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Why I Am a Republican

Updated on August 19, 2012

Conservative Values: Why I Am a Republican

My wife asked me to write a small explanation of why I am a Republican. Here's what I wrote. I hope you find it interesting...and challenging. I'd also like to know why YOU are a Republican or Democrat. If you are neither, pick the party you are leaning toward today. Let the Duel begin!

Why Am I a Republican?

The ten most dangerous words in the English language are "Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." -- President Ronald Reagan

  • I believe in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
  • I do not believe in big government.
  • I believe in the depravity of man and in the rule of law.
  • I believe in the free market.
  • I believe higher taxes are part of the democratic agenda and lead to a dependence upon a large government.
  • I believe that lower taxes breed a stronger economy by keeping earned income in the hands of the worker.
  • I believe social welfare programs do not help, but hurt individuals.
  • I believe in the privatization of most if not all sectors of our economy.
  • I believe government control of the healthcare industry will destroy the best healthcare in the world.
  • I believe in individual responsibility and not dependence upon social welfare.
  • I believe in the death penalty.
  • I believe that a large standing army is the best deterrent to violence in the world today.
  • I believe that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are necessary wars to protect this nation and other nations of the world from flagrant terrorism.
  • I believe that this world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.
  • I believe that men and women are different.
  • I believe that marriage has always been and should always be between one man and one woman.
  • I believe that homosexuality is lethal to any civilization.
  • I believe in the sanctity of life, that life begins at the moment of conception and that abortion is among the greatest evils this world has ever seen.
  • I do not support the United Nations as it stands today.
  • I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and so I am proud to announce that I am a Republican in 2008.

Why I am a Republican in 2008

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Think a Second Time

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What matters more, blood or love?

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Do you think you have the answers? ...Think a second time.

Dennis Prager, theologian and philosopher turned talk-show host, is one of the most brilliant and compelling voices in America today. His extraordinarily popular radio show with the signature sign-off, "Think a second time," coupled with his own biweekly newsletter, has firmly established him as a fixture in intellectual communities nationwide. In Think a Second Time, Prager blends a rigorous and scholarly education with utterly original thinking on current events. From the dangers of idealism to the roots of extremism to his thoughts on God and an afterlife, Prager offers challenging answers to up-to-the-minute questions: Should a single woman have a child? Why don't good homes always produce good children? Is America really racist? Why does the Holocaust not negate the existence of God? Now, with an entirely new section on the precedent-setting "Baby Richard" custody case and an exploration of the issue of blood versus love, Prager continues to demonstrate his ability to draw clear moral lines in the sands of our very troubled times.

 

GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under President Obama

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The GOP's fall from the triumphant elections of 2004 to the consecutive defeats in 2006 and 2008 didn't have to happen, and doesn't have to be prolonged. But change in crucial aspects of the party's message and messaging must occur quickly if the potential pick-ups of 2010 are to be achieved, and the White House reclaimed in 2012. As soon as the dust settled in 2008, Hugh Hewitt began an intensive series of interviews with key GOP leaders and political analysts and tacticians across the ideological spectrum. The blueprint for Republican renewal presented here reflects the best of that thinking. As the GOP's ranks in D.C. are thinned by retirements of longserving senators such as Ohio's George Voinovich and Missouri's Kit Bond, and as the leadership of Senators McConnell and Kyl and House Members Boehner and Cantor begins to cope with large Democratic majorities and the agenda of President Obama, the Republican grassroots need to re-engage and new energy and ideas must fl ow to restore balance to D.C. The repair of the Republican brand must be begun and sustained or the party's stay in the wilderness will be prolonged far beyond 2010.

 

If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

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"Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as "citing facts," is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that's when I feel truly alive."

 

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Tell us why YOU are a Republican in 2008...

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      jEsChrDs82 5 years ago

      I used to be a democrat until I met my husband whose an active Republican, I was greatly influenced and since then became a Republican myself, we are anticipating this coming election and hopefully it will the year of Republican.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Write on brother.

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your views and standing up for what you believe in! I wish more Republicans would, especially right now.

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      Violin-Student 7 years ago

      Thanks for the work and the thoughts. I'm definitely right of center, but have a hard time associating with a party at this time.

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      PatriciaJoy 8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for sharing your stance on issues. I'm definitely right of center but don't agree with all of any party's platform. Good lens and well put together.

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      penguine 8 years ago

      aslanbooks,i read through your list of why you are a republican but i definitely do not share all that you believe in- 1)I believe in the death penalty(God alone gives life so great caution must be taken on matters that bother on the taking of life) 2) I believe that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are necessary wars to protect this nation and other nations of the world from flagrant terrorism(the use of force will never deter evil,it will rather encourage it) 3)I believe that this world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein(there are worse men presently in this world and george bush cannot claim to be a better man)

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      I think you have done a great job in telling us why you are a Republican. Another person who puts it well is Dennis Prager. I posted his reasons on my Democrat vs. Republican lens.

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, honey! ~ Whit

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      knozit 9 years ago

      Jeffrey, first I knelt down to pray then stood up and saluted! Eloquently presented and desperately needed in this current political world of humanistic relativism. Moral absolutes are needed or anarchy reigns. Most people don't realize that God grants us freedom, not governments! 5 stars from a fellow Christian, fly fishing, Republican!

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      StephE 9 years ago

      Congrats on expressing your views --most people shy away from issues--especially the controversial ones. It's good to see somebody stand up for what they believe in! Great lens!

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      piedromolinero 9 years ago

      Although I don't agree with most of your points I like the way how you present them and that you share them so openly.

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      aquariann 9 years ago

      Kudos to you for posting your opinions so openly. :D

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 9 years ago

      I am just watching the results come in now for the Presidential election! Thank you for the insight...Exciting!!

      Christianna

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great presentation of your beliefs.

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      I think you raise a lot of very important issues. I'm one of those who stay firmly on the fence about most social issues. I don't agree with the Democrats about taxes, government spending, or abortion - but I don't agree with the Republicans about gay marriage, expanded privatization of services, or continued short-term use of tax cuts.

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      dahlia369 9 years ago

      Everyone is entitled to their own point of view - even though we don't agree...

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      Great presentation of your political views, I admire those that feel so strongly about their beliefs! :)

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      Robyco 9 years ago

      Interesting, even though I am not in USA and we get too much news coverage of the US elections.

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      dreamsgate lm 9 years ago

      I like how you clearly stated your opinions. Good lens.

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      LucyVet 9 years ago

      I'm not a US citizen, and am trying to look objectively at the parties for my first election in the US. Everyone's entitled to their beliefs of course, but some of your list are actually based on incorrect facts - for example, the Democratic candidate here would actually cut taxes for most Americans, so I don't see the rationale for saying higher taxes are their agenda. Also, the US doesn't have the best healthcare in the world - according the WHO, the US is actually #37 in the world, so a way to go in improving.

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      YourCover Mama 9 years ago

      Great list! Except I ask you to choose your words more carefully. I have a very dear friend who is gay, and I do not feel that they are "lethal" to a civilization. They aren't a virus...

      just some consideration please.

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      James20 9 years ago

      A good lens.

      First, The Bible is the inspired Word of God

      then Conservative

      If conservative thought changes, then I fall back to the Word of God.

      then Republican

      If Republican thought changes (which I think it is), then I fall back to the Word of God(He never changes)

      As of now I am Conservative and less Republican.

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      bobzbazzar 9 years ago

      Good to hear someone actually believes in what their voting for

      Bob

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      Jenysie 9 years ago

      Great Lens!! You basically took the words right out of my mouth!! It's wonderful to have someone "verbalize" this for all the people who are die-hard democrats....

      When I think of a Democrat I wonder if they actually know why they are a democrat...or if they are basing their decision solely on the myth that Democrats put more money back into the hands of the working americans....hm....

      Please check out my lens Why I'm a Republican and Voting MCCAIN and also Abortion: Get the Facts and let me know what you think!

      Great Lens!!

      5* plus favorite(d) plus lensrolled to the above mentioned lenses!!!

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed your lens. Nice going.

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