I believe you have hit the nail on the head with your latest email. Of the hundreds of people I’ve interviewed and talked to, the vast majority of women I’ve known are ONLY concerned with the social issues, and I assure you they should not be an issue in politics because responsible government has no business interfering in moral, ethical or religious issues.
They failed miserably in the 1920-1930s with prohibition.
Big Government should not have any say in gay marriage or abortion. These are strictly issues decided by your conscience or religious values, and if strongly contested let local governments decide if it becomes absolutely mandated by a significant percentage of the people in that locale (although I fervently disagree with that premise). Big Brother should not be deciding issues that affect Catholics in Massachusetts, Lutherans in Minnesota, Baptists in the south and Mormons in the west. The only issue that is critical that may border on a social issue is the issue of universal healthcare. I have been a patient in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) healthcare system and they almost killed me doing a biopsy. The incompetence was unbelievable. Is this what we want? Do we want a government mandated healthcare system whereby the people have no choice as in Canada, where private healthcare is illegal? The mere thought sends chills up and down my spine.
A friend of mine argues that putting Sarah Palin up as Republican VP with her strong and biased conservative religious values will be a disaster as the 18 million female Hillary Clinton supporters are too intelligent to be swayed by the simple presence of a woman on the ballot. I challenged her claim because I stated that there aren’t 18 million intelligent voters in the entire country, so what makes her think that Hillary has a monopoly on the intelligence factor. Sarah Palin will be a factor if for no other reason she will appeal to many women. In retrospect, Hillary would have made a superior president than Obama will ever make – he’s a disaster waiting to happen. I despise the intelligenzia (although I’ve been accused of being an intellectual, as well). Most of the superior intellects are clueless and exist in the cocoon of academia and utopian thought processes of right and wrong. I am frightened as to what Obama and a Democratic congress will do to the country.
Women need to expand their horizons and look at the “big” picture of ALL issues, especially those economic issues that will soon bring the country to its knees.
A majority of my close friends believe that by the year 2025, this democracy will fail and the country will be taken over by the military. Does that sound hopelessly drastic? Ironically, it won’t be because of social issues but because of basic economic spending, debt and waste issues, and outrageous growth of government in both size and regulatory strangulation. Currently, there are 22 million, yes 22 million, government employees in the country (almost 8% of the population), and only 1.9 million in the active military. What the hell do the other 20 million people do? I have no idea.
If you haven’t done so, please read our article on “Downfall of Democracies.”
You strike me as a very intelligent, concerned citizen. You and other female associates need to examine the critical issues that may doom your children and grandchildren. You won’t have to worry about social issues when there is no infrastructure to decide these issues and anarchy takes the place of responsible government.