When it comes to the war in Iraq, not to mention the administration that needlessly started it, I don't shy away from voicing my opinions, do I? I'm pretty vocal as far as my "Bush Bashing" goes, except that I don't see it that way at all. Bashing, I mean. Everything I say, I say confidently, secure in the knowledge that I can back up my assertions with cold, hard facts. I may not be able to rattle off specifics at the drop of a hat, but I know for certain that with nothing more than a quick Google search of my hard drive, let alone the internet, I can have countless emails and websites in front of me, each one bursting with honest-to-god, non-partisan truth, regardless of topic. The war, torture, health care, corruption, Katrina, wiretapping, whatever. You want to debate this administration's track record? Boy, do I have a link for you.
I bring this up because there's this girl in my media writing class, a veteran of Iraq. She can't be much older than 21 or 22, and while I was, admittedly, ranting away about some idiotic Bush policy (as I am wont to do) on Tuesday, I noticed her, out of the corner of my eye, throwing her arms up and shaking her head. Seems I had touched a tender subject, which is fine. Politics (and religion) has always been and always will be a sensitive topic for people, regardless of what side of the line you come down on.
My suspicions were confirmed today when she wore a "College Republican" t-shirt to class. I was actually a little touched. I couldn't help but think she wore it for me, you know, to tell me to shut up or something. I thought it was kind of funny. Not in a "me-laughing-at-her" kind of way, but more in a "someone-listened-to-something-I-said?" kind of way.
Of course, that may have just been the next outfit in her weekly rotation and I'm wildly overestimating myself, but I don't think so.
After class, when most of the other students had exited the room and we were both surfing the web on our respective computers, I went and sat down next to her. I wanted to, well, not apologize, because, of course, I would never apologize for voicing my opinion, but more to explain myself, I guess, to let her know that anything I say, I say because I feel so strongly about it, and because I feel that I can back up any (most) of the stuff that comes out of my mouth. I wanted to head off any potential anger, hostility or animosity before I had an opportunity to really get under her skin, to emphasize that nothing I say should be taken personally, or as an indictment of all Republicans everywhere. My brother-in-law is a Republican and I still talk to him (though generally not about politics), so I obviously don't have a problem with Republicans on a one-on-one basis.
It's when they all get together and wrapped up in their hive mind mentality, with no room for independent thought (and yes, Democrats are guilty of the same thing, and it pisses me off when they do it, too), that's when I have to shut it all out.
I'm actually tempted to register as an Independent, because I'm pretty sick and tired of all the pointless rhetoric from both sides. I'd rather be thought of as an independent thinker than be lumped in with the either side's echo chamber. Believe me, if the Democrats were involved in the Abramoff corruption scandal, the illegal wiretapping, or the fabrication of evidence to convince us to go to war, I would be all over them like a Republican on a private jet to St. Andrews.
But I digress.
Point is, when I say that Bush is an arrogant, corrupt, morally bankrupt liar whose only concern is for the rich, white people in this country, please don't take it personally. I have evidence.
Oh, wait. Evidence is a foreign concept to Bush supporters, isn't it?
(I kid. I kid because I love.)