Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I agree with Paul Hsieh, who writes more generally and in more depth at Noodlefood about an issue I ran across here just yesterday as I went through some comments to my recent post on a shady "single payer" socialized medicine meeting held recently here in Houston. That issue is why the Republican Party does not deserve the support of individuals who understand the proper role of government.
What I wouldn't give for a real ally, for someone who would stand up for my rights as an individual! Sadly, on checking out his campaign's web site, I almost instantly learned that he is not such an ally. Upon learning this, I thanked him for stopping by and explained why I cannot support him.
Thank you for stopping by, Mr. Faulk.I doubt this will change Faulk's mind, but if more people who want neither socialism nor theocracy would stand up and be counted whenever the opportunity presents itself, others like us will know that they are not alone (and feel more inclined to speak up themselves), and politicians will eventually begin to notice, as history has shown. (This is not to say that we don't also need work to change the culture in ways that will result in the concept of individual rights being properly understood by more people.)
Not only does Sheila Jackson-Lee need to be defeated, but [so must] the whole idea that the state exists to do anything EXCEPT protect individual rights. Sadly, I see that you wish to misuse the apparatus of the state to enforce Christian morality. From your web site:
"As your Representative from the Texas 18th Congressional District, I would support an amendment to the United States Constitution to provide protection to all unborn children from the moment of conception by prohibiting any state or federal law that ignores the personhood of an unborn child. However, since amending the Constitution is an extremely lengthy process, I would introduce and co-sponsor the Federal Right to Life Act. This act would define 'personhood' as the moment of conception. Therefore, all unborn children would be protected without the need of amending the U. S. Constitution."
There is no earthly basis for considering an embryo a human life, and imposing this belief on others through the power of the state violates individual rights just as much as socialized medicine does.
I will not choose between a socialist and a theocrat. Both place other considerations above protecting individual rights.