A formal spin-off to our "Conservatives Upset At Lady Gaga" thread. It seems we're onto something.
Let's start with Tumblr blog CaliforniaRepublican, started by a 22-year-old bisexual girl.
"Lexie" found Lady Gaga's amending the National Anthem with: [italic]Land of the free, and the home for the gay[/italic] "disturbing, revolting and insulting."
"Promoting the Gay agenda is one thing.
CHANGING THE LYRICS OF THE US ANTHEM IS ANOTHER."
The gay flag, the rainbow flag that mimics the American flag with the 50 stars attached is flag desecration and illegal.
Here's Lexi's ABOUT ME:
I just realized, going through my blog page, I never did an “About Me" section. I’ll keep this as short as possible.
I’m Lexi. I’m a 22 year old female from San Jose, California. We’re close to San Francisco, about 20-30 minutes out on a good day.
I’m bisexual. It’s actually not all that surprising to me to find so many bisexual, gay, lesbian or other sexuality people blogging in the conservative and republican tags here on tumblr- Sexuality and political ideology have nothing to do with each other. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I want to be a Democrat, so I’m gay!" or “I’m straight because I’m a Republican." One may influence the other, but neither caused the other.
As for religion, I’m not really sure what I am. I’ve read the Bible, I’m reading the Torah and the Qu’aran. (They’re very difficult to get through.) I pray to the God of Abraham, but I’m also a Pastafarian Minister. Sortof. I believe in a higher power, but the concept is highly abstract and very complicated. All religion is, in a way. I believe in religion as a set of morals, and religious texts as a set of stories that are meant to make you think. Religion is, to me, something deeply personal and it’s different for each person- Everyone has a different relationship with their religion and their god or gods. Just remember that religion is like having a penis. It’s okay to have one, and it’s okay to be proud of it, but don’t whip it out in public, throw it on a sign and shove it in people’s faces, and don’t force it down people’s throats.
I was raised by two fervent democrats- One, a Woodstock hippie and the other an Australian immigrant with little tolerance for stupidity. We lived in Milpitas until I was 10, and then moved to the island of St. Thomas, near Puerto Rico and Cuba in the Caribbean. My life wasn’t all sunshine and daisies, but it was pretty good. I was rather liberal myself, right up until I moved back into the mainland US when I was 16. Moving back was a wake-up call; I realized very quickly how impossible, improbable, or just plain stupid a lot of the (admittedly few) political things my very liberal friends were wrapped up in. I started researching, forming my own opinions on things, and then voicing them- It never clicked that I leaned more conservatively until I started talking with my Uncle (a staunch conservative and one of three in my 70+ member family) Either way, the places I’ve lived and the people I’ve grown up with have given me a very good view and understanding of both the democratic and republican parties, ideologies and core values. I picked the Republican party because it lined up with most (but not all) of my core values and opinions. I still take the time to research and form my own opinions on issues; I will actively try to never let my opinions be formed by propaganda and rhetoric. I’m not going to list my opinions here, I’ve got a blog post for that.
Thanks for reading, and much love, -Lexi
Lexi on the issues:
These are my general opinions on the current issues, in alphabetical order. Be prepared for a wall of text, this is not short.
Abortion- A woman should be able to have control over her body. I believe that before the end of the first trimester, women should be free to have an abortion. However, past the first trimester, it is wrong to have an abortion because the second trimester is when I believe life truly begins. Exceptions can be made in the case of rape, or if the mother or the child would not make it through a pregnancy to full term. I’m also going to put my opinions on Birth Control under abortion- A woman should always have access to birth control, regardless of religion. Whether or not she uses it is up to her.
Budget & Economy-I am the last person to comment on the current budget or the economy. I barely know what the DOW does, let alone how the economy works. However, I am not a fan of taxing the rich for a very simple reason- The rich create jobs here in the US, their mere presence brings in a whole lot of tax money for the government and a whole bunch of stimulus for the economy. Continue to tax them and they will get up and leave. Think of it this way- If Burger King and McDonald’s charged the same for their burgers, but Burger King decided to tax their burgers 28%. A five dollar burger from both companies would become a $6.40 burger from Burger King, while the McDonald’s burger stayed the same. If you were trying to cut costs, which company would you go for? My answer would be McDonald’s, because it’s cheaper and just as accessible as Burger King. To apply this to the real world, switch out Burger King with the US and McDonald’s with India or China or Japan. Same concept. Except that the rich are taxed much, much more. A CEO’s average salary is $732,317. 2012 Tax brackets for that income is 35%. Their income taxes? Are $256,310.95. A year. That money goes straight to the US government to pay for welfare, police officers, roads and schools. It is a good idea to keep taxes on the rich down because if they leave, instead of getting your 40% of $732,317 ($292,926.80), you’ll be getting $0.
Civil Rights (Read- Gay Rights)- “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is my stance on Civil Rights. You have the right to be free, you have the right to your own life, and you have the right to be happy and to do what it takes to make yourself happy, baring that your freedom, life and happiness do not infringe on the freedom, life and general happiness of others. On the subject of Gay Marriage, I ask this question- Who has the right to get married in the United States? My answer- no one. It says nowhere in the constitution of the United States that anyone, homo-, hetero-, demi-, a-sexual or otherwise has the right to get married. Marriage is a social institution. It is something society has control over. You want to convince people Gays can get married and the world won’t end? Convince society first. Going through the legal system is not going to change jack squat.
Corporations- Will always exist. There’s no stopping that. Corporations exist to make profit. They do it well. It is the job of government to protect the common man from corporations. There is a limit, of course, to the protections government can provide. If you trip and fall while playing and skin your knees, is that pain your fault, or your mother’s?
Crime- Is bad, m’kay? I’m sure everyone can agree on that. However, California has a bad habit of being WAY too soft on criminals. There’d be a lot less crime if California was as hard on crime as Texas.
The Death Penalty- Should go under crime, but I’m going to make it it’s own category. The death penalty is the cheaper option for most states. There will always be the chance that an innocent man dies, there is always the chance that an innocent man is incarcerated. However- it is cheaper to kill someone than it is to put them away for the rest of their lives. Contrary to popular belief, though, California does not have a Death Penalty. It has an assisted suicide program.
Drugs- Are also bad, m’kay? However, it is your right to take them if you so choose. “Pursuit of happiness," remember? If you’re happy getting high, go for it. If you’re happy being drunk, go for it. However, please don’t do it near me. I don’t like being either, and I’d rather stay sober.
Education-Is the most important part of childhood and development and in this country our education system is sorely lacking. Particularly the Public Education system. I have gone to both public and private schools over my life, and I must say that despite my private schools being catholic school the pits, I learned twice as much in half the time in private school than I did public.
Energy & Oil- Oh boy. Here goes- Oil runs this economy. There’s no getting around this one; it does. The production, refining, distribution, trade, sale and usage of Crude Oil is what is keeping the US economy running right now. There is no ifs or buts about it. Now, currently scientists are trying to find a way to break the US of it’s foreign oil/oil dependency. Their alternative energy sources are rubbish. So far, the major “green" energy sources are Solar power, Wind turbines, and biofuels. Solar power is the only seriously viable option in that list, and it’s barely that. The average household in the US consumes 958 thousand watts per month (Or 958KWH). The average solar panel output is 200 W per day per panel. It would require 160 panels consistently putting out 200 w per day to power the average American household. The average price for a solar panel is $1.90 per watt per panel (number found by averaging prices on this page). $1.90x(200w)x160 Panels= $60,800 per average household to provide it with solar panels alone. This is not including the price of batteries or installation, or tax or credits. Hence, with current technology, Solar power is not a viable option for the average American household. As for Wind power, “Recent estimates of the number of birds killed by wind turbines ranges from a low of 100,000 birds/year to 440,000 birds/year (calculated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). If 20% of the nation’s electricity comes from wind power by 2030, [American Bird Conservancy] estimates that at least one million birds per year will be killed by wind turbines, probably significantly more." (source) Finally, Biofuels. Which should be outlawed by the UN as a crime against humanity. Why? Because the mass production of biofuels, particularly ethanol made from food products such as corn or sugar cane, would tie together the production of food for people and food for fuel. Due to the cyclical nature of food production, there would be periods of both feast and famine; if economic cycles of boom and recession became desychronized with the feast/famine cycle, it would create catastrophic consequences at both extremes. The greater the desynchronization, the greater the catastrophe. There would be periods of time where the price of food would be higher than gold, and periods where the price of food is cheaper than free.
Environment- Oy. Protect it. It’s kinda the only one we’ve got. It’s also the only one with chocolate. I happen to like living on a planet with chocolate. Yes, I believe climate change is a thing. Not just global warming but climate change as a whole is most definitely a problem. However, I do not believe in man-made global warming.
Foreign Policy- Is much too complicated to get into with in this post- I’ll be making another one specifically about foreign policy later.
Gun Control- I have one opinion and one opinion only on gun control and it is this:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
We need a little historical context on this particular amendment of the Constitution. These amendments were written in 1789. The American Revolutionary War had only ended six years earlier. This war was fought with gun owners picking up their firearms and fighting against the British. Thing was, back in those days gun owners (e.g.: farmers, frontiersmen) owned and knew how to use the same types of weapons as were given to the military.
This amendment was written so that citizens would have access to and knowledge of military-level firearms so that if their government decided to try and oppress its citizens, the people would have the ability to fight back. Is that obtainable in this day and age? No. Our Founding Fathers were not psychic and had no idea how far firearms would come from lead musket balls and powder horns.
However, Gun control legislation should be left to those who actually know how to use firearms properly and safely. And for the love of god, if you don’t know what the difference is between a magazine and a clip, you’re not eligible to make gun control legislation. (I’m looking at you, Feinstein)
Do I own a firearm myself? No. I plan on rectifying this shortly.
Health Care- Privatize it. Why? Better quality health care. I’m not talking solely insurance here- I’m talking health care as a whole. Privatized health care is a lot more liable for its failings than government-sponsored. It’s better self-regulated. Don’t like it? Move to Canada, where people can get CAT scans from veterinary clinics faster than they can through socialized medicine. [source]
Immigration- There are legal ways of getting into this country. My father has a permanent green card and lives and works in the United States despite being a citizen of Australia. His brother, my uncle, who was also born in Australia, is now a US Citizen. Because he went through the legal channels to get that citizenship.
Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason. Because they are not in this country legally. Because they are taking away jobs from American citizens on American soil.
They are breaking. the. law.
Technology- Tech is an ever-evolving industry. Government cannot keep up. By the time congress ever passes any laws regarding Tech, that same tech has long surpassed and invalidated any laws, making them just as obsolete as the tech they were trying to legislate.
The internet is a free domain. No one, not the government, not ISPs, not the MPAA should be able to regulate it. (And good luck trying, says I. The internet is full of some damn smart people. They’ll find ways around your regulations faster than you can say “oops.")
Over the course of this blog I will likely be changing these opinions as new information, technology, and developments arise. I am always happy to debate these points as well, so long as we are both civil and mature about it.
Ugh, what an insufferable cunt. People who don't know how to use a gun shouldn't be involved in making gun control laws, but she is ok to pass down her opinions on renewable energy and everything else under the sun?
When someone says " I started researching, forming my own opinions on things, and then voicing them" prepare yourself for a torrent of bullshit.
The OP of this is the same dipshit who's linking to her blog. WE hate you.
Who gives a shit what some ill-informed child of privilege thinks about anything? She's as vapid as the day is long.
R3, We ALL know how to use troll dar. Rest it dear.
This is a bit over the top. One could possibly overlook the flag, even though it is in poor taste, but changing the lyrics to the anthem was tacky and only done for shock value.
Looks like Gaga has taken a page from Madonna, do anything for publicity/shock value which can remotely be perceived as pro gay and you have a rabid following.
She should be slapped viciously for her repeated use of 'm'kay?' - bitch needs to update her references.
Oh please. Rednecks sing the anthem half drunk at football games. She changed a word, AT PRIDE.
My question is, why the hell is the OP posting her great knowledge here? Oh, wait that's right, description of the site is pointless bitchery.
Guess OP should have done more research.
Or she considers her opinions pointless.
OP is probably Lexie herself.
By the way, singers change the lyrics to suit the situation all the time. What a big yawn.
Why did the AIDS boy cross the road...
Because the welfare office to mooch free government antiretrovirals for a disease that is 100% preventable was on the other side...
I agree with r7 that she was exploiting the situation to suck up to gays as much as possible, but I still can't get that worked up over it considering the event. Maybe I'm wrong though, slippery slope and all.
Lady Gaga is the undisputed Queen of Music. She reigns supreme at the top. Madonna who?? Lady Gaga cares. Madonna exploits. LOL. Suck it, bitches! Lady Gaga is a sensational live performer.
Why did the Republican cross the road?
There was a black guy on the first side
We still have people on other countries fighting a war yet conservatives find a word in a song deserves more attention? That's rich.
R17, How do you think it would make those people fighting a war in other countries feel to hear this singer, a fading star at that, change the words?
R18, Happy, because they lover Lady Gaga and some of them fighting for us in those countries are openly gay troops.
r18 = Pretentious little bitch.
"Hi, I'm 20 and I have a blog and this is apparently 1998 where everyone needs to care."
And here's where our massive lack of military service becomes apparent.
We ARE Americans - whether we were treated poorly or not. That anthem should mean something to us, because it's ours too. We should be singing it at Pride events.
[quote]How do you think it would make those people fighting a war in other countries feel to hear this singer, a fading star at that, change the words?
I would imagine most people in war zones couldn't possibly care less about such a triviality.
How do you think they feel about you using them to score points in an online argument about a pop singer?
I'm a soldier. I was in combat for over three years. We didn't really give a shit about the National Anthem during most of that time.
Is r18 a parody post?
[quote]How do you think it would make those people fighting a war in other countries feel to hear this singer, a fading star at that, change the words?
Picture is worth a thousand words:
Lady Gaga cares. She is queen of music. Madonna exploits. She is a has-been street walker skank. Lady Gaga is a sensational musician.
Go Lexi, you are spot on.
[quote]Go Lexi, you are spot on.
R23, Did you watch episode 6 of House of Cards last night?
Who is this idiotic Lexi? Some inbred kook?
Wit&Wisdom for r23!
[quote] Did you watch episode 6 of House of Cards last night?
What does that have to do with the question I asked you that you just dodged?
If you had watched it you would know. No I do not think they would mind me using them to prove a point, especially coming from a military family. She, and anyone who changes the anthem, are being disrespectful to those who serve during times of war.
[quote] No I do not think they would mind me using them to prove a point, especially coming from a military family. She, and anyone who changes the anthem, are being disrespectful to those who serve during times of war.
In other words, you reserve the right to use the military to prove a point while criticizing others for not considering how the military might feel when they make a point you don't like.
You are the very definition of a hypocrite.
Last I checked we had the right to freedom of speech. Remember all those freedoms?
As for the flag, it is permissible to burn it as free expression. This was decided by the SCOTUS.
Those freedoms set us apart from the rest of the world.
And if we use Lexie's reasoning, that everyone has the right to get married, then how come gays have been denied the ability to get married until now? How come they can get a referendum on a ballot to BAN same-sex marriage?? Huh?? YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.
R35, She is not making a point. She is going for shock value and trying to build up gay support, which she did quite well, with our national anthem.
If fantasia stood up there and sang home for the blacks you would have a coronary, but since it was about gays it is OK. What was it you called me?
You can find thousands of similar "violations" against the flag at Tea Party rallies and Republican conventions. The outrage here is, as always with Republican outrage, highly selective bullshit that can be safely ignored.
Oh, goodness. r37 has accused me of imaginary racism based on ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT HIS OWN IMAGINATION! However will I recover from such a devastating rhetorical attack?
You're a hypocrite, sweetheart. You can sling all the made-up accusations against me all you want, but you're criticizing her for doing the same thing you are.
What the hell is a Pastafarian?
R40, Those who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster
I posted this on the other thread:
[Quote]I pray to the God of Abraham, but I’m also a Pastafarian Minister. Sortof. I believe in a higher power, but the concept is highly abstract and very complicated
Yeah it's very complicated. She believes in a nihilistic, omnipotent and omnipresent God that controls the universe.
She also believes in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. A plate of pasta and meatballs that lives somewhere in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
It's not my blog.
[quote]One could possibly overlook the flag, even though it is in poor taste, but changing the lyrics to the anthem was tacky and only done for shock value.
I see madbot's got a heavy flow.
R13, just in case you were feeling ignored (or worse, safe to keep spewing your homophobic bile here), I just wanted to know that I hope you die very soon. It can only improve the earth for you not to be on it.
Why did the Republican cross the road?
Because Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Malkin, Anne Colter, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck said Real AmericansTM cross roads.
I'm ashamed that that bitch came from good Australian stock, land of gun control, no death penalty and a (weakened) universal healthcare system. Apologies to you fine folk of the United States.