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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It’s That Time of Year…

14 10 2008

Autumn, aka “Fall”.

I lived in the same house from the time I was born until one day in 2004.  Nearly 20 years.  I never appreciated my surroundings because I saw them every single day and it was what it was.  Besides, I was busy being young and stupid.

I went off to the Army that day in April ’04 and found myself in South Carolina.  I was kinda busy while I was there, and I never really got the opportunity to look around.  July 1st I left the East coast for Arizona.  I arrived at 1am.  It was dark.  I woke up the next morning and walked outside to be surrounded by one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen in my life.  Sierra Vista, AZ.  It’s a pretty crappy little town, but gorgeous none the less.  It looked very similar to this:

I was from the East coast and had never travelled far enough away to see anything like this.  I live in the Appalachian Mountains but .. they do not compare.  They’re hardly mountains.  THESE – are mountains!!

Every night the sun set, and it looked like this:

Every single night the sky burned red.  Needless to say, I was very very sad to leave in November.  I was off to Texas.

I can sum Texas scenery up in one picture:

BORING.  I’ve “lived” in TX since Dec 1, 2004.  It’s getting old quickly.  You never hear anyone talking about the beautiful TX scenery.  If there is any, I haven’t seen it.  But I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder or some shit.

I say “lived” because in 2006 I lived in Baghdad.  I didn’t get out much, but I didn’t mind.  Because out looked like this:

Dead bodies and all.  Kinda glad I got to skip out on most of that.

Anyway, let me get back to the point.  Today, I went to work.  Work was in the middle of Nowhere, PA. Until today I thought that the red mountains in AZ were the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.

They really look much redder in real life!

I’d just never really looked at Pennsylvania autumn before.

That last pic is of a “Burning Bush”.  I don’t know what they’re really called but this picture doesn’t do it justice.  They are so red you can pick one out on the side of a mountain.

Anyway, I almost wrecked my car today a few times trying looking at the fall scenery.  It’s just funny to me that I’ve lived here almost my entire life, and yet I never really saw what was right in front of me. My husband is in Iraq (again) and came to visit us in April, just as the trees were turning green, and he was amazed at how beautiful Pennsylvania was.  I told him how much prettier it was in the fall, and yet I had forgotten myself what it looked like.

When I head back to Texas this winter, maybe I will find some beautiful scenery that I had never noticed before.

I doubt it.

*All pics are from Google Image Search except for the Pennsylvania pictures, which come from http://www.fallinpa.com – Also the red mountain picture is from John @ http://www.gemstoneartist.com (sorry!)