My mom said something to me a couple weeks ago. Actually she saysa lot of things to me — quite loudly at times.
But one thing stuck with me. She said that it wouldn’t surpriseher if a Republican president was never elected again, based on theircurrent platform. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, and Imust admit I agree with her.
Did I just write that I agree with my mom? Actually, when it comesto politics, I’m an almost complete carbon copy Republican like her,which my sister absolutely detests.
The fact that the Republican platform is looked at as outdated andtoo old-fashioned is quite sad.
As a straight, white male I’m probably in the majority in thiscountry. But when it comes to my conservative republican beliefs, Ifeel like a minority.
I feel like some people look down on me because I proudly displaya Bush-Cheney button on my backpack. It’s sad that because I standfor morality and traditional beliefs in this country I am slammed.
I don’t prance around the issues like politicians do. I’m againstabortion. I don’t agree with gay marriages. I don’t supportaffirmative action.
Why is it so controversial for me to say those things? Theopposition doesn’t take much slack if they speak out in favor of allthose things. Why the double standard?
San Diego holds the gay pride parade in high regard. Yet if I wantto start a straight pride parade I’ll be seen as a prejudiced bigot.
How do I know this would be the result? A local radio talk showhost tried to arrange a straight pride parade a few years ago, butwas struck with so many lawsuits he just dropped the idea.
I don’t dislike gay people. I have friends and co-workers that aregay. They’re some of the greatest people you could ever meet. But Ibelieve in what the Bible teaches — hate the sin and love thesinner. I try my best to do that.
Tolerance is preached in liberal thinking.
Everything’s okay as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
It’s genetic, you know.
It’s not really a baby yet.
Al Gore represents these hypocrites. He’s been stressing in thedebates that under George W. Bush’s tax cut plan the richestAmericans will get the largest tax cut. But under his plan he wouldgive the middle class a break.
Bush’s response every time is perfect. He wonders why it is thegovernment’s role to decide who gets a tax cut and who doesn’t.
Gore must be doing fuzzy math. Of course the person paying moretaxes will save more with a tax cut. So the richest people will besaving more money. But percentage-wise everyone will save the sameamount. How is that not fair?
I also agree with Bush on the issue of affirmative action. Ibelieve that people should earn their way into places rather than begiven special treatment. In regards to diversity at San Diego StateUniversity, I say ignore it. Gather all the applications and stackthem in order of grades and test scores. Then take the best of thebest. Skin color shouldn’t matter in things like that.
A minority is called a minority for a reason.
If I were accepted to SDSU only because I filled a quota, I’d beupset. I don’t want special treatment. Do we not think minorities cando it on their own?
Think about it. That’s essentially what affirmative action does.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech said:”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in anation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, butby the content of their character.”
This famous quote from one of the greatest men of the 20th centuryis not compatible with affirmative action. Special treatment does notgo with fairness. That’s exactly what affirmative action is. It’sunfair to everyone — even those who benefit. Let’s get rid ofracism. To get rid of racism we need to get rid of affirmativeaction.
I know people will say the opportunities aren’t available foreveryone. Well why not? People in this country have forgotten whathard work can do. It’s not supposed to be easy.
Get this straight. This world doesn’t owe you anything. It doesn’tmatter what you do. Life isn’t supposed to be easy.
There I go sounding like my mom again.
–Ryan Albert is a journalism senior. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
–This column does not necessarily represent the opinion of TheDaily Aztec.