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Kylia Quilor

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  • Thoughts on Republicans? I know you’re no fan but the actual people?
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    Depends on the person. As a gay transgender woman, it's rather hard to be friends or even friendly with anyone, of any political identity, that doesn't think I deserve the same basic rights as any straight cisgender man (or woman, or cis gay man, etc, etc). Republicans tend to have a much higher proportion of such people than Democrats or Independents, so I'm always going to look in askance at any self-identified Republican at first. Plus, many Republican policies and positions fly in the face of observed reality, so it becomes very hard to do what I'd like to do, which is respect their positions.

    Strictly speaking, not every Republican voter is a racist or a sexist or even a homophobe/transphobe, etc, but they're certainly okay with voting for politicians that are, or that actively court the votes of such people. They're not necessarily corporate stooges, but they're okay with voting for them. (That, or they're really fucking unobservant). I have mildly more respect for Libertarians, but their ideas are quite silly.

    The Republican Party had some good ideas, and even today, there's a few good ideas, but these days it's owned lock stock and barrel by an unholy alliance of Religious Fundamentalists, Neo-Confederate Racists, Corporate Would-be Oligarchs and Warmongering Neocons. So I have minimal respect for the party or it's politicians, and it's rather hard for me to respect someone who willingly votes for these clowns if they claim to not be one of the above four groups, since then they're just voting against their own interests.

    While I don't agree with Conservative fiscal policies to a great extent, if they just focused on those and actually showed any sign of caring about the budget, it be much easier to get along with them. As it stands, however, the party and its leadership and too many of its backers hate me simply for being what I am and want to shove me back into multiple closets or, in the case of some actual republicans, just straight up kill me.

    In theory, I try to take everyone on a case by case basis, and there's a reason I rarely debate politics online beyond snarking here and there, but I don't get along with many self-identified Republicans for all the reasons discussed above, and more related. Rather hard to look at someone who voted for and still supports the Donald and believe they really respect me and my right to exist.
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    The problem, fundamentally, is that in American politics, voting is a package deal these days. Even if you like the Fiscal policies of candidate X, but dislike the social or cultural policies of X, you're getting them all with the same politician. So fine, someone could vote for say... Mitch McConnell, or <insert random homophobic Republican Congressman here> or whatever, on the fiscal issues, but that means you (impersonal/generic you) decided those fiscals issues - such as you believing you'll end up with tons more money or something - took precedence over those social issues... which includes my right to exist as an equal citizen.

    So even if you (again, generic) really are pro-gay rights and pro-choice and not transphobic, etc, etc, you still decided your wallet took precedence.

    Which is why we need more than two parties in the US, but to make that work we need to overcome Duverger's Law
    Okay, seriously Kylia, there's a reason you stopped arguing these sorts of topics on the internet. Yeesh, control yourself girl.
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    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    I'm happy to have internet arguments @ScreenXSurfer but internet arguments about RL stuff is never as fun as internet arguments about fandom nonsense. Far more fun when there's no reality at stake. Hence why I stopped arguing the topic about hyphenation.
    Horton
    Horton
    Oddly enough if I’m not arguing about RL stuff I feel I’m procrastinating lol
    Kylia Quilor
    Kylia Quilor
    @Horton The whole reason I'm here is to procrastinate :p
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