I am a corperate-loving, war-mongering, minority-fearing, white, anglo-saxon, prodestant imperialist who doesn't care about women's rights, the poor, or people of color. I march in lock-step with my party and take my marching orders from Rush Limbaugh. I believe in the hegomony of American power in the world and that might always makes right. I do not care about the enviroment unless theres some money to be had in it. In the past, I have worked for the campaigns of republican candidates and have attended gala election day events. I've met Mark Hatfield, Bob Packwood, and had Jack Kemp and George W. Bush sign one of my neckties.
I have grown weary of hearing from the people who claim to be the most open-minded and tolerant continuously prove their own intellectual dishonesty. I'm tired of constantly defending myself to the "tolerant" crowd - to the folks that appear to think that tolerance and universal love applies only to people who share a certain niché set of beliefs.
Guess what...I don't hate liberals. Here's another shocker...I really don't like a lot of people in my own party too. As a matter of fact, I really have a distaste of zealotry of any stripe. The pro-choice crowd annoys me just as much as the pro-lifers do. Enviromentalists tick me off, but many timber companies are just as bad. The French are stupid, but the idea of "freedom fries" to be just as silly.
This does not make me a moderate, however. I carry with me a core set of ideals that are very conservative in nature. I do happen to strongly believe in capitalist theory and in individual freedoms. I have an inherent mistrust of government and I also believe that it is counterproductive to tax a society into prosperity. I proudly belong to the party of Lincoln and I believe that governments should be of the people and by the people and not of the whiny group and for the beauracracy that sustains them.
Does that help change your preconceptions yet?
How about this...Though I have a personal discomfort with the procedure, I believe in a woman's right to chose for herself on the abortion issue and that those who argue that it is an unspeakable sin should not be too hasty to do God's work for him. I think that a measure of enviromental conservation is needed but not at the cost of regional economic stability and livability. I believe wholeheartedly that our most current war is more than justified. I think that a dialogue with North Korea is the answer, but not on bilateral terms. I believe that the poor should recieve assistance, but only so much as they are willing to help themselves our of their lot. I care not for race relations only because I don't care about other people's race.
Is the picture a little clearer?
Many...actually most of my friends are pretty liberal. Sometimes we get into spitited discussions and even mild arguments over politcial and social issues. The difference between these people with whom I chose to spend my time with and those who annoy the hell out of me is a simple one: my friends remain my friends because they got to know me before they judged me. They didn't see "republican" or "white", they saw "person".
Here's my point: I've grown beyond tired of ill-advised assumptions that supposed free-thinking people make about each other. When I tell my fairly humorous story of how I got ol' Dubya to sign my tie, I am sick of the looks I get and the immediate assumption that I am in some way an asshole because I want to a George W. Bush rally. The story is a good one and they refuse to find the self-depricating hilarity of me thrusting my tie out of a crowd and having the secret service get all twitchy. So what if I like Bush II: Electric Boogaloo? It's a funny story! Don't be a sphincter and tighten up because suddenly hear "republican" and "I am a" in the same sentance. I may not agree with most of the liberal agenda and I may even knee-jerk react to a few things from time to time, but at least I try my damnedest to listen.
Here's another example...A while ago I asked the Throwdown staff to send in their thoughts concerning the Iraq issue. I got a few back, but the war had started before I had a chance to put a coherent article together and the thoughts sent in were rendered moot. The following is an excerpt from that proposed article and was written by Throwdown staff writer Master N:
"...We are not talking about a group of people who own Super Nintendo's who refuse
to upgrade to Playstation 2's here. We are talking about a group of people who
oppress women, cut off hands, and strap bombs to their chests to express
religous initiatives. The arguement that, "not all of them agree with that
mentality" carries little weight. If you had a rat in your garage, would you
say, "even though a majority of rats carry disease, this one probably doesn't,"
or would you try to get the rat out of the garage before it nested in your home
and bit your kids on the ass? We aren't talking about a group of people who
bite kids. We are talking about a bunch of God freaks who fly planes into
buildings and draw and quarter women whom they believe are whores for showing
too much nose."
Don't be too quick to judge...
Some may think that Master N is a mean-spirited person because of this article. I can say from experience that he is quite the opposite. You can judge a man by his words, but only so far as you're willing to listen to the rest of his story. We're all humans here on this silly rock and if you somehow get offended by the fact that your neighbor doesn't share your views on aarkvark conservation, then that's your progative - just don't be an ingorant bastard and judge their entire being on it.
Ok...I'm feeling a little better now...
Here's your theme of the week, kids: I may think you're an idiot but that doesn't mean I think you're an asshole.