My Politics

I am a liberal Democrat.  I am also a Christian.  I support President Obama; healthcare reform; a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body and life; equal rights for LGBT individuals (including marriage); stricter gun control laws; social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and Social Security; and a host of other issues that are considered by many to be liberal, Democratic or Progressive.

Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as “Obamacare”) perfect?  Nope.  But it’s a hell of a lot better than what we had … and a hell of a lot better than nothing.

Am I “Pro-Abortion?”  Nope.  That’s a term made up by conservatives.  Nobody is Pro-Abortion.  I would hope, first, that people would be smart and use birth control.  If not, I would hope that a woman or girl facing an unwanted pregnancy would consider adoption.  I would never HOPE she would have an abortion.  But is it my choice?  No.  Should abortion be legal?  Yes.  Because if it’s not, people will find a way anyway – just as they used to – and women will be butchered or do it themselves and be injured and get infections and possibly die.

Yes, I’m a Christian.  No, I don’t think homosexuality is an abomination.  I don’t think God does, either.  I believe that people are born heterosexual or homosexual or bisexual or asexual.  I believe that God created everyone and that God doesn’t make mistakes.  Is there anything to back up my beliefs?  Yup.  And I plan to share it in another post.

Gun control.  Let me start by saying this:  if you want guns because you hunt, NOBODY IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HUNTING RIFLES.  If you want a gun to keep in your house for protection, NOBODY IS TRYING TO TAKE IT AWAY.  You want to shoot tin cans in your back yard?  Be my guest.  (Although for the latter 2, at least once a year I hear of a child killed at home as a result of an accidental shooting.  But if you have guns and kids and don’t have trigger locks and don’t have the guns locked up somewhere and the ammunition locked up somewhere else, then you’re a moron.)  All I want is for it to be a little bit harder for the psycho serial killers to get guns.  Just a little harder.  That’s all.  You want a gun to hunt?  You can wait a few days.  Good God.  Get over it already.

The argument against stricter gun laws is usually, “Criminals will find a way to get them anyway.”  Yes, yes they will.  And if that is your argument, then you need to apply it across the board.  If you make abortion illegal, people will get them anyway.  If you make stricter regulations surrounding social programs like Medicaid, people will lie and get it anyway.  There will always be criminals.  There will always be people who lie and take advantage.  They are the exception, not the rule.  So, yeah, I get it.  The criminals don’t obey the laws.  But I’d still like to try to stop the ones with the guns.  And, heck, if that’s your view … why make any laws at all??

Some people seem to think it’s OK to insult me because of my views and beliefs.  I’ve had some tell me that I’m brainwashed and not so smart.  Specifically, that “HE” has me brainwashed, presumably referring to the President of the United States.  LOL.  Yup, I’ve met with him in person – was summoned to the White House personally for my indoctrination, in fact.  Weren’t you?!?!?!

I’ve had some say they don’t know how I can call myself a Christian and support the President.  Huh?  Believe it or not, I am not the only person alive who is a Christian and a Democrat.

I like political debate.  If I, for instance, post something on Facebook, I expect comments.  As I said on Facebook once, this is a social network.  If you don’t want commentary, write in your diary.  So I expect and, for the most part, welcome comments and debate.  What I don’t like is for someone to come to my page and insult me.  You know what?  Screw you.  Unfriend me, hide me, block me, scroll past my posts – I don’t really give a damn.  But don’t come to MY page and insult me.  If I comment on your page, I’ll take what I get.  You put what you want on your wall, I’ll put what I want on my wall, mmmkay?

As for being brainwashed … I will admit, I don’t watch Fox News.  They lie and most of what they broadcast is opinion.  So do I follow the conservative media and the liberal media and then form an opinion?  Nope.  My opinions have been formed over my entire lifetime.  I was raised going to church.  I was raised by parents who were registered Republicans.  But my mom was also a “women’s libber,” and taught me that girls are just as smart and capable as boys.  She taught me not to judge people based on the color of their skin (even though my dad is a Bunkeresque bigot.)  She always worked; she was active in Business & Professional Women and other working women’s groups.  She was involved in neighborhood issues, in my education and in the PTA.  I grew up in the suburbs in a largely Catholic neighborhood.  I finished High School and went off to college.  I completed 4 years of college and have a Bachelor’s Degree.  And, yes, I’m smart.  You want to call me conceited because I say that, go ahead.  But I don’t think I should have to apologize for it.  I’ve been told I’m smart my entire life.  I got high scores on standardized, placement and, yes, IQ tests.  I was in the enrichment programs.  I skipped a grade.  An employer I used to work for did some testing on the entire staff and I scored better than one of the owners.  (He told me that himself.)  The guy administering the tests told me.  Then they had me start administering the tests.  Do I go around saying all this?  Of course not.  But don’t tell me I’m brainwashed and not so smart.  How insulting. I believe what I believe based on my life experiences and my personal opinions.  Oh, and I READ.  I research.  If I see something that seems outlandish (from either “side”), I think to myself, ‘Gee, that seems outlandish.  Let me do some research on that.  Especially before I post it online as if it is the truth.”

It’s funny because I’ve been composing this post in my head for quite some time.  A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a Facebook status that said much of what I was thinking in my head.  Here is her post:

“I am a liberal democrat.  Some people believe they have the right to judge me, call me names, or say that I am ignorant because of my politics. I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, that women have a right to choose what to do with their own bodies, that social programs are a necessity, that educating our children should be a top priority, and that George W. Bush is the biggest boob to have ever sat in the white house.  Here’s the thing though, I welcome other people’s opinions and I respect their beliefs.  I listen to others, read information, follow the issues, do research, and then form my own opinion. I can say that I am disappointed with Obama’s lack of leadership, that many of our current social programs are poorly run and in desperate need of a complete overhaul, and that our economy is a mess and something needs to give.  I have never voted a straight party ticket as I vote for the republican or other party candidate if I believe they will best serve our country (although at this point I am kinda feeling the whole “lesser of two evils” thing when it comes to the next presidential election).

So, if you want to say “liberal democrat” as though it is a curse word, judge me because my beliefs may be different than yours, keep a closed mind and stubbornly refuse to hear/acknowledge that I may have valid points or concerns, be unwilling to discuss/debate the issues in a respectful manner, and/or call me names simply because you don’t agree with my politics, then I must say that you are the ignorant one.”

Yeah.  What she said.

Thank you Beth Richino Nichols for allowing me to publish your post here.