I make no apology of the simple fact that I truly have a distaste for extremism. At this point in time I am currently registered as ‘unaffiliated’ and I expect it to stay that way. I support the Republican party in most fiscal aspects and I disagree with them on many, but not all, social issues where I think there’s no reasoning besides ‘God said so.’ I like it when people evolve and change with new realities, even if they rallied in their beliefs prior. I hate the term ‘flip-flopper.’ I consider myself somewhere on the thin line between traditional conservative and libertarian, and, if I play my cards right, I will never be firmly on one side of the fence.
That said, I have to admit something: I love the Westboro Baptist Church. I love the rogue racist that shows up to the Tea Party rally and it makes my heart go soft and mushy when I bump into someone with a sign that compares (insert politician here) to Hitler.
No, I do not agree with any of the political or moral stances that I’ve just listed. No, I’m not a racist and I don’t hate anyone in particular. That said, I rejoice in the fact that when I turn on my television I see signs that defy reason and rationality. In my opinion, those signs, those gestures and those upsetting “God Hates F*gs” posters show the world that our freedom of speech is still in tact.
If we lived in a socialist/fascist/communist (you pick) nation as many would like you to believe these days, we wouldn’t see these people, let alone spend hours on cable networks discussing them. If our government has ‘taken control’ and is ‘changing America for the worse’ as Glenn Beck would like you to believe, where are the men in dark masks, arresting those who disparage the president? Where are the people disappearing or being shut down, as is so common in other nations?
The truth is this: it’s impossible to voice the opinion that no liberty remains in this nation without immediately contradicting such a statement. Yes, rally against the growing sense that you’re not being listened to, or vote to create change in congress during the next few weeks. But don’t tell me that we’ve lost our rights. Gun sales are up and free speech has been more exercised in the last two years in ways and by people that I would never have imagined. If you ask me, America is still America. I’m not scared by the signs that tell me, “Thank God for IED’s.” They remind me that I live in a free nation. Fact: this is America and you have the right to say ‘f**k you,’ to whomever you want.