I was considering posting this at that other blog but you know, this one needs some help. I’ve been enjoying the RNC this week (comically) and a question kept popping in my head. What happened to this Grand Old Party?
As I’ve stated before, I was born a Democrat – or at least I became one shortly after my entrance into the world. When I voted for Reagan in my elementary school’s mock election in ’84 (because everyone else was doing it), my father was furious (repeat – a MOCK election!). Bush was a four-letter word in our home by the time I entered High School in ‘92. You get the idea. And though the only Republican I’ve ever voted for is a former Democrat – current Independent (Bloomberg), I admit my life experiences have led me to sympathize (somewhat!) with certain brands of economic conservatism. Speeches like this one seem to resonate with me. And yet, if my first impulse is to laugh at the RNC, my second is to puke.
So, why will I never call myself a Republican? Here are just a few reasons.
1. Their own God
When Republicans talk about prayer in school, they’re talking about Christian prayers(hint, hint – that doesn’t include the cultist Mormons). When they talk about God – it’s the Christian God. So why is this a problem for me? Well, of course its because some of the greatness of America is found in its religious pluralism. My forbearers came to this country for that very reason. And yet, if you’re Jewish, Muslim or part of any other non – mainstream Christian belief system (or no belief system) you’re not included in the Republican umbrealla of appropriate religious belief. That’s a problem. It’s not belief in God that is bad – it’s the exploitation of Him for political purposes.
2. Country First – even if common sense is last.
I’m not a huge fan of Al Franken, but his analogy about patriotism is spot on.
“We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America like a 4-year-old loves his mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world. That’s why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well.”
So when Mitt Romney takes this swipe at Michelle Obama,
“Just like you, there has never been a day when I was not proud to be an American.”
I have to wonder if he’s lost his mind. Really Mitt? Read any U.S. history lately? Oh, I forgot, you were in France during the 60’s.
Ron Paul’s non-interventionist ideas didn’t spawn at a 60’s peace march – they came from old time conservatives. What Paul “gets” is that an aggressive military means higher taxes. Someone has to pay for it – Republicans don’t seem to understand this. So if you like a strong military, fine – just don’t tell me you’re going to cut taxes in the next breath.
Oh and BTW, Saying you’re a Reagan Republican (in vogue right now) AND a supporter of a multi-trillion dollar war of aggression that my grandchildren will still be paying for doesn’t make very much sense.