2 thoughts on “The truth is out there

  1. I am not all that fond of our current president. But why the hate? I really don’t understand why it’s necessary.

    While I’m at it:
    I don’t understand when people say to me “how can you be a Republican?” Politics is not black and white anyway. I’d venture that no one agrees with 100% of his/her preferred party’s platform. I am frequently attacked for my beliefs and that upsets me greatly. I never- never! cubbyhole someone based on their party label. Labels are misleading. Also, by listening instead of attacking, I’ve learned a lot about why people believe what they do. I don’t always agree. But I always learn.

    I have disagreed vehemently with many of the decisions made by our current president, our last president, and many other politicians/legislators/judges. But I do not ascribe to the view that an angry mob can always change things for the better. Thoughtful discussion propels us forward; spitting at each other pushes us in the direction of a permanent, ugly divide.

    Why can we not just respect each other’s opinions? We are all imperfect, we all have different ideas.

  2. It’s not hate of the guy as a person. It’s (dare I say it?) hate of him being in charge, his institution occupying our presidency.

    I didn’t vote for his institution because I vote in line with my social conscience. My fears at election time have come true: I have seen legislation pushed to limit choice, to limit scientific research, and to write discrimination into the Constitution, and all to promote a particular morality based on a faith that not all of the country shares.

    In the meantime other world citizens hate us in a way they did not before Bush’s institution stomped their way into whatever arrogant conflicts they wanted to control or create. We are hemhorraging so much money in Iraq ($335B so far?) that I can’t even comprehend the magnitude of what we could have been doing instead with that money–as if we have done anything good with it in Iraq at all.

    I’ve heard from a few self-identified Republicans, and you’re one of them, that they tend to identify with the party mantra of smaller government. That sounds pretty good. Unfortunately, I have never seen that demonstrated by the Republican party. Maybe it’s the media, who I often hear are liberally slanted. But all I ever hear out of the mouths of R-politicians is moralitymoralitywarmoralitywarrighttobeararmswarmorality. Until someone finds a way to get back to the smaller gov’t mantra, I’m hard pressed to believe it has any place in the current Republican party.

    I was afraid I had aligned myself too-Democrat (I prefer the term “liberal” because I don’t want to be too party-affiliated either) because I wasn’t finding anything I ever agreed on with the GOP. Bush’s institution came up with some reasonable solutions to the immigration situation–I liked his plan! I did not agree with many of the harder-right politicians on the issue, but at least what came out of the White House made sense. So I guess I still maintain the ability to see the issues, not the party. And at the local level–when it’s not some moral issue– any position is up for grabs with me. But nationally…too bad the GOP is usually spewing all that morality crap instead of dealing with actual government, budgeting, helping the lower classes (oh wait–that’s not something only Democrats do, is it?)….SOMETHING besides telling us we should make parts of Christianity the law and that everything is for Iraq’s own good.

    I had a sense of dread when Bush was elected. Apparently now a lot of other Americans do too. Yes, I hate the Bush institution. But I hear he’s a pretty nice guy on his own. I don’t think he’s smart enough to hang out with me, but I don’t wish him evil personally.

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