OK – my use of “fascist” for both parties in this country was unfair. When you take it literally (and who wouldn’t), it’s not nice. So I’ve removed that reference.
It’s going to be a wordy Wednesday over here, because I have a lot to say. I don’t usually “go here” on my blog, but I think it’s time to put something out there.
I am a Libertarian. I believe in personal freedoms, human rights, and fair taxation (“use taxes” work great – get rid of the income tax). You stay out of my business, and I’ll stay out of yours. The federal government should be small, and limited, and should not be regulating morals or how much of your own money you actually get to keep. It’s that simple to me.
I was looking through my reader today and came upon this post by Jill who linked to something I’ve been wanting to read about, but quite frankly, have not made the time for because I knew it would upset me. And it did – it upset me very much.
As I read House Bill 212, all I could think about was what I want to say to the Republican Party. So here it goes:
I hate to break it to you, but you are not the “Grand Old Party.” The GOP was founded by people who believed in small government on all fronts – not just financial ones. The GOP believed in leaving things up to the state. The GOP didn’t believe in regulating morals. The GOP believed in personal freedoms. The GOP believed in a separation of Church and State. The GOP believed in protecting our borders, but not in imperialism.
Your “GOP” believes in small government until you want to tell people how to live their lives. Your “GOP” wants less taxation and less government involvement in the free markets, the school systems, etc., but once the issues of gay marriage and abortion are raised, your “GOP” wants to be in our bedrooms and homes. Small government is your motto until you decide that women can’t make reproductive choices on their own. Small government is your motto until you decide that gay human beings are demonizing your RELIGIOUS definition of marriage.
You are not the GOP. You are big government – just of a different persuasion than the Democratic Party. You are no different from Democrats – you believe in big government too – just when it comes to different things.
You get your attack on gay marriage and women’s rights out of your platform, and you have my vote. You really do – that’s a promise. But as long as you, as a party, keep insisting that gay Americans are lesser than YOU because they are simply gay – then I’m not interested in anything you have to say. As long as you, as a party, keep insisting that you know better what to do with my uterus than I do – then I’m not interested in anything you have to say. As long as you, as a party, keep pushing this “personhood” movement that threatens my ability to grow my family via fertility treatments – then I’m not interested in anything you have to say.
The saddest thing to me, Republican Party, is that there are so many people out there who feel the same way as me. We like your stance on taxation. We like your stance on small government involvement – but we want to see that stance applied to all issues in this country and not just fiscal ones, as you as a party, have chosen to do. We want you to practice what you preach on all fronts.
Get out of my head – it’s not yours and you have no right to try to regulate my beliefs. Get out of my bedroom – what I do in it is none of your business. Get out of my uterus – what grows there, or does not grow there, does not belong to you. Get out of my RE’s office and laboratory – the eggs, sperm, and embryos in there didn’t come from your body. Get out of the business of marriage – marriage is a religious ceremony that should not involve government at all. Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan and everywhere else you seem to think we need to be – those countries aren’t yours to control.
I also have some news for you. Most of you are pro-choice. I know you think you’re pro-life, but you are not. The only real pro-lifer I’m seeing in your party right now is Paul Ryan – and that’s because he believes that ALL life should be protected. He does not believe in exception clauses for rape and incest when it comes to abortion (scary stuff!). Most of you cannot and do not say that. You pander to the Christian Right by claiming that you protect all life unless, of course, that life was not created in a consensual way. Isn’t a life a life, no matter how it comes into existence? If you think even ONE person should have a choice whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term – then you are pro-choice. It’s that simple. Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. It means that there should be the choice to carry a pregnancy to term or not. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s true. You are no different from the left-wing on this one. Again, you just want it more regulated than they do – but you still believe that some people are exempt from being forced to carry a pregnancy to term. You are pro-choice.
I will not be voting in November. I don’t like my choices. The Democratic Party is way too socialist for my liking – and they’ve taken too many things too far in regards to regulation. Again – they’re just as big-government as you – just in different ways. You may think that my abstaining to vote is a vote for Obama, but it is my freedom to choose to vote or not. And I won’t vote for a party that endorses bias against women and gays.
I believe in human rights – all human rights. You do not. The human rights you support are those defined by the Christian Bible. Last time I checked, this country was made up of people from all faiths. What makes you think that the Christian faith should have anything to do with federal and state governments? Our forefathers certainly didn’t think this way.
America is a republic – not a democracy – a republic. It’s time to start acting like one on all fronts. Return your platform to small government on all things, and you’ve got my vote.
Until then – no thank you.