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As I see it, one of the big problems the Republican party is facing is the fact that the party has been hijacked by The Religious Right. Instead of a platform of small government and financial responsibility, the right focuses on issues those of us without a religious bent, can't really get behind. I , personally, don't think our government should stick their noses into our personal lives. I don't want to be bombarded by anti-gay propaganda and cries over stem cell research. I don't want to be preached at about family values by hypocrites whose values are no better than anybody Else's.

I don't want to be forced to live under a regime who takes away my rights to privacy and personal choice. I don't want to be governed by religious laws. I want to know that my leader will make choices based on common sense and what is best for the population. Not prophecy or dogma. I don't want to fight any " Holy Wars " or engage in disputes based on 2,000 year old ideas. The best thing for people of faith is too have the government leave them alone to worship as they please.

This really leaves people like me in a serious bind. I don't want to be governed by far left Liberals either. I don't like the idea of taxing the rich into oblivion to prop up the non productive among us. I don't mind giving a hand up, but at some point you have got to start doing something for yourself. Corporate welfare is even worse. Both the left and the right are saving these cretins who robbed us blind. We give them billions of dollars with no restrictions as to how they spend it. It was their criminal spending habits that got us where we are today.

I have no choice but to vote for third party candidates who have no chance of winning. At least it sends a message. How about a party that stands for fiscal responsibility and small government without the " Big Brother " mentality. Keep out of folks private lives as much as possible. A party that is smart enough to realize that overtaxing the money makers in our country is not the best way to do things. A party that will reform the IRS and do away with The Federal Reserve System. A fair tax for everybody. A party that will go the extra mile to strengthen state's rights and allow them more freedom to create their own laws and govern themselves. A party that will realize The War On Drugs has turned into a War On The Poor and will embrace treatment as opposed to imprisonment as the answers to the problem.

Until voters start thinking outside of the box, we are going to be stuck with the same old, same old. They will keep on doing what they have been doing for the last 100 years. The wealthy corporations and special interest groups will keep buying politicians that forward their agenda no matter if it is good for the country or not. They will tell the same lies over and over again. The Democrats will pretend that they are champions of the poor and downtrodden. The Republicans will pretend like they are the party of small government, fiscal responsibility and family values. We have nearly four years to think about it. Use it well.

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Jason Sardi
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Guess what side of the fence that came from?

I have a very hard time believing that as well.

May 22, 2009 01:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village

HaHaHa. I'm glad you aren't buying it. I was thinking " Jason sure is a nice guy for being a nutjob."

May 22, 2009 01:15 PM
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Rob Arnold
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Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.

The sad thing is that the Republican party is just the Democrat party in disguise except for (1) a few of these religious moral issues which many people don't support, and (2) instead of tax and spend Republicans believe in borrow and spend. 

The Republican party has completely lost its way and until it again becomes a fiscally conservative, lower tax, smaller government party, us true conservatives will be utterly disgusted and unsupportive of them.

May 22, 2009 03:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village

I wish I could be a Republican. I really do. I am all about working hard and the government leaving you alone. I hate the Liberal creed of having the government solve all your problems for you.

May 22, 2009 05:42 PM
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Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village

This is exactly what I am talking about:

The Bible bill?

Politico

Victoria McGrane Victoria Mcgrane - Fri May 22, 5:40 am ET

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you'll be ringing in "the Year of the Bible."

It's probably just wishful thinking.

Broun's simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with critics dismissing it as either unconstitutional or a waste of time. Jews in Congress and atheist activists are dismissing the resolution, while none of the many Democrats in Congress who are Christian have bothered to sign on as co-sponsors.

According to GovTrak.us, the resolution is among the most-blogged-about pieces of legislation, with most posts less than complimentary in nature.

"Does that mean 2009 is not the year of the Bible?" mocked Rep. Barney Frank ­(D-Mass.), who is Jewish. "What is 2012 the year of? The Quran?"

"That's an endorsement of religion by the federal government, and we shouldn't be doing that," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), even though he has introduced his own legislation dealing with religion.

"Republican lawmakers with apparently too much time on their hands and no solutions to offer the country are pushing a resolution that will not address the nation's problems or advance prosperity or even untangle their previous governing mistakes," blogged the Progressive Puppy.

Broun rejects the critiques leveled at this effort.

"This doesn't have anything to do with Christianity," he said in an interview with POLITICO. Rather, he says, it seeks to recognize that the Bible played an integral role in the building of the United States, including providing the basis for our freedom of religion that allows Muslims, Hindus and even atheists to vocalize their own beliefs.



And even as Nadler criticized Broun, he has done his own share of mixing religion and legislation.

Last year, he introduced a bill that would overturn a federal appeals court ruling - an "idiot" decision, he says - that a condominium board in Chicago had the right to ban Jews from installing mezuzahs, which consist of a piece of parchment inscribed with a specific religious text put inside a case and hung on a door frame.

Condo boards shouldn't be able to interfere in an individual's right to practice his or her religion, Nadler said.

But he himself declined to install a mezuzah on his congressional office door when asked by a rabbi, even though he does so at home.

"That's my religious symbol, and the office does not belong to me; it belongs to the people of the congressional district, and no one should feel uncomfortable walking into the office if it's not their religion," Nadler said, describing his feelings on religion and Congress.

"Same thing with the Bible. ... It's not everybody's religion. And the federal government should not be imposing religious viewpoints."

Atheists, who might feel themselves a particular target with the declaration of a biblical year, aren't even worried about Broun's effort.

"Right now, we're seeing atheism on such a rise," said David Silverman, vice president and national spokesman of American Atheists, a group dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of atheists.

"We are seeing Christianity on such a dramatic decline that we're not particularly worried about it. We're thinking that this kind of old-style George W. Bush Republicanism is about to go away," Silverman said, referring to the latest Pew Forum survey of American religious life, which showed nonreligious Americans as the fastest-growing group.

And it may be the best-selling book of all time, as Broun's resolution points out, but the Bible isn't such a popular legislative topic.

A search of Thomas, the online congressional database, for "Bible" yields just one other bill: a resolution to have the "Lincoln-Obama Bible" on permanent display in the Capitol Visitor Center.

The resolution specifically asks the president "to issue a proclamation calling upon citizens of all faiths to rediscover and apply the priceless, timeless message of the Holy Scripture which has profoundly influenced and shaped the United States and its great democratic form of government."

As for the economy, health care, global warming and all the other issues on Congress' plate?

"While we must focus on fiscal policies that provide relief to families during these tough economic times, an endeavor I have been working tirelessly towards in this Congress, we must also not forget to protect and celebrate our fundamental freedoms that the Bible has influenced," Broun said.

Broun has gathered 15 co-sponsors, all Republicans, but says he's looking for more and hopes Democrats will sign on, as well.

"This is not a partisan issue," he said. "I want it to be bipartisan."

Whether he's successful or not - the same measure didn't go anywhere last year - at least Broun and his fellow supporters can take heart in one fact: They already had a "year of the Bible."

Ronald Reagan designated 1983 as one, with Congress' blessing.

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