This one is just for fun, kids.
I rarely write about politics, and for good reason. As one who does not trust politicians as a general rule, it’s hard to follow the politics of any given party long enough to become well versed in the arena. However, I’ll venture out on to a limb and see if anyone wants to cut it out from under me. Here are few of the things I hear happening in political conversations that make me scratch my head in wonderment. Each of these, mind you, are statements coming from a single individual in any given number of settings.
1. We should fight against abortion — We should fight for capital punishment.
2. We should restrict (or cut) welfare benefits going to the poor and disabled, because they are really lazy and worthless for not working for a living — We should repeal “death taxes” because the rich ought to be able to make sure their children never have to work for a living.
3. We should vote against healthcare reform because Universal healthcare (single payer, public option or no) is socialism (er Marxism, er communism, wait… aren’t those all the same? Oh, I know it’s Nazism) — We should keep dumping money and resources into public schools, public transportation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage. They are programs that are helping the American way of life after all.
4. We should fight to get prayer back into the schools — We should fight to keep all Muslims out of the military.
5. We should fight for the sanctity of marriage and not allow same sex couples to be wed — We should uphold an individual’s legal right to divorce, prenuptial agreements, and annulment because over 50% of marriages fail.
Again, I’m no political expert, and the people I hear making these statements in the same conversation may not represent the accurate or “best” of their respective political ideology. Feel free to add your own or talk about how stupid I am for not understanding the nuance behind these contradictions. [Author’s Note: Just so you know, I am a registered Republican and voted for McCain, even though Palin scares the bejesus out of me, still – so please don’t assume I am one of those wacky “liberals” or one of those crazy “conservatives” for that matter.]