What? A conservative Hollywood-type? I would have said "impossible!" except that I read the article, and it seems pretty legit to me. Headline: Angie Harmon: "I'm not racist because I disagree with the president" AND she went on to say that she thinks McCain would've done a better job (!!!!) and that she still has tremendous respect for Sarah Palin (EVEN MORE !!!!!) All I can say is: IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! Angie, you go girl! Way to go for speaking your mind. Now let's just hope her career doesn't tank.
Every time I read another article about President Obama seeking to expand the reach of the government, I am alarmed and slightly angered. The answer is NOT to expand the responsibility and therefore the power of government! The more power that we give our central government, the less power we the people have ourselves. The more laws that are enacted to control people's choices, the less freedom we have! We cannot be a free country, and a country controlled by our government too! The USA is founded on principles of free personal choice - freedom of religion, freedom of all men and women to get an education and use it in any profession they choose, freedom of speech, freedom to elect officials, freedom to vote on local initiatives, etc. But over the years, more and more of these freedoms have been regulated down to such a narrow range of choices that we are increasingly having no real choices at all. I was disgusted, along with most of America, when AIG bonused executives with millions of tax-payer's dollars. But I was very uncomfortable when congress passed the law taxing those executives 90% on those bonuses. Did they not think about the precedent they were starting with that little retalitory law? In my mind, I saw the future, and in it, they were using that law to collect millions of dollars from any business, large or small, that had recieved ANY kind of government relief of ANY form (tax refunds, tax deductions, insurance benefits from insurance companies now controlled by the government...you see the direction I am going). This isn't even socialism. It is an oligarchy. And it is swiftly getting out of control.
I call Americans to remember the intentions of our Founding Fathers! This country was meant to be a refuge from unfair taxation (lost that a long time ago) and harassment from a monarch. There have been years of unprecedented freedoms, allowing individuals to control their own futures - to make something of themselves regardless of their birth or station in life. Immigrants of all nationalities have poured into our borders, searching for those amazing opportunities that our freedoms provide. But Americans have become lazy and irresponsible. And now, out of a misguided desire for more and more (for less effort and decreased cost) most Americans are ready and willing to vote for the first smooth-talker who promises them things he/she cannot possibly follow through with. We are throwing our freedoms away. It is going to come back to bite us in the future.
So when you hear/read the words: "Obama seeks expanded power" - call a legislator right away! Email, write, text message, whatever! Let the elected powers that be know that we the people want our freedom back!
After waiting with baited breath, praying continually, and crossing my fingers all day, I can conclude that things went really well for the Yes on 8 argument before the CA state Supreme Court! So far, things seem to be going in our favor! see article Thanks to all the traditional marriage supporters who were in San Francisco participating in the rally - it made me proud. And how about that Ken Starr? Everything he said was intelligent and well-put. We are lucky to have him on our side.
Nineteen long years ago, when I officially registered as a United States voter, I proudly chose to check the box next to the word "Republican". I was raised a Christian conservative, and after taking advanced placement history and government classes in High School, and learning ALL ABOUT the 2-party political system, I felt that the Republican party was the party for me. Ronald Reagan was the President of the U.S., we were fighting the Cold War, and I was thrilled to be part of the political party that had control of the White House - and great respect and influence in the world ("Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall" - still gives me chills).
Oh, how things have changed.
The Republican party doesn't represent me anymore. Elected representatives on both state and federal level have voted to pass initiatives that I can never support, based on my conservative beliefs. Many seemingly staunch Republicans are calling for the party to be more moderate in order to appeal to a broader voting base. This is such a mistake. The United States already has a political party for liberals and even moderates: the Democrat party. Conservatives are increasingly finding themselves without a party to represent them, and like me, are searching for a direction in which to move. Uber-conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has a good grasp on this fact, yet he has been attacked time and again for it (and Rush, I support you. Keep speaking up for conservatives!). I had an interesting email discussion with my nephew, Jake Lybbert (a young up-and-coming conservative political blogger and eternal student), who was attending CPAC. I was mentioning to him my frustration with the Republican party, and this is what he wrote back to me:
"I understand your frustration. What you wrote in this email is frequently repeated by the conservatives at this conference. Notice that this is CPAC and not R(Republican)PAC. Pretty much everyone blames the Republicans in the House and Senate for their excesses--for their imitation of Democrats on spending and tax issues. Believe me when I say that there is a lot of talk about getting back to first principles--limited government, lower taxes, & the such. Now, we just need to do what we can to get these types of representatives elected. Don't donate to the RNC, donate to individual candidates who are committed to the issues important to us--the ones mentioned above and life & family issues. They exist and they need our help. We need to identify them and rally people to their cause via the internet. This, as you know, is the power of the internet."
Thanks, Jake, for giving me a direction! I will be searching for political candidates who represent core Conservative beliefs: Less spending, less government control, traditional family values, and fewer taxes. It is obvious to me that the average politician is probably corrupt. My search is on for men and women of integrity and total love of country above everything else. I just hope they are out there. And if I have to leave the Republican party to find them, so be it.