Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

basildestiny: (Matthew)
I have decided NOT to create an anonymous journal. At least, not for the reasons which I was considering. Instead, I'm going to try to keep a personal journal. These days it seems so difficult to find the time for anything, but I think that's much better than putting private and personal details out on the internet. Perhaps, they might help someone, but if that's the case, then I should be able to post them under my own name. At least, that's how I am feeling today.

I have also decided that I want to be a little more informative of my viewpoints. When I considered bleeding heart liberal a term to describe me well, I had several misconceptions. The greatest of which was that the Republican party (and therefore all conservatives) were essentially Purebloods in the Harry Potter series. You could sum them up by saying they clung to old ways simply because they were either time long held or else it gave them more power. Now, I'm sure there are people who are like that. And I know there are Republicans that feel that way. Ironically, I would label these politicians: Progressive Republicans. People like John McCain. But I have found that a lot of conservatives don't feel this way at all. They aren't tattooing themselves and pledging allegiance to the Dark Lord.

Additionally, it's frustrating to me to try to have a conversation with anyone these days who doesn't know what a Progressive is. So I'm going to do my best to define the political term. I think you'd be surprised to find out that they aren't all their name implies. Much like the Affordable Care Act isn't exactly affordable either. But you give something a benign name and force your opponents to come up with the burden of proof.

I'd also like to list the things that conservatives believe. I can't consider myself a Republican, because frankly the party isn't standing for the things I believe in. John McCain is nothing like what I'd want in a president. He is much better than the current one, but he's not my ideal for sure. And I'm tired of people repeating the same old media talking points as though the media were unbiased.

I know most people in this country don't care about listening to the other side. Conservatives are aligned with the Dark Lord and that's it. They don't care about people. How could they possibly care about people if they want the government to shut down. Much less, they would welcome these non-essential jobs to go away. How heartless to suggest taking jobs from others. And yet, it's so easy to watch a business shut down and shrug and say the economy is hard and that's just how it is. Except, it's never like that for the government, is it? And it keeps getting bigger and bigger.

And then we have to paint ourselves into a corner talking about Obamacare. Because the stinking thing hasn't even fully bloomed yet so we can only talk in supposition. And instead of having a rational conversation, we get things thrown in our face. The same rhetoric from the President, which is very shady. Yes, it's the law and has been for three years. So were Jim Crow laws. Remember when slavery was legal? Was it the right thing to do? Do we have the money to fund it right now. They are giving so many exemptions to political groups right now, why can't we do that for a year to make sure everything is in place? But instead, he's going to go out and blame the GOP in Congress. The ones who have the Constitutional right to decide what gets funded. Thirteen Trillion Dollars in debt and let's raise the debt ceiling and let's keep printing more money.

I get it! There are sick people out there who need this bill. There are government employees who are suffering without jobs right now. But guys, there will always be sick people and there will always be people suffering without jobs. Can we stop shouting that for two seconds and just logically look at the facts without getting bogged back down into the "We can't let a single person suffer at all ever!" Since when was that the job of the government? Life is hard. It's not always fair. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but that doesn't mean that we just press ahead spending money we don't have.

And so, I want to define the Progressives because that's exactly what they do. They get you so frothing at the mouth at the other side that you join them. The best part is that they'll shout and point fingers at the other side for doing something "despicable" and yet they are the very ones doing it!

Here's a recent example with Harry Reid. When asked if the House would pass a resolution to allow children with cancer into clinical trials, all he can do is repeat the talking points that he knows he's supposed to hit. That is to blame the Republicans. And then, when she keeps asking he says "Why would I want to do that?" Obviously, he has no answer to her. He has no intention of doing what she asks because he's not in touch with reality or his base or children with cancer. The whole point is that he's not going to do anything for anyone until it's clear that it's all the fault of the Republicans and they make the first move by doing the only thing that won't get veto'd or turned down.

Any way, those a few recent decisions.

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