“First, my answer my surprise you. I am a registered republican and believe in less government – this helps everyone. Second, I am pro-life. I firmly believe that life begins at conception and that the unborn must be protected. I agree with you that most conservative republicans are quick to ignore the children after birth. Yes, they criticize the influx of children into our southern border, they are more than willing to bomb foreign lands, which may harm innocent children, in order to wipe out our enemies, or are too quick to complain about the welfare state in this nation. Yet at the same time, republican politicians proclaim from the mountaintops of their pro-life stance. To me, their proclamations do nothing more than to fill their campaign coffers and rile up the base. My prolife position is one of before and after. In other words, we must do our best to protect (before) and sustain (after) life after birth. Do we need to address the dependence on welfare? Yes. Do we need to secure our border? We as republicans, and I’ll throw in some of the evangelical Christians in here, must be ready to face the outcome that results from children being born --- that they need to be supported and protected. This means that we must be willing to pay some taxes to support those less fortunate children. We must be willing to educate the parents of those children and to promote job training and other self-sustaining methods. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to help the poor. Now, that doesn’t mean that government is the answer; however, since government is involved heavily at this point in the welfare state, we must use government at some level to have programs that lead to sustainability. It’s so very easy to lump everyone who receives a government handout as lazy and ungrateful. While I am certain that those people are out there, I am just as certain that there are those who are thankful for the assistance. Again, I am a firm believer in less government. Government intrusion into its citizens’ lives must begin to be diminished; otherwise, we will lose our right to pursue happiness as the Declaration of Independence so eloquently proclaims. So to wrap up this long explanation, I say this…if we are to be consistent, then we must be pro life BEFORE and AFTER birth.”
The bartender looked at me and said that you sir, you are no republican…although you are not a democrat either. What do you consider yourself? “I’m a republican who believes that everyone in this country deserves a chance.”
As I was leaving, he extended his hand to me and said that he wished more people who have differing views would be able to talk as openly and freely as we did, without the animosity that generally ensues. “Me too”, I said. “Me too”.