by Marilyn Mackenzie
As I mentioned in a few places last night and this morning, I took notes during all the speeches last night during the Republican Convention. I'll be sharing my notes and thoughts about all of it later today or tomorrow. Probably today.
Many of you know that I shared an article not long ago about why I'm not a Democrat. Many of you criticized me for that article and tried to say that my life experiences were not enough to explain why I'm not a Democrat or a liberal. And many questioned my understanding of unions. Since then, I've spoken to a few other people who have been in unions or whose loved ones are in or have been in unions. They all said my representation of them - unions - was on target.
Last night, Mike Huckabee said something about why he's a Republican, and it speaks for me as well.
He said that many peope have the misundertanding that all Republicans were born rich. Then he said, "I'm not a Republican because I was born rich; I'm a Republican because I didn't want to spend my life poor."
I have to agree. That's why I'm a Republican as well.
To me, the Democrats are the "doom and gloom" party. They ALWAYS say that our country is in horrible shape and that only they can fix it. And they are determined to fix it by raising taxes and by increasing government.
The Republicans believe that every person has the ability to succeed. That our country's economy is not in the toilet and that what is wrong can be fixed.
They believe that is isn't right nor fair to try to increase taxes for the "rich" to give it to the poor. (They're not trying to be Robin Hood - like the Democrats!!!)
And they believe in reducing the size of the government.
If you buy into the doom and gloom mentalitiy, it makes sense that someone who appears to be young and an eloquent speaker would appeal to you.
But I don't buy into that. I know that we all have the ability to grow and to build, but only if we allow businesses and the "rich" the opportunity to provide more jobs.
Like Huckabee, I'm not a Republican because I was born rich. I was not. And I am a Republican because I don't want to spend my life poor.
I believe in the American dream, and I believe of the two candidates, only John McCain can offer that to me and to all of us. And with Governor Palin as Vice President, the maverick Senator, McCain, has the chance to do that.
I love this team...that is ready to "kick butt" in Washington.