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I am ashamed to say that I am not a big cheese eater. My favorite cheese would probably be mozzarella, because it is the cheese that is most commonly on pizzas. Eh bien!
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The first time that I voted was in 1984, and my parents were not part of the 1960s counter-culture. I believe that pro-life Republican politicians are sincere about their pro-life sympathies, but I disagree so much with their small-government and pro-national defense stance that I cannot in good reason vote for them. I suppose I am a utopian socialist :-) In the 2010 elections, I voted a blank ballot when it came to partisan posts (but voted for ballot propositions), and I suspect I will be doing that in 2012. When I told my Catholic pastor about that, he told me in so many words that that was silly: that I had to look at the totality of the issues. (He is very much in favor of the seamless garment/consistent life theory that Cardinal Bernardin espoused.) But abortion is so important that one cannot take it as just one more issue!
I am a practicing Catholic who is against abortion (except to save the life of the mother) and the death penalty. I am also a pacifist. In economic questions, I am pretty far to the left: in social issues, I am fairly conservative. I am planning to let my membership in the Democratic Socialists of America lapse because the party platform is in favor of abortion rights. I agree with Graham that the Obama campaign did attempt to reach pro-life Democrats in 2008, and that was one reason why I voted for Obama. Like Graham, I realized that the Democratic bigwigs were going to stick with abortion rights no matter what. But I am so much a woman of the left to my marrow -- at least when it comes to economic and national defense issues -- that voting for a Republican would go against my convictions.
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Apr 9, 2011