A friend recently observed that I was leaning more and more to the left during this political season. I have been mulling this over now for a few weeks and think I might be ready to clarify a few things. I have always been on the left. I have not always been vocal about being on the left. But on the left is where I proudly sit.
Another friend said he had never hung out with a Democrat and wondered why I was one. I didn’t really have an answer. I thought that one over for a day or two and mentioned it to another friend. “I have always been a Democrat. It’s like being a Cubs fan. I just am.” Then a few moments later I said “Well, I think gay people should have every right to get married, I think women should have the right to choice and I am anti-gun.”
“That sums up why you are a Democrat,” she said. (She is not a Democrat.)
But it doesn’t. There is so much more to it.
Those things seem like such common sense to me that sometimes I forget people believe otherwise.
I have liberal views on almost every issue out there. I always have. I have supported Obama for years. I knew four years ago that he would someday make a great president. I was thrilled to be vocal for a person I felt would help fix the many things wrong with our country.
I believe in global warming. I think spreading the wealth around is a decent way to treat humans who are less fortunate. I believe all people should have the right to health care. I believe the war in Iraq is the gravest mistake our country has made. I don’t support torture. I don’t support the death penalty.
I am sure there are a host of other issues that I sit on the left in support of or against. I haven’t changed any of these beliefs in my memory. These are things I have always known to be true. I have recently found a voice to make myself heard.
Bonus for the day- my favorite quote read in a comment on another blog about the woman who won’t go away whose name I refuse to speak/write anymore: “she vomits words.”