Who do you really mean to insult with that accusation?

I feel like I am caught in a whirlwind of accusations about my personal beliefs that to the majority of human beings seem to be intrinsically implied to go along with my disdain for Obama and my outrage at the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA.

It is particularly amazing to me all the assumptions that have been made about me and accusations thrown at me, not just from random strangers, but even my own friends and family members.  Joe keeps telling me that is why they say the two things you should never get into a conversation about are Religion and Politics… but I don’t think there is ANYTHING you shouldn’t get into a conversation about.

I am too honest a person and I feel uncomfortable with anything except “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”.  I don’t like to censor myself or sugarcoat things, so unless I am at work, where it is part of my job to censor myself, then I don’t.  If you are someone that I care about then it is safe to say that however you may have taken my words, I did not mean them to be hurtful.  You would KNOW it if I did.  I mean everything I say at complete face value – and the way I see it… if you can’t handle it, then you can’t handle me and that is your problem.  I am not going to feel bad about being honest because you assumed I was being dishonest and invented your own insults against yourself in my words.

But that is old news… I have been saying that for years.  How many friendships have dissolved because someone assumed I meant something horrible hidden within my blunt honesty?  I’ve lost count.  How many times have I turned myself into a hermit and stopped attempting human interaction for the purposes of being social?  Just as many.  The only thing that is new is what I am being accused of….

First of all, I have NEVER had an “I got mine so FUCK YOU!” attitude.  I do not support spending our tax dollars for needless wars or forcing our way of life down other people’s throats.  I have not been hit with the broad side of the Republican bus – I still hate the Republican Party (and George Dubya) just as much as I always did.  The only difference in my political views in recent years is that now I hate the Democrat Party (which I ALSO always hated) even MORE.  I continue to be WAY too opinionated to EVER get brainwashed or have the wool pulled over my eyes. “Conservative” is the last word I would EVER expect someone to use to describe me (and yes, I mean politically and not just personally).  And I definitely DO NOT want to live in another country, as even with all my complaints, this is STILL the best country in the world to live in – I just complain so much because I want it to STAY that way.

I WANTED Obama in office last election – I want him OUT now purely because of all the ways he failed us.  I HATE Romney but I will probably vote for him anyway.  If he is elected, I will probably have many complaints about him and be desperate for someone new by the following election… but at least he will be someone new and a CHANCE for something better.  And at least he will STOP a lot of the things that I am currently protesting.  Sure, he’ll probably come up with new things for me to protest – but that’s why I won’t vote for him twice.

I am not Right Wing. I am not Left Wing.  Almost all of my political opinions come down to one thing: FREEDOM.  And each side of the fence seems to have decided that only certain freedoms matter, and I want them ALL!

I think that every adult who is of sound mind should be able to live their life in whatever manner they chose, so long as the only person they hurt by their foolish actions is themselves.  The government needs to learn to stay the hell out of people’s private affairs.  They should only get involved to keep everyone safe when it comes to how we interact with each other.

I am a HUGE supporter of gay rights but I think gay “pride” is offensive (not because homosexuality is offensive but because pride in ones sexuality, no matter what the orientation, is).  I think people should be able to have a government union with ANYONE they choose but that Churches (and other private institutions) should be able to refuse unions for any reason they want.  Which is why I think they best answer is that EVERYONE gets Civil Union’s instead and let Marriages be strictly religious.  Separation of Church and State.

I am pro choice but very strongly think that people who are against abortion SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM!  I don’t think the whole “is it or isn’t it a life” argument is even relevant in that conversation because regardless of the answer, it is a parasite of the mother.  Until it reaches the point of development that it could sustain life outside of her then any life it may have is HERS – therefore it can ONLY be her decision.

I am dumbfounded that there are people who are against stem cell research… Particularly because the only argument against it is the abortion argument and no fetuses are “murdered” when conducting stem cell research but millions of lives can be improved and/or saved.

I am OUTRAGED that marijuana, a naturally growing plant, is illegal.  Personally – I do not smoke it and I dislike a large portion of the population that chooses to.  And even though I am agnostic, I think the government may as well be waving a banner that says “God was wrong when he created marijuana” and that religious people especially should be protesting it.  I blame the majority of crime in our country on our government’s decision to create “illegal drugs” because even if you disregard all the non-violent drug related crime that instantly disappears simply by making it legal – there is also an entire underworld of crime that is devoted to obtaining and selling the drugs and a long line of people suffering from addiction committing serious crimes to be able to get their hands on them.  Not to mention all the people who are hurt from people selling fake drugs and drugs laced with other drugs that could have been kept safe from harm had the government just made it legal and properly regulated it.

I will not move my car unless all passengers are wearing their seatbelt – and I will bug any drivers/passengers in a car I am riding in about it as well.  But I don’t think that is the government’s business IN THE SLIGHTEST and I want all seatbelt and helmet law’s repealed.  My outrage at the fact that it is a law is so great that at times it almost overrides my personal feelings that everyone SHOULD wear their seatbelts and makes me want to leave mine off in civil disobedience.  Thankfully I care more about my safety than making a point that no one would ever hear and continue to use my best judgment.

I am a member of the NRA and I feel that almost all gun control laws should be repealed as they are un-Constitutional.  I feel even stronger that in their place the government needs to make a federal gun license that involves a safety class and a written and practice test.  We recognize that motor vehicles can be a huge risk to the safety of the individual operating them and anyone around them, but we’ll put a gun in the hands of people who don’t even know how to load them?  Instead of making SAFE OPERATION of guns by law abiding citizens their concern, most politicians seem to think its better that only criminals should have access to them…  all that does is leave the law abiding citizens open to 2 lines of fire; the criminals and their own.

It is true that years ago I used to be VERY strongly PRO universal healthcare.  So what, may you ask, changed my mind?  Well, despite what you may think – my difference in opinion has NOTHING to do with Obama.  The truth is, my mind was changed after I made the mistake of telling a friend of mine who lived in Canada how jealous I was and how much better they had it for having universal healthcare.  That statement was not greeted receptively and I was soon overwhelmed to learn what it was like IN PRACTISE.  And after doing more research and talking to more people in other countries that have it, I can say with certainty that WE are the ones who have it better.  I still LOVE the theory – but until someone comes up with a miracle idea that will fix its flaws, then we are much better off with the less-flawed (but still flawed) system we currently have.

And this is where I get attacked and accused of only thinking that because I personally have health insurance – which people say without having any way of knowing the legitimacy of that statement or bothering to ask, they just ASSUME it.  And the fact that they happen to have guessed correctly doesn’t nullify the fact that it was a guess stated as a fact and it doesn’t make any of their other guesses about me correct.

It’s important to look at the bigger picture or all you will ever see are the flaws (just like a painting).  And while there are A LOT of flaws (that I think ALL of us would like to see be improved upon) – the U.S. has the BEST and MOST AVAILABLE health care in the WORLD.

Right now in this country – NO ONE will ever be denied medical treatment, regardless of if they have the means to pay for it.  That means that we ALL have health care.  The problem in our system presents itself when people are unable to pay the bill for the care that they just received.  Luckily, the vast majority of US citizens have some form of health insurance to help them out.

The poor and the disadvantaged are even offered completely free medical treatment thanks to the tax dollars that we all CURRENTLY pay towards Welfare.  So stop telling me stories about how you would gladly pay X amount more this year to save a homeless man’s life – because YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING THAT!

And nearly everyone from the lower-middle class and up has private health insurance either at a discounted rate through their job or that they pay entirely out of pocket that allows them to not just HAVE health care, but have HIGH QUALITY health care.

There is only a very small group of people who are left with no such safety net – most often it is the people in their early 20s who are just out of school and lost insurance through their parents and have not yet obtained a job where they can get or afford such benefits.  Thankfully most of these people will only be in that situation for a few years because with hard work, dedication, and smart choices they all have the ABILITY to get anything they want in this world.

Other people in this boat tend to be people who had a good job and health insurance and lost it during this time of economic depression.  They took a bad blow… and they may be struggling right now, but they will pick themselves back up.  And if they happen to have been tragically hit with illness or injury during this time that is preventing them from doing so, there are plenty of both government and private funded solutions available to help them.

Beyond that… tends to be the lazy fucks that just chose to never get off their parent’s couch and be an adult.  These are the people who most often lash out at me for my views.

It is fascinating to me how they laziest pieces of garbage who don’t have a lot simply because they chose not to work for anything are the first people to cry and scream that the people who bust their asses every day should be providing for them.  They tend to go on and on about how selfish those of us who work hard to provide a good life for ourselves and our families are being SELFISH for not wanting to pay for THEIR health insurance.  Then they go on and on about all the things they would GLADLY pay for other people… yet I don’t see any of them paying ANYTHING they don’t have to for anyone else.

Have you EVER spent money on yourself for something that was not a necessity?  If you happen to live in Pennsylvania, you can tell really easily… look at your receipt.   Did you pay sales tax?  If so, then it was not necessary for your survival in this world and that is money that you COULD have been using to help all those suffering people you were just guilting me about.

Money that you instead spent on the computer you are typing on, the cell phone in your pocket, the video game system you can’t pull yourself away from, all that prepared food that you spend more money on than you have to because it is easier than going to the grocery store and cooking it yourself – I could go on and on.

Not to mention that I haven’t seen you even volunteering up something FREE, like you TIME.  When was the last time you volunteered at a soup kitchen?  Comforted the sick in a hospital?  Read to the elderly in a retirement home?  Shit, when was the last time you even bothered to offer to help shovel snow for the lady who lives across the street or simply stopped to see if the kid who just fell off his bike is ok?

It seems to me, that the only reason you care so much about socialized healthcare is because YOU don’t want to get off your ass and get a real job and pay for it for yourself – it has NOTHING to do with your deep-rooted belief system about helping others.

Because of capitalism and yes, corporate greed, we have the most advanced treatment options available for most illnesses and injuries.  Is it disgusting that greed is the driving force?  Yes.  But we are humans, and greed and the desire to outdo one another is what makes us function at our full potential.  All of our best traits are also our worst traits.

If we make this change our health care system – we will go from the majority having top notch medical treatment being readily available… to everyone having shitty medical treatment being almost impossible to get and the beginning of the end of our personal freedoms being stolen from us.  Who is that really helping?  And who is that hurting?  Call me any name you want, but I think the needs of the many out way the needs of the few.  So… who is REALLY being selfish here?

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