I found this online, I don't know the gentleman BUT I certainly agree with what he has to say...
To All My Republican Friends,
I am tired; I am tired of talking politics. This will be my last political post on Facebook. I am tired of being called ignorant o...r a communist. I am tired of people asking me to leave the country. I am an American and I am patriotic. I have as much right to my opinion as you do yours. I am educated; I try very hard not to post false information when arguing my points and I certainly would never ask anyone to leave the country if they did not agree with me. Most importantly I do not believe, write or say anything before I spend time to research it.
That being said I would like to explain why I am a Democrat and why I fear the extreme right.
First why am I a Democrat?
1) I believe all people should be guaranteed medical care, housing, food and an education.
2) I believe all people should be equal regardless of their race, religion or sexual preference.
3) I support a woman’s right to choose.
4) I believe in diplomacy before war.
5) I believe in a separation of church and state.
6) I believe in Background checks and better safety measures for guns while still protecting 2nd amendment rights.
7) I believe in protecting our earth by protecting endangered species, protecting our water, forests, and air and investing in ways to reverse/slow down global warming.
8) I believe in putting regulations on corporations and holding CEO’s responsible if they participate in fraudulent activities or break the law.
9) I believe in higher taxes on the rich, fewer taxes for working people and no taxes on the poor.
10) I believe we should raise the minimum wage.
Now for these beliefs I have been called ignorant, communist, an ass, un-American and of course asked to leave the country. I don’t believe there is anything extreme about my beliefs. I can understand a Republican's concern about the cost of guaranteeing medical care, housing, food and education for everyone. However, I do not understand why wanting to help fellow Americans is bad. It is my belief that America is the greatest country in the world and if other countries can provide these services to their citizens we can find a way to do it as well.
I also understand that some religions prohibit abortions, I respect that. I will admit the abortion question is a tricky one. However, when you live in a country like America where there are so many different beliefs there will be times when we don’t agree or understand each other. Because of that we have to be tolerant even if we do not agree or understand each other. That doesn’t mean you can’t believe what you believe but you should not try to force your values onto others. Orthodox Jews don’t believe in eating pork. You may say that is different than abortion but to the Orthodox Jew eating pork is a very serious thing. Imagine if they tried to get everyone in the United States to stop eating pork? That would be crazy.
As far as the rest of my beliefs I cannot believe any of it should be controversial.
Why I fear the extreme right. (Remember I am talking about the extreme right not all Republicans or Christians.)
1) No respect for the law.
2) No respect for the office of the President
3) No respect for science
4) No respect or tolerance for other races, religions or political beliefs
5) Spreading false information to instill fear
6) Their first choice is to bomb all our enemies
A Militia that takes over a federal building and then threatens to protect themselves with weapons cannot be called a protest, it is criminal. A protest is peaceful with no weapons.
Preventing someone from getting a marriage license because they are gay is against the law if your job requires you to do that and you don’t want to either quit your job or turn your duties over to someone else.
Bombing an Abortion Clinic because you're against Abortion is not ok.
This country has due process. If you disagree with a law you can use our judicial system and take it all the way to the Supreme Court. But once the Supreme Court rules on something it becomes the law of the land and we ALL have to follow it. That is what civil people do. We have a process in which each side gets to present their side and then have a ruling. There will always be a winner and a loser. In a civil society you have to respect the ruling even if you don’t agree with it. Those are the rules we have played by for over 240 years.
In many of my discussions with those on the right they have referred to the President in the following terms “it”, “that wanna be black President”, “monkey” and other derogatory terms. Again this is not ok and should never happen in a civil society. President Obama is a professor of constitutional law. He has experience in government and has been elected President not once but twice by the American People. You may not agree with his politics but that is not an excuse to be disrespectful. I disagreed with Bush’s policies but if I ever met him in person I would still refer to him as Mr. President. Doing anything else would be disrespectful not only to the president but to 50% of American population.
I don’t understand this backlash against science. The Scientific Method is a process. Once this method is applied and another person can duplicate the result it then becomes fact. A fact is not debatable. 2 + 2 = 4. Only an uneducated person or a crazy person could argue that 2 + 2 doesn’t equal 4. You cannot deny that temperatures have been getting warmer on Earth. It’s a fact not open for debate. We can debate as to the reasons why the earth is warming, I.E. natural occurrence or manmade. Either way the outcome doesn’t look good. It would seem wise to try and do something about it. There are so many other scientific facts being completely ignored by the extremists. Logic and reason are the best way to make the right decision.
The most frightening part of the extreme right is the belief that this is a Christian Nation. It is not a Christian nation. It is a nation in which people are free to practice ANY religion they like or no religion. The constitution was not written to protect the majority, it was written to protect the minority no matter how small, to protect individual rights. That is why there is a separation of church and state. You learn about religion in Churches, Synagogues and Mosques. School is for Math, English and Science not for religion. That is a personal choice reserved for family members. The key here is we respect all religions. The same is true for race and sexual preference. Trump calling Mexicans rapist and lazy is just un-American. The idea of registering members of an entire religion is also un-American. Condemning a whole religion because a small group of them are radical extremist is crazy. That is why I will not condemn all Republicans. Telling me to leave the country because I don’t believe what you believe is not American. My 70 year old mother was actually threatened because she had an Obama bumper sticker on her car. This country does not belong to the extreme right; it belongs to all of us.
Another dangerous practice is the spreading of false information. Even after proof has been presented of Obama’s US birth certificate people still claim Obama is not an American. They also claim he is a Muslim, also not true. I recently saw a photo shopped picture of a Student ID card that said Obama was a Foreign Student. When I pointed out that it was photo shopped and proven to be false I was called ignorant and an ass. Another photo shopped picture shows Obama and Michelle saluting the flag with their left hand also proven to be false. Even Fox called Obama’s executive order Obama’s Gun Grab which is irresponsible and inflammatory and completely false. The misinformation and propaganda has to stop. There are people that believe a missile hit the pentagon and not a plane on 9/11. Well, my wife used to work on Capitol Hill and still has a lot of friends there. One friend was at the pentagon an saw the plane crash into it. It was definitely a plane. All I ask is that we discuss the issues using facts. False information that causes fear is a tactic to control people. Don’t fall for it.
Bombing is not the solution to all problems. Before the second Iraq war I tried to tell everyone it was a mistake to attack Iraq. I didn’t understand why we would attack Iraq when most all the 9/11 attackers were Saudi. I didn’t believe there were weapons of mass destruction. I believed the daily terrorist alert status, you remember one day yellow, the next day orange was a fear tactic to get the American people to support the war. Back then like today I was asked to leave the country, called ignorant, an ass and a communist for speaking out against the war. Turns out I was right. Recently, when 10 members of our Navy were taken captive for trespassing in Iranian waters the extreme right candidates all said they would have bombed Iran. In the meantime our president who improved relations with Iran was able to get the 10 Americans released within 14 hours. What people forget is we were in the wrong. We were in their territory.
I don’t have all the answers on how to fix this country. However my opinion is to be respected and not dismissed. Republicans might have great ideas on how to fix the economy but I am afraid I will not be listening to those ideas until the extremist stop the hate speech and agree that this is not just their country but it belongs to all of us no matter what religion or race you we belong to. Democrat, Republican, heterosexual or gay it belongs to all of us equally. I would fight and die to protect the right for someone for their right to practice Christianity in this country. However, I don’t want to be told I am going to hell because I am not a Christian. I don’t want Christianity taught to my kids in school. I am not Christian but I am an American. A true American not only fights for the rights of Christians but they also fight for the rights of Jews, Atheists and Muslims, African Americans, Hispanics, and Gays. Of course in the end it will be compromise that will save this country. Without compromise we become the Middle East. Groups and factions that disagree with no compromise or give and that can only lead to violence with no winners. Respect, honesty and compromise is the only way to keep this country great!
I am not doing this to change anyone's mind I am doing this because I am an American and it is my right to have my beliefs and live my life as I do. I only ask that you respect that. After all tolerance and respect of another's belief is the most American thing you can do.
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