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How To Be a Good Republican...

You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.

You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

You have to believe that AIDS victims deserve their disease, but smokers with lung cancer and overweight individuals with heart disease don't deserve theirs.

You have to appreciate the power rush that comes with sporting a gun.

You have to believe everything Rush Limbaugh says.

You have to believe that the agricultural, restaurant, housing and hotel industries can survive without immigrant labor.

You have to believe God hates homosexuality, but loves the death penalty.

You have to believe society is color-blind and growing up black in America doesn't diminish your opportunities, but you still won't vote for Alan Keyes.

You have to believe that pollution is OK as long as it makes a profit.

You have to believe in prayer in schools, as long as you don't pray to Allah or Buddha.

You have to believe Newt Gingrich and Henry Hyde were really faithful husbands.

You have to believe speaking a few Spanish phrases makes you instantly popular in the barrio.

You have to believe that only your own teenagers are still virgins.

You have to be against government interference in business, until your oil company, corporation, or Savings and Loan is about to go broke and you beg for a government bail out.

You love Jesus and Jesus loves you and, by the way, Jesus shares your hatred for AIDS victims, homosexuals, and President Clinton.

You have to believe government has nothing to do with providing police protection, national defense, and building roads.

You have to believe a poor, minority student with a disciplinary history and failing grades will be admitted into an elite private school with a $1,000 voucher.

You have to believe that Chinese communist missiles have killed more Americans than handguns, alcohol, and tobacco.

You have to believe that the ACLU is bad because they defend the Constitution, while the NRA is good because they defend the Constitution.

You have to believe that socialism hasn't worked anywhere, and that Europe doesn't exist.

You have to believe that a woman cannot be trusted with decisions about her own body, but that large corporations should be free of all regulation and interference.

You have to believe that government should stay out of people's lives, yet you want government to regulate same-gender marriages, access to birth control, and what your official language should be.

You have to believe it is wise to keep condoms out of schools, because we all know if teenagers don't have condoms they won't have sex.
 

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73standard said:
So, tell me, how much of that do you actually think is true? I'm sure you just posted that in hopes of being funny.
In all fairness, I think everyone has their own beliefs as to what makes a good republican. Even if I was trying to make a joke, all jokes have some truth in them, so yes, I DO believe some republicans think like and believe what I posted above.

I'm sure if you look around, you'll find what makes a good Liberal/Dem.
 

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I know that Good Republicans don't subscribe to all of those things, however, I am willing to bet a few hit closer to home than many would like to admit.
 

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The stereotype is still the quickest and easiest way to mindlessly demonize the 'other' side. I agree that many of these hit close to home for some Republicans, though.:rolleyes:
 

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PhoenixRising said:
Good Republicans, like myself, are the type that are of the Grand Ole Party that brought us Teddy Roosevelt, and Abe Lincoln.

Not George W. Bush.
My parents are lifelong Republicans and would agree with you. I don't see how any conservative can support Bush. There's nothing conservative about him. Of course, he's not liberal either. He's just plain bizarre.
 

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funkycamper said:
My parents are lifelong Republicans and would agree with you. I don't see how any conservative can support Bush. There's nothing conservative about him. Of course, he's not liberal either. He's just plain bizarre.
There is only one main reason I voted for him last election, The War on Terror. He was, and still is, doing a good job leading that effort, so I could not justify switching leaders midstream.
As for him not being a conservative, you're right. He's closer to being a liberal. (shhhh, don't tell Hannity that though)
 

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73standard said:
There is only one main reason I voted for him last election, The War on Terror. He was, and still is, doing a good job leading that effort, so I could not justify switching leaders midstream.
As for him not being a conservative, you're right. He's closer to being a liberal. (shhhh, don't tell Hannity that though)
There is NOTHING liberal about Bush's policies or actions. Nada. Zip.

And he's not doing all that well with the war on terror either. I don't buy the "don't change horses in the middle of the Apocalypse" arguments. I think the events of Katrina/Rita are horrific examples of how unprepared we are for any attack on our own soil.
 

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Take out the sarchasm, and re-post the list as "How to be a George W Bush Republican" a.k.a. "How to be a BAD Republican" and you'll be on the money.

I'm registered as a Democrat, but I respect certain Republican ideas as well. The thing is, the folks in charge aren't good Republicans. Certain factions within the Republican Party, like the neoconservatives have taken over and given the party (and the country) a bad rap. I'm sure the ficsal conservatives and moderates must be as unhappy with the direction of this country as Democrats are.
 

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73standard said:
There is only one main reason I voted for him last election, The War on Terror. He was, and still is, doing a good job leading that effort...
So, for example, nominating Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is a good way to continue fighting the War on Terror? Because even Republicans don't seem to think so.

While I agree with some of the bureaucracy shifts, such as curtailing the CIA's power and consolidating it within the Department of Homeland Security, I fail to believe that we are doing a better job fighting terror than we did under past administrations, including George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan. Previous administrations had been happy to do treat terrorism as skirmishes and not a greater war, reacting to individual attacks, and I think that method has worked well enough for the past few decades of terrorist attacks.
 

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funkycamper said:
My parents are lifelong Republicans and would agree with you. I don't see how any conservative can support Bush. There's nothing conservative about him. Of course, he's not liberal either. He's just plain bizarre.
No, he isn't particularly conservative. Barry Goldwter was a conservative. I think a lot of folks voted for him because he was simply less worrisome for them than Al Gore.

funkycamper said:
There is NOTHING liberal about Bush's policies or actions. Nada. Zip.
Like his proposed 'guest worker' (read: amnesty) program for illegal immigrants - naw, that wouln't be liberal....
 

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mgwerks said:
Like his proposed 'guest worker' (read: amnesty) program for illegal immigrants - naw, that wouln't be liberal....
Why would you consider that liberal? Most liberals are opposed to this plan as well.
 
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