In My Image
Something Biden said during the debate with Ryan stuck. One of the last questions referenced religious belief and views on abortion. Biden indicated that he believed abortion wrong, but could not impose his beliefs on others. Forget the economic details, liberal or conservative thinking, or party platforms. Does anyone have the right to force another to accept their beliefs?
I’ve studied Iran’s intolerance, and see remarkable similarities to our Republican party’s behavior. State governors have been pushing legislation to control or effectively eliminate behavior contrary to their beliefs, just as Iran’s religious district leaders issue edicts based on their interpretation of the Koran. Individuals with differing views are discouraged from voting or voicing an opinion under threat of fines and prison. This is true in Iran and now parts of America.
Our courts have identified many states’ voting laws as restrictive. Legislators are still doing everything they can to discourage certain groups. Their words, not mine. It is their firm belief that they are acting in the best interest of the country. Their objective is to reshape America according to their vision, and is their interpretation of “serving” the public. This is exactly how Iran’s leaders explain their actions. Whether I share this vision or not, do the ends justify the means?
I don’t care what the religious or political ideology is, I will not support a group engaged in bullying behavior. Some will always need to be dealt with, but lately it has been coming from the Republican campaign. This is a corporate war for them; this is how business is conducted. I have had similar criticism for Democrats also, but the GOP has crossed the line this year.
I want an America that represents me. Is it ok for me to push and threaten you if you don’t agree? Do you approve when others do it? If we have a little courtesy and discuss solutions to our issues, we’ll figure something out. This should be the one major attribute in a president; not their ideology, but their ability to set it aside and represent all.