I’d like to take this opportunity to define myself. Why you ask? All will be clear soon.
- My name is Brian Horton
- I am 26 years old
- I’ve lived in New York, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama
- I drool over modern design in dwell magazine
- I refuse to drive anything other than European cars
- My last European car burned down because of a fluid leak, it was French
- I’ve worn my hair in a faux-hawk for 3 years, and I see no sign of stopping
- I like a good pair of chinos and an athletic fit shirt
- I dream of grilling with Bobby Flay, matching wits with Emeril, and punching Mario Batali in the face.
- I am a foodie
- I’ve been married for two years
- I work in a public school in a rough neighborhood
- I have a degree in Biblical Studies and Philosophy
- I’m considering a Masters degree in Instructional Technology
- I love cheese of all sorts, ghertost, brie, and aged Gouda, I could go on.
- Going to IKEA is like taking a trip to the promised land.
- Oh yeah, and I’m a raving right wing evangelical conservative.
Whoa, hold on about the last one. Did you feel it? You know, the preconceived notions of conservatism? The ideas that pop into your head when someone says “Republican” or even “McCain Supporter”? You see, I’m nothing like the stereotypes. My wife is nothing like the stereotypes, in fact I can’t think of many people I know who fall into those stereotypes. I even know a country bred, thick accented, basketball watching, church going, deer hunting, bible thumping country boy who doesn’t fit into the conservative “mold”.
Wanna know why? Because according to the left the primary facet of the conservative movement is ignorance. According to them we are ignorant, backwards, stuck in the past, and unwilling to move into the future. What they fail to understand is that conservatives have a basis for their convictions. Because we have a basis we can have potential future leaders who will stand for very clear and tangible convictions and not just “Change”. The democratic campaign thus far has consisted of nothing more than “at least we’re not them”. Why else would they continually call a McCain Palin ticket “four more years of the last eight”? They have no substance, no facts, just unspecified vague promises to make things better.
All ranting aside, do you know what I’ve learned is the cure for stereotypes? Get to know people. Not just the people who think like you do, but real honest to goodness people who don’t think like you do. Listen to them, talk to them, don’t even listen just so you can refute them. And maybe, just maybe, if you’ll give them a chance they might actually listen to you and not just your conservative label. It’s only when you put partisanship aside that people can clearly and accurately communicate with others. As long you are talking to a “stereotype”, be it liberal or conservative, you will never achieve anything more than further entrenchment.
However, don’t take this to mean you should not stand for truth. For instance, the way that the left has attacked Palin for being a mother AND having a political career? Holy crap, that’s the most hypocritical thing I have ever seen. Republicans take a “progressive” step and the Democrats eat them for lunch and dinner because it wasn’t done their way and by one of their people. Bad form.