The older I get, the less time I have to worry about inconsequential things. Not that I’m saying I’m old, I’ve just noticed (as I think most do) that as an adult with more responsibilities and stuff going on in my life, I don’t have time to waste on stuff that doesn’t really matter.
That brings me to Republicans and their seemingly constant obsession with the private lives of other Americans. I just don’t get it. Why do they care? What does it matter to them who someone marries, what they do in their own bedroom with consenting adults, or what they do with their own bodies? Why do they feel the need to almost constantly try to force their religious views on others?
It doesn’t make any sense.
I’ve yet to meet a Republican who can explain (rationally, at least) how same-sex marriage – or homosexuality for that matter – actually impacts their life. Yet, despite that fact, tens of millions of them dedicate good chunks of their lives to fighting against equality for gay Americans.
As I like to ask anti-gay Republicans as often as I can: Millions of gay Americans had sex today – probably right now – how is that impacting your life?
The same thing goes for abortion. While many will claim they “care about protecting life,” in my opinion, you lose any right to actually say that until the party you supports actually starts pushing for legislation that helps, you know, people who’ve actually been born. Not only that, but Republicans seem to go out of their way to vilify the poor and those on government assistance – the majority of whom are children.
As liberals have said for years, Republicans are “pro-life” – at least until someone is born.
But even taking this argument a step further, one would think a party that’s fiercely opposed to abortion would be the biggest supporters of sex education and easy access to contraceptives, right?
Large chunks of the Republican party oppose proper sex education and almost always oppose any sort of legislation that makes it easier for people to get birth control.
To put that in other way, Republicans oppose abortion – yet also oppose policies that seek to eliminate the #1 factor that leads to most abortions: Unplanned pregnancies.
Because that makes sense.
Then to top it off, none of these “pro-life” Republicans seem to have any solution for our already overburdened foster care system:
Currently, there are about 1.2 million abortions per year in the United States, according to data and estimates analyzed by the Guttmacher Institute. Let’s think about that number as we take a look at this data collected on FosteringConnections.org. The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System tells us there are between 50,000 – 60,000 children adopted from foster care per year in the United States, with another 115,000 or so ready to be adopted but left behind. Of these, over half will not be adopted this year–or next year. For some, the dream of a loving home will never be realized. (Source)
Then there’s religion, which is really what all of this is linked to. For some reason these people have this innate desire to try to force others to adhere to their religious beliefs. They often refer to this as “religious freedom” – otherwise known as the belief by many conservatives that they should have the “freedom” to restrict another person’s rights.
But to Republicans I say this: I think it’s time you all learn to mind your own damn business. What someone else does in their private life, or with their own body, has nothing to do with you. You’re not God, nor do you speak for God – nor does everyone who you’re trying to make adhere to your “values” believe in God. You’re just people who seem to have nothing better to do than to obsess about what other people are doing.
Before judging others, you all should probably look at yourselves in the mirror. I can guarantee that many of you would see someone who has plenty of aspects of their own life they should be dedicating more of their time to trying to fix, rather than pointlessly obsessing about the lives of other people.
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