Great post "Pete" ! Like you, I believe MOST peple no matter their party affiliation, care about their fellow Americans, and are good people. Sadly some politicians and pundits benefit by magnifying our differences and minimizing our commonality. Forums like this can drive wedges as well, since I contend many of the comments posted would never be spoken face to face.<quoted text>
hahahaha, sometimes these Topix posts amaze me. OT has a Tea Party neighbor who is henpecked, so all the Republican party males are henpecked. Guess what, I have a democrat neighbor, not a liberal but a democrat, who is the biggest tightwad I have ever met. Based on your and OT's argument, I guess I am to assume all democrats are tightwads. I sort of laughed as well though. I realize OT was having a little fun.
But seriously, you would be very surprised by how many Republicans care for their fellow citizens, both democrat and republican, and are genuinely good people. I like to think of myself as one of these. I am very confident that if you were to brush politics aside for an instance, you would find many Republicans to be quite pleasurable. I in fact have found many democrats to be great people and like to call many of them as my close friends.
My ideology is secondary to my family and my values. Many republicans are like me with these priorities. For example, the second time we went to war in Iraq to me was not worth the loss of life on both sides. This move by my fellow republicans went totally against my moral beliefs. Therefore, I felt this was wrong. Rush Limbaugh has disrespected several people over the years. Even though I agree with his political beliefs, I would like nothing more than to admonish him for his unethical behavior. I have similar examples on the democrat side as well.
Sometimes I err and let my political side take control over my moral side. Sometimes, it is just human nature to do so. I try not to let this happen often though.
We as citizens of this great nation have more in common than differences. Concentrating on the differences and disrespecting people for these differences is detrimental to the country as a whole. Focusing on the commonalities can only lead to success.
Again, my two cents.
Like you, I thought Bush was rushing into the second Iraq war, and while I believe we must have the strongest most well equipped military, I want it to be used defensively not offensively.
You post that you agree with Limbaugh politically....but your words indicate something else entirely. You appear to be a business Republican, and your type of politics is exactly what the party needs to lead it back to a place where people like me were once welcome and mainstream.