You can read Part 1 HERE
Now days that R word can be seen as quite the nasty word. After writing about the first R word I did feel a lot of angst and stress lift off of my chest. These topics have been weighing me down so long that I forgot how cathartic blogging really was. But I don't know how many blogs it will take for me to be comfortable saying, I'm a Republican.
People ask, Why? It used to be simple, my dad and grandpas taught me tax cuts were good and the red side was the one who cut taxes. It was very cut and dry. Now at 37 it isn't so easy. Part of me wants to keep it easy and say it's the tax cuts. Reality is, it is so much more.
School Choice - my children went to Charter Schools, it saved my daughters education. She was extremely behind when we got her from foster care and her first year with us in a public ISD, was a disaster. We moved her to a charter school and she went from a kindergarten level learning to on pace in 3 years. It was a miracle. Now she is in a dual program high school, taking an advanced math class, and excelling. Competition brings the best to the top. And all students deserve to go to the best, not just the rich who can afford private schools. I've always been a fan of the voucher program, I remember debating this in high school. This is almost the most important issue right now to me as a voter.
Abortion is a really hard topic for me. Losing my daughter Elizabeth in 2007 to abortion will be the hardest thing in my life. Choosing to continue my life while ending hers. The pain I feel daily sometimes is insurmountable. It's been 13 years and it feels like yesterday. Honestly, I used to hate Republicans. Because of them I had to sign 27 pages saying I understood I was murdering my child. But it was her or me, she was making me sick, and in the end, September that year, I almost died of septic infection because of the pregnancy. I resented the Republicans in Austin a lot honestly. But as I have gotten older and reflected on my feelings and my religion I have come to terms with the Republican's on this issue. I will never think an abortion is the right choice if your life isn't in danger. But, I will never think it is my right or place to judge or tell you what to do. We all are adults. But, abortion, I believe in preserving those babies lives. Even though I voted no to making a state wide abortion ban, I just can't vote for the left. I can't bring myself to give the power to end so many babies lives. My husband and I could NEVER deliver a child alive, yet so many people end their babies lives. For that, I vote Republican.
The left says they are not trying to take away our 2nd Amendment, but it sure comes across like you are. My opinion, we have a mental health crisis in America, not a gun problem. Making it harder for people in general to get guns isn't the solution. Improving our healthcare is. Gun's don't kill people, people kill people. in 2018, 14,123 people in the US were murdered, 10,265 were by some type of firearm. I know that number is staggering. But this article explains that while this number seems extremely high, it is still much lower than the number of people who die of heart disease. To me, I believe, if we focused as much attention on the food consumed in the US as we do gun control, you would actually save more lives. If you want to fact check, please feel free. Here is my source. I think efforts need to be done to decrease the amount of violent death, absolutely. But, gun control isn't it. Health care is.
Obamacare, honestly, I have not seen how this has helped the world. You taxed people for not having health care and you raise the cost of health care for those of us who already had it. I think competition brings about better quality care. I read about the Republicans helping the Vets with better medical care, I hope it's true. Trump said he would, and the entire Republican party, protect pre-existing conditions, again I hope this is true. I don't see how letting the gov't dictate health care is a good thing. Have you ever known the gov't to control something effective and efficiently? You cannot tell me that Congress is good at effectively and efficiently carrying out policy, how are they going to carry out health care?
Business, I think the Republican economic policies and practices help out more businesses than the Democrats. I think the trade deals that have helped farmers and steel workers is important. I think the Democrats have too many regulations. Do I think we need to wipe out all regulations, no, but I think over regulating is a very bad thing. I think the environment is in jeopardy of really being hurt if we do not stop our current path. But there just has to be middle ground. Somehow to save the planet and not cost all those workers their jobs.
Lastly, for the moment, taxes. I just believe lower taxes stimulate the economy. It puts more money in the hands of consumers. It allows for our spending to increase which supports businesses. More spending in business means more tax revenue collected by way of sales tax. Biden reversing the tax cut isn't a good thing. We all know sometimes you just have to raise taxes, President Bush faced that when he was up for re-election, but this isn't that time.
I hope that my reasons for voting Red on November 3rd make sense. I think there are people out there like me that mirror these thoughts. I read an article today from a Catholic Bishop that said it is our duty as Catholics to vote our conscience ... this post is mine.