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I am a Vegan. For what ever reason, many of my lefty acquaintances assume that makes me a lefty as well. I never hide my gun-toting harsh libertarians ways; but the combination of being an Indian woman and vegan carries some assumptions on other people’s part – left and right.
Some of my lefty friends consider themselves to be environmentalists. I think I am one too. However I was always suspicious of the Global warming alarmist. The assumption that I am lefty continues, of course, because I have a whole house solar system. My motivation is perhaps not the same as that of others. I live in Florida, have lived through many a hurricanes, and I also buy zombie killer ammo and hoard grains – but I digress…
So, when people ask me: “Do you believe in Global Warming?” my response is always: “I did not think it was a matter of belief.” I leave it at that and let them build their stories around it.
Am I saying that climate changes? One would be a complete moron to think that climate does not change. Am I saying that we should create Government programs to do something about it? A resounding No!
So, when I see Republican politician after another being asked stupid questions like “Do you believe in evolution”? I am troubled. Why not answer “Is it a matter of belief?” Really is it? I am not one of Claire’s silent ladies, so my response probably would be more confrontational; but taking this whole “belief” question to task NEEDS to be done – by someone.
The problem with these questions is that they are not about any real policy or concern – they are about a belief system – it is a litmus test question – it is a “are you in or out” question. IMHO, these questions themselves need to be challenged. They are stupid at best, and vicious at worst. So, they must be treated like a stupid question and should be challenged on their validity.
In my facebook dialogues, I often ask (regarding bills and policies) – how many degrees will this bill reduce the Earth’s temperature? Or will evolution stop if we all hold hands and shout “I don’t believe”? Will the national debt go down if we do? Or – will the national debt go down if we all held hands and shouted “I believe in evolution”?
I know, I am silly. After all, I buy zombie ammo.