Do You Agree?

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In case there are others like me who sometimes get confused as to what a “Conservative Republican” actually supports/believes (primarily because actions and words don’t always match), this article lays it out quite well.

What Is A Conservative Republican

As the article points out, part of the reason it can be confusing is this: A person might not be conservative on all issues, but is still considered a conservative republican based on his or her beliefs and practices in one certain area.

In my opinion, the same is true for those who categorize Democrats. There are variations and qualifications among them as well. 

Yet the tendency to assign certain principles and beliefs to the opposing party is commonplace — and often wrong simply due to the many variances of beliefs and practices. 

Nevertheless –as is seen (and heard) time and again– none of this stops people from “identifying” the opposing political party with unflattering metaphors and tropes that are, in many (most?) cases, based on nothing but personal biases. 

Me and Politics

For most of my life, I have cared next to nothing about politics. In fact, my outlook towards the subject was pretty much what the image shows.

Oh, I had a vague idea of what was going on, but I was much more interested in the activities of my personal life than I was in “politics.”

The first time I took any interest at all was in 2008 when McCain and Obama were running. I disliked McCain, but that nincompoop he had selected for a running mate was, for me, simply over-the-top. (See this post.)

Of course I was very thankful that Obama ended up winning, but once he was in office, I paid little to no attention to his actions; in fact, people have written about some of his less-than-favorable activities and I was clueless. Perhaps that’s not a “good thing,” but that was where I was at the time.

Although my interest level today has changed considerably, it’s my opinion that there are untold numbers of people who are just like I was — totally uninterested (or only vaguely interested) in what’s going on in the “political world.”

And it is these people that I believe base their votes on political party. Period. They pay no attention (or very little) to the various and sundry “opinions” being addressed on the numerous political communication outlets (including political blogs). Nor do they care what friends and/or family think. They vote party lines. Always.

Let me be clear. This is not to say this “disinterest” is a good thing. But sometimes I think we need to accept that this is simply where some people are. It’s where I was for many, many years …

Politics is Just a Way to Make Money

moneyfallingIn the local paper, a gentleman wrote a letter that contained some very good points and, in my opinion, perfectly describes the current situation in our (U.S.) government.

Here are some excerpts:

Let’s stop pretending that this whole mess is President Barack Obama’s fault. This has been years building up.

It was years of inflation and the top taking whatever they wanted while controlling the government.

It has been years of special interest groups pushing through their agenda with money, oil companies making sure we are dependent on their product, tax breaks for corporations while they outsource millions of jobs every year. These groups, which are making record profits every year, are keeping us busy fighting between two parties while they make off like bandits.

Politics is now just a way to make money, not a way to help your nation.

He also urges people to research things for themselves and not just listen to your party’s beliefs because, when it comes down to it, both parties will change their beliefs for some cold hard cash.

I think few can deny that everything nowadays is about M-O-N-E-Y. And if it weren’t for the GREED of some, others might not be worrying about how to make their next house payment, put food on the table, and/or gas in the car.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer. Do you?