To many of the circles in which I roll, I am the frustrating liberal—the poet. In the world writ larger, I am the flaming conservative—the economist. As much as we like to eschew labels, we find ourselves answering to and for them: Believer, Rationalist, Gay, Conservative, Patriot, Aging, Obamaniac, Republican. These labels may look as seemingly contradictory as the sash I sew them onto.As I inhabit this America, that sash oscillates between Boy Scout (I miss America!) and Pageant contestant (I, Miss America).
“As a gay Republican,” in this, the Central Florida media equivalent ofChe-Guevara-meets-Stonewall, “write about how you can be this unicorn in a political party that hates myths.” Of course (Mr. Manes), the RepublicanParty is a party of myths. I’d say the same—and do, here—about the Democratic Party. WeRepublicanshavesmall government, and a founding father (Abraham Lincoln) that freed the slaves.WeRepublicansalso have fundamentalism, military transfer-payments, and provincialism. In fairness, you Democrats have your myths too: Jesus was a socialist, fiscal responsibility is a personal attack on otherness, Andrew Jackson (remember that “Trail of tears?”) couldn’t possibly have also politically fathered modern progressivism (hey, Elizabeth Warren!).
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