One of my GFs said to me earlier this week that I would get more readership if I weren't so outspoken about being conservative. And you know what? I don't doubt that. But I gotta be me. The way I figure it, if I put my views and attitudes on my blog and on FB the way I would in real life, then the reactions of others will tell me something about them. So far, I've gotten a lot more FB friends than I ever expected to get; especially since I'm writing as a superhero character. That tells me something, I think.
Even though my readership is small, I do have readers, and I gain new FB friends at a rate of at least 1 or 2 a week. Not bad for someone writing as a superhero, eh? There has to be a reason for that - I must be connecting with you all in some way, shape, or form; and especially when you take into consideration that a lot of my readers are liberals - and they know I'm conservative!
Why would a liberal want to friend someone that they know is conservative? Well, part of the reason could be because I am also a comics nerd, and comics nerdery runs the gamut of political ideology. Another reason, I think, is because they consider me something of an oddity: a conservative with a brain. I say this, because I've been told this by people I know in real life. :-)
How conservative am I? Well, I favor the death penalty, for one. I also have voted GOP for every election that I've been able to vote in (except the very first time, when I voted Democrat because I felt I had to. I was young and felt that that was what I was supposed to do. After that, I decided that I will vote the way I want to vote, and not in the way that someone expects me to vote- which is the way it's supposed to be, anyway.).
I am also a free market capitalist, and am a believer in "Drill, baby, drill" in order to create jobs here and to increase our oil production here to reduce our dependance on foreign oil. By the way, I also want these oil companies to take every measure possible to minimize the impact that their machines have on the environment, and to also arrange that they will remove their machines once they're done so that the surrounding environment can get back to the state it was in when they came.
I am also pro-life. I think the unborn is human from the moment of conception, and deserves our protection just like anyone else would get our protection from others who would seek to do harm. I am also totally down with defunding Planned Parenthood, because they are not a government agency, but an establishment in the private sector, and as a free market capitalist (as well as being a pro-lifer), I believe they should sink or swim on their own efforts instead of being propped up by the government teat. If PP's supporters want to keep it financially viable, then let them open up their wallets to help. Or ask Warren Buffett, since he feels he's not paying enough taxes. Or, if PP is really that concerned that women get the reproductive service that they offer, then let them provide those services for free.
Oh, and the clincher. I am a total advocate of the Tea Party. If that doesn't convince you of the extent of my conservatism, then I don't know what else will! LOL I could go on, but I think now you get the idea of how conservative I am. :-D
Another reason I am outspoken about my conservatism is because I am concerned about my liberal friends only getting one side of the picture when it comes to conservatives and what they are like. For example, what do you think of Sarah Palin? If your sources for Palin and her personality are the likes of Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, and Joe McGinniss, then your impression of her is that she is a dim-witted, egotistical, power-hungry bitch. I hope now that I've listed those names, you can see how your attitudes towards Palin are likely slanted by them. Just imagine if you got all your info on Michelle Obama from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Based only on their input, do you think that you would have a fair assessment of the woman? So why should you limit your assessment of Palin on those who hate her? From an intellectual standpoint, is that the right and fair thing to do?
Anyway, for my liberal friends, according to your sources, now that I admitted to being a conservative, why aren't I the sort of racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic sort that you've heard about? Maybe I am an exception? Maybe, but I assure you, I am not. If the only kinds of conservatives that you've met so far are of that racist, sexist, bigoted and homophobic stereotype, then you seriously need to broaden your social circles, because conservatives run the gamut of society. Some of us even love comic books! :-D
So I am outspoken on my conservatism here and on FB so as to challenge your views of conservatives and conservatism. And if you are truly intellectually honest and open-minded, not only would you be open to having your views of conservatives and conservatism questioned and challenged, you would even welcome it as yet another opportunity to further your knowledge and wisdom overall - and you also certainly wouldn't want to be known to be harboring any prejudices, especially based on misinformation from biased sources. Yeah, I know you guys pretty well. :-)
So there ya have it. Come what may, I am conservative, and outspoken about it! Hear me roar!
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