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  •  This is what separates us from them. (19+ / 0-)

    My life journeys have made me who I am. At sixteen, I was conservative and somewhat religious, opposed to abortion in almost all cases and pro-death penalty.

    I can't think of a significant political view that I hold now that hasn't radically changed over the last sixteen years.

    The views changed because I grew up and had life experiences that made me question my own views. One pregnancy scare at 17 made me dramatically shift away from that anti-choice view.

    The difference is that I didn't make an exception only for myself. I realized that this is a near universal experience for most young women, and they all needed the same space that I had allowed myself in weighing the pros and cons of bearing a child that I did not want.

    Being conservative allows one to have easy answers for everything. A belligerent dictator across the sea? Bomb him. Unwanted pregnancies? Women are sluts. People have different lifestyles than you? They are sinners and should be ashamed.  Neighbor lost his job? He's lazy. You lost yours? Immigrants.

    It's easy and it offers easy answers.

    But the easy answers don't work in a complicated world, and in lives that are often far more complicated than we care to admit.

    "...and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love...then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream." ~ Michelle Obama

    by BoiseBlue on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 07:26:10 AM PDT

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