These are the things I’m throwing at the wall, writing-wise…
Things I’ve written lately are all things I’ve talked about before, and I’m writing about them looking from a different angle. Like I’m standing off to the side of my own life. I need to write non-fiction, but the topics I want to write about are becoming jumbled and worn. I’ve done them before or I stopped doing them because they made me tired.
I’m technically retired from politics, but this Republican primary is poking my heart with ghosts and ghouls. I want so badly to unretire, but there’s that verse about avoiding stumbling blocks. The fury I descend into with politics is my greatest stumbling block. Yet when I catch a glimpse of a story about the election on the news I usually think to myself “why couldn’t it have been liquor or whores?!?” People get having a weakness for liquor, for dice, for whores. Having a weakness for fury and argument is somewhat idiotic. Let’s fight about it.
Still, I have these slivers that can only be tweezed by words and I’m trying my best to say this next piece without scandalising polite society.
I hate what these bastards are doing to the name of Conservatism. Ten years ago I would’ve said I hate what they’re doing to the name of the Republican Party, but that party and I parted company long enough ago that it’s sort of like being mad about the renters who now live in my old apartment.
I’m not sure whom I blame, but there are a few names on the list. Those names belong to people who decided that they were going to take their Christianity and use it to make marching orders for a nation of people who are not Christians. Those names belong to people who decided that the business of the Republican Party is to do what Jesus Christ Himself refused to do; Christianize by fiat.
I am a Christian. I am a Libertarian. Some would call me conservative if they were looking at my fiscal beliefs. Some would call me liberal if they were looking at my social beliefs. They can call me whatever political term they like; I’m clear who and what I am. The only thing I hope is that they call me a Christian who reflects the teachings of Christ.
And that means I better stop talking about politics now.