Why Am I A Liberal?


I have posted before today of the chain of events that led to my dissatisfaction with the Republican Party, especially the ultra Conservative set.

In a great many ways, my own departure from the Republican mindset and journey to Liberalism mirrors this woman’s story. Very thought provoking. I refer to myself as a recovering Stepford Republican nowadays.

http://thebigslice.org/why-i-am-no-longer-a-republican/

Not all who need a helping hand are there of their own choosing  or in a dire situation of their own making.  Even if they were, I would still want to help them.  I cannot in good conscience belong to any party or ascribe to any set of ideals based on the core of I, Me, Mine.

I care more about my own family  and then my own friends more than I do for the rest of the world.  Of course I do.  Who doesn’t?  I don’t want to see those I love or have connections with suffer or do without.

That doesn’t mean I am not passionate about trying to make this world a better place for everyone, and working to assure that everyone, everywhere, has enough for their needs.  Who wouldn’t want that?  What kind of person only focuses on their own needs to the total exclusion of everyone else?  Not me.  Not anymore.  I am no longer a Republican, and I reject them.

They are lost.

Well, Here’s Your Problem……..


Buried somewhere in the mystical rituals that must be traversed to attain Republican Party Representative status, there must be some version of a voir dire wherein the aspiring candidate must prove that he or she has never read George Santayana.  They are at it again, this time in the Ohio House Committee.

Ohio House Votes To De-fund Planned Parenthood

The moral of this story is much the same as any number of frustrating and irritating political stories we have seen over the last few years.

Remember the election, GOP?  Yeah, the proverbial ass kickin’ you just received?  I know you are all scrambling around pointing fingers in any direction but your own.  Pundits and analysts are trying to figure out what went wrong, and how your projected numbers could have been so wrong.

This is what went wrong, guys.  This is the type of legislation you seem obsessed with pushing through, and we all know that.  We learned that if we want the government out of our love lives and our bodies, most of y’all must go.  Y’all learned nothing.  You are still trying to wage a war on women.  We don’t like it.  If you don’t stop it, we will smite you.

Charity, Assistance, & Helping Others………A Division In Outlook


I have been arguing with a family member today about extending a helping hand to others.  At some point it became clear to me that in this, as in politics, & religion, & pretty much our entire world-view, we would never see eye to eye.  If he weren’t family, I doubt we would even have any impetus to talk at all.  Thinking about it afterwards, I think his viewpoint and mine can be fairly said to represent the extreme ends of the Left/Right spectrum.

It seems to me that the majority of far lefters and Liberals are impassioned and moved to pay forward without conditions or strings, or at least with minimal ones.  We do not want to dictate terms or hold up hoops to jump through.  We don’t necessarily expect to induce those we aid to conform to our ideologies, and we are not very concerned with alternate or opposing viewpoints in the face of tragedy.  If we see a need or a place to lend a hand, we want to do just that.  We also do not expect reciprocation or immediate return, because our investment is in humanity in general.  We want to make things better for everyone, everywhere, not just ourselves & our own interests.

Far righters & Conservatives, on the other hand, seem to me to be far more driven by control issues.  Public works and other assistance programs are viewed with distrust and resentment.  This could be because when aid is given through these channels, each individual contributor (either by taxation or donation) is a step removed from decisions regarding perceived worthiness.

In conversations I have had with my mostly Republican, far right, Conservative family and friends, I see a fairly consistent theme in regard to who deserves help.  The main thing they all seem to agree on, and I totally oppose, is the sentiment that no help should be given until the cause, or person or persons, in need submit to qualifying standards.  It would seem, at least from them, that being in need is not enough.  You must prove to be sufficiently needy, and your need must be of an acceptable nature.

This is a fairly good reason why having sane, rational, reasonable Moderates from both sides is so important.

As a fairly extreme Liberal, I recognize that I and those like me occasionally need a gentle redirecting hand to help us do the most good for the largest group.  We can be easily diverted and spend an enormous amount of time and resources in areas that perhaps could have been better used elsewhere.  That in no way negates what good we might do in those ares, and it in no way means we should not continue to try to lend a hand wherever we can, but we need a balance.

Likewise, Conservatives need a nudge to be less interested in exactly what the needy do in their private lives, and more concerned with the actual benefit derived from the action of giving.  Assistance should actually be assistance.  It should not be a lever to force obedience, nor should it be a method of weeding out or penalizing those who disagree with you.

We need someone to bring us together, and to force us to play nice in the world’s sandbox.  Clearly, we won’t ever do it on our own.

A Few Thoughts On Post-Election Recuperation………


A friend just sent me a link to a truly sad and disturbing 24 minute breakdown in response to the election results.  I skimmed through the comment section prior to viewing it, like I usually do, just to see if there were any key things I should listen for, then hit start.  It took the best part of the morning to get through it.

Wow.

When I started posting my own thoughts online I had the quite natural fear that if I opened myself up to strangers, I would bring ridicule on myself.  I was new at blogging.  I was a recovering Stepford Republican turned Liberal.  Of course, being me, I decided p-fooey on it, and jumped in with both feet.  What I didn’t expect was to find myself enjoying it so much.  Feedback, whether good, bad, or indifferent, is endlessly interesting to me.  I have met some fascinating people, and gained some perspective I lacked after reading their blogs.  I am also endlessly awed by the quantity of talented, interesting, & humorous people blogging and posting nowadays.  Y’all so very often say exactly what I was thinking, but you just say it so darn much better.

That being said, I wanted to say three things to the world out there.

For my small circle of readers and commenters, thank you.  Y’all keep me coming back.  I post what I post because I believe in it, and I stand behind it, but having even one person who actually reads what I write elevates me from crazy cat lady pushing a wire cart and muttering to very, very amateur writer.  It’s a small distinction, but an important one to me.  As of this morning, I have yet to become an object of ridicule or major harassment, and thank you all for that, as well.  I have been fortunate in my freedom from trolls or cyber ugliness to any great extent.

For the unfortunate Nebraska blogger who has inadvertently become an object of lampooning and skewering humor…..I am sorry, ma’am.  You obviously believed very much in what you were doing, and you clearly put a lot of work and heart into it.  It goes without saying that I completely disagree with most of what you were working for, but respect is still possible even when disagreement exists.  I think you are wrong, but I also think those lambasting you aren’t much better.

For everyone, everywhere…….  I understand that many are still smarting from a vicious election cycle.  Even some outside the US were pulled in and became invested in the shenanigans and mud slinging.  The Conservatives have a great deal of work ahead of them if they want to tame and reclaim their party to make it a viable contender.  We need them to step up and do just that, because in its current state, the Republican party is a mess.  There was a good reason our founders wove checks and balances into our government.  It ain’t perfect, but it keeps the crazies from completely taking over.

Thank goodness for that, because the last few years we came perilously close.  We need more than one cohesive and functional party to represent us.  We need the discord, the arguments, the bargaining, and the pressure from others to compromise.  I understand the tendency of  some to poke fun at the losing end.  Call it schadenfreude, gloating, or the good old standard neener-neener, let’s get it out of our system quickly and extend a hand.  The sooner we stop trading insults, taunting, and anger, the sooner we can start working together with the rational folks in every party to cleanse our government of the remaining whack-a-doodles and obstructionists.

Have Your Say!


On the left side of my page you can now find a clickable link to Rock The Vote.  If you have not yet registered, please do so.  Have your say!

rock the vote banner

November is coming soon, folks.  Raise your voices and be heard.

Insulting? Yep, You Betcha. Racist? Yeah, I Think So Too, Bill…….


Bill Maher continues to amaze me.  I seldom listen to him for very long before he manages to toss some nasty slap in with his commentary that turns me off him.  Over the last few weeks I have seen multiple quotes that not only did not offend me, but actually voiced my own thoughts quite well.  Now I have fallen over an entire blog entry that is worded so much better than I could say it, I just gotta’ pass it along.

Bill Maher – Obama.  “He Tried.  You Tried.”

Every time I think the sad, extended train wreck that is the Republican Presidential campaign cannot make me lose any more faith in a large segment of our population, they go and do it again.  I don’t understand why anyone except a tiny percentage of upper class wealthy Caucasian males of specific religious bent would vote for anyone flying under this banner.  I really, really don’t.

The Conservatives have managed to accomplish something I never thought possible.  They shaped current conditions so that a blog entry from Bill Maher made my night.

Gee, Guys, I don’t Know……..


Okay, the sad thing here is that they actually do believe they are being persecuted and unfairly labeled as a hate group.  The level of blindness in operation here simply staggers me.

why call us a hate group?

Umm…..if you stopped yelling at the top of your voices about all the things you hate, perhaps we would stop ‘attacking’ you with the truth.

 

*picture taken from the Facebook page of The Equality Mantra.