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Jason Bauman
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Playing My Conservative Card

So today I got called a "liberal" who needs to research the other side.

So let me tell you a little about my upbringing and my knowledge, as a "liberal" of the other side.

I was raised in a conservative household. My family taught me it was OK to ask questions, for which I am forever greatfull and I hold no grudge or ill will towards them. Though we now differ politically, they don't have the hatred for this new "side" I'm on that many from similar backgrounds have. So, what was that background?

I'm Mennonite. More specifically, I'm conservative mennonite. I attended a church filled with largely "nondenominational" folks who came from an independent church that largely drew from a deeply baptist background.

I had people at my old church who moved to rural, upstate NY because they were convinced that the USA would crumble in the year 2000. Yes really.

I was one of the only people at my church not homeschooled. My parents received constant flack for this. As far as theology went,think super strong conservative (tell them they'll burn in hell!) but without most of the militaristic proclivities you see in some of the more vocal branches of conservative evangelicals.

In 1995, the Mennonite church came out with a new confession of faith. In it, they made the mistake of not using the words "inerrant and infallible" when referring to the Bible. For this terrible thing (and for not being extra tough on Homosexuality.. banning it wasn't strong enough) my church withdrew from the conference and founded our own.

When I graduated from my mostly white, lower-middle class high school, I went to Indiana Wesleyan University. To attend IWU, I had to sign a student contract saying that I would not listen to offensive music, watch movies above a PG13 rating (and only then with guidance), refuse alcohol, even at home when I was 21, and agree never to dance. Yes. Really.

My school is one of the more conservative in the nation, and if you read their list of former speakers, it's the "who's who" of bigots. This year they had Mike Pence speak at graduation. We were on the shortlist of schools to have a visit from the "Equality Ride" LGBTQ rights group because of the outspoken position the school, and the people we supported, held on the issue. I remember sermons from Exodus International at Chapel quite clearly.

I attended the business school and fell in love with Economics. My school is staunchly in the "Austrian" school. The one that is all free market all the time, gold standard currency, and keynes being satan.

For extracurriculars, I helped create the Libertarian party for our college. I registered AS a libertarian, campaigned for them on elections, and voted for them. I was never a "libertarian anarchist" but I (shamefully) used to think that they made a couple of good points.

Then I graduated. In April of 2008. You know, when the economy went to shit. I worked in a high commission job and rocked it until I was fired by my boss for making more money than he did and making sales that made myself and my employees the most money, even if it didn't mean he got the best bonuses.

I worked in deep, rural, PA (Pennsyltucky) where I had multiple customers refer to Person's of color as "Coons" until my boss and I kicked them from the store.

So no, you don't get to tell me that I don't know what the "conservative" side was. And if someone tries that fucking argument again, I'm going to point them to this, because I'm fucking tired of justifying myself to assholes who tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about when I give them link after link of hard data, and they respond with "well I think this" and then some bullshit about reports not being accurate while providing none of their own.

You have my conservative card. Where the fuck is yours?

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The UN reported terrorism problem are events like this that Trump never mentions.

The great thing about digging into your budget is that, by being aggressive, you can be debt free in under three years.

The bad thing about digging into your budget is figuring out what you already paid banks in interest 

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If you say "I don't see what the deal is, they just have to wait a bit longer" listen to this.

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At the Longwood gardens. So amazing. It felt like a different world.
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The only thing Trump is consistant with beyond his narcissism is his unfailing faith in Russia.
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