I have friends who are conservatives/republicans/what have you. Whenever I'm around, they're always doing their best to assure me that they don't personally toe the party line when it comes to things like gay marriage. It's as if they're trying desperately to convince me that they're not evil or something.
But you know what? I think it all rings a bit hollow. "I personally support your rights." Nice sentiment. Now put your money where your mouth is. Because what I see is that they say that and then go out and do their part to put someone in power who's going to take those rights away (or at least make sure that they stay out of reach). Is that hypocritical, or is it just me?
Now I know that there are other issues at stake. For the politically-minded, that is one issue out of many and you have to go with the candidate that you feel more closely aligns with the majority of your ideals. And if you have to throw a few friends under the bus to do your part to ensure the prosperity of the nation, then fine. Whatever.
But there are those of us who are not politically-minded and yes, we wear the blinders of our "disproportionate priorities." But you know what? That's our prerogative. I happen to know that the economy is a massive behemoth of a monster that simply cannot change overnight. It's not physically possible. So anybody who promises some miracle fix is deluded, lying, or stupid. That's just one example. But my point about that is that it's out of my scope. I neither know how to fix it, nor do I immediately care. But something that's a good deal more important to me - and more immediate - is in the headlines, and I don't feel that I'm asking too much for the government (and especially those fuckwad hypocrites who claim to want less government yet push for this) NOT to take AWAY something from me. Stop trying to outlaw it. Stop trying to create a goddamn constitutional amendment for fuck's sake. We all know how well prohibition worked, don't we? And just think how stupid past generations would have looked if the state-level anti-miscegenation laws had made it into the constitution.
Am I ranting? Fuck yes, I am ranting. But it comes down to a personal conflict of whether or not I want my friends looking me in the face and apologizing to me as they stab me in the back. If that makes any sense.