Liberal and Proud of It

For the past 20 years, I’ve lived in liberal New England states and have been very much at home.  My family lives in Texas and I’m sure they wonder what happened that I turned out so wrong.  They are evangelical Christians who go to Bible study and church every Sunday.  I believe in God but don’t go to church.  They are pro-life; I am pro-choice.  

They shoot guns when given a chance and eat what they hunt.  I hunt in the grocery store.  I recycle; my mother says that I wash my garbage.  They drive big trucks and SUV’s while I drive a little Saturn and pine for a Toyota Prius.  They are uncomfortable when gay and lesbian issues are raised.  I celebrated with my gay friends who were finally allowed to marry in MA a few years ago.  I oppose the war in Iraq; they support the president.

And I am a Democrat while all 8 of them are Texas Republicans.  They couldn’t vote for a Democrat if the fate of the free world depended on it (which it might).  My stomach churns at the idea of voting for a Republican, especially this year.

I didn’t vote for Hillary in the primary but I was happy that she ran and did so well, even while I was nervous about how she would handle things going into the convention.  I would have no problem voting for a qualified woman and think it’s about time we have some ready to run for national office.

But Sarah Palin just baffles me – even as she delights my family.  This gun-shooting, moose-eating, pro-family, Christian governor doesn’t match any of what I look for in a national candidate, especially as the VP candidate running with someone who would be the oldest sworn president entering his first term – a man who is a cancer survivor, to boot.  Palin is not someone I trust to step in and be president.  Period.

Tonight my mom blamed the liberal media and “those Democrats” for the negative press that Palin has been getting.  We should be supporting someone who is so strongly pro-life and lay off of the daughter, and focus on the excitement that Palin brings to the ticket.

Well, no, I don’t think so.  It doesn’t make me excited, it makes me crazy.  The family is off limits and I will support that — for both families.  But Palin isn’t someone that most people have ever heard of before, and it’s natural that questions are being raised.  And in this Web 2.0 world, there’s no way that opinions remain local.  My favorite Alaskan blogger is Mudflats;  I’ve learned a lot from reading his posts and recommend them to you.

I’m far more comfortable here in my liberal heartland with friends who are liberal and who share political agendas.  And I’m already not looking forward to going to Texas for Christmas, where I’m terribly outnumbered and feel out of place.