After 2 billion dollars have been raised and spent, the TV executives, print company owners and Radio Station owners are richer. The American people are deaf from all the ads and tired from the battle. I only wish Election day was ten more days after today. This is when the movie Lincoln comes out. Lincoln is the reason why I'm a Republican. Having personally stood on the Sacred Ground of Gettysburg and stood where Lincoln gave the infamous Gettysburg Address and also stood in the Lincoln Memorial and read his reasoning for not allowing the South to succeed from the union, one gets a true sense of what Lincoln, the man stood for.
People forget that he was a Republican, by today's standards he committed a liberal act because he freed the slaves. An act associated by today's critics as a "liberal" move. Lib-er-al as defined as an ADJECTIVE, not a noun, by the Oxford English Dictionary: Willing to respect or accept behavior different than our own. This is where I think today's typical Republican gets it wrong and what angers me the most about my own party. I as a woman by the American Constitution and God Given Right have the choice to make decisions about my own body. I don't agree with abortions for myself, with that being said, having been pregnant three times and given birth twice to two wonderful sons of American freedom, don't impose this view upon other women. How can Republicans scream and shout for freedom FROM government when it is these SAME MEN in Congress who make these rules telling me what I can and what I can't do with my OWN body? It was a woman who gave them birth, just let God give ONE man the opportunity to have a "teachable moment" by allowing him to get pregnant, carry the fetus, and give birth to life with a head bigger than the original opening! I'm sure their opinion would be "willing to respect or accept behavior different than their own" What you say? The exact meaning of a Liberal which is what they want all Republicans to fear most.
Lincoln got it right and lead the Republican Congress in 1863 to pass via the democratic procedure. We are a Republic with a democratic system. Democracy defined by Webster; Liberal: of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies. Lincoln got this right too...from the Gettysburg address, "...a government by the people, for the people and of the people, shall not perish from this earth." Lincoln also said in that same address, we would not remember what he said there. On the contrary, we can never forget it, particularly the statement about our devotion to remember it: It is for us the living, rather to be dedicated here, to the unfinished work, for they who fought here have thus far have nobly advanced. It is rather for us here to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us-- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.--that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom....
In my opinion the basis of a conservative Republican...being free from big government and fiscally responsible. We can't leave our children and grandchildren and other descendants with a mess we created in the first place. We as parents are supposed to always give a hand UP to our children, not a hand out. And when we can't, it is nice for us as a MORAL PEOPLE to help others when we can and ask for help when we need it. If we as an American people did more of this for our own (other Americans) than we wouldn't need governmental services. We as a people without resolve have let our brothers and sisters flounder like fish out of water. How many of us have knocked on the door of our neighbor and invited them for dinner knowing they have been out of work for over two years? How many of us with jobs have told our employer when an opening has come open that we know someone who would be great at that job?
I've been told by a friend of twenty years who looking back I guess really doesn't "know" me that she is not interested in reading my blog. She says shes not "that philosophical." I don't see how you can read and understand our American history and not be philosophical. However that is her right and I respect it. Just like not agreeing with abortion for myself but unwilling to tell another person what they can and cannot do. If you know me I'm not sanctimonious enough to believe that what is right for me is right for you. Just call me a liberal...willing to respect or accept behavior different than my own. If I come across that way, please understand I'm not telling people in the blog what "should be" I'm stating my opinion of what "could be" I strive to see our full potential as humans, as people, as women, as men, as students, as workers, as mothers, as fathers, as business owners, as Americans.
In Gettysburg there is the monument that was dedicated with an Eternal Light Peace Memorial to the 1800 living Civil War heroes who gathered from both the North and the South seventy-five years after the war.
The memorial was dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 3rd, 1938, the 75th anniversary of the battle. One Union and one Confederate veteran unveiled the 47 1/2 foot tall shaft. Roosevelt compared the task of the men of the 1860's with the men of his day: "All of them we honor, not asking under which Flag they fought then - thankful that they stand together under one Flag now."
When we travel outside of the USA, internationally people don't care if we are Republican or Democrat, we are Americans. And although they call us American Pigs, they silently wished they could be an American because you see, we are really two sides of the same coin....a shiny new penny with Lincoln on it.
Lincoln comes out November 16th, please go watch it.
|Whoever you voted for, reach across the aisle and accept and respect the behavior that is different than your own.|