I am a Plainfield resident for over a dozen years, but was born and bred in Chicago. I am a proud Gold Star Mom, wife and step-mom to two wonderful boys. I am registered as a Republican, but have voted for Democrats as well as against Republicans. To me, it is about the issues and the character of the person, not their party affiliation. When looking at nearly any topic, I tend to view it through the lens of "What would this mean to our military and veterans? How would this affect the .45% of the population that believe in this country enough to risk laying down their lives?"
I call myself a true Republican, both because I believe in the ideals of a smaller, less powerful national government and because I believe we were and should again be a Republic of States who are free to express their local identity, in accordance with the wishes of that state's residents.
I was raised Catholic, but my faith and religion have little to do with one another. My Catholicism is more a matter of heritage than actual belief. I neither believe nor think it is required to believe in one way, one form or that any one religion has all the right answers. I firmly believe we will all find out who was right in the end, but we will be, should be and are judged on how we live our lives and treat each other in the here and now. It is said only God can judge one's heart, but we are accountable to one another in the interim.
I respect everyone's right to choose, think, feel, believe, speak and act as they wish, as long as they are not infringing on someone else's rights to do the same. Personal freedom ends at the tip of your nose. What drips out of that orifice is of vital importance to you, but is potentially offensive to everyone else.
Living in this country and society, a wholly unique place and time in history means we are obligated to protect our rights by being personally responsible. What we do, how we act and where we go from here as a nation and as a people is up to us.
Finally, you are either part of the problems of this world or part of the solutions. Choose wisely, but always remember, you are responsible for your choices.
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