I am a Republican because . . .

Over at the Cabarrus County GOP website, they take pride in reminding themselves why they are Republicans. Call me a wacko, but when I read their principles and try to align their governing practices, I have to conclude that they're all flat-out crazy.

I Am A Republican Because

... and lest we forget those beliefs...

I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

Check. No disagreement there. So why are wingnuts silent on the unparalleled concentration of power in the federal government and in the White House? Because they are hypocrites.

I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person's ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

Check. No disagreement there. So why the racist, sexist and homophobic agenda? Why can't wingers honor the dignity, freedom and responsibilities of women? Of gays? Because they are hypocrites.

I believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative has given this nation an economic system second to none.

Check. No disagreement there. Though I will note that the free enterprise system has not existed in a vacuum. It has been pretty effectively managed through a process of governance and policy-making that has served our country well. So why do wingers want to let the free-market run wild nowadays, when the past approach has worked so well? Because they are greedy hypocrites.

I believe that sound money management should be our goal.

Sound money management should be our goal? WTF? Is that what they mean by a bazillion dollar freakin' deficit? Why don't they hold their own leadership to this principle? Because they are hypocrites.

I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

Not so fast, faggots.

I believe we must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

Yeah right. That's why the Puppetmaster is conducting a one-man purge of the Republican Party in North Carolina. Because they are hypocrites.

I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

Share? Ya mean like dropping a billion dollars a week to blow the hell out of another country . . . sharing freedom with 100,000 dead Iraqis?

Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

Republicans hate government. Why would they care about positive or successful principles of government? The truth is, they don't. They can say this because they are hypocrites.


Well said.

We should write up something like "Why I am a Progressive." The forums might be a good place to do that (you know, all collaborative like).

Boy this pisses me off.

I just reread this bullshit list and still can't believe they actually post this on their website. You'd think they'd be embarrassed.

Cabarrus GOPers forgot "local control"

Republicans love local control, too. Except when Carrboro wants to ban guns, or Oregon wants to provide medical marijuana, or any state wants to have strong environmental laws, or minicipalities want to control cable providers, or school systems want to decide how to test students or .....

Yes, I know that Democrats join Republicans in some of these policies, but at least we don't claim that we believe in local control, although I think we do a bit more than the Republicans.

Great point, George.

Especially here in North Carolina where city councils can't even control "state" roads running through the middle of their downtowns.