On Tuesday night I watched the election results and basically felt as if I had been stabbed in the gut. For the first time I understood that fear-you know the fear that has been swimming through our ultra-conservative population across the country since Obama was elected in 2008-that the country is about to see some very very dark days. I sat there with this ache in my belly wondering how long before we bleed out. I used to think that that fear was absurd and irrational, but since the shoe is on the other foot now, I can finally understand.
On my Facebook page several people commented on how it was a new day in America. One of them stated that now the morals and values would be returning. That one made me start to think about my own values. I’ve not always been inclined to state what really matters to me for fear that I may rock the boat and make others uncomfortable, but I think it’s time for me to tell everyone what being liberal means to me.
*I believe in doing what you can to help people in need.
*I believe that people are more important then the profits of enormous corporations and when the divide between the rich and the poor gets this out of hand we should really start asking what is going on.
*I believe that sick people have a right to be healed, even if they don’t have very much money or don’t spend it wisely.
*I believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry and adopt children in every state.
*I am pro-choice because I am simply not qualified to make that decision for someone else. It has nothing to do with how I feel about abortions or whether I value life.
*I want to protect our environment so that we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a healthy food supply.
*I value public education and want to see it thrive.
*I believe in peaceful compromises.
*I believe that if our men and women in uniform (military and civil service) are willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom and safety, we should be willing to sacrifice a little extra from our paychecks to help our communities and our country remain safe and free. (At some point someone’s got to raise taxes-starting with the Bush tax cuts- or else we’re going to be the United States of America: PROPERTY OF CHINA.)
I’m sure this list could go on and on, but I’ve been at this post for an hour and a half now and I’m fried. The simple fact is, when I read over the list none of that sounds evil to me. Being liberal to me is about being generous and open-minded. There is a song we just taught the kids at church that sort of sums it up.
Love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away
Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more
It’s just like a magic penny, hold it close and you won’t have any
Give it away and you’ll have so many, they’ll roll all over the floor
(My take of it is that) the Republicans will have you believe that closing off the tap will save what we have and allow our wealth and strength to grow, but I think (and I’m pretty sure Jesus would agree) that quite the opposite is true.