Tuesday, September 18, 2007

There Was a "Values Voter" Debate Last Night?

Yes, there was. And since bodily integrity and civil rights for homosexuals aren't valuable, this was a Republican debate. The real story according to the mainstream media, however, is the absence of the big names in flip-flopping and bigotry: Giuliani, McCain, Romney, and Fred Thompson. The real story according to me is what was talked about: abortion and homosexuality. Cuz nothing says small government like regulating what goes on in your body and bedroom!

"All seven participants [Huckabee, Brownback, John Cox, Alan Keyes, Paul, Tancredo, and Hunter] said they would work to keep federal funding away from organizations that perform or promote abortions; to revive an attempt to reform Social Security by offering personal retirement accounts; and to oppose a government-run universal health insurance system. They all vowed to increase funding for abstinence education, to veto hate crimes legislation and to oppose embryonic stem cell research. They all agreed multiculturalism 'weakens and divides' the country."

In short, these are the values of the "values voters," the so-called largest voting bloc in the country. Turning women into baby-making slaves is a value. Making it more difficult for retired senior citizens to pay the bills is a value. Making it more difficult for Americans to get healthcare is a value. Lying to teenagers about sex is a value. Hating people for their race, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender and harassing, assaulting, raping, or killing them because of it is a value. Not allowing the United States to research potential cures for the most debilitating diseases is a value. Ethnocentrism is a value.

Those who sponsored the Values Voters Debate has one thing right. Values voters are the largest voting bloc in the country. That's because it's the only voting bloc in the country. Everyone votes on values. I, for example, value human and civil rights, so I will vote for candidates and legislation that support human and civil rights. I value education. That's why I will vote for candidates and legislation that will make our public schools give accurate information to children and encourage them to be creative. And you get the idea. What makes this values voter different from those values voters who held the debate is that I don't believe my values make me superior to everyone else.

Oh, and Mike Huckabee won the debate, apparently.

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