WHAT I AM

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by retired, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. retired

    retired Guest

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/whatiam.asp

    Maybe You're a Conservative Republican?

    In today's America, ask a growing number of high school and college students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, 'What is a Republican?' and you'll be told '... a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment, the working poor... and all whom they exploit...'​

    I am a Republican - and I am none of those things... and I don't know any Republicans who are!​

    WHAT I AM, first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four, and an American who's proud of his country...and his country's heritage. ​

    WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked everything, including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom. ​

    WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed first hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, shared what food they had with a half dozen other families who had even less.​

    WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better life.​

    WHAT I AM is a husband who, at age 24, started his own business for the 'privilege' of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved ones.​

    WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears....and plenty of them..., made it possible for me to provide a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years, employees who in turn were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their country. ​

    WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this country ... and all for which it stands. ​

    WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today's world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them ... and the eyes of those who give them.​

    WHAT I AM is an American who's proud that his President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as 'politically incorrect' as it may be, there is evil in this world, and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted ... and it must be defeated.​

    WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security of this nation to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments. ​

    WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America, racism in her people, class warfare in her society and 'political incorrectness' in her character. ​

    WHAT I AM is a former Democrat who now understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of the press, speech and dissent.​

    WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.​

    WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.​

    WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated 'entertainers' who have appointed themselves 'experts' in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its actions, much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies. ​

    WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between 'censorship' and 'choice.' Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same 'celebrities' receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they yell is 'censorship.' What they seem incapable of understanding is that the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended, as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to support those I don't. It is my right as an American, a right I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.​

    WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who, every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of 'attack ads' and 'negative campaigning;' and the news media who allow them to get away with it.​

    WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith, and who's been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in both private and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what's best for them, rather than what's right, often times at the expense of many, including our national security.​

    WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in our heartland. That's why I sincerely believe America needs, now more than ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice, when heard by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed. ​

    WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and to George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America's war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure. ​

    WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man, nonetheless, who though not always successful, has continually strived to do 'what's right' instead of 'what's easy.' A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of 'what's right' and 'what's wrong,' but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors. ​

    WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a 'double homicide," but then refer to the abortion of her baby as 'pro-choice.'​

    WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a candidate whose primary 'leadership' qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists and war criminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnamese prison), from speaking before an open session of the California Legislature as part of that state's 4th of July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state legislature was becaus e of the 'conservative' nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me deeply....as well it should you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)​

    WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend ONE HUNDRED & FOUR THOUSAND, SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS ($104,655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world's poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that ... and more. Following the examples of my parents and grandparents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick ... and continue to do so ... and I'm not alone in that work.​

    WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who through either ignorance or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, 'The rights of the governed exceed the power of the government.' For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors or delegates. ​

    WHAT I AM is a man who understands, 'the American way of life' is a message of self-empowerment for all. ​

    WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.​

    WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who seek it.​

    WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American .... and proud to be a conservative Republican.​
     
  2. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    You had to do it didn't you? Now you will get all the libertarian and democratic posters here fired up who have committed their lives to preaching tolerance while going out of their way to find reasons to hate their country.:happy-very:

     
  3. diesel96

    diesel96 New Member

    I suppose this piece will gravitate and surface to the top like a Babe Ruth Candy bar in a swimming pool every election cycle.
    Anyhow,I'm sure the author is a good sumaritan, but what drives Ole' George to compile and claim ALL his beliefs, struggles, trials and tribualations and morals as an "exclusive label" for the Conservative Republicans ?

    BTW Tieguy..Dem's, Indep's, Libertarian's love our country, just hate crooked politicians that Rep's revere.
     
  4. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    It must be nice to be able to spend a 100 grand on a newspaper ad to tell the world what a great guy you think you are. I'm sure everyone here can relate :rolleyes:
     
  5. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps if he had been moveon.org and was trashing a military hero like general patreaus he might have received a discount. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Like I said, I'm sure everyone here can relate:peaceful:

    I just found it interesting that the guy chose to counter the perception that republicans are, among other things, rich and egotistical (his words), by spending 100 grand on a full page newspaper ad that basically toots his own horn. Some people have no sense of irony. I don't agree with his "poor, misunderstood republican" stance anyway. I know plenty of working class republicans who are good people, and if they had that much money laying around they sure as heck wouldn't spend it on a self aggrandizing newspaper ad.
     
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  7. brazenbrown

    brazenbrown New Member

    Hello...Hello..echo...echo... Hello!!

    The message in and of itself is worth more than the money spent!! :wink2:

    WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who through either ignorance or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, 'The rights of the governed exceed the power of the government.' For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors or delegates. ​

    Who are you to judge how others spend their money??

    Do you see the irony!?

    Hello...:thumbsup:
     
  8. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    It's a message board. People usually post things here for other people to read and comment on.
    In addition the OP was about a guy who took out a full page ad in a newspaper, and act which is guaranteed to elicit commentary and opinion.

    I'm not judging him for what he spent his money on, it's his money and he can do what he wants with it. But spending 100k on a full page newspaper ad about what a great guy you are in order to counter the charge that you are rich and egotistical (among other things) is a pretty good example of irony.

    You don't do something like that because you are hoping no one will notice.

    My secondary point was that I don't think this guy is representative of the republican party, certainly not the republicans I know. Most of them could think of a lot more worthwhile things to spend 100k on. Of course most of them don't go around saying things like this either:

    Jeez...
     
  9. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    What I am is someone who signed into law a massive prescription drug federal program that people refuse to call it what it is and that is socialized medicine. It was a massive unfunded wealth transfer from hard working "future" taxpayers to the pharmacutical and medical industries.

    What I am is someone who took hard earned dollars from the private sector in the form of taxation and transferred that wealth to a gov't created quasi-private corporation for the sole purpose of subsidizing the housing and mortgage industry. Let's not mention the Wall Street firms who benefited either. What I am is someone who never uttered a peep as such out and out socialist economics.

    What I am is someone who took the ideas of Ted Kennedy and implemented them in the name of "No Child Left Behind" which in effect transfers the responsibility for child education further and futher away from parents and local officials and centralizes that power in Washington DC.

    What I am is someone who has encouraged a monetary policy that has weakened and devalued our currency to the point that the worse form of taxation called inflation takes over and becomes the mechanism to grow the economy in order to absorb the massive amount of debt runup created over the last 8 years.

    What I am is someone who took office 8 years ago with a total US Gov't Debt of over $5 bil and as of 2007' now has a debt of over $9 trillion. Let's not mention since 1980', nearly 30 years ago, I have controlled things all but 8 years and in that time national debt breeched the $1 trillion mark and at some point in the very near future should surpass $10 trillion.

    Watch in real time and hit refresh every second and watch it go UP! UP! UP! And thank "What I Am" while you watch.

    http://brillig.com/debt_clock/

    What I am is someone who justifies massive debt by pointing to the % of GDP that this debt relates too. I also don't tell you that my policy causes underlying inflationary forces into play that raise the value of GDP and thus are nothing more than accounting smoke and mirrors of fiat moeny and fiat economics at the end of the day.

    What I am is someone whose monetary policy has so devalued the national currency that the European currency now holds superior status and that also has so caused an economic weakening, that foreign interests are dumping our currency for other safe havens. This in itself is one of the major reasons that oil has skyrocketed which hurts again the average citizens who holds no connections or priviledge status that grants them special influence protection.

    What I am is someone who in the last 8 years has used the power of the veto less than 15 times all during a time when gov't has grown at a massive rate of nearly doubling in size and in sheer dollars, record budget deficits.

    What I am is someone who took office under a budget submitted by a previous President of $1.9 trillon and for the most recent budget (2008') was at a record $3.10 trillion.

    What I am is someone who spoke of limiting the size and reach of gov't but in reality has grown that size and reach that would shame even the more hardened big gov't type.

    What I am is someone who nearly 30 years ago was given a task to reduce gov't by reducing outlays and as such reduce taxation. Instead I have do this:

    What I am is someone who has violated the very principles of limited gov't and limited taxation which I espoused but once in office did literally the exact opposite.

    What Am I?

    A liberal spending, socialist NEO-CONSERVATIVE!

    Professor Wheelan, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck!
     
  10. diesel96

    diesel96 New Member

    And the "Liberal spending socialist NEO CONSERVATIVE" response is;

    http://www.naturesongs.com/cricket1.wav.......:rofl:


    I think you left out one more issue.....What am I.....I am one who has been for years without permission or warrants been illegally listening to your phone conversations and viewing your E-mail and computer habits disreguarding your fourth amendment rights in the name of less liberty for security.
     
  11. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I want to play! I want to play!......


    WHAT CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE
    By PHIL VALENTINE
    Last updated: 7:41 am
    August 3, 2008
    Posted: 3:42 am
    August 3, 2008
    Conservatism is not only viable, it's essential for a free society. The difference between liberalism and conservatism is best summed up in the old Chinese proverb: "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime." Liberals have been handing out fish. Conservatives have been handing out fishing poles.

    1. Conservatism makes for a productive society. Alexander Tytler said of democracy: "It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury." Liberalism has raided the treasury to take from the producers and give to those less productive, leaving neither side with an incentive to work for either themselves or a nation.

    2. Conservatism is compassionate. Liberals measure compassion by how many people are on the government dole. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people are off of it. While liberalism, by its very nature, looks down its nose at the less fortunate, conservatism sees all people as worthy of making it on their own. Conservatism is about preserving one's dignity, not robbing it.

    3. Liberals are pessimists by nature. The currency of liberalism is fear. It trades on the fear that something disastrous will happen unless liberals are there to stop it. Global warming, losing Social Security, banning guns; they all work from the vantage point that if liberals aren't in charge something horrific will happen. The allure of Ronald Reagan was his positive message. He spoke of America's greatness. He inspired pride and patriotism instead of trying to tear the country down and blame it for all of the world's problems as many liberals do.

    4. Military strength deters aggression. Peaceniks look upon our military as a war machine, and use any moment of calm as an excuse to cut its budget. It is a peace machine. Each time we fail to back our military, it emboldens those who would undermine our democracy or that of our allies.

    5. Belief in God is a cornerstone of our republic. Try as the liberals may to separate them, there is no Constitutional separation of church and state, only a protection of religion from the state. Our founders believed this country was divinely inspired and it was only by remembering our religious roots that we would survive.

    6. Conservatism believes in the entrepreneur. People who start companies take huge risks and they deserve everything they get if they succeed. Liberals want to punish entrepreneurs through confiscatory taxes. That's why the IRS tells us that the top 5 percent of wage-earners pays more than 50 percent of the income tax. If you want to create jobs and, in turn, more money in the treasury, you must lower taxes on the rich and allow more people to take more chances.

    7. Political correctness is the liberal version of fascism. Liberals have attempted to control the debate in America by attempting to control the language, and they've succeeded to some degree. There's been no bigger muzzle on free speech than political correctness.

    8. Guns are good. Liberals are quick to defend our freedom of speech, press and our right to protest but they ignore our right to bear arms, which figures prominently into our Bill of Rights. These selective constitutionalists will erode all of our constitutional rights if they succeed in being able to cherry pick them when they're convenient.

    9. Quotas are wrong. Society seems oblivious to the obvious solution to discrimination: strict enforcement of antidiscrimination laws. Making innocent people pay for the sins of previous generations runs counter to our fundamental principles and undermines race relations in our society.

    10. Conservatism is still relevant today. Both Democrats and Republicans have veered from the basic philosophy of less government and more personal responsibility. Government is these to do only what the private sector won't, can't or shouldn't do. That means the government shouldn't be subsidizing professional sports or multi-million-dollar corporations any more than it should be subsidizing an able-bodied man who can work but chooses not to. Government must return to the basic conservative philosophy, as Jefferson said, "The government is best which governs least."

    Phil Valentine's forthcoming book is "The Conservative's Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z" (Cumberland House).
     
  12. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    told you!!! got all the country haters fired up now. Its amazing we can even find a place to quietly sleep in this country that has so much wrong with it.
     
  13. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    geez I must have bored those eavesdroppers to tears.

    BS probably had them working overtime. They probably thought his ramblings were in some type of elite code. I can just imagine their chagrin when they realized it was uncoded rantings and ravings.

    Another poster on this board probably cost them a small fortune in ink and toner. With his "why say it in a sentence when thirty paragraphs will do" style of speaking they probably had a hard time keeping up with their eavesdropping.
     
  14. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    Do a graph on the number of terrorist attacks on our soil since 9/11 and you can see what the money accomplished. Since most of our spending increases have been dedicated towards our very successful war on terror I'm not sure the tag socialsit fits. You should probably find some other derogatory term such as libertarian. Well maybe not they're too wacky to ever get a consensus on anything. In fact I don't know why they bothered naming theirselves anything when liberal democrat fits so well.
     
  15. tonyexpress

    tonyexpress Whac-A-Troll Patrol Staff Member

    Only to break the tense mood in this thread do I post this...

    Now I really didn't know that Bush knew how to have a good time..:happy-very:

    Where's his coors lite? :happy2: At least he's keeping his hands where Laura can see them...
     
  16. paidslave

    paidslave New Member

    Sorry but your story is not even believable so come clean and please let us know that you copied and pasted this crap from somewhere.

    Come on you are in BROWNCAFE and for the most part are hardworking people that don't have 104k to spend on an article!

    Don't believe a word in your post!
     
  17. paidslave

    paidslave New Member

    WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and to George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America's war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure.



    Good thing for Ronny Reagan. If you remember what he died from!

    Alzhiemers a degenerative disease of the BRAIN! Years before he was Diagnosed Ronny had a Bill that was trying to be passed by the Democrats for money for research and a cure.

    Guess what? It was on his desk and He Vetoed it,,,,Maybe there would be a cure by now and it would not have killed him and many just like him to come!



    Salute to the Conservative Republicans like yourself!


    The Democrats, the Blue collar Tax dollars would have helped pay for the Research to save his life but he didn't want it and Republicans like yourself have Gall that you gave away $104,000.00 on an article?


    !
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008
  18. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    certainly some irony in that story if true.

    I wonder if Bill Clinton will die of syphillis or perhaps exposure, maybe throat cancer...hmmm.
     
  19. JustTired

    JustTired free at last.......



    I guess "George and company" must have skipped class that day..........or maybe that was taught by the Air National Guard which he pretty much skipped altogether.​
     
  20. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member


    I must have Alzheimers too, cuz i don't remember that! Can you provide a (credible) link?