The Many Shades of the Right (Must Unite)

“You can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative.” This from Senator–and some say, 2012 Republican presidential candidate– Jim DeMint.

With all due respect to Mr. De Mint, it is this sort of either/or mentality that has perpetuated the stereotype of Republicans as hard-hearted, judgmental and out of touch with the common folk. Whereas the left tries to force Big Government upon us, several on the right often do the same with their particular brand of morality. This has only served to marginalize women and minorities who may agree with conservatives on a host of issues but feel left out and judged by them as a whole. Indeed, Democrats have laid claim to entire segments of the population–LGBT community, to name but one–for exactly this reason.  There is no longer room for this type of thinking when what is at stake is not only the current economy, but our American way of life, as we head into this new chapter in politics (and hopefully a new administration in 2012).

I speak on this from experience as a pro-choice Republican. When I go to the polls and pull that lever for the fiscally conservative but pro-life candidate, I am okay with that because the prospect of losing the right to choose is (at this point) theoretical. But what if it weren’t? What I were forced to choose between a Democratic candidate who wants to exert control over my paycheck and a Republican who wants to exert control over my body?

In that case, I just may feel compelled to pull that other lever or–even worse–just stay home.


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  1. #1 by Jim on November 14, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    Wow. All the articles are spot on. The central theme is the government needs to stop, stop, stop trying to control our lives. They need to protect us, assure liberty, and equal opportunity (Not equal results). That is what the constitution states and that is where they should stop.
    The Democrats need to stop being socialists, and both parties need to listen to the will of the majority. A majority that did not want Obama’s type of healthcare reform. A majority that does not want amnesty for illegals. A majority that wants to drill for oil and have the USA energy independent. By the way that same majority doesn’t want to solve the deficit through more spending or more taxing. They want all non-essential spending stopped! Now, immediately.

  2. #2 by Barb on November 14, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    I agree with the last comment entirely. The government needs to stay out of our lives, as much as they’d like to believe we’re too stupid to understand what’s best for us, “we the people” want to make our own decisions for ourselves and our families re healthcare, what to feed our children, if and when we “want to spread the wealth”, the right to bear arms, and whether or not we are pro life or pro choice, just to name a few! Leaving those choices to the individual, not government, is part of the reason we are the best country on God’s green earth!

  3. #3 by mary on November 15, 2010 - 10:27 am


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