If you've stood on a soapbox long enough, there's the chance that what you were saying then is not necessarily what you are saying now. One purpose of this exercise (others will manifest themselves) is to acknowledge those disparities, and either somehow reconcile them or bask in their harsh light. Maybe both.
How have your political views changed since you began blogging?
Are you a Conservative or a Liberal? Or are you one of those other l-words?
I hate politics. I know I write almost constantly about politics and show up at the statehouse and city-county council, so that doesn't seem correct, but it's true. I really don't enjoy politics at all, and would rather have nothing to do with it. I really wish my entire involvement in politics was showing up to vote once a year. I find the whole process excruciating; the arguing, the ass-kissing, the public speaking, the obvious lying and animosity. Ugh.
Government has grown so far beyond its original mandates (and Constitutional restrictions) that just about all of us are under attack in some fashion, though clearly Mineart faces greater certainly more organized threats than I do, and in no way does she deserve them.
Beyond that, I have a great deal of trouble coming up with a reason to identify with the umpteen gazillion interest groups that constantly fight for the national attention: you can't have a workable Us vs. Them motif if the pronouns shift with every single issue. The Constitution, as I've noted before, "begins 'We the People'; there are no qualifiers or subdivisions." The two groups to which I do pay dues generally have enough sense to keep their focus narrow.What's the short version of what you believe?
Oddly enough, Frank Portman sets it down better than I do:
I'm not any religion myself, but for the record, I'm pretty sure I believe in God. It's just a feeling I have. I can't prove it, but since when are you supposed to prove a feeling? God is the only situation where they expect you to do that. (Though I have to say, the universe seems so flawlessly designed to be at my expense that I doubt it could be entirely accidental.) Even if I didn't believe in God, though, I'd probably say I did just out of spite. To irritate people like my mom who think believing in God is tacky and beneath them. They're wrong about everything else; chances are they're wrong about that, too. Plus, God embarrasses people. Which I totally enjoy.
He wasn't referring to my mom, specifically, but otherwise, this says it pretty well. If I lean a bit more toward the Christian ethos than to others, it's simply that I am persuaded as to its value, especially if it's kept out of the hands of those who would use it for political purpose. Not that this is easy.
How do you justify your views to those who do not share them?
Why are you answering this?
If there were no attention to be gained by answering this, would you still have the same answers?
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