I had an interesting conversation the other day with a former advertising client. He’s been criticized quite publicly for his political views and we talked a bit about our national stage.
Then he called me a bleeding heart liberal.
For days now, this has been annoying me because anyone who takes the time to know me knows I consider myself a fiscal conservative. I take heat from my friends about my conservative views and how I typically vote. After all, we live in Broward County, home to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
His name-calling got me thinking about labels and how what I believe fits with the labels we associate with, Democrat and Republican. And I realized for maybe the first time that I don’t fit so neatly under the label I thought I did.
So here it goes.
* I believe that every person, city, county, state and nation should live within its means.
* Stop labeling people. LGBT, black, hispanic and hetrosexual does not matter.
* If you have found someone who loves you and you love them, nurturer the crap out of it.
* Stop taking your issues out on your kids. Show them a clear path to the future. After all, you brought them into this world. Take care of them, and if you don’t know how, ask for help.
* Take personal responsibility. Clean up after yourself. Live every moment of every day being a positive influence on someone or something.
* If it is hard, you are probably doing the wrong thing.
So as of today, I will vote for the candidate that has a clear focus on being fiscally responsible. And if my traditional candidate is not, then a third-party candidate will get my protest vote. No more staying home, and no more voting under party lines.