless there are any footnotes based on sex due to religious sacrament. It’s just that people try to differentiate civil union (in the eyes of the government) from marriage (in the eyes of the government, not religion).

Marriage has become a generic term, much like Xerox is a generic term for copying (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genericized_trademark)

17 11 2008
Abby

Thanks for the comments guys.

@JD – My solution to the homeless problem (lol I guess that’s what you could call it) really only refers to those of working age. There is no reason a 10yo should be living on the street, and more should be done to help children in that situation. However, we can’t afford to do it because the US is paying alcoholics and drug addicts to sit on their asses and do nothing because addiction is a disease. Enforce random drug testing (and cut off their welfare if positive) and use the money you save there to help get kids off the street. Give more incentives to families who accept foster children, and also follow up on the foster parents! It’s sickening how children who do get pulled off the street end up in foster homes where they are exploited and abused. Cut all the stupid government spending (don’t get me started on that) and we would have lots of money to do things like that!

@James –
The whole concept of marriage/civil union confuses the hell out of me. My husband and I were not married in a church. We were married by a JP. We have the same rights as any “married” couple. Why can’t homosexuals go to a JP and get married and have the same thing we have? Dumb.
Xerox doesn’t mean “copy”? WHAT?! (j/k) Like tissues = Kleenex. And Band-Aids! 🙂

17 11 2008
James

That’s exactly what I’m talking about. If you want to participate in the sacrament of marriage, you should have to go to the church and get married, then go to the JP and be united in the eyes of the government, where you then get your “marriage” (read: civil union) license.

There’s the entire argument summed up into two words right there. Marriage License. Might as well translate them into their equivalent terms: Religious Government-Document.

17 11 2008
Abby

@James –
We should run for office. This shit is just too easy.

18 11 2008
James

The worst part about voting… and voting R or D.. is that brick wall divide with staunch R’s and staunch D’s catapulting “gay marriage” and “abortion” boulders over the wall. I wish this were a free state in that you were allowed to vote for people based on your/their beliefs…. But no, I must vote elephant because i have an elephant on my shirt.

Well run as the AMajor/Sproif ticket in 2009 against Palin.

18 11 2008
James

That was totally supposed to be we’ll… apostrophe key stuck….

8 01 2009
mcreams911

Love the blog, I agree with you 100% I’m a conservative in Mass so there aren’t many people here that share my ideas / thoughts. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading 🙂

12 01 2009
Bowzer

Abby, glad to hear you missed us. Put Up Your Dukes is back in action, so we clearly need your presence there immediately.

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