In thinking back about my personal move away from the Republican party to the Democratic party, it happened as part of the realization, “How can it all be just about me and just about what I want and need?” It seemed to me, that the Republican party represented exclusivity rather in inclusivity, you know, the old, “You’re either with us or against us!” line from Bush43. I don’t like that. I don’t believe in that.
I wanted lower taxes, smaller government, control on government expenditures–I know, I sound like Republican party rhetoric. Today’s Republican party is anything but that in terms of actual practice. The notion of “fiscal conservatives” is but a figment of our imagination. I know that frustrates a lot of Republicans as well.
Here’s where I am today:
- It isn’t just about me and minimizing my tax burden–I have a broader responsibility and interest than just worrying about me.
- I’m not in favor of the government or a political party supporting and promoting the agenda of narrow interests as I’ve seen the Republican party.
- I favor a woman’s right to chose because it isn’t up to me or the State to do anything other than protect an individuals rights. [I understand that not everyone agrees with me on this and it’s okay–we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.]
- I’ve worked my entire career in management and executive management to support pay and worker equality. My best performers have almost always been women! Barack Obama shares this belief about women.
- I’m in favor of diplomacy and reject the Bush Doctrine of unilateral, preemptive strikes against another sovereign nation unless it is the only course of action possible.
- I’m not in favor of bringing Democracy to the entire planet (or at least to those nations that have oil) at taxpayer expense. Did anyone else sign up for this?
- When it comes to armed conflict, our Armed Forces should be managed fully by the military, not by politicians. If we are going to send our men and women into harms way, the rules of engagement should be to win. We’ve lost over 4,000 men and women due to a nation-building effort, not due to a “war.”
- I am not in favor of redistributing wealth via our system of taxation but I’m also not in favor of leaving people behind because of “me, me, me.” Somewhere, there has to be a balance between these extremes.
- I’m disgusted by the Bush/Cheney Administration and all they’ve done to undermine the U.S. Constitution and our standing in the world.
- I want balance on the Supreme Court, not a Court of hand-picked individuals in place merely to push the agendas of narrow specical interests.
- I appreciate that our nation is built on a separation of church and state; I want it to stay that way.
- I am in favor of a government that values fiscal restraint, not printing money like there is no tomorrow as we are seeing now.
Is the Democratic party perfect? Far from it! But, it offers a lot more to the world than the Republican party at this point. And, it offers a lot more to America at this point.