CJ Werleman's just published Atheists Can't Be Republicans.
That atheists are secularists is one reason why atheists can’t be member of today’s Republican Party.
The Grand Old Party (GOP) is ... a theocratic sponsor,...
Atheists can’t be Republicans because the economic and social policies of the Republican Party have been proven abjectly false and dangerous. Much in the same way religion is false and dangerous. In other words, atheists who cling onto modern U.S. conservative ideology are hanging onto ideas that have either been proven mythical at worse or remain unproven at best. If atheists applied the same litmus test to their political ideology as they do to theology, then clearly an atheist cannot be a Republican.
Atheists are the fastest growing minority in the country. We now have the critical mass to shape elections and policy. Were atheists able to establish a monolithic political demographic, one that is based on proven economic and social policies, then our potential political power would translate into saving this country from the clutches of the American Taliban and Wall Street.
On the other hand, the author also says,
... I have come in contact with as many idiot atheists as I have with idiot Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
During the Reagan years I told a conservative and a liberal who were arguing, "You two go right ahead. While your attentions are on each other, we progressives will empty your shelves."
They looked completely mystified.
Luara, you said
Republicans tend to be realistic about our need for energy and to use resources, as in oil drilling.
I don't consider "Drill Baby, Drill!" realism, because it ignores the consequence of fossil fuel burning. People don't need oil-based transport, we need transport. What we have now, with fossil fuel subsidies, isn't remotely free market.
It's important to see the valid motives that Republicans have - not ascribe only bad motives to them.
Some Republicans have a valid concern with the national debt. I hardly ever see liberals mention such concerns - but they affect us all.
Some Republicans have a valid concern with personal freedom and choices, with living one's life free of government interference. Having bureaucracies regulating your life is a nightmare.
Many small business owners are Republicans. They see the downside of big government, in taxes, paperwork and regulations.
Some Republicans have bought Ayn Rand's philosophy, hook, line and that proverbial sinker. She looked at individuals as the primary focus of decision making and failed to observe the need for community. It is very telling that she decried government intervention, yet accepted her Social Security check each month. A philosophy of self leads to failure to see the effects of one's actions. She did not think a country needed a social services network, when, in fact, that is a prime element of the success or failure of an economic system.
A garden gives a good example. A successful, knowledgable, observant gardener has an oversupply of many products. That oversupply, at least in my garden went into baskets to the local community center so people could take what they needed at no cost to them. It didn't hurt me at all to give from my abundance and I met a lot of very nice people by doing this.
Government functions under the same principles; a well run economy is a successful one, producing goods and services, and the creators of those goods and services participate in sharing the profit. Wealth is not created by and for one person. It takes a community to produce goods and services, that create profits. In such circumstances, there is always an abundance, and that can be shared with those too old, too young, too sick or disabled, to have their basic needs met.
Relying on charity leads to two vulnerabilities. 1) Not all people in need are served; 2) charity is a good way to make great wealth, just by skimming off funds into the coffers of those who handle the money.
Many small business owners pay higher tax rates than some corporations. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. Small business creates more jobs than mega-business, take better care of the land, and practice sustainable farming, for example.
Luara, Repubs attack regulations so angrily that I want to know if they mean to repeal the late-1800s, early-1900s progressive-era's child labor laws, the pure food and drugs laws, the truth in labelling law, and every other protection for people who are not wealthy.
A few years ago, Clinton cooperated in repealing Glass-Steagall, which contributed to the 2008-09 crash.
The party's beloved "job creators" don't create jobs; people who buy goods and services create them.
And as Florida's Alan Grayson said in Congress, the Repub health care plan is "If you become ill, die quickly."
So much anger.
Luara, Republicans have done some things many A/N folk would have supported. (In political discourse I avoid the use of terms such as 'good' and 'evil'.)
In the 1960s, moderate Repubs gave the Dems the votes necessary to pass the civil rights bills.
Southern Dems, whose ancestors had owned slaves, walked. Many turned mean and violent.
But far right Repubs had been expelling moderates since Ike's presidency, and some Repubs knew the Party would soon be losing elections. They went south and recruited people who were Dems because the Repubs of Lincoln's time had freed the slaves.
Balancing the budget may be crucial for our future. The national debt may hurt us all in the end.
It's more than crucial to folk younger than I; the national debt will hurt them badly.
There was a time when Republican administrations were fiscally responsible. But Reagan and the two Bushes have been borrowing record-setting amounts, leaving an increasing federal deficit.
The Dems, cowed either by their Viet Nam disaster or by Repubs calling them taxers and spenders, did not return the compliment and call Repubs borrowers and spenders.
That 1980s fiscal policy change was as stark as the early 1970s social policy change.
From the early 1920s until the early 1970s, for instance, Repubs introduced and supported the Equal Rights Amendment; the Dems opposed it.
Paraphrasing an ancient expression, an unexamined political party loyalty is not worth having.
In 1974 I ran in a Repub primary, hopng to unseat a Repub incumbent. Men I worked with teased me with "A moderate Republican is a lonely man." I was too busy campaigning to notice.
When Reagan invited the evangelicals into the Party, I left -- vowing to not vote Repub again. I haven't voted Repub since then.
Michael, the First Amendment protects your right to give the word "steal" any definition you like.
Only with stealth candidates will views like yours win Libertarians a majority in Congress or in any state or local legislative body.