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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Word to the wise: If GOP wants to win, don't listen to Bill O'Reilly - he doesn't know what he's talking about

I suspect that the popular Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly would put me in his secular-progressive camp because I support President Barack Obama and I have some big disagreements with the orthodox church and claims about so-called traditional America.

O'Reilly mourns for traditional America

That's why I can say with a great deal of certainty that he doesn't know what the heck he's talking about when it comes to voters like me, not on social issues, not on abortion, not on entitlements, not why I voted for Obama again, not on anything.

It's fascinating to watch people insist that you are something that you are not - no matter how many times you try to explain otherwise - and assign intentions to you, no matter how many times you try to dissuade them of their incorrect notions.

I'm not pro-abortion or for abortion-on-demand; I just have major problems with the government making such an intimate and personal decision about a woman's body. I believe the best way to reduce the abortion rate - something I want - is to reduce unwanted and unintended pregnancies, and that's why I support government funding and policies, such as the Affordable Care Act, which help prevent about 800,000 abortions and 250,000 miscarriages every year.

Yes, I believe in God and faith is important to me. But my brand of faith should not dictate the laws of this country or how other people should live, and it should not be allowed to push gays and lesbians into second-class citizenship.  I do make judgments, but it doesn't mean those judgments should shape society from a legal and equality standpoint.

And I believe entitlement reform is necessary, even if that means cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits for my generation. And I don't mind paying a little more in taxes if that's going to help bring down the deficit and debt to make sure those entitlements for the neediest among us are not gutted.

I can go on but I suspect O'Reilly and others who try to paint me and those of like-minds as bland, stereotypical robots void of standards and ethics won't listen any way.

But for those who might listen, ask yourself this question: If the GOP needs more voters who resemble me and my thinking, the get-able minority voter, who is more likely to understand and know how to reach them? Me? Or O'Reilly?


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