"I hear the mantra that the Republican Party must return to its conservative roots but no one is willing to clearly address what those roots are or why they matter, and how the GOP managed to leave them. The Alphaville Decoder is my answer to that lack of clarity and direction."~ Michelle Fire Eater
I talk like the wind, but I don't write much. You can find video of me talking all over this site, and an occasional blog from me here.
Who is Michelle Fire Eater?
It speaks! And speaks, and speaks, and...
I am a renaissance girl. I can build a boat, refinish a battered old table to perfection, knit a sweater, prepare professional advertising presentions, cut fish and make chowdah, tend a garden, sing, hula-hoop and dance a mean swing. I ski and read and give cool presentations on politics and government, and fettle ceramic vases to perfection. My greatest talent is hospital reception and making upset patients happy. I am also a total coffee snob and can make those little designs in the top of your cappuccino. I can shoot, but not so well (keep your distance!) and read diagnostic radiology reports, and write poetry. I tell jokes. I still don't know how to weld or practice law, but I've been looking at classes.
" A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. " ~Robert Heinlein
My true inspiration for becoming a Decoder is my husband. I've had a real good time trying to figure things out on my own, but Jahfre introduced me to the books and views that helped me define and sharpen my perspective, and he provided me with the best challenges for my own ideas and expressions. Most of my friends have been liberals, so until meeting Jahfre I've avoided talking politics my whole life, staying instead to my associations in the arts. Brief stints in activism as a youngin' proved disappointing and confusing, but in the end I feel my experience in the progressive set has given me greater understanding of the problems with both progressive and conservative thought and a wider view in general. I encourage others to spend time with those who do not share your view and be open - for all that you will learn about them, you will learn far more about yourself.
My activity surrounding the Decoder goes far beyond defining a conservative principle. I see a deep divide in American society along the lines of values and morals - which is reasonable - but am disappointed at how this division has infected the political spectrum. Politics is about practicing government, and many who have opposing value sets may find that they have much in common in how government should be used - if only they could work together politically. I aim to reinforce the fact that political parties are not churches or clubs - they are tools to leverage your values in government. I envision a time when those of similar value sets find themselves in opposing parties on the basis of how government is used to promote those values. I envision a time when those of diverse value sets can work together in the same party for their shared vision of good government. I envision a time when we stop putting ourselves and others in boxes and stretch ourselves out and get to working together on common goals and learning new perspectives in the process.
Seriously, I really am a renaissance girl. I really can build boats and pull lobster pots and read medical reports. I am self-educated, having left school at 13 when I realized that public education was doing me more harm than good. My love of liberty is not based in saudade or the sappy quotes from our founders and others. I love freedom because it is that which gave me a life worth living and provided me with the best opportunity to be of value to not only myself, but others as well. I aim to do whatever I can to provide and defend freedom for others for their own benefit, and for my own. I am the sum of the choices I have made in life, both good and bad, and I believe that the worst fate to befall any being, for whatever reason, is to not have choices. I endeavor to ensure people the greatest opportunity for virtue, by defending the opportunity to make one's own choices and enjoy fully the consequences or benefits of those choices.
"...both personal and economic liberties are necessary for human virtue to flourish. Virtue, after all, involves choices. Politics and government operate to deny people the freedom to make their own choices."~Congressman Dr. Ron Paul (I love that guy!)
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