This is my attempt to de-bunk some common myths as I know them.
My answers are my answers only and are just based on my knowledge from experience as I know it to be true and not on clinical trials. (unless sited)
* for this particular post, I am drawing on my own experience & experiences of my friends
1. Republicans are racists.
Ask Congressman Allen West if he agrees with that. Or, better yet, former Presidential candidate Herman Cain. (I’m not defending or damning Herman Cain for the allegations, nor am I asking to debate who he is/was as a man)
Or, if you want a more personal answer… look at my family.
Do you think we’re racists?
My firm belief and the way I raise my children is that there is NO color, just human beings. I refuse to teach my children that color matters.
And, maybe it comes from growing up in northern states, but it is a RARE day when I come across a Republican that talks about/mentions/or even cares about the color of a person’s skin.
2. Republicans are homophobes.
Republicans tend to be traditionalists.
It does not mean all Republicans don’t love or respect personal life choices.
And, for the record, one of my boys has a gay Godfather and one of my boys has a lesbian Godmother.
3. All Republicans are members of the Tea Party and vice versa..
I am personally a member of the Tea Party. We proudly went to Washington to voice our concerns about Obamacare, but that certainly does not mean ALL Republicans are members of the Tea Party, nor does that mean that all members of the Tea Party are Republicans.
Quite the contrary. While in Washington, my family was embraced and talked to by so many people from different walks of life, races, religions, and political parties that it was amazing.
4. Republicans are rich.
I’ll just leave it at that 😉
5. Republican = Conservative
Sadly, not true.
I am personally a Republican and conservative.
But, I definitely know LOTS of Republicans who are not conservative.
(and Mitt Romney comes to mind as well…. although, let me be clear, he will have my support if he’s the GOP candidate, just as John McCain did.)
6. All Republicans watch Fox News, listen to Rush and subscribe to Drudge.
probably. heehee 😉
In the same sense that all liberals watch Jon Stewart, listen to Bill Mahar and subscribe to The Huffington Post 😉
(I am certain it is not ALL on either side.)
7. Republicans are not only frugal, but are stingy.
false, false, false.
Rather than go into personal instances of my giving over those of liberals whom I know, I will instead site examples from an Op-Ed column from the liberal NYTimes where it states:
“Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.”
Republicans give 30-50% more to charities than Democrats do.
8. Republicans don’t care about women’s healthcare issues.
I don’t even know why this is even a question.
It’s ridiculous and in my opinion, it’s an attempt that’s obviously working at getting the focus off the real issues.
Republicans have NO intentions of controlling, talking about, or legislating women’s birth control.
Trust me, Republican women wouldn’t allow it either.
(and, trust me, women of the GOP don’t want liberal healthcare issues shoved down our throats either)
Pretty sure, it’s safe to assume, this topic is a moot point and it would do us all better to just focus on the horrible economy.
9. Republicans love war.
Ah yes, because we love to see our loved ones deployed, possibly harmed or worse.
I honestly think it comes from a pride standpoint. Now, mind you, this is my opinion only, but I will say that most Republicans I know tend to be more outwardly patriotic, excited about our country and just plain old proud.
It would stand to reason that more veterans tend to be Republican rather than Democrat, but I truly believe it’s the desire to share our good fortunes with other countries and to stop evil where it exists. (or, at least, if I were entering the military, that would be why 😉 )
10. Republicans don’t care about the environment, just big oil companies.
Personally, my feeling on this is not that I don’t care about the environment, but right now, I care more about my pocketbook and I would prefer we drill WHILE figuring out alternative fuels rather than paying a fortune at the pumps.
I will also add that I do everything I can to reuse, recycle and re-purpose in our home.
While I can’t say if I do more or less than my liberal counterparts, I will say that I don’t own any stock in BP either 😉
This is a new series of posts I have started. I’ll be de-bunking myths from my experiences.
Future posts: adoption, foster care, parenting a mega family, autism, raising boys, homeschooling… to name a few 😉