|Sent on:||Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:23 AM|
> I do continue to find it difficult to understand how an Atheist or a > homosexual can be a part of this party The GOP and Democrat parties are very big tents. It is rare to find someone who agrees with either party 100%. The key is what issues are more important to you for which one you join. For example, some gays have no interest in marrying someone or, if they do, don't give a flip if the government acknowledges it or not. (I'm hetero, but I offered my wife the option of an unlicensed marriage if she wanted, for example.) Such folks could also have very strong positive feelings about other Republican planks, such as free market, self-defense (see the Pink Pistols organization: "Armed gays don't get bashed"), bombing Muslim countries, etc. If those issues outweigh the marriage issue for a particular homosexual (or atheist, etc.) then he'd be more likely to join the Republicans than the Democrats. It goes both ways. How can a devout Christian believer be a Democrat? Take former governor Ted Strickland, an ordained minister. He is fiscally conservative. He was endorsed by the NRA over our current Republican governor (Strickland had voted against the 1990s Brady Bill; Kasich had voted for it). Strickland is also very sympathetic to Christianity. But he favored the Democrats for social issues and labor unions. The latter issues were more important to him than the former, so he join the Democrats. I tend to be conservative on the economic and self-defense issues, but liberal on the social and war issues. Yet economics and self-defense are more important to me, so I tend to sympathize more with Republicans than Democrats. But not always: I did pick Strickland over Kasich and Cordray over DeWine. David.
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