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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

So - here I am looking for a new party - political, that is.

I just checked out the Constitution Party. Geez - I like the name of it but most of the things that I disagree with I feel VERY strongly about.

Constitution Party

Preamble: It's a bit over the top, but I can deal with it.
Sanctity of Life: *creak* (that's my brain - sorry) Suffice it to say I don't think federal funds should be used for abortion. I don't agree with declaring that States cannot legalize abortion. I disagree with their conclusion about the scenario of the raped 14 year old. I disagree with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision for several reasons. I agree with the partys stand on euthanasia, infanticide and suicide. I am against late term, partial birth abortion completely.
AIDS: Agree
Bring Government Back Home: Agree
Character and Moral Conduct: Nice but a pipe dream. Terribly unrealistic.
Congressional Reform: Agree
Conscription: Agree
Constitutional Convention: Huh? Plead ignorance.
Copyrights and Patents: Agree
Cost of Big Gov't: Agree
Crime: Agree
Defense: Mostly agree.
Domestic Federal Aid: Need to think about it.
Drug Abuse: Agree
Education: Agree but have questions.
Election Reform: Agree except I don't understand what's so terrible about the Voter Rights Act.
Electoral College: Agree
Energy: Agree
Environment: Agree
Executive Orders: Agree
Family: Mostly disagree
Foreign Policy: Mostly disagree. Except for the U.N. stuff and foreign aid - totally agree with that.
Gambling: Not sure of the ramifications of the tribal stuff.
Gun Control: Totally, totally agree. Did I mention totally?
Health Care: Agree
Immigration: Agree
Judiciary: Agree
Money and Banking: Disagree in large part
Personal and Private Property Security: Mostly agree.
Pornography: Disagree
Religious Freedom: Agree
Social Security: Agree
Statehood: Disagree and wonder why they take this stand?
State Sovereignty: Agree
Tariffs and Trade: Some of it agree. Some of it disagree. Some of it don't know what the ramifications would be.
Taxes: Like it but it's another pipe dream.
Terrorism and Personal Liberty: Sticky. Have some problems with most of this. Some agree.
Veterans: Agree
Wage and Price Control: Agree
Welfare: Agree

So it's a nix on the Constitution Party mostly due to the strong feelings I have about the things I disagree with. Grizzly is still snuffling around. I'll look at the Libertarian Party in a few days.


Blogger Steve Donohue said...

Kind of an interesting party, but like you said, the negatives outweigh the positives because of the vivacity with which I disagree. Their stance on statehood is somewhat weird, their stance on pornography is unconstitutional and leaves me to wonder what else they would censor, and their policies on banking, money, and tariffs would repeal most of the things responsible for the prosperity of the last 70 years.

Also, their defense stance screams of isolationism more than just mere state sovereignty.

02 April, 2005 08:58  
Blogger Mike's America said...

I understand your frustration with the GOP... seems we spend just like the liberals and don't have the guts to take on the Democrats over judicial nominations.

My worry is that people will get seduced by the prospect of a party more aligned with their views and we just end up electing HILLARY in 2008.

Bill Clinton never would have won in 92 or been re-elected in 96 without the Perot voters.

02 April, 2005 10:09  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks guys for your comments.

Mike - God Forbid. The GOP needs to get off it's ass then. We're barreling toward a crisis in this country in my mind.

I voted for Perot - I'm still kicking myself for it. I felt strongly about it at the time. Just the way I felt when I voted for Toomey this last election. There comes a point when you have to make a stand. It's all well and good to say (and it makes total sense to me) that we really must keep the Republican party as the majority therefore vote for the Republican the GOP chooses even if he's an ass and you can't stand him. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it with Specter. I vote the way I feel - I can't help it.

I'm unhappy with the GOP right now. I'm unhappy with the direction our country is going. My only hope is that the people I know who would vote for Bill Clinton really can't STAND Hillary. We have to watch it though because she is NOT stupid and is already maneuvering to attract the more moderate vote.

I may not change my party Mike but I do need to check out some alternatives. The GOP may be the only party for me - we'll see.

02 April, 2005 14:59  
Blogger Robert Bruce said...

Greetings Bear Woman

I had my own third-party experience the first time I voted. Having pulled the lever for John Anderson in the Republican primary, I decided to stick with him in his independent bid.

Initially it was a matter of principle (though I forget what the principle was). As it became clear he would be trounced, it became a question of loyalty. I wanted my boy to take 5% so he'd get his federal matching funds. On election night, I sat there glassy-eyed, watching the Reaganites celebrate and the Carterites despair, and felt my reasons for bowing out were pretty pathetic.

Ever since, I've stuck to the menu on offer. The menu's pretty big in the primaries (though only a couple dishes are serious contenders, depending on where you vote). By the time the general election rolls around, they've narrowed it down. You take the meat or the fish. Or nothing at all.

Has the salmon gone off (Gore)? Pick the pork. Did somebody put a beef reduction on the shrimp (Dukakis)? Go for the venison.

As long as the electoral college works the way it does, voting for a third-party candidate is a personal statement and nothing more.

I continue to like your blog, though I have my own kids at schools. (Actually, I'm not even sure if home schooling is legal here in the Kingdom of Sweden.)

05 April, 2005 15:12  
Blogger Abe said...

I've never subscribed to the idea that it's "wasting your vote" to vote for the candidate you like best. A lesser of evils is still evil. You are not placing a bet on a horse to show. How is it throwing away your vote on the 3rd candidate, but not on the 2nd one? They both lost?

I think it is completely justified, even admirable to vote for the candidate you like the best.

That being said, I suggest you let your congressmen know of your thinking. Perhaps you should email them a link to your blog. It may encourage them to do the right things.

P.S. I doubt you'll be able to go with the Libertarian Party. Badnarik, the presidential candidate, was catering to the isolationist side of his party in the last election, and dropped into full moonbat mode.

P.P.S. Remember the joke from the Russian comedian, Yakov Schmirnoff? "In the US you can always find a party. In Russia the Party always finds you."

05 April, 2005 22:33  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Robert thanks for your comment. I can't really remember why I voted for Perot - but I felt it was important to do so. The food analogies will help and so happy that you did not use sports analogies. On the other hand sports analogies work just fine - the food is better though. I will leave a link on your blog about homeschooling in Sweden.

Abe - good to see you again and as always you have good advice. We have written to the head of the RNC bitching about the direction of the party and the fact that they seem to not understand that they're the majority party - so make use of it for goodness sakes. I have written to my representatives about specific issues but you are right it may be time to give them the bigger picture. Again - Specter is such a slimeball that writing to him seems such a waste of time to me. But as my sister says, they have no idea how to vote until you tell them! :-) This grappling with my party identity is sort of equivalent to my grappling with my Catholic/spiritual identity. Maybe not as important but you get the idea.

06 April, 2005 00:01  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I did it. I took Abe's advice and contacted my representatives. I gave them a link to my blog. I even gave Arlen Specter a link to my blog - even though I refer to him as a slimeball on this blog.

I feel good.

07 April, 2005 00:29  
Blogger Buck said...

Have you considered the Republican Liberty Caucus? They have chapters in many states and are working from the inside to influence the GOP.

14 April, 2005 07:40  
Blogger Buck said...

Oops I forgot the URL


14 April, 2005 07:41  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Well thank you Buck - I'll check them out.

14 April, 2005 23:33  
Blogger Toad734 said...

I don't know what the constitution party actually stands for, but since you disagree with most of it, I would assume they want to uphold the constitution, and besides the 2nd amendment, Republicans don't generally care much for the constitution.

15 April, 2005 15:04  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Gosh - did I disagree with MOST of it?

15 April, 2005 15:10  
Blogger Toad734 said...

Ok, I take that back, these guys are nuts and couldn't get further away from the constitution.
They also don't believe in schools or free speech, and think that christians have the right to discriminate against whoever they want.

15 April, 2005 15:11  
Blogger MonicaR said...

As I said - the things I DO disagree with I feel VERY strongly about.

I think they are nuts, actually.

15 April, 2005 15:12  

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