You know what? Legalize gay marriage. Does it matter to me, does it effect my life? No, not really. Like I said, I think they should have the same abilities as straight couples. My uncle, who was with his partner for almost 20 years, was not allowed to see him in the ICU when he was dying of AIDS. That was unfair. And if civil unions granting those same rights (although to me it is a realistic compromise) is not sufficient, than fine.
So no, I don’t think I will get into why I support Romney and debate his tax plan and his foreign policy. You can interpret this as having won, that I don’t have a sufficient argument, etc. That’s fine, you can think that. The truth is that I just got home from a 12 hour day at work, and I’m exhausted. When I came home, I thought I was prepared to have this discussion, but I’m just not, in the sense that I don’t have the time or the patience to do it. And while I have the ability to admit when I personally, or my party as a whole is wrong, it doesn’t seem that anyone else here is willing or able to do that.
And secondly, and more importantly, it is scary to me that here I am, trying to think of real life solutions, actual compromises, and being shot down. Not even considered. Because there is no more compromising, there is no bi-partisanship, there is not even the possibility of communicating with each other clearly, especially in this forum (the internet, not the Bee). Maybe if we were face to face, with a glass of wine (yeah, that would help 🙂 ) we could have these discussions and make some progress. I’m sad to say that I have lost friendships because of politics. We are so deeply divided that we can’t even agree to disagree anymore. We, as a country, have lost sight of the fact that we are all in this together. Attacking each other and tearing each other down gets us no where.
I hope that maybe someday I can help the Republican party to better implement what we believe in, keeping in mind that personal beliefs and religion do not have a place in the making of laws. Who knows, maybe one day one of us will be up there on that debate stage and new Bees will be debating whether we should be elected or not. So thank you Bees, this has been an interesting conversation to say the least, but I am truly, truly done.