Don't click or your IP will be banned


Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band Forum
You are not logged in

< Last Thread   Next Thread >Ascending sortDescending sorting  
Author: Subject: Why I'm Joining the GOP

Super Moderator





Posts: 3870
(3929 all sites)
Registered: 6/17/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 12:37 AM

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle
Why I'm Joining the GOP
Leaving the left for fun and profit

by Jeff Gillenkirk

After a lifetime voting for and working for Democratic candidates and independents, I'm finally going to make the switch and become a Republican.

The reasons are many, not the least of which is age. I turned 55 recently and, having lived more than half my life, I can't afford to worry anymore about the other guy. It's time for me.

As a Republican, I can now proudly -- indeed, defiantly -- pledge to never again vote for anyone who raises taxes for any reason. To hell with roads, bridges, schools, police and fire protection, Medicare, Social Security and regulation of the airwaves.

President Bush has promised to give me more tax cuts even though our federal government owes trillions of dollars to its creditors. But that's someone else's problem, not mine. Republicans are about the here and now, and I'm here now.

As a Republican, I can favor exploiting the environment for everything she's got. No need to worry about quaint notions like posterity and natural legacy. There are plenty of resources left for everyone, and if we don't use them, someone else will.

I want a party that doesn't worry about things before we have to. Republicans refuse to get hog-tied by theories such as global warming, ozone depletion, fished-out oceans and disappearing wetlands. The real problems -- if there are any -- aren't forecast to take hold for at least 50 years. So what do I care? I'll be dead.

As a Republican, I can swagger and clamor for war -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, wherever -- even though I've never fought in one or even been in the military. I can claim that we're fighting for Democracy, ignoring reports of torture at Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base and Guantanamo Bay, and a spreading gulag of secret detention centers around the world.

Freedom, as every American should know after spending $300 billion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, isn't free.

As a Republican, I can insist on strict moral values when it comes to sex and ignore the growing moral chasms in business, politics, sports, journalism and the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

A society that loses control of its sexual urges faces unwanted pregnancies, socially transmitted disease, broken families. Those overzealous about wealth, however, produce only a higher GDP, lifelong security for their family and more minimum wage jobs for the lower classes. What's wrong with that?

As a Republican, I can favor strict punishment of criminals, except for those who happen to be my friends or neighbors. Isn't that the very definition of community -- looking out for friends and family?

I will be pro-death penalty and anti-abortion, pro-child but anti-child care, for education but against funding of public schools. As a Republican, I'll have a better chance of getting to spout my opinions in the media, which for some reason seems convinced that since Bush was re-elected with the smallest electoral margin of any sitting president in history, liberals are passe.

As a Republican, I'll say goodbye to "old Jesus" and hello to "new Jesus. " Sure Christ started out as a liberal Jew, and look where that got him. Compassion, love and diatribes against the rich only encourage the weak and punish the most successful among us. The Jesus that Republicans worship is a muscular, decisive, pro-war crusader hard at work cleansing the world of evildoers, not, God forbid, turning the other cheek.

My decision to become a Republican didn't come easily. For years I clung to the idea that the foundation of a democratic society was our implied social contract, each of us committing some level of personal sacrifice to the common good of all.

I regarded taxes as dues we pay for better roads and schools, safe inspection of meat and dairy products, maintenance of parks and protection of wilderness areas. I see now that looking out for the common good resulted in shortchanging the most important element in this formula -- me.

Let Democrats continue promising the "greatest good for the greatest number." Republicans clearly have my number -- No. 1.

I'm sure a lot of my friends reading this will ask me, "How can you sleep?" My answer will be, "Who's got time? I'm busy earning money." While they're bellyaching about rising deficits, the outsourcing of jobs and casualties in Iraq, I'll be marveling at the march of freedom in the Middle East, upticks in the GDP and the president's plan to link Social Security to the magic of the marketplace.

As a Republican, I simply won't listen to bad news anymore. Bad news doesn't get me or my family anywhere. If you don't have anything good to say about somebody, don't say anything at all -- unless it happens to be about a Democrat, of course.

Jeff Gillenkirk was a speechwriter for former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. He lives in San Francisco.

###


 

____________________
"Don't Ask Why"

 
E-Mail User Visit User's Homepage
Replies:

Universal Peach



Karma:
Posts: 6009
(6064 all sites)
Registered: 1/19/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 05:28 AM
Well, I'll be turning 53 in two weeks, so guess I got another two years before I "morph" into a Republican. Of course, I have been known to post a Pat Buchanan article or two, every now and then. This is getting scary.
 
E-Mail User

Peach Extraordinaire



Karma:
Posts: 4213
(4421 all sites)
Registered: 1/18/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 07:22 AM
Were glad to have you hop!!!

 

____________________
Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champions.

 
E-Mail User

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19472
(19486 all sites)
Registered: 6/9/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 11:29 AM
I'm not a Republican, but still.... what a boatload. It is perfect that this guy is a speechwriter for Cuomo, and it was published in the San Fran Chronicle. Funny stuff.

As usual, there is nothing to show what the liberals truly believe in, as this is one of the the most bankrupt versions of the democractic party ever. While some minor points may be right, this is but more whining from the Left, and done in such a clever way........... When I get the chance I will delve into the 'specifics.'

I needed a laugh this morning, and I got one.

DH

 

____________________

 

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 13759
(14013 all sites)
Registered: 2/10/2005
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 12:03 PM
pretty funny. I was Republican since I started voting but am a registered Independent now.

Was watching some tape yesterday of Memorial Day ceremonies and these three girls were saying the pledge of allegiance and it struck me as odd that the "under God" part will one day soon take a back seat to "indivisible".

btw, thanks, and belated Happy Memorial Day, to any and all vets out there.

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 16614
(16614 all sites)
Registered: 6/4/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 01:57 PM
I don't even bother reading articles like that. They are completely devoid of any new ideas it's just another vehicle to criticize without putting forth any new ideas.

I'm sorry but...."We can do better" did not resonate with enough people. Not specific enough.

 

____________________


R.I.P. Hugh Duty


 

Extreme Peach



Karma:
Posts: 1531
(1644 all sites)
Registered: 12/6/2001
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 03:18 PM
quote:
When I get the chance I will delve into the 'specifics.'
Waiting with bated breath, Derek.

Actually, it is a good article. Thanks for posting Hophead.

Peace.

Erik

 

____________________
Walk True, Walk Tall, Walk Together

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19472
(19486 all sites)
Registered: 6/9/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 03:23 PM
quote:
When I get the chance I will delve into the 'specifics.'
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----

Waiting with bated breath, Derek.

Actually, it is a good article. Thanks for posting Hophead.




Even more amusement. I'll keep this simple; show me the quotes from this.....article that shows us what the Democrats and liberals have to offer....


DH

 

____________________

 

Extreme Peach



Karma:
Posts: 1531
(1644 all sites)
Registered: 12/6/2001
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/31/2005 at 04:02 PM
quote:
Even more amusement. I'll keep this simple; show me the quotes from this.....article that shows us what the Democrats and liberals have to offer....


I have no reason to defend this article or quote anything from it. And of course, I'll keep this simple. It is what it is. If the author wished to lay out policy alternatives of "Democrats & liberals", I suppose he would write a different article.

I just wanted you to know how interested I am in reading those 'specifics' you promised. Still waiting......

Peace.

Erik






[Edited on 5/31/2005 by CEEJ]

 

____________________
Walk True, Walk Tall, Walk Together

 

Universal Peach



Karma:
Posts: 6475
(6530 all sites)
Registered: 8/27/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 6/1/2005 at 01:23 AM
Enjoyed that. Thanks Hop.
 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2110
(2112 all sites)
Registered: 8/13/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 6/1/2005 at 10:38 AM
I'm far from a card carrying Republican but all these Liberal writers claiming latley that Gitmo is on par with Stalin's Gulags ought to do some research. Gitmo's a picnic in comparison.



 

Peach Master



Karma:
Posts: 797
(932 all sites)
Registered: 11/29/2001
Status: Offline

  posted on 6/1/2005 at 10:55 AM
I'm far from a card carrying Republican but all these Liberal writers claiming latley that Gitmo is on par with Stalin's Gulags ought to do some research. Gitmo's a picnic in comparison.

Goes with the territory and on par with people comparing other people to Hitler. Nobody's as bad as Hitler except, as Bill Maher notes, Walmart, and probably nothing is as bad as the gulags were. However, this Guantanamo Bay thing is a huge mess and holding these people without charges and reclassifying them so as not to have to follow the Geneva Convention concerning treatment of prisoners of war reeks of infathomable arrogance. They should be charged, prosecuted and either sentenced or freed depending on the outcome of the trial.

 

____________________
http://champions.chordomafoundation.org/pages/57

If you drive a nail into a tree, the hole remains even if you pull it back out. Think about it before you grab that hammer. Saying youíre sorry isnít nearly as good as not having to.

 
 


Powered by XForum 1.81.1 by Trollix Software

Privacy | Terms of Service | Report Infringement | Personal Data Management | Contact Us
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND name, The ALLMAN BROTHERS name, likenesses, logos, mushroom design and peach truck are all registered trademarks of THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. whose rights are specifically reserved. Any artwork, visual, or audio representations used on this web site CONTAINING ANY REGISTERED TRADEMARKS are under license from The ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. A REVOCABLE, GRATIS LICENSE IS GRANTED TO ALL REGISTERED PEACH CORP MEMBERS FOR The DOWNLOADING OF ONE COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. ANY DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE TRADEMARKS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO.,INC.
site by Hittin' the Web Group with www.experiencewasabi3d.com