To Disheartened Republicans who Gave Change a ChanceNovember 16, 2008
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!
I’m so sorry that things have not worked out for you these last eight years. Things haven’t worked out for a whole lot of us…….more than three quarters of the population of this great land.
You have NOT deserted your party by voting for a Democrat. Your party, such as it stands right now, has deserted YOU, or at the very least, it has not been keeping YOUR best interests in mind. This is how I, a Democrat (who could very well be wrong in my perception; if so, please, set me straight. I’m autistic too, which means I might not be able to interpret things quite correctly…..what certain things mean….etcetera.)..perceive what’s going on.
I’m a somewhat socially conservative Democrat. Here’s a bit of background…….I’m a devout eastern Orthodox Christian……against abortion on demand…….(notice the words ON DEMAND………I don’t think it should be forbidden for a woman with serious health risks to have an abortion if doing so will save her life.)….I don’t agree with the idea of cohabitation (but hey, if people are into that, it’s none of my business, and if someone tells me they cohabitate, I’m not going to tell them I disapprove. I have friends who cohabitate.) I don’t agree with premarital sex (been there, done it, confessed, etcetera). I believe that welfare should be a last resort and temporary, but there should be more help for people to find work. I believe that everyone should do what they are ABLE to do in terms of contributing to society and improving themselves.
I hate the idea of pork barrel spending. However, one person’s pork might be another person’s bread and butter. Or something like that. Evaluate each extra item to fund carefully. How is a certain state spending money on something or other going to benefit a) the people living in the immediate vicinity of the area to receive funds for x or y project or building or whatever; b) the population of that state receiving funds for x or y, and/or c) the nation as a whole.
Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but to me, conservative means frugality (not only in terms of money but in terms of any resource.) conservation (of food, water, the environment…….) each person or family living within their means……
having ten houses and fifteen expensive cars is not exactly my idea of conservative………not when so many others don’t even have the luxury of a roof over their heads. We can argue ad infinitum about how said people got into that situation, but the bottom line is, the more people who can contribute to society, the better off we are. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Anyway…….back to sharing my appreciation with conservatives (and independents too) for giving change a chance.
I sincerely hope you are not disappointed (and I hope that for myself and fellow Democrats too)……Do not view this as a failure on your part……that somehow Senator McCain did not get elected because of your failure as Republicans. You have a lot of work to do…….in terms of taking back your party. I hope you do it…….
It’s one very patriotic thing to do…….to take back your party. We as a nation cannot afford more of the divisiveness that was rampant during the past eight years of the Bush presidency. Great empires have fallen because of divisiveness and infighting between members of the ruling classes (think Roman empire……Greek empire……..boy do I wish I had some citations for this……)
We’re not an empire anymore……..at least not in terms of ruling vast amounts of territory…….but we do have a very important role in global affairs……..we cannot have fights “in our house” and then expect to be taken seriously when we want to tell other people to get their “houses” (nations) in a certain order……..
I didn’t vote for Obama simply because he’s a Democrat. I voted for him because I felt he was the most capable person running, to start dealing with the huge mess we’re in right now. If the candidates had been…..say……..John Kerry versus John McCain (circa 2000, not 2008) I would really have to think about my vote. I’d have to think about Congress……..because even though I personally consider myself socially conservative on certain issues, I do NOT relish the idea of a Supreme Court with a large rightward majority. I don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned……)
a Democratic congress and McCain………I could deal with that, if it were him or Kerry of 2004…….maybe Mr. Kerry has toughened up since then. I held my nose and voted for him in 2004 because I couldn’t stand Bush……he’s had way too many yes-people…….and not enough control over his own administration.)
I’m pulling for you Republicans……hoping that you are able to take back your party sooner rather than later……..have more Hagels and Snowes and Specters……..and McCains even (circa 2000, not 2008) rather than Palins and Cheneys and Roves…….for your leaders. And if you are so inclined, become Republican leaders YOURSELVES! We need you……..for a healthy balance. A nation gone way to the left is just as bad as one gone way to the right……….
Yes You Can!
-all of us