GOP Debates (America’s Plague)

Against my better judgement, I sat and watched most of the GOP debate tonight. Then, in an act of masochism, I followed along on Twitter as ABC tortured America. It seemed a bit duplicitous to badger the candidates with questions about waterboarding while subjecting viewers to this spectacle.

My discomfort started with the GOP tweeters who were just there to support their candidate and demean all the others. Even Kasich had people tweeting about his knockdown punches. Yeah, I was wondering what they were talking about, too.

Later in the debate – during the discussion on abortion, specifically – the Democrats tweeters suddenly came alive. The two most common comments were that “no one supports abortion at 9 months” and “my body, my choice”. If it weren’t so tragic, it would be comical. These progressive intellectuals proudly standing up for black lives and civilian lives in Libya and the sacred lives of cop-killers and terrorist lives in Guantanamo and the lives of dehydrated border-crossers suddenly forget what they’re about when you talk about truly innocent lives. Then it’s not a life, it’s a choice.

I think I get where they’re coming from. I vehemently disagree, but I try to understand. I’m curious if these so-called pro-choice advocates are capable of understanding the pro-life argument.

Hillary Clinton has made the following comment: “When it comes to women’s health, there are two kinds of experts: women and their doctors.” I imagine a setting with three people sitting in a room – me, my mom and a doctor. My mom and the doctor are deciding whether or not I should be killed. I’m not allowed to say anything; I just have to sit there and accept whatever choice they make. After all, it’s my mom’s choice. If she decides I should die, then I must simply accept it. I wouldn’t want to inconvenience her by continuing to live, even though she brought me into the world.

This scenario seems ridiculous, but it’s exactly what happens when a woman chooses to abort her child. Are pro-choicers capable of seeing abortion this way? I don’t think they are; otherwise, they wouldn’t be so flippant and crass when discussing the issue. Regardless of how you feel about abortion, don’t matters of life and death deserve respect when discussing?

Contrary to their most fundamental beliefs, even the libertarians like to jump on this bus. Apparently, natural rights don’t take effect until an arbitrary future date, which is determined by the government they claim to hate.

How do people come together for a common good? How do we temper the rhetoric? How do we find enough common ground to move forward?

Gay marriage is an example of something we can solve together. One side says gay couples should be able to marry. The other side says they don’t want churches forced to perform gay marriages. The solution? Get the government out of the marriage business. Churches can perform gay marriages or not. You can get a civil contract in order to obtain benefits if necessary. Everyone wins, right? Wrong! Now you have to bake me a cake.

We have an acceptable solution right in front of us, but one side refuses to accept it. Both sides, to some extent. How do we overcome this? Is there any hope?

I’m asking seriously, because I don’t know. A lot of my confusion is caused by my changing beliefs (a subject for a future episode). I thought America was on the same ride as me when the Tea Party appeared. I thought we were in it together to restore America to her former glory! In 2010, we rocked the politicians on both sides as an answer to the establishment collusion on Obamacare. Now, we seem to be falling back asleep. When candidates talk about repealing Obamacare it mostly elicits a golf clap or two.

On the Democrat side, half their party is willing to overlook the felonious actions of their front-runner. On the Republican side, they say they must defeat Hillary at any cost! Even if it means electing a candidate who doesn’t share our values and beliefs (even Hitler would be better than Hillary!).

We’re better than this. I think the Republicans just need to pop a caffeine pill and make sure they’re awake and on task a little bit longer. Hopefully, the Democrats will have their own Tea Party-style awakening and will begin to reject their establishment. When they do, we all need to be ready to come together. I think the old phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” is particularly true for our time. Washington calculates ways to drive a wedge between people and for too long we’ve fallen for it.

Now that we know their game, it’s up to us to rewrite the rules…

More Neglectable Than Electable

This political season is looking pretty grim. Besides the fact that campaigning started way too soon, there just isn’t much to look at with the current contenders.

On the Democrat side the race is between two absolutely unelectable people: Hillary and Obama. Hillary’s policies aside, she is, without a doubt, the most shrill woman on the planet. If people think the world hates the United States now just wait until they have to listen to her. We’ll be in the middle of WWIII before you can blink. Obama is clearly more presidential, but his beliefs are so extreme that I can’t imagine enough people would vote for him. The remainder of the candidates don’t really have a chance against Hillary and Obama. It’s laughable that people like Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich are even running.

On the Republican side the decision is much more difficult since there aren’t any candidates that standout. I want to support Romney, but am finding this increasingly difficult each time he discusses his views on abortion. My primary concern is that he continues to insist that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no problem with their members supporting abortion. This is clearly not correct. The LDS church has made this official statement on their webpage, which states that the LDS church “…counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.” Although the wording says “counsels” and not commands, one must consider that it would not be advisable to go against the “counsel” of the church if they believe that the church is indeed led by God. For Romney to continue to say that it’s okay to be pro-choice is just rubbish. He states that he is now pro-life, so why can’t he just say that he was wrong before? I would support him whole-heartedly if he were to make a statement saying, “I was pro-choice before but I’m now pro-life. I was wrong and deeply regret my mistake.”

The other candidates have flaws that I consider to be fatal. Giuliani is still pro-choice and has strange ideas about gun control. McCain works against the Republicans as often as he works with them. Additionally, he’s responsible for atrocities such as McCain-Feingold. Thompson – besides that fact that he’s in his own little sphere instead of competing – supports McCain-Feingold, which is a fatal and unforgivable flaw. Ron Paul is a little too extreme. As much as I want to agree with him, I don’t think he has a clear understanding of the situation between the United States and the terrorists. The others have issues I like, but don’t have an overall image I can vote for. For example, Tancredo is a stud when it comes to talking about illegal immigration. Besides this issue, there isn’t anything that makes him standout.

One particular issue that distresses me is that some Republican candidates would use ridiculous anti-Mormon tactics against Romney. For example, Brownback had an aide that attacked Mormonism. Other candidates have had similar problems, even though the candidates have stated that they did not condone the attacks. At least three of the candidates are Baptist, a religion notorious for it’s vehement attacks on the LDS church. Although this does not automatically disqualify them in my book it certainly makes me question whether they indeed do not condone the anti-Mormon attacks on Romney.

I’m anxiously watching to see if a candidate will emerge that clearly deserves our support. I would love it if Romney would apologize and make himself that candidate.