llewej irol (icarianbird) wrote,
llewej irol


For most of my life, I've stayed away from politics. It has always looked like nothing more than a giant shit-storm of hate and misfortune. One group tries to discredit and destroy the other simply because they believe a different way. Yeah, it's human nature. Yeah, it's something we've done for as long as we've existed, but why does it even have to be this way? Can you not disagree with me without trying to make me out as a Nazi who hates you because of your beliefs? I just can't fathom why this is so hard.

I spent nearly two hours this morning reading political blogs and comments. I don't know why I do this to myself every so often, but I can't stop looking. It's like the proverbial train wreck: you know it's going to be bad, but you've just got to watch. It makes my stomach feel as if it's in a knot every time I read it, but, somehow, I eventually forget about that and get back to it again.

So, when I read these blogs and comments I get two conflicting views. There is the conservative side of things which, in my honest opinion, looks more like a hate-monger in disguise than a conservative point of view. Then there's the liberal side that looks as if it takes absolutely no action whatsoever and wants to stay as far away from any kind of opinion that might make it unfavorable to anyone. The names that get slung between these two groups of people make me feel ashamed to be a human being. "Lib-tards," "the scum of America," "Repukes," and the list goes on.

I've looked up what appears to be "liberal" and "conservative" stances on things and I don't really go all one way. Being someone who is nearly 30, I fall pretty liberal, but on some key points I'm very conservative. I'm sure part of that stems from the fact that I've been raised in the south and was raised in a semi-religious home. I'm also sure that, as I've aged, I've been able to form my own opinions on things and some of those do disagree with my parents. It wasn't the "liberal media" that made me more liberal, because I don't watch the news. I formed these ideas on my own after interpreting the laws and rights of the American people myself. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't understand why there has to be so many lies slung back and forth.

Who really believes in a "gay agenda?" To put it out there, my brother is gay and several of my very good friends are gay, but they're not trying to "convert" me to their "gayness." No one is forcing me to agree with the fact that they're gay. They're only asking me to accept that they like to look at boys as much as I do. I never had to ask them to accept me for my heterosexuality and so why should I look at them any differently? The conservative viewpoint of this seems to be that "God hates fags," but I can find no legal reason why homosexuals shouldn't get the same rights and privileges that I get. Saying my brother can't get "married" is like saying a bi-racial couple can't be "married." I happen to be of the thought that all "marriages" should be referred to as a "civil union" as it is a "civil contract" between two adults. Love is usually a big factor there, but if we're talking about certificates rather than religious ceremonies then we need to make sure that we do everything fairly, right?

Okay, so that's my major liberal view point. Want to see a conservative one now? Affirmative Action. I disagree with it entirely. Reverse-discrimination is not the cure for the old racism thought. You know what is? Education. If everyone can receive a good education then there is no reason for racism to exist. I hire you on your merit. If our nation can have a black (well, half-black) president then there is no way racism should be a deciding factor in the employment process anymore. You can't tell me that, because you're black, you can't get an education. We went to the same school and took the same classes. It's not my fault if you decided you didn't want to study and make the grades. It is yours. I come from small-town nowhere and I had the opportunity to get an education. It wasn't because I was white; it was because I chose to do it. Period.

I didn't mean to use this as some kind of political platform. Instead, I just wanted to plop down my feelings. I am so tired of all the hatred being spewed. You disagree with me? That's fine. Just do it in a civil fashion. I am not a "racist," nor am I a "fucking jerkwad lib." I simply disagree with you and do it in a manner that isn't going to start a war. I may tell you why I think you're wrong, but I'm not going to be mad at you. All I expect is that you stop trying to change something once it's been deemed fit and proper for the American people. I think there should be tighter gun laws, but the Second Amendment gives you the right to keep your guns so I'm not going to stop you. All I ask is that you don't shoot me with them, okay?

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