Only to Republicans is Supporting Equality Somehow an Attack on Freedom

unarmedI think it goes without saying, as someone with my political views, I just don’t understand the inner workings of the mind of a Republican.  I can still remember the first time someone explained trickle-down economics to me and thinking to myself, “That doesn’t make any sense.”

Something else Republicans seem to do that doesn’t make any sense to me is perpetuate this idea that fighting for equality for all Americans is somehow an attack on freedoms and liberty.

I mean, I get what they mean when they say it’s an attack on their freedom.  See, what they many conservatives want is the freedom to discriminate against those they oppose.  Giving women access to contraceptives is an attack on their personal religious views that seek to deny women access to birth control because they feel birth control leads to sex outside of marriage.  Because, you know, if we just make access to birth control more difficult, that will cause more people to wait until marriage, right?

What they don’t understand is that a personal belief is exactly that—personal.  

The same goes for the issue of same-sex marriage.  The legalization of gay marriage, to many Republicans, is an attack on their “right” to restrict the rights of others.

You see this throughout history from those who actively want to discriminate against another group of people.

The freeing of slaves was an “attack” on the right for people to own slaves.  Giving women the right to vote was an “attack” against those who wanted to continue to prevent them from doing so.  The ending of segregation was an “attack” against white people who wanted to stay segregated from African Americans.

And yes, I know what I can already hear Republicans saying, “But Lincoln was a Republican and Democrats were the racists during segregation.”  For that level if historical ignorance I suggest those people visit this informative link.  It explains why that argument is completely pointless.

It’s just astounding that there are millions of conservatives who somehow believe that preventing their attempts to restrict the rights of others is somehow an attack on their freedom.  By supporting equal rights, the only thing that gets “attacked” is their “right” to discriminate against someone.  That’s it.

Civil rights and equal rights should be the simplest thing we deal with in this country.  They shouldn’t even be something that’s up for debate, because they’re just that simple.

If it’s a right given to the majority, it should be given to the minority.  If a white person has a right, so should people of all colors.  If a straight person enjoys a freedom, so should gay people.  If men are given the ability to do something, then so should women.

This isn’t rocket science, some 20 page dissertation or complex math.  Hell, it’s not even a simple True/False quiz.

It’s like a test with one question and only one possible answer—and that’s it.

Equality, freedom and liberty—for all.  Straight, gay, black, white, man, woman, Christian, Muslim—every damn one of us.

And yes, it’s that simple.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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