What Republicans Stand For

Declaration of IndependenceI’m a Conservative/Republican. I know what is important to me–primarily, freedom from government intrusion in my life, freedom to choose for myself how to live my life, freedom to my own beliefs, freedom over my medical care and decisions. In other words–freedom!

In my opinion, Democrats are so ideology driven, it’s like they have blinders on to any other point of view. Many of them fail to recognize how their momentary cause will effect all of us in the long run. The party caters to special interest groups. They know that by giving the members of these groups what they want, regardless of how it effects the country as a whole, they gain votes for their Progressive agenda.

My heart hurts for our great country. I don’t like the direction we are headed. The Progressives have been gaining momentum for years, but under Obama, we are moving at break- neck speed. It’s frightening what our nation will be for our children and grandchildren. There seems to no longer be a moral compass. Political correctness has taken its toll on parenting. I don’t think a lot of children are being raised; they get pleasure out of hurting others, out of causing chaos. They don’t respect authority in the schools, in the streets, in the home.

Earlier today, I read a great article by Aaron Gardner on redstate.com. Here is an excerpt:

This morning a group that I am a member of was asked an interesting question. What do we as Republicans/Libertarians/Conservatives believe in and actually stand FOR? Now, I obviously don’t speak for the entire right of center coalition that exists today. I am more socially conservative than some of my libertarian friends, I am more libertarian than some of my socially conservative friends, and I am more fiscally conservative than nearly all of our elected representatives.

Despite these divisions and nuanced differences on certain policy aspects, I still believe that the center right coalition stands for a few simple things that don’t just bind us together as Republicans, but also have made up the basis for our civil society since our founding.

So what is it that Republicans stand for?

We stand for many things, to list them all out would be quite the task. But it all springs forth from our founding. We stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We stand for life, in that we stand for the dignity of the individual. We stand for life by acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, embracing them for who they are, rather than what purpose they might suit for the collective. We stand for life in the defense of our nation through the sacrifice of a volunteer military.

We stand for life when we demand that patients and doctors make medical decisions rather than government bureaus and boards.

We stand for life with the recognition that far too many have been extinguished due to license and convenience.

We stand for liberty. We stand for liberty of the individual within the state, the state within the nation, and our nation within the world. We believe that choices that affect the individual do not need to be decided by the collective.

We believe all are born into the liberty our nation offers, regardless of race or creed.

We believe that liberty does not equal license, as license would no doubt curtail the liberty of others. We stand for this liberty in the church pew, in the corporate office, and in the public square.

We stand for the pursuit of happiness.

Please go to http://www.redstate.com/2014/04/09/republicans-stand/ to read the rest of the article.

 

 

 

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Republicans Got What They Wanted

In the clamor to blame Republicans for the government shutdown and to claim victory in the agreement to keep the government running for a whopping three months, Democrats are missing the point.  Yes, the GOP’s image took a beating in polls, but so did congress as a whole, and President Obama particularly.

Republicans kept the president on the defensive.  At times he acted like a spoiled child, while other times he acted like a bully refusing to negotiate.  I think everyone knows that the president is supposed to put the country ahead of his desire to get his way.  In my opinion, we don’t have that.

Senator Reid came across as a stodgy, wealthy, old white guy.  Wait a minute, isn’t that what the GOP is accused of being?  Reid has gone on such a power trip who knows if he’ll ever touch down to earth again.  And Pelosi?  Her comments are becoming more and more bizarre, and she appears to be succumbing to senility.

Republicans just might find themselves satisfied with the outcome of this battle.  They kept their main issue, the Affordable Care Act, front and center.   The President had hoped to return from the Congressional recess to push the immigration bill through the House.  Instead, for the better part of the past six weeks, the conversation has been about Obamacare, sequestration, spending cuts, and avoiding fiscal catastrophe.  Even with the newest crisis shoved down the road for three months the sequestration is still in place, which has severely hampered some government agencies with cutbacks and lack of funding.

The battle has, also, shown that Republicans are willing to stand on principle and fight for what is in the best interest of, not only the current population, but future generations that are now saddled with an ever increasing debt.

Julian Zelizer of CNN Opinion stated it this way:

Just as many Americans seemed to accept sequestration, conservative Republicans have not yet felt any serious political threat as a result of their having forced a government shutdown.

Nor is it clear that there will be any negative consequences to them for having gone to the brink of a federal default in their fight for concessions on the budget deal.  If they are left standing, there is little reason to think that they won’t use these tactics once again.  The last month offers them a template.

Furthermore, the current deal simply postpones any decision and actually sets up another round of fights when Congress returns from its winter break in December.  the new year will look very much like the one that came before.

Given the pattern we have seen, conservative Republicans will be just as likely, even more likely, to employ the same kind of aggressive tactics and try to force the administration into accepting deep cuts in domesticate spending if Obama wants to keep the economy in stable condition.

Conservatives will be even more emboldened as they seek to please their constituents going into the 2014 midterm elections.  The deal that emerged from the Senate is simply a continuation of the kind of political chaos that we have witnessed since the 2010 midterms.  Obama will have to start fighting on this issue as soon as the ink is dry.

Obama has spent much of his second term on defense, responding to pressure from House Republicans to cut spending and trying to combat their use of radical procedural weapons.

This crisis was clearly the most dangerous moment for the country.  And it is true that Obama and congressional Democrats walk away having achieved important objectives.  After all, the government is up and running again, at least for the time being, and Congress has raised the debt ceiling, thereby averting a global meltdown.

But Republicans have defined the national agenda and forced a deal that doesn’t resolve debate.  Just the opposite:  It ensures that the fights will continue and the threat of default continues into the foreseeable future.

Until Democrats find a way to reach some kind of long-term budget accord by building sufficient pressure – and electoral support – to push back against the Republican Right, they’ll find themselves on the losing side of this issue over and over again.

Democrats More Extreme Than GOP?

I read an interesting article today by Alex Castellanos on CNNOpinion.  Mr. Castellanos is a Republican strategist and the founder of the Purple Strategies and NewRepublican.org.  His contention is that the “new” Democrat is far more extreme than the Republicans.  Let’s investigate what he meant.

President Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney have called Republicans extortionists and blackmailers.  VP Joe Biden, according to Politico, once commented that Republicans are “terrorists.”  Senator Pelosi called them “arsonists.”  Senator Rangel has called them the “same as those who fought for the Confederacy.”  Sheila Jackson Lee has called for marshal law, although I’m sure she doesn’t even understand what that means.

Mr. Castellanos said it this way:

Liberals have led a media assault, calling the GOP anarchists, jihadists, “gun to head” hostage takers, and the political equivalent of the Taliban.  White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer has likened Republicans to suicide bombers “with a bomb strapped to their chest.”

What do all of these people have in common?  They are far left liberals so driven by ideology and their socialist agenda, that they can’t see beyond the noses on their faces.  They have blinders on, unable to see the whole picture.  It’s amazing to me that they can spout the party line with a straight face…but they do.  Why is the Democrat Party pushing so hard?

Let us count the reasons:  Baract Obama has taken the Democratic Party left of Clinton.  He left blue-dog, centrist Democrats to be punished for his sins and they were wiped out in the GOP’s 2010 Congressional landslide.  All the while, the internet has empowered and organized the party’s remaining and most extreme elements.  The Democratic Party can’t go left.  It is left, in entirety.  They already occupy America’s left fringe.

These Democrats have no use for Republicans/Conservatives.  Their disgust, dislike, and disdain is evident in their every action, their every word.  These Democrats want to crush the Republican Party.  They want a one-party system that gives them full power to make decisions for the “dumb” masses.  Sadly, many American citizens are too lazy to make their own decisions, so…”come on Big Government, take care of me.”  It’s sad to see what the liberal agenda and political correctness have done to the hard-working, independent American.  Where have the Ronald Reagans’ and the John Waynes’ gone?

The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that has the good of our country at heart.  The group, for the most part, is inexperienced in the area of politics and, yet, they have become a force to contend with.  We should applaud their courage.

I like the way Mr. Castellanos stated my exact feelings, so here is “the rest of the story.”

Bill Clinton’s New Democrats are dead.  This is not Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party.  Today’s Democratic Party…is the party that just nominated a Sandinista trainee, who returned from Nicaragua with “a vision of unfettered leftist government,” for mayor of New York City, according to the New York Times.

And Today’s Democrats think this is a good thing.

They dream audaciously, as Ruy Teixeira wrote in the Atlantic, of a new Emerging Democratic Majority.”  As Peter Beinart noted in a Daily Beast piece, “TheRise of the New New Left,” “Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story.  It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking.”

The Democratic Party is now animated by the “mobilized left,” Beinart writes, emboldened by internet activism.  Their cause was galvanized by President Obama’s seemingly impossible re-election.  (On a personal note, I still have questions about that strange election.)

Once, Obama may have campaigned as a centrist, but that was long ago.  He has since governed as an old school economic liberal from the 60’s.  As Fred Thompson has noted, Barack Obama has been “George McGovern without the experience.”  Obama’s answer to every economic challenge has been top-down.  Our governing class knows best, he believes, especially since Washington’s elite now includes him.

If the world has changed in eight decades, our President hasn’t noticed.  His view of government is cast from the bronze of Franklin Roosevelt and the ’30’s.  He puts our big, dumb, inflexible public sector at the top of American life, to mandate redistribution and prosperity.

At every opportunity, he has grown the public sector’s archaic program-and-policy factory.  This empty presidency tries only to cure too much old government with even more of it.  Though little of what he has tried has worked, it has not seemed to deter his party.  it hasn’t deterred him.

Alex Castellanos has much more to add to this conversation, and I wish I could insert it all here.  I hope you’ll follow the link to finish reading his enlightening article.  http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/opinion/castellanos-extreme-party/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

He ended with this:

Which party is more extreme?

A Republican Party divided between 180 mainstream members and 40 Ted Cruz mini-me’s?  Or a Democratic Party united to preserve our fossilized ineffective public sector?

A Republican Party advocating a path to fresh, natural, economic growth?  Or a Democratic Party offering young voters the outdated economics of conformity, artificially imposed by Washington’s elites?

A Republican Party being driven to offer change?  Or a Democratic Party united against it?

Entrepreneurs, start printing tie-died shirts now.  They will be hot sellers at the next Democratic Convention.  Both sides are in for an interesting ride, but for Democrats, it’s going to be an extreme 2016.

I’m hoping that moderate Democrats will finally understand where the far left is taking their party, and pull it back to the middle.  Perhaps, then, their elected officials can begin to act like adults instead of schoolyard bullies.

Government Shutdown: Who is Really at Fault?

In all my years of watching the political scene, I don’t think I’ve ever seen our government in such disarray as it is now.  For the past 5 years, it has been nothing but infighting, name-calling, ridicule, and, let’s face it, Republican/Conservative bashing.  An interesting article in CNN this morning, clearly stated what I’ve been saying for most of Obama’s presidency.

We expect our presidents to be leaders of all the people, not a single party or ideology.  We want them to rise above the squabbling and keep us on track.  The harsh rhetoric that the president has been directing at Republicans suggests that he is less interested in settlement than unconditional surrender.”

Seeing this statement written by David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, and a former adviser to four presidents, I feel vindicated.  Obama is not and has not been the president for all Americans.  You only have to listen to his speeches, if you can make it through an entire one, to know that.  They consist of ridiculing Republicans/Conservatives and the Tea Party.  He ridicules the Republican-lead House for not doing his bidding.  In all this ridiculing, does he put forth a “real” solution to anything?  How many times has he stated that he will not negotiate with Republicans?  

If only Democrats/Liberals/Progressives would listen, I would like to ask them how they would feel if a Republican president refused to negotiate with their elected representatives.  Would they feel bullied by the president?  Would they feel that they do not have a say-so in their own country?  I think the answers are glaringly evident.     

Yes, that is one red line that Obama will stand behind.  If Republicans in congress listen to their constituents and try to govern for the people and by the people, our president picks up his toys and goes home.  Or goes to the golf course.  It’s childish behavior in the extreme, and, even though the MSM has tried to protect him, he has shown the world that he is not a leader.

But, who will be blamed for the government shutdown?  Why, Republicans, of course.  The MSM, MSNBC, etc will make sure of that.  Instead of demanding that the President of the United States stop this behavior and begin working for the country as a whole, their one-sided reporting allows Obama to continue bullying the opposition.  They give Reid and Pelosi full rein to bash their Republican/Conservative peers, but what does the media report about the Republican party? — “they eat their own.”

Everyone knows Obamacare is not ready to be implemented.  Obama, himself, has unconstitutionally delayed several facets of the bill.  But, for the “masses”–that’s us, folks–this unpopular, unexplained, massive overhaul of our great healthcare system is shoved down our throats.  The polls show that about 70% of Americans do not want Obamacare.  It doesn’t matter what we want.  Obama wants it, and his minions in congress and the MSM, will see that he gets what he wants.

Does anyone really know how this bill is going to work?  Does anyone really understand?  Talk to your friends and neighbors and you’ll find that most everyone is confused.

Obama has shoved this on us without ever explaining exactly what it means to those of us who have worked hard for our entire lives to have the benefits we have.  This is a travesty perpetrated on the American people.

But, who will be blamed for the government shutdown?  Why, Republicans, of course!   

To read the entire article:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/opinion/gergen-shutdown/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

To Defund or Not to Defund?

I have listened to different commentators express lamentations, derision, and accusations about the House’s decision to defund Obamacare.  It seems that no matter what the majority of the American people want, these drones continue to malign Republican/Conservatives for trying to stop a really bad piece of legislation.  In my opinion, the Progressives will do whatever it takes to push Obama’s signature legislation, Obamacare, on us.  I believe that they have to know it is a bad law–that it will destroy the exceptional healthcare we have enjoyed for decades–but that fact pales in the face of pushing Obama’s agenda.

This law, since it was passed, has been changed hundreds of times.  If you stack the pages of this legislation in one pile, it stands taller than a man.  No one had read it when it was passed…do we really think anyone has read the entire law, even now that it is scheduled to go into effect in October?  If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you…

How did our narcissistic president react to the vote to defund?  By whining that the Republicans are “messing with me.”  Really?  Doesn’t that tell his followers something?  Doesn’t that say to a clear-thinking person that Obama is only interested in his own image?  Come on, American.  My mind keeps going back to a song we sing in church; “Open the blind eyes…”

Yes, we know the Democratically controlled Senate will never go along with defunding Obamacare, yet, I stand firmly behind the brave Republicans in the House, who had the courage to listen to their constituents, and to act on their behalf.  After all, isn’t that what they are elected to do?  Way too many of our elected officials forget that fact the minute they are elected.

Here is a great blog by my good FB friend, Jack Watts.

Is Defunding Obamacare a Good Idea?

To answer this question, you need to answer another one first: What made the American healthcare system the envy of the world? Was it Socialized medicine or was it American exceptionalism? If you can accept that it is American exceptionalism, which doesn’t require much intellectual honesty, then the answer to whether or not defund Obamacare becomes far easier.

If we want to continue having the best healthcare system in the world, repudiating Obamacare is the way to do it. Not only is Obamacare unready for full implementation, it is bad policy. It has been bad policy ever since Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid forced it upon us, with the help of President Obama cutting one unethical deal after the other to garner the votes necessary to make it law.

Now, as it is about to be implemented, TV commentators and other mainstream journalists say that the vote in the House to defund Obamacare will ultimately fail and that the Republicans should never have forced the issue.

I disagree. What was their alternative? To stand by idly and allow the nation to be destroyed? Of course not. It is never wrong to do the right thing, regardless of the outcome of your actions. Voting to defund Obamacare was the right thing to do, and this was the right time to do it.

Not only will the law make us a nation of part-time workers, but it will also fund an additional 10,000 IRS agents—all of whom will have the Lois Lerner mandate to grind us into submission to the will of the executive branch of the government. Let me ask you:

  • Is this what we want?
  • Do we need more ISR agents and fewer doctors?
  • Do we want less privacy and more bureaucracy?
  • Do we want higher costs with diminished services?
  • Do we want more incompetent leadership from Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and not less?

The answer for most of us is no.

Because nationalized medicine is the Holy Grail of the Progressives, the attacks upon patriotic Americans who stand in their way will be vicious and visceral. Nevertheless, standing our ground by repudiating Obamacare is what we are called to do. Remember, it is never wrong to do the right thing at the right time and the right place. This is our time to stand up and say no to Obamacare, no to the legion of IRS miscreants this law will empower, no to the President, and no to Progressivism. Future generations will bless you for weathering the onslaught and for being resilient and strong.

Jeff Foxworthy On Democrats and Republicans

Seemed like a good idea to share some humor on a cold and snowy Friday — well people on the right will likely see the humor 🙂

Which side of the fence?

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.

Conservatives – Then and Now

I think the majority of us know being a Conservative is considered about as appealing as being a leper to many people. It is interesting to see how the GOP and Conservatives have changed over the years. This is an excerpt from a great article from AskMen.com — the link to the full article is located below.

Young Conservatives -@TheIanLang

Growing up when and where I did, in a very red time in a typically very red state, supporting the Republican party meant something very different than what it does today. I knew no one from the country club set, no WASPs or corporate bigwigs. No one I knew was particularly religious — at least no more fanatic than attending church on Sundays. Nobody was gay (at least not openly), though for kids growing up in the South, homosexuality became a flashpoint topic right around the first time someone called you a “fag” in middle school. No one’s voting preferences depended on any of that social stuff. Calling yourself a Republican was a way of telling the world that you worked for your success, that you believed in the spirit of capitalism and you weren’t a fan of excessive government spending. Voting Democrat was for the effete, the uninitiated and anyone looking for a government handout.

Fast-forward to today, and now the Republican party is about as attractive as prison rape. Frankly, I’m relieved that the election is over, because it marked the end of a six-month stretch in which mentioning that I tended to vote for Republican candidates placed me in what many people consider an untouchable caste. I’m tired of the smugness, the condescension and people acting as though my support for certain tenets of conservatism is an insult to their intelligence. I’ve been called, without provocation, a racist, a misogynist and a homophobe. “Oh, you’re a Republican? You must want to take us back to the 1950s,” people would say, ignoring the fact that at the very furthest extremes, both parties would have us living in dirt-floor huts, reading books by candlelight. The only difference would be the choice of book. Some friends would say things like, “I have a brain, so I’m voting for human rights.”

No, you smug f*ck. You’re voting for the POTUS. 

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/austin/young-conservatives.html?utm_source=01.%20AskMen%20Newsletter%20-%20ALL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nov16_9721_510651_510712&utm_content=7588644#ixzz2CRtvBnPt