Random Stranger, A man recently told me, out of the blue, “I hate Republicans!” Now, I thought to myself at first, what brought that on? And then, I have several questions come to mind. Why would he say that to me, which by the way I am a registered Republican? Why would someone in today’s society be so closed minded? I just shook my head and went on about my business. But, here is what I think about that statement…
Let’s take a look at the definition of the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or maybe we need to look at just what defines a political party – a group of people with a common goal for the government… The Free Dictionary by Farlex Encyclopedia defined political parties as “Group of persons organized to acquire and exercise political power.” Ok, that sounds good – everyone has their own views on how the government should be and I’m ok with that. Isn’t that what the U.S. was founded on – freedoms to believe the way we want?
After doing some research I found that there are two major parties; the Democrats and Republicans. According to Politics 1, there are three “big” Third Parties; Constitution Party, Green Party of the United States, and the Libertarian Party. There are several “smaller” Third Parties. But, what defines the party? Is it the members? Well, if all democrats were like the guy I describe earlier I wouldn’t have voted for many of my friends, people who I believe in, for political office. I believe the lines are blurred on several areas of the “differences” regarding the political parties. But, I want to look at the ideology or ideas of each.
Democratic Party ideology shows a more liberal position. They “advocate more social freedoms, affirmative action, balanced budget, and a free enterprise system tempered by government intervention.” They want to ensure that everyone is taken care of in general, I think.
Republicans regard the free markets and individual achievement as the push for economic prosperity. The strict adherence to the Constitution is necessary allowing the most individual freedoms. This point of view, I believe, holds people accountable to themselves.
When we start looking at the different third parties, ….
Looking back at the statement, “I hate Republicans!” why pick on ‘just’ the Republicans? There are several different types of political parties where they each view of government, society and the individual are different. As I said, I am a registered Republican but I have voted for Democrats and members of the third party. I guess I don’t want to be lead so blindly by a ‘party’ that I would vote for someone just because they happen to be running on a particular party’s ticket. I want to know the issues and what each candidate’s views are regarding that issue.
When voting for a candidate, don’t we want to know how they’re going to run whatever office they’re running for? Let’s take a Judge — should he or she be fair and impartial? I know of a situation where a judge used his position as an elected official to gain access to youth within a detention center without the parent’s knowledge. I know county commissioners who authorize purchases from particular companies, which are higher in prices than others for his own gain. I’m not saying it’s easy to know who to vote for or even advocating someone to vote for – I think you (and I) should know the issues. It doesn’t matter what party they are – it is their thoughts on how to run that office.
As we now have a big election coming up, let’s take a look at some of the issues around the country. In California, Doug LaMalfa is given an “A” by the NRA. So, let’s take a look at what he says. He says he is a person who values family, hard word and individual responsibility. Mr. LaMalfa says he wants to stop the spending spree and the misguided bailouts. If you take a stand where you believe our government should stay out of “big business” and let the people run their own businesses – he seems to be your man for US Representative. His website also talks about increase water storage and delivery. Now, I have a brother-in-law and his wife who live in California and I know from conversations over the years that water shortages have been a major concern for California residence.
As I am “Pro Gun”, I like using the NRA “candidate rating” as much as I can – where would we be without our guns. Remember Germany, Hitler, and what happened to the Gypsies, Jews and homosexuals. Never again should people fear persecution for what they believe. Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has a “B” rating from the NRA. That means a general pro-gun attitude with some opposing pro-gun reform or support for restrictive legislation. However, her candidate has an “F” rating so I won’t even talk about him. However, Mrs. Ellspermann votes yes in the passage of recent legislation that allowed or authorizes the “use of force against law enforcement officers in certain circumstances.” Indiana has been a hot bed concerning recent issues that allowed a police officer to come “into” your home without a search warrant or probable cause. The law generally says that if a law enforcement officer is breaking the law AND threating your safety or life, you can protect yourself. In addition, if the officer is unlawfully entering your home you have a right to protect your home.
I would like to take us to the Atlantic coast with New Jersey candidates. The NRA gives Joe Kyrillos, Jr. a “C” rating for his U.S Senate candidacy. He has a mixed record with gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. NRA says they normally vote the wrong way on key issues for gun people. He voted “Nay” on the bill, “Increases the Income Tax Rate on Incomes Over $1 million”. Now some people might find that wrong. Some, like me applaud Mr. Kyrillos, Jr. for his insight regarding tax increases.
Now, I have some very strong views on who I want to vote for and who I don’t… As I refer to the man who said, “I hate Republicans” – why would he be so closed minded that he would make a statement like that? First, I urge you to vote. You can’t say anything about government if you don’t vote. Make a difference. Second, don’t just vote because you are a certain party, or (please don’t do this) vote because he or she is good looking! Vote because of what the candidate will do for the people, the country and future. Vote because our children depend on us to make good sound decisions for their future. Vote!, because you care about the elderly, your parents or grandparents. Vote, because you can make a difference.