This is me.
by, 04-13-17 at 07:02 AM (477 Views)
Welcome to my very first blog.
As I peak into threads and have discussions with other members of the forum I often find that I am considered a racist or misogynist or xenophobic or any other manner of derogatory names said both on the sly and directly. Nothing new there right? The "other side", that is those that I have discussions with and often against, seem to have this need to call their opponents names. Not saying that I don't on occasion do the same things. Though I try to keep such things to a minimum and restricted to words that are not about "isms" or "ists".
Anyways, more often than not I am called these things due to my support of Rights. In fact if you were to look through my posts I would bet that at the very least 80% of my posts are about Rights in some way or other. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The Right to Free Speech. The Right to Freedom of Association. The Right to Jury Nullification. Right to Marriage. Right to do whatever you want with your body (drugs, abortion, suicide) Etc etc etc. I support Individual Rights. More than anything else in the political world that is my goal.
Due to this I am often on the side that gets the most crap and generally are crap. Such as racists. I HATE having to defend racists. But whether you agree with it or not. Support it or not. Even racists have Rights. Just as many Rights as anyone else in this country. And I support their Rights. Why? Because Rights are the most important thing to me. And I would hope that if I were in a situation where my Rights were being violated that someone would speak up in order to help me retain my Rights.
And having a felony conviction I KNOW what it's like to have ones Rights taken away. For 24 years I've not had the Right to keep and bear arms. And until I lived in Idaho I knew what it was like to not be able to vote. All because I made some stupid decisions when I was young and dumb. Decisions which I regret because I recognize the harm that it did to the people it concerned.
Now, I've explained to people before why I am arguing the point that I am at the time. That I am defending peoples Rights. (usually with far more verbiage than that simple sentence) Lately I've been told that doing so makes me <insert "ism" or "ist" here>. That by doing so I am supporting them. Well yes and no. I am not supporting their cause. I am just supporting their Rights. But they don't seem to get the distinction. Or simply want to ignore it because, from my perspective, they simply cannot understand why someone would want to defend those idiots under any circumstance. At worst they don't want those types of people to have Rights. (something that I have been told on this forum).
Well, now you know. I defend their Rights for the reasons outlined above. It's not because I support what they are saying. It's not because I support what they are doing. It's because I recognize that Rights are universal. That Rights are meant to protect the minority. No matter who or what that minority is. And I am one of those people that would die upholding those Rights if I had to.
So, for a large part, where it concerns politics,
This Is Me.
Like me or hate me.
This Is Me.
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