I saw a comment on a Washington Post article I felt really sums up what many Republicans ACTUALLY believe, and I had to address it (of course I did! I wouldn’t be ME otherwise!):
1. “If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. ”
-Democrats don’t want to outlaw all guns, they want background checks and an ASSAULT RIFLE ban because there has been a plague of mass shootings. Why does anyone need an assault rifle? Do people hunt with assault rifles? Do people do competitions with assault rifles? What’s wrong with doing routine background checks to make sure criminals and the insane aren’t buying guns? The truth is, Republicans value their “right” to have guns, no matter the type, over the children that are shot up at schools, or innocent people that are being killed in movie theaters, or random people being being shot down in the street. They are more willing to make excuses than come up with solutions to a problem everyone in the REST of the world wonders why we haven’t solved already.
2. “”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. “
-I honestly don’t know where this even comes from. I’m a Liberal and I love a good steak! I know that many organizations are pushing for humane treatment of animals in the meat industry (those awful Liberals!), but I can’t think of any serious movements to ban meat altogether. I can’t see any movement that would bother trying getting very far. Seems like this guy was just grasping at straws.
3. “If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. “
-Apparently the gay rights movement is just homosexuals demanding “legislated respect” rather than a push for EQUAL rights that it is. I don’t think that Republicans like MarkRoss1 understand that gays don’t want SPECIAL rights, they just want rights that straight people ALREADY HAVE and take for granted. They want to be able to walk down the street hand-in-hand without being afraid that they will be attacked and beaten for doing what any OTHER couple does. I’m wondering if he thought African Americans during the civil rights movement should have just “quietly led their lives.” I wonder if women fighting for the right to vote should have just shut up and stayed in the kitchen and served their husbands like good little wives? Ridiculous…
4. “If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.”
-It’s sad that people actually think that Social assistance programs are only utilized by Liberals. As if NO REPUBLICAN EVER has fallen on hard times that required them to get help. As I’ve pointed out in other posts, many Republicans think that only lazy, drug addicted, free-loaders utilize social assistance programs, but statistics show otherwise. The following link has some good facts about SNAP (food stamps):
5. “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.”
-It seems MarkRoss1 doesn’t realize that the Conservative side has their share of extremists as well. Need I mention Westboro Baptist, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Fallwell? Just because Liberals don’t want government sanctioned prayer or Bible reading in school doesn’t mean they want any mention of God and religion silenced. Our country was founded with a Freedom of Religion clause in our constitution. The First Amendment states that the government will make no law establishing a religion, enacting prayer and Bible reading in PUBLIC schools or buildings would clearly be the government establishing a religion. Every person, regardless of their beliefs, should be free to utilize public services without fear of being ostracized because they don’t share the government sanctioned belief system. THAT is why the First Amendment religion clause exists. Plus, I don’t think these Republicans that call for a national religion really think things through. There are vast array of different Christian denominations, who’s do we choose? Catholicism? Pentacostal? Baptist? Methodist? How about Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witness? Which version of prayer do we practice in school? Who’s interpretation of the Bible?
6. “If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.”
-This was by far my favorite one. I think what Mark forgets is that The Affordable Care Act is modeled after ROMNEYcare, which was Republican written legislation. Need I say more?
I only chose to address this comment because it seems to be typical rhetoric coming from Republicans and I felt it would be a good starting point, since it has so many of the issues they like to complain about (guns, gays, and welfare…) I responded to the comment on the article, but I’ve yet to receive a response. I’m hoping that they will actually TRY and answer the questions I posed… I’m hoping, but I don’t expect much more than petty insults. Oh well…
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/14/the-backlash-to-the-obamacare-fix-has-already-started/ – Link to the original article. You can peruse the comments section for the discussion.
Written By: James Garcia (11/15/13)