image: Apostle St. Simon the Zelot
When are we willing to fight for our views? Simon the Zelot was a disciple of Jesus. He advocated aggression with the Romans. He literally fought for his views. I find it odd that Simon was one of the twelve disciples because Jesus seemed very much against violence (unless one considers the story of the money changers in the temple!) Politically I consider myself a moderate independent and normally I do not view political views something to fight over…disagree certainly, but this does not include violence!
My political views fall somewhere between a conservative Democrat and a liberal Republican, but since these political positions no longer exist I find my views falling more and more into a vacuum. I stopped affiliating with the Democratic Party in my late 20’s, but I never switched to the Republican Party. I have increasingly felt dismayed by the inability of politicians to compromise, to understand the value of the middle ground. Today political partisanship has brought us to new levels of government dysfunction. Frankly, it’s getting difficult to relate to my fellow Americans.
I was moved by the speeches made at Senator John McCain’s memorial service as well as those given for President George Bush. We heard much about their civility and we owe a great deal to the leadership of these two men who served our country with distinction in and out of politics. Strangely enough when George Bush was elected president I believed the opposite was true. During Reagan’s term in office I felt our country’s political body was becoming ever more divided. But after two years of Trump in office I look back with fondness at all Republican presidents before him.
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