Letter: My new political party

The last few years have convinced me to change sides.

I’m a self-styled “liberal” who believes in affordable medical care, the opportunity for everyone to get an affordable college education, the opportunity for everyone to have a place to sleep, and no one, especially no child, not having enough to eat.

But people from the “other” political camp accuse me of wanting to control them, to take away their assault weapons and make them live on communes. We “liberals,” in their minds, are controllers, autocrats, communists.

So I change sides.

In the future, when asked what my political party is, I will henceforth answer that I am anti-fascist. When asked what that means, I admit that while it’s not entirely clear, I’m all for taking their assault weapons away, but I don’t want to live with them on a commune or control , or even know their every thought.

For example, I don’t want to know if their claim to be male or female is supported by their birth certificate. I also don’t want to restrict their right to marry whoever they want. I don’t want to control their reproductive rights.

I want them to be able to pray whenever they want, but not force me to pray their prayers. I want them to read what they want, but not restrict what I want to read. I don’t want them taking my vote away from me or restricting others’ ability and access to vote. I want them to elect moral leaders who I may not embrace but who I can support, leaders who are trying to make our country better for everyone, not just themselves and their buddies.

So I guess I’m an anti-fascist because those are the things I want. If you see me on the street, you might not notice me because I look just like everyone else. But if you ask me what party I belong to, be prepared to listen for about 15 minutes while I tell you.

Robert Palmer, Bethel

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