from the rhetoric flying around washington, you would think that their is a chasm between those on the right and those on the left. I sit firmly on the left. So I wondered how far apart are we, really?
Here's what I believe --
I believe in strong families. I believe marriage depends on two consenting adults, in a committed, monogamous relationship. I think the raising of children is an important endeavor, vital to the success of our society.
I believe in keeping your word. Pay your debts. Be honest. Live an ethical life.
I believe in hard work. I think there is honor in any job well done. I expect to be loyal to my employer, and expect my employer to be loyal to me. I expect a living wage.
I believe in the American Dream. If I work hard, educate myself, and follow the rules, I should prosper.
I believe all citizens are equal before the law, and in the eyes of their fellow citizens.
I want safety, security, health, a solid future for my child.
The big differences are in the details, I guess -- how these beliefs get translated into policy.
I am willing to pay taxes, to live in a world where what I believe is true for ALL Americans, not just some. I am unwilling to prosper on the backs of my fellow citizens. I don't believe what's good for corporations is necessarily good for the people. I don't believe the wealthy need to be protected from paying their fair share. I want equality for all citizens, not just straight, Christian, born in America citizens.
I guess that's the gap.