Someone who has stumbled across my blog as a result of my firearm-related posts or pro-Southern posts or “anti-Obama” posts (that’s in quotes for a reason — I am not actually anti-Obama) might wonder… why do I also post things in support of “welfare” recipients? Why would I post, in full, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail“? Why would I combine the rebel flag (often erroneously referred to as the Confederate flag) with the rainbow flag associated with “gay pride”? I am a middle-class pasty-white Southern male — so why would I support poor people, and black people, and gay people?
(Aside from just basic human decency, that is — this explanation is intended for people whose grasp of “basic human decency” is … lacking.)
It’s not complicated. It is because I believe that these things are inextricably linked. For example, the rebel flag and the rainbow flag both represent pride in who you are, even in the face of bullies who would would mock you and attempt to shame you for it. They both stand for dignity, and defiance in the face of those who would treat us as “less than”. And neither of them, in any way, stand for demeaning anyone else — the people who claim that are bigots.
Similarly, I myself am not poor — but I used to be. I was on the “free lunch program” as a child. I got paid minimum wage (or less) for years as an adult. I still know people who struggle to earn enough to feed themselves and afford a safe place to live. The fact that I support the right of peaceful, law-abiding individuals to own and carry firearms goes hand-in-hand with my desire to see people paid fair wages for their work. Everyone’s life has value. No one should have to live in fear — not fear of being assaulted, and not fear of being homeless.
What it boils down to is that while I am not gay, or black, or poor, I want to live in a world where it is safe to be me, regardless of who I am.
And, as I said, it’s just basic human decency.