I registered as a Republican at 18 and maintained that registration until last year when I changed it to independent. Though I voted for McCain, I had become disillusioned with the GOP after six years with the party in complete control of the executive and legislative branches of our government failed to implement conservative reforms. I believed the Republican Party had abandoned me when it failed to uphold the conservative philosophy with which I equated it.
After the November elections, I decided that simply going to the polls every two years was not enough–that more is required of me if I am serious about bringing this country back to its conservative foundation. As a result, I resolved to become more involved, to actively promote my ideology any way I can. To that end, I founded this blog and became active in numerous online conservative activist groups.
The conservative uprising occurring in response to President Obama’s sweeping social reforms that have rapidly dismantled the governmental structure envisioned by our founders has convinced me to once again register as a Republican and fight to return the party to its conservative roots. I am an active member of the Arkansas Tea Party, Inc., Rebuild the Party, AmericaC2C, Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, and several other groups which have also taken up this fight.
A little background on me. After high school I attended college for a year, spending all the money I’d saved so I went to work. I worked moving furniture for 5 years then joined the Marine Corps. I spent four years in (’91-’95), including two 6-month deployments overseas. After separating from the service, I bought a farm and went to work driving a truck. My wife and I then built a chicken house and raised chickens for seven years. I returned to school during that time and received my degree. We sold the farm and I now teach math in the high school. Hard work and acting responsibly has carried me through life so I have very little tolerance for those who act irresponsibly and then claim to be disadvantaged.
I’m a staunch economic conservative and a social conservative with one exception–abortion. In my opinion, the woman carrying the fetus must make that decision. That said, I am 100% against partial birth abortions due to a nurse who witnessed a murder during one of these procedures early in her career. She said the baby came out crying and the doctor killed it, stating “this is an abortion, not a birth.” I cannot however equate an undeveloped fetus with a child. I realize this puts me at odds with many conservatives, it puts me at odds with most of my family. Usually though, when choosing a candidate, this isn’t even an issue for me because other issues have already decided which candidate will receive my vote.
The number one issue for me is a candidate’s stance on the 2nd Amendment. It’s my opinion this fundamental right ensures all the others. Due to the desires of so many to completely do away with the 2nd Amendment, or subvert it by considering it a collective right, I oppose any candidate who votes for restrictions on the purchase or possession of firearms for personal use or votes to require licensing or registering of guns. History has proven licensing or registering firearms is the first step on the road to confiscation.
After that, I consider fiscal responsibility the most pressing concern. Unfortunately, for quite some time, the difference in the Republican candidate and the Democrat in this arena has been too small. Both parties have supported irresponsible spending and contributed to the current bloated beast we have for a federal government. Any responsible candidate will freeze government spending (cutting it would be better but that’s not going to happen) and let economic growth take care of the deficit. It’s no wonder the American people have overspent themselves into financial ruin when our leaders have consistently modeled this behavior for decades.
I believe in personal responsibility. Every American isn’t entitled to a new car, a boat, an all-terrain vehicle, a big house, or even the best available health care. For years I’ve watched people forego purchasing health insurance for their family to buy these items while I paid the premiums and did without what I couldn’t afford. It’s a matter of priorities. If you have any of these items and cry to me about not having health insurance, I won’t shed a tear. As long as our government continues to reward irresponsible behavior, or encourage it, the behavior will continue.
I do believe society has an obligation to provide an education to our children. I teach in the public schools, left the private sector hoping to be a positive role-model for kids. I do not, and will not, belong to the teachers’ union because it consistently defends bad teachers and fails to consider the harm they do to students. But, teachers aren’t the only problem. Much of the blame lies with society, namely the parents. Too many kids are unruly, disrespectful, and apathetic. We can lead a horse to water but we can’t make it drink. Parents need to be called on the carpet. Unfortunately, the parents are often the cause of the child’s attitude. In my opinion, the welfare (in all its forms) state has created this flaw in our kids and their parents. Until our society shifts back to one of self-respect and respect for others, there will be kids left behind.
I believe the massive bailout of private corporations is a mistake. Our economy is suffering from the indulgences of the past 15-20 years. Americans bought too much on credit with little consideration for how the debts would be repaid. It would be far better to let the chips fall where they may. The wheat would then separate itself from the chaff and we could move forward. It’s going to fall to that point anyway. All we’re doing is prolonging the agony and rewarding the irresponsible business practices of incompetent CEOs.
I could write more, but I’ll leave it at that. I’ve never been much of an activist, but now feel compelled to become more engaged in an effort to take the Republican Party back to its conservative roots.
Republicans are hated around the world so maybe while you are still at a formative stage you will get a life and grow up. Just because McCain is or was a war hero (for getting shot down and surviving as a POW) he is still an idiot for having “sarah” as VP. Now there is a real freak of nature. What a douchebag.
By the way thanks to BW Bush Canada has now lost 104 soldiers in Afghanistan. Canada has 1/10 the the population of the USA. On a per capita basis we have lost more men and women that the USA. THanks to Bush….abondoning us in Afghanistan to invade IRAQ. What a douchebag.
How do you americans who voted for Bush sleep at nite?
Comment by Gary from Canada |
January 1, 2009
Thanks Gary for putting forth such a rational argument. I’m sure your countrymen are proud to have you speaking for them.
Major points I often hear myself grumbling about as to why things have degraded to the point they have.
Respect has degenerated in this country to the mentality of me-ism, and it is sickening. People need to be called to account and not walk around with their hands out looking for the unearned payout, or worse, who they can take advantage of today for their own personal gain.
Awesome blog Gary, I will be adding you to my blog. Stop by for a visit when you have time. I rejuvenated my blog about the same time you started yours.
The People who are MOST walking around looking for “hands out” are AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. Thinking they could get away with ONE TRILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer “emergency funding” proposed by former Bush Treasury Secretary & former Goldman Sachs president, John Paulson at the end of the Bush administration, while they continue to screw the American people. And then there is Enron and Exxxon-Mobil begging for BILLIONS in tax breaks and incentives whuile they ship good paying American jobs overseas. When are you conservative wingbuts gonna start demanding that corporations pay their fair share..?? When are you gonna hold corporations accountable for the BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of “hand-outs” that their lobbyist put in the pockets of Republican politicians..?? Welfare handouts (which I agree needs to be reformed) don’t even come close to comparing with the “hand outs” that Corporations are getting. And then with that recent “back room deal” Supreme Court decision, the conservatives (who supposedly didn’t like “judicial activism” have now opened the American political process to UNLIMITED CORPORATE & FOREIGN INFLUENCE.
You think the Arabs control Texas, and the Asians control California now..?? Wait till you see the disaster this Republican Supreme Court back room deal will do to our political process in the next few years!! Who are you going to blame then..??
It’s people like you that make me want to go to America :). Whatever you’ve said is absolutely true, and I agree with pretty much all of it except the part about society’s obligation to provide for children’s education. I believe that too belongs to the list of parents’ responsibilities. (perhaps we could discuss it sometime later in a different blog post dedicated to the topic.)
Anyway, it’s really great to have discovered your blog, and from now on, you can count me on the list of your regular visitors. I’ve added you to my blogroll.
You fringe wingnuts and fearmongers are hilarious! Truly, it’s pathetic as well as hypocritical. You wingnut conservative extremists ratchet-up your mob violence at townhall meetings & teabag parties, then when the Dems push back and you get self-righteous, then whine & cry like little girls! What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander so you nutjobs better grow a pair. Two can play the game!
Again, there’s been NO violence on the part of conservative activists at these meetings. You nut jobs and Obama hacks are trying to label honest questions, with no physical contact or threat of such, violence? That’s insane!
John – Let me know what we need to do to BOOT BERRY. I’m a bit irritated about his sleazy affair with Nancy Pelosi last Saturday night. I’d be interested in your assessment of Crawford, before I start putting “Crawford” signs up in my yard.
Comment by Dave Sonnier |
November 9, 2009
hey there found your blog today and I like it. I too am quite disallusioned with Republicrats, I mean Republicans. Been a disenfranchised libertarian-leaning sort a long time. Glad to have some peers, ie, 9/12ers and Tea Party groups, in the past year. Keep up the good fight. Thanks for your service, Semper Fi
Could you forward this article of the fake teaparty
to teapartyofwmi.org. During a festival sunday down town
GR i encountered the petition gatherers of the fake tea party petition drive, i managed to get the name and mailing address so i googled it and found your site
Were they required to do anything to comply with city ordinance?? and if we present this information to the city clerk can we have these signatures brought into the city
of GR for inspection?? Also is ther any lawers that can help us with this matter?
please e-mail me back thanks