I hesitated to write this as I am afraid it may just add fuel to the raging fire that is the current state of fourth-wave feminism and the U.S. political culture. However, lately there has been an effort to understand how I reach my viewpoints and they are so wildly inaccurate I really feel compelled to provide some enlightenment.
I’ve heard everything from the ever-intellectual theory that I’m an “idiot” to the belief I’m less of an independent thinker than my urban counterparts and simply follow my husband’s lead. Regarding the first assumption, though it is not the only factor of intelligence, I do hold a 4-year degree and had a successful career in marketing and communications before choosing to stay home after becoming a mother. Furthermore, I tend to be more cerebral when deciding my political views basing my opinions upon truth, fact and my own ability to reason verses emotions or following the lead of my favorite celebrity. As for the second theory, I’ve always been more political than my husband; and, by the way, he didn’t even cast a vote in the last presidential election because… well, neither is someone we would have defined as a good, well-meaning individual purely out to serve. That’s putting it very mildly. I myself reasoned through their stances on important issues and then held my nose.
So let me break down some of my views for you and how I reach them. This is a blog about my catholic faith, which is another reason I hesitated to write this, but my faith plays a pivotal role in determining my political views. Now, I can already hear some of your sirens going off (Religious Nut!), but please hear me out. I’m going to discuss some principles of catholic social teaching and throw in a few sprinkles of rural life perspective to help you see my point of view if you are at all willing to try. I also want to add the disclaimer that not all Catholics reach the same conclusions. Again, this is MY reasoning, others are free to disagree for the most part.