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snoangel


Dec 28, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Gay Republican, oxymoron or not?
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Remember when...
There was a time when being a Republican or Democrat didn't mean you were a "bigoted asshole" or a "liberal pansy". The parties used to stand for a belief in how much the government played a part in society's everyday going-ons. Republicans tended towards a decentralized government, allowing the states and local municipalities to have a large say in their futures, while Democrats tended towards a centralized government, believing that national programs were important to the country as a whole.

So...when, or more importantly why, did it become that both parties want the federal government to control everything in an individual's life? The primary difference between the parties is now which side of the fence one resides based on their religious beliefs or lack thereof (i.e gay marriage, abortion).

I bring this up because I was reading the Gay Marriage thread and started thinking about gay republicans. Based on how parties were once focused on economic and other broad topics, gay and republican should have no problem existing side by side. With the shift to the religious values the "right" (read:republican) have taken, is it no longer realistic to be gay and republican in this country?

Discuss.

BTW - I do not consider myself to be either a republican or a democrat, although I do tend to ally myself with democratic environmental policy. I am also not gay. But I find the shift towards a theocracy in a country which supposedly values separation of church and state interesting, to say the least. I look forward to hearing peoples' opinions.

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Rita :)


Partner nate_1979


Dec 28, 2006, 8:37 PM
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Re: [snoangel] Gay Republican, oxymoron or not? [In reply to]
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I think that the two political parties has become outdated... It is unfortunate that we are still stuck with a mostly two party system. I do think that local governments need to have more control though, .. what really sucks is that even when the fed gov't allows the states to control something they usually threaten them with federal funds or something if they don't follow what the fed gov't wants at the time.. I hope that sometime soon we can start seeing some people in office who can think for themselves outside of the political party box.


kyote321


Dec 28, 2006, 9:58 PM
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i agree. it has all become skewed. i am a socialist at heart, like much of europe is socialist in the sense of healthcare and generally caring for your fellow man. being in us and a i am more of a libertarian.

nixon would be liberal by today's standards. he had watergate, but is small compared to lying to go to war to benefit your hommies in the oil industry. yet, this isn't really a big enough deal not to not re-elect.

a change is coming though. even americans aren't stupid enough to be snowed for another 4 years.


wjca


Dec 29, 2006, 5:33 AM
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snoangel wrote:
Remember when...
There was a time when being a Republican or Democrat didn't mean you were a "bigoted asshole" or a "liberal pansy".


So would a gay republican be more of a bigoted pansy or a liberal asshole?


notch


Jan 3, 2007, 5:16 AM
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Well, if he's really promiscuous I'd have to say "liberal asshole", although I don't know what that has to do with politics.


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