I am politically conservative, and would be a conservative regardless of my faith. I first got involved in politics as a result of the damage being done to this country by the liberal policies of Jimmy Carter. I attended my first Republican party meeting at age 15, and worked to round up votes for Ronald Reagan before I was old enough to vote. I believe in small government and low taxes. I would hold to those views regardless. I was already pro-life and opposed to the homosexual agenda. My religious views haven't made me change my original positions, but it has made one difference. I was not only opposed to the homosexual agenda, but I hated homosexuals. I used to tell people they should round them all up, put them on an island, and blow it up, and the world would be a better place. Becoming a Christian has caused me to no longer hate homosexuals, only the sin. I don't wish them harm, but desire they would come to the Lord and be saved. Jesus has taken the hate out of my heart, but my Christian faith has made me stronger in my conservative political views. I won't vote for any pro-choice candidate if there is a pro-life opponent, and I will not support candidates that support gay marriage. That is not based on hatred, but on my belief that marriage is an institution created by God between a man and a woman, and my knowledge that God hates the sin of sodomy.
Why do I believe in conservative politics? I believe that liberal policies do more harm than good, even if they are done with good intentions. My first job paid minimum wage, but I had already figured that I should do pretty good since I was living at home at the time, and had some idea what I should bring home. I was shocked when I saw my first check, and all the money that was taken out for taxes and social security. My income would have placed me below the poverty level, but I still had a huge chunk taken out by the government. That was hardly helping the little guy. I sought to get a job that would pay more money that I was fully qualified for, only to find out I couldn't have it because I was white. Now I was dealing with reverse discrimination. On another job, I was only allowed to work 38 hours a week, because if I slipped and wound up going past 40 hours, that meant I had to get time and a half. I was on a flexible schedule, so I couldn't work a part time job. The time and a half law meant to help the little guy harmed me. I would have been glad to have worked 60 hours a week at regular pay, but I wasn't given that option. I saw sewing factories in my town go under one by one, along with the retirement of many women, because of increases in the minimum wage. All the things meant to help people made life harder for them, and I am not talking about the wealthy. I believe in a government that is a small as possible, that requires as little tax money as possible, and that regulates us as little as possible. I don't want the government making me buy insurance I don't want, or making me do things like wear a seat belt. I want them to leave me alone. I would rather have a society where the people sink or swim on their own, rather than have a massive welfare state. For that reason, I would be an ultra conservative Republican or perhaps a pro-life Libertarian, regardless of my religious views.