Caution: Politics Ahead

I don’t write about politics hardly ever. It’s divisive, it’s a sure way to piss people off and well, I don’t particularly like getting into a screaming match with people. I’m just not that confrontational.

But I’m going to jump in here. Before I do, I want to make a point that I will continue to make along the way which is, I don’t care what political background you have. You respect me, I respect you. My opposing views don’t make me some extremist, tin-foil-hat wearing crazy person. My views do not make me racist or any other words ending with “ist” that you would like to plug in. Ok. With that out of the way…..

Tracy sent me a link the other day from a Salon article titled “My best friend is a Republican” and it went into how the writer was horrified that her BFF was a card carrying member of the RNC, complete with guns and religion. I read the article and giggled, because Tracy is not what I what call a “left wing whacko” (remember, no name calling!) but she is left of me. In reading that Salon article, it did provoke some issues and how even though we are so far apart in some ideologies, on most bullet points, I bet we aren’t as far apart as she thinks we are.

I am a church going, Christ believing girl. Tracy and I were both raised Catholic. She is an atheist now and tolerates my posts about going to church because she respects me and my beliefs. Doesn’t mean she agrees, but she loves me and knows that’s important to me. I don’t try to convert her. I’m sure she appreciates that. I don’t mail her bibles or send her scripture verses, even though I have seen a few I would love to send her that I’ve seen at Hobby Lobby (Gasp! The horror!)

I believe in the Constitution and smaller government. I do not believe the government needs their greedy hands in every situation in our country. We need them for our military and infrastructure. Build the roads, bridges and dams. Keep the best military in the world and treat our soldiers with the best care and highest regard we can. There should be no VA scandal because it shouldn’t be so big that oversight is near impossible. Cut the bureaucracy and improve care. Simplify the tax code. It just shouldn’t be that hard. Flat tax? Sounds like a great plan to me. Close loopholes that businesses like GE (just as an example) use to pay ZERO taxes. Really? That’s ok?

Keep the government out of my and everyone else’s bedroom. Marry who you love. Gay or straight, makes no difference to me. If you love someone and want to commit to that person, marry away! Be entitled to all benefits and tax breaks that go along with it. What’s that joke? Why should only straight people be miserable? (Or something like that) But the flip side of that is also this, the government should have no right to order a private business to do something against how they want to run their business. Ordering a bakery to make a wedding cake isn’t the business of the government. Go to a different bakery. If you own a bar and want to allow smoking, it’s your business, the government shouldn’t tell you you can’t do it. The free market will take care whether your business is successful or not. Don’t like the bakery that won’t make gay wedding cakes? Guess what? Don’t go there if you don’t like it. Don’t want to work in the bar with smoking allowed? Guess what? Don’t get a job there! Don’t patronize that establishment. See? Easy peasy! I’m just saying the government should stay out of it. Live and let live.

Which then brings me to the taboo subject of abortion. Tracy and I have gone round and round and round AND ROUND on this. It’s a tortured subject. It’s a no win with us, so we usually avoid it entirely. I will throw this out there though, and it’s something that has bothered me for years. How can someone who claims to be a Christian (all the atheists are off the hook on this one) be in support of abortion? I know, the hate mail is going to fly in. But I don’t get it. Nancy Pelosi (shudder) is a perfect example of this. Practicing Catholic, believes in abortion. They are as polar opposite as can be. Are you deciding what to pick and choose from your religion? You get to make that call? The tenants of the faith are pretty cut and dried for you. Would you admit to Pope Francis that you believe in abortion? (And I’m not condemning anyone who has had one. So don’t even go there.) I’m just saying your faith and the liberal point of view do not reconcile to me unless you have decided that you are able to pick and choose pieces and parts of your Catholic faith. Which means your following your own version of Catholicism, right?

So do all of these things make me some right wing lunatic? To some far left people, I guess it will. I think I’m pretty moderate. I’m a registered Independent. Not a member of the RNC or DNC. I pick candidates based on what they stand for, not a letter behind their name indicating some party affiliation. And yes, I actually study the candidates. How many people just vote straight party line and then are shocked when things don’t change? (Hello Detroit? Chicago?) How about investing as much time looking into the actual character of someone and see how their values align with yours? Do you want the government IN or OUT of your personal life, telling you how to live, taxing everything you can put your hands on (rain, wind, air and water will probably be next)

So while I can’t use the title “My best friend is a liberal” similar to the Salon article, we have WAAAAAY more in common than most people would think. And I don’t even have my tin-foil hat on today.


One thought on “Caution: Politics Ahead

  1. After such a pleasant invitation, there’s no way I would respond except with a similar tone. I normally avoid discussing these kinds of issues for the same reasons you do. I think having friends who disagree with me is very helpful for learning, and I recommend it highly.

    I’m not Catholic. Other Christian churches accept the sad necessity of abortion within the context of current conditions, necessitated by our inability to abate poverty (most who get abortions are poor), and our cultural unwillingness to educate children about the consequences of having sex. As a man, I really don’t have much right to an opinion on the topic at all. I will never have to balance the physical risks of being pregnant against a threat to the food security of my family.

    Other countries don’t even have this problem. They teach sex ed in elementary school, and provide contraceptives gratis, anonymously. It lowers abortion rates dramatically.

    Your views on whether we have a right to pick and choose what aspects of religion to accept and adhere to is interesting, because we all do that already in my opinion, and always have. We divorce, we don’t kill teenagers for giving us attitude, we don’t stone people, we wear multiple fabrics, we don’t eat kosher and hundreds of other things that are all right there, ordered in scripture. Yet somehow this or that thing becomes “the one” we have no right to reexamine? How do you qualify which we can or can’t?

    You found a way to reconcile accepting same-sex monogamy with scripture. There are Christian authorities on both sides of that question, but you still chose one view over the other. That’s how it works. Everyone’s relationship with God is their own version of the religion.

    Someone accused me once of being a “Cafeteria Christian”, to imply I had no right to select the contents of my meal. In a moment of unusual clarity, I responded that I found it preferable to being a “School Lunch Christian”, where you have to eat whatever crap is on the menu, nutritious or not.

    I enjoyed reading.

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