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I recently saw a graphic from the left about what republicans have supposedly done to our country.  If I’m totally honest, it made me pretty upset.  Just another example of how vilified republicans and conservatives are.  It’s getting really annoying.  And, I’d really like to see the facts on some of these claims.  I mean, when I don’t like a policy, I can tell you exactly why, and back it up with history and facts.  As much as I’ve asked people to explain some of these things to me and give me any evidence, I’ve yet to get any.  Why is it those on the left can get away with all kinds of lies and manipulation of the truth and a republican says fact about why they don’t like a liberal policy and suddenly they are the hateful one?  What the heck is that about?!

Anyhow, I thought I’d share the picture here and give you all my thoughts on it.

First, here’s the picture:

 

Now, I’d like to share my thoughts on these things.  One by one, here we go.  Please tell me if I’m missing something.

  • War on Women’s reproductive rights. NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL AWAY!!! Let me repeat that. NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL AWAY!!! Just because some people don’t personally believe in birth control doesn’t mean they want to pass legislation to take it away from people. We just don’t believe the government should tell a PRIVATE business what they have to cover. Also, we believe killing babies through abortion is wrong. (Incidentally, if someone kills a pregnant woman, they are charged with two counts of murder. But, apparently if a woman wants to kill her own baby, that’s ok??)
  • Second, NO ONE IS TRYING TO END WIC. We simply believe that there should be checks and balances to these systems and that they would be better run not by the government but by private churches and charities. We also believe that there are way too many abuses and much waste in these programs. We also don’t believe illegal immigrants should receive these benefits.
  • Third: War on NPR. You’ve got to be kidding right?! Seriously, that is a load of bologna. Did you know that tax payer dollars support NPR? My thought is this: if NPR is so well liked, why can’t it make it as a regular radio station would? Or, why can’t those who like it, be the ones who pay for it? I see NPR as a largely left leaning organization. I don’t personally like my tax dollars supporting that. I highly doubt liberals would like it if tax dollars went to support Fox News or Sean Hannity or something similar. I mean, geez-  look how the left is trying so hard to get Rush Limbaugh off the air, and his show is paid for privately.  My question is this:  What business does the government have being in the radio or television business in the first place?
  • Next: War on Desegregation. Somebody please explain this to me!  When did republicans ever try to end or undo segregation? Again I ask, what evidence is there that republicans are racist? Because we by and large disagree with the President’s policies? Disagreeing with someone who happens to be black DOES NOT MAKE SOMEONE RACIST!
  • Next: War on Marriage equality and anti-gay agenda. Ok, I can see how you could see it that way. I believe marriage is ordained of God and is a sacred institution. I believe that institution should be between one man and one woman. However, that doesn’t mean I hate gay people or that I am homophobic or that I have some anti-gay crusade going on. I simply believe that the family is a sacred unit.  I’m all for people being with whomever they would like.  I might disagree with the choices people make, but that’s their business not mine.  I just don’t think we should go about changing what marriage is, for a whole host of reasons, none of which is that I hate gay people- because, despite popular belief, I don’t.  If all republicans hated gay people, there certainly wouldn’t be any gay republicans.  And, there definitely are a good number of gay republicans.
  • Next: War on Net neutrality. Yup, that’s true. I hate net neutrality. I think it is a HUGE mistake for the government to start regulating something else. The government has never successfully gotten itself involved in something in the private sector. I don’t care to have to government regulating my internet access and usage.  And, besides that, I truly believe it is a very slippery slope.  It wouldn’t take long before the government would start banning websites and censoring information, all the in name of national security.
  • Ok, next: birthers. Nope, just a few people out there are what we would call birthers and most of us think they are nuts. Not a popular republican belief at all.  Anti-Obama agenda? Seriously? Yeah, just because people disagree with him and propose legislation that goes against what he would like doesn’t make them anti-Obama. This has been going on since the founding of our country, over 200 years ago. Congressmen propose legislation that goes against what other congressmen or the President would like. It’s part of the system and how it was designed to be, in order to make sure one person or party doesn’t have all the power. It has nothing to do with Anti-Obama. Anti-socialism, but not anti-Obama.
  • Next, war on unions, etc. Yes, I believe they are right one that one. I think unions, though they once did good and had a place, they have become bloated and too powerful. I believe they largely are after padding their own pockets and not what is best for the worker. A lot of that comes from when a family member worked for the teacher’s union. To say they are corrupt is a huge understatement. Also, look at the UAW. Because they forced automakers to pay for things they couldn’t afford, a whole city got screwed. Now, if you compare that with companies like Toyota, who are non-union. They have US plants with plenty of workers, who are kept safe and are paid well. They make quality vehicles and make a profit every year and they towns they are in are thriving.
  • War on the middle class. Just wrong. That’s all. Here’s another one I’ll need someone to explain that to me.
  • Next: War on immigration. Sorry, just wrong. We are against ILLEGAL immigration and believe the immigration system needs to be changed so people can come here easier, LEGALLY. Illegal immigration is bad. Legal immigration is awesome.
  • Next: War on child labor laws. WHAT!?!?  That one doesn’t even make logical sense!  Can anyone explain that one to me because I’m at a complete loss here.
  • Next: War on the right to vote. Now, all of a sudden, wanting people to show their ID when voting (to ensure they are who they saw they are) is a war on the right to vote?  How that is in any way wrong?  And, while we are at it, how is it racist?
  • Next: war on Islam. Sorry, wrong again. War on terrorists, yes. But, we understand that the Islamic people that we would call terrorists are just a small part of that religion. We know that you can’t judge a whole religion by a few crazy fanatics. We also believe that people like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who deny the holocaust happened, say they want to kill all Jews, and want to wipe Israel and America off the map, are dangerous nuts who hide behind their religion. But we do not judge the religion as a whole by those crazy people.
  • Next: War on science. That makes no sense. What have republicans done that demonstrates this? I LOVE science! Again, looking for an explanation of this. War on the environment: Wrong again. We believe we need to take care of our environment. Despite the liberal painting of us as people who want to poison the water, pollute the air, cut down all the trees, and kill the polar bears, we actually do care about the planet and the animals. We also care about the people here. Sometimes, the needs of the people interfere with a pretty tree. We will choose people over the tree. As for global warming, even though Al Gore (with his private jets and suv’s) would tell you that we are all killing the earth, that’s simply not ever been proven to be true. The fact is, if people on the left would  learn some of that science that they claim we hate, they would learn the earth, along with the Sun and other planets, goes through warming and cooling cycles. It’s happened since the creation of the universe. And, another pesky fact is that the average temperature of the earth has been declining since 1999.
  • War on Health: Oops, wrong again. I know some on the left would have you believe that we don’t want kids with autism and down’s syndrome to get the care they need, or grandma to get the medicine she needs, but that simply isn’t true. (By the way, we are the ones by and large fighting for those same kids with downs syndrome not to be aborted just because they have a disability, and for no one to be able to kill grandma just because she’s old.  We value every single human life!)  We want everyone to have medical care. EVERYONE! We just don’t think the government should be in charge of it. Really, what has the government ever run successfully? And people want to hand their health care over to them?!?! No thank you. I’d much rather have the government out of it and go back to a system before Medicare and Medicaid drove up the costs of all medical care. If you were to look back to the 1960’s, for example, many times doctors would be able to treat someone for free or very reduced, when they couldn’t pay for it. Sometimes they would trade services. But, people took care of each other. That’s how it should be. But then the government got involved and everyone got screwed. Also, please show me one country where socialized medicine has worked successfully. It hasn’t. It fails the people every time. So to summarize, we want everyone to have health care, even grandma.
  • Next: war on education. What?? We actually love education. We don’t love teacher’s unions and things that get in the way of kids getting a good education. But, we love education. We actually advocate for school choice, in order to give kids more of an opportunity to succeed and get a better education. I just don’t see how someone can claim we have a war on education. War on historical revisionism. Yes, that is very true. History has been warped and changed throughout the decades, and it largely started with the progressive movement in the early 1900’s. But, I’m sure both sides have revised history, which is too bad. The only way to get real truth in history is to go back to original sources. However, I think what was meant by that is that republicans are the ones changing history. I’m sure there has been changing of history by both the right and left, but by and large it’s been the progressive movement that has changed things. It’s very easy to trace. Someone please help me understand this better, too.

 

OK- that’s the whole thing.  Rant done.  Love to hear your thoughts!

 

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I feel the need to address the issue of birth control.  While this wasn’t an issue before it was manufactured at the GOP debate with George Stephanopoulos, it has since become quite the hot button issue.  This is in large part due to the main stream media (MSM).

During the January 7, 2012 debate in New Hampshire, Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney about whether he believed states had the right to ban birth control.  Rather dumbfounded, Romney called him out on the question and rightly stated that no states want to do that so it was a non-issue.  Other candidates agreed.  At the time, it seemed a rather silly question and most of us didn’t think much about it after the debate.  Well…

Except the White House.  Seems to most of us now, that this question was put into the debate to spark interest in the issue.  See, the White House was soon to announce the new birth control mandate in the health care bill.  This new mandate, among other things, required religious institutions, such as Catholic Hospitals and Catholic employers, to provide birth control to patients or employees.  Well, naturally, this didn’t sit well with the Catholic Church (or any of us who believe in religious freedom), as the Catholic Church does not believe in birth control.  How could the government institute a mandate that would require a person or group to have to go against their religious beliefs.

So, the Catholic Church rightly called foul on this new mandate.  We can’t have a law that goes against religious beliefs, whatever those may be.  Then, President Obama changed the mandate to accommodate the religious objections.  He said health insurance will have to cover contraception (including drugs that cause abortions)- FREE.  Yeah, that’s right, I said FREE.  So, now President Obama is right that it isn’t a religious issue.  It is however, an economic one.  Now we have the White House telling PRIVATE COMPANIES what services they must provide and how much they must charge for them.   Yeah, that’s not allowed, either.  But, then again when has the President cared about silly things like the Constitution?!

So that’s where we are at right now.  Now, I’d like to share my thoughts on the birth control issue.

First of all, I fully acknowledge that some women use birth control pills to treat medical conditions.  I have endometriosis.  I get it.  I understand how valuable the hormone therapy is.  I still don’t think, however, that the government should be forcing a company to provide medication for such conditions.

What I really want to address are those people who want birth control to use as birth control.  First, let me say, I’m glad people want to be “responsible” when they have sex.  However, aren’t you asking someone else to take responsibility when you are asking them to pay for it??  Since this is an issue the left as rallied behind, I decided to check out their own Planned Parenthood’s website.  According to the website, birth control pills only cost between $15-$50 a month.  It just doesn’t seem like that much to me.  I mean, if you want to make the choice to have sex, maybe you should make sure you can actually afford to do so, instead of passing on the responsibility to someone else.

Which brings me to one Sandra Fluke.  Georgetown law student.  Feminist extraordinaire.  Ms. Fluke testified before Congress about how important it is for the government to get involved and make sure everyone gets free birth control.  And she talked about how it was costing her $3000 a year for birth control.  Wait…WHAT?!?!

Let me get this straight.  The left says we have to fund Planned Parenthood because of all they do for women’s health.  They tout Planned Parenthood as a wonderful organization that is only there to help women.  And, according to Planned Parenthood, birth control only costs between $15-$50 a month.  If I do my math right, that is $50 times 12 months.  That puts us at $600 a year for birth control pills.  But it is costing Ms. Fluke $3000?!  What kind of birth control is she using??  Good grief!

Not only was her testimony insincere and phony, her numbers don’t even make sense.  This who issue has become one big dog and pony show designed to make the GOP look terrible and awful in the eyes of women.  Except, it’s not working.  The liberals, who wouldn’t vote for a Republican anyway, still think the government should cover birth control.  Heck, they’d probably create a department to be in charge of handing out birth control pills on street corners.  But, those of us on the right, who don’t want the government involved in any aspect of our health care, think the Ms. Fluke and this manufactured issue are ridiculous.  While the left paints the GOP as not wanting women to have birth control, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  We have no problem with birth control pills, we just want you to pay for them yourselves.  Somewhere along the way, personal responsibility became a bad thing??

Speaking of personal responsibility, I have an earth-shattering idea.  Hold on now, I don’t know if you’ll be able to handle this.  Are you ready???

If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex.

WHOA!  Did I just blow your mind right there?!

Seems like a crazy idea, but it might just work!  If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t do the one thing that gets you pregnant.  Simple enough to me.

Having sex is a choice.  You do not have to do it.  You can actually choose not to.

By asking the government or a private company to pay for your birth control pills, you are saying, “I want to make the grown-up decision to have sex, but I’m not willing to handle any of the responsibilities of it.  That is someone else’s job.”

Let me throw this scenario out there.  Suppose your neighbor came knocking at your door and said, “My boyfriend and I want to have sex.  Can you please come to the store with me and buy my birth control for me?”  What would you say?

I know I would tell her no and council her to grow up before making the grown-up decisions.  Why should it be my responsibility to provide her with her birth control??  It shouldn’t.  Pure and simple.

There is simply NO reason, what so ever, for the government to get involved in this.

It sickens me how much personal responsibility has gone out the window; how lacking and hypocritical this society is.  Don’t tell me what I can do with my body, but give me free birth control.  What a load of crap.  Grow up people.   One day you are going to have the government so involved in every aspect of your lives that you may not be able to even choose what cereal you have for breakfast.  You want the government involved in your lives.  Be careful what you wish for….it’s a very slippery slope.

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I gave up on this blog a while ago, as you can easily tell by the date of my last post.  Mostly, I just had a lot of things competing for my time, and this was not on the top of my priority list.  I still have a lot of demands on my time, but I’m managing them much better.

Anyhow, I’ve been thinking for quite a while that I should resurrect this thing and use it for what I originally intended it for.  I’ve had so many thoughts lately swirling around in my head, mostly about politics.  What can I say?  That’s just how I’m wired.  I just need a place to get it all out.

Alright, topic number one:  Being a hateful republican.

So, here’s where I am at.  I am sick and tired of people saying that I am racist, homophobic,  anti-old people, anti-young people, anti-healthcare, against the poor, hateful and tyrannical, and let’s not forget that I obviously hate the planet.  I’m sure I missed some, but you get the point.

I really need someone to explain to me how being a conservative, a republican and someone who identifies with the TEA party makes me any of these things?  Because last time I checked, I’m not.  I’m really tired of being endlessly bashed just because I want a smaller, more responsible government.  It’s quite absurd, really.

Honestly, there comes a point where I just have to say enough is enough!  I’m sick and tired of sitting back and allowing people to label me this way.  And, I’ve found, when I ask people to explain it to me- to explain to me why they believe those things, they can’t.  Explain any logical reasoning behind their claims.  There is simply no evidence.  It’s simply liberal talking points and very untrue stereotypes.  It’s sad, really, that this is what we’ve come to.  The left really feels the only way to accomplish their radical goals is to dupe the country into believing that those of us on the right are full of hate and vitriol.  Because, really, who wants to be associated with people who hate?  It’s a basic fear tactic.  If they call people racist or homophobic or something similar in nature, others will not want to join them. Well, guess what, just because I disagree with the President’s policies doesn’t make me a racist.  It makes me someone who disagrees with his policies.

Here’s my message for the left:  Frightening people away by labeling us racists and such will not stop the truth from coming out.  Facts are facts.  And, the fact is, in countries where liberal policies are tried, they fail.  That’s a fact.  Look at Greece.  Look at France.  Look at Spain.  Heck, Western Europe is in a HUGE mess and it is because of the failed liberal policies of entitlement they have enacted across the continent. And by liberal, I mean socialist, because, let’s be honest here, that’s what it is.  When you take from one to give to another, you have socialism.    You cannot force charity and that’s what many of these entitlements are doing.  Take from some (notice how those people aren’t given a choice as to whether or not they want to help) and give to others.  Socialism, baby.  Wouldn’t Marx be proud?!

Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

I know the hate mongering from the left won’t stop.  In fact, it’s likely to just get worse.  Let them label me whatever they will, but, I can, and will, combat those lies with the truth.  I refuse to sit back and be lied about any longer.  I know who I am and what I believe, and I will stand up for those things which I believe to be right and true.

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