15 November 2010

Oh my... here I go!

I am going to sandwich this post between two photos of me and my adorable son. Maybe it will lighten the mood a little. :-)

Day 19 → What do you think of politics?

As I'm sure you've gathered, I am a republican. I am not shy about it. I am very passionate about my views & values when it comes to my political opinions. But I will TRY keep it brief.

*please note that these are my beliefs. I do not expect others to agree with me, but I do think it's important that we are all be respectful of each others views. :-)
  • I believe every person has a civic duty to vote. A responsibility to get informed and take part in the elections. However I do not believe that uninformed people should vote. An uneducated vote does this country no justice.
  • I'm for small Government. I think that less power should be allocated to the federal government and more on the responsibilities of the states.

    I do not believe that expanding our government is the solution to anything. Government normally does not solve problems, people do. Big government usually IS the problem.

    Ronald Reagan said some great things about government:
    "Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them."
    "We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added."
    "Man is not free unless government is limited. "
  • Social programs. I believe in a balance between social liberalism and fiscal conservatism. Benefit programs should not be available automatically on application but should require proof of actual need, and should wherever possible be designed to promote the skills and habits of work that will make beneficiaries ultimately self-sufficient.  Excess government social programs reward pathological dependency.
  • While I agree that our healthcare system is in need of reform, I do not agree with Universal healthcare, for so many reasons I won't even go into it.
  • I believe in a strict foreign policy and  fully support our military troops.
  • I am pro-life. I believe that life begins at conception.
  • I believe in capitalism.
  • I believe in free trade.
  • I believe that laws should be made by legislation and not by judicial decision.
  • I believe that the private sector is where the heart of society lives. This is what breeds creativity, ingenuity and most importantly, jobs.
I could go on and on. But I'll stop here! And as I've said before - I totally respect everyone's right to their opinions and do not intend to push my views onto anyone!


Nikki said...

Oh those photos totally lightened the mood!

Tough question, well done again. It's hard to explains ones beliefs, especially since they stem from different life experiences. I totally agree with you on the the importance of being well informed. I have a few grey areas that I never debate with people because things are just not clear enough.

Lea said...

Amen sister! I don't think I disagree with a one of your views or beliefs. Thanks for taking such a stand! And, the pictures, well, are they just sweetness personified! I do believe they are!

Blessings abundant to you!

Jeska said...

Nicely put. And gorgeous photos, as always!

Kiara Buechler said...

I agree on every point!

Holly - Holly Days said...

I agree completely. =]

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say I admire your courage and honesty in posting your political views. This is one of the 30 day questions I'm dreading the most (I get to answer it on Friday)...such a divisive topic!

Alexis said...

You pretty much summed up my thoughts exactly haha

Jess said...

Now, this might be a biased opinion {since I happen to be a Republican and agree with every single point on your list...} but I think you summed it up beautifully. Even someone who completely DISAGREES with your views would probably agree that you stated your opinion on these touchy subjects tastefully. :)

Anonymous said...

100% with you.

AmyLee said...

another controversial post done very well :) i totally admire how passionate you are & how you are well versed enough on each topic to have a strong opinion. well put :)

Stephanie Thigpen said...

It's always so refreshing to see someone that knows what they're talking about when it comes to politics... There is nothing more frustrating than someone saying they believe in something, then when you ask them why, they're not able to elaborate. And the fact that you sandwiched it between those two precious pictures totally warms my heart!

Brittany said...

This post was very well written and thought out! I am NOT republican but I actually agree with you on a lot of issues! I voted independent for our governor, but otherwise I voted republican on almost everything else.. because I also believe you should be informed when you vote, not just base votes off your "party". I knew it was the best interest to vote for the candidates who I thought could fix things :)

Elizabeth said...

I love that second shot of you and Bennett - so sweet; I think it's great that you can share your opinions while still being respectful of others' - I wish more people had the kind of tolerance that you show while still being able to make your point. Great job!

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with you. You always say it so well and respectful. Great photos too!

Lauren said...

hands down you rock girl. mostly because you are brave to put it out there and second because you actually know your stuff!! its embarrassing but I dont know what half those things mean. so way to go and be educated. love ya!

Karen K said...

Hey neighbor! I agree and nicely written. Fun to find your blog!