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The Constitution states:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. (No this is not an amendment, it’s part of the original document;Article 4, Section 4)

Republic is defined as: Republic republic n 1 : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and is usually a president; also : a nation or other political unit having such a government 2 : a government in which supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives governing according to law; also : a nation or other political unit having such a form of government. (In the context of the United States, both definitions apply.) Source: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

I’m going to go out on a limb here and confess something I don’t normally talk about except with close friends. I was an abused spouse. Sometimes you have to personalize the political messages in ways that make sense to you and I’m going to use this context to show you some of my reasonings for my stances on issues.
When I hear Hillary Clinton say: “I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none…”  I hear my ex-husband telling me that he’ll take care of everything, he’ll decide everything, even what I can say, to whom I can say it, and with whom I can associate and that everything will be taken care of right because “he’s in charge and knows what’s best better than anyone else.” Like all broad boastful statements, it goes by the wayside when things go wrong and then it’s always, “It’s your fault. You didn’t do enough. You didn’t say the right things, didn’t do the right things…”

When I hear Obama say: “If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less…” I hear my ex-husband justifying the amount of weekly allowance he needed that took away from day to day living for me and the children after telling us we need to budget better. We sacrificed so he could have more; somtimes the kids had to wait for necessary school supplies because there was no money. It’s not that the ex-husband didn’t make a decent enough wage, it’s just the he spent indiscriminately in the name of  the common good… or so he said.  He was the “bread winner” so his needs came first according to his rules… It didn’t help that he prevented me from having a successful career or a job at all for many years. The only jobs I was allowed to do were volunteer jobs which made him look good… not that I minded my volunteer work. I absolutely loved it in actuality. However, even that fell to the wayside when it interfered with his “thing”. When I finally rebelled and went to work in spite of him, he took that money, too, to spend on his mistresses which were my fault, too, by the way. You can’t make it cost less. One way or another it will cost more, either through taxation or the costs of insurance premiums and they will justify the expense someway, somehow that is not their fault but ours.

To add insult to injury here’s another great headline/byline by the great Obama:

Renewing American Leadership
Barack Obama
COMMON SECURITY FOR OUR COMMON HUMANITY  (Scary stuff to me considering I heard it all before for 23 years. There’s a big difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. Consider this: “At moments of great peril in the last century, American leaders such as Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy managed both to protect the American people and to expand opportunity for the next generation. What is more, they ensured that America, by deed and example, led and lifted the world — that we stood for and fought for the freedoms sought by billions of people beyond our borders.” Where in all his voting and debate has he ever supported anything like that statement? )

Peggy Noonan wrote in the Opinion Journal: “The president has taken to suggesting that opponents of his immigration bill are unpatriotic–they “don’t want to do what’s right for America.” His ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, “We’re gonna tell the bigots to shut up.” On Fox last weekend he vowed to “push back.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who oppose the bill want “mass deportation.” Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose the bill are “anti-immigrant” and suggested they suffer from “rage” and “national chauvinism.”

When Bush says I don’t want to do “what’s right for America” , Graham says that “I’m bigot and should shut up”, Chertoff calling me a murderer by proxy because I find their policy unacceptable, Guttierez saying I want “mass deportation” , and Gerson saying I’m full of “rage” and national chauvinism”… I hear my ex-husband telling me that I’m selfish and spiteful and hateful because I wanted a little respect and acknowledgement of my contribution to our marriage. I wasn’t doing what’s right, that I wasn’t important enough to be considered, too stupid to know what’s best for myself let alone anybody else, and that I was the drone to be ordered here, there, and everywhere while someone else reaped the benefits of my labor.

Now, the biggest problems I have with this “shamnesty bill” is the amnesty portion. Regardless of how the President or anybody else spins it, it is amnesty because it gives special status to illegal aliens over and above those who have gone the legal route. The President argues that these illegal aliens will have to get in line behind all the others in line but misses the fact that they won’t ever have to get in that line in the first place as long as they keep their Z-visas. Nor will they have to assimilate. Legislation for border control and administration is a sham. They can’t do the job now so what’s slapping new legislation going to do besides which they take away all responsibility for it by that special little clause: “subject to the availability of fund”?  Nor will it account for all those people who don’t care that they are breaking our laws because they can with very little repercussions.  Again, I hear my ex-husband telling me to trust him, just trust him to do what’s right with no evidence that he’s capable of doing anything for my good.

From another article: “He talks of a belief in opportunity, which has defined conservatives for generations. “America is a country whose soul is constantly renewed by people pursuing what has been labeled the American Dream. It’s an amazing country where people can come with nothing except for God-given talent and a deep desire to improve their family’s lives and succeed.”   Bush misses the fact that many of these illegal aliens want no such thing. Instead, what they want and apparently he and the rest of D.C. want is to rob us citizens of the “American Dream”.

I worked hard to not only get out of that abusive marriage but also to get out of victim status. I wanted to pursue the “American Dream” for myself, late start though I was getting and now, just as it is becoming a real possibility, they seek to strip away my opportunity. I’m not a victim anymore and I refuse to go back to being a victim; nor do I want to be dependent upon the government to dole out a few crumbs while they take the lion’s share to give to someone else. I will fight tooth and nail and any other way I have to keep it from happening again. Yet, that is what the government(Republicans and Democrats) expects of me, to become just another drone to pander to their self-interests that are not for “the people and by the people”. This is why I’m an Independent, will always be an Independent, and will die an Independent.

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