Coming Out of the Closet…

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It is with great trepidation that I reveal to my followers and friends…I’m a Republican.

I know this must come as a shock to many of you, and I’ve been afraid, very afraid, to reveal this. Yes, I did vote for Trump. I did not put a Trump sign in my yard, because it would have been stolen or possibly had vile things spray-painted on it. I did not put a Trump sticker on my car because the car would have been keyed. Democrats at my voting place tried to force a Democratic sample ballot on me until I told them to back off because I was one of the Deplorables, a label that truly hurt. That was when I decided to ‘come out.’

I live in a very deep blue area, and being a Republican in this sea of blue is not something you want to advertise. After all, a Republican headquarters just down the road was fire-bombed. When my son joined the military, several people came to console me. Imagine their surprise when I told them I was proud of him. I’ve lived in the closet by choice in order to get along.

What I am not: homophobic, zenophobic, sexist, racist, Islamophobic and any of the other -obics and -ists that Republicans have been labelled. I am one of the women and white college-educated professionals who came out of hiding on election day to give the Republicans their victories.

What I do believe in (adapted and expanded from an article in The Washington Post, which said it better than I could) in no particular order:

  1. An originalist theory of constitutional interpretation that seeks to determine the intended meaning of the text and does not grant judges free rein to think up new rights and powers.

  2. Faith in the private sector to afford opportunity, reduce poverty and create jobs.

  3. A conviction that our debt crisis is real and must be addressed.

  4. Support for Israel.

  5. The conviction that civil institutions including the family, voluntary associations, churches and synagogues are the lifeblood of a society and should be protected from government meddling and pressure. Having said that, I am not against gay marriage and believe that the rights of the LGBTQ communities should be upheld. Where they conflict with the religious beliefs of others, I trust in adjudication.

  6. Personal opposition to abortion – I’m a Catholic – and especially abortion after 20 weeks and definitely late-term or partial-birth abortion, except in the case of the mother’s health. Would I stand in an abortion clinic’s door and prevent a woman from entering to have an abortion? No, but I’d like to know the reasons behind her choice.

  7. A belief in limited government, a desire for less regulation and a defense of constitutional rights – especially first and second amendment rights.

  8. A belief that national security is the first obligation of the federal government.

  9. Rejection of the view that the U.S. has been the problem-making or corrupting influence in the world. I believe the U.S. is a force for good in the world and we are the most generous of all people. Have we done some reprehensible things? Yes, but hopefully we as a people are learning from them.

  10. Belief that the history of our country, both good and bad, is worth learning. It can’t and shouldn’t be rewritten to remove what is offensive. That is part of our history and if we don’t know it and understand it, we are doomed to repeat it.

    11. A reasonable immigration policy. The country can’t afford unlimited, illegal immigration, on many levels – support for the illegals once they are here and the competition for jobs with citizens, just to name two. We are already seeing the effects on our economy, our health care system and schools. Our neighbors to the north and south have strict immigration policies. Why don’t we?

    12.

    The belief that each person is responsible for their own place within society. The government’s role is to enable the people to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families, and to help those who are unable to do so for themselves, with limited intervention.

This is the one and only post on politics I will ever write. I do not want to get into arguments with anyone, and thus will not reply to any comments to this post. If you still find that I am deplorable, feel free to unfollow me.

I love and respect all of you, because of your many thoughtful and heartfelt points of view. God bless this country. I am so very fortunate to live here.

 

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8 thoughts on “Coming Out of the Closet…

  1. Something you said a while ago made me think that was your choice. As I’m in the Uk, I can be a little less -ist, probably. But I think people who prefer right-of-centre stances have a major problem. The party may stand for what you believe in, but the people in power in it do not. We have the same problem in the UK. Good luck.

    • I have a lot of friends who have thoughts similar to mine – they are also very, very quiet for fear of retribution. We chat quietly amongst ourselves. My thought is that some of the people who lead the party are not personally attractive, but I judge more by how they fulfill my wishes as stated in the post. The definition of politics is poly, meaning many, and ticks.

  2. You are certainly a unicorn among the people I have followed over the years! I generally don’t read political posts anyway, being someone who is completely non-partisan and largely apathetic towards politics. But I must say it is nice to know that WP isn’t completely blue. You do you…

    • Thanks, dear. This was posed largely by mistake, having been written more than a year ago, but I’m glad it’s out there. I think the gremlins (or squirrels) in my computer pushed a button!

  3. Hello Noelle,
    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts honestly, with such class.
    I feel that a big challenge is the fact that there is “fear of retribution” because it appears most folks are at one extreme or other. It almost feels as if anyone with a differing or ‘minority’ opinion is immediately attacked for not agreeing. (It is the same in my country too…)

    No one should have to fear facing any attribution for what they believe in, and it would make things so much better if everyone could have open and honest discussions about their beliefs.

    Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season ahead 🙂

    • Dear Takami, Thank you for your wonder message of support. I can sometimes find someone with whom I can have a discussion – usually a friend who knows I am not vicious or vindictive, but it seems that we tend to gravitate towards people who think the way we do, further widening the divide. I am appalled at progressive politics which threatens the foundations of our country. I love working with middle school students as a volunteer because they are willing to enter into debate! They have the most open of minds!
      Happy Holidays to you and your family, too – and I am looking forward to more of your exquisite photos!

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