|Thinking about... Red States, Blue States, and Purple Attitudes
||[Dec. 4th, 2004|11:54 am]
So I've been thinking, because that's what I do. I think about what to think about, and I wonder, how well each of the two men involved in the recent general election mirror our own hopes, fears, ideals, and morals. I've been thinking about this a lot, I really have!|
In my personal case... I have always identified myself as a Republican, a 'Red Stater' on the vast television map of the USA. I came to this identity in my formative years, my father was/(is?) a republican, and so was I. Also, Ronald Reagan's resolve, and charisma certainly helped to cement me to that side of the aisle. I'd bet that many of us developed our political leanings(or lack of) in this way. I followed this line of thinking for years. Now, later in life, I am wise enough to look deeply in to the issues, the candidates, and their take on "life, the universe, and everything," and I now know that all things cannot be expressed in terms of 'black & white,' but rather the proverbial 'shades of grey.' Or in this case... not 'red & blue,' but in hues of purple. That's right Purple is the new Grey. I still identify and align with the Republican Party, but I truly am in the middle of the road. Too far right to ever be confused with a Democrat, but probably not far enough to the right to please most Republicans. I can live with this.
I opined early in the campaign that the final decision for many voters would likely come down to a single issue. I am not saying that it was the same issue or platform plank for every voter, just that one single issue would be the tie breaker. Whether it was same-sex marriage, abortion rights, stem-cell research, the war, the economy, trust, safety, or any of the myriad of issues that separated these two men; A huge part of the population was split on many of the issues. I broke ranks with my party on many of their policies, but still voted for GWB and the philosophy of the GOP. And I am sure that others did the same... from both sides of the aisle. I hope our country can eventually embrace a third party, since it is becoming apparent that more and more of us are getting 'purple-ly-er' every day. I think this is a good thing.
So if you voted, take a moment and think about why you cast your vote as you did. Were there any issues that you and your candidate differed upon, and if so did that effect your vote? A more purple way of thinking could be just what the doctor ordered. But this is just my opinion, you should form you own... and THINK about it.