Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

5.10.2005

Apples and oranges

I saw a bumper sticker today that said "You can't be pro-life and pro-war."

I think these people are mistaken.

First off, I think pro-life and pro-war are both oxymorons and let me tell you why.

I believe that women shouldn't kill their unborn babies. That doesn't make me pro-life because I also believe than the most heinous of criminals - like killers and rapists - should be put to death. I also believe that insurgents, terrorists, whatever you want to call them, don't deserve to breathe my oxygen either. However, I don't believe that ANYONE is pro-war. There is a time and a place when you have to defend yourself and your way of life even if that means to the death.

I know that the bumper sticker was aimed at people like me and I'm sure this gal would think I hit the crack pipe because of my beliefs. I feel the same way about her. It is highly unlikely that I'm going to change anyone's opinions and damn near impossible for anyone to change mine. But, I think what we're doing will have long-lasting implications on the prospect of peace in the Middle East. I truly do. We're seeing results already in many countries. It isn't going to happen overnight, but what big changes do? It is like dieting. Life sucks when you first start a diet. It still sucks while you're struggling to fight cravings. It sucks when you go without and don't see any results for a long time. It sucks when you have to start working out. But, then, one day, down the road. You see small results. A pant size is lower. Maybe your weight is five pounds less. Then, eventually, if you stick with the painful life-altering changes, you can see the long-term benefits of your efforts and it will have been worth it. But, if you give up, you'll be as fat as you were before or worse. Poor analogy, but you get the idea.

Anyway. I think it was a dumb bumper sticker. So, there.

Please don't flame me too bad. If you think I'm off base, you will find brethern here.

4 Comments:

  • At 1:37 PM, May 10, 2005, Anonymous Kat said…

    You and I have talked about this before. I hate it when people are so narrow-minded and incapable of intelligent thought that they must reduce everyone to a box.... you are either this or this. Like the women I work with who cannot get their heads around the fact that I'm a feminist, but I took JS's last name.

     
  • At 1:48 PM, May 10, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Amen sister, preach on.

    There is no way to define me clearly. I believe it is ok for people to have guns and I believe that women shouldn't kill their babies. Yet, I also believe that women should have the choice to kill their babies or not and I also think that gays and bisexuals can make great foster parents, too.

    *shaking my head*

    It surprised me, too, when you took JS's last name. But, it is your business whether you did or didn't. Stinkerbelle's godmother didn't take her married name. Hell, she even became Jewish, but she is still my child's godmother. Now, that one will throw people off, too.

    Try and put me in a box. I dare you.

    Ok, Army of Dad. Not THAT kind of box. Get your mind out of the gutter. You KNOW what I meant.

     
  • At 1:59 PM, May 10, 2005, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Well you certainly killed what I was going to say...

     
  • At 2:14 PM, May 10, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    AoD, I knew you'd think that as soon as I typed it. So, I put the addendum there for you specifically. Ok, you and Kin and Cashin and the other Ken. Oh yeah, and Gadfly.

     

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