I do not get involved in politics very much. My parents used to say that it was not polite to ask anyone about their political leanings, that it was none of anyone's business whom they voted for. I've become more forthright than they ever were, but I still get somewhat uncomfortable telling other people my political opinions.
It ranks right up there with religion for me as far as being personal and private. I don't want anyone telling me what they think I should believe. However, I realize that many people I know come from activist upbringings where they feel compelled to share their political views. This does not offend me in any way. And I often wish I could embrace politics and take a stand more firmly and openly. I also know that without spreading the word about a candidate, that many people will not vote, or will make an uninformed decision. So I am grateful for those that show their true colors and work toward the outcome they feel is right.
That said, I am utterly disappointed in the Bush administration. I am embarrassed for our country and downright bitter about the things that have transpired these past 8 years. I am excited and hopefully for a Democratic president who's philosophy on social issues I agree with.
First and foremost I am talking about being Pro-Choice. I believe in a woman's right to choose. But I get that many people do not share this philosophy, mostly grounded in the idea that "life begins at conception". I see this as "potential life" begins at conception, just like an unfertilized egg represents the possibility of a baby. The seed that is needed for it all to begin.
So, for me, the fertilized egg is no more viable than the untouched one because that life cannot continue on its own. And I do think that there are very good and valid reasons why someone might make the exceedingly difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy.
I don't want the government to decide for me (or anyone else) whether I feel abortion is wrong, but I fully understand why those that do, consider themselves protectors of unborn children. The part that I never really got was when someone who claims they are Pro-Life says, well I believe in life beginning at conception except when that was due to rape or incest. Or if the woman is not fit to gestate a child because she takes drugs, or is sick, or whatever may be an exception, according to them.
See? that logic doesn't follow for me. If you believe that abortion is wrong because it is equal to killing a baby, then what valid exceptions could there possibly be? None. Because it can't matter then about the consequences. What might happen to the child or the mother or anyone else because then you would be condoning murder.
I do not want Sarah Palin to be our next Vice President. I do not agree with her policies and the decisions she has made. I want nothing more than for all Americans to see that she and McCain are the wrong choice for our country.
But I will give her credit for standing on the principle that you can only be Pro-Life in one way. Even if I stand firmly on the other side of the fence.
Perhaps when those that consider themselves "Pro-Life With Exceptions" (sort of like the twisted term "Friends with Benefits") see the flaw in their logic, they will realize that they are actually more Pro-Choice than even they knew.
Because by being sometimes Pro-Life you have to admit that you really are about making decisions and choices. Ones that everyone should be allowed to make individually.