Why Choose To Be A Republican?

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  1. Coloradomtnman
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    Coloradomtnman Rational and proud of it.

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    I grew up poor, white trash in rural Idaho, surrounded by Mormons and red-necks. After high school I enlisted in the Marine Corps for the first Desert Storm, although I didn't see any action. I served four years, received a fair number of medals and awards for my exemplary service, and instead of re-enlisting, I was honorably discharged to pursue my own interests and desires. I moved to Colorado, attended college, got a job paying over $30k a year, and realized just how geared towards money and fear our civilization is. I felt disenchanted with society and as a result have wanted change. I'm very well read, educated, a critical thinker, compassionate, and I think that the most important things for human beings to attain are fellowship and love among all people, self-discovery, compassion, understanding, and peace. I'm a radical leftist with extreme views and yet it seems to me that Jesus and I share more in common than the evagelical right. I don't understand why anyone relates to the GOP for any reason other than simple greed and the fact that the GOP extorts the traditional family values of evangelical Christians. Could someone explain to me why they choose to be a member of the Republican party? Honestly, I don't understand and think that this kind of conversation will help me to perceive the GOP and its members with a more accurate perspective.
     
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    To quote Mike Huckabee, who grew up in conditions similar to your own, "I'm not a Republican because I grew up rich. I'm a Republican because I didn't want to stay poor waiting on the government to save me."

    Not that I necessarily agree with the statement, but it has some truth behind it.
     
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    So Republicans want to be rich?
     
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    You got me. They used to be the party of morals and principles, but not anymore. They used to be the party of smaller government, but not anymore. They used to be the Christian party, but not anymore. Maybe they like elephants.
     
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    Who doesn't? They just don't want to be poor and live off government handouts, I think.
     
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    Think about people as falling into a few different groups. Some do best with sharp delineations, and others do best with fuzzy boundaries. Most people have some of each.

    I have one kid who needs very sharp boundaries and another who needs a little more give and take.

    I think that's what it boils down to, and neither approach is right or wrong.
     
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    LOL I didn't read the quote in your post and I thought the "who doesn't" was in response to "maybe they like elephants" lol.

    I mean really, who doesn't?
     
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    I don't want to be rich. I just want to have enough to live healthy, free, and without fear of poverty. I know many people who live below the poverty line and they don't live off government handouts. In fact, I don't know anyone who lives off government handouts.

    And, I think, for every wealthy person there must be many more people who live in poverty for reasons either beyond their control or because they choose to do work that isn't rewarded with high pay. Such as charity workers.

    If wealth were redistributed so that hard work is rewarded with high pay and not just work in the field that is the highest paid, then there would be more equality and less division among people.

    Jesus wasn't wealthy. Neither were any of the Disciples. Nor was Gahndi. Nor was Buddha, though he started out that way.
     
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    So you're a socialist. I get it.

    I'm not. I'm a capitalist. I earn money, I spend it as I see fit. I give when I can, but I didn't go to school and am not still going to school to better myself so that the poor can reap the fruits of my labors. Sorry.
     
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    I think you're looking at it wrong. Jesus wouldn't have felt at home in any political party. It's a misnomer to try to apply the philosophy of either party to Him. Jesus was completely apolitical.

    And He said unto them, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's." Luke 20:25 KJV



    But since you ask, I'm a republican because I'm NOT rich, but I would like the chance to be.
     
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