Uphill Climb To Sharing My Opinions More

There used to be a time I never second guessed sharing my opinions, but then something changed. About three years ago I went vegan, which I now call plant-based because I do not believe everyone has to be vegan. It was also around this time I stopped being such a staunch Democratic because I started caring about something else. I actually think if I could ignore politics completely this would be best, but sometimes I get involved.

By the time this last election rolled around I knew I could no longer be a Democrat. I liked a lot of what Bernie Sanders had to say, but when he was snubbed at the convention and Hillary Clinton was nominated, that was the end of voting Democrat for me.  I felt the Clintons already had their time on the political stage, but you became persona non-grata in the Democratic party if you felt this.

This was also around the same time I stopped feeling all government intervention was necessary. Maybe I still lean Democrat on certain things like supporting national parks, the EPA, and the United Nations, but on other issues, I do not think we need to be so bureaucratic. I did not decide to switch to the other side of the spectrum and go Republican, but I do not think we should be spending millions of dollars on other countries when we cannot balance our own budget. I have talked to teachers and parents who said the common core curriculum is not improving education, and it seems that we should open our minds about this. So as time passed, I found myself drawn a bit more to Gary Johnson. Everyone maligns him for not knowing what Aleppo was when called out on the spot, but at other times he was quite articulate when he pointed out the drawbacks of getting involved in regime change in other countries. I have long felt Libertarians were a bit more savvy on this issue. I am also trying to open my mind a bit more to not regulating every small business in America because at the end of the day the large corporations are not hindered by these regulations. I have by no means become a model Libertarian, but it seems at least there you can share your opinions without feeling judged. When I watched Gary Johnson rallies everyone was upbeat, and sharing differing opinions without name calling. It was all about the issues, and that was refreshing. Yes, Libertarians do not always agree on some pretty major things, but they are more about leaving others to decide their own destiny. This really appeals to me right now because I feel like we are entering an age I entitle “my life as  robot”.

So as time passed, I found myself drawn a bit more to Gary Johnson. Everyone maligns him for not knowing what Aleppo was when called out on the spot, but at other times he was quite articulate when he pointed out the drawbacks of getting involved in regime change in our countries. I have long felt Libertarians were a bit more savvy on this issue. I am also trying to open my mind a bit more to not regulating every small business in America because at the end of the day the large corporations are not hindered by these regulations. I have by no means become a model Libertarian, but voting third party was the only way I could not feel squeamish during this last election where both candidates were not the best. Can we be honest about that, at least? I probably will vote Libertarian again, but I doubt most people care.

Where I feel I am having an identity crisis is that I used to be an FDR style Democrat, but that is a thing of the past. The Democratic party went corporate in the Clinton years, and as time has evolved I do not feel all corporations are evil. I want to have a more positive mindset about these things and find common ground. However, I am not one of those people who delighted in the election of Trump, and I think Gary Johnson was the alternative if you did not want Hillary. Bill Weld was also very articulate and moderate, and they were like old school Republicans without the neo-con flavoring. So after the election, I guess I should stop talking about politics, but everyone posts their opinions freely. I read things and have an opinion too, but sometimes I hold back.  Unlike people who post what they feel without second thought, sometimes contentious political commentary gives me a literal stomach ache. I just realized I am never going to fit in anywhere, and will probably have a variety of opinions on different issues.