posted on Jul, 24 2009 @ 09:38 PM
I remember in 1980 listening to and agreeing with an elderly Republican woman who was on the radio from the Republican convention. However, she sighed
and said views like hers were no longer being listened to at the convention. (And I haven't heard them since from the GOP.)
I came from a time when there was a slogan, Want to live like a Republican? Vote Democratic. I came from a time when one did not always vote a
"straight ticket" but would "cross over" at times. Even Nixon founded the EPA!
This nation became separated over social issues, and once that voting block was attained, non-social issues could be grafted onto them. What has lower
taxes got to do with abortion or gays? Yet, when voters went to the polls over social issues, they granted power to politicians who did as they please
on other issues that affected their voters in practical detrimental ways (loosening regulations on financial dealings, eg. 1980's to now; keeping a
national energy policy on oil, e.g.; refusing to hold corporations accountable to the law in hiring illegal workers).
This division was created politically and picked up by the msm, who was becoming less investigative and more lap dog. It was easier to show a map of
two colors than a map of diversity (a "dirty word"). In a time of "you're either with us or against us", voters were divided accordingly.
1) Less government...but whose ox would be gored?
2) Less spending...the dirty secret--Republicans spend as much as Democrats, just on different things
3) Lower taxes...but institute "user fees", until one realizes that they can't get something for nothing, such as less taxes for public education
but now the family must write a check to pay the bus fee, or the classroom material fee, donate classroom supplies, etc.
4) Use war as a last resort only...definitely there.
As I've said somewhere else, Americans need to not vote Ralph Nader for POTUS but rather join his organizations. Fight the corporate "special
interest" control of Washington, and unite in citizen, truly grassroots "special interest" groups. Let your elected official know what you want
from them. And understand this is work and there's no "timeline"...it took us 30 years to get to this point and the wounds will take time to heal.