What I believe

NOTE: This page is a work in progress, so please be patient…

Abortion: It’s murder. Period. A straw argument I often hear is it’s a woman’s body. Well, considering the unborn child always has its own unique DNA and often (such as in my own case) a different blood type, that’s not true.

The reality is, sex is not a right, but rather a privilege. It also carries with it a huge responsibility with far more emotional consequences than people (including men) care to admit. If you’re not ready for the responsibility (paying child support, raising a child, putting it up for adoption), then you’re not ready for sex.

Capital punishment: It always amazes me how some of the most staunchly pro-abortion crowds can be so anti-death penalty–especially when we’re talking about an incorrigible murderer who’s been convicted on irrefutable, incontrovertible evidence. Especially if it’s a murderer who can and will murder again if they escape from prison.

I’m open to holding off on the execution of someone whose appealing based on compelling circumstances (where DNA may exonerate or where the conviction is based on questionable circumstances). Otherwise, a person who murders in cold blood should be executed.

Affirmative action: A person should be judged by their character, experience and other qualifications. Race and ethnicity should be completely irrelevant.

The environment: We as Christians are expected to be responsible stewards of this planet. This means trying to be efficient as much as possible, disposing of hazardous materials in safe ways, turning off water and lights when not needed. But I worry that groups like the Sierra Club and other environmental lobbyists are more about power than they are the environment. Oil and gas should be drilled in a responsible way, but also in a way that doesn’t drown in government bureaucracy. Unless you like paying $6 per gallon for gas, let the companies do their jobs. They’re not the eco-enemies many would have you believe.

Gay rights: I don’t support gay marriage or allowing gays to adopt, but I don’t see why there should be anti-sodomy laws. It makes me very uncomfortable that the government should try to dictate what sexual acts can take place in private. What consenting adults do in private, as long as it doesn’t pertain to me, is none of my business and I’d rather keep it that way.

Benefits for domestic partners? I lean towards no but am not certain.

Energy: Explore for oil and gas to keep the prices down and make America energy independent, but keep researching for alternate fuels. Let’s face it, folks: this planet has a finite amount of oil and gas. Someday the internal combustion engine will be obsolete.

Democrats: There are some I agree with and some I disagree with. I think the notion that democrats are for the poor and downtrodden is a myth.

Republicans: There are some I agree with and some I disagree with. I find it very disappointing so many have gotten away from responsible fiscal policies. This is one of the main reasons I’m an independent conservative.

Hollywood and politics: I have no problems with actors, musicians, producers and other entertainers giving their opinions on politics, as long as it’s well-spoken and has something to say. Sorry, Sean Penn, but wanting to trade Bill O’Reilly and/or Howard Stern for Osama bin Laden doesn’t qualify. Sorry, Danny Glover, but meeting with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and extolling his virtues over then-president George W. Bush when Chavez is trying to turn Venezuela into a dictatorship doesn’t qualify.

National Day of Prayer: Clif, my stepfather-in-law, said something very poignant that helped me nail down why I’ve become so reluctant of this day. It should be a prayer of repentance rather than a prayer for prosperity.

Tolerance: Tolerance that is intolerant towards what it deems intolerant is itself intolerance.

Vegetarianism/veganism: I eat meat. My favorites are beef, chicken, some fish and some pork. I also love eggs, cheese and milk. But I completely support the right of those who wish to not eat meat or animal products.

Journalism: What’s going on in journalism is a microcosm of what’s going on in the government, the auto industry and countless other places: people who are lousy writers or reporters are inexplicably put into positions of leadership. Bad leadership makes for even worse decisions.

The economy: How do we solve our fiscal woes? For starters, spend less than we earn. My deepest disappointment of President George W. Bush (whom I voted for twice) was that he never put his foot down by telling Congress he wouldn’t sign a budget that had red ink. When you consider the billions of dollars in wasteful spending we do annually, it’s maddening. I mean, do we really need faith-based initiatives or the National Endowment of the Arts?

  1. Tami Gay
    May 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Richard this was great being a conservative myself I find myself in line with what you said. I donot understand what makes Hollywood think that common sense people care about there political prefrences however there are some that will vote a certain way just because there fave star supports that person. (scary) I myself am looking foward to November.

  2. Weiler
    June 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I like this post. I agree with a lot of what you said, but more so I always find it refreshing when I see others who think similar to the way I do. Not because my way of thinking is right but because (sorry to say) I see a lot of stupid people in this country who have a lot of ignorant beliefs and views that are solely based on what others have told them and not on knowledge or facts. I’m not sure if I agree with you on abortion but I definitely believe in capital punishment, even if it may be the easy way out for some criminals. Rotting in prison seems like a bigger punishment to me, but at the same time why waste space in prison, why not create a bigger deterrent. It seems criminals often have more rights than the innocent these days. Anyhow I also believe gay people should have the right to marry but my views on marriage don’t have any religious meaning behind them. But I understand that the definition of marriage in western countries is based on the christian definition so thus marriage between a man and woman is law. I have a lot of respect for the law, I only wish it were enforced more.

  3. joyce zowie
    December 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Richard,
    I agree with all of this blog. You are well read, well educated, and I am very proud of you.
    Love, Aunt J.

  4. Gerald Zowie
    December 26, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Richard,
    I just got my wife to read this to me, and then I have this to say. Now remember I am a goof off, can’t help myself it is just who I am.
    So having said this, here is my reply, I too, agree with what you have written here, and I too am proud of you. However, I want to move to China, at least
    they know how to make everything our Country buys and not be charged tarifs when shipping to us their product, and we don’t charge them any when they purchase from us.
    Love, Uncle Jerry Post Scrip: I want to buy myself a donkey and ride to Mongolia. Any hints on how to find one?

  5. Dane lance
    February 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Richard,

    I consider myself a conservative, but I believe, like you, I tend toward independent thought and ideas. All of the social stigmas and issues aside, it is my belief that the liberal mindset in general is the catalyst driving this country downward.

    Political correctness is another huge detractor. We can no longer say what we truly mean without fear of reprisals from special interest groups. The recent change in the DADT in the military is a fine example. Citizens comprising approximately 1% of the entire population of the country holds the other 99% hostage because of their sexual orientation. Does anyone else see a slight issue with this?

    We can no longer call a rose a rose and we are prisoners to our own verbal games. There is far more we CAN’T say than we CAN say without OFFENDING someone. Well, my take is quite simple, welcome to America, you are free to be as offended as you want to be.

    The eruption in Egypt is a very scary thing also. Anyone not worried by this is either completely out of touch, or too far to the left to comprehend it. The Islamic Brotherhood is poised to take control. Our own president is working to put together a financial package to support them. Couple this group with Iran’s mad man leader and Saudi Arabia’s acquiescence and we are, literally, on the verge of seeing a push from Islamic held countries to further their dominance in the world. Anyone thinking this is a scare tactic cry needs to spend even a small amount of time reading and understanding Islam and its history. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly stated his goal is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and if you think their nuke plants are only for peaceful purposes, guess again.

    I think overall we have some far more pressing issues in the global arena than we do here at home, not to say home isn’t important, but we’d do well as a country to re-learn a couple of characteristics that seem to have fallen by the way side…priorities and personal responsibility.

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