I actually don’t drink much anymore. I’m just a man. I absorb information pretty quick but I was an OK student. I had to work for my grades. I served in the military. I enjoy sports, I used to drink a lot but decided to quit and/or slow down (been about 6 months and only 5 drinks), and I’m a sucker for women in shorts and boots (we’re all entitled to our fantasy). I grew up on Fred Flinstone and Homer Simpson, I’ll eat steak until the day I die (no offense to vegans) and suck the marrow out of the bone, and my hobbies include history about warfare, the Dark Ages, engineering, science, and, yes, sports. I’m not into fashion and I rarely listen to pop music. I’m a bit antisocial, but also self-motivating. I can probably list about 20 pornstars names from memory and grew up with 90s busty bombshells looking like superhero goddesses, but I respect women, and fantasy is just fantasy, not reality. Like many men, after heartbreak or perceived heartbreak I hit an existential crisis of purpose and being and feel into philosophy, only to find myself in the abyss of postmodern analysis, but I grew up. I prefer dogs, though I’m easing up on cats. I’m a man who was born in the last days of an older way of masculinity and I’ve adapted to the new but it’s a process. However, I feel empowered by this progress because it’s made me analyze masculinity but also be proud of being a man. Before me, there was my dad, his dad, his, and it goes all the way back to some ancient time when we were on some African savanna looking up at the stars and being one nature. Hell, a few were even getting rained on up in dreary ass Scotland (long story).
What unites us in the USA isn’t race or ethnicity, but a set of ideas that binds us. Constitutional protections, upward mobility, the pursuit of happiness, safety, security, peace, and prosperity. That’s what makes the US so powerful…we have diversity. “Ethno-states” have limitations after a certain point. They either stay insular, thus devouring their limited supply of resources and they establish a natural hierarchy that marginalizes the majority of that specific ethnicity, or they expand to acquire resources but through “Grand Origin stories” based on racism and ethnocentrism, which causes resentment among everyone else and this resentment can be inherited to their children, etc. The USA has the “multi-racial dynamism” to innovate. For example, in the USA we can find someone who can translate any language on Earth more so than a place like Russia. Though we have a proto-culture which defines how we interpret reality and the Constitution in this nation, e.g., an English, Christian – typically of a Protestant orientation, and a common-law based system with emphasis on property rights, federalism, and pluralism, the concept of America is an evolving concept. Yet, the foundation of the nation based on the things I’ve just listed, will always be a guiding and sacred force within American life. It’s a glue, not the entire slate. Instead of hate and lingering in the past to hold to a sense of supremacy, the goals is to share, transfer information, and stay dynamic. Only through cultural dynamism does the USA stay relevant. Going back to the past or inspiring old notions is only reflective of a nation in decline. This doesn’t mean that we must be so open that we can’t control society. It doesn’t mean we can’t be vigilant. What it means is, before we devolve into tribalism we have to always remember the set of ideas which binds us. Many people of all races, colors, creeds, orientations, etc., have died to the United States of America. So how are we honoring those people?
- Feminism is important. I admit as a male the shift to a more female-centric reality has had its ups and downs. However, regardless of my personal growth, the objective goal of feminism is important because empowered females translate into empowering half of our society, thus increasing prosperity, happiness, etc. As a guy, you can’t let personal things get the best of you and you must accept that females have their own realities, desires, ambitions, wants, and needs. Equality is important but both sides should always rely on etiquette when communicating with each other. A big part me, even as a guy, feels happy that women are happy and finally feeling empowered in unison to achieve. To a guy it seems like constant training or jabs, but it’s not that. A natural defensiveness comes up when it comes to equality because people feel that they’re being unfairly analyzed or even experimented on as another group gets rights. But we have to worry about the larger goal of equality.
- Black Lives Matter and it is not a racist movement, but a movement to make society reflect on how different groups are treated by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Of course, all lives matter, but the goal is to focus on lives historically targeted by a system which considered non-whites as others. This is a movement that can unite everyone. It’s not about vengeance or shame.
- Anti-Police Brutality
- Protection of the Jewish community
- Combating Islamaphobia and making Muslim Americans feel American, such as respecting Ramadan, encouraging stores to stay open later during Ramadan if a specific market has that need.
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Healthcare is a basic human right
- LGBTQIA. I grew up extremely homophobic but one day it just stopped. I grew up. I learned the value of life to a certain degree. I support gay marriage, benefits to gay couples the same as heterosexual couples. If I had a kid and one day it came out that they were gay, I wouldn’t disown or hate on them, though, I hope I would’ve led a life by example of a loving relationship with his or her mother, in the traditional sense, so when they do come out, it feels more right. I would also reassert in their youth to treat all people the same regardless of how they identify, so it’s not a scary decision if they decide to come out one day. When it comes to Trans Rights, I admit, I have growing to do. I do believe in only two genders, because like most other animals, particularly mammals, there’s only two genders. This is a counter-stone of our species. Yet, I do support Trans people who want to switch their gender, but I do not support the claim that “Gender is Dead” or Gender is a spectrum. For a group that makes up less than 1% of the population, to say such a statement, indicates that it’s not just about rights of a discriminated group, but rather redefining everything for the benefit of one group. This isn’t right. I find gender to be beautiful. Mother Nature’s creation. A balance. We’re not ambiguous drones. Essentially, I feel you have to choose which way you go, and I feel that it is an adult decision, since children have no real worldview to compare the differences. Essentially, the decision to change your gender has more impact when you’ve had a life of experiences to draw from, yet, the decision should be made in a society which supports the decision. If you’re a man and want to be a woman, that’s fine. Or, vice versa, that’s fine. But you have to go somewhere. I suppose I support heteronormative trans rights. Special accommodations can be made accordingly. Yet, regardless of what a person identifies as, they still have human and constitutional rights.
- Climate Change is real, and I believe it’s exacerbated by human activity, though the Earth does go through cycles. In other words, we’re accelerating climate change which could have an irreversible ecological impact on humans, and likely not for the better.
- Pro-Life as a goal, not a mandate. I say not a mandate because women should have control over their reproduction and the courts have the rights to enforce punishments, yet, the goal when guiding such decisions should always focus on the preservation of life.
- Wealth inequality must be fixed by tapping into taxation on the wealthy; monopoly busting; unionism; higher wages; small business set-asides for federal or state contracts; unemployment benefits; reduced lunch programs, etc.
- Amnesty to immigrants
- The right to bear arms because an arm citizenry is a symbolic gesture of the separation of power between state and the people. Yet, I do support ideas such as mandatory insurance for all gun owners such as general liability insurance, increased standards for concealed carry or carry licenses, and regulation of private arms sales. The right to get a gun should never be taken away. I see additional laws on guns as being a community issue between the people, police departments, etc.
- Freedom of religion. Christianity is important and should have a larger part in public life such as outreach and assistance. Yet, no religion should guide policy of the state since the state represents all people with equal regard, i.e., believers, non-believers, etc.
- Separation of Church and State
- Freedom of speech. You have the right to say whatever you want. But saying whatever you want has the right to be combated, protested, boycotted, cancelled, etc.
- Right to peaceful assembly