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Podcaster Joe Rogan told listeners why he still doesn’t identify as a Republican on Saturday — despite leaning right on several issues — and cited several topics, ranging from abortion to gay marriage, which continues to keep him a liberal.

“It’s not just abortion rights, but [Republicans are] going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me,” he said. “People are talking like — Marco Rubio was saying it was like a silly thing to argue about to be concerned about, and then some other Senator, who is a gay woman, confronted him, and she was furious at it.”

“Because gay marriage is not silly,” he continued. “It’s marriage—it’s marriage from people that are homosexual and it’s, for them, it’s important. They want it. They want to affirm their love, and their relationship and the fact they are going after that now almost makes me feel like they want us to fight. They want to divide us in the best way they can.”

Rogan is a maverick figure in the podcasting scene. He often hosts conservative guests on his show, but he doesn’t identify as a conservative. He fancies himself a “bleeding heart liberal” when it comes to a wide spectrum of beliefs.

“The fact that they’re going after that now like that’s the kind of s**t keeps me from being a Republican,” Rogan added according to Newsweek. “It’s only one of the kind of — there’s a bunch of s**t that keeps you from being a Republican.”

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“I’m so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment and just because I support the military and just cause I support police… We’re supposed to be one big community,” Rogan claimed. “I’m a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of s**t.”

He then highlighted the welfare system, which he relied on as a child, and claimed this is part and parcel of the “one big community” America is meant to be.

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He may be wrong about that, of course. Republicans do care about the poor, but they’re against the overextension of the welfare state to areas it ought not to be offered. They’re also taken aback at the entitlement felt by some who can work, but who refuse to even try.

The government is not our father, and it should not replace the family, the church, or other private institutions.

Our elections, however, in 2022 and 2024 may be the only way to set the county straight and restore a sense of sanity to the nation, as we attempt to pull things back on course.