Hello my name is Erica an prior to about January this year I would have described myself a moderate constitutional republican, not a social conservative or as my dear friend's husband said, a 2 legged stool.
I GASP don't vote anti-abortion, but I am pro-life. WHY?! WHAT?! HOW?! Well it just seems to me that it should be a state issue and not a federal one, and as such I do not support Roe v. Wade either. I have strong feelings about my Liberty when it comes to my body on so many other levels, for instance the usurpation of my rights during childbirth in order to appease someone else's definition of endangerment and liability. (Totally another discussion ;) )
I am not a birther, ***GASP*** Even with all the evidence? Evidence Schmevidence. I have no doubts in my mind that our government doesn't follow the rules, and have covered all the bases on this one (even if they falsified it). Citizen or not, in my opinion this issue is relegated to the 'gunman on the grassy knoll" file. No good is going to come of expending the efforts to prove otherwise.
I am saddened about the Healthcare issue the FRAUD that is our House of (NOT)Representatives, but I must resign myself to the fact that this bill is a symptom, not the disease. the problem runs deeper than Healthcare or Cap and Fraud or Immigration.
If these are the issues by which a conservative is defined, then by these standards I am the enemy...But really am I?
(Some of you may never come back to my blog after I write this next sentence but I sure hope you do....) Example: The Right to Life Movement is the greatest hypocrisy of the Republican Party.
Not that the MOVEMENT is wrong (just too broadly focused). Making this a key issue in how we vote and how we elect leaders to our FEDERAL government has played a role in this set up we currently have of politicians who pander to special interests to save their immortal political souls. Understandably there are many more such examples but this one is very current.
Allowing it to be OK for the FEDERAL COURTS to make social definitions that affect state laws, one way (Roe v Wade) or the other (Outlawing abortion) is an assault on Liberty. It is not the rule I object to, it is the method by which the rule has been applied. It is a fundamental misuse of our Federal Judicial system and as such it is a theft of our LIBERTY. And as such a waste of our votes.
Truth be told, social issues are matters for the states. In the same way the defense of marriage between a man and a woman is being played out among the states right now (surely as I type this, there are efforts in motion to swiftly and unconstitutionally crush these referendums by the activist federal judiciary). But, American citizens expressly saying NO at the ballot box to laws conceived, passed, bought and paid for by special interest groups. I LOVE IT! It is not about the content of the law it is about the Government oversteppiing its Constitutional authority and the People stopping it.
I hope I have your attention now and that you have not clicked the x at the top of the page but WE can not be defined as a movement by issues. It is so much more fundamental than that. If I were to have to support all of the issues of social conservatives in order to call myself a patriot, I would have to stop short at the door. The founding fathers were not so homogenous, they were of many philosophical and fundamental beliefs, but they all believed in Liberty!
I am dismayed by the usual throng of liberal people in my daily life who do not understand the message. We are just wacko birthers, woman hating, pro-life, bible thumping, Hitler referencing, gun toting, racist, proselytizing tea baggers. And when the pictures hit the blogs Thursday that’s what was posted, the Obama as Hilters, the gay marriage bashing, the witty birther quips.
Nowhere can anyone identify what the movement really IS from the pictures so they come to their own conclusions. (perhaps the only exceptions are the yellow ‘Don’t Tread on Me” signs with the 9 principles) It is really impossible to get people to see us in anything but that divisive light.
There are 4 types of people out there right now..
1) The Patriots: Those that know something is wrong and have started to act.
2) The Silent Ones: Those who know something is wrong but can yet put their finger on it.
3) The Sheep: Those who follow blindly and defend their status quo with fierce hostility (no doubt still watching MSNBC J ).
4) The Wolves: Those who would seek the socialization of America.
Make no mistake 3 and 4 will make your life hell if you try to discuss anything remotely pertaining to a Tea Party and number 2 knows this so they keep quiet.
And frankly we give them lots of fuel for the fire.
I am not suggesting that we cease to champion our important issues, the morals and values that define us are essential for liberty. BUT we must pick our battles. I recently had a mom ask me if she had to be a Glen Beck Fan to join As A Mom. My answer was NO! (although I love his show;) )
It is not unlike raising a 3 year old, sometimes you just have to pick your battles. Focus on the Fundamentals…Otherwise, you just end up looking like the crazy lady at Wal-Mart and your kids grow up dysfunctional:)
Without Liberty, there is no Right to Life, without Liberty there is no right to bear arms, without Liberty, the government will not care about your values and morals regarding marriage, we already have lost the ability to hold our leaders to the rule of law, and the borders are open doors for criminal aliens with more rights than we citizens have, so what level of importance does birthright have anymore?
Without Liberty, NONE of these issues matter. Conversely, none of these issues will EVER secure my Liberty....LIBERTY is the very foundation of our rights as Americans to choose to live life according to those values that we hold dear and Liberty secures our ability to affect local legislation so our communities are reflective of those values. Likewise, different communities have the Liberty to live by different values.
So I challenge all of you who read this and pass this message on. We, as a movement are only as powerful as our message and right now our message is a cluster of volatile issues that repel as much as they attract. We NEED to cement our vision in the roots of Liberty, The Constitution and the wisdom and intent of our founding Fathers. We must seek out and expose those who would subvert it.
I don't care if a candidate likes to wear pink polka dot bobby socks, if he holds Liberty as more important than his political career, if she believes in the true and just message of the founding fathers, then they are our allies in this revolution. It is imperative that we understand this and move forward.
Let's be FOCUSED in our message, RESPONSIBLE with our presentation and VORACIOUS in our REAL Mission...LIBERTY!!!