I have somewhat refrained from posting political rants on this blog for a little while now, but there has been a lot going on in the political world and I gotta get some stuff off my chest.
Most of you know where I stand with my beliefs. I tend to be very conservative on most things, sometimes moderate with others. I respect other people’s opinions and beliefs and I can only wish for the same in return. Obviously we don’t always get what we wish for.
Unfortunately I’m going to have to go “Hannibal” on some of my fellow conservatives and “eat my own” for a post. I’m sure as a result, the hate-mail folder will probably get a few extra hits this time around.
I have come to a crossroads with my beliefs and I find myself having to choose between values that I stand for. I have realized that many of my beliefs contradict each other, and I feel that it is a direct result from the problems that the 2-party system has created. I hate having to choose sides because frankly, I don’t believe in everything either party stands for. Yes, I consider my beliefs to be conservative, but that doesn’t mean I think the Republicans are always right.
A wise man once told me that the constitution protects not only the rights that I like, but it also protects your rights that I don’t. For the most part, I have accepted that. I may firmly believe in my right to keep and bear arms, but I would never support forcing people to own and carry firearms. I certainly disagree with just about everything that comes out of Michael Moore’s mouth, but I would stand side-by-side with him to defend his right to free speech.
So why haven’t I done the same with things like gay marriage and abortion?
I asked myself this recently and I had a really hard time answering it. The truth is, neither issue really affects me. I’m not homosexual and I wouldn’t consider having an abortion (not that it’s physically possible, but you get the point). If the federal government decided to allow gay marriage nation-wide, it really wouldn’t affect me. Nobody is forcing me to marry another man and nobody is demanding that my wife and I have an abortion next time she gets pregnant.
So I guess where I am going with this, is that I have had to figure out what’s important to me. We can’t sit here and say that we don’t want our rights taken away, but then turn around and hack away at the rights of the people we don’t agree with. Yes, I still believe that abortion is wrong, but I still have the choice not to get one. The same goes for drinking and driving. I think it’s wrong to get plowed and then get behind the wheel of a car, but I’m not about to rally to outlaw bars or alcohol.
My political beliefs are actually quite simple. I don’t want government telling me that I have to or can’t do anything. As long as it doesn’t affect anyone else, let me make the decision on what’s right or wrong.
Where the Republican Party has gone wrong is they seem to spend all their time addressing the issues that don’t really affect anyone. What DOES matter are things like the economy, taxes, war, and defending our god-given rights…..all of them. The beauty of this country is that we don’t have to follow a single belief system. We are still free to practice the religion of our choice. We can work any job we want, live anywhere we want, talk anyway we want, and most importantly, we still have the right and the means to protect it all.
What we need to do, is worry about the issues that really matter right now so that we still have the ability to debate over the little things that we don’t agree with.