Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I Am Not a Republican

Nor am I a Democrat. I am not a Libertarian or a Constitutionalist. I am a registered Independent although I don't consider myself that either. Why must I "declare" my political beliefs to anyone? Why must I be defined by anything but what I actually am?

There are a few things I am regardless of what I say or think or do. I am a female. I am Caucasian. I am 24 years old. I have red hair. And that's about all. Okay, there are probably a few more things I could say but you get the gist.

I wouldn't even say that I am "Mormon". I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints although my beliefs are constantly changing. So does that make me a true member?

Without realizing it, each of us chooses who we are on a daily basis. We decide who we want to be based on circumstances. Last night we discussed gay marriage and I didn't say a word. I thought for sure I knew what I thought but hearing each side made me reconsider my original notions.

Members of churches (specifically Mormon ones), are constantly changing their beliefs. I include myself when I say this because I do it myself. I know a few who drink and still attend church every Sunday. I know a few more who don't go to church but still follow all the commandments. I realize these things occur because none of us are perfect. I guess my point is that we are always changing.

It wouldn't be so fun if we were all the same all the time. Unless we were all robots, it wouldn't even be possible.

One thing I know for sure is that I hate people who try to make my perception the same as theirs. It's all around us. The whole political debates and stuff... not my thing. I don't hate Obama. I don't like him either. I'm not a big fan of McCain but I don't hate him either. I think that's why I don't care to listen to 13 hour programs on TV about the election. Don't worry, I do care about some of it, just not all of it.

I also hate the religious pushers. I was reflecting on an experience I had with Jaime Jina and her hubby. We were at the mall and Jaime and I happened to be sitting in the self-help slash religious section of books. It was a smaller isle that only had one way in and one way out. We were having our OWN conversation to which Jaime said to me, "I have about a 100 New Testaments." The creeper leaning against the edge of the bookshelf chimed in and asked her why. What the...? When did he get invited in? He proceeded to tell us all about this convention that was going on, invited us, and also questioned us about our religious views. Jaime left me with him (I know right?) and he again grilled me. I told him I was a member of the LDS church and boy did he have a lot to say about that, none of which was good. I'm not a basher (sorry Holdaway), so I didn't really get into it with him. I did express my tidbits of testimony here and there so I was semi-proud. I finally got out and was so glad about it. I never want to be that person. He was so icky. He totally was there just to do that to people. He continued to walk back and forth by that isle. Thank goodness for Jaime's hubby who went back and gave him a piece of his mind about the matter. I hope people kept their children away from him. I totally think he was that kind.

So, this is a mixed post eh? I'm not really sure of my overall point, and I'm not even sure all of it made sense but I have been thinking about it a lot. I don't even have a good last line for this one so I am just going to end it.

Right now. What do you think?

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