Monday, August 25, 2003

Line Item Principles

Polite Society

"But I am difficult to label politically. I am pro-gun, for gay rights, anti-death penalty, anti-tax, anti-big government, think abortion should be legal, think responsibility should lie with the people, think civil liberties should never be threatened, but I still see the need for government monitoring of certain things. So, I don’t fit in really with most Democrats or Republicans (or Libertarians for that matter).
(This is from fellow Rocky Top Brigadier SayUncle's site.)

I wish more people would have the courage to admit they have opinions and beliefs in subjects that may contradict or agree with "traditional" political platform topics all across the board.

I think it's short-sighted to assume that, if you're a liberal you must be: a) pro-choice, b) for bigger government, c) higher taxes, d) open immigration, e) gun control, f) environmentalism, etc and if you are a conservative you must be a) pro-death penalty, b) more religion in the schools, c) for a bigger military, d) pro-big business, e) anti-welfare, f) anti-gay, etc.

I, like SayUncle, look at each issue and make our own choices - not based on what each group is "supposed" to support, but where your heart and mind tell you is right.

This, of course, is anathema to party leaders - how else to keep the converted in line, and to bring more into the fold - than to do their thinking for them. Are you pro-choice? Want to be politically active? Join the Democratic Party - and, oh, by the way - here's what else we believe...we've done all the thinking for you, no need to worry about deciding for yourself, just follow the scorecard. Hate big government? The Republicans are for you! And while you're at it, light that cross in that yard over there, if you don't mind...we'll let you know the rest of the bylaws later.

Thanks, SayUncle, for being your own person. I hope more people can do the same thing.

Maybe that's something good blogs can do as the concept evolves - move away from the Freeper and IndyMedia mindset, and discuss/debate the issues as issues, not political pawns.

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