I’ve been feeling like quite an odd duck politically for years now. I’m very conservative in some ways, and very liberal in others. I can’t even say I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal, or some other variation that’s as simple to explain.
I finally figured out how to explain how I feel. I am a libertarian at heart, because I think that more federal government power = more red tape, more bureaucracy, and lots more unnecessary spending. And let’s be honest, why would ANYONE want to surrender their freedoms to the federal government? Do you trust that everyone in the federal government is a “good guy” and has your best interests at heart? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
But, as I said in a Facebook post today: “My libertarian side that wants less government intrusion into/control over our lives takes a backseat to my Christian beliefs when it comes to issues like health care and welfare. I don’t think Christ would be very proud of a society who let its poor starve to death and its people with treatable medical problems die from lack of ability to pay for treatment.Obviously the most ideal situation is for “the church” to fill the role of caring for these people. As I’ve said before, since the church isn’t able or willing to fulfill this role in our country for 100 percent of these cases, there has to be another solution. This is idealism vs. reality.”
That’s not to say that I necessarily think that our healthcare reform laws are well-written. But healthcare in our country is screaming for reform. I wish both political parties could put aside their partisanship and work out some real solutions for this issue. There are so many different players in the healthcare industry … we need to think outside the box about real solutions that don’t leave the less fortunate out in the cold.