January 08, 2005

An Apology to my party...

See here's the thing...I'm a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and I'm very sorry. In Fact here's a detailed list of the things I'm sorry for:

-For being a thinking individual that believes in seperating my religion from my government...
-For believing that intelligent discourse examining all sides of an issue is o.k...
-For believing that Democrats don't hate America and may just have a different idea of what's best for it...
-For believing that Tax Cuts that ignore fiscal responsibility are bad...
-For believing that support of science doesn't make me a God Hater...
-For believing that using loopholes in the law are always wrong...
-For believing that pre-emptive war is wrong...
-For thniking future AG Gonzales is no better than Johnny Cochran...
-For thinking that criticizing Republican policies I disagree with during a campaign is more ethically sound than keeping my mouth shut until we win...
-For being Pro-Choice...
-For advocating Gay Civil Unions on an economic basis...
-For agreeing with No Child Left Behind and disagreeing with it's under funding...
-For believing that gerrymandering underminds Democracy...
-For not stooping to name calling to get a point across...
-For thinking that pollution is a bad thing and that factory owners might not be the experts on what's good for the enviroment.
-For wanting to actually hold Cooperations, Insurance providers, Doctors, and Politicians accountable for mistakes...
-For believing that the most advanced society in the world ought to be able to at least provide minimum health care benifits to its citizens...
-For thinking it's wrong to changes rules and laws because they don't work for us...

These are all things that I'm sorry for...I'm sorry for being a RINO and wanting us to be "That shining city on a hill" that Regean wanted us to be. I'm a Republican and don't tow the party line without aksing questions...I want us to be able to look at Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens and say "We are better than you". I want us to look at the American people and say follow us...and when they ask why...well, we can come back with something better than "Because we said so", "Because the other guys are weak, liars, evil, stupid, etc...", or "Don't you love your country?". So for all the talk of inclusion during campaigns and conventions I'd like to point out that I'm a Republican...but "In Name Only". Too bad, I'd like to be able to be an American that can speak with an open heart and mind but I guess that means I'm not a real Republican...So I stand before you all and say I'm a RINO and it isn't just your party "Real Republicans". Any of you that think you can have an intelligent dicourse (and I know many of you can)...Let's have this one...Why am I less a Republican than the rest of you and what does being a Republican really mean?


January 01, 2005

Saw this on another site and thought it was interesting...

Found this over on Kommentariat.blogspot.com...

I have knowingly stolen this from LeftNuts over here. I tried to find a way to trackback, but there wasn't any way to do so as far as I could tell. So without further delay, here's the prayer:

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest..

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