[A recent conversation with a friend of mine.]
Him: So, what are you? A Republican or a Democrat? A conservative or a liberal? What do you believe in?
Me: Ultimately, I’m apolitical.
Him:: What’s that?
Me: You know how an atheist doesn’t’ believe in God?
Me: Well, I don’t believe in politics.
Him: You have to believe in something.
Me: No, I don’t. Every political issue has been divvied up between the two parties. If you a pro-choice, you must be a Democrat. If you disagree with gay-marriage, you have to be a Republican. Each party has a party-line on every issue. You are either for something or against it. There are no if’s, an’s, or but’s about political issues. Personally, am pro-choice, but I believe the choice should be life.
Him: That doesn’t make any sense.
Me: Yes, it does. I don’t believe any man or woman has the right to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. She has to choose between having an abortion or giving birth to the child. If she choices the latter, then she has to choose between adoption or rearing the child. It’s all a matter of choice. Therefore I am pro-choice. But my personal preference is life. I would choose the life of my child, but I will not force a decision- any decision, on any woman. That is a right I do not have. The choice is hers and hers alone.
Him: You cannot be pro-choice and pro-life at the same time.
Me: Yes, you can. That is the problem with politics. Everybody- both Republican and Democrat- believe that they are right and the other side of the aisle is wrong. Nobody is actually right. And everybody is wrong.
Him: Somebody has to be right.
Me: No, everybody is wrong. Only history can tell who is right and who is wrong. In the moment, nobody is right. Liberals are so desperate to be on the “right side of history” that they have taken up the banner of marriage equality without any regard that they may be wrong; that a family that consists of one man and one woman may actually be the more conducive to the proper psychologically of rearing children. Conservatives are so blinded by the Holy Light of God, they cannot see that history may paint them with the same brush of bigotry that Segregationists have been to the subsequent American generations. What if polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality become mainstream sexualities? Then the proponents of marriage equality will have kicked a hornet’s nest that cannot be unkicked. Only history will be able to tell who was right and who was wrong. In the moment, everyone is wrong.
Him: But polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality should never have the opportunity to become mainstream.
Me: Yes, they should.
Me: Again, this is entirely up to history. In this moment, homosexuality has become mainstream. Conservatives may not want to watch two men holding hands in the mall, or watching two women kiss at an amusement park. But homosexuality has been let out of Pandora’s box and there is no putting it back. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. America is the ultimate melting-pot. How many people who are immensely wealthy and powerful would never have had the opportunity that America represents if the past had anything to say about it. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are of Irish descent. To the “traditional” Americans of the mid 1800’s, they were the lowest of the low, and today, they are two of the most powerful personalities in mainstream news. Oprah Winfrey would never have had the opportunity to be America’s most powerful television personality if the white men of the 1950’s had anything to say about it. But they don’t. Everyone who wielded power in the past have ultimately been relegated to history. Are opponents of marriage equality on the wrong-side of history? An increasing number of Americans consider homosexuality to be a mainstream sexuality. And in future generations, the same may be said of polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality.
Him: What?!? That’s fucking absurd.
Me: If any or all of these become mainstream, then they will have been excepted by the majority of Americans and in the American democracy, the majority rules. The majority of people will no longer see neither polygamy, pedophilia, or bestiality to be wrong. History will rule that homosexual marriage-equality was on the “right side of history.” And future generations may rule that polygamous marriage-equality, pedophilic marriage-equality, and bestial marriage-equality is on the “right side of history”.
Him: You’re fucking insane!
Me: Or history will record they are all wrong. It is ultimately up to history to decide. And this is why I’m apolitical.
[This conversation didn’t go well.]
Published on: Aug 15, 2015 @ 17:32