I have not been to the Merch in maybe 35 years…

So. Santorum? Really? What are the repugs (yes, really) thinking? Do they really think that somebody like Santorum can actually beat Obama1? Oh, I know that Santorum has just won a few of the battles and that Mitt is far from out of the race (not impressed with him either). There are few things I do not understand though.

I wonder if the repugs are even the slightest bit interested in getting my vote? Yeah, *my* vote. A politically “independent” [not registered as anything] fiscal conservative / social progressive cisgendered (look it up) FEMALE. Because I am really feeling alienated by the republican party right now. It is not my parents’ 1960s republican party at all. Just ask The Commander. What is all this talk about God and Christian family values (yada yada yada) and what does it have to do with me?

Do I value my family? Well… I have been married for almost 30 years (count ’em) and I have raised two successful daughters just for starters. Non-problem kids i.e., I did something right but not sure what it was. I have spent quite some time barefoot (or not) and pregnant (or not) in the kitchen. I love my kitchen, ugly as it is! I love to cook. I am not bad at housework either, if there isn’t a lot of clutter around but mostly there is… [Er, and I have also worked as an information technology professional much of my adult life…]

I’m rambling but I’m just saying I think that I am doing more or less what the Christian conservatives are driving driving driving at when they talk about their morals and their values and yada yada yada. The difference is that I do not believe in God. Or at least I do not believe in the kind of God that the Sunday School ladies2 of my youth tried in vain to teach me about. I didn’t believe in him then! Fortunately, my parents felt pretty much the same way and so church and Sunday School in my family were required for family / small town reasons but when I opted out at age 16, I did not meet with much resistance.

So why do I feel alienated? Because, apparently if you don’t believe in God or even if you do believe in God but don’t participate in some Christian form of religion, you are not welcome in the Repuglican party? What is up with that? What about the Jews and the Muslims and the Hindus and, well, people like me who are just plain skeptics. Maybe there is some sort of “supreme” being out there who created this big messy universe but why does he/she/it care about us3? I also think that there are many things that us “mere mortals” can’t quite understand. Like my obnoxious Celtic Sixth Sense and the [horrible] prescient dreams I have had all my life. Is God behind that stuff? Or… somebody/something else… … … [cue Twilight Zone muzak here…]

How will any Repuglican candidate get my vote? Well. Focus on our country’s economy and infrastructure. Exorcise the Christian religion from your whole damn campaign. Get the whole family values thing outta your campaign. Most people are doing the best they can to take care of their families, whether or not they belong to a Christian church. Plenty of people who DO belong to a Christian church are doing horrible things to their children and others, sometimes in the name of God, sometimes not. Hypocrites… I won’t talk about the choice issue tonight. I’m taaarrrred. [And I have probably already pissed off some people but I don’t care.]

1Although I voted for Obama in ’08 and will again in ’12, I do NOT regard him as some kind of savior. He inherited a huge mess created over many years under the watch of BOTH parties. I didn’t and don’t expect him to clean it up. Is he the best candidate for ’12? I dunno. But the repugs are sure not putting anybody out there that is any better. I’m just sayin’…

2There was one baaaaaadd Sunday School lady but I’ll save her for another day [waggles eyebrows]. Most of them were really nice and good teachers. I loved them and cooperated with their activities. They just were not able to answer my questions about life, the universe, and everything…

3Maybe our universe is not the only one…

5 Responses to “I have not been to the Merch in maybe 35 years…”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Good for you for your independence and logical words. However, your last paragraph is not going to come true any time soon, perhaps not in our lifetime. The moderate Republicans that I occasionally voted for in Washington State are GONE.

  2. jay Says:

    here, here.

  3. l4827 Says:

    Family values? . . . Gingrich?

  4. kayak woman Says:

    Yes, Gingrich is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of a lot of these people.

  5. Pam J. Says:

    Enjoyed your little rant. Unlike you, I am not in that independent place so there’s nothing the Repugs can do to get my vote. But I try very, very hard to think independently and to understand why I’m a knee-jerk Democrat. Today’s Repugs are generally against things, not for things. Democrats are more likely to be FOR things: better health care for all, better education for all, etc. Repugs are too often AGAINST things — people with dark skin, people who are non-Christian, people from other places on the planet.