I have noticed a highly Republican sentiment on this board, and while I don't want to get into a flame war, I would like to talk about just why it is that I am not a Republican despite being raised in a highly republican household. Personally there are some specific policy issues that I agree with the right on, but when you look at the big picture the right is funded almost totally by large corporations who have no regard for the average American (who make up a large portion of the republican base) The right is very skilled at masking their policy stances as being good for America when in reality they hurt a large majority of Americans. The Bush tax cuts for the rich have created a situation where Alan Greenspan now says that Social Secuirity should be cut. Meanwhile I continue to be amazed by the stagering amount of money the Bush Administration has underfunded it's own programs, first and foremost being No Child Left Behind, an excelent idea in principal but a horrible idea in practice along with the tax cuts that have left the federal government hemoraging. On Social Issues Republicans are equally as wrong in it's stance on most issues. While I stongly support a ban on late-term and partial-birth abortions the right hides under it's Religion-friendly stereotype on most social issues as simply a guise for votes so they can continue their economic policies that will make them and their friends lots of money at the expense of the average American family. I could go into detail ad-nausem about the proposed Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages but at the end of the day I fail to see how this is even a relevant issue and since when did ANYONE aquire the right to tell people what they can and can't do. The attempt to write bigotry into the Constitution is personally embarassing to me, I thought as a nation we had at least evolved to the point where we were so concerned with ourselves that we didn't care what other's did but I guess not. I really don't care if someone want's to marry a turtle, if that turtle is willing so be it. It has zero effect on me as a person. 3500 gay couples have been married in San Fransisco in the last few weeks, is anyone worse off for it? Who are we to stand in the way of someone else's quest of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? On Foriegn Policy the right enjoys a stereotype as being better for the country's saftey, when in reality the actions of this president has done more to increase the likleyhood of another 9/11 than anyone could have possibly imagined. Osama Bin Laden has cited the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War (A decision made my Bush's father and a number of people in the current administarion *cough*Don Rumsfeld *cough*) as the main reason he started to target the United States in the first place. The Administration irresponsibly gave away the lives of 500 Americans in Iraq just like you or me for a essentially no reason. No WMD, No Threat to the US or her allies, nothing at all. Sure Sadamn is a bad guy and the world is better off for him, but he is hardly the only of his kind, only the best known. If we are going to take him out why not the others? And at what point is our military so spread out that a crisis in North Korea or somewhere else would not be able to be taken care of because of military needs elsewhere? In closing the Republican stance on the Economy, Social Issues, and Foreign Affairs are equally bad for the country and ultimatley irresponsible for the well being of all Americans regardless of political party.