Why I Should be a Republican, But I’m Not

GOP-WTFI’ve dedicated a good portion of my life, and sometimes my own sanity, to fighting against Republican ignorance. And while I’ll describe myself as a liberal, a progressive or even a Democrat deep down, I honestly just use common sense when it comes to determining where I stand on any given issue.


That being said, pretty much everyone who meets me who isn’t aware that I’m a liberal always assumes that I’m a Republican – and I can kind of see why. I’m:

  • A born and bred Texan
  • Christian
  • Straight
  • White
  • Male

Outside of being wealthy, the Republican party goes out of its way to try to pander to people just like me. I own cowboy-style work boots, listen to country music (I actually like all kinds of music), own a few pieces of camouflage clothing (though I don’t hunt), own a truck, I pray every night and I prefer the quieter country as opposed to the hectic city. Hell, I even have a more than slight country accent.

But make no mistake about it, I’m sure as hell not a Republican.

As far as I’m concerned:

  • I don’t believe the poor and middle class are served best by making rich people richer.
  • I don’t think any American should be forced to abide by laws or rules based on a faith that they don’t follow.
  • I don’t think homosexuals choose to be gay, I believe they’re born that way.
  • I think women should determine what they do with their own bodies.
  • I think the poor should be helped, not vilified.
  • I feel that greed is far more dangerous than laziness.
  • Corporations are the reason why our government is so corrupt in the first place, so it makes no sense to further deregulate them.
  • I believe that health care should be a right for every human being.
  • Guns, while not the sole problem, are part of the problem with gun violence in this country.
  • Education should be just as big of a priority as our national defense.
  • Science and faith are not mutually exclusive, it’s possible to believe in both – because I do.
  • War should be a measure of last resort, not the first option on the table.
  • If a business can’t afford to pay its workers a living wage then they shouldn’t be in business.
  • Demand creates jobs, not tax cuts.
  • The vast majority of the world’s scientists aren’t wrong when they say humans are causing climate change.
  • We should be making it easier for people to vote, not more difficult.
  • Patriotism should be about helping Americans, not waving a flag while vilifying millions of the poorest among us.
  • Getting an education shouldn’t place students into debt for decades.

I believe in all of that and a lot of other things. So as a straight, white Christian male from Texas, I might seem like I would be the prototypical right-wing conservative. The difference is, I have a mind of my own and lack the key ingredient on which being a Republican is built – blind, hateful ignorance.

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what makes you a liberal.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • TaxPaying American Voter

    Of all the points you gave light to……I believe all those positions to be Democratic, I think this is a more accurate assumption. “Liberal”, is more of a derogatory term describing anyone who disagrees with the Tea Party hate agenda.

    • Dylan Kynaston

      ‘Liberal’ is only a derogatory term when used by American conservatives. In the rest of the world (except here in Australia, where the Liberal Party is actually centre-right), liberal and progressive are often used interchangeably, and would be used to describe the Democratic Party.

      • TaxPaying American Voter

        Thanks for the wisdom.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      Liberal has been used as a derogatory term by conservatives since the 1970’s, at least. Long before the rise of the Tea Party.

    • Jim Bean

      I think of “Liberal” as someone who dismisses rationality to purse ideology. I think of “Conservative” as someone who dismisses ideology to purse rationality.

      Immigration is a perfect example. From a rational perspective, we don’t have need a for more people nor do we have any excess wealth to contribute to service the needs they bring with them. From an ideological perspective, that doesn’t matter because it would ‘feel’ nicer to be nice to them.

      • FD Brian

        so if conservative dismiss ideology, then why do they still think tax cuts create jobs?

      • Jim Bean

        Incentivized investors invest their money in ventures that create jobs. Discouraged investors sit on and/or hide their money causing liberals to squeal in agony.

        That isn’t ideology. That’s critical thinking, and a quite simple exercise in it at that.

      • FD Brian

        that’s not what happens, you know it. That’s what we call a theory and it’s been played out.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        see my reply to jimbo above

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and the facts ( see: 2000-2008) prove jimbo to be
        (a) correct
        (b) incorrect
        (c) daft
        ======================================

      • Beaugrand_RTMC

        What idiotic NONSENSE. Investors HATE jobs creation and favor outsourcing. Whenever a company announces a new R&D project the stock price dips (because R&D costs money), whenever they announce they’re hiring, the stock price dips (because more labor means more labor expense), whenever they announce they’re downsizing or outsourcing jobs the stock price rises (because they’re getting labor cheaper). That’s not theory or hypothesis, Jimbo, that’s the history of the stock market, and it’s very well known to stock brokers.

      • bill

        bull

      • Jillz

        Republicans are trying to force the Christian religion down the throats of ALL Americans using the legal system and creating laws based on religion, but it’s liberals who dismiss rationality to purse ideology?

        Can you kindly explain how pursuing the right to discriminate against women and homosexuals is not ideological please?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice jimbo didn’t answer that???

      • haseloff

        Quick, the last ideological law that legislated you obey Christianity!

        And both sides are for equality of women and homosexuals. One side just does a better side of branding themselves defenders of the victims.

      • Rick Bagnall

        If “both sides are for equality of women and homosexuals”, why is it that only *one* side has pushed for gay marriage? Why is it that only *one* side has pushed for exceptions to the contraception mandate in the ACA? Why is it that only *one* side has pushed for ever-increasing restrictions on abortion? Why is it that only *one* side killed the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act? I’ve even seen a clip of a–female–Tea Party member from Mississippi saying that giving women the right to vote was a mistake.

        Yes, there are moderate Republicans out there who truly believe in equality for women and homosexuals (and other historically repressed groups). But right now they’re getting drowned out by the reactionary right like that bozo at Trump’s New Hampshire rally who wanted the Muslims rounded up–a plan that Trump was frighteningly noncommittal about. They’re getting drowned out by Mike Huckabee, who actually said that Dred Scott is *still* the law of the land. They’re getting drowned out by Carly Fiorina, who not only believes the Planned Parenthood “sting” videos, she apparently saw parts of them that nobody else has seen (including the people who made them). They’re getting drowned out by Ben Carson, who believes that homosexuality is a choice because of what goes on in prison.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        answer Jillz reply to U below—-

      • Jim Bean

        They aren’t conservatives. They’re scatterbrained liberals who’s ideology is theology.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and the vote republican and align themselves with the tea party,,,,,,
        …………….and u call them liberals?
        you are a special kinda ‘speshul” james–

      • Jillz

        LOL Nice try 🙂 Thanks for the mid-day smile 🙂

      • Beaugrand_RTMC

        It’s actually the other way, at least in the year 2014: “Conservatives,” especially the far-Right, are more likely to be ideologically “pure” than “Liberals,” and have consistently been unwilling or unable to compromise to achieve the pure, “Conservative” ideological agenda, even in the face of solid scientific facts that disprove their beliefs. On the other hand, “Liberals” (or “Progressives”) have been far more willing to make concessions in negotiations with “Conservatives,” recognizing that “half a loaf is better than none.”

      • Jim Bean

        There is no such thing as ‘far right’. What you call far right was dead center 40 years ago and hasn’t budged an inch since. There is only Left and further Left.

      • Gary Smith

        That is flat out false.

      • Jim Bean

        On what issue have people moved far to the right of where center was 40 years ago?

      • Gary Smith

        Gun policy, healthcare, anti-science sentiment, immigration, racial issues, foreign relations, tax policy, reaching across the aisle to compromise and get things done.

      • Jim Bean

        You are either less than 22 years old or delusional.

      • Gary Smith

        Ahem. I turned 50 on Dec 19, and I’m very much aware of the major political currents during my lifetime, thank you. Hell, I even did a bit of college paper political cartooning during Iran/Contra. The Tower Commission report gave me several months of material.

        My statements stand without qualification.

        Anyone who knows *anything* factual about the subjects I mentioned recognizes that the conservative movement has drifted ever rightward in most major policy areas over the past 40 years. I consciously chose those subjects because of my absolute lack of fear of contradiction

        Based on their statements and actions while president, both Reagan and Nixon would be unelectable as Republicans, branded RINOs by today’s GOP. Reagan raised taxes more than any other president, and publicly stated that assault weapons should not be available to the public. Nixon established the EPA, made a tremendous amount of environmental progress, opened lines of diplomacy with communist China, and helped enact a whole stratum of regulations that helped rein in corporate freewheeling.

        Bowing to the astroturf Tea Party — as if it was an actual ultra-conservative uprising instead of the planned and orchestrated Koch Bros. propaganda campaign that history has shown it to be — has steadily wrested more and more control away from reasonable conservatives and placed more and more control in the hands of people with stunning clue-deficiencies.

      • Rick Bagnall

        Roughly 30 years ago, I met Senator Dan Evans (a moderate Republican from the state of Washington) and came away very impressed. Within a few years, he retired as a one-term Senator because he saw a rising trend of polarization that he wanted no part of. If you were to look at his voting record with modern filters, chances are you would call him a RINO at best and a closet Democrat at worst. He was very strongly pro-environment (most of the bills he sponsored had some sort of environmentalist component), and his very first bill involved equal pay by gender.

        But you think people haven’t moved far to the right of where center was in the 70s? Fact: Nixon proposed a health plan that was more liberal than the ACA, but couldn’t get the votes to push it through. Nixon! Yet now the Republican party is doing everything it can to demolish the ACA because it’s too “socialist”. Fact: Nixon established the EPA. Yesterday’s debate had Scott Walker suggesting that environmental decisions should happen at the state level rather than the federal level. Fact: Ronald Reagan was in favor of gun control, both while Governor of California and later as President. Also fact: the NRA helped draft gun control bills from the early 1900s up through the 70s. The Republican party is now trying to dismantle *almost* every gun control law they can find with the enthusiastic cooperation of the NRA. (Last I heard, even the NRA isn’t pushing to revoke the restrictions on full-auto weapons.)

        Maybe the people as a whole haven’t shifted right over the past 40 years, but the political parties definitely have.

      • Jim Bean

        We had a restriction on assault rifles for 10 years. It had a sunset clause. At the end of the 10 years there was no evidence it had effected anyone except law abiding citizens.

      • Rick Bagnall

        Well, that was…random. I mentioned shifts in the way the Republican party (and even the NRA) has addressed gun control and you mentioned one single gun control bill that wasn’t proposed by either.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice jimbos stultified reply post below??
        I always ask: “what are ‘conservatives’ ( REGRESSIVES) actually conserving”?
        *******************************************************
        I never seem to get an answer to my inquiry!

      • Beaugrand_RTMC

        You’re also dead wrong about immigrants. The vast majority bring with them an entrepreneurial spirit, and an excellent work ethic. There are far more “natural born white Americans” on some kind of public assistance than any other ethnic group.

      • Jim Bean

        But as a percentage of their respective demographic, far fewer are on public assistance.

  • Karen Airheart Lester

    Nice, thanks for this Allen. From another Liberal Texan who is regularly assumed to be Republican. Except of course by my FB friends who know my politics.

  • THAT is exactly the problem with Democrats and Liberals…..they THINK they know what Conservatives believe. Anybody that doesn’t agree with them are stupid, ignorant or racist. Actually, I know a lot of Conservative Republicans who think the same way on a lot of those issues……We don’t like Liberals for a variety of other issues….elitism, judgmental and simply being wrong. When this country goes to hell, the liberals and media will be driving the bus.

    • Dave Olson

      Not trying to judge, but I think that if you agree with the issues listed above, you’re a progressive at heart and should be voting your beliefs. Come on over — the Democratic party has a big, welcoming tent.

    • LarryFred

      “…elitism, judgmental and simply being wrong.” I’m afraid if that is the whole of your reasoning, you would seem to be exhibiting the same problems you claim to hate in liberals. Of course, it’s a very human trait to hate in others what we hate about ourselves, so you’re in very good company (MOST of us do that). There are people on both sides of all issues that fit that description, so there must be other things you dislike. If it’s the issues with which you disagree, you should say that. If it’s the attitudes, you might want to hold off. That’s not a very helpful perspective.

    • Andrew Morris

      If conservatives think the same way on all of those issues, then why aren’t conservatives and progressives working together to solve many of those same issues?

      So what do Conservatives believe?

      Also, how can you claim that conservatives “think the same way on a lot of those issues…” yet thirteen words later claim “Liberals…[are] simpy [being] wrong”

      Which is it?

      From my perspective, progressives/Democrats/liberals are far more willing to compromise and work with the opposite party and deliver then vice versa.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      THAT is exactly the problem with Republicans and Conservatives…..they THINK they know what Liberals believe. Anybody that doesn’t agree with them are stupid, ignorant or hates the USA. Liberal Democrats don’t like Conservatives for a variety of other issues….condescending, judgmental and simply being wrong. When this country went to hell, the conservatives and their media were driving the bus.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        yours seems aweeeee bit ( see: HUGE) more applicable

    • alikhat

      What a stunning – and Dictionary definition perfect – display of projection! Bravo, Tommy! Bra-vo!

    • Flo_C

      Seriously Tommy, I wish you would tell me what Conservatives – or you as a Conservative anyway -believe in. When you say that you don’t like Liberals because of “elitism, judgmental and simply being wrong” – there are conservatives, independents, non-politicals who have those traits as well. They are not traits that are solely seen in liberals, nor or they traits that all liberals have. I would like to see a list, like Allen’s, from you as to why you are a conservative. That would actually be the only way that I would know what you believe in. And I am serious. I’ve spent lots of time thinking about why conservatives seem to not want government to work for we the people. I wish I could make some sense of it, and testimony from you about what makes you conservative might help.

      • Jillz

        Thank you for this post. I too wonder exactly what it is conservatives believe in. The only clear and consistent message from them seems to be “hate those not like you” and “let the poor starve in the streets”.

        @ Tommy W Bartley – would you create a list like Allen’s, but from the conservative side? What exactly do Republicans stand for?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I will tell U exactly what ” conservatives” stand for
        ========================================
        read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,, A BRIEF HISTORY” posted aug 10 2014 on THE BLUE THREAD by bruce bacon,,,,,,,,, the best reading upon this subject ever– all with verifiable facts 9 to scare republicans)
        pleeeeeeez read it and share— many of us don’t truly understand what is happening

      • YHWAY

        Wouldn’t you agree, the Grand Jury got it right! God Bless them. Get the thugs off the streets is the lesson

      • regressive teaparty trash

        gonna agree——facts say he was not worthy of a taxpayer-funded trial
        ======================================
        the rioters and looters are all scumbags

      • Jillz

        Some murderers don’t even get the death penalty. But, yes, why don’t we all celebrate the questionable death of an unarmed 18 year old who was executed without benefit of a trial or even charges. *rolls eyes*

      • Jillz

        Thanks for posting this article. I have only had a chance to read about half of it so far and yes, finding it quite interesting. Not really anything new, but interesting to see it all laid out in order like that – it definitely shows the path of how the right has sold the USA to corporations and big money.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and its snowballing now so we hopefully can stem its rising tide.
        unfortunately; big money cannot be dissuaded

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY” posted aug 10 2014 on THE BLUE ROUTE by bruce bacon,,,,,,, everything U wrote ^^ above is explained,,,,,,please share when U read it— very critical

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice how he did NOT reply???
        ==========================================
        read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,, A BRIEF HISTORY” posted on THE BLUE ROUTE aug 10 2014
        It will inform you as2 exactly what the rightwing regressives are doing

    • regressive teaparty trash

      “when it goes to hell”???
      were U alive during GW bush tenure???

    • S. B.

      “We don’t like Liberals for a variety of other issues….elitism, judgmental and simply being wrong.”

      Sad statement….

  • LarryFred

    Gee, Allen, I can go you one better. I’m a straight, Christian, white, Texan male and on top of that, I’m an ordained Southern Baptist minister pastoring a church start in Arizona. MANY of my friends are Republicans and they just assume I am as well (some are shocked when they find out otherwise). I might add, however, that I’ve dropped the “Southern” part and now just consider myself a baptist in the little “b” sense – part of a long positive tradition of questioning the status quo.

    • Julie Wickstrom

      Wow, a minister who votes for a party that helps poor people? That’s outrageous. 🙂

  • FuzzyBunnyFeet

    “Demand creates jobs, not tax cuts.”
    I’ll be using that in the future.

    • Jim Bean

      What creates demand?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        People with money to spend on the offered goods and services. This requires good paying jobs, across ALL segments of the population, with wages that increase as the economy grows and productivity improves.
        .
        This situation has not applied for at least 30 years. For a while, the economy got by as the number of 2 income households increased and people went into debt to support their spending. Those options have been played out.

      • Jim Bean

        Agree.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn ,,,,,,,,,,,, jimbo and I agree???
        you are getting a Christmas present if U remain good!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        agreed,,,,,,advertising has played a HUGE part of this/ underscored with socio-economic ‘peer pressure”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        not tax cuts ( see: 2000-2008 federal CBO facts regarding job ‘creation’)
        demand? usually overt specific advertising- womens cosmetics,,,,, electronic devices ad nauseum,,,,,, propping up useless holidays to force social spending NOT TRULY NEEDED ( see: Christmas/ Halloween/ thanksgiving / fathers day/ mothers day/ Easter/ valentines day/ new years day ETC) ,,,, gotta have a new car/ new CD/new NIKES,,,,
        NOTE: we as a nation should have only TWO NATIONAL holidays:
        (a) 4th of july
        (b) Veterans day
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        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, MAYBE my pet tegu’s birthday– maybe

      • bill

        money and people who will spend it.

  • davidwh2

    Great to read this! Thank you and good luck.

  • Walter Ziemiensky

    I think one of the biggest difference I see in liberals and conservatives is: Liberals tend to be more free thinkers and you can find liberals with varying opinions on a variety of issues. And that liberals will, most of the time have facts or at least strong reasoning behind their standpoints. Whereas it seems every conservative I meet all share the same rhetoric, all spout the same talking points and usually cant provide examples of either. They lack a factual based argument ability, don’t care and won’t change their minds even when confronted with facts proving them wrong.
    They also believe that any news outlet other than fox news, glen beck, rush limbaugh or alex jones have this massive liberal conspiracy to lie to the American people and supress their “conservative truth”.

    • Jim Bean

      “Liberals tend to be more free thinkers and you can find liberals with varying opinions on a variety of issues. And that liberals will, most of the time have facts or at least strong reasoning behind their standpoints.”

      You see, there is a contradiction in that. When facts and sound reasoning are at the heart of people’s standpoints, the standpoints don’t vary because the facts that support the reasoning are the same for all.

      Its the ‘free thinking’ – the thinking that is outside the confines of the factual parameters – that causes all of us so many problems.

      • Walter Ziemiensky

        That’s why I said: “facts or strong reasoning”. If you can’t grasp the context of the post don’t try to take it apart.

      • Jim Bean

        “facts or strong reasoning”. And you say I can’t grasp the context.

        Lets test that. Give me an example of ‘strong reasoning’ devoid of any associated facts.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ok,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, strong reasoning:
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        either ALL religions get equal legislation/social standing/ economic breaks………
        or NONE do
        **********************************************************

      • ROBYN

        how about none! I’m not easy with satanism getting that, better none then THAT!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        …..”PROBLEMS”………………… yeah————– problems
        ==========================================
        -gays want 2 marry
        -minorities want equality
        -women wan equal pay
        -all religions want to be recognized-and legislated–equally
        -young kids and elderly want to eat
        -military families don’t want2 attend funerals
        -prisons should be full of CRIMINALS only; not potheads
        -guns should be registered to law abiding americans
        -wind and solar should be implemented ( see: abundant)
        ********************************************************************
        yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”problems”

      • mbradsh2

        FYI – wind kills endangered birds
        Solar requires miles of land for panels, killing natural habitat. I use solar on my roof for the hot water heater bit educate yourselves on the negative effects of alternative energy

      • regressive white trash reli

        hey gerbil droppings–
        shall we “edgy-cate” ourselves here & now by expostulating the deaths and destructions caused by OIL spills (etc) VS solar and wind destructions over ; say- the past 30 yrs??
        HHHmmmmmmmmmm???
        “edgy-cate” ,,,,I like that!!

      • mbradsh2

        In a democratic system minority does not dictate the agenda (we must be vigilant to the dangers of ‘tyranny of the minority’). They do not get equal say. What they do get is equal protection from being discriminated, and all the protections provided by The Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Minorities are guaranteed protections and Equal Opportunity. Equality (eg compensation) is not an entiement without it being earned through diligent hard work and effort.
        I really am shocked at the inability for liberals to think beyond the soundbites and group think

      • mbradsh2

        I think you liberals need to stop defining what we Comservatives believe in. It’s called Defamation (libel and slander). YOU do not get to define what we believe in
        I believe in gay rights, right and access to abortion (before viability – which is supported by the Supreme Court Wade vs Roe decision)
        The Evangelicals do not define Conservatism even though they may support the Republican Party.

      • regressive white trash reli

        hey gerbil droppings:
        TEA party didn’t do anything when GW BUSH (and co) was destroying our country financially and constitutionally; so your jejune premise just go eviscerated
        also— hers is a fun one for ya
        what DOCUMENTED %PCT% of minorities attend(ed) tea party functions from jan 2009 to sept 2014?
        ***********************************************************
        (a) 21%
        (b) 13.5%
        (c) 6.6%
        (d) 0.0875%
        =====================================
        studio audience: watch that monitor for the answer

      • regressive white trash reli

        hey gerbil droppings,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, based upon the last two (2) national presidential elections the MINORITY is white trash regressive religious scum
        ==========================================
        Im not talking about equality / compensation….. U idiot— Im talking about equality for ALL americans socially.
        care to edify me with how EQUAL woman and gays and minorities are in this country??
        see: discrimination

    • mbradsh2

      I am a Conservative. Actually I have lived in 6 different countries, attended various European boarding schools and have a liberal arts undergraduate and Post PhD level education. I am multi ethnic and multi racial and immigrated to US when I was 13 years old. I have travelled and worked globally (Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas) and studied different cultures. I speak 5 languages and studied 2 more. I find Americans quite naive and provincial but so called Liberal Progressives are the ones that are the most intolerant of other view points, are not interested in debating intellectually, love to demonize any one who disagrees with them, love to define and misrepresent their political opponents’ philosophy, in order to pigeonhole them into a stereotype or negative category. They overall love to espouse socialist ideas without having any idea what Socialism is or ever lived in any of the socialized EU countries to know how they are failing.
      As a Conservative I believe in equal rights for Gays, that abortion should remain legal prior to fetal viability since I do not want to see abortion being performed in back street allies. I marched in Civil rights marches in the 60’s, fought for woe’s rights, and protested Jim Crow laws. I am a Conservative because I do not like fiscal irresponsibility, I love the Constitutional freedoms we have, and do not like how the Liberals would like to trample on these in order to promote “equality” through redistribution of wealth. We are NOT all equal but we all should have “Equal Opportunity”. I cannot play on a professional soccer team like Manchester United and make millions but I can earn six figures for spending 10 years post BA degree in getting the right credentials through hard work and lack of sleep to earn that income.
      The Conservative Truth that you refer to is about government getting their face out of my business and freedoms.

      • bill

        mbradsh, did you ever think of taken legal action against the people who should have educated you.

      • mbradsh2

        You obviously aren’t qualified to judge an educated person. You are one of those typical provincial Americans who come across as ‘know it alls’
        When I came from Europe they jumped me to grades in the USA school system and I graduated when I barely had turned 16 years old
        Your need to resort to personal insults because you cannot argue your point of view using logical syllogisms ( look up the meaning) proves how you liberals are a sore example of your backward educational system. It has declined even further from the days I was in school
        At least my generation where a hell of lot more educated.

      • Dan Childers

        It’s “were” not “where”, “Post BA” should have a hyphen, also “five star” when it modifies a noun.
        Is “statistically speaking” a new sentence? Sorry for criticizing your well-educated rant, but I am used to proper editing. Maybe the two grades you skipped could have helped. Also, Pol Pot made a lot of money too. And he was an asshat. Abroad. Provincially speaking.

      • mbradsh2

        Auto spell you idiot
        I have 2 PhD from tier one University

      • Dan Childers

        I guess I am just not ruled by “auto spell”. I doubt you have much of anything, you little prick.

      • mbradsh2

        I don’t have a prick -you talking to a 67 year old female. Watch you language sonny.

      • Dan Childers

        I am watching it. And I don’t care what you are, besides a malignant and arrogant poseur.

      • mbradsh2

        And you are s Neanderthal throw back

      • regressive white trash reli

        duuuuude—————
        that’s awesome!!

      • Dan Childers

        Even a cursory examination of the effects of GOP leadership since Civil Rights were fully established would show even an unaligned conservative that the more liberal party has also been more fiscally responsible and economically prudent. Try not to confuse education and intelligence.

      • mbradsh2

        Not really
        You are neither exhibiting intelligence or education
        Do you speak 5 languages? I do

      • Dan Childers

        And you sound equally moribund in all of them, I am sure.

  • dutch163

    thanks, again..an awesome summary….excellent

  • Memo Manzo

    I could totally repost this with the only change being substituting FLORIDA for TEXAS. (Northwest Florida specifically – which seems to think a lot like Texas). Glad I learned to think for myself. However, I did move to AZ, and we all know what politics is like in the wild, wild, West. 🙁

  • rossbro

    Agree with all points made !

  • Mary Wehrheim

    I agree with all your statements as probably do most progressives. Plus we need a revamp of our drug laws and whole legal system with its militarized police. I am from Brownbackistan formerly known as Kansas. There was a time when it was Republican in the Eisenhower tradition. I used to agree with a lot of Republican and Democrat positions. Then with Carter, the Democrats began to move into a weird Neoliberal bunker mode from which it has yet to emerge and the Republicans began to ossify into the reactionary, Social Darwinist, quasi-theological, ignorant mess that it is today. As both sides cater to the corporatist/financial sector, each in its own way, we 99% are left behind in the dust. It is time for the populists from both sides to rise up.

  • mbradsh2

    As ya’all compete for who is the most ‘All American’ homogenous group status (white Southern/Texan males with pick up trucks and gun racks…) add to that profile that you have limited global travel/living experience, limited knowledge of other cultures, and limited knowledge of world history and current affaires.

    I, as female multi-racial, multi-ethnic, naturalized citizen (at 13 yrs old) you would expect me to be a Liberal/Progressive Democrat. I am not! I believe in a woman’s right (and in certain circumstances a father’s say) to abortion BEFORE the fetus is viable. Whether this is a sin is not for me to judge but between the woman and her God. I believe in Gay rights and proud of their contribution to so much, the fine Arts especially. Again, what their lifestyle is in private is not for me to judge. I have many gay friends as they make loyal friendships (stereotyping perhaps but my experience). I do object to proselytizing a particular life style on school aged children. It is up to the parents to teach their kids, not schools propagandize. We teach our kids to respect everyone no matter what their belief/life-style/etc is, we don’t have to espouse to it but we do need to respect other’s. Everyone is entitled to civil liberties and respect. I do. I have volunteered in 3rd world countries and give to charities of MY choice and not have government ‘redistribute’ my wealth (I am not a 1% but ordinary middle-class) but punishing those who utilize their talents and through hard work make something of themselves and reward those who don’t is not a fair system. We are NOT equal as each has a different talent and calling; but we should have EQUAL opportunity. I cannot throw a basketball so cannot be an NBA player. Reality! Should we punish the players for having talent and tax their millions to redistribute? No many do so on their own charities but are not told by government
    So now you have the flip side!

    • wendy

      So u believe women deserve less pay as men for same work? As a women, doesn’t that piss u off?

      • mbradsh2

        Not sure what your point is as your statement is off topic.

        Of course woman should be paid equally for EQUAL EQUIVALENT work.

        The problem is that raw statistics don’t explain why women appear to be paid less. For example, statistically speaking, research has shown that, on a whole, women tend to put in less work hours per year than men, especially if they are of child bearing age. For example, I decided to take 6 months unpaid leave, after I ran out of maternity benefits, so I could be with my baby. My husband took the next several months off when I returned to work. I also made a family choice and went and sought a job that, although was considered “full time”, was actually part time (32 hours/week – 3 days/week – although I was rarely asked to work 32 hours). The pay was statistically considered, in a census, as technically a ‘full time job’ compensation but I was actually getting part time pay. This will skew the statistics with biased results.

        To the extend gender discrimination or other variables account for the appearance of a ‘gender pay gap’ is hard to quantify, due to confounding factors (look up definition of ‘confounding’, in epidemiological studies, that effect statistical outcomes). One must, using statistical methods, tease out how much of the gender gap in pay is due to ‘discrimination’ and how much is due to ‘personal’ or other choices (pursuit of higher degrees, professional paths, family vs career focus, etc) that may be responsible for this pay gap.

        Some research studies have taken into account and controlled for some of these variables and result is that the pay gap narrows considerably and any residual gap often can be within 2 SD (Standard Deviation) statistical range.

        I have made way above 6 figures in my 25 year professional career and many times have made more than my male colleagues. Usually after I was through with child bearing because I chose to take on more for my employer, such as travel, work longer hours (> 40 hrs), etc.

        I grew up in the sixties and was an activists, fighting many battles – civil rights, gender equality, etc. Unfortunately being a Kennedy era Democrat I have been VERY disappointed with the Democratic Party going so far left; it started looking more like the Socialist countries I grew up in, where the freedoms and civil rights are sacrificed to make society more “Equal”, vs ‘Equal Opportunity’. As a result I became a conservative as I watched the Democratic party taken over but the far left that where tyranny of the minority has become the norm, and its followers have turned to worst kind of vitriol and entitlement and facts and truth have no place. Happy for you gun toting Texans who are Democrats; this ethnic female, racial mixed and ethnically diverse prior New Yorker is a Conservative who votes Republican as the only alternative to your naive ‘Liberals’… 🙂

      • mbradsh2

        Show me where I said that women deserve less pay.

  • haseloff

    Straight ignorance.

  • wendy

    Been trying to get a few answers from a call nsertavive view, and will only address one question. What is the strategy to ‘cut’$$ our way to growth and opportunity?
    Haven’t heard any ideas besides tax cuts which only leads to more vacations for the rich, not job growth. Let’s b real! (unless min./ unlivable wages are considered job growth)

  • wendy

    For belowCorrection..spell check…from a conservative…ty

  • Politician

    I believe as you do, however I am a Republican. Where I live you must be able to vote in the Republican primary if you want any say in which local politicians run your community.

  • Very well said.