Valuable Values?

29 Sep

Well, hello all.  I am certainly feeling better than I was last week!  Having never actually suffered through the flu until recently, I can say with all sincerity that I wouldn’t wish that nasty virus on my worst enemy.  I’m lying; there was a time in the not so distant past that I would most certainly have wished that resistant strain on an enemy or two, but I am pleased to say that I have actually matured and grown-up since then.

Now, I wish for all of our sakes that “leaders” in Washington would do some growing up of their own!  While I was in recovery mode, I was able to do a lot of news and channel surfing, and I saw that the big conservative push in Washington last week centered around an event called, “The Value Voters Summit”.  The premise behind this clearly partisan weekend-long convention was to basically rally the Religious Right and to ensure that they remained emphatic in their efforts to support the Republican agenda.   The gathering was also integral in providing a platform for GOP legislators and office holders to pontificate in such a way that conservative voters were assured that these leaders continue to meet the ideological standard that make them the self proclaimed party of all things right (no pun intended) and wholesome.

Don’t get me wrong, you won’t find me knocking anyone’s choice to gather in an effort to enrich the lives of others, but I have to say, the literature I read and the reports I saw on the Voters Summit this year really had me raising my eyebrows.  While many of the breakout sessions, based on title and description alone could have been a part of ANY progressive conference, some of the session summaries where downright shocking… 

TRUE TOLERANCE: COUNTERING THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

OBAMACARE: RATIONING YOUR LIFE AWAY: Long lines, refusal of care, months waiting for needed surgeries, rationing of treatments, mandates in support of abortion. These are all results of the health care plan currently being debated and placed in the United States, affecting all aspects of your life from your family decisions, to your paycheck to your tax bill. Is it the role of the federal government to provide womb to tomb healthcare? What about personal choice?

 

GLOBAL WARMING HYSTERIA: THE NEW FACE OF THE “PRO-DEATH” AGENDA: Learn why policies to fight alleged man-made global warming will instead cause hundreds of millions of premature deaths throughout this century, and how human liberty, responsibility, and flourishing are the key to a healthier environment.

 

THE NEW MASCULINITY: Feminism has wreaked havoc on marriage, women, children and men. It is time to redress the disorder it has wrought and that must start with getting the principles and ideals for a new “masculinism” right.

 

THUGOCRACY – FIGHTING THE VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY: “Hate crime” legislation, removal of conscience protections for health care workers, the Fairness Doctrine, groups like ACORN intimidating voters and committing voter fraud, “Card Check” legislation to create a permanent majority – President Obama and the Democratic Party is doing all it can to suppress free speech that they disagree with and that threatens their plans for a “permanent majority” in power…how real is this threat and how can we fight it?

 

Wow!  Reading all of that, you’d think that Democrats as a whole were faithless and immoral, conniving and hell-bent on ruining the quality of life for all Americans.  What I continue to find most shocking is that the Republican Party and Voters Summit sponsors honestly do seem to believe that they have the monopoly on “Values”.  Ironic, especially when invited speakers on the roster included Rep. Eric Cantor – VA (who during President Obama’s address to the Nation on Healthcare, was too engrossed with his Blackberry to offer the President any semblance of attention) and Rep. Roy Blunt – MO  (who while speaking at the Summit, told an off-color “monkey” joke).

Hmm, I wonder what values were really supposed to have been highlighted that weekend?  And Disrespect 101 wasn’t on the agenda?  Surely either of these Congressmen could have been the keynote speaker for such a session, no?

What about values like caring, community, empathy, justice and tolerance?  Shouldn’t they have been values addressed at The Value Voters Summit, because they are values that matter to all people, not just those who only identify with the Left or the Right?  Until there are meetings aimed at addressing the concerns of  THE PEOPLE as opposed to THE AGENDAS, how can we ever expect America to work for us?

I’m Packing Up,

~Tiff

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