First and foremost, I am not a moderate fence rider. Quite the opposite actually, I am the extremes of both parties. And I would venture to say that a good portion of the American public can sympathise.
I am a born and bread Texan. I grew up in a small town, and I now go to school in our great state's capitol. I'm also white, middle class, and a Jew. Except for the last one, I am textbook republican. I should be hoot 'n hollerin for Bush, even to this day, but, thankfully, I am not. I was raised by die hard Democrats. My mother is a crazy ex-hippie, and my father an ex-rancher. They are like the ying and the yang of the democratic party.
Me personally, I'm not like my parents. My mother is staunchly liberal in every aspect. If she had her way we'd all be paying half our income to the government to take care of the poor, abortions would be free, and homosexual couples would get priority marriage licences. Fortunatly, my mother and I definitely share some of the same views, but unfortunatly, there are others she wants to kill me over as soon as the words slip out of my mouth (usually on accident. I'm pro peace. ) My father on the other hand is a very moderate Democrat, and relatively unpolitical compared to my mom and me. He votes every election, and he has his issues that he cares about, but he's not nearly as extreme and definitely not as vocal. He even admitted to me once that he voted for a Republican president. Right before he told me he looked around the room and leaned in close and was very serious. I was about 12 years old and completely terrified. I thought he was about to tell me that I was adopted, or that we ate puppies or something. Luckily it was only the fact that he voted for a GOP candidate how ever many years ago. Needless to say, I was relieved. I mean sure, at the time I thought republicans were the devil, but at least I hadn't been eating puppies all my life. Of course he hurriedly told me to NEVER tell my mother about it. Heh, hope mom doesn't read this.
So, I happen to be the best of both worlds I think. I am pro gay rights, pro abortion, pro helping poor people, and am anti-war. I like the idea of socialized health care, I'm into welfare programs, and I dig food stamps and unemployment. On the other hand I'm a capitalist through and through. I'm anti-over taxing, I'm against regulation of the economy, and more then anything I hate big government. I feel the only way a human being can be truly happy is if they have the ability to better their situation in life and move up through society. And I feel capitalism is the only way to insure that everyone has that opportunity. And, I know, I'm a walking and talking American bread wind up doll that spouts capitalistic propaganda I've been feed all my life. But hey, I'm pretty sure I'm right, and that's all that matters.
I guess now your probably wondering how we're going to help the poor if we don't raise taxes, and how is socialized health care not going to expand the role of the government, etc. etc.?Well, we've now come to the purpose of this blog. I plan to address those issues and more over the course of my writing. My goal is to run a political commentary on current events, along with clarifying my ideology, and hopefully entertaining the masses. We'll see how it goes. Also, I forgot to mention, I'm really big into the environment. I plan on having a weekly portion on cheap and easy ways to do your part for Mother Earth.
My goal is to really get my opinion out there, and hopefully make a small difference with it. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. But honestly, I think my real goal is just to be entertaining enough to be worth reading, and maybe I'll get people thinking in the process. I guess we'll see.