Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I've Been Thinking...

Thinking about what I want to do with this blog. It has been ignored for months. I even thought about deleting it because I seemed to have lost interest. In the end, I decided to keep it and to start posting again.

I don't know what to do about the current political scene. There is much I don't understand. In many ways I feel helpless. One of the things that has bothered me for a long time has been the perceptions that people have of one another... in the political arena as well as just in every day life. We tend to box everyone into a category... even ourselves.

I am a Christian. I am politically conservative. I believe in limited government and a free market system. I am a registered Republican.

I am not surrounded only by those that believe the same as I do. I have the ability to disagree with people while still appreciating their right to believe as they choose. The truth is I am most interested in people and what makes them tick.

The characterization of Republicans being rich and not caring about the poor really bothers me. Where does that come from?

For the time being, I am going to take this blog in a bit of a different direction. I want to understand the people behind the labels. I want to take a look at different relief agencies, learn their histories, see the impact they've had, and look at who is supporting those agencies. I'd like to look at current government programs here in the United States as well as relief agencies supported by donations... secular and religious. I also want to take a look at the same in terms of our involvement in other countries.

I have talked to some people about interviewing them for this purpose. The more I've thought about this project, the more I've realized it could become an overwhelming task. I am just an Uneducated Housewife and I've got responsibilities that come with that. I haven't got this all figured out but I am just going to start and while it may not be well planned, I hope that it will be interesting.

I am going to begin with Compassion International. Stay tuned.


Susanne said...

Looking forward to it!

I am all as you described yourself, and I've often puzzled as well why Republicans are often considered as uncaring and so forth. I recall a poll or something a few years ago where they said actually conservative areas were more generous in giving to charity. I believe South Dakota was way more charitable than San Franciscans, for instance.

I hated GWB's team had to coin the term "compassionate conservative" as if this was a new breed and the old conservatives were hard-hearted jerks. I'm sure some were and are, but I think the same is true for ALL people - some are more generous and some are more generous with other people's money! There is a difference.

I don't mind giving my money to people in need, but I strongly resent the gov't mandating I give it. Are you familiar with the black economics teacher and columnist Walter Williams? I bring up his race because he writes something interesting. He believes much of the socialistic policies which our country has embraced is modern slavery! When I work and then the gov't forces me to pay taxes for services for OTHER PEOPLE then, in essence, I am a slave - working for someone else's benefit.

Anyway, I look forward to your posts. :)

Coffee Bean said...

I do not like the term "compassionate conservative" for the same reason, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Please don't give up!

For someone like me who naturally leans to the left (though not always), this blog is indispensable.

Conservatism in Britain has always been seen as uncaring. Historically, the party had opposed many measures that aimed to make ordinary people better off - the National Health System, free education etc. They were seen to have an 'if they don't have bread, let them eat cake' attitude.

This European attitude (shaped by European history) towards conservatism seems to have seeped into American politics.

Although I lean to the left, I am also a free-marketeer (to a large extent) because it makes economic sense and I do believe in small-government. I do however, also think that any citizen should be entitled to affordable healthcare and from my experience, the most efficient way of doing it is the French system.

Coffee Bean said...

Hi Shafiq!

It's not that conservatives are opposed to healthcare or to programs that help those in need. The opposition comes from government control of those things. All you have to do is look at our system here and see the generational effects of welfare. It is bondage!!!

BLBeamer said...

I believe the characterization of Republicans as rich and uncaring came from rich, uncaring Democrats.

BLBeamer said...

Oh, and welcome back. I hope you mean it this time when you say you are going to start blogging again.

Andy said...

CB, I'm glad to see your posts popping up on my Reader.

When you wrote, "I don't know what to do about the current political scene. There is much I don't understand. In many ways I feel helpless..." it really struck a chord.

I think there are a bunch of us just like you. While I am not a registered Republican, I am a Christian (though some Christians find my views to be odd), and more conservative than most Republicans in gubmit.

DEFINITELY. NOT. RICH.!!! But, I like your idea about delving in to relief agencies (mission orgs, secular charities, etc.). If you can find the time to do it (My wife is an uneducated housewife that raised four sons, and half of their friends btw...so I know the constraints that come with the territory), it should be very interesting.

Regardless, I'm glad to see you back at the keyboard. But, do what is best for you and yours.