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Political Realities that Must be Realized

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Growing up, I had as my heroes great Republican presidents -" Lincoln freed slaves, Teddy Roosevelt saved wildlife and protected our food - even Reagan was protecting us from the "godless communists." I truly felt that Republican Americans cared about the betterment of the country.

Today's Republicans don't seem to care about the betterment of the nation, only in "getting what's mine." Rather than save lives by providing health care to all Americans, they focus on killing brown people -" immigrants or Middle Easterners, there seems to be little difference. Rather than saving the Earth, a charge Jews and Christians were given in the Book of Genesis, they want to "drill baby drill." Rather than equality and freedom for all, they are pushing agendas that make slaves of workers in third world countries. Has the party forgotten who they are, or have the Democrats moved so far right they have shoved the Republicans off the political map?

Here are a few things the right needs to realize.

The right-wingers look rabid and crazy. How shocked were people when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot? It was assumed the gunman was a right winger, simply due to the rhetoric they have been spouting, the gunman had said nothing at that point. This should be a wake-up call. Voters may have given Republicans hope in 2010, but they won't keep it in 2012 if they can't be seen as "normal" to the independent voters.

Lowering taxes will not help our debt, nor will it help the economy. Lets face it, if you are making over $1 million a year, you are not going to spend it all. If you do, it is unlikely it will all be spent on American brands. The less you have, the more of your income you spend. That is logic. The more taxes brought in, the less the government has to borrow. It really is that simple. By focusing on making the rich wealthy, the right is alienating the middle class. Yes, this class is disappearing, and as it does, they will not be voting for those that made them poor.

Taking away funded programs like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid to keep high ticketed (and unfunded) items, like our ever growing military, will just make people angry in the end. After all, we've been paying into Social Security all our lives. Telling us we don't get something we paid for just to keep killing brown people will not make up for the lost investment we made on our future.

Anti-abortion laws will make a tax rise mandatory. Let's face it, prohibition meant more law enforcement, not less. People are going to try to do what they want. We will need special task forces to find both women and doctors that are engaging in these activities. The women that attempt abortions will have to be put in prisons with 24 hour surveillance. At that point they would be attempted murderers and still living with the person they tried to kill. Tax payers will have to pay the medical expenses for both the mother and the child. One could not give a baby to a mother that tried to murder it, so foster parents would be paid to raise the child, or the child would have to go to an orphanage - again tax funded. For a group that doesn't want to pay more taxes, that seems like an expensive route.

Don't get me wrong, I am against abortion. I'd just rather talk someone out of killing a child than put an unwanted baby on the cold streets.

What people do in their sex life is none of your business and neither is who they marry. We are no longer living in the days of trading women for cows or arranged marriages. Will God punish people for being gay? Let God make that decision, not the government.

Yes, homosexuality is unChristian, but this country was not founded on Biblical principals. According to Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, 1796 "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." This was written by George Washington, signed by President John Adams, passed out and read allowed to Congress, and ratified unanimously.

In a letter, then President Thomas Jefferson stated, "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

From these it is clear the intent of the founders was a separation of church and state. Let religions forbid gay marriage - after all the government has no right to force religions to change their doctrines, but let the state follow the Constitution and not get involved in the issue. Everyone with the legal power to preform a marriage can decide what couples they will wed - straight or gay.

The intent of the Constitution was for the United States to be a protectionist nation that always fought to defend, and never to attack first. Our founders would never have agreed to the wars we are currently in. Any politically correct Tea Party member would be more appalled by our wars than by our new health care laws. Congress is charged with the power "to declare war... suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions" (Article 1:8). The language does not imply the use of war for nation building or fighting phantom wars. Without a nation to fight, we should have been arresting the terrorists involved, not fighting two countries that had nothing to do with 9/11.

If Christians followed the Bible, they'd be Socialists, as many of the things that make America great are. L ook at the teachings of Jesus, the man the right-wingers seem to think they are following. He wasn't a warrior, he told the people to pay taxes, to give all they had to the poor and to live a life of equality. The idea that Jesus would support the Republicans or the Tea Party is ridiculous to anyone that has actually read even one of the four Gospels found in the Bible.

Our road system is one of the oldest socialist programs we have. Without it, we would stop every few miles to pay tolls. Our socialist police and fire departments are seen as heroes, as they should be. Our Pledge of Allegiance, recited so proudly at Tea Party events, was written by a Christian Socialist, Francis Bellamy, and "under god" was not even a part of the original text. (It should also be noted that equality and fraternity were left out of the original as he knew that Americans didn't see women or African Americans as equals, and understood it would never get read in public schools with those terms.) This fact should be kept in mind every time we state this pledge.

A special note to Glenn Beck and other LDS right-wingers--keep in mind that the Republican Christians don't like you. Sure, they want your votes, but if they are willing to make laws to keep brown people and homosexuals in check, Latter-Day Saint Christians will not be far behind -" take a look at the books they write about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints online or in any of their book stores.

A good example of this is Mitt Romney. In spite of his wishy-washy history in politics (constantly changing his ideals and opinions), Mitt Romney is likely one of the best Republican candidates. He knows business and is left-minded enough to be bipartisan, but he won't get elected. The reason has nothing to do with "Romneycare" turned "Obamacare," it is because right-wing Christians don't like "Mormons." Mike Huckabee knew he wouldn't win the Republican primary in 2008, yet wouldn't yield just to make sure "Mormon" Mitt Romney didn't win.

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A graduate of Franklin University with a degree in Digital Communications, David is the co-president of the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational Latter Day Saint/Mormon movement. In the past, he was a full time (more...)

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