Who am I?
I am a thirty-something year-old gay man. I am a libertarian, who doesn’t really subscribe to the common “Left vs. Right” or “Liberal vs. Conservative” paradigm. But, I understand how some people think that those are the only options out there. On some issues, particular equal rights issues, I tend to side with liberals. On other issues, particularly economic issues, I tend to side with conservatives. However, the term “moderate” does not apply to me. I am not a moderate, I am a libertarian. I am also a rational person who understands that there are a great many people in this country, and indeed in the world, who think that the labels of “Liberal” or “Conservative” are the only labels that can, or should, exist. If forced by those uneducated people to put myself on the two-sided scale, I tend to fall to the right much more often than the left.
Why am I starting this blog?
Why? It is simple. I am pissed off. I am sick and tired of the GLBT community being misrepresented, lied about, and scorned by those on the “right.” I’m sick and tired of our community being manipulated, seen as tokens, and used as political pawns by those on the “left.” I am sick of libertarian viewpoints being decried as “bleeding heart liberal” by one side of the aisle, and “money-grubbing conservative” by the other. I’m tired of having to censor my own thoughts, feelings, and points of view because someone else doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to handle a difference of opinion. But, above all, I am sick of political correctness and worrying about causing offense.
What can people expect in reading this blog?
People can expect my unabashed, unapologetic, and politically incorrect opinion. I am not seeking to offend people, but I don’t particularly care if I do, either. This blog is about my take on the world of politics, news, culture, society, and GLBT treatment and rights. It is my opinion, my analysis, and my point of view. I welcome any and all opinions, whether they agree or disagree with me. I welcome an intelligent debate, rational argument, or reasoned response. But, I do not welcome idiotic trolling, vitriolic demagogues, or flag-waving party loyalists who fall in to the “yellow dog” category of any political party. (If you don’t know what that term means, look it up. Google is your friend).
What do I stand for?
I stand for several things: fairness, non-aggression, the free market, the Constitution (with a heavy focus on the Bill of Rights), true equality, and freedom to live your life the way you want to live it, and people truly having the ability to pursue happiness.
What do I stand against?
I stand against organizations who attempt to force their point of view on others. I will oppose any group who thinks that they way they want to live their lives is the way others have to as well. Groups like the National Organization for Marriage, American Family Association, Family Research Council, PETA, the ACLU (often, but not always), and anyone else who takes their political stance or their religious point of view as being one which should be mandated and forced upon all others.
In addition, I stand against most aspects of government. I am not an anarchist, in any stretch of the imagination. I do believe that government is a necessity in modern-life. I do not believe that our world is one in which people can survive without some sort of government in place to protect the rights of the citizens. But, that said, I also believe that our current government, both at the state and federal level, is an overweight, bloated, bureaucratic nightmare of Orwellian proportion. Senators, Representatives, Governors, and current and past Presidents (not to mention all of their flunkies and cronies) care little for the people they represent, and only in securing their own legacy and their own bank accounts.
About the blogs I read…
On the side of the page you will notice a blogroll of various websites, blogs, and what-have-yous available for you to read. Yes, these are blogs that I do read. Some I read more than others. Some I agree with, some I don’t. Don’t take my inclusion of a blog or website on my blogroll as my approval, agreement, or even tolerance of the viewpoints shared within their pages. While I may keep a favorite blog over there, whose author shares views with which I find myself in agreement quite often, I also keep some there solely for a great source of material for mockery. If you want to know how I feel about a blog, take a look at how I discuss or analyze its content in my own posts.
I will not back down from what I believe. I will fight for what I believe to be right, without apology. If others don’t like my opinion, they are free to voice their own, or they are free to stay silent. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, and should be protected at all costs. Inherent in that freedom is the freedom to speak as you wish, or to avoid speech as you wish. If you don’t like what I say, speak up, stay silent, or leave this space. All of those options are your right, and I will fight for you to always have that right.