• Mon, Nov 5 2012

I Love Conservatives – But Please Do Not Vote For Mitt Romney

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When I started editing TheGloss, I really wanted to keep it as apolitical as possible. However, I think recently we’ve taken a more liberal turn, and it leads to discussions like this:

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I want to make it absolutely clear that I identify as a conservative. In the past week I said, very sincerely, “I believe in the unbridled promise of capitalism.” I do.  I also believe in our troops, I believe in free enterprise and – fine, I’ll just say it – I believe the United States is the best nation in the world. Apparently I believe that with my heart, not my head, because we’re behind in many areas. The fact that America may not the best country in the world was covered in the first episode of The Newsroom, when Jeff Daniels explained as much to a dumb college student; although Jeff Daniels ultimately decided the United States was the best country in the world because . . . dumb college students ask bad questions? That always seemed flimsy. No matter. Still believe in my nation.

I love this country. I love our optimism, and the vastness that enables us to, as Whitman said, “contain multitudes.” I love our, perhaps childish, obsession with people behaving decently. I love, above all, the fact that we are a group of people who seem to be trying so hard to be good. I love the way Americans seem to lapse into unexpected earnestness.

These are all statements that make me very popular at conservative gatherings. I am eagerly anticipating next week, when the election is over, and I can do a nice Shelved Doll on one of my personal heroes, Margaret Thatcher. Sometimes I tell people that I’d campaign for Alex P. Keaton. Because of this:

And, on a personal level, I like Mitt Romney. I don’t think that he is the constant bullshitter Obama describes. I think he’s an intelligent, successful man. I think he probably does have a very good plan for job creation. He seems like a wonderful husband and father. And, I imagine, in private life, he is probably very nice, although he sometimes says some very silly things in public life. I can see him as one of my Dad’s golf buddies who would be really pleasant to talk to after a round. I am sure he is wildly beloved by his friends and family.

So, I like the ideas behind the Republican party. And I like Mitt Romney just fine.

I just like my gay and female friends more.

And they are the ones who will get hurt if Mitt Romney is elected.

Let’s talk about that.

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  • Melissa

    Aside: I think you confused Mark Twain with Whitman. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      I did and I am ashamed and I changed it.

  • Lauren

    Great article that sums up my thoughts on this matter pretty well. I grew up with Republican parents, and at my core, have a lot of conservative beliefs, but I cannot vote for someone who doesn’t believe that every citizen of America should have the same rights.

  • jamiepeck

    This explains my POV better than I have been explaining it to you: http://jacobinmag.com/2011/01/hipsters-food-stamps-and-the-politics-of-resentment/

    Humanity will prevail over capital.

  • EKS

    well said!

  • Evil Stepmom

    I don’t agree fully with your summing up of Mitt Romney’s possible fiscal policies. However. I am always deeply pleased when I see someone place their personal ethics over finance. (This sounds pretentious. I actually mean to say YAY YOU!)

    • Meghan

      Here, here. I’ve been wondering throughout this election if people are basing their opinions on the Romney/Ryan economic plan more on this idea that Republicans are good with money than the little the two of them have actually proposed. It may just be me, but I don’t really see how a return to top-down economics is all that fiscally conservative.

      That said, I would be happy to vote red if their platforms were more in line with the issues I consider most important, and it’s reassuring to see that others are willing to look past the party line and do the same.

  • Sarah

    I love gays. But I think the government-endorsed murder of millions of unbon children is a more pressing issue and so my vote is going to represent those who do not have a voice.

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    • Lizzie

      I don’t think you realize how condescending and shallow it sounds to say “I love gays.”

    • slave2liberty

      Having spent much of my life around gay people, i don’t think they find it as offensive as you would lead on. I’ve often heard them making reference to gays and straights. Even their own magazines and website use this term.

    • Jessica

      Sarah,

      I have always wondered at people who place the highest political importance on the hypothetical lives of fetuses. You must know, intellectually, that the actions of the pro-life movement will never be able to end abortion – the gruesome pre-Roe photographs of women bled out in motel rooms are a testament to that. And you must also know that most pregnancies end naturally, and that most abortions are performed on women who already have children, and that the primary reason is financial instability. You must also know that pregnancy permanently and irrevocably changes the body and health of the person who carries it to term. You must know that women in the United States die every day because of complications from pregnancy and childbirth. I suppose to you this is an acceptable legal obligation for 50% of the population – to unwillingly risk their lives for a stranger.

      This is the only issue you care about. Not an improved medical system that will allow women to give birth more safely or without going into medical debt. Not against the violence of poverty and hunger that makes women choose abortion. Not against wars that kill thousands of children a year in other countries. And not in support of a child’s right to education, or for shelters for homeless teenagers, or for shelters for abuse victims, or for the human rights of the gay men and women you supposedly love. And yet, even while throwing millions of living breathing people under the bus, you still manage to feel good about yourself because you’ve “helped” a group who never asked for it in the first place.

      This seems to me a great moral cowardice.

    • slave2liberty

      In your opinion, when is a fetus not just a clump of disposable cells, and body fluids?

      As for moral cowardice – the ultimate sacrifice, thus demonstration of courage, is to nurture the growing, living being inside the womb knowing that your life will be forever changed – that you are no longer the center of your universe, but that a needy and helpless being is now to take first priority over your own aspirations, and desires.

      To deny responsibility, and downplay the significance is intellectually dishonest and i believe, IMMORAL and LAZY.

    • Jessica

      Well all human beings are technically just a clump of disposable cells and body fluids, but I don’t think that’s what you’re asking.

      What you’re asking is: “when does a pregnant person no longer have the right to an abortion?”

      The answer to that would be “When it is easier to give birth than to have an abortion.” A lot of people place that more specifically at the end of the second trimester, around the beginning of viability. I also affirm the right of pregnant women to have abortions in the third trimester if their fetuses are dead or will die shortly after birth. “Easier,” for me, covers emotional, physical and financial ease.

      The “beginning of life” is a theological argument and not one I’m particularly interested in, politically speaking. I care about people’s ownership of their own bodies. Abortion can end as soon as there is a way to end pregnancy at any point without killing fetuses. No sooner.

      I fail to see how forcing others to make “the ultimate sacrifice” is in any way brave. It is simply coercion. My point on cowardice stands.

      The only things lazy about abortion are your arguments against it.

    • slave2liberty

      When is birth every “easy”? What is easy, and or whom?

      So, if it causes one to sweat and grimace, then you could say – no more, i’m done with this giving birth thing doctor – blend it up, and flush it down the toilet.

    • Jill

      If you look very clearly at what she wronte she wrote

      ‘What you’re asking is: “when does a pregnant person no longer have the right to an abortion? The answer to that would be “When it is easier to give birth than to have an abortion.” ‘
      Meaning that if she’s at the point of “sweat and grimace” she has lost her right to an abortion.
      I’m always curious about those who take the stand you do, have you ever lived paycheck to paycheck? Because most of the country does now and the same people who are saying a woman shouldn’t be allowed to end a pregnancy that she is not emotionally or financially ready for are the same people who think it’s absurd to help single women who opted NOT to have an abortion and as a consequence need assistance.

    • LoveyDovey

      So you think these same “immoral, lazy and irresponsible” women would magically become good mothers if the choice to abort were taken away from them?

      How can you be so short-sighted? Children grow up with poverty, abuse and neglect when you take away a woman’s ability to control her own fertility. Having a child isn’t going to magically conjure up more funds for food, clothing and shelter. Quite the opposite in fact. Having a child does not magically make a woman love that child. Some make do and do make good mothers, but some don’t.

      When you take away the choice to abort, you are LITERALLY gambling with a child’s life, that they’ll either be born to someone who buckles down and loves and supports that child, or they either can’t or won’t provide for them, or even worse. And you’re comfortable with that? That you’re spreading suffering to give yourself the illusion of moral superiority? That’s supremely fucked up and you’re living in some land other than reality.

    • lalala

      Oh Sarah, the words I’d love to say to you are not very nice, so I’ll refrain. Let’s just say that you really have no right to tell other women what to do with their own bodies, whether or not you agree with it. Also, you have clearly never been in a situation where you needed an abortion. You have no idea the terror you feel when you look at the pregnancy test and realize that your birth control failed you, that you and your boyfriend are WAY too young to have a child, and that you aren’t even prepared to be pregnant let alone give birth. Do you think it’s an easy choice? Do you think there are no tears shed? Even if you’re completely in love with the father, when you’re 19 years old you’re still a child yourself. Birth control fails, even the pill, and some people are just unlucky. Don’t say “you should have kept your legs closed” because that’s an antiquated statement, and honestly a pathetic one.

      I know what that’s like. I know what it’s like to feel like your entire world came crashing down on you, to have to call your mom and tell her that you’re currently a mom. Of a fetus, but still officially a mom at that point in time. I know what it’s like to want like hell to be able to keep that baby but know that it’s in no way feasible. I know lots of women feel relief afterwards, but all I felt was a horrible, numbing sadness. And you know what, through it all I would still do it again if I were put in that position with the knowledge of how TRULY awful it would be to go through.

      I am a living, breathing, fully formed human, and I put my life ahead of that of a little ball of cells. Do you think that I don’t regret it, wonder if I’ll be able to get pregnant when I want a baby, wonder if that was my daughter and I’ll never have a girl? OF COURSE I DO. And it doesn’t help when ignorant people like you call it murder. It’s not murder. It’s not an easy decision. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, or at least it was for me. It was almost 2 years ago and I still think about it at least once a day. But I still know that it was the right decision, and I am sick to death of people saying that I am a murderer.

      I have made the best of my life since, I’ve made huge strides in career and school because I don’t want to waste the life I ensured for myself by deciding to abort. But you know what? It’s absolutely none of your business, and I think it’s pathetic that WOMEN of all people are condemning something that was made legal almost 40 years ago. Get with the times, stand up for women because continuing this horrible trend of trying to turn back the clock will mess with your life in more ways than you might realize now.

    • Katherine

      Actually, countries with legal abortion have lower abortion rates, and the abortions are much less likely to kill the mother (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360761575X/abstract). Since the impact of legislation seems to be mostly on the life of the mother, I choose to vote with the side that saves more lives through clean, safe, legal abortion care.

    • Katherine

      The link didn’t copy properly, so here it is again: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360761575X/abstract

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PGIKLAN2XI22LCFKLYP6GXM5WQ Vanna

    I don’t quite understand this notion of taxes being some inherently evil thing. I like having roads, I like having schools, I like having libraries, I like having firefighters etc.

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      I like having civilization! I have no desire to privatize the police force! But I do feel like many programs are mishandled and I’d like to have a bit more say over where my money goes.

    • Cee

      While I get what you’re saying. This is the same argument Christian republicans use to remove Planned Parenthood and low cost access to contraception. They don’t like their money to go to baby murderers and harlots.

  • Brenda

    Reproductive rights and gay civil liberties are very important issues, and I fully support them, but in my mind the most important issue is environmental protection. If we don’t do something to fix our severe current and future environmental problems, we face famine, war, possible civilization collapse, and even possible extinction of our species. One would think that conservative Republicans would wish to conserve the environmental infrastructure that sustains our economy and our lives, but in fact they are determined to destroy it for short term financial gain.

  • L.A.

    I WANT TO BELIEVE SO BADLY that we can have a smaller government while not totally failing our most vulnerable populations. I agree with you on most of those points. Plus, the national debt is a huge thing we need to address. We need rational fiscal conservatives again. If I could vote for someone who would balance the budget and pay down our debt, without letting every other issue in this country go to shit, I would. That candidate has yet to appear. We desperately need better republicans. That being said, until everyone has equal rights and a good education, I think I’ll always be a democrat.

  • Jaclyn

    Thank you!! You nailed this one for me, and I suspect, many other women.
    I was born and raised a Republican in the deep South and agree with many of the party’s financial policies, but I cannot vote for anyone who cares that much about what other people do with their bodies. My sexual health and the sexual tendencies of my friends should not be up for debate. Ever.

  • Jules

    I find it so indicative of a liberal media bias that when Barry changes his mind on something for a politically advantageous position during a campaign for re-election, it is called “evolving”. Romney does the same and it’s “flip flopping”. Give me a break, and a job. #RomneyRyan2012

    • Jules

      Lots of downvotes…no one willing to make a rebuttable. Hmmmm.

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      Well, Obama never really opposed gay marriage insofar as he did not try to get it banned in the constitution? Hmm.

    • Jules

      So allowing the DOJ of his administration to prosecute those who violated DOMA is a good thing? Is not opposition?

    • Meg

      I thought all politicians flip flopped. The difference here is that there was an explanation beyond garnering new votes and it wasn’t a complete flip flop. I did not hear Romney explaining why he switched positions on an issue. But if you insist on terminology that suits your position, you can watch Fox News. If you’d like something a bit less biased, I would suggest BBC (which can be found on PBS).

      And let’s not get going about each candidate looking for a politically advantageous position to hold. That’s just the party system.

    • Jules

      What explanation beyond “evolving” and yeah 6 months away from futile re-election?? That is pandering at it’s height.

    • Sabrina

      I have a lot of friends who have brought up this point as well. They ask “oh, so now Obama is pro-marriage? and you’re falling for it? so now it’s good to be pro-marriage?” And my answer is um, yes, it is good to be pro-marriage. Anyone becoming pro-marriage is a good thing. If Romney evolved his stance in the right direction and came out in support of marriage, I would give him a high five as well. I still wouldn’t vote for him because I don’t believe in his economic policies or his job creation strategies and a slew of other reasons, but I would give him kudos for his support. And I also am fully aware that they are politicians. They have to get elected. So yes, Obama is a man who I support, but I recognize that he is still a politician who is up for re-election. And coming out in support of marriage might have cost him some votes as well, but he did the right thing.

    • Jules

      So it’s not a flip-flop if it’s what you agree with?

  • Candace

    I don’t get why everyone won’t just vote for Jill Stein.

  • jamiepeck

    I am probably going to vote for the green party again, or maybe Roseanne Barr. Does that count?

    • lalala

      Don’t vote green party it takes away from Obama! pleaseeeeeee

    • kj

      Fuck yeah, Green Party! However, I’m in Canada, in a constituency where the elected rep has ALWAYS been part of the conservative party, so things will turn out a certain way no matter how I vote – except that this year, we had the second most popular Green party candidate in all of Canada, if that makes sense. The most popular one actually won a seat.

  • JennyWren

    Very nice article, thank you. I have so many friends and family who vote republican, and so many of them have said the same thing this year- that they feel the GOP has changed, that they feel it’s become so extremely socially conservative, that they don’t feel they have a candidate they can vote for in good conscious. Personally, I disagree with you concerning Romney’s job creation scheme, and frankly his approach to diplomacy frightens me, but I really think the greater problem is that the political right in this country has been hijacked by extremists and needs to move back towards the center.

  • BoomBoom

    As a liberal, I hope there’s a day where a republican is picked as president, and I can only shrug my shoulders, and think, Oh well, we lost. Right now, If a republican wins, I’m scared about what will happen to the direction of this country. Will abortions be outlawed? Will my best friend continuously be treated as if she is less than, though she does more for this country than tens of people combined? One day, I hope the party will become progressive enough to understand that every person is equal, and every woman should have a choice with what she chooses to do with her body. Until then, I can only gird my loins, vote for Obama, and hope he wins.

    • Eagle Eye

      All of this! I remember when Clinton was president (sigh, remember the days…) and he could actually have a Republican as Secretary of Defense? I believe in taxes for the right programs, also I believe in Nationalized Health Care because we are the only truly industrialized country in the world who doesn’t and having a sick nation is not good for our economy (among other reasons); I also believe in everyone having access to a good education, because a better educated populace means being able to vote intelligently (even if I disagree with you on policy); finally I believe in having basic amenities – roads, firefighters and police officers, someone to pick up my trash and plow the roads when it snows, a good functioning FDA to keep our food and drugs safe, an EPA that keeps our world running…

      But, regardless of all of this, I’m just tired of all of the hate, against women and against gays that honestly has no place in government, and I’m tired of religion become such a central issue, I know that its idealistic but I’m tired of it, it has no place in government

  • Meg

    Great article that delved into these important social issues more than most media has. I agree with you on these points. Though I’m not fully convinced that Romney would be any better for the economy than Obama has been (we are facing growth and bouncing back slowly, regardless of who is president, as the ultra low interest rates do take some time to take effect).
    Perhaps I am young and naive, but I do not see why we are still even debating whether to allow two people who are truly in love to get married. If we’re talking about maintaining the traditional and religious aspects of marriage, then why does our society often make a mockery of it on TV shows, allow people to do drive- thru marriages in Las Vegas, or consider divorce normal? Don’t take this the wrong way, divorce is absolutely necessary in several incidents. But if we’re going to try and differentiate how “real” a marriage is, why not base it on the love of two people and how real that is?

    As for abortions, I can only say that I, personally, would never be able to go through one. But this is my choice and I like having one. As was stated in the article, abortions will happen regardless of the legality of it (sound familiar?), so why take away the safety of a formal procedure and risk killing the woman in the process?
    That said, my mother spoke of two young women she knew in high school. One woman decided to have an abortion and the other did not. The woman who decided to carry her child to term was kicked out of school for being pregnant. I hope this is never the case today, but I also hope that we support all choices.

  • kj

    Look, I could go on about Americans and how it always seems so ridiculous about how they are crying about paying taxes when they pay a fraction of what we pay up here, and how neoliberalism (based on ostensibly “free market” policies) has destroyed not only the American, but also the world economy, and how blown away I am by the class divisions down there

    BUT

    what really gets me is the staggering, STAGGERING ignorance of those who represent the republican side.

    I don’t get how it’s ok to say half this crap.

    …How it’s ok for someone who has never experienced poverty to presume to know what it’s like to be poor. How can you even THINK of voting for someone that holds in contempt a solid half of the country he’s supposed to be representing? You think that someone who clearly has some entitlement issues going on will be less likely to “mishandle” public funds?

    How can you even THINK of voting for someone that feels the way he does about women?

    I believe in “conservative” values such as honesty, good faith, reliability, and personal responsibility. But I am also fully aware that corporations and people in positions of power rarely exercise these values of their own accord, which is why regulation is necessary. Having bureaucrats is necessary – bureaucrats, which incidentally, reinvest their money in the economy as productive members of society.

    Democrats, at their best, believe in the big picture and investing in people to promote a better future for everyone. Programs such as the social safety net invest in people, and help them contribute to the economy. Democrats are not perfect – no politician ever is – but they are way, way better than what is being offered by Romney – which seems to be like Bush era 2.0.

    Full disclosure: I am Canadian, I love America, I love your values as they stand theoretically, some of them are better than ours – but GODDAMN you need to wake up. Jennifer, I love your writing, but your WASP is showing here, a lot.

  • Marissa

    This article is nice and all, but it won’t sway the election like RomneyMegaPrayer.com!

    Just kidding…But seriously….there is a Romney Mega Prayer dot com, and the avatar has a bangin’ bod.

  • Jenny

    I couldn’t agree with this more. I keep telling myself that my generation of conservatives are reshaping the party, out of the ignorant dark ages. As a nation we do evolve, becoming more accepting and socially liberal with each passing generation.

    I think that issues of abortion and marriage equality are going to continue to be resolved on the state level. The ideal would be a federal law granting marriage equality, but I think the opposite – a federal law banning same-sex marriage – is unlikely even if Romney wins. There would have to be support on both sides of the aisle in Congress, which is unlikely by all indications.

    Politicians (from any party) tend to campaign on the hot-button issues, even if it is something they will have little control over if elected. Politicians here in the south still list support of prayer in school as part of their party platforms – prayer will never be in school. SCOTUS has spoken. BUT – it’s a cause that inflames people’s passions.

    So – that was my convoluted way of saying I’m going to vote for Romney because I think he can change the things I agree with him on and can’t change the things I don’t. I hope I’m not wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/PortraitOfMmeX Madame X

      So glad you’re comfortable gambling with my uterus like that!

    • mm

      seriously….

    • slave2liberty

      like he’s going to overturn roe vs. wade, even if that WERE on his agenda? Get real.

      Besides, this will be the least of our concerns, if we continue our death spiral into a bankrupt, authoritarian nation where more people are dependent on government than actually contribute to it.

    • http://twitter.com/PortraitOfMmeX Madame X

      Considering the likelihood of SCOTUS vacancies in the near future? Considering the anti-choice platform of the Republican party? Yeah, I’d say I’m getting pretty real.

      Also, how spectacularly myopic and ignorant to believe that the right to bodily autonomy via access to birth control and abortion has NOTHING TO DO with helping women become financially independent.

    • slave2liberty

      Should Roe vs. Wade ever be repealed, it would become a states right’s issue.

      To set the record straight, I believe that a woman should not be prevented from making these personal decisions, no matter how much they demonstrate a lack of compassion for life. I understand that you and i disagree on what is considered a life, and that you have to live with the consequences of your actions. However, i also believe that totally dismissing abortion as just an everyday procedure like taking a cr@p, ultimately undermines the moral fabric of our society.
      In the case of rape (which is relative in comparison), i totally empathize with the victim and the defenseless baby, and I would not force a rape victim to carry her baby to term.
      However, from a moral perspective – Are there no limits to what is considered “just” an abortion, vs. what is considered a human life? Is it only the individual woman who decides?
      Curiously, what are your limits? 4,5 ,6 or 8 months pregnant? Partial birth (murder)?

      If there is no definition for when life begins, then it should be of no surprise to the poor woman who finds herself in a situation, where a man can justify his infliction of physical harm, in order to prevent her from carrying the “clump of tissue and fluids” to term.
      It would appear that if a boyfriend, husband was to commit such a heinous crime, you would let them off with a misdemeanor assault, and not a murder charge, yes?

  • Christa

    To be honest, I really don’t think there would be a debate on reproductive rights if it were something along the lines of “men aren’t legally allowed to have sex with a woman unless they are married to the woman in question and would bear the responsibility for a child to come from it”. Because essentially that’s what the abortion ban is, right? Women being given no choice should they accidentally become pregnant from having sex for non-procreational purposes. If the law being debated was “any man who gets a woman pregnant has to pay all expenses during the gestation and then also have full responsibility for payment of all expenses incurred for the child’s lifetime until they are no longer a minor. They must also bear all responsibility for the child to have transport to any appointments they require, a home and all essentials of life. Blood tests mandatory for all men for their DNA, and all children born are blood tested to match paternity so no child goes without a father being responsible. Non-compliance punishable by law with fines or prison sentences.”

    There wouldn’t even be a debate, unfortunately women don’t get a choice but being responsible for a child for 18 years if they get unexpectedly pregnant, and because there is no question that the child is theirs. I’m not saying all men don’t want children, just that this would be dismissed by all men in the political world before it got anywhere close to what this abortion debate is like.

  • Matt

    That’s pretty much why I think a two party system is not really a democracy. If your choice can only be A or not A, a number of issues are thrown together that are not actually related (like fiscal policy and religious orientation). And you wil surely not find any party whith which you can agree on everything. Having to form coalitions has led to a great sense of compromise in other countries. Admittedly, that has its flaws as well. But I really do think two parties cannot be enough to represent the multitudes you mentioned.

  • bob

    Let’s put it this way….if you vote for Obama….and you very well might NOT have an America to debate the abortion and homosexual issues! Think about it!

  • Steph

    It’s a well-written article, don’t get me wrong. And good on you, but until the GOP is no longer so polarizing and to the right of what it used to be, I’ll forever be afraid of a republican president. I mean, vote for who you want to, really, but it doesn’t change how I feel about the party,

  • slave2liberty

    in other words, you’ve fallen for the false narrative that Romney will wage a full on assault against women, gays and “minorities”?

    you voted for heart over mind, statism over liberty, and democratic socialism over capitalism.

    What a pity – But i hold out hope that you’ll understand the miscalculation in your allegiance to the philosophy of dependence, and come over from the dark side to support true conservative ideals (not those defined by the left under the false narratives of bigotry, racism, misogyny, and contempt for the needy).

  • Kyle

    Just the president cant change the constitution………….dipshit. You will be the reason for the failure of america. Congratulations.

  • ewells2188

    I’m glad you finally addressed this because although I’m an avid reader/fan of The Gloss, I am beginning to grow weary of the emphatically liberal posts. If this truly is an apolitical site, you either need to cater to both sides or cater to neither…or at least ease-up on the conservative-bashing so us conservatives can keep enjoying The Gloss.

  • emily

    What bothers me about the republican party at the moment, is that they don’t seem to understand why they are becoming unpopular. People affiliated with their party have come out to say some unbelievable dumb things (legitimate rape? seriously…no seriously?!) and then they sit on their thumbs and think ‘why doesn’t anyone like us?’. I think a lot of people agree with heir ideas, but they are lacking inclusiveness and right now that happens to be the focus of the country. It’s a shame! because we definitely need to compromise and work together for the best solution for everyone, not just ‘the best solutions for republicans’.