As an adult I have always thought of my self as a forward thinking conservative. There in lies my first clue.
The realization that I was a somewhat conservative liberal was a big shock to me. It seems I was clueless. Everyone who really knows me has known that I am no conservative, I was the last to know.
It begs the question, when did I become a liberal?
I grew up in a small conservative farming community in the central valley in California. I was brought up to believe in God and the United States as the best place to live. (these are values that still believe with all of my heart.)
My dad was a Deputy Sheriff all of my growing up years. He had to deal with some bad people and saw horrible things that people can do to each other. But he did it because it was a job he believed in, and it helped to keep his girls safe. Every night he locked his service revolver in a box and placed it in the top of the closet, way in the back where it couldn’t be seen. He protected his girls. We knew that no matter how beautiful a weapon may be, it was not and will never be a toy. Weapons were to be respected and brought out only if there was a true threat and the need to use it was real.
I was always the one to ask the hard questions that either completely insulted or on many occasions baffled the person I was asking.
One of each occasion come to mind. The first was during a Sunday School lesson, we were learning about Adam and Eves family. The teacher spoke of the women that Adams sons married. My question was” Where did their wives come from?” There was no answer, I proceeded to dig a bigger whole. “Could they have come from the land of Nod? If they married anyone else it would be considered incest. Maybe the world was created in both ways, creation and evolution”. (I was 13 years old people). I never did get my answer, from anyone.
The next question I recall wasn’t really a question, I made a statement questioning the use of the death penalty. My poor mom came unglued, she carried on about how if I didn’t believe in the death penalty everything my dad was fighting for was for nothing. I never questioned her again.
What I’m saying , people, is that I think I have always been a rebel in my own way, I was blessed to find a someone who let me believe what I wanted and let me think that I was a conservative until about 8 years ago when that penny dropped.
Do not get me wrong, I still have a very strong belief in family, whether they a “blood” or a God given blessing. I believe that right is right. We all have rights, nobodies rights are more important then anybody else’s . That is something some groups seem to forget.
If you don’t like what I say, that is your right. I am entitled to my opinions as are you, They are only my opinions, I’m just looking back at the making of a liberal heart