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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Latest Activity: Mar 11
Started by Lauren Ell Mar 6.
Republican Atheists would really like to receive more thoughtful criticism for once. Here are comments that came in from followers of Friendly Atheist after…Continue
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Started by Lauren Ell Feb 24.
Read about Republican Atheists' accomplishments during its first year.…Continue
Started by Lauren Ell. Last reply by Stephen Feb 21.
Steve Anderson shares his experience of working with the Democratic party in…Continue
Tags: Humanist, Illinois, Republican
Started by Lauren Ell Feb 8.
Republican Atheists' President Lauren Ell discusses life in Sweden and mass migration on conservative podcast The Exceptional Conservative Network.
During that 1974 Republican primary I met many conservatives. They seemed like warm-hearted folk and a few invited me to visit their churches.
For 17 years I'd been a committed agnostic. I thanked them and said something like "I have a different faith." They seemed to understand and no one inquired further.
Fundamentalists had not yet taken over the Party.
Two years later I ended my computer career and moved to San Francisco. I met many liberal folk and they seemed indifferent.
"Some Republicans are mean and some Democrats are dumb."
Is that true?
For "mean" above, write "impatient realists". For "dumb" above "naive idealists".
Some Republicans are impatient realists and some Democrats are naïve idealists. That accounts for the sometimes noisy meanness and the sometimes noisy dumbness.
In the early 1970s, in Phoenix, I was a Republican working for a computer manufacturer. In 1974, hoping to defeat a Republican legislator whose interests were in agriculture, I decided to run.
Before WW2, irrigated agriculture was Arizona’s principal economic activity. The war brought young men there for air force training and companies manufacturing military equipment. Many of the men liked what they saw and after the war returned to raise families. Many companies, attracted by the trained workforce, also stayed and by the 1960s manufacturing had replaced agriculture.
Economic change foreshadows political change and many legislators had agricultural interests, which now included home building on what had been agricultural land. I worked for a computer manufacturer in Florida until a downturn resulted in my going to a Texas company. A downturn there resulted in an offer from the Phoenix branch of the Florida company. I accepted the offer so my wife and I went to Phoenix. We found a house in a district whose voters had sent a scion of an agricultural family to the legislature.
In the primary I won six times as many votes as most first time candidates but half as many as the incumbent. Had I won, a progressive Republican would have replaced a conservative Republican.
Happy 4th! Have a good one!
Funny thing about Kevin Drum - he reported on a survey back in April that found there are 0 Republican atheists. Republican Atheists wrote him a message to potentially do a follow up report about us but he has yet to respond.
lol to each their own I guess. I didn't think too much of my first boss who unfriended me on FB when I was 18 because he learned my favorite author is Ayn Rand. That wasn't very nice :( I've dealt with left leaning folk harassing me for my admiration for Rand ever since.
I saw this on Kevin Drum's Blog
KEVIN DRUMJUN. 22, 2017 10:25 PM
Here’s a story for you. My mother grew up in a Republican family.1 When Herbert Hoover was on the radio, everyone listened. But later she became a Democrat. What happened?
Well, she went off to college. But not some bleeding heart lefty bastion. She went to USC, which was even more Republican in 1950 than it is now. She didn’t get indoctrinated by a bunch of fuzzy liberal professors.
So what caused the switch? I asked her once, and she said that during her college years she came to the conclusion that Republicans were just mean. So she became a Democrat.
This struck me because I’ve long used the exact same word in the privacy of my own thoughts. I can write a sophisticated critique of conservative ideology as well as the next guy, but the truth is that it mostly boils down to a gut feel that Republicans are mean. I’ve never said this out loud because it sounds so kindergarten-y, but there it is. I think Republicans are mean, just like my mother did.
But now our time has come. Donald Trump started it, with his contention that Paul Ryan’s health care bill was “mean.” Today, Barack Obama picked up the ball, writing on Facebook about the “fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.” And then Chuck Schumer weighed in with a big red poster calling the Senate health care bill “meaner.”
So that’s that. It’s now OK to ditch the ten-dollar words and just spit it out. Republicans are mean.2
1I’ve never figured out what the deal was here. My grandfather was very much a working-class guy, an electrician for Western Union. But he hated FDR. I don’t know why.
2The weird thing about this is that I live in Orange County and I know lots of conservatives. For the most part, they aren’t mean. But put ’em together in a single political party, and it’s all torches and pitchforks.
I reached out to the author of that Mother Jones article to introduce Republican Atheists and provide a different perspective but did not receive response.
We should encourage conservative atheists. However, based on stats I looked on Google there a few self-labeled Republican Atheists.http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/how-many-republicans-...
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