WARNING: I'm on a tree stump.
Alright, I'll admit it. I'm a faggot Republican. Given my sexuality/generation/"audience"/friends, I'm hesitant to admit it, yet I'm not ashamed. In fact, I'm tired of being on the defensive about it. It's sad that I have to feel like this is yet, another, "thing" to hide from untrained ears, but it's true. This is not a "dig" on any, but I'm sick of feeling lambasted all the time by liberals. They clearly scream out their opinions left & right (and good - glad they do - it illustrates our democracy), but it seems that most Republicans our age shy away and keep their mouths shut. Why?? Because all of us, at some point, have expressed our opinion and, in return, have been literally yelled at for it. Lots of people in our generation seriously get angry when they discover a Bush supporter in their midst. I mean, violent. Others just become extremely vocal and declare their dismay. SO, to avoid hearing "What?? How can you even think that?!," most of we Republicans are kept in the closet. We only talk about it amongst ourselves.
Well, not I. Not anymore.
I'm a Republican. I'm so glad we are fighting the war on terror. I love big business. I love success stories like Trump's and Martha Stewart's (whether they're Dems or not). I love libertarianism. No offense to most of my friends, but I'm sick of liberals screaming their opinions on every street corner -- then myself feeling like I have to shut up & sit in the corner. I've just grown so weary of it.
I'm a recruiter. Therefore, my job/career relies on a healthy economy.
Yes, when G.W. was new in office, the economy busted -- I was laid off twice -- I had to change careers for a couple years because nobody was hiring recruiters. Was that G.W.'s fault? Certainly not. Did it have everything to do with a dot.com bust that no President could have prevented? YES. Did it have everything to do with the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks, which, by the way, were planned during Clinton's administration - ?? VERY. (I don't blame Clinton, but I'm sick of G.W. getting blamed for 9/11 -- he had been in office LESS THAN A YEAR!) If any president is to "blame," Clinton should be held just as accountable by anyone who points the finger at G.W. Anyway, the fact remains that our economy has rebounded and we are strong again. The proof lies in the fact that I'm busy hiring for new jobs and doing very well.
Before ye cast judgement, listen. My great-grandfather didn't support FDR...and he was a poor farmer in South Dakota -- so, you can see it's a family thing. I was raised Republican. Clearly, I don't support President Bush's opinion about the queers. But, really...this country has more to deal with than whether or not I can get my marriage recognized by the state/federal government. When society is ready for it, it will happen. And the church marriage thing? Moving to the other side: LISTEN YOU EXTREME RIGHT-WINGERS: we couldn't care less if your stupid church recognizes us. I want the goddamn right to see my partner in the hospital if he's dying of cancer (not AIDS - we don't all have it). Is that evil?? Is that going to make your husband/wife turn queer?? Ughh...that extreme conservatism frustrates me too.
Anyway -- Back to my own moderately conservative nature. In the meantime, I'd rather not see my Minneapolis IDS Tower (where I work), nor any other American city, be crashed in to by a plane. Fighting terrorism is what we should focus on.
Swear at me all you like. You won't change my mind - just as I won't change your mind. And don't even play the "uneducated" card. I went to college just like everyone else, and guess what? I studied my ass off and finished with a 3.6 GPA. I was accepted to law school (but decided not to go). So -- abandon any thought of my being uneducated and/or ill-informed.
I'm tired of feeling like I have to keep my mouth shut in order to appease the opinions of my peers. I won't do it anymore.
There - I feel better. Carry on.
Oh - and by the way, my Dad would have turned 59 today. Regardless of the message, I'm sure he's happy that I'm expressing my opinon. When he was teaching, he wore a button that said, "Impeach Nixon!" He wrote it on the chalkboard, too. I guess we're alike in our expressiveness.