I'm a democrat. In a lot of ways I'm pretty liberal. I met a guy at a party who's a Republican. And I really mean that, he works for the Party. So we were getting drunk and I, as a liberal, made some crack, and then he made some crack, and then everybody else at the table with us, who all knew him better than me, saw we were about to argue and got up and left. Now, I knew right away I was gonna lose this argument, and I told him so. It's not that I thought he could change my beliefs, it's that I am rather uninformed. I don't keep up with things enough and those I do read about I don't entirely get, economics and such. So the problem here is that we have vastly different beliefs, but he knows things and I don't, so his arguments are "facts and facts and figures and facts," and my arguments are "Bush is a dick!" I mean, as right as I may be, I'm not gonna come off the smarter one.
I've seen him since, and hung out, he's a good guy, just a republican, that's all.
Met another yesterday, an old friend that I haven't seen for a while, we got together for lunch since we recently discovered we live in the same area again. She's a republican now, too. But she's what you may call "compassionate," I guess. She things gay people are okay, things like that.
Got me thinking. Does "repuclican" actually mean "I hate gay people and poor people and people who don't believe in Jesus?" No. No, it doesn't. Republican, from what I remember of high school social studies class, means small government. It means less restrictions on people, low taxes, more independence. It's just that a lot of the people high up in that area, and certainly the most vocal ones, are anti-gay, yay Jesus, things like that.
Republican does not mean Jerry Falwell. It's just that Jerry Falwell is a republican, and it gets equated that way in a lot of our minds. He's loud, he's vocal, he spouts his views that many of us hate and we go "goddamit, I hate that there are still people who think like that and they run so much of the damn country."
And yes, I know that Falwell isn't a politician, but come on, when you think conservative republicans you think of people like him.
Admit it, even those of you who are liberal still want lower taxes every now and then.
See, this is why the two-party system ain't all that fucking great. It's because you put yourself on one side and there's only one other and it's too easy to look at that one other and say "goddamit, those people are all assholes!"