I’ve been questioned recently about groups I support. More specifically – about a decal I have on my personal vehicle. Am I part of a far right extremist group?
I support free speech. I support freedom of religion. Anyone that knows me at all knows I support the right to keep and bear arms. So – am I part of the “Far Right”?
I don’t think so.
I’ve always considered myself a Moderate. But lately – the definition of ‘Moderate’ has shifted. In fact, I’m not even sure what a ‘Moderate’ is anymore.
It used to be that a Moderate was someone who agreed with the ideology from both sides of the political isle – what I consider picking the best of both worlds. Not fully Democrat and not Fully Republican. Neither 100% Conservative nor 100% Liberal. Middle of the road – willing to consider all perspectives. Moderate.
But that isn’t possible today.
I believe in free speech and oppose censorship as it limits the contemplation and discussion of opposing ideas. I am not ‘politically correct’ in my speaking or writing – I will call a spade a spade and am willing to deal with the consequences of doing so. But by thinking and doing such, I am considered Far Right by many.
I believe in The Triune God – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in the teachings of The Bible – even when they conflict with modern life. I will not condemn you if you do not believe as I do, but I also will not accept your belief (or lack thereof). Again, with this thinking – I am Far Right.
I am a white male. I am proud of my race and heritage. By default, I am Far Right.
I am a gun owner. I own guns for hunting, guns for the protection of myself and my family, and guns for fun. Categorically, I am Far Right.
Finally, I believe in The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. I support these documents as they are written, believing the words contained in them are timeless and need no interpretation. I will do everything within my power to protect them – be it from foreign interference and from corruption from within. Thus, I am Far Right.
So – do I consider myself Far Right as I have been deemed? No. I consider it as distasteful as racist, homophobe or other similar labels used as a means to demean others of differing points of view. As stated earlier, I consider myself a Moderate. But more importantly, I consider myself a United States Citizen and a person willing to stand up to preserve the rights and freedoms upon which this country was founded!