Just Because...(Blues sung from the middle of the road)
For me this isn't enough. It states plainly what makes me angry and why I am upset, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
Lately whenever a liberal non-Trumpian makes a point against a Trump executive order there is a philosophical leap made that makes no fucking sense but somehow manages to justify the continued hatred of liberals. I don't appreciate my well thought out positions being used to imply things I neither feel nor say. So here is my contribution:
Just because I am against the executive order banning certain Muslim states from entering our country doesn't mean that I am somehow supportive of extreme Islamic terrorism.
Just because I believe that terrorism is caused by Extreme Islam (and ALL religious extremists of every sort, equally dangerous) doesn't mean I support or will allow Islamophobia to become part of the American landscape.
Just because I support Syrian refugees doesn't mean I want open borders.
Just because I want strong borders doesn't mean I am anti legal-immigration or against America continuing its proud tradition of providing sanctuary for those in the cross hairs of war through no fault of their own.
Just because I am against a border wall from Mexico doesn't mean I want open borders or open immigration.
Just because I support immigration from Mexico doesn't mean I want an open door policy that extends to social services.
Just because I do not support social services for illegal immigrant adults doesn't mean that I think illegal children should be denied basic healthcare.
Just because I believe that certain police have committed acts influenced by racism doesn't mean I believe all white men are racist.
Just because I don't believe all white men are racists doesn't mean I don't think racism exists.
Just because I want to be sure felons and the mentally ill have to wait 5 minutes before obtaining firearms doesn't mean I want to damage or eradicate the 2nd amendment.
Just because I support the 2nd Amendment doesn't mean I support no restrictions on who can carry firearms.
Just because I pay strict attention to the sources of the news presented to me doesn't mean I believe most outlets are promoting fake news.
Just because I believe that "fake news" is a propaganda method utilized to make Americans not trust their free press doesn't mean I don't know that every reporter/network/paper has a bias to consider.
Just because Nazis used the word "Socialist" in their name doesn't mean I think all socialism is evil.
Just because I support Universal Healthcare and access to education doesn't mean I want to live in an exclusively socialist state.
Just because I care about the environment doesn't mean I hate employment.
Just because it makes no sense to destroy the earth, air, and water in the name of jobs doesn't mean I don't believe in new education and technologies to re-integrate workers who's jobs are obsolete.
Just because I am addicted to cosmetics and handbags doesn't mean I am not a feminist.
Just because I am a feminist doesn't mean I have any ill will towards men.
Just because I am against poaching, hunting endangered species, puppy mills and treating animals badly in any way doesn't mean that I don't support those who hunt for their food (unless endangered or primate,) eat responsibly farmed meat, purchase purebred dogs from responsible home breeders, or visit AZA accredited zoos.
Just because I support the eating of responsibly farmed meat doesn't mean I don't want to end cruel practices against animals used for our food.
Just because a few women have faked sexual assaults doesn't mean I automatically disregard a woman's claim of being sexually assaulted.
Just because a woman has been sexually assaulted doesn't mean men are inherently rapists.
Just because a microscopic amount of women have needed to have late term abortions doesn't mean that I support late term abortion on the whole.
Just because I don't support late term abortion for anything other than a woman's health doesn't mean I don't 100% support a woman's right to choose in the first trimester.
Just because I don't know/use all the new pronouns for LGBT community doesn't mean I don't support their rights.
Just because I support LGBT rights doesn't mean I support hatred against those who are having trouble understanding a new vernacular and it being used as an accusation of bigotry.
Just because I despise traditional religion doesn't mean I despise individual members of said religions.
Just because I support an individuals freedom of religion doesn't mean I support the religion itself.
Just because Extreme Islam is currently a focus doesn't mean I have forgotten Jim Jones & the People's Temple, Aum Shinriyko, the Inquisition or every other extreme religion's contribution to destruction, both outward and self.
Just because I support the Death Penalty in the worst cases doesn't mean I don't believe every conceivable avenue should be explored to make sure only the guilty meet this fate.
Just because I support treating people, even criminals, fairly, doesn't mean I don't think monsters who violate the social contract shouldn't be dispatched with as little care for their comfort as the demonstrated to their victims.
Just because I believe adults should be free to do whatever they want sexually with other consenting adults doesn't mean that I don't think child rapists/molesters shouldn't face the death penalty.
Just because a seemingly successful business man tells you that only they can make America great again doesn't mean that AMERICA WASN'T ALREADY GREAT!
Just because I know there are a hundred more issues that I am probably forgetting doesn't mean I don't invite others to add theirs on the comments and if I can agree I will add them to this piece.