Monday, September 26, 2016

Why I’m a Liberal


I was raised a Christian.

In my book, that should be all that’s necessary to be said. The fundamental principles are all there. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Feed the hungry. Heal the sick. Shelter the homeless. Do good to those who would harm you.

Of course, my friends all know that I’m not a Christian. I found ‘faith’ to be a convenient excuse for avoiding responsibility. I found the Bible to be an old book that had some good things in it but banked largely on people’s superstitions and formed the foundation for massive corporations that strip people of their humanity by promising them eternal happiness.

But that didn’t change what makes good people. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Feed the hungry. Heal the sick. Shelter the homeless. Do good to those who would harm you.

While I find the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ to have absolutely nothing to do with the actual actions of people classified in those camps, the Christian principles that I was raised on far more closely align with the so-called left than the right wing.

The coming election is not about who lied or who was a better person or who should go to jail. If we had objective and rational voters, there would be a different slate of candidates running. I will simply weigh every word that issues from the mouths of the candidates and their supporters and their platform against those five principles.

And vote ‘liberal’ in November.
Had company while I was eating breakfast and composing this statement this morning.

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