How the GOP Can Expand Our Base and Increase Support among Women

Some in the Republican Party want to know why we have a problem with the female vote. I should have made it clear that my previous article was written from the view of women. If men want to continue calling us “idiots” and make fun of us for seeing things differently than they do – the GOP will never make up the ground we’ve lost with women voters.

I firmly believe that women are made very differently than men. We are not as strong physically and we are different emotionally. Our brains are used differently. Some of us make decisions based on emotions. That is why I prefer strong confident men taking the leadership positions – especially when they are willing to listen to some input from us women so they can see some different views before making the final decisions.

Because we sometimes base decisions on emotion, trust and likeability are very important. We also base our decisions on how it will affect our family. That is why things like education, health care, how to provide food and shelter, national security, etc. are big issues. (The national security issue is probably the reason the liberal media wasn’t doing their job of reporting the news about what was going on in Libya and Iran before the election. They didn’t want to lose another election like they did against Bush.)

I’m more the traditional type of woman that is married to a godly man that has always provided for the family. He allowed me to work outside the home if I really wanted to – which was mostly volunteer work at various private schools where our children attended. He liked coming home to his wife and kids all being here. Even though our kids are grown, he still feels lost when I’m not home. He’s often teased that if anything happens to me he might have to buy some kind of life sized stuffed doll to hold my laptop and sit in my recliner next to his. He’d get our son to fix the laptop with some kind of sound system that would periodically either giggle or say, “Grrrrrrr!” and he’d be fine.

My sister (and several other women I communicate with) work/worked outside of the home. Therefore, their viewpoints are somewhat different than mine. Not all women have a strong godly confident man that understands the differences of the sexes and is willing to let both of us excel in our unique specialties to make the family complete in the way God intended. Those women do not want to return to the 50’s.

I mentioned in one of my comments under my previous article that I use Scripture when talking about why I believe in personal responsibility and don’t think government should be in the charity business. I often thought my mom’s favorite verse was the last part of 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “… if any would not work, neither should he eat.” She started quoting that verse as soon as we were toddlers. We had to clean up our toys before we ate. When we got older, we couldn’t eat supper until our chores (and at least some of our homework) were done after school. I taught my kids the same way. Shouldn’t more people be taught that kind of values today? We need to get back to calling government assistance “charity” rather than “welfare” or “entitlements” – even though the Robin Hood mentality really isn’t charity.

Some people bash the religious right for our godly views. But, maybe if more people would look to the Manual God provided for His creation the world would be a better place. How much better off would we be if work ethics like my mother were taught and some of these following verses were followed?

1 Timothy 5:3-11 3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;”

Those verses were written to the church not the government btw. Sometimes I wonder if the reason Legislators set up Social Security and government assistance have anything to do with either them (or their wives) not getting along with the in-laws when they got old and moved in with them. Also, is it possible those Legislators read some of those verses when they set up widow’s benefits for lifetime homemakers allowing her to use her husband’s Social Security?

Research shows that children raised in a home with both a mom and a dad are the most stable. Children need to see the differences in the sexes to help them understand their own differences and emotions. Stable families help make a stable community.

I’ve listed some reasons the religious right is such a huge part of the Republican base. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” With an immoral society we need more policemen to protect us from thieves and violence. Our country was founded on godly values and works the best when they are followed. We should be explaining these values to more people rather than thinking about running away from them. We won’t need as much government if we are governing ourselves.

If we can find a way to teach some of these values to our youth and explain why our founders gave us a Republic rather than a Democracy – we might be able to get more of them to vote Republican.

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Why a Moderate Independent Woman Voted for McCain in ’08 & Obama in ‘12 and Other Reasons Romney Lost the Election

On Thursday after the election I spent over an hour on the phone with my sister. We hadn’t talked politics since around the time of the Illinois primary. At the end of our conversation she asked me to write this blog article to explain why she voted for Obama this time (after voting for McCain last time) and why some people we know chose to just stay home. I will personally accept some of the blame for not thinking to contact my sister to try to sway her vote – but I admit I was shocked to find out she voted for Obama. (Btw her husband cancelled out her vote which wouldn’t have made a difference here in Illinois anyway.) I should also mention that her husband carried on running the family farm, expanded the family corporate farming business, and is on a major IL (and possibly national) farming committee. They run into politicians on a somewhat regular basis. My sister is just as vocal as I am and told me she will be sharing some of her views to politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Although she and I are a lot alike in some things – we have very different opinions on others. I admit I am a right wing conservative. She is a moderate Independent that has only voted in 3 primaries in the last 38 years because she hates “declaring” which ballot she wants. Her first time “declaring” was to vote for her high school government teacher that ran for office on the Democrat ticket. Through his teachings she is still an extremely strong supporter of “checks and balances” in which she believes different parts of government should be controlled by the different parties. She splits her ballot up between them. She “declared” in 2008 to vote for Huckabee and in this year’s primary to vote for Santorum.

Anyone that knows me knows that I didn’t decide to support Mitt until AFTER he picked Paul Ryan for his VP. His choice of Ryan helped me to trust that he would govern “as a conservative” like he said. But, not everyone is as familiar with Paul Ryan as I am by being a political junkie that also lives only about 20 miles away from him. My sister said Romney would have had her vote if he would have picked Huckabee or Santorum as his VP.

Mitt supporters were notorious for calling those of us that chose other candidates bigots. I know there are some bigots out there – but not many among those that I associate with. According to information from The Pew Forum, How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis; Romney received a higher percentage of the “Protestant/Other Christian” vote (including Catholics and Evangelicals) and really gained among the Jewish vote. Ironically, he lost 2 points among the Mormons compared to Bush in 2004. I’m not saying for sure that there weren’t some voters that stayed home because of bigotry. I just don’t see it as much bigotry as that moderate Republicans don’t give religious voters a good enough reason to bother voting – regardless of which Party they usually support.

Please don’t think of this article as Mitt bashing. I voted for Romney/Ryan and worked hard trying to persuade others to vote for them. But, if Obama doesn’t completely destroy our country and we do get another chance we need to answer the question – what did go wrong? I feel I can shed some light on this because I have so many friends and family that never warmed up to Romney for various reasons. These are the reasons my sister and I discussed yesterday:

• The first thing my sister said was a huge factor in her decision is that she still didn’t trust where Romney really stood on some of the issues because he seemed to change his views according to what he thought might help him get elected. She said he seemed to be trying to go to the middle after winning the nomination – but since he didn’t have a consistently conservative record to the right he didn’t have any wiggle room to keep the base when moving to the middle. (IMO this is another reason why moderate Republicans have never won a general election.)

• People want candidates to vote FOR – so tell us the best things about your candidate NOT the worst things about your competition. Several people we know have a huge issue with the negative campaigning during the primaries and some of them never got over it – whether they were done by the candidates themselves or by the Super PACs. Three quotes sum this up: 1. “He who slings mud generally loses ground.” 2. Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.” 3. “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.” Those of us that supported other candidates in the primaries realized how much it angered us that better funded candidates had the chance to define our candidate before they had the money to define themselves. Romney supporters didn’t really comprehend this roadblock until it happened to Mitt in the general election. Although I was fully on the R&R bandwagon – there was still that small voice saying, now the Romney team is facing what we did in the primaries – “What goes around comes around.”

• My sister worked as an accountant for decades. So, the issue of equal pay for men and women is a huge issue for her. After she told me she was upset by the “binders of women” in the debate (before it ever went viral) – I explained what Mitt really meant and how he actually worked toward that equality. (This point reemphasizes my previous point.)

• The way the GOP chooses the nominee needs to be changed. Solid blue states (and the bluest areas of red states) have way too much say in the GOP nomination. Electoral votes should be proportionally based by congressional districts. This will probably make the primary season take longer to decide on a candidate – but it will also help the majority of us to have a say on who our nominee is. Therefore helping us choose the strongest candidate for all of us to support. This point goes somewhat with my first point because the reddest states and the reddest areas of blue states tend to be more conservative.

• Like it or not Romney was just too wealthy. Even though some of us realize that was due to his being successful – it still made this election too easy for the Democrats to use class warfare in their campaign.

• Although my sister is not a SoCon and did not bring this point up, several of my SoCon friends have. The Chick-Fil-A appreciation day had several of us driving for hours to get to our closest Chick-Fil-A to stand in line for hours to buy “fast food.” Yet, Romney shied away from the SoCon issues and a good opportunity to speak up for the sanctity of marriage, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religion.

• It has been recorded that Romney could receive fewer votes than McCain did and only 3 out of 10 eligible voters were able to re-elect Obama because of the lousy turnout. In my sister’s and my opinion part of why voters chose to stay home was due to the negative campaigning. Many Americans didn’t think Obama deserved to be re-elected – but instead of buying ads telling them why Romney/Ryan were the best for America – too much was spent telling them what they already knew was wrong with Obama.

H/T to whoever created this image that goes along with my last point.