“Feelin’ the Blues in a Red State”
What do I mean by this, some people ask.
Well, I am a Republican – born and raised by a family of farmers in Nebraska of the Catholic faith. Taught morals, understand the rural community and the benefits of a good education. I have faith (although, it’s not completely Catholic anymore – I call it Self Religion) and friends. Conservative has always been the nature of my upbringing and youth.
Today, I live in Omaha, Nebraska – close but far from the rural life my parents live. I joined the military at age 25, and toured various parts of the world. I got more than a fair share of exposure to many cultures, and many of my friends are/were from different areas of the United States. I have a lot of Internet friends now, situated around the nation and the globe.
It’s fair to say I’m not the man my community raised me to be.
I’m oldish Republican – one who wants the “little government, but big ideas” type of administration. Economic strength through value and fiscal responsibility. Open-minded discussion, hopeful for the future and peace. Very 80’s style view, in reality.
So now, in this day and age of neo-cons and moral assertionists, I slowly go from Right to Left, from Red to Blue. I’m feeling the Blues in this here Red state, and it’s rather disappointing. I’d like to sit somewhere in the middle, but I don’t think that’s going to be possible in the future. I morn for my child, for this distasteful bi-partisan mess we call “the US government.” Although, I still respect the law and authority it assumes.
Yes, I’m crude and sometimes obnoxious if not abrassive. Take that as you will. But it is not my place to be something other than I am, and I don’t care if some Conservative, overly-religious person gets offended. This is not your world alone.
This blog is just my every day expression of political, religious, and regular music to the beat of my own soundtrack.
*NOTE: As of March 7, 2006, I have ended my Republican membership and joined the Independents. After 16 years of being a Republican, I decided I don’t really vote along party lines anyway, so why be counted among the Conservative idiots.