I say all of this because at times I feel like a fish out of water in Texas. Texas is basically a red state, some have said, well it's really kind of purple, but really it's a big state, and it depends on what part of it you are in at the time. I've lived in both east and west Texas, as well as Lubbock and Austin, and you can see a little bit of that purple here and there, but I would say it's pretty red. Where I'm currently living it's pretty much southern oriented, of the Bible-Belt mindset, so you if you imagined it's pretty ultra right winged, you'd be right. It's enough to give a liberal like me a complex. Having lived in all those Texas places I've never lived in a town so enchanted with Fox news. Unless it's football season, and the Dallas Cowboys are playing, if you walk into a restaurant, they'll have it tuned to Fox news. Heck I even have a dentist office I go to, and yes, Fox news is always playing. It's bizarre.
I was watching a church service the other morning, which is where some of my cousins attend. It's an Evangelical church, which I don't know a whole lot about, but it seems to me they want to mix religion with politics, which I'm against. Granted they don't come right out and say, we are Republican, but they might as well. I was watching shortly after the courts had ruled in favor of the Gay Rights marriage thing. At any rate, as a guest they had Texas Congreesman, Rep. Louis Gohmert, come up and say a few words. Gohmert has been called out on his stupidity having been a part of the Obama, birther tribe (saying he's not an American citizen). As well as gun control leads to bestiality, or his views on climate change or his view that Ebola is Democrats' war on women. For a guy that has been a judge, and was Chief Justice on Texas's 12th Court of Appeals, no less currently a Congressman, he sure says stupid things, and makes Texas look like hillbilly dumbass heaven. And that's the absurdity of the Evangelicals because they want to follow Jesus and his teaching, and say we need to elect responsible leaders and get America back on track (What track, I have no idea, perhaps back to the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock.) The preacher was actually saying this, and it caused me to pause and think on the absurdity of what he was saying. So you want us to elect Republicans that are God fearing folks, who will lead us to war like Dick Cheney and George W. Bush? That's just fucking nuts! But then, religion and politics is a whole other topic of discussion...
I have relatives in this area of the world and they appear to be hardcore rightwingers too. I connected with them over Facebook, the social network, and really, I didn't want to do that for the simple reason that I am a politically-minded person, and figured my views might upset or anger them. But I figured hey, if it does, they can always stop following my messages--I do that to some of them. I guess it's equality. However, most of the things I post to Facebook have some kind of backup or facts to them. You can follow a link to my post and read what that post is about. Whereas a lot of their postings are more like: Obummer is Unamerican. (Waaa!)
Oh well, I guess it is what it is. It's too bad though that politics can be so polarizing because we all have to live together anyway. I've never understood why people can't calmly discuss matters whether it be sex, politics, or whatever. At any rate, I guess the reason I got off on this topic is I found this article on opinions vs. facts and thought it was well written. http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/no-it-s-not-your-opinion-you-re-just-wrong-7611752