Oh, the thinks you can think.
In somewhat of a “Green Eggs and Ham” learning moment, Republican Ron Portman reversed his position regarding gay marriage and “came out” for his son.
Mucho props that he did it, but boos too for ONLY being able to ‘evolve’ his position when it personally affected him and his family.
Sometimes called Social Contact Theory or the Proximity Effect, this event along with Dick Cheney’s and Newt Gingrich’s, is yet another data point supporting the theory that while a liberal mind can have empathy for complete strangers, conservatives need to ‘live it’ to ‘get it’.
We’re not talking about sympathy. I’m sure that just as many conservatives as liberals are sympathetic and support various charities and other social causes.
Some are STILL helping to bring attention to causes they believe in, even after passing on.
Empathy is the ability to ‘put yourself in their shoes’. To, at least partially, understand an issue from another person’s point of view.
I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this opinion piece, but I do think he makes some interesting points.
(Plus you’re all big boys and girls who can sort out complicated issues for yourself.
Besides, I’ve gotta respect his opinion piece like I would want you to respect this one, thank you very much.
So then, was that empathy for that article’s writer? No, just respect for his right to free speech.)
Yes, support for gay rights IS a variation (on a theme, so to speak) of the oft-maligned and feared MULTI-CULTURALISM that social conservatives have railed against back to the desegregation of an Arkansas High School and before.
As former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, gay rights are human rights.
Think about the amazing changes that have happened regarding civil rights in just the last few years.
The fact that it is even being discussed at all beyond a whisper is, in itself, a tectonic shift. Opinion polls have flipped, and the highest approval rates are with the youngest citizens – THAT is where the future is headed my friends.
Have you imagined about how legalized same-sex marriage might affect YOUR marriage?
Additional rights for some does not come at the expense of fewer rights for others.
Progress is being made every day, but their will always be some to persuade …
May you always be in tune with The Music of the Spheres.