Are You Liberal or Compassionate?
If anyone suggests I'm not compassionate, please note; I've cried at Disney movies when cartoon characters get hurt or killed, or commercials of kids in poor countries and animals who need homes, and stories on the news about an unfortunate incident involving somebody I don't even know. I've taken in stray people and stray animals. I've always had a big heart.
As I've grown up, I've learned I can't help everyone and everything, and it's not even up to me. It would be like I woke up one day deciding to be perfect, eventually and realistically I'd have to become OK with realizing perfection is not possible. Sometimes helping ourselves is enough work. No, I don't like a powerless feeling of not being able to save the world or do I feel any better about giving up on the possibility of world peace. To change any of that is all a facade of control, whether you are someone for war in order to enact change, or you are someone whose heart bleeds for human rights issues and think that everyone is entitled to be happy and taken care of.
I don't completely throw my hands up though, I happen to believe in a higher power and actually believe He/She has higher powers than I. I do not understand suffering (well, I do because it's made me who I am), but I do not understand in general that which is not for me to understand anyway. It's called faith, I guess. We want to be free and we want peace and harmony, but as long as free will exists, there is no peace from human suffering- we can't have both.
On the topic of natural order, most of nature did not survive by being compassionate. There is a food chain in nature and lions don't survive if they are compassionate for the deer they hunt. The eagle does not feed it's babies by worrying about how the fish feel. A rabbit, however, an animal with the most known natural enemies survives and flourishes by adapting to it's unfortunate fate it was born into. I just don't see the natural order in no suffering or even trying to 'fix' suffering worldwide.
From compassionate to conservative
Like I was preaching above, I am compassionate, but I am also conservative. For years, the two have been thought of as not typically co-existing together. How can I be both? Because I simply did not determine because I am compassionate, I must be liberal. If you don't take anything else away from this piece of writing, please do not jump to the assumption that because you care about others in other countries, it makes you a liberal. Liberalism is not synoymous with compassionate.
I have not ever associated compassion to liberalism- it's a misleading label. I grew up watching our church very involved in sending groups to third world countries to help the less fortunate. These people were proud republicans and admirable because they put their compassion where their mouth is. I respect liberals who do the same. To be honest, I hear the words from liberal celebrities who preach on human rights- they're rich for God's sake, give more and do more if you are so concerned- some do, but many don't.
I do not believe it is a political agenda to save the world. In other words, I don't mix human rights with politics. Yes, I know both parties do at times, but that's not me and who said I had to follow either rules. If people want Planned Parenthood to survive and flourish, then fund it with donations from the compassionate liberals and groups who back pro-choice. Most countries, including ours (U.S) can't even save themselves so to believe we can save others everywhere is absolutely naive, a childish fantasy.
I got smart last year when I decided to educate myself on politics (many thanks to Jim, themanwithnopants on hubpages). I had never voted before knowing him and now I am a registered and educated voter. I feel like my blinders are off and I know who I am. I am someone who is compassionate and republican, someone who believes in God but does not believe in going to church. I do not fall for: if I am (fill in the blank) then I must be a (fill in the blank).
Some of this was provoked while discussing my political differences with Tammy Barnette (insightful and wonderful hubber). She stated that she leans more toward liberalism because of her life struggles, and I stated that because my life struggles I lean toward conservatism. I realized that had I not struggled I would not be half the person at peace with my existence that I am today. I also know that I never learned to help myself until I stopped getting help (mainly from my parents). We can put a hand out there, but that doesn't mean we CAN really help them. If I wasn't forced to help myself, I would not have done it. While I would love to be like Tammy and hand out privileges to everyone, I know that it will not help them learn to fish on their own (referring to the analogy of giving a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime).
I have issues with the issues
Actually I am for a lot of human rights issues. However, not in the way the causes are presented. For instance, pro-choice is acutally not necessarily for the mother's choice, but acutally for the fetuses' rights. I researched this as a human rights topic and thought that sounded absolutely ridiculous. I am pro-choice but not even close to that reasoning and not in the way abortion is dealt with at many abortion clinics.
I am not for opening our borders to illegal immigrants from Mexico. If we truly want to help them, we would help them in their own country- you know, teach them to fish....They are essentially escaping their country's living conditions, well why is it like that? Help them learn how to come together in their own country and make a better way of life there rather than escaping. This is avoiding the real issues an cause for distress there.
Sometimes it is the way we view things that compassion gets skewed. I received an email from a fellow hubber buddy (Harvey Stelman- please forgive all this name dropping, but these people are great). This email had a list of how we should show more sympathy to certain minorities; they travel miles in the heat in an unknown country surrounded by people who don't speak their language, they risk their lives, they get paid low wages, they live in crowded conditions, and rarely see their families. No, this wasn't about Mexican immigrants, it was about our U.S troops fighting in war. Something to think about.
If I only had a heart
To "fix" most of the liberal human rights issues, like illegal immigration, it involves more than heart. People blindly focus on select issues and do not realize other issues that come up if we "fix" one to only create another. Ladies and gentleman, these issues need more than compassion and heart to be solved. They need intelligence, planning, and foresight.
For instance, by opening our borders to Mexico, we are overlooking the needs of children in our own country. We are literally forsaking one thing for another- how is that compassionate if you are doing harm in turn for releasing others from harm? Liberals seem to believe we can have our cake and the whole world can eat it too. Maybe they don't understand the implications and complications of opening borders. First and foremost, health concerns. Our children are most at risk for illnesses and diseases. Illegal immigrants are crossing the borders without getting medical evaluations and immunizations for diseases such as tuberculosis, which has come from Mexico. Liberals are notorious for coming up with solutions that stem solely from the heart and have little thought for consequences.
Charities and selfishness
We all have needs to fulfill, something that gives us attention or we do that makes us feel good. If I had a dirty nickel for every pretentious liberal who was awarded snob of the year because they support some cause, I'd be as wealthy as a pretentious liberal.
Giving to charities is actually a selfish act. Whoa, wait a second...I'm not saying don't do it or that is not honorable. But it's a psychological fact that giving to charities makes people feel good about themselves. I believe many liberals get caught up in the bragging rights of supporting charities and feeling good about themselves, which in turn makes people think that liberals are compassionate- it's a fallacy.
Those that support certain human rights issues, feel free to support them and fund your personal charities. Liberals will say that republicans and big business have all the money, but not so. Polls about the average liberals versus conservatives, state that liberals are more educated and make more money- put your compassion where your mouth is. This means individuals (liberals) have the power and funding to help the less fortunate, but are they or will they?
A political solution
Onto the solution...and it's all about individual responsibility. Give more power to the states (and individuals) and less to federal. If there were more power given to states and less overriding by congress in the White House then people could go to their state representatives much easier with issues instead of trying to be heard by a herd of stampeding elephants and asses in Washington D.C who have their very own agenda. They are so disconnected from the realities of the average man, but if we can pull in these issues from them and settle or discuss them on a smaller scale then it would give more power to the individuals and make for some interesting town meetings!
If I can leave you with some thoughts, it's that of saving yourself- be kind to your neighbor and not just your neighboring country. So often we look beyond borders to save the world when the saving needs to happen in our own backyard, perhaps right inside our homes. The hypocrisy and oversight has got to stop. I have seen my mom in dire straights, of no fault of her own and without a place to go, and my liberal family members turn their back on her- people who live in million dollar homes could not offer a place for my mom to stay, but they could march proudly down to a homeless shelter and volunteer. I've just seen this too many times with most of my family being liberal and their actions that speak against having a truly compassionate nature.
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