In the 16th century, many in Europe thought that the earth was flat. Columbus and others proved differently. We’ve grown since then, and learned the truth, haven’t we?
In the 17th century, we didn’t know that gravity existed. Newton proved differently. We’ve grown since then, and learned the truth, haven’t we?
In the 18th century, we believed that we could subjugate the natives who lived here and justifiably kill them by the millions We’ve grown since then, and learned the truth, haven’t we?
In the 19th century, we thought that black people should serve white people, by force if need be, via slavery. After a while, we capitulated to some degree, “allowing” blacks to become 3/5 of a citizen. We’ve grown since then, and learned the truth, haven’t we?
In the early 20th century, we believed that women should be subservient to men, that they weren’t smart enough to vote, go to college, or own property. Later in the century we still treated blacks like third-class citizens, hanging one for whistling at a white woman, keeping them from voting, and referring to them as “niggers”. We beat and discriminated against gay people, just for being gay. We’ve grown since then, and learned the truth, haven’t we?
In the 21st century, we still have people who believe in a book that was ostensibly written nearly 2000 years ago, before any of the above enlightenment occurred, when we still didn’t know where the Sun went at night. When we stoned infidels. When you would kill your wife for infidelity. When eating shellfish or pork was tantamount to murder. When prostitutes were stoned to death. Where stealing or taking the lord’s name in vain was a sin, but raping a woman wasn’t.
We really haven’t learned a fucking thing, have we?
After hearing about the 10,000th person brag that he or she is not a slave to either of the parties and that he or she is “independent”, I can’t help but offer a dime-store definition of the two prevalent political parties.
If you are generally pro-gun control, believe in equality of the races, LGBT rights and that government can help people, you can call yourself whatever you like, but your beliefs align with the left, which is represented by the Democrats. If you vote in favor of your personal interests, you vote for the Democrat.
If you are generally against gun-control, racist (or are constantly denying that you are) and anti-LGBT rights and believe that government is usually a bad thing, then, like it or not, your beliefs align with the right, which is represented by the Republicans. If you vote for your personal interests, you vote for the Republican.
Call yourself whatever you like. But the majority of voters (with some variations) come down on one side or another of the above descriptions. It is your beliefs that align you with one party or another, not whatever self-serving moniker you chose.
Those of us who call ourselves one or the other are not slaves to our political overlords who can’t think for ourselves. We’re just not phonies who feel the need to feebly distinguish ourselves by claiming to be something which has little, if any, real definition but sounds as if we arrived at our opinions through some loftier erudition than did everyone else.