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Which side of the fence?

I received this email a few years ago from a former friend of mine. While reading this, keep in mind my friend was a single working mother receiving food stamps, state-funded health insurance and disability benefits for her daughter. In no way do I fault her for receiving the benefits. She did not abuse her benefits, she did not drink or use drugs. Her daughter was severely mentally disabled and was a handful. The mother worked hard, had an associate’s degree in drafting and made $9.00 per hour. This demographic, along with veterans and seniors are the majority, not the minority, of government benefit recipients. At the time, I also was a single working mother, although I only had 2 children to her 4. I never received any state benefits and provided insurance for me and my children through my job – because I was able to, just as she would have if she had been able. Imagine my shock and surprise, as a registered Democrat, to receive this from her.

Which side of the fence?If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.

Well, I forwarded it.

I didn’t respond to her, but I wrote something to get it off my chest. Well, guess what? Today I received this email from another “friend”. So today, I’m posting it…to get it off my chest.

Which side of the fence?

I never wonder, because I’m too informed to vote for the current group called Republicans.

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. The main reason so many gun owners are Republican is because they believe this lie below.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. Reasonable gun control is not outlawing guns, and it does work. Another Fox News lie (just one of a million)

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. Only a Republican would believe this.

If a Republican is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a Republican is not a homosexual, he demands a law to make it illegal.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands equal protections and benefits under the law as guaranteed in the US Constitution.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he points fingers because it is NEVER his fault.
A Democrat wonders how to better not only his situation, but the situation of others.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he demands that they be shut down.
Democrats just switch channels.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church, and he remains very quiet about his religious status, and when asked, usually pretends to be a Christian.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion kept out of our SECULAR government, as instructed in the Constitution.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he just lowers his employee wages or cheats someone to cover the cost, thereby making everyone else pay his way.
A Democrat works and pays for his.

If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it because his friends are also uninformed.
A Democrat will revise it… because it is so inaccurate.

Well, I revised it.

End the Failed Drug War

The failure of the war on drugs is because it is based on ideology, or the way things “should be.” Unfortunately, that is not reality. Far from it. People “shouldn’t” do drugs. No argument there, but they do. Making it illegal only creates criminals who prey on the addicts and terrorize society.

Legalizing marijuana would have a positive effect on our economy. The production and sell would create jobs, not to mention the support industries such as, delivery devices, production equipment, leases for shops, regulatory agencies. Ending the prohibition of alcohol helped ease our country out of the Great Depression and end the violence associated with the industry. Its parallels with the war on drugs are no coincidence.

Changing our policy has the potential to have a positive ripple effect all the way to South America. It could put the violent drug cartels out of business. These are our neighbors. We should be concerned about the 60,000 deaths (since 2006) related to the drug trade in Mexico, instead of complaining because Mexicans are fleeing their country to protect their families. Help make Mexico strong, safe and attractive and the US immigration problem is solved.

After 40 years and a trillion dollars, we continue to lose the war on drugs. It is a war we cannot win. The war we should be fighting is the war against addiction through education and treatment. Facing reality is the answer, and the reality is the war on drugs is a failure.

Abortion & Personal Freedom

This whole abortion issue is pissing me off. Most pro-choice women hope they never have to consider an abortion, but that should be her choice. I can’t understand why any woman would vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Ryan is opposed to abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. So that means not even a rape or incest exception. Romney supports the rape or incest exception some days and other days only an exception for the mother’s life.

So let me get this straight. A woman is the victim of a rape. She has suffered the horrible event and the devastating effects.  On top of this, she discovers she is pregnant. She must prove that she has been raped to someone other than a criminal court before she can terminate the pregnancy. Suppose the process takes too long and it is too late to have an abortion. In 31 states in the US, the victim can be forced to share custody with her rapist.

The implications of making abortion illegal go way beyond not allowing a fertilized EGG or embryo  to become a  person. It’s about having control over those most personal and agonizing decisions in your life. It is the threat of losing personal freedom – one of our most basic and cherished rights as an American.

Why I am a Liberal

For too long now, conservatives have made liberal a dirty word. Liberals are socialists, heathens, immoral, lazy, and want something for nothing. These things don’t apply to me or any other Liberal I know.

So what is the Conservative plan? Extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, because that has worked so well to spur the economy. Deregulate, because we can trust Wall Street and huge corporate banks to do the right thing. Continue to allow corporations to buy our politicians with campaign donations, because they know what’s best for us.

Hell no! We are a government of the people by the people. Do we really want our corporate bosses to vote for us while their paychecks rise and ours declines? Do we really want an America that benefits a few at the cost to many? Is that sustainable? I think we are seeing that it is not.

So what does it mean to me to be a liberal? This hard-working liberal wants equitable government services, pensions protection, health care, education, innovation through research, equal treatment for all. I want a democracy which doesn’t pander to the rich but makes them feel they have an obligation to their workers. I want protection of our basic constitutional rights of individual freedoms, such as gay rights, freedom of choice, freedom of religion. Those are individual choices, not majority rule. I want failed policies abandoned and other avenues explored, such as the “war on drugs.” I want policies on immigration that protect us from abuses of our services, yet are humane to those fleeing an unthinkable life.

I say it is time to repeal Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, because that did not work to spur the economy, and led to greater income inequality. Regulate Wall Street and huge corporate banks, to lessen their ability to collapse our economy, like almost happened in 2008. Rebuild our countries infrastructure, creating jobs. Invest in education, creating jobs. Invest in research, creating jobs, and keeping the US a leader in innovation. Invest in renewable energy to weaken our dependence on foreign oil and protect the exploitation of domestic oil.

I do not want to house and feed the lazy. I do not want to take away your constitutional rights, as I cherish those rights also. I do not want a socialist society. I do want a handle on greed and equitable treatment for all Americans. Does that make me a bad person?

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