Today we're talking about politics. When something as important as the midterms is upon us, I feel the need to share my thoughts a bit about US politics. And while I'm not old enough to vote, I definitely have my opinions. If you don't like them, either engage me in an intellectual, respectful debate or leave.
Where I'm At
I live in Texas. This post is about the Beto vs. Cruz senate race.
My Political and Economic Ideology
Politically, I consider myself a democrat and liberal. Economically, I certainly wouldn't call myself a capitalist, but I wouldn't say I'm a socialist or even a social democrat (which is a capitalist ideology). I'm figuring everything out still.
Political Compass puts me here:
The y-axis (up and down) is the political scale (libertarian refers not to the political party, but to the opposite of being authoritarian). The x-axis (left to right) is the economic scale.
The Political Compass test is, in my opinion, a very good way to describe where you stand. I recommend you take it!
The Case Against Cruz
While I likely do have plenty of bias against republicans, Senator Ted Cruz makes me hate him regardless of any and all bias. Add the bias on top of that, and I absolutely loathe him and his people.
He, like Trump in 2016, ran his entire campaign around racism, bigotry, and flat-out lies. He and other right-wing extremists tell falsehoods to people who are already ignorant and bigotted, which only grows their repulsiveness.
Cruz' campaign sign features at the top the words "Texans Are With Ted Cruz." This invokes the same primal tribalism that is the cause of xenophobia of all kinds. When one attempts to force an ideology of belief on a group of people, members of that people are more likely to agree with what is being forced upon them. When this is compared to Beto O'Rourke's sign, reading only "Beto For Senate 2018," it really shows right off the bat that Beto is the better man, even without knowing anything else about the two.
I really thought I'd have more to say about this, and I'm sure I would if I could think of more specific things at the moment, but that's really all I've got for today.
If you're old enough, vote. And make the right choice.
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