I haven’t read this book in ages. In fact, I can barely remember anything about it. But I definitely remember that it had a huge impact on me. I should reread it soon. It’s the only book that has ever made me cry.
But maybe that’s not the way to define myself. ‘Republican’ creates all kinds of negative associations in people’s minds. The actions of my predecessors has created a stigma of hatred, corporate insensitivity, bigotry, and resistance to change.
Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. Unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit – and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.
-The 2008 Republican Platform
Politicians have lost sight of the basic principles of conservatism, the things the founding fathers wanted us to have.
I believe in minimal government interference.
I support gay marriage and rights.
I believe in the separation of church and state- and therefore, that the government should have no say in matters like abortion.
I believe in the basic freedoms that my ancestors came to this country for: Freedom. The freedom to practice or not practice any religion without fear of persecution. The freedom to believe what we want to, and not have to have the beliefs of others inflicted upon us. The freedom to live and let live, and love our fellow men for our differences and similarities.
I am not a party, to be hated by association. I am an individual, with unique experiences and perspectives, like every other person who stands under some political party’s banner. But maybe, in a time like this, it’s time to step away from the banner.
I am not produced by the mold that is Republican. I am from the lack of mold that we call American.
What about you?
I respect this so much. It is, I think, the attitude where dialogue can exist. Hey Brittany— you’re great.