My name is Steve and by day I am an optimistic 40+ year old middle class family man who works for a small business doing electrical work. I couldn’t be happier. I have a perfect wife and two great teenage boys. There is nothing in this world that I love more than my family. Family, and extended family, that is the backbone of America and they are my backbone.
But when the sun goes down and the boys are asleep I turn into the person that you read here. Something comes over me and my passion for politics overtakes me. I can’t help it, I can’t help myself. I become the Patriotic Dissenter, a part of the loyal opposition, and proud member of the Conservative Resistance. And now according to Homeland Security I am a right wing extremist and potential domestic terrorist.
For my first three years as a blogger I posted under my alter-ego, Mr. Pink Eyes, but now I have come out of the closet (so to speak) and post under my real name.
Let me say right up front that I am not a journalist or a writer and I don’t pretend to be. I am just a man who is trying to express my opinions to the best of my ability, however limited that ability may be. I hope that you will judge my posts on what I am saying, and not on how I say it.
I am a fiscal conservative, and somewhat moderate on social issues.
I believe that the federal government has become to powerful and that more power needs to be returned to the states. I am a state’s rights advocate.
I don’t believe abortion is right. I believe Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. This would not outlaw abortion, it would simply turn it over to the states to decide. The reason I believe Roe vs. Wade should be overturned is not because I believe abortion is wrong, which I do, but because this is a case of the judiciary making law instead of interpreting it. They overstepped their boundaries. If a state rules abortion is legal in their state, and a woman wants an abortion in that state I don’t believe I have the right to say she can’t. Just don’t make me pay for it.
I don’t care if someone is a homosexual, but I don’t believe in gay marriage. I believe marriage is a religious institution therefore if it contradicts religious beliefs it should not be legal. I do understand that marriage affords couples legal benefits, and the issues that homosexuals are confronted with in regards to making medical decisions and such. I think that civil unions provide gay couples with all of the benefits of marriage and therefore it is an acceptable alternative.
Having said that, I believe that gay marriage is a state’s rights issue. If a state legalizes gay marriage through the proper process I am okay with that state’s right to do so. Vermont legalized civil unions in the proper manner. The people elected politicians who supported civil unions, legislation was introduced and passed, and Howard Dean signed the bill into law. New Hampshire passed gay marriage in the proper manner, using the same process. My biggest problem with New Hampshire’s gay marriage law is in the fact that Governor John Lynch ran three times for governor stating that he was opposed to gay marriage– he lied.
Massachusetts however, did not pass gay marriage using the proper procedure and I have a serious problem with that. The Massachusetts Supreme Court overstepped their bounds and ordered Massachusetts politicians to write a gay marriage law. Massachusetts lawmakers never did write that law, there was no law passed and signed by the governor, there is no gay marriage law in Massachusetts yet gay marriage is legal.
I don’t believe in the welfare state, I believe if you eliminate welfare it would force people who don’t want to work for a living to go to work. This in turn would make less jobs available for the illegal immigrants and they would have to go home.
I am tough on illegal immigration, I support a fence, and militarizing the border if necessary. I believe illegal aliens should be deported when arrested. And I believe companies who hire them should face criminal action also.
I am a hawk on national defense and the military. You will find nobody who loves or admires what the military does for us more than I. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what these brave men and women sacrifice for us. My biggest regret in life is that I never served my country, although if I had, I probably wouldn’t have the family that I love so much.
I don’t believe government should make laws to protect people from their own stupidity. In other words the Nanny State. I don’t believe the government has the right to regulate smoking in private businesses, seat-belts in cars, trans-fats, and the like.
I don’t believe in high taxes for social programs.
I believe that there are only three legitimate reasons for the government to take my money:
National Defense, to protect the citizens of American from enemies foreign and domestic.
To pay the cost of the government doing business and the salaries of government officials.
I must qualify number three by saying that I also believe that the government has taken advantage of what was once called public service by overpaying themselves for what was never meant to be a career or a means of support. Being a politician was supposed to be a part time job in addition to what a politician did for a living, not a full time career and I think that we are long overdue to return to the intentions of the founders on this issue.
In the end I suppose that I am libertarian at heart. I just want the government to leave me alone and stay out of my wallet.
Two quotes sum up my beliefs on government and here they are:
That government is best which governs the least
A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have.
I am a beer drinking, pickup truck driving, gun owning, New Hampshirite, and damn proud of it.