Can a Conservative Republican Vegan exist? Technically speaking, your political affiliation has nothing to do with your diet so, by that logic, a dietary Conservative Republican Vegan can exist. But can a full-on ethical vegan also be a Conservative Republican?
I’ve never met one. I live in a very liberal city. So much so, that in any given race for any open office, Republicans have stopped running. There have been ballots with one person’s name on it. The Republicans have stopped trying.
But what about the rest of America? The blood red states? Are there households in the Midwest, with a framed photo of George W. Bush in the kitchen, where the family is sitting down to a kale salad, tofu loaf, and quinoa dinner? Discussing Reaganomics and how they are going to spend the afternoon protesting fracking or volunteering at an animal shelter?
I am actually curious to know if people like this exist. Are you out there?
If you take everything that veganism stands for. The high octane version of the vegan lifestyle — I truly don’t think it’s possible. Diet, yes (still seems random), lifestyle, no. The two ideals are polar opposites. I can’t see a Conservative Republican getting behind the recent charter of a jet transporting 750 hens from California to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. Or, a Conservative Republican wearing a “I Don’t Eat Animals” t-shirt. Unless they were trying to be ironic.
But, then again, the Republican party was founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854 and they established equal rights to all men (women would have to wait) — that seems pretty liberal. There is a website dedicated to moderate republicans who are vegan. The Vegan Republican states on their homepage: “Everybody thinks vegans are always liberals. Not true. Some of us are moderate Republicans.” The do have to mention that the commentary needs to stay “mild.” The publisher of Forbes, Rich Karlgaard, is a Republican and wrote an excellent HuffPost article about being vegan. However, within the article he calls himself an “almost vegan.” Of course, there is no such thing. So, do they truly exist?
On another note, Meatloaf (the singer) is Republican but obviously not vegan. The official animal of the GOP is an herbivore. That has to count for something.
Maybe Republican vegans existed at one time in American history? To quote one very well-known Republican vegetarian:
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President, Republican
So, is it possible? I want to hear from you!