Why I’m Still a Republican

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Over the weekend Missouri Representative Todd Akin made absolutely inexcusable remarks, which you’ve probably heard by now, about abortion and rape. It was just another case of a high-profile Republican talking out of his ass without considering the consequences. Of course this led to an all out thrashing of the right from the left, and probably slated Democrat Claire McCaskill to the US Senate for another term.

In my mind, the GOP is in its darkest days. I’ll be straight up – I’m a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. As such, I’m going to issue a challenge to all Republicans. Shut your goddamn mouths. You are not elected into public office to spew your idiotic morality speech to the mainstream. You are elected to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I couldn’t care less if you’re a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist or Martian. Our country is in a ten-foot deep, mile-wide shit hole. Praying, hating gay people, cursing the left, being pro-life, pro-family or pro-whateverthefuck isn’t going to fix the problems we have right now. Some politicians may argue that this country is where it is because we “lost our values.” I say bullshit. We are where we are because we started caring too much about our values. Our values are OUR values, no one else’s. Keep that shit to yourself.

Defend our country from financial obliteration. Stop turning everything into a right versus left debate. Sometimes there isn’t a right answer, which is why this country has been locked in an abortion debate ever since the Roe v. Wade decision. There’s not a right answer to everything. Abortion is not a political issue. It is a personal opinion. Most abortions are done by way of a pill taken in the weeks after conception, but fervent pro-life supporters would like you to think that the doctor sticks a clothes hanger up there, twists it around and pulls out a kicking fetus. Abortion is a dirty word, but it’s not what most politicians would like you to think it is.

But back to why I’m still a Republican… I’m still a Republican because I believe at the heart and soul of the GOP it is a party founded on the belief that all Americans are given the right to live their lives in the pursuit of happiness with minimal government intrusion. It is a party that believes in the Constitution of the United States, and a party that believes war is an act of desperation, not intimidation.

I assume roughly 95% of you who read this site align yourself with the Republican party, and I can guarantee at least half of you are doing it for all the wrong reasons. A political party is a political party because of politics. Not religious affiliation, personal beliefs, or where you were born.

This is not an endorsement or condemnation of Mitt Romney or any other Republican political candidates. It’s bigger than that. It is a call to action. To stand up for what the Grand Old Party used to stand for.

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

The government shouldn’t solve all of your problems.

Religion and personal preference should not influence our laws.

This is not the country I was born in and it is certainly not the country I want to die in.

So, to the politicians (and to everyone) that represent my party, think about everything I just said next time you open up your mouth in a political debate. You can call yourself conservative all you want without giving any reason as to why, but if that’s the case then in reality you’re no better than the hippie on the street corner obliviously banging on his bongos.


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      If you honestly value your principles, sometimes you have to sacrifice those of lesser priority. For instance, I am pro gay marriage, but more importantly, pro free market. So to keep fiscal conservatism intact, I have ti vote for a party that I don’t always stand shoulder to shoulder with. Free enterprise is too much of a priority to let the rest of my principles get in the way,

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      brophecy foretold

      ^This guy gets it. Gay marriage will eventualy become legal anyway regardless. Socialism, however, is very difficult to be reversed. Once you give people something, it’s nearly impossible to take it away.

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      ^ “could have” not “could of”. If you want to talk about the economy, give credit to people who you think “get it”, and be taken seriously without actually saying anything at all with any substance, then, at the very least, you should try not to fuck up the English language.

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      brophecy foretold

      Why? He is not going to win. I guarentee it. I’m a Libertarian at heart but the fact of the matter is we live in a two-party system so its basically choosing the lesser of two evils. Unless of course you live in a state that is guarenteed to be red, then you can vote to put 3rd party candidates on the ballot because it won’t take away from Romney.

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      RTR America

      In the most important election in our generation you want to give half a vote to Obama. A vote for Gary Johnson is pointless. I understand you may have your values, but just listen to a speech by Romney and Ryan. Those guys seem to really get it. I wasn’t as sure about Romney until he picked Ryan. He could of gone safe, but these guys truly seem like they want to change the direction of this country.

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    Guantanabro Bay

    This article is fucking great. I’m not sure how R-Money personally feels, but I think he’d be better off without abortion in the Party platform. We all would.

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    the one thing i was taught to not talk about with friends since i was young (and with my brothers) – is politics and religion. everybody has their opinions and no amount of shit (or facts for that matter) – will change it. i am a bit the same – goddamn fiscal conservative and mostly socially liberal myself (except pro life and pro 2nd amendment). i grew up a young republican and YAF student leader and slowly moved to more an independent over the years. i give (alot) to both republicans and democrats and count both as friends and even family. i know alot of it is just trolling and humor, but in the real world, being stuck in neutral steadfast with only one set of beliefs is stupid. it is the surest road to failure because we live in a society that only rewards flexibility. profit only comes with change (the real kind) and being able to adapt is about as fraternity you can get. it’s all about winning and survival of the fittest.

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    I agree with every single bit of this article, with the exception of the last “call to action.” I was born in this country, and I sure as shit am going to die in it. Otherwise, great article.

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    In my opinion, the economy outweighs any social issue, be it abortion, gay marriage or what have you. I couldn’t personally find two fucks to give about what people chose to do with their lives. When the well-being of the US of A, and the world along with it, for that matter, is at risk due to the economic policies of a raging socialist, I do give a fuck. Lots of them. This is why the Republican party is the one that I will always vote for. Free market, business growing, capitalism is the only way to keep the world from going six feet under. Look at France. Two months of socialism and they’re already set back for twenty years. We joke about “R-Money”, but personal wealth aside, Romney-Ryan will get the country back to where it needs to be. If you want gay-marriage, vote Barry. I don’t give a shit if Romney is anti-gay marriage. He knows how to run a business, plain and simple. That in itself is worth a vote.

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    Immortal Seventh

    Finally a politically-motivated column on this website that isn’t a bunch of try-hard, faux-conservative bullshit. True conservatism is about protecting the Constitution, keeping the size and scope of government within it’s limits, and protecting individual freedoms.

    Social issues WILL move in a generally liberal direction. There has not been a civilization on planet earth to ever have a society that gets more conservative over time, there is no reason to fight that now. Being a conservative does not mean assigning the government with the role of preserving the teachings of a religion that is thousands of years old.

    In politics today, the terms ‘conservative’ and ‘republican’ get very much misinterpreted. One is an actual set of political philosophies and the other is a gaudy, bastardized manifestation of small-minded idiots who cannot accept the fact that there is a world out there that exists past the shadow of their church spire.

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      very well said. i too am pretty sick of how anybody these days call themselves a ‘conservative’ and then go out and support some of the most idiotic things imaginable. bill buckley was a true conservative. barry goldwater was a true conservative. ronald reagan was a true conservative. i remember getting a chance to meet and talk to barry goldwater when i was young even – this was when he was one of the few bold enough to talk about his concerns that people solely with religious aims were trying to take over the republican party. they were not ‘conservatives’ – they sought radical changes – many which impinged upon the whole notion of what ‘individual liberty’ was. barry like myself am pro-life as well. but we can not see how imposing morality by government is supposed to lead to less government in everyones lives? in many ways – alot of the true conservatives who built the modern conservative movement saw it coming and weren’t happy about it.

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    TV shows like Jersey Shore and Teenage and Pregnant are enough of a reason support abortion. If you can’t or don’t want to support a baby then abort the damn thing. You can always have that baby later on in life when you are better prepared. I also don’t want to have to deal with your shitty offspring years from now. If only we could sterilize the people from these MTV shows and welfare recipients. Imagine how much nicer this world would be.

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