Scoot: Is political preference a choice or are people born that way?

April 25, 2019 - 12:57 pm

Former VP Joe Biden has finally made it official – he is running for president!

In a video released this morning, Biden seemed to define his campaign strategy around the premise that the 2020 presidential election is a battle for the soul of America and that he is the Democrat who can beat President Trump and return America to a more righteous path.

In anticipation of Biden’s official announcement, the Washington Examiner published a story titled: “McCain family to support Biden in 2020 race in bid to defeat Trump.” Fox News posted a story with the headline: “Cindy McCain responds to reports that her family will endorse Joe Biden in 2020 race.” In that article, the wife of the late Senator John McCain said, “Joe Biden is a wonderful man and dear friend of the McCain family. However, I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.”

The tension between President Trump and the McCain family is well-documented; and at this point it seems like some, or all, of the McCain family would endorse Democrat Joe Biden should he win the party’s nomination.

The idea that the family of a beloved Republican senator would actually endorse the Democratic nominee could boost the nominee’s standing with centrist voters. Senator McCain’s nickname was “Maverick” because of his willingness to defy his own party and reach across the aisle. McCain was also considered more of a moderate Republican than right-leaning Republican.

If a prominent Republican family supports the Democratic nominee, does that make them bi-political? Are you bi-political? Have you ever voted for a candidate from the other party?

The bigger debate centers on the theory that people are born Republican or Democrat. But many argue that it’s a choice. Did you choose your political ideology or were you born that way?  Many children of Republican parents are Democrats, and many children born to Democrats are Republicans. The question is: did they choose their political preference, or were they born that way?

The other important question is whether an individual can be converted. There is no question that Republicans try to recruit Democrats and Democrats try to recruit Republicans. Some even believe that if a Democrat or a Republican hangs out with a person with a different political preference then that person is likely to change their lifestyle.

Today in America, the judgment of people based on political preference is disturbing. Stories about restaurants refusing to serve a customer who is obviously of a different political preference have become more common.

The Bible has been brought into the debate over whether people are born with their political preference or if they choose that lifestyle. Many Republicans promote that idea that being a Democrat is an abomination and goes against God’s word. Democrats have complained that they do not believe Republicans should be allowed to adopt children out of the fear that they children will grow up Republican. Science grapples with the question of whether parents can influence the political preference of their children.

Sadly, families have been destroyed over political preference because of a lack of tolerance. Is this the America our Founding Fathers envisioned as this country was beginning? One strong argument is that this is America and everyone has the right to be a Republican or a Democrat and whether people are born that way or choose that lifestyle, they should be accepted as American first.

The real struggle over this issue is about freedom and equality. For those who believe that Republicans do not deserve the same rights as Democrats and for those Democrats who believe that Republicans should not be allowed to participate in same-political marriages, the message should be that this is America, where we are free to be Republican or Democrat.

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