As a conservative, I'm finding out more and more that I do not really believe in the Republican Party. Not as it once was, anyway.
I've started realizing that I am more Libertarian in my views, but if I want to continue to vote in Primaries, and be involved, I must stay under the big tent of the GOP, much as the Green Party must do with the Democrats.
I've never been an over the top republican. Even when I worked for the party. I believe in one fundamental right that the Constitution gives us: The government should stay out of my business and out of my wallet. These days though, it seems neither the democrats or republicans are holding true to this thinking.
I think I am a fairly intelligent person, with a good head on my shoulders. I'm not going to try to change your views on politics or religion, if you've already made up your mind. But I will say that there are a few things that are driving me mad at the moment. And keep in mind, this could be because of the recent CPAC weekend in DC, or just because its always bothered me & I'm finally speaking up.
Don't assume that I fall in line with Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, just because there's an R behind my name on my voter registration. Last week Janeane Garofalo said that conservatives are "self-loathing" and compared female-fans of Limbaugh to Eva Braun, Adolph Hitler's girlfriend. But then Rush Limbaugh turned around and called liberals "deranged". Where do we draw the line? I'm definitely for the first amendment and our right to speak our minds, but when does it just become petty name calling? I feel like we've all retreated back to the first grade and on this playground of life we are picking on others to make ourselves feel better.
Which brings me to this point: How do we expect to energize the future generations of voters, when all we are doing is calling each other names and comparing everyone to Hitler all the time?
Barack Obama won because he gave the young people of this nation something to hope in. While I found it to be completely asinine, some -actually- MOST young people were drawn to this.
I don't think we should go around saying we are the party of rainbows and unicorns and gumdrops and kumbaya; but at the same time, where is our current rhetoric getting us? Can't we find a happy medium?
I'm not suggesting that we silence Coulter (although sometimes Ann could use a lesson in graciousness) or Limbaugh (who recently said if you don't agree with him, you agree with Barack Obama), but I am asking, when will others who are tired of the game rise up and be willing to come up with valid arguments, sans name calling and finger pointing, and do something worthwhile for our party and our country?
We can either think of how we become relevant as a campaign winning and policy making organization or we can just be the voice of opposition. If we continue featuring the Limbaugh's and the Coulters, without other points of view, we will never appeal to Independents, soft D's or even Republicans for that matter. Who will be the spokesman for our generation?