Monday, September 08, 2008

Republicans as the party of "smaller government"

My sister-in-law, Kate, had a great post about the RNC last week and the comments on it were from her friends/fellow bloggers who are overwhelmingly conservative. You really should read them. Over and over again they said that they didn't want to have their paychecks pay for things they didn't believe in and that Democrats would just spend all their money on people who did not work to earn money. I couldn't believe that people were falling for that old party line about Democrats being tax and spend and Republicans cutting taxes and shrinking the government! George W. Bush arrived in office in January 2001 with a surplus in the government coffers. We now have over a 3 trillion dollar debt. But yes, the money was not spent on poor people. It was spent to wage wars and to line the pockets of corporations and already wealthy Americans. I can see why you might prefer that because these ARE working people, I mean, no one is going to argue that those poor soldiers in Iraq don't work harder than just about any other American, and yes the CEOs of large corporations also worked their way to get there, even if now they mostly run companies into the ground and take huge payouts to leave. So I see where our philisophical differences about where to spend money come into play. I just sometimes question the Christian principles of people who call themselves "Christian" but don't believe in taking care of our fellow man. It really confuses me because a great deal of the Republicans I know/am familiar with fall into this camp.


yer mama said...

Your last few sentences match the theme of a conversation I had with Travis this weekend. I was preaching to the choir about why I am a democrat. It seems so simple to me. I am a democrat because it is my moral duty to help people. I am not even a Christian and it is still my moral duty to help people. Imagine that!

If we could take abortion off the table and out of party lines I think many more republicans would realize they are democrats at heart.

kel said...

But the thing is, abortion is still on the table. And it is a deal breaker for a lot of Republicans, no matter what other arguments are out there. That's just the way it is.

I'm not convinced that anybody is going to spend money wisely in Washington. I hate politics. HATE. Nobody gets their mind changed about issues and everybody just gets pissed off when people don't agree with them.

Mindy said...

I got an unintentional e-mail from someone today that was meant for someone else. It was about a 3 page diatraibe of everytyhing he hated about democrats. I couldn't help but thinking as I rwad down the looong list, I can live with that, I can live with that issue, I totally agree with that point. I can't help it, it's the cultural anthropologist in me. Those who are succesful have a responsibility to help others. That includes myself.

My friend has a Quincy Jones quote as her sig:

Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person shared a little of what he is good at doing.

That's my utopian view of the democratic doctrine.