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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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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I do not believe people are equal; I believe they should have equal opportunity. I believe in charity; I do not believe in making people slaves to a big government dole. People whdo not believe in themselves lose morality. Why be good when you are guaranteed a living even when you do not deserve it.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i get every woman ive had sex with drunk so i can cum inside of them and because im republican, i have many children, and there's nothing they can do about it, dumb asses!!!!

    • Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Because the Democratic Party supports the axe murder of unborn children and the surgical rape of women, and doesn't believe we women have a right to legal protection from abortionists.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks as if you are not allowing Republican comments. You have refused my comments several times. I have created a video to give the four major logical reasons I am a republican. look under my name to find the U tube video Why I am a republican

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a Conservative Republican.

      I believe in the Conservation of our Constitutional rights and Freedoms.

      I believe that those rights are bestowed by God & Nature, not man & government.

      I believe in Free Market Capitalism.

      I believe in Economic Freedom.

      I believe that a rising tide lifts all boats.

      I believe that individual achievement and success are to be celibrated and honored, not envied or pulled down.

      I believe that all opportunities are equal.

      I believe that every man has the right to keep the rewards of his own labor.

      I believe that it is better to teach a man to fish than to give him one.

      I believe that decisions have consequences.

      I believe that innocent life should be protected and corrupted life should be judged.

      I believe in Promoting the General Welfare, not providing it.

      I believe that debts should be paid.

      I believe in the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

      I believe that people have a 2nd Amendment right to defend themselves with arms, be it against foreign, domestic or government entities.

      These are the main reasons I can think of why I choose to be a REPUBLICAN.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a republican because America is a republic, not a democracy. Democracy is dangerous and leads to mob rule.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      What are people supposed to do who don't fit into either mold? I am anti-abortion, but pro-welfare. I am anti-war, but pro free market. It's so discouraging not to be able to vote for a party that I fully believe in.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Two main reasons for my siding with the GOP are...

      1. I'm pro-life and the Democratic party is so in bed with big abortion that pro-life dems aren't even given a voice within their party. If any politician can turn his thumb down to an unborn baby, that politician has no value what-so-ever for the sanctity of human life. At least life other than their own. Why would I want that person to represent me in some government capacity?

      2. I see big government as a threat to our freedom. While both parties have done more than their share of spending, I expect the Republicans to wise up while the Democrats continue to spend money that our posterity to the 5th and 6th generation haven't earned yet.

      The list goes on and on; things like the global warming hysteria and the cap and trade taxes that go along with it. The idea that homosexuals should somehow be protected by special laws because of a chosen behavior. The fact that Keith Olbermann is one of them. (shutter)

    • WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      First of all, no one can give me a good or even logical reason that they are a Democrat. Dems like to swear, call Reps names, tell me what a Democrat used to be, which is really what a modern day Republican is, lie, or try to convince me that some conspiracy theory is real, but never have I felt that I could be a Democrat and be proud of it at the same time.

      Second, Republicans have an actual code of values and stances on issues that agree with my own values and stances on issues, such as less government control, believing in capitalism (free markets/hard work) rather than sucking our thumbs and crying for Uncle Sam to pick us up hold us, respecting our military and the freedoms they protect, believing in the genius and virtue that the constitution was written with and the freedoms that it protects (such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), understanding the elementary logic that if we keep aborting our babies, marrying the same sex, and forbidding citizens to protect themselves with firearms, (which is code for population control) there will be few left to fight the rapidly multiplying terrorists, and those left will be so wrapped up in themselves and their problems (such as poverty, remorse, and STD's) and so dependent on the Government, that they won't even see it coming, let alone know how to hold a gun and fire it.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe the Bill of Rights and the Constitition say what they mean and mean what they say and nothing more.

      I believe in States sovereignty above congressional mandates.

      I believe our rights come from our creater, not the government.

      I believe in pragmatism, not sensationalism.

      I believe the democrat leadership has a hidden agenda to reduce our country to authoritarian communism.

    • amandascloset0 8 years ago

      For nearly every reason you stated above. The only one I'm a little iffy on is the death penalty. On that I believe there are crimes worthy of it, I just don't think that "I" am very torn on that one topic. God Bless you for openly stating your views.

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        A true Christian would not sanction taking the life of another. Wars and death penalty = Republican, therefore, I am forced to vote Democrat.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am not defined by a party. I fit into the dogma of neither. However, since I was forced to click a radio button to post, I chose Democrat, because that's how I'm voting this year.

        >I believe in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

        I do, too, unless you mean cases like North Carolina, where a religion-based law was voted into effect. Or when politicians use the BIble to rule before they do the Constitution.

        >I do not believe in big government.

        I'm still not sure what "big government is." Do you mean the government that regulates business, for fair and equitable trade and treatment of workers, and to ensure safety for workers and consumers alike? Then I believe in it, if it's not taken too far. Do you mean the "big government" that came about aver 9/11, where we have warrantless wiretaps, and the TSA stripping incontintent great-grandmothers in their wheelchairs while not catching the guy who routinely took a four-inch blade on flights with him? Then no, I don't believe in big government, either.

        >I believe in the depravity of man and in the rule of law.

        I'm not sure what this means.

        >I believe in the free market.

        So do I.

        >I believe higher taxes are part of the democratic agenda and lead to a dependence upon a large government.

        I do not.

        >I believe that lower taxes breed a stronger economy by keeping earned income in the hands of the worker.

        That depends, who do you want to have lower taxes? Because right now, the millionaires and billionaires are paying lower taxes than middle and many lower class Americans.

        >I believe social welfare programs do not help, but hurt individuals.

        I disagree.

        >I believe in the privatization of most if not all sectors of our economy.

        It depends on which sectors you're talking about, and why you would privatize them. While some areas would benefit, others should not be in the control of the big corporations that would corrupt them for their own gain.

        >I believe government control of the healthcare industry will destroy the best healthcare in the world.

        Why would Obamacare affect France's healthcare system? (The US ranks #37. Other countries ahead of us include the Japan, UK, Switzerland, Canada. Every country but Singapore--where the care is private, but prices are mandated by the government--has universal coverage, national health care, or a dual system combining public and private. The move to Obamacare is demonized because the insurance companies in America want all the business with none of the controls, and they have the money to fund campaigns to try to get their way.

        >I believe in individual responsibility and not dependence upon social welfare.

        So do I. But do not mistake a hand up for a hand out, and do not mistake retierees living on their Social Security benefits to be freeloaders.

        >I believe that a large standing army is the best deterrent to violence in the world today.

        I agree, but tell me how that will tie into a smaller government.

        >I believe that men and women are different.

        Yes, they are! That should be grounds for celebration, not forced inequality.

        >I believe that marriage has always been and should always be between one man and one woman.

        You may believe it *should* always be one man and one woman, but you are very ill-educated if you believe it always has been that way. Even the Bible speaks of polygamy.

        >I believe that homosexuality is lethal to any civilization.

        I believe you speak from fear and ignorance. Rome, Egypt, the Incas and the Aztecs, the Ottoman Empire, the rule of Ghengis Khan, and the great dynasties of China... None of them fell because of homosexuality. (However, war, economics, and religion were certainly key factors in doing in quite a number of them.)

        >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 believe abortions are a necessary evil. It'd be wonderful if no one ever needed them, but they are. However, if people would stop standing in the way of teaching proper birth control, of providing it to men AND women, and of researching more effective methods, perhaps we would see a smaller need for abortion.

        >I do not support the United Nations as it stands today.

        I'm not educated enough to speak on this; I don't know why people are anti-UN, so if anyone has good links, I'm listening.

        >I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...

        Me, too! So get your religion, your 1%ers who also want a share of mine, and the Koch Brothers out of my way!

        >...and so I am proud to announce that I am a Republican in 2008.

        And so I am proud to announce that I declare to no party, but instead I vote with my conscience and my common sense, and I will be voting Democrat in the next election.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Republican views seem to contradict themselves most of the time. They believe life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but not for someone who is different or poor or sick. They think the democrats are taking away their guns (I still have mine). They are pro life but for the death penalty. They are pro life even in cases of rape and incest (how cruel to not let the woman decide what to do with their own body). The free market system gives an unfair advantage to the rich most of the time. Republicans are for more spending on self defense - We spend more on our military than the next top 12 countries combined - THIS IS TAXING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT PROTECTING THEM. We can go on on.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I am trying to understand why you believe those are Republican values. Instead of telling us what you believe, could you back any of those statements up with facts about what Republicans specifically do to support those 'beliefs" and specifically what Democrats do that goes against your beliefs. could you please explain what you mean? For instance, what is your definition of a free market because there is no such thing in existence now (trade policies, subsidies, rebates, tariffs etc.) What are your views on masterbation that kills sperm cells? If it's each man to themselves (no social welfare) do you believe all with disabilities should be left to starve and die on the streets? What about children who lose their parents or their parents lose their jobs due to illness, outsourcing, or the 'strong' economy we have from low taxes?

        It's sounds very impressive to beat your chest proudly and proclaim why you are a Republican. Can you now explain how Republicans are human?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Social conservative but otherwise liberal. Help the poor, fund schools, protect environment, gun laws. Both parties have their problems and our country is not doing so well right now! But compared to the rest of the world- were blessed.

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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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

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          ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 8 years ago

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

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Great presentation of your beliefs.

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          The Homeopath 8 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 8 years ago

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

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          Linda Hoxie 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

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          LucyVet 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

          Good to hear someone actually believes in what their voting for

          Bob

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          Jenysie 8 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....

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          Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

          Enjoyed your lens. Nice going.

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