But I am somewhat conservative. I am conservative in that I think Government sucks at solving really important problems, and a big Government just sucks more.
Most of my politically-oriented friends call me a â€œfiscal conservative, but a social liberalâ€. Fine.
Everyone wants to label me.
Everyone except me.
I consider myself more of a â€œrationalistâ€. Instead of joining a political party I prefer to shop al la carte.
Some â€œRepublicansâ€, I like. Same for some â€œDemocratsâ€.
The only party affiliation I have ever had was as a Democrat. I have never registered Republican. I have never voted a straight party ticket.
I like making up my own mind, and I think I am smart enough, and educate myself well enough, that it make most sense for me to vote this way.
It does annoy me when others label me â€“ usually because I commit the cardinal sin of not agreeing with them.
Sorry â€“ I do my own thinking. If it is flawed, then at least I have myself to blame.
Iâ€™ll never be a â€œmember of a partyâ€ â€“ the saying itself exudes a sense of inclusion, or exclusion. If I am not a â€œmember of the partyâ€ you are a member of – then we must be different, right? We must not have anything in common â€“ otherwise we would be in the same â€œholier than thouâ€ fucking party. We must be enemies.
Sorry. I prefer independent thinking to mob rule.
I like making up my own mind and not being told what to think. Or not being â€œexpected to thinkâ€ in a certain way â€“ especially because my â€œfriendsâ€ think that way.
I am not a Republican, or a Democrat.
I am Rob La Gesse, and I am capable of independent thought. I donâ€™t need a â€œclubâ€ to support my beliefs. I donâ€™t need to â€œrun with a packâ€.
I am smarter than that.