Like a lot of people, particularly in the bay area, I’m pretty libertarian. I tend to like Republicans on fiscal issues and Democrats on rights issues.
As a libertarian I don’t think that redistribution programs as a rule help society or even the individuals receiving the redistributions. And the staggering, country-busting expense of them isn’t pretty, either.
I could go into why, but it would just be a long debate with some of you (ostensibly about economics but really just about politics) and I’ve seen that movie before. My point is, if I was forced to pick one of the two big political parties based on my beliefs it would have been Republicans in the past, because I don’t like large welfare and other spending programs.
In the past I’ve said that if the democrats could just take an econ 101 course they’d be perfect. And if the republicans could just stay out of our bedrooms, they’d be perfect.
One issue that has always made me very uneasy about voting for any republican, though, are gay and womens’ rights.
The libertarian in me really comes screaming to the surface in these situations. The only really emotional issue debates I’ve had with people over the last several years have been about gay rights in particular. It just really makes me angry that someone feels so superior as to tell other people who they can and cannot love.
Trust me, I think lots of liberals also have ridiculously superior attitudes, too, and they piss me off all the time.
But I think my struggle is over now. I’m going to have a blanket policy of not voting for any Republican from now on, unless they are publicly pro-choice and very libertarian in their human rights beliefs in general.
Why? This Todd Akin asshole. It’s just way too over the top to even think about letting it go.
I was talking about this with a friend this last week. The republicans have thrown away generation after generation of new voters with their absurd infatuation with controlling our personal beliefs, what we can do with our body, and who we can love.
I think I’d actually be more willing to stomach the financial armageddon that the liberals are walking us into than have to continue to see elected officials lecture women about rape and gays about love.
Which is too bad. Just a week ago I was toying with the idea of voting for the Romney/Ryan ticket. But that’s absolutely not going to happen now. I may not vote for Obama because I think he’s the worst president we’ve had since Carter. But I’m certainly not voting Republican.
It’s time for the republicans to give up on the oldest generation of voters, and the religious nuts. It’s time for them to focus on the next 50 years. There are millions of voters that would embrace them, if only they could stop the hate. I’d be first in line.
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