I recently made a comment about this online. I hold to the following thoughts:
There has never been a more uncertain time between the people in this country than now. Every day, there are ads for and against the presidential candidates. Every day, more and more people complaining about their competition's policies. What I see the most is how Democrats are labeled as anti-American and irreligious. Well if that's true, then many in the Republican party are legalistic, racist, and uppity. This country was founded on strong faith and values that reflected the spiritual goals of the people. Through the years, things have changed. Ideas have changed. Slavery was outlawed. Women earned the right to vote. Both men and women have been given the chance at higher education at the university level. But something else happened, too. A widening chasm between Democrats and Republicans became apparent somewhere in the 20th century and has been made worse by this 2008 election.
What angers me the most is that the people who are voting for McCain and Palin are the same people who either tell you if you don't believe in God you're going to Hell, or that there is always ONE ANSWER for every situation-their way or the wrong way. Enter legalism and uppity mannerism. Now, I'm not saying that there aren't people in the Democratic party voting for Obama and Biden who are not any of those same characteristics, but what I AM saying is that it is more common among the Republicans. Being married to a Republican and having friends who are proves my point. And it's funny the career choices they've made, too, because they are the straight-laced people who then party and then grow up and point fingers at other peoples' irresponsibility issues. I'm sorry, but if being religious means advocating belief in only a certain way, holding grudges, and hiding behind false patriotism while making the other side look like THEY are the ones who are seemingly anti-American, then I have no part in that. It's just ludicrous to think that there is actually the mindset that the military is one-sided! I actually heard a Republican say that most of the military is comprised of Republicans! Is that really fair to say?
I AM a Christian, which to me is more than affiliating myself with any one religious group. I'm sure in saying that, any Republicans reading this would think that makes me a free-spirited hippy with no real spiritual foundation. Ok, so I am liberal. I'm a right-brained person, the writer and thinker. Seems like my fellow Democrats are the writers, artists, and ones who enjoy the liberal arts. Funny how that works. Those who enjoy those occupations but are staunch Republicans just prove my theory with sometimes "hiding behind" the church. Let me just say right here that I am not picking ON any of these friends or my family who fall into the group of Republican Christians. I know there are some very devoted and spiritually-minded people among you. I'm just saying that there *are* people who are this way, because they don't fit the norm for being Republican, but are too shy to break free and agree with any Democrat ideas, or they do so in secret. I don't think there is ever a Democrat who keeps quiet about being one! I say this with a huge grin on my face, having had discussions with friends about the charisma that surrounds us. I digress...
I should say that I am not all about loose morals, cheating on my spouse, stealing from the poor (or rich) for my own gain, or living in legalism. I've never done drugs, I uphold the military and all acts of patriotism, and am friends with gays and respect their choices (but feel marriage is sacred between a man and woman only). I stand for equality for all races, classes, and genders (but understand there will always be slight variances between these groups, so it is mainly a matter of giving each an equal opportunity), and faith in God. And bear with me here...the two are connected. Fighting for equal treatment of people is something Jesus would do. So a belief in God goes hand-in-hand. Now, I realize there are Jewish friends, but the same holds true there. You're taught the same things to love your neighbor as yourself, and by so-doing you are loving God. So what I don't get is the progression from loving God...to hating people of differing views, creeds, or cultures.
Yes, my fellow readers, it seems to me that we are in one big mess of prejudice. The race-card might have lessened, but it's every other area that is now in question. I fear that because of those other issues, race may be back in the spotlight. And no matter the verdict of who becomes our president this year, no one is truly going to "win". This will divide our country in a way that no other point in history has ever done, and I believe it will never be the same again. It's become every man and woman for him or her self. We're up in arms, with no real solution in sight. All will be chaos until one day when this world will finally end. (Hey, I did say I believe in God, after all!!)