I am a Conservative

just_say_no_to_republicans_and_democratsI am a political conservative.  I believe that people should be able to enjoy the fruits of their own labors, and distribute their resources however they wish.  I believe in the sanctity of life from conception to the grave.  I believe that the primary responsibility for educating our youth lies with their parents, not the public school system.  I believe in the right to protect myself, my family, and those weaker than I with force, deadly if need be.  I believe in the right of every person in our country to believe whatever they want so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.  I believe that there is a movement in our country right now to tolerate every single act and belief except the judeo-christian beliefs upon which our country was founded. I believe that our country is under attack both from outside and from within.

All of that being said, I believe that neither political party represents my beliefs. The Democrat Party is primarily made up of liberals who do not hold the same positions as I. They do not stand for the right of the child in the womb to live. They believe that the government knows better than anybody how best to spend each citizen’s money. I have no idea why they believe this since our government has shown that they are fiscally incompetent. The Republican Party is almost as bad.  I have been a Republican since I first registered to vote.  I have voted for the Republican Party candidate in every election since; not because they were the best candidate, but because they were not as bad as the Democrat candidate. George W. Bush had eight years to fix our country’s economy.  While he did do some good things, overall he and the Republican controlled Congress spent our money like, well, Democrats.

When it came time for Bush to step down in 2008, who did the Republicans choose to replace him?  John McCain.  The guy who wasn’t as good as Bush in 2000.  And even more liberal than Bush. There was no big shock when he didn’t win.  And so the people have endured four years of Obama (after enduring eight years of Clinton and eight years of Bush).  Who did the Republicans choose to beat Obama?  Mitt Romney.  The guy who wasn’t as good as John McCain in 2008.  And even more liberal than McCain.  I’m beginning to wonder who the Republicans are going to put forth in 2016:  Hillary Clinton?

I feel severely disenfranchised. It seems as if my vote doesn’t count. As such, I am sorely tempted to withdraw from the Republican Party.  I’m holding off for now, but this is the closest I’ve ever come to NOT identifying myself as a Republican. The GOP seems to be firmly in the hands of  the “Moderates” with the Republican controlled House giving in to everything the Democrats ask for. People like Karl Rove make me cringe for the future of the GOP.  I heard that Rand Paul is going to give the “Tea Party Response” to the State of the Union address AFTER the Republican response.   I sincerely wish that someone would actually initiate the process of starting a new party. I think “Tea Party” and “Constitution Party” both sound good.  Whatever happens, I am not donating any more money or votes to candidates who support abortion, gun control, higher taxes, and bigger government.

When it comes down to it, this world is not my home, and Jesus is my King.  I need to keep this in mind as I tackle the issues of the day every day. I will fight against the forces of darkness and oppression, praying that God will continue toallow the Gospel to be spread in peace.   Here I stand, I can do no other.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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