Jun. 17th, 2012 12:52 pm
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A girl I used to babysit posted this on her Facebook yesterday. I'm not one to get all up in someone's face about their political views and I definitely didn't do it to her, but I just have to say that I'm glad not everyone will share that picture. One of the cornerstones of our country has always been rebellion. Rebellion has been written into America's history books, our Declaration of Independence and into the very land up and down the East Coast. Not just in the 1700s, but throughout the 500+ years non-natives have been here.

The day there aren't at least two different political parties with different opinions on political issues, is the day we cease to be America and become something else. Something that doesn't encourage freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom PERIOD.

I'm not saying I disagree with everything that's on the graphic. I do believe that there should be limits on the number of terms senators and representatives can serve, I believe there needs to be tax reform and the budget needs some serious work. Not all of these issues are strictly conservative or liberal issues. There is some middle ground there, but people can get so blinded by their 'my way is the right way!' viewpoint, that they don't see it.

President Obama's made some mistakes, but what president hasn't? I'd much rather have Obama in office than any of the Republican candidates. That's not to say I only support him because he's a better option than anyone else, I support him because he's been a good president so far and I agree with most of his policies. I shudder to think what the quality of life will be for LGBT people if a conservative president were to make it into the White House at this point. Especially a Mormon. There's so much we're fighting for, right now. I honestly don't think we would have made it this far if Obama weren't in office.

Not too long ago, I overheard Jes telling someone she didn't see the point in Obama announcing he supports gay marriage, but he won't take steps politically to ensure it becomes legal nation-wide. Have we forgotten what Obama's campaign slogan was four years ago? Hope. That's the point. I agree with Obama in that it should be up to the individual states to allow gay marriage. But it gives me, and a lot of people, hope that others will stop and think and say, 'hey, maybe the President's right. Maybe it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry!' The day I saw that video, I was so fucking proud to call him my President.

Lastly, I honestly think 14% is underestimating how many people won't send on the conservative agenda. Granted, a good number of my friends outside Facebook are liberal, whereas about half the people on my Facebook are conservative. We may not be the majority, but we're certainly not only 14% of the population.


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