Dear Book Club,
I just want to assure all of you that I was having a "moment" the other day at book club that we can probably consider an overreaction to the current political climate. I'm better today :). I've been staying home too much lately and getting obsessed with politics. It's not good for me.
I guess, perceived or not, I have always felt that I should just keep my views to myself in order to escape ridicule. The reason I wanted to tell all of you is because in some of the discussions we have about people being oppressed because of their views and ideas (and even religion) I can almost relate. Maybe, and I'd love to know what you think, my perception is not the reality.
I know that you all know me as a good person. A caring person. Maybe even an intelligent person. So why is it that I feel like I can't talk about being a conservative thinker (I even got nervous about it when I wrote on my own blog because I don't want people to be offended)? I'm a person who thinks a smaller government influence is better, that abortions should not be the law of the land based on my assumption that a baby in the belly is a life, that capitalism with right and good regulation is a good thing, that the rich people are not all evil but just driven to succeed (with some exception, of course), that government's role should be less not more so that all people can prosper, that our founding fathers had some good (and maybe God inspired) ideas about how to run a country based on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the constitution is fundamentally good not fundamentally flawed.
Maybe I'm just getting tired of having to hold my tongue in order to not offend someone or bring up a whole discussion that, as you have probably experienced, can get too touchy. I just want to be heard and to be respected for my views. BUT...it doesn't have to be in this book club! I love books, I love discussing books, I love to hear all that each of you has to say about books. I would even say that I feel honored to be a part of this group. I hope that by me having my "moment" that our discussion will not change and that you don't feel uncomfortable with my views now that I've outed some of them.