I Used to be a Republican
It’s true, there was a point in time when yours truly was a registered republican voter. Now, before you start sending your hate mail my way, and think less of me, hear me out. Yes, I was in fact a registered republican voter, this much is true. I have never voted for a republican candidate in my life, nor do I think I ever will. So why was I a registered voter for that horrible party then? Pretty simple actually…
Some of you may know that I’m not as white as I may seem. Yes, my skin is white, and I act like your average white guy, but my upbringing and family isn’t that way. My mother’s side of the family is cuban. In fact, my mother was born in Cuba, and me and my sister were part of the first generation from that family to be born on american soil. It’s true, as unlikely as it may seem. This isn’t a fact that I hide, because I do take some pride in the fact that I come from a family of immigrants who made something of themselves, even though they had to start with a clean slate, and had nobody to hand them anything. In fact, I’m extremely proud of that fact. None of my relatives had anything handed to them. They came here with nothing, and everything they have was earned. That’s probably why I’m not the kind of person who asks for help often, if ever.
Anyway, yeah I come from a cuban family. On my 18th birthday, my grandmother who I lived with at the time, filled out a voter registration card for me. At that point in my life I didn’t give a crap about politics. In fact, until just over a year ago I didn’t care. I think when you pass 30 years of age that something clicks in your head where you think “Uh oh, there’s shit that affects my future going on in Washington D.C. that I’d better pay attention to, if I don’t want to eat cat food when I’m elderly.” So anyway, I signed the card without even looking at it. It registered me as a republican, and in her defense, even if I had read it, I wouldn’t have cared. When I was 18 I had no idea what the difference was between the 2 parties. I knew that Reagan was a republican, and he was okay with me, and I knew Clinton was a democrat, and I liked him. So, I was indifferent. When I actually found out that I was a republican, I asked my grandmother why, and she told me because our family is republican. It has something to do with republicans catering to the hispanic community in the 70’s and 80’s, along with Florida being a red state I think. Recently, with the Arizona law and Rick Scott being the governor of Florida, I think that the republicans relying on the hispanic vote has gone to the wayside.
So last year I took an interest in politics, only because I had spent the previous 10 years bashing organized religion to hell, and I needed something new to make fun of. During this revelation I learned 2 things. The first thing was that I had been living in a cave my whole life as far as politics go, because I knew nothing. The second thing I learned is that republicans are FUCKING EVIL! I mean this as unbiased as I can be without showing an affiliation, but they stand for virtually nothing that I agree with. I would love to be one of those cool people who describes themselves as an independant, or a libertarian, but it’s not true. Almost all of my beliefs and values are left-wing, and I can’t help it. It’s just how I feel.
Here’s some examples of my feelings, and how much of a democrat I am:
Gay marriage, I’m for it. It affects nobody but the parties involved. It’s not the homosexual community’s problem that you don’t want to explain it to your kids, let them marry.
Seperation of church and state, yes please. Religion shouldn’t govern anything, yet it governs seemingly everything. Gay marriage, stem cell research, abortion, etc.
Obviously I am pro choice and pro stem cell research, regardless of what type.
Taxes should be kept the same, if not raised for the top 2%. Your boy George W. Bush dug this economic hole that we’re in, and the people who can afford to help us get out of it should.
Universal healthcare? You bet your sweet ass I’m for it! Call me socialist or anything else that helps you sleep at night, no skin off my teeth. I have health insurance, yet I still believe that all citizens should have it regardless in some form or another.
War should be avoided at all costs, if it isn’t needed. Of course we should defend our nation, but our days of invading countries to install our beliefs into their system should end.
There’s more, but I’m not trying to start a rally. I have to say something else though; pot smokers need to think more. Let me explain, I know that was vague. I’ve heard too many potheads who are usually democratic in their beliefs say that they are all-aboard the Ron Paul bandwagon, just because he’s ok with the legalization of marijuana. You fucking shallow minded tools! There is more to fix in this country than your fear of being charged with a misdemeanor for smoking weed. I’m all for being allowed to have pot, but not at the cost of having a lunatic run our nation and deprive people of health care and more. Read the facts, Google Ron Paul and see what his policies are, because he seems like a psycho to me. I’m fine with smoking pot in secrecy the 5 times a year that I do it, if it means straightening this country out and restoring the sanity.
Sorry for getting political. It’s a topic that I read often, yet try to avoid as far as my writing goes, due to my lack of factual knowledge. Anyway, I thought the fact that I was a registered republican is interesting, so I shared it with you. Thanks for reading.