Such were the words of a liberal who called me an “oxyMORON” because I’m a lesbian who is politically conservative. Charming.
I get tired of hearing gay liberals say things like this – as if I’m subjecting myself to punishment. That’s akin to social conservatives who claim that being gay is a choice, something we CHOOSE to subject ourselves to. My argument to that is always, “if I could choose to be anything, I would not choose to be gay. I would choose to be straight. My life would be so much easier.” I think we would all agree with that. After 11 years, being a lesbian is completely normal to me, but to the rest of society there’s nothing normal about it. Even straight people who are supportive don’t understand the things that I know about it (case in point: my Uncle, whom I love more than life itself and is very supportive, asking me several years ago, “who is the guy in the relationship?”).
Why am I conservative? Conservative values make sense to me. Limited government. Individual liberty. Personal accountability. Fiscal responsibility. All of those things make perfect sense. When it comes to social issues I am more libertarian…live and let live. As long as you’re not infringing on the rights of another person, I don’t care what you do.
I can handle classic liberals, but I have no understanding and little tolerance for modern liberals. Modern liberalism almost flagrantly claims to be socialism – in fact, one of my local representatives, Kyrsten Sinema, describes herself as a “Prada socialist.” Considering the fact that socialism drags everyone down to the same level I’m not sure I understand how she thinks she’d be able to afford Prada if we instituted socialism in America. People are not free if the government is telling them what they can or cannot own, what they are required to buy, or that the lawmakers are not held to the standards they write into law. Throwing our borders open for anyone who wishes to cross into this country leaves us wide open for all of our freedoms to eventually be destroyed by those who – like the Romans under Constantine and Diocletian – do little more than vote themselves money.
I don’t understand why requiring ID to buy alcohol is acceptable, yet requiring ID to vote isn’t. If you’re going to claim that requiring ID for one thing is somehow racist (Al Sharpton eloquently called voter ID laws “Jim Crow Jr.”), you cannot then say that requiring ID for other things isn’t. We require ID to buy OTC drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine – we even limit how much of those drugs one person can buy and logs are kept. We require ID to buy any alcohol and tobacco products. We require ID to board a bus or a plane. We require ID to drive a car. We require ID to get into R-rated films. We require ID to do quite a few things, and somehow none of those things are racist or discriminatory – but start talking about requiring ID to vote on laws or lawmakers, and suddenly it’s a different ballgame.
I don’t understand why private businesses, helmed by people who are not government workers, are being required to serve everyone thanks to discrimination laws that were only meant to protect people from the government. I don’t understand why I should be required to carry medical insurance that covers services I will never need or use. I don’t understand why I should have to pay a higher rate of taxes if I make more to help subsidize massive government waste. I don’t understand why my government is completely unwilling to cut spending when there are multiples of the same program across several agencies, none of which have been proven to work.
I don’t understand why so many people would rather be victims than fight back in defense of their children. I don’t understand why that belief is so strong that they are willing to tell me that I’m not allowed to arm myself to protect my family and my home from bad guys who will never give a damn what the law says. I don’t understand why there are only limits to speech when a certain group dislikes what I have to say. I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to question the President without being accused of being a racist.
I’m not sure exactly what it is I shouldn’t be taking anymore, but I can tell you this: of all the things I don’t have to take, a good number of them come from the liberal camp. Conservatives are at least willing (at least most of them are) to sit down and talk to me. I’ve yet to meet one liberal willing to have a civil debate with me without engaging in this kind of name-calling.