More that I don’t understand.

While I try to act like I understand everything, and have been known to argue until I am blue in the face about completely assinine things, when I am feeling generous, I am usually the first one to admit that I don’t understand it all.  In fact, more often than not I am just as confused as everyone else.  After a week of thinking about a conversation that I had in a bar last weekend, I am still confused about one thing:  republicans.

Let me start by saying that, contrary to popular belief, I do not consider myself a liberal.  In fact, being the kind of person that I am, I have broken down my political identity into subgroups.  To spare you from the boredom of a long, pedantic rant on how political identity groups can never simply fit into categorical definitions, I will simply say this:  socially, I am a ‘liberal libertarian.’  Economically, I am ‘conservative.’  This confuses a lot of people.  Yes, I think gay marrage should be recognized.  No, I don’t think smoking in bars should be eliminated.  Yes, I think killing animals for food in the way that we do is wrong.  On the other side of the spectrum, I think that we should stop giving money to Africa, partly because we should fix our own problems first but mostly because dumping money into failed states does nothing.  I think that the market does in fact fix most things, with the exception of pollution or the like.  Do all of my opinions make sense?  No.  But this is something that I find everywhere, with all political opinions. 

But back to the whole point of this–republicans.  Specifically, republicans who think (as most republicans by definition do) that the government should stay out of the household.  Now, I completely agree with this–the government should not be allowed to tell me what I can and cannot do vis-a-vis my civil liberties.

 The point that makes me go “WTF?” is when I see concervatives take this hands-off, small government approach and superimpose socially concervative values onto it.   If the government should not be able to tell you that you cannot smoke at Joe’s Bar, that you cannot buy more than one case of beer per week or how to raise your children, then how can you argue that they should be allowed to tell me who I can and cannot marry?  If the government should not tell us to keep religion out of the schools, how can they tell us that female Muslum police officers cannot wear traditional dress?  If the government cannot take away our guns why can they take away our marajuana?  I mean, have you ever seen a joint kill someone?  I haven’t. 

Please, help me with this.  I am very confused…

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~ by sisypheanfeat on 13 April, 2009.

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