To me… they are synonymous with liars… idiots… jesters… crooks… thieves… corrupt… bullshit. A job I certainly wouldn’t want to do.
Here’s the thing. Since we love to put labels on everything, the closest thing I could relate to and swallow, is the word ‘Liberal.’ In an idealistic world (and we know that doesn’t exist… e.g.: Lord of the Flies), we wouldn’t need bullshit government. If we were mature enough and humane nearly enough, the semblance of self-government would suffice. Sadly… there is no such thing as utopia, unless you like Coke products and drink that stuff out of bottles (personally, that stuff tastes like crap).
So I identify with the Liberals. I identify with Democrats. Doesn’t mean I like everything that spews forth from their mouth or the policies they are attempting to pass. But I will take them FIRST and FOREMOST before Conservative or Republican government. From where I sit… Conservatives are about the rich getting richer – the poor stay poor. They are about mixing religion with politics – and in my mind – the two should NEVER mix. Ever. Never Ever. Ever. Regardless of your party choice – both lie. Thru their teeth. Crooked thieves.
But… and yes, there is a butt (cause baby’s got back) – I don’t mind ALL conservative policies. Some make sense in an asinine kind of way. But if you are going to start basing your policies and laws on your own personal religious view… then I object to that. In a big way.
So here’s the thing… I am a Liberal. And no, it’s not tattooed on my ass… much to the delight of my father, the conservative that he is. But even he waivers on many issues… and enjoys our bickering (I keep telling myself that…) slash political debates… But I digress. Let me start over. I’m a Liberal (clear on that??? LOL). Many of my friends and some of the most influential people in my life have been Conservatives (why is beyond me…). Strangely enough, I think most of my family and extended family are conservatives. It explains a lot…but again, I digress…
I don’t hate them (well, some of them I do). They don’t hate me (OK, I didn’t take a poll on that one either). Because at a human level… we aren’t one or the other. We share different views on many different things – but fundamentally, we all want the same thing in the end (women want nice clothes, emotional and financial security and men want beer and sex) I learn from them. They learn from me. We do it with respect and often times jokingly. Other times – not so jokingly. I have learned to speak of politics and religion without getting personal. Because the moment it’s personal… emotions are involved… people don’t think straight. The moment we mix emotions with politics… it gets dangerous. Sometimes necessary to evoke change… to entice action… but rarely productive.
So to my new blogging acquaintances (I don’t think the word ‘friend’ can be used by all of them at this time) at Bar Slaves… I’m a Liberal. You guys… certainly aren’t! I have issues with Bush politics and his war. Perhaps as a human being, he’s half decent… I don’t know and probably wouldn’t really care to know either. I’m not about to invite him to my summer BBQs. As a politician, he’s a freakin dumb twit – alas, who’s given me job security. However, despite THAT – I thoroughly enjoy going over to your spot… you’re crazy, total disregard for political corrected-ness is staggering… you’re views on politics often leave my head reeling… but I have mad respect for y’all, so far. And you’re testosterone infested insanity makes me laugh. You provide the perfect platform to be self-deprecating and truthful. We will disagree no doubt. And I don’t mind that. Hope you don’t mind either.
Political differences add spice to life. Make up sex is great… nothing like a heated debate to get the juices flowing (or locking up the floodgates depending on how you play the game). I’m a Liberal. Many aren’t. Bring it on!