Well for starters Kerry didn't lose the race because of his pro-choice views. He lost because because at that time, terrorism and the war, were the highest concerns of the people, and the way Kerry, and Edwards were going around, pretty much looking like you're typical naive, lets all hold hands and get everyone to like us, liberal democrat AKA "Candy ass". I knew his ass wasn't going to win. Bush also ran a smart campaign, Obama adopted that style, and just pimped it up if you will haha, and well after learning more about Kerry, and seeing how he behaved, and things he said after the election, I'm glad the virulent little bastard didn't win.
Over time those things became less important to people because things were turning around in Iraq,People weren't really concerned about another 9/11 happening, and the Republican party started getting stupid. The economy started becoming #1 issue, though both parties are to blame for all that is wrong with the economy, it happened on the watch of the Republicans, most people aren't politically savvy enough, and or are too damn lazy to really dig and learn who was responsible for this that and this, and usually too wrapped up in an ideology, either they're left, or right, and they stick with those. As I always say anyone hung up on either side, and especially if they're on the extreme with it, are morons.
Because Obama looked like he was better prepared to deal with the economy, and McCain ran a shitty campaign, Obama won, so we have a liberal democrat who is pro-choice in the white house, and most if not all of his administration is as well. Personally, and spiritually I'm against gay marriage, and abortion, though I feel the government, should have no hand in telling anyone who they can and cannot marry. If 2 consenting adults that love each other want to be together and have the same rights as a traditional married couple does, they should be allowed that. There are many reasons why a woman would have an abortion, if she was raped by her father, uncle, or brother, and or her body wasn't strong enough to give birth she should have an abortion, such choices are and should only be between the woman, god, and her family, not the government, or other members outside of the family.
Bill O'Reilly isn't much of a Conservative, he's more of an Independent/Moderate, Glenn Beck is semi Conservative borderline Libertarian, Sean Hannity is a Conservative, and their stances on torture are all a bit different depending on how torture is defined. What John McCain went through is torture, and torture is wrong as the bible says, when people do that, they're basically looking, and treating the other person as subhuman, not to mention it fucks with your head, and you don't get any real info anyway since someone would say whatever just to stop. The enemy does that because they are driven by evil, and many believe because of what this country is supposed to stand for, we shouldn't do as they do, and I do agree with that. Though I'm all for scaring the fuck out of someone to get something.
Water boarding isn't torture to me, and I've had that done to me as apart of training, yeah its a little spooky, but it doesn't cause physical harm. Having the lights go on and off, or having a woman give you orders, or a caterpillar crawl around on you not torture (though I'd agree having to listen to Britney Spears is haha) Those things were done. Yes more extreme things that can be categorized as torture were done, I do not agree with them, though still no where near like what they do, not to mention we'd always have medical staff there. The argument is if that guy had info and you needed to be more rough to get it out of him, and it worked, and he gave the info which allowed whatever act that was going to happen to stop, is legitimate, which makes things a bit difficult. This is a new kind of war, the enemy does not wear uniform nor are apart of a single nation, blends with the civilians putting them in harms way, or will use civilians as shields, we have to work hard on adapting and learning how to fight this new war/new threat, its not like WWII though the evil ideologies are the same, the way the battles go, are very different. Technically the enemy does not qualify for the Geneva conventions, though we still treat them good. Saddam's Soldiers did, if we got into war tomorrow with Russia, North Korea, and Iran, they would as well.
Both parties have had meetings about the whole torture thing, and both parties agreed with the methods, and even asked if it was enough, that is because both parties at the time did NOT want another 9/11 to happen. When the left/far left started protesting against torture, that spooked the democrats, and now the democrats are playing "lost babe in the woods" acting like they don't know what happened, or they weren't for it.
I agree with you on the whole Catholic thing, though it may offend some, but I've done a lot of studying about the Catholic Church and all, and I'm sorry I just don't like or trust it. They have a dark past, as do other versions of Christianity coming out of European origins. Christianity was not created in Europe, it was born in the Middle East, and when the Europeans got a hold of it, a lot of distortions, and pagan beliefs got thrown in it. The leaders of the church did not follow the true teachings or spirit of Christ, bent the religion around to fit their needs, and serve their vanity, and lust for power. Kept people in fear, and did a whole lot of torturing, killing, and fornication, among other things Christ preached NOT to do.