The hypocrisy of extreme Obama-bashing

Don’t you just love Facebook comment arguments? 🙂

Earlier today I was on Facebook, and my favorite Texas senatorial candidate Ted Cruz posted a pic and status update about the most recent contraceptive mandate that would extend to religious hospitals. This is the post:

I read the first few comments, and I was absolutely HORRIFIED, disgusted, to see a comment that reads:

“Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?”

Which prompted me to respond with the following comments:

“I don’t like Obama, but I wouldn’t joke about KILLING the man. Show some class!”

and then,

“The, ‘Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?’ comment has two likes? Wow. WOW. All three of you disgust me.”

Combined, my two comments received four likes, two each. The juvenile “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald…?” comment currently has SIX likes. And sadly it will probably gain more.

Besides me, there was one other person trying to point out the ridiculousness of joking of killing our president and calling him the antichrist (I wish I were making this stuff up), we’ll call him “Ring.” A woman commented to him and said “Mr. Ring, I’m gonna pray for you.”

The IRONY of that comment? This woman “liked” the Lee Harvey Oswald comment! So clearly, this woman calls herself a “christian” (that’s what I inferred from her saying she’ll pray for Mr. Ring) but thought assassinating the president, or at least joking about it, is A-OK. Guess she doesn’t see any contradiction between killing the president and her religious beliefs.

Um…lady…do you think “Thou shalt not kill” actually reads, “Thou shalt not kill…but this commandment doesn’t apply to Democratic politicians you dislike.”?

Haha. NO. I’m pretty sure that this commandment, along with the rest of them, applies to everyone and with no exceptions.

I was so miffed that I wrote this status update:

Unfortunately, this particular episode is not the first time I’ve encountered extreme Obama-bashing from so-called “Christians.” Politically, I consider myself to be somewhere in between Republican, conservative and libertarian. I have volunteered on several Republican campaigns, attended CPAC, been an active member of my university’s College Republicans chapter, gone to county Republican party events and more. I’ve been involved enough to know that there are several types of Republicans. And unfortunately, I have had several encounters with the Republicans whose favorite past-time is to berate the president…instead of doing something more productive, like maybe offering solutions.

And by extreme Obama-basher, I mean someone who essentially wishes him dead.

I believe dissent is patriotic.

I am all for disagreeing with someone in power, and doing what you can to elect someone who is more in-tune with your beliefs.

But there’s a difference between disagreeing with a politician and calling a politician the antichrist because you disagree with them.

Here is why being an extreme Obama-basher and calling yourself a Christian is hypocritical:

  • Like I said before, there’s the commandment that reads “Thou shalt not kill.” HOW do you reconcile your faith with joking about killing the president? HOW is wanting someone dead not in direct contradiction to that commandment? I would LOVE it if someone would explain that to me.
  • Most extreme Obama-bashers are very “pro-life.” What does being “pro-life” mean? If it means only being against abortion, then it should just be called “anti-abortion.” Because, clearly, if you think the president needs to be assassinated then you don’t respect HIS life. So you’re not pro-life in that sense.

Finally, someone commented on the thread who has some sense:

“I am a catholic christian. I am appalled at the behavior of others who claim to be christians and then call for the death of our president. No I didn’t vote for him nor do I agree with his policies, but I am going to do what MY LORD JESUS CHRIST tells me to do, and that is pray for Mr. Obama that God really touches his heart and shows him the error of his ways. And I am also going to pray for those people who woud wish to do him harm. Christ did not die on the cross to give us a free pass and allow us to continue to sin. May God have Mercy on us all. I hope that Mr. Boehner will be able to block the rule that forces the church to go against our convictions. Pray for peace and prosperity to return to our once great nation.”

Conclusion: I wish all of the extreme Obama-bashers would offer intelligent POLICY alternatives to things Obama does instead of just wishing harm on him. I want these “Christians” to see how hypocritical they are being and start following this aspect of their faith. Be a proactive, positive Republican instead of just focusing on bringing all non-Republicans down.

What do you think? Have you ever encountered extreme Obama-bashers?

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There is no such thing as a “conservative” health care mandate

Recently I had a conversation with a Romney supporter, and they were defending “Romneycare” – the individual healthcare mandate that Mitt Romney implemented during his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2006.

It seems to me that several Republicans have this mentality: if a conservative does it, and says they’re doing it for conservative reasons, then that means it’s ok!

The reasoning for defending Romneycare went something like, forcing people to pay for their own health care and not letting them leech off the system is a way of teaching people personal responsibility. There was probably more to the argument, but that’s what stuck out to me.

I see something very wrong with this reasoning. Republicans supporting Romneycare would never support a similar program if it were coming from a Democrat. Exhibit A: All of the Obamacare backlash. (Obamacare and Romneycare are really not all that different)

Just because a “Republican” defends it, does not mean it’s “ok.”

Here is what the Republican National Committee has to say about health care in their platform:

We support common-sense health care reforms that would lower costs, preserve quality, end lawsuit abuse, and maintain the healthcare that Americans deserve. We oppose government-run health care, which won’t protect the physician-patient relationship, won’t promote competition, and won’t promote health care quality and choice. [source]

…Except if Mitt Romney supports government-run health care and offers “conservative” reasons for it. Then we’re all for it.

Republicans, conservatives, and everyone in that canon of political ideology need to get a grip on what it really means to be conservative. Do we support the government forcing the individual to buy a product or service, or do we not? Or do we only support it if a charismatic ex-Governor calling himself a “Republican” says so?

This is one of the many reasons I don’t support Romney for president.

What do you think? Could government-run health care ever be “conservative”?

Peace, Love and Liberty,

Ann

Stuff Neocons Say

I HAVE to repost this! It’s a genius video made by libertarian blogger, Julie Borowski.

You might be wondering, “What is a ‘neocon’?” A definition that I believe sums it up best can be found on merriam-webster.com :

“A conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including though military means.”

Neocons are generally not receptive to libertarian ideas, and thus the ideas of Ron Paul.

Which is why I enjoyed this satirical video…

I have a new resolution to BLOG MORE. So expect more posts soon 🙂

Peace, Love and Liberty,

Ann

“There’s an election in 2012…you know that, right?”

At my “Mass Communication and Society” class this morning, my professor asked our class who we thought would be the Republican presidential nominee in ’12.

The asking of this question commenced the chirping of crickets in the lyceum.

(And yes, I’m still beating myself up about the fact that as a Republican political nerd, I was too intimidated by the huge number of people in the room to raise my hand and call out “Mitt Romney!” or something)

My professor then broke the silence by saying, “There’s an election in 2012…you know that, right?”

Several people then began murmuring “Sarah Palin.”

I shuddered.

“Sarah Palin! That’s right! And you all probably said that because of how prominent she is in the media!” My professor said. Then he asked, “Who here knows who Tim Pawlenty is?”

There was a good chance that I was the only person in the room who knew who this man was…and I had seen him give a speech at CPAC last year to boot. I meekly raised my hand, probably in the same manner that the SNL cast members depict students in Jerry Seinfeld’s SNL teacher skit.

“Ok, so two of you know of him.” The professor points at me, “Who is he?”

My mind blanks. “He’s the governor of…Indiana?”

“Governor of Minnesota. Close! Anyway, he’s a possible Republican nominee for 2012…”

OKAY, so I’m not the best at impromptu speaking. Hardly. BUT, I learned this morning that conservatives need to rev up their PR for the election in ’12. Especially among the young’uns.

One of my friends wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the NT Daily today in which he claims that there is no “Republican Superstar” that stands out as a probable GOP nominee.

Here’s my two cents: It’s early, but someone needs to stand out, offer conservative perspectives, and get noticed.

Here are my picks for the Republican nominee in 2012 (in no particular order, subject to change):

1. Mitt Romney

2. John Bolton

3. Tim Pawlenty

My pick for 2016:

1. Paul Ryan

Lesson of the day #2: I need to be more outspoken (story of my life).

What are your thoughts on the 2012 election?

Peace and Love,

Ann

Song of the Day: King of the Beach by Wavves

Why I am a Republican

If you know me well, you probably know that I am an active member in UNT’s College Republicans chapter.

Some people have asked me (some sincerely, some out of interest, and some in a concerning manner) “How did this happen?” What made me become…Republican?

I definitely wasn’t born Republican…while I have grown up in Texas, a red state, I spent the majority of my childhood in Round Rock, Texas. Round Rock is an interesting place to be, politically. It is a suburb of Austin, but far enough away to be a distinct city. The liberal politics of Austin influenced the political attitudes of the citizens of Round Rock. However Austin and Round Rock are members of different counties: Travis and Williamson, respectively. While Round Rock may have been influenced by the liberalism of Austin, Williamson county was conservative overall.

I don’t remember the community I grew up in being tilted to one side of the political spectrum or the other. It was pretty evenly balanced.

My parents didn’t sway me one way or the other too much, either. I would describe my mom as an overall moderate. Her voting record includes Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. My dad is a capital “L” Libertarian. I can remember him campaigning hard for Harry Brown, Michael Badnarick, and Ron Paul, among others. While my dad had strong opinions, I never felt them forced onto me.

It has been my observation that during election season, especially Presidential elections, people are quick to shape up each candidate and “pick a side.” I have been the same way. Growing up, I wasn’t thinking of politics 24/7, but the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections influenced my political beliefs a great deal. The 2004 election got me interested in politics, but I didn’t really have my personal beliefs/preferences sorted out. The 2008 election was when I researched both candidates and parties more than I ever had. Before my research, I had been under the impression that I would identify more with the Democrats. But once I became more educated, I realized that I was much more conservative than I thought I had been. I found myself preferring McCain over Obama, who, needless to say, was very popular among my peers.

However, I was hesitant to call myself a “Republican.” For me at the time, this label carried a stigma with it.

When I got to college, the fall semester of my freshman year I was invited by an acquaintance to come to a College Republicans meeting. I was very apprehensive about going, for several reasons…the main two being that 1) I was incredibly shy and knew nobody who was in this club, except for my acqaintance whom I had never actually met in person, only interacted with through email and facebook, and 2) I wasn’t even sure if I was a Republican.

I decided to go to a meeting to see what it was like, and to help me fulfill an English paper assignment in which I had to observe an environment, meeting, person, animal, etc. that I was not familiar with and then write a paper about my experience.

I went to the meeting, and the next one…and the next one…

What resulted from these meetings was, among other things: 1) My English paper, which I titled “The Best Party on Campus” (clever phrase but not my original idea), 2) Meeting a lot of cool people and making awesome friends, 3) Learning more about the GOP and realizing that I do, in fact, identify as a Republican.

This account is incredibly abbreviated, for time’s sake. I’ll save the details for my memoir, should I ever write one 😉

So, as a Republican, what exactly do I believe? I found a summary of “Republican Values” on the myspace page, The Republican Club. I’d venture to say that most Republicans would agree with these; some probably deviating idealogically from a couple of them:

What are Republican values?

Republican values may be characterized as a belief in smaller government, fewer taxes, moral leadership, incentive driven economics, a strong military, as well as a respect for the right of each citizen to choose their own course without government interference, because they have the dignity and the ability to do so.

Many Americans are able to discern that large-scale government bureaucracies have a significant history of inefficiencies. Republicans acknowledge that by keeping government as small as possible not only does it keep wasteful spending to a minimum, but it also creates incentives for government to become more efficient in the process.

Republicans simply recognize that having fewer taxes creates more freedom for the individual and more incentives for economic growth. Through the increased economic growth as a direct result of the increased incentives actualized by not only fewer but lower taxes more tax-revenue is actually produced by the government (reference the Laffer Curve Theory) premised on the principle that because more economic growth has been created there is in actuality a larger taxable economy to evoke revenue from. High tax-rates greatly diminish incentives for economic growth in the market-place, and long-term will generate far less taxable revenue as a resultant of the smaller taxable economy that such tax-rates manifest.

From the foundation of the party Republicans have valued moral leadership in the GOP. That is not to say that all Republican leaders have lived up to this standard, but it is one of the most valued traditions of the Republican Party regardless. Republicans take pride in their heritage as the Grand Old Party that preserved the Union and freed the slaves; affirming in a universal morality at the heart of which are the inalienable rights of man as recounted by Thomas Jefferson.

Republicans appreciate that economic prosperity is dependent on incentives. Incentives are elucidated in the market-place by allowing few restrictions in the application of government interventionism and taxes. High taxes defeat the incentive to get-ahead, because they take away the most from those who have succeeded the most. There is less incentive for an American to get-ahead if they realize they will be taxed substantially more by doing so. Also, as a consequence of government de-regulation economic growth will develop at the most efficient rate because more incentives will be created to start businesses as well as invest. Further the market is endowed regulation as a result of the free-market dynamic through natural competition.

The GOP believes that much of America’s political influence around the world is a resultant of the strength of the U.S. military. Without the due diligence maintenance of a strong Army, Navy, and Air Force the U.S. will encourage aggressors from around the world to attack American interests at home and abroad. Due diligence maintenance requires more than adequate funding, and maintaining high standards.

The belief that every American has the dignity, the competency and the right to choose their own destiny without big government looking over their shoulder. Republicans believe freedom of choice and opportunity should not be restricted, because they are central to the American dream.

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A major thing I have learned on my political journey is that there are many types of Republicans. So before you go lumping them all together, realize that just because somebody calls themselves a “Republican” it does not mean that they will agree with everything that another “Republican” believes. There are neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, the religious right, libertarian-Republicans, and more.

Bottom line: I am a Republican because it makes the most sense to me. I believe it makes the most sense for me to make decisions for myself and not let the government make them for me, because I know what’s best for me better than the government does.

I plan on blogging more about politics and the Republican party in the future 🙂

Peace and Love,

Ann

What do you think about politics? Political parties? Etc.?

I VOTED!!

This past election day was the first one in which I could vote; which, for me, was a pretty big deal. When given the choice between an electronic or paper ballot, I decided to go old-school and use paper. I was given the universally (almost) recognizable “I Voted” sticker.

Everyone I voted for at the local level won. I’m pleased but not too surprised, because Denton County is probably one of the most conservative counties in the US.

And yes…like every other Republican, I am grinning at the results of the mid-term elections in races nationwide 😀 Taking back the house is definately something to grin at.

I was particularly happy about the turnout of several races elsewhere in the state and nation. Bill Flores (Congress 17th District of Texas), Marco Rubio (Senator – Florida), Nikki Haley (South Carolina – Governor), Rand Paul (Kentucky – Senator) and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin – Senator).

Now that the midterm elections are finished, I am looking forward to see what will happen. I’m hoping that my biggest concerns (and I know they belong to many others as well) will be attended to: 1) Helping the economy and creating jobs (in the private sector, NOT government jobs!), 2) Cutting spending and doing something to eliminate the national debt, and 3) repealing the health care bill (AKA: Obamacare).

…I am SO looking forward to the 2012 election 🙂

New post with Halloween pics coming soon!!

Love and Peace,

Ann

Song of the Day: No Rain by Blind Melon