Just left of the right

Dad and I were talking in depth about politics last weekend. He feels his constitutional rights are being encroached on by our national government. I feel like my human rights are being trampled on by corporate America. I don’t disagree with him entirely, but I believe that the cause is not just as simple as poor judgment on the part of our lawmakers.
Finally, the Supreme Court exercised a little common sense in their ruling against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. It’s nice to know that our government can’t be entirely bought. So for that reason I believe that a nationalized healthcare system would bring back the equal playing field. Dad mentioned that our current system seemed to be working for me just fine. And he’s right, but what about for the rest of my friends and family? How many people do you know that are uninsured or under-insured? I don’t need Michael Moore to tell me that if I got really sick I’d end up with a giant pile of debt.
I suppose my most fanatical left-wing belief would be centered around women’s rights. You could probably go so far as to call me a feminist: I believe every woman has the right to think, say, or do whatever she wishes without discrimination. And with out fear of discrimination. I’m pro-choice. I don’t think that I would ever make that choice for myself, but I want the freedom to choose what’s best. And if I thought a child I brought into the world wouldn’t get the life they deserved or would suffer in any way, I would not bring it into this world. And for every woman on the planet there is another reason behind their choice.
Some say I make a lousy feminist because I want to be a stay at home mother. But that’s my prerogative, my choice, my life.
Others say I make a lousy liberal because I own a firearm and have a carry permit. I have the right to protect myself, and I choose to do so. Also, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not comfortable with assault rifles. I just don’t see the point. But if you think it’s fun to shoot one, do it. Just not in malice, please. I don’t think that there’s a single law that can be written that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals. By definition, they’re going to break that law anyway. But I respect that guns are not for everyone.
It’s interesting to think about what parts of the law affect my life today, or what parts will affect my life in a few years. For certain, I believe my perspective will change.
And if you disagree with me, that’s fine too.


One thought on “Just left of the right

  1. Labels are too restrictive when it comes to people. We are all living contradictions of our own beliefs in someway or another.And over time, due to life happenings, our views might change. One local example is the newly reelected chair of the Republican Party in Allen County, ran for Mayor as a Democrat 30 years ago!

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