My story is pretty simple. I grew up as a Texan assuming I was a conservative Republican. Everybody else was, so I was, too, right? One of my grandfathers was a proud Democrat, but he was the only one I knew. My parents raised me to think for myself, though. They never told me what they wanted me to believe. They wanted me to get the information for myself and make up my own opinions. They never told me what to think, and for that, I will always be grateful.
I was in high school while George W. Bush was POTUS, and while I didn’t like him at all as POTUS (but have always had a fondness for him as a person) and had liked Clinton, I still thought I was a red-blooded Republican. It wasn’t until a high school class until we filled out some dumb worksheet about our opinions when I realized that every single one of my beliefs was liberal rather than conservative. And not just a little liberal — incredibly liberal. Something clicked in my head. It made sense why I never felt right about what people around me basically told me to believe. I think my grandfather was secretly proud and excited to get a second Democrat in the family. Nobody else in my family cared until 2016, when arguments became commonplace. (Except for a grandmother who ended up registering as a Democrat in 2016 after being a lifelong Republican.)
Since that day in 2002, I’ve wanted to get to know myself more and more as a person, and I think I’ve succeeded well. It was just so shocking to be so sure you were one thing and realize minutes later you were the exact opposite. Even though you knew your opinions, you believed you were something else just because you were told. And then wonder how you never realized that. I haven’t believed in anything just because I’ve been told ever since. So I’m always trying to get to know hidden aspects of my brain and personality. I think I know myself and my beliefs pretty well by now.
But the most intelligent people are the ones who are willing to challenge their own beliefs and their own selves. And I always strive to do that.
- HiatusLiberal Takes will be taking a bit of hiatus while I work out some personal issues. Keep up with the issues and continue speaking out!
- Do You Want to Be Right or Happy?“Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?” It’s a question I haven’t personally been asked much, but that I’ve heard many times. I don’t usually dig in my heels so much that I refuse to admit that I’m wrong, I have only a few hills that I will choose… Continue reading Do You Want to Be Right or Happy?
- NAACP Urges Athletes Not to Sign in Texas
My rights in Texas are not protected. Neither are yours. Neither would these free agency athletes’ rights be, which is why I fully agree with the NAACP. I no longer have the right to my reproductive health. My voting rights have been slashed. And I no longer have the right to not get COVID, because, quite honestly, it has more reproductive rights than I do. Transgender kids have also been targeted.
I could leave. I could move to a bluer state. Maybe a sane person would. But I won’t. I can’t fix the problems here in Texas if I’m not here to vote in Texas. I’m going to fight for the state I love, for my home. I’ll vote, I’ll march, hell, I’ll run for office if it comes down to it. But I’m not leaving. I’m fighting.
So one day I can say, “Free agent athletes of the NAACP, come to Texas. You’ll love it here.”
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