I Am Not A Republican…

January 11, 2008

because of the war, the war is just one more reason I’m a Republican.
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Last night’s debate had a profound impact on me for several reasons and I’m not going to explain what, when, why, or how, but last night, I had a lonely feeling in the Republican party, like I don’t belong in the Republican party. I am a conservative, that has stayed the same. In fact, I haven’t changed my views. I haven’t changed my views in support of the war but I seriously began to question my support of the war. Before some of you reactionaries start to say something, please continue to read the rest of what I have to say.

When I watched our Republican candidates up on stage, I saw four liberals, another guy who looked unprepared, and one guy who looks like he needs to sit on a thumbtack to wake up. It was pathetic, and well, I don’t really want to talk too much about last night’s debate, I do want to talk about why I am a Republican.

Yes, I support the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. I haven’t wavered from my position, but it seems quite odd to me that we want to fight a war and at the same time just allow people, in fact encourage people to come into this country illegally with no knowledge of their background, not knowing whether or not they are here to work… or if they are here to commit terrorist acts. I have nothing against people coming to our country, I’m all for it. If you want to work, if you want a job, come to America, but do it through legal means.

Sorry, but we had some terrorist come to America and try to land aircrafts into a couple of buildings, that changed things for us, that should have changed things for illegals as well. Hell, (‘scuse the language) if I have to take my shoes off in an airport, you should have to have your paperwork in line to come to this country. Why is that so damn hard for anybody to understand?

But no, apparently not even my party understands this because the two guys who have consistently stood for this are currently trailing, and one of those guys is called an isolationist kook. I think it’s stupid, I think it’s kooky, I think it’s dangerous that we remain in a war and leave the door wide open for our enemies to enter the country. Until we have our leaders who will understand this, the war is kind of a mute point, don’t you think?

I’m also a Republican because I believe in winning wars as quickly as possible. I don’t care about protecting their buildings, why should I? They sure didn’t care about our buildings crashing down leaving nearly 3,000 families with the burden of losing an innocent loved one.

I’m a Republican because I don’t believe that government should solve all of our problems. I believe that the poor, the sick, the struggling family is much better off with the solution to their problems resting with 90% of the population (the public) instead of forcing them to get all their solutions from a mere 10% of the population (the government) many of which are too incompetent to solve their own problems to begin with, much less solving the problems of the poor, the sick, and the struggling.

I’m a Republican because I believe that the constitution is more than just a piece of paper, I believe it’s crucial to the foundation of American Freedom. I believe in the tenants of the United States Constitution.

I am a Republican because I believe in Freedom of Speech. I have a saying, “If I can prove you wrong, good. If you can prove me wrong, even better.” I leave comments open, if somebody disagrees with me, as long as it isn’t spam or vulgar, I leave it up. I firmly believe that as a conservative, our ideas are superior, and as such, it can withstand opposition.I fear no point of view because I believe in a free society. Where free speech is allowed, the truth will always win out in the end.

I am a Republican because I believe in freedom of religion. It’s religion that guides our morals, that keeps people from murdering, that teaches us to respect each other, to love one another. Religion leads us to a better way of life, and for that I believe it’s a wonderful thing.

I am a Republican because I believe in the right to bear arms. I believe the way to reduce murders isn’t to take away people’s means of self defense, but to ensure that they can defend their selves. It seems to me that if you really want to bring harm to a people, place them in murder holes, leave them unarmed, and for good measure call it compassionate. I am a Republican because I’m opposed to doing exactly that.

I am a Republican because I believe in property rights, which isn’t a birthright, but a work right. That through work one owns property, including money, which nobody has rights to without that man’s consent. I believe that government’s ability to infringe on this Right should be minimal.

I believe in keeping our military strong, that peace is achieved through strength, and when that strength is tested, to strike quickly, to strike hard, be victorious, and leave. I believe that we don’t need to solve every nation’s problem’s, especially since they think they are so much better at solving problems than we are. If they can solve their own health care problems, they a more than capable of solving their other problems.

I am a Republican because I am pro-life, that Government should not have a one size fits all solution to this problem (ie Roe V. Wade), and to allow each individual state to have their own policy towards abortion.

I am a Republican for all of these plus many more reasons. I’m just here looking at the candidates leading our primary, wondering, am I really a Republican? Or have we become so pro-war that we have forgotten all the other reasons to be a Republican?

Evaluation of an association between loratadine and hypospadias–United States, 1997-2001.

MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report March 19, 2004 Hypospadias is a birth defect that affects approximately seven in 1,000 male infants in the United States. In affected infants, the urethral opening is located along the underside of the penis, scrotum, or perineum; the condition usually is corrected by surgery. Hypospadias is classified in order of increasing severity as first, second, or third degree. In 2002, a study in Sweden noted that among male infants born to women who while pregnant had taken loratadine (Claritin[R]), a nonsedating antihistamine commonly used for seasonal allergies, hypospadias prevalence was twice that of the general population (1). However, insufficient data were available to determine the severity of the hypospadias cases, and the study did not control for confounding variables (e.g., family history of hypospadias or maternal age). In 2003, a prospective study using data from four countries indicated that five of 142 pregnancies in women exposed to loratadine resulted in infants with major malformations, a prevalence consistent with that of the general population; none had hypospadias (2). To further assess any potential association between loratadine and hypospadias, CDC analyzed data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which determined that no increased risk for second- or third-degree hypospadias existed among women who used loratadine in early pregnancy (Table). These results might be useful for women and health-care providers to address concerns about loratadine use and hypospadias.

NBDPS is an ongoing, multistate, case-control study of environmental and genetic risk Factors for major birth defects that can be used in response to public health concerns regarding rare drug exposures and birth defects (3,4). Infants are identified through birth defect surveillance systems in eight states; mothers undergo a detailed interview by telephone in English or Spanish. For this analysis, the case population was defined as male infants with second- or third-degree hypospadias. Infants with first-degree hypospadias are not included in NBDPS because the mildest form of hypospadias is much less completely ascertained by routine surveillance. Infants were excluded if they had 1) known or suspected chromosome abnormalities, 2) single gene conditions, or 3) other recognized multiple congenital anomaly phenotypes. The control population consisted of live-born male infants with no major birth defects, selected at random from the same populations as the case group. Excluded from the analysis were 86 infants whose mothers had incomplete interviews and 30 infants (28 in the case population and two in the control population) who had fathers or brothers with hypospadias. The study populations consisted of 563 male infants with hypospadias and 1,444 male infant controls; all were born during October 1, 1997-June 30, 2001.

Exposure was defined as any maternal use of loratadine from 1 month before pregnancy through the first trimester. To control for confounding by indication, exposure to other nonsedating or sedating antihistamines during the same period also was assessed. Potential confounding factors tested by multivariate logistic regression analysis included maternal age, maternal race/ethnicity (i.e., non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and other), birth month, and state of residence at delivery.

Of 563 male infants with hypospadias, 46 (8.2%) had multiple major birth defects that were not recognized phenotypes, and 517 (91.8%) had hypospadias with no other major birth defects. Among the 1,957 mothers of infants in the case and control populations, 33 (1.7%) reported using loratadine during the exposure period. Univariate analyses showed no association between this use of loratadine and hypospadias (Table). Use of nonsedating antihistamines (including loratadine) and sedating antihistamines also were not associated with hypospadias. Multivariate adjusted odds ratio estimates did not vary significantly from the univariate estimates. In addition, no association between loratadine use and hypospadias was determined when cases with multiple major defects were excluded or when different exposure periods were examined. go to website loratadine side effects

Reported by: M Werler, ScD, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston Univ School of Public Health, Massachusetts. C McCloskey, MD, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration. LD Edmonds, MSPH, R Olney. MD, MA Honein, PhD, Div of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities; J Reefhuis, PhD, EIS Officer, CDC.

Editorial Note: The findings in this report indicated that hypospadias was not associated with use of loratadine during the period from 1 month before pregnancy through the first 3 months of pregnancy. During 1998-1999, loratadine was the drug most advertised directly to consumers (5) and was used by 3% of women of childbearing age (6). In November 2002, loratadine was approved by the Food and Drag Administration for over-the-counter use (7). Antihistamines are used widely by the general population, including women of child-bearing age, 20%-30% of whom have allergic conditions, primarily rhinitis and sinusitis (8). Because an estimated 50% of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended (9), women frequently are exposed inadvertently to medications before learning they are pregnant. see here loratadine side effects

This report is subject to at least two limitations. First, NBDPS does not track all birth defects. Because first-degree hypospadias is excluded, the potential association between this mildest form of hypospadias and loratadine could not be assessed. Second, women are interviewed about their pregnancy exposures after delivery, and recall of drug use might be different among mothers of infants with major birth defects compared with mothers of infants without major birth defects.

The results of this analysis might be useful for women and health-care providers to address concerns about loratadine use and hypospadias. These results do not provide definitive information on the overall safety of loratadine. Women should continue to consult their health-care providers before using any medications during pregnancy. Future studies of medications and birth defects, possibly using NBDPS, are needed to address some of the current knowledge gaps on the effects of medication use during pregnancy.

TABLE. Risk for hypospadias in male infants associated with exposure to loratadine and nonsedating and sedating antihistamines–National Birth Defects Prevention Study, United States, October 1997-June 2001

Not exposed Exposed * ([dagger])

Medication Cases Controls Cases Controls

Loratadine 11 22 547 1,410 Nonsedating antihistamines (including loratadine) 17 33 541 1,392 Sedating antihistamines 43 104 489 1,258

(95% CI Medication OR ([section]) ([paragraph]))

Loratadine 1.29 ([double dagger]) (0.62-2.68) Nonsedating antihistamines (including loratadine) 1.33 (0.73-2.40) Sedating antihistamines 1.06 (0.73-1.54)

Medication AOR ** (95% CI)

Loratadine 0.96 (0.41-2.22) Nonsedating antihistamines (including loratadine) 0.95 (0.48-1.89) Sedating antihistamines 1.02 (0.68-1.53)

* Infants whose mothers reported using the medication during the period from 1 month before pregnancy through the first trimester.

([dagger]) Infants whose mothers did not report using the medication during the period from 3 months before pregnancy until delivery.

([section]) Odds ratio.

([paragraph]) Confidence interval.

** Adjusted odds ratio. Adjusted for birth month, maternal age, maternal race/ethnicity, and state of residency at delivery.

([dagger][dagger]) This analysis had 80% power to detect OR of [greater than or equal to] -2.3, using a one-sided test.

Acknowledgments This report is based in part on contributions by CA Hobbs, MD, Univ of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. GM Shaw, DrPH, S Carmichael, PhD, California Birth Defects Monitoring Program, Emeryville, California. PA Romitti, PhD, Univ of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. K Kelley, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston Univ School of Public Health; M Anderka, MPH, Massachusetts Dept of Public Health. M Royle, PhD, New Jersey Dept of Health and Senior Svcs. C Druschel, PhD, New York State Health Dept. M Canfield, PhD, P Langlois, PhD, Texas Dept of Health.

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(2.) Moretti M.E., Caprara D., Coutinho C.J., et al. Fetal safety of loratadine use in the first trimester of pregnancy: a multicenter study. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003;111:479-83.

(3.) Yoon P.W., Rasmussen S.A., Lynberg M.C., et al. The national birth defects prevention study. Public Health Rep 2001;116(suppl 1):32-40.

(4.) Rasmussen S.A., Olney R.S., Holmes L.B., Lin A.E., Keppler-Noreuil K.M., Moore C.A. Guidelines for case classification for the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol 2003;67:193-201.

(5.) Findlay S.D. Direct-to-consumer promotion of prescription drugs: economic implications for patients, payers and providers. Pharmacoeconomics 2001;19:109-19.

(6.) Kaufman D.W., Kelly J.P., Rosenberg L., Anderson T.E., Mitchell A.A. Recent patterns of medication use in the ambulatory adult population of the United States: the Slone survey. JAMA 2002;287:337-44.

(7.) Food and Drug Administration. FDA approves OTC Claritin. FDA Consum 2003;37:3.

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Cajunconservative
Cajunconservative

"But no, apparently not even my party understands this because the two guys who have consistently stood for this are currently trailing" Amen. Congressman Duncan Hunter is the only candidate up there who has actually taken REAL ACTION to secure the border, not to mention a respected veteran, but he is polling so low that he's not even being allowed to participate in the debates. I thought the Republican Party was supposed to be the party that would be tough on terror and tough on illegal immigration.

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