Any Republicans here?

solvs

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In light of all the "any (insert sexuality) here" threads, I thought I'd start this here. I know I've been in and out recently, what with working all the time now, but it seems that the worse things get with BushCo, the fewer opposing viewpoints we're getting around here. Except for the occasional troll who wants to nuke everybody, we are sorely lacking in the conservative department. For the record, I consider myself somewhat of a moderate, as both parties often disgust me. Socially somewhat liberal, fiscally conservative. I find myself agreeing with what Bill Maher says, I'd be a Republican if only they would. I would actually like Bush and his cronies if they didn't do (almost) everything completely wrong. :p

So, any Republicans left here?
 

grapes911

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belvdr said:
I'm registered as a Republican, but it all comes down to the candidates when the time comes to vote.
I agree. Party doesn't matter when I vote. I take the best ideas from both parties and call them my own. The only reason I registered with the GOP is that my town is almost all Republican. The city council and mayor are all Republican. If you need a favor or just want to have your voice heard, you have to be Republican. I would register as a Democrat if my town was controlled by the Democratic party.


I wonder if we should start a "Any humans here?" thread..
That would be stupid. The thread would go dead WAY too soon.
 

gwuMACaddict

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why do you feel the need to rationalize the fact that you're a republican?

it's not bad

everyone wants the same end goal, whats best for the country and the people, just that everyone has a differentidea of how to get there
 

miloblithe

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gwuMACaddict said:
everyone wants the same end goal, whats best for the country and the people, just that everyone has a differentidea of how to get there
I don't think that's entirely true. Some people prioritize what's best for them, or their family, or their city, or state, etc. They aren't necessarily prioritizeing what's best for the country or people as a whole. They also might have a very different view of who "the people" are, excluding certain groups or prioritizing certain groups.
 

IJ Reilly

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miloblithe said:
I don't think that's entirely true. Some people prioritize what's best for them, or their family, or their city, or state, etc. They aren't necessarily prioritizeing what's best for the country or people as a whole. They also might have a very different view of who "the people" are, excluding certain groups or prioritizing certain groups.
True. We can always count on people to do whatever they perceive to be in their own best, and generally short-term, interests. This is why more tax cutting, even in the face of a looming debt crisis, still has its enthusiastic advocates.
 

miloblithe

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IJ Reilly said:
True. We can always count on people to do whatever they perceive to be in their own best, and generally short-term, interests. This is why more tax cutting, even in the face of a looming debt crisis, still has its enthusiastic advocates.
Maybe, but I didn't mean to imply that only Republicans are dedicated in politics of limited interest. I think this applies across the spectrum. My poiint is that it's not just that we think there are different answers to the same question of what's best for everyone, but that most of the time we're asking completely different questions.
 

IJ Reilly

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miloblithe said:
Maybe, but I didn't mean to imply that only Republicans are dedicated in politics of limited interest. I think this applies across the spectrum. My poiint is that it's not just that we think there are different answers to the same question of what's best for everyone, but that most of the time we're asking completely different questions.
Exactly, I agree. Tax cutting and debt was just a convenient example of short-term gain trumping long-term harm. It takes real effort to look much beyond the end of one's nose.
 

leekohler

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I gotta tell you guys I'm getting really bored with the "Any (insert group) here?" threads. I understand why Brian0523 started the "Any Gays Here" thread as being gay can be a very lonely, scary experience depending on where you live. He was a newbie, and knowing that there are others out there can be enormously helpful.

I'm trying to figure out what exactly is so scary about being Republican that it warrants this thread.

BTW- where are stubeeef and Macaddicttt? They're my fave Republican sparring partners. I haven't seen them in ages.
 

MacDawg

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I would be considered a Republican, considering the alternatives...
But I have voted for Democrats on occasion.

I prefer to vote issues rather than parties

Woof, Woof – Dawg
 

iSaint

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solvs said:
...For the record, I consider myself somewhat of a moderate, as both parties often disgust me. Socially somewhat liberal, fiscally conservative. I find myself agreeing with what Bill Maher says, I'd be a Republican if only they would. I would actually like Bush and his cronies if they didn't do (almost) everything completely wrong. :p

So, any Republicans left here?
I have to go along with your statement...socially liberal, fiscally conservative. Bush isn't so great, but the alternatives scare me. I mean, really, Al Gore???
 

leekohler

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iSaint said:
I have to go along with your statement...socially liberal, fiscally conservative. Bush isn't so great, but the alternatives scare me. I mean, really, Al Gore???
Sorry, but Bush is much worse than "not so great". He's most likely THE worst President in US history. The lies, the cronyism, borrow & spend and now a Supreme Court nominee who's never even been a judge. Sorry- he's much worse than "not so great". He should embarrass Republicans.
 

IJ Reilly

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"In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." —H. L. Mencken
 

LethalWolfe

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Registered Republican but I vote across party lines. Whoever looks best for the position and what not. On social issues I typically lean more left, on fiscal issues I typically lean more right.


Lethal
 

feakbeak

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leekohler said:
I'm trying to figure out what exactly is so scary about being Republican that it warrants this thread.
Being a Republican on this board could be intimidating since, as a whole, this board leans left. I've seen people express traditional Repubican views/ideas and get smacked around by the liberal majority on the board before.

As for myself, I'm not registered to either party I just try to vote for offices and proposals based on my thoughts/beliefs about topics and platforms. I try to formulate my opinions on as much unbiased information as I can find - which I worry isn't must at times.

I don't like the initiatives the Republicans have been pushing lately, way too neocon, way too churchy for me. However, the Dems are just pathetic, IMO. Can someone remind them that they are supposed to be politicans? My opinion can be summed up with a joke from Lewis Black, "The Republicans are a party of bad ideas and the Democrats are a party of no ideas."
 

leekohler

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feakbeak said:
Being a Republican on this board could be intimidating since, as a whole, this board leans left. I've seen people express traditional Repubican views/ideas and get smacked around by the liberal majority on the board before.
Umm...OK. I've only seen people get bashed on the boards when they can't back up their views, whether they are left or right. I see everyone getting jumped on fairly equally here. It's the reason I like these forums in the first place.

And being Republican is nowhere near as scary as being gay can be. VERY bad comparison. Plus, being Republican IS a choice.
 

jelloshotsrule

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i don't think it's necessary to always compare threads to the "any gays here" thread as such. it's not like any thread titled "any ____ here?" should adhere to: group of people who face struggles in their lives based on a non-choice regarding their sexuality...
 

feakbeak

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leekohler said:
Umm...OK. I've only seen people get bashed on the boards when they can't back up their views, whether they are left or right. I see everyone getting jumped on fairly equally here. It's the reason I like these forums in the first place.

And being Republican is nowhere near as scary as being gay can be. VERY bad comparison. Plus, being Republican IS a choice.
I wasn't comparing those two things and nowhere in my post did I say I was. I made an independent comment in response to your question about why someone might not feel comfortable expressing they are republican on this board. I have seen threads, particularly those related to Republican views on the role of religion in society and government where posters were ganged up on and made to feel stupid, which I would find intimidating if I were a Republican wishing to express political views on this forum. I made no comment about homosexuality, sorry if you took offense.