How can these people legislate on issues where they have such scant knowledge? Aren't these the very people who are so sure exactly when life begins? How can they be so precise on one while being so ignorant of the other.
I understand this is where their stand on abortion comes from. If life begins the moment sperm meets egg and killing said life is criminal than abortion for any reason would be criminal. But it's not criminal. It's still legal in all 50 states.
There's one big problem with this thinking. Not everyone agrees. While many hold this belief, it is not a scientific fact. It is opinion. Conception versus birth.
I do believe some things should not be legislated and this is one of them. I've ranted about government intrusion in my life for a very long time. I will also rant about religious intrusion in my life. I may choose to surround myself by like minded people on social issues. There is some comfort in that, confirmation that others believe as I do. I will not try to force those who do not agree to do so. Nor condemn other opinions and beliefs as being wrong or criminal. There are too many variables and complexities.
I find it disturbingly ironic that those who bemoan the government taking over more and more of our freedoms don't recognize the parallels among themselves when they try to do the same with their social/religious beliefs.
For me it boils down to very simple truths. If I choose not to pass on the gene pool of a rapist it should be my right. If I don't care to breast feed my baby it should be my right. Should I want to drink a large sugar laden soda it should be my right.
It should not be the right of some ill informed politician to be making those decisions for me.
I cannot see in either party a platform I can come close to supporting. Don't tell me the Republican platform doesn't reflect Romney's views, just the party's. What's the point of having it if it isn't going to be adhered to by those elected?
In the same vein, what's the point of having laws if the President is able to bypass them by executive order without the country having recourse?
I don't know what to think any more. Nothing seems to make any sense. Listening to the falsehoods and nastiness and ignorance is exhausting. There was a time I thought we could do better and I was heartened. But I no longer do. How many more out there are like me? Ready to turn away in disappointment and disgust? Ready to just give up?