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I am a lifelong Republican. There, I said it. Before you render judgment, please (I mean please as in “I implore you”) read this article.

The November, 2012 elections are the most important in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 90. The country rests delicately on a tipping point. There are those pushing with all their might to make sure we tip over into a new national social order, and those fighting just as hard to make sure we do not fall into that abyss. Then, there are those who really aren’t sure why we stand at the precipice of either a new social order or an abyss here in the U.S.. More importantly, they don’t really think whatever happens will actually change their lives all that much. To them, republicans and democrats are twiddledee and twiddledum.

I write to all three groups. I hope the following thoughts resonate with every reader, regardless of your personal political persuasion. Please bear with me as I set the stage for discussion.

The left has its passionate advocates, as does the right. I am an unapologetic republican and for every one of me, there are more democrats! I fight a losing numerical battle. So it is not just with a passing academic interest that I reach out to readers who may not be as committed as I to the philosophies guiding a republican government.

The country is tired. Left, middle, and right, our citizens are pleading for sanity. They want the rancor to end. They yearn for leadership. Neither party is providing the salve they seek.

After the 2008 election, the progressive left interpreted the results as a mandate to pursue an unbending, non-negotiable leftist social agenda. After the 2010 elections, the hard core right interpreted the results as a mandate to pursue an unbending, non-negotiable conservative economic agenda. The art of compromise was abandoned by activists and leaders in both parties.

Ironically, the partisan politics that have dominated the political scene in D.C. have not only highlighted the dysfunction in that city, but actually proven that there really are major differences between the two parties’ governing philosophies. In other words, your considered vote really does matter.

So as this narrative turns the corner and heads into the land of specificity, please bear this in mind. Both the left and right have their radical fringes. Neither party can claim the high road.

There are certain lightning rod issues that immediately prompt heated, spirited debate. A woman’s right to choose the destiny of her unborn child is perhaps the poster child for such (impassioned, occasionally mean-spirited) dialogue. To make my case for what ails us at this moment in time in the United States, I am stepping into the breach (sorry, that was irresistible) and using this highly emotional issue to make my point.

The rhetoric (and political fallout) stemming from President Obama’s recent decision to force all businesses (including religious based concerns) to include contraception related expenses in their health care coverage is a case in point for how divided our country has become. It is also a perfect example of how an issue can become distorted by those who seek to use events that play on the electorate’s emotions and cloud the more far-reaching constitutional consequences of politics driven by a passionate social agenda. A constitutional discussion (prompted by a decision regarding contraception) has been completely co-opted by those who wish to use the abortion debate as a campaign wedge.

The separation of church and state was not an accidental addition to our Constitution. Leading up to the emigration from Europe that led to the formation of our colonies, there was no line drawn between politics and religion. For centuries after the death of Christ, it was hard to separate a king from God! Our founding fathers not only sought to ensure that we would never be subjected to the whims and autocratic tendencies of an absolute monarch, but they made it crystal clear that all Americans would have the right to pursue their religious beliefs without interference from their government. This is one of our fundamental constitutional rights.

Now, it is well known that the Catholic church promotes abstinence as God’s only sanctioned form of birth control. Further, the church also condemns abortion as tantamount to the taking of a life. On the subject of abortion, the nation is very much divided. There are those who believe passionately that abortion equals murder. And there are an equal amount of those just as passionately committed to the right of women to control their own bodies, and to keep the government out of their reproductive organs (in a manner of speaking).

The fact that I have to provide this background is symptomatic of the emotional quagmire in which we find ourselves on this topic. The issue at hand is whether the President has overstepped his legal authority by imposing his social belief system on businesses, and in particular, businesses with religious connections. Opine Needles believes he has. I am Opine Needles. I believe he has.

The problem is that the main stream media, the progressive left, and opportunists looking for a divisive wedge have all turned the issue into a women’s “right to choose” debate. The all-important constitutional issue has been lost in the highly charged voltage of abortion politics.

Folks, we have a law. We can argue all day long whether Roe V Wade was social engineering at its Supreme Court worst, but the argument is a waste of time. In fact, the entire dialogue is a misdirected conversational arrow.

We need to focus on the role of the federal government in our lives. Full stop. Do we want to live in George Orwell’s world? You see, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t support government overreach when it suits your personal beliefs, and then protest when the government oversteps its bounds when you don’t like what it has done!

Yes, the republicans have their share of what may appear to be neanderthals. But seriously, if one is being completely honest, there is an abundance of offensive thought in both parties, and neither one can realistically claim the high ground.

So, let’s bear in mind the Constitutional context for this next comment. The Obama administration has conducted itself with an undisguised contempt for our Constitution. Adding insults to injury, there are now leading democrat spokespersons who are suggesting that the Constitution has lived well past its sell-by date, and to continue to rely on the wishes of our founding fathers is to cling on to anachronistic irrelevancies.

Fellow Americans, I hope you can see the folly (and danger) of such progressive liberal thought. We live under a system of government that is the most exceptional, noble, and ongoing experiment in the history of man. Ours is an exceptional nation; one founded on the principles of free will (with free choices made by free people), the right to own property, defend oneself, and to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. The pages in the book of history are full of failed experiments, and invariably the failures begin when the people complacently watch their liberties be consumed by the voracious appetite of government. Much like a slow drip emanating from a faucet, the people are appeased until they wake up one day and find it’s too late; Big Brother has arrived.

The bottom line is that the democrats want to use the Federal Government to pursue a very aggressive social agenda. So, in addition to the highly volatile abortion issue, the democrat agenda involves, but is not limited to, a commitment to:

–a redistribution of America’s created wealth. Very simply, democrats fundamentally believe that the federal government should do what it can to create an equality of outcome for American citizens. Republicans believe the federal government should work to create equality of opportunity.

–implicit abolishment of right to work states, and support for strengthening of private and public sector unions. Republicans believe the business of America is business, and the unions are unequivocally the greatest cause of our unfunded pension liabilities (state budget shortages, and private sector bankruptcies).

–using the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to enact social policy in circumvention of Congress. The republicans want to de-politicize the NLRB.

–creating an unprecedented amount of appointed czars to promote social re-engineering, all in violation of explicit balance of power stipulations. Republican presidents have used the czar appointments, but never to the extent of the current administration.

–governing by “Executive Order” when pursuit of an agenda is unlikely to be supported by Congress. Again, the extent to which the President is pursuing a personal social agenda is unprecedented.

–creating a new (another new) world order in which the United States denounces any sense of exceptionalism, and apologizes for perceived offenses of the past. In the history of all great societies, there are heartless and brutal moments. The history of the United States is no different. But the fact is that we have been and remain the most generous nation in the annals of history. We are an exceptional country, and we should not cower in fear of all that thought represents.

–stymying the US oil and gas industry at every turn. While giving lip service to our need to be self sufficient, the democrats continue to make it very hard for our indigenous oil and gas industry to find more reserves. Republicans support a vigorous agenda for the development of our own hydrocarbons. And one note on the issue of hydraulic fracking; folks, all the science is on the side of the frickin frackers! This is a political red herring being thrust into the environmental limelight by those whose vision is clouded by their agenda. The federal government can preserve our wonderful national parks, our air, AND support the effort to develop our natural resources. This will not happen under an Obama administration. The fact that the Keystone pipeline has not been approved demonstrates the folly of the Obama administration’s oil and gas policy.

–profligate spending for perpetuity. The only way the democrats can hope to achieve their mission to achieve equality of outcome (by the way, it has never worked…ever, ever, ever….see the Soviet Union for your last large scale attempt) is to spend your money and mine, and since that is still not enough, to borrow even more money. The end result will be a worthless dollar, and a production class that has left the country. You don’t have time for me to list why this social re-engineering is so harmful to our economy and our values. I’d like to think most of you can park your emotions long enough to see the slippery slope on which the President has the US economy sliding.

So I draw to a close. As your choices begin to take form in the months to come,
of you I ask only this; place your passions to the side. Do NOT vote for President based on how you feel about abortion. We have a law. Shame on BOTH parties who play on the emotions of their supporters to use this divisive issue as an electoral lightning rod. There are so many important economic and constitutional issues at stake.

Focus on the tipping point. Decide what matters to you. Do you care that the Constitution is being attacked? What does the Constitution mean to you? President George Washington once said, “The Constitution is a guide which I will never abandon.”

So where do you come down on the issues discussed hereon?

Above all else, please make sure your views are counted. Make sure you vote!

THINK RIGHT. ACT RIGHT. VOTE RIGHT

  • Jujube Farrar

    Today the government overreach can be witnesses in the requirement for a a pregnant woman making the difficult decision to have an abortion is required to have an ultrasound whether she wants it or not.

    As for the Catholic Church, I struggle to understand how allowing a health insurance policy to include birth control is requiring Catholics to use birth control. It is an option in a health insurance policy for employees who may or may not be Catholic but are employed by hospitals, schools and other institutions that receive financial support from the Catholic Church. I believe health insurance policies also cover other medications and procedures that Catholics might find offensive but these aren’t mentioned. I believe a hysterectomy is covered by most health insurance yet that procedure also would prevent a woman from conceiving. Why aren’t they objecting to that?

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Julie, I understand your position. In my narrative, I tried very hard to remain above the emotional fray…I really do believe this is a Constitutional issue, and to ignore the ramifications of the state deciding when it will choose to cross the line into church territory is a very slippery slope….thanks for writing.

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  • Cindi

    Superbly written. Long live the constitution. Thank you.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thanks very much

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Amen…thanks for writing.

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    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thanks very much

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thanks very much

  • Cmhager3

    Hi Jim,
    As a reformed Democrat, I was nearly affronted by your words in God, Politics, and You. But then I recalled I was no longer a Democrat! In fact, I found myself agreeing with much of what you opined. But enough of how much alike we are; I should instead get quickly to your two questions at the end of your essay.
    My answers are:
    (1) I care deeply that the Constitution is being attacked, and
    (2) To my mind the Constitution is quite simply the greatest document ever written by men on behalf of humankind. I consider it a divinely inspired if not sacred. (Though I am somewhat irritated by the depiction of Christ lording over the Continental Congress, which does nothing to bolster arguments supporting the concept of separation of church and state. I imagine you’re aware that our Founding Fathers included a goodly number of atheists and agnostics. But enough of narrow mindedness and exclusionary thinking.)

    Now to our differences: I find a flaw in your promotion of Republican politics or Republican philosophy as the solution. Firstly, while Republicans indeed embrace conservatism, they should not in any way be seen as the solution to a return of conservative values. Sure, they talk a good game and say a nice prayer, but they are every bit as responsible for our state of affairs as Democrats. There really is no meaningful difference. The founding Fathers would be ashamed of both.

    This Republicans-are-right and Dems-are-wrong attitude—from either party—is precisely the problem. While you generously pointed out that there are Neanderthals in both parties, your overall defense of the conservative agenda overlooks what many believe to be the biggest omission of our time: that most of the issues we argue and fret and worry and debate and hate one another over are, in fact, little more than diversions to much more pressing problems. Nothing has curtailed our rights more than the Patriot Act (passed during the tem of a republican President with bi-partisan support) and the National Defense Authorization Act (passed during the term of a Democrat in the White House with bi-partisan support) Where is the outrage from either party? A further erosion of our country’s finances takes the form of the despicable Federal Reserve Bank. The unconstitutional fiat money system The Fed created and controls has been allowed by every Democrat and Republican Executive Branch, House, and Senate since 1913.

    But we don’t talk much about those problems. The media will not. Only the very “fringe” or “out there” candidates address them, but they aren’t given equal air time precisely because the media classifies them as “fringe” or “out there’. Instead we hear political candidates making ridiculous pronouncements and promises they will not be expected to keep, about issues the media decides are important, so we won’t even consider how our liberties are being eroded and our money and our future stolen.

    The aforementioned “problems” create more havoc, unrest, misery, debt, war and injustice than a host of Rick Santorums and his ridiculous quest to control the behavior of the nation’s vaginas. And while Obama has indeed overstepped his legal authority by imposing his beliefs on businesses, either of these actions should be, at this moment in our history, among the least of our worries. They trifle in comparison to the loss of Habeas Corpus. They trifle when compared to the servitude we must suffer due to our debt-based monetary system. They should be thought of as afterthoughts, relegated only slightly higher in importance to the other diversions with which the media assures we are obsessed: Gay marriage, gays in the military, family values, abortion, Et Al. While the importance of these issues can’t be denied, they are used EVERY ELECTION CYCLE to divide this country and divert the people from real problems that are at the root of destroying this country.

    The very action of arguing between Democrat and Republican, Conservative versus Liberal is counter-productive. It’s a sham. A few years from now, (or less) with Conservatives back in power, the pendulum will return and things will settle. Which is to say, not very far, without meaningful change, with no return of our liberties or our wealth. Sure, there will be differences, but they will be only be perceived as great, with just enough magnitude to argue and debate the same old tired arguments. Christian values. Gay marriage. Abortion. The National Debt. (which is destined to grow under any Administration from 2004(?) on)
    And nothing, really nothing, as in, ‘nothing meaningful for the average American’ will have changed.

    I beseech you, don’t buy into “Democrats versus Republicans.” The differences are there but only for show, especially at election time. The game is rigged. That’s not cynicism but reality. If you buy into the Republican thing (or the Democrat thing) you will only be disappointed. Unless ‘your side winning’ gives you a thrill.

    Better not to vote at all than to collude in a sham.

    Jim, I challenge you, as you have challenged me:

    Think deeply, act ethically, and never, ever vote simply for the lesser of evils. Because after all, how valuable is your dignity?

    Chris Hager

    • Elizabeth Tucker

      AMEN!

      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Liz, brevity is a virtue. Thanks for chipping in!

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    • Patricia Mc Carthy

      Chris,

      I found the truth revealed in much of what you say, soothing. a respite albeit short-lived in a nauseating journey. I disagree with you however in your conclusive suggestion “better to not vote at all…”

      A few years back, I could not vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger with any integrity, and so chose another candidate whose ideas for this perpetually ailing state intrigued me. After Arnold’s win, my candidate claimed a huge victory. In his short speech he commented on how thrilled he and his supporters were at the 7 percentage points they were able to grow as compared to previous elections. In their eyes that was a victory. Indeed it was. A relative victory given the amount of time it takes to change the course of direction for any government. That was my first lesson on how to actually tie an election to reality.

      Arnold Swarzenegger claimed victory for other reasons. He got more votes. The following disasterous terms in office are alas, history. Perhaps nothing that could have been avoided entirely (my state is as we know, a real mess) but I felt good that I didn’t support him, and I felt good about my vote.

      I have recalled that experience often, considering the tempting alternative that you present, “not vote at all”. And once again it is an integrity issue, one that I believe no true American citizen should ever sell out on. I find some of the shameful atrocities being played out around the globe are important to reflect on when an American considers selling out of their right to vote, their right to have a voice, just because the job is too big, takes too long, and seems futile.

      We are intelligent enough to know it will take much longer than the next administration, and perhaps the next two or three administrations to shift the direction in Washington. But they are, God willing, elections that we will be voting in, and I am committed to exercise that privilege, that committment is non-nogotiable, regardless of the circumstances.

      I like Jim’s tag line to “…vote right” most likely because I too am a conservative Republlican. When someone suggests to me that they are considering not voting, I usually find a way (the teacher in me, sorry) to remind them that it is their civic responsibility to their country, it is their moral responsibility to their fore-fathers, and it is thier personal responsibility to their integrity. So I add to Jim’s line, embrace your anger, your disappointment and your apathy, and VOTE…(right).

      Patty

      • cmhager3

        Hi Patricia,
        Thank you so much for responding. It’s difficult to argue the points you make on voting. I’ve never missed a national election and I’ve shown for most local elections as well, so I haven’t practiced what I preach. I’ve always felt it was my right, my duty, an honor, and a privilege to vote, and yet…
        And yet I no longer believe it makes any real difference which party wins.
        I believe most arguments between the parties at a national level are only diversionary and skirt nearly everything of importance, and that an electable candidate has already agreed to compromise his values and integrity before he takes office.
        Or he will never take office.
        Knowing these things, believing them to my core, I don’t know that I will vote this cycle. I assure you it’s not apathy, nor is it cynicism.
        There is a fast growing belief in this country that the game is rigged by the media and the big money that wields total influence upon them. You don’t have to be a poor entitled liberal to acknowledge that reality. MSNBC and FOX News are two sides of the same coin. They give little creed to issues of grave importance. They compete by providing Liberal-Conservative Diversionary Television. They make a lot of money, and they laugh around drinks together at the end of the day.
        There is a new recognition of the importance of local politics and it’s eventual reflection onto the national landscape. That is where I intend to put my energies. In things local. Family. Community.
        In any event, I’m not making an unequivocal suggestion not to vote. Only that it’s better not to vote than to collude in a sham.
        And if you think realistically that your vote makes a difference, that things will get better because the Dems/Repubs/repubs/Dems get elected, and that your dignity will be unharmed by voting for the “lesser of two…” then by all means, I applaud the vote. It is your right and privilege.

      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Thanks for writing Patty…

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      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Thanks Patty….your passion is not misplaced.

      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Thanks Patty….your passion is not misplaced.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Thanks for the thought provoking response. I think you are right to be concerned about the ongoing assault on civil liberties, and I also have tried to make it clear that I do not lay the blame for all ills entirely on the democrats’ doorstep. I am not, however, quite as cynical as you about our projected path. I believe we are at a tipping ppint, and I believe the Republicans, if elected into the Oval Office and Senate majority positions, will have 22 months (until the midterm elections in 2014, which they will lose seats in if they do the right thing) to literally transform the country. If they win in 2012 and do NOT do that, then your message above will be validated. Let us hope and pray that does not occur.

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  • GTV

    the desire for “free stuff” is simply too great an impulse, and our liberal-directed educational system has dumbed people down so much that I really dont think the constitution is even studied anymore – certainly not the the extent that, say, MLK is, and how horrible the US was to have ever had slavery. How many schools even HAVE 1984 or Animal Farm or ANY of Ayn Rand’s books as required reading? I doubt any. Want to get depressed? Watch “Jaywalking” segments of Leno interviewing college kids, who cannot tell you who fought in the civil war, or who the VIce President is. These people VOTE based on sound bites that cater to their “feelings”. Hey, life is hard, it sure is easy to a) have someone else do the hard stuff for you, b) always have someone else to blame for whatever in your life goes wrong, and c) just live off of someone elses production. That is what Obama is promising. And these idiots lap it up, not knowing the Faustian bargain they have made. Agree, Jim that this is a tipping point and that if we ratify his agenda of the last 3 years, we may have signed away America’s greatness forever. Greece, here we come. I am of the mind that while Santorum may be the more conservative candidate, he will be painted as a right wing “extremist”, and we lose the independents. Newt, whiloe a great debater, is too polarizing and has way too much baggage. That leaves Romney who i think has the proper “I am not Washington” cred and a business background for which many independents will say, ” hey I could live with that guy”. This election is too important not to run the candidate that has the best chance of stopping BHO.

    • cmhager3

      I won’t press my point much regarding the minute differences between Democratic and Republican administrations. I’ll only point out that the people on “Jaywalking” didn’t get the bulk of their educations under Obama, but more likely under 8 years of George W. Bush. So who are we going to blame here? Certainly not Obama. But we’d be equally foolish to blame Bush. These problems are systemic. It’s convenient to blame the other party and God knows we’re used to it. It’s our go-to reaction. Nevertheless there is shared responsibility. By studying political history of the last 40 years it’s fairly easy to see there is an ongoing collusion between Democrats and Republicans. Blaming one over the other plays right into the hands of those who hold the real power. As far as Santorum, he is no constitutional conservative, is he? He’s a social conservative, and his noble commitment to family values, on which he bases his campaign, is more of the meaningless campaign drivel on subjects of which Presidents have little to no effect. But boy, we do love a good diversion. Let’s talk about gays in the military. Let’s talk about the candidate not wearing a flag pin on his lapel. Let’s talk about the shameful expense of a new presidential imousine, or the rumored offer of a Ménage à trois by a candidate. you know, the important stuff.
      So who is the best candidate to beat Obama?
      The one most Republicans won’t seriously consider. The one entrenched Republicans dismiss as “fringe”. The one both Democrats and Republicans understand would break their stranglehold on America, even as he returned this country to it’s Constitutional roots. The one who, in a hypothetical one-on-one race, is dead even with Obama in poles. The name we dare not utter.

      • Gambier Chase Kenyon

        Do you mean a write in for James Robinson Pierce, Junior?

        • cmhager3

          I ws thinking of someone even more obscure.

          • GTV

            c’mon, do tell!

        • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

          Hah….now that would certainly impact the outcome.

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      • GTV

        yeah Chris it is folly to place educational blame on any President, and you will notice that I did not do that. I think it is rather the slow erosion of our culture that is foisted on us largely by the educators themselves and the people who choose what information is covered in history books and what a students curriculum is to be. A president has nothing to do with this, but the teachers and educators – hugely Democratic – do. It is pathetic.

        I assume you mean Mr. Paul. If you do, I heartily disagree with you (i pay almost NO attention to polls at this point in the calendar). He is unelectable on the national stage. I probably agree with most of what he says, but America is simply not ready for a libertarian – and an old one at that. He would get crushed.

        • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

          I concur completely with your comments regarding the “educators”. See Professor Harry Clor’s comments on this topic in our Featured Author section…

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        • cmhager3

          Yes, Ron Paul.
          ‘Economic liberty and personal liberty go hand in hand. Neither the Democrats nor the GOP offers both. Recently neither offers either one. The GOP would be well served to support a man who would like to end the IRS, cut a trillion dollars from the budget, and actually work toward giving Americans the freedom to live their lives, eat what they want, be responsible for their own mistakes, and not get destroyed by inflationary monetary policy.’
          Our other candidates have Democratic spending records.
          Not only are they incapable of defeating Obama, they would not affect the change we desperately need even if they were elected.
          Would Paul get crushed? Not if Republicans were unified and unafraid. And his numbers would not be anywhere as low as the numbers Gov’s Romney or Santorum will likely experience.
          Of course, if you don’t respect or trust a candidate, you shouldn’t vote for them.
          But, supporting someone you DON’T particularly believe in just because you feel the one you DO believe in is unelectable is a slap at your own dignity.
          Unfortunately there are plenty Americans who will do just that.

      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Thanks for commenting.

      • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

        Thanks for commenting.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      I completely concur…thanks for writing

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    • Gambier Chase Kenyon

      GTV, Agree as well. However, it is a good thing HS students don’t know that Joe Bite Me is VP. What I don’t know, and I must admit there is not much I don’t know, on a historical basis are we better or worse educated as a society? Perhaps the problem is that we think historically that the whole country was some 1950s/60s Leave It To Beaver/Ozzie and Harriet society. I doubt the elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s/60s had students, on the whole – always exceptions – that could discourse on the Constitution and tell you that Richard Nixon was Vice President. My point is some time we get a little glass half-empty. Listen to Congressman West or Supreme Court Justice Thomas or one of the many African American Generals in our military they all talk about many young people that get it and are accomplishing much. The problem could also be we are so media zombied that we don’t really know what is going on in America – yes I know drug wars on the borders and crystal meth in white suburban Detroit – but how about that farm in downstate Illinois – how do you spell AJ House – where the sunrises and the crops grow and we continue to produce more food stuff more efficiently than any country in the world? We need to set an example of Ronald Reagan (does anyone remember how bitter the 1976 Republican primary was? Not decided until the August convention and Ford and Reagan never really said a friendly word to each other from that point until their passing) and know that our best days are ahead. It is Barry Obama and the left wing media that want us to be depressed so we will not turn out and vote. It is the beauty of the Catholic Church, and why I predict Cardinal Dolan of New York City will be the next Pope, always have a smile on our face and live with joy in our heart, no matter how difficult the suffering.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Bingo!

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Bingo!

  • Richard

    Hey Chris-it’s ALWAYS about picking between the lesser of 2 evils. BO and his minions are evil.

    • cmhager3

      And your point is..?

  • Gambier Chase Kenyon

    The following comments: 1. Why be defensive about being a life long Republican? I have never heard a life long Democrat be defensive, they are always attacking. 2. I have to disagree the most important election in our life time was George W. Bush, 2nd Term. We were still in trouble and if screw ball Kerry had been elected the Islamic Radical Terrorists would have won. Don’t get me wrong this is #2 and very important but let’s not forget how important it was to the fate of the world that W was re-elected. 3. Latest polling indicates there are more Republicans likely to vote than Democrats and Independents continue to grow. 4. You as an American historian knows that this election is not as bad as the attacks on Lincoln or the attacks by Jefferson on Washington. Rancor and political discourse is good and should be encouraged. Compromise should never be encouraged. 5. The Republican Party without question can claim moral superiority over the Democratic Party. 6. The Catholic Church also promotes another form of birth control, among married couples (1 man/1 woman) Natural Family Planning (NFP). I encourage all to research this form of birth control. 7. Argument of Roe v. Wade is not a waste of time as it will be over turned and fairly soon. (Will save the details for another posting but the Culture of Death is being slowly killed). 8. Totally agree Barry Obama is against the Constitution. 9. Democrats believe wealth should go to the political class, they don’t give a dam about the average citizen – don’t ever believe their lies. 10. Agree with all your good points about the problem with the Barry Obama administration/Democratic Party. 11. DO vote on preserving life and supporting a Culture of Life. Ultimately if one is not passionate, one dies – Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death. If you are pro life, you are pro constitution, pro economic growth, pro family values, quite frankly you are pro American – so throw those steaks on the charcoal, open a good Napa Valley Cab, turn on NASCAR, and thank the Lord that you live in the GREATEST Country in the World.

    • cmhager3

      I admire a man–from any political persuasion–that comes armed with facts rather than emotion.
      Enjoy that Cab.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      Thanks for taking time to respond. I will work on the steak and cab part of the plan tonight!

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    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      I love the fact that this opine has triggered some emotion and thought! Thanks for this post.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      I love the fact that this opine has triggered some emotion and thought! Thanks for this post.