Where Do You Stand?

One of my blogging friends recently posted the contents of a newsletter she received from her Conservative congressman. In her post, she pointed out that she didn’t vote for this person — nor would she — as she strongly disagrees with his political platform, which she described as follows:

He is anti-women’s rights, anti-LGBT rights, opposes the use of renewable energy, has an “A” rating from the NRA, wishes to repeal ACA (Obamacare), supports maintaining a “numerically superior” nuclear arsenal, supports Trump’s border wall and a ban on Syrian refugees, supports a “Judeo-Christian” national code of morality, and more.

From my perspective, this person pretty much comes across as a poster child for hardcore Conservatives so I’m quite sure I wouldn’t vote for him either.

In the political arena, I suppose I would be considered more “liberal-minded” as I tend to have more of a live-and-let-live attitude towards life. In fact, I find it rather appalling when some individuals insist their perspective on life should be mandatory for everyone. It seems that allowing individuals to be who they are according to their own conscience and desires is somehow verboten.

FLASH! We are not robots. None of us has been programmed to live according to any one particular paradigm.

I am not saying that liberal-leaning individuals have all the answers. In fact, I feel many of them go overboard in their viewpoints as well. What I am saying is we are all individuals. Each of us possesses a brain and a conscience. Each of us is a product of our upbringing and life experiences.

In other words, the opinions and outlooks we have formed about the world we live in is very personal — which is why I believe it becomes a mockery to individual independence when politicians (on both sides) attempt to control the lives of others by passing laws that favor one part of society over another.

It’s a bit unnerving to see how the divisions in this nation’s political realm are gradually ripping communities apart. Insults and name-calling are commonplace, and there have even been incidents of violence. The possibility of a civil war has been mentioned by some. I dread to think it could go that far, yet the many signs of unrest are distressing.

I admit I don’t have all the answers. There is certainly evidence a nation will fail without some sort of governing body, but I do wish ours could be a bit more egalitarian.

I suppose, as the saying goes, this too shall pass. But sometimes I wonder how bad it’s going to get before then.