A lot of people place themselves in little political or religious boxes. They don’t research to find the facts of a situation. They simply take a strong stand based on the ideologies they have learned throughout their lives. It’s like an entire world of Cuban mothers-in-law and Italian fathers. My way is right! Believe me; I know from experience.
I became a Democrat in fourth grade. That is when President Reagan wanted to make ketchup count as a vegetable in the school lunch program. As a kid who relied on reduced priced lunches, I was floored. I couldn’t understand how a grown up could care so little about kids. Then my family told me that all Republicans were like that. They wanted to spend money on war but not on poor people like us. So, I thought that all Republicans were horrible, cold people. I put myself in the Democrat box.
And I’m still not a Republican. I’ve been an official, voting, card-carrying Democrat since 1992. I’ve only voted for one Republican and that’s because I knew her personally. Lately though, I feel like I don’t fit in the liberal box 100% with certain issues. Here are a few examples.
Tearing Down Statues
We could burn down every Confederate flag, statue, graveyard, Dukes of Hazzard General Lee car and it still wouldn’t take away the cold fact that slavery existed in this country. I get that the REMINDERS will be taken away, but the actual acts are there forever. Instead of spending time and money on tearing down the artifacts of this horrible time in our country, why don’t we take the money we would spend on removing statues and donate it to the NAACP, the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, or a number of other organizations that specifically help African Americans. It still wouldn’t make up for slavery or the inequalities that African Americans still deal with, nothing will, but it would be more helpful than simply taking down mementos.
Taking a knee during the National Anthem
Colin Kaepernick began this trend in 2016 and now other athletes are doing the same. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of patriotism as I see it as the root of a lot of hatred for people of other cultures. It gives people that whole my country and my culture are better feeling. So, I don’t care who stands, sits, kneels, or does cartwheels during the national anthem. My only question is what is this actually doing? For real. I know it is “raising awareness for how African Americans are treated”, but is it helping? Can anyone point me to a time when a police officer or other gun-toting individual was about to shoot an African American and said, “You know what? I was going to kill you, but since all these athletic fellers is protesting, I just aint gonna do it.” Yes. That is how racists talk in my mind.
Protests after Inauguration
A bunch of really brave women protested after the inauguration in January. They are far braver than I am because I would not have protested outside in Florida in January, much less Washington D.C. or other places, even with a nice, warm, knitted kitty-cat hat. So, kudos to those women. Again, though, I have to ask, what did this actually do? Yes, it enabled people to join together and feel empowered and hug it out because we have a toddleresque tyrant as president, but what actually changed? It’s not like Trump saw all of the protests and said, “Melania, pack my rhinoceros skin luggage that the boys had made for me. I’m not going to do this president thing. I’m firing myself. The people have spoken.”
Dress Code Hoopla
I’ve been in many arguments with my fellow Liberals over this one. In July, there was a big to-do over the Speaker’s Lobby dress code. A reporter was not allowed to enter while wearing a sleeveless dress. My liberal friends went to Facebook and Twitter with flames coming out of their ears. How dare Paul Ryan and his buddies tell us we can’t wear sleeveless dresses? [insert dragon roar of your choice here] Well, if you READ the history of this dress code you would notice a couple of things. 1. Paul Ryan did not create it. (Yes, I think he looks like Eddie Muenster, too, and I really don’t like him, but totally not his fault) and 2. It is HARSHER on the men than the women. Men have to wear a full suit and tie. With a jacket. I’d rather wear a dress with sleeves, which I would rather do anyway as I am one of five women in the world who doesn’t equate showing every ounce of skin with “fashion”.
A lot of people also get upset about school dress codes because they are different for boys and girls. The reason why there are different rules for girls is that boys don’t show up in booty shorts. I’m pretty sure the school would send a boy home if he were wearing a micro mini skirt. If you want to blame someone, blame the fashion industry for making labia baring shorts for girls and NORMAL shorts for boys.
I’m quite sure that some of my readers will not be a fan of this blog. That’s OK. For some reason, these are divisive issues, as are most issues now. In my ever so humble opinion, the only way to bring our country back together, or as together as it can get, is to jump out of our partisan boxes. Let’s talk to each other as human beings rather than enemies. Let’s get to know each other as people, not political candidates. Do a little more logical research rather than emotional thinking. Above all, everyone needs to vote for the candidate that represents them best.