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fyre wrote in metaquotes
I made a mistake in posting this entry. I forgot one of the rules. The entry is found elsewhere on LiveJournal, but is not original to the LJ poster. Therefore, I have lj-cut this entry, and will delete it if the moderators find it appropriate that I do so. Again, my apologies for forgetting the appropriate rule.

Quoted from lilliah's entry, here:

As of today, after 25 years, I am no longer a Republican.
I take this step with deep regret, and with a deep sense of betrayal.

I still believe in the vast power of markets to inspire ideas, motivate solutions and eliminate waste. I still believe in international vigilance and a strong defense, because this world will always be home to people who will avidly seek to take or destroy what we have built as a nation. I still believe in the protection of individuals and businesses from the influence and expense of an over-involved government. I still believe in the hand-in-hand concepts of separation of church and state and absolute freedom to worship, in the rights of the states to govern themselves without undo federal interference, and in the host of other things that defined me as a Republican.
(Hello! That's a REAL Republican, damnit. A respectable one!)

My problem is this: I believe in principles and ideals which my party has systematically discarded in the last 10 years.

My Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, and George H.W. Bush. It was a party of honesty and accountability. It was a party of tolerance, and practicality and honor. It was a party that faced facts and dealt with reality, and that crafted common-sense solutions to problems based on the facts as they were, not as we wished them to be, or even worse, as we made them up. It was a party that told the truth, even when the truth came hard. And now, it is none of those things.

Read more in the original entry here.

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papa bush lied as well, though I think we forgave him for the new taxes.

...the rights of the states to govern themselves without undo federal interference...

"Sir, Florida just elected a total moron."

"Crap! Ctrl-Z! Ctrl-Z!"

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so forwarding this to my ex. He's a Republican, but hates that his party has been taken over by the religious right. I suggested starting a new party, but he fears that would spilt the Republican vote too much and give the Dems too much power (which would be fine with me...). I wouldn't mind real Republicans so much...

It's not really lilliah's entry, though. The entry is entirely quoted from James Chaney here. Not on Livejournal.

(This nitpick brought to you by the letter "P.")

Kickass essay, though.

I vote we overlook the rules in favor of blind patriotism

can't help it- Lincoln was president when Republicans wanted a solid central government and the democrats were the ones fighting for state's rights; they've switched places since and Lincoln would be more of a democrat if he were around today

let's not forget Nixon. Honest man that guy, never told a lie in his life.

Come to the dark side... we have cookies real conservatives.

And far too many Randroids and watered-down anarchists, but when I'm ruler of the world I'll stuff them in a closet somewhere.

this world will always be home to people who will avidly seek to take or destroy what we have built as a nation.

Oh, of course. They're always after me Lucky Charms.


Everybody likes to think that they're the good guy/s and everybody else is mad or bad.

The fact is most of us are mostly good, as well as a little bit mad and a little bit bad.

My Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower ... and George H.W. Bush.


Lincoln: Played the role of King George III, right down to throwing people in jail for not voting the "right" way, closing down publishers who made the mistake of thinking the First Amendment still applied in the North, attempted to arrest the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for ruling that only Congress had the power to suspend Habeas Corpus, and in many other ways acting as a mad dictator/evil overlord, directly responsible for the deaths of over 600,000 people in his quest to prevent the South from doing exactly the same thing the original 13 Colonies did in 1776.

Teddy Roosevelt: Traveled around the United States promoting war with Spain, the way Neal Horsley promotes war on abortionists. Promoted the violation of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the Constitution (by pretending that "national parks" fall into the restrictions listed there)

Dwight Eisenhower: Aide to Douglas MacArthur during the military assault on WWI veterans in July, 1932. As President, authorized many covert subversive operations, including the CIA overthrow of the governments of Iran and Guatemala. Established Mutually Assured Destruction as the official US policy on nuclear war.

George H.W. Bush: Former director of the CIA. Read my lips. No New Taxes. Resigned from the NRA, because the NRA had the gall to tell the unvarnished truth about the behavior of certain federal agents.

Yup. They definitely define the Republican Party, all right.

So what's the problem? Dubya shouldn't have any trouble fitting in with that crowd.

Dubya did crack, and lied about it.

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if people stick with that mentality we will never see the end of the two party system.

The only reason we don't have a three party system is because the people who would leave one of the major parties are frightened into voting for one of them, usually with "if you don't vote for canidate y, then x will get in and it will be THE EVIL" what about if everyone of them voted for canidate z and z got in instead of x or y?

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