Thursday, October 16, 2008
Newest Yard Art or Notes of a Political Rebel
This was in my yard a mere five hours before I had a neighborly comment! It was said with good humor, but the message was clear. I wish I had been asked why I am supporting the Democratic candidate. But it seems that we are incapable of having open discussions about this issue which I find incredibly sad.
This is how our county voted in 2004:
George W. Bush/ Dick Cheney REP 174,435 71.15%
John F. Kerry/ John Edwards DEM 68,935 28.11%
You can see that I'm most likely in a major minority! FWIW, I was in that majority four years ago, but so much has happened in the last four years that has caused me to question every assumption I've ever held. It is this questioning and coming to new answers that has changed where I stand. The sad thing for me is that I'm honestly a little afraid of having that sign in my yard. In fact, my mother said when she heard I was putting it up that she hoped our house doesn't get egged! It says something about me sure, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. I fully expect to get the cold shoulder from a few neighbors now that they "know" I'm a flaming (their word, not mine) liberal. The problem is they don't really know me because the truth is I'm mostly a moderate with some liberal leanings and more than a few conservative leanings. Yet, this is what we have devolved into: you are either an extreme this or an extreme that. I can't find the stat now, but I once read that nearly 70% of voters are neither far right nor far left. Yet we want to label others as such immediately.
There are two big issues driving my decision this year. One, is my strong belief that moral issues are not the realm of government. This is not to say that I agree with one sides beleifs on moral issues more than the other, only to say that I'm very disappointed in the Republican parties focus on issues of morality over the needs of our country. It troubles me that people are distracted by these issues in a classic case of missing the forest for the trees. The second, and really most important, is that I admire and fully agree with Obama's tendency toward diplomacy over aggression in the world arena.