I have an abject fear of doing quizzes like this and finding out that I'm much more right than originally thought. I dissect the questions to ensure I'm answering them properly, because seeing a graph with a red dot lingering perilously close to "Neocon" would no doubt trigger a brain aneurysm or other striking brain bleed. Thankfully, I scored quite left, notably in social and cultural issues - who knew?
The purpose of this is not to flaunt my liberalism to gain hipster cred; that's what my Johnny Cash middle-finger-at-San-Quentin t-shirt does for me. I'm just concerned that Neo-Con Pru is right around the chronological corner. My Mom is an ex-hippie, those who know my real name would have some indication of this. Somehow, over the past few years particularly, she has become increasingly conservative despite erroneously believing that she remains very liberal.
Mom is retired, but works as an educational consultant for developmentally delayed children. One of her clients is a little boy with a less than ideal home situation - his mother is mentally disabled, a drug addict, and rather keen on pregnancies. Lots of pregnancies. She's 21 and has been pregnant five times. The house is apparently a complete mess, with roaches scurrying up the wall and floors sticky with unknown substances. I think it's evident that children should not grow up in such an environment, but my Mom seems to believe that as someone hired to help this child with his developmental issues, she should also act as a social worker - she has actually told the mother that she should "keep her legs closed."
I always confess to being less sympathetic to poor (as in quality, not financial circumstances) parents who manage to reproduce successfully numerous times despite not being in an ideal position to do so - it's my job as a recovering infertile. The difference between my Mom and me is that I would never, under any circumstances, actually TELL the offending person this. Being all liberal and shit, I acknowledge that it's not my responsibility to tell anyone how to live their lives. Aside from professional boundaries overstepped, I can't believe she has justified to herself that it's ok to pass her own views so strongly on this woman.
Within this discussion, she mentioned that some people (presumably women) should be forcibly sterilised, thus eliminating the possibility that so many people will become rubbish parents. I couldn't quite tell if she was exaggerating, but I don't doubt that she wasn't. Not long after she trotted out tired cliche of "People need a license to drive a car. You even need a license to fish! Somehow, you don't need a license to PARENT!" Goodness. I suppose she has at least contributed to the assembling of some meaningless phrases for the inevitable weekly Letter to the Editor submissions she will be writing in a couple years' time.
After presenting her case to The Dude and me, she remained convinced that she is in fact, "really liberal." I happen to think that this is simply in relation to the population around here, which isn't saying much. My Mom believes herself to be liberal due in part to her presence at PrideFest a couple of weeks ago. She, in her words, has "no problem" with homosexuality, so the gay population of the world should release a big sigh of relief there. It's so magnanimous of her, I know. Speaking of her abiding liberalism, I bet even some of her best friends are black!
I feel horrid picking on my Mom as it's just another one of her eye-rolling idiosyncrasies, but I can't help feeling this is my future. Are the liberal among us staring down the barrel at impending conservatism? Am I a mere two decades away from ranting about how most women just use abortion as a method of birth control? Will I take a quiz on the '29 version of a social networking site which firmly allies me with neocons?
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