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One of my friends and I have had some good-natured sparring over Democrat vs Republican.
He and I enjoy the back and forth, so please take this in the satirical manner it was intended. We don’t actually think the other party believes this, and it’s total hyperbole. But it is funny, and shows the extremes of each party. Enjoy.
The list I received

I’m way  too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are
all I need  to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I
want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a
gallon  of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of
gas at 15%  isn’t.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better
job of  spending the money I earn than I would.

I’m voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody
is  offended by it.

I’m voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust  that the
bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re  good people.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us
if it will rain on  Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps  will melt
away in ten years if I don’t start driving a  Prius.

I’m  voting Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of
millions of  abortion babies so long as we keep all death row inmates  alive.

I’m  voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be
allowed to make  profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest
away to the  government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the
Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get
their agendas past the voters.

I’m voting Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass it’s
unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of  view.

The list I composed

  • I’m voting Republican because the sky is falling, Obama is the Antichrist, and there is a terrorist under every rock
  • I’m voting Republican because we are a party of diversity: if by diverse you mean having 3.5 black people and 8 hispanics
  • I’m voting Republican because if I keep telling myself “Iraq had a connection to the people who attacked us on 9/11″ it will make it true
  • I’m voting Republican because prosperity trickles down to poor people…it does right? I mean I don’t actually know any poor people.
  • I’m voting Republican because I want government to stay out of the way…except for legislating the cultural and moral principles I hold…and guns…but stay out of the way on other stuff
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe you can plant a democracy at the end of a gun with civilian leaders who don’t even know the difference between Sunni and Shiite.
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe we simply need to waive our irresistible democracy fairy dust over the middle east, and it will bloom like a spring garden. We don’t ACTUALLY need to waste our time understanding their culture, religion, and values.
  • I’m voting Republican because schools don’t need more money, the facilities are amazing…in the suburbs where I live
  • I’m voting Republican because I trust international corporations more than I trust government…they can’t both be corrupt can they?
  • I’m voting Republican because I forget there are a lot of pro-life people on both sides, who know that we should be just as focused on preventing unplanned pregnancy as the legal status of abortion, that the lowest abortion rates in the world are in countries where it is legal but there is good health services (, the highest in countries where it is illegal and there are not adequate services), and that being pro-life doesn’t end at birth (


I have been thinking this for a long time, Colin put it much better than I could
“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well the correct answer is ‘He is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian.’ But the really right answer is ‘What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ The answer is ‘No. That’s not America.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she can be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
“I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo-essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in you can see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Karim Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American, he was born in New Jersey, he was 14 at the time of 9/11 and he waited until he can go serve his counrty and he gave his life.”
Thank you Karim for your sacrifice

Brian Rants

This article is a great summary of what I’ve seen in this campaign…especially since Palin came into the picture, but admittedly with my candidate Barack as well. Impression over truth.
Obama will raise taxes
“Palin and John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, have been more aggressive in recent days in repeating what their opponents say are outright lies. Almost every day, for instance, McCain says rival Barack Obama would raise everyone’s taxes, even though the Democrat’s tax plan exempts families that earn less than $250,000.”
“For now, there appears to be little political reason to back down. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 found that 51 percent of voters think Obama would raise their taxes, even though his plan would actually cut taxes for the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
…Bridge to nowhere
“Palin’s position on the bridge that would have linked Ketchikan to Gravina Island is one example of a candidate staying on message even when that message has been publicly discredited. Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for — then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress. “
“Obama and the Democratic National Committee asserted for months that McCain wanted to keep U.S. troops fighting in Iraq for 100 years, when, in fact, the context of McCain’s 100-year statement was a comparison to U.S. bases in Japan and Germany. McCain explicitly said the troops would be there only if the country was at peace and there were no casualties associated with their presence.”
A McCain quote Obama has often used — that the economy is fundamentally sound — is months old. Since he said that, McCain has said almost daily that the economy is struggling. As for exaggerations, Obama said yesterday that he had supported a measure in the Illinois Senate to double the number of charter schools in Chicago. In fact, he was one of 14 state senators co-sponsoring a non-controversial measure that passed unanimously. “

Brian Rants

Posted by brianrants at 9:20 pm

"Whenever the political clock finally strikes midnight in Washington, it will set into motion a U.S. withdrawal whose momentum will be difficult, at best, to reverse. On the ground in Iraq, another blood-red day will be dawning, illuminating a volatile landscape that no one can foresee, but which all the world will view as the legacy of America's intervention."

This article is a great synopsis of the political realities in Washington, and the difficulties that we will face when political realities force a withdrawal.

Posted by brianrants at 10:39 pm

I believe the time has come to make concerted efforts as a nation to seek energy independence. I realize that they are good and mostly valid reasons given for why we have taken such an interest in nations like Kuwait and Iraq.

However, I believe there is also a suspicious undergirding of a dependence on Mideast oil. If our presence in the Middle East was solely humanitarian: stopping genocides, preventing rape rooms, stopping human rights abuses…then we would be in Northern and Central Africa. No place on earth has seen the carnage of N Africa in the last several decades. Why such
little attention to Africa? I’d like to hear other reasons if there are any, but the only one I see is economic: oil.

Energy independence means that buying hybrids that get over 35 miles per gallon can be purchased tax free. Energy independence means giving tax incentives to corporations who pursue research of alternate fuels. Energy independence means tightening up regulations on companies to control their emissions.

Energy independence means we care more about the planet we’ve been given than our own comfort (although a planet with an ozone layer is a comforting thought).