Everyday I wake up and the first thing I do is check into Facebook, Email, Reddit and Newsvine. And everyday I seem to get pissed off within minutes of waking up and reading these sites. Why? It is because I am so sick of people's wide sweeping accusations about people based on political parties.
I know this happens on both sides but it is far more prevalent for conservatives to use statements such as "all liberals." It's like they are too stupid to realize people's political party don't define them. I don't fit any of the stereotypes that are passed around about liberals and I am sure many others don't either. By deciding a whole group of people are something without any facts or basis is exactly what is causing the divide in our country that feeds all our other problems. So that said let me tell you what being a liberal means from my standpoint.
Myth #1: Liberals don't work.
I know this is going to be shocking to many conservatives but I usually vote democrat and I not only work for a living but own my own company. I have had a full time job since I was 14 years old. I started working at that age not because we were so poor I had to but because my parents instilled in me hard work is the most important thing we do. As a result as soon as someone would hire me I wanted the freedom that having your own money affords you.
Myth #2: Liberals want your guns.
I don't want your guns at all. I believe the constitution is the one thing that truly separates us from other countries and the constitution gives us the right to bear arms. That said no one is violating your rights just by asking you to register your firearms. Get over yourselves if you want to keep your guns simply follow the law, if you can't follow the law you are probably not a responsible enough person to own a gun in the first place. While I believe guns are a right I also think they require responsible owners and that seems to be the lacking part in America.
Myth #3: Liberals vote democrat to keep their benefits coming.
I think this one pisses me off the most. I don't live off the government, never have. In fact the people most likely to live off the government live in red states. So if you guys ever get lucky enough to actually get rid of these services, you suffer not us. Blue states have a MUCH lower rate of government assistance than red states. In fact the blue states have to do all the work to create the income to feed the red states assistance addiction. Stop putting this on liberals tons of data is available that disputes you. Start reading!
Myth #4: Liberals only vote Democrat.
This one is MOSTLY true but that said I usually end up voting for at least one Republican each voting session. It's usually local positions where I feel that person is the best fit for the job. I have no problem voting for Republicans if I think they are the best fit, that said many of them are not even close to being the best fit.
Myth #5: We have sex with everyone and then run out for abortions as birth control.
This one is beyond sick. How do people scream freedom, freedom, freedom and then want to know everything going on in their bedroom. I like most people am a Mom and work extremely hard making sure my kids are well cared for, educated and compassionate people.
Myth #6: Liberals love the government being in debt and hope they just spend and spend into oblivion.
I want my government to be more lean and mean but I want cuts to come from a place that don't harm the most vulnerable among us. Currently social services are abut 13% of our budget. It's a drop in the water what we spend to help people. Which is evident by all the people here who are really suffering. Our military spending is 4X's the size of the next 3 biggest spending countries. If you want to talk about spending cuts I am all for it if the only thing you can come up with is starve children and old people then you really don't care about the problem, you just want to get attention from morons who don't know any better.
Myth #7: Liberals are tree huggers.
Now I have no idea when it became a bad thing in this country to care about the environment. It's actually pretty sickening that people think destroying it is better than being conscious of what we use and how we use it. That said I am a liberal with an SUV. Why? Because I have a family who has a bunch of crap that I have to lug around. I also do girl scouts with my daughter and you can't imagine the amount of cookies I haul each year. A small car would put me in a bind a lot. So I drive what makes sense for my family but I still try to care about the environment and teach my kids to respect it.
So let's just recap: I am a liberal who works for a living, agrees guns are a right, doesn't get any government benefits, votes for Republicans on occasion, doesn't get monthly abortions, agrees that spending is insane and drives an SUV.
So everything you make think you know about liberals might not be true. Go out today and meet a new friend who doesn't agree with your politics you may be surprised to find out how much you still have in common. The government is winning the battle of dividing us and only we can stop it. Always remember, divided we fall. More importantly than being a republican or a democrat is being an American and we all share that!