Are Republicans Greater Than God?

Posted: September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~ Declaration of Independence

None of us witnessed the signing of the Declaration, but most of us can agree that what our forefathers meant to be our inalienable (unalienable) rights was that Life meant not just having a pulse – it meant life sustenance; Liberty meant freedom from oppression; and Pursuit of Happiness meant the right to seek happiness.

The rights mentioned above are only three examples of our inalienable rights. The words, “among these,” indicate that we have even more inalienable rights – water, a clean environment, access to health care, food, shelter, and clothing, for instance.

So why, instead of providing health care to the citizens of the United States, do we allow our country to become sick, to wither, and to die? An obvious observation should be that a healthy country comprises healthy individuals.

Liberty, as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution (We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.), was granted to us through freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

While God isn’t mentioned in the United States Constitution, God is mentioned in each of the 50 state constitutions. Therefore, politically anyway, belief in God is understood to be a nationwide concept (In God We Trust). God (the Creator, Yahweh, etc.), according to most religions, has given each of us “Free Will.” In other words, if we are physically capable of decision making, we can, and should, make our own choices.

Sadly, those basic principles separate Democrats from Republicans. Take the issue of abortion, for example. My personal belief is that a woman should be educated about not only what happens to her body and to her baby’s body during an abortion, but also what happens to her mind long after she made the choice to abort. 

Before I was educated about abortions, I didn’t see a problem with them. But in 1980 my obstetrician gave me a pamphlet about the stages of my baby’s development, and my personal belief changed. After reading that pamphlet, I decided that if abortions were unnecessary and were used as a form of birth control, a woman should consider other options. However, I still believed (and continue to believe) that women had the right to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies. I have to admit that I have a problem with women ending the lives of their babies, but unless I’m willing to take responsibility for the life of her child and every child that Republicans want to keep alive, I have to remember that Free Will concerning that woman’s body and her baby’s body, belongs to her, not me. 

Republicans want to take away that right, our Free Will. And when Republicans take away a woman’s right to choose, they supersede God. Unless Republicans are willing to take personal responsibility for the life of each baby considered for abortion, they cannot demand women to keep babies they don’t want. If Republicans care about LIFE, they will then have to care about LIVING. Responsibility for a baby’s life doesn’t end at birth.

Another reason many of us feel that Republicans act as if they are more important than God is the way they treat the “justice for all” clause in the The Pledge of Allegiance. (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.) The republic is a political order in which the supreme power lies in its citizens and their elected representatives, representatives who were elected to represent their citizens, and not only those citizens who voted for them, but also those who didn’t vote for them. What we see today is a lack of fairness and justice for only “some”.

If Republicans don’t fight the incipient evil penetrating their ranks, the people they represent, who rely on them for support and representation, will lean in another direction. Citizens of our United States would like to see in our leaders honesty, integrity, empathy, compassion, confidence, commitment, passion, accountability, creativity, inclusion, and ambition. And we want to trust that our representatives are working in our best interests. Instead, what we see in the White House today are lies, deceit, distraction, combative tweets, divisiveness, incendiary vitriol, and separation.

Citizens want to feel confident in their chosen representatives, but they feel betrayed when those representatives don’t live up to their promises or to voters’ expectations. Voters also want people who play on the same field, who understand their wants and needs, politicians with honor. What they don’t want are politicians who place themselves on pedestals and who yearn only for admiration and loyalty by demanding marching bands who praise their sociopathic behaviors. They also want relationships with our allies – bridges, not walls.

Future generations will wonder why the character of a Republican was best exemplified by the likes of Donald Trump, and not by the character of people such as John McCain. They will wonder why Republicans never addressed the health benefits of clean air, affordable health care, and education for all, but mostly they will wonder why so few Republicans had the courage to stand up for decency, truth, and honor. 

Years from now, historians will condemn Republicans, not by what said, but by what they didn’t say, not by how they acted, but by how they didn’t act. If integrity doesn’t soon take hold of the Republican party, the party will collapse in disgrace. (I don’t consider myself to be a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent, by the way, but right now, if I was a party-loyal Republican, I would be ashamed to call myself a Republican.)

Most people with a conscience, when they see an obvious wrong, such as human beings being deprived of their basic inalienable rights, including life sustenance, freedom from oppression, and the right to seek happiness, address the problem and seek a solution. But when Republicans remain silent, when Republicans feed into self-serving greed, and when Republicans aren’t courageous enough to speak up for those being denied their inalienable rights, they are no better than those silent people who allowed Hitler to remain in power. Imagine their campaigns years from now when they want votes. What will their opponents reveal? Their lack of courage? Their impotence? How will you, as a representative, want to be remembered? How can citizens of this country feel secure in the midst of so much chaos?

According to dailyshakeup.com, some Republicans are stepping up. John McCain was one of them. Other senators include Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Marco Rubio. Even conservative journalists, like Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, have stood up to the injustices running rampant in the White House. We have to believe that more upstanding Republicans are out there. Show us that you care!

Republicans, do you know what the rest of the United States thinks of you? – That you support Trump’s actions; that you want to keep children in cages away from their parents; that, instead of supporting the people who voted for you, you betray them by supporting Nazis, Nazi sympathizers, Kim Jong Un, and Vladimir Putin; that you support insanity, chaos, and war with our allies; that you don’t know Puerto Rico is part of the United States; that you enjoy divisiveness and forget that we are supposed to be a UNITED States; that you are ignorant about climate change; that the reason you can’t speak up for what is so obviously wrong is because you must have signed an NDA or that you are benefiting monetarily by keeping silent; that you are greedy; that you have no heart; that you have no soul; and that you are all cowards. We are a country sinking into depravity, and your party, the Republican party, has become fractured!

Please, Republicans, speak up! Stand up! Don’t ignore the injustices perpetrated by this White House. You are supposed to work for US! Don’t allow yourselves to drown with the rest of the ship. Show some integrity! Be accountable! Be morally courageous! Be Kind! And remember that you work for US!

After I wrote the above opinion, but before I posted it to my blog, I had a chance to listen to President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He traveled a street I frequent. His voice and his words were a refreshing change from the chaotic and often confusing words of our current president. And when he supported the words I wrote in this blog, without knowing he did, of course, I felt empowered.

So, again, Republicans, PLEASE be heroes and make the Republican party strong again!

#Republicans #Democrats #voters #trump #Obama

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