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In just a few weeks time America will once again decide for themselves (?) who will be their elected representatives. Many are predicting that the political pendulum will swing more towards the right this time and Republicans will gain control of not just the House of Representatives but the Senate as well. What do you personally think will happen? What do you want to happen?
As with most elections I usually go with two main questions in mind: who if elected will most likely hurt me and my family with their policies and ideas once in office, and upon answering that question in my mind I vote against that candidate. Similarly for every new law proposed that ends up on our ballot I ask the question, will this new law help me or hurt me and my family and then I vote accordingly.
For me personally that usually means I vote the Republican candidate as there is not one single policy, or law proposed by Democrats in the last thirty plus years that I have supported. Not one. That is an amazing statistic but I am sure I am not alone. To be fair there are probably close to equal numbers of people out there that have never supported a Republican policy for thirty plus years.
The unfortunate reality in American politics is that there are only two directions our political process allows-left or right. We don’t live in a time of cooperation and compromise, not when so many traditional institutions in America each day are marginalized and at risk of disappearing completely openly challenged by Progressives with socialist and communist ideas, as well as moral relativists, and their various depraved and repugnant sub-culture suggestions.
I have no desire to get along with, associate with, or be led by people whose ideas would have got them censored at the least or put in jail just a few decades ago. I will not give these now mainstream ideas equal consideration with the ideas of Jefferson and Madison. For example the acceptance of government security agencies recording all phone and internet conversations to keep us “safe”; or the mandatory healthcare law known as Obamacare.
It is my belief that the baby boomer generation and its hippie culture have reached full maturation and we now are reaping what they have sown. They have greatly influenced most all of America’s schools and newsrooms thus influencing millions of young Americans. Each day their poison teaches our young to embrace everything and everyone without any reservation, judgement or discernment. They also ignore if not openly reject the founding father’s ideas of individual freedom and responsibility and trade it in instead for collectivist ideas and calling it social and civic responsibility.
To many the fact that Congress has not passed very much legislation recently is further example of the political stalemate and proof that our American system is broken. However I disagree. In light of the political realities and great divisions within our country I am not bothered by gridlock at all and believe the system is working. If Congress did not pass another piece of legislation for the next ten years and halted the Progressive agenda in its tracks that would be a good thing in my view since with each new law it passes it usually means I have a little less individual freedom.
I think the founding fathers had it exactly right by making the legislation process difficult not easy, so bills could not be fast tracked in the middle of the night in closed rooms but had to be very thoroughly discussed, debated, and understood by all to include and especially by the citizens themselves. If only our legislators and President would obey the rules and laws set forth by those very wise men so long ago.
Who will you vote for? Will it make a difference? We will have to just wait and see.
I suppose if you really want to make a difference you should not vote for incumbents of any party. However history has shown that even idealistic freshman Congressman do not stay that way for long. The system tends to corrupt them. To reverse a hundred plus years of Progressivism would take a similar amount of time and persistent dedication to that purpose. I have serious reservations and doubts we will survive that long.
Over the last several decades and more so since Reagan left office, the country has moved steadily leftward politically or at least that is the perception I get. I believe this has a lot to do with the influence of our public schools, print and news media, and the entertainment industry. For all of their efforts however the country is not better off and in fact is worse while the citizens have become even more needy, fearful of everything, and dependent on government. That perception has to change and so too does the American people.
Anybody who actually thinks Democrat government policies work better than Republicans should actually just look at the biggest slums in America. Look at Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Washington DC. In every case those jurisdictions perpetually elect Democrats to run their local governments and they perpetually have higher crime rates, more poverty, more people on welfare, and more under- educated workers. If Democrats know what they are doing why are people still living in this condition? It’s not for lack of trying, or having time to enact their policies or lack of money as most of those cities have spent millions trying to help. So could it be their ideas just don’t actually work?? I think that is a fact they are not willing to face and why I would never vote for a Democrat. Their ideas however noble or lofty just do not work in American society.
So this brings us to the GOP who for years have been identified as the party of the rich rascist, homophobic, elitist, etc etc. Some of that reputation might be well earned if you believe the party is made up of just Bernie Madoff types. I don’t believe that however.Embed from Getty Images
I think the party leadership may identify more closely with crony capitalists and Wall Street tycoons but its large base of conservative voters does not. This explains Bush, McCain and Romney. Running on a platform of conservative values George Bush won twice however he turned out to be a Progressive spending more money and growing government as well as any Democrat in the office. The crony capitalists had their way and helped elect Bush and later pushed McCain and Romney on to the party faithful telling us they were the only guys that could win elections. They were dead wrong. When you get down to it a moderate, big government spending Republican is not much different than a Democrat and to the party faithful they would rather stay home then support such a character.
Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
Why would anyone think a Democrat or someone pretending to be Republican think their policies will make a difference if elected? What would make them successful? Spending more money, taxing more citizens? Growing government more? More time in office? Hasn’t that already been tried in the cities I mentioned above and in the country now? Also, there is never going to be 100% consensus or agreement of public policy so you cannot blame the voters for the reason the policies do not work especially with a party majority. Democrats held control of the Congress for four decades at one point.
I laughed when I saw an ad recently that called, Tom Tancredo a Republican running for governor in Colorado, too conservative for Colorado? Really, only a socialist would say that. Since when did limited government, fiscal responsibility and adherence to the Constitution become too conservative, radical or a bad thing?
The way I see it, both party leadership would have us believe that the only candidate that is viable is one that supports growing government and giving the people what they want without bankrupting the country.
That’s why they really hate Tea Party candidates and why a candidate that offers a distinction from the rest of the pack might just win an election but more importantly should win every election if we are to save the country from itself.
At issue is religious freedom. The Obamacare mandate forces businesses to provide coverage for contraceptive drugs to include drugs and devices that will abort babies.
Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store chain was providing 16 of the 20 contraceptive drugs available in the new healthcare law but refused to provide coverage for abortion inducing drugs which is at odds with the owner’s religious beliefs. The story has largely been portrayed by the media as Hobby Lobby refusing all contraception drugs which is just not the case.
The owners of the business feeling they had no choice filed suit against the government’s position and clear disregard for religious freedom . Making the owner choose between accepting the mandate and violating their faith or paying a per-employee penalty which in the case of Hobby Lobby would amount to millions of dollars is worthy of a fight.
Some have argued that the business is a corporation and the owners’ beliefs do not fully represent the stockholders views . The three left leaning women on the Supreme Court questioned how a corporation could be religious.
In my opinion, if a majority of the ownership believes one way then the majority should win the argument. Why is it any different than when a majority ownership decides to buy or sell off a division or take the company in a different direction? The majority ownership always takes the risk that if their decision is so unpopular their employees and stockholders might just leave or sell off their stock interests. Such is the case here too. If Hobby Lobby’s majority owners want to inject their belief system into their business, and they do they’re closed on Sundays for example, they take the risk that others will abandon them. That is their choice and something no government entity or court should be allowed to dictate.
What we are seeing is a good example of the kind of war on freedom the Obama administration and his Democrat supporters wage every day. Putting the state’s needs which they claim are just the poor and needy in front of the individual’s need. It appears that an overwhelming majority are meant to ignore their faith and suffer penalties if they ignore the government’s bullying because a small percentage of the population doesn’t have access to birth control drugs and the ability to kill their babies.
For Obama and his supporters asserting government’s position to that of sovereign over our lives and welfare is their mission and part of his hope and change plan. One doesn’t have to be a member of the Tea Party movement to feel the heel of government oppression on the throat of religious liberty. I reject them and so should you if you believe in religious freedom.
“Don’t tread on me”!