Crumbles why do you say Democrats are less likely to be individuals and are followers? I see it as the exact opposite. Just curious on your thoughts behind this.
Interesting. Reality to talk about when I've just awakened from a hideous dream.
Why would either of these statements be true. They are ridiculous generalizations.
I am a registered Republican. Grew up in the Upper Class, suburb, doctors for parents, but abusive and neglectful. Private school I loved that was so good I didn't even need my Freshman year in college without advanced placement.
I voted for Bush for one reason -- the reason I had from the beginning -- international issues. Not wanting to change horses in midstream. I did not trust Kerry to be agressive enough. Round table peace talks don't work in the Middle East. I don't know what will. CLinton failed numerous times to kill bin Laden. He's been messing with us since 1982.
Also have read a great deal recently about the complexity of foreign policy and guessing, what does bin Laden, really want. (Not just bin Laden, fundamentalist Muslims who don't just hate America, but hate the West). Bin Laden wants us OUT of the Middle East entirely.
That can't happen. We and other coutnries have been living/working, had military involvement in the Middle East for.... forever. It's too late at night to go into detail.
Neither Kerry nor Bush will pull us out of Iraq or stop being an ally to the moderate Middle Eastern coutries, Quatar who asked us to be there, Saudi Arabia (we've been protecting her borders from Saddam Hussein for forever), etc., etc. too tired. Israel.
I saw on a 12pm analysis that the votes went this way:
1. Morality FIRST: anti-abortion, anti gay civil unions, anti-stem cell, and a return to legislative control of morality. I find that unnacceptable and I am a conservative. I am COMPLETELY against every one of those concepts. I am pro-choice, pro gay civil unions, pro-stem cell, and don't want my morality legislated.
2. Domestic Issues SECOND: this election, these issues were less a concern for me than the war. That's just me. Though i know we need many social reforms.
3. Fear of Terrorism/War in Iraq: LAST. And that was how I was voting. So my Republican vote wasn't even representing my views.
It is bigotry to assume that one person who calls themselves a conservative or a liberal is all one thing and that's it. There are people in this country from extremely bright and well-informed to those who know nothing about politics. We all came out in droves to vote. We all don't agree on everything. Even within one party.
It is bigotry to assume that one "party member" stands for only ONE thing or set of ideas and is "only a follower", etc.
It is NEVER that simple.
My state is still undecided as I see. At this hour 5am, I don't know who the President will be, and at this point I don't care. I hate Bush a million ways to SUnday, but I also don't have enough confidence in Kerry's stance in foreign affairs. If he wins only time will tell. Maybe my vote mattered, changed the world, maybe it didn't.
I did what was foremost in my mind at this time in my life. I was very much affected by 9/11, and being conservative to me, simply means less government intervention. Sadly, Bush is a Republican who is MORE intrusive in our lives. You don't bring anti-gay civil unions up as a Federal issue.
This is far too complex. I feel far too miserable right now from a horrible dream.
Haev to pull myself back to reality, as stupid as it is.
I wish that morality wasn't the key reason for this vote. It pisses me off. That is not how I see government, or America. But I voted for a specific reason.
So shoot me.