Seeing Red

Most of us who are voting age grew up in a world where men had penises and women didn’t.  We lived in a world where masculinity meant chivalry, not toxicity, and femininity was a restrained strength, not a glaring weakness. Many of us grew up believing in God and going to church, or surrounded by families that did, and never considered them irrational, let alone to be Bible clinging nut jobs. (Except for that guy who would stalk you in the parking lot asking if you’d heard the good news.) Which reminds me, we grew up with a sense of humor and charity.  We laughed at ourselves, and we let others share in the laughter. This election, I am voting to be less polarized, less woke, less activist, less tribal, less sensitive and most importantly, happier.

Sexist - I don’t believe opening the door for a woman is sexist.  I think that seeing every man in an elevator as a predator might be.  I don’t think a career woman should be looked up to or a stay-at-home-mom looked down on.  If she wants to be a firefighter and he wants to be a school teacher, the only thing that matters to me is that they are both excellent at their job.  It’s not sexist to believe that women choose different careers than men and that the result is different lifestyles and compensation, and I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

 It’s not sexist to believe that women choose different careers than men and that the result is different lifestyles and compensation, and I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

Racist - All men are created equal in the eyes of God, and within their inalienable rights to life and liberty.  That we are different races, ethnicities, and cultures is a source of inspiration, curiosity, and creativity. What matters to Americans is not skin color, tribe or the name of the God you worship, but rather that you want to become an American, to assimilate into America and to love America.  The task of assimilation will always be fraught with the peril of prejudice, but it is not racist to ask our new immigrants to embrace American values. I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

LGBTQ-phobic - People should not be persecuted for their sexuality.  However, it is not persecution to ask those with penises to use a men’s bathroom and those without to use a women’s bathroom.  L or G or B or T or Q is the exception, not the rule. It is the minority, not the majority. LGBTQ members of our society deserve the same rights and protections as every other American, no less, but no more either!  A group so recently discriminated against should realize the danger of the social sanctioning of any form of favor or discrimination. It is, however, not LGBTQ-phobic to insist the majority’s rights be recognized as well.  I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

That there are bad guys with guns that shoot up synagogues on Sabbath is why I choose to believe there is a just God who will make everything right in the end.  

Islamophobic - Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all persecuted for their faith: Jews mainly by non-Jews and Muslims, Christians mainly by Muslims and college professors, and Muslims mainly by Muslims. Those Muslims that grew up in a free Iran, Lebanon, Indonesia, and America have experienced how modern Islam can coexist peacefully with all people and all religions.   They are as victimized by Islamic terror as we are. It is not Islamophobic to be constructively critical of Islam. It is reasonable to label fourth-century, fundamentalist Islam as an enemy of civilized, post-enlightenment society.  It is not Islamophobic to point out troubling verses in the Koran, or outdated Islamic laws and customs that were perhaps more reasonable in the time they were written or arose, but need to be scrutinized today.  It is not Islamophobic to believe there are radicals within the Islamic community that mean us - westerners, Americans, Muslims - harm, and I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

Xenophobic - I understand that immigration is what has created America and made it the leader of the world and keeps us ahead of other superpowers.  Our respect for human rights, civil rights, and property rights make us free and capitalist. We are the most attractive nation in the world to which to emigrate for both the cream of the crop as well as the desperate and dire. We want the cream to continue to rise to America.  We have the resources to help the dire and desperate. However, our capacity is not unlimited, and it is not xenophobic to want to bring order to the process. I am tired of being told otherwise, so I will vote red.

This election, I am voting to be less polarized, less woke, less activist, less tribal, less sensitive and most importantly, happier.

Guns and Bibles - I believe in both God and science and that they can exist in harmony. That I believe in God doesn’t make me a nut, after all, don’t you hope that in the end, I am right? (h/t Dennis Prager)   That there are bad guys with guns that shoot up synagogues on Sabbath is why I choose to believe there is a just God who will make everything right in the end.  If there is no God to fear, there will be more shooters, and we are incapable of stopping them except by law and force, both of which require guns. Only a righteous person with a gun can stop a bad person with a gun, and the bad guys will always have access to guns, so I am voting red.

We are less than one week from the midterm elections.  Left wing and right wing media will tell you that this is the most important election in our lifetime.  Maybe. This election is the third or fourth ‘most important election in our lifetime’, in my lifetime. Opinion makers will poke and prod in an attempt to find the soft or sore spot that will make you see the election their way. Irrelevant. I think this election is about something deeper. It's about how we are and not how they define us. It's about how we act not how they label it. It's about our values, not their judgments and platitudes. This election is a choice between encouraging more activism, politics, and sensitivity or reviving some of the values, sense, and spirit that made America great in the first place.