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Confessions of a reformed Republican

 

 

I have been a Republican most of my voting life. When I turned voting age I proudly marched down to my voter’s registration office and put my name on the rolls as a Republican.

I come from a long line of Republicans on my mother’s side and my father was the lone Democrat in a family of red-white-& blue blooded Republicans. I had the mistaken idea that Republicans were always right and the Democrats were so liberal they were almost communists. I don’t believe in voting a straight ticket but I had the philosophy of when in doubt vote Republican.

Disillusioned and disenchanted

The transformation was gradual and I’m not sure exactly when I changed, or if I did change. I don’t think I changed so much as the Republican Party did. The shift began sometime in the middle of George W. Bush’s reign term. The campaign and insistence of Bush to invade Iraq to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction had something to do with it. So did his “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003 when, clearly, the mission was not accomplished and many years of war were ahead.

I became cynical when I saw vice president Dick Cheney pull the strings from behind the scenes and interfere in areas that benefited his company, Halliburton. Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000. He retired from the company during the 2000 U.S. presidential election but still received stock options and other payments from the company. During his term as vice president, Halliburton was allowed to bid unopposed on government contracts. Cheney is also responsible for the infamous Bush/Cheney loophole of the Clean Water Act. Halliburton is a prominent player in the relatively new fracking industry and Cheney was successful in eliminating a disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process. They claimed it prevented competitors from stealing their formulas but it also exempts these companies from having to meet strict EPA regulations and endangers the water supplies.

I became even more disenchanted when John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. She is an embarrassment to the female population. She makes a good cheerleader but is ignorant of political and foreign affairs and basic fifth grade history.

Mitt the Twit

I thought the current presidential Republican candidate would be more intelligent and informed but it looks like he came out of the same mold as Palin. His trip abroad this summer, which was intended to showcase his foreign affairs savvy, only made him look more foolish. The Brits began calling him Mitt the Twit because of his blunders. Who in his right mind goes to our long-time ally and insults them by saying they are not ready to host the Olympics on the eve of its opening? He then went to Israel and insulted the Palestinians with a comment about their “culture”; and, as an equal opportunity abuser, he insulted the Jews by referring to a stereotype of the Jews.

Romney further exhibited his incompetency in foreign affairs by issuing a statement regarding the attack on our Embassy in Libya calling Obama’s handling of the violence “disgraceful” and accusing the administration of sympathizing with the attackers. He was too quick to jump to the party line of portraying the president as always apologizing for the U.S.’s actions and made a fool of himself in the process.

In addition to individuals within the party I am also upset with the Republican Party as whole for their stand on women, birth control, and no abortions in cases of rape and incest. The party wants to set back the women’s movement to the 1950’s when women stayed home, cooked, cleaned, wore house dresses with pearls (think Harriet Nelson in Ozzie and Harriet), and never had an original thought. In addition, the middle class and below is looked down upon as evidenced in Romney’s latest comments about 47% of the people not wanting to work or pay taxes and sponge off the government. The party has become the party of the 1% and the “wanna be’s”; that is, those who want to be part of the 1% and think that some of it will rub off on them if they vote Republican.

Mind polluting and propaganda spewing

And we can’t forget the plundering, pontificating, mind-polluting, propaganda-spewing duo of Limbaugh and Beck. Nothing more needs to be said about this Republican self-promoting tag team.

Compounding these issues is the Tea Party and the “religious right” who think they have all the answers and if you don’t agree with them you are not only wrong but also ungodly and un-American. The way the party is now I don’t understand how any middle-class American, woman, minority, or disadvantaged can vote Republican.

I looked around and thought, “What the hell is going on? This party does not represent who I am or what I believe.” At that moment I woke up and became a “reformed Republican.”

Reformed and rehabilitated

Yes, I am now a proud reformed, rehabilitated Republican. The party took a sharp right turn and left me in the middle of the road seeking my own path down the center between far-right Republican extremism and bleeding-heart liberal Democrats. I think I will start a third party called the RRA (reformed rehabilitated Americans). It is open to disillusioned voters of all parties who want to restore integrity and sanity to our government. Anyone with me?

‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ Broadcasts Five Minutes of Dead Air as Sponsors Continue to Flee – The Hollywood Reporter

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 

Sponsors are fleeing Rush Limbaugh’s show like rats from a sinking ship. It looks like people are finally getting the message that Limbaugh is bad news. Now if only he would believe what his sponsors are telling him but his ego, like the rest of him, is still too big.

For more information on today’s dead air space due to absent sponsors, please click on the link below.

Respect the woman!

 

‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ Broadcasts Five Minutes of Dead Air as Sponsors Continue to Flee – The Hollywood Reporter.

 

My Answer to Rush Limbaugh

A Woman’s Body Is Her Own Temple

 

I thought we were living in the twenty-first century. This is the year 2012 but to listen to the political talk about women and their bodies you would think we were back in the days before the women’s suffrage movement.

We are living in a time of advanced medical treatments and procedures, advanced computers, space explorations, and stone-age thinking regarding women. What happened to respecting women? When did a woman’s body become political fodder? The comments Rush Limbaugh made recently about Sandra Fluke and her testimony for insurance coverage of birth control pills was so crass and detestable every woman should join a campaign to silence him.

A woman’s body should not be a political football

I don’t wish to make this a political statement for or against any particular party but the politicians and on-air windbags have already made this a political football. Women have become the focus of attention because of the mere fact that our bodies were made to produce children. However, a woman’s whole life’s focus should not have to be concerned about her reproductive abilities.

The abortion debate has been contentious enough but now legislators want to invade her body with foreign procedures intended to discourage her from an abortion. Again, I don’t wish to discuss the pros and cons of abortion but if a woman finds herself in such a situation it is not a decision that is easily made. She does not need the added harassment of additional painful procedures. Now the politicians are going even further and making contraception another arm of this debate. News flash—if contraception is used then there is no need for abortions.

And here is the biggest news flash of them all—a woman doesn’t make a baby by herself. It takes a man and a woman to conceive. So why aren’t the men held responsible for this dilemma? It is a double standard that goes as far back as Adam and Eve. Because the woman carries the child for nine months and is visibly “with child” the man can remain incognito and no one will know he participated in the making of this baby.

It is the man’s insatiable appetite for sex that has created this mess

Men like Rush Limbaugh can sit back and call women sluts, whores, and other horrendous names and hold themselves above the nasty business of sex. But every woman knows it is the man’s insatiable appetite for sex that has created this mess.

Sandra Fluke testified before Congress and asked that insurance cover contraception methods. She was not asking, as Limbaugh pontificated, for the government to pay for the costs. Another double standard—insurance does cover medication for erectile dysfunction drugs. I don’t understand why it is such an issue for insurance coverage for contraception. If one objects to contraception on religious grounds then don’t use them. My insurance includes coverage of many medications which I don’t use.

It is time men be held responsible

It is time women take these discussions and turn them back on the men. It is time a birth control pill is made available for men and enforcement measures put in place to make sure the men take them religiously so there are no accidents. (I know this sounds crazy but so are some of the statements men are making about women.) Or maybe someone can devise a chastity belt for men. Or perhaps we should legislate that all men be forced to have a vasectomy at puberty and then reversed when they are ready for children.

I propose the Lysistrata Movement

However, I have the answer that should be acceptable to most people. It appeals to those with religious objections as it promotes abstinence, and it respects a woman’s body. I propose a Lysistrata Movement. Lysistrata is the name of a play by the ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, in which the main character, Lysistrata, proposes to her sister Greeks to withhold sex from their husbands in order to negotiate a peace to end the Peloponnesian War. Withhold sex and, sisters, I guarantee it won’t take long before the men are begging for an end to the Lysistrata Movement and will quickly end all debates over contraception and abortions.

Let’s take the decisions over what happens to a woman’s body regarding contraception and abortion out of the hands of legislators and all male committees and place them where they should be–in the heart of a woman.

Respect the woman.