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Where I don’t go often

Politics and religion. Am I the only one that just threw up in my mouth?

I like to think I was raised right. Don’t ever ask a woman her age or weight, never ask when she is “due” unless you see a head hanging out of her vagina, and steer clear of talking about politics and religion at all costs. It’s pretty simple. These are no win situations.

I do, however, sometimes have a problem with following direction. This is one of those times.

I often refer to my parents as hippies when they had me. It was 1972 and they were 16 and 18 and I just assumed that meant they were into the “free love” concept. Also they named me Athena, which I think just edged out “Flower”.

As for religion, I was a mutt of sorts. Just be a good person. Live your life the best you can and be kind to others. It was a simplistic interpretation, but one that made sense to me. Frankly, it still does. I don’t understand judgement put on others. I was taught that God/Jesus/Buddha, whoever’s purpose was just that… to be open and accepting to all. Like I said, simplistic, I know.

I never knew where my parents stood politically while growing up. We were poor. They were just kids, and honestly, they probably didn’t really think about it much unless it pertained to them being able to afford beer and cigarettes.

I get it, though. It wasn’t until I turned 18 and had the power to vote that I even began to think about how the consequences of my actions would affect me in an election, and honestly, that was really only because I got extra credit in Political Science 101 for doing so.

It wasn’t until I had a family and a home and a mortgage and it was my job to keep everyone fed and safe, that I started having opinions.I had a responsibility to know. And I finally took a stance. I started voting a certain way and having a certain opinion that benefited my family and my community in ways that I thought were fair and right.

Let me just put this bluntly, I am a liberal. I like to say it in a way that it’s not whispered in a hush like it’s a bad word. Which, where I live, seems to be commonplace.

Where I live, smoking is still allowed in restaurants. Streets are full of gas guzzling F-150s and Hummers. People complain about solar panels being an eye sore. Everyone likes their guns and their fireworks and for the government to stay out of their business.

I don’t really fit in here.

Much like my simplistic view on religion, I suppose I am rather simplistic with my politics, as well. I recently ran across a post, “ObamaCare” explained like you’re a five year old.  I don’t believe talking points need to be complicated to make sense. If they are, I probably will not understand them. Tax codes confuse me, I’ll admit it. But that doesn’t mean I’m not intelligent enough to know what will benefit my life and my family, what I think is fair and what is best for human interest and the longevity of our planet. Stubborn gridlock in Congress ceases moving forward and advancement all in an effort just to “win”. It is reminiscent of kids throwing temper tantrums, all to prove a point of who can hold their breath the longest.

That being said, these are my beliefs, explained like you’re a five year old. Since many politicians seem to act like they’re five.

I think that gay people should be allowed to marry. They are people. They are not hurting anyone. If their lifestyle makes you uncomfortable, that sounds like it’s your issue. I’m not fond of  my neighbor’s Don’t Tread on Me Flag, either, but I’m not going to suggest legislation that he not be able to fly it.

I think women should be able to do what they want to their bodies, within reason. I think that women should be paid equal pay for the same work at the same skill level.

I think that the god that you believe in or don’t believe in should have absolutely nothing to do with the way our country is run.

I think  that there is a painful imbalance in our country between the rich and everyone else. I believe the trickle down theory had a ceiling and it was reached a long time ago. I think fear of change is just as dangerous as becoming a communist society. Forward thinkers have become the enemy and Patriots have become fear mongers spreading paranoia. I believe it’s OK for the government to have a hand in fixing things and clearly, things are broken.

I think every person deserves, and should have healthcare. If that means I get taxed for such things, who the fuck cares?  I did not take advantage of the public school that my taxes paid for for 15 years while my kids attended private school, I was fine with that. I pay taxes to make fire and police service available. Have I ever used them? Nope. Am I glad to pay my part for the availability of those who have needed them? Absolutely. Who exactly do we think is paying for uninsured people when they finally get so grievously ill that they have no choice to get medical attention, anyway?


I’ve been holding that in for a while.




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6 comments to Where I don’t go often

  • Sandi

    I totally agree with what you say. All of it. I am lucky that I live in a city that is pretty forward thinking, although I am sure there are many that lean to the right here, too.
    However, the friends I have on facebook from the state where I grew up? Still very conservative and unable to listen to anyone else’s opinion but their own. So, yeah, I hid them in my newsfeed :)

  • Allison Zapata

    Yeah. I’m from Texas. I SOOOOOOOO get you. This is why I love you. From one liberal to another :) xoxo

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  • Meg

    AMEN!!!! I couldn’t agree more…ALL of this!!

  • Jenn in Tenn

    WELL SAID! You rock, Tena!

  • Kim

    Couldn’t agree more…I don’t get why the 99% don’t just revolt. It has to be that everyone wants to think they’re richer than they are or something…

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