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Dear Mr. Roy Blunt

In light of election results, I felt like it was better to take action than to wallow in my sorrow and/or whine about the way things have turned.  So I am writing letters to the politicians that are supposed to represent me.  I thought, “how can they represent me if I don’t tell them what I like or dislike about their stance on issues?”  So I submitted my first one to Roy Blunt – Missouri rep in the US Senate, regarding his voting record on Civil Rights – which is near and dear to me.

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Dear Mr Blunt.  I consider myself to be a progressive, which aligns me more closely with the Democratic party.  I have serious concerns about your voting record for Civil Rights.  Based on your voting records, here are my top three concerns in this area.  I hope that you will receive my concerns with an open mind.  Thank you!

  1. You voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006). I do not believe that it is up to the government to decide who a citizen can or cannot marry, outside of enforcing current age restrictions and family member restrictions.
  2. You voted on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999). Granted that this vote is from 1999, I hope that you have changed your position on this issue (which should not even be a political issue).  Gays are just as good or bad at parenting as non-gays and this should not be a legal issue – except from the perspective of protecting the right.
  3. You voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007) The way that I read this is that you support job discrimination based on sexual orientation.  That is not OK with me and not OK with MANY other Missourians.

Arguing – Conservative vs Liberal

I’m speaking in general terms here – VERY general.

Contender

I’ve seen a trend in political discussions on the internet. People from every political corner of the internet like to argue and insult each other.  What I’ve noticed is that conservatives go about it in different ways than liberals.

Conservatives

  • Bad grammar.
  • Abbreviations like “u” for “you” – “ur” for “you are” or “your.”
  • Crass insults, like saying someone deserved to be beaten or die or such.
  • An attitude that conveys “I am holier.”
  • Over reliance on religion
    • Saying “you will burn in hell for {insert your favorite ending here}.”
    • Replying with “Amen” if they agree with the previous denigrator.

Liberals

  • Big words, maybe trying to imply the other person is vacuous.
  • Long sentences, sometimes paragraphs, with complete punctuation.
  • Reliance on logic, sometimes faulty, to make a point.
  • An attitude than conveys “I am more intelligent.”

Talking Politics

Here are some basic tips for surviving discussions on sensitive topics, such as politics.

  • Avoid name calling. It just makes you look like a big baby. Ad hominem.
  • Don’t assume you know a person’s views based on a few words you see on your screen.
  • Words on a screen are void of facial expression, tone and body language – so try not to assign emotion to things you read. You’ll probably be wrong or exaggerated in what you assign. I know that I’ve been horribly wrong, reading too much into things.
  • Carefully choose your words when discussing hot topics.
  • Lighten up – damn it.
  • Admit that most people are not stupid just because they don’t share your opinion. Many people hold opinions for valid, well though out reasons.
  • Don’t take differing view points so personal.

Your Values May Not Match My Values

Something I think about is why some conservative people want to make laws that prevent liberal people from doing things that do NOT harm others. Stop imposing your “values” on me and others who simply do not agree.

Gay marriage hurts no one.

If you are a county clerk who objects based on your religion, suck it up and tell god that you only do it as part of your job. Ask him for forgiveness, because that’s what he does – you know?

Same goes for bakers, florists and other types of businesses that might support weddings and marriages. Provide the service and have a talk with god telling him you do not support gay marriage.

But by no means should you deny service or give another person a “holier than thou” attitude. Sure, that lifestyle doesn’t work for you. No one is going to force you into it and you should not try to force anyone out of it if it works for them.

Education never hurts anyone.

I’m going to focus on sex education, but this applies to a broad range of scientific education. Appropriate, medically sound sex education does NOT involve telling kids to go have sex. Studies show that locales with abstinence only sex education have higher rates of teen pregnancy.

The opening paragraph of this government site says:

Using the most recent national data (2005) from all U.S. states with information on sex education laws or policies (N = 48), we show that increasing emphasis on abstinence education is positively correlated with teenage pregnancy and birth rates.

And there are many other organizations that show the same results. So if you are conservative and don’t want your kids having sex, you should talk about your values with your kids and what your expectations are – IN ADDITION to giving them the knowledge on how to prevent pregnancy and STDs if they chose to go their own way. That way my kid can still have his medically sound sex education provided by the school, which would [should] be way more accurate and complete than what I could provide on my own.

You Are The Problem

In general, I don’t like the statement in the subject, “You are the problem!” In particular, I don’t like it when it is used in situations where there is a “perceived” problem, which in many cases turns out to simply be a difference of opinion.

Let’s say that some people have a certain view point and believe that people who don’t agree are causing some type of problem. The people who don’t agree with the first group either do not see a problem, or may even see the first group as the problem (or part of the problem).

Now I’d like to share the scenario that prompted this post. I was browsing through a Facebook meme post regarding rights. It had a quote from Karl Marx, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.

In the comments, there were a lot of references to libtards, liberal scum, sheep, etc. Insults to the intelligence of a broad range of people. And MANY references to God, prayer, taking back our nation (I keep asking who took it away from us), and fighting for our nation.

Here’s the kicker, one person basically said that non believers are “why we are in trouble.”

I feel pretty powerful now. America is “in trouble” because I don’t believe in God! I wonder what would happen if all of us “nones” suddenly started believing in God. America would be GREAT again?

No, probably not. Here’s what I think would make us a great nation. Forget about the past – look to the future. Do not aim to take away existing rights, even if you disagree with those rights. Seek to maintain rights and only make changes that would keep the public safer. Engage in dialog to understand differing view points. Read a variety of sources on a given topic. Understand that there is a TON of diversity in the world and people have different views on issues – and those different views do NOT make them less intelligent than you.

Stop.The.Madness

These are the things I’m accused of recently for sharing opposing political views (I’m a liberal centrist by nature, but I lean further to the left when up against extreme conservatives):

  • Wanting big daddy government to watch over me and keep me safe.
  • Being lazy.
  • Being “part of the problem” because I support refugee relocation, within reason. Background checks from multiple US agencies before they step foot on US soil.
  • Being a crybaby because I lean left – even when the person saying it has no idea how far left I lean.
  • Not doing my research. I read a variety of sites, some of which are biased but most of which are more towards the center. The biased ones are funny to me, so I post memes from them.
  • Being unpatriotic.

America’s Problem #1

Widening political divide. Not only do more people strongly identify as conservative or liberal; but they also shun people with opposing views.

It is very difficult to communicate with someone if you are automatically discrediting them based on their political party. Discussion may make people realize they have more common ground than they think.