Triggerman saidGeorge Lakoff has been discredited pretty roundly. I heard him on a talk show and he could barely defend his position under mild rebuck.
How can someone defend voting for a Rebublican? ( I disagree with your assumption that it is against my interest)
I voted for Clinton. Need I say more? I was a get out the vote guy for him, I attended all his rallies in So Cal, I donated money to his campaign and I stood next to him when he said, time and time again, that the first thing he would do if elected was eliminate the Ban on Gays in the military. What did he do? He enacted Don't Ask Don't Tell almost immediately. Put into law what had not been law up till then.
Then he signed ENDA. The federal Defense of Marriage Act, putting into Federal law a ban on Gay Marriage.
Wow? Why do I not vote for Democrats? Need I say more?
That was enough to teach me the first rule of politics: Money talks.
Republicans let me keep more of the money I earn. So I can give it to politicians that will vote in my favor.
I like to have a President that thinks first about what is good for America. That will not worry that the French might not like us.
Republicans believe in a strong national defense. Democrats have been so weak on this since the 70's. Carter would have had us dismantle our nuclear defenses in '78. Think the Soviets would have done the same?
Republicans believe in a smaller central government, stronger states rights. Kinda like Thomas Jefferson. He was a President. Look it up if you do not believe me.
I bought my first house under Carter, that fucking idiot. Interest rates were 14%. Americans were held hostage in Iran. Iran for godsakes. I saw life under Carter and I do not wish to go back there, thanks so much.
I lived under Carter and Clinton. Actually under Johnson also, who turned Kennedy's small Vietnam War into a huge fiasco. Thank you Democrats. Killed 55,000 Americans.
I am not a Rebublican or Democrat. I am an independent. I do not like what the Rebubs have become but that is their problem. Democrats scare me more. Obama does not support Gay marriage or gay anything.
I am tired of paying $100 million a year in California to pay subsidized "in state tuition" for illegals. I am tired of seeing hospital after hospital close down because illegal immigrants use emergency rooms for primary care. In my lifetime, California has gone from leading the nation in education to being last in education because of illegal immigrants. We now have to teach in 3-4 languages. It sounds all nice and all, until you have to pay the taxes for all this. California kids can not learn.
Don't get me wrong. If I lived in a country as fucked up as Mexico I would cross the border as fast as I could. I have nothing against the Mexican people. Most are very decent hardworking people. They just want the best for their kids. I would also. But CA is overwhelmed. In So CA schools, Spanish speakers out number English speakers. It has put our educational system beyond the breaking point. Everyone knows it. Nobody will say it.
Democrats see illegals as potential voters and cater to them. I think it is wrong. Rules are rules. Wait in line.
Democrats in my state care more about illegal aliens than they do about me. It is a numbers game. They are courting votes.
So, why would I vote for Rebublicans? Because, my life is not only about being gay, it is about American values.
Leave me alone. Let me achieve. Protect me from foreign invaders. Don't regulate me to death. Don't tax me to the nth degree to pay for social programs that end up helping no one.
Rebublicans have been bad, but Democrats have been worse.
Now i found so much of this intriguing and educational.
I myself have nothing against immigration! But I do if it's illegal. As you said "get in line." But Oz unlike the US, has no borders. So people have to travel though a number of countries, before they even get on the boat to get here illegally, and jump the cue. our legal Aid, and other services are stretched to the limit, and this puts hardship on people of this country.
I had a friend who's Aussie son, went to a school, full of children of Illegal entry's, and his education suffered while he was there, as their education was more important than his, as well so little of it was done in English. Once he moved schools, he thrived.
So I give credence to what you said.
I sit on the fence, as I do not belong to one party. I keep my mind and eyes open. But the liberals (democrats) labour down here, have given me less reason to vote for them than the Conservatives, Liberal down here. The left put us into debt, and the right are voted in to get the bill paid, as it was squandered by the left. Giving had outs, instead of teaching them to fish, so they can go and feed themselves, and not have to put the hand out to eat.
Funny how open minded the liberals like to be portrayed. But when you disagree with em, it becomes apparent, how closed minded they really are, and nasty too.
God bless America.