Kate McEnerney A woman's right to abortion is not something pro-life advocates are trying to scare people out of- it's something they view as vital enough to fight against. You view a woman's rights to the life she chooses as something worth fighting for because you believe that is the greatest thing at stake in this issue. But if someone else believes that that's a human life at stake, how does their defense of this right constitute an attack?
Kate McEnerney The practice has stopped, for the most part. True, some people will still look down on others based on their race, gender, religion, etc., but we have laws in place that allow us to take action against those that act on it. As a woman, I don't want the laws to "level the playing field" for me, I want to take the opportunities afforded to me as a US citizen to level it out for myself and be accepted or hired based on my abilities, not my gender.
Kate McEnerney Jeff- I agree with you in some respects. However, don't lump all Republicans in with the far rights. We're not all bigots and homophobes with thick Texas twangs, just as you're not all jobless hippies with a Robin Hood complex. I think the polls and youtube "dislikes" have proven that my party refuses to embrace this stereotype, and I think any Republican voters this new ad wins over will be drowned out by those of us with common sense.
Kate McEnerney Sal- I agree. I love the ideas that you and Charles brought up as far as home ownership, clean records, college admission, etc. Our country simply doesn't have the money to fund ppl who aren't being taxed. We all came from somewhere else and had to follow the laws to become the citizens we are now.
Kate McEnerney mutual, traditional, husband-and-wife respect anti-feminist? As for Bachmann's stance on homosexuality, though I disagree with it, it's merely old fashioned and conservative, NOT an attack on women. I'm all for feminism, but let's not confuse conservative views and mutual respect with "submission".
Kate McEnerney I strongly disagree with the premises of this article. How many times have we heard men joke about doing things, "because my wife told me to"? It's a silly over-analysis of words; I highly doubt Bachmann was inferring her husband had forced her into something she disagreed with. And since when is
Kate McEnerney I'm so glad you addressed the many tendrils this act leaves hanging. It's time to start dealing with the causes of problems rather than the effects- we need to reform the citizenship process, not the problems living illegally creates.
Kate McEnerney Maybe it's just my generation, but the line, "Something's wrong in this country when gays can openly serve in the military," sounds the most isolating, outdated, campaign-killing line I've heard in this years political rhetoric yet.. and I consider myself a pretty strong conservative and Catholic.
Kate McEnerney Mr. Huston, with all due respect, the young vote is anything but meaningless. The percentage of voters between the ages 0f 18 and 34 hit its highest since the 1992 election in 2004, and it is this age group, especially with their grassroots movements, social media, and networking in general that is largely credited with Obama's win. Political movement and change historically finds its beginnings on college campuses, and as a college student myself, I can attest to my generation's interest, especially with the issues we face as far as student debt, job creation, and social change go. Not only is the young vote pivotal, but it's growing and changing the political face of our nation.
Kate McEnerney Who says he can't be? It's way too early to call him a "non-factor." Young people in general have yet to make a move to support a certain candidate, and until they do the spot is totally up for grabs. If we've learned anything over the past decade it's what a huge impact the 18-35 group has on the vote, and this support would be a game changer for any candidate, and Huntsman embodies positions I personally believe will resonate strongly with my fiscally conservative, socially moderate, and increasingly bipartisan generation.
Kate McEnerney I agree with you in your argument that today's Republican candidates as a whole have ignored the needs and conservative goals of our generation. However, I have too much faith in the conservative youth to think the majority would submit to redistribution and statism. I think what WE should learn ...
Kate McEnerney True, he may not be the most confident, but I admire his ability to make statements that aren't just appealing to the crowd's emotions or applause. But I think his ability to work successfully under Obama bodes well for him. I think a good amount of conservatives, especially young conservatives...
Kate McEnerney Huntsman has stated that he supports civil unions and equal legal rights for same sex relationships. At a time when so many young conservatives are looking for a socially progressive representative, I can't figure out why he doesn't have a bigger following.
Kate McEnerney Totally agree- it's all about the teachers. Remove tenure, require more rigorous teacher training, and check teacher progress frequently, not just through yearly test scores but through student progress and growth and through classroom observation. Good teachers make all the difference.
Kate McEnerney Why isn't anyone talking about Huntsman? I think he's fiscally conservative enough to get the party's respect, but socially forward-thinking enough to get the young vote that was so pivotal to Obama's win. Plus, he's got the backbone Romney lacks and the guts to make decisions and pick a side.