Somewhere in American history, Republicans were painted “Red” and the Democrats tinted “Blue”. Republicans aligned with conservatism and Democrats sided with liberalism. (Of course, they have traded positions from time to time.) Based on this palette I have euthanized my “isms” and assumed the color “Purple”.
My blood may be RED but not RED enough for Fox News junkies and my alignment with the RED Party withers daily. My one-time connection with the BLUE Party as an 18-year-old was merely a rebellious reaction toward my very RED parents and didn’t survive a full term.
My individual opinions are unique treasures.
I oppose abortion – RED.
I oppose the death penalty – BLUE.
I support conservation – BLUE.
I support infrastructure progress – RED.
I advocate for the second amendment – RED.
I advocate reasonable gun control – BLUE.
I cheerlead the search for alternative energy sources – BLUE.
I drive a vehicle that is lucky to yield 20 MPG – RED.
I love Jesus Christ – REDDISH PURPLE.
I respect a Muslim’s right to worship openly in America – BLUISH PURPLE.
Politics frequently inspire division so I endeavor to avoid bitter and futile discussions on the subject. However, responsible citizenship requires one to participate in such muddy conversations in order to further the social and cultural common good. To do so one must occasionally dance into the political ballroom in order to be aware of the issues that affect society .
A possible next step would be to invent new words like “Libervative” or “Republicrat”. But for now…
I am free! Color me PURPLE!