With the election recently passed, politics and morality seems to be a hot topic around here now. I just wanted to vent some of my grievances with today's political parties, not just in the US but around the world. Everyone seems to be turning to extreme positions and intolerance is on the rise in all parties, left, right and centre.
I am avidly pro-life and oppose abortion and embryonic stem cell research, and anything contrary to the dignity of human life.
I oppose same-sex marriage and don't recognize marriage as anything but between a man and a woman.
But I also favour progressive taxation (the more you earn, the more you pay), social safety nets, universal health care, basically government policies that give the poor the helping hand they need.
Because of my political values, I don't fit in with any left, right, or centre main stream party. All of my views disqualify me from being a member of at least one political party. I can't be a conservative because my views on economics make me a socialist in the eyes of the Tea Party types. I can't be in a liberal party because since I believe in traditional marriage, the dignity of human life and family values, I am a hardcore right-wing homophobic hate mongerer.
It just bothers me that you everything is so extreme. If you support a party's position on one issue, you also have to support them on everything else, even if it goes against your conscience.