Dear Conservative Friends,

I know some of you are baffled as the outpouring of deep, divisive and sometimes violent emotions regarding Tuesday’s election. I also know that there are various reasons we vote the way we do. But taking that into consideration, let me explain something. When one party seeks to deny, limit, curtail the rights of the other as a key part of their political platform, this is unacceptable. This is heinous. This is very anger making. I know there are many flavors of Republican and Conservatives. Take Arnold for instance. He’s a socially progressive, fiscally conservative Republican. Meaning he’s all for gay marriage, abortion rights, smaller government and no free rides. Unfortunately, that is not the platform of the Republican party as a whole. Clearly folks have priorities. And fiscally conservative, socially progressive Republicans have made their choice as to what matters most: money. The irony of it is though, is that this administration is the most financially irresponsible and freewheeling of ANY party in the history of this country.
For most conservatives though, and liberals too, it is the social issues that drive our vote. This is clearly seen in the turn out of this election. I recognize, and have for a very long time, that my views are not that of the majority. The majority turned out to vote down gay marriage, abortion rights, and for family values. Increasingly politics are not about political issues, they are about cultural issues. And when political parties are split down cultural lines, laws and policy are shaped accordingly.
So when you vote conservative you’re saying my gay friends and family don’t have the same rights as you do. When you vote conservative you’re telling me that my rights to an abortion are not deserved, regardless of my feelings on the matter. You’re telling me the poor and deservedly needy can go hang themselves, unless of course they seek out a Christian support group.
I have numerous friends here and elsewhere that are on the opposite politcal spectrum than me. I want to understand, I want to maintain my friendships, but this is personal. I am baffled. Honestly baffled that caring, creative, dynamic, compassionate people could make the choices they do.
When your choices directly effect my life, deny my rights, deny my friends and families basic human rights, please understand that myself, and others like me might be a little bit upset. These things are a priority for me, and very personal.
You’ve made your choice. Now live with it. I have to.
Putting all this behind me til the revolution,

3 thoughts on “Dear Conservative Friends,”

  1. Well spoken, Kallisti.
    Over the past few days I’ve read so many liberals respond to the election with hate and viciousness – your words have really spoken for the Demorat party as a whole: people who are just afraid that the rights they’ve worked so hard for are going to be taken away under a repressive government.
    Let’s not forget that Hitler was elected in a free election, kids.

  2. well said! a friend of mine sent this joke to me and i thought you’d get a good giggle out of it, too…
    President Bush was visiting a primary school. One of the classes was in
    the middle of a discussion related to words and their meaning.
    The teacher asked the president if he would like to lead the discussion
    on the word “tragedy.”
    So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a tragedy.
    Little Jimmy stood up and offered, “If my best friend, who lives on a
    farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him,
    that would be a tragedy.”
    “No,” said Bush, “that would be an accident.”
    Little Suzie raised her hand: “If a school bus carrying 50 children
    drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.”
    “I’m afraid not.” explained the president. “That’s what we would call a
    great loss.”
    The room went silent.
    No other children volunteered. Bush searched the room.
    “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of tragedy?”
    Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raised his hand.
    In a quiet voice he said: “If Air Force One carrying Mr. and Mrs. Bush
    was struck by a “friendly fire” missile and blown to smithereens, that
    would be a tragedy.”
    “Fantastic!” exclaimed Bush. “That’s right. And can you tell me why
    that would be a tragedy?”
    “Well,” says little Johnny, “it has to be a tragedy, because it
    certainly wouldn’t be a great loss and it probably wouldn’t be an
    accident either.”

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