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Rabbit, always appreciate your poignant take on things and couldn't agree with you here any more.
I'm in the same boat, as a conservative I am down right frightened to be associated with the people who lead the charge in the Republican Party/Tea
Party and the media/radio personalities that espouse their views.
The problem is they are all hypocrites and/or fascists, in my eyes. They talk about freedom and liberty and the Constitution but I try and shut myself
off to the talk and watch their actions. They, despite facts and reality, continue to expand our defense budget while putting down those who are
anti-war and aware of the disastrous effects of our foreign policy, demonize Muslims and low income citizens on welfare (many whom work more than one
job even) while ignoring corporate welfare, even destroy true Christian values in the name of Christ, and regularly chip away at the Constitution in
the name of "safety" - 9/11 changed everything being their mantra in the post-9/11 Bush era.
I am a conservative libertarian but am definitely more liberal on social aspects of our society. I also believe in capitalism and free markets but do
not think that is what we have in America. I also believe socialism can work alongside capitalism and do not believe they are the antithesis of each
other necessarily, helping boost the common welfare of our country as a whole by ensuring we all have healthcare, parks for our children to play in,
would do wonders to changing the downward spiral of American culture we have seen for far too long.
I find the dominionism offered by evangelical Christiandom that many on the right subscribe to as incredibly dangerous and their views mostly in
opposition of what Christ preached.
I believe personally abortion is a bad thing and we should be spending money on taking care of children after birth and ensuring their safety and
health if they are not wanted, but as a libertarian I believe it is a woman's choice (as long as it's early on in a pregnancy, I certainly would never
agree with the murder of a fetus, but a collection of still developing cells I believe is different)
I totally disagree with how they handle illegal immigration and the border issue. Our borders should be secure but closing them is absolutely asinine
and I also think amnesty is a good idea. I just moved to Texas and although many of the Hispanic people here that I know are Americans, their culture
and the people are very hard workers and decent, polite people for the most part (excluding drug cartels, of course). I think it would positively
affect our economy.
And as previously stated, I despise the demonization of Muslims and those of differing faiths. I am intimately familiar with radicalized Islam and I
am not ignorant to the fact their are dangerous people out there who hate America and happen to be Muslim, but I think the threat is dramatically over
hyped and usually factually completely inaccurate and riddled with inconsistencies and bias.
I also hate the demonization of liberals and those on the left. Don't get me wrong, the majority of our elected Democrats are just as guilty of many
of the things I've mentioned. But that deserves a whole other thread of its own. I think it's a tactic to shift blame and I resent the fact, even as a
conservative!, that liberals themselves cannot be true patriots and upholders of liberty. Difference in opinion is good in my eyes, essential even,
and debate in this country has been reduced to childish name calling and mudslinging instead of factual discourse which would benefit us all and is
most likely a danger to the establishment, hence the concerted effort to destroy it.
Newt is a great example of these scum. As a true conservative I believe in limited, efficient government and an adherence to the Constitution that
protects people from all different walks of life. I wish American exceptionalism was real again and we were once again the shining beacon and leader
of all that was true and just.
Ill fight til my dying day to see that happen. But people like Newt and his ilk have to go and must be discredited as true conservatives.
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